News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, December 9, 2002


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Winter roars into region
Since winter has roared like a lion into the Hudson Valley, it is logical to expect more frequent and severe wintery conditions. The decision to delay or cancel campus activities will be made as early as possible (usually before 7 a.m.) for any day that is affected by severe weather. Decisions that affect evening classes will be announced by 2 p.m. Cancellations and delays will be implemented only when extreme winter conditions exist. For more information about SUNY New Paltz policy and procedures, and a list of the radio stations announcing cancellations/delays, please go to:

Flat and efficient
Academic Computing has equipped flat panel monitors in classrooms such as the first floor of Humanities and labs in SBB117 and LC112. These flat panel monitors save desktop space and allow for additional computers to be installed in smaller areas. Flat panels cost less to operate since they consume less power than ordinary monitors. The reduced overall energy cost is an added bonus and the uncluttered look of flat panels improves the line of site between student and instructor.

Something old, something new
The Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library are holding a used book sale from Dec. 2 -13 during all library hours. Hard cover books will sell for $1 and paperbacks are priced at 50-cents each. All proceeds benefit the college library. Books at the sale cover all subjects and additional books are added to the sale each day. All books sold have been donated to the Friends of the Library "Books for Books" program by college faculty, staff, students, alumni and by community members. For more information about the book sale, and to learn about donating used books for future sales, or about joining the Friends, please contact Barbara Petruzzelli, assistant library director, at x3677.

Research recognition
New Paltz professors Dr. Katherine L. French and Patricia C. Phillips have both been selected as recipients of the Chancellor's Research Recognition Award. French and Phillips will be invited to the dinner honoring researchers in humanities, arts and social sciences on Dec. 16, at the State University Plaza in Albany. French was chosen for her writing and research focusing on late medieval English religious history and the history of women, and the ways that social forces such as class, gender, wealth, and regional variation shape the practice of Christianity at the local level. In 1997-98, French was a Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Women's Studies in the History of Christianity at the Harvard Divinity School. Currently, she is engaged in a National Endowment for the Humanities, a yearlong fellowship for college teachers at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she is a visiting scholar. Phillips was chosen for her research and critical writing in contemporary public art, architecture, sculpture, landscape, and how these areas intersect. In July 2002, following a national search, she was appointed the Executive Editor of the Art Journal, a quarterly publication on contemporary art published by the College Art Association. Also, Phillips serves on the editorial advisory boards of Sculpture and Public Art Review, and is chairperson of the Board of Directors of Minetta Brook, a public art organization based in New York. Approximately 30 - 40 honorees and their guests will attend the cocktail reception and dinner.

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Jerry Benjamin receives his award in Albany for being named Distinguished Professor. Others pictured are Provost David Lavallee and Benjamin's daughter, Elizabeth Benjamin, Capitol reporter for the Albany times Union.



. . . A correction: In the What's New section of the Nov. 25 issue of News Pulse, it was incorrectly reported that New Paltz had adopted a revision to a policy on the smoking of tobacco products in this workplace. The issue is, in fact, still being considered to exclude smoking within 25 feet of building entrances or open windows and in all exterior stairwells. This is basically the policy in effect at SUNY Albany.

. . . The Migrant Tutorial Outreach Program is providing New Paltz with the opportunity to share holiday joy with some of their families. With the program, community members will choose a child (s) gift tag and purchase and return a holiday gift for that child. Migrant Tutorial Outreach staff will then distribute these wrapped gifts to the parent (s) for holiday giving. Gift tags can be picked up at the Office of Residence Life in Capen Hall from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 10. More information regarding your purchase and return of your holiday gift for that child will be available when you chose your child's gift tag. The return of gifts will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 1-5 pm in the VLC Annex Gym, 4th floor, where the generosity of our university community will be celebrated with refreshments and music, and the holiday spirit.

. . . The Department of Mathematics invites you to a party to celebrate the happy retirements of Elizabeth Anne DiPippo and Donna Herth from 4 to 6 p.m., on Dec. 18, in the CSB Lounge. Please come to express your appreciation for their many years of dedicated service to the department and to the college!

. . . One year ago University Police issued a booklet entitled, "Emergency Procedures - Desktop Reference Guide." If you have a copy, please take a minute to review it. If you would like a copy, they are available through University Police by contacting Jen Wait at x3340. This information is also available on our Web site at This publication covers a variety of emergency situations and includes emergency numbers. Please read this information. If you have any questions, e-mail or call Johanna D'Aleo, vice president of the administration, at x3295.

. . . On Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Facilities Operations Department will be hosting a farewell brunch for four department members who are retiring this month: Jim Powers - Head Janitor, Charlie Henry - Plumber, June Lamark - Janitor, Ralph Cowan - Motor Equipment Mechanic. Collectively they have almost 100 years of dedicated service to this community and we wish them many more years of active retirement. Stop by SUB 402-408 for coffee, a bagel and to wish them much success in this new chapter of their lives.


Assistant Professor Jae Lee (Business) has published "Importance Sampling for Signal Extraction Model in Time Series Analysis" in the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation Vol 72 No. 11, November 2002 pages 881- 894.

Baback Izadi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and colleague Fusun Ozguner, professor at The Ohio State University published a paper entitled "Real-time fault-tolerant hypercube multipcomputer" in IEE Proceedings Computers and Digital Techniques, Vol. 149, No. 5, pp. 197 - 202, September 2002.

William Rhoads (Art History) is the author of a book, Kingston, New York: The Architechtural Guide, recently published by The Friends of Historic Kingston and Black Dome Press. Explorers of the city are guided by detailed maps to over 130 sites in nine tours that are fully illustrated and described. Photographs are by James Bleecker and the foreword is by John Winthrop Aldrich, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Glenn Geher (Psychology) recently published a scholarly article and a book chapter. He co-authored an article published in December 2002 in The Journal of Social Psychology titled "Self and other obedience estimates: Biases and moderators." Geher's collaborators included Kathleen Bauman (Research Associate for the University of Maine), Sara Hubbard (undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University) and Jared Legare (undergraduate student at Husson College). Geher also wrote a chapter titled "Perceived and actual characteristics of parents and partners: A test of a Freudian model of mate selection" included in Love, Romance, and Sexual Interaction: Perspectives from Current Psychology (Doylestown, PA: Transaction Publications, 2003, Nathaniel Pallone (Ed.)).

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