News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: June 10, 2002


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Whiz kids
Interim President Steven Poskanzer assisted Johns Hopkins University in honoring outstanding New York state kids on June 1. Poskanzer served as keynote speaker at a Johns Hopkins University Talent Search Awards Ceremony and Celebration of Talent, co-organized through the New Paltz Admissions Office and held in Studley Theatre. The Awards Ceremony portion of the program recognized seventh- and eighth-grade Talent Search participants who achieved the highest scores on the SAT I: Reasoning Test. The students invited to this state award ceremony are the highest scorers in New York, and have achieved scores well above those of college-bound high school seniors. Additionally, the Celebration of Talent part of the program honors fifth- and sixth-graders who achieved the highest scores on the PLUS Academic Abilities Assessment, which is designed for students above this grade level and shows students' ability to grasp the concepts they may not yet have encountered in formal schooling. New Paltz is among 17 New York colleges and universities that awarded one-course scholarships to qualified seventh-and eighth-graders at the event. New Paltz awarded a one-course scholarship to eighth-grader Andrew Vogt of Highland (SAT score 1210) and seventh-grader Christopher Lazinski of Gardiner (SAT score 1080).

Par for the course
Campus Auxiliary Services Inc. and SUNY New Paltz teamed up for the fourth annual SUNY New Paltz Scholarship Golf Tournament, held at the Nevele Grand Resort Golf Course in Ellenville on May 31. Despite the wind, 105 golfers can call the day a success. The end result was a check for $24,500 presented to Interim President Steven Poskanzer at the annual lobster and steak dinner held after the tournament in The Terrace. The money will be used to increase the number of scholarships New Paltz can award to students and to assist the college in its recruitment of outstanding students. CAS thanks the following sponsors: LV Architect, Fellenzer Engineering, Viking Industries, Mechanical Construction, M&T Bank, Eastern Heating, Wood/Sodexho, Chartwells, Falls Earth Station, Follett Higher Education Group, Gillette Creamery, KOLRAM, Prestige Financial, ARAMARK, MacGray Laundry Vending, University Wholesale, and Pepsi of the Hudson Valley. SUNY New Paltz is grateful to the community for all of its support.

Having leftovers
Once again, Campus Auxiliary Services has donated its portion of the money left over from meal plans to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation to be used for student scholarships. This year it amounts to $35,895.77.

Someplace to chat
A group of student affairs staff hosted SUNY New Paltz' first online chat with incoming freshmen on May 29. Approximately 60 future students showed up in the chat room between 7 and 9 p.m. to ask questions about orientation, residence life, campus life, college activities, and more. The staff in the chat room were Michelle Cangelosi, associate director of orientation; Corinna Caracci, director of residence life; Robin Cohen, associate dean of students; Heather Gillman, communication and media student and public relations associate in student development; Linda Harleston, dean of students; Tonda Highley, associate dean of student advising; Rachel Reuben; Web coordinator; Ray Schwarz, associate vice president for student affairs; and Scott VanPelt, director of college activities. At least two more of these chats are being planned for this summer.



... Correction: A typo appeared in the May 28 edition of News Pulse in the caption regarding New Paltz' famous 93-year-old alumna. Her correct name is Clara Pankow Miller. We regret the error.

... Ninety-eight New Paltz faculty members registered online to participate in the May 19 commencement ceremony this first semester that the Commencement Office offered the online registration. One hundred faculty attended the ceremony, and there was an increase in the number of faculty wearing formal academic attire. This trend can be attributed to faculty members' growing awareness of the importance of this traditional experience to their students, coupled with efforts to further the faculty/student connection during the preparation and ceremony spearheaded by commencement coordinator Judy Albertson.



The following translations are among the last dozen years' publications of Richard Impola, professor emeritus of English: the classic Finnish novel Aleksis Kivi: Seven Brothers for text in several American and Canadian universities; the novel trilogy by popular Finnish novelist Kalle Paatalo Vaino Linna: Under the North Star; Our Daily Bread, Storm Over the Land and Before the Storm, as well as volumes IV and V, which are scheduled for publication this year. Impola also translated the memoirs In Wartime Finland and Sisu Mother, excerpts from the Finnish epic The Wisdom and Magic of the Kalevala, novelette Hand in Hand, translations published in Review of Contemporary Fiction, and short stories and poems in various publications. Additionally, he edited the following books: Stewart Benedict, Curtain Going Up ¾ 22 Short Plays; Eeva Joenpelto; The Bride of Life; and Rich and Respected. Impola has received the American Scandinavian Foundation Inger Sjöberg Translation Prize.



As part of a project to write a history of music in New York City funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York sponsored a conference titled "Importing Culture: European Music and Musicians in New York City, 1840-1890" on April 18 and 19. Based on her research of the German Gesangvereine (singing societies), professor emerita of music Mary Jane Corry chaired a session titled "The German Community in New York."

Dennis Winter, an alumnus and adjunct in the English Department, presented a paper, "Migratory Strains of Music in Elizabeth Maddox Roberts' The Time of Man (1926)," and a performance demonstration of the folk music in that work at a recent Elizabeth Maddox Roberts Society conference held in Springfield, Ky. Also, Winter's paper "Arms and Icebergs: The Sun Also Rises as a War Novel" has been accepted for presentation at the International Hemingway Conference to be held in Stresa, Italy, on July 3. Winter will also give a lecture titled "Micho Russell in America" at the Willy Clancy International Folk School in Milltown Malbay, Ireland, on July 12.

Shelly Wright (Communication and Media) presented a research paper at the Eastern Communication Association's annual conference in New York City in April. She presented the paper, "What They Call the Debates: the Press and The Candidates," together with Kathleen Kendall of the University of Maryland Communication Department. The research project was a content analysis of how the candidates, moderator and media constructed the concept of debate in the first presidential debate of the 2000 campaign.


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Kathleen Dowley (Political Science) was awarded an American Political Science Association Research Project Grant for 2002. The grant is allowing her to be in residence at the Local Government Reform Initiative in Budapest, Hungary, during June and July to study local reform efforts in East Central Europe.


Alumni in the news

Edward Renehan Jr. (Political Science, '80) made several television appearances to promote his new book, The Kennedys at War, 1937-1945, recently published by Doubleday. He spoke on C-SPAN's "BookTV" program and was interviewed on the History Channel's "Hardcover History" program. Renehan's Web site is


Students in the news

On April 30, senior and entertainment management major Matthew Geller, a Russia native who came to America at the age of 11, was granted U.S. citizenship in Brooklyn. Geller is grand treasurer of Kappa Sigma Fraternity; a student body representative on the Academic Senate; and the assistant to Judy Albertson, event coordinator in the Public Affairs Office. "We are fortunate to have been able to share this experience with Matthew," said Albertson. "It's not every day we get to watch one of our students become a citizen." Additionally, Geller recently received from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation the Thomas and Marie Bell Scholarship.


In Memoriam

L. Paul Metzger, professor emeritus of sociology, died unexpectedly of heart failure on May 20 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. Metzger was born in Newark, N.J., in 1932. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, a master's degree in sociology from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Vassar College from 1964 until 1970 when he joined the faculty at SUNY New Paltz. In 1973, he was a visiting professor of sociology at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and in 1976, a visiting scholar at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. After he retired from the SUNY New Paltz Sociology Department in 1993, Metzger earned a master of library science degree from the University at Albany, and served on the faculty of the Sojourner Truth Library until his death. Library director Chui-chun Lee said Metzger "always appeared to be serious but had a soft touch." She said, "He was a very scholarly person, but with good humor. I'll miss his humor and friendship greatly." Metzger is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Paul; daughter, Erica Crane; sister, Ruth Wolf; and five grandchildren. A memorial service including music and poetry was held for Metzger on May 25 at The Friends Meeting House in Poughkeepsie. Donations in Paul Metzger's name may be made to Riverkeeper, a Hudson River conservation group, located at 25 Wing & Wing in Garrison, N.Y. 10524.


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