News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, May 12, 2003

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


photo from the Athletic and Wellness Center groundbreaking ceremony

Photo by Edie Nugent
(l to r) David Finci (Hiller Group), Jodi Novatka (President of the Student Advisory Council), Don Wilen (New Paltz Town Supervisor), Steven Poskanzer (Interim President), Stuart Robinson (Athletic Director) and Raul Garip (Hiller Group) "break ground" for the new Athletic and Wellness Center last Wednesday.

An athletic perspective - then and now
A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new 57,000 square-foot Athletic and Wellness center was held Wednesday, May 7, at the Elting Gymnasium. Construction of Elting gymnasium was completed in 1965, and it has been almost 40 years since the last significant upgrade to the SUNY New Paltz's athletic facilities. A lot has changed in athletics since that time. To put this into a clearer perspective: the first official NCAA women's basketball national champions in Division I, II, III were not crowned until 1982; Title IX didn't come around until 1972; the first Super Bowl wasn't played until 1967; the New York Mets were in their infancy as a franchise (their first season was 1962); and Michael Jordan was two years old! Attendees at the event included: New Paltz Town Supervisor, Don Wilen, and the Director of the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce, Joyce Minard; members of the State University Construction Fund (SCUF), John Hagen, Jay Pollard, Bob Kanarkiewicz and Rick Finkel; the LOSCO Group: Michael Losco, Phil Ogden, Anthony Briante and Greg Briante; the Hillier Group: David Finci and Raul Garip; Malcolm-Pirnie: Paul Bassette, Michael Kosier; Lahkani & Jordan: Harshad Lahkani; and David Geiger from Campbell Engineers. The new Athletic and Wellness center is being developed just south of Elting Gymnasium and will ultimately be connected to it. The entire complex will be fully air-conditioned and designed to promote health and fitness for all. The project is estimated to cost $25 million and will be complete by November 2005.

May Commencement
This Sunday, May 18, approximately 1200 SUNY New Paltz students will become alumni of the university during spring commencement. The ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Old Main Quadrangle on the New Paltz campus. In addition to a speech by the class Valedictorian, Sean Endress, New Paltz Alumni and Emmy Award winning actor Michael Badalucco and New Paltz Interim President Steven Poskanzer will offer brief remarks.

photo from Gail Gallerie's retirement reception

Photo by Eric Gullickson
Interim President Steven Poskanzer and the President's Assistant, Gail Gallerie, share a laugh at Gallerie's reception last Thursday at the Hopfer House. Gallerie will be retiring after serving SUNY New Paltz for 34 years as the Assistant to the President -- beginning with President John J. Neumaier in June, 1969.


. . . Correction: In the last issue of News Pulse, it was incorrectly reported that Jamie Bennett (Art) had recently had his work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art - in fact, he did have his work, a Jurjani Neckpiece from 1992, purchased by the American Museum of Art of the Smithsonian Institution. Sorry for the confusion.


Alice Wexler (Art Education) participated in a two-week study of the renowned early childhood education programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy. This research was funded through the Research and Creative Projects awards program, and will be presented in October 2003 at the Art Education Program's Art Teacher Appreciation Workshop for community K-12 art teachers. Mary Hafeli, Margaret Johnson, and Kristin Rauch (all Art Education) each presented on recently completed research projects at the National Art Education Association annual convention in Minneapolis in April.

Eighteen SUNY New Paltz MA and MAT students participated in "'This Be the Verse': Poetry Past and Present," the Fifteenth Annual English Graduate Symposium held on April 23-24. Dr. Helen Vendler, Harvard University Professor of English and the most influential poetry critic in the United States, gave the keynote address, "Lyricism in the Poetry of William Butler Yeats." Pauline Uchmanowicz, (English) was coordinator of the event. About 150 guests attended. Featured performers were Jacqueline Ahl, William Boyle, Joann Deiudicibus, Josh Gran, Jason Hoffner, Rachel Lagodka, Jennifer Lee, Jim Malone, Brad McDuffie, Irene McGarrity, and Steve Rounds. The following afternoon at the College Terrace, eight students presented scholarly papers on poets, ranging from William Blake to Marge Piercy, as part of "Critical Perspectives." Ahl gave the introduction, and was followed by Tim Gilmore, Nicole Camastra, Christopher Porpora, Lanette Fisher-Hertz and William Boyle. Panel Two presenters were Rebecca Cummings, Jason Hoffner, and Joann Deiudicibus. Dr. Vendler served as a respondent, offering the panelists feedback on their papers. Following her talk on Yeats, Dr. Vendler answered questions and conducted a book signing. The event was sponsored by the English Department; Liberal Arts & Sciences; and Support from Major Connections Project: Advising & Fieldwork Center, Division of Student Affairs.

John Sharp (Geography) presented the paper "Discourse and Urban Development: The Case of Casino Gambling" at the Urban Affairs Association's 33rd Annual Meeting, "Shaping Our Urban Future" in Cleveland, Ohio on March 28.

Kristine Harris (History) presented a paper, "Mirror Images and Cinematic Spectacle in Republican China," at the Harvard University Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies on May 2-4. The forum was a workshop titled "Urban Spectacle and the Rise of Mass Culture in Late Qing and Republican China," in which seven scholars presented new research for discussion and feedback. Guests from SUNY New Paltz attending portions of the presentations were Marleigh Ryan (Professor Emerita, Foreign Languages Department, and former Dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences) and alumna Erynn Sarno (BA '99, currently pursuing an MA in East Asian Studies at Harvard).

Janice Anderson (Communication and Media) attended the Eastern Communication Association Convention on April 23-27, chairing a program on "Communication Training in the 21st Century" and serving as a program respondent. Mary L. Kahl (Communication and Media) delivered a paper on "Race and Gender in Prime Time Television Commercials," served as a program respondent, and chaired multiple sessions at the convention. Choosing the theme, "Communication and the Public Good," Kahl served as the primary program planner for this convention and became the President of ECA at the conclusion of the organization's annual meeting.


The local chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) have recognized SUNY New Paltz senior, Connie Rivera for her exceptional contributions to the campus with an Outstanding Leadership award at NRHH induction and graduation ceremony on May 4. For the month of April, Rivera, who has been a resident assistant in Esopus Hall for four semesters, also received the RA of the Month award as well as the Program Of the Month award for "Love me some Hip Hop but where's my feminism?," which drew an audience of over 70 students. Rivera, who will graduate in May with a Bachelor in Women's Studies, also received the SUNY Chancellor Award of Student Excellence.


Elaine Boland and Alanna Santini (Communication and Media) participated in the Eastern Communication Association Convention, held in Washington, DC at the end of April. Each made presentations during poster sessions that showcased undergraduate and graduate student research in communication. Boland's paper discussed "Echoes of American Ideology in Nelson Mandela's Inaugural Address" while Santini's paper examined "The Decline of Postmodern Feminism Post 9-11: The Tale of Sex in the City."

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