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ISSUE DATE: November 5, 2001

 

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Special speaker
Provost David Lavallee announces a visit to campus from Kemal Guruz, president of the Turkish Council of Higher Education, on Thursday, Nov. 8. This prominent scholar will speak to our university community at noon in Lecture Center 104. His remarks will address the concept of an asymmetrical state of war, and reflect perceptions of our current world situation from an experienced educator within a predominately Islamic country. Lavallee stated, "His presence on campus is very meaningful to our institution in that we are working out the final agreements for a cooperative exchange program with Middle East Technical University, SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Albany." Please RSVP to the executive assistant to the Provost, Marda Reid, at reidm@lan.newpaltz.edu if you plan to attend.

Henry IV reigns again
England sits on the verge of civil war as Shakespeare's Henry IV begins, but it is the lives of those caught up in the conflict -- and not the politics -- that take center stage in the upcoming SUNY New Paltz production filled with liberal doses of comedy, intrigue, stage combat, romance and music. Catch it November 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. or Nov 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the Parker Theatre Box Office in person or by phone at x3880. "Intrigue, history and a heaping helping of Jack Falstaff…" stated the Times Herald Record.

Women's studies conference
A festival of feminist documentaries and narrative and experimental films that profile women who defy conventions, resist oppression, and break new ground will serve as the backdrop for the annual women's studies conference on Saturday, Nov. 10. "Not Hollywood: A Feminist Film Festival" tells stories that are at once victorious and terrifying, demoralizing and inspiring, heartwarming and heartbreaking. According to Denise Bauer, director of the women's studies program, "Whether the issues are racism, homophobia, ageism or misogyny, the films dramatically and creatively explore the complex, multi-layered realities that shape diverse women's lives around the world today." The film festival includes 23 films, and after each there will be a facilitated audience discussion. Some of the topics that will be explored through the films are the lives of urban adolescent girls, women in sports, women in Islamic culture, lesbian and gender identity, and women's working conditions in the United States and abroad. The conference will conclude with a keynote panel titled "The Politics of Feminist Filmmaking." The festival begins at 9 a.m. in the Lecture Center. Registration and additional program info is available at x2975, x3033, or www.newpaltz.edu/wmnstudies.

Museum visitors attending the Oct. 12 dedication and celebration for the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art discuss artwork in the Chandler Gallery. Currently on display are All That is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School, the Robert Morris exhibition, and Len Jenshel: Charmed Places.
Museum visitors attending the Oct. 12 dedication and celebration for the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art discuss artwork in the Chandler Gallery. Currently on display are "All That is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School," the Robert Morris exhibition, and "Len Jenshel: Charmed Places."
Photo by Nancy Zellner Fenichel

On Friday, Oct. 26, School of Business faculty, Business Advisory Council members, and IBM team members gathered in the new School of Business Building for a demonstration and the signing of the official agreement to establish the IBM e-Business Virtual Lab, a key component of the School of Business' increasingly high-tech curriculum.
On Friday, Oct. 26, School of Business faculty, Business Advisory Council members, and IBM team members gathered in the new School of Business Building for a demonstration and the signing of the official agreement to establish the IBM e-Business Virtual Lab, a key component of the School of Business' increasingly high-tech curriculum.
Photo by Matt Geller

 


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. . .The Alumni Affairs Office is sponsoring a defensive driver class on Nov. 8 and 15 from 6-9 p.m. in van den Berg Learning Center, Room 312. Attendance to both classes is necessary to receive the discount from your insurance carrier. It costs $19. For more info, contact Alumni Affairs at x3230.

. . .On Thursday, Nov. 8, there will be an open poetry reading in Jacobson Faculty Tower, Room 1010 at 7:30 p.m. It is to be both a remembrance of Kristallnacht and a means to condemn all forms of genocide. This reading is part of the William Vasse Poetry Series and is co-sponsored by Arts for Peace. Admission is free and open. For additional info, call Dennis Doherty at x2739 or Jan Schmidt (both English) at x2724.

. . .The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art extends a special invitation to CSEA staff for a tour of the new museum and two of its current exhibitions. Nadine Wasserman, SDMA curator, will facilitate the tour, which begins at noon on Friday, Nov. 9.

. . .The Teaching and Learning Center will host an open forum on the program of First-year Interest Groups (FIGS) on Friday, Nov. 9, from 1-3 p.m. The forum will provide an opportunity for FIG instructors, students, and interested faculty to discuss the principles and pedagogies for creating challenging and effective learning experiences for first-year students. Teaching faculty and professional staff are invited. The Teaching and Learning Center is located in College Hall next to the Honors Center.

. . .Please read carefully the recent yellow memo from Vice President Johanna D'Aleo regarding the protocol for mail handling to insure safety in light of recent events.

. . .Get to know the code for emergency cancellations and delays! A memo from Vice President Johanna D'Aleo describes the language that will be used in radio announcements for such events. Faculty and staff are advised to read the memo carefully and keep the "refrigerator sheet" in a convenient location.

. . .The Office of the President has launched a Web site for Interim President Steven Poskanzer at www.newpaltz.edu/president, which includes his biography, photo, and the memo from the chancellor appointing him to this position. In addition, the SUNY Board of Trustees' "Guidelines for the Selection of State-operated Campus Presidents" can be found under the "Presidential Search" section.

. . .To raise money for the disaster relief fund, the Student Association is selling baseball caps with the insignia "NYPD" and "FDNY" for $8 each. The caps may be purchased in the Student Association Office, Student Union Building, Room 428, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. All proceeds will be sent to the American Red Cross.

 


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

The Alumni Association recently awarded Dean Hadi Salavitabar (School of Business) the Distinguished Teacher Award (given to a faculty member who has exceeded normal expectations), and Jean Poirier (School of Business) the Recent Graduate Achievement Award (given to an alumnus who graduated in the last 10 years who has exhibited exceptional accomplishments in a chosen occupation). Salavitabar, who joined the business faculty in 1982, was awarded for his expansion of business programs, including the MBA program, and establishment of the School of Business. Poirier, a 1991 graduate, was awarded for her role in involving alumni in the development of programs in the School of Business.

 


Publications

Mika Roinila's (Geography) article "'Hard Feelings': Past and Present Attitudes of Canadian Finland-Swedes" was published in the July 2001 issue of The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly. His study uses statistical data and interviews to examine attitudes toward ethnicity among Canadians of Finnish and Swedish descent.

 


Alumni in the news

The Alumni Association recently named community and public education advocate Robert Jackson its Alumnus of the Year. A 1975 graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he gained wide acclaim earlier this year in the fight to improve education in New York City. In May 1993, he filed a suit against the state when he became fed up with the funding cuts in the Washington Heights School District, where he is president of the Parents' Association for Community School Board 6. Recently, Jackson won the democratic primary race for Manhattan's 7th District Council seat and he is also president of the 499 Fort Washington Avenue Tenants' Association. Additionally, Jackson is an active member of the Concerned Democratic Coalition of Northern Manhattan, and he served as a judicial delegate to the Democratic County Committee.

Roseann Runte, '68, was installed as Old Dominion's seventh president on October 11. Runte announced a number of plans and initiatives, saying, "We have all dreamt of new dominions for our Old Dominion. We are now going to create the programs and find the means to implement them." In her address, she paid particular tribute to Pierre Francois (professor emeritus of French), a professor of hers when she attended SUNY New Paltz. "He is proof of the influence teachers have on young minds. I really never intended to major in French but he helped me discover Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, and the rest is history." Runte concluded, "Let us bring new worlds to the Old Dominion and make Old Dominion the portal world for the community of Hampton Roads and the commonwealth of Virginia."

 


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