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ISSUE DATE: November 12, 2001


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December Commencement
It is time once again for SUNY New Paltz to say goodbye to another group of hardworking students and initiate a new batch of alumni at its December commencement ceremony! To increase space and comfort of our perspective graduates, their families and guests, the December 15 ceremony will be held in Poughkeepsie at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. For further information, please log on to

Chancellor's Awards
The series of 2001-02 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence and Distinguished Service/Teaching Professorships is expected to be announced this month. Candidates must be nominated. Nominations emanate from a broad representation of the campus community and are reviewed by the Committee on Research, Awards and Leaves. If you would like to nominate someone, please inform the Office of the Provost. Customarily, early spring is the deadline for receipt of campus nominations by the Chancellor's Office in Albany. Complete policies and procedures outlining eligibility and criteria for nomination and selection can be found at, but here's a brief description: The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence provide university-wide recognition of extraordinary professional achievement and encourage the continuation of excellence in three areas: librarianship, professional service, and teaching.

Natural history
As a faculty member, have you considered the ways in which the Mohonk Preserve can become a part of your professional and personal life while teaching here at New Paltz? According to Ron Knapp (Geography), "As you gaze west, the sweeping panoramic vista of the Shawangunk Ridge with its forested slopes and open fields only suggests the richness of natural and cultural history available to you and your students." Although New Paltz professors have used the Mohonk Preserve since the 1950s, a formal cooperative institutional agreement has only been in existence since 1997. On October 1, Provost David Lavallee renewed the agreement for the current academic year. Those who wish to learn about opportunities afforded to faculty under the agreement -- such as how to become a research associate, how your class can become research affiliates and visit Mohonk for free, stipend-paying summer internships -- should attend an info session this Thursday from 2-3 p.m. at the Mohonk Preserve's Visitor Center. For more info, visit the Mohonk Web site at, or call Knapp at x2996 or Carol Rietsma (Biology) at x3782.

Teaching teaching
The Student Union Building was the forum on October 12 for a one-day conference for student teachers, "The Effective Teaching Professional Conference." It began with comments from a keynote panel, which included recipients of the School of Education Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prominent members of the local educational community joined members of the School of Education in presenting student teachers with a wide array of sessions on topics such as working with parents, using primary documents in the social studies, and teaching standards through art. Students also participated in sessions designed to help them develop professional credentials and improve interview skills. The conference was organized by Andrea Noel and Margaret Ferrara (both Elementary Education) and Tonda Highley, director of career services. Elementary education secretary Ceal Donato and the department's student employees also assisted.


Building Blocks



. . . Portraits for the 2002 Paltzonian Yearbook will be taken today from 1-4 p.m. and tomorrow from 1-7 p.m. in the Student Union Purple Lounge. Please encourage seniors who plan to graduate in December, May or August to have their picture taken. This is something that does not always seem important to students at the time, but not participating is regrettable later. Group shots of departments may also be taken at this time. If you are a supervisor, please make an effort to have a picture taken of your staff, who play such an important role in students' college experience. Sign up for a time in the Student Union Building, Room 428. Please call Linda Goldstein (Student Association) at x3070 if you have any questions.

. . . The Professional Staff Counsel has arranged for a tour of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and two of its exhibitions for members of the professional staff at 12:20 p.m. this Wednesday.

. . . New Paltz is again co-sponsoring the sale of discount entertainment books for Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Sullivan counties that will benefit the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, which is also currently coordinating relief efforts with the National Guard in response to the September 11 tragedy. This book features a 2-for-1 restaurant card, coupons, shopping, attractions, hotels, and more for only $25. Books can be purchased in the Student Union Building, Room 301.

. . . It is requested that all advisors please inform students of the following schedule change for the spring semester: Course # 71343/01, "Aesthetics," has been replaced by # 71344/01, "Philosophy of the Arts." Days, times, and instructor remain the same: T H, 5-6:15 p.m., Blankenship. "Philosophy of the Arts" is always taught in the spring, "Aesthetics" always in the fall.


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

SUNY New Paltz is one of only six universities nationwide recognized for its model program for "Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses," and was awarded a $99, 200 grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will enhance already-successful prevention program and provide the resources to disseminate the model to other SUNY campuses. The proposal of the grant, titled, "A Comprehensive Model Utilizing Social Norms and Community Collaboration for Alcohol Prevention," was co-authored by Ray Schwarz, Robin Cohen and Michelle Cangelosi (Student Affairs). The co-directors accepted the award last Thursday at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.



Peter D.G. Brown (Foreign Languages) has an article, "The Continuing Trials of Oskar Panizza: A Century of Artistic Censorship in Germany, Austria and Beyond," in the October issue of the German Studies Review. He also created a Web site,, devoted to this German author (1853-1921). It includes links to thousands of pages of primary and secondary literature, including an online version of Brown's book, Oskar Panizza: His Life and Works.



A solo exhibition of drawings and photographs by Robin Arnold (Art) was at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy from September 14 through October 27.

William Rhoads (Art History) lectured on "The Colonial Revival and the Americanization of Immigrants in New York and Beyond" at a symposium, "Improving the Past: The Colonial Revival on Long Island," at The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages in Stony Brook on October 20.


Alumni in the news

Through November 17 at Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 East 74th Street in New York City, Sadie Penzato ('68 and '72) has a special two-week engagement titled "Growing up Sicilian and Female," based on her autobiography of the same name. Music is by Penzato and Bob Spallina, with orchestrations and musical direction by Eric Johnson. This production is part of the Anthony King New Plays Series and the first production under the auspices of the Upper East Side Theatre Coalition. It is directed by Jay Michaels and Mary Elizabeth MiCari. Evening shows begin at 8 p.m., with a matinee on November 17 at 5 p.m. All seats are $15. For more info, call (212) 330-8866, x3.


Students in the news

Recent recipients of Alumni Association endowed scholarships: Barbara Ehlers, a junior art history major from Howard Beach, was selected for the Alumni Merit Scholarship, which honors the student with the highest academic accomplishments or who has achieved superb academic status in spite of adversities; Robyn Thurston, a senior interpersonal/intercultural communications major from Oneida, was selected for the Helen Weber Kuhnke Scholarship, which honors a student's exceptional service to the university or community; Dimitry Geller, a junior entertainment management major from Staten Island, was selected for the Simon and Evelyn Crawford Gluckman Scholarship, which honors a student majoring in education, business or a related field of study; and Kristen Rowe, a sophomore theatre arts major from Tillson, was selected for the Ruth Cleveland Endowment award, which honors a student majoring in the humanities. The following were chosen for scholarships for merit: Corinne Wolcott, a junior visual arts major from Brockport; Beth Cashara, a senior mathematics major from Kingston; Tessey Jose, a freshman biology major from Staten Island; and Hye-Yeon Kim, a graduate international business major from New Paltz. The following were chosen for Mid-Hudson Alumni Chapter book scholarships: Ryan Brown, a sophomore computer engineering major from New Hampton; Stephanie Cali, a freshman theatre arts major from Massapequa Park; Kristen Hazard, a junior elementary education major from Jamesport; Lisa Massa, a junior elementary education major from Poughkeepsie; Kenneth Schultz, a senior secondary education major from Highland; Scott Tunkel, a senior technical theatre major from Gardiner; and Stephanie White, a freshman communications major from Mahopac.


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