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ISSUE DATE: September 16, 2002


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Excavation of the Lenape Hall site has begun. There will be an official groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Excavation of the Lenape Hall site has begun. There will be an official groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Photo by Eric Gullickson.

An earth-breaking experience
A groundbreaking ceremony for Lenape Hall will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the former site of the women's varsity softball field across from Esopus Hall. Interim President Steven Poskanzer will make opening remarks. Representatives from the campus facilities and planning office, residence life, the State Dormitory Authority, the contractor and architect for the new 238-bed residence hall will also be present. Representatives from the village, town, state Assembly and state Senate will also speak. The campus community is welcome and encouraged to attend!

New Paltz earns high marks in college rankings
SUNY New Paltz has shown strong results among SUNY schools in two college guides, Barron's and the Princeton Review, and has moved up in the national rankings in Kiplinger's magazine and the U.S. News & World Report, college surveys that acknowledge the institution for its quality, selectivity and value. In Kiplinger's exclusive biennial ranking of the 100 best public schools in the United States, New Paltz moved up the list from 85 in 2000 to 76 in 2002. The report selects colleges and universities from across the country that combine great academics and affordable tuition. New Paltz also ranked strongly in selectivity ratings among SUNY schools, making the top three along with Binghamton University and Geneseo in the Princeton Review 2003 college guide. Additionally, New Paltz ranked as "very competitive" along with the SUNY university centers in Albany, Buffalo and Stony Brook in Barron's 2003 college guide for selectivity. In the U.S. News & World Report's rankings for America's Best Colleges 2003, New Paltz placed among the top 90 universities in the North that provide a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's level programs. U.S. News also placed New Paltz in the top 50 in the Best Values: Great Schools at Great Prices category.

Presidential search update
The New Paltz Presidential Search Committee met on Saturday, Aug. 24, to further develop and refine the large and diverse pool of presidential applicants. The Committee is satisfied that it has a substantial pool of quality applicants and will begin off-campus interviews later this month and continuing in October, according to Presidential Search Committee Chairman Harry Scherr. The Committee expects that the interview and information-gathering process will result in the identification of a group of candidates who will be invited for campus interviews. The announcement of candidate campus visits will be posted on the Web site and will include the finalists' vitae.



. . . The fall 2002 Study Abroad Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the Lecture Center south lobby. The fair will include representatives from Australia and New Zealand and provide information about opportunities to study abroad in the spring and summer of 2003. For more information, contact Mario Varuzza at x3125 or e-mail: URL:

. . . Guidelines and application forms for the Student Computer Access Program (SCAP) are now available at the Central Committee on Educational Technology Web site at Applications should be submitted to Lynn Spangler, Communication and Media, Coykendall Science Building #51, by Friday, Oct. 18.



Eugene Heath (Philosophy) presented a paper, "Character and Virtue in Commerce," at the annual meeting of the Society for Business Ethics, on Aug. 11, in Denver, Colo.

David Schiffman (Psychology) presented in service training for the medical staff at Northern Dutchess Hospital on June 18 and June 20. The topic was the non-violent and non-physical management of aggressive and agitated behavior. Dr. Schiffman serves on the Allied Health Staff as a consultant to the hospital.

Jacqueline Ahl (English) will be one of two featured readers at Club Culture in Chester on Monday, Sept. 30. Features begin at 7 p.m., followed by an open mic until 10 p.m. Cover charge ($5) includes tea and coffee. For directions and information, contact 651-5320. Ahl's other recent features have been for the 9th Annual Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Arts on the Bridge Day in June, and the Fourth Annual Arts for Peace Festival in August.



Assistant Professor Kristin Backhaus, Assistant Professor Brett Stone, and Associate Professor Karl Heiner (Business) have published an article, "Exploring the Relationship Between Corporate Social Performance and Employer Attractiveness," in the September issue of Business & Society, Vol. 41.

Karin Andriolo (Anthropology) published an article titled "Murder by Suicide: Episodes from Muslim History" in the September issue of the American Anthropologist, the journal of the American Anthropological Association.

Jae Joon Lee (Business) has had his paper, "Monte Carlo Approach with Acceptance/Rejection Sampling for Extracting Signals from Economic Time Series," published in The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol. 2, Number 1, pages 156-161.

Corinne Nyquist (Library) has published, with four Information Science colleagues, the article, "Learning Organizations: A Primer for Group Facilitators." It appeared in the spring issue of Group Facilitation: A Research & Applications Journal.


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

The SUNY New Paltz Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently received approval from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for its outstanding service to students. The electrical and computer engineering programs were evaluated by ABET in the fall of 2001. The result of their survey awarded the computer engineering program accreditation for the first time since it was started in 1997, and the accreditation of the electrical engineering program was renewed. The electrical engineering program at New Paltz was established in September 1984 and was first accredited in 1988. Since that time its accreditation has been renewed each time ABET has visited the campus. The ABET is the accreditation agency for all engineering and technology programs in the nation.

At the May Commencement ceremonies of Syracuse University, Leslie Couse (Elementary Education) was awarded the 2002 Doctoral Prize for the College of Human Services and Health Professions. The award recognizes the dissertation that most exemplifies scholarship and research at the graduate level. Her dissertation looked at the ways services were delivered to preschool children with disabilities. Couse also received a Certificate in University Teaching, from the Graduate School, for excellence in professional preparation for an academic career.

Thomas Sarrantonio (Art) was invited to serve as visiting artist at the summer painting program of the Prince of Wales Foundation in Normandy, France, in August. He produced 22 paintings during a two-week period working alongside artists from London, New York, Philadelphia, Canada and Australia.

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that Steven Bradford (Art) has been awarded a $5,500 grant by Artslink for his project titled, "Artslink Residency." This grant provides funding for a six-week Artslink fellowship at SUNY New Paltz for an Eastern European artist who will work on a scholarly project and participate in campus culture.


In Memoriam

The New Paltz University Police Department is sorry to report the passing of former Lt. Ralph Castellano who retired from this department several years ago. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Castellano, who is currently a lieutenant with the department. Visitation was held at the Torsone Funeral Home in Highland on Sept. 12. A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 13 at St. Augustine's Church, Highland.


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.