News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Happy Presidents' Day!Monday, February 17, 2003
Happy Presidents' Day!


Roger K. CrouchNASA astronaut "touches down" at New Paltz Feb. 19
The School of Science and Engineering will host a day-long event on Wednesday, Feb. 19, to introduce students from the region's school districts to the wonders and excitement a career in engineering may offer. Special guest and keynote speaker Roger K. Crouch, a payload specialist at NASA who has logged more than 471 hours in space, will address approximately 400 students from the four-county region at this inaugural event titled, "The New Faces of Engineering." The event is one of a number of activities highlighting the annual National Engineers Week that begins Feb. 16. In light of recent events at NASA, and in line with one of NASA's three major missions to "inspire the next generation of explorers," Dr. Crouch has renewed his commitment to share his experiences in the space program and to stress the importance of math and science to today's young students. "For me, science has always been a lot of fun," said Dr. Crouch, "and students seem to appreciate that more when they become aware of how many times each day their life is made better through scientific and engineering advances over the past 30 to 50 years." "The New Faces of Engineering" theme focuses on the critical need for future scientists and engineers and the importance of getting this message to all students - especially female and minority students. Throughout the day, students grades 7 through 12 will participate in hands-on mechanical and electrical projects led by New Paltz professors and students, and visit displays of cool products designed by engineers from more than 25 area high-tech companies. Lead sponsors for the event include IBM Corporation, Philips Semiconductors and Plasmaco.

A soothing grand opening celebration Feb. 21
The Student Psychological Counseling Center will hold a grand opening ceremony for its new home at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. The new center features clean and soothing surroundings specifically designed to increase the confidentiality of clients. The difference between the old center compared to the new "is as different as black and white," according to Dr. Pam Atkins, director of the center. Dr. Atkins said that there is a "circular flow" to the building, which helps with confidentiality, as students can enter the offices in one direction and leave in another. In addition, she hopes that the significantly larger waiting room and reception area, and clean, organized and beautiful environment will better the sessions. The original counseling center was located in the van den Berg Learning Center (VLC), but as part of a renovation project it has since moved to the new Student Health and Counseling Center. The two centers will remain separate and independent, however, students will now be able to obtain both mental and physical health services in close proximity. The Psychological Counseling Center offers a variety of services to the campus community, ranging from individual and group counseling to campus-wide educational programs. The center is open to SUNY New Paltz students, both residents and commuters. For more information about the Psychological Counseling Center, go to, or call x2920.

Celebrate writing
Each spring the Writing Board sponsors a "Celebration of Writing Day" to recognize outstanding student writing. This year, Celebration of Writing Day is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on April 25. Please encourage your students to think about submitting their work to the writing board for inclusion in the celebration. The submission of critical writing is encouraged , and students in areas beyond those conventionally associated with the discipline of writing should make the effort to participate. For more information, contact Jim Dembowski, or Pat Sullivan in the communications department at x3450.

Third Ottaway Professor of Journalism, Ann Cooper with visiting  guest Vladimir Lenskiy. Third Ottaway Professor of Journalism, Ann Cooper with visiting guest Vladimir Lenskiy. Last week, Lenskiy and Cooper were guests in professor Shelly Wright's public relations class. Lenskiy is the New York correspondent for TVS, an independent television station in Moscow that broadcasts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other major Russian cities. Cooper is the head of The Committee to Protect Journalists, the foremost advocacy group in the world that seeks to protect endangered journalists and is teaching a class titled, "Risky Business," for the spring semester. Photo by Jennifer Kauffman.

Happy 25th!
This February, the Legislative Gazette, the student run newspaper dedicated to New York Government politics in Albany, has entered into the 25th year of its' internship program. What started as a handful of students working on the first edition with only one phone, a desk and a little bit of ambition, has grown in both size and scope to serve as a training ground for hundreds of journalism and political science students. Alan Chartock, founder and publisher of the Gazette, had an idea to produce a weekly report on happenings in New York State politics while teaching political science at SUNY New Paltz 25 years ago. Chartock's vision was to create a newspaper that would serve as a senior year practicum for young journalists who could cover the legislature and the whole state government. The Gazette faced many challenges, such as limited funding and opposition from entrenched politicians who didn't see the need for a paper devoted entirely to their day-to-day activities. However, the paper did have it's supporters such as the late senator Norman Levy and then Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo. For the past 25 years, the Gazette has given many interns the opportunity to interact with governors, legislatures and state workers, turning them into savvy reporters ready to take on the world. The internship has produced some notable journalists including New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser; Wall Street Journal reporter, editor and now special projects administrator Rose Ellen D'Angelo who shared in that paper's Pulitzer win last year; Pulitzer prize winner Alex Storozynski; and CNN business reporter Greg Clarkin. To learn more about the Legislative Gazette and its internship program, log on to



. . . The Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz and Ulster County BOCES is sponsoring a day-long conference titled "The Art(s) of Writing" beginning at 8 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Ulster County BOCES Conference Center in New Paltz.
The conference focuses on the connections between art and literacy and will feature workshop sessions for classroom teachers, pre-kindergarten through college. All workshops will focus on various ways to successfully wed art and writing in the classroom and will provide participants with opportunities to create their own work and to examine student work. For information or to register by phone, contact Kim Kreuscher at (845) 255-1402, ext. 280. To register online, log on to The cost of the conference is $50. Registration deadline is Feb. 21.


Your 2002 SUNY New Paltz women's tennis SUNYAC Champions!
Your 2002 SUNY New Paltz women's tennis SUNYAC Champions!


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