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ISSUE DATE: April 8, 2002


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Water emergency
Last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a "Stage One Drought Emergency." This declaration affects not only New York City, but all upstate city water supply users, including the campus. This requires that we must adhere to all provisions of the declaration. The main provisions affecting us are as follows:

  1. Reduce total water consumption by a minimum of 15 percent;
  2. No person or entity shall cause, permit or allow any waste or leak from any municipal water system (water pipe, valve, faucet or other equipment);
  3. No spraying, washing or wetting of any street, sidewalk, driveway or steps using a municipal water system;
  4. Washing of cars from a municipal water system is prohibited; and
  5. Posting "Save Water" signs is required.

There are many other requirements associated with the drought emergency plan with which we are already in compliance. In late March, the village conducted a water system leak test, which we passed without any deficiencies. To report a leak, call the Facilities Operations Center at x3301.

LAN Etiquette
Many folders and files were recently deleted from the AdminLAN H: drive! The files did not belong to the person who deleted them. This is a great inconvenience for all involved. If you were affected by this event, please contact Joe Acquisto (LAN Coordinator) at x3134 as soon as possible so that he can begin to attempt restoring the missing files and folders. Please be attentive to the following concerning the use of the H: drive!

If you have files and folders that you wish to share with only certain other departments, groups, etc., they can still be stored on the H: drive, but with access and visibility limited to the designated persons. For questions, concerns, further information or to allow limited access to certain files, contact Acquisto.

Safety precautions taken
Since 9/11, there has been an understandable increase in concerns about safety, leading to questions regarding campus emergency preparedness and procedures. To reduce uncertainty and anxiety, University Police recommends individuals and departments review the Emergency Procedures, which are available online at The Health and Safety Office is updating training for emergencies, which will address evacuations, proper use of fire extinguishers and general safety issues. Campus representatives were active participants in the development of community-wide emergency plans, initiated by the Town of New Paltz Supervisor and included representatives of the town, village and school district, as well as the campus. Campus community members are welcome to contact Brian McCabe (Health and Safety Officer) by e-mail,, or at x3310 with questions or concerns.

Hall of Fame Induction
Taylor H. Thompson Sr. of Kingston, Paul Daniels of Wallkill and Lisa Greco of Saugerties will be formally honored at the inaugural SUNY New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 2 at the Hillside Manor in Kingston. "The School of Business' success comes from the incredible relationship we've developed between the school and the community," said Hadi Salavitabar, dean of the School of Business. "You can see that bond in all three Hall of Famers: Taylor Thompson is very generous in sharing his business expertise and direct support to students; Paul Daniels, one of our first MBA alumni, forged lasting international ties between our international students and the community; and Lisa Greco is an academic standout in our MBA program." The trio of inductees were elected from nominations submitted by students, faculty, alumni and business advisors. A selection committee comprised of members of the New Paltz student body, alumni, faculty, administration and Business Advisory Council reviewed the nominations and selected the inductees. The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, call the director of business projects, Karen Ann Chaffee, at x2832. Ceremony sponsors include Techcomp, Ltd., IBM, Ulster Savings Bank, Kingston Hospital and The Times-Herald Record.



. . .On March 23, the University Police participated in the 3rd annual "Strike Out Cancer" bowlathon sponsored by the Town of Ulster Police Department and held at the Hoe-Bowl in Kingston. Money raised goes to area residents fighting cancer, including retired New Paltz police officer William Taggard. Forty teams from law enforcement, fire departments, ambulance corps., and various private organizations participated. University Police fielded two teams of police officers: Mike Doyle, Ray Smith, Jim Coyle, John Coxum, and Vic Torres formed one team, and Ed Pomales (Facilities Operation Center), Tom Vankleeck (Unites States Post Office), Chris Hebel, Steve Wok, and Becky Anderson (Convenient Deli) formed the second team. This was the third trip to this event for the University Police and the first time it entered two teams.

. . .A workshop titled "How to Cite Sources Using MLA Style" will be held in the Writing Center, located on the main floor of the library, on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10 from 1-2 p.m. For more information, contact the Center for Academic Development and Learning at x3583.

. . .Any department that would like to book a function on graduation weekend should call the catering office and make arrangements by May 6. This will ensure that your event can be properly supported. Departments planning functions during the month of May must have all purchase orders and disbursing orders in the catering office by May 13 or the event will be considered canceled. Contact catering coordinator Erin Engelsen at x3578 with any questions.

. . .The EAP Committee will sponsor a brown bag workshop titled "Starting Over: How We Can Begin Each Day," on Tuesday, April 16, in the College Terrace from 12-1 p.m. The workshop will be facilitated by Ann Quinn. Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. Please contact Bethanne DelGaudio (EAP Committee Chairperson) at x2805 to reserve a seat.



Sami Boulos, professor emeritus and former dean of the School of Education, recently published two books. The first, "Raising our Children," is a guide to parents who are seeking advice in that area. "Reflections on the Life of Jesus Christ," is first in a series of four books. The second book of this series is due to be published in a couple of months.

Howard Good's (Communication & Media) book, Media Ethics Goes to the Movies, written with Michael Dillon of Duquesne University and formerly of SUNY New Paltz, has been published by Praeger Publishers. The book uses such movies as "Ace In The Hole," "All The President's Men," and "The Paper" as case studies in media ethics.

Adelaide Haas (Communications & Women's Studies), along with Susan L. Puretz, past professor and chair of the former Department of Health and Physical Education, published "The Women's Guide to Hysterectomy" (Celestial Arts, 2002). This newly revised and updated volume provides the same compassion, authority and easy-to-understand explanations found in the first edition, but with important updates.

New Paltz' Psychology Department was featured in the March 2002 issue of the American Psychological Society Observer, available online at under Department Profile.



Ernelle Fife (English) presented two papers, "Filming Austen's 18th-century Sensibilities" and "Lessons for Children: Goody Two-Shoes Meets Harry Potter" at the South Central Society for 18th-Century Studies annual conference in February at South Padre Island, Texas. Elementary Education/English major Janel Licis also presented a paper, "Tales as Old as Time: The Moral Lessons of the Beauty and the Beast Story."

Peter Kaufman (Sociology) presented a paper, "Stigma Management Strategies of Kids Who are Homeless," at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, held in Boston in March. The paper was co-authored with Anne Roschelle (Sociology). Kaufman also organized and presided over a session, "Medical Sociology: Patients, Parents, and Perceptions," that included papers from three current sociology graduate students, Erin Brunette, Lauren Keshinover, and Kristin Snyder, and from one alumnus, James DeArce (May 2000).

Heinz Menz (Biology), Fellow of the Explorers Club, was invited by "Wild Kingdom's" Jim Fowler to give a lecture and demonstration on birds of prey to the annual Explorers Club banquet on March 23 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.


Students in the news

Robin Schamberg, a recent graduate of the Educational Administration CAS program, was named New York State Teacher of the Year.


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