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ISSUE DATE: May 14, 2001


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Emerging leaders celebrate completion. Photo courtesy of the Emerging Leaders Program
Emerging leaders celebrate completion.
Photo courtesy of the Emerging Leaders Program.

Leader 101
The members of the Emerging Leaders Program completed their year-long commitment to the program on April 28. A learning opportunity geared primarily to first year students, the Emerging Leaders Program encourages members to explore what it means to be productive community members. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, these students were introduced to the concepts of leadership and followership through hands-on activities, discussion groups and self-reflection. Participants also volunteered for two major community service projects: the Village Clean Sweep and brush removal at the Ashokan Field Campus. Of the 43 students that began in the fall semester, 35 successfully completed the Emerging Leaders Program.

Events? Standard procedure
Over the years various problems have arisen related to scheduling events on campus, such as competing events and lack of heat or air conditioning. Recently, the Cabinet directed the Institutional Image Group to develop a standard procedure to centralize the process of booking spaces and events on campus. In the fall, the Cabinet approved the Events Coordination Procedure and it will be ready for full implementation on July 1. The new process includes an updated FUSE form, and the director of conference services will serve as the coordinator. The Image Group will scheduled workshops in June to familiarize the campus with the new procedure.

SUNY Today
In an effort to enhance communications across all campuses of the State University of New York, the Office of the Vice Chancellor at system administration debuted an electronic newsletter on Wednesday. Called SUNY Today, it contains items of interest from the campuses and system administration. At the present time, SUNY Today will be distributed weekly and will be posted online at Beginning later this summer, faculty and staff will be able to subscribe to a listserv to get SUNY Today by e-mail.



. . . More than 1,100 will graduate at commencement on Sunday. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Old Main Quad.



Sharon Holmberg (Nursing) recently published two articles. The first, with colleague Diana McCall from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., is entitled "Antidepressant medications during breast feeding: Safety and efficacy for mother and baby" and appeared in the February 2001 issue of The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners. The second, written with colleagues at Indiana University, Linda L. Scott, William Alexy and Betsy Fife, is entitled "Relationship Issues of Women with Breast Cancer." It is a qualitative pilot study of the impact of breast cancer on the relationships and roles of women, and appeared in the January/February issue of Cancer Nursing.

Ozgur Kan (Business) published an article, "Stock Returns, Seasonality and Asymmetric Conditional Volatility in World Equity Markets," in the April 2001 issue of Applied Economics Lettters (A Routledge Journal). The article was written in collaboration with Ercan Balaban, vice president of Deniz Investments and Aslie Bayar, a professor at Bilkent University in Turkey.

Brett Stone and Kris Backhaus (Business) co-authored a paper entitled "Influence of Corporate Social Performance on Organizational Attractiveness and Job Choice," which Backhaus presented at the Northeast Business and Economic Association's annual meeting in Islandia last fall.



President Roger Bowen will present a guest lecture Thursday at the Japan Foundation Toronto's exhibit "E. Herbert Norman: Scholar, Diplomat & Friend - A Tribute to Japan's Canadian Son." Bowen is the author of Innocence is Not Enough: The Life and Death of Herbert Norman and E.H. Norman: His Life and Scholarship.

Ted Clark (Business) was the moderator of a workshop at the American Marketing Associations Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans April 19-21. SUNY student Executive Board members Mindy Arsar, Joella Knapp and Meredith Phelan joined Clark at the conference.

Sharon Holmberg (Nursing) presented a paper at the third annual conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses, held in Phoenix, Ariz., April 25-28. The presentation, entitled "A fifteen-year follow-up of people with serious psychotic symptoms: Survival and coping themes from in-depth interviews," presented data from one of the American sites of an international study of serious mental illness sponsored by the World Health Organization study, conducted with Dr. Lyman Wynne at the University of Rochester.

Jae Lee (Business) presented a paper, "Importance Sampling to Time Series Analysis," at the 2001 Northeast Decision Sciences Institute Conference in Pittsburgh in March. The paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

Narcyz Roztocki (Business) presented a paper entitled "The Integrated Activity-Based Costing and Economic Value Added System as a Strategic Management Tool: A Field Study" at the Pacific Conference on Manufacturing in Detroit last fall.


Alumni in the news

Sol Andra Guzman (BA/Spanish, 1998) was awarded a scholarship by Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, to study Latin American literature and culture at the Bilingual Institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico this summer. Guzman is currently completing an MA in Spanish at SUNY Albany, where she plans to pursue a doctorate in Spanish also.

Robert Jackson (BS/Sociology, 1974) received the outstanding EOP Alumni Award at the Sixth Biennial Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs Conference in April. The native New Yorker is the director of field services for New York State Public Employees Federation. He has always been active in civic and community affairs, most notably the recent court case that ruled that the state's school aid system is unfair to New York City schools. He continues to serve New Paltz as a recruiter for the EOP and Multicultural Recruitment Program, and is one of the newest members of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board of Directors.


Students in the news

The Asian Studies Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2001 Annual Asian Studies Program Book Award. The awards, which formally recognize and reward excellent academic achievement among students participating in Asian Studies courses, were presented in conjunction with the reception for Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society on May 3. The course titles and book winners are: Elementary Japanese: Eliza Stein; Intermediate Japanese, Herb Graefe; Cultures of South Asia, Debrah Bitsko and Christine Muello; Chinese, Chi-Hsiang Wang; Understanding China, Anna Koch; China since 1800, Chris Forman and Marco Costa; Women in China, Jennifer Malloy. For more information on the Asian Studies Program, please see

The Alpha Theta Xi chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society inducted its newest members May 3, with a reception and special guest lecture by author Luc Sante, entitled "Folk Photography: The American Photographic Postcard, 1905-1925." This year's inductees include: Jack Barnum, Karen Belgrod, Mark Easterling, Maureen Freehill, Eric Kusse, Lisa Mannion, Melissa Moore, Michael Nardi, Lisa Pacht, Ariane Simard, Laura Sirois, Heather Ann Stewart, Christianna Thomas. The event is sponsored by the History Department and Major Connections. Those wishing to learn more about Phi Alpha Theta are urged to contact Kristine Harris (History), or visit


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