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ISSUE DATE: March 18, 2002


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What have you learned?
Liberal Arts and Sciences Day has officially been renamed "Student Research Symposium" in an attempt to broaden participation by students throughout the university. The symposium is scheduled for Friday, April 19 from 2-7 p.m. It will include the words of a keynote speaker, alumnus Stephen O'Rourke (BA/Psychology and 1991 valedictorian and MA/Psychology, 1994), oral presentations, poster sessions and a light dinner. Students from any major, in any college or school of the university, are invited to participate. Any student who has worked with faculty or under faculty supervision as part of a project such as a senior seminar, independent study or research, critical review or field study is invited to give a 10- to 15-minute oral presentation or a poster of their work. Those students who wish to present research should consult with a faculty advisor and submit an abstract to Maureen Morrow (Biology) via e-mail at by March 27. If a student or faculty member is only available for a specific portion of the day, please indicate that in the e-mail message. All abstracts will be reviewed by the planning committee and students will be notified of acceptance and presentation format by e-mail. Instructions for submitting abstracts are available online at

Above and beyond
The deadline for nominations for this year's Outstanding Student Service Award is May 1. This award is presented each year to one classified and one professional staff member whose outstanding service "above and beyond the call of duty" has promoted student success. This includes employees who do not ordinarily have direct contact with students, but who perform "behind the scenes" tasks that benefit students. Any member of the campus community may make a recommendation. Copies of the guidelines and nomination forms are available at the Office of the Vice President for Administration, Haggerty Administration Building, Room 905, and online at A selection committee will review all recommendations and recipients will be announced at Fall Convocation. Awardees will receive $1,000, an award certificate, and their names will be inscribed on the plaque of past recipients on display in the lobby of Haggerty.

Wanted: more experts
For several months, the Public Affairs Office has been building an online experts database designed to highlight the scholarly proficiency of the university's faculty and staff. The office has received the submissions of numerous campus community members, and will soon make the database available to the public. This new system will enable reporters and groups looking for speakers to quickly identify and contact experts on specific topics. Sharing expertise with media, business groups and the community will build an individual's own scholarly credibility while enhancing the reputation of SUNY New Paltz. Join your colleagues now by registering your subject mastery, and be part of this informative database when it is launched! Complete the form at The form is user-friendly and will result in a very helpful and easy-to-navigate tool for media and the community. Call the Public Affairs Office at x3245 with any additional questions.

Provost David Lavallee addresses attendees during the luncheon of the sixth annual Business Day conference,
Provost David Lavallee addresses attendees during the luncheon of the sixth annual Business Day conference, "Don't Get Lost e-Xploring e-Commerce," held on March 8. Business School director Hadi Salavitabar (standing far right), presented numerous business students with academic honor and outstanding service awards. President of the New Paltz chapter of the American Marketing Association, Meredith Phelan (seated far right), received the prestigious Wall Street Journal Achievement Award. Also pictured (left to right) are President Steven Poskanzer; Chamber of Commerce representative Joan Lawrence-Bauer; and the conference's keynote speaker, Wall Street business leader and 1979 graduate of SUNY New Paltz, Kenneth Pasternak.
Photo by public affairs intern Diane Greenwald.



... Harry Scherr III, chair of the College Council and Presidential Search Committee, recently sent a memo updating the campus community on the search for the next SUNY New Paltz president. The most current information is available online at

... Visits with elected officials help shape the policies and budget of SUNY. The governor has proposed a flat budget like last year. Since there are negotiated salary increases required by the contract between New York state and United University Professions and other unions, the flat budget actually results in a reduction in general revenues for SUNY. UUP is providing transportation for members to visit their representatives to explain the importance of adequate funding for SUNY. A group will leave on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:15 a.m. from the parking lot across from the Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center. Groups will travel in UUP-provided vans, leaving Albany later that day around 3:15 p.m. If interested, please contact Glenn McNitt, UUP chapter president, ASAP via e-mail at or x2770.

... Computer Services' Ralph Mitchell is offering one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions on the following subjects: e-mail (GroupWise and Matrix); GroupWise special functions (department-wide scheduling, calendar with notify alarms, and pop-up reminders of appointments and tasks); and the Local Area Network (network printers; and F, G and H drives). To schedule a tutoring session, contact Mitchell via e-mail at Include your name, building, office number, telephone number and tutoring needs.

... A few minor revisions have been approved for the Faculty Bylaws. The Academic Senate unanimously approved these revisions on March 1, and they were presented to the faculty and professional staff at the Faculty Meeting on March 8. Simin Mozayeni, chair of the faculty's Organization Committee, said, "I thank endlessly Mary Kastner (Publications) and her Faculty Bylaws Subcommittee and the Organization Committee as a whole for the many hours of hard work they have put into this document."


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Since January, James Halpern (Psychology) has been serving as the coordinator of Disaster Mental Health Services for Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties for the American Red Cross of Greater New York. He has also been on the Leadership Committee of Disaster Mental Health Services of Greater New York.



Brian Obach (Sociology) presented a paper, "Sociology Departments as Sites for Organized Career Training," at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, held in Boston March 7-10.



Heriberto Dixon (Business) was a guest lecturer for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Native American Studies Program, where he delivered a paper on the "Nuances, Persistence, and Continuance of Indian Slavery in America" on Feb. 28.


In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Richard "Dick" McBride died of cancer Feb. 28 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. McBride was born in 1928 in LeRoy, N.Y. He earned a doctorate in education from Cornell University. McBride taught science education at SUNY New Paltz from 1967 to 1992, and returned in 1996 to teach part-time. "Dick McBride was a dynamic educator, strong leader and wonderful person," said Robert Michael, dean of the School of Education. "Many teachers have recalled his science methods classes that they took during their student days here at New Paltz. Many people have worked with Dick during the years he was at New Paltz, and they have enjoyed working with him and learning from him." McBride served with the Army in Korea as Company Commander, 7th Medical Btn., 7th Infantry Division. He was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Ribbon. He was an avid hiker, canoeist and environmental education proponent, leading many canoe trips into the wilderness of Northern Canada. He was a beekeeper and operated a greenhouse with his wife of 18 years, Rosemarie. McBride was a member of the reformed Church of New Paltz, the Mohonk Preserve and the Paltz Club, and a charter member of the National History Museum of the Adirondacks. He was past president of the D&H Canal Historical Society and of the New Paltz Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, four sons, three daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Mohonk Preserve or the National History Museum of the Adirondacks. McBride is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Honeoye, N.Y.


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