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ISSUE DATE: October 2, 2000


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Hit for Life softball team
The "Hit For Life" softball team with Travis and his family. Front, L to R: Travis and family. Middle, L to R: Pat Crisci, Ray Smith, Bob Smith, Mike Doyle, Ralph Cropley and Marie Montgomery. Rear, L to R : Chris Rea, Rick Tierney, John Ritiyak, Vic Torres, John Bartula, Rob Guido and Steve Ozurchuk. Photo by Dorothy Smith.

To protect and serve
A submission by University Police Officer Ray Smith
In August, University Police Department officers, with help from the Grounds Crew and the New Paltz Police Department, participated in Kingston Police Department's annual "Hit For Life" softball tournament at Block Park in Kingston. Dog This year's event was extra special for the university police, who were responsible for recommending the family who benefitted from it. More than $2100 was raised to help a local 12-year-old youth named Travis who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. The funds enabled Travis and his family to obtain a young golden retriever from Canine Companions in Long Island. The dog, Fran , is specially trained to assist Travis in everyday activities at home and school. Many thanks to the other UPD officers who participated in this event John Bartula, Ralph Cropley, Mike Doyle, John Ritiyak, Vic Torres and Tim Wurtz grounds crew staff Rob Guido, Kingston fireman Chris Rea and officer Rick Tierney, East Fishkill officer Pat Crisci, and New Paltz officers Marie Montgomery and Steve Ozurchuk. Also, thanks to those who covered shifts at New Paltz that day. Although UPD lost both games in the double elimination event, no one went home without a smile from helping this great family.

Feminism and popular culture
The 23rd annual women's studies conference, sponsored by Women's Studies and Conference Services, will be a day-long event on Saturday, October 28. It will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m in the Student Union. With the theme "Through the Looking Glass: Feminism and Popular Culture," the conference will explore popular culture's relationship to female autonomy and power. "While popular culture has often been the source of demeaning images of women, it has also responded to feminism impulses in the society around it sometimes reflecting, sometimes distorting, sometimes co-opting women's quest for equality and respect," explained Denise Bauer, coordinator of women's studies. Author, media critic, and SUNY Buffalo professor Elayne Rapping will be the keynote speaker. There will also be 22 workshops with scholars from more than 20 U.S. universities, including New Paltz; and Canada, Poland and Slovenia. Performance artists will be Cuban-born artist and writer Carmelita Tropicana (a.k.a Alina Troyan); and writer, humorist and performer Laurie Weeks, a screen writer for the Academy Award- winning film Boys Don't Cry. She will perform at the conference with singer/guitarist Karyn Kuhl. Registration is $5 for students and $30 for others (more if you can, less if you can't). Call Conference Services at x3033 for a brochure, and Women's Studies at x2975 with questions.

December commencement
Planning is underway for SUNY New Paltz' first commencement ceremony specially for December graduates! It will be Saturday, December 2. Students who have filed a degree application with the Recorders Office will receive a commencement planning guide this week at their local address. Faculty who wish to participate should order their commencement rental attire from the Campus Bookstore by Friday, October 13. More information on the university's first-ever winter commencement will be forthcoming. Any additional questions should be directed to Judy Costa, coordinator of marketing and special events, at x3972.



... The campus chapter of international history honor society Phi Alpha Theta is now accepting applications. There is no deadline, but students should apply now to participate in meetings and activities. All candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; undergraduates must have 12 credits in history with a GPA of at least 3.1 in that area; graduates must have finished one third of their master's work. Students should bring a progress report and $30 cash fee to Kristine Harris, chapter faculty advisor, in Jacobson Faculty Tower 820. See also:



Paul Brown, an adjunct professor of psychology at New Paltz and the vice president of Continuous Learning Group, based in Coraopolis, Pa., recently published an article. "Learning from Top Performing Managers" was published in the March 2000 issue of Performance Improvement, the journal of the International Society of Performance Improvement. The article summarizes Brown's research on Fortune 50 companies and describes how managers, executives and team leaders employ coaching skills to build high- performance teams.

John VanderLippe (History) published an article, "Forgotten Brigade of the Forgotten War: Turkey's Participation in the Korean War," in the January 2000 edition of Middle Eastern Studies, a quarterly journal edited by Sylvia Kedourie and published in England.



Gerald Kitzmann (Physics) presented a paper, "Wave Equation Measurements," at an August meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, held at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Rimer Cardillo's (Art) work is part of an exhibition, "Really Big Prints," at the Rockford College Art Gallery, Clark Arts Center in Rockford, Ill., through October 1. It is an eclectic show of unusually large prints showcasing a wide variety of printmaking techniques. Lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, serigraphs, and innovative media have been used by nationally and internationally recognized artists including Judith Brodsky, James Butler and Yoshiko Shimano.

The election season is in full swing and Kathleen Dowley (Political Science) is in Albania. She is one of 15 Americans selected to be part of a 100-person international team of election observers during October's local elections in Albania. The team will monitor polling stations across the East European nation under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Dowley, who specializes in Eastern European and Russian politics, feels it will be a great opportunity to obtain first- hand experience for her research, and to share with her students. She applied for the team through the U.S. State Department.

Rachel Rigolino (English) gave a presentation, "But What Does This Have to do With English?" at a conference titled "Student Affairs and the Great Outdoors," sponsored by Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. and held at that university in June. She discussed her composition course, "Mohonk and Wilderness Literature," which incorporates class trips to Mohonk Preserve with reading and writing about the outdoors.


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Stuart Robinson, associate athletic director for the past five years, has been named interim athletic director. Joe Kremer, who has been the university's assistant athletic director for the past year, will serve as interim associate athletic director. A 1983 Williams College graduate who holds a master's degree from Middlebury College, Robinson is in his ninth year as men's soccer coach at New Paltz. In addition, he has been an adjunct English professor at the university since 1994. Kremer is a 1990 Hamilton College graduate who earned his master's degree at Florida State University. He has been the Hawks' men's basketball coach since 1996, and also served one year as the athletic facility manager. Robinson's and Kremer's interim responsibilities will continue until a new director of athletics has been appointed. A national search for the position will occur in the early spring. Both men will continue to coach their respective sports during this transition period.

External validation of the strength and quality of SUNY New Paltz has once again been shown by the university's placement in three nationally recognized college guides: Time/Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger's Review. Time/Princeton Review acknowledged New Paltz as one of the top three most selective SUNY campuses, along with Binghamton and Geneseo. This was New Paltz' third consecutive listing in U.S. News and World Report as one of the top regional universities in the North. And, according to Rich Bodenschatz (Admissions), "New Paltz' entrance into the prestigious Kiplinger's as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation is an important milestone in the continuing recognition of the quality of education, faculty, staff and students at New Paltz. These important recognitions are a tribute to the continuing efforts and energy of the entire university community!"


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