News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: November 27, 2000


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Commencement This Saturday
The university will send off its December graduates with a formal commencement ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m. in Elting Gym. About 240 of the 700 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. The speaker will be Maxine Greene, director of the Teachers College Center for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education at Columbia University's Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation. The class valedictorian is Lyn-Marie Kiefer, who will receive a bachelor's of science degree in engineering. Salutatorian Erica Peterson, who also ran varsity cross country, will receive a bachelor's of science degree in art education. Recognizing the space limitations of the gym, graduates have been restricted to a maximum of four guests and all faculty or staff planning to attend will need a ticket. Contact Judy Costa at x3927.

Pulitzer Journalist is First Endowed Professorship
Sydney H. Schanberg, an internationally-known journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for international journalism in 1976, has been named the first James H. Ottaway Sr. Journalism Professor. The professorship is named for the founder of Ottaway Newspapers, which is a coast-to-coast group of 19 daily, 13 Sunday and 30 weekly newspapers, with the Times Herald-Record as its flagship. The donation to create the professorship was made by his son, Jim Ottaway Jr., who succeeded his father as the company's chief executive officer in 1976. Schanberg will be a visiting professor for the spring 2001 semester. He will teach a course titled "The News the Press Doesn't Cover," which will examine how owners, editors and reporters make choices about what is important and newsworthy. More information about Schanberg and the professorship is available online at



Support Your Cause Through SEFA
The deadline for returning completed pledge cards for the State Employees' Federated Appeal is Monday, Dec. 4. Through SEFA, campus employees can support a wide range of charitable organizations through a single donation or payroll deduction. Those returning pledge cards by the 4th will be entered in a SEFA raffle. For more information, contact Niza Cardona at x3249.


Awards, Honors, and Appointments

Amy Cheng (Art) recently received two awards: (1) a public art commission for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: Nine artists were selected in a national search to develop two-dimensional artworks that will be translated into glass mosaic installations for nine 3-foot diameter columns. The airport is the main entry and exit portal for the region, serving over 27 million passengers in 1999, and (2) a public art commission from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program. The project, budgeted at $100,000, involves the development, painting and installation of an eight- by 24-foot mural and stage proscenium at P.S. 58, a Pre-K-5 school in Maspeth, Queens.

Marleigh Grayer Ryan (Foreign Languages emerita) was honored by the New York Conference on Asian Studies with the establishment of The Marleigh Grayer Ryan Student Prize at its meeting in Albany on October 21. To encourage the development of the skills of scholarly writing, two prizes--one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student for excellent papers dealing with Asia--will be awarded each year beginning with the 2001 NYCAS Conference at Cornell University.

Ping Jin (Music) has been listed on the latest edition of the International Who's Who In Music. The book was published in April 2000 by International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England.

Dr. Robert V. Piluso (Foreign Languages) was appointed as member of the Scholarship and Grants Committee of the National Italian American Foundation based in Washington, D.C., on October 26. The Scholarship and Grants Committee has the monumental task of administering and periodically revising the fastest growing scholarships and grants program which N.I.A.F. offers to students of Italian descent. For further information on scholarships and grants, log on to

Dr. Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) recently received a subcontract proposal through SUNY Oneonta from National Geographic Society entitled, "New York Geographic Alliance." Dr. Mano will serve as project director for the work at SUNY New Paltz.


Other Interesting Endeavors

The School of Business hosted its Ninth Annual Community College Academic Advisory Board meeting Oct. 20. Provost Lavalle welcomed our community college visitors and the day featured a guest presentation by Ann Minnick, Dean of Academic Advising on General Education Requirements. Representatives from seven community colleges attended. The meeting provided a time to update articulation agreements, and provide updates on programs with the goal of easing the transfer process for students.

The School of Business hosted an MBA/Alumni/Business Executive Networking Social on Oct. 14. This was the first program specifically designed to network current MBA students, Business Alumni, The School of Business and business executives to assist MBA students and alumni in establishing or expanding their current network of contacts with the business community, leading to possible job and internship opportunities. One alumnus obtained an interview and job offer from the event and two current students made contacts for internships and potential job placement upon graduation. Feedback from students, alumni, and business executives has been excellent.



Reva Wolf (Art History) spoke in this year's annual colloquium on Spanish and Latin American Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (a graduate school of art history), on October 26. The theme was Images of Revolution and Wars of Liberation, and the title of Prof. Wolf's talk was "The Prospect of Liberation Contra the Weight of History in the Art of Francisco Goya."

Ted Clark and Anthony Chando (Business) and 44 marketing students attended the 2000 Annual Direct Marketing Conference at the McGraw-Hill Bldg. in midtown Manhattan in New York City. The daylong conference, coordinated for New Paltz students by the collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association, presented the latest changes in the Internet marketing field and the career opportunities available within direct marketing.

Mika Roinila (Geography) presented a paper, "The Sauna in the American Hospitality Industry" at a joint meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers and the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, held on October 20-21, in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. The paper dealt with the expansion of the sauna as a form of amenity in six major hotel and motel chains in the United States.

Richard Kelder (Special Programs/Education) presented a paper October 19 at the 14th Annual Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. The conference was sponsored by the School of Visual Arts. His paper, "Postmodernism, the Crisis of Representation, and the Discourse of Art" was presented at a panel session on Truth and Meaning in Art.


Alumni in the news

Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science, 1980) was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Oyster Bay, NY. Renehan is the author of The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War (Oxford University Press). His other books include a biography of the naturalist John Burroughs and a study of abolitionist John Brown. Renehan is currently at work on the story of the Kennedy family during World War II, this to be published by Doubleday.


Students in the news

Tracy Steepy (Art) has been selected as a candidate for the United States to participate in the international competition "Talente 2001" for junior artists in crafts, design and technology. The exhibition will take place at the International Trade Fair in Munich, Germany, March 8-14, 2001.


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