News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, November 25, 2002
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sojourner Friends surpass $100,000
More than 120 people attended the Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library's annual donor recognition reception on Nov. 15. At the event, Friends honored Mary Jane Corry, professor emeritus of music, for her contributions to the college library collection and her support of the Friends. Paul Brown, chair of the Friends steering committee, announced that the Friends of the Library recently passed the $100,000 milestone in fundraising for the library (since its inception in 1997). Attendees enjoyed a performance by La Grand Ecurie, which included Corry, Susan Seligman, and Joel Evans, and perused an impressive display of books purchased with Friends funds, including those commemorating a person or event through the Honor with Books program. Also, beginning Dec. 2, the Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library will hold its semi-annual Fall Used Book Sale. Books on all topics will be sold at $1 for hard cover and .50 cents for paperbacks. For more information, contact Barbara Petruzzelli at x3677.

Mark your calendars
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.

Thanksgiving hick-up
There will not be a Monday, Dec 2, edition of News Pulse because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The next issue will be available on Monday, Dec. 9. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone in the Office of Public Affairs!

A smokey law
In compliance with the Public Health Law of New York, SUNY New Paltz has been asked to consider a revision to our smoking policy to exclude smoking within 25 feet of building entrances or open windows and in all exterior stairwells. As smoking violations are campus policy, serious or repeat violations may subject employees to disciplinary action as provided in the various negotiated union contracts. Complaints regarding smoking by students in a given area should be referred to the Office of Student Affairs and will be handled through the Student Judicial process.

Building a new name
The Department of Facilities and Planning (Alterations) has often been confused with Facilities Operations (Maintenance). In order to clarify future communications, the Department of Facilities and Planning will now be known as Planning and Construction. The construction information Web site will still be accessible at If you have any questions, contact Arnold Bernardini, assistant vice president of Planning and Construction, at x3304.


. . . The Purchasing Department will once again collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children via the "Toys for Tots Campaign" in cooperation with the US Marine Corps Reserve. Please bring any donations to the Purchasing Department, HAB 307, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 13. Anyone with questions may call the Purchasing Department at x3190 or send a message to All staff, faculty and students are welcome to participate.

. . . The Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) desk will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. the week of Dec. 2 through Dec. 6. The desk will be in the Student Union Building (SUB) Information Booth located in the lobby. Faculty may pick up the packets, but a student must return them. Please make sure you have the course/section numbers with you. On Friday, Dec. 6, the desk will close at 4 p.m. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Research at x3227, or visit

photo of Heinz Meng
Photo by Eric Gullickson
Professor emeriti Heinz Meng came to the rescue of a Northern Saw-whet Owl that had been stunned from flying into a window in the Haggerty Administration Building last Wednesday. Meng said he would observe it for a few days then release it back into the wild.


Dr. Margaret Johnson (Art Education) talked with a group of elementary art teachers at the annual conference of the New York State Art Teacher Association (NYSATA). Her presentation, "For Art's Sake: Collaborating with Early Childhood Educators," focused on ways elementary art teachers and art supervisors can encourage and assist classroom teachers in using appropriate art practice as they integrate the visual arts into early childhood instruction. The NYSATA conference was held in Albany, Nov. 8-10.

The William Vasse Poetry Board of SUNY New Paltz will host its annual Poetry Open Mic at Oasis in New Paltz at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. There is a 3-minute reading limit and a $3 cover charge to help fund future events. Among others, expect to hear from SUNY New Paltz English Department notables Robert Waugh, Dennis Doherty, Jacqueline Ahl and Joanne Deiudicibus. All verse-mongers are encouraged to attend!

Susan Ingalls Lewis (History) spoke on "Female Proprietors in Mid-19th-Century Albany: Stories and Mysteries," at the New York State Museum on Nov. 8. This talk, part of the Albany Heritage Program, explored some of the most interesting stories and intriguing mysteries surrounding just a few of the more than two thousand female artisans, retail dealers, petty manufacturers and service providers who operated businesses in the city between 1830 and 1885.

The Diversity Film Series presents "El Norte" on Dec. 9, in Lecture Center Room 100. "El Norte" is a gripping account of a Guatemalan brother and sister, persecuted in their homeland, who make an arduous journey north to America. The movie will be shown twice, with a discussion between the two showings. The discussion will be led by staff from International Student Programming, the Foreign Language Department and the Migrant Education Program. First movie showing is at 3:30 p.m., with a discussion 6 p.m. The second movie showing begins at 6:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are invited. There is no charge. Release time may be granted for staff who would like to attend the movie and discussion. More information is available at


SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus Ron Knapp (Geography) has been named co-editor, with Dr. Xing Ruan, head of the Architecture Program at the University of Technology Sydney, of "Spatial Habitus: Making & Meaning in Asia's Vernacular Architecture." This book series, which focuses on the interactive relationship between people and their constructed world, buildings, settlements, and landscapes, is to be published simultaneously in English and Chinese-language editions by the University of Hawaii Press, China Architecture and Building Press. Knapp has also been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of 'Minju' [Vernacular Architecture], a new journal to be published by Tsinghua University in Beijing.


Sondlo Leonard Mhlaba ('70 Physics) has done many things since graduating from New Paltz. After numerous years in secondary and higher education, Mhlaba returned to college in the 90s and completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northwestern University, Boston, MA, at the ripe age of 56. In 2001, Mhlaba founded The New Franchise Institute (, which promotes government accountability worldwide. He is the author of a book, "500 Years of Eurocentric Diplomacy: Prospects for the 21st Century" (BookSurge, 2000). Mhlaba has fond memories of his New Paltz professors and advisors, including Dr. Donald Walker, Dr. Jesse Shelton, Professor Barbara Hardgrave, and others.


The Annual Campus Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Mon., Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. in the College Terrace Restaurant. Students from the various religious groups at the College are coming together to share in this special occasion. Held annually on campus under the coordination of the Student Christian Center and the Campus Interfaith Council, those attending bring ethnic and favorite food dishes. They also offer readings from their respective religious holy books, as well as prayers. The dinner will be followed by selections by Voices of Unity, the College's gospel choir, and folksongs led by Professor Rose Rudnitski, past leader of the faculty. All are welcome to attend and share in this festive gathering in the spirit of peace and friendship. For more info, contact Pastor Paul Walley at x3023 or x6266. There is no cost for the gathering, but participants are asked to bring food dishes to share and a canned or boxed food item for Family of New Paltz for the hungry in our area. For more information, visit: and see Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner.

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