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ISSUE DATE: March 11, 2002


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On Saturday, a new exhibit, "Lesley Dill: A Ten Year Survey," opened in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. It is the second in the museum's annual series of one-person exhibitions that feature contemporary artists who live and work in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions. The curator is Nadine Wasserman. Dill's artwork will be available for viewing until April 21, when it will travel to museums in Chicago, Colorado, Hawaii and Arizona. Impossible to categorize, Dill is at once a painter, printmaker, sculptor, photographer and performance artist. She works with both the large and the small, from billboards to books, and no matter the size or medium, continues to explore the elusive boundary between mind, body and spirit. One of the most identifiable facets of her work is the way she examines the function of language and its relationship to the physical. Words -- at times legible and at times illegible -- spill from mouths, are written across bodies, and cascade from body parts. A 64-page catalogue containing 16 color plates and three essays, generously funded by Jim and Mary Ottaway of New Paltz, accompanies the exhibition. It is the second catalog in a series that features contemporary regional artists. On Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., Dill will present a lecture in Lecture Center 102 as part of the Student Art Association's Art Lecture Series. An open poetry reading, "Image Body Spirit," will take place on Thursday, April 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. amidst Dill's artwork in the Chandler Gallery. The museum and the William W. Vasse Poetry Series invite the public to read their favorite poems at this event. There is no admission charge for either the lecture or poetry reading. For further info, please call x3844 or look online at Images from the exhibit are also available at

Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Selden), Class of '64, receives a pair of flannel pants from the Campus Bookstore during SUNY Day on March 5 -- a token of warmth from his alma mater. The senator's office was one of eight legislative offices visited by a SUNY New Paltz delegation of 10 during the annual event at which all state university campuses call on legislation to discuss issues of importance to SUNY. Photo by public affairs intern Heather Gillman.
Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Selden), Class of '64, receives a pair of flannel pants from the Campus Bookstore during SUNY Day on March 5 -- a token of warmth from his alma mater. The senator's office was one of eight legislative offices visited by a SUNY New Paltz delegation of 10 during the annual event at which all state university campuses call on legislation to discuss issues of importance to SUNY.
Photo by public affairs intern Heather Gillman.

Take heed
The village of New Paltz has declared a water drought warning. Water supplies, stream flows and ground water levels are well below normal. The campus is the largest water consumer connected to the village water system, so we must all make an effort to help the village achieve its water reduction goal. This means that the campus community must follow the guidelines established by the village: Any leaking pipe, valve or faucet should be reported to the Office of Facilities Operations immediately; washing a vehicle with a hose or other source connected to the village water system is prohibited; use of the village water system to water any lawn, tree, shrub or plant is only permitted from 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m.; using a professional car wash that does not recycle at least 50 percent of its water is prohibited; taking showers instead of baths is recommended as well as the use of low flow shower heads and toilets. Everyone will be kept posted if any further drought warnings or emergencies are declared. Please call the Office of Facilities Operation at x3301 with any questions.

Taking turns
An old Irish blessing used by the Shanahan clan, submitted by Margaret (Shanahan) Jensen, secretary in the Sociology Department.

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... Attention faculty: If students in your classes need support in planning and revising papers, please let them know that the Writing Center has walk-in hours for writers' assistance every weekday. The hours for the spring 2002 semester are Monday 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m., Tuesday 3-5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m., Thursday 3-5 p.m., and Friday 1-3 p.m. For more info, please call the Writing Center at x3580 or visit

... This week's "On Campus at SUNY New Paltz" stars Ellen Abate and two nursing students, with host Devon Duhaney (Secondary Education), discussing the nursing shortage and the perceptions of current nursing students. Catch it at 9 p.m. on Time-Warner Cable TV Channel 6 on Thursday, or on Local Access Channel 17 on Friday at 9 p.m. or Saturday at 9 a.m. Don't forget showings of "On Campus" are on Mondays in Lecture Center 104 from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. To recognize Women's History Month, today's episode features Lynn Spangler (Communication and Media) hosting Pat Clarke, Denise Bauer (both Women's Studies) and Simone Federman (Theatre Arts) discussing women's roles in film.

... The March 27 lecture in the Honors Program Lecture Series, "China's Deteriorating Environment -- A Cause for Concern?" has been canceled.

... SUNY Provost and Vice Chancellor Peter Salins' office is soliciting grant applications for the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Program. This program awards funding for intercampus conferences for faculty and visiting scholars to examine new trends, review promising findings, and better acquaint themselves with professional developments in their field and on other campuses. Each project is awarded $5,000 to support conference activities, and conferences normally occur between Sept. 1 and June 30. Multidisciplinary/collaborative projects are encouraged. Any academic department on a campus may submit a proposal, but only one proposal per department is permitted. Application guidelines and forms can be found at Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Patrick Ryan, assistant director for grant services, for application and budget assistance before April 15, so that the application may be received by SUNY by the April 29 deadline.



A novelette by John Langan (English), "On Skua Island," appeared in the August 2001 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Recently it was nominated for the 2001 International Horror Guild Award in Long Fiction, including Langan among nominees such as Clive Barker, Stephen King, Peter Straub and Joyce Carol Oates. The IHG is the horror genre's equivalent of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The awards will be presented at the World Horror Convention, to be held in Chicago April 8-11.

Brian Obach (Sociology) published an article, "Labor-Environmental Relations: An Analysis of the Relationship between Labor Unions and Environmentalists," in the March edition of Social Science Quarterly. This study examines the conditions under which labor unions and environmental organizations form political coalitions, and when they come into conflict.



Ronald Knapp, professor emeritus of geography, presented a lecture, "Japan's Place in East Asia," based on the U.S. National Geography Standards established for K-12 teachers. The lecture was part of a series titled "Introduction to Japan for K-8 Educators," held by The Japan Society in New York City on Feb. 20. To see a summary of Knapp's lecture in PowerPoint format, visit

At the ED-MEDIA 2001World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications held in Tampere, Finland, June 25-30, Julio González (Physical Sciences and Engineering) presented a paper which he co-authored with two former New Paltz engineering students, Laurence Reitman and Tony Stagno, and two colleagues who teach in Spain, Enrique Mandado and Ángel Salaverría. The paper, "An Interactive System for Teaching Electronics," was printed in the ED-MEDIA 2001 proceedings, and then selected by the editor of the Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal (IMEJ) as one of the best 25 papers of the 2,137 published in those conference proceedings. Subsequently, the IMEJ published a paper by González and Reitman titled "A System for Teaching Electronics Using an Interface to PSpice" in the October 2001 edition of the Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal (IMEJ) of Computer-Enhanced Learning, available at


Students in the news

The SUNY New Paltz chapter of the American Marketing Association, under the leadership of advisor Ted Clark (Business), and under the auspices of the Business Institute at the School of Business, has received a grant for $7,000 to conduct a consumer preference study among residents of the Hudson Valley. The study is intended to measure preference for various hospital programs such as birthing, cardiac care, etc. and overall hospital preference in several markets from Albany to New York City.


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