News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, April 28, 2003

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


May Commencement to honor special guest
photo of Michael Badalucco Michael Badalucco, an Emmy-award-winning actor who received his bachelor's degree in theatre arts from SUNY New Paltz in 1976, will receive the conferral of the State University of New York's degree of Doctor of Fine Arts at the spring commencement ceremonies on May 18. Badalucco received the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in his role as attorney Jimmy Berluti in the ABC television drama series "The Practice," and was nominated in the same category in 2000. Badalucco got his start in the entertainment industry at a very young age, going to work with his father who was a carpenter on movie sets. During the filming of "Fail Safe," starring Henry Fonda, a photo of a young boy was needed. Eight-year old Badalucco posed for the picture, and thus began his acting career. While earning his B.A. in theatre arts from SUNY New Paltz, Badalucco performed in more than 20 plays with the New Paltz Repertory Company.

Most recently, Badalucco was seen as a barber in the Coen Brothers' film "The Man Who Wasn't There" with Billy Bob Thornton; following his role as bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" with George Clooney. He and his wife, Brenda, make their home in Manhattan.

With instruction this good, who needs subtitles?
The Language Immersion Institute (LII) at SUNY New Paltz has recently published its own teaching materials. The authors of these materials are all SUNY New Paltz LII instructors and the series editor is LII founder and director, Dr. Henry Urbanski, Distinguished Service Professor of Russian. Written by native speakers with many years of experience teaching at the Language Immersion Institute, the programs cover Elementary Levels I and II, the equivalent of a six-weekend course or two semesters of study. En Francais: Rapid Success in French for Beginners was written by Marc Bendali and Marie-Paule Mahoney; En Espanol: Rapid Success in Spanish for Beginners by Graciela Espana; and In Italiano: Rapid Success in Italian for Beginners by Sandra Immerso. As important as content, the programs also reflect the spirit of classes at the Language Immersion Institute. Published by McGraw-Hill, the textbooks are accompanied by audio-recordings on three CDs. The audio recordings, which are considered to be a key component of the courses, were recorded in New Paltz by Institute teachers -- not actors -- to convey the infectious vitality that permeates the classes at the LII. The immersion approach is predicated on the idea that intensive language study creates a highly effective and exciting learning environment that is congenial and non-threatening, and in which confidence in speaking ability is quickly obtained. These materials will be used during the LII weekends and two-week summer courses. More information about the textbooks and the LII weekend and summer courses, call (845) 257-3500, or visit the LII Web site at

photo of Steve Poskanzer unveiling the 175th tree plaque
Photo by Edie Nugent

Steven Poskanzer unveils the plaque to dedicate the Kousa Dogwood tree and officially open the 175th anniversary of our institution last Friday morning. More than 100 people came out to celebrate the beginning of the anniversary on the newly renovated Plaza.. For more information on events and history associated with the 175th anniversary, visit


On March 21, Lisa Chase, (Educational Opportunity Program) Sarah Gardner, (Writing and Tutoring Center) and Rachel Rigolino, (English Department) presented a paper at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication held in New York City. The topic of their presentation was "Helping Developmental Writers Excel: A Model of Seamless Support," which describes the success of our Supplemental Writing Workshop Program for first-year composition students at New Paltz.

Rimer Cardillo (Art) will show an exhibit of work at Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio, titled, "From Modernism to Contemporary, 1958-1999" in the Ellen Johnson Gallery through June 9. The exhibition explores different conceptual and aesthetic approaches to abstraction. Artists in the exhibition have used commercially manufactured materials, urban detritus and elements of the environment to produce art in both traditional and non-traditional formats. "Silent Barrack," 1989, by Cardillo (Uruguayan, b. 1944) is an arrangement of found objects, natural materials and printed images that form an altar and a fortification that refer to ancient civilizations and modern cultures. Other artists represented in the exhibition are Kiki Smith, Carl Andre, Siah Armajani, Scott Burton, Willie Cole, Sam Gilliam, Eva Hesse, Rebecca Horn, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Alan Saret, Peter Shelton, Robert Smithson. The show is curated by Sharon F. Patton, former AMAM Director.


Howard Good (Communication & Media) has published his eighth book, Desperately Seeking Ethics: A Guide to Media Conduct (Scarecrow Press). Good, who teaches Media Ethics, originated and edited the volume, as well as contributed one of its 13 essays, "'Created Equal': The Press and Hate Speech."

Narcyz Roztocki (Business), Kim LaScola Needy (University of Pittsburgh), Heather Nachtmann (University of Arkansas), Rona Colosimo Warner (Rolls-Royce Corporation) and Bopaya Bidanda (University of Pittsburgh) published a research paper entitled "Implementing Activity-Based Costing Systems in Small Manufacturing Firms: A Field Study" in the Engineering Management Journal (March 2003), Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 3-10.


Stuart Robinson (Athletic Director) recently wrote a piece on sportsmanship for the Poughkeepsie Journal, which appeared in a special sportsmanship section on April 27. Robinson also took part in a roundtable discussion on sportsmanship at the Journal which appeared in that same issue.

Wenshan Jia (Communication & Media) has made the list under "Social Behavioral Sciences" in Choice magazine of The American Library Association for the second time. The scholarly book The Remaking of the Chinese Character and Identity in the 21st Century: The Chinese Face Practices (Ablex/Greenwood, 2001) solely authored by Jia on the basis of his dissertation was reviewed in Volume 40, November, 2002 (p. 530). His lead-edited volume Chinese Communication Theory and Research: Reflections, New Frontiers and New Directions (Ablex/Greenwood, 2002) has also made the list under "Humanities Communication" of Choice magazine of the American Library Association (Choice December '02-Vol. 40, No. 4, p. 223).

John Langan's novella, "Mr. Gaunt," has been nominated for the 2003 International Horror Guild Award in the Long Story. In addition, "Mr. Gaunt" has been selected for inclusion in the anthology Fantasy: The Best of 2002, to be published in May 2003 by ibooks, a division of Simon & Schuster. The horror genre's equivalent of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the IHG Awards will be announced May 23, 2003.


The Society of Collegiate Journalists has awarded The Oracle's online edition,, third place in their annual collegiate newspaper Web site contest. Andrew Hackmack a senior majoring in journalism, has served as the online editor of The Oracle since its inception on September 2002. The online edition is produced weekly, concentrating on three or four of the biggest stories per section of the print version, including news, features, arts and entertainment, opinion and sports. There is also a news archives and a weekly poll. The Office of Web Management and student Web programmer assistant Tim Roberson, senior computer science major, designed and developed the online newspaper.

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.