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ISSUE DATE: December 4, 2000


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From PianoSummer to PianoLA
A Nov. 10 concert in Los Angeles featuring a solo performance by Vladimir Feltsman won over critics and fans. "Not only was his performance one of majestic perfection, his demeanor indicated he was thoroughly enjoying it," said Edward J. Kormondy in a letter to President Roger Bowen. "The audience 'bravo-ed' loudly and gave an immediate standing and lasting ovation." Los Angeles Times music critic John Henken agreed: Feltsman "attacked Rachmaninoff's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini' with characterful relish. He too is a musician of very purposeful passion, cleanly detailed and articulate in every circumstance . . ."

Family Fund Campaign Deadline Near
The deadline for pledges and contributions to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation's Family Fund is Dec. 15. Through payroll deductions or one-time donations, faculty, staff and administrators can support a variety of university needs, including scholarships for students, Friends of the Library, faculty and staff development, and campus improvements. All who pledge $1 or more per payday by Dec. 15 will be eligible to win a variety of prizes during a drawing to be held during a Family Fund Donor Appreciation reception at 4 p.m. in the HAB Lobby. Contact Barbara Klassen at x3239 or visit for more information.

Lighting a New Tradition
Be part of a new campus tradition - a Multicultural Tree Lighting Ceremony that will celebrate the holidays and recognize the many different ethnicities in our community. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, with refreshments in the lobby of the Haggerty Administration Building. A candle lighting ceremony recognizing each group or faith on campus will precede a walk to the newly planted tree by the HAB entrance off Manheim Blvd. The event is being hosted by the Undergraduate Alumni Association and the SUNY New Paltz Chapter of the Mid-Hudson Region.


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Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Recent graduate Jessica Nadolny was selected as the 2000-01 recipient of the State University of New York Athletic Conference's prestigious Dr. Dolores Bogard Award. The award is presented annually to the SUNYAC junior or senior who demonstrates the best combination of academic and athletic ability. Nadolny, a Washingtonville native, was a three-year starter for the Hawks' women's soccer team, and also played two seasons of women's lacrosse at New Paltz, after transferring from Ithaca College in 1997. In the classroom Nadolny posted a 3.72 grade-point average in Elementary Education with a concentration in Biology. She was a 1999 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence, and also was named a NYSWCAA Scholar-Athlete that year. Her last two semesters, Nadolny was named to the SUNYAC Commissioner's List (minimum 3.3 GPA for three straight semesters), and she was a member of the Dean's List every semester at New Paltz. A May 2000 SUNY New Paltz graduate, Nadolny currently teaches biology locally in the Arlington School District, and is New Paltz's men's and women's assistant tennis coach.



Chih-Yang Tsai (Business) as part of the School of Business' Faculty Seminar Series, led a roundtable discussion on "Facilitating Learning with Technology," where faculty shared their experiences using Blackboard, WebBoard and other programs.

Mark Wiljanen (Geography) presented a paper "A Three-Dimensional GIS Model for a Forest Preserve in the Hudson Highlands" at the North American Cartographic Information Society national conference held in Knoxville, Tenn., in October. The paper reported on a project carried out at The Black Rock Forest, a nonprofit forest preserve located in the Hudson Highlands of New York. Visit the Black Rock Forest online at

Drawings by Robin Arnold (Art) will be included in the exhibition "Surface, Line, and Mark" at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, Mich., Jan. 12 - Feb. 16, 2001.

Joel Neuman (Business) presented the following papers recently: (1) "Individual Differences: Do They Matter in the Psychological Contract," at the annual meeting of the British Academy of Management, Edinburgh, Scotland; (2) "Reducing Workplace Stress and Aggression to Enhance Individual and Organizational Performance" at the Best Practices in Health Care Settings Conference in Pittsburgh; (3) "Workplace Aggression and Bullying: The Current State of the Field" at the Workplace Bullying Conference at the Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Suffolk University Law School in Boston. In mid October, he met with Veterans Administration officials in Washington, D.C. to finalize a process for administering his workplace aggression questionnaire at 11 VA facilities. The facilities are pilot sites in his on-going research project, which is partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Chesapeake Healthcare Educational Administration Programs.

William Rhoads (Art History) and Michael Kammen (Cornell University) were the keynote speakers at a conference, "The Colonial Revival in America," held at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on November 16 and 17. Rhoads spoke on "The Long and Unsuccessful Effort to Kill Off the Colonial Revival." The conference was sponsored by the University of Virginia Departments of Architectural History and Landscape Architecture, and the National Park Service.

Narcyz Roztocki (Business) led a workshop title "The Integrated ABC-and-EVA System" at the VI International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Students in the news

Nineteen art students were included in a November exhibition curated by Linda Weintraub at the Deep Listening Space in Kingston. Works were shown by: Eileen Brand, Thomas Cale, Danielle Fonseca, Nathan Ganio, Pamela Gordon, Rachel Heinhold, Hannah Hurwitz, and Karen Roff (Painting); Amanda Buhler, Heidi Kuhlman, and Erika Nusser (Photo); Scott Christie (Intermedia); Kelly Fanelli and Michael Willis (Printmaking); Sergey Jivetin, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, and Tracey Steepy (Metals); David Licata (Foundations); and Therese Tripoli (Ceramics). The Student Art Alliance organized the show.


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