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ISSUE DATE: October 16, 2000


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Spruced up
While most folks have been dreaming up Halloween costumes, the Undergraduate Alumni Association and the Mid-Hudson chapter of the Alumni Association have been having visions of sugar plums. On October 3, in the soft ground just behind the rock wall sign at the main entrance to campus, staff of Augustine Landscaping & Nursery of Kingston planted a 20-foot Norway spruce evergreen for a brand new multicultural holiday tradition planned by the alumni groups. On November 30, this first celebration will begin with refreshments in the Haggerty Administration Lobby and feature the lighting of candles and telling of traditions by members of College Activities' cultural and spiritual student organizations. Mistress of ceremonies will be Mary Dixon Atkins,'66, Foundation Board member and vice president of the Alumni Association Board. Tree decking with ornaments designed by the students will follow, and the tree will remain lit throughout the holiday season. Participating organizations include the Asian Student Association, Baha'i Club, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Organization, Faith Unity Tabernacle, Jewish Action Movement, Korean Culture Union, Latino Cultural Center, Muslim Students Association and Student Christian Center. Invitations and additional information will be forthcoming.

Settled in
In addition to the alumni who came home last weekend, hundreds of family members of freshman visited the campus, as it was Family Weekend as well. "Parents came to see their sons and daughters ‘settled in'," said Robin Cohen, associate dean of students, and to partake of the many social activities of Homecoming 2000. Cohen would like to extend thanks to Homecoming 2000 co-sponsoring offices and programs: Campus Auxiliary Services (yes, this is an official name change), Alumni Affairs, SUNY New Paltz Foundation, Student Development, College Activities, Campus Media Center, Student Affairs, Public Entertainment Commission, Undergraduate Alumni Association, Student Association and Residence Hall Student Association.



... The MTV "Mission Makeover" episode starring New Paltz student George Greis did not air last Thursday as orignally planned, but will be shown at 3 p.m. today (October 16).

... The Women's Rights & Concerns Committee of the New Paltz chapter of United University Professions invites all faculty and staff to a presentation, lunch and discussion with Maureen Scully on Friday, October 20 in the Honors Center H111 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The topic will be "Gender and the ‘Meritocracy' at New Paltz." Scully is a professor of management at the Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons Graduate School of Management, Boston. Her research addresses the ways the ideal of meritocracy can make inequality in organizations appear to be a legitimate outcome of a fair advancement contest and how employees can use this ideal to raise concerns about fairness. RSVP by Tuesday, October 17 by calling Abigail Robin (English) at x2732 or via the web site at Lunch will be provided. This event is being funded by the State of New York/UUP Professional Development & Quality of Working Life Committee, and by the SUNY New Paltz Office of the President.

... A one-day workshop titled "Children and Adults Who Stutter," designed to bring speech-language professionals together with children, teenagers and adults who stutter, will be held Saturday, November 4 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union. It is being co-sponsored with the university by FRIENDS — a stuttering support group for kids. Wendy Bower (Communication Disorders) said that emphasis will be placed on treatment techniques and support services for people who stutter, and there will be workshops facilitated by speech-language pathologists and adults who stutter. For more info or a registration form, please contact Bower at x3452 or, or call the Speech & Hearing Clinic, Department of Communication Disorders at x3600. Registration will be accepted up to and including the day of the event, but there is a reduced fee for those who register prior to Saturday, October 21. Early registration is $25 per adult or family, and later is $35 per adult or family.

... All visitors to campus during normal weekday work hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) must procure a visitor parking permit from the University Police Department. If an office or department is hosting an event, arrangements must be made with the UPD to obtain visitor parking permits.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Mary Kahl (Communication & Media) was named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association at their recent annual convention, and also appointed to the ECA Committee of Scholars, which annually recognizes three scholars for significant intellectual contributions to the discipline. While at the convention in Pittsburgh, Kahl delivered a paper titled "The Power and Peril of Candor in Politics: Governor Jesse Ventura as Reform Party Rebel," served as a respondent to a panel on 19th century American rhetoric, and chaired a session on the future of scholarship in rhetoric and public address. Additionally, Kahl conducted a focus group following the first presidential debate, held October 3 at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her group, sponsored by DebateWatch 2000, a research project affiliated with the Commission on Presidential Debates, spoke with audience members about their impressions of the candidates. The feedback will be used to assess whether the debates are providing useful information about issues of concern to the American public.

Anna Maslakovic (History), having completed all requirements for a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University, has been promoted to assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz.



President Roger Bowen's essay, "Herbert Norman: Engaged Scholar, Civilized Man," has been published in the 60thanniversary edition of E. H. Norman's Japan's Emergence as a Modern State (UBC Press, 2000). Other contributors of essays include John Dower, recent Pulitzer Prize winner, and Herbert Bix, whose Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japanis causing a major stir in academic circles, said Bowen. Another essay by Bowen, "Realizing Global Education: An Immodest Proposal," will appear in the fall 2000 issue of the Journal of Studies in International Education. This essay served as the basis for the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, originally introduced in the House by Rep. Ben Gilman, and passed by the Senate on October 5.

A book by Diane Goodman (Educational Studies), Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups, has just been published by Sage Publications. It provides theory, perspectives and strategies for working with adults — including college students — on diversity and social justice issues.


Alumni in the news

On Saturday, October 21, Michael Badalucco, '76, will return to his alma mater to share his insight and techniques in a workshop with current theatre students, and to be honored at "An evening with Michael Badalucco Hosted by John Turturro," beginning in McKenna Theatre at 8 p.m. After showing a "best-of-Badalucco" compilation of clips, Turturro, '79, will conduct a candid, intimate dialogue with his old friend from their days as fellow theatre students in the School of Fine & Performing Arts. They will also field questions from the audience. Don't miss this rare double-header sponsored by SUNY New Paltz and the Hudson Valley Media Arts Center, a New Paltz-based organization which promotes film in the region. HVMAC co-founder Gail Freedman told the Poughkeepsie Journal she wanted to collaborate with SUNY New Paltz because, "A lot of really successful people in the [entertainment] business have come from there." Call the HVMAC box office at (845) 431-6799 for advance tickets ($20) and more information. Who are these guys, anyway? Badalucco, among many other roles, is Jimmy Berluti on the Emmy Award-winning hit ABC series "The Practice"; serial killer David Berkowitz in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam; and George "Baby Face" Nelson in the new Joel & Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, to be released in December. Turturro has appeared in more than 25 theater and film productions, most notably Quiz Show; Unstrung Heroes; Barton Fink, for which he received the 1991 Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival; and Mac, for which his creation and direction earned him the 1992 Cannes Camera D'Or Award.

Denise Kennedy

Denise Kennedy (Communication & Media, '89, right), on leave from her position with Grey Advertising of New York City, served as an associate producer with NBC Sports at the Sydney Olympics. This was not her first Olympic experience; she served in a similar capacity for NBC Sports during the 1996 Atlanta games. Kennedy is also an active alumni admissions ambassador for SUNY New Paltz — a graduate who represents the university at college programs in her home area, New York City.


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