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ISSUE DATE: July 23, 2001


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Convocation 2001
Convocation 2001 will be held August 24 in Julien J. Studley Theatre at noon. Convocation is a formal welcoming ceremony for incoming and transfer students, with a focus on the academic experience at the university. The students and their families are introduced to the intellectual expectations and values that support our community of scholars. Participating in the program will be teaching faculty, the president and the provost, as well as the presidents of the alumni and student associations. Due to limited seating in the theatre, the event is for invited guests only. Invitations will be sent to incoming freshman and transfer students and their families, teaching/library faculty and Outstanding Student Service Award recipients and their guests. There will be light refreshments for participating faculty outside Jacobson Faculty Tower immediately following the program. Students and their families will attend the Welcome Weekend picnic on Parker Quad, which is being sponsored by Student Affairs.

Geographic content
The New York Geographic Alliance's Annual Summer Institute was held at SUNY New Paltz from July 8-20. NYGA is part of a national network of state geographic alliances sponsored by the National Geographic Society's Geographic Education Program. NYGA's Summer Institute provides an opportunity for administrators and K-12 teachers across grade and content levels to gain extensive training in geographic content, classroom applications and tecnhniques for effective presentation to their colleagues. The program's goal is to promote and improve geographic education in primary and secondary schools throughout the state. Participants are chosen from a statewide competition. During the program, the K-12 teachers lived and worked on campus, attending a variety of lectures and workshops presented by university professors and teacher consultants. For more information about the Summer Geography Insitute, contact Jo Margaret Mano, co-coordinator of NYGA, member of the Geography Department, and academic director for the Institute, at x3599.

Above and beyond
The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its annual recognition awards. The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, July 31, and the nomination form can be found at The awards and criteria: Alumnus/a of the Year -- A graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a singificant professional achievement; Distinguished Teacher -- A faculty member whose singular accomplishments exceed normal expectations in a chosen field; Distinguished Alumni Service -- The work of a graduate who has given meritorious and outstanding service to the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association and/or SUNY New Paltz; Recent Graduate Achievement -- Recent professional accomplishments of an alumnus/a who has graduated within the last 10 years and who has exhibited professional accomplishments which exceed normal expectations in a chosen occupation.



... Ten-minute chair massages will be available in Student Union 416 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for $10 per session. To schedule an appointment, please contact Michele Tomasicchio at 255-4832. This is a Workplace With Heart event.

... Summer recreation hours and outdoor tennis policies can be found at the following website:


Appointments, Awards, Honors, and Recognition

From June 1-6, a five-member team from SUNY New Paltz participated in the Association of American Colleges & Universities' eleventh annual Asheville Institute on General Education, held at the University of North Carolina. Twenty-three colleges and universities were selected through an application process to attend the Institute's series of presentations, workshops and discussions on General Education renewal, curriculum design and educational practices. SUNY New Paltz team members included Ann Minnick, Kelli Parmley, Patricia Phillips, Patricia Sullivan and John VanderLippe. All are members of the General Education Task Force.

Kimberly Lavoie, the coordinator of freshman and international admission for the university, was honored at the 31st annual State University of New York Admissions Professionals Conference with the SUNYCAP Acheivement Award. She was recognized for her "outstanding contributions to the design and implementation of office processes and operations," particularly with regard to the areas of international admissions and the student ambassador network. Lavoie has been a member of the university's undergraduate admissions staff since 1999 and was elevated to her current position in March.



Ozgur Kan (Business) presented a paper, "Global Investing in Emerging Markets," at the 2001 Global Business and Technology Association Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, July 11-15. The paper was co-authored by Tulin Sener (Business).

Damodaran Radhakrishnan (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented a paper titled "Low Power 4-2 Compressor with Fully Restored Node Voltages" at the 5th WSES International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers, held in Rethymno, Greece, July 8-15.


Alumni in the news

Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science, '80) will deliver a lecture titled "John Burroughs: Native Son of the Catskills" at the Twilight Park Club House in Haines Falls at 8 p.m. this Thursday. This free event is sponsored by the Mountain Top Historical Society, Haines Falls. Renehan is the author of many books, among them John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (Black Dome Press). His latest, The Kennedys at War, will be published by Doubleday in the spring of 2002. Much in demand as a speaker, Renehan is also frequently seen on public television and C-Span, most recently as a commentator in Robby Kenner's film titled John Brown's Holy War.

Denis Simon (Asian Studies, '74) was recently appointed president of Monitor China in Beijing. Monitor is one of the world's leading strategy consulting firms. After leaving New Paltz, Simon went on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a master's degree in Asian Studies (1975) and a doctorate in Political Science (1980). He speaks and reads Chinese, and is frequently cited in the business press for his views on commercial opportunities in China.

For the third year in a row, a SUNY New Paltz graduate has received an Emmy nomination. This year it is Aida Turturro, '84. She plays Tony Soprano's sister on the HBO series "The Sopranos." She has been nominated in the "Best Supporting Actress -- Drama Series" category.


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