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ISSUE DATE: May 27, 2002


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You go, girl
On May 19, Clara Pankow Miller (right), 93, added a bachelor's degree in music from SUNY New Paltz to her list of accomplishments over a 77-year-long career as a musician. The Class of 2002 gave her a standing ovation.
Photo by Nancy Zellner Fenichel

Let's go Canada
For the first time in SUNY New Paltz history, the Geography Department organized an academic field trip to Montreal, Canada. Thanks to organizer Mika Roinila, with the help of colleague John Sharp, 16 students experienced Canada first-hand. A guided tour of the city was provided by Jan Lundgren, a professor of geography from McGill University. According to Roinila, "A new appreciation for the francophone society and the second largest Canadian city was gained by all participants."

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Photo by Mika Roinila

African American research
The contributions of the SUNY New Paltz Black Studies Department travel beyond the campus and have particular relevance to the field of local history. The emergence of black studies as a discipline has provided researchers from other fields with the tools and insight to better understand historic communities. Formed in 1999, a local African American Research Committee has done much to address a lack of attention from local historians to the presence and contributions of enslaved Africans in the Hudson Valley. The committee investigated an African American burial ground, conducted research, published articles, and developed a school curriculum. In 2001, the committee held an interdisciplinary symposium at the Huguenot Historical Society featuring presenters and more than 70 participants from local historic sites and colleges throughout the Hudson Valley, including the SUNY New Paltz Black Studies Department. The African American Research Committee supports the black studies discipline and looks forward to delving deeper into more aspects of the rich legacy of our town's African American community. Eric Roth, a 1995 graduate of SUNY New Paltz, is an archivist and librarian with the Huguenot Historical Society and a member of the African American Research Committee of the Town of New Paltz. More information is available from the Web site of the Huguenot Historical Society,



... Bel Canto Institute Summer Program in Residence at SUNY New Paltz will take place June 2-22. Special thanks for bringing this program to New Paltz goes to the Bel Canto Institute Board of Directors, Vincitore's Piano Rental in Poughkeepsie, the many individual donors who have contributed to the program, and the SUNY New Paltz Language Immersion Institute. Among the offerings of this program are performance classes, lectures, video presentations of Bel Canto singers, concerts and dinners. Participation costs $15 for the public and $10 for senior citizens. It is free to registered students and faculty with ID. Reservations are not required for classes, lectures or recitals, but are required for dinners as seating is limited. More information can be obtained via e-mail at or on the Web at



Lourdes Giordani (Anthropology) co-authored the paper "An Expansion of Citizenship in Venezuela" with Maria Villalon of the University of Central Venezuela. It was published in the May/June edition of the North American Congress on Latin America's NACLAS, Report on the Americas. Additionally, Giordani's review of the book The Bakairí Indians of Brazil: Politics, Ecology, and Change, by anthropologist Debra Picchi, was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Political Ecology.

Fiona Paton (English) has published two articles this semester. The first, "Approaches for Productive Peer Review," appeared in February in The NCTE Guide to Teaching First-Year Composition. The second, "Reconceiving Kerouac: Why We Should Teach Doctor Sax," appeared in April in The Beat Generation: Critical Essays. Additionally, Paton presented a paper, "The Symphonic Structure of The Time of Man," at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society, held on April 22 at Saint Catharine's College, Kentucky. The following four graduate students from the English Department also presented papers there: Radmilla Genyuk, Michelle Gorey, Adam Romano and Cristy Woehling.

Brian Schmidt (Political Science) published an article, "Anarchy, World Politics and the Birth of a Discipline: American International Relations, Pluralist Theory and the Myth of Interwar Idealism," in the April 2002 edition of International Relations.



An exhibit of the work of Cynthia Dill, preparator at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2518 South Road in Poughkeepsie June 1-30.

Professor Emeritus Ronald Knapp presented the Luce Lecture, "Old Dwellings in China," at Skidmore College on April 15. On April 20, he lectured on "China's Lands And Peoples: Patterns, Places, & Issues" were will for the American Forum on Global Education, held in New York City. This lecture highlighted the significance of the National Geography Standards in teaching about China, and can be found online at the Web site

Joel Neuman (Business) recently presented the paper, "The interactive effects of injustice, stress, and workplace aggression and their impact on employee satisfaction and performance." He gave the paper at a symposium titled "The darkside of organizational behavior," conducted at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology held in Toronto, Canada, in April.

Mika Roinila (Geography) participated in the annual Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study Grants Program, held in late February in Washington, DC. This program awards fellowships of $34,000 a year to support selected master's and doctoral students across the country in physical, biological and social sciences and engineering. Roinila, a panel reviewer, has participated in reviewing applicants in the social science field of geography for the past three years. For more information, see or


Students in the news

Geology major Sara Jansyn was selected by the New York State Council of Professional Geologists to receive first place in a competition for travel grant awards. She won the prize for her abstract with Russell Waines (Geology), "Observations on the Structure and Geomorphology of the Minnewaska Inlier, Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserves, Northern Shawangunk Mountains, Southeastern New York."

Three groups of students from the Chemistry Department won awards for their posters presented at the Mid-Hudson section of the American Chemical Society's Undergraduate Research Symposium, held at SUNY New Paltz on April 25. Alex Falber took first place for his poster titled "Synthesis and Characterization of [Pt(PEt3)2(CNR)Cl] Complexes." Christina La Bruyere and 2001 graduates Martin Kim and Craig Seablom took second place for their poster "Mechanistic Study of Arene Displacement from Ru(II) with an Ancillary Nitro Ligand." And, together with Chandra Wymer, La Bruyere earned third place for a poster titled "Synthesis and Characterization of Ru(bpy)(Tp)NO2." Assistant professor Daniel Freedman was the advisor for all three research projects.

PassionPlace Productions presents Aqiyl Thomas' publication of 1975: Underground Epic Live for the Stage! Employing the talents of various SUNY New Paltz students and alumni, including Arnold Sitruk, '90, and current theatre arts majors Stiles Najac and Sarah Chianese, this will be a multi-media event integrating spoken word, original music, dance, film imagery and fine art in a live theatrical performance. It will be held at The Bearsville Theatre on Friday, May 31 at 1 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. They are available at the Web site, Springtown Greengrocer in Rosendale, Rhino Records and Jack's Rhythms in New Paltz, or by calling PassionPlace at (914) 388-4690.


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