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ISSUE DATE: April 15, 2002


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"Take Back the Night"
Women and men are preparing to "Take Back the Night" on Friday, April 19. This annual event is designed so both sexes can unify to protest the violence and sexual violence that affects our lives and communities. It is a day of education, empowerment, support, strength and healing. Events begin with live music at 2 p.m. on the Old Main Quad, followed by a drum circle and rally from 8-8:30 p.m., then the organized march through campus and town. "Take Back the Night" concludes with a speakout in College Hall from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Fair thee well
The annual Workplace With Heart Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Get ready to partake of the wisdom of Hudson Valley health gurus: get a massage, experiment with yoga, and pick up some literature and other free stuff. Here's to your health!

Change the channel
The SUNY New Paltz television station now airs on channel 8. Time Warner Cable shuffled its lineup to add WPXN on channel 17. New Paltz' NPC-8 airs a variety of educational, community and documentary programming, including a weekly campus-produced news show, "Eye on New Paltz," and the talk show "On Campus at New Paltz." The change was made on March 26.

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... Aquaerobics classes with Linda Harleston (Student Affairs) are now being offered in the Elting Gym swimming pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Classes are limited to the first 20 participants who show up. Be prepared to present your New Paltz ID card each time.

... Sojourner Truth Library is showcasing performers during National Library Week, April 16-19. Musicians, vocalists, storytellers, actors, puppeteers and poets are wanted to perform in the lobby of the library during lunchtimes and evenings. This is a great chance to show off your talent and get some exposure! The library will handle all publicity. Space is limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible. Call Steve Macaluso at x2699 or e-mail him at

... The deadline to submit requests for the SEI process has been extended to Friday, April 19. Requests must be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research, Haggerty Administration Building, Room 602.

... Calendar Correction: An event scheduled for April 18, a poetry reading by professor emeritus and poet Richard Fein, is inaccurately listed on the April Calendar of Events as a Holocaust Memorial Presentation. The lecture, sponsored by the Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute for the Study of Modern Jewish Life and the Department of English, features Fein reading from his new work, I Think of Our Lives: New and Selected Poems.

... Kathy Kraus, dean of continuing and professional education, coordinated New Paltz' participation in the 55th Annual Lions Club Exposition, held at the Hudson Valley Mall in March. Hundreds of people attended this event and had the opportunity to speak with representatives of our institution and receive all kinds of information. Kraus said, "There were so many folks who stopped by to ask for a piece of literature, a telephone number or a contact name that it was well worth our participation. One of the nicest moments was when a Girl Scout Leader stopped by with her troop just to say that she was an alumna and 'Thanks for everything New Paltz did for me.'"


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Ronald Knapp, professor emeritus of geography, received the Outstanding Service Award from the Asian Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers at the association's annual meeting, recently held in Los Angeles.



Brian Schmidt (Political Science and International Relations) published a chapter titled "On the History and Historiography of International Relations," in Walter Carlsnaes', Thomas Risse's, and Beth Simmons' Handbook of International Relations (Sage, 2002). This major new handbook provides a state-of-the-art review and essential guide to the study of international relations. It draws together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide the first authoritative and comprehensive survey of the field. For additional information about this new book, see the Web site



Rimer Cardillo (Art) exhibited three large works from April 2-10 at two galleries in Pennsylvania. The works include an installation titled "Ancestral Box," a silk-screen on wallpaper titled "Woman with Turtle II," and a woodcut and silk-screen on canvas titled "O'Alemāo With Tapiro." These works were part of a group show titled "Rayuela/Hopscotch: 15 Contemporary Latin American Artists." The two galleries that showed the exhibits are the University Art Gallery at the University of Scranton and the Mahady Gallery at Marywood University.

Kristine Harris (History) presented a paper "A Double Life in Chinese Cinema" at the University of Texas, Austin, for the China Seminar held on March 22.

Jae Lee (Business) presented his paper, "Using Monte Carlo Method with Importance Sampling in Structural Time Series Analysis," at the 2002 Northeast Decision Science Conference, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March. The paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

Doug Maynard (Psychology) presented two papers at the 73rd Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference, held in March in Boston. One paper, "Underemployment and job attitudes among full-time and adjunct faculty," was co-authored by three Class of '01 New Paltz alumni: Joseph Benden, Todd Joseph and Ana Luna. Maynard's other paper was titled "The individual and organizational consequences of underemployment."

On March 15, Jerry Persaud (Black Studies) chaired and presented a paper for a panel titled "Personality, Identity and Culture" for the African American area of the 32nd annual meeting of The Popular Culture / American Culture Association, held in Toronto. Persaud's paper is titled "How Ghetto are You?: Authenticating 'Blackness' in the Hip Hop Era." It is part of ongoing research examining spatial influences on identity negotiations and articulation within African American popular culture.


In Memoriam

Louis and Mildred Resnick

Louis Resnick died at Miami General Hospital in Florida on Tuesday, March 26, at the age of 89. Mildred, Resnick's wife of 60 years, and their daughter Sherry Ronan, were with him when he died. He is also survived by his daughters Michelle Cohen and Myrna Jargowsky. Resnick was a self-made man who didn't forget his roots. He grew up on a humble farm, but was able to attend SUNY Delhi with scholarship aid. After graduating in 1930, he slowly made a fortune by manufacturing television antennas and co-founding a television company. Resnick started to then give back to the community. "It's always a cliché to call a man a pillar of his community, but in this case, it was certainly appropriate," said U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey. Resnick contributed approximately $2.2 million over the years to SUNY New Paltz. The money has helped fund scholarships, Jewish studies lectures and the state-of-the-art Louis and Mildred Resnick Engineering Hall. "It's hard to think about SUNY New Paltz without remembering the Resnicks' full support," Alice Chandler, former SUNY New Paltz president, recalled. Resnick became one of the chief sponsors of scholarships at SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Ulster and his alma mater, SUNY Delhi. He was also a major benefactor of the Ellenville Community Hospital. When reports began surfacing of a nationwide nursing shortage, Resnick gave SUNY New Paltz $90,000 to fund nursing scholarships. An Ulster County native who lived in Ellenville, Resnick served two terms on the Ulster County Legislature. He was also a former chairman of the Ulster County Democratic Party.


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