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ISSUE DATE: November 6, 2000


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What's New?


Consider the options
While overall enrollment at New Paltz remains constant, the demand for campus housing is growing. Even with two new residence halls and the return of part of College Hall to residence hall use, the expected continued growing demand for campus housing requires the consideration of additional options. New Paltz is presently awaiting SUNY Board of Trustees approval of a land lease agreement allowing the school to lease property to the Alumni Association, which will select a developer to build about 100 apartment units which the university will manage as part of its residence life program. Under this plan, after a lease period of 25 years, the property and apartments will revert to full university ownership. The site being considered is eight acres SUNY New Paltz owns on the east side of Route 32, on the north side of the Route 32 parking lot. If the Board approves the agreement this fall, construction could begin as early as spring 2001. For more details, visit the SUNY New Paltz web site, which provides information on this and other current issues which are "In the Public Eye" at

Give a little, help a lot logo is the slogan of State Employees Federated Appeal Campaign 2000, which began October 16 with a fundraiser organized by Sigma Iota Alpha Sorority and Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity. Marking the first time in which a student organization worked alongside state employees for the sake of the numerous charities this campaign supports, the Greeks raised $64.18 for donation to the Make A Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley. Information packets are being mailed to all offices today, and pledges must be returned by Monday, December 4 for eligibility for a drawing for prizes such as golf for two at Mohonk Mountain House, a Hudson River Sloop Clearwater sailboat cruise for two, and many others. The faculty and staff who made donations to last year's campaign will be honored at a SEFA Appreciation Breakfast in the Terrace Restaurant on Thursday, November 16. Last year SUNY New Paltz raised $11, 756, and campaign manager Niza Cardona (Financial Aid) feels that this year, the university can do even better. Call Cardona at x3249 with any questions.


Building Blocks
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... Focus groups conducted by the Institutional Image Group will provide opportunities for faculty and staff to discuss the university image in conjunction with design of a new logo. Reserve a seat for 1:30-2:30 p.m. on November 7 (VLC Business Lounge), 8 (OM 100) or 9 (Hasbrouck Dining Hall) by calling Judy Costa (Public Affairs) at x3972.

... Economist and professor Edward Wolff of NYU will present a free lecture, "The Stagnating Fortunes of the Middle Class," at 12:30 p.m. in the CSB auditorium on Thursday, November 9.

... Like dining out, but not the cost? The Mid-Hudson Valley Entertainment Book features buy-one-get-one-free and other discount coupons for more than 100 restaurants and businesses. For the fifth consecutive year, SUNY New Paltz is among the agencies co-sponsoring this popular Food Bank of the Hudson Valley fundraiser. Stop by the Center for Student Development in Student Union 301 to look at or purchase the $25 book. Make checks payable to Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

On October 11, the New York Times ran an article in the business section which shed light on American companies' increasing need for language instruction as business becomes more globalized. The article featured Margaret Cogswell, instructor in the SUNY New Paltz Language Immersion Institute, teaching Japanese to IBM employees in East Fishkill — one of the LII's programs this fall. The article also mentioned a LII project which trained medical personnel at area hospitals to speak Spanish, as well as a project which bestowed "party French" to executives of a New York media company wishing to show their French counterparts a New York City-style "night on the town." Program coordinator Christi Nelson-Epstein said, "The Language Immersion Institute has been receiving more and more requests for specialized language training."

Photo by Feliciano in Sapallanga, September, 1998.

The Education and Media Services Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has selected Wilma Feliciano's (Foreign Languages) video, El Apu Inca de Sapallanga, for inclusion in the Met's "Spanish Family Festival," which explores the art and culture of Peru. The video presents an edited performance of a centuries-old dance drama about the conquest of Peru. At right, actors are shown portraying the Inca emperor Atawallpa (right) and his brother Waskar before the civil war that divided the empire and favored the conquest of Peru by Francisco Pizarro in 1532. Feliciano's video will be screened as part of "Spanish Family Festival" on Sunday, December 3. The Metropolitan is located on Fifth Avenue from 78th - 81st streets. All educational screenings are free to museum visitors. Feliciano has previously been honored with the selection of El Apu Inca by the Latin American Studies Association for a LASA 2000 Merit in Film Award.



Julio González (Electrical & Computer Engineering) co-authored two papers on the use of computers in education which have been published in conference proceedings. Following presentation in Fuveau, France, in May, "Memphis, a Hypermedia System for Learning Microelectronics" was published in the proceedings of the 3rd European Workshop on Microelectronics Education. "Electronics Education System," presented in Montreal, Canada, in July, has been published in the proceedings of the ED-MEDIA 2000 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications. González authored the former paper with colleagues from universities throughout Spain, and the latter with colleagues from the University of Vigo, Spain.



Provost David Lavallee (Academic Affairs) presented a plenary lecture at a conference, "Universities in the New Millennium," sponsored by the Fulbright program at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, October 11-13. Participants included the rectors (presidents) and vice rectors of Turkey's universities, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey and the assistant secretary of state for educational matters. While in Istanbul, Lavallee also met with officials of Yaditeppe University to initiate discussions on student exchange. This university is a new institution serving 8,000 students, and has an American-style curriculum conducted in English.

George Schnell, professor emeritus of geography, had his paper, "Recent Age-Selective Return-Migration: The Case of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania," read at a joint meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers and the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, held on October 21 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The paper was presented by a colleague of Schnell's from Rowan College, New Jersey.


Alumni in the news

Bill Turechek (‘92/Biology) earned his doctorate in plant pathology from Ohio State University in 1999, completed a post-doctoral appointment at Oregon State University, and has recently been appointed an assistant professor of tree, fruit and berry crop pathology at Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Turechek's honors include the William E. Krause Director's Award for Excellence in Research from Ohio State's Agricultural Research and Development Center and the C.C. Allison Award for outstanding contributions as a graduate student in Ohio State's Plant Pathology Department.


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