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ISSUE DATE: February 5, 2001


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The latest on the performance gym
The Construction Fund forwarded the latest architectural drawings of the two-court performance gymnasium that will be built on the south side of Elting Gym. Representatives from the Construction Fund and Hillier Group - the architects - will be on campus to meet with administrators Feb. 15 to discuss the university's reaction and input to the drawings. In addition, the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the construction timeline and the likelihood of moving the groundbreaking back from the summer.

Political scientists to converge on New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz will host the 55th annual conference of the New York State Political Science Association May 4-5. The conference will include participants from around the country. New Paltz faculty, staff and students are invited to submit papers on a political science issue for potential participation. Contact Jeff Miller (Political Science) at x3541 for more information.

The "power lunch" is back!
Roughly 50 faculty and staff converged on the College Terrace for the first bi-weekly campus networking lunch. Introduced in response to faculty feedback during the December Faculty Conversations meeting, the schedule for the lunches will continue for each payday Wednesday through April. If turnout remains strong, Johanna D'Aleo says the noon meal could become a permanent fixture in the schedule.

They say it was a geyser!
At 10:40 p.m. Jan. 29, a high temperature hot water line ruptured near the basketball courts in the Hasbrouck Complex. The rupture interrupted heating and hot water service throughout the campus. Workers from Facilities Operations were on the scene in quick order to prepare the rupture sight for certified welders from Ashley Mechanical in Kingston. By late afternoon on Jan. 30, the system was restored, providing heat and hot water for all. The specific cause has not been determined, but Director of Facilities Operations John Shupe says that much of the piping on campus is more than 30 years old and age is a likely factor in the rupture.

Braving the freezing rain, workers repair the high temperature hot water line that ruptured Jan. 29. (Chastity Herington)

New Paltz: The "RAD Hub"
The University Police, led by Jen Wait, sponsored a three-day RAD women's self-defense instructor's course that drew police and security personnel from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Trinidad. With this training, New Paltz is helping Marist and Vassar establish RAD training programs on their campuses. New Paltz has offered RAD self-defense training to students for the last five years, and was the first SUNY campus to have certified RAD instructors. RAD is a 15-hour non-credit program that is offered several times during each semester. For more information, contact Wait at x2222.



John Alphonso Karkala (professor emeritus English & World Literature) presented a paper at the Modern Language Association meeting in Washington, D.C. in December. The paper, entitled: "Is there a continuity in Indian Literary Tradition?" was presented in the South Asian Languages and Literature section and at a simultaneous meeting of an associated organization, South Asian Literary Association.

Wenshan Jia (Communication & Media) presented an orientation workshop on intercultural survival strategies for new international students starting this semester. According to Beth Vargas, International Student Advisor, the students told her that the workshop was "excellent."


Students in the news

Katie Dwyer's strong performance for the SUNY New Paltz Track and Field team in late January has earned her the distinction of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Field Athlete of the Week. Dwyer, a freshman, finished first in the high jump at the Rensselaer Capital District Invitational. Additionally, she placed third in the 200-meter dash and sixth in the long jump. In a following tri-meet with SUNY Oswego at Hamilton College, Dwyer was third in the high jump and fourth in the 400-meter dash. Dwyer is a participant in New Paltz's innovative Inclusion Education program -- a five-year bachelor's/master's of science program. This means that after graduation she will be eligible to be certified in New York State to teach both elementary (K-6) and special education.

Mark Otto, a standout on the SUNY New Paltz men's swim-team, finished first in all six events he swam last week en route to being selected the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III swimmer of the week. Otto, a junior from Sewell, N.J., won three events in the team's two meets last week against Mount St. Mary and Cortland. He is also a participant in New Paltz's innovative Inclusion Education program.


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