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ISSUE DATE: January 2, 2001


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College Hall Moves
After nearly four months of reviewing options and discussion, the plans to return College Hall to service as a residence hall are nearing completion. The week before Christmas, the chairs of English, Black Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics and Geography agreed to a series of moves that will free up College Hall in time for students to move in for the fall semester:

Facilities estimates the majority of the work needed to prepare College Hall will consist of painting and general maintenance, similar to the other residence halls. However, it has budgeted about $30,000 to cover any contingency repairs that may surface. Provost David Lavallee emphasized that the first choice of the faculty and staff who met over the fall semester was to avoid moving, but the pressing need for student housing led them to develop the relocation option.

Williams Interim Assistant AD
Aquatics Director Brian Williams was recently named to be the interim assistant athletic director for compliance. Williams, a 1993 SUNY Cortland graduate, is in his seventh year as the Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Coach at New Paltz. He has twice been recognized as the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year - in 1998 with the New Paltz women, and in 1996 with the Hawk men. Williams, Interim Athletic Director Stuart Robinson, and Interim Associate Athletic Director Joe Kremer will continue their interim responsibilities until a new Director of Athletics has been appointed. A national search for the position will begin in early spring 2001.



. . . Aside from the four university centers, New Paltz has the largest contingent of international students and they contribute more to the New York economy than any other SUNY institution. During the 1999-2000 school year, New Paltz's 369 international students contributed more than $7.5 million to the local economy, according to a study by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.



Wenshan Jia (Communication & Media) published a book chapter entitled "Chinese Communication Scholarship as an Expansion of Communication and Culture Paradigm" in the book Perspectives on Chinese Rhetoric and Communication edited by D. Ray Heisey and published by Ablex, 2000. He also coauthored (with Shaorong Huang from University of Cinncinatti) and published "The Meanings and Functions of Chinese Kinship Terms" in The Journal of World Communication Association, an electronic journal, 2000.


Students in the news

Men's volleyball standout Christopher Wright will represent not only SUNY New Paltz, but all Division III athletes, when he attends the NCAA's 95th Annual Convention January 4-11at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As a recent at-large selection to the 24-member NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he will be one of the select few student-athletes to have an active voice in NCAA legislation affecting more than 400 Division III institutions.

Armed with a grant from the National Science Foundation, the university awarded its first round of NSF Computer Science Scholarships to 13 students. The scholarships are awarded to declared computer science majors based on academic performance and proven financial need. This year's scholars are: Patricia Alarcon, Federico Espinoza, Eddy Gilles, Bruce Locke, Mahira Malik, Leonardo Montero, Roman Pacheco, Patricia Pearson, Edison Perez, Rafeal Perez, Ervin Rodriguez, David Scism and Carolina Seijas.


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