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ISSUE DATE: September 18, 2000


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... Correction: Secretary Rosalie LaGattuta joined SUNY New Paltz as a member of the full-time Classified Staff in the Financial Aid Office on August 14.

... Got a web site? Accessible to people with disabilities? Deadline is approaching at warp speed (September 30). Call Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) at x3274 for assistance.

... October items for the printed Calendar of Events were due online at last Friday. Grace period ends 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

... Fall 2000 Faculty Meeting dates are Fridays September 22, October 13, November 10 and December 8. All meetings will be held in Lecture Center 102 at 2 p.m. (unless the faculty changes this back to 3 p.m.). Refreshments will be served half an hour before each meeting.

... To join this Friday's noon-1:30 p.m. Faculty and Staff Lunch Discussion, sponsored by the Student Christian Center Campus Ministry, e-mail Pastor Paul Walley ( in advance for a copy of the short story to be discussed Mary Gordon's "Mrs. Cassidy's Last Year." Bring a bag lunch, and exit the discussion whenever you like. Upcoming discussions are Fridays October 20 and November 17.

... "Understanding Poetry," a one-credit modular course on the art of poetry featuring lectures and performances by members of the English Department, will be held on consecutive Wednesdays from October 4 until November 1. All lectures are open to the public and community as well as the student body. Students may obtain one credit for the course by attending and writing one short paper, but they must be officially registered to do so. For more information, please contact Robert Singleton at x2730. Lectures will be held in the Lecture Center room TBA.

... A new Readership Program has been in effect in the residence halls since the semester began. The New York Times, Poughkeepsie Journal, Times Herald Record and Daily Freeman have been available free of charge to students in every hall because, according to Ray Schwarz (Student Affairs), a pilot study showed that having papers available in residence halls leads to an increase in the number of days students report reading a paper. Faculty should be aware of this new program since many include discussions of current and world events in their course work.

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Last month, Adam Gillon, professor emeritus of English and world literature, presented a paper, "Words Beyond the Life of Ships: Joseph Conrad's Impact on Polish Poetry," at the International Conference of Conrad Scholars, held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. It will be published in the conference proceedings. Gillon has published five books on Conrad; the most recent is Joseph Conrad: Comparative Essays (Texas Tech University).

Jan Hammond (Educational Administration) gave a presentation on building leadership from within schools or organizations at the American Association of School Administrators' National Conference on Education, held recently in San Francisco. Additionally, an article by Hammond, "Competitive Strategy for Public Schools: As Educational Options Grow, So Do Pressures to Differentiate," appeared in the March edition of Education Week.

Heinz Meng (Biology) will be a participant in "Birdscape," a group art exhibit focusing primarily on birds, to be held September 23 through November 30 at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands at Kendridge Farms, located on Route 9W in Cornwall. James Coe and Albert Earl Gilbert are also among the 12 artists whose work will be included in this exhibit co-sponsored by the Museum of the Hudson Highlands and Orange County Audubon Society. An opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.


Awards, Honors, Recognition and Interesting Endeavors

David Becker
David Becker

Facilities Operations staff spent much of the summer devoted to SUNY New Paltz student satisfaction, improving life in the residence halls. Crews repaired leaky faucets, stripped and painted showers stalls, and painted more than 550 rooms, among other projects. As a personal thank you for their efforts, the 13 Facilities Operations supervisors, together with John Shupe, sponsored a picnic held outside the Service Building on September 8. Janitor David Becker (pictured at far right ), also a guitar player and singer, entertained his friends with classic rock tunes. Front table, clockwise from left : Rick Drosdowich, Al Asendorf, Billy Decker, Jim DePuy and Ron Bottali.

Rick Drosdowich, Al Asendorf, Billy Decker, Jim DePuy and Ron Bottali.
Rick Drosdowich, Al Asendorf, Billy Decker, Jim DePuy and Ron Bottali.

Aaron Bindman, professor emeritus of sociology at SUNY New Paltz, celebrated his 84th birthday on August 29 with a swim at the Elting Gymnasium Natatorium. Swimming 84 lengths of the university pool, he continued the annual tradition he began 20 years ago. The retired professor swims three miles a week and is also an accomplished sculptor.

Nancy Kassop (Political Science) recently completed work in Washington, D.C., on The White House 2001 Project a program designed to provide new White House staff information associated with key White House offices, and to ease paperwork for presidential appointees to executive branch positions. The information she and 13 other nationally-recognized U.S. presidency scholars provided will be available to staff entering office after the January 2001 inauguration. Kassop's research and writing is on the White House Counsel's Office, the lawyer to the Office of the President.

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