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ISSUE DATE: October 21, 2002


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Ann Cooper and Interim President Steven Poskanzer

Photo by Eric Gullickson
Ann Cooper was welcomed to SUNY New Paltz by Interim President Steven Poskanzer as the third Ottaway Endowed Professor of Journalism.

Third Ottaway Professor of Journalism is named
Ann Cooper has been named the third James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism for the 2002-03 academic year. Cooper is an award-winning reporter who currently directs the Committee to Protect Journalists, the foremost advocacy group in the world that seeks to protect endangered journalists. Cooper, who has worked for more than 25 years as a reporter, has also taught journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Cooper has reported for The Louisville Courier-Journal, the Capitol Hill News Service, The Congressional Quarterly, and The Baltimore Sun. She will teach a course this spring in the university's Journalism Program and lead a series of workshops and seminars. The James H. Ottaway Sr. Professorship is named for the founder of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., which is now a coast-to-coast group of 13 daily, 11 Sunday and more than 30 weekly newspapers with a total circulation of 387,224. The flagship newspaper of the chain is the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y. The donation to create the professorship was made by his son, James H. Ottaway Jr., who succeeded his father as the company's chief executive officer in 1976. For more information about the James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism program, visit

Public Affairs has a new director
Interim President Steven Poskanzer is pleased to announce the appointment of Lloyd Axelrod as the college's new director of public affairs. Axelrod has an extensive resume of public relations and media experience in both the public and private sectors, including the successful management of external affairs at the University of Kentucky from 1997-2001. In addition to his years as Kentucky's director of public relations and marketing, Axelrod was the director of public relations at Royal Caribbean Cruises (1990-1995) and vice president of public relations at the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Immediately prior to his appointment at New Paltz, he was serving as a senior communications consultant at the Gemini Group in Chicago. "Lloyd has an extraordinary breadth of experience in public affairs, including having compiled a distinguished record managing the external relations of a major research university," said Poskanzer. "Combined with his experience in the private sector, he was a compelling candidate for this important post." For the last five months, Shelly Wright, a faculty member in the college's Department of Communication and Media, has served as the interim director of public affairs. "New Paltz owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Shelly for her exemplary stewardship of our public affairs function during this transitional period," said Poskanzer. "She is a wonderful colleague and institutional citizen who brought great professionalism, energy, tact, and creativity to this job--qualities that I know will also benefit her students in the classroom." Axelrod received both his master's and bachelor's degrees at California State University. He begins at SUNY New Paltz on Nov.1

photo from the Language Learning Center ribbon cutting ceremony

Photo by Eric Gullickson
Interim President Steven Poskanzer, State Sen. John J. Bonacic, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Gerald Benjamin and Provost David Lavallee cut the ribbon at the Language Learning Center dedication ceremony. Bonacic secured $100,000 of state funding to help complete the project.



photo of faculty members after completing the 10-mile Pfalz Point Challenge trail run

Photo by Adam Geher
These six New Paltz faculty members, (from left to right) Glenn Geher (Psychology), Benjamin Endres (Educational Studies), Erik Ekman (Foreign Languages), Jeffrey Miller (Political Science), Cynthia McCormick (Communication Disorders), and Adelaide Haas (Emerita Professor of Communication Disorders) recently completed the 10-mile Pfalz Point Challenge trail run.

. . . People should start thinking about submitting their nominations for the 2002-03 Chancellor's Awards Program Cycle and Distinguished Professorships. Typically, the deadline for receipt of campus nominations to Chancellor's Office in Albany early spring. The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence provide University-wide recognition of extraordinary professional achievement and encourage the continuation of excellence in four areas: librarianship, professional service, teaching, and scholarship and creative activities. The Distinguished Teaching Professorship is a prestigious tenured university rank that is bestowed only to persons who have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching competence over a period of years at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional levels. Complete policies and procedures outlining eligibility, criteria for selection and nominating can be found by visiting the SUNY Web site Candidates may not apply for these awards -- they must be nominated. If you would like to nominate someone, please inform the Office of the Provost at x3280, or visit



Larry Carr (English) had his play, "Vaudeville," produced at The Virginia Stage Company, the professional resident theatre in Norfolk during September - October. This was the eighth production of the play nationwide and it was chosen to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Norfolk's historic Wells Theatre. "Vaudeville" was recently published by Rising Moon Publishing in California.

Russell Hilliard (Music Therapy) presented his research, "The Effects of Music Therapy on the Quality of Life and Length of Life of People Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer," at the 14th International Palliative Medicine Conference in Montreal, QC.

Associate Professor Joel Neuman (Business) delivered the keynote address, "It's Just Not Fair: Workplace Bullying and the Social Exchange Process," at the International Conference on Bullying and Harassment at Work, Birkbeck College, University of London UK, on Sept. 23. Ted Clark (Business) presented a case study on marketing research collaboration between The Business Institute and Central Hudson Engery Group at The Edison Electrical Institute's marketing conference, "Market Research: The Foundation of Successful Marketing," on Sept. 24. Assistant Professor Narcyz Roztocki (Business) presented his research paper, "The Use of Web-Based Surveys for Academic Research in the Field of Engineering," at the 2002 American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) National Conference in Tampa, Fla, earlier this month. The paper was co-authored by Shona D. Morgan of North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro. Associate Professor Chih-Yang Tsai (Business) with Assistant Professor Andrew Pletch (Computer Science) and Charles Matula of IBM, co-authored the paper, "The Account Data Model," which was presented at the 21st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Oct. 7 - 11, in Tampere, Finland. The paper is published in the journal, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2503, pp. 263-275.

Ron Knapp (Geography Emeritus) presented an invited general session lecture, "Asia's Diversity & Asia's Dwellings: A Geographer's Perspective," at the 2002 International Traditional Architecture in Modern Asia (TAmA 2002) conference sponsored by the Korean Association for Architectural History at Seoul National University on Oct. 18.

Mika Roinila (Geography), presented a talk on "Religious Pluralism Amongst Finnish-Americans: The Impact of the Finnish Salvation Army," at the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers, held at Montclair State University on Oct.11-12. He also attended the Applied Geography Conference held at the University of Binghamton on Oct. 23-26 where he presented a paper entitled "New York's Urban Regions Defined by Newspaper Readership."


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