News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, January 6, 2003


George Stefano, David Lavallee, Patricia C. Phillips and SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King (left to right). Photos by Joe Putrock

Central recognition
New Paltz professors Dr. Katherine L. French and Patricia C. Phillips recently received the Chancellor's Research Recognition Award, the highest academic ranks available in the system. On Nov. 7, Chancellor King hosted a reception, at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, honoring faculty most recently appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor. 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. 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.The State University of New York's Board of Trustees established the Distinguished Faculty ranks to promote faculty who have a sustained record of extraordinary achievement. Distinguished Professor Gerald Benjamin and his daughter, Ms. Elizabeth Benjamin, were among those honored. Provost David Lavallee was also a guest at the reception.

December Commencement Web site
For those of you who were unable to attend the 2002 December Commencement -- don't despair - you can view highlights and read stories about the Valedictorian, Salutatorian and other special guests. There is also a photo essay for your viewing pleasure. Simply follow go to Enjoy.



. . . Former and current faculty and staff gathered recently to congratulate Professor Bart Wagner and wish him well in his retirement. Professor Wagner retired after over thirty years of dedicated teaching in the Elementary Education Department of the School of Education.

Standing left to right, Professors Joe Eulie (Secondary Education), Ray Snider (Secondary Education), Jack Burdick (Secondary Education), Jim Forrester (Education Advisement), Joe Trippi (Ed Studies), Maurice Recchia (Elementary Education), Bart Wagner (Elementary Education), Joe Castellana (Ed Studies). Seated left to right, Ellen Tozzi, (Secretary to the dean of Education), Rosemarie McBride (Coordinator, Student Teaching).

. . . The staff of Records and Registration is collecting Christmas cards and will be forwarding them to St. Judes Hospital for their craft projects. If you have any new or old cards you would like to donate, drop them off at the Records and Registration office in HAB 19.

. . . Now that winter is fully upon us, information about SUNY New Paltz policy and procedures on severe weather delays and closings, and a list of the radio stations announcing cancellations/delays, can be found at:


Daniel Sistarenik (Financial Aid) was honored at the 2002 SUNY Financial Aid Professionals Conference at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. He was presented with the Don Whitlock SUNYFAP Service Award in recognition for his outstanding commitment and high level of service to SUNYFAP and the financial aid profession. He is the first recipient of this award and a founding member of SUNYFAP. He has served as President, Vice-President and in numerous other leadership positions within SUNYFAP and also is an active member of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association.


Melissa Mansfield ('02) is now a reporter at the Albany bureau of the Associated Press. Mansfield was a French major and a minor in international relations and journalism. She was also editor the Oracle while at New Paltz. She is from Poughkeepsie.


John Symolon passed away on Dec. 26. at the age of 61. For 5 years he was a valuable member of the CAS team, working in the bookstore, check cashing, and Kilroy's Copy Shop/Game room. John will be missed by all who came in contact with him.

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