ISSUE DATE: July 17, 2000
A bill for international studies grants, the International Academic Opportunity Act, has New Paltz fingerprints. Last Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill establishing a federal grant program to help low-income students study abroad. While it was introduced by Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-20th), he relied on President Roger Bowen's assistance with writing it. "Roger Bowen of SUNY New Paltz has been of great assistance as we developed this initiative," Gilman said. Bowen has long been a proponent of international study, even including it as part of the strategic plan. "Students today need a global experience," Bowen said. "Education exchanges are the most effective way to transform nations into people." New students are encouraged to arrive on campus with a passport, setting an expectation that their study at New Paltz will include international experience. Currently, about 14 percent of our students go overseas each year, compared to a national average of one percent. "This legislation will open international opportunities to so many deserving students who do not have the money to study abroad – many of whom are here at New Paltz and other SUNY campuses," Bowen concluded.
New Paltz recently joined Pace University and Marist College to form the Hudson Valley Center for Emerging Technologies to support e-business in the region. The center provides an opportunity for campus research to benefit area businesses and to attract new local business. Just as the e-business world is replacing many aspects of "bricks and mortar" business, the center will be available electronically, and there are no plans for a "real" administration center. The center will require plenty of intercampus coordination and interaction, but Stacie Nunes, acting director of engineering, said much of that will be done electronically. Though research will take place in labs located on all three campuses, the web will be used whenever possible. Companies will be able to make initial contact online and review the center's offerings — including research initiatives, educational opportunities and other services. The state is providing the consortium a $250,000 grant for planning and initial implementation. New Paltz will receive about a quarter of the funds, to be used for projects focused on the cataloguing of related software and Internet applications, data mining, "data-basing" and "human factors" issues involved in online business. New Paltz's research will initially involve faculty in computer science, business and psychology, but Nunes said she foresees significant growth in interdisciplinary collaboration to support the new center. "Emerging technologies is an interdisciplinary business, and this is how we can best deploy our expertise to support the business community," she said.
The Division of Advancement is pleased to announce that James Doran of Augusta, Maine, will undertake the role of vice president next week. Doran is currently the executive assistant to the president and director of institutional advancement at the University of Maine at Augusta. He is also completing work on a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of South Carolina. "I am certainly excited about the opportunity to work with the talented team at SUNY New Paltz," he said. "It's an excellent university with a bright future." The campus community is grateful for the superb leadership of the interim vice president, Anne Moss, who will continue to serve the university as the Foundation treasurer.
Alumni celebrating their 50th or more reunion during alumni weekend, held July 7 - 9, were treated to a revival of Lantern Night — an old New Paltz Normal School "rite of passage." From the 1930s - 1960s, upperclassmen with good grades dressed in white and gathered outside the Main Building (now Old Main) on a spring night to carry lanterns and sing the alma mater. At the revival, returning alumni were presented with medals commemorating their induction to the Lantern Society — a two-year old SUNY New Paltz tradition signifying the unity of every graduate of this university.
... The National Dance Institute, with founder Jacques d'Amboise and artistic director Ellen Weinstein, is in residence for the eighth consecutive summer. The two-week residency ends Friday, July 21 with free performances for the public at 4 and 7 p.m. in Studley Theatre.
... According to Patrick Ryan, assistant director of grant services, the deadline for 2001 - 2002 Fulbright lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1. For info, contact the Council for International Exchange of Scholars at (202) 686- 7877 or www.iie.org/cies/. Applications are available in the Office of Sponsored Programs, HAB 805. Individual Fulbright applications from SUNY New Paltz faculty and administrators require institutional approval, so please contact Ryan at x3282 or firstname.lastname@example.org for application assistance.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages) received the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2000 Merit in Film Award for El Apu Inca de Sapallanga — a video performance of The Death of Atawallpa, a 16th-century popular folk drama that re-enacts the conquest of Peru. Feliciano said of the drama, "The basic action is the meeting between Atawallpa and Pizarro and the subsequent death of the Inca and the conquest of the empire." The award criteria are artistic and technical excellence, uniqueness of contribution to visual materials on Latin America, and relevance to disciplinary, geographic and thematic interests of LASA members. The video was screened at a LASA conference held in Miami in March.
A novel by Joel Spring (Educational Studies), Alaskan Visions, was published earlier this year by Xlibris Corporation, Philadelphia. A Native American descended from Choctaw tribal leaders, Spring based many of the stories and characters in Alaskan Visions on his experiences in Sitka and the Tlingit community in southeastern Alaska. Spring is also the author of 23 other books dealing with topics in Native American history, educational politics and policy, human rights, and multiculturalism. This is his first novel.
Patricia Sullivan (Communication & Media) co-authored an article, "The Zoe Baird Spectacle: Silences, Sins, and Status," which was published in the fall 1999 volume of The Western Journal of Communication.
An arrangement of Amy Cheng's (Art) work, "The Monumental Fruit Series," was exhibited last fall and winter in the American Bounty Room of the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie. Other recent exhibitions include shows at the Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie and Gallery 456, New York City. Additionally, Cheng was a guest artist of Empire State College's "Studio in New York City" program; and she became a member of the Advisory Council for the Millay Colony for the Arts, an art colony located in Austerlitz, New York which was founded by the estate of Edna St. Millay.
In March, Bill Rhoads (Art History) gave a slide lecture in Brooklyn's New York Transit Museum — formerly the Court Street subway station. His lecture, "The Great Saga of Sanita," was about Sanita Lodge, a summer camp and recreation center created near Pawling in 1941 by New York City's sanitation commission William F. Carey for his employees and their families. Though various regional communities opposed the 1100-acre site in Duchess County which included about 94 elevated railway cars converted into cottages, a library and other facilities, Franklin Roosevelt supported Carey and his men. The slide lecture was based on a recent article Rhoads published in New York History.
Students in the news
For the next few weeks, this section will feature portions of news stories written this spring by the students of Shelly Wright (Communication & Media).
The Voice of New Paltz Sports
By Jacqueline Edelman
Sitting up in the stands, under the yellow lights of Elting Gym, a voice rings out, sending the crowd to a burst of applause. That voice belongs to Ricky Abramson, who, for two years now, has been the enthusiastic spirit behind the microphone at home basketball and volleyball games. "Ricky knows how to use music to create an atmosphere, and he's developed a sense of banter that engages the audience," said Stuart Robinson, assistant athletic director. For Abramson, it's a two-way street. "The more the fans get into it, the more I get into it," he explained. At basketball games, he keeps up with the quick-moving pace, shouting out the play-by-play, never missing a beat. It's easy to see the sparkle in his eyes as he cries "swoosh!" with every basket scored, earning his nickname "Swoosh Boy" among the fans. As much fun as he has, Abramson takes his job seriously. Before each game he runs through the lineups and makes certain that he can pronounce each name correctly. He decides what music to play and when to play it. "Ricky has a good understanding of the technical aspects of announcing," commented James Zalacca, the athletic director. Abramson said he has a lot to offer since working a summer for the radio station Z100, which led to other jobs like a stint at Long Island's WLIR, where he did promotional work and was also on the morning show. "Experience is everything," explained Abramson. "You don't need a college degree in order to be this big radio/TV personality. If you have a voice, you can be on the radio. If you have a voice and looks, you can be on TV." Fortunate for New Paltz, he will be around for at least another two years.
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