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ISSUE DATE: November 20, 2000


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Dean of Physical Sciences and Engineering
After an extensive, nationwide search, John P. Harrington was selected as SUNY New Paltz' dean of Physical Sciences and Engineering. Harrington will come to New Paltz in January from the University of South Alabama, where he has chaired the chemistry department and served as a professor and the senior scientist for that university's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center for more than 10 years. "John's breadth of experience and knowledge in the sciences is a clear strength for our School of Physical Sciences and Engineering," said SUNY New Paltz Provost David Lavallee. "In addition to his academic qualifications, he is a proven manager and leader who has successfully expanded research and learning opportunities through mentorship and grants." The full announcement of Harrington's selection is available online at

Toys For Tots Program
This year the Purchasing Department is contributing to the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve. All employees on campus are invited to help by bringing new, unwrapped toys to the Purchasing Department, HAB 307, by Friday, December 8. A BIG THANK YOU to anyone who plans on helping by donating gifts for the children. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Purchasing at x3190.

"Faculty Conversations" Are Back!
Beginning in December, President Roger Bowen, along with cabinet members, will host monthly informal discussion meetings with small groups of faculty and staff. These "Faculty Conversations" provide a forum for the campus community to engage key administration officials on issues in a free- flowing dialogue. The Public Affairs office will be sending invitations to individuals selected at random. The dates for the sessions are Dec. 5, Feb. 7, March 6, April 11 and May 1.

Jimmy Dixon is Retiring
After 30 years of dedicated service, Jimmy Dixon (Custodial Department) is retiring. An informal "farewell" luncheon is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the Chinese Buffet. Contact Dottie Strick at x3304 for more information.



. . . More than 1,100 prospective applicants visited the campus during the Nov. 11 Open House, smashing last year's all-time record of 850. Open House attendance is a strong indicator of the number of applicants the university can expect. While the number of applicants is expected to rise, the university is planning to enroll 925 freshmen, a decrease of 75 from this year. The smaller freshman class will help balance overall enrollment trends which include increased retention and greater demand for campus housing.


Awards, Honors, and Appointments

The SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association hosted its 12th Annual Alumni Association Awards Reception Oct. 29. A Distinguished Alumni Service Award, a Distinguished Teacher Award, a Recent Graduate Achievement Award, Alumni Association Student Scholarships and Book Awards were bestowed to the following:



Betty Enos' (Support Services) novel "Lightning Odyssey" is a fast-paced, young people's story, set in New Paltz. Charles DeWitt, a settler boy, and Little Jake, a native American lad, are transported from 1838 to the year 2000 during a fracus, and must overcome their differences as they face the frightening prospect of never seeing their families again. The book is available at, under the pen name of Betty Ann Damms.

Susan Kraat (Library) published a paper titled "If You Hold It, Will They Come? Search Sessions at SUNY New Paltz" in the Fall 2000 issue of The Reference Librarian. The article will also appear in a book edited by Bill Katz called "New Technologies and Reference Services" published by Haworth Information Press in 2000.

Part 1 of Christopher Raab's (Library) three-part history of SUNY New Paltz, entitled "The First Four Score and Five: New Paltz Higher Education, 1828-1913" appeared in the Fall 2000 Observer.

Rob Miraldi (Communication and Media) was a guest on "VoxPop," a daily talk show on WAMC Public Radio recently to discuss the book he recently edited, "The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusdaders," published this fall by Praeger Press. Miraldi wrote the book's introduction and a chapter on a reporter who, in 1908, exposed a New York City church as the city's biggest slum landlord. The book's conclusion was written by Howard Good, (Communication and Media).

Ozgur Kan (School of Business) recently published a paper entitled "Asymmetric Volatility Clustering, Risk-Return Relationship and Day of the Week Effects: Evidence from Nineteen Stock Markets." The paper was written jointly with Ash Bayar and Ercan Balaban and was first published in Yapi Kredi Economic Review, Volume 10, Number 2, December 1999. Printed version became available September 2000. Paper was originally presented at the METU/ERC International Conference in Economics III, Ankara, Turkey, in September 1999.



John I. Sharp (Geography) presented a paper, "The Contested Political Geography of Gambling in the Midwest," at the joint meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers & the Pennsylvania Geographical Association at Wilkes-Barre, Penn., on October 21.

Christopher Raab (Library) presented "Documenting New Paltz History: A Cooperative Effort" with Eric J. Roth, Archivist/Librarian of the Huguenot Historical Society (HHS), at a conference sponsored by the Eastern NY Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries on May 19.


Students in the news

Art History majors junior Barbra Ehlers and senior Emily Foss were selected from a highly competitive pool to be interns during the summer of 2000 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. Ehlers' internship was with development, while Foss worked in the curatorial offices. In addition, Emily Foss appears in a photograph in the pamphlet the Guggenheim Museum has published announcing the summer 2001 internship program.


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