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ISSUE DATE: August 28, 2000


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Moving In!

The campus community sprang to the assistance of more than 1000 freshmen and residential transfers who began moving into the residence halls last Wednesday. Robin Cohen, associate dean of students, and University Police Lieutenant Patricia Castellano organized volunteers representing the university's police, professional, classified and management confidential staff. These kindly campus members doled out directions and campus maps, and helped students and their families unload vehicles and carry students' possessions into their new rooms. The entire residential custodial staff oversaw unloading areas at all of the halls. The hawk mascot, "Gussie" (teen-age son of Diane Yonta, Alumni Affairs), welcomed visitors with a wave and a jig at the main campus entrance on Route 32. Meanwhile, inside campus buildings, residence staff and those working in the I.D. Office, Student Accounts and Telecommunications also had a very busy day. Emotions ran high as the ambitious young men and women greeted their new life at SUNY New Paltz and turned to embrace their parents, ever-grateful for the love and funds which made it possible. Last Wednesday through Sunday the students participated in more than 40 "welcome week" academic preparation activities and social workshops to acclimate them to their new community.

Joy of giving
Last year, employees participating in the SUNY New Paltz Foundation's Faculty/Staff Campaign contributed more than $15,000 in support of scholarships, professional development awards, technology, student programs, and other campus improvement efforts. Barbara Klassen, annual giving coordinator, said "We have the right to be proud that our collective generosity has made life better for so many people." Faculty/Staff Campaign 2000 will kick off at the September 22 Faculty Meeting, so please check your campus mail and e-mail in the upcoming weeks for details. Your participation demonstrates a commitment from our campus community that fosters commitment from others, said Klassen. Donors will also be eligible for prizes such as "getaways" to Mohonk Mountain House and the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa. For more information, please contact Klassen at x3239 or

On the web
Access for disabled:
In early May, the web office in Public Affairs began to make the SUNY New Paltz web site accessible to persons with disabilities. New York state requires all agency sites to be universally accessible by September 30. "Success is nothing less than 100 percent!" said Rachel Reuben, web coordinator, urging faculty, staff and students maintaining web sites that are not yet compliant to stop by her office (Haggerty Administration Building 904) during Accessibility Open House Office Hours during September. She and her student staff will answer questions and provide help at the following times: Tuesday, September 5, 1 - 4 p.m.; Wednesday, September 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Thursday, September 21, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. and Friday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Here's a current status report on the project:

Status reports, tools and more information about these guidelines can be found on the New Paltz accessibility web site at

Housing support:
An exciting new feature of the web site is an electronic housing bulletin board for assisting students in locating adequate off-campus rentals. "We're a very popular school, and as a result we have an obligation," stated Ray Schwarz, associate vice president for student affairs. He credits the development of the bulletin board to John Lynch, who suggested it to him because his son Ian, a recent transfer to the university, was having trouble finding a place to live locally. Schwarz went to Reuben, and Lynch's excellent idea has now taken form at

School of Education:
The entire School of Education now has a thorough web presence. After a year of combined effort by Connie D'Alessandro, Dean Robert Michael and the Web Team, was opened to the public in early August.


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Next week's News Pulse will feature an introduction to all new full-time faculty and staff!



... Barbara Petruzzelli (Sojourner Truth Library) said that using the Library's research databases from off campus is now even easier than before. From the Library's web site,, click on a database name and the system will automatically recognize you as an off-campus user and prompt for a Matrix ID and password. Those who do not already have a Matrix e-mail account can obtain one through Computer Services. Call the Library Reference Desk at x3710 with any additional questions about accessing research databases.



Kristine Harris (History), coordinator of New Paltz's Asian Studies Program, authored a chapter, " ‘The Romance of the Western Chamber' and the Classical Subject Film in 1920s Shanghai," published in Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943, a book edited by Yingjin Zhang and published in 1999 by Stanford University Press. Harris spent 1999 in Shanghai, Beijing, and at the University of California, Berkeley, researching early 20th-century Chinese cinema. Her work was supported by a New Paltz Committee for Research Awards and Leaves award, a United University Professions Drescher Award, and the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Council of Learned Societies Committee for Scholarly Research in China.



Narcyz Roztocki (Business Administration) served as a discussant and presented a paper, "The Integrated Activity-Based Costing and Economic Value Added Information System," at the 2000 Society for Advancement of Management International Conference, held in St. Augustine, Fla., in March. This paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

Hadi Salavitabar, director of business programs, discussed the SUNY New Paltz undergraduate business programs and the master of business administration degree program at a radio show hosted by Thomas Sipos. The interview was broadcast on March 25 on WKIP 1450 AM, and on March 26 on both Q92 92.1 FM and the CAT 96.1 FM.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

For leadership in the field of trauma services for recipients of public mental health services, Peri Rainbow (Women's Studies) received the Pioneer Award of the New York State Office of Mental Health. The award was given as part of the fifth annual joint conference of New York State Office of Mental Health and the Mental Health Association of New York, held in April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York City. Rainbow has been teaching a variety of courses in women's studies, psychology and educational studies at New Paltz for more than 10 years.

Chih-Yang Tsai (Business Administration) served as a discussant and presented a paper, "A Neural Network Model for Heart Disease Diagnosis," at the annual conference of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute, held in March in Atlantic City, N. J.


Students and Alumni in the news

This section features a portion of a news story written in the spring by a student of Shelly Wright (Communication & Media).

Breaking News
By Dickson Campo
Thirty-two students from SUNY New Paltz attended the Political Science and International Relations Club trip to Washington, D.C., where they inquired about career and internship opportunities and learned about various levels of the U.S. government. The students and Professor Nancy Kassop attended a banquet at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, which gave them a chance to see "up close and personal" how SUNY New Paltz has opened doors for its alumni. Patrick Coleman (BA/International Relations, 1990) and Cynthia Farrell-Johnson (BA/Art History, 1976) hosted the banquet, which started off with a brief description of their careers as governmental employees working in areas from environmental issues to world banking. On hand was Lois Holland, who was an art major at New Paltz, and now works monitoring global criminal activity. The rest of the trip included visits to Foreign Policy Magazine, the White House, the Office of Amnesty International and the Supreme Court Building. After a six-hour bus ride the students made it back to SUNY New Paltz. "I think everyone who is serious about political science or just the government should visit Washington, D.C., and gather all the information possible," said Paul Aboulafia, a graduate student in social studies.


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