News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: August 20, 2001


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What's New?


Lights, sound, action!
In the next two weeks, about 7,800 students will fill the classrooms and residence halls, marking the beginning of another academic year.

What's in a name?
Effective Sept. 1, Disabled Student Services will be changing its department name to Disability Resource Center. The department will continue to provide the same support services and accommodations to SUNY New Paltz students with disabilities, as well as the endeavors of faculty and staff to make the campus accessible to people with disabilities. According to Portia Lillo, director of the department, the new name was chosen for various reasons. "It is the philosophy of this office to treat our students as students first," she said. The new name recognizes that philosophy. The office staff takes into account the nature of each student's particular academic strengths, and then considers the need for individual accommodation related to the student's disability. Along with assisting individuals, the office is a resource center on disability and higher education and is available to make presentations to classes and student organizations, provide training to faculty and staff, and answer questions pertaining to individuals with disabilities. "We hope that the campus community will join us in embracing our new name, since it denotes the current and appropriate nomenclature that best describes the mission of this office," said Lillo.

What's going on around here?
Presiding Officer Rose Rudnitski reminds us that faculty/professional meetings are an important opportunity to hear reports from President Roger Bowen and to discuss, and sometimes act on, important university and SUNY-wide issues. Please mark the following dates, reached after much deliberation, on your fall calendar. Meetings start at 3 p.m., with refreshments available at 2:15 p.m.

9/7 Academic Senate
9/14 Faculty Meeting
10/5 Academic Senate
10/12 Faculty Meeting
11/2 Academic Senate
11/9 Faculty Meeting
11/30 Faculty Meeting

Conversations with the President
As with last semester's Conversations with the President, invitations will be sent to a random group of professional and classified staff members. The fall sessions will be Wednesday, September 12 at 10 a.m.; Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, November 14 at 9 a.m.; and Tuesday, December 4 at 3 p.m. Please call Ken Ross (Public Affairs) at x3245 with any questions.

Open house
Chui-chun Lee, Sojourner Truth Library director, invites new and returning faculty for coffee and conversation about important library services and resources. Drop-ins are welcome any time between 9 and 11 a.m. at any one of three morning sessions to be held Tuesday, August 28; Wednesday, September 5; and Thursday, September 6. The meetings will be held in Room 18, the electronic classroom located on the concourse level between the Library and Lecture Center. Librarians will be on hand to greet guests and to show off the Library's online catalog, Web page, electronic databases and tools, and other useful resources for research.



. . . We're back to regular working hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) was elected vice president to the first executive board for HighEdWeb (Higher Education Web Professionals of New York), a group she co-founded in 1999.



Loyd Lee, professor emeritus of history, published an article, "We Have Just Begun to Write," in the summer 2001 edition of Diplomatic History, which explores comparative social history of World War II. Also, Lee presented a paper on "The Home Front in Sub-Saharan Africa during World War II" at the World History Association's annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 27.

June Trop Zuckerman's (Secondary Education) paper "Veteran Teacher Transformations in a Collaborative Mentoring Relationship" has been published in the summer 2001 issue of the journal American Secondary Education.



Wenshan Jia (Communication & Media) presented a paper titled "Cyberspace: The New Battleground for the Fight Between the Chinese Prodemocracy Movement and the Chinese Communist Party" at the Sixth and Final Rochester Intercultural Conference, titled "The Intercultural World and the Digital Connection." It was held from July 19-21 in Rochester. He also spoke at a plenary session on "The Intercultural Implications of New Media, Computer and Digital Mediated Communication"; chaired a program; and was elected one of the four members of the steering committee for the Prosser and Sitara Intercultural Communication Conference, to be held annually starting next summer.

Thomas Mounkhall (History/Secondary Education) presented a paper titled "Developing Critical Thinking Skills in the World History Classroom" at the Annual Conference of the World History Association, which was held at the University of Utah, June 28-30.


Alumni in the news

Saugerties High School softball coach John Speirs,'79 and '88, earned his first Freeman Coach of the Year honor from the Daily Freeman by guiding his team to a 16-8 season, winning the Mid-Hudson Athletic League Division 1 title and making the MHAL finals. The Sawyers lost the championship game to Millbrook 3-2 in eight innings. Speirs enters his 13th season with 197 career victories.


News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. It is printed in house on recycled paper and is also available online. 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 additional questions.