ISSUE DATE: May 7, 2001
Full table at closing Conversations
The semester's final session of Conversations With the President covered a wide variety of issues. Topics included:
Wellness in the workplace
More than 30 people took part in the walking kick off for Workplace with Heart last Wednesday. Give-a-ways included T-shirts, water bottles, walking diaries and maps with campus walking routes. (Thanks to Facilities Operations for making many new pathways throughout campus that walkers can use!) Workplace with Heart will sponsor a Wellness Day Fair on Wednesday in the Multi Purpose Room from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All faculty and staff are invited to visit more than 40 wellness-oriented organizations and businesses that will be exhibiting and demonstrating. There will be eight-minute massage therapy demonstrations, acupuncture sessions, food samples and much more.
Take Back the Night
On April 27, about 200 marchers, with candles in hand, marched through the village and campus to show their resolve to end violence against women. The annual Take Back the Night march encourages everyone to remember all who fell victim to rape, assault and abuse. Its purpose is to reclaim the night from sexual violence against women.
. . . Professors Tom Meyer and Mary Sawyer (Secondary Education) along with Bonnie Kaplan, High School English teacher from Pearl River, N.Y., secured a federal grant to run the Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP), which will be housed at New Paltz. Each summer HVWP will host a summer institute for teachers in the region who are noted for their passion and success in integrating writing into their instruction. Each teacher fellow will receive a stipend to read, write, and develop demonstrations of their best teaching practices. HVWP expects that the annual summer work will help the region retain excellent veteran teachers by recognizing their expertise and will also be a year round asset for supporting the professional development of the area's burgeoning novice teacher community. This summer's invitational institute will run from June 25 to July 17. More information is available at www.newpaltz.edu/hvwp.
Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition
Joel Neuman (Business) at SUNY will be honored at the Chancellor's Research Recognition Dinner on May 23 at the State University Plaza. Neuman is being recognized for his accomplishments in studies of workplace aggression. Neuman's cutting-edge research in the area of workplace aggression and violence has earned him both national and international recognition as a leader in his field.
Francis X. Paz (English) has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Syria (either the University of Damascus or Aleppo) to teach American and English literature for the spring, 2002 semester.
Howard Good (Communication & Media) published an essay, "School Board Blues," in the May 2001 issue of The American School Board Journal. Good is president of the Highland Central School District Board of Education.
Kate Ingram (Theatre) just returned from a short professional leave during which she performed in a new play, "The Trial of Joan the Maid," playwrighted by Jim Helsinger, at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival in Florida.
Wilma Feliciano (Spanish) has recently presented scholarly papers at two international conferences. In March, she read "Popular Andean Theater: Cultural Affirmation in the Face of Globalization" at UNESCO's Intercontinental Festival for the Cultures of the World, hosted by the Mexican Center of the International Theater Institute, in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. In April, she read "The Invisible Indian in Amistad funesta (Funerary Friendship)" at the International Symposium "JosÚ MartÝ and Literature in Spanish" hosted by the Center of MartÝ Studies in Havana, Cuba.
Narcyz Roztocki (Business) presented a paper entitled, "Variation in Production Volume: The Impact of Using an ABC and EVA System to Reduce Distortions in Product Cost," at the American Society for Engineering Management 2000 Conference. The topic of the conference was Technical Management: Key to Enterprise Success in the 21st Century and it took place at The George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C. October 5-7, 2000.
Rose Rudnitski (Education) presented an invited workshop, "Developing Language and Literacy in Children, Birth through Age 3," on April 5 at the New York State Early Headstart Institute.
Tulin Sener (Business) presented a paper entitled, "Issues in Corporate Governance and Change," and served as chair at the annual meeting of the Northeast Business and Economic Association in Islandia, N.Y., on October 6.
Alumni in the news
Edward Renehan Jr. (Political Science, 1980) has been elected to the Executive Committee for the Board of Trustees of The Theodore Roosevelt Association (Oyster Bay, NY). He is the author of a number of books, among them The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and his Family in Peace and War (Oxford University Press, 1998) and John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (Black Dome Press, 1998), the benchmark biography of the Hudson Valley's well-known literary naturalist.
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