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ISSUE DATE: August 5, 2002


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New Student Affairs V. P. brings breadth of experience
Interim President Steven Poskanzer has announced the appointment of L. David Rooney to the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs. "I am delighted that David has agreed to join us," said Poskanzer, who added that he was impressed with the breadth and depth of Rooney's experience. "I believe he is extraordinarily knowledgeable and thoughtful about student affairs and I am struck by the originality of his thinking and the passion that he brings to his work." Rooney has extensive experience in student affairs, beginning with assistant and associate dean positions at Texas Tech University. In 1990, he became the assistant vice president for student affairs at California State University, Sacramento, where he stayed until his 1997 appointment as the vice president for student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pa. Rooney received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Arizona State University. He received both his master's of education in counseling and bachelor's of science in psychology/special education from the University of Cincinnati. His wife, Denise, has a bachelor's degree in graphic design and is currently a software consultant. Rooney replaces Barbara Geider, who had served as the vice president for student affairs for 11 years before retiring in June.

Parmley moves up to lead institutional research
Kelli Parmley has been appointed as the new director of institutional research. She has served as associate director since May 2000. Parmley has an extensive resume of professional experience in institutional research in Albany. She served as the associate for financial analysis in the Office of Resource Planning at SUNY Administration, as a School of Education fellow and graduate assistant in the Office of Institutional Research at the University at Albany, and as the senior budget analyst and senior personnel administrator for the Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities. Parmley received her master's in public administration from Syracuse University, her bachelor of science in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University at Albany School of Education. Parmley replaces Carl Bacon, who retired in June after serving New Paltz as the director of institutional research for 16 years.

New Web catalog saves trees and money
The new Web version of the undergraduate college catalog is now available at Beginning this year, course descriptions, requirements for majors, and the faculty listing by department will all be electronically accessible. Policy statements that were previously published in the college catalog, and in numerous other hard-copy publications, will be consolidated into the advising handbook. This change will not only save the college money, significant staff time in typesetting, proofing, printing, moving, storing, and recycling, it will also save the trees. Additionally, should a hard copy be needed of any given section, it may be attained by accessing the Web version of the catalog and printing the desired pages. Call the Office of the Provost at x 3199 with any suggestions for improvement.

As the tassel turns. . .
Each year, in the final month prior to commencement, graduation candidates move through the process of preparing to participate in the commencement ceremony. This fall there have been some changes to that process. Please note that:


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. . . Beat the student rush -- parking hang tags are now available for sale to all faculty/staff in the Haggerty Administration Building, room 35, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Remember to note that campus parking patterns have changed. For information and updated lot maps, go to

. . . Please remember that international student check-in will be held Monday, Aug. 19, international and freshman check-in begins Tuesday, Aug. 20, and new student moving-in day is on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Also, welcome week runs Aug. 21 - 25, and fall convocation will be held Friday, Aug. 23. A complete welcome week schedule will be posted on the Web soon.

. . . The Student Christian Center Campus Ministry is offering new and returning students and faculty/staff in the SCC to join a free two-hour cruise on the Hudson River on Sunday, Aug. 25. Those interested can meet at the SCC house (62 Plattekill Ave.) at 12:30 p.m. to leave in cars. Cadets and members of the Lutheran church community at West Point will be on board to provide refreshments. Please call x3023 to reserve space.

. . . In conducting research about the history of athletics at New Paltz, Stuart Robinson (athletic director) discovered some interesting information about the origin of the school colors --orange and blue. According to the Normal Review, "Friday, May 10 (1895), was the occasion of an important event in the history of our Normal. It was then that a committee consisting of members of the faculty and students devoted their best energies to selecting school song, colors, yell, pin and flower… The pin is a pointed flag, showing our colors, navy blue and orange, with the letters N.P.N." If anyone knows of any information or material that specifically refers to New Paltz colors changing from navy blue to royal, contact Robinson at x3908, or e-mail



Sojourner Truth Library will participate in the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, September 21 - 28. To explore this year's theme, "Celebrate Your Freedom to Read," the library will host a series of programs about challenged books in the United States. There will be research workshops, including guest speakers, on this subject and related resource guides. A circulating collection of banned books; both of adult and children's literature will be on display as well. If you're teaching a course that touches on challenged books, censorship, academic freedom, or related areas, or if you'd be interested in participating as a speaker, contact Athena Nazario, reference librarian, at x3729, or

Louis H. Roper (History) recently presented a paper, "The Goose Creek Men and Early South Carolina History," at the inaugural Transatlantic Studies Conference held at the University of Dundee, Scotland. The paper focuses on the Goose Creek men in early South Carolina, whose ruthless political behavior in defense of their deep interests in the Indian slave trade hampered European migration to the colony and contributed to the development of a West Indian-style plantation society in the Low Country. Roper's visit to the Dundee campus was sponsored in part by that institution as well as by the Office of International Programs at SUNY New Paltz.

This July, CUNY-TV's "Celebration of Chinese Cinema" featured Assistant Professor Kristine Harris (History) discussing the film "Country Teacher" (Fenghuang qin, 1993). The City Cinematheque program focussed on recent challenges for China's educational system as well as "social problem" films in China today. For details on the series, hosted by Professor Jerry Carlson (Department of Media and Communication Arts, City College), visit



Howard Good (Communication & Media) has had two poems published. "Wet Kisses" appears in the summer issue of Conspire, available online at, while "Death of the Frog Prince" appears in Volume Three, Number Five, of Wilmington Blues, available online at


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Effective Sept. 1, the following faculty will be promoted from assistant to associate professor: Steven Bradford (Art), Daniel Freedman (Chemistry), Anne Roschelle (Sociology), and Surinder Tikoo (Business Administration). In addition, Nancy Kassop (Political Science) will be promoted from associate professor to full professor.

Barbara Hardgrave (Music) has been elected as the new presiding officer of the faculty. Hardgrave is a professor of voice and is also a former chair for the Department of Music. She can be reached at x2713, or e-mail

Paul Cronin will become the new director of accounting services on Aug. 12. Previously, Cronin worked as a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania. Cronin's impeccable resume, vast experience and affable personality made him the unanimous choice of the search committee. He replaces Michele Halstead, the new assistant vice president for administration.


News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. It is printed in house on recycled paper and is also available online. To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form. If you are requesting inclusion in a particular issue, your submission must be received by noon on Tuesday of the prior week. Editor Nancy Zellner Fenichel is currently on leave. Until further notice, contact Eric Gullickson at x3187 with any additional questions.