ISSUE DATE: April 30, 2001
On the patio
Construction is currently underway for a new patio on the east side of the Humanities Building, which will be completed by commencement on May 20. The patio is part of an installation titled "Ecohumanities," designed by Rimer Cardillo (Art). "Ecohumanities" is a photo silk-screened, ceramic tile mural that will be installed later this year above the patio. For further information regarding this and other faculty art projects, contact Peter Brown (Foreign Languages), coordinator of the President's Task Force on Humanizing Humanities.
Back in time
Dean Robert Michael (Education) was enthusiastic about the history and diversity of the 1907 Room during its grand opening last Wednesday. This room, named for the year the Old Main Building was erected, is located in the Old Main basement across from the Curriculum Material Center. Established by the School of Education, SUNY New Paltz and the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center, this new facility offers educators a place to conduct research, view historical video tapes, browse through materials on diversity and many cultures, conduct collegial sessions, and enjoy the many historical artifacts which are displayed there, such as a 1921 class ring donated by the alumnus's nephew. Photo by Natalie Colon.
. . . There is an opening for an Alternate University Faculty Senator, generally a senior member of the faculty or professional staff who has chaired a central campus committee and who is active in governance. Additionally, there are two spots on the College Auxiliary Services Board of Directors for members of the voting faculty and professional staff. This board oversees the function of SUNY New Paltz's CAS, a non-profit corporation devoted to providing quality products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations, and also the Ashokan Field Campus, Campus Bookstore and Candy Shoppe, Food Services, and Vending. Please return nomination forms to Simin Mozayeni (Economics), organization committee chair, in Jacobson Faculty Tower 604 A by tomorrow.
. . . Each year at commencement the Martha Barnett Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior. The award was established in 1979 in memory of Martha Barnett, former professor of economics, to honor the values by which she lived: scholarship, moral leadership and service, and focused especially on women's issues. The Martha Barnett Scholarship depends on donations from members of the campus community. If you wish to contribute, please make a check payable to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, indicating that your donation is for the Martha Barnett Scholarship and send it to the Women's Studies Program, Southside House, by May 10.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
According to a Los Angeles Times music review, French conductor Marc Minkowski at his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last November "had a kindred spirit in piano soloist Vladimir Feltsman (Music), who attacked Rachmaninoff's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini' with characterful relish. [Feltsman] is a musician of very purposeful passion, cleanly detailed and articulate in every circumstance, and his interaction with Minkowski and the orchestra was persuasively argued on both sides."
Howard Good's (Communication & Media) poem "And There Was Light" appeared in the February/March 2001 issue of Midstream.
An article by Paul Brown (Psychology), "Communicating the Benefits of the Behavioral Approach to the Business Community," was recently published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.
Donald Walker (Physics) will present a special lecture on "The Standard Model of Particle Physics" (quarks, leptons and glutons, oh my) on Wednesday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the Coykendall Science Building auditorium. The lecture is open to the public.
Sheila Schwartz, professor emeritus of secondary education, was the featured Yom Hashoa speaker at Stephan Wise Free Synagogue on April 18. For the commemoration of the Holocaust, Schwartz showed a film she wrote and produced, "The Children of Izieu," about one aspect of the French Holocaust. After the film and discussion, as is traditional on this date, the names of the martyred victims of the Holocaust were read throughout the night and into the next day, finally culminating at 6 p.m.
George Schnell, professor emeritus of geography, read a paper, "Population Change in Pennsylvania, 1990-1999," on April 1 at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences in Monroeville, Pa. Findings addressed by the paper: The Poconos continue to lead in growth rate; the contiguous area along the length of the Delaware Valley (except Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia suburbs westward to south-central Pennsylvania grew apace; losses were widespread in the west and in much of the anthracite belt; several anthracite counties had mortality in excess of fertility, the product of growing aged cohorts combined with continuing loss of young adults and their fertility.
Christopher Robins (Foreign Languages) presented a paper titled "Pure Excitement in Kawabata's Izu Dancer" at the New York Conference of Asian Studies, held at the College of Saint Rose in Albany last fall. He presented it during a panel session titled "Purifying Class and Culture: Aesthetic Nationalism in Post-Meiji Japan." He also presented a paper titled "Wrestling National Language from the State: Inoue Hisashi's Attempt to Overcome the Modern" at a conference of the Association of Japanese Literature Studies held at Washington University at St. Louis.
Students in the news
SUNY New Paltz's student-run newspaper, the Oracle, recently won a Society for Collegiate Journalists award. The Oracle took second place for general excellence. This is consecutive success for the Oracle, which won third place in 1999. Reporter Melissa Mansfield, a junior majoring in french and minoring in journalism and international relations, was awarded third place for excellence in sports reporting. Congratulations to all of the Oracle staff!
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