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ISSUE DATE: April 22, 2002


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What's New?


No more busy signals!
Web registration is now available for Fall 2002 as well as Summer Sessions 1 and 2. Undergraduate Advance Registration for Fall 2002 begins today. Students may register for classes online at any time after the date and time they were assigned by mail in March. Web registration is scheduled to be available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during Advance Registration Period. It follows the same rules as the Touch-Tone Information System.

Design of the times
Looking to further your Web design skills? The Center for Continuing and Professional Education's Software Institute is offering a series of classes this semester focusing on Web page design. JavaScript I is April 27 and May 4; JavaScript II is May 11 and 18. All classes are held on campus on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, call the Software Institute at x2892, or e-mail Classes cost $350, with a 10 percent discount for New Paltz faculty and staff. For more info, view the institute's Web site at

May I see your driver's license?
Effective immediately, campus community members who use state-owned vans and vehicles for passenger transport must have their driver's license verified every six months and must not have any moving violations on their license. Beginning with the fall semester, faculty, staff and students requesting to operate a campus van for passenger transportation must complete a driver training program that includes classroom and behind-the-wheel training. The University Police will sponsor the program.



... What's all this about a SUNY New Paltz online Experts Database? Check out your profile or try navigating the new database at this Web site:

... Please contact the Computer Services Help Desk to do the initial set up of new computer systems.

... Friday, April 26 is the last gathering of the spring semester for short story discussion over lunch, sponsored by the Student Christian Center Campus Ministry. Bring a bag lunch at noon to Haggerty Administration Building, Room 703 to discuss Bernard Malamud's "Idiots First." To download the story from eRes (Sojourner Truth Library's electronic reserve system), use "malamud" for the password. If you are unable to download the story, contact Pastor Paul Walley at x3023.

... The second annual, all-union, end-of-the-year celebration will be held on May 10 at Villa Baglieri in Highland. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be hors d'oeuvres with wine, beer and soda. Dinner will be at 7 p.m., followed by a brief recognition of retirees and then dancing to DJ music until 10 p.m. Dinner entree selections include chicken francaise, sole almondine and roast beef. The cost is $20 for UUP and CSEA members and $35 for others. Please send a check with printed names and dinner selections by April 30 to: UUP Office in van den Berg Learning Center 104, or CSEA in Old Main 105.

... This year marks the 18th straight fiscal year to begin without prior approval of a state budget. Last year, a budget wasn't adopted until Aug. 3.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Michele Halstead, previously the director of accounting services, has been selected the new assistant vice president for administration. She can be reached in her new office at x3299. Congratulations!



A chapter titled "Software Agents for Internet-Based Systems and Their Design" by Hanh Pham (Computer Science) appeared in the book Intelligent Agents for System Design, edited by Lakhmi Jain Zhengxin Chen and Nikhil Ichalkaranje and published by Physica-Verlag, a Springer-Verlag company. The chapter describes how software agents can be used to build autonomous and collaborative Internet-based systems and how agents themselves participate in developing and designing these systems. The work was supported in part by SUNY New Paltz Research Creative Awards given to Pham in 2000-2001 and 2001-2002.



Drawings and photographs by Robin Arnold (Art) are included in the exhibition "Factory Direct.2" at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, N.Y. The second of two exhibitions linking artists with industries, "Factory Direct.2" opened April 5 and will remain until June 30. The Arts Center is located at 265 River Street in Troy.

Elisa Dávila (Foreign Languages) and Linda Greenow (Geography) presented results of their U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant project at the Annual Business Meeting of Project Directors of the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages Title VI Program. The meeting was held concurrently with the International Studies Association annual conference in New Orleans March 25-27. Their presentation described the success of the faculty development component of the grant project, in which faculty from New Paltz traveled to Brazil in June 2001 to attend an international faculty development seminar organized by the Council for International Educational Exchange and the Universidade de Sao Paulo.

Lourdes Giordani (Anthropology) chaired the panel "On the Edge: Aspects of Consciousness in Flux" at the 2002 annual meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, held April 10-14 in Tucson. She also presented a paper titled "The Dark Side of the Road to Power: When the Shaman Becomes the Prey in the Guianas."

Abigail Robin (English) will give a presentation titled "A Letter to Emma Goldman" on Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in the SUNY New Paltz Honors Center, College Hall. This event is being co-sponsored by the English Composition Program and the Women's Studies Program.

Several English Department faculty members and teaching assistants presented papers at the Fifty-Third Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention, held in March. This year's theme was "Chicago 2002: Connecting the Text and the Street." Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, coordinator of the Composition Program, chaired a session titled "Literature at Work: Using Literature-Based Writing Courses to Promote Social Change." Schmidt delivered a paper, "Circles of Witnessing and Learning." Pauline Uchmanowicz, associate coordinator of the Composition Program, presented "Road Scholars: Speaking Truth to Power" during a session titled "Intersecting the Community and the Academy: Teaching Theory, Race, and Reality in Composition Studies." Abigail Robin, instructor in the English Department, delivered a paper titled "Emma Goldman's Beautiful Ideal: Feminist Activist Dissenter" during the session "The Rhetorics of Feminist Activism." Additionally, several teaching assistants in the New Paltz master's program delivered papers: Cristy Woehling presented "Laugh 'Till It Hurts: The Societal Implications of Comedy"; Kevin Cavanaugh presented "Researching `On The Road,'" and Radmila Genyuk presented "Identity, Conscience, and Social Action."


Alumni in the news

Doubleday Publishing has just issued The Kennedys at War, 1937-1945, written by Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science, '80). In a recent article, Kirkus Reviews called the book "a thorough and lively history of America's first family during World War II." The volume has been selected as a featured alternate selection for both The Book of the Month Club and The History Book Club. Renehan is the author of several other books and is seen frequently on The History Channel and C-SPAN. His Web site is


Students in the news

Takashi Mitsuya, a graduate student in the Psychology Department, recently presented research at the 73rd Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference, held in Boston. His poster was titled "Character Familiarity and Complexity Effects on an Iconic Recognition Task," and was based upon research Mitsuya conducted last year while he was an undergraduate student at New Paltz under the supervision of Doug Maynard (Psychology).

David Sela (Biology), who was selected for both a Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and an American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, will continue his research under the Pfizer Fellowship. This award provides money for salary and laboratory supplies. which will permit him to devote full-time effort to his research project this summer. He will be studying the effect of modeled microgravity on T-cells under the direction of his faculty mentor, Maureen Morrow (Biology). He will present the results of his work this fall at the Pfizer Global Research and Development Laboratories.

Graduating senior Cara Zimmer, classical voice major, will perform the songs of Purcell, Schubert, Poulenc and Charles Ives at her Senior Voice Recital on April 27 at 8 p.m. in Shepard Recital Hall, College Hall. She is a student of Barbara Hardgrave, and will be accompanied by Music Department faculty members Sylvia Buccelli on piano and Joel Evans on lute. Admission is free.


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