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ISSUE DATE: March 4, 2002


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Business Day
According to Wall Street business leader Kenneth Pasternak, a 1979 graduate of New Paltz, success begins with finding "what you enjoy." Pasternak, who retired his post as chief executive officer with Knight Trading Group, Inc. in January, will bring this message to the university's annual Business Day as the conference's keynote speaker on March 8. "Don't Get Lost E-xploring E-Commerce" is the theme of this year's conference, which is being sponsored by the student chapter of the American Marketing Association and the School of Business. The conference features a daylong agenda of speakers and workshops, and is designed for undergraduate and graduate level students interested in business careers. While Pasternak's meteoric success was in the business world, his undergraduate education at New Paltz was in secondary education. He said, "I wouldn't be where I am, if it weren't for SUNY New Paltz... I made my career as an educator in the corporate world, and learned how to train people... New Paltz is a great place for one to make a transition from childhood to adulthood, be successful and even become a CEO of a multi-million dollar company." As a business leader, Pasternak says New Paltz graduates, with a well-rounded education, are typical of job candidates he sought. "There's nothing that an Ivy Leaguer knows that a SUNY graduate doesn't know." Under his leadership, Knight became the leading wholesale market maker in U.S. securities markets serving institutions, in addition to broker-dealers and expanding its presence into global markets in Japan and Europe. The conference will also feature an alumni roundtable to be led by Norman Blashka, executive vice president and chief financial officer of 24/7 Real Media, which provides marketing and technology solutions to online marketers and publishers. He graduated from New Paltz in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in economics, and is a member of the Business Advisory Council. Business Day opens with a resume workshop at 9 a.m. The full conference agenda will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be held in the Multi Purpose Room of the Student Union Building. The attendance fee is $10 for students and $20 for others. Lunch is included with the fee. For more info or to register, contact AMA adviser Ted Clark at x2927, the School of Business at x2930 or visit the AMA Web site at

The ILLiad
Sojourner Truth Library's interlibrary loan service is going completely electronic! Faculty, staff and students can now send and track interlibrary loan requests electronically through the Web, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any location in the world. This new service, enabled by the technology fee, is called ILLiad (Interllibrary Loan Internet Accessible Databases). It improves user convenience in many ways. Users can set up a profile to suit their individual needs, request items unavailable in the Sojourner Truth Library at any time from any place that has Internet access, review requests at any stage of the request process, view or print requested documents, view a list of checked out items and the history of previous requests, and renew items online. Use ILLiad at To give feedback on this new product, send comments via ILLiad, or contact Nancy Nielson at x3715 or

Charlotte Smith, assistant to the dean of the Graduate School, retired last month after almost 10 years of outstanding service to SUNY New Paltz. Congratulations, Charlotte, and best of wishes in this new phase of your life!



... Correction: An article in the Feb. 25 edition of this newsletter incorrectly refers to Cynthia Dill as the curator of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. She is the museum preparator. Nadine Wasserman is the museum curator.

... Calendar Correction: The lecture titled "Women, Charity and Philanthropy in the Islamic World" is on the March 2002 Calendar of Events under the date March 14. It will actually take place on March 13. For further info, contact Pat Clarke (Women's Studies) at x2975.

... The Summer Session 2002 Web site is now available for public use. It contains the schedule of classes, a list of special programs and online classes, and all the information in the printed schedule, including registration and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) forms. The site will be updated daily, Monday-Thursday. Registration for Summer Session 2002 begins on Tuesday, April 2. Visit their Web site at



Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Ken Ross (Public Affairs) recently became an accredited member of the public relations profession by successfully completing a comprehensive examination governed by the Universal Accreditation Board. The examination for Accreditation in Public Relations measures a candidate's knowledge of public relations practice, communications theory, management science, ethics and general understanding of the profession.



James Smith (Communication and Media) wrote an op-ed column, "Eye on the Media: CNN Trades Hard News for Showbiz," which ran in Newsday on Feb. 25.



Ronald Knapp, professor emeritus of geography, has numerous photographs of Chinese dwellings featured in the "Homes" section of the online sourcebook, A Visual Sourcebook on Chinese Civilization. Nearly 50 of his color photographs are included in the sourcebook, along with information on regional variations, fengshui, construction materials, processes and ornamentation. The sourcebook was created by Patricia Buckley Ebrey at the University of Washington, and is available online at


Students in the news

The following students have been recognized by the SUNY Athletic Conference for outstanding performances in winter sports:

Eleven SUNY New Paltz students participated in the annual Harvard National Model United Nations simulation in Boston on Feb. 14-17. Team New Paltz, led by Kathleen Dowley (Political Science) and student assistant Therese Nordlund (Political Science), represented the country of Belize in six general assembly committees. Enrique DeJesus and Michael DiTrapani were the delegates to the Disarmament and International Security Committee; Migdalia Taveras and Matthew DeLucia were delegates to the Rio World Development Committee; Blerta Cela represented Belize in the Legal Committee; Jade Dockery represented Belize in the World Health Organization; Maria Bernabo and Rajmonda Hodaj served as delegates to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee; and Pema Cliett and John Hanlon represented Belize in the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee. Congratulations to all on the team for a job well done!


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