ISSUE DATE: June 25, 2001
Six Latino students from SUNY New Paltz participated in the 2001 CUNY/SUNY Somos el Futuro (We are the Future) Model Senate Session Program. The students attended a series of training workshops on New York state politics and term limits, this year's mock legislative issue. Acting as senators -- each with an assigned party and district -- they presented their positions on term limits during a conference weekend April 21-22 in Albany. New Paltz's delegation included Acuatí Abreu, Wilalberto de los Santos, Rosanna Cruz, Smith Castillo, Jasmin Torres and Rebeca Mejías. Participants were eligible to apply for one of 10 Orlando Cepeda Scholarships, given by the New York State Senate & Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. The scholarship is named after Puerto Rican baseball Hall of Famer (1999) Orlando Cepeda. Three New Paltz students were awarded the $2,000 scholarship on June 7 in New York City. They were Wilalberto de los Santos, Rebeca Mejías and Rosanna Cruz. Professor Edward T. Rogowsky (CUNY Graduate Center) developed the Model Senate Program in 1997 and oversaw it until his staff earlier this year. Recently, its internship was re-named "The Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs" in his honor.
At the Senate Chamber on April 22 (L to R): Students Acuatí Abreu and Wilalberto de los Santos, Miguel Montes (SUNY assistant vice chancellor for metropolitan enrollment and Hispanic affairs), Arnaldo Mejías (EOP advisor and program campus coordinator), students Rebeca Mejías, Rosanna Cruz, Smith Castillo and Jasmin Torres. Photo by Kevin Gomez, SUNY Metropolitan Recruitment Center
... Marisol: An Apocalyptic Fantasy, by Jose Rivera , opened Thursday, June 21 in McKenna Theatre. For tickets, call x3880.
... A workshop on the educational principles of learning communities at SUNY New Paltz, which includes faculty presentations, will be held on Friday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Terrace Restaurant. For more information, please contact Todd Quinlan, assistant dean for freshman programs, at x3510.
... The Alumni Office is hosting the second annual "Day with the Renegades" on July 4 at Dutchess Stadium. Join SUNY New Paltz alumni on the 4th of July. SUNY New Paltz has the entire Rookie's Leftfield Retreat to itself. Picnic is 6-7 p.m., game begins at 7:11 p.m., and fireworks follow the game. Cost is $15 per person -- includes hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and ticket. This event is open to faculty and staff as well as alumni, but tickets are limited so call Diane Yonta at x3230 as soon as possible.
... The Middle States Visiting Accreditation Team report and university's response are now available on the Middle States Web page: www.newpaltz.edu/middlestates. According to Marda Reid, executive assistant to the provost, "The sincere interest, combined effort, and hard work of the Middle States Steering Committee as well as our students, faculty and staff have led to an excellent report."
... Correction: The editor wishes to apologize personally for the atrocious and unforgiveable use of the word "playwrighted" in a short piece about a performance by Kate Ingram (Theatre) which appeared in the May 7 edition of this newsletter.
Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition
Mary Hafeli (Art Education) was recently awarded a grant from the Research Commission of the National Art Education Association. The award will fund a year-long, national study that examines the development of thematic content in adolescents' studio art works. Hafeli, principal investigator, will collaborate on this project with co-investigators Judith Burton, Teachers College Columbia University, and Jo-Anna Moore, Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
George Schnell, professor emeritus of geography, published a paper titled "Recent Age-selective Return Migration: The Case of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania," in the proceedings of the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, which was held in October at Woodlands Inn, Wilkes Barre.
Gerald Sorin (History/Jewish Studies) wrote half the entries (seven) on Jews in the newly published book MAKING IT IN AMERICA: A Sourcebook on Eminent Ethnic Americans (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO 2001), edited by Elliott R. Barkan. An article of Sorin's also appeared in the December 2000 edition of the journal American Jewish History. It is titled "Irving Howe's 'Margin of Hope': WORLD OF OUR FATHERS as Autobiography."
At the 53rd annual conference of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, held in Philadelphia May 29-June 1, President Roger Bowen hosted a reception for New Paltz overseas partners and SUNY institutions sending students abroad on New Paltz-administered overseas programs. Bowen encouraged international educators to mobilize their students to apply for Gilman scholarships to study abroad, and advocated for support of the New York International Scholarship. Bowen played a key role in the development of this landmark legislation. International student advisor Beth Vargas was one of several immigration experts who led a "Professional Practice Workshop on Advanced F-1 Regulations." In a panel on "Public Policy Initiatives in Support of Study Abroad," Bruce Sillner, director of international programs, discussed the role played by SUNY New Paltz. Mario Varuzza, study abroad assistant, was selected as a representative to the NAFSA team for the New York-New Jersey region.
Ann Dean (Educational Studies) recently gave a teachers' workshop which was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and was held at Central Abaco High School in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. The title of her presentation was "Teaching Critical Thinking Through Literature." Dean spent 1999-2000 on sabbatical in Great Exuma, Bahamas, where she taught part-time and did research with local teachers.
William Rhoads (Art History) presented a paper, "Kingston Architecture and Society, 1828 to 1929," at the Conference on New York State History, held at Wells College in Aurora on June 8.
At the FinnForum VI Conference, held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland on June 13-16, under the theme "Entering Multiculturalism: Finnish Experience Abroad," Mika Roinila, a visiting assistant professor of geography, presented a paper titled "Losing Hard Feelings: Finland-Swedes and Finns in Canada." For more information, see www.jyu.fi/fennicum.
Students in the news
The Graduate Psychology Association (GPA) would like to congratulate graduate students Christina Huhn, Lydia Pabon, Kelly White and Nancy Martinez for being elected GPA organizers - the planners of psychology events for the entire university.
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