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ISSUE DATE: October 15, 2001


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Raising funds and spirits
The SEFA Committee's organization of fundraising activities to assist with the relief efforts for the events of Sept. 11 has been intense. "I am thrilled with the support we have received throughout campus," said Niza Cardona, SEFA campaign manager. Along with various organizations and individuals on campus, the committee has been selling "United We Stand" buttons to the SUNY New Paltz campus community. Thanks to the help of the Greek organizations Sigma Iota Alpha, Omega Phi Beta and Phi Iota Alpha, sales via tabling in the Student Union Building have been constant. Buttons were also sold over the weekend at the Ninth Annual Unity Festival at Hasbrouck Park, at "Parents & Family Weekend," and at a benefit concert, "Beats and Harmony," organized by student Shawn Finneran. Another opportunity to make a donation to the Sept. 11 fund will be on Thursday, Oct. 25. At 8 p.m. in Studley Theatre, a presentation by hypnotist Brian Hook, titled "The Hypnotist," is being sponsored by the Student Association and Phi Iota Alpha. Entrance is free with an optional $2 donation, and all proceeds go to the Sept. 11 fund. This year's regular SEFA Campaign will be underway within the next few weeks. Anyone interested in becoming a committee member should call Niza Cardona at x3157. Help is always needed and appreciated.

Relaying the conversation
Nearly 20 faculty and professional staff met Thursday with acting president and provost David Lavallee for the monthly "Conversations with the President." Topics during the hour-long session ranged from "smart classrooms" and residence hall upgrades to general safety procedures and academic programming. On technology, Lavallee noted that campus now has about two dozen smart classrooms and 250 courses use the Web tool Blackboard. Regarding residence halls, Lavallee highlighted the fact that the Esopus Hall design allows the university to add in-residence conferences during the summer months. As for additional housing projects, he said that work is progressing on Lenape Hall for a spring 2003 opening and that design bids for apartment units will go out this semester. The safety discussion centered on the designation and training of fire marshals and familiarization training with emergency fire fighting equipment. On academic programming, Lavallee mentioned that he believes academic minors are a valuable tool to gain student interest in subject areas without committing to or changing a major. As for future opportunities, Lavallee said that the university is the likely academic center for the Hudson River Institute.

Time for class
Patricia Phillips, dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts, announced last week that she will step down as the school's dean by the end of the school year. Citing a desire to spend more time teaching and writing, she said the decision is a "positive life choice." David Lavallee, acting president and provost, said that while Phillips' decision was a surprise, he is pleased that she will remain part of the campus community as a faculty member. A search for a new dean is already underway.



. . . The Sojourner Truth Library has prepared a page of Web links that provides information about the recent terrorist attacks. It also includes the American Liberty Partnership site, which is facilitating contributions to relief efforts and organizations. The site:

. . . New Paltz police are seeking two armed men who allegedly robbed students in a S. Oakwood Terrace residence around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 before fleeing, heading west on Lookout Avenue in a light-colored, four-door sedan. Anyone with information should call the Police Department at 255-1323. All calls will be confidential.

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Halloween edition
We would like to make the Monday, Oct. 29 News Pulse a special edition for Halloween. Send your campfire ghost stories, mom's candy apple recipe, petrifying poetry and pumpkin flavored prose, tricks and treats of the trade, and other ghoulish anecdotes to the newsletter at


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that Michelle Cangelosi, Robin Cohen, and Ray Schwarz (all Student Affairs) received a $99,200 grant award from the U.S. Department of Education for a project titled "A Comprehensive Model Utilizing Social Norms & Community Collaboration for Alcohol Prevention." New Paltz' project was funded after a national competition that included a site visit to the campus by representatives of the selection committee. The objectives of New Paltz' model program include reducing high risk alcohol use, fostering a cultural permission to not use alcohol, ensuring safety through the intolerance of misuse, and correcting misperceived alcohol use norms held by incoming students. The funding will be used for freshman initiatives, community/university collaboration, multi-media social marketing campaigns, campus activities, policy enforcement and intervention activities.

Sharon Holmberg and Deena Gill (both Nursing) were recently honored by the Dutchess Health Older Adult Health Committee for promoting health, well-being, support services and education of older adults. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Central Hudson Auditorium in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 3. Only two nurses and four Hudson Valley physicians were honored.



Howard Good's (Communication and Media) essay, "One Big Family," about the need for schools to adjust education to children's individuality, was published in the Oct. 3 issue of Education Week.

Wenshan Jia (Communication & Media) published a book titled The Remaking of the Chinese Character and Identity in the 21st Century: The Chinese Face Practices (Ablex Publishing, Conn.). It is now available in Ariel Bookstore.

Christopher Raab (Sojourner Truth Library) published a two-part series of articles titled "Discovering Huguenot Street's Educational Legacy," in the March and June 2001 editions of the Huguenot Historical Society's newsletter, On Huguenot Street. The articles were titled (Part 1) "The New Paltz Academy" and (Part 2) "From Academy to Normal School."

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) had four recent publications. The first, a chapter titled "Varieties of constructivism in psychotherapy," was co-authored with Bob Neimeyer (University of Memphis) and published in Guilford Press' second edition of The Handbook of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies. The second, "The modern, the postmodern, and George Kelly's personal construct psychology," is a comment that appeared in the April issue of American Psychologist. The third, co-authored with graduate student Bruce Gussin, is an article called "Anti anti-depressants? Drugs, depression, and the medical model," based on Gussin's master's thesis and published in the journal Ethical Human Sciences and Services. The last, "Constructivism and the projective assessment of meaning in Rorschach administration," appeared in the August issue of the Journal of Personality Assessment.


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