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ISSUE DATE: March 25, 2002


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Commencement 2002
It is time to begin planning for May 2002 Commencement! This year's ceremony will take place on May 19 on the Old Main Quad. As always, faculty members are invited to march in the procession, which shows support for the students and the successes which faculty have helped them achieve. This year, faculty registration for Commencement and ordering attire can be done online - a first for New Paltz - at There are several advantages to this online process: the Commencement Office can communicate with faculty more efficiently; and faculty can register at any time, order a cap and gown online, or view the list of marching faculty. Additionally, after April 5, students will be able to view the list of faculty who have registered to march. All faculty wishing to have their name listed in the commencement program are asked to submit their name, department, campus phone number and e-mail address through the online form by April 19. While those who register after April 19 will not be listed in the commencement program, they will be part of the final count for ceremony seating and their names will appear on the commencement Web site. Faculty members who become unable to participate after registering must call the Commencement Office at x3972. Here's to the Class of 2002!

Full, bright future
The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing/research awards in approximately 140 countries for the 2003-2004 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators, professionals from business and government, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 31 different disciplines and professional fields, as well as in a variety of sub-disciplines such as gender studies and peace studies. Traditional Fulbright awards are available from two months to a full academic year or longer. A new short-term grant program, the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, offers two- to six-week grants in a variety of fields. While foreign language skills are needed in some countries, most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. The competition opened on March 1, and application deadlines are as follows: May 1 for Fulbright Distinguished Chair awards in Europe, Canada and Russia; Aug. 1 for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide; Nov. 1 for the summer German Studies Seminar and spring/summer seminars in Germany, Korea and Japan for academic and international education administrators; and a rolling deadline for the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For info, contact the Council for International Exchange of Scholars at (202) 686-7877 or by e-mail at Online applications are also available on the Web at Those planning to apply for a Fulbright position should contact the SUNY New Paltz Office of Sponsored Programs at x3282 for assistance.

Italian studies
The Italian Studies Committee is undertaking the revival, under the impetus of the newly established Luigi and Anita Traverso Endowment in Italian Studies, of the long-standing proposal for an interdisciplinary Italian studies major. The Traverso Lecture Series speakers for 2002-03 are under discussion, and a brilliant series is anticipated. Additionally, together with the New Paltz Foundation and the Office of Academic Affairs, the committee will sponsor a lecture on Monday, April 15 by the renowned Italian geneticist L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza, head of the Human Genome Diversity Project at Stanford University. At 7 p.m. in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium, Cavalli-Sforza will speak on "Genetics and the History of Modern Man," with special emphasis upon Europe and Italy. The Italian Studies Committee is chaired by Giorgio Melloni (Foreign Languages), and other members include Salvatore Anastasio, professor emeritus of math; A.M. Cinquemani (English); Don D'Elia (History); Marinella Garatti (Foreign Languages); Giordana Grossi (Psychology); Tom Olsen (English); Joseph Paparone (Theatre arts); Louis Saraceno (Foreign Languages); Giancarlo Traverso, professor emeritus of foreign languages; and Jaimee Uhlenbrock (Art History).


Budget Update

In a recent memo from Vice President Johanna D'Aleo (Administration and Finance), the following strict cut-off dates for purchases were stated to allow sufficient time to process requests for funding and to encumber funds prior to the close of the fiscal year:

Failure to adhere to the above dates will jeopardize a department's ability to utilize fully 2001-2002 fiscal year funds and may also lead to unexpected commitments against 2002-2003 funds. It is strongly recommended that current year requisition and purchase order encumbrances be reviewed in order to determine if goods or services have been received. If not, it is important to determine their necessity and disencumber funds where appropriate.



... Sixteen journalists from the Hudson Valley gathered at SUNY New Paltz on Feb. 9 for a workshop sponsored by the Center for Community Journalism titled "Digging Deep." The workshop provided aspiring journalists with tips on investigating and pursuing big stories at community newspapers. Mary Beth Pfeiffer, projects editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Kathy Norton, the Journal's public editor, were the instructors for the workshop.

... Attention faculty: Please let students know:

... The CSEA Education and Training Department is sponsoring a test preparation workshop on April 2 and 3 at Orange County Community College. This is a six-hour hands-on workshop designed to help CSEA members prepare for state, local government and school district civil service examinations. The program runs from 6-9 p.m., with registration from 5:50-6 p.m. Call the Region 3 Office at (845) 831-1000 to register, and please bring a calculator to the workshop.

... Please help! Harold Jacobs (Sociology) lost a black canvas briefcase containing important papers on campus on Friday, March 8. It may have been left in a campus parking lot or in a lecture hall. A substantial reward for the return of the briefcase and its contents to Jacobson Faculty Tower, Room 516 will be provided by its owner, with no questions asked.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

SUNY New Paltz Foundation board member Eddie Bell, author of the enthusiastically-reviewed volume of poetry Capt's Dreaming Chair, has been awarded a Special Opportunity Stipend (SOS) in support of a lecture tour in France. He is traveling this month, reading and discussing his work at Paris University, Duc des Lombards, a noted Parisian jazz club and the International High School in Clermont-Ferrand. He is also leading discussions about the realities of African American life in America. SOS grants are funded through the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and administered in the region by the Garrison Art Center. Bell's tour is being supported by the French Ministry of Culture through the Double Change Reading Series, featuring combined appearances of English- and French-speaking poets.



Dean John Harrington (Physical Sciences and Engineering) presented a paper at the February 2002 Biophysical Society Meeting held in San Francisco. This work, "Redox Behavior of the Acellular Lumbricus Hemoglobin," provided an explanation for a new avenue that must be considered in the development of any hemoglobin-base oxygen carrier planned for use as a blood substitute in clinical situations today. This work was carried out in collaboration with colleagues Rhoda E. Hirsch from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Scott C. Dorman from the University of South Alabama.


Students in the news

The Oracle, the official student-run newspaper of the New Paltz campus and community, won the following awards from the New York Press Association's Better College Newspaper Contest: First Place Editorial Writing, Honorable Mention in General Excellence, First Place in Column Writing (Melissa Mansfield, senior, French major), and Second Place in Column Writing (Joseph Burke, senior, political science major). The Oracle also won the following awards from the Society for Collegiate Journalists Annual Contest: Second Place in General Excellence, Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing, and Honorable Mention in News Story (Phil Strum, senior, journalism major). All awards were from the 2001 news year and were received in March.

Geology major Sara Jansyn is currently in Springfield, Mass. presenting research at the 37th annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, being held March 25-27. Under the direction of New Paltz geology professor Russell Waines, Jansyn observed the structure and geomorphology of the Minnewaska inlier at Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve in the Northern Shawangunk Mountains. Of the future geologist, Waines said, "She's got a lot of promise."


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