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ISSUE DATE: September 25, 2000


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Deans awards recipients

Dean's Awards
Robin Schamberg (far right), a social studies teacher at Ramapo High School, with President Roger Bowen, Susan Doyle (Mid-Hudson School Study Council), Dean Gerald Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences) and Dean Phyllis Freeman (Graduate School) at a Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching bestowal ceremony in the Terrace Restaurant last week. Schamberg is among seven outstanding regional teachers who were honored with this award from the Office of the Dean of Education along with an honorary appointment as an adjunct clinical professor within the School of Education. Other recipients are May Knapp, Henrietta Thomas Mountz, Kathleen Sahl, Lawrence Scanlon, Diane Trinkaus and Joyceanne Wlodarczyk. To see another photo which includes all seven recipients and university representatives, see


Homecoming/Alumni Reunion Weekend 2000
Linking the past to the present in the new millennium will be the focus of Homecoming Weekend, October 13-15. is the best place for details of this event which will include: a dedication ceremony for "The Flame of Wisdom," (pictured) a stainless steel sculpture created by internationally renowned artist Leonardo Nierman and made possible for the university by a gift to the Foundation by generous donor Henry Hirsch; a barbeque and fair; comedy show; numerous receptions; sporting events; historical and campus tours; scholarship golf; a First World Alumni event; School of Business alumni activities; and reunion dinners for the graduating class of '75, '80, '85 and '90. Registration can also be done online, so be sure to check out the site soon for participation in this fun autumn weekend of celebrating SUNY New Paltz and its loyal alumni.

College Hall
Conversations have begun between the English and Black Studies departments and members of the university administration to determine acceptable accommodations for these departments whose offices for many years have occupied the former residence hall, College Hall. A Public Affairs "In the Public Eye" memo which provides facts on this situation was e-mailed to all campus members last week and is currently available at


Building Blocks

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... Last help session for making web sites accessible to people with disabilities is Friday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Haggerty Administration 904. If you can't make it, call the web coordinator at x3274 for assistance.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

This years recipients of the Outstanding Student Service Award are Pat Clarke (Women's Studies) and Pat Pole (Honors Program and Governance). President Bowen presented plaques to both women at this year's Fall Convocation, and they also received a one-time monetary award. A plaque in the Haggerty Administration lobby also announces last and this year's recipients. Employees are nominated for this award, which was bestowed for the first time last fall, by students or colleagues who perceive them to be meeting students' needs "above and beyond the call of duty." Nominations are then screened by a committee comprised of students, and professional and classified staff.

Because of her support and dedication to the purchasing profession, Yolanda Howell (Purchasing) has been selected to receive the Upstate New York Regional Scholarship Award of the National Association of Educational Buyers (NAEB). She will use the scholarship award to attend a professional development institute offered by the national office of the NAEB.

H.R. Stoneback (English) received the annual W.B. Yeats Poetry Award (second prize) for his poem, "Woodsmoke in Aigues-Mortes: Late November." The judge for this international competition was renowned poet Billy Collins. Stoneback was the guest of honor at the annual W.B. Yeats Awards Luncheon, held in New York City in April, at which he received this award.



Eddie Bell, a member of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board of Trustees for the past three years, published a book of narrative poetry titled Capt's Dreaming Chair (Red Hill OUTLOUDBOOKS, a division of Catskill Reading Society) this month. According to Catskill Reading Society, "It is accessible reading for a wide audience as it surpasses race and gender. The riveting poetry is an outgrowth of Eddie's rich family experience, passionate social activism, extensive travel and a panoramic view of the world through his camera's lens. He tells stories that keep us human." Bell is currently in Colorado giving readings from his book, and will return next month. Positions held by Bell while at New Paltz include assistant professor of physical education, director of the Educational Opportunity Program, director of the Minority Recruitment Program, and several positions in Admissions, the last of which was associate dean. On October 1, information about this book will be available at

Victor deMunck (Anthropology) published a book titled Culture, Self and Meaning (Waveland Press) an interdisciplinary exploration which provides a summation of developments in psychological anthropology dealing with the central issues of culture, self and meaning. Additionally, deMunck and alumna Nicole Dudley (Class of '00, Liberal Arts/Anthropology,) co-authored a paper, "Marking Masculinity in a Sri Lankan Village: Hard Men and Soft Women." deMunck presented it as part of a "South Asian Masculinities: Change and Continuity" panel at the Modern South Asian Studies Conference held earlier this month in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jacqueline Grace and Donald Silberger (both Mathematics) co-authored an article, "A Deceptive Fact About Functions," published in a 2000 volume of the research journal FUNDAMENTA MATHEMATICAE. Additional co-authors include Wiestaw Dziobiak, a former visiting professor in Mathematics and Computer Science at SUNY New Paltz and currently of the University of Puerto Rico; and Andrzej Ehrenfeucht of the University of Colorado.


Alumni in the news

Scott Cohen (BA/Theatre, 1984) portrayed Detective Steve Thomas in a television movie about the murder of JonBenet Ramsey a CBS special titled "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town." Critic Caryn James in the February 25 edition of the New York Times stated, "...Cohen rises above the script to bring some passion to his character." Other recent work by this alumnus includes the role of "the wolf" in the NBC mini-series fantasy "The 10th Kingdom," and a guest role as an alcoholic detective on "N.Y.P.D. Blue" a performance James found "compelling."


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