News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, May 19, 2003

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May 2003 Commencement Highlights

Steven G. Poskanzer, SUNY New Paltz's seventh president, officially opens the 2003 May Commencement ceremonies.

A view from the stage!

Michael Badalucco, New Paltz alumnus and Emmy Award winning actor, speaks to more than 1600 graduates at May Commencement last Sunday. Badalucco received the conferral of the State University of New York's degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

Sean Endress, the May 2003 class Valedictorian, graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology on Sunday, May 18. He presented a speech to approximately 1600 graduate candidates on the Old Main Quad.

Pamela Lorraine Myhren,(l) the 2003 class Salutatorian, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a Biology concentration, anda Master of Science in Special Education in the Inclusion Program

Jonathan Amoia

Badalucco poses with Rachel Reuben
Photo by Jo Ann Reuben

David Lavalee, Badalucco and Poskanzer

Photos by Eric Gullickson


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Doug Maynard (Psychology) presented two papers at the latest Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference held in Orlando, Florida in April. He was the sole author on the paper "Underemployment and Job Attitudes: The Case of Adjunct College Faculty" and co-presented a pedagogical workshop with Peter Bachiochi (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University), entitled "Exposing Introductory Psychology Students to I-O: Challenges and Resources."

Sarah Gardner (Coordinator of the Writing Center/Tutoring Center) presented "Online and On Site: A Hybrid Tutor Training Program" at the Eleventh Annual Conference of the National Tutoring Association on April 28, in Atlanta.


Mary E. Fakler and Joan E. Perisse (English) have contributed "Voices Merged In Collaborative Conversation: The Peer Critiquing Computer Project," a chapter in Electonic Collaboration in the Humanites. The collection of essays on electronic student and faculty collaboration is edited by James Inman of the University of South Florida, Cheryl Reed of the Naval Health Research Center and Peter Sands of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. It is published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., and will be available in May.


The Asian Studies Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2002-2003 Asian Studies Program Book Award. These awards formally recognize and reward excellent academic achievement among students taking Asian Studies courses. All students with an outstanding record in coursework relating to Asian Studies are eligible for consideration. Each recipient is awarded a certificate and a book selected from our collection. The seven award recipients were nominated by faculty for their work in following courses: Mr. Shaun Babcock (Kristine Harris, History of Traditional Japan and History of Modern Japan) Mr. Michael Buchta (Gloria Chen, Elementary Chinese) Ms. Diana Librada (Wenshan Jia, Communication and Media Studies) Ms. Kelly Long (Yuko Matsubara, Intermediate Japanese) Mr. Francis Mayle (Jonathan Schwartz, Politics of Sino-US Relations) Mr. Tyler Peck (Christopher Robins, Japanese Aesthetics and Culture) Mr. Matt Stanton (Yuko Matsubara, Elementary Japanese).

Gerald Sorin's ( History) new biography, "Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent" (New York: New York University Press, 2002) has won the prestigious American Jewish Historical Society's Saul Viener Prize for the best book in the field of American Jewish Studies published during the two-year period 2001 and 2002. The Prize Committee found Sorin's book "an insightful, well-researched and highly readable biography [and a] valuable scholarly contribution." This was also the unanimous opinion of book reviewers for the New York Sunday Times Book Review, The Sunday Washington Post's Book World, the Sunday Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. This was Professor Sorin's seventh book.

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