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ISSUE DATE: September 23, 2002


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New Paltz to honor region's exceptional teachers
The SUNY New Paltz School of Education will honor seven exceptional teachers in the Mid-Hudson Valley for outstanding and effective work with students by presenting to them the Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards will be presented at 4 p.m., Sept. 26, at a ceremony to be held at The Terrace Restaurant. Since 1984, the School of Education at New Paltz has collaborated with area school districts to recognize teachers in the Mid-Hudson Valley for being superior in their fields and endeavors. This year, these seven distinguished teachers represent districts in six counties of the Mid-Hudson Valley. As recipients of this award, each of the seven teachers will receive an honorary appointment as an adjunct clinical professor within New Paltz's School of Education. They will also be recognized by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council at a ceremony later this year. The awards are given by the Office of the Dean of Education at SUNY New Paltz based on recommendations from a review committee of education professionals. Recipients of the 2002 awards are: Marcie Davis (Ulster County), Susan Gottlieb (Sullivan County), Gary Rubin (Ulster County), Anne Benjamin (Putnam County), Alissa Perreault (Dutchess County), Eileen Kane (Orange County), and Bonnie Kaplan (Rockland County).

Banned books in Sojourner Truth Library
The Sojourner Truth Library is celebrating Banned Books Week from Sept. 21 - 28. To explore this year's theme, "Celebrate Your Freedom to Read," the STL is hosting a series of events centered on challenged books in the United States. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend these events. Some faculty members are offering extra credit for their students' participation. If you'd like to do so, contact Athena Nazario (Reference Librarian) at x3729 or email For more information, including lists of challenged books and books on censorship found in the STL collection, visit

New Paltz celebrates 175 years in 2003
April 2003 will mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of SUNY New Paltz. This important milestone offers campus and the broader community an opportunity to celebrate the college's history and showcase its current and future programs. A steering committee has been formed to coordinate a master list of ideas for the celebration year. Your input is welcome and needed. Contact steering committee co-chairs, Mary Kastner at or x3971, or Susan Kraat at or x3705.


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Interim President Steven Poskanzer takes a
Interim President Steven Poskanzer takes a "spin" in the earth mover at the Lenape Hall groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday.
Photo by Eric Gullickson



. . . The Center for Student Development is hosting Parent and Family weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 - 29. Throughout the weekend student's families will visit the New Paltz area, experience campus activities and meet college staff and faculty. There are some structured events and others are "on your own." For more information, contact the Center for Student Development at x3088.

. . . Fall Alumni Reunion 2002 will take place through the weekend of Oct. 4, 5 and 6. The weekend's events include a tour of campus led by current students, lectures, information sessions, athletic contests, dinner parties and music and theatre productions. For more information, visit the Fall Reunion Web site at

. . . SUNY New Paltz sophomore soccer goalie Maggie Fenton (East Meadow, NY) was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Player of the Week on Sept.16. Fenton has helped lead the Hawks to three shutout wins and played the first 45 minutes of a 9-0 triumph over Farmingdale on Sept. 9. She made six saves in a 2-0 victory over Russell Sage on Sept. 13 and followed that performance with five saves in a 1-0 win over St. Joseph's (LI) the next day. Fenton has not allowed a goal in her last 290 minutes and the SUNY New Paltz defense has kept its opponents off the scoreboard for 335 consecutive minutes. She has started all seven games for the Hawks and has a 1.69 goals-against average and a .807 save percentage.

. . . An IBM information and recruitment session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the College Terrace Conference Center. IBM representatives will be on campus to talk about today's environment and the opportunities that they are offering. Students are encouraged to stop by and drop off resumes. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend and speak with the representatives as well. For more information, contact Tonda Highley at x3236, or e-mail

. . . The New York State Teachers Certification Exam will be administered in the Humanities Classroom Building on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Due to the sensitive nature of administering these examinations, it is imperative that security is maintained throughout the day. Therefore, it is requested that faculty not schedule office hours or have any other activity in the Humanities building on this date. Only the examinees and the testing staff will be allowed to enter the Humanities Building.

. . . The College Council will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the ninth floor Conference Room of Haggerty Administration Building. The meeting will include reports by College Council Chairman Harry Scherr and Interim President Steven Poskanzer. Updates will be presented on the presidential search, the budget and fire safety. There will also be a discussion about parking rules and regulations. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at x3245.



David Appelbaum (Philosophy) will host the SUNY New Paltz Honors program fall semester Speaker Series at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The topic will be War and Death in Emmanuel Levinas. The Speaker Series is designed to promote a forum where faculty members can talk about their research with other faculty members, students and area residents. The lectures are held in the Honors Center in College Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SUNY New Paltz Honors program at x3933.

Guys and Dolls, among the best-loved musical comedies of all time, will turn McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz into a fantasy of 1940s New York. Here, dreamy chorus girls chase flashy gamblers and love and marriage hinge on a roll of the dice. It all takes place over two weekends, Oct. 3-5 and 10-12, at 8 p.m. Matinees are Oct. 6 and 13, at 2 p.m. All performances are in McKenna Theatre, which is wheelchair accessible and equipped with an infrared listening system for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students. To order tickets call the SUNY New Paltz box office at x3880.



New York University Press will publish Gerald Sorin's (History) new book, Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent, this November. The book is a biography of the life and work of Irving Howe, a democratic socialist and literary critic.

Steve Vinson (History) has published an article titled, "Two Notes on Old Egyptian Inscriptions," in the October issue (Vol. 190) of the Egyptological Journal Goettinger Miszellen.

Hon Ho (Biology) published a paper titled, "Phytophthora cinnamomi var.robiniae on black locust in Jiangsu Province of China," in the April-June issue of Mycotaxon.


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. Contact Eric Gullickson at x3187 with any questions.