News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, February 3, 2003


Special meeting
A special meeting of the faculty and professional staff regarding Presidential search will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Lecture Center 102 on Thursday, Feb. 6. Harry Scherr, chairman of the search committee will be in attendance to report on the status of the search. This topic will be the only item on the agenda. Faculty and professional staff may wish to review the SUNY Board of Trustees Guidelines for Presidential Searches which are available on the President's Office Web page. To access, start at the SUNY New Paltz home page, under "Resources For." Click on "Faculty and Staff"; then click on "Presidential Search"; and finally, click on "Guidelines for the Selection of State-operated Campus Presidents"-- a PDF document. For further information, contact the office of Faculty Governance, x2891, or presiding officer, Barbara Hardgrave, x2713, or e-mail: Visit their Web site at

Banner performance
The SUNY New Paltz women's tennis team will be honored in Elting Gymnasium on Feb. 7 following the 6 p.m. women's basketball game between New Paltz and Oneonta. The team will be recognized for winning the 2002 SUNYAC (State University of New York Athletic Conference) Championship last October. At that time a banner, which will hang in the Elting Gymnasium, will be unveiled to signify the program's first conference championship. The Hawks went 13-3 during the fall and ran away from the 10-team field at the SUNYAC Championship. The Hawks claimed four SUNYAC titles in the singles competition and two more in doubles. In addition, head coach Rob Bruley was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the SUNY New Paltz men's basketball team will play Oneonta.

Blood drive
Due to an alarmingly low inventory of blood throughout the New York region, New York Blood Center, has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations effective immediately. Hudson Valley Blood Services will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Multi-purpose room in the SUB. All Rh Negative blood is well below the minimum five day supply required to adequately serve our area hospital patients, with O Negative blood (which anyone can receive in an emergency) at a less than one day supply. This crisis has already forced the New York Blood Center to cut distribution of O Negative blood to area hospitals by 50 percent with even deeper cutbacks looming. Without enough blood, surgeries can be canceled, emergency rooms can be closed, and patients may have to get type-mismatched transfusions. If you wish to participate or have questions please contact Cathy Gallagher, at x2931 or e-mail at Walk-in donations are also accepted.


. . . The Career Advising and Fieldwork Center is pleased to announce an extension of their service hours. The center will now be open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to better meet the needs of all students and to be more consistent with hours when students are on campus. The Center is located in HAB 705 and provides the following career services for students and alumni on an appointment basis or during our drop-in hours listed below: career counseling, career assessments, community service opportunities, AmeriCorps memberships, internship listings, job search preparation, resume critiques, practice interview coaching, major choice guidance, graduate school advisement and information. Drop-in hours to see a counselor are Tuesdays 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. Counselors are also available by appointment. Please encourage students to visit or call x3265.

. . . The Faculty Governance Web site has been updated with information regarding the Spring 2003 semester. You will find dates and times for the scheduled meetings of the faculty and professional staff and for the academic senate. In addition, the link to the central committees list is complete and current. The information will be kept as current and accurate as possible with frequent updates. Please inform us of any changes or corrections that may need to be made. If you wish to have a hard copy of any of the available info, please print it from the Web page. We will be communicating electronically with the campus community whenever possible in the interest of both time and resources. For your immediate convenience, the following is a list of meeting dates: Academic Senate: Feb. 7, March 7, April 11; Faculty & Professional Staff: Feb. 14, March 14, April 25; Special Meeting: Feb. 6 at 11:30 LC 102.

. . . Effective Fall 2003, please take note of the following policy changes with regard to freshman and transfer students. I. Newly matriculated transfer students will have until the mid-point of their first semester at New Paltz to submit all final college transcripts, AP exam scores, CLEP exam scores, and other pertinent collegiate coursework to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Pre-matriculation credits will not be accepted to New Paltz after this deadline. Furthermore, effective Fall 2003, transfer students will not be able to use New Paltz courses to transfer back to their community college to earn an AA or AS degree once the matriculate at New Paltz. II. Newly matriculated freshman will have until the mid-point of their first semester at New Paltz to submit official college transcripts and AP exam reports to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Pre-matriculation credits will not be accepted after this deadline.


The first issue of "Art Journal" under the executive editorship of Patricia Phillips (Art) was published by the College Art Association. Professor Phillips was also honored by the Chancellor for her outstanding work in research. William Rhoads' (Art History) book, Kingston, New York: the Architectural Guide, was recently published by Black Dome Press. Margaret Johnson's (Art Education) book, The Colors of Learning: Integrating the Visual Arts Into the Early Childhood Curriculum, was also recently published by Teachers College Press and NAEYC.

Russell Hilliard (Music) published his article "The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: A Historical Perspective on the Role of a Chorus as a Social Service" in the "Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services," vol. 14(3), 79-94 in Nov, '02.


photo of a hawk
Photo by Allan Bowdery

"Safeguarding the Shawangunks"
Between February and March 2003, the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership will present eight lectures about the biodiversity and open space value of the Shawangunk Mountains. This free series is funded by a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation in Connecticut. Lectures will be held every Thursday in February and March, with February lectures being held at SUNY New Paltz, and the March series being offered through the Ellenville Public Library. For more information about the lectures, contact Hatti Langsford, Park Interpreter, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, (845) 255-2011, The Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership is a 10-member consortium of state agencies, non-profit land management organizations, and private landowners protecting over 25,000 acres of the Shawangunk Mountains. The Partnership's mission is to protect the biological diversity of the Shawangunks by using environmental research to inform cooperative, land management decisions on the ridge and in surrounding communities.

Rodney K. Douglass (Black Studies) has produced the play, "Sorrows and Rejoicings," which will be showing at the Cunneen Hackett Theatre, 12 Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie from Feb. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. This play explores the legacy of apartheid on two women, one white, the other black, who on the surface seem to have nothing common. The play interweaves racial, political and personal themes as each woman begins to recognize her strength. Shows start at 8 p.m. Sunday's show begins at 3 p.m. For reservations call 485-7399.

Christopher Robins (Foreign Languages) presented two lectures to Vermont educators at a workshop of the Asian Studies Outreach Program (University of Vermont) in Randolph, Vermont on Jan. 10. The lectures were entitled: "Growing Up in Japan: the Transition from Home to Preschool," and "Juvenile Literature in Japan: Introducting Miyazawa Kenji."

Alice Wexler (Art Education) will host an exhibition with selected graduates and undergraduates of installations called Artundo in the Rotunda in the Fine Arts Building. The opening is Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., and will also include performances by the artists. The show will run through Feb. 26.

Ping Jin's (Music) "Pipa Dance" was performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Cincinnati on Dec 3, 2002, under John Morris Russell, CSO's associate conductor. The concert was one of "The Young People's Concert Series: A Program of Sound Discoveries." It was the 10th performance of the piece by CSO/Cincinnati Pops since it was composed for CSO in 1996. On the same day his piano trio "Xipi" was performed by the Newstead Trio in Oklahoma City.

Jamie Bennett (Art) recently had four works acquired by the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Hellen Drutt Collection. Professor Bennett will also be part of a four person exhibition Ornament as Content at the Hall Gallery, Portland, Maine.

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