News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: October 30, 2000


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Michael Badalucco

Michael Badalucco,'76
When the SUNY New Paltz community spent "An Evening with Michael Badalucco" on October 21, the Emmy Award- winner, feeling at home on stage in McKenna Theatre, got personal. And so, News Pulse brings you the softer side of "Son of Sam": This Brooklyn native says he chose to study at New Paltz because he'd read up on its theatre program and because it is not too far away from his mother's eggplant parmigiana; he sported an afro back in those college days; his father was a carpenter on movie sets and helped him get his first job after graduation — prop man; his secret to keeping cool at auditions is giving an impression that says, "I have somewhere else to go"... "even if it's just to pee"; he feels "blessed" to have had such supportive parents who instilled in him his work ethic; his only line in his first film was "Hey, Jake" (Raging Bull); he feels a new sense of freedom within his success, as if he can "fill out an application and write ‘actor' for occupation."

Tea for two
The annual Resnick Scholarship Luncheon honoring scholarship recipients and the magnanimous Louis and Mildred Resnick was held at the Terrace Restaurant on October 16. Ninety guests included the Resnicks' friends and family members, scholars and their parents. A copper teapot was presented as a gift to the Resnicks from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. One of 13 produced through a collaborative project by art majors in the course, "Metal Forming," the Resnicks' pot was made by Aubrey Heimer, Allison Tracy and Sakurako Shimizu under the direction of Myra Mimlitsch Gray and intern Heidi Lowe. Artists each privately drew a section of the body, and the final sculpted figure emerged as the body of a teapot.

Mildred and Louis Resnick admire a teapot created by New Paltz art students — a gift to them at the annual Resnick Scholarship Luncheon. Photo by Evan Lacon.

Dub the halls
The Institutional Image Group seeks suggestions of names for the two new residence halls (Res. Hall I and Res. Hall II is getting old). Recommendations from the Group will be given to the Cabinet for review, then forwarded to the College Council. Final approval comes from the chancellor and the SUNY Board of Trustees. Names should reflect a significant connection with SUNY New Paltz history, character and/or locale. Suggest names on the web at, at the Residence Life Office in Capen Hall, or by mail to the Publications Office, Haggerty Administration 511 by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 3. The Group has learned that names of individuals are acceptable, so if you have already submitted, but would like to suggest a name at this time, do so on the web. This name game is open to the entire SUNY New Paltz community, including staff, faculty, emeriti, students, alumni and friends.

With boughs of holly
Faculty and professionals should watch for invitations to the Holiday Open House, to be hosted by Roger and Barbara Bowen at their home on Saturday, December 2. Invitations will request your presence from 3-5 or 5-7 p.m.

Classified staff will soon see invitations to the 15th Annual Awards Luncheon, which President Bowen will host at noon on Friday, December 15 in the MultiPurpose Room. This event is being sponsored by The Wood Company.

The date of the Multicultural Holiday Celebration has been changed. Formerly planned for November 30, the candle lighting, tree decking, and culture celebrating will now take place on Thursday, December 7. Invitations to the entire university community will provide more details.


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The BUILDING BLOCKS feature will be included next week.



... A lecture and discussion on higher education in Brazil will be given by Professor Cicero Mauro Fialmo Rodrigues, president of the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro) today from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 108. This lecture is part of a series being presented by the Latin American Studies Program, funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs.

... See pictures taken at various events of Homecoming 2000 on the web at


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Heinz Meng (Biology) was featured in an American Falconry magazine article, "Campfire Hawk Talk," published in September. The article and photographs are by Steve Chindgren, a fellow falconer who has set up a grouse camp in Southwestern Wyoming each September - January for the past 12 years. (Going home for the weekends, Chindgren watched for a total of 866 days in the past 12 years, and spotted 48,760 grouse.) Meng has several times visited the camp and gone hawking for the prevalent sage grouse there. Prior to introducing Meng in his article, Chindgren quoted Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen's description of an honorable falconer: "He must be diligent and persevering, so much so that as old age approaches, he will still pursue the sport out of pure love of it. For, as the cultivation of an artist is long, and new methods are constantly introduced, a man should never desist in his efforts but persist in its practice while he lives, so that he may bring the art itself nearer to perfection." Chindgren stated that he is inspired by Meng, "still teaching and still hawking at the age of 76." He continued, "His lists of accomplishments and distinguished awards truly place him as a legend in American falconry."



Approximately 80 individuals representing 16 organizations attended a seminar presented by Robert Burns (Development), "Planned Giving 101: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask," at the Central Hudson Auditorium in Kingston last month. Its goal was to inform CEO's and volunteers of Ulster County's not-for-profit organizations about basic gift planning vehicles and techniques. The seminar was hosted by the Ulster County chapter of the charitable giving promotion program "Leave A Legacy," of which Burns is a founding member.


Alumni in the news

Clayton Aarons, '80, a graduate of Howard University School of Law, was sworn in as an assistant state attorney in Prince George's County, Maryland, on August 29. He was previously a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (1985-87), and he was an assistant public defender for 13 years in the Office of the Public Defender in Prince George's County. Aarons serves on the Maryland ProBono Resource Council Board of Directors — a statewide service coordinator of civil legal access for economically disadvantaged people living in Maryland.

Regina Calcaterra, '88, recently started her own businesses, a law office focusing on technology law. She is also a partner in the successful New York City lobbying firm Figliola and Calcaterra Inc. Additionally, Calcaterra appeared on Fox News Network twice in September. On the live show "Fox and Friends" and on "Beyond the News," the weekly roundtable with Dr. Georgia Witkins, she provided political commentary on the status of the presidential election. A democrat, Calcaterra spoke on behalf of Vice President Al Gore, whom she reported to be leading in the polls at that time.

Author Edward Renehan Jr., '80, and his former professor H.R. Stoneback (English) are both contributors to a new book, Sharp Eyes: John Burroughs and American Nature Writing, edited by SUNY Oneonta faculty member Charlotte Zoë Walker and published by the University of Syracuse Press. Renehan is the author of a book considered by scholars to be the benchmark biography of Burroughs (1837-1921): John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (Black Dome Press). Sections of it have been excerpted for inclusion in Sharp Eyes. Stoneback, who has long been interested in the late author and naturalist, contributed two essays to Sharp Eyes.


In Memoriam

Professor Emerita Helen Elsie Osburg died October 9 in Kingston. Born in Astoria, Long Island, in 1915, Osburg was a graduate of Hunter College, New York City; Medical College of South Carolina; and New York University. The year she earned her doctorate at NYU, 1962, she was also the recipient of that university's Founders Day Award. Osburg, who also taught biology at Ulster County Community College for a time, began teaching in the SUNY New Paltz Biology Sciences Department in 1966 and retired an associate professor in 1985. Her areas of academic expertise included pre-health profession advising and microbiology, and she counted among her hobbies reading, writing and travel. Arnold Nemerofsky, chair of the department during Osburg's employ, remembers her: "She was extremely student oriented. That's something New Paltz values and we speak of it often today, but my recollection of Helen is that she was always that way — available to students and willing to help them." A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz. Burial is private.


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