News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, April 7, 2003


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Save the Date!
Please join us on April 25 at 11:30 a.m. for the SUNY New Paltz 175th Anniversary Opening Ceremony on the newly renovated Plaza Deck and Stairs, located between the Student Union and Haggerty Administration Buildings. There will be a commemorative tree planting to celebrate our rich history and refreshments will be served. More information to come!

Business accolades
Business students and their advisor earned top honors this month at the American Marketing Association's International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. Ted Clark, faculty advisor of the New Paltz student chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA), earned the Hugh Wales Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award and SUNY New Paltz students won first place honor for the best Marketing Week Program. Three SUNY New Paltz students attended the New Orleans conference with Clark: Meredith Phalen, AMA President; Cherette Furr, Vice President of Programming; and Julia Makaruitch, Vice President of Market Research. Phalen, an MBA student who hales from Oceanside, NY, has led the local chapter for two years. Furr, a junior from Brooklyn, and Makaruitch, a junior from Bayside, NY, were instrumental in helping the chapter earn its award.

Cake and books
Beginning this week, the Sojourner Truth Library will celebrate National Library Week 2003. The Kick-Off Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. on April 8 in the STL Main Reading Room. Join Provost David Lavallee for the official opening of National Library Week festivities and have a piece of cake with the library staff!

Spinning the Web
The office of Web Management is happy to report an exciting addition to the News & Events Web site: There is a new menu option on the top of the page called "Event Highlights." This new page will include a synopsis for upcoming events, and then a recap with highlights and photos after events (such as groundbreakings, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, etc.).


. . . The Academic Senate will meet on Friday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m. in Lecture Center 102. The agenda will include action items from the Educational Technology Committee, and reports from the Organization Committee and the GE III Task Force. For further information, contact Faculty Governance, x2891, or e-mail

. . . The Student Evaluation of Instructor (SEI) desk will be open the week of April 28 to May 2. Please note that the hours of operation have been extended for your convenience: Monday (4/28/03) - 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday (4/29/03), Wednesday (4/30/03) and Thursday (5/1/03) - 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Friday (5/2/03) - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The desk will be in the Student Union Building (SUB) Information Booth located in the lobby. Faculty may pick up packets, but students must return them. Please make sure you have the course/section numbers with you. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Research at x3227, or go to

photo of Steven G. Poskanzer

Photo by Eric Gullickson
Steven Poskanzer addresses a crowd of more than forty people at last week's van den Berg Learning Center Reconstruction Ceremony. Poskanzer spoke of the building's rich history and the planned renovation, which will accommodate the college's nursing and business programs. The project will incorporate high-tech computer labs and flexible space to foster the team-based learning and applied project work that is at the core of the New Paltz business curriculum, and new and improved clinical nursing labs that are wired with the latest technology.


L.H. Roper (History) published an essay, "'Unmasquing the Connections between Jacobean Politics and Colonization" in Carole Levin's, Jo Eldridge Carney's, and Debra Barrett-Graves' eds., High and Mighty Queens of Early Modern England: Realities and Representations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). This article tracks the connection between the pursuit of political power in early 17th-century England and the revitalization of the Virginia Company that paved the way for the survival of the Jamestown colony.

Professor A. J. Williams-Myers (Black Studies) recently published an article, "Africanisms in the Hudson River Valley: The Pinkster Carnival Reconsidered." Indigo (Spring Issue, 2003) Volume 1, No. 2: pp., 4-5.


At a recent North Eastern Affiliate for College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) conference, SUNY New Paltz received an award for the students, faculty, staff and organizations commitment to diversity. This award was received as the result of a 30 page report that outlined and highlighted all that the school does to not only promote diversity, but inclusion, as well. This report was written by Carrie Davenport, Mary Beth Barna, Janeen Delabar and Christine Sweeney, with the help of the Residence Hall Student Association and other organizations. By winning at the regional level, the report will be expanded to 50 pages and be re-submitted to compete against the eight other regions in the United States at a National Conference held at North Carolina State University in May.

Erik Ekman (Foreign Languages) has been selected to participate in the upcoming National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, June 9-11, on the "Libro de buen amor" in Cultural Context, to be held at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

The early bird catches the worm! As promised, all of the "early birds" that participated in the Faculty & Staff Campaign have been entered into a raffle. Mary A. Roehm (Art) was the first to win two tickets to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Symphony Concert Event III at the Bardavon Theater on Friday, April 4. For more information about the campaign, please visit, or contact the Annual Giving Office at x3239.

photo of the bowlers

On March 15, the University Police Department participated in the 4th annual "Ulster Police PBA Bowling Tournament." The funds raised at this year's event were ear-marked for a local Kingston family that was involved in a serious auto accident. The University Police Team consisted of officers Ray Smith, Dave Vorisek, Vic Torres, John Ritiyak, Mike Sodders, Jim Coyle, Bob Maines, Lt. Mike Doyle and Captain Ray Bryant. A special thanks goes out to Johanna D'Aleo and the Residence Hall Student Association who sponsored the University Police Team!


Hamid Azari-Rad (Economics) chaired a session on prevailing wage laws in the construction industry and presented a paper titled "Prevailing Wage Laws and Injury Rates in Construction," at the Eastern Economic Association's annual conference in New York City.

Professor Alice Wexler (Art Education) has been invited to The Institute for Art Education, Summer 2003, at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The workshop is one week and the subject is art and disability.


Three senior philosophy majors, Brian Berner, Alexandra Brown and Thomas Brown, recently attended the undergraduate conference in philosophy held annually at SUNY Oneonta. Brian Berner served as a commentator on a paper, "The Inevitability of Skepticism," authored by another student participant in the conference.

News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Office of Public Affairs, Division of Advancement. It is printed in house on recycled paper and is also available online. To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form. If you are requesting inclusion in a particular issue, your submission must be received by noon on Tuesday of the prior week. Contact Eric Gullickson at x3187 with any questions.