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ISSUE DATE: July 22, 2002


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2002-2003 budget issues and information
The New Paltz campus allocation for 2002-03 has been approved by SUNY Central Administration. As anticipated, the next fiscal year will be a challenging one for the campus primarily because its allocation does not fund the salary increases payable this year. In addition, there was a last-minute 1 percent cut of state support. Taken together, these items reduced the needed funds by about $2 million. With creative but fiscally conservative planning, a willingness to make some hard choices, and an emphasis on revenue generation, as well as cost-cutting, the college has developed a budget for fiscal year 2002-03 that is in balance and does not compromise New Paltz's fundamental academic strength. Various actions have been taken to reduce the impact of this budget shortfall, including:

The start of the fiscal year provides an opportunity to reiterate campus policies and procedures related to processing expenditures and other budget issues/changes. Please look over the changes that have been made related to the following items: personal service regular vacancies, print recharge, travel approval, mileage rate, allocation transfers, requisition approvals, and vice president procurement card purchases. Contact Johanna D'Aleo at x3295 or Michele Halstead at x3295 or by e-mail if you have any questions.

New Paltz welcomes new sports information director
The Department of Athletics at SUNY New Paltz, in conjunction with the Public Affairs Office, has hired Mike Salerno as its new sports information director. Salerno brings to New Paltz an extensive background in sports information to help expand the coverage of all sports programs on and off campus. Previously, Salerno was director of sports information at Connecticut College in New London, Conn., where he developed and directed media relations for the school's 28 varsity sports. Salerno's immediate goals at New Paltz are to establish and foster a strong working relationship with the local media, to develop recruiting brochures for each varsity sports program and to increase the awareness of athletic contests on and off campus. Mike can be reached at x3927. Welcome, Mike!

Parking hangtags available; lot patterns changing this fall
2002-2003 parking hangtags are now available for sale to all faculty/staff at the Haggerty Administration Building, room 35 from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Applications will be accepted by mail with copies of a valid faculty/staff ID and current vehicle registration. Hangtags cost $10 and must be picked up in person. All past due parking violations must be paid in full before a new hangtag will be issued. Please note that parking patterns around campus have been changed. For information on new lot designation, rules and guidelines go to the new parking Web site at or contact Linda Orton, x3347, or Julie Majak, x3272, with any questions. In addition, all parking violation fees have been increased to $25 starting Sept. 1. Please check the new signs before parking to make sure you are parked in the correct lot.

New payroll Web site
The Payroll Department has just launched a new Web site, at The site features: timesheets for classified, professional, research foundation, student assistant, work study, chair reports, departmental reports; forms for direct deposit, change of address, request for reissued W-2s, extra service payroll vouchers; tax forms: W-4, IT-2104, and IT-2104E; payroll schedules: student payrolls and regular temporary service payroll; and student assistant appointment packets. All forms are in PDF format and can be printed from any terminal.


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... The slow summer schedule is a good opportunity for full-time faculty and staff to input or update their profile information on the SUNY New Paltz online Experts Database. It's easy to access your profile information, just go to

... At noon Friday, Aug. 23, SUNY New Paltz will hold the 16th Annual Convocation ceremony in Julien J. Studley Theatre in the Old Main Building. The Special Events office is looking for volunteers to usher from 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. Responsibilities include seating guests, handing out programs and answering questions. If you are able to help, please contact Judy Albertson at x3972 or e-mail

... Just a reminder, faculty book orders are overdue for the fall 2002 semester. Only half of the expected orders have been received. Faculty members are encouraged to submit their orders now to avoid a delay in delivery. Orders can be faxed to textbook manager, Martin Patmos at 257-3059, or e-mail Call x3052 for more information. Orders can also be placed at the bookstore Web site (first-time password is 665).



On Mondays through July, orientation leaders will be presenting "Realities," a series of skits about college life conducted in front of parents and family members at orientation. If you have a family member attending college or want to get back in touch with the student perspective on social adjustment, come on out and enjoy the skits. No RSVP is necessary. The performances begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building multi-purpose room and are 45 minutes long. For more information, contact Robin Cohen, associate dean of students, at x3616.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Lisa Ciaccio (Finance, '01) has accepted a position as the director of gift administration and systems at Inova Health Systems in northern Virginia. Lisa had been employed by SUNY New Paltz for 12 years, most recently as the director of business operations for the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. She began her career working in Human Resources. Good luck, Lisa!

Two part-time professors at New Paltz, Robert R. Haskins (Reproductive Law and Policy) and Tina Robie (Women & Health) were recently recognized for their involvement at Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Haskins was elected as the president of the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Valley organization, and Robie, Planned Parenthood's director of education, has been named a 2002 Woman of Achievement of Orange County by the YWCA/Orange County and the Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council. Haskins has served on the Mid-Hudson Valley Planned Parenthood board of directors since 1995, and Robie has been an educator in Orange County since 1981.

Rose Rudnitski (Elementary Education) has been selected as one of 14 Larry J. Hackman Research Residency recipients from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust for the 2002-2003 grant cycle. Rudnitski's research project is titled, "Extending the Blessings: The Complex and Uncertain Evolution of Indian Public Education and the New York State Education Department." She will utilize the archives in the state Education Department's Division of Indian Education to assist in her research.


In Memoriam

Professor Chigurupati Rama Seshu, associate professor of economics, died on July 13. He was 67. Seshu was born in India on June 15, 1935. He received his bachelor's degree in economics in 1956 from Andhra University, A.P, India, and his master's degree in economics from Saugor University, M.P., India. He moved to New York City in 1960 and attended the Graduate School of Business Administration at New York University performing coursework in business administration, marketing and management. He earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1972 from the New School for Social Research. Seshu arrived in New Paltz as a visiting lecturer in the department of economics and business administration in 1967. In 1972 he was promoted to associate professor. He was the director of institutional research from 1974 to 1977. Additionally, he served as a member of the SUNY faculty senate, planning committee, curriculum committee and academic senate. He also coordinated and wrote the 1976 campus master plan and was a member of the American Economic Association. A memorial was held at Copeland Funeral Home in New Paltz on July 15.


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