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ISSUE DATE: August 27, 2001


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Move-in day opens Welcome Week
More than 1,000 new students, including about 940 freshmen, arrived on campus Wednesday to begin their New Paltz experience. Volunteers from around the campus came out in full force to welcome the students. Wearing blue T-shirts provided by Student Development, the volunteers directed traffic, helped unload vehicles and served as resources for all kinds of questions. Students assigned to the new Esopus Hall moved, temporarily, into host rooms at other residence halls while workers complete the final preparations for Esopus. Staff for the new hall began moving into their offices on Wednesday, and residents are expected to move in shortly.

12 faculty promoted
Congratulations to the following who will receive promotions this fall:

Visiting scholar to the Language Immersion Institute Alex Farcia. Photo by Nancy Zellner-Fenichel

Humanizing the Humanities
Construction on the patio portion of Rimer Cardillo's (Art) installation, "Ecohumanities," is almost complete. The facing mural, consisting of photo-silkscreened ceramic tiles, will be installed on the east side of the Humanities Building later this year. Peter D.G. Brown (Foreign Languages), coordinator of the President's Task Force on Humanizing Humanities, is hopeful that "our incoming class of 2005 may yet experience the benefits of the Humanities central air conditioning, now scheduled for installation in 2003." While there still is a chance that the date set forth in the Strategic Plan ("not later than 2002") can be met, a later date now appears likely.

New Paltz' Cuba connection centennial
Cuban educator Alex Garcia teaches English to students at the National Maritime Training Center in Havana. However, this summer, he traveled to New York as a visiting scholar in New Paltz' Language Immersion Institute, where he taught Spanish in July and August. The twist in this story lies in the history books: In the fall of 1901, 75 Cuban girls arrived on campus - then the Normal School - to study to be teachers. The institute plans to bring Garcia back for the summer 2002 Language Immersion programs, thus continuing the teacher connection with Cuba.



. . . Roof work on the Haggerty Administration Building and Student Union Building continues. To support crane operations and material deliveries, the tunnel roadway under the two buildings will be closed from 6 a.m. Monday to about 8 p.m. Friday.

. . . A complete list of all of the departments/programs that moved into new office locations this summer (or will be by the start of the fall semester) is available on the Web at:



Howard Good's (Communication and Media) essay on school violence, "The Shadow of the Gun," appears in the September 2001 issue of The American School Board Journal. In addition, Good was elected in June to a second one-year term as president of the Highland Central School District Board of Education.


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.