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ISSUE DATE: December 11, 2000


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Parking Meter Holiday!
Thanks to the efforts of President Roger Bowen and the support of New Paltz Village Mayor Tom Nyquist, students need not worry about pumping dimes into the parking meters by van den Berg Learning Center during finals, Dec. 13-19. The village accepted the university's offer to pay a flat fee for all the meters during finals. In addition, university police will not be ticketing in university parking lots during finals.

Faculty Conversations
The first of scheduled monthly "Faculty Conversations" was held Thursday with 15 faculty and staff members, President Roger Bowen and several cabinet members. The forum is designed to open new lines of communication between senior administration and the full campus community. During this session, topics included: adding more on-campus places for students to congregate during weekends and holidays; investigating opportunities to provide places or events for faculty to congregate; the ongoing concerns about parking; experimenting with new methods of teaching; and questions about the possibility of a university-affiliated retirement community.

Holiday Decorations
The holiday greens and bows decorating the campus entries and the Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center were the work of the elves from the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association.

Calendar Correction
The December Calendar of Events recently published and distributed around campus includes a deadline item for the last day for faculty to submit grades to the Records & Registration Office. The correct day is Thursday, Dec. 21. Apologies from Public Affairs for this error.



Student Exhibits
The second session of Bachelor of fine arts and Master of fine arts exhibitions opened Friday and are on display in the Fine Arts Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Wednesday. The third session will open Friday with a reception from 6-8 p.m.

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Self Portraits on Exhibit
Lora Shelley's "Self Portraits" is on Exhibit in the Sojourner Truth Library through January. This compelling exhibit of self-portraits stands as a kind of visual diary of the artist's daily life. Shelly's "Diner Series" was included in the art exhibit in the Purple Lounge in conjunction with the "Through the Looking Glass: Feminism and Popular Culture" conference in October. This current exhibit will be up through January and is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program.



Baback Izadi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and colleague Fusun Ozguner from Ohio State University presented a paper entitled "A Multi-mode Fault-tolerant Hypercube Multiprocessor" at the 12th IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing & Systems (PDCS 2000) last month in Las Vegas.


Other Interesting Endeavors

Sally Schultz (Business) coordinated the fall 2000 Business School's Faculty Seminar Series in which various faculty members volunteer to share their research or work with other faculty members.


Alumni in the news

Michael Fales (Visual Arts '00) had drawings included in two recent exhibitions: the 25th Annual Juried Show, Bayard Arborteum, East Islip, N.Y., and New Directions 2000, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie.

Theresa Spadafora (MFA Painting '93) is included in the curated exhibition "Build" running through Dec. 22 at the Somerville Museum in Somerville, Mass.

Alanna Boughal (Communications '99) was accepted to Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. She is planning to begin her studies in May 2001.


Students in the news

Connie Ann McCarthy, a sophomore graphic design major from Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., received the Archdiocese of New York "Youth Ministry Award" at the 39th Annual Archdiocese of New York Catholic Youth Organization/TeenAge Federation conference held last week in Monticello, N.Y. McCarthy's award was presented to her by the new Archbishop of New York, Edward Egan. The program citation states: "Connie is an extraordinary and very talented young woman. She possesses the rare quality of leadership that is defined in sensitivity, artistic aptitude and humility. Connie was the force that drove a small group of teens at Our Lady of Pompeii (Dobbs Ferry) to become active members of the County CYO and participate in programs at Blair Lodge. Her dedication was rewarded by her peer group when they elected her to the offices of Parish President, County President and Archdiocese Program Chairperson. She now attends SUNY New Paltz, but continues to contribute her talent as an artist to graphic projects for the CYO/TAF Conference. Additionally, she does club promotion work in the archdiocese when time allows. Connie, who is an excellent role model for younger members, is also a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council."


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