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ISSUE DATE: November 11, 2002


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The search continues…
The SUNY New Paltz Presidential Search Committee met the evening of Oct. 28th, to analyze and select candidates who they would recommend to the College Council. According to Committee Chair, Harry Scherr, consensus was achieved on a group of applicants who will be forwarded to the SUNY New Paltz College Council for review and agreement before submitting the applicants to Chancellor King. Scherr said that he hopes the process will conclude by the holiday break.

Come out to discuss the 2003-04 academic calendar
The Faculty and Professional Staff Meeting will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, in Lecture Center 102. Everyone is encouraged to come early and enjoy refreshments, which will be served at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby. The Academic Affairs Committee will present its proposal for the 2003-2004 Academic Calendar. Please come and participate in the discussion and decision-making. The agenda for the meeting will be sent out via e-mail on Wednesday, Nov. 13. For more information, contact the Faculty Governance office at or x2891.

Economic aftermath of Sept. 11
The office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Economics and the Economics Club will sponsor a lecture on Nov. 13, featuring Dr. James Orr, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Orr will be discussing the economic and fiscal impacts of the World Trade Center attacks. Orr is the research officer for Business Conditions Function at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he has served since 1988. His previous positions include adjunct assistant professor of economics at New York University's Stern School of Business, assistant professor of economics at Manhattan College's School of Business and international economist in the International Labor Affairs Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor. Orr received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the lecture in the Student Union Building multi-purpose room. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Simin Mozayeni at, or call x2969.

Albany and New Paltz unite
In summer 2003 a second cohort of students will begin the requirements for a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies on the New Paltz campus. The degree is offered in collaboration with the University at Albany and will draw upon the strengths of the faculty at both institutions. The doctoral program is designed for practicing school and college administrators and others in the Hudson Valley corridor who have completed the certificate of advanced study (CAS) or master of science in educational administration or a related field. The program will use cross-campus cooperation in teaching and doctoral research, as well as distance learning via video teleconferencing. The program in educational administration and policy studies offers three areas of concentration: school administration, higher education administration and educational policy studies. The first advisory session for those interested in pursuing the program will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Studley Theatre. For more information, call Jan Hammond, at x2810, or Kathleen Kraus, at x2906, or e-mail: For more details about the doctoral degree, visit Albany's Web page at:


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

… The Workplace with Heart Committee and EAP will sponsor a "Smoking Cessation Program" from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Purple Lounge. Coordinators from Tobacco Free Action Council (TFAC) will outline the program that will provide peer support to help stop smoking. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Doug Hanley at x2886.

…To comply with audit requirements, all employees must sign for their Dec. 4, payroll check. Checks will be distributed in Mail Services, HAB 26, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After that date, payout checks can be picked up in Administrative Services, HAB 40. All employees are required to sign for their paychecks in person after presenting a valid driver's license or College ID. If you have any questions, please call x3270. Evening and midnight shift workers may pick up their checks at Campus Police on Dec. 4 and 5 between 4:30 and 8 p.m. Note to Direct Depositors: Your direct deposit will not be interrupted, however, you are still required to stop by and sign the register.

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Dr. Maureen A. Morrow (Biology) was recently honored by Chancellor Robert L. King as one of New York's 38 most important and innovative scientists. The individuals were recognized for their research in medicine, public health, genetics, engineering, environmental studies, physics, computer science and other fields at the second Chancellor's Recognition Dinner Honoring Research in Science, Engineering and Medicine, held in Albany. Morrow's research focuses on the molecular events associated with the activation of immune cells. She has been investigating the effect of modeled micro-gravity on T cells to better understand how earth orbit disrupts the human immune system. The 38 men and women honored represent 23 SUNY campuses including university centers, four-year colleges, health science centers, specialized colleges, colleges of technology and statutory colleges. They are responsible for generating nearly $70 million in research funding. Their research spans 21 disciplines ranging from biology, chemistry, geology and physics to medicine, computer sciences, materials science and engineering. SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King with Steven G. Poskanzer, Maureen Morrow and Dr. George Stefano (left to right).
SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King with Steven G. Poskanzer, Maureen Morrow and Dr. George Stefano (left to right).

Distinguished professor Laurence Hauptman, of the SUNY New Paltz History Department, recently was awarded two grants. Hauptman received the Reginald Lenna Foundation visiting scholars grant and the 2003 New York Council for the Humanities Speakers grant. For the Regina Lenna Foundation grant, Hauptman served as a visiting scholar at St. Bonaventure University and SUNY Jamestown Community College from Oct. 20 through Nov. 1. During this time, he addressed a variety of audiences, including college faculty, students, educators, the chamber of commerce and many others throughout southwestern New York State.

As the recipient of the 2003 New York Council for the Humanities grant, Hauptman will lecture at a variety of different venues on several topics including his insight on the "Misconception about Native Americans," "Native Americans in the Civil War," "Iroquois Land Claims in New York State: Historic Origins," and "George Catlin: Artist of American Indians."


Mika Roinila (Geography) published an article "Losing Hard Feelings: Finns and Finland-Swedes in Canada," in a book titled Entering Multiculturalism: Finnish Experience Abroad (Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland, 2002, pp.178-187). Dr.Roinila also reported on his current research on the Finnish fishermen of the Great Lakes in an article, "Fishermen of the Keweenaw," which appeared in the November 2002 issue of the Finnish-American Reporter, Hancock, MI, pp.10-11.

Wilma Feliciano (Spanish) recently published two book chapters. "Latin American and Latina Women Dramatists" were included in Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women's Studies, New York: Feminist Press. The second chapter, "El nacimiento de México en el Popul Vuh de Luisa Josefina Hernández," in The Birth of Mexico in the Popul Vuh by Luisa Josefina Hernández, is an introductory essay to this Mexican playwright's remaking of the Mesoamerican creation myth. It was included in "Teatro Para Niños," a critical anthology of children's plays edited by María Mercedes Jaramillo (Fitchburg [Mass.] State College), and published by the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.


Stephen Kitsakos (Theatre Arts) will perform a program of piano and clarinet music with clarinetist Osiris J. Molina, Jr. in a program called "Eklektik" at The Artist in Residence Program at Holy Cross in Kingston, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. The concert is a striking combination of classical, theatre and dance music and features works by Faure, Messiaen, Debussy and Vaughn Williams, and two works commissioned for composer Kitsakos. Also on the program will be Theatre Arts assistant professor, dancer and choreographer Yoav Kaddar who will be performing his original piece, "Passing Through."

William Rhoads (Art History) spoke on "Historic Architecture and Heritage Tourism in the Hudson Valley" at an American Institute of Architects Professional Practice Conference on Heritage Tourism in the Hudson River Valley, held at the Mohonk Mountain House and on the New Paltz campus on Nov. 1 and 2.

The SUNY Student Art Alliance will present the inter-media performance group Cave Dogs, featuring founder and creative director, Suzanne Stokes (Fine Arts) and members, Jim Fossett, (Fine Arts), Wayne Montecalvo (Fine Arts) and student Kari Giordano (Graphic Design '02). Cave Dogs will perform the group's newest piece, "Ferrous City," at McKenna Theatre on Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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