News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, February 24, 2003


Study Abroad Fair Spring 2003
The spring Study Abroad Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the south lobby Lecture Center. At the fair, students can learn about opportunities to study abroad in summer and fall of 2003. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about new exciting programs and meet faculty directors of the programs. This fair will be the largest ever, with representatives from Greece and other exciting locations. Come to the fair for information, fun, prizes, free refreshments and many other surprises. For more information, contact Mario Varuzza at x3125 or e-mail, or go to

A case for conservatism
Professor John Kekes, a well known author and a professor of philosophy and public policy at the State University of New York at Albany, will speak on conservatism at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in the Old Main Building, room 215. Kekes has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Canada Council, Rockefeller Foundation, and the Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio. He has also written over one hundred essays on topics of moral and political philosophy, as well as epistemology. He is the author of Against Liberalism (Cornell, 1997), A Case for Conservatism (Cornell, 1998) and, most recently, The Illusions of Egalitarianism (Cornell 2003). The talk is sponsored by the Philosophy Department, with funding support from the Campus Auxiliary Service (CAS), and is assisted by the Dean's Office, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

A book of passionate dissent
Professor Gerald Sorin's (History) new biography, Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent, chronicles the life of the politically prolific Howe, whose contributions as a writer and activist made him an important figure in the development of 20th century political and social thought. Sorin's biography tracks Howe's political career from his early days as an anti-Stalin activist in the 1930's to his involvement in the political revolutions of the 1960's and beyond. Sorin also notes Howe's Jewish heritage as a possible factor in the development of his world view.

A distinguished lecture
Alexander Stille, a distinguished journalist and author, will give a lecture called, "Italian Jews Under Fascism," at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 in room 100 of the Lecture Center. The lecture is sponsored by the Traverso Endowment and the Italian Studies Committee of SUNY New Paltz. Stille is the son of an Italian Jewish exile, Ugo Kamenetzki, who fled Italy during Mussolini's rule. Stille is a distinguished journalist and author of three highly acclaimed books: the prize-winning Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families; Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic and the recently published The Future of the Past, an analysis of the role technology plays in preserving and destroying the past. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and La Repubblica, one of Italy's most influential newspapers. He is also the chief editor of Correspondence: An International Review of Culture and Society. A speaker at many campuses across the country, in the fall of 1999 he was Distinguished Gladys Delmar Professor at Vassar College, and during 2000-2001 a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is currently teaching Journalism and Italian History at New York University.

photo of Roger K. Crouch with group from SUNY New Paltz

Photo by Diana Ippoliti
NASA astronaut, Roger K. Crouch (sitting) visited with more than 400 students last Wednesday in the Studley Theatre as part of the "New Faces of Engineering" event. Crouch is shown here with the Engineering Advisory Board. Congratulations to the team for a job well done!



. . . The Assessment Steering Committee will be hosting three campus-wide town meetings to discuss the report and recommendations of the committee. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend, as this will be an opportunity to engage in discussion and raise questions/issues. The town meetings will be held on: Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. in the International Programs conference room, 1st floor (Guest House); Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Teaching and Learning Center; March 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the College Terrace. Refreshments will be served. If you are not be able to attend but would like to e-mail comments/questions, please send them to Anne Balant ( or Kelli Parmley ( The full report can be found at:

. . . The Work Place with Heart Committee is sponsoring a defensive driving course on March 3 and 10, from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. The six-hour course will be held in SUB 418 and the cost is $35. Registration can be made by calling Jen Wait at x3340, or by e-mail at Space is limited and payment in advance will hold your spot. Checks can be made payable to "CAS-8650" and sent to Jen Wait c/o University Police. Completion of this course will lower your auto insurance by 10% and reduce up to four points off you license for three years.

photo of Alex Trebek with Joe Ingoglia


Joe Ingoglia ('90) will be appearing on Jeopardy on Monday March 3. Ingoglia is the son of Connie DePuy, the receptionist in the admissions office. Tune in for an exciting show.


Hamid Azari-Rad (Economics) published a research paper titled "Race and Prevailing Wage Laws in the Construction Industry: Comment on Thieblot," with Peter Philips (University of Utah) in the "Journal of Labor Research," 24:1, winter 2003. "Journal of Labor Research" is published by the Economics Department of the George Mason University and is sponsored by the Olin Foundation.

Donald Silberger (Mathematics) co-authored an article, "Borders Come As Short As They Come Long," with his daughter Sylvia Silberger, a New Paltz graduate and now assistant professor of mathematics at Hofstra University; and his former undergraduate student, Jasmine Novak, who transferred to Berkeley shortly after completing Silberger's combinatorics class in which the article was conceived. The article appeared recently in Bol. Soc. Paran. Mat.

Wenshan Jia, (Communication & Media) upon invitation by Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, has written a review of the textbook Communication Research: Strategies and Sources (5th ed.) by R. Rubin, A. Rubin and Piele. His review has been regarded "very helpful in developing the next edition of the text" by the textbook editor, Breanna Gilbert as stated in her letter of acknowledgement.


Hamid Azari-Rad (Economics) Presented a paper titled "Organizational Change and Workers' Safety in the Construction Industry: The Case of Articulated Subcontracting and Extended Division of Labor," with Wendine D. Thompson and Peter Philips at the Annual Conference of the Allied Social Science Association, in Washington, D.C. in January 2003.

There are still two weeks left to see an amazing collection of historic New Paltz images in the Sojourner Truth Library gallery. Dennis O'Keefe, STL circulation clerk and coordinator of the library archives, is exhibiting his collection of 536 postcards depicting New Paltz campus and village life. Fourteen "then-and-now" enlargements compare these original images with photographs of the same scenes today. Stop by the library for a unique view of the changing face of our community. To see many of these postcards online, visit the SUNY New Paltz Postcard Collection on the Sojourner Truth Library Web site at


Martha Tait-Watkins, Sr. Career Counselor for the SUNY New Paltz Career Advising & Fieldwork Center, has attained certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). She joins more than 30,000 NCCs who are certified through the NBCC. As a newly designated NCC, Tait-Watkins has fulfilled the requirements for the NCC credential. Those requirements include a graduate degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution, supervised post-master's counseling experience, and a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).

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