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ISSUE DATE: October 28, 2002


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Famous sportswriter to speak with students
Roger Kahn, who has been called the best baseball writer in America, will discuss his recently completed book on the 1978 New York Yankees while visiting with students from a literary journalism class at SUNY New Paltz on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. in Jacobson Faculty Tower, Room 1010. Kahn is most famous for his 1972 book "The Boys of Summer," which has sold 3 million copies and is now in its 80th printing. Famous novelist James Michener called The Boys of Summer "the finest American book on sports." Kahn's most recent book -- his 17th -- is titled "October Men: How The 1978 Yankees Fought Themselves and Won a World Championship." Harcourt Publishers will release it next spring. The 1978 Yankees were well known for the internal strife between New York legends Billy Martin, the manager, and Reggie Jackson, the Hall of Fame right fielder. Kahn has taught writing at various colleges and lectured at Yale, Princeton and Columbia universities. He lives in High Falls. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Spring 2003 Registration: It's time to start planning!
Now that the spring 2003 schedule of classes is available online at, it is time to begin making plans for advance registration, which is the week of Nov. 18-22. Students should print a copy of their progress report from and faculty advisors should start setting up appointments to meet with their advisees to plan spring schedules. Time assignments were mailed to all students indicating the day and time during advance registration week they can begin to register using the Touch-Tone Information System or Web Registration in

Welcome Hudson Valley Hoop Group
The SUNY New Paltz women's basketball program has announced the formation of the Hudson Valley Hoop Group and will conduct four clinics for area girls in third through eighth grade. The Hudson Valley Hoop Group will meet every Sunday from Nov. 17 to Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Elting Gymnasium. Head Women's Basketball Coach Brad Duckworth, his coaching staff and members of the basketball team will be on hand each week to conduct the program that will emphasize skill development in dribbling, passing, shooting and offensive and defensive concepts. A registration fee of $85 for the four-week program is due by Nov. 15 to: SUNY New Paltz Athletics, Attention Women's Basketball, Elting Gym, Room 205, 1 Hawk Drive., New Paltz, NY 12561. All checks should be made payable to SUNY New Paltz Athletics. For more information, contact Duckworth at x3923.

Dining feedback requested
The college administration is involved in discussions with the Wood Company regarding food services on campus. These discussions have raised the question of whether the dining facilities on campus are sufficient to meet present and future campus needs. New Paltz is conducting a survey to ensure input from students, faculty and staff on this issue. Take a few minutes of your time to complete the online survey available at by Nov. 11 at 4 p.m., so your thoughts and opinions will be heard.

Art History has new, improved home
The Art History Department has moved into a newly renovated office in the southeast corner of the Smiley Art Building. The 2,300 square-foot space includes the slide library for faculty and students, a slide study room and computer lab for the students to use for exam study, and private offices for all department faculty. There is a central department reception area and a shared adjunct office, as well. The renovations include all new finishes, a new heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system, and new exterior windows (as part of the project to replace all the exterior windows and doors in the Smiley Art Building). This has brought the department back to the heart of the Fine and Performing Arts complex, and makes it readily accessible to important resources utilized by Art History students, such as the art museum. Total cost for the project was $200,000.

photo of Megan Smailer and David Smith
Photo by Eric Gullickson
Campus Architects Megan Smailer and David Smith were instrumental in the design and development of the new Art History Office in the Smiley Art Building.



. . . The Purchasing Department will once again collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children via the Toys for Tots Campaign. Please bring any donations to the Purchasing Dept., HAB 307, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 13. Contact Purchasing at x3190. All staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to participate.

. . . The Latin American Studies Program is proud to present "Cultural Journeys: Brazil-Cuba," an exhibit of objects and images from Brazil and Cuba This exhibit is taking place at the Sojourner Truth Library from Oct. 21 through Oct. 31. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Departments of Foreign Languages and Geography, as well as the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs.



Larry McGlinn (Geography) presented "Chinese Population and Landscape in Northern New Jersey" at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers Middle States Division, held at Montclair State University, New Jersey on Oct. 11 and 12. At the same meeting, Jo Margaret Mano (Geography) presented "Sprawl or Sustainable Development: Rhetoric and Reality in the Mid-Hudson Region."



Denise Bauer (Women's Studies) has published two articles, "Alice Neel's Feminist and Leftist Portraits of Women" in Feminist Studies (Summer 2002) and "Alice Neel's Portraits of Motherwork" in the NWSA Journal (Summer 2002).

Yaser Khalifa (Electrical and Computer Engineering) published a paper titled "Design Centering of Analog Circuits Using Genetic Algorithms and the Regionalization Method." The paper was presented and published at the proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Electronic Circuits and Systems held on Sept. 15-18, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Walter Borenstein (Professor Emeritus in Spanish) is the translator of Journeys in Time and Place, including two works of Azorin, Confessions of a Little Philosopher and The Route of Don Quixote published by the Spanish Literature Publishing Company this month. Azorin was a member of the Generation of 1898 in Spain and one of the outstanding novelists and essayists of his time.


Students in the news

Two New Paltz students mentored by Ernelle Fife (English) presented papers at the annual Northeast American Society for 18th-century Studies conference at the CUNY-Graduate Center, New York City, on Oct. 18. Graduating senior Matthew Nickel presented "Rasselas and the Necessary Journey or Down from the Porch and Out Into the World," and MAT student Danielle Bienvenue presented "Marriageability Training: Children's Literature and the Education of Girls in the Eighteenth Century."


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

Wilma Feliciano (Spanish) has been selected for the New York State Speakers in the Humanities program, 2003-2005. Her topic, "Religious Theater in Peru," was evaluated based on "scholarship and public appeal, and each topic was individually weighed against others in the same field of study." The letter cites "the overwhelming response" to the call for speakers and extends "special congratulations on being selected as a speaker." NYSHC programs are dedicated to ensuring the presence of the humanities in the state's cultural and intellectual life. The abstract of Professor Feliciano's presentation reads as follows: "Peruvians celebrate their culture in popular festivals that honor their history and patron saints with lavish performances. This presentation shows how highland Andeans continue to mourn the death of the Inca emperor in conquest plays; and how coastal people accommodate vestiges of their pre-Inca religiosity into contemporary morality plays."

On Sunday, Oct. 20, students from CASA (Contraceptive and Sexual Awareness) participated in the American Cancer Society's 7th Annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk" at Woodbury Common Outlets. Organized by Michelle Cangelosi and student intern Constance Rivera, the group representing SUNY New Paltz raised over $300, which will help benefit medical research, education, advocacy, patient and family services and early detection. Other activities this month include distribution of pink ribbons, workshops in the residence halls and a " Breast Cancer Wall of Awareness" on the second floor of the SUB. All of these events are sponsored by The Student Association.


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.