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ISSUE DATE: September 11, 2000




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Phyllis Freeman (Psychology/Graduate School) and Jan Zlotnik Schmidt (English) are co-editors of a book, Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Midlife (Routledge, 2000). The essays in Wise Women present personal accounts of the psychological, physical and social changes midlife brings to a group of influential women, and details the ways these changes affect their lives as teachers, feminists, leaders, mentors and writers. Contributors to the volume include Judith Dorney (Educational Studies), Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts), Paula Gunn Allen, Julia Alvarez, Esther Ngan-Ling Chow, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Mary Gordon, Gail Griffin, bell hooks, Jean O'Barr and Gayle Pemberton. Freeman and Schmidt were also interviewed by the editor of the newsletter On Campus With Women about their book and about aging and ageism on campus. The interview appeared in the spring 2000 issue of the newsletter, published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Hon Ho (Biology) and X.B. Zheng of Nanjing Agricultural University, China, published an article, "The Sexual Stage of Phytophthora polygoni Saw," in the January edition of the Botanical Bulletin of Academia Sinica. Additionally, Ho published an article with H.J. Jee and W.D. Cho of the National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology in South Korea. "Pythiogeton zeae Causing Root and Stalk Rot of Corn in Korea" was published in the May-June edition of the journal Mycologia.

Two books authored by Ron Knapp (Geography) were published in June: China's Old Dwellings (University of Hawaii Press) and China's Walled Cities (Oxford University Press). He also published a chapter, "Chinese Villages as Didactic Landscapes," in China's Traditional Vernacular Dwellings and Culture (China Architectural Press), a book edited by Yan Jichen. Additionally, Knapp recently lectured on "Scripting Space: The Use of Words in Chinese Landscapes" at a symposium titled "Regions, Space, and Landscapes: Geographic Approaches in Chinese Studies," held at the University of California, Los Angeles; and he presented a paper, "Scripting Spaces: The Use of Words in Creating Places in China," at the International Conference on Chinese Hakka Houses, held in Guangdong, China, in July.

A monograph written by Jo Margaret Mano (Geography), "Annotated Bibliography of Selected New York State Maps: 1793-1900," has been published on the New York State Library's web site at This project was supported by a New York State Library Research Resident Award.

A book by Mika Roinila (Geography), Finland-Swedes in Canada: Migration, Settlement, and Ethnic Relations, has been published by the Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland. Additionally, Roinila presented a paper, "Becoming more ‘Finnish': Finland-Swedes in Ontario," in Toronto, Canada, at FinnGrandFest 2000 — the largest Finnish American and Finnish Canadian festival/lecture event ever staged in North America.

Donald Silberger (Mathematics) published an article, "Gun Control: Why Now?" in the April issue of Chronogram Magazine.



Paul Brown (Psychology/SUNY New Paltz Foundation) delivered the keynote address for the Outward Bound Professional National Facilitator Training held in the spring on Thompson Island in Massachusetts. The title of his address was "Helping Leaders and Teams Be All They Can Be." Outward Bound is an international not-for-profit organization devoted to inspiring self esteem, self reliance, compassion and care for the environment through action-based learning. The facilitators gathered on Thompson Island represented Outward Bound schools from nine U.S. states.

Rimer Cardillo (Art) coordinated SUNY New Paltz' new annual Latin American Art Program in collaboration with the Contemporary Graphic Workshop in Buenos Aires. The four-week program was held throughout July, and is planned for that time next year. At the campus's printmaking studio, Cardillo taught a workshop on installation photo silkscreen to its first participants — 17 students from Argentina. Cardillo also recently conducted an installation workshop at the Cultural Center of the State of Santa Cruz in Patagonia, Argentina.

Lisa Chase (Educational Opportunity Program), Sarah Gardner (Center for Academic Development & Learning) and Rachel Rigolino (English) made a presentation at the 23rd annual symposium of the New York College Learning Skills Association, held recently in Ellenville. The presentation was titled "Helping Developmental Writers to Excel in Freshman Composition: A Model for Seamless Support."

Stella Deen (English) presented a paper, "Dream Houses and Twisting Passages: Domestic Consciousness in E.H. Young's Celia," at "Constructing Literature and Culture, 1914-1945," the third annual conference for The Space Between, a society for the study of literature and culture between wars. The conference was held in London, Ontario, Canada, in May.

Francois Deschamps and Clifton Meador (both Art) exhibited bookworks in a show titled "Experimental Narrative and Artists' Books," held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. It was accompanied by a full issue of The Journal of Artists' Books which was devoted to the exhibition. Also, Deschamps was a guest artist at both Ithaca College and SUNY Purchase last fall.

Ernelle Fife (English) presented a paper, "Narrative in Medicine: The Story of a Plague," at the annual conference of the Narrative Society, held recently in Atlanta.

Karl Heiner (Business) presented a paper, "Simulation in Models of Health Care Quality," at the 32nd Symposium on the Interface: Computing Science and Statistics, held in New Orleans in April.

Baback Izadi (Electrical & Computer Engineering) acted as associate editor and chair of a "Reliability and Fault-Tolerance" session at the 2000 International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing and Application, held in June in Las Vegas, Nev. Also at that conference, he presented a paper titled "Two-Stage Fault-Tolerant k-ary Tree Multiprocessors."

Douglas Maynard (Psychology) presented a paper, "Relationships Among Procedural and Distributive Justice, Job Attractiveness, and Job Choice," at the 15th annual conference of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, held in New Orleans in April. The paper, co-authored by University of Maryland faculty member Robert Ployhart, was presented as part of a symposium titled "New Directions for Applicant Reactions Research."

An exhibition which includes Susan Miiller's (Fine & Performing Arts and Class of '88) oil paintings on canvas is currently underway at Unison Arts in New Paltz. "Shaping the American Landscape" can be seen throughout the month of September. Upcoming exhibits of Miiller's work include: "Dreamscapes/Landscapes," a group show which will take place September 15 - October 30 at Gallery 214 in Montclair, N.J., and "The Contemporary Landscape," a solo show to be held November 14 - December 15 at Orange Hall Gallery, Orange County Community College in Middletown.

Rob Miraldi (Communication & Media) presented a paper at the 25th annual convention of Investigative Reporters and Editors, held in June at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Miraldi was on a panel that explored the history of investigative reporting in America. Also in attendance was Tim McGlone, a 1985 graduate of the Journalism Program, now a reporter with the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va.

William Rhoads (Art History) lectured on the topic "Commerce and Industry in Hudson Valley Landscape Art: Progress or Profanation?" to a recent gathering of the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy.

George Schnell, professor emeritus of geography, presented a paper, "Migration to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania: Retired Migrants in the 1990s," at the 76th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, held in Wyomissing, Pa.

Brett Stone (Business Administration) chaired a paper session titled "Linking Social and Market Performance" at the 2000 annual meeting of the International Association for Business and Society, held in the spring in Essex Junction, Vt.

H.R. Stoneback (English) served as on-camera narrator in the documentary film The Gomez Mill House, produced by Brewton Communications and shot on location at The Mill House Museum in Marlboro last fall. At the film premiere at the Jewish Museum Gala in New York City, he was guest of honor and "toasted" by Hamilton Fish and Tony Randall for his service to the Gomez Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Gomez Mill House, believed to be "the oldest surviving Jewish residence in the United States." Stoneback was also a featured guest interviewed by a panel of scholars on the Missouri Public Television "Public Forum" series. The program was titled "Hemingway and Faulkner: Writers of the Millennium." Among presentations Stoneback gave recently are: (1) "Faulkner, Hemingway, and Place: A Hemingway Centennial Meditation," the annual address of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University; (2) "A Centennial Meditation on Hemingway, Religion, and War," the featured paper at "The Hemingway and War Centennial Conference," held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; (3) "Hemingway's Symbolic Landscapes: Place & Religion" at The Hemingway Centennial Conference of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, held in Chicago; (4) "True at First (and Last) Light: A Pre-publication Look at Hemingway's ‘Final' Work" at the XVI National Sports Literature Association Conference, held at Westfield State University in Massachusetts; and (5) "Warren on Hemingway...The ‘Hidden God' in Hemingway's Work" at the National Robert Penn Warren Conference, held at Western Kentucky University.

Mark Wiljanen (Geography) presented a workshop, "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for Land Conservation," at the New York Land Conservation Conference of the Land Trust Alliance, held on campus in June. The workshop, given in the Geography Department's GIS/Computer Cartography Laboratory, introduced participants to the fundamentals of GIS, reported on two New York land trusts, and provided hands-on experience in working with ArcView, a very popular and powerful set of GIS software.

The SUNY New Paltz Journalism Program and the Center for Community Journalism recently co-sponsored a three-day computer training workshop for Hudson Valley journalists, which took place in the Coykendall Science Building. The workshop was geared to teaching journalists basic methods of computer-assisted reporting. Two trainers from the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting taught the classes. Three reporters from the Poughkeepsie Journal and one from the Times Herald-Record of Middletown attended. Affiliated with SUNY Oswego, the Center for Community Journalism is a non-profit consortium of groups that promote community journalism.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Robin Cohen, associate dean of students, in conjunction with the Orientation and Student Development Committee, was acknowledged by the National Orientation Director's Association, Northeast Region with an award for SUNY New Paltz' 1999 Transfer Course Registration and Orientation Magazine and accompanying materials. The New Paltz publications won first place in a category designed to recognize outstanding general orientation brochures/booklets for special populations.

Howie Good (Communication & Media) was elected to a three-year term as president of the Highland School Board at its reorganization meeting on July 11.

Barbara Klassen (Development) has been appointed a member of the Foundation Board of Gateway Community Industries. The annual giving coordinator for the New Paltz Advancement Division, Klassen was previously the executive office manager and development director for Gateway Industries.

Because of his extensive research in alternative energies, Alvin Konigsberg (Geology) received an all-expense-paid trip to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he participated in the Oil and Gas Education Initiative, a conference sponsored by the Maguire Energy Institute. He spent four days with academics, journalist, and government policymakers discussing all aspects of the oil and gas industry, and its future role in the United States and world energy picture.

A May feature in The New York Times, "A Faux Pas? Get Over It!" chronicled a first-person account of language immersion via Henry Urbanski's Language Immersion Institute. The writer, Charles Strum, lauded the program Urbanski founded at New Paltz in 1981 as one that helps students quickly overcome fears and build confidence.


Alumni in the news

James Campion (Class of '72) is starting his first full year as president of Colombia-Greene Community College. After his spring appointment, he told the Hyde Park Townsman, "I'm a product of the state university system and proud to be continuing my service in the state system. Campion holds an associate's degree from Duchess Community College, a bachelor's degree from New Paltz and a master's from the University at Albany.

Timothy Harley (MFA/Painting, 1987) has been appointed director of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, chartered by the N.Y.S. Board of Regents and dedicated to preserving and interpreting materials related to the history and heritage of Irish Americans of New York and the United States. Harley's 17 years of prior experience in museum and historical society work include the post of director of the Huguenot Historical Society in New Paltz and a position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has also been a teaching fellow in drawing and design at SUNY New Paltz, and an adjunct instructor in art studio at both New Paltz and Orange County Community College.

Michael Katz (Class of '75) recently published the novel The White Dolphin (Psychology Help), an adventure story involving environmentalists, an arch villain tuna fisherman, and a white dolphin. The book is available from and as an E-book by ReadersNetwork.

Iris Keltz (Class of '66) published a book called Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie (Cinco Puntas Press, El Paso, Texas) in June. It is a compilation of vignettes, photos, oral histories and newspaper articles depicting life in northern New Mexico in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A new audio edition of Edward Renehan Jr.'s (BS/Political Science, 1980) book The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt & His Family in Peace and War (Oxford University Press, 1998) has been published by Recorded Books Inc. Renehan, who lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children, is currently working on a new book for Doubleday, The Kennedys at War,which he hopes to complete in 2001.

Recent graduate Wendy Rubenstein co-authored an article with Michael Muffs, assistant professor of educational administration, while interning in his department. "Staff Wellness: The Key to Synergy," published in the winter 2000 edition of the School Administrators Association of New York State Journal, discussed wellness programs for teachers and administrators as an integral component in a school district's organizational efficiency. Rubinstein received her certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY New Paltz in May.


Students in the news

In June, Joshua Reed (Senior, Radio/TV Production) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for a one-year term. IBS is a national non-profit association of about 600 student-staffed radio stations at colleges across the country. Reed's position entails attending annual board meetings, acting as a liaison between students and the organization, and assisting in the planning of the IBS annual convention, held in New York City every March. Reed has been the station manager of WFNP- THE EDGE for the past two years, and though he will not be returning this fall, he said, "I am looking forward to this opportunity to work with college radio stations on a national level." Additionally, Reed has been chosen to receive a 2000 Bayliss Radio Scholarship of the John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation, committed to promoting student broadcasters planning to pursue related careers after graduating. He is one of only 20 college and graduate-level students selected nationwide for this $5,000 award to help defray educational costs incurred during the 2000-01 academic year.

Those who delivered papers at the second annual Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society Conference, held near Springfield, Ky., in April, include several spring 1999 graduate students in English: Mark Bellomo, Steven Florczyk, Breida Gallagher, Tina Green, Susan Piperato and Fiona Paton. Additionally, H.R. Stoneback, honorary president of the Society and the director of graduate studies in English, delivered the keynote address, "Folksong and Folkplace in the Works of Elizabeth Madox Roberts: Or, Numinous Country and Country (Numinous) Music." Elizabeth Madox Roberts was a Southern novelist and poet who lived from 1881 until 1941, and is best known for her novel The Time of Man (1926).

The bestowal of book prizes to students is a 10-year-old Asian Studies Program tradition. Each semester, instructors identify one student in each of their classes whose performance is to be celebrated with a book which has been acquired by the Geography Department through the New York Conference on Asian Studies. The recipients of the Program's spring 2000 book prizes are: Thomas Barker, Beth Cashara, Eun-hey Jemma Chang, Reetu Grewal, Alyssa Lee, Dylan McGee, Brian Smith, Mathew Varughese and Rachel Wilson.

Several students attended the 1999-2000 C-STEP Statewide Student Conference, held at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton's Landing, N.Y. Research poster presentations on projects completed during internships were given by Angela Afriyie, Gonn Hoi Cheung, Julio Mahecha, Vivian Morgan, Tuan Nuygen and Karyn Velasquez.

Eleven members of the New Paltz chapter of the Residence Hall Student Association returned from a conference of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls with the award for "Most Spirited School." The conference staff observed the students cheering for their school and region, maintaining the conference theme and volunteering for activities throughout the conference. The students representing New Paltz so exuberantly: Bonni Abramowitz, Shana Bender, Elysia Carnevale, Sharod Duncan, Jennifer Etue, Heather Gillman, Diane Greenwald, Gesilie Groat, Jamie Levato, Jennifer Lynch and Tara Thiel. Corinna Caracci, residence life director, and Paul Leone, a May graduate and the former RHSA president, were the advisors for the conference group.


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