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ISSUE DATE: October 8, 2001


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Family fun and fall foliage
This weekend, parents and family members of SUNY New Paltz students will be visiting the campus to enjoy the fall foliage and several special events that comprise the university's Parent & Family Weekend. Featured events include "A Night of Comedy" with opening act Wali Collins and headliner Brian Regan, which will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. in Julien J. Studley Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public and will be on sale Wednesday through Friday in the Student Union Building Information Booth from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Another event sure to intrigue will be a lecture by Nancy Kassop titled "What happens to Politics as Usual in an Unusual Time?" to be held in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. An historical /architectural walking tour led by William Rhoads (History) will begin at the Elting Memorial Library at 4 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, SUNY New Paltz students, organizations and family members will be participating in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk" at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets at 9 a.m. Faculty and staff interested in participating in the walk should call the Center for Student Development at x3088.

Interview part II
"On Campus at SUNY New Paltz" debuted last Thursday with the first of a two-part interview with spring 2001 James H. Ottaway visiting professor Sydney Schanberg. He discussed his career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and his aspirations for the future. The second part of Schanberg's interview will air at 9 p.m. on Thursday on Time Warner Cable Channel 6 (Middletown). Weekly shows of "On Campus" will also be aired Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon on NPC-17. This show is a joint production of the Center for Instructional Resources, Department of Communication & Media, and the Media Center. Tune in!

Dozens of donations
"A million thanks to each of you!" stated Hudson Heritage Federal Credit Union staff member Margaret Jensen regarding the hundreds of items donated for the volunteers working at the World Trade Center. Now, the Red Cross is encouraging cash donations which the volunteers will use to purchase needed items. These can be dropped in the Red Cross donation can at the campus HHFCU.



. . .The UUP Chapter meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been relocated to the Student Union Purple Lounge. The meeting will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and lunch will be served. All those intending to be present should notify the UUP Chapter Office at x2770.

. . .The Center for Instructional Resources would like your input on a demonstration to be held on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium. There will be a vendor demonstration by ComTec on the Reply Cordless Group Response System. This system is useful for faculty to gain immediate feedback on the impact of instruction on a particular class. This system consists of radio frequency wireless keypads and an interface. The interface communicates with the keypads and connects to a serial port on a PC. The data collected from the keypads is sent to the PC, and the results are displayed graphically. For more info, contact Emily Trapp at x3634, or visit the ComTec Web site at

. . .Faculty and staff should remind all students planning to graduate in May 2002 that an application and plan of study must be handed in to the Records & Registration Office by Oct. 26. An application should still be submitted even if the student will not be attending the commencement ceremony.

. . .The EAP Committee, acclaimed for efforts to bring a better quality of work life to campus, is at it again. Members want to know what type of wellness or prevention programs faculty and staff would like to see on campus. Please contact EAP coordinator Doug Hanley at x2886, or other EAP committee members, with ideas.

. . .Student Susan Rogers, coordinator of the Budo Club on campus, extends an invitation to the faculty and staff. No athletic talent is required for this healthful and culturally educational activity. Classes are held Mondays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Elting Gym, Room 101. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring your college ID card. For further info, contact Rogers at

. . .Student Evaluation of Instruction for fall 2001 is scheduled for Dec. 3 through 7. It will be located in the Student Union Building at the Information Booth, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Faculty wishing to participate must return a completed request form to the Office of Institutional Research, Haggerty Administration Building, Room 602, by Nov. 2. Faculty may pick up packets, but they must be returned by a student. Department secretaries should have received a copy of the request form, and copies can be found at For more info, call Mary Ann Landolina at x3227.


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the following grant recipients: Margaret Gutierrez (Migrant Education Program), who has received a $1,041,622 grant from the New York State Education Department, which supports 12 months of educational and advocacy services for migrant youth in the Mid-Hudson Valley; and Joseph Trippi (Education), who has received a $1,181,016 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for his project "Second Language Education Career Ladder Program for Paraprofessionals," which will develop and offer a career ladder preparation sequence for paraprofessionals and others to obtain certification as bilingual teachers or as teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

James Halpern (Psychology) joined Red Cross volunteers last Thursday to ring the opening bell at NASDAQ. This honor is because of his continuous crisis counseling to those affected by the recent acts of terrorism.



David Clark's (Mathematics) article titled "Natural dualities for quasivarieties generated by a finite commutative ring," has appeared in Algebra Universal. The article was written with colleagues P. Idziak (Jagiellonian University, Poland), L. Sabourin (Queen's University, Canada), C. Szabo (Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary) and R. Willard (University of Waterloo, Canada). It presents a theorem that required the five authors six years to prove. For more information, see

Anne Roschelle's (Sociology) article titled "See You in Havana!" was recently published in Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly. The article was co-authored with Elisa Facio (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Maura Toro-Morn (Illinois State University). Additionally, Roschelle's book chapter "Dream or Nightmare: Baseball and The Gender Order" was published in Baseball and the American Dream: Race, Class, Gender, and the National Pastime (M.E. Sharpe, 2001), edited by Robert Elias.



Ghader Eftekhari (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented a lecture titled "Electrical Properties of Sulfur Passivated III-V Compound Devies" at the II International Seminar on Semiconductor Surface Passivation, held last month in Ustron, Poland. This seminar was partially sponsored by the Department of Microelectronics, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. Eftekhari also chaired a section of the seminar.

Alison Nash (Psychology) and psychology graduate students Lisa Kooperman, Karyn Murphy and Tabitha Holmes presented a paper titled "Family Networks: The Social Networks of Parents and Children" at the annual American Psychological Association's convention in San Francisco in August.

Hanh Pham (Computer Science) organized and chaired a session on "Agents for E-business on the Internet" at the International Conference on Internet Computing, held in Las Vegas in June. For more information on this session, see Pham also presented a research paper titled "An Agent-Based Interval Valued Model for Competitive E-business Mapping," which is published in the proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) presented two papers at symposia held at an American Psychological Association convention in August. The first paper, "Should Romantic Love be in the DSM? (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)," co-authored with a previous student Frank Sorrentino, assessed whether psychiatrists are turning too many everyday experiences into mental disorder categories. The second paper, "Diversity and Constructivism," co-authored with recent alumna Caroline Stanley, explored issues of multicultural psychology from a constructivist psychology perspective.


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