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ISSUE DATE: January 14, 2002


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SEFA support
"The response to this year's SEFA Campaign has been absolutely phenomenal," said campaign manager Niza Cardona. The total for the year, not including the $1,516 collected for the Sept. 11 fund, is $13,934.50, more than $2,000 more than last year. "Thank you all for your continued support through this campaign. We have made a great deal of difference in the lives of those less fortunate," said Cardona. Prize winners of the SEFA raffle are as follows: Joseph Stoeckert -- Hudson River Sloop Clearwater T-shirt; Muriel Monsanto -- tickets to see A Street Car Named Desire (in Parker Theatre April 11- April 21); Michael Hughes -- tickets to see The Grapes of Wrath (in McKenna Theatre Feb. 28-March 10);Tristan Tosh -- tickets to a PianoSummer at New Paltz Festival concert (in McKenna Theatre July 13 -Aug. 2); Daniel Sistarenik -- $20 gift certificate for McGillicuddy's; Sally Cross -- $20 gift certificate for P&G's; Dorothy Padin -- Campus Auxiliary Services continental office breakfast for six; Jane Wood -- Campus Auxiliary Services office pizza party for six; Michael Banach -- SUNY New Paltz 2002-03 parking decal; Arnold Bernardini -- SUNY New Paltz 2002-03 parking decal; Helen Roberts -- $25 hawk dollar account; Allyn Bregman -- $20 gift certificate for New Paltz Grille; Doug Hanley -- $20 gift certificate for Napoli's; Sheila Smith -- half-hour massage at Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage; June Koenig -- gift certificate to Elaine's for one wash, cut and style.

Going solar
It may surprise many new Yorkers to learn that enough sunshine falls on New York state in one day to supply all the state's energy needs for an entire year! To help businesses and homeowners "warm up" to solar technology advances and their advantages, the Geology Department is co-sponsoring a conference titled "Hudson Valley Shines!" in Lecture Center 100 on Thursday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 19. The conference will cover the range of solar photovoltaic systems (solar cells) currently available and the financial incentives available to home and building owners who install these systems. "New York state offers one of the best packages of financial incentives in the country for businesses and homeowners choosing solar," said Linda Anne Burtis, director of NY Shines, an independent, nonprofit public education program conducted by Pace University School of Law Energy Project. "With today's systems, homeowners will see their electric meters spinning backwards because the utility is buying power from them!" she said. Thursday's session, scheduled for 12:30-4 p.m., is titled "Buildings Go Solar!" and is designed for architects, building owners and managers. The Saturday seminar, "Homes Go Solar!" is for homeowners. Besides informative speakers, both sessions will include solar displays, food and music. Sponsors for the seminars include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NY Shines, SUNY New Paltz Geology Department, PowerLight Corp., Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, NYPIRG and Scenic Hudson. There is no charge for either session, but advance registration is requested. Forms can be accessed through the Web site

Good answer, good answer
Robert Michael, dean of education, receives a T-shirt from Workplace with Heart co-chairs Jen Wait and Alan Dunefsky for providing the correct answer to a health-related trivia question at the Workplace with Heart Holiday Luncheon, held Dec. 5 in the Terrace. Michael knows that a healthy amount of fish per week is 1-3 servings.
Robert Michael, dean of education, receives a T-shirt from Workplace with Heart co-chairs Jen Wait and Alan Dunefsky for providing the correct answer to a health-related trivia question at the Workplace with Heart Holiday Luncheon, held Dec. 5 in the Terrace. Michael knows that a healthy amount of fish per week is 1-3 servings.
Photo by Nancy Zellner Fenichel (Public Affairs).



... The New Paltz Post Office is now running on a new schedule, which has affected the SUNY New Paltz mail services schedule. Beginning last Wednesday, the town post office began picking up outgoing mail at noon instead of 3 p.m. For SUNY New Paltz faculty and staff, this means that mail that must go out promptly will need to be delivered to the mailroom by 11:30 a.m. Mail picked up during the morning office runs will not go out until the following day. Please direct any questions to Belinda Stevens at x3122.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Rimer Cardillo (Art) was awarded The Premio Figari in recognition of his professional career. This award is named after the well-known, turn-of-the-century Uruguayan artist Pedro Figari. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the Central Bank of Uruguay, the honor includes a monetary award and an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts of Montevideo.

Congratulations to Ozgur Berk Kan and Kimberly Lukaszewski (both Business Administration) who were recently promoted to the title of assistant professor. Kan successfully completed the doctor of philosophy in business administration at Old Dominion University and Lukaszewski the doctor of philosophy in business administration at SUNY Albany.



Nancy Johnson (English) presented a paper on "Representations of America in the English Jacobin Novel" at the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 1-4.

Professor Emeritus Ronald Knapp (Geography) gave two lectures for the China Humanities Seminar at the Fairbank Center, Harvard University, on Nov. 19: "In Search of the Elusive Chinese House" and "Scripting Spaces: The Use of Words in Creating Places in China." A modified version of "In Search of the Elusive Chinese House" was also given at Bard College on Nov. 8 as part of the Bard in China lecture series.

Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) gave a presentation at the Annual Conference of the Central New York Council for the Social Studies held in Syracuse on Oct. 30. It was titled "What Do Maps Show? Decoding the Messages of Maps." Mano is co-coordinator of the New York Geographic Alliance, an organization funded by the National Geographic Society, which promotes K-12 geographic education. For additional information about this alliance, visit the Web site

Professor Emeritus George Schnell's (Geography) paper, "Robust Population Growth Despite an Undercount: A Survey of the 2000 Census," was read at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society hosted by the University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown) on Nov. 10. Another article, "Migration to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania: Return Migrants in the 1990s," published in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, was excerpted as an op ed in the Pottsville Republican and Evening Standard on Nov. 10.


Alumni in the news

Alumni Association Board member David Carroll (BA-Liberal Arts/English; Minor-Political Science, 1992) recently joined The Vandervort Group, LLC as vice president of government affairs and general counsel. He previously served as the New York State Department of State's legislative liaison and assistant counsel to the department's Division of Corporations, Uniform Commercial Code and State Records. He is a member of the Committee on Corporations and Other Business Entities of the New York State Bar Association, as well as the Committee on Corporation Law of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Caroll is published in the New York Business Law Journal, and has lectured on topics in corporate and commercial law. He received his juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Del.

Siobhan Milde (BA-Liberal Arts/Chemistry, 1992, Delta Pi) was awarded a doctorate with a cognate in college teaching from the University of New Hampshire in May. She accepted a post-doctoral position with King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. this academic year.


In Memoriam

Professor emeritus Alfred Gray Burr, 82, poet and teacher of English and American literature, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Nov. 19 in Los Angeles. Born March 20, 1919 in Omaha, Neb., Burr was educated at The Hill School, Harvard College and Harvard University. He taught at Harvard University, Tufts University, Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.) and SUNY New Paltz. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 in the Pacific Theater. Burr's poetry books include A Choice of Attitudes (1969) and his latest collection, Shore Leave (2001). He also published numerous poems in chapbooks, anthologies and periodicals such as The New Yorker, The Partisan Review and The Massachusetts Review, and gave many public readings of his work. Wesleyan University Press, the publisher of Burr's first book, said there is about his poetry, "a wry irony as well as melodic affirmation, and a charm of expression that is rare indeed today." While at New Paltz, Burr served for a time as adviser to the student literary magazine Idiom. His first marriage, to Carol Taber, ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Krohn Burr of Los Angeles, and four daughters, Elizabeth Burr, Rebecca Cassidy, Katherine Thompson and Martha Burr. A memorial service in the Rose Garden of the National Cemetery in Los Angeles will be held at a later date.


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