News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, April 21, 2003

SUNY New Paltz 175 Years: 1828-2003.  Rich in History - Poised for the Future


Rich in History . . .
dogwood leaf The 175th Anniversary Opening Ceremony and commemorative tree planting will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25. The event marks the beginning of a year-long celebration to acknowledge the rich history of the institution since the founding of the Classical School in 1828. Steven G. Poskanzer, interim president of SUNY New Paltz, will make opening remarks, and Village Mayor Tom Nyquist will introduce Tom Olsen of the Village of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission, who will present a certificate of appreciation to Classical School building owners, Dave and Pamela Tate. The opening ceremony and commemorative kousa dogwood tree-planting will take place on the newly renovated Plaza Deck and Stairs in front of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the 175th anniversary and the events associated with it, visit

. . . Poised for the Future
Rendering of the planned Athletic/Wellness Center The State University of New York at New Paltz will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, for the construction of a new 57,000 square-foot Athletic and Wellness Center. The facility is being developed just south of Elting Gymnasium to which it will ultimately be connected. Student activity spaces within the building will include a cardiovascular wellness center at one semi-circle end, and a weight training fitness center at the other end. These two areas will be connected with a window-lined walking/jogging track that will encircle a premium, competition wood gym floor. The court area will also serve as a practice space for many teams and general student activities. The entire complex will be fully air-conditioned and designed to promote health and fitness for all. The project is estimated to cost $16.6 million and will be complete by November 2005. Overall, the project will be not only an asset to the college, but also to the village.

A lively final meeting
The final meeting for this academic year of the faculty and professional staff promises to be lively, including action items from the Committee on Educational Technology, the Assessment Steering Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee proposals for the academic calendar. The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 25, in Lecture Center 102, preceded at 2:30 by refreshments in the lobby. For more information, contact Faculty Governance at x2891; or e-mail or

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Tartuffe is a classic comedy and a powerful and wickedly funny play. Orgon, a well-to-do Parisian, has been so duped by the hypocritical religiosity of a beggar named Tartuffe, that he has made Tartuffe the honored guest in his household. In no time at all, Tartuffe has made himself right at home, stealing Orgon's property, his wealth and his wife. Molière's hilarious farce will leave audiences howling with laughter. Show dates and times are as follows: 4/24-26 and 5/1-3 at 8 p.m.; 4/27 and 5/4 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. Call the McKenna Theatre Box Office at 257-3880.

Wenshan Jia, Ph. D., (Communication & Media/Asian Studies) was invited by SUNY at New Paltz Asian Student Association and gave a presentation titled "What Does the Term 'Asia' Mean?" to a large student audience of diverse backgrounds at the SUB Purple Lounge between on April 8. The presentation was one part of the event series "Jam Asia" sponsored by the Asian Student Association.


Ron Knapp's (Geography Emeritus) book "Asia's Old Dwellings: Tradition, Resilience, and Change" was published in mid-April by Oxford University Press. As editor and contributor, Knapp introduces the perspectives of 20 authors concerning the state of the architectural heritage of common dwellings for nearly 3/5 of the world's population. Knapp also recently published the entry on "Vernacular Architecture--China" for the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia.

Dennis Doherty's (English) poems "Writing" and "Writing Part 2" appear in the literary review Into the Teeth of the Wind (University of California at Santa Barbara, School for Creative Studies). His poems "Tom's Last Will" and "The Fire Engine" are forthcoming in Bayou (University of West Florida, Pensacola); "Amazing Adventures" in Slant (University of Central Arkansas, Conway); and "Easter Break" in Square Lake (Seattle, WA). He has also delivered a talk and poetry reading entitled "Write for Your Life" at the induction ceremony for the Alpha Chi Honor Society of Mount Saint Mary's College on March 27.


Last week, Martha Tait-Watkins (Career Development) received the designation as a Master Career Counselor, an honor bestowed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). The NCDA offers Special Membership Categories to recognize members who hold special levels of achievement in education, training and experience in career development. The Master Career Counselor designation is met by passing the National Counselor's Exam, having three years of post-master's experience in career counseling, two years of supervised career counseling work experience, completing course-work in each of the six NCDA competency areas (Career Development Theory, Individual/Group Counseling Skills, Individual/Group Assessment, Diverse Populations, Information/Resources and Ethical/Legal Issues) and documenting that at least half of the current full-time work activities are directly career counseling related.

The Society of Catholic Social Sciences has conferred the Pope Pius XI award on Dr. Donald J D'Elia (History). The award, named after the Roman Pontiff and head of the Roman Catholic Church (1922 -1939), is given to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of Catholic social doctrine. Dr. D'Elia has taught at SUNY New Paltz for over three decades. He has also taught at Penn State University, Bloomsburg State University, Marist College and as an adjunct in the Graduate School of New York University.


Art work by Tracy Spadafora (Art '95) is included in the new book, Collage for the Soul (Rockport Publishers 2003).

Ilyasah Shabazz ('85 ), the third of six daughters born to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, best known as Malcolm X, and Dr. Betty Shabazz, will be at Ariel Booksellers in New Paltz at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25, for a reading and book signing for her most recent book Growing Up X. Shabazz lives in the Hudson Valley and holds a position as a cultural officer in Westchester County. Her sequel to Growing Up X will be published by One World/Ballantine later this year.


Andrew Hackmack, photo by Eric Gullickson

Andrew Hackmack, a senior Journalism student at SUNY New Paltz who has contributed much of his college career to the campus newspaper, The Oracle, has been awarded the Society for Collegiate Journalists Student Journalist of the Year Award. This award is based on outstanding contributions to college journalism and it motivates student journalists on campuses around the country toward greater success. Hackmack was nominated by Shelly Wright (Communication & Media), the SUNY New Paltz SCJ chapter advisor. Members of the National Council believe this award has become one of their most prestigious recognitions. Hackmack began contributing as a staff writer at The Oracle in the fall of 1999, and has since served as copy editor, opinions editor, news editor, assistant managing editor and editor-in-chief. In the fall of 2002 he served as the first online editor and continues in that position this spring. In addition to the award, the SJYA is supported with a $500 scholarship funded by the National Dean's List. Congratulations, Andrew!

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