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ISSUE DATE: October 14, 2002


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photo of the championship team
The SUNY New Paltz Women's tennis squad made history by bringing home the first-ever women's team SUNYAC championship title.

Women's tennis wins SUNYAC Championships
The SUNY New Paltz women's tennis team brought home the 2002 SUNYAC Championship trophy this weekend (Oct.11-13) to earn New Paltz its first-ever women's team conference championship. The Hawks won 4 singles titles and two of the three doubles crowns to amass 32 of a possible 37 tournament points. Becky Sparacin (second singles), Megan Crevoiserat (third singles), Jennifer Neumann (fourth singles) and Amie Larson (fifth singles) claimed individual championships, while Sparacin and Kerry Farrell won the first doubles flight, and Crevoiserat teamed with Sophie Giret to win at second doubles. After having a great run to get to the finals, the third doubles team of Diana Lemanski and Jessica Smith brought home second place, as did Gina Ciccarelli at sixth singles. In addition, fifth-year head coach Rob Bruley was awarded the 2002 SUNYAC coach of the year award for his efforts.

Presidential candidates to visit campus
The Presidential Search Committee has announced that presidential candidates will be visiting the campus on the following dates: Thursday, Oct. 17; Friday, Oct. 18; Monday, Oct. 21; Tuesday, Oct. 22; and Wednesday, Oct. 23. Each candidate's schedule will include opportunities for faculty, staff and students to meet the candidate. Student meetings will be held in the evening of the candidates' arrivals and the schedule for the faculty/staff meetings with next week's candidates is as follows: Thursday, Oct. 17 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. management/confidential staff (Purple Lounge); 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Faculty/Professional Staff (Purple Lounge); 1:45 - 2:45 p.m., classified staff (Purple Lounge); Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., management/confidential staff (JFT 1010); 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., faculty/professional staff (LC 102); 1:45 - 2:45 p.m., classified staff (JFT 1010). Respecting the continuing need to preserve the confidentiality until just prior to each candidate's visit to the campus, the names of each candidate will be announced via e-mail the day before the visit. Copies of the candidate's vita will become available that same day at the reserved desk at the library and in the Human Resources/Affirmative Action Office (HAB 301).

Women's Studies holds annual conference
The impact of conflict on women throughout the world and women's involvement in war, revolution and peace efforts will be the topic of this year's Women's Studies Conference on Oct. 19 at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Titled "Women and War, Peace and Revolution," the conference was organized by a committee of faculty, staff and community members who wanted to create a forum to explore the similarities and differences among women's experiences in war, peace and revolution from historical, cross-cultural and intergenerational perspectives. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. in the Lecture Center on the New Paltz campus with a keynote panel. Registration and additional program information is available online at or by calling Women's Studies at x2975.

Colloquy in Coykendall
The School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz will begin the 2002-03 colloquium series on Oct. 17 with a lecture about the science and clinical potential of human gene therapy. These colloquium lectures, two in the fall and three in the spring, are designed for a general scientific audience and are given by leading scientists who are available to meet faculty and students on the days of their visits. The guest lecturer for Oct. 17 will be Dr. James M. Wilson, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Engineering, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Medical Genetics and professor at the Winstar Institute, all at the University of Pennsylvania. The lecture series will take place in the Coykendall Science Building, all beginning with a reception at 4:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 5 p.m. For more information, contact David Clark at x3728, or visit the school of Science and Engineering on the Web at

Get some style online
Two sections of the SUNY New Paltz Style Guide are now available online. The Editorial Style Guide provides guidance on word usage, with a focus on words and terms associated with the campus, region and higher education. This serves as a supplement to the AP Style Guide. The Web Guidelines provides guidance, policies, and guidelines for the development and maintenance of Web sites hosted on the SUNY New Paltz Web servers. The other three sections of the Style Guide (the Image Guide, the Publications Guide, and the Public Affairs Guide) are undergoing some final changes and will be published soon. The Web address is



. . . The 15th Annual Lovecraft Forum will take place at 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, in JFT 1010. The forum hosts scholars and college faculty to give presentations on the life and works of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most influential horror-story writers of the 1920s and 30s. The forum is sponsored by the Department English. For more information, contact Robert Waugh at x2754.

. . . The Chemistry Department is hosting a Chemistry Family Night for Kids as part of the American Chemical Society's National Chemistry Week. The Family Night event will feature chemical demonstrations and activities for kids eight and up related to this year's National Chemistry Week theme: "Chemistry Keeps Us Clean." Beverages and dessert will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Chemistry Family Night will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in Lecture Center 102 on Thursday, Oct 24. Contact Dan Freedman at x3795, or by e-mail at to reserve a spot.

. . . The 14th annual Mid-Hudson Career and Employer Expo will take place on Oct. 22. This event is open to students and alumni/ae of SUNY New Paltz, and is an opportunity to network with employers in a variety of fields, from non-profit organizations to accounting firms. Employers will share valuable information with future professionals regarding career trends, employment outlook and occupational options. They will also be looking to fill full-time, part-time and internship positions. Students and alumni/ae should dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. For more information, contact Tonda Highley at x3265.


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Anne Roschelle (Sociology) will be the guest lecturer for the Oct. 21 edition of the Honors Center Fall Lecture Series. The lecture, "Shaping the Future City through Gentrification and Social Exclusion: Spatial Policing and Homeless Activist Responses in the San Francisco Bay Area," examines the impact of the expansion of newly emerging labor markets and culture industries on the urban spaces of several cities in the San Francisco Bay Area and the subsequent policing strategies used by those cities to repress and or contain homeless persons and other urban poor. The 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 will begin at 5 p.m. For more information call x3933.



Baback Izadi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) organized and chaired a special session on Reliability and Fault Tolerance in the 15th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems on Sept. 19 - 21, in Louisville, Ky. Izadi and colleague, Fusun Ozguner, professor at Ohio State University, published a paper entitled "A Real-Time Fault-Tolerant k-ary n-cube Multiprocessor" in WSEAS Transactions on Communications, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 185 - 190, 2002. The paper was earlier presented and published in proceedings of 6th WSEAS International Multiconference CSCC.

Hon Ho (Biology) published jointly with H.C. Zeng and F.C. Zheng (Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences) a paper titled, "Phytophthora insolita on Hainan Island" in the July issue (Vol.43) of Botanical Bulletin Academia Sinica.

Ghader Eftekhari (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) published the article "Electrical properties of sulfur-passivated III-V compound devices" in the October issue of VACUUM (published by Elsevier Science).


In Memoriam

Michael DeCapua, son of Anna DeCapua (Accounting) and Joseph DeCapua, died after a year-long battle with colon cancer. Michael is survived by his parents, his wife, three sons, two brothers, two sisters and five niece's and nephews.


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