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ISSUE DATE: August 26, 2002


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Interim President Steve Poskanzer and his wife, Jane, and his son, Craig
Interim President Steve Poskanzer and his wife, Jane, and his son, Craig lend a helping hand on Moving-In Day 2002
Photo by Eric Gullickson, Public Affairs

New Paltz is tops with 13,500 freshman applications
The SUNY New Paltz campus came to life Wednesday, Aug. 21, when about 920 new freshmen students moved into their new homes in the residence halls. About 650 new transfer students joined them later in the week. The freshmen were selected from a pool of more than 13,500 applications - a 12.5 percent increase over last year's record-breaking pool of 12,000 applicants. New Paltz received more applications than any of SUNY's 12 other colleges. While the number of new students remains about the same as last year (913 freshmen, 609 transfers), the academic performance of those students has increased. This year, 83 percent of New Paltz's accepted freshmen came from the top two SUNY quality groups, up from 75 percent last year. Freshmen from the top two groups have an average SAT score of 1170 and a high school average of 90. With an acceptance rate of 41 percent, New Paltz remains one of the most selective universities in the Northeast and among the 5 percent of campuses across the country who accept less than half of their applicants. While entry to New Paltz is becoming significantly more difficult, the university is still attracting qualified students from all backgrounds - 24 percent of the incoming freshmen come from historically underrepresented groups. For information and pictures on Moving in Day go to

Add one year of study and earn an MBA degree
SUNY New Paltz communication and media and physics students can now earn an MBA with only one additional year of education. Working closely with the School of Business, New Paltz's Department of Communication and Media and Department of Physics have designed 4 + 1 degree plans leading to a bachelor's degree and an MBA in just five years. The undergraduate plan of study allows for MBA foundation courses to be used as free electives toward the Bachelor of Science in physics. Participating students attend one summer session while an undergraduate and then another summer session after the senior year. This coupled with one full year of graduate studies will enable the student to receive the MBA. The 4+1 Bachelors/MBA is available for students immediately. Students should meet with their academic adviser and the School of Business as early as possible to design a plan of study. For more information, students can contact the Department of Physics at x3743, or Department of Communication and Media at x3450.

Interactive classroom teaching comes to CSB Auditorium
A new way of getting direct involvement and instant response from students is now available for faculty teaching in the CSB Auditorium. With the new system, which places a remote keypad on every desk, students respond to questions that are then transmitted to the system controller via radio frequency. The responses are tallied and then instantly displayed on a projection screen. Direct involvement and instant response make the system of teaching effective. Other possible applications include classroom testing, opinion polling and team competitions. If you would like to view a training video, call the Instructional Media Services office at x3630 to arrange to pick it up.

A home-run event
The University Police Department participated in the 11th annual "Hit For Life" softball tournament on Aug. 10 to raise money for a local family with a 14-year-old son battling cerebral palsy. Travis is in need of an 18-hour operation to correct spinal abnormalities. All money raised from the event went to 14-year-old Travis and his family for his life-saving operation. The University Police team included Lt. Mike Doyle, officers Ray Smith, Johnny Coxum, Victor Torres, William Foley, and grounds supervisor Dale Sutton. The event was sponsored by the Kingston Police PBA-Gold Shield Society. Anyone interested in participating in next year's tournament, contact officer Ray Smith at x2222.
Hit for Life photo
Photo courtesy of Ray Smith Travis and the New Paltz University Police team.

Convocation address reflects on present and past
Richard Varbero (History) gave this year's Convocation address to more than 600 new students, parents and faculty in the Julien J. Studley Theatre. His speech was titled "Time Present and Time Past: Reflections on College Then and Now," a comparison between going to college in the aftermath of World War II and in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Varbero also spoke about the nature of our civilization, major occurrences of thought, scientific development, major works of the imagination, and philosophical and religious consequences and how they all relate to the qualities of a liberally educated person.


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. . . Just a reminder, starting with this issue, News Pulse will go back to publishing every week. If you would like to submit a News Pulse item, go to Please have submissions in by noon on Tuesday of the prior week.

. . . Student Accounts will be temporarily located in the Purple Lounge on the first floor of the SUB from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, through Thursday, Aug. 29. On Friday, Aug. 30, the office will close at 1 p.m. It will reopen in the Haggerty Administration Building, room 210, on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

. . . "On Campus @ SUNY New Paltz, a 30-minute television show that airs weekly on Time Warner Cable's channel 6, will feature Interim President Steven Poskanzer this Thursday. He will talk about his impressions of New Paltz, the challenges the college faces and where he sees the campus heading in the future. The show begins at 9 p.m., following the Cable 6 Evening News. For more information about "On Campus @ SUNY New Paltz," call Emily Trapp at x3634.



Wenshan Jia, (Communication and Media) recently had a chapter published in the textbook Intercultural Communication: A Reader (10th ed). Wadsworth. The chapter is titled, "Chinese Conceptualizations of Face: Emotions, Communication and Person-hood" (pp. 48-56) R. A. Samovar & R. E. Porter (Eds.)


Alumni in the news

Dr. Paul R. Solomon (BA, Psychology, '70, MA, Psychology, '72) was recently featured on CBS News for his involvement in a study at Bronfman Science Center, Williams College, to evaluate whether ginkgo, an over-the-counter agent marketed as enhancing memory, improves memory in elderly adults. In a six-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial, volunteer men and women older than 60 years in generally good health were recruited and enrolled during a 26-month period from July 1996 to Sept. 1998. Participants were randomly assigned to receive ginkgo (40 mg 3 times per day) or a matching placebo. A total of 203 participants (88%) completed the protocol. The results of this study indicated that ginkgo did not facilitate performance on standard neuropsychological tests of learning, memory, attention, and concentration or naming and verbal fluency in elderly adults without cognitive impairment. These data suggest that when taken following the manufacturer's instructions, ginkgo provides no measurable benefit in memory or related cognitive function to adults with healthy cognitive function.

Three recent MFA painting graduates from New Paltz participated in the Brewster Project in July 2002. This annual event brings contemporary artists from New York City and upstate to create site-based projects in Brewster. Karen Roff ('01) served as a curator for the project; Rachel Heinhold ('01) and William Wallace ('01) both exhibited works.


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.