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ISSUE DATE: July 9, 2001


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A step up for International Programs . . .
In a move to heighten the visibility of International Programs and better reflect the importance of its mission, President Roger Bowen and Provost David Lavallee recently announced the promotion of Bruce Sillner to dean. The announcement came on the heels of two convincing events:

With all votes tallied, and no dimpled ballots, the results of the professional staff elections are in. Alan Dunefsky reports there were a record number of nominations and a record voter turnout.



. . . Construction season is here. Paving on the Old Main circle and the College Hall lot will continue through the week. Call the Facilities Operations Center at x3301 with any questions.

. . . There will be temporary electrical shutdowns on campus between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 to support work to energize the high voltage distribution system that will serve the two new residence halls, health center, child care center and athletic complex. Facilities & Planning urges everyone to turn off all electronic equipment at the end of the work day on July 20 and plan not to work at the office on July 21. Contact Arnie Bernadini at x3304 with any questions.


Appointments, Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Brett Stone (Business) is one of three finalists in the annual Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition sponsored by the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management.



Brett Stone (Business) published an article, "A Special-Purpose Taxonomy of Corporate Social Performance Concepts," in a recent issue of Accounting and the Public Interest.



Elisa Dávila (Foreign Languages), Linda Greenow (Geography) and Rafael Saavedra (Foreign Languages) were invited guests at a briefing by Brazil's Ambassador Seixas Corrêa on May 10 at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies-CUNY in New York. The ambassador spoke about "Brazilian Foreign Policy Today: Economic and Political Dimensions" as part of the Bildner Center's Brazil Project. The Brazil Project includes symposia, international seminars, collaborative research and publications aimed at a better understanding of Brazil's new role in regional and world affairs. More information is available at

Elisa Dávila (Foreign Languages), Linda Greenow (Geography), Joel Lefkowitz (Political Science) and Rafael Saavedra (Foreign Languages) participated in the International Faculty Development Seminar sponsored by the Council for International Educational Exchange May 29 through June 6 in Brazil. Nineteen faculty members from universities throughout the United States attended lectures, seminars and field trips in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with faculty members from the Universidade de São Paulo and the Universidade Federal-Rio de Janeiro. Dávila, Greenow and Saavedra followed up with two weeks of site visits to Brasília, Salvador and Ouro Preto, and met with colleagues in Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói. These activities were supported by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to provide faculty development in order to enhance the Latin American studies and foreign languages programs at SUNY New Paltz.

Ozgur Kan (Business) presented "Why Firms Diversify: An Analysis of the Focusing and Diversifying Acquistions of Bidder Firms" at the 2001 European Financial Management Association Meetings in Lugano, Switzerland, June 27 - 30. The paper was co-authored by John Doukas of Old Dominion University.

Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) presented "Drawing the Boundary Lines" for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on July 1 as part of its series of five lectures on "Dividing Up the Land: The Struggle for Control of Catskill Lands." Mano described the challenges faced by pioneer surveyors and mapmakers in New York, and how historic maps can reveal differing perceptions of the landscape through time. She also discussed old maps and reproductions brought by members of the audience. More information about the Catskill Center Series is available online at

Giorgio Melloni (Italian Studies) organized a panel, "The Wisdom in Writing and the Justice of the Author in the Italian Literature," for the XXI Annual Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. At the same conference, he also presented an essay titled "Il modello materno della sapienza nel Manzoni da 'In morte di Carlo Imbonati' agli 'Inni Sacri.'"


Alumni in the news

Theresa Spadafora (MFA painting 1995) recently received a $6,000 award from the Blanche E. Colman Foundation to support her work as an artist.


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