News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, February 10, 2003


Photo by Eric Gullickson

United States Senator Charles Schumer, seen here with Interim President Steve Poskanzer and several New Paltz students, hosted a conference on the SUNY New Paltz campus last Friday for employers in the mid-Hudson Valley to introduce them to housing programs that can help recruit and retain employees. The forum was targeted to senior-level representatives from businesses, non-profit organizations and local governments in the four-county area. The programs, known as Employer-Assisted Housing, can be set up through Fannie Mae to suit an employer's particular circumstances. Some of the possible benefits include providing employees with down payments or closing costs assistance, interest rate buy-downs, forgivable loans, or home-buyer education.

United States vs. Iraq: A Realist View
Stephen M. Walt, professor of International Affairs and Academic Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will give a lecture at SUNY New Paltz at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Coykendall Science Building auditorium. Professor Walt's lecture, "The United States vs. Iraq: A Realist View," will focus on the Bush Administration's foreign policy, and specifically on the current showdown between the United States and Iraq. Walt will discuss whether Saddam Hussein can be contained without the United States going to war with Iraq. Walt is a leading figure in the realist school of international relations, which has provided a particularly influential approach for understanding international politics. Walt is the author of The Origins of Alliances (Cornell University Press 1987), which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award, and Revolution and War (Cornell University Press 1996). Some of professor Walt's most recent publications include: "Rigor or Rigor Mortis?: Rational Choice and Security Studies" (International Security, Spring 1999); "Beyond bin Laden: Reshaping U.S. Foreign Policy" (International Security, Winter 2001-02); and "The Enduring Relevance of the Realist Tradition" (Political Science: State of the Discipline, W.W. Norton, 2002).

Come review the Assessment Review Committee
The regularly-scheduled meeting of the Faculty and Professional Staff will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, in Lecture Center 102. There will be a presentation regarding the work of the Assessment Review Committee. Come early and enjoy refreshments at 2:30 p.m.. For more information, contact Faculty Governance, x2891 or x2713; or e-mail

"Town meetings" scheduled
There will be three "town meetings" on campus to discuss the report and recommendations of the Assessment Steering Committee. The report of the committee can be found at The town meetings are open to faculty, students, and staff and will be held: Feb. 20 in the International Programs Conference Room - 1st floor (Guest House) at 10 a.m.; Feb. 28 in the Teaching and Learning Center at 3 p.m.; March 5 in the College Terrace at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Felipa Biamonte at x3228.

Athletes excel in the classroom
The Fall 2002 SUNY New Paltz Athletic Department All Academic Team has been announced. This honor is awarded to student/athletes who receive a 3.5 or above for this past semester and who have made a significant contribution to his or her team. Phil Goodwin - 3.50, Justin Lee - 3.59, Sean McCormick - 3.54, Seth Phostole - 3.64, Nolan Reynolds - 3.92, Andrea Ditter - 3.77, Kristen Horodiski - 4.00, Jaime Parrotte - 3.63, Lauren Saracene - 3.59, Janet Walsh - 3.73, Rebecca Demeri - 3.93, Amie Larson - 3.50, Diana Lemanski - 3.83, Jennifer Neumann - 3.67, Jennifer Hollis - 3.54, Christina Mazurowski - 3.60, Denee Miggins - 3.60, Jodi Novatka - 4.00, Adrienne Smith - 3.59, Heather Downey - 4.00, Kim Baldwin - 3.93, Danielle Herring - 3.60, Courtney Muller - 3.69, Chris Sluszka - 3.67, Kristin Ackermann - 3.74, Val Blackman - 3.84, Lisa Taub - 3.67, Jeff Cote - 4.0, Marc Bernstein - 3.75, Marc Smith - 3.67, Eric Velazquez - 3.56. Thirty-one members in total -- congratulations!


Photo by Sean Brix

Some exciting new student art has been added to the permanent collection adorning the Humanities building, according to building coordinator Peter D.G. Brown (Foreign Languages), who heads the President's Task Force on Humanizing Humanities. MFA candidates in Amy Cheng's (Art) graduate painting classes were invited to submit proposals last year in a series of competitions juried by Brown, Robin Arnold (Art) and Patricia Phillips (Art). As a result, a mixed-media mural (latex, wood and plexi-glass) by Sean Brix (M.F.A. '03) now has been created at the east end of the building's second floor corridor. The mural includes a painting by fellow-student Jacob Goble (B.F.A. '03). Another student work to emerge from that competition is also on the second floor, a large mixed-media painting (acrylic, latex and oil) by Takashi Abe (M.F.A. '03), titled "In the Snow."


An essay by Reva Wolf (Art), "Work into Play: Andy Warhol's Interviews," is the centerpiece of the catalogue (2003) for the exhibition, Andy Warhol: Work and Play, which is currently on view at the Fleming Museum of the University of Vermont, Burlington. In addition, a chapter of Wolf's 1997 book on Warhol is included in "Experimental Cinema, The Film Reader" (Routledge, 2002). Wolf also has a book review, of the Religious Art of Andy Warhol, by Jane Daggett Dillenberger, in the journal "Religion and the Arts" (2002).

A.J. Williams-Myers' (Black Studies) article, "The Underground Railroad in the Hudson River Valley: A Succinct Historical Composite" recently appeared in the journal: "Afro-Americans in New York Life and History," vol. 27, No. 1 (January 2003).

Mary Hafeli (Art Education) published her article, "Angels, Wings, and Hester Prynne: The Place of Content in Teaching Adolescent Artists," in "Studies in Art Education," vol. 44 (1) (November 2002).

Robert Miraldi's (Journalism) new biography of a turn-of-the-century investigative reporter, The Pen Is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell, was published this month by Palgrave/St. Martin's Press. The book recreates the turbulent and controversial life of a forgotten but once-famous reform journalist, but it also finds remarkable similarities in problems found in 1903 that still plague America in 2003. It is Dr. Miraldi's second book. He has also edited one volume of essays.


Jacqueline Ahl (English) will be featured alongside Pamela Cederquist and Saul Bennett as part of the sixth season of the Voices of the Valley Poetry Performance Series, held at the Monkey Joe Roasting Co., 478 Broadway in Kingston. The series is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., and is hosted by Mike Jurkovic. The reading will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.. There is a $3 admission charge, and an open-mic follows the features. For more information, contact Mike Jurkovic at (845) 883-9172, or Jacqueline Ahl at x2737.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the School of Fine & Performing Arts has scheduled three events to occur concurrently. Separately, each reveals a component of the school and its dynamic artistic production; together, they provide a compelling glimpse into this creative and vital academic community. Events are free and open to everyone, and the evening promises to be both congenial and engaging. Faculty Art Show: Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art Opening Reception: 6 - 8 p.m. - This annual exhibition features work created by faculty from the SUNY New Paltz Art Department. Disciplines represented include ceramics, metals, photography, painting, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture and new media. Open Studios Tour: Smiley Art Building, 7 - 10 p.m. - Venture upstairs after the Faculty Exhibition for an Open Studios Tour. The Student Art Alliance invites the public to visit more than 30 graduate and undergraduate studios, meet the painters and view their work. Refreshments will be served. Clay Club Valentine's Day Sale: Fine Arts Building, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Buy a bowl or mug, handmade with love. All items for sale are the handiwork of ceramic arts students and the money raised supports students' attendance at the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts in San Diego, California.

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