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ISSUE DATE: April 1, 2002


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New Paltz unveils fund raising priorities
Interim President Steven Poskanzer outlined New Paltz' fund raising priorities recently, noting they are the result of consultation with faculty, deans and staff members. The priorities define a specific goal in each of four categories:

Poskanzer notes that these are not one-year fundraising goals, but represent "stretch" targets that if achieved will transform the campus.

Experts online Public Affairs launched the SUNY New Paltz Expert Database March 26. To access the site, go to the Public Affairs home page at and click on "experts." Since January, Public Affairs and deans have solicited full-time faculty and staff to submit expert profiles to build the database. Reporters and groups looking for speakers will now be able to quickly identify and contact experts on specific topics. Sharing expertise with the media, business groups and the community will not only build an individual's own scholarly credibility, but enhance the reputation of the entire university. Full-time faculty and staff can join the Expert Database at any time by completing the online input form at Any questions can be directed to the Public Affairs office x3245 or, by e-mail to Nancy Zellner Fenichel at

Accepted Students Day
On Saturday April 6, more than 500 prospective freshman will converge on the SUNY New Paltz campus for a last look as they prepare to make their decision on which college they will attend. After reviewing more than 10,000 freshman applications, New Paltz accepted fewer than 4,000, and anticipates 900 of those students will enroll at New Paltz. Accepted Student's Day is a full day, of tours, briefings and panel discussions to help potential students and parents decide where New Paltz fits on their list of schools that have accepted them. "We look forward to welcoming our prospective students and helping them to get to know the people here…to get to know the campus beyond the rankings and program descriptions," said Kimberly Lavoie, director of Freshman Admissions.

Faculty and Staff Campaign
The official kick-off to the 2001-2202 Faculty and Staff Campaign began March 18 with a PayDay candy bar to "sweeten" the incentive to give. The campaign provides campus community members the opportunity to make donations to support scholarships, faculty support, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art Endowment, or to designate another specific campus program or area. Last fiscal year, 12 percent of faculty and staff participated in the internal campaign, raising nearly $32,000. annual giving coordinator Lucia Mallardi says a primary goal this year is to increase the level of participation, noting that strong internal commitment is viewed favorably by foundations and grant makers who consider proposals from campuses. The campaign includes several prize incentives donated by various businesses in the community. Examples include: an overnight stay for two at Mohonk Mountain house, a gift certificate for a one-hour massage at the Center for Therapeutic Massage and a wine-tasting party at Brimstone Hill Vineyard for 12 people. Raffle tickets will be earned based on participation allowing the chance to win prizes. For additional information, contact Mallardi x3240.


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... On Friday April 26, the Center for Peace and Social Justice will sponsor a Diversity Conference and faculty and staff members are invited to share their area of expertise. Some topics for workshops may include racism, sexism, homophobia and lookism. Faculty and staff interested in presenting at the conference should contact John Agnelli by e-mail at or at x4601 by April 4.

... On Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 from 1-2 p.m. the Writing Center, located on the main floor of the library, will hold a workshop titled "How to Paraphrase and Summarize Effectively" for writers doing research papers. For more information, contact the Center for Academic Development and Learning at x3583.

... A workshop titled "Aggression in the Workplace Brown Bag Workshop" will be held Tuesday, April 2 from 12-1 p.m. in the College Terrace. The event is sponsored by the EAP Committee, University Police and Administration. Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. Please contact Bethanne DelGaudio (EAP Committee Chairperson) at x2805 to reserve a seat.

... The Office of the Registrar has revised the format of Excess Credit Request Forms. Any previous Excess Credit Forms should be destroyed. New forms will be mailed to Academic Departments and will be available at Records and Registration. Felicia Aman (Records and Registration) can be contacted at x3044 with any questions concerning the new format.

... The Writing Board will sponsor a student writing seminar to be led by award winning author Robert Polito, Director of the Writing Program at The New School, on April 18. Polito will host the closed-session workshop for about 10 outstanding New Paltz undergraduates. Faculty are asked to identify talented writers, from across all disciplines, who might benefit from the seminar. Faculty should ask students to contact Jan Schmidt (English), by e-mail at or at x2724, or Pauline Uchmanowicz, (English) by e-mail at or at x2725. Students should provide Schmidt or Uchmanowicz with a writing sample by Tuesday, April 9.



Joe DuFour (Nursing) recently published an article titled "Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise Stress Testing" in ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners. His article reviews the role of the nurse practitioner in assessing and implementing the use of the exercise stress tests.

Howard Good (Communication and Media) has two poems, "At the New England Holocaust Memorial" and "Evening, Copp's Hill Cemetery," in the spring 2002 issue of the literary journal and e-zine 2River. The issue can be viewed on the Web at

Chih-Yang Tsai (Business) published an article titled "A Branch-and-Cut Approach for Minimum Cost Multi-Level Network Design," in the journal Discrete Mathematics (Vol. 242/1-3, 2002, pp. 65-92). Tsai worked on this article with Sunil Chopra, IBM distinguished professor of operations management and information systems at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.



President Emeritus John J. Neumaier, in collaboration with his daughter, Diane Leonore Neumaier, created an exhibition to honor the memory of Leonore Schwarz Neumaier and the millions of victims of Nazi brutality and war. It will debut at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art April 6 and run though May 19. For more information please visit


Alumni in the news

MTV's Road Rules cast members Sophia and Blair will visit SUNY New Paltz in an event titled "Road Rules Invades New Paltz: An Evening with Sophia and Blair" on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. Sophia is a 24-year-old alumna from Elmont, N.Y. who attended New Paltz from 1995-1998. Blair is 21 years old and originally from Louisiana. The two Road Rulers will speak about how the show changed their lives and about issues that affect young people today, such as drugs and alcohol, conflict management and diversity. The event is sponsored by Alumni Affairs and will take place at the Julien J. Studley Theatre. Seating is first come first serve and tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $5 for all students with ID, $8 for alumni and $10 for all others. For additional information about the event, contact Alumni Affairs at x3230.


News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. It is printed in house on recycled paper and is also available online. To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form. If you are requesting inclusion in a particular issue, your submission must be received by noon on Tuesday of the prior week. Contact editor Nancy Zellner Fenichel at x3187 with any additional questions.