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ISSUE DATE: April 16, 2001


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Conversations with the President
The April session of Conversations with the President, held in the Purple Lounge on Wednesday, covered issues ranging from SUNY admission requirements to the president's job status. On the issue of admission standards, the group discussed concerns with SUNY's rising criteria - specifically the SAT requirements - and the expected backlash from state high school teachers and counselors. Regarding his status as the university president, Roger Bowen reiterated his desire to remain at New Paltz, stating his belief that he is a good fit with the academic environment. More than a dozen faculty and staff members participated in the session. Conversations with the President is a monthly discussion session with the president and a group of randomly-selected members of the campus community. The next session -- the final one until the fall semester -- will be May 2.

Celebrate writing
This year's Celebration of Writing Day, to be held Tuesday, May 1, in the Honors Center in College Hall, will have as its theme critical writing. The Writing Board asks that faculty encourage students to submit essays, short stories, poetry, drama and expository writing to the Communication & Media department, Coykendall Science Building 51, by April 19. Submissions should be no more than 20 pages. Faculty and staff are also urged to attend the event and support student writing. For more information, contact Patricia Sullivan at x3456 or



. . . Renowned psychiatrist and lecturer Dr. Thomas Szasz will be speaking on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 112. Dr. Szasz is best known for his groundbreaking 1961 book, The Myth of Mental Illness, which revolutionized the fields of psychiatry and mental health. His career spans more than 50 years and includes more than 700 publications on mental illness as a myth, drugs, suicide, sexual deviance, the insanity defense, civil commitment and crime. The lecture for the evening, entitled "Why Mental Illness is Not Mental and Not an Illness," is open to all members of the university and community free of charge. For more details about this extraordinary event, check out the Graduate Psychology Association Web site at This event is being sponsored by the Graduate Psychology Association, Psychology Department, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Student Association, Psychology Club, Philosophy Club, BiGayla, Political Science and International Relations Club and the Biology Club.

Thank you note
Many times since I began editing this newsletter three years ago, I have quoted faculty and staff members grateful for the true sense of family on the campus at SUNY New Paltz. Now I have truly experienced it firsthand. Many thanks to all those whose donated time and good wishes have helped me through this tough time. Special thanks to the staff of Public Affairs, who kept the News Pulsing during my absence, especially our wonderful intern, junior and public relations major Leslie Shaffer. It's great to be back in the office and once again devoted to publicizing the glory of this fine university, professionalism of its faculty and staff, intellect of its student body and diverse achievements of its alumni.
Nancy (Pizio) Fenischel


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Mika Roinila (Geography) was recently awarded a research grant to prepare a historical exhibit and presentation on the Louhi Band of Monessen, PA (1900-1940) for the FinnFest 2001 to be held at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Penn., July 26-29. The grant was awarded by Finlandia Foundation - the largest private source of support for Finnish culture in the United States.

Wenshan Jia's (Communication) dissertation and book in press entitled The Remaking of the Chinese Character and identity in the 21st Century: The Chinese Face Practices is quoted by James R. Averill of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Kyum Koo Chon of Korea's Taegu University, and Doug Woong Hahn of Korea's Sungkyunkwan University in their paper entitled "Emotions and Creativity: Some Confluences Between East and West." The paper will be published in the Asian Journal of Social Psychology.



Librarians Susan Kraat and Mick Stafford were presenters at the 10th annual conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries, March 17, in Denver, Colo. Other participants included Trudi Jacobson from the University at Albany and Michelle Toth, from SUNY at Plattsburgh. The panel presentation, "Nailing Jell-O to the Wall: Information Literacy at the State University of New York," covered the ways in which various SUNY institutions are implementing the Trustees' mandate regarding an Information Literacy competency for students; what standards are being used and how this skill is being incorporated into the General Education curriculum.

Sarah Gardner (Center for Academic Development and Learning) gave a presentation entitled "Taking It to the Web: Online Critical Thinking Instruction for Developmental Students" at the 24th Annual Symposium of the New York College Learning Skills Association on March 26 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Students in the news

Federico Espinoza (senior) and Carolina Seijas (junior), Computer Science students in the AMP (Alliance for Minority Participation) /C-STEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program), won third place in the Technology Category of the Annual C-STEP Statewide Student Conference juried poster presentation. Nearly 100 students from colleges and universities across the state competed at the conference. Espinoza, Seijas and 2000 graduate Ervin Rodriguez completed their research entitled "Intelligent Cooperation in Multi-agent Systems" as a part of the AMP/C-STEP Summer Research Program under the mentorship of Hanh Pham, Department of Computer Science. The AMP is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and the State Department of Education funds C-STEP.


News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Public Affairs Office, Division of Advancement. To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form at submit.cfm. If you are requesting inclusion in a particular issue, your submission must be received by noon on Tuesday of the prior week. Contact editor Nancy Zellner Fenichel at x3187 with any questions.