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


Consider action items
The faculty and professional staff will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, March 14, at 3 p.m. in Lecture Center 102. The Assessment Steering Committee and Academic Affairs will present action items for consideration. If you are not bolting out the door for Spring Break, come by for refreshments at 2:30 p.m. and participate in the discussion on the agenda items. For information, contact Faculty Governance at x2891; or e-mail or

Exercise your expertise
For more than a year now the Public Affairs Office, with the participation of some faculty and staff, has been building an online experts database designed to highlight the scholarly proficiency of the university's faculty and staff and to be a resource for the media. Through this database, media, business groups and the community looking for speakers are able to quickly identify and contact experts on specific topics. This service not only builds individual scholarly credibility, it enhances the reputation of SUNY New Paltz. Currently we have 60 experts in our database -- we are looking to dramatically expand this service. To officially register your subject mastery and become part of this informative database, complete the online input form at The form is user-friendly and results in a very useful and easy-to-navigate tool for media and the community. Call the Public Affairs Office at x3245 with any additional questions.

Lessons from Disaster
On April 11, 2003, our campus will host the first disaster mental health conference held in this region. This timely event features front-line disaster mental health experts who will discuss treating uniformed services personnel, working with schools after disaster, cultural competency and disaster mental health interventions, and spiritual care in response to disaster. Dr. Gerard Jacobs, Director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute at the University of South Dakota will give the key-note address. The Conference is sponsored by a grant from the State of NY/UUP Professional Development Committee, with additional support from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, the Graduate School, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the Psychology Department and the Psychological Counseling Center.

Going the distance
The NCAA Division III Cross Country Coaches Association recently announced its team and individual Academic All-America awards. The SUNY New Paltz women's cross country program was recognized for having the highest grade-point-average in the nation. The Hawks team grade-point-average of 3.83 was first among the 110 Division III schools honored. New Paltz was tops among a top-five that featured Waynesburg College (3.82), Whitworth College (3.71), Maryville University (3.71) and Bethany College. New Paltz was also one of three SUNYAC schools to be cited. Geneseo (3.24) and Oswego (3.17) also received the award. The team award is given to colleges and universities who have a cumulative team grade-point-average of 3.10 or higher. The New Paltz men's cross country program was also recognized and finished tied for 30th among 65 Division III schools. The Hawks shared a 3.25 team grade-point average with Tufts and Ithaca.

photo of Jianyun Ren


. . . Jianyun Ren (right), plays the Pipa at the Asian Studies first "Spring Festival" last Wednedsday. Approximately 80 people came to celebrate. The diverse group included a number of international students from Japan, and two recent alums of the Asian Studies Program, Dylan McGee and Joseph Samalin visited from Princeton and Columbia. Professor Wenshan Jia's (Communication & Media) wife, Jianyun Ren, played the Pipa and professor Ping Jin (Music) explained the history of the instrument. Professor Jonathan Schwartz (Political Science) spoke with some of the students about the new study mission to China in May, while Ron Knapp (Geography) explained the program's recent alumni outreach initiatives. New students learned more about Chinese and Japanese offerings from the Foreign Languages faculty and students while faculty enjoyed the chance to chat informally. Food service did a great job at creating a festive atmosphere. Asian Studies thanks Major Connections and the Career Advising Center for supporting this event.


Irving Weiss (professor emeritus of English) is exhibiting six signed prints at the WordSeen group exhibit of visual poetry that opened at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts in Miami, Fla., on March 7. The originals of three of these prints are in the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, Fla. Weiss's visual poems "Border Crossings" and "Cosmos" appear in successive 2003 issues of The Monserrat Review, a literary magazine launched, incidentally, by two New Paltz alumni five years ago. Weiss's visual poem, "Yes, Beckett," part of the online international art project Hope, dedicated to 9/11 (, has been animated and set to sound by the German computer artist Reiner Strasser. His visual poems "Child of an Expanding Earth" and "Synoptic Poem: Three Dimensions" have just been published in the first edition of the international review Manglar. The complete version of Weiss's translation of Malcolm de Chazal's Sens-Plastique will be published later this year by the Green Integer imprint of Sun and Moon Press.


Peter Kaufman (Sociology) presented a paper, "The (In)significance of Race, Gender and Class: Responses versus Realities," at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia, PA, February 27--March 2. He also was the presider and discussant of a session, "Social Structure and the Individual" that was comprised of the following SUNY New Paltz graduate students in sociology: Susan Davidson, Laura Foss, Marjorie Kleiger, and Linda Loggins.

Ellen Konowitz, Associate Professor of Art History, presented a paper, "Representing the Family at Home: Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Double Portrait and Gender Relations in Renaissance Marriage," at the 91st annual meeting of the College Art Association, held in New York City, February 19-22.

In February, Glenn Geher (Psychology) presented a poster titled "Perceptions of Parental Investment and Mating-Relevant Outcomes" at the fourth annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Los Angeles, CA.

On Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., critic, book artist and theorist, Johanna Drucker, will lecture about her work in Lecture Center 102. To Drucker, books are works of art-from the typefaces chosen to the quality of the paper on which they are printed and the meaning of the words and images within. A former professor at SUNY Purchase, Drucker has held positions at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley, among other institutions. Currently, she is a teacher in the art history department at Yale. Her print work-which meshes a graphic artist's eye with a writer's ear for wordplay-has been exhibited in library and museum collections around the country, including the Getty Center for the Humanities, Whitney Museum of American Art, Marvin and Ruth Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, the New York Public Library, and Houghton Library at Harvard University. Drucker's talk, sponsored by the Student Art Alliance, is free and open to the public. The Student Art Alliance is a funded member of the Student Association. For more information, call x3872.


photo of Allen Young

Allen Young (Biology '64), vice president of collections, research and exhibits, and curator of zoology at the Milwaukee Public Museum, has been named one of the 60 most influential individuals and institutions in the development of agricultural prosperity in the Americas. Young was honored by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture - an agency founded by the U.S. government in the 1940s to promote the development of agriculture in the Western hemisphere - for his research on sustainable cocoa production, and his work in rainforest education and preservation. An expert on cocoa pollination, Young studies the biological feasibility of cocoa production in preserved tropical forests and attempts to reduce pests and disease by recreating the conditions of cocoa's natural habitat.

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