News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: January 28, 2002


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Metamorphosing the Humanities
The installation of a major addition to the artwork in the Humanities Building was completed under the direction of Peter D.G. Brown (Foreign Languages), the building coordinator and head of the President's Task Force on Humanizing the Humanities. Located in the foyer of the building, the work consists of a large, seven-panel sequence of "Millipede" by Si Lewen, Polish-born artist and longtime New Paltz resident. Begun in the 1950s, the "Millipede" is an ongoing project of more than a thousand individual multimedia panels reflecting transition, transfiguration and metamorphoses.

Peter D.G. Brown and Millipede in the Humanities Building
Peter D.G. Brown and "Millipede" in the Humanities Building.
Photo courtesy of Peter D.G. Brown

Students say
The Princeton Review, publisher of several academic guides and rankings of colleges, will soon be profiling SUNY New Paltz. Titled "Students Say," the profile will be based on answers to an online survey offered to students between January and March. The survey covers topics relating to academics, the student body, campus life and administration. When completed, it will be published on the Princeton Review's Web site, SUNY New Paltz endorses neither the survey nor participation in it, but is facilitating the effort by publicizing the survey online at its Web site focusing on student services and activities,



... Last week, Computer Services upgraded the university's Internet connection -- increasing the aggregate speed from 6 to 15 megabytes per second. Though it may have caused staff and faculty minor inconvenience last Thursday when it was down for servicing for a short while in the morning, it is now running faster than ever.

... Congratulations to Nick Lyons, who will be leaving SUNY New Paltz on Feb. 6 to become vice president for administration at SUNY Oswego. Lyons has been assistant vice president at New Paltz for four years. Faculty and staff are invited to wish him well at a reception in his honor this Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Haggerty Administration Building Lobby.

... Wanna play? If interested in playing chess, contact Greg Wirszyla (Sojourner Truth Library) at x3736 or by e-mail at If basketball is your sport, join pick-up games on Mondays at Elting Gym from noon-1 p.m. with assistant women's basketball coach Amy Larkin. First game is today. For further info, contact Larkin at x3926. If it's racquetball that warms your heart, an intermediate racquetball player is looking for you. If you are interested in playing a couple of times a week, contact Baback Izadi (Electrical Engineering) at x3823 or by e-mail at


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that Chui Chun Lee (Sojourner Truth Library) has been awarded an $11,822 grant by the New York State Education Department for her project titled "Coordinated Collection Development Aid Application 2001-2002." The objective of the project is to enhance and facilitate materials acquisition for regional resource sharing.

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that Robin Smith (Educational Studies) has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the New York State Education Department/VESID for her project titled "Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders." This project will develop and deliver a graduate-level course on effective instructional practices for students with autism.



Hon Ho (Biology) recently published an article jointly with colleagues from the Plant Protection Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science, Hainan, China. The article, "Isolation and identification of Halophytophthora species from mangrove habitats in Hainan Island," appeared in Mycosystema.

Douglas Maynard (Psychology), his colleague Peter Bachiochi from Eastern Connecticut State University, and alumna Ana Luna (BA/Psychology, 2001) recently published an article. "An Evaluation of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Teaching Modules for Use in Introductory Psychology" appears in the winter 2002 issue of the journal Teaching of Psychology, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Thomas Mounkhall (History/Secondary Education) authored a journal article titled "Critical Thinking in the World History Classroom," which appeared in the fall 2001 edition of World History Bulletin.

John VanderLippe (History) published an article titled "A Cautious Balance: The Question of Turkey in World War II," in The Historian. The article examines Turkish foreign policy and the wartime Allied Conferences, at which Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin discussed Turkey and its role in Allied strategy for winning the war.



In New Orleans on Dec. 29, Walter Borenstein (Foreign Languages) presented a paper at the national meeting of the Modern Language Association. It is titled "Just and Unjust War in Galdos' Episodios Nacionales."

On Dec. 4, Leslie Couse (Elementary Education) gave a poster presentation in Boston at the annual Division for Early Childhood Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families. The presentation, "Collaboration: Parent and Teacher Perspectives," focused on the qualitative insights of parents and classroom teachers when services are delivered to preschool children with disabilities in community-based inclusive early childhood programs.


Alumni in the news

Lola Brooks (BFA in Art/Metal, 1996) recently received first prize in a national emerging artists competition sponsored by the Sienna Gallery, Lenox, Mass. She was awarded a cash prize and a solo exhibition of her jewelry in the gallery in 2002.

Kim Cridler (MFA in Art/Metal, 1993) has accepted a position as coordinator of the Arts/Industry Residency Program at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wis.


Students in the news

A team of AmeriCorps members (pre-med major Jen Hill; education major Kristin Giglio; journalism major Nicole Sacks; AmeriCorps program coordinator Michelle Rosenbaum; and the New Paltz Youth Center director, Jim Tinger) recently returned from a three-day rotation with the Salvation Army in New York City to assist with the Sept. 11 relief effort. Specifically, they were assigned to the Medical Examiner's Office a few miles from Ground Zero where the deceased are brought for identification. Their role was to provide relief workers with hot meals and to offer "service with a smile," which became their greatest contribution.


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