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ISSUE DATE: May 6, 2002


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Criminal incidents
The SUNY New Paltz University Police recently earned certification from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for participation in the New York State Incident Based Reporting program. "As a NYSIBR-certified agency you are among the leading law enforcement agencies in New York state," said Janet Whitaker, NYSIBR program manager. "The willingness to be early implementers of NYSIBR clearly marks the SUNY New Paltz University Police Department as one of the most progressive law enforcement agencies in New York state." SUNY Central Administration chose the University Police Department six years ago as a pilot program. Between criminal incidents and service regulatory reports, the department writes more than 2,000 reports a year and, in order to receive its certification, had to provide error-free information reporting to Albany for a period of five months. NYSIBR analyzes data on a case-by-case basis, providing important details on each crime reported and the ability to do crime analysis. "Participating in NYSIBR will result in better record keeping in the department and a better understanding of crime patterns," said University Police Chief Richard Barnhart. The new system replaces the Uniform Crime Reporting system, which was the primary source of crime data for more than 60 years. "Technology has become law enforcement's greatest weapon against criminals," said Chauncey Parker, director of criminal justice and commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. "This new output of data from their information system will improve the department's ability to identify community problems and will lead to improved public safety."

Exhibiting independence
Research papers and posters on biology, computer science, chemistry, foreign languages, geology, communication, psychology and sociology were featured at the annual Student Research Symposium on Friday, April 19 at The Terrace. This is an event in which students are acknowledged for their hard work on independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Maureen Morrow (Biology) reestablished the Student Research Symposium in 1995. At that time, participation was limited to science students. With the help of Dean Gerald Benjamin (School of Liberal Arts and Sciences), the symposium was expanded to all departments. "I think it would be sad if all of the hard work that goes into a research project would end up as a file in a faculty member's cabinet," said Morrow. "This symposium allows faculty, administrators and peers to recognize and learn about the students' independent work," said Morrow. Stephen O'Rourke, valedictorian of New Paltz' 1991 graduating class, who also earned his master's degree in psychology from SUNY New Paltz in 1994, was the keynote speaker. A list schedule of the presenters and their topics is available online at

Reproductive rights
Reproductive Rights Week, organized by Social Change for Womyn with support from the Women's Studies Program, was held the first week of April at SUNY New Paltz. Pat Clarke, Women's Studies Program assistant, called Reproductive Rights Week "a smashing success." Throughout the four-day event, movies were shown and discussed; Tina Robie, director of education for Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, gave a speech; and there was a dramatic reading about abortion. The event concluded with a candlelight vigil to raise awareness of clinic violence, to remember murdered abortion doctors, and to represent those who struggle every day for reproductive rights.

Motion to nominate
On behalf of the Graduate Council, Anne Balant (Communication Disorders) would like to extend an invitation to all faculty to attend the annual meeting of the graduate faculty on Thursday, May 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Coykendall Science Building, Room 110. This year's agenda includes consideration of the minutes from the 2001 meeting and reports from the interim president, provost, academic deans and the assistant vice president for sponsored programs. There will also be a call for nominations for the one-year term of graduate faculty secretary and for members of the Graduate Council. Members hold a three-year term and alternatives hold a one-year term. All nominees must have the assistant, associate or full professor rank and teach graduate courses. Nominations may also be submitted to the Graduate Office in writing before the end of the spring semester. The written statement of willingness to serve can be forwarded to Debbie Brown in Haggerty Administration Building, Room 804. Please note the traditional meeting times for the Graduate Council are alternate Fridays at 2 p.m. For more information, please visit the Gradate Council's Web site:



... Students who show distinction in the writing of poetry or narrative fiction are eligible for the annual Vincent Tomaselli Award for Creative Writing. Prizes of $100 will be given to one poet and one fiction writer. Students must be graduating seniors to qualify. Interested students must submit one short story or five poems to the English Department in Jacobson Faculty Tower, Room 714. The student's name should not appear on the submission, but should be included on a separate sheet of paper along with contact information. Address envelopes to "The Tomaselli Award." Deadline is Tuesday, May 7 at 5 p.m.

... This fall, best-selling sports writer Roger Khan, author of "The Boys of Summer" and "The Head Game," will be offering a Creative Writing course titled "Writing and Self." It is course number 41447, Section 02 under "Creative Writing Workshop 4." The class meets on Tuesdays, 5:30-8:20 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for students to work with a writer whom many reviewers consider a "national treasure." Please announce this course to potentially interested students. Those wishing to enroll should contact Heinz Insu Fenkl at x2743 or by e-mail at Prospective students must provide a writing sample.


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Ernelle Fife (English) heads to Hershey, Pa., this summer to participate in a highly-selective research seminar. Fife has been accepted into the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides grants for high-quality humanities projects in four main areas: research, preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education and public programs. "This award is richly deserved, and continues a long established tradition of New Paltz liberal arts faculty being selected for this important, highly competitive national program," said Dean Gerald Benjamin (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). Selected professors attend various summer seminars and receive stipends to cover living, travel and research material expenses. This year, NEH awarded $30.9 million in the form of 345 grants nationwide in all four research areas. Fife is among 15 seminar participants who will work alongside one or two scholars over a four-week period. After the seminar, Fife will have two projects completed: developing a syllabus for a medicine and literature course at New Paltz, and a manuscript on teaching medicine and literature.

Patricia Phillips, art critic, curator and dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, has been named executive editor of Art Journal, the contemporary art quarterly of the College Art Association. The CAA is the national organization of artists, art historians, and other visual-arts and museum professionals. It has published Art Journal as a forum for wide-ranging discussions about art since 1941. Phillips is a member of the editorial advisory boards of Sculpture and Public Art Review, and has written for these publications and for Artforum, Art in America, and Flash Art. She has nationally and internationally lectured about public art, design, sculpture, and the points where they intersect. She also authored It Is Difficult, a survey of the work of installation artist and photographer Alfredo Jaar (Actar Press, 1998). "I look forward to this opportunity to help guide the aesthetic, pedagogical, and intellectual content of a national publication that is read by so many artists and college art educators," said Phillips. "I hope that my work with the Art Journal will deepen my teaching contributions to the arts at SUNY New Paltz." Phillips' three-year appointment as executive editor begins on July 1.

A CD-ROM about SUNY New Paltz' Welcome Week, produced by Greg Gulbrandsen (Campus Media Center) and conceptualized and created by Ray Gordon (Residence Life), Michelle Cangelosi (Student Development) and senior orientation leader Heather Gillman, won an award at the Northeast Region IX National Orientation Directors Association annual meeting, held in Lenox, Mass., on April 7. The New Paltz CD-ROM was the only winner in a category titled "Outstanding Non-Print Media or Emerging Technologies." The CD-ROM, which was sent to all incoming first-year students in August, was produced with the support of Robin Cohen (Student Development) and the cooperation of the Campus Media Center.


Alumni in the news

Alan Young

Allen Young, vice president for collections, research and exhibits at the Milwaukee Public Museum, has been selected as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Young graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in biology. He completed a doctorate in zoology in 1968 at the University of Chicago. "Academy Fellows are individuals who represent the highest level of accomplishment in the sciences, arts and letters in Wisconsin," said Gail Kohl, director of the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Program. "The career of a Wisconsin Academy Fellow must be marked by an unusually high order of discovery." For nearly 25 years, Young has conducted field research in Costa Rica, concentrating on insects. He is a member of the board of directors of the Tirimbina Rainforest Center in Costa Rica and was the project director for the Milwaukee Public Museum's "Rain Forest" exhibit. He also serves on the board of directors of the Natural Science Collections Alliance in Washington D.C. Young is the author of more than 200 scientific journal articles and six books, including a revised edition of the Golden Guide to Insects. His recent collection of Midwest-based nature essays, Small Creatures and Ordinary Places (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000), won the 2000 Outdoors Writing Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Photo at right courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Museum.


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