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ISSUE DATE: April 2, 2001


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Cast Your Vote!
Nominations for this year's Outstanding Student Service Award should be made by May 1, 2001. This award is presented each year to one classified and one administrative staff member whose outstanding service has promoted student success. Copies of the guidelines and nomination form are available at the Vice President for Administration's office, HAB 905, at 257-3295, and on the web at A selection committee will review all recommendations and the selection of recipients will be announced at Fall Convocation.

Participate in Our Accreditation
The Middle States Steering Committee, comprised of eight representatives from other universities, will be on campus April 2-4 to conduct the external evaluation required for the decennial renewal of our institutional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Please plan to attend the open meeting for faculty/staff on Tuesday, April 3, at 9 a.m. in Jacobson Faculty Tower in the 10th floor conference room. This will be an important opportunity for discussion with the team chair, Dr. Sheila Kaplan, and other members of the team. The open meeting for students will be held on the same day at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building's Purple Lounge.

Committee Activities are Online
The Budget, Goals & Plans Committee launches its new web site, at The site has been put together to make it easy for faculty and staff to get information about the campus budget process and other committee activities. The site now contains the most current version of the budget process, as well as the version originally adopted in 1999. Soon you can complete and submit the Budget Information Survey from the web site, as well. Questions or comments can be directed to Barbara Petruzzilli at 257-3677.

In July, Campus Will Be a Circus!
The Campus Auxiliary Services is sponsoring the Van Ladostov Family Circus Day Camp, a community program for children of all ages, July 16-27. Under the leadership of Ted Lawrence, "troupers" will learn unicycling, juggling, acrobatics, clowning, trapeze, mini-tramp, stilt walking, Spanish web, tight wire, and much more. The camp will culminate in a Circus Show by the troupers of the camp in the Elting Gym at 11 a.m., July 28. Lawrence is a veteran of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus and has performed around the world. For more information about the Circus Camp please call The Office of Conference Services at 257-3303.

Building Blocks
With the spring thaw begins the more visible side of construction season. Below is the latest update on major projects:



Pam Atkins (Psychological Counseling Center) presented the Sociology Course, "Social Issues and College Life" at the Northeastern Counseling Center Directors' Conference, March 18-20, in Newport, RI. The presentation entitled, "First Year Student Adjustment: Counseling, Outreach and Retention" presented the application of retention and student development theory in an academic setting for first year students.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Pauline Uchmanowicz, Rachel Rigolino, Deborah DePiero, and Kevin Cavanaugh ( All English), attended the 52nd annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Denver on March 16, They gave a panel presentation entitled: "What Does This Have to Do with English?: Alternative Communities, Alternative Actions." Prof. Uchmanowicz presented a paper on the integration of public poetry readings into the curriculum, while Ms Rigolino gave a power point presentation about her Composition Course "Mohonk and Wilderness Literature" that incorporate field trips to the Mohonk Preserve. Ms DePeiro read a paper addressing ways the FYI Program impacts classroom communities, highlighting a "talk show" format her class devised to examine the impact of rhetorical appeals. Mr. Cavanaugh's paper looked at the way in which computers are used in composition workshops and the effect they have on the students' sense of community.

Beverly Brumm (Theatre Arts) is traveling to China during her sabbatical leave. From April 2 to April 13, she will be teaching an intensive course in Modern American Drama at Beijing University. Her students will be undergrads in the English Studies Department and English-speaking Chinese teachers.



Damodaran Radhakrishnan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) co-authored an article entitled "Architectures for Logarithmic Addition in Integer Rings and Galois Fields" in the International Reference Book on Mathematics and Computers in Science and Engineering, titled "Problems in Applied Mathematics and Computational Intelligence", edited by Nikos E. Mastorakis, Military Institutions of University Education, Hellenic Naval Academy, Greece and published by World Scientific and Engineering Society Press, 2001. The other co-author was A.P. Preethy from Georgia State University.

Howard Good (Communication & Media) published an essay titled "Mom's Still the Word" in the March 23, 2001, issue of Education Week. He also presented a session on "Covering School News" to the annual convention of the New York Publishers Association in Albany on March 31.


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