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ISSUE DATE: February 25, 2002


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Freshman Robert Meade, Mahopac, N.Y., with his artwork in the Honors Center, College Hall. Photo by public affairs intern Diane Greenwald and student assistant Matt Geller.
Freshman Robert Meade, Mahopac, N.Y., with his artwork in the Honors Center, College Hall.
Photo by public affairs intern Diane Greenwald and student assistant Matt Geller.


Visual reality
The Honors Center recently hosted an exhibit by Robert Meade, a SUNY New Paltz freshman from Mahopac. Titled "Microcosm," the exhibit consists of 10 paintings, which Meade describes by saying, "I use visual metaphors, and my paintings contain theoretical information. My paintings are not surrealistic. And they are not mental landscapes. They are holistic, visual theories of reality, and they are an attempt to marry rational and emotional knowledge." Next up in the Honors Center is "Industrial Based Works by Cynthia Dill," a new exhibit by the curator of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. She said, "There has been much argument trying to define the notion of 'beauty' in contemporary art terms. I see 'beauty' in terms of contradiction or paradox. Our culture builds monumentally scaled industrial structures - beautiful in grandness - intermingled with one of our most treasured symbols of beauty and life - the river." Some of Dill's works in this exhibit are oil and enamel on reclaimed steel, and others are oil on canvas.

Working women
The Women's Rights and Concerns Committee of the New Paltz chapter of UUP has collaborated for the first time with the Women's Committee of CSEA Region 3 to plan a conference that will address the concerns and needs of women union members. The members see this as an important step toward building solidarity between UUP and CSEA, and believe that the issues to be addressed pertain to a much larger world than one workplace or one campus. Concerns that have arisen include women's control over their work lives, their development as leaders, and the achievement of balance between work and family life. The keynote speaker will be Linda Chavez-Thompson, executive vice president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Other presenters will include motivational speaker Anne Elizabeth Quinn; Ellen Bravo, national co-chair of 9 to 5: the National Association of Working Women; and Francine Moccio, director of The Cornell Institute for Women and Work. All men and women of the New Paltz chapters of these unions are welcome to attend the conference titled "Women Setting the Agenda: at Home, in the Workplace, and in Their Union." The conference will be held on March 16 from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Day care is available for kids aged 2-8 years. Please register for this conference by March 1 by calling Abigail Robin (English/Women's Studies) at x2732 or e-mail Nadine Wasserman (Samuel Dorsky Museum) at

Exchanging words
The Sojourner Truth Library recently received a grant from the New York State Education Department that will be used to make its exceptional art, business and engineering holdings available to researchers in the area via resource sharing. "We are delighted to receive this grant during this time of budget crisis, allowing us to continue the development of our collection," said Chui-chun Lee, the project director and the director of the Sojourner Truth Library. The $11,822 grant was awarded for a project titled "Coordinated Collection Development Aid Application 2001-2002." Resource sharing allows reference materials and books to be exchanged between any SUNY school library.

Getting involved
The School of Education, in collaboration with The Children's Annex day school (with centers in Kingston and Ellenville), has received a $25,000 grant to develop a course titled "Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)." The grant was awarded by the New York State Education Department, and represents the first phase of a potential three-year grant that could total $75,000. During the first year, a three-credit course will be developed and available for teachers, paraprofessionals, support service providers, family and community members to enable them to effectively teach and advocate for students with ASD. "I am very excited to be working with the staff at The Children's Annex," said Robin Smith, assistant professor of education at New Paltz and the project director of the grant. "This collaboration will help spread the best practices and support for children with ASD, leading to full inclusion as participants in their neighborhood activities, school and community...People with disabilities have the highest segregation of any group and the lowest school completion and job hiring of any group. And they want in."



... Correction: An article in the Feb. 11 edition of this newsletter discussed streaming media technology. Further clarification is necessary regarding the advantages of "streaming" data to a PC rather than "downloading" it. Not only is quality sound provided regardless of the speed of the PC and connection, but the user has access to the file virtually instantaneously. Conversely, if the user downloads a file instead of streaming, the user must wait almost as long as the entire length of the file before accessing it.

... This week's "On Campus at SUNY New Paltz" features A.J. Williams-Myers and Margaret Wade-Lewis (Black Studies) speaking on Black History Month. The show will be on Time Warner Cable TV channel 6 on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 9 p.m.

... Kelli Parmley (Institutional Research) and Ann Balant (Communication Disorders) would like faculty and staff to direct their attention to a new Web site for the recently-formed Assessment Steering Committee, The work of the committee has been divided into sub-groups that will be looking into assessment planning for General Education, the Academic Major and the Institution. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Parmley or Balant, or any of the committee members, and feel free to join in committee meetings. The schedule is also on the Web site.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Ping Jin (Music) received an Individual Artist Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for his most recent work, Yangtze! Yangtze!, written for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano and percussion. The piece is scheduled to premiere on March 3 in Syracuse.



In the Feb. 13 issue of Education Week, Howard Good (Communication and Media) published an essay, "Honey and Ashes," which is about bad teachers. Read it on the Web at

Jae Joon Lee (Business) recently published an article, "Sampling Importance Resampling to Time Series," in the proceedings of the national conference of the Decision Science Institute, held in November. Also published in the same proceedings was an article Lee co-authored with Chih-Yang Tsai (Business), "A Hybrid Model for Forecasting Time Series from Repeated Sample Surveys."



Yoav Kaddar (Theatre Arts) performed on Feb. 9 at the 10th annual DanceFest gala of the Dance Schools of Ulster and Dutchess County. The gala was held to benefit the Arts Community Building Fund. Additionally, Kaddar performed one of his own works and gave a master class on "Israeli Folk Dance" at the American College Dance Festival Association's Northeast regional conference, held at the University of Boston Feb. 14-17.

Stephen Kitsakos (Theatre Arts) will be the guest composer at SUNY Ulster's symposium, "The Art of Relationships: Composers & Choreographers," to be held Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Quimby Theater on the Stone Ridge campus. Admission is free. The symposium is part of New York City ballet soloist Wilhelmina Frankfurt's artist-in-residence panel presentations. Frankfurt has previously choreographed Kitsakos' theatre works.


Alumni in the news

Robert Whalen (Journalism/1994) recently spoke to an introductory news class at SUNY New Paltz about the events of Sept. 11 and the crash of an airplane in Queens, both of which he covered for Bloomberg News. He spoke of the chaos that existed in the Bloomberg newsroom and of trying to make sense of the events. Expressing the importance of coverage of events such as these, he told the students, "I knew that this was history we were writing." Whalen resides in Queens.


Students in the news

The SUNY New Paltz Men's Swim Team finished third overall in State University of New York Athletic Conference Championships this year. During the conference meet, four swimmers, junior Jon Amoia (Williamsville, N.Y.), junior Jeff Galaise (Torrington, Conn.), senior Mark Otto (Sewell, N.J.) and freshman Kent Yeung (Flushing, N.Y.) qualified for Eastern College Athletic Conference open championships. The championships will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at the University of Pittsburgh. Please continue to follow these students' success on the SUNY New Paltz athletic Web site at or by calling the Sports Information Hotline at x3927.


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