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ISSUE DATE: September 10, 2001


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Rise and shine
Retention and acceptance rates continue to propel SUNY New Paltz toward the top tier of U.S. News and World Report's annual university rankings! Released last Thursday, the rankings placed New Paltz in the second tier of "Best Universities - Masters" in the North. Measures used in the report that best represent the rising quality and growth at New Paltz are freshman retention and the acceptance rate. Freshman retention has risen each year since 1997, and the 2000 data used by U.S. News has New Paltz' retention at 79 percent. University data for the fall 2001 semester shows retention at 84 percent, a significant increase that will be included in next year's rankings. Similarly, New Paltz' acceptance rate tightened to 46 percent in 2000 -- the third most stringent in the "Best Universities - Masters" category. 2001 data shows an acceptance rate of 41 percent.

Other key points to note are that the university's reputation score rose from 2.9 to 3.0, and the percentage of full-time faculty rose from 74 percent to 78 percent.

Additionally, in the State University of New York's systemwide opinion survey, New Paltz' ratings rose significantly in nearly all of the 80 categories covering the overall university environment, facilities and services.

"Our students tell us that they value New Paltz' quality of instruction, contact with faculty, the opportunities for study abroad and the breadth of diversity on the campus," said David Lavallee, provost and vice president of academic affairs. "Those are measures that tell us we're meeting students' needs, while the data provides additional evidence."

Religious insights
Faculty and staff lunch discussions organized by Student Christian Center Campus Ministry begin this Friday at noon in Haggerty Administration Building, Room 703. Bring a bag lunch, and refreshments will be provided by Campus Auxiliary Services. The first story for discussion is "Total Immersion," by Jewish author Allegra Goodman. Those wishing to attend should e-mail Paul Walley at for a copy of the story to read in advance. The aim of these monthly discussions is to allow faculty and staff to share and experience various viewpoints and religious insights. Each month a different short story will be selected from God: Stories (edited by C. Michael Curtis, 1998), which includes the work of authors such as James Baldwin, John Gardner, James Joyce, Bobbi Ann Mason, Eudora Welty and others. The dates of future discussions are September 21, October 19 and November 16.



... The first Faculty/Professional Meeting of the academic year will be held in Lecture Center 100 this Friday. All new faculty and professional staff will be introduced. It is President Roger Bowen's last meeting with SUNY New Paltz as a community, and will be Provost David Lavallee's first meeting as officer-in-charge. All members of the campus community are invited to this special meeting. There are also some short, special events planned, according to Presiding Officer Rose Rudnitski. Refreshments will be available in the lobby starting at 2:15 p.m.

... The Workplace with Heart Committee believes in healthy backs. Licensed massage therapist Michele Tomasicchio will be on campus Mondays, September 17 and 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. providing 10-minute chair massages for $10. Appointments must be booked in advance by calling her at 255-4832 or e-mailing her at

... The final exam schedule for fall 2001 has been revised. Faculty, deans and department secretaries are advised to ignore the final exam schedule printed in the fall 2001 schedule of classes. The new schedule has been distributed via recent LAN e-mail.

... The Tutoring Center and the Writing Center have relocated from the basement of the Humanities Building to the first floor of the Sojourner Truth Library. Faculty should inform students that those in need of tutoring and those interested in applying for tutoring positions may complete applications in Humanities Building, Room 109.

... The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has announced that the date of Fall Open House is now Saturday, November 17 (not November 10). More details will follow via campus mail.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Lisa Ann Hasbrouck, an alumna of New Paltz who previously worked in the Payroll Office, has accepted the Human Resources Office position of clerk 2 formerly held by recent retiree Dot Stockli.



Cynthia Dill (MFA/Painting, 1997), currently the preparator at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, has four paintings on exhibit in a group show titled "Those Who Can: Faculty Exhibition." The show is being held at Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Arts Association through September 15. Another artist whose work is included in this show is Jeff Johnson, a SUNY New Paltz adjunct who is teaching a woodworking class this semester. For further information on this exhibition, please call the gallery at 471-2550. Dill also has a solo show to open at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge on October 18. It is called "2000-2000: Close to Home," and it will be at the college until November 9.

Brian Obach (Sociology) presented a paper, "A Model of Social Movement Coalition Formation," at the 96th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. The conference was held in Anaheim, Calif., August 18-21.


Alumni in the news

Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science, '80) will join historians Stephen Ambrose, Douglas Brinkley and Edmund Morris as a presenter at a conference titled "The Big Stick & the Square Deal." It is an exploration of the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt scheduled for September 13-16 at Canisius College, Buffalo. The event marks the centennial of Roosevelt's rise to the presidency. Renehan's many books include The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt & His Family in Peace and War (Oxford, 1998). His latest, The Kennedys at War, will be published by Doubleday this spring.


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