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ISSUE DATE: April 23, 2001


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Science Olympiad
SUNY New Paltz will host 34 middle schools and a number of parents and guests at the 2001 New York State Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 28. The day consists of inter-school competition in more than 20 areas of scientific and technological skills, and provides recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. "This is students and kids getting excited about doing science," says John Harrington, dean of the School of Physical Science & Engineering. "Middle school and the early years are important because it's a very formative time when students develop their outlook on what science and engineering are all about," he said. Participants in the state competition have already made achievements in a regional competition and winners will compete in a national competition.

Faculty wives and women
Have you heard about Faculty Wives and Women? It is a service organization representing both faculty women and the wives of faculty. Its main purpose is raising funds for a scholarship given to a New Paltz High School graduate to attend SUNY New Paltz. The group also has several special interest groups that meet throughout the year, and twice a year gets together as a whole for a luncheon. All faculty wives and women are invited to attend the next luncheon, to be held at noon on Saturday, May 5 at the Apple Green Café in Clintondale. The cost will be less than $15, but reservations are required. With new members, the organization hopes to grow and set new goals. Dues are $10 a year. To RSVP for lunch or for more information, please call Joyce Schiff at 255-7143 or Dolly Wodin at 255-6877.



. . . Nominations for professional staff representative vacancies (2001-2003) should be returned to Alan Dunefsky (Athletics) in Elting Gym 200, by Thursday, April 26. If you have any questions, please call x3914.

. . . Friday, April 27 is the deadline for submitting 2001 Alumni Awards nominations to the Alumni Affairs Office, Haggerty Administration 09. If you have not received a memo regarding this, please call the office at x3231.

. . . A Used Book Sale at the Sojourner Truth Library is being held during all regular business hours from April 23 - May 4. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library.

. . . Just a reminder that the nominations for this year's Outstanding Student Service Awards should be sent by May 1 to Johanna D'Aleo (Administration) in Haggerty Administration 905. If you have not seen a memo regarding this, or have any questions, please call x3295.

. . . The Student Evaluation of Instruction Desk location has been changed this year to the entrance to the Student Union. Dates: April 30 - May 4. Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday. Packets may be picked up by the instructor, but must be returned by a student to the SEI Desk. Please come to the desk prepared with course numbers. Institutional Research at x3227 or stop by Haggerty Administration Building 602 for more information.

. . . The faculty/staff luncheons will be discontinued due to low turnout. Many thanks to Vice President Johanna D'Aleo (Administration), Bill Long (College Auxiliary Services), Ralph Perez-Rogers and all the Food Service staff who helped to put together these fine luncheons this semester.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Stuart Robinson Following a national search for a new athletic director, SUNY New Paltz announced that interim director Stuart Robinson (pictured) will officially fill the position vacated by Jim Zalacca in October. "We were convinced Stuart's leadership and management style were the best fit for us," said Barbara Geider, vice president for student affairs. "In the last eight months he has facilitated the Athletic Department's functioning as one team working for the success of 20 teams. The coaches, trainers and assistants are all working together to give our student-athletes a great experience," she said. Robinson joined New Paltz as the men's soccer coach in 1992. He has been the associate athletic director since 1997 and is an adjunct English professor. With Robinson's appointment, three other interim assignments will become permanent: Brian Williams, the men's and women's swimming coach and aquatic director, will also be the assistant director of athletics for compliance; Colleen Bruley, the women's administrator and women's soccer coach, will also be the assistant athletic director for student support services; and Joe Kremer will take a one-year leave from his men's basketball coaching position to be the assistant director for external affairs and development.



The ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English and Communication has published in microfiche a conference paper by Lee Cahn (Communication & Media) titled "Teaching an Interpersonal Senior Seminar Partially via the Internet" and included it in the ERIC Database.

Damodaran Radhakrishnan (Electrical & Computer Engineering) recently published a paper titled "Low-voltage Low-power CMOS Full Adder" in the February 2001 edition of IEE Proceedings, "Circuits, Devices and Systems."



Antonio Bonilla and Arnaldo Mejías (Educational Opportunity Program) presented an EOP/Black Studies freshman seminar, "Issues in the Education of Under-represented College Students: A Multi-dimensional Freshman Seminar Model" at the 6th Biennial Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs Conference, held April 1-4 in Uniondale, N.Y. Their presentation focused on EOP's seminar for first-year students as the center of a comprehensive model for retention, student development and caseload management.


Students in the news

Jessica Cepeda, Educational Opportunity Program student and a business and finance major, was recently awarded a scholarship by the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). In addition to being a scholar, Cepeda, who is from New York City, is an avid dancer. She has been lead choreographer for "Ritmo Latino" (Latin Rhythm) and a member of "Culture Shock" dance troupe.


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.