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ISSUE DATE: October 23, 2000


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Kosovo commission coming
On December 7 and 8, SUNY New Paltz will convene a seminar by the Independent International Commission on Kosovo to review the Commission's investigation of the Kosovo conflict and recommendations for future peacekeeping or peacemaking. The Commission was the initiative of Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, who was concerned by the absence of independent analysis of the conflict and any real attempt to research the lessons learned from it. Today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who endorsed the project, received the Commission's final report, now available at "Gathering the Commission, diplomats, scholars and human rights activists gives us the first opportunity in the United States to use the report to guide our actions in the future," said President Roger Bowen. While the 100 invited participants engage in debate and discussion, New Paltz political science students will coordinate "behind the scenes" work at the seminar. This event, to be held at Mohonk Mountain House, is being supported in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Mohonk Consultations, and coordinated by New Paltz' Institute for International Business. Bowen said the university intends to leverage the seminar to reestablish the Mohonk Conferences — annual meetings involving dedicated peace advocates representing the business, law, religious, publishing and philanthropy communities, which were held at the resort from 1895 - 1916.

Liz Clarke
Photo taken by Dave Hines (Athletics) at Vassar College on October 6.

Saving up
Field hockey player Liz Clarke (center) for two straight weeks was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III "Field Hockey Goalkeeper of the Week." A freshman from Stone Ridge, Clarke made 19 saves in a 4-0 New Paltz loss to SUNY Cortland, which was undefeated and ranked fourth in the STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III National Poll at the time. Twenty-six saves in a 2-0 loss at SUNY Oswego — the second most saves in a game for Clarke in her short collegiate career — contributed to her selection the second time. Clarke's 29 saves in a 5-1 loss at Drew University on September 12 was her personal-best total, as well as a SUNY New Paltz record.



... An MBA info session is tonight, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in van den Berg Learning Center 211. Call x2930 if interested..Monday, October 23, 2000

... Distinguished Professor Stanley Aronowitz (Sociology, Graduate Center, CUNY) will lecture and lead discussion on values in general education, in Lecture Center 102 at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday. Timing is important as New Paltz endeavors to create a new version of its own GE III. His lecture, "Higher Education or Higher Training," will be based on the most recent of his 18 books, The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning, copies of which are on reserve in the Sojourner Truth Library. This event, free and open to the public, is being co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Sociology Department. For more info, contact Harold Jacobs (Sociology) at x3481 or

... A conference, "Re-Thinking the Conscience Clauses: A Conversation on Free Speech and Free Exercise," is being co- sponsored by SUNY New Paltz and the National Coalition Against Censorship. It will be held November 9 and 10, but interested parties must express interest by this Friday. At Mohonk Mountain House, experts in higher education, law, religion, history, philosophy and human rights will take a fresh look at the "Conscience Clauses" of the First Amendment, which affirm the right to free speech and free exercise of religion. The keynote speaker will be noted First Amendment litigator Floyd Abrams. Attendance by a limited number of faculty, students and staff will be covered by a conference grant. To request inclusion or nominate potential student attendees, call Carolyn Honold at x3240, or e-mail her c/o Judy Bufano (Advancement) at, by Friday. For detailed info about the conference and participants, read a press release on the topic at


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Rosa Cabrera, professor emerita of Spanish, was awarded second prize in a Jose Maria Heredia poetry contest for her poem "La oracion del cipres" (The Prayer of the Cypress). The competition was sponsored by the Circulo de Cultura Panamericana (Circle of Pan American Culture), Miami, Florida.

On September 21, Elisa Dávila (Foreign Languages) was awarded the Trailblazer Award by SUNY System Administration's Office of Hispanic Affairs, in recognition of her contributions in "advancing Latin American and Caribbean Studies in SUNY and throughout the state of New York." Dávila, who developed the Latin American Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz and is its coordinator, is project director of a U.S. Department of Education grant to strengthen the program. She was a 1996 recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award of the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association.



Eugene Heath's (Philosophy) critical essay on Martin Stafford's Private Vices, Publick Benefits? The Contemporary Reception of Bernard Mandeville recently appeared in the journal Hume Studies.

Sharon Holmberg (Nursing) and colleague Chad Priest co-authored an article, "A New Model for the Mental Health Nursing Shift Report," published in the August 2000 issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Priest, a nurse with the U.S. Air Force, was a student of Holmberg's when she taught nursing at Indiana University prior to coming to New Paltz.

June Trop Zuckerman (Secondary Education) published a paper titled "Student Science Teachers' Accounts of a Well-Remembered Event About Classroom Management" in the August 2000 edition of the Journal of Science Teacher Education.



Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages) delivered three conference papers this summer. She read "La desmitificacion de los dioses en el drama de Carlos Solorzano" (Archetypal Inversions in the Drama of ...) at the Jornadas Internacionales de Teatro Latinoamericano (International Meeting of Latin American Theater), held in Puebla, Mexico. Her essay was subsequently accepted for publication as an article and will appear in an issue of Revista Teatral (Theater Review) scheduled for publication this week in Mexico City. Feliciano presented the second paper, "The Continuing Legacy of the Encounter, Death and Resurrection of Atawallpa," at the 15th International Symposium on Latin American Indian Literatures, held at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, in August, Feliciano attended a conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, where she read her paper "Teaching the Conquest of Peru: History, Drama and Performance."

Ernelle Fife (English) presented a paper, "A Narratological Analysis of Healers in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Literature," at the 37th International Congress of the International Society for the History of Medicine, held in September in Galveston, Texas. The Society is an interdisciplinary group of scholars from medicine, history, the humanities, fine arts, and library science; members attended from Europe, Africa, Japan, South America and North America.

Hon Ho (Biology) presented a poster session titled "Pythium vexans, associated with Brown Bast Disease of Rubber Trees in Hainan Province of China" at an annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society held in New Orleans in August. His research work was conducted in collaboration with colleagues H.C. Zeng and F.C. Zheng of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

Ellen Konowitz (Art History) presented a paper, "Northern Light: Drawing for Stained Glass in Germany and the Netherlands," at a symposium, "Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein," held last month at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles.


Students in the news

Caroline Stanley, graduate student in psychology, won the award for best student paper presented at the ninth biennial conference of the North American Personal Construct Network, held on the New Paltz campus last summer. Her paper, "Abnormality: Does It Define Us or Do We Define It?" examines abnormality within a social constructionist framework. The abstract of her paper, as well as other information about the conference, can be found at


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