News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, April 14, 2003


Committee back at work
The Presidential Search Committee met on Tuesday, April 8, to review the credentials of applicants to the re-opened presidential search. At the end of the discussion, the committee selected four candidates to invite for confidential interviews last weekend. Following these interviews, the committee will select candidates to visit the campus during the week of April 28. The committee is currently working out the logistics for the campus interviews. The exact dates, times and locations of meetings with these candidates will be announced by April 21. As in the first round of the search, all members of the campus community are encouraged to fill out the comment sheets that will be distributed during the candidates' campus interviews. "Members of the campus community" includes all employees, students and alumni as well as community members who support the college. In order for the Committee to be able to review your comments, the forms must be returned to a member of the Search Committee no later than 4 p.m. on May 1st. At least one member of the Search Committee will attend each session, and will be available to collect your comment sheets. As before, campus feedback will be one of several factors that the Committee will consider when making its recommendations to the College Council. The Search Committee intends to meet the evening of May 1 to decide which candidates to recommend to the College Council.

Commencement news: May 18, 2003
Due to an overwhelming response to centralizing the commencement registration process for the campus community, this May, faculty and staff go to the Commencement Web site at to register to march or volunteer to marshal. We ask that registrants provide all the information requested to ensure timely communication.


. . . Donald Junkins, internationally renowned poet and scholar, will be reading on campus on Thursday, May 1, at 8 p.m., in JFT 1010 (introduction by H.R. Stoneback). A book signing will follow the reading. This free event is sponsored by the William Vasse Poetry Series. All are welcome.

. . . At the completion of the fourth week of the Faculty and Staff Campaign, just over $28,000 in gifts and pledges over the course of the 2002-2003 fiscal year had been raised. There is currently 19 percent participation among the faculty and staff members. This means that the campaign is only 6 percent away from its goal! If you haven't already participated in this important effort, it's not too late. There are many ways you can give a gift, such as an outright gift via check or credit card, or a pledge that can be paid through installments via check, credit card or payroll deduction. For your convenience, you may also make your contribution online using our secure giving form at or visit our campaign Web site at to download a pledge form and/or NYS Payroll Deduction Form and submit it to the Annual Giving Office (HAB 503A) with your gift. Upon receipt of your gift or pledge, you will be automatically entered in a free raffle. Prizes will be awarded based on your participation!

. . . Correction: The business students mentioned in "Business accolades" in the April 7 issue of News Pulse had their names spelled incorrectly. The proper spelling is Meredith Phelan and Julia Makarevitch. Sorry for the error, and congratulations!


Yoav Kaddar (Theatre Arts) was invited by the National Dance Association to present his choreographic work "Standing Tall" -- a tribute to the human spirit and soul of the events of September 11, 2001 -- at the NDA's national conference April 1 - 5 in Philadelphia, PA. Kaddar traveled to the conference with a cast of 15 SUNY New Paltz students (theatre majors, as well as majors from other disciplines) and performed the work at the conference's Gala performance. The event was also a part of the national convention for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Reva Wolf (Art History) gave a lecture on March 30 about Andy Warhol's interviews at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum of the University of Vermont, in conjunction with the Fleming's landmark exhibition, "Andy Warhol: Work and Play" (for which Wolf also wrote the catalogue essay).

Thomas Sarrantonio (Art) will have a one-person exhibition of his paintings at the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York City from April 24-May 24, 2003.

Richard Kelder (Teaching and Learning Center) was a panelist in a session on Language(s), Culture(s) and Identities and gave a presentation on March 21 in New York City at the Fifty-Fourth Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The title of the presentation was "Language, Writing, and Identity: A Sociolinguistic Perspective."

Christopher Robins (Foreign Languages) presented a paper entitled, "Canonicity, Kirikirijin and Kokugo Textbooks," at the Harvard-Yenching Institute on Thursday, April 10. The presentation discussed the changing ideological nature of the Japanese literary canon in public high school literature (kokugo) textbooks between the 1980s and 1990s. The talk was sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard University.

Wilma Feliciano (Spanish and Latin American Studies) presented a conference paper, "Iconic Inversions in a Dance-Drama of Northern Peru: Diablicos de Túcume," at the 5th Latin American Theatre Symposium and Conference, sponsored by the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her presentation included video clips from her recently completed second video, "Diablicos de Túcume" ("The Little Devils"), a modern version of "The Dance of the Seven Vices." Represented in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception during her feast days in Túcume, "Diablicos" is a colonial allegory of good and evil that dates back to medieval Europe. Spanish missionaries used allegorical drama to evangelize the native throughout the Americas.


The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that Catherine Whittaker (Educational Studies) has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the New York State Higher Education Support Center for her project, "Systems Change Proposal." This project will fund ten current secondary school teachers from two local school districts in the design and development of a new course titled "Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School." This new course is necessary to meet the NYSED requirements for certification.


Glenn Geher (Psychology) recently published two scholarly articles. Along with Kathleen Bauman (Research Associate for the University of Maine), he co-authored an article published in January 2003 in the journal "Current Psychology" titled "The Role of Perceived Social Norms on Attitudes and Behavior: An Examination of the False Consensus Effect." He also co-authored an article published in March 2003 in the "Journal of Psychology" titled "Patterns of Behavior in Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder" with Sara Hubbard (undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University).


Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science '80) has written the foreword for the new Black Dome Press edition of T. Morris Longstreth's classic "The Catskills," to be published May 2003. Black Dome Press of Hensonville, NY, is a leading publisher of books concerning the natural and cultural history of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. The first edition was published in 1918. The Black Dome Press reprint is a 5"x 8" paperback, 336 pages, featuring 33 photographs, plus a map and index. Renehan is the author of many books, most recently "The Kennedy's at War" (Doubleday, 2003). He is presently at work on a biography of the Gilded-Age robber-baron Jay Gould (a native of the Catskills).


Raymond Ransome ( Mathematics/Computer Science concentration) received first prize in the Technology Category at the annual Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP) Statewide Conference held April 4-6 with participants from schools throughout the state. He won for presenting his team's research project "Evolutionary Music Composer," mentored by Dr. Yaser Khalifa (Electrical and Computer Engineering). The project was part of the 2002 Summer Research Program sponsored by C-STEP (NY State Department of Education), NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the School of Science and Engineering at New Paltz. Other researchers working on the project were Marco Costa (Computer Science '03), Malik Hirani (Computer Engineering), Mark Ormerod (Music) and Josh Zeidner (Computer Science).

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