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ISSUE DATE: September 2, 2002


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A panel discussion that will reflect on the impact of Sept. 11 will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, in Lecture Center 102. There will be representation of faculty from the social sciences, including psychology, political science, and sociology. They will talk about how the events have affected our government decisions and social interactions. For more information, contact Gerald Benjamin at x3520, or e-mail: Also, visit the 9/11 Remembrance Web site at

9/11-Bell Toll/Moments of Silence
The Chancellor has asked all SUNY colleges and universities to toll their bells on Sept. 11 at 10:29 a.m., the time the second World Trade Center tower collapsed. Moments of silence will also be observed at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center, at 9:03 a.m., the moment of the second impact, 9:59 a.m., when the first tower collapsed, and finally at 10:29 a.m., when the second tower fell. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at x3245.

9/11-Candlelight Vigil
The Center for Peace and Justice has organized a number of activities for students between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sept. 11. They include six moments of silence (including the attack on the Pentagon and the crash in Pennsylvania) observed with the playing of bagpipes and Pastor Paul Walley officiating. There will be counseling center staff on hand and other speakers as well. At 2 p.m., Hudson Valley players will reenact the feelings of students after the attacks, and will show a three-hour taping airing the events in the multipurpose room of the Student Union Building. There will also be a candlelight vigil on the concourse of the Student Union Building at 9 p.m. For more information, contact John Agnelli at x4600.

Temporary change to the South parking lot #35
The construction for Lenape Hall, New Paltz's newest residence hall, is starting before the Labor Day weekend. The contractor will require approximately half the spaces in South parking lot 35 for a staging area. Lot 35 is designated as a 24-hour, all-categories lot that is also used by those who utilize the athletic facilities. In the interim, arrangements have been made to provide additional parking at the adjacent gravel lot directly south of the Air Structure. In addition, the college is working on providing temporary parking on the two-way road west of Esopus Hall. Any questions regarding the parking and/or the construction of Lenape Hall should be directed to Arnold Bernardini in the Facilities and Planning office at x3304, or visit

photo of Outstanding Student Service Award honorees, Judy DePuy (left) and Lucy Walker (right)
Outstanding Student Service Award honorees, Judy DePuy (l) and Lucy Walker received their awards at Fall Convocation.
Photo by Eric Gullickson


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. . . Meetings of the faculty and professional staff will continue to be held on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. in Lecture Center 102, with refreshments in the lobby at 2:30. The first meeting is Sept. 13 -- a great opportunity to meet our new colleagues. Please attend and welcome them to campus. Academic Senate will also continue in LC 102 at 3:00 on Fridays. Meetings will be held monthly on the following days: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, and Nov. 22.

. . . The Print Shop has a new order form. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, this form will be required. New forms can be picked up in the Print Shop now, or you can call Bob Walsh at x3127 to have some mailed to you. Please recycle all old forms.



Hamid Azari-Rad (Economics) recently presented a paper titled "Economics in American Colleges and Universities," at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Economic Association.

Professor Larry McGlinn (Geography) presented a paper on June 29, titled, "Distance and Dissolution: Geographic Patterns of Support for and Opposition to Dredging the Hudson River" at the 8th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment in Toronto.



A. J. Williams-Myers (Black Studies) recently published a novel titled, "African Dreams: To Tell Their Story of Old New York," a fantasy and historical recreation of the sights, sounds, and smells of nineteenth century, and earlier, New York City.

Peter Kaufman (Sociology) compiled and edited "Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom," a handbook of essays and exercises that was published recently by the American Sociological Association. He also wrote the preface and has an exercise included in the handbook. Harold Jacobs (Sociology) contributed an essay, "Foundations of Critical Pedagogy: Dewey, Freire and Democratic Reconstruction," and Brian Obach (Sociology) contributed an exercise, "Designing a Social Movement Campaign."

Hamid Azari-Rad (Economics) published a paper titled "Making Hay When it Rains: The Effect Prevailing Wage Regulations, Scale Economies, Seasonal, Cyclical, and Local Business Patterns Have on School Construction Costs," with Peter Philips and Mark Prus in the spring issue of the "Journal of Education Finance."

Howard Good's (Communication & Media) essay, "Into the Fire," on school board leadership, appears in the Sept. 2002 issue of the American School Board Journal.


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

Pat Clarke (Women's Studies) has been selected to receive the YWCA of Ulster County's Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 20 years of service to the SUNY New Paltz Women's Studies department. Clarke will receive her award at the 15th annual Tribute to Women celebration dinner, Friday, Oct. 11, at the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston.

The culinary talents of Stephan J. Macaluso (Library) were recently recognized at the 2002 Ulster County Fair. Macaluso's stained-glass hard candy was awarded Best in Show, while his pickled carrots won a first place blue ribbon. He had previously won Best in Show at the 1998 Ulster County Fair for his salsa. Macaluso is the first person ever to merit Best in Show awards in two different cooking categories at the Fair.

Lisa Blume-Hartwell (Advancement) has been appointed to the position of director of business operations. Lisa is a dual degree alum of SUNY New Paltz, receiving her bachelors in Accounting in 1996 and her MBA in 2000. She began work at the SUNY New Paltz Foundation as a student assistant in 1996 and accepted the position of Foundation Accountant in 1999. She replaces Lisa Ciaccio (Finance '01) who recently took a position at Inova Health Systems as the director of gift 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.