News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: May 13, 2002


What's New

Awards, Honors and Other Interesting Endeavors



Alumni in the News


Students in the News

In Memoriam

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Come out, come out, wherever you are
The May 2002 Commencement ceremony will take place this Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m. on the Old Main Quad, rain or shine. Attendance by faculty and staff shows our students they are not just another class of graduates, but recognized scholastic achievers whose success is important to those who helped them achieve it. Honor them as scholars and cherish them as future alumni.

Who moved my bacon?
After 16 years, Carl Bacon - the "right hand" of the vice presidents at SUNY New Paltz - is retiring. As director of institutional research, his number crunching has provided administrators with important data about students and alumni. Before joining SUNY New Paltz, Bacon was a career officer in the U.S. Army. He retired as a colonel, and was last stationed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he held the institutional research position. "Mr. Bacon has contributed much to the campus community and will be sorely missed," said David Eaton, vice president of enrollment management and chair of the institutional research search committee. "The real challenge for the committee is finding a replacement to fill his shoes, and it won't be easy." Bacon's projected date of retirement is June 30; however, he will remain in the position until "they feel comfortable with my leaving," said Bacon. "I'll miss everything about New Paltz . . . the marvelous people I worked with and the interaction with students."

New direction
Public affairs director Ken Ross has announced his acceptance of a position with Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, N.J. He will be missed, but our good wishes go with him. A search committee chaired by Provost David Lavallee has been formed to recruit and select the next public affairs director at New Paltz.

Come to the aid
Linda York (Continuing Education) has to be out of work and needs leave donations. Any campus member may make donations, in whole day increments, as long as he or she would maintain a minimum of 10 days of annual leave after the donation. Sick time cannot be donated; only vacation days may be given. Contact Helen Roberts (Human Resources) to fill out a leave donation form if interested.

Play ball
Jerry Benjamin again has softball on his mind. Twenty or so participants are needed. If you would like to play in a game scheduled for Friday, May 17 at 2 p.m., please e-mail Benjamin at as soon as possible. If he receives enough e-mail, he will put together a team.

Dog days
This is the last newsletter of the academic year, and the staff of the Public Affairs Office wishes everyone a lively and delightful summer of 2002. If you will be away from the campus, keep in touch with News Pulse, which goes to biweekly publication in the summer, at Send submissions to the newsletter via the Web site


Awards, Honors, and Other Interesting Endeavors

Ron Mironchik (Facilities Operations) and CIR staff worked together to audio-tape Marlboro High School student Allegra Guarino as she read her essay, "Voice of Democracy," for an annual contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Out of 86,000 entries submitted nationwide, Guarino's essay representing New Paltz Brannon-Vandenberg VFW Post #8645 was chosen as the winner to represent New York state at the National VFW Convention in Washington, D.C. There, Guarino won the top prize - a $25,000 college scholarship. Mironchik is a long-standing member of VFW Post #8645.



A short book by Professor Emerita Audrey Borenstein's (Sociology), One Journal's Life: A Meditation on Journal Writing, has recently been published by Impassio Press of Seattle, Wash.

Eugene Heath (Philosophy) has published a text titled Morality and the Market: Ethics and Virtue in the Conduct of Business (McGraw-Hill, 2002).

Bruce Milem's (Philosophy) book, The Unspoken Word: Negative Theology in Meister Eckhart's German Sermons, was published by the Catholic University of America Press in March. It examines four sermons by the medieval philosopher Meister Eckhart to show that his distinctive way of speaking reflects his theological views, especially his commitment to the absolute ineffability of God.

A chapter titled "Helping Children Achieve: Knowledge Enhances Opportunity," by Andrea Noel (Elementary Education), appears in the recent book titled What All Children Need: Theory and Application, edited by Linda Dunlap and published by the University Press of America. The book uses concepts from many educational and psychological theorists in discussing children's developmental needs and how adults can help different children fulfill their needs.



In February, Greg Gulbrandsen (Campus Media Center) gave a presentation and led a panel at the annual Conference of College Media Advisors. His topic, "The Importance of Unassigned Homework," dealt with job-seeking after graduation, and showed that students who work with their college radio and television stations have a greater chance of finding a degree-related position than those who had higher GPA's and no such experience. Gulbrandsen also related industry experiences that demonstrate the importance of internships. He stated that out of 100 resumes submitted for a typical entry-level position, only eight percent of the applicants are granted interviews. Those who were given face-to-face interviews had at least two internships, college media experience and college media management positions. In the conference panel, Gulbrandsen led a distinguished group that included media luminaries and a former student Valerie Visconti, '00, who works for "The Merrow Report," a division of PBS.

Tom Meyer and Mary Sawyer (both Secondary Education) presented on the topic "Developing Professional Voices: Discourse Analyses of Student-Teacher Seminars" at the 2002 National Council of Teachers of English spring meeting, held in Portland, Ore. Meyer and Sawyer also participated in an L. Ramon Veal seminar with English education scholars from around the country. This seminar, which Meyer and Sawyer helped to oversee, allowed scholars to present and critique current research and writing.


Alumni in the news

Freelance writer Bo Ljungholm, '77, recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, and is currently working on a novel based on that experience.

Kim (Fraleigh) Lohrfink, a graduate of the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs, recently received her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from the University of Maryland, and has accepted a position at Johns Hopkins University.


Students in the news

Three players from the SUNY New Paltz baseball team earned post-season All-Conference accolades. Senior and first baseman Vinny Perry of Kingston made All-SUNYAC (State University of New York Athletics Conference) first team while junior and shortstop Randy Walters of Collierville, Tenn., and junior and left fielder Kevin Smith of Niskayuna, N.Y., made second team. Perry, selected to his third All-Conference Team, finished his senior year, hitting .358 with 21 runs batted in. Leading the team, Smith and Walters finished the season tied with an overall batting average of .381 with 17 and 21 RBI's respectively. In addition, Walters set a New Paltz single season record with 53 hits. "All three are worthy members of the All-SUNYAC Conference Team," remarked Head Coach Mike Juhl. With Smith and Walters returning, Juhl looks to build his offense around the two powerhouses at the plate in the upcoming season.


In Memoriam

Howard A. "John" Vernon, professor emeritus of history, died on April 24 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie at the age of 87. He was born in Norwalk, Ohio, in 1914, and had been a resident of New Paltz since 1966. Vernon began working at SUNY New Paltz in March of 1962 and retired in May of 1984. He was a specialist in the history of the British Commonwealth and Canadian studies. He was a linguist with a deep appreciation of the French language. Because of his passion for Canadian studies, he also taught at major universities from North Dakota to Maine. Vernon received a bachelor's degree in French and a master's degree in European history from the University of Chicago, continuing on to earn a doctorate in Canadian history there in 1951. He also held a degree in historical bibliography from the University of Minnesota. Vernon's survivors include his wife, Sara "Madalene" Vernon; a son, John; two daughters, Catherine Corrigan and Frances Vernon; and four grandchildren. A memorial service for Vernon will be held in Shepard Recital Hall, College Hall on Tuesday, May 21 from 4-6 p.m. All members of the campus and community are welcome to attend this tribute. Professor Larry Hauptman said, "I knew Howard for 31 years, and he was the finest colleague I have had over these 31 years. I saw him as a confidante - a person I truly loved and respected."


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