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ISSUE DATE: May 29, 2001


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Their turn . . . 50,000 strong!
Under blue skies and the theme, "it's your turn," more than 1,300 SUNY New Paltz students were awarded their degrees last Sunday. The valedictorian, Reetu Grewal, a biology major from Long Valley, N.J., reminded her classmates that each new beginning is also the end of "something." She noted that by attending the ceremony the graduates have strength and endurance that has served them well through the college experience - and they can rely on that strength and endurance in the future. The ceremony marked a series of 50s milestones: the university's 50,000th graduate, the graduate school's 50th anniversary, and biology professor and master falconer Heinz Meng was awarded the President's Medal for 50 years of distinguished service. Native American activist and artist Adam "Fortunate Eagle" Nordwall presented to the university the gift of a hand-carved peace pipe following his and early childhood educator Vivian Gussin Paley's receipt of honorary degrees.

Outstanding service
This year's Outstanding Student Service Award will go to Robin Cohen, of Student Development, and Roy Kinstrey, custodian in the Old Library. The recipients are nominated by students, faculty and staff, and the final selection is made by a screening committee. President Roger Bowen will present plaques to both winners during Fall Convocation in August. The award includes a one-time monetary award, also. Congratulations to both!

CAS tees up for scholarships
The Campus Auxiliary Service, Inc. and SUNY New Paltz will tee off the third annual SUNY New Paltz Scholarship Golf Tournament on June 8 at the Nevele Grande Resort Golf Course in Ellenville. The annual event raises money that goes directly to student scholarships, bringing a college education to academically-deserving students who may not have the financial means to further their studies without scholarship support. Last year, the tournament raised $12,000 for scholarships. Reservations include a cart, lunch, prizes, give-aways, appetizers and beverages, and the banquet, and cost $150 for an individual player and $600 for a foursome. Sponsorship opportunities are available, beginning at $250. Contact Bill Long at x3370 for more information.

Kathy Niznik (Institutional Research) receives a retirement certificate from CSEA President Leonard Beaulieu at the first All-Unions Retirement Party April 27.  Photo by Harriet Lettis
Kathy Niznik (Institutional Research) receives a retirement certificate from CSEA President Leonard Beaulieu at the first All-Unions Retirement Party April 27. Photo by Harriet Lettis

Fond farewell
The first All-Unions Retirement Party was held on April 27 for faculty and staff to celebrate the retirement of many friends and co-workers this year. UUP and CSEA members and guests enjoyed an evening of food, drink, presentations and dancing. The following retirees were honored: Salvatore Anastasio (Math& Computer Science), Kathy Niznik, Pat Pole (Honors Center/Faculty Governance), Robert Presbie (Psychology), Donald Schiff (Psychology) and Joan Walker (History/Political Science). Presentations were made by union presidents Leonard Beaulieu (CSEA) and Glenn McNitt (UUP).

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Elisa Dávila (Foreign Languages) was honored to participate in a public reading of El Quijote on April 23. The event was sponsored by the Instituto Cervantes to celebrate the anniversary of Cervantes at the Centro Juan Carlos I of New York University. The president of the Real Academia de la Lengua Española (the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language), the Spanish Ambassador and distinguished personalities of the Spanish world were present and participated in this reading.

Erik Ekman (Spanish) presented a paper titled "Looking at Medieval Narrative: Estoria as Image and the General Estoria" at the 36th International Medieval Congress, held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He also organized a panel, "Translation in Medieval Iberia: Adaptation, Appropriation, and Interpretation," for the same conference.

Ron Knapp (Geography) gave a presentation, "China's Old Dwellings," at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University on May 5, followed by a lecture with the same title at China Institute in New York City on May 8, then a lecture on "China's Geography: Patterns, Places, Regions, and Issues" at the American Forum on Global Education in New York on May 12.

Damodaran Radhakrishnan (Electrical & Computer Engineering), with colleagues A.P. Preethy (Georgia State University) and Amos Omondi (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) presented a paper titled "Fault-tolerance Scheme for an RNS MAC: Performance and Cost Analysis," at the 2001 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems held in Sydney, Austria May 6-9.

John VanderLippe (History) presented a paper titled "Icon and Metaphor: Ugly American meets Terrible Turk" at the annual meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, held in Villanova, Pa., in April.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Patricia Phillips (Fine & Performing Arts) has been invited to be a writer-in-residence this summer at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. She will be conducting archival research and meeting with artists and members of the community for an exhibition and publication honoring Penland's 75th anniversary as a national center for craft education.

Robert Piluso, professor emeritus of foreign languages, was appointed in April to the Board of Trustees of the Enrico Fermi Museum, located in the Belmont Section of the Bronx known popularly as "Little Italy in the Bronx." The Museum is part of the New York City Library system and houses a large collection of books and videos produced by Italian and Italian-American authors and filmmakers. The Museum sponsors a number of cultural and educational events throughout the year. Anyone wishing to be placed on the Museum's mailing list should let Piluso know.

David Schiffman (Psychology) presented in service training for the medical staff at Northern Dutchess Hospital in March. The topic was the management of hostile, resistant or maladaptive behavior.

Daniel Sistarenik (Student Affairs/Financial Aid) was the program chairperson and moderator of a May 11 tri-regional workshop/meeting of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators' Association, which was hosted by HSBC Bank of 5th Avenue, New York City.


Students in the news

Students and friends
Students and friends "rocked against racism" on the Student Union Concourse the afternoon and evening of May 6, entertained by speakers and musicians such as Log Jammin, Half Step, Monk Trouble, and Apple Pickers Union. Speakers explored the notion of a racially discriminatory effect of the Rockefeller Laws and other legislation.

Congratulations to the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program's prestigious internship recipients: Crystal Adderly (Biology) Kristy Bustillo (Pre-Engineering) Nicole Hercules and (Psychology/Psychobiology) Stephanie McKnight (Psychology/Psychobiology). The Ronald E. McNair program's goal is to provide students from historically under-represented groups from low income backgrounds with an opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in science and technology with the ultimate goal of obtaining a doctoral degree. These New Paltz Educational Opportunity Program students were selected from a pool of academically comparative scholars from various SUNY schools. The Program was established by and is presently hosted at the University at Albany. Each academic year, 25 sophomores are selected as Ronald McNair scholars; 15 are from the University at Albany and 10 are from other SUNY schools and neighboring higher educational institutions.




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