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ISSUE DATE: January 22, 2001


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Classes are back in session today!

"Heart warming" coats
During the month of December the University Police department collected over 60 coats donated by members of the campus community.

Jen Wait (Police) and Dick Barnhart (Police) delivered the coats in mid-January to Family of New Paltz where they will go to community members who need them most. Thanks to all who contributed to this coat drive. It was a great success!



Rose Rudnitski (Education) published a chapter, "National/Provincial Gifted Education Policies: Present State, Future Possibilities," in the International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent 2nd edition, edited by Kurt Heller, University of Munich, Franz Monks, University of Nijmegen, Robert J. Sternberg, Yale University, and Rena F. Subotnik, Hunter College, and published by Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, 2000.



Corinne Nyquist (Library) presented on "Library Teams and Teamwork" at the annual meeting of the New York Library Association in Saratoga Springs, in November. The invitation to present came as a result of a learning organization's web page on which she is featured.

Rose Rudnitski recently presented a master class on the Moral Development of Gifted Children at the National Association for Gifted Children annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Library faculty and support staff presented a daylong workshop on planning, marketing, and implementing electronic course reserves on January 12. The workshop, entitled "Electronic Course Reserves @ SUNY New Paltz," was sponsored by the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council and attended by about 45 librarians from academic institutions in central and southeastern New York. Led by Tamm Sissac, workshop presenters also included librarians Nancy Nielson, Barbara Petruzzelli, and Christopher Raab, as well as support staff members Darlene Alessi and Anna Badillo.


Alumni in the news

That's 1974 alum Robert Jackson behind the lawsuit that led the State Supreme Court to rule that the state's financing system for public education violated New York' Constitution by failing to provide children with sound, basic education. Jackson, now the director of field services for the Public Employees Federation, is a product of New York City public schools and has always been a proponent of strong public schools. The Supreme Court ruling is the latest victory for the case which originally went to court in 1993.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researcher Julian Keenan, '93 (MA), is in the national news headlines for a study that demonstrates the right hemisphere of the brain plays an important role in self-awareness. In the study, researchers blended the faces of patients with those of famous people, then showed the morphed images to the patients while different hemispheres of the brain were anesthetized. The patients found it more difficult to recognize their own faces in the images when the right hemisphere was under anesthesia. Learn more about Keenan's research on line at


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