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ISSUE DATE: June 24, 2002


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Interim President Steven Poskanzer gets in the act with theatre students who performed during the Foundation Board of Trustees dinner June 7 in Parker Theatre.
Interim President Steven Poskanzer gets in the act with theatre students who performed during the Foundation Board of Trustees dinner June 7 in Parker Theatre.
Photo by Lucia Mallardi

Bonacic acquires $100,000 in state aid for language lab
State Sen. John J. Bonacic (R/C Mount Hope) announced recently that he has obtained $100,000 in additional state aid to help fund the new Language Learning Center on campus. The new center, located in Lecture Center 112, is scheduled to open for fall semester. The center will have the most advanced technology for computer-assisted language learning and allows for more efficient digital delivery over the Internet of audio and video instructional materials. At a time when many colleges are retreating from foreign language instruction, New Paltz offers study in 10 languages, maintains a strong language requirement in its general education curriculum and continues to be a primary source of foreign language and bilingual teachers for the Hudson Valley. "The ability to speak a foreign language significantly improves employment opportunities in today's global economy," Bonacic said. "The Language Learning Center will boost SUNY New Paltz's standing as a leader in foreign language education."

Presidential search update
The Presidential Search Committee will hold its next meeting on Aug. 24, according to Presidential Search Committee Chairman Harry Scherr. In his report to the College Council on June 13, Scherr said the committee met recently and agreed to review candidates at its August meeting and plan for a first round of interviews in September, to be held off campus. The committee expects to bring candidates for campus visits in mid-October.

Nursing students visit Ireland
Undergraduate nursing students, led by Assistant Professor Anne Champlin (Nursing), returned on June 13 from an intensive 10-day International Study in Nursing course at University Limerick in Ireland. Students studied Irish culture and the historical, political, social and economic forces impacting health care in Ireland. They attended classes given by UL professors and participated in experiential learning by visiting a 400-bed acute care hospital, a hospice and a long-term care facility.

Cash flow
For the first time, the Foundation Board of Trustees had 100 percent participation in giving this year. Unrestricted gifts and pledges have risen dramatically from $12,000 last year to more than $22,000 this year. In the faculty/staff giving campaign, there were also great results. Overall participation increased from 12 percent last year to 16 percent this year. Overall giving (both unrestricted and restricted) has grown as well, to $159,000 this year.



... Several campus offices will be closed on July 4 and 5 in celebration of Independence Day. Anyone seeking campus services should call ahead to see if that office will be open.

... Just a reminder, News Pulse will publish every other week during the summer. The next News Pulse will appear on July 8.

... Nancy Zellner Fenichel, public affairs editor, is currently on leave. In her absence, please direct all News Pulse questions to Shelly Wright, interim director of public affairs.

... Grades for Summer Session I: The Office of Records and Registration will be closed on July 5, the published deadline for grade submission. Instructors wishing to turn in their grades on that day may use the drop box outside the Records and Registration Office or the Student Accounts drop box on the HAB loading dock. All Summer Session I grades are due no later than 2 p.m. on Monday, July 8.

... On the move: The Office of International Student Programs, including the Haggerty English Language Program and the Institute for International Business, has relocated to the van den Berg Learning Center Annex. Telephone numbers and email addresses have not changed.

... Anyone interested in submitting a proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review in the summer must do so before July 10. Submit proposals to the Office of Sponsored Programs, HAB 805. Proposals submitted after this date will not be reviewed until the fall semester.



Howard Good's (Communication & Media) commentary, "The Age of Impatience," appeared in the May 8 issue of Education Week, while his essay, "Flower Power," appeared in the April 2002 issue of the American School Board Journal.

Anne R. Roschelle (Department of Sociology) published a book chapter this month titled "The Tattered Web of Kinship: Black White Differences in Social Support in a Puerto Rican Community" in the book The New Politics of Race: From DuBois to the 21st Century, edited by Marlese Durr for Praeger.



Christopher Robins (Foreign Languages) presented a lecture titled, "Cultural Nationalism in the Japanese Schools," on June 1 at the University of Vermont's Institute in Japan. The Institute in Japan is one of three curriculum development workshops for Vermont teachers that focus on China, Japan and Thailand, run by the University of Vermont's Asian Studies Outreach Program.

Along with four New Paltz undergraduate students, Glenn Geher (Psychology) recently presented two papers at the 14th annual convention of the American Psychological Society in New Orleans, La. One paper, "Toward a Perceptual-Based Evolutionary Psychology: The Case of Parental Investment," was co-authored with Kristin Renstrom, a junior psychology major. A second paper, "Self-Enhancement and the Big 5 Personality Traits: The Role of Trait Observability," was co-authored with recent (2002) psychology graduates, including Amy Lingenfelter (the paper's first author), Andrew Lehr and Sonia Park.

Victor DeMunck (Anthropology) recently published two articles in the journal Cross-Cultural Psychology Bulletin. The articles are titled "Theory and Method: In the Belly of the Beast: Two Incomplete Theories of Culture and Why They Dominate the Social Sciences" (Part I and II). He also published an article titled "Contemporary Issues and Challenges for Comparativists: An Appraisal" in the journal Anthropological Theory.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

The Career Advising and Fieldwork Center was recognized for achievement and innovation in the category of career planning programs at the SUNY Career Development Conference this month. "What We Do" Radio Show received an Outstanding Achievement Award. The show was created by Michelle Rosenbaum, career counselor and AmeriCorps coordinator, and was hosted with Martha Tait-Watkins, senior career counselor and internships coordinator. The radio show was a collaborative effort between Career Advising and the Campus Media Center. It has enhanced the reputation of Career Advising as a "fun," helpful place to visit. Ten shows were taped and aired during the Spring 2002 Semester. William Clark, assistant director of the Campus Media Center, provided technical support, and Valerie Turco, a sophomore communication and media student, conducted the background research.

Beverly Brumm (Theatre Arts) recently directed a reading of Don Juan in Hell, a theatre piece by George Bernard Shaw, for TheaterSounds. Appearing in the performance were well-known British actors Sir Ian Holm and Roger Rees, as well as Kate Ingram, former associate professor in theatre arts, who returned to the area to participate in the project.

Ann Lovett (Art) was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in Photography by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Victor DeMunck (Anthropology) has been awarded a Fulbright Grant and will spend the next academic year at Vilnius University in Lithuania.

The Office of Public Affairs received the Best of Category Award for Media Relations at the SUNY Council for University Affairs and Development (CUAD) Educational Conference June 12-14 in Rochester. The award recognizes the efforts of former Public Affairs Director Ken Ross, Public Affairs Editor Nancy Zellner Fenichel, Web Coordinator Rachel Reuben, Secretary Vicki Peters and Web Programmer Lucy Walker, as well as public relations students Heather Gillman, Diane Greenwald, Erin Clark and Nicole Hodkinson, who were interning in the Public Affairs Office, and student Tim Roberson, who works in the Web office.


Alumni in the news

Jennifer Cox(Geography, '98) produced a map that was published in the May 27 edition of Forbes magazine. The map, titled "If You Build It, Will They Come," shows the locations of planned repairs and extensions to lower Manhattan's transportation network after the events of Sept. 11. Cox currently works at the Regional Plan Association in New York, where she serves as director of geographic information systems.


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