ISSUE DATE: October 22, 2001
At tomorrow's SUNY Board of Trustees meeting, Steven G. Poskanzer will be proposed as interim president of SUNY New Paltz. He is currently SUNY's vice provost for academic affairs. "I have enormous respect for New Paltz as an institution -- especially for its faculty and students -- and I am excited about the prospect of serving as interim president," stated Poskanzer. He will take office immediately following board approval, and serve until a permanent president is named. "Steve Poskanzer brings an exceptional background to his new responsibilities at New Paltz and will have all the authority and power granted to permanent institution presidents," said SUNY Chancellor Robert King. "He's nationally known as an expert in higher education law and has an excellent record as an administrator at SUNY and other leading academic institutions." The son of a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor at Cortland, Poskanzer grew up on a SUNY campus. Provost David Lavallee, who has been the "officer in charge," will return to his permanent position's responsibilities. This is consistent with the planning for the presidential search, as an interim president may not be a candidate for the position. The provost will be an eligible candidate.
Another Pulitzer winner
Bernard L. Stein, who won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1998 for his elegant editorials, will be named the second James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism at SUNY New Paltz. Stein is the co-publisher and editor of the Riverdale Press, a weekly newspaper covering the New York City neighborhoods of the Northwest Bronx that has become one of the best-known and most-honored community newspapers in the nation. Acting President and Provost David Lavallee made the announcement, citing Stein's "distinguished record and distinct voice as a practitioner of community journalism." Lavallee noted that Stein provides students a "wonderful local voice on issues," and that he is a perfect follow-up to last year's Ottaway fellow, Sydney Schanberg, also a Pulitzer Prize winner for his reporting on international events and issues. Stein will teach a course this spring in the university's Journalism Program and lead a series of workshops and seminars. "I hope to persuade my students that journalists have a crucial role to play in keeping our democracy vital," Stein said in accepting the position. He noted that young journalists need to learn to write in a way that "emboldens readers to voice their opinions and join together to take action." Stein will be the guest of honor at a reception and media availability at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Room 54 of the Coykendall Science Building. The James H. Ottaway Sr. Professorship is named for the founder of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., which is now a coast-to-coast group of 19 daily, 13 Sunday and more than 30 weekly newspapers with a total circulation of 555,587. The flagship newspaper of the chain is the Times Herald-Record in Middletown. The donation to create the professorship was made by his son, Jim Ottaway Jr., who succeeded his father as the company's chief executive officer in 1976.
Each department's allocation for fiscal year 2001-2002 has been loaded onto the SUNY mainframe. If there are any major discrepancies, please notify the vice president for administration in writing. Use of the American Express Procurement Card may resume. Please call the Purchasing Department at x3190 with any questions.
. . .The Department of Political Science & International Relations is hosting a debate between Lewis Brownstein and Brian Schmidt titled "Debating America's War on Terrorism: Alternative Perspectives on America's Military Response to the Attack of September 11, 2001." It will be held tomorrow from 5-7 p.m. in Lecture Center 102. Dean Gerald Benjamin (Liberal Arts & Sciences) will moderate.
. . .The Women's Studies Program is sponsoring the following free event at 7 p.m. October 30 in Lecture Center 112: a new documentary about an Afghani woman raised in Great Britain who returns to Afghanistan and reports on life under the Taliban. With a hidden camera, she documents the poverty and near-famine conditions, especially as they are affecting the women and girls. The documentary also shows a glimpse of the courageous work of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. The screening will be followed by audience discussion facilitated by John Vander Lippe (History). For more info, contact Pat Clarke, x2975, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
. . .The "Storytelling Folklore" course taught by Jane Gregory (Secondary Education) is sponsoring "An Evening of Ghost Stories" featuring six Hudson Valley storytellers on Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Lecture Center 100.
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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition
The Art Department is pleased to announce that on Oct. 11 Diogenes Ballester's "Fertilidad" won the "Honorable Award in Drawing" category of the 10th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition. As the Grand Prize winner, he will receive $50,000 and his work will become part of the collection of the Council for Cultural Affairs.
Brian Schmidt (Political Science) co-authored a book chapter titled "Realism" with Tim Dunne, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, for a book edited by John Baylis and Steve Smith titled Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 2001). For additional information, see www.oup.com/uk/best.textbooks/politics/globalization2e.
On Nov. 12, Bruce Milem (Philosophy) will give a presentation on "Negative Theology Now" at 5 p.m. in the Honors Center, College Hall. Please contact Jeff Miller, director of the honors program, at x3934 with any questions.
Thomas Mounkhall ( History/Secondary Education ) presented a paper at the Annual Conference of the Middle Atlantic World History Association, which was held at Ramapo College, New Jersey, Oct. 12-13. The topic of the paper was "Standardized Testing in World History: Adversarial or Complementary Relationship."
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