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ISSUE DATE: February 26, 2001


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Faculty and students now can have a major connection.
'Major Connections' is a way that academic departments and student clubs can come together to create programs which foster social interaction between faculty and students. The primary goals of 'Major Connections' base themselves in the principle that increased interaction between students and faculty has been shown to enhance satisfaction with their college choice, to decrease negative student behaviors, and to improve student retention. This program provides assistance to faculty in conceptualizing an informal, educational gathering tailored to the specific department. Reservations, catering, mailing labels and publicity are examples of what 'Major Connections' can provide. To obtain a proposal form or for further information, please contact Robin Cohen at 257-3616 or Tonda Highley at 257-3236.


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Lynn Spangler's(Communication & Media) compelling documentary, entitled "The Life and Legend of Sojourner Truth" is slated for national television release, but will debut at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at SUNY New Paltz's Coykendall Science Building Auditorium. The showing is free and open to the public. This documentary shows how Truth traveled the country and became renowned for her fearless devotion to her causes and the rallying speeches she made promoting them. Spangler said she chose to make a documentary about Truth because she looms so large in the area's history. The film which she wrote, directed and produced, attempts to separate some of the myths of Truth's life from the reality. Her film, which is the first to target a national, adult audience, is based on the written work of several scholars, including former New Paltz professors Carleton Mabee, who did the first scholarly research on her, and Professor Gerald Soren, an expert on abolitionism. The film also relies on the works of Princeton historian Nell Painter and communication professor Roseanne Mandziuk of Southwest Texas State University. The documentary will include still images and voice-overs, in what Spangler calls the "Ken Burns style." Local artists have contributed heavily to the film, providing many of the illustrations and voices, as well as the film's soundtrack.

Mikado photo
Photo by David Cavallaro

SUNY New Paltz can look forward to a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan?s operetta "The Mikado" (right photo) presented by the Department of Theatre Arts from March 1-3, and 8-10 at 8 p.m., and March 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. Director Frank Kraat brings us back to England in the 1920's to create a play-within-a-play. With just the slightest suggestion of Japanese costumes covering crisp tennis whites, the ladies and gentlemen of the Gilbert & Sullivan society offer a rousing interpretation of the most memorable and most enduring of all G & S operettas. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 senior citizens and students.

The SUNY New Paltz Clay Club will host a sale, this Wednesday, February 28, featuring original artwork created by talented undergraduate and graduate ceramics students. The sale is held in the Rotunda of the Fine Arts Building on campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a selection of handmade bowls, mugs, vases and other functional vessels. Profits from the sale helps to fund workshops with visiting artists, and offset fees to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.


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