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ISSUE DATE: November 4, 2002


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Rockefeller Foundation grants $25,000 for Dorsky exhibit
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art has received a grant for $25,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation to help support the 2003 exhibition "Utopia/Post-Utopia: Conceptual Photography and Video from Cuba." The exhibition includes works of 10 of the most advanced artists working in Cuba today and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by the curator and one by a Cuban critic. The artists included in Utopia/Post-Utopia explore the relationship between personnel expression and social responsibility through such subjects as the body, race and identity, private and public space, history and memory, and faith and frustration. Neil Trager, director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (SDMA), said, "The generous support for this project provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, ensures that the exhibition and the scholarly catalogue that accompanies it will be produced without the compromises that often impact projects of this magnitude. I am extremely pleased and honored to have the work of the SDMA recognized and supported by such a prestigious and important foundation." Grant funds will be applied to the costs of mounting the exhibition, publishing the catalog, supporting the artists' travel and work at New Paltz, and creating educational programs related to the exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at the SDMA from July to September 2003.

What's your major?
Major and Minor Exploration Day takes place Nov. 7, from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Lecture Center lobbies. Faculty representatives from each of the various academic departments on campus will be available to explain major and minor requirements and career opportunities.

photo of Roger Kahn
Photo by Eric Gullickson
Roger Kahn, who has been called the best baseball writer in America, discussed 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.


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. . . The Annual Holiday Open House, hosted by Steve and Jane Poskanzer, will be held at their home on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Open House invitations will request your presence from 2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. President Poskanzer will also host the 17th Annual Awards Luncheon for classified staff, including University Police and those on Research Foundation grants, at noon on Friday, Dec. 13 in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

. . . Approximately 800 students participated in the 2002 Career Advising and Fieldwork Center Career Expo, along with another 150 in two other employer events held on the same day. The CAFC has walk-in hours Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and on Wed. and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Counselors are also available by appointment. For more information, call the CAFC office at x3265.

. . . The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is scheduled to begin their annual inspection of the campus on Nov. 5. This campus-wide inspection usually takes two to three weeks to complete and includes every areas of all buildings. Please take a moment to review your areas for compliance prior to their arrival. Contact Brian McCabe at x3310 with any questions.



Five drawings from "Work/Force" by Robin Arnold (Art) are included in the current exhibition, "Six Approaches" at the Marist College Art Gallery in Poughkeepsie. The exhibition continues until Dec. 7. Gallery hours are Mon. through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sat., noon to 4 p.m.

Christopher Robins (Foreign Languages) presented the paper, "Cultivating Detached Resignation: the Aesthetics of War and Other Calamities in Japanese High School Literature Textbooks," at the New York Conference on Asian Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Oct. 25.

Professor Roger Bagnall of Columbia University will speak on personal letters written by women in Roman Egypt (the period from 30 BCE to about 400 CE) at 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 12, in LC 102. Bagnall is the author of "Egypt in Late Antiquity" (Princeton University Press, 1993) and "Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History" (Routledge, 1995). He is the leading American scholar of the history of Egypt in the Graeco-Roman period. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, the Honors Center, the History Club, the Office of Academic Affairs and the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. The program is free and open to the public.



Roger Bowen (President Emeritus) recently had a book published, titled, Japan's Dysfunctional Democracy: The Liberal Democratic Party and Structural Corruption. This is a short, readable, and incisive study of the corrosive effects of corruption on one of the world's major liberal democracies. It explores the disconnect between democratic rules and undemocratic practices in Japan since the Second World War, with special attention to corrupt practices of various prime ministers.

Anne Gorrick published three poems ("147. Features That I Particularly Like," "135. Shrines," and "Eden Translated") in current issues of "American Letters and Commentary" and "Fish Drum Magazine." The numbered poems are part of a larger sequence that rethinks the 10th century Heian manuscript, the Pillow Book of Sei Shonogon. She also recently published a collaborative poem, "Solstice Renga," written with writer and publisher Steve Hirsch. It appears in the current issue of "Hunger."

Mika Roinila (Geography) published an article "New York's Urban Regions Defined by Newspaper Readership." The paper was published in the Papers and Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conferences Vol.25, 2002, pp.166-173.

Mohammad Zunoubi and Hassan A. Kalhor (Electrical and Computer Engineering) presented and published the following six articles at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, June 2002. 1. "A Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method for the Analysis of Reverberating Chambers with Electronic Mode Stirring." 2. "The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Analysis of Top-Hat Monopole Antennas Loaded with Radially Layered Dielectric." 3. "Transient Analysis of a Horizontal Electric Dipole on a Multi-layered Dielectric Medium." 4. "EM Scattering from Periodic Grating of Lossy Rectangular Cylinders by Finite-Difference Time-Domain Technique." 5. "EM Scattering from Arrays of Lossy Conducting Rectangular Cylinders by a Hybrid Finite-Difference Technique." 6. "Analysis of Magnetic Fields of Power Lines Using a Finite-Difference Scheme."


Awards, Honors, Appointments, and Recognition

The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that Chief Richard Barnhart has been awarded a $1,340.00 grant from the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee for participation in the project entitled "Buckle-Up New York -Expanded Enforcement." This project will provide overtime funding for the university police officers to enforce seat belt usage in an effort to reduce serious injury or death from traffic crashes.


Other Interesting Endeavors

Professor Zelbert Moore (History) gathered first-hand historical data on the Brazilian national elections on Oct. 6. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, of the left-of-center PT (Labor Party) did not gain the requisite 50 percent of the vote and he was forced into a second round vote against Jose Serra on Oct. 27. Moore has followed the political-activist career of Lula da Silva since the early 1980s.


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.