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ISSUE DATE: November 19, 2001


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Presidential searchers
The following individuals have been elected to the search committee for the next president of SUNY New Paltz: Harry Scherr, Marianne Collins, Thomas Conway, Carolyn Kuhlmann (all College Council), Taylor Thompson (SUNY New Paltz Foundation), Vincent Cozzolino (alumni), Jonathan Amoia (student), Gerald Benjamin (Dean), Stuart Robinson (Professional Staff) and faculty members Jamie Bennett (Fine & Performing Arts), Karl Heiner (Business), Nancy Kassop (Political Science), Kequin Li (Computer Science), Christopher Raab (Library) and Spencer Salend (Educational Studies). The committee seat reserved for a member of the Classified Staff is still open.

Happy Thanksgiving!
There will not be a Monday, Nov. 26 edition of News Pulse because of the holiday. The Public Affairs Office wishes peace and happiness in the company of family and friends to all this holiday.



A note from Niza Cardona, SEFA campaign manager
"I would like to start by thanking everyone for the support that was given to us during our button and 50/50 raffles sales. We are now wrapping up the September 11 Fund Campaign and a total of $1,516 will be sent to the United Way. Thank you, thank you, thank you! For those of you who wish to purchase a button, you may still do so. Just give me a call x3157. Now it is time to begin our SEFA 2001 campaign. Much has happened in the past couple of months and many of the things we knew and loved will never be the same. What has remained the same however is the need to support local relief agencies through our SEFA contributions. Now more than ever, we need to strengthen these organizations so that they can continue to supply services to those in need. What happened on September 11 was extraordinary and totally unexpected, but disasters occur in people's homes every day. Supporting these agencies assures that local relief efforts will be available to all of us when and if we need them. Take a minute to absorb the total picture and see if this year you too can play a part in saving a life. A dollar still goes a long way."

A note from Mary Kastner, chair of the Institutional Image Group:
"After three information sessions held since June, we've found the new events coordination process to be quite successful. Several conflicts were identified and sorted out quickly, and the coordinator of conference services reports that she has been able to respond to inquiries about location or time of events on campus. Your feedback has been helpful. That, and some experience, has guided us in fine-tuning the forms." From all of us on the Image Group, and especially from the sub-committee that put so much energy and enthusiasm into this project, thank you for your constructive comments and continued cooperation." A few things about the FUSE process:

The Institutional Image Group will soon begin working on a comprehensive handbook for event coordination, to include vendor policies, theatre capacities, etc. If you have info you think should be included, please forward it to Kastner via email at, or send her a fax at x3997.

A note from Tonda Highley, director of career advising:
"Thanks so much for answering the call to help by informing students...and staffing tables at the Major/Minor Exploration Day, a new campus endeavor to assist our undeclared students. For much of the day, there was a steady flow of appreciative students stopping by tables to chat with faculty members and student leaders. With your assistance, the event was deemed a success." Anyone with comments to consider in planning next year's program, or those who would be interested in serving on the Sophomore Year Initiative Committee, please email Highley at



. . .Remember your health! November is the only time of the year when a health insurance plan can be changed. When established, the 2002 rates for insurance will be mailed to the homes of each employee who is enrolled in health insurance. Extra copies are not available, so please retain rates. If you wish to change plans, change from individual to family coverage (or vice-versa), enroll in insurance if previously declined, change pretax status, or cancel coverage, go to the Human Resources Office before November 30. If new rates are late to be distributed, there will be a deadline extension.

. . .Timesheets for college workstudy and student temp service will be due in the Payroll Office on by 4:30 p.m. tomorrow rather than Thursday, which is Thanksgiving. If you need to cut timesheets off early and include some dates on the next timesheet, please do so.

. . .Have you considered a master's degree in sociology or social work, or a dual degree in both? Come to the MA/MSW Annual Informational Seminar on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Jacobson Faculty Tower Conference Room. Meet with representatives of New Paltz's Sociology Graduate Program and SUNY Albany's MSW Program, which jointly offer the dual degree. Learn about program contents, employment opportunities and applications. Light refreshments will be served. For info, call x3505.

. . .Did you know that increased interaction between students and faculty has been shown to enhance satisfaction with student's college choice, facilitate choice of major and improve student retention? The goals of Major Connections are based upon this principal. This program is a great way to connect with students and help conceptualize an informal educational gathering for a specific department. Speakers, reservations, catering, mailing labels, and publicity are examples of what Major Connections can provide. Thirty campus programs were supported through Major Connections last year. Watch campus mail for a proposal form and apply now because funding is limited. The Office of the Provost and a grant from Campus Auxiliary Services funds this program. For more info, contact Tonda Highley at x3236.

. . .This spring, a course titled "Terrorism and World Politics" will focus on the ideology, history and evolution of terrorist movements in the Middle East and elsewhere in the international system in the 20th century. This course is not in the schedule of classes yet, so faculty is asked to please make announcements to classes. It will be open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors, and there is no prerequisite. Scholars will study the use which states have made of such groups as well as the use of terror by states to pursue their foreign policy objective. Particular attention will be paid to the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terror organizations and the states that support them.


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Professor Emeritus Giancarlo Traverso recently made a donation to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation sufficient to endow an Italian Studies Lecture Series and scholarships for students of the Italian Studies Program. Named for his parents, and in honor of his late brother, Giuseppe, it is called the Anita and Luigi Traverso Endowment. "This is a marvelous donation to the university and the Italian Studies Program. It not only promotes the field of the humanities but also provides an additional opportunity for the Italian American community to find a stronger sense of identity at SUNY New Paltz," said Giorgio Melloni, coordinator of the program. From 1968 to 1998, Traverso taught French language and literature, and Italian language, literature and cinema courses at the university. "From SUNY New Paltz, I received a 30-year teaching opportunity and from the students enrichment and enjoyment...One must also begin to give back what one has throughout life received." The interest generated by the endowment capital will be used to fund the Luigo and Anita Traverso Italian Studies Lecture series, annually involving four speakers; two $1000 Italian Contract Major Scholarships each year; and two $500 Italian Minor Scholarships each year.



Joseph DuFour (Nursing) has had two recent publications: an article titled "Testicular Cancer," about the nurse practitioner's role in assessing and educating about this disease, published in the journal Advance for Nurse Practitioner; and a chapter contribution to the recently-published Nurse Practitioner's Legal Reference (Springhouse Publishing) which provides an overview of malpractice liability and current legal situations in various nurse practitioner settings.

Jan Hammond and Michael Muffs (both Educational Administration) recently published an article titled "The Leadership Crisis: Is it for real?" which appeared in the November 2001 issue of Principal magazine.



The entire Department of Geography participated in the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers on October 19 and 20. The meeting was held at the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University. Department members chaired paper sessions, met with the executive board, and presented the following research papers: Jo Margaret Mano, "Renovating Brownfields: Lessons from British Columbia"; Larry McGlinn, "The Dual Nature of Chinese Immigration to the U.S."; Karen Nichols, "Cold War Propaganda Revisited: Packaging the Baltic Sea for American Tourists"; Mika Roinila, "The Louhi Band of Monessen, Pennsylvania"; and John Sharp, "Reservations and Casinos in New York."

Barbara Ann Scott (Sociology) presented a paper, "Framing Fidel -- The U.S. News Media and the Cuban Revolution," at the 13th annual conference of North American and Cuban Philosophers and Social Scientists, held in Havana, Cuba, in June. She also spoke at a closing panel of the Politics Commission, joining three professors from the University of Havana and philosophy professor Cliff Durand, the organizer of the 80-member U.S. delegation. Additionally, Scott was the subject of a recent feature story in the Spanish language edition of Granma, the daily newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party.


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