News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, December 16, 2002


A little orange spice
If you hadn't noticed it already, there has been a little color­ added to the flag of News Pulse - enjoy!

Need a job?
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences seeks to appoint an Associate Dean, to begin at the start of the Spring 2003 semester, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Dean Richard Varbero. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean participates actively in decision making on a range of functions that are the responsibility of the Dean's office. He or she is primarily responsible for assuring the integrity of the academic programs of the college. This position will be filled from within the university. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and be tenured in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Some experience in academic administration is desirable. Persons employed at the university who have extensive administrative experience and who hold a doctorate in a discipline in the Liberal Arts and Sciences but do not hold continuing appointment in the teaching faculty may also be considered. This appointment will be made by Gerald Benjamin, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, upon the recommendation of a committee comprised of: Ronald Knapp - (Chair) Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography; Gwen Havranek - Director of Business Operations, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Stacie Nunes - Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Richard Varbero - Associate Dean (retiring), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Letters of application detailing the candidate's interest in this position, accompanied by a current resume, should be sent to this committee, c/o Ms. Barbara Fanti, Secretary to the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 614 Faculty Tower, SUNY, New Paltz, New York, 12561, or by attachment to e-mail at All applications received on or before January 7, 2003 will be considered.

Sports briefs
The Department of Athletics recently had two athletes receive state recognition for their performances. Men's swimming Sophomore Kent Yeung won the 100-yard backstroke at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Seawell, N.J. Yeung recorded a time of 54:44 to earn the first ECAC Championship of his career. Women's tennis standout, Becky Sparacin has been named to the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) all-state women's tennis team. Sparacin finished the season with a 14-1 singles record and the number two singles flight championship at the SUNYAC in October. Sparacin also posted a 14-2 win-loss record with her doubles partner Kerry Farrell and won the number one doubles flight at the conference championship as well.


Talk about stamina
The 17th Annual Awards Luncheon for Classified Staff took place on Dec. 13. After an exceptional lunch catered by the Wood Company, Interim President Steven Poskanzer announced the 2002 Classified Service Award recipients. William Decker (Planning and Construction), Brian Markowski (University Police-retired) and Toni Rizzo (School of Business) all received awards for 20 years of service. Helen Roberts (Human Resources) was honored for 25 years, and Sandra Dixon (Planning and Construction) and Barbara Eckert (Computer Services) were both honored for 30 years of service to SUNY New Paltz. Special mention was made to the following staff who will be retiring (or have retired in the last several months) for their years of service to New Paltz: George Baker-27 years (Biology), Pamela Boden-31 years (University Police), Gerald Miller-19 years (Alterations), Lorraine Chan-37 years (Sojourner Truth Library), Ralph Cowan-8 years (Facilities Operations), Elizabeth Gigante-12 years (Foreign Languages), Charles Henry-18 years (Mathematics), Donna Herth-19 years (Mathematics), Delores Kilmer-16 years (Sojourner Truth Library), June Lamark-19 years (Custodial) and Brian Markowski-20 years (University Police). For more highlights, see

Input please
Last spring an Assessment Steering Committee was charged by Interim President Steven Poskanzer to develop a proposal for moving the campus forward with assessment. The Steering Committee divided itself into sub-groups to work on different aspects of assessment, informed the campus of its progress at faculty meetings last spring, and developed draft components of the proposal by the end of the 2002 Spring Semester. Work then continued over the summer and the first part of the fall semester to craft a set of formal recommendations and a coherent proposal. The report was presented to the President in November and is now available to you on the Web at Additionally, there will be a formal campus-wide discussion and presentation to faculty governance early in the spring semester. However, in the interim, send comments and inquiries to Anne Balant or Kelli Parmley


. . . Attention young sluggers: The SUNY New Paltz baseball team will host its fifth annual winter clinic on January 25-26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Elting Gymnasium. SUNY New Paltz Head Baseball Coach Mike Juhl and his coaching staff will be on hand to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, base running and strength and conditioning. The first day of the clinic is open to all boys and girls ages 7 through 12, while day- two is open to all boys and girls ages 13 through 18. The registration fee is $50, paid in advance, and $60 at the door on the day of the clinic. A team rate is also available for groups of eight or more. Please contact x3915 for more information. Pre-registration fees should be sent to: SUNY New Paltz Athletics, Attention baseball office, 1 Hawk Drive., New Paltz, NY 12561. Please make all checks payable to SUNY New Paltz Athletics.

. . . The College Curriculum Committee has approved the GE III Guidelines. Everything can be found at the Curriculum Committee Web site, Feedback about the site and guidelines should be referred to David Hobby, Chair, College Curriculum Committee x3563, as well as questions about interpretation and implementation.

. . . Calendars for January -July 2003 are now available in the Print Shop. As soon as the details for the academic calendar for fall are received the August - December 2003 calendar will be available.


Leslie Couse (Elementary Education) recently co-authored a scholarly article with Mellisa Clawson (University of Maine - Farmington) entitled, Using Service Learning in Academic Courses. The article highlights the lessons learned from their work together with Child Care Centers to enhance learning for students and meet identified needs within the community. The article appears in the most recent issue (volume 13 number 1) of the Forum, the journal of Kappa Omicron Nu, the national society of Family and Consumer Science professionals.


Jennifer Cox (Geography, '98) received this year's New York Group Fellowship from the Society of Woman Geographers. The award will be used to complete her Master's thesis in Geography at Hunter College. In her thesis, she creates a land cover model for studying the urbanization of Phoenix, Arizona for a three-decade period. Through their fellowships, the Society of Woman Geographers provides aid to young women studying for advanced degrees in geography or its allied sciences. For more information, visit their Web site at

Flemenco guitarist, Maria Zemantauski (Music '83) performed at The Music at the Mansion series on Dec. 1, at SUNY Orange, Morrison Mansion in Middletown. Zemantauski has performed around the world and cut two compact disks, "Mrs. Laughinghouse," a solo album in 1997, and "Seeing Red," a combination of solo and collaborative music released in 2000.


Gerry Miller (Carpenter-Planning & Construction) is retiring and is part of the "good wishes" drop-in on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 9:30 to 10:30 in SUB 402/408. Miller spent most of his years here (19 yrs.) as a member of the Physical Plant Department prior to its being split into two separate entities. Originally Miller was the driver for President Emeritus Alice Chandler.

Richard Tofte (Chemistry) is retiring at the end of this semester after 35 years of service to the college.

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