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ISSUE DATE: September 9, 2002


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Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art receives $300,000 gift
SUNY New Paltz has received a $300,000 gift from Mrs. Sara Bedrick, the fifth largest donation in the college's history, to benefit the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. It is a lead gift in the campus's campaign to raise $2.5 million in endowment funds for the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. "The generous donation by Sara Bedrick dramatically expands the public/private partnership that was instrumental in making the Dorsky Museum a reality," said Neil Trager, the museum's director. "The new resources generated by the gift will enable us to sustain the high-quality programming of our inaugural year, and it will enable us to embark upon new projects and initiatives that will enhance and expand our service to the campus and the community. I am personally grateful to Sara Bedrick for her generous and enthusiastic support." New Paltz will name a gallery in the east wing of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in honor of Mrs. Bedrick, the second of Samuel Dorsky's four children.The Sara Bedrick Project Room is used for important exhibitions from the museum's photography and metals collection, and for temporary displays that feature cutting-edge contemporary installations and exhibition projects. Funds earned from the endowment will be used to fund these projects and other important exhibitions and interpretive programs. When Mrs. Bedrick, who lives in Malverne, N.Y., attended the museum opening last October with her husband, Joseph, and three sons, Michael, Jason, and Gary, she was moved by the beauty and spaciousness of the facility and by the tribute it represented to her father's memory.

Lovett appointed interim dean of Fine & Performing Arts
SUNY New Paltz has announced the appointment of Ann Lovett as the interim dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts for the 2002-03 academic year, a position she previously held for seven months in 2000. "I am delighted that Ann Lovett has agreed to serve as interim dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts," said Interim President Steven Poskanzer. "She is a terrific artist and teacher. She possesses great taste in terms of evaluating artistic and academic quality, and she demonstrates good judgment in terms of understanding and advancing the immediate and long-term goals of her department and her school." Lovett joined the faculty of SUNY New Paltz in 1982 as an assistant professor of art. She was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1988 and to the rank of full professor in 1996. Lovett earned the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989. She was a co-founder of the Visual Research Laboratory, an interdisciplinary graduate program that integrates photography, graphic design and digital media, and has served as its director since 1999

The Oracle launches online edition
Beginning Sept. 12, students, faculty, staff, alumni, prospective students and the world will be able to read the already established print version of The Oracle online. Andrew Hackmack, a senior majoring in journalism, will be the online editor of The Oracle. Hackmack said that the online editions will expand audiences, give more people access to see work being done by New Paltz students and encourage interested students to participate. The official launch for the first online edition will be 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. Interested parties can log on at The online edition will be printed weekly, concentrating on three or four of the biggest stories per section of the print version, including news, features, arts and entertainment, opinion and sports. There will also be news archives and a weekly poll. Readers are welcome give feedback by filling out a form located on the Web site under "contact us" that goes directly to The Oracle staff. The Office of Web Management and student Web Programmer Assistant Tim Roberson made the online version possible.

Sojourner Truth Library news now available online
For two years the Sojourner Truth Library has published "The Latest @ the Library" at the start of each semester. Formerly distributed only in the STL, the information has now also been added to the STL Web page. L@L is intended to be a quick update for students about the newest services and latest changes found at the library. You can find it in the "Spotlight on STL!" section. Please direct comments and feedback to Barbara W. Petruzzelli at x3677, or e-mail:

Businesses get competitive conference
To assist businesses in developing a competitive advantage, the Business Institute at SUNY New Paltz will sponsor a Competitive Intelligence and Security Conference on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Student Union Building on the college campus. The day-long conference, sponsored by the SUNY New Paltz School of Business, the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, the American Society for Industrial Security International, and Fleet Bank, will include a continental breakfast and lunch and will end with a Q & A panel of all conference presenters. The highlight of the conference will be keynote speaker, John J. McGonagle Jr. of The Helican Group. For more information, call x2675, or visit

As a remembrance of the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, SUNY New Paltz is sponsoring a panel discussion to reflect on the effects of the terrorist attacks. The event will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Lecture Center 102 and is open to the public. Four social scientists on the New Paltz faculty will comment on the aftermath and the future implications of the attacks. They will talk about how this has affected our government decisions and social interactions. The moderator will be Dean Gerald Benjamin (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences) and the panelists will be Janice Anderson (Communication and Media), Lew Brownstein (Political Science), Glenn Geher (Psychology), and Brian Obach (Sociology). Each panelist will speak for about 10 minutes. They will then take questions and comments from the audience.

9/11-Bell Toll/Moments of Silence
In addition to the panel, New Paltz has been advised by SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King to recognize four moments of silence. The suggested moments of silence will be 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 at 10:29 a.m., when the second tower fell. All SUNY colleges and universities will toll their bells at 10:29 a.m., the time the second World Trade Center tower collapsed. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (845) 257-3245, or visit the 9/11 Remembrance Web site at


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...Interim President, Steven G. Poskanzer cordially invites all faculty and professional staff to a reception honoring new faculty and professional staff, and those recently promoted or granted continuing or permanent appointment, on Friday, Sept. 13, immediately following the faculty meeting (3 p.m.) in the Terrace Restaurant.

...The Psychological Counseling Center has met the criteria for re-accreditation by the University and College Counseling Center's Board of Accreditation. The external review and assessment provided by accreditation indicates that the SUNY New Paltz center provides professionally approved counseling practices. Notable was the center's strong leadership, dedicated staff, exceptional outreach programming, diverse training and involvement with graduate teaching and supervision and strong collaboration with campus offices and departments.



Wilma Feliciano (Spanish) presented her video "Los Diablicos de Túcume," a modern version of the medieval "The Dance of the Seven Vices," and an accompanying lecture "Desert Deities and Demons" at the Explorers Club in New York City at the invitation of the Society of Women Geographers, in May. In July, Professor Feliciano presented "Los Diablicos" at the Hemispheric Conference on Performance and Politics, jointly sponsored by New York University and the Catholic University of Peru in Lima. The Dean of Communications at Catholic interviewed her on the process of creation and development of this, her second video, for his program "Memorias del teatro," broadcast on Lima Educational Television on July 18.



John Langan (English) has published a novella, "Mr. Gaunt," in the September, issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine. He also has posted an essay on writing horror fiction in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks online at The Fifth Street Review. In addition, Langan's novelette, "On Skua Island," published in 2001, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2002 edition of "The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror."


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

In May 2002, Professor Faramarz Vaziri (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received the Research Foundation of the State University of New York "Entrepreneur" Award. Vaziri has more than 17 years of involvement in research and teaching in the field of digital signal processing, communications and telecommunications system design. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish two very successful telecommunications companies, Digital Technics Inc. and DSP Communications Inc. These companies have been responsible for employing more than 30 New Paltz graduates and have provided important consulting opportunities for SUNY faculty in the field of engineering and business.


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