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ISSUE DATE: September 24, 2001


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Photo of hot-air baloon, by Rachel Reuben
Photo by Rachel Reuben

I'm outta here
The Public Entertainment Commission, a student organization funded by College Auxiliary Services, sponsored six hours of hot air balloon rides for students on Sept. 6. "Fun and stress relief" were the reasons they did it, said Craig Mourton, advisor to the group and assistant director of College Activities. If long lines are an indication, students enjoyed the "elevating experience."

Back On Campus
The Center for Instructional Resources announces the return of the original production, "On Campus at SUNY New Paltz." Producers include CIR staff Doug Short, Emily Trapp and Diane Strauss; Greg Gulbrandsen (Media Center); and professors Lynn Spangler, Tom Herling (both Communication & Media) and Devon Duhaney (Secondary Education). The show can be seen on NPC-17 and New Paltz Time-Warner Cable Channel 6 (Middletown). Future issues of the Calendar of Events will publicize the time slot and content of upcoming shows. The producers are looking for faculty and professional staff to be guests on the show. Tapings will be on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 3F. If interested, please call Emily Trapp at x3634 or Doug Short at x3639. Take advantage of this exciting community relations opportunity!

Good sports
Convocation Day softball game outcome (reported by Dean Jerry Benjamin): Teams were decided more or less at random. In a real nail-biting pitchers' duel, President Roger Bowen (Roster #1) lost to Matt DeGuire (and others, Roster #2) by a score of 15-14. The outcome was (slightly) contested. Roster # 2 prevailed because of the unassailably accurate and credible scorekeeping by Michele Halstead. The evidence is on file in the Liberal Arts & Sciences dean's office. Roster # 1 - Joe Acquisto, Roger Bowen, Corinna Caracci, Ben Endress, Howard Good, John Harrington, Richard Kelder, Hillary Kent, Doug Maynard, Rob Miraldi, Anne Roschelle, Mary Sawyer, Roman Tavarez, Christoper Yu and Martin Yu. Faculty family member Christopher Yu had a great at bat. His brother Martin played solid outfield defense. Roster 2 - John Baugher, Jerry Benjamin, Ralph Calderone, Bill Canak, Matt DeGuire, Glenn Geher, Giordano Grossi, Michele Halstead, Peter Kaufman, Alex Olsen, Tom Olsen, Jennifer Piren, Joseph Rigolino, Nathanial Rigolino, Rachel Rigolino, Lou Roper, Tristan Tosj, and Guy Wirszyla. Faculty family members Alex Olsen and Nathanial Rigolino both made fine outfield catches.



. . .It's open and they're in! The 170 students who spent their first weeks on campus tripled in residence halls awaiting the completion of Esopus are now home. Residence Life and Facilities Operations worked with students and their schedules to complete the moves the week of Sept. 10.

. . .The Political Science & International Relations Department invites you to "Chemical and Biological Terror: The Challenge Facing the United States." This lecture by R. Gregory Evans, the director of the Center for the Study of Bio-terrorism and Emerging Diseases at St. Louis University, will be held tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 102.

. . .Tuesday from 4-6 p.m., Women's Studies will be hosting its annual Fall Reception for new and returning faculty, students and staff. It will be held on the lawn of the Southside House with light refreshments. Please RSVP to Pat Clarke at x2975.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Robin Cohen (Student Affairs) was selected as one of only seven faculty nationwide for the prestigious National Conference on the Social Norms Model, held July 18-20 in Anaheim, Calif. At the Conference titled "Science-Based Prevention: Practical Strategies and New Directions," she participated on two panels, presented a workshop and provided individual feedback to campuses by evaluating their social norms campaigns.

The Ulster County Community Asset Builders and Ulster County Red Ribbon Coalition recently designated Ray Schwarz (Student Affairs) a co-recipient of the Prevention Professional Recognition Award. The honor recognizes individuals who "have empowered at least one young person to achieve a drug-free lifestyle by creating a situation that allows for fun and creativity while promoting education, awareness and inspiration to make healthy choices." Robin Young-Sears, from the Onteora School District, was the other co-recipient.



Howard Good's (Comunication & Media) poem, "Customs," appears in the September edition of the e-zine STIRRING: A Literary Collection, based in the United Kingdom. The e-zine can be found at

Ozgur Berk Kan (Business) published an article, "The Evidence of Strategic Pricing Policies of Turkish Textile Exports," in the September edition of Applied Economics.



Jan Harrison's (Publications) solo exhibition, "CHAOSMOS," opened at the Kleinert/James Arts Center in Woodstock on Sept. 8. Her paintings, sculpture and audio will be on exhibit through Nov. 4. Recently, Harrison was interviewed by Linda Weintruab, author of the essay about her work, "Genius Fusion." The event began with a reading by poet and publisher George Quasha, "Crossing Over to Jan Harrison." Harrison's recent book, Arcana Mundi (Station Hill/Barrytown) is available at the Kleinert/ James Arts Center throughout the exhibition. Call 679-2079 for further information. Additionally, Harrison is participating in another exhibition at Marist College Steel Plant Gallery in Poughkeepsie through October 13. Call 575-3000 for information.

Yoav Kaddar (Theatre Arts) recently performed at the 10th anniversary of "Theatre in the Trees" in Kent, Conn, and at Vassar College in a performance by Vassar dance faculty member Paul D. Mosley titled "Things Fall Apart." In October, Kaddar will be teaching a master class and performing at the Roya Gala 2001, a fundraiser for dance scholarships at the Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston.

Sheila Schwartz (professor emerita, Secondary Education) will be signing copies of her latest novel, The Little Terrorist, on Oct.13 6:30p.m. at Ariel Booksellers, Plattekill Ave., New Paltz.

Liming Tang (Theatre) is presenting a painting exhibition titled "The Secret Art of War: The Thirty-Six Strategies of Ancient China" jointly with artist Xiaohuan Lee. This exhibition, located in the Sojourner Truth Library, is one of the many activities that were part of the "Sites of Conflict: Art in a Culture of Violence" Arts Now Conference that concluded on Saturday. The paintings are based on a unique collection of ancient Chinese marshal proverbs. The exhibition runs through Sept. 28.


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