ISSUE DATE: March 26, 2001
Middle States on Campus
The Middle States Accreditation team, led by Sheila Kaplan, president of Metropolitan State University of Denver, will be on campus the week of April 2. The team will host an open meeting for faculty and staff at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the 10th Floor Conference Room in the Jacobson Faculty Tower. During the remaining portion of the team's visit, members will be calling to meet with various faculty and staff members.
Tracy Ryan, a junior communications major, restocks items in the new bookstore.
We Moved Some Things . . .
On Monday, the Campus Bookstore will open its doors at the regular time, but in a different place. During spring break, store employees spent their days carting merchandise to the store's new location in the basement of the Student Union Building. In addition to 1,500 additional square feet, the new location includes lounge chairs for customers and a ground-view window overlooking the campus pond.
Law Bowls Over Cancer
On March 10, the University Police Department participated in the 2nd annual "Strike Out Cancer" bowlathon sponsored by the Town of Ulster Police Department. Money raised goes to area residents battling cancer. This year's event was extra special for department members as some of the money raised was dedicated to local resident William Taggard, a retired New Paltz Police Officer who is a cancer survivor. Forty five-person teams from law enforcement, fire departments, ambulance corps., and various private sectors of life participated. The University Police team consisted of officers Ray Smith, Jim Coyle, Lt. Mike Doyle, and non-department members Chris Hebel and Tom Vankleeck.
Summer Fun, With Class
Summer Session registration begins on Monday, April 2. To help kick it off, local radio station K104 will be on campus, outside the Student Union, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. DJ Lynn Kelly will be providing lots of music and the prize patrol will be giving away CD's, t-shirts, etc., from the Wheel of Prizes. Stop by and get a head start on your summer!
In January, during the week that marked the 10th anniversary of the Gulf War, sociology professor Barbara Ann Scott traveled to Iraq as part of an international delegation that delivered humanitarian aid and medicines in defiance of the U.S. blockade and in the midst of periodic bombings. The delegation was organized and led by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. On Wednesday, Scott will offer an eyewitness account of the hardships of life in Iraq today, and an analysis of the hidden history of the ten-year-long U.S. war against Iraq. The presentation will be held in Lecture Center 102 at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Sociology Department and the International Action Center.
Gilbert J. Brenner (Geology) gave a talk March 21 at the Capistrano Gem and Mineral Society. His talk, entitled "How We Discovered That the Surface of the Earth Is Moving -- Plate Tectonics," traced the changing views about the earth's surface, the discoveries which forced this change and how the model of plate tectonics revolutionized the whole field of earth sciences. It was not until 1963 that geologists realized the surface of the earth was not static, but dynamically moving.
Elisa Dávila (Foreign Languages) and Linda Greenow (Geography) attended the Annual Meeting of Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program Directors March 4-6 in Washington, D.C. Title VI programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which received 77 applications for grants in fiscal year 2000. Of those applications, 29 were funded for a total of nearly $2 million dollars, including Davila's and Greenow's "Proposal to Enhance Latin American Studies and Foreign Languages at SUNY New Paltz." The project is designed to support faculty development in order to increase course content and course offerings about Brazil and Spanish for business majors. The project includes two years of activities, such as public lectures about Brazil, a Brazilian film series, workshops for practicing teachers about curriculum and class materials on Brazil, and development of student internships in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Twelve reporters from mid-Hudson Valley newspapers met March 14 on campus for a roundtable discussion with Sydney Schanberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is the James Ottaway Sr. Fellow teaching this semester in the journalism program. Journalists from the Poughkeepsie Journal, Daily Freeman, Times Herald-Record and Blue Stone Press participated.
For H.R. Stoneback (English), November was Hemingway month. He presented the Capstone Lecture in the Hemingway Museum Millennial Series and gave a poetry reading titled "Café Millennium," which was sponsored by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Borders Bookstore, both in Oak Park, Ill. At Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., he gave a lecture titled "Hemingway for the 21st Century: The 'Secret' of the Values," and gave a poetry reading at the college's Poetry 2000 Festival.
Ron Knapp (Geography) is the co-translator of a bilingual Chinese/English book on village vernacular architecture in China. Titled "Xiaoqi Village," the book, published in March 2001 by Southeast University Press in Nanjing, China, is part of the "Ancient Architecture of Huizhou" series. Knapp carried out fieldwork in the village during the summer of 1999.
Alumni in the news
Jason Holtham (Theatre Arts '95) received the $10,000 Van Lier Fellowship, administered by New Dramatists, over a two-year period.
Students in the news
Andrew Carpenter (Sociology), James DeArce (MA Sociology 2000), Neil Kaiser (Sociology) and Laura Kowalewski (Sociology) presented papers at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia, Penn., March 1-4. Peter Kaufman (Sociology) organized and presided over the session titled "Cultures of Change and Changes of Culture."
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