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ISSUE DATE: February 19, 2001


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Smiley is going to have a reason to smile!
The Smiley Art Building will soon be looking like the Fine Arts Building, as a contractor has been awarded the bid. N.E.P. Glass Company of Herkimer will be installing a new exterior to the Smiley building. When the installation is complete, both art buildings should look similar.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Julio J. Gonzalez (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member in The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). According to the IEEE notification letter, "Only 8% of the more than 350,000 members hold this grade, which requires reflecting professional maturity and significant professional achievements."



Denise Bauer (Women's Studies) and Loretta Lorance (Women's Studies and Art History) have both contributed chapters to a new interdisciplinary anthology, "Women Making Art: Women in the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts Since 1960," eds. Deborah Johnson and Wendy Oliver (Peter Lang, 2001). Denise's chapter is titled "Jane Campion's The Piano: A Feminist Tale of Resistance" and Loretta's chapter is titled "Zaha Hadid: The Peak Club, Competition and the Politics of Architecture." This book and other recent publications by other Women's Studies Faculty will be exhibited in the library display cases for Women's History Month in March.

Fiona Paton (English) published an article "Beyond Bakhtin: Towards a Cultural Stylistics" in College English, November 2000. She also published a review of "The View from On the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac", by Omar Swartz (Southern Illionois University Press, 1999) in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, fall 2000.

Wilma Feliciano (Spanish) published "Carlos Solorzano: La desmitificacion de los dioses en su drama/Archetypal Inversions in his Drama," in TEATRO, Revista del Instituto Internacional del Centro UNESCO de Mexico IX/11 (Oct. 2000): 3-9, a summary of Mexican playwright Carlos Solorzano's major works, it is the lead article in this issue, which is dedicated to Solorzano, former president of UNESCO's Theater Center in Mexico. It was published in Spanish and English because UNESCO requires that all publications appear in both English and native languages. Moreover, Isabel Quintanar, the new director of the Center, has invited Professor Feliciano to participate in UNESCO's "Encuentro de las Americas y el Caribe," a theater festival, symposium and meeting of all UNESCO Theater Centers in the Americas, in Mexico, March 2001.

Peter Kaufman (Sociology) published an article entitled, "All the News NOT fit to Print: Using Censored Stories as an Exercise in Critical Pedagogy," which appeared in the January 2001 issue of the journal Teaching Sociology.



Antje Ascheid (Communication & Media) presented a paper, entitled "The Gothic Revisited: Post-feminist Passions in Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park" and Sandra Goldbacher's 'The Governess' at the 26th Conference on Literature and Film at Florida State University (February 1-3, 2001).


Alumni in the news

Theresa Spadafora, a 1995 MFA painting graduate, will have her artwork included in the book, "Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax," by Joanne Mattera. This book is to be published by Watson-Guptill, New York in spring 2001.


Students in the news

First year EOP student, Boakyewaa "BB" Boakye, was invited to present her short film entitled "Communication Gap" at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival which was held from January 22nd to the 29th in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was the first time the Festival presented films directed by youth. According to "BB," the film--a 10 minute documentary shot with a hand-held camcorder--is based on actual communication difficulties between her and her father. Ms. Boakye plans on continuing her career in film as a Communication/Radio & TV Broadcasting major.

Men's soccer player Stephen Ferrara and women's cross country runner Dawson Gerhardt earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages for the fall semester to earn the prestigious Dr. Donald Bishko Memorial Award, which is presented each semester to the top academic male and female athlete. While it is the first such distinction for Ferrara, a senior elementary education major, who has been recognized for his skills on the soccer field, it is what has become expected of Gerhardt, a sophomore biology major, who in three semesters has yet to record anything less than perfect. Overall, 102 of New Paltz's 285 student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA for the fall semester, the highest total in the last five years. In addition, 52 of those individuals also made the Dean's List (minimum 3.3 GPA), 27 qualified for the SUNYAC All-Academic Team (3.3 GPA for fall sport athletes) and 12 achieved SUNYAC Commissioner's List (3.3 GPA for three semesters) status. The fall semester winners of the New Paltz Cup - which recognizes the male and female athletic team (minimum 10 participants) with the highest combined grade-point average - were the men's cross country and women's track and field teams.

Work done by second-year MFA Painting students Rachel Heinhold, Mary Leary, Cynthia Levine, Karen Roff, Susan Stack, William Wallace and Tom Wertz is featured in the exhibition, "Objects Painted/Painted Objects" at Unison Gallery on 68 Mtn. Rest Road in New Paltz . The exhibition is curated by Professor Robin Arnold and continues from February 10- March 17, 2001. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 a.m.-3p.m. and by appointment.


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