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ISSUE DATE: August 6, 2001


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This is a time of transition for many at SUNY New Paltz, as new buildings are completed, long-time milieux are vacated for the sake of improving student life, and the beginning of a new school year begins another new chapter at the university. Alumni Affairs has moved from Haggerty Administration to the Hopfer Alumni & Admissions Center, and the School of Business has moved from van den Berg Learning Center to the School of Business Building. The UUP office has moved from College Hall to van den Berg Learning Center. The departments and offices which have migrated from College Hall and Jacobson Faculty Tower to the Faculty Office Building include Black Studies, Computer Science, Faculty Governance and Mathematics. English has moved from College Hall to Jacobson Faculty Tower. Several departments located in Jacobson Faculty Tower have changed office locations within that building. A complete list of all of the departments, offices or programs that have relocated this summer, or will move by the start of the fall semester, is available on the Web at

Traffic patterns
As part of the replacement of the Haggerty Administration and Student Union Penthouse roofs, the tunnel roadway between the HAB/SUB and Bouton Hall has been closed since last Friday, and will reopen August 10 at 6 p.m. Today at 6 a.m., a crane was set up south of the SUB, and public exit from the south side of the building was closed. On Wednesday, the crane will move to the northwest corner of the HAB, and should be finished in that location by 6 p.m. on August 10. Deliveries to the loading dock will continue during this construction. This schedule is subject to modification due to inclement weather, and further postings will provide public advisement. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the assistant vice president for Facilities & Planning, Arnie Bernardini, at x3304.

Get tagged
It is time to renew your parking permit! The 2001-2002 hang tags are now available for purchase at the Parking Office in Haggerty Administration 35, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Applications were sent by mail, and extras can be obtained from the Parking Office, University Police, on the bookcase at Records & Registration, or on the Web at Only one tag per person will be issued. The cost of a faculty/staff tag is $10. Further questions can be answered at the Web site.

Welcome wagon
New Student Moving-In Day is August 22. Approximately 1000 new students will be checking into their residence hall rooms between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. This day kicks off Welcome Week, with academic programs, Fall Convocation and many social events scheduled through Sunday, August 26. The planning committee will need 30 additional volunteers (with supervisor's approval) to assist in greeting and directing families at various locations. Look for details on signing up to be part of the welcome wagon in a forthcoming e-mail.

New Paltz residents Eric Houskeeper (left) and Zoe Barash, both 13, are, respectively, fourth and fifth year participants in the Van Lodostov Family Circus Day Camp, sponsored by Campus Auxiliary Services. The young performers practice their unicycling on the pavement between Bliss Hall and Parker Theatre on July 20.
New Paltz residents Eric Houskeeper (left) and Zoe Barash, both 13, are, respectively, fourth and fifth year participants in the Van Lodostov Family Circus Day Camp, sponsored by Campus Auxiliary Services. The young performers practice their unicycling on the pavement between Bliss Hall and Parker Theatre on July 20.
Photo by Nancy Zellner Fenichel



... The 15th annual Convocation is scheduled for noon on Aug. 24 in Julien J. Studley Theatre. Faculty and staff are invited to attend Convocation and partake in the light refreshments that will be provided outside Jacobson Faculty Tower immediately following the program. Students and their families will attend the Welcome Weekend picnic on Parker Quad.

... The Graduate School now has a toll free number: 1-800-248-8856.

... Please pay attention to the e-mail warnings from Computer Services regarding the e-mail worm W32/Sircam-A.

... Student Accounts will be closed on Tuesday, August 21 in order to relocate to the Student Union for Fall 2001 Registration. The office will return to Haggerty Administration on August 31.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

SUNY New Paltz dedicated its 27th annual Summer Repertory Theatre season in honor of Kate Ingram, a 15-year verteran of the Theatre Department who recently left New Paltz for the University of Central Florida's new graduate program in theatre studies, where she will not only teach but perform with the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. According to Joe Paparone, "She has been a source of inspiration to us all, an outstanding educator, and a wonderful colleague and friend whose presence in our department and around our campus will surely be missed."



President Emerita Alice Chandler was an invited speaker for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' annual Summer Council of Presidents, which gathered recently in Laguna Beach, Fla. Her topic was "Presidential Leadership: Vitality and Vision." Chandler completed her yearlong commitment as acting president of New Jersey's Ramapo College on June 30. In May, that collegiate community honored her for her leadership and service by conferring upon her an honorary degree. She has agreed to serve as a part-time consultant to Ramapo's new president next year. Chandler has been named a 2001-02 Middle States Association Commission Fellow. She will be working on the international accreditation of colleges and universities. President Emeritus John Neumaier and his wife, Sara Fletcher Luther, who earned her master's degree in African studies from New Paltz in 1974, spent two weeks in late May and early June in their hometown of Frankfort on the Main, Germany. They were part of a group of 70 returning citizens who were driven into exile by the Nazi regime. Neumaier's reflections about his "bittersweet but rewarding" journey to his native city appeared in his monthly column in the Daily Freeman on July 1, in commentary titled "Looking to a better future, but not forgetting about the past." Neumaier was president of SUNY New Paltz from 1968 to 1972. His column appears in the first Sunday Freeman of each month and is broadcast on a short-wave station Radio for Peace International.



Rose Irvine, professor emeritus of speech communications, delivered a paper July 7 to the Ulster County Historical Society. The paper is titled "A Tale of Three Lives: John Vanderlyn, Aaron Burr, and Theodosia Alston Burr."

Mika Roinila (Geography) presented a historical review with memorabilia and artifacts of the Louhi Band of Monessen at FinnFest 2001, held at Villanova University, July 26-29. In addition to this presentation, Roinila was an invited speaker at the Sauna Symposium, held jointly with the festival. He spoke on hotel and motel saunas of America. For more information, visit


News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Public Affairs Office, Division of Advancement. To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form. If you are requesting inclusion in a particular issue, your submission must be received by noon on Tuesday of the prior week. Contact editor Nancy Zellner Fenichel at x3187 with any questions.