News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: September 5, 2000


What's New


New Full-time Appointments


Students in the News

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What's New?


Public Affairs is now accepting submissions to News Pulse on the web! Since the newsletter's birth and progression to weekly publication throughout the academic year, both readership and submissions have increased. In order to improve production of this growing communication tool, your help is needed. An electronic submission form has been developed for News Pulse, similar to the one which has been used with much success for publishing the Calendar of Events. It is extremely user-friendly and even allows easy uploading of digital pictures for use in the newsletter. The form is designed in keeping with News Pulse's established format, so will aid in decreasing the time lag between submission and publication as well. Effective immediately, all new submissions must be sent using the online submission form now available Past items collected throughout the late spring and summer will continue to appear in News Pulse in the order in which they were received, and a special edition aimed to reduce this backlog will soon be published. The interesting and varied projects of New Paltz faculty, staff, students and alumni are the substance which has made News Pulse a success, so please use the e-submission form often and encourage your colleagues to do the same!

Family ties
Jim Zalacca, director of athletics at New Paltz for the past seven years, has accepted an offer to head the athletic department at SUNY Potsdam. Under Zalacca's leadership, the Athletics Department added the women's sports of field hockey, lacrosse, and track & field, and re- established the men's track & field program which had been out of commission since the 1970s, bringing the total number of intercollegiate sports offered by New Paltz to 20. "Jim was instrumental in creating full-time coaching positions and supporting the development of sports here," said Barbara Geider, vice president for student affairs. "With those positions, we have been able to recruit and retain qualified, inspirational coaches who are leading our students to success in athletic competition, as well as in the classroom." Zalacca has also been an active participant in the planning of the new Athletic and Recreation Complex, for which construction is expected to begin next summer. "We wish Jim the best of luck in his new position," Geider said. "While he is leaving New Paltz, he is still with us as part of the larger SUNY family." Zalacca's last day at New Paltz will be September 13. A committee will be formed in the coming weeks to lead a national search for a new director.

Let's review
The Middles States Steering Committee has been collecting information and data for the past year to create the Middle States Accreditation Draft Report available at and the Sojourner Truth Library reference desk. The document under review has been divided into four main topics: (A) A Diverse Student Body: Recruitment, Retention and Graduation; (B) A Diverse Faculty: Recruitment, Faculty Development, and Building a Community of Scholars/Teachers; (C) A Diverse Curriculum: Learning, Experimentation and Assessment; and (D) Organizational Effectiveness. Because assessment of this report is crucial to the success of the accreditation proceedings, community meetings are being held for faculty, staff and students to provide feedback, so please attend any or all of the meetings described below, paying special attention to your area of interest or expertise. Attendance is considered part of the workday.

Topic D: In Student Union 418 on Wednesday, September 13, 9-10 a.m. and Friday, September 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants: Richard Barnhart, Jon Lewit, Brian McCabe, K.C. Stevens and Nick Lyons. Key personnel: staff in the administrative affairs areas.

Topic B: In Lecture Center 108 on Tuesday, September 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants: David Lavallee, Ghader Eftekhari, Reva Wolf, Richard Kelder, Jon Lewit, Tamm Sissac, Chui-chun Lee and Grace Pell. Key personnel: faculty.

Topic C: In Lecture Center 108 on Tuesday, September 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.and Thursday, September 28, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants: David Lavallee, Rose Rudnitski, A.J. Williams-Meyers, Stuart Robinson, David Hobby, and deans. Key personnel: faculty.

Topic A: In the Student Union Purple Lounge on Tuesday, October 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 5, 9 -10 p.m. Participants: Ray Schwarz, Phyllis Freeman and David Eaton. Key personnel: students.

A final open meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6 in Lecture Center 108.



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Freshmen Mei Jiao Chen, Jiantao Huang, Xiu Zhen Li and You Hu Lin enjoy the afternoon picnic on the Old Main Quadrangle following New Paltz's Fourteenth Annual Fall Convocation. "It's very exciting and scary," said Lin, far right, of her first days at the university. Lower East Side High School friends, the girls were all born in China.


New Full-time Appointments

November 1, 1999 - Present

Faculty Anthropology: John Hudelson
Art: Carmen Lizardo, Itty Neuhaus and Susanne Stokes
Art Education: Jeanne Smith-Cripps
Art History: Ellen Konowitz
Business Administration: Patricia Bellucci, Heriberto Dixon, Paul Donadio and Ozgur Berk Kan
Communication & Media: Antje Ascheid, Wenshan Jia and Robert Miller
Economics: Noreen vanValkenburg
Educational Administration: Edward Sullivan
Educational Studies: Benjamin Endres
Electrical & Computer Engineering: Damodaran Radhakrishnan
Elementary Education: Karen Bell, Marie Brand and Margaret Ferrara
English: Heinz Insu Fenkl
Foreign Languages: John Culbert, Eric Ekman, Marinella Garatti and Mary Elizabeth Stevens
Geography: Mika Roinila and John Sharp
History: Stephen Michael Vinson
Mathematics: Nader Goubran, Seonja Kim and Florin Nichita
Nursing: Sharon Holmberg
Philosophy: Sabine Roehr
Political Science: Hamideh Sedghi and Eric Ziegelmayer
Psychology: Jason Carter and Glenn Geher
Secondary Education: Devon Duhaney
Sociology: Brian Obach
Sojourner Truth Library: Valerie Mittenburg
Theatre Arts: Stanton Davis and Yoav Kaddar

Management Confidential
Vice President of Advancement James Doran
Director of Human Resources Pamela Fiedler

Classified Staff
Administrative Services: Sharon Countryman, David Heinze and Jane Wood
Admissions: Kay Patrick-Alamee
Continuing Education: Daysha Bierganns
Facilities Operations: Sharon Bailey, Robert Bergan, Edwin Coogan, Samuel Dizney, Chris Kosier, John Lane Jr., Elizabeth Ruger and Yoshiko Toyama
Financial Aid: Lisa Carpino
Payroll: Rose Quinn
Publications: Lorna Platt
Purchasing: Melissa Power
Sojourner Truth Library: MaryAnn Curry
Student Health Services: Susan Metichecchia, Leona Steigerwald and Lynn Orcutt
University Police: John Ritayik and Mary Sullivan

Professional Staff
Athletics: Jeanine Engelmann, Michael Juhl, Heather Mackay, Michael Schmidt, Corey Smith and Robert Thorburn
Career Advising & Fieldwork Center: Patrick Saxe and Martha Tait-Watkins
Computer Services: Brian Combs, Nancy Dergham, Stephen Rant Jr., Robert Trahan and Dariann Zielinski
Development: Barbara Klassen
Disabled Student Services: Steven Florczyk
Educational Opportunity Program: Chris Whitaker
Facilities & Planning: Gary Nack and Michael Weatherly
Financial Aid: Rosemarie Callihan
Institutional Research: Kelli Parmley
Language Immersion Institute: Christi Nelson-Epstein
Public Affairs & Publications: Kenneth Ross
Psychological Counseling Center: Michelle Warfield
Residence Life: Rafael Calderon, Julliet Coxum, Raymond Gordon, Joshua Lovergine-Chamberlain, Jennifer Piren and Tristan Tosh
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art: Cynthia Dill


Students in the news

Neil Kaiser, a graduate student in sociology, presented a paper titled "White Collar Crime and the Alienation it Breeds" at the 70th annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, held in Baltimore in March.


News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. It is printed in house on recycled paper and is also available at To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form at Contact writer/editor Nancy Pizio at x3187 with any additional concerns. We appreciate your patience at items are included as expeditiously as possible. Past issues are now available online!