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ISSUE DATE: February 11, 2002


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Spiritual lunch
The Student Christian Center Campus Ministry will sponsor the first faculty and staff lunch discussion of the spring semester on Friday, Feb. 22. This and all discussions in this series will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Haggerty Administration Building, Room 703. The story for discussion will be "Total Immersion" by Allegra Goodman. It can be downloaded from the Sojourner Truth Library Web site by clicking on eRes, then typing "By Instructor" and entering "Paul Walley." The password is "facstaff." These lunch discussions will be held monthly, with the second discussion on March 29 and the third on April 26. There will not be one in May. All the stories discussed will be literature with a spiritual dimension. Campus Auxiliary Services will be providing beverages and cookies, so bring a bag lunch to make your meal complete.

Streaming media technology
The fall 2001 semester marked the first time that streaming media technology has been used on any SUNY campus! The SUNY New Paltz Office of Academic Computing and the Foreign Language Department have virtually eliminated the need of cassette tapes for foreign language course work by putting together several language courses online. This provides greater flexibility for students who otherwise would need access to a tape deck to listen to their lessons. The advantage of "streaming" data to a PC rather than "downloading" data is that quality sound is provided regardless of the speed of the PC and connection so that students listening at home over a modem line receive the same quality sound as if they were in a lab. Last semester, a Web site was used to access this streaming media technology, but system failures occurred frequently. This semester, registered students can access this media material through Blackboard by using their matrix account information.

How convenient
The Sojourner Truth Library kicked off the spring semester with several changes that will make the library more convenient to use:

Faculty and professional staff should each have received the New Borrowing Policies brochure, which describes these changes in detail. If you did not receive a copy, please request one by contacting Nancy Nielson at x3715 or by e-mail at



On Jan. 6, Hamid Azari-Rad (Economics) presented a paper titled "A Historical View of Race and Prevailing Wage Laws" at the annual conference of the Allied Social Science Association, which was held in Atlanta.

Cynthia Dill, preparator at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, is showing three new oil paintings on copper at a show titled "Painting the Town: Images of New Paltz" from Jan. 27 to March 5 at the Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz Plaza. Dill also has a mixed media display at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie.

Wenshan Jia (Communication and Media) participated in a Voice of America Mandarin service program titled "China Forum" on Jan. 14. He made a presentation and then answered a live audience's questions on the topic of "Globalization of China as a Member of the World Trade Organization." The program's audience is estimated to number in the millions around the world. According to William Baum, chief of the Chinese branch of Voice of America, Jia's presentation was "informative and insightful."

Dennis O'Keefe (Sojourner Truth Library) has loaned the library his personal collection of 453 postcards of New Paltz -- campus and town. He has included 15 enlarged color prints of selected postcards paired with current photographs he took of the same view. It is on display during all library hours in February.



Sharon Holmberg (Nursing) published an article with nursing research colleagues at the University of Rochester. "Development of an Instrument to Measure Patient Perception of the Quality of Nursing Care" was published in the November/December 2001 edition of the journal Research in Nursing and Health.

Rachel Rigolino's (English) essay titled "Charting a Hero's Journey (Review)" was published in the fall 2001 issue of the service-learning journal Reflections on Community-Based Writing. In her essay, Rigolino reviewed a recently published textbook, Charting a Hero's Journey (Linda A. Chisholm, International Partnership for Service Learning), which was designed to be used in cross-cultural service-learning programs.


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Sheila Schwartz, professor emerita of English, has been honored with a position with the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea. She will teach three English/writing courses to undergraduates on the voyage, which lasts four and a half months. She will visit the ports of Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, India, South Africa, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea.


News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. It is printed in house on recycled paper and is also available online. To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form. If you are requesting inclusion in a particular issue, your submission must be received by noon on Tuesday of the prior week. Contact editor Nancy Zellner Fenichel at x3187 with any additional questions.