News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, March 17, 2003
Happy Spring!


Survey says. . .
In April 2003, all students, faculty and professional staff at SUNY New Paltz will have a chance to say what they think about the quality of library services on our campus by taking the online LibQUAL+ survey. Sojourner Truth Library will use this survey to gain insight into what library users want most. The Sojourner Truth Library is one of 316 college and university libraries across the country - and one of 75 in New York state - to participate in the LibQUAL+ research study. The goal of the survey is to determine the minimum expectations of library users, as well as their desired level of library service, and then to compare those expectations to how well their local library is actually performing. Survey results, available this summer, will be used to see what improvements might need to be made to better serve the New Paltz campus community. A link to the LibQUAL+ survey will be sent in an e-mail message in mid-April. Participation is completely optional. Respondents can also register for several prizes, awarded randomly. For more information, visit, or e-mail

Commencement -- May 18, 2003
Students and faculty may register for the commencement ceremony at This year, campus and community who wish to marshal at the ceremony may also register online.

The search continues. . ., again
The Presidential Search Committee met on Saturday, March 1, 2003, to continue the process of looking for a new President for the college. New members were welcomed and given a history of the search process to-date. Each member of the committee then spoke about his/her expectations on how to proceed. The committee agreed to proceed as follows: the committee will re-review a number of applications previously submitted; the search consultant will seek to recruit new candidates; committee members will review questions asked of candidates; the committee will meet again on April 8, 2003, to review applications; the committee hopes to interview a preliminary group of candidates on April 12 at an off-campus site. Following these interviews, the committee will meet to decide whether it has credible candidates to present to the campus. If the committee agrees that is has a sufficient number of candidates, on-campus interviews will commence on April 28. Members of the search committee are bound by requirements of confidentiality. Names of candidates cannot be released unless and until they are invited to an on-campus interview. The committee will post minutes on the Web site following each meeting.


. . . The spring 2003 issue of The Latest @ the Library is now available from the Sojourner Truth Library Web page, Covered in this issue are: plans for National Library Week; reference consultations; new research databases; using ILLiad for interlibrary loan; finding full-text articles with Serials Solutions; and the upcoming LibQUAL+ survey of library service quality. Please take a moment to read L@L for an update on the newest services and events at the library. Comments and questions are welcome. Feel free to call or e-mail Barbara W. Petruzzelli, Assistant Library Director, at x3677, or

. . . On March 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SUB Purple Lounge, the EAP Committee, the University Police, and the administration will sponsor an Aggression in the Workplace Brown Bag Workshop. Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. This workshop is a must for personnel who deal with students and the public on a daily basis. Limited to 25 people, so please call x2807 to register.

. . . Students and staff of the Career Ladder Program, the dean of the School of Education, and student mentors from local school districts recently gathered to discuss student progress, educational needs and to collaborate with program personnel to target improvements. The main objective of this project is to offer a career ladder teacher preparation sequence for paraprofessionals that enables them to obtain teacher certification in either bilingual education or TESOL. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education for five years, is currently in the second year of funding.

photo of Career Ladder faculty

Career Ladder Program Spring 2003 Faculty


Victor de Munck (Anthropology) co-authored the article "Cultural Models of Gender in Sri Lanka and the United States" with Nicole Dudley and Joseph Cardinale (both SUNY students). The article appears in the journal Ethnology, vol. 41, no. 3 (2002). De Munck also helped Andrey V. Korotayev guest edit "The Moscow School of Quantitative Cross-Cultural Research," a special issue of the journal Cross-Cultural Research (vol. 37, no. 1, February 2003). He wrote the introduction for the special issue with Galina A. Khizrieva and Dmitri M. Bondarenko.

photo of Catharine Whittaker and Lorraine Taylor

Professor Catharine Whittaker and Professor Emeritus Lorraine Taylor of Educational Studies/School of Education have recently welcomed copies of their recently published textbook, Bridging Multiple Worlds:Case Studies of Diverse Educational Communities. The text connects theory and practice, offering authentic case studies involving teachers and students of diverse backgrounds in a variety of dynamic classroom settings. A unique feature of the book is the chapter on how to teach using case studies which includes an original scaffold developed for analyzing and discussing a case. The book reflects the research and involvement of the authors over a period of 8-10 years as they have worked with graduate students in a special grant program, migrant children and their families and many other children of diverse backgrounds in schools of the Mid-Hudson region. The text has been published by Allyn&Bacon, a leading publisher of educational materials.


L.H. Roper (History) has been awarded the Alexander O. Vietor Fellowship in cartography or American history by The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University. The fellowship, which will support Roper's research on "English Politics, Culture, and Empire, 1570-1658," pays the cost of travel to and from New Haven and a stipend towards living expenses for a one-month visit to the Beinecke.


Sara Jansyn and Brian P. Goodwin (Geology) will be presenting at the joint meeting of the Geological Society of America Northeastern Section and the Atlantic Geoscience Society. Professor Jansyn will be presenting "Syntectonic Granite Intrusions and the Norumbega Fault System, Casco Bay, Maine." Professor Goodwin will be presenting "Preliminary Stratigraphy and Structure of a Medical Ordovician Mount Merino Inlier with the Livingstion Taconic Thrust Slice in West-Central Dutchess County, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York." The meeting will be held March 27-29, 2003, at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scota, Canada.

In April, Professor Rimer Cardillo has been invited for a lecture about his prints and installations at the Art Department of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He will also review graduate students' work, and give a talk and slide show for faculty and students about teaching approaches in mixed media art.


Amy Emerman ('95) is living in NYC and taking the music scene by storm. She has recently quit her job as a day care worker (after getting a Master's in Education from Bank Street College) and is now pursuing her lifelong dream to be a singer/songwriter/musician. She is also busy organizing exciting events around the city to promote high quality music and poetry.

Kidane Mikael ('90) a dining room captain at the Mohonk Mountain House since 1979, recently received the New York State Outstanding Service Employee of the Year award. Congratulations!

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