News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, May 5, 2003

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


photo of the Resnick reception

Interim President, Steven Poskanzer welcomes the Resnick family and friends for the memorial tree and bench dedication ceremony for the late Louis Resnick on April 30.

A great philanthropist
A memorial tree and bench dedication ceremony for the late industrialist, philanthropist and political and community leader, Louis Resnick, was held at the Resnick Engineering Hall main entrance on April 30. Louis and his wife Mildred, have had a distinguished record of supporting a wide variety of regional community needs, in particular to SUNY New Paltz. In 2001, they donated $90,000 to the college for the creation of the Resnick Scholarship for Nursing, in hopes to stem the nursing shortage threatening health care in the Hudson Valley and across the country. The scholarship was established in early 2002, and continues to provide aid to the students enrolled in the nursing program. In total, the Resnicks have donated more than $2 million to SUNY New Paltz. Their generosity has directly supported minority students, Ulster County residents and engineering majors.

Faculty and Staff Campaign highlights
The 2003 faculty and staff campaign came to an end with the Faculty & Staff Reception on April 30. This year the campaign co-chairs reported a record 24 percent participation across campus -- an 18 percent increase from last year. The following are some of the highlights: $22,400.50 (cash received); $11,388.68 (pledges); $33,789.18 (total cash and pledges combined). Grand Prize Winners: Frank Wood - overnight stay at Mohonk Mountain House and Jan Harrison - dinner for 2 at the Culinary Institute of America. Other Prize Winners: Gerald Benjamin - Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk; Mette Christiansen - New Paltz Tote; Mary Eckman - New Paltz Mug; Jan Harrison - New Paltz Tote; Nancy Kassop - gift certificate to the Center for Therapeutic Message; Stephen Kitsakos - Baseball Hall of Fame Yearbook and 2 passes to the museum; Christine Krug - high tea for two at the Emmerson Inn; Caroline Murphy - New Paltz Gym Bag; Jeanne Quenzer - New Paltz shirt; Shannon Roddy - Hudson River Cruises passes for two; Ray Shwartz - admission for two to a UPAC sponsored event in 2003; Joy Simmerman - admission for 2 to the Great Escape; Daniel Sisternik - admissions for 2 to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Joseph Stoekert - $25 gift certificate to the Market Place at Catskills Corners; Martha Tait-Watkins -Baseball Hall of Fame Yearbook and 2 passes to the museum; Judith Tozzi - Huguenot Historical Society tour for 2; Lori Tunkel - Hudson River Cruises passes for two; Charles Welenc - dinner for 2 at Gadaleto's. SUNY New Paltz would like to thank the businesses and merchants in the community that donated the prizes. All those who gave a gift were automatically entered into a raffle drawing for these prizes.

photo of the faculty staff campaign co-chairs

The 2002-2003 Faculty and Staff Campaign Co-Chairs: (l to r) Emily Trapp (IMS), Frank Trezza (Theatre Arts), Betsy LaPolla (Academic Advising) and, Lucia Mallardi, the Annual Giving Coordinator.

photo of Adelaide Haas and Susana Liz Perez

Dr. Adelaide Haas (wife of the late Dr. Kurt Haas) awarded the Kurt Haas Memorial Scholarship to recipient Susana Liz Perez for the first time at the 2002-2003 Faculty & Staff Campaign Reception. The Kurt Haas Memorial Scholarship Award was established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Kurt Haas-in honor of his many years of dedicated service, and to keep his memory and the ideas he stood for alive and thriving at New Paltz.


Mary Boyle (Music) and Russell Hilliard (Music) participated in the first music therapy symposium at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, entitled "Music in Medicine," 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.

Carole Cowan (Music) 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 members 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 New York City. On March 14, she guest conducted the College/Youth Symphony of the Hudson Valley in a Pops Concert/Circus Minimus, with members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.

Rimer Cardillo (Art) is exhibiting his work in "From Modernism to Contemporary, 1958-1999" at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio. He was also invited to lecture about his work at the Art Department of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where he reviewed graduate student work as well. Thomas Sarrantonio (Art) is exhibiting his work in a solo exhibition at the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York City from April 24 to May 24. Jamie Bennett (Art) has had his work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for their permanent collection.

Shelly Wright (Communication and Media) presented a conference paper titled, "NASA in Crisis: A Comparison of the Agency's Communication Tactics During the 1986 and 2003 Shuttle Tragedies," at the Eastern Communication Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., April 23-27.


Len Beaulieu (Maintenance) and Janice Beaulieu (Theatre Arts) who are President and First Vice President, respectively, of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 610 on campus, were awarded the CSEA Mission Achievement Award at the state workshop in Albany on April 4. This state-wide award is given to individuals because of their activism in, and dedication to, their union and the principles it stands for as indicated in the CSEA mission statement: honesty, inclusiveness, full participation, respect, diversity, open communications, accountability and fiscal responsibility.

Beth E. Wilson (Art/Women's Studies) recently received a Special Opportunities Stipend from the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA), in order to attend the press previews of the Venice Bienale this June. She will document this experience in her monthly art column in the in the August issue of Chronogram magazine.

Dr. Michael Guiry (Business) has been selected by the Student Senate and Student Council of Orgs as the 2003 Professor of the Year. The award is an acknowledgement for his dedication, passion and enthusiasm for the betterment of New Paltz students. Jonathan Amoia, president of the Student Association, said that Guiry is frequently goes outside his job expectations to assist students. Dr. Guiry joined the faculty of the School of Business in 1999. He has a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Florida, an MBA from Duke University, and a BS in Business Management from Cornell University. Previously, he taught at the University of Central Florida, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Coastal Carolina University. Guiry has taught Principles of Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Advertising Strategy, Marketing Research, Marketing Management, and retailing at the undergraduate level. While at the graduate level, he has taught Consumer Behavior, Integrated Marketing Communications, Marketing Research, International Marketing, Marketing Management, and Strategic Management.


The Phi Psi Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary has chosen Jennifer Kauffman as the student of the month for March 2003. The award signifies Kauffman's ability to go above and beyond fostering disability awareness on campus and acknowledges her involvement and the positive effect she has on the students at SUNY New Paltz. Kauffman has also been nominated on the Northeast Regional Level.

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