News Pulse

ISSUE DATE: August 19, 2002

 

What's New

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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Publications

         

Presentations/Exhibitions

Alumni in the News

In Memoriam

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What's New?

 

Honor for outstanding service to students
Congratulations to both Judy DePuy (Engineering, secretary) and Lucy Walker (Computer Services, Web programmer). They are the 2002 recipients of the Outstanding Student Service Award. This annual award is presented to one classified and one professional staff member whose efforts have clearly promoted student success. As the 2002 honorees, they were each given a one-time monetary award of $1,000. In addition, an award certificate will be presented to them at Freshman Convocation at noon on Aug. 23 in Julien J. Studley Theatre. The SUNY New Paltz community greatly appreciates their impressive student service.

Welcome back: 2002 Moving In Day and Convocation
New Paltz has set aside the hours between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more than 900 residential students to move onto campus on Wednesday, Aug. 21 -- Moving In Day. If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer to help out, call the Center for Student Development at x3088. At noon on Friday, Aug. 23, in the Julien J. Studley Theatre, the Office of Public Affairs will host the 16th annual fall Convocation ceremony. Convocation is a formal welcoming ceremony for incoming and transfer students. The Office of Public Affairs encourages everyone to share in the excitement of the opening ceremony for the fall semester. For more information on the event, contact Judy Albertson at x3972, e-mail her at albertsj@newpaltz.edu, or visit www.newpaltz.edu/movinginday and www.newpaltz.edu/fallconvocation.

Students honored with books
Sixteen SUNY New Paltz students from 16 different academic departments have been recognized as outstanding graduates through a new initiative called "Honor with Books," a program that places a personalized bookplate in a newly purchased book for the Sojourner Truth Library. Last spring, department chairs were invited to nominate one of their outstanding graduates to have his/her name become forever a part of the Sojourner Truth Library's stacks. This fall the books will be placed on the shelves of the library. Honor with Books was created one year ago by Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library and the SUNY New Paltz Foundation as a way for the faculty, staff or any member of the community to honor a colleague, loved one or friend. Now that the program has begun, New Paltz will honor outstanding graduates with bookplates every year. For a list of the 16 honorees, see the news release Web site at www.newpaltz.edu/news.

New faces in athletics
The Department of Athletics recently announced the addition of four new coaches to its staff. Matthew Giufre will lead the women's volleyball squad, Douglas Pasquerella moves in to take the head men's basketball and lacrosse coaching positions, William Davidson has been named the new field hockey coach, and Brad Duckworth will take over duties as the new head women's basketball coach. Giufre has spent the last four years as the assistant women's volleyball coach at SUNY Cortland. Pasquerella has been the assistant men's basketball coach for SUNY Cortland for seven years. Davidson was the head field hockey coach at Providence College. Duckworth comes to New Paltz from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he has been the head women's basketball coach for the past two seasons. Welcome and good luck!

Men's soccer jumps the 'big pond'
The SUNY New Paltz men's soccer team is preparing for the 2002 season with an 11-day trip to Holland, Belgium and Germany that began Aug. 11. The trip will include training sessions with a member of the Dutch National Coaching Federation, competition against club teams, a "behind-the-scenes" visit to Roda JC, a Dutch first-division club team, and an appearance in the Star Cup, where the Hawks will play against professional and semi-professional under-21 teams. The team will also experience a cruise along the Rhine River, visit Margarten Cemetery, a World War II landmark, stop at the medieval merchant's square of Aachen, Germany, for a look at the home of Charlemagne, King of the Franks during the ninth century AD, and tour Amsterdam and Brussels.

 


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... Graduate and Professional School Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 10 am - 3 p.m. in the Lecture Center lobby areas. If you have suggestions/additions of a graduate or professional school that you would like to see on campus in the fall, contact Tonda Highley at x3236, or highleyt@newpaltz.edu, as soon as possible.

... The SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association is soliciting nominations for the following awards: alumnus/a of the year, distinguished teacher, distinguished alumni service, and recent graduate achievement. A nomination form and criteria for each type of award can be obtained online at www.newpaltz.edu/alumni. Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 27 to the Office of Alumni Affairs.

 


Presentations/Exhibitions

Wenshan Jia (Communication and Media) made a presentation titled "Media in Contemporary China" for a group of New York state social studies teachers on June 22 in New York City. A second presentation on July 22 was titled "Intercultural Communication Challenges and Strategies for China as a Member of the World Trade Organization." Jia presented at the International Communication Association Post-Conference Panel titled "The Future of Communication in China after Entry into WTO."

Mika Roinila (Geography) presented a paper at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference titled "Nokia and Sauna: The Ultimate Finnish Exports," which was held June 1 at the University of Toronto. More recently, he also presented a paper on Finnish-American religious pluralism, titled "The History of the Finnish Salvation Army in America" at the annual FinnFest gathering held at the University of Minnesota on Aug. 8.

 


Publications

Wenshan Jia (Communication and Media) is the lead editor of the book "Chinese Communication Theory and Research: Reflections, New Frontiers and New Directions," which has just been published by Ablex, Conn. His co-editors are associate professor Xing Lu from Depaul University and professor emeritus D. Ray Heisey, president of International Association of Intercultural Communication, Kent State University. Jia is also co-editor of another book titled "Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons" published by Ablex, Conn. Its lead editor is Xing Lu and the second co-editor is D. Ray Heisey.

George Schnell, Professor Emeritus (Geography) recently had a chapter published in Renewable Energy: Trends and Prospects, titled "Renewable Energy: A Cartographic Overview of State Programs and Regulatory Policies."

 


Alumni in the news

Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science '80) has signed on as technical consultant for a new USA Telefilms production concerning John Kennedy and PT-109. The project's executive producers are Elizabeth Selzer Lang (Blonde, My Dark Places) and Robert Greenwald (The Audrey Hepburn Story, Redeemer, Steal This Movie). Renehan is the author of numerous books, including "The Kennedys at War" (Doubleday, 2002) and "The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and His Family in Peace and War" (Oxford University Press, 1998).

 


Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

The Office of Sponsored Programs is please to announce that the following faculty and staff have been recognized for their work through the following grants. Ms. Margaret Gutierrez (Migrant Education) has been awarded a $36,443 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service for her project titled, "2002 - 2003 USDA Summer Feeding Program." Dr. Victor deMunck (Anthropology) has been awarded a two-year $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled, "Cultural Models of Romantic Love in the United States and Russia." Chui-Chun Lee (Library) has been awarded a $11,822 grant by the New York State Education Department for her project titled, "Coordinated Collection Development and Application, 2002-03." Dr. Lawrence Fialkow, (Math & Computer Science) has been awarded an $87,515 grant by the National Science Foundation for his project titled, "Truncated Multivariable Moment Problems & Applications: An Operator Theoretic Approach."

 


In Memoriam

The SUNY New Paltz community has lost a dear friend and colleague. Lisa Rosario Quick (Records and Registration) died unexpectedly on Aug. 5. She had been an employee with Records and Registration since 1999. A Mass was held on Friday, Aug. 9, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Kerhonkson.

 


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.