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ISSUE DATE: June 11, 2001


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A new chapter
The Psychology Department has established for the SUNY New Paltz campus a chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology ( Doug Maynard will serve as its faculty advisor. The chapter was installed on May 4 at the College Terrace, and the charter class -- 41 undergraduates, one graduate student, one alumna and two faculty -- was inducted. Randolph Cornelius, professor of psychology at Vassar College, acted as installation officer and President Roger Bowen was present to congratulate the inductees.

Charter officers of the new SUNY New Paltz chapter of Psi Chi, from left: Kelly Ingraham, president; Heather Bragg, vice president; Jamie Levato, treasurer; Sean Endress, secretary. Photo by Amanda Maynard
Charter officers of the new SUNY New Paltz chapter of Psi Chi, from left: Kelly Ingraham, president; Heather Bragg, vice president; Jamie Levato, treasurer; Sean Endress, secretary.
Photo by Amanda Maynard


Building Blocks



Howard Good (Communication & Media) published an essay, "We Need Ethics Examples," in the April issue of Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also published a poem, "After a Photograph at the Holocaust Museum," in the April issue of Midstream.

Jan Harrison (Publications) has published a book, ARCANA MUNDI (Station Hill/Barrytown LTD), which covers 20 years of her paintings, sculpture and installations, and includes 30 color reproductions of the artist's work and an essay by Linda Weintraub titled"Genus Fusion." A book signing and slide lecture was held yesterday at the Kleinert/James Arts Center in Woodstock.



Joseph Diamond (Anthropology) was program chair and keynote speaker for the 85th annual conference of the New York State Archeological Association, held at Eddy Farm in Sparrowbush April 27-29.

Doug Maynard (Psychology) presented a poster, "A Facet-Level Examination of the Underemployment-Job Satisfaction Relationship," at the 16th annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, held in San Diego in April. The poster was co-authored by Amanda Maynard (Bard College) and two alumni of New Paltz, Sean Kumpf (BA/2000) and Ana Luna (BA/2001).

The journal of the New York State Falconry Association, Mews News, selected the cover art for its 2000 edition from the original artwork of Heinz Meng's (Biology). It depicts the transfer of food in mid air by peregrine falcons

Shelly Wright (Communication &i Media) presented a paper at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, held in Portland, Maine, April 26-29. The presentation was titled "Bowing Out: The Rhetorical Genre of Presidential Campaign Withdrawal Speeches."


Alumni in the news

Maura Alia Bramkamp, a freelance writer and a member of the SUNY New Paltz Class of 1988, published an essay, "Women Helping Women Break into High Tech : WNY Web Grrls," in The Buffalo News on February 28. Her poem "Stage Struck", which recalls a disastrous director's scene at SUNY New Paltz' Parker Theater (circa 1981) , appeared in The Buffalo News on May 6. "Pieds a Terre", a prose poem, appears in the current online issue of Switched-on-Gutenberg, which can be found online at

Jo Ann Golden, who holds a bachelor of arts degree from SUNY New Paltz and a bachelor of science degree from Utica College, is president-elect of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants -- the oldest state accounting organization in the nation, representing nearly 30,000 CPAs. Golden, a member of the NYSSCPA since 1992, was elected at the society's annual election dinner, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on May 8. Golden is a partner with Dermody, Burkes & Brown, CPA, PC, in New Hartford, NY.

Two recent graduates, Todd Allen Joseph (BS/2001) and Takashi Mitsuya (BA/2001) presented their independent research in psychology at the first annual Finger Lakes Undergraduate Psychology Conference, held at SUNY Cortland on March 31. Joseph presented a paper titled "The Effect of Mental Practice Type on Performance of a Dart-Throwing Task," and Mitsuya presented a poster titled "The Influence of Familiarity and Complexity on Character Recognition in Iconic Memory." Out of 20 conference presenters, Mitsuya received the conference's Best Poster Award. Both students' research was supervised by Doug Maynard (Psychology).


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