News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: January 16, 2001


From the President

What's New


Awards, Honors and Recognition



In Memoriam

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From the President


President Roger Bowen sent the following e-mail to all faculty and staff on Jan. 8:

Dear Colleagues:

Today, two officials from the University of Memphis were on our campus to talk with members of the College Council, Foundation, staff, and faculty. The visit was part of Memphis' search for a new president, and I am one of the finalists for that position.

While I genuinely love being at SUNY New Paltz, and I am inordinately proud of our record and accomplishments, I have concluded that it is only prudent for me to consider other options.

Indeed, I am flattered by the interest that a university of the quality and size of Memphis has shown in me.

I can't predict where the Memphis search, or any other search, will lead, but I want to emphasize that whatever happens, my admiration and affection for everyone here at New Paltz remains strong as ever.

Roger Bowen


What's New?


Don't miss the networking lunch
Let's do lunch! The first faculty/staff lunch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Jan. 31 at the Terrace Restaurant. The lunch is an effort to increase opportunities for faculty and staff to meet and talk outside the "work environment." It is the result of comments at the December "Faculty Conversations" meeting, which is a monthly gathering of randomly invited faculty and staff with the president and cabinet members. The cost for the buffet-style meal is $6. The lunches are scheduled for each payday through March. If attendance and feedback are positive, additional dates will be scheduled.

"My.NewPaltz" - The virtual one-stop shop
Beginning this spring semester there will be a brand new feature for our students on the SUNY New Paltz web site called 'MY New Paltz' (available at It will be the virtual one-stop shop where students can login with their social security number and PIN to:

In addition, when students login they will see their advisors' name and contact information, what their major is, news, and calendar/event information for the coming week -- including dates/deadlines on the academic calendar.

This launch is considered Phase One of the project, which has been a joint effort between Lucy Walker, Jon Lewit, Patrick Turner (all Computer Services), and Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs), with Phase Two coming later this spring. Phase Two will likely include web registration and many other features from the offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid.



Rayna J. Wendell will join the staff in early February as the new director for alumni affairs. She comes with more than eight years of experience in university administration, the last four with the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association. At Penn. State, she began as the assistant director of alumni relations and is currently a regional director, responsible for serving as the liaison for more than 100 affiliated alumni groups across the country. Before joining Penn. State, she was the associate director for university events at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, where much of her work focused on the college's 300th anniversary. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Penn. State in 1992. With Wendell's arrival, Azita Miller, who has served as the interim alumni affairs director since July, will return to her life as a motivated alum and mother.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Wenshan Jia's research article entitled "Facework as a Chinese conflict-preventive mechanism" published in Conflict Resolution in Chinese -- a special issue of Journal of Intercultural Communication (1997-8) -- has been cited by half a dozen scholars of communication/management in their own research projects, some of which were later published. The Division of International and Intercultural Communication of the National Communication Association awarded the 1999 book Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and the Chinese Communities its Outstanding Book Award - the book includes a chapter authored by Jia entitled "From kaihui to duihua: The transformation of the Chinese civic discourse."



Wenshan Jia (Communication and Media) has a book entitled The Remaking of the Chinese Character and Identity in the 21st Century: Chinese Face Practices expected to be on the market by July. In addition, he is the lead editor of Chinese Communication Studies in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Advances, Challenges and Prospects under contract with Greenwood Publishing Group. Finally, he is the second editor of Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons, which is also under contract with Greenwood Publishing Group. The other two editors for the two books are Lucy Xing Lu from DePaul University in Chicago and D. Ray Heisey from Kent State University.


In Memoriam

Longtime SUNY New Paltz athletic department fixture Joe Donovan passed away Jan. 7 at his home after a short illness. He was 78. Donovan, who retired from New Paltz in 1996 after 26 years of service, held a wide variety of positions during his tenure. From physical education professor to athletic director to track coach to sports information director, Donovan wore many hats at the university - often simultaneously. But it was his work as New Paltz's athletic trainer and men's basketball coach for which he was most often recognized. He coached basketball at the university from 1973-85, including guiding the 1979-80 team - which featured four eventual 1,000-point scorers - to a 17-10 record, and a berth in the ECAC Division II-III Tournament. His long career as the Hawks' Coordinator of Sports Medicine was marked by his induction into the National Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1993 and his selection as the American Athletic Trainers Association Trainer of the Year in 1989. He was inducted into New Paltz's Hawk Hall of Fame in 1998.


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