News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, January 27, 2003


Nominate for excellence
Nominations for the 2002-03 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence and Distinguished Professorships are due to SUNY by February 18. Candidates must be nominated for these awards. For complete guidelines, policy and procedure visit Nominations emanate from a broad representation of the campus community and are reviewed by the Committee on Research, Awards and Leaves. Please submit nominations by February 7 to the Provost's Office, Academic Affairs, HAB 801.

Classroom scuttle
Since the end of the fall semester, changes have occurred that will impact the utilization of classroom space. All classrooms in van den Berg Learning Center are off-line as the building undergoes extensive renovations this winter. Additionally, the classrooms in the Elting Gymnasium are also off-line because of a building project, also scheduled to begin this winter. Although space has been recouped by converting rooms previously used for other purposes to classrooms in Humanities, there is still a net loss of available classrooms for this semester and the next few academic years. The Office of the Registrar and the Dean's offices have worked together for the past three years to spread the schedule of classes across the time zones and days of the week; however, there is still a heavy schedule on Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., as well as evenings on the same days. Due to this, there will be a loss of flexibility in accommodating changes in classroom assignments. Changes to accommodate persons with disabilities will be the first priority and requests for classroom reassignment will be limited to those associated with meeting ADA requirements. Faculty should be very careful when signing P.I. cards for students. This is particularly true for those who are assigned classrooms in which both the room capacity and class size limit are closely matched. If there are no seats of record available, the system will not override the room capacity limit and the student will not be registered for the class. Reassignment of classrooms for classes in the over subscribed time zones (M-T-W-Th, 10:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.) will be very difficult to accomplish, because there are no unassigned classrooms available. Accommodation is possible in other time zones.

Psychological transformation
The Psychological Counseling Center has relocated to the Student Health and Counseling Center Bldg. (HCC) on Southside Loop Road (between Esopus and Gage Halls). The telephone number remains the same, 257-2920. Dr. Pam Atkins, Associate Dean for Student Development, is the Director at the Counseling Center. The Student Health Center remains in its temporary location behind the School of Business until the current renovations are completed. Dr. Peter Haughton is Director of the Health Center. There is a grand opening scheduled for Feb. 21; the details are forthcoming.

Congratulations student athletes!
During the fall semester, 37 SUNY New Paltz student-athletes distinguished themselves in the classroom, earning a spot on the SUNYAC All-Academic List. The league office recognized the New Paltz fall-sport student-athletes who achieved a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 for the fall semester. All seven of the New Paltz fall varsity sports were honored. The men's and women's cross country teams combined to place 12 on the list. The field hockey team garnered eight and the women's volleyball team added six. Both the men's soccer and women's tennis teams had four and the women's soccer team accounted for three. Among the 37 all-academic honorees, 17 also earned a spot on the Commissioner's List. The Commissioner's List recognizes student-athletes who attain a grade-point-average of 3.3 or higher for three semesters. Five student athletes also registered 4.00 grade-point averages for the fall semester. In addition, 53 percent of the student-athletes at New Paltz finished the fall term with a grade-point average of at least 3.0.



. . . Due to toxic components, cell phones should not end up in our landfills. Discarded Cell Phones and all paraphernalia are being collected on-campus beginning February. 3. Collection boxes will be placed in the lobby of HAB, all residence halls and the information booth located in the SUB. The Charitable Recycling Program refurbishes cell phones and distributes them to those in need. All monies received for the phones will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. The Poughkeepsie chapter of the Women of the Moose Lodge is sponsoring this project.

. . . The SUNY TLT Cooperative, in partnership with the SUNY Training Center, is offering eight-week, non-credit online professional development courses. Registration is now open and courses begin February 12. A complete list of TLT Cooperative online courses is available at the SUNY Training Center Web site: For more information, contact the SUNY Training Center at (315) 464-4078 or via e-mail at

. . . There will be a Writing to Learn Faculty Seminar on Friday, February 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This two-day seminar focuses on writing to learn, critical thinking, and discovering methods for teaching writing effectively. Faculty and professional staff who have joined the SUNY New Paltz community during the past three years are particularly encouraged to attend. Participants receive a stipend of $200 to use toward instructional materials. For more information or to sign up for the event, please contact Pat Sullivan, x3456, or Pauline Uchmanowicz, x2755,


Laura Dull (Secondary Education) recently received a promotion to Assistant Professor for successfully completing the Doctor of Philosophy in International Education from New York University.


Karin Andriolo (Anthropology) published a review essay titled, "Why Read about the Old Masters?" in the December issue of the "American Anthropologist," the Journal of the American Anthropological Association.


A lecture, "Media Coverage of the Civil Liberties and Dissent," will be held at 7 p.m. on February 6 in the CSB Auditorium . The event is co-sponsored by the 911 Response Planning Committee, Honors Program, Women's Studies Program, Sociology Department, Journalism program and the Student Association from the Center for Peace and Social Justice.

Eugene Heath (Philosophy) participated, in mid-December, in the Capitol Hill Campus, sponsored by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. His two presentations, on the "Moral Foundations of Markets," were part of a four-day course for Congressional staffers on "Markets, Ethics, and Justice."


Two sets of sisters made the Dean's List this fall ('02). Both Lauren and Meghan Honigman, and Samera and Madia Majeed all received recognition from the office of the Dean for their academic performance.


Jerome "Jerry" Greenfield, retired English professor at SUNY New Paltz, passed away on January 8. He is best known outside the college for his work on Wilhelm Reich, starting with his book, "Wilhelm Reich vs. the USA," first published here in the mid 1970's and recently translated into German. As a recognized expert on Reich's work, he was called upon to speak on numerous occasions at national and international conferences on Reich. He is also the author of the novel, "The Chalk Line," as well as several articles and book reviews published in literary and academic journals. His ribald and acerbic satire about life on the New Paltz campus, "Morte de Max," although never published, has enjoyed a devoted underground following for years. At the time of his death, Jerry had completed the first volume of his memoirs, "The Mark of Cain," in a modern parable tracing his life from his emigration from Russia, through the world war, and the struggle for the creation of the state of Israel.

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