News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, March 31, 2003


photo of Dr. Karl Willers

Scholar of modern and contemporary art named Dorsky Museum curator
A noted scholar of modernism who has enjoyed a long professional association with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Dr. Karl Willers joins the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art as curator of exhibitions. Willers began his career at the Whitney in the early 1980s under famed curator Barbara Haskell, and soon assumed a ten-year directorship of the museum's Downtown Branch at Federal Reserve Plaza in Lower Manhattan. The Downtown Branch served as a workshop for students in the museum's graduate Curatorial Studies Program, where Willers himself had trained after earning a degree in art history from The College of Wooster, Ohio, in 1980. As curator of the Whitney's Downtown Branch, he mounted several important exhibitions, including "Made in the '60s," "Mondrian to Modernism," and "The Experience of Landscape: Three Decades of Sculpture." His association with the museum continued until 1991, when he left to pursue a doctorate in art history at Yale University. There, he concentrated on European art, particularly early modernism, and wrote his dissertation on the 19th century French realist painter Gustave Courbet. A lifelong student of higher mathematics as well as art, Willers simultaneously completed an MBA at Yale's School of Management. He rejoined the Whitney as associate curator and administrative coordinator between 1998 and 2000, helping mount "The American Century II," a major exploration of art and culture in the United States and the largest exhibition ever presented at the museum. Over the next few years, Willers worked as chief curator at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he coordinated European art exhibits, organizing several shows of 17th century French and German printmakers. He will continue the museum's contemporary exhibition programming-such as the summer Hudson Valley Artists series, which highlights the work of mid-career artists-as well as introduce historical projects.

A helpful initiative
Advance Registration for the fall 2003 semester is scheduled for next month. Matriculated graduate students are eligible to register on or after April 1. Undergraduate advance registration is scheduled Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25. Time assignments for undergraduate students will be posted in This is new initiative by Records and Registration is part of an ongoing effort to expand student services.

The "Dean" to visit New Paltz campus
Gioia Timpanelli, one of the founders and leading promoters of the worldwide revival of the ancient art of storytelling, will be a guest lecturer at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Lecture Center 102. The title of the lecture is "From Folk Tale to Fiction: The Italian Oral and Literary Traditions." Often called the "Dean of American Storytelling," Timpanelli is the winner of two Emmy Awards, a Women's National Book Association Award, a Maharishi Award for promoting world harmony, an American Book Award and a National Book Award. She is the author of "Tales from the Roof of the World: Folktales of Tibet" (1984), "Traveling Images and Observations, Immagini e Annotazioni" (1987), and "Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily" (1999). Timpanelli has received the enthusiastic praise of many contemporary writers and critics, who laud the freshness of both her oral and written tales. For more information, contact Dr. Marinella Garatti, x3485.


. . . As the NCAA tournament reaches its peak, college basketball is again roiled with scandal. Teams have been disqualified. Players have been suspended and otherwise disciplined. Coaches and even college presidents have been forced to resign. Peter Kaufman (Sociology), who regularly gives a course on "The Sociology of Sport," will lead a brown bag lunch discussion between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in FT 1010 (the LA and S conference room) on the subject "Integrity in College Sports." This is an informal affair. Kaufman will make some opening remarks and moderate the discussion. Please respond via e-mail at to participate.

. . . There will be two Excel Workshops on April 17 in CSB 21: Introduction to Excel from 9-10 a.m. and Intermediate Excel from 10:30-11:30 a.m. If you wish to sign up for either of these sessions, call Johanna D'Aleo at x3295 or e-mail You will get a response after you sign up only if you are closed out of the class.


Howard Good (Communication & Media) has published an article, "Public Speaking, Private Nightmare," in the April 2003 issue of "American School Board Journal." His article "Teaching in Oz," which originally appeared in "Education Week," has been reprinted in the March 2003 issue of "Teacher Magazine" as well.

Heriberto Dixon (Business) has published the article "A Saponi by Any Other Name Is Still a Siouan" in the "American Indian Culture and Research Journal" 26:3 (2002) 65-84.


The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that Raymond Schwarz, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, has been awarded a $12,500 grant by the New York State Office of Alcohol & Substance Abuse for his project titled, "Developing a Campus-Community Coalition for Healthy Norms in Schools." This project will develop a coalition between SUNY New Paltz and the Ulster County Underage Drinking Prevention team in order to address the problem of underage drinking in the secondary schools of Ulster County.

Eric Gullickson (Public Affairs) was an invited speaker at the March meeting of Ulster County's Underage Drinking Prevention Team. The group indicated that they were very pleased with the useful experiences and strategies he shared regarding dealing with media representatives from print and other venues. The group is also involved in a specific media project being planned in a collaborative Healthy Campus-Community Prevention Grant being directed by Raymond Schwarz, Robin Cohen and Michelle Cangelosi in Student Affairs.

Robin Cohen (Associate Dean of Students) has received an award for "Outstanding Publication for a Special Population" from the National Orientation Director's Association - Northeast Region. The "Must-Read Guide for Transfer Students" lists the most commonly asked questions of students from the time they are accepted through their first day of classes. The competition represents eight states.


Dr. Carole Cowan (violinist/music faculty) was an invited guest soloist in the Boulder Bach Festival in Colorado on January 24-26 in an extensive program of cantatas and concertos, concluding with the "St. Matthew Passion." On March 8, she and music faculty member Susan Seligman, both of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet (in residence at SUNY New Paltz), performed in a concert at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in NYC at the invitation of David Gresham, clarinetist. On March 14, she guest conducted 20 members of the College/Youth Symphony of the Hudson Valley (SUNY 66141) in a Pops Concert/Circus Minimus, with members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.

On April 3, award-winning foreign correspondent Ann Cooper, who leads the nation's foremost press freedom advocacy group, will discuss global threats to journalists in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Cooper's talk is timely and important, especially in light of the ongoing strife in the Middle East. She will speak in the Coykendall Science Building auditorium at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Communication and Media, the Journalism Program, and the 9/11Response Planning Committee. Cooper is currently a visiting professor at the college.

Mary Boyle (Music) and Russell Hilliard (Music) participated in the first music therapy symposium, entitled "Music in Medicine," at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Md. on March 20. In a research forum, Boyle spoke on "Music Therapy for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries" and Hilliard spoke on "Music Therapy for People with Cancer." Boyle coordinated the two-day event for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.


Luo Jingguo (MA English Literature '81), one of the first three exchange scholars from China to study at SUNY New Paltz, and now an emeritus professor of English at Peking University, recently played the role of Gonzalo in an adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The play was directed by Joseph Graves, known for innovative dramatic projects, who is raising funds in hopes of bringing his Chinese cast to the United States in the 2003-2004 season.

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