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ISSUE DATE: November 13, 2000


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Looking glass
More than 320 people attended the women's studies conference, "Through the Looking Glass: Feminism and Popular Culture." This included 56 presenters from throughout Canada and the United States, 11 of which are campus community members: Antje Ascheid, Mary Kahl, Lynn Spangler, Patricia Sullivan (Communication & Media), Debra DePeiro, Rachel Lagodka, Pauline Uchmanowics (English), Peter Brown (Foreign Languages), Florence Dee Boodakian (Women's Studies), Anne Roschelle, (Sociology), Margaret Wade-Lewis (Black Studies), and Cheryl Yanek, a senior and writing major. Because Elayne Rapping, the keynote speaker, was ill, an audience participation exercise on the conference theme was the opening event, which an evaluation by attendees later confirmed was "informative and energizing." According to Pat Clarke, program assistant in women's studies, the session about feminism, rap and hip hop was one of the more popular selections by students. Ama Birch, a theatre major and member of the conference planning committee, created a special story-telling program for participants' children who spent the day at the Childcare Center in van den Berg Learning Center. A thank you is extended to all those whose participation contributed to the conference's success and to the numerous faculty, staff, students and alumni who served as moderators and on the planning committee. If interested in helping plan for next year, contact Clarke at x2975 or

Midnight Madness Midnight madness
Sophomore center Zebi Williams (center, left) and senior forward Lisa Burriss (center, right) await referee Anthony Flores' tipoff toss to start a women's basketball intersquad scrimmage at the second annual Midnight Madness, held Oct. 26 in Elting Gym. More than 800 spectators came to see the men's and women's teams kickoff their season practices at midnight on the first day the NCAA allows not bad, considering the World Series game was on television. Photo by Dave Hines.



... The Institutional Image Group added a new focus group meeting to discuss the university image and the design of a new logo from 9:30-10:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the business lounge located in the annex of the van den Berg Learning Center. Reserve a seat by calling Judy Costa (Public Affairs) at x3972.

... Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai will give a free lecture, which is open to the public, in the Nadia & Max Shepard Recital Hall from 11:30 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. this Thursday. This event is in conjunction with Nakai's performance with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Studley Theatre on Friday, the Bardavon on Saturday, and Mt. Saint Mary College on Sunday. Call the Bardavon at (845) 473-2072 for more information.

... All faculty should have recently received a survey regarding use of Sojourner Truth Library facilities and resources. If you haven't, please pick one up at the reference desk or call Barbara Petruzzelli at x3677. This is a great opportunity to tell the library staff whether your teaching and research needs are being met and to offer vital input and suggestions for improvements. The deadline for returning surveys to the library is this Friday.

... Since 1997, SUNY New Paltz has had a formal cooperative institutional agreement with Mohonk Preserve. Many faculty are taking advantage of this opportunity to use the preserve for educational programs and research projects in the areas of art, business, environmental education, communication and media, science and social science. If you are interested in learning more about ways to incorporate the preserve into your curriculum or research, attend an information session from 2-3 p.m. this Friday at the Mohonk Preserve Trapps Gateway Visitor Center. If you plan to attend, please e-mail Ronald Knapp (Geography) at or Carol Rietsma (Biology) at For more information, visit Mohonk Preserve on the web at

... If you are a member of Phi Beta Kappa and support the creation of a chapter at New Paltz, please let Jerry Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Science) know by e-mailing him at


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Next week's edition of News Pulse will feature the winners of 2000 Alumni Association Awards!


Awards, Honors, and Appointments

The SUNY New Paltz Nursing Program has received accreditation for its degree programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing. At a Sept. 22 meeting, the Board of Commissioners granted the bachelor's degree program accreditation until 2010 and the master's degree program accreditation until 2005. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE improves public health by ensuring the quality and integrity of education programs preparing students to become effective nurses. Nursing Program director Ellen Abate said, "It's very prestigious to be affirmed by this accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing." The New Paltz Nursing Program was previously accredited by the National League for Nursing.

Rose Irvine, professor emerita of communications, has been appointed for a three year term to the Governor's Advisory Committee for the State Office for the Aging, located in Albany.

Yes, that was our own Joe Paparone (Theatre Arts) on the new NBC-TV series "Ed" on the night of Sunday, Oct. 29. He portrayed Mr. Matthews, a doctor's office patient who "yawned at the wrong time" and swallowed a moth, but is skeptical of the abilities of the town's young new doctor, played by Josh Randall. "Stuckeyville" grocery store manager Mr. Matthews will re-appear in a future episode of the comedy/drama to air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, so keep your remotes set for Paparone on NBC.



Kristen Backhaus and Brett Stone (both Business) co-authored a paper titled "Influence of Corporate Social Performance on Organizational Attractiveness and Job Choice." Backhaus presented it at the annual meeting of the Northeast Business and Economic Association, held in Islandia, N.Y., on October 6.

Ozgur Kan's (Business) paper titled "The Evidence of Strategic Pricing Policies of Turkish Textile Exports" has been accepted for publication in this month's edition of the journal Applied Economics.



Heriberto Dixon (Business) presented a paper, "The Saponis in New York State and Beyond," at the 2000 Iroquois Research Conference, held at the Rensselaerville Institute Oct. 6-8.

Ping Jin (Music) gave three lectures in China this summer. "The New Generation of American Composers and Their Music" was given at Beijing Conservatory and Shenyang Conservatory, and "The Training of a Composer," was delivered at the Beijing Institute of the Provincial Opera and Arts.

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Art) is an invited participant in an exhibition, "Women Designers in the USA: 1900-2000 Diversity and Difference," to be held at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York, N.Y. It opens tomorrow and continues through February 2001. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.


In Memoriam

Philip Stein, professor emeritus of biology, died Oct. 22 in Kingston. Born in New York City in 1932, he was a graduate of Brooklyn College, George Washington University, Columbia University, and the University of Geneva, where he earned his doctorate in physiology in 1961. After teaching biology and biochemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Brooklyn College, he joined the Biology Department at SUNY New Paltz in 1968, teaching a wide variety of courses on biology, general physiology, biological chemistry, endocrinology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and centering his research on the functions of the thyroid gland. "He was an enthusiastic, dynamic and popular teacher, noted especially for his intelligence, knowledge and wits," said Hon Ho, chair of the Biology Department. In 1999, Stein retired from the university an associate professor. He was a fellow of the American Society of Biochemistry and the American Institute for Chemists. A memorial service will be held from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 in Room 418 of the Student Union, and will be immediately followed by a reception at Oasis Cafe, 58 Main Street. Flowers for the memorial should be sent to Scott Van Pelt (College Activities) in Room 209 of the Student Union by this Friday.


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