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ISSUE DATE: September 4, 2001


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Milwaukee museum lures Bowen
President Roger Bowen announced he accepted the position of president of the Milwaukee Public Museum, and will end his five-year tenure at New Paltz September 30. He made the announcement to faculty, staff and students on Aug. 28. The museum specializes in human and natural history and is home to more than 6.5 million artifacts and specimens. As president, Bowen will oversee the operations of the museum, a staff of 40 research scientists and historians, and the museum's 750-acre rain forest in Costa Rica. Coincidentally, the museum's vice president for collections, research and public programming is New Paltz alumnus Allen Young, '64.

Convocation . . . like a goose ceremony
More than 700 students, family, faculty and staff crowded into Julien J. Studley Theater Aug. 24 for the annual Convocation. In a touching and inspiring keynote speech, Julio Gonzalez, Computer Science and Engineering, likened a scene of ducklings jumping off a deck to learn to fly to Convocation. "Get your own wings so that you will be able to fly by yourselves," he extolled. "SUNY New Paltz provides a beautiful environment with a high-level platform from where to try and succeed."

Heinz Meng reads the back cover of a book by Allen Young, '64.
Heinz Meng reads the back cover of a book by Allen Young, '64.

Resolution honors Heinz Meng
In a small ceremony, President Roger Bowen presented the citation of a New York State resolution honoring Dr. Heinz Meng, who is beginning his 51st year at New Paltz. The resolution, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, recognizes Meng for his achievements in reversing the process of extinction of the peregrine falcon and his devotion to teaching. During the office ceremony, Bowen also presented to Meng an autographed book written by New Paltz graduate and former Meng student Dr. Alan Young, who is now a zoologist working in Wisconsin. In his inscription, Young thanked Meng for being a true inspiration.



Teaching Faculty: Students observing the second holy day of Rosh Hashanah should notify you if they will be unable to be in class on Wednesday, September 19. The holiday actually runs from sundown Monday, Sept. 17 through sundown Wednesday Sept. 19. Faculty members who wish to observe Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 19 should arrange class coverage with their department chair. Instructors are asked to avoid scheduling examinations on that day and to permit students who will be unable to attend classes to make up assignments missed.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Joan Barker, Art Studio, was awarded the Photographers' Fund Fellowship 2001 by the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Two prints from the selected portfolio will remain in CPW's permanent print collection at the Samuel Dorsky Museum. The award will be presented at CPW's annual photography auction on Oct. 6.

Lee Cahn, Communication & Media, has been appointed to the editorial board of the "Journal of Communication," one of the major journals in the discipline and published by the International Communication Association. He will continue on the editorial board of the new "Journal of Family Communication" and as Communication Studies series editor for SUNY Press.



Beverly Brumm, Theater Arts, is the director of the last show of the season at Shadowland, the Hudson Valley Equity Theatre in Ellenville. The production, "Stop Kiss," is a contemporary off-Broadway play by Diana Son; and will be presented for three weekends, beginning Sept. 7. The production also involves Theater Department faculty member Jack Wade as lighting designer, and alumni Virginia Ferri, BA '69, and Roberto Figueroa, BA '99, as cast members.

Alison Nash, Psychology, along with psychology graduate students Lisa Kooperman, Karyn Murphy, and Tabitha Holmes, presented a paper entitled "Family Networks: The Social Networks of Parents and Children" at the annual convention of the American Psychological Assocation in San Francisco, Aug. 24-28. Tabitha Holmes was accepted to Ph.D. program in developmental psychology at the University of Vermont.

Anne R. Roschelle and Peter Kaufman, Sociology, presented "Identity Construction Among Homeless Kids: The Unintended Reproduction of Poverty" at the American Sociological Association Meetings in Anaheim, Calif., in August. Anne also presented "Shaping the Future City through Gentrification and Social Exclusion: Spatial Policing and Homeless Activist Responses in the San Francisco Bay Area" with Talmadge Wright of Chicago Loyola University, and did an invited teaching workshop on teaching about race, class, and gender entitled "The Social Construction of Race, Class, and Gender Through Film."

Liming Tang, Theater Arts, recently completed the scenic design for the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, N.Y. The show runs through Sept. 9.

Steve Vinson, History, participated in a panel entitled "Cross-Cultural Travelers Before 1500" at this summer's World History Association Conference in Salt Lake City. His paper was entitled "Discovering Self and the Other: Egyptians in the Near Abroad." He has also been commissioned to write the foreword to the forthcoming "Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Egypt" by Donald Ryan.


Alumni in the news

Professor Emeritus Irving Weiss reports that alumnus Arnold Dreyblatt, '74, will feature his exhibit "American Artist Arnold Dreyblatt: The Re-Collection Mechanism" at the Jewish Museum in New York. The exhibit opens Sept. 9 and runs through Feb. 10, 2002. More information is available online at


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