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ISSUE DATE: April 9, 2001


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$5,000 for info leading to fire culprit
Residence Life and University Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for nine fire incidents in the residence halls since February. In the latest fire, on March 31, someone set fire to a lounge chair in the basement hallway in Shango Hall.

Are you involved in budget planning?
The Budget, Goals & Plans Committee is seeking input from all faculty and professional staff on their experiences in discussing and developing departmental budgets this year. Please complete the yellow Budget Information Survey mailed on March 26 or complete the online survey on the Committee web page: Responses are due by April 13. For more information, contact Christine DeLape, Fine and Performing Arts, 257-3861.

Faculty Office Building takes shape
In less than a month, the Faculty Office Building has moved from the drawing table to its site adjacent to the Wooster Science Building and Resnick Engineering Hall. The building, being assembled by Vanguard Modular Building Systems, is on schedule for occupation by early July.

photo of construction on campus
On April 2, a worker with Vanguard Modular Building Systems rests on a foundation footing while a crane brings the next section.
The faculty Office Building looks nearly complete just three days later.
The faculty Office Building looks nearly complete just three days later.
Photos by Leslie Shaffer and Chastidy Herington



Brett A. Stone (Business) published his dissertation abstract, "Corporate Responsibility and Institutional Investment: A Content Analysis-Based Portfolio Screening Model for Socially Responsible Mutual Funds," in the March 2001 (Vol. 40 No.1) of Business & Society.



Ron Knapp (Geography) has organized an all-day international symposium "House Home Family: Living and Being Chinese" for the China Institute in cooperation with the Asia Society, New York City. Leading scholars and experts in the fields of art, architecture, anthropology, and history will gather to discuss the concept of the house and home and issues of identity in traditional and contemporary China. Knapp's talk "In Search of the Elusive Chinese House" is one of 12 presentations. The program will be held April 28 at the CUNY Graduate Center and is open to the public. For additional information, visit China Institute's Web site:

Several New Paltz faculty members presented papers at the 25th anniversary conference of the National Council for Black Studies in Charlotte, N.C., March 22-24. Margaret Wade-Lewis (Black Studies) presented a paper entitled "The African-Centered Contribution of Lorenso Dow Turner: Beyond Gullah Studies." Eudora Chikwendu (Black Studies) presented a paper entitled "Empowering Youth and Rural Women Through Ubuntu in South Africa Today." Linda Benbow (Sociology) presented a paper entitled "Recreating a Caring Society: The Crises of South Africa's Children."

Brett A. Stone (School of Business) presented a paper entitled "Studying the Effects of Actual Knowledge of a Firm's Corporate Social Performance on Organizational Reputation and Attractiveness" at the International Association for Business & Society (IABS) 2001 Conference in Sedona, Ariz. The paper is co-authored by Kristin Backhaus (School of Business) and Karl Heiner (School of Business).

Narcyz Roztocki (School of Business) presented a paper entitled "The Integrated Activity-Based Costing and Economic Value Added System for the Service Sector" at the International Conference on Service Management in Angers, France, March 22-23. The paper was also published in the Conference Proceedings (ISBN 2-903075-87-5).

Heriberto Dixon (Business) presented a lecture and a field trip on the history of the Tutelo Indian Tribe at Ithaca College March 23-24. The lecture was entitled "Recovering the Lost History of the Tutelos in Ithaca" and was followed with a visit to a former Tutelo village site. Dixon, a Tutelo Indian, has been researching the history of his tribe, which originated in the southern United States and migrated to eastern Pennsylvania and central New York in the 18th century.

Damodaran Radhakrishnan (Electrical and Computer Engineering), with colleagues A.P. Preethy (Georgia State University) and Amos Omondi (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), presented a paper entitled "A High Performance RNS Multiply Accumulate Unit" at the 11th Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI last month in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science, 1980) will speak at the English department's Graduate Forum in College Hall E-39 at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 10. His topic will be "John Burroughs: Hudson Valley Writer." Renehan is the author of such books as The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt & His Family in Peace and War (Oxford University Press), The Secret Six (Crown) and John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (Black Dome Press). Renehan recently completed the manuscript for a new volume, The Kennedys at War, which is scheduled for publication by Doubleday in early 2002.


Students in the news

The Campus Auxiliary Services recently surveyed students on food service. To increase participation in the voluntary survey, CAS offered a prize drawing for participants. And . . . the winners are: $500 Grand Prize Winner - Tomoko Kobayashi; Handspring Visors - Lisa Covello, Cassandra Straker and Aaron Morris; $50 Bookstore Gift Certificates - Carey Yu, Richard Whalen, Andrew Kulp, Esther Kim and Qing Hua Chen.


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