News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, June 2, 2003

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


headshot of President Stephen G. Poskanzer
Stephen G. Poskanzer

A message from President Poskanzer

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

It has been my genuine privilege to have worked with all of you over these last 19 months, and I am delighted that I have now been given an opportunity to continue to devote my energies to the college's success and to give New Paltz the very best leadership I can. I take on the post of President with humility and great excitement about our future. I am so impressed with the academic strength we already have in place and the prospects for deepening our intellectual base and further enhancing the quality of teaching and discovery that occur here. Likewise, my family and I have been powerfully struck by how welcoming the college and local community has been to us all. I am more grateful than I can adequately express for the confidence and trust that the search committee, the College Council, and all of you have invested in me by choosing me as your new president. Over the coming weeks and months, there will be many opportunities for us to talk and dream about how we can work together to bring New Paltz to new levels of distinction. I look forward to those discussions, and the entire Poskanzer family looks forward to being a permanent part of this wonderful community.

Steven G. Poskanzer

Alumnus establishes theatre arts scholarship
SUNY New Paltz alumnus and Emmy Award-winning actor, Michael Badalucco has established a $25,000 endowed scholarship in honor of his parents, Joe and Jean Badalucco. The Joe and Jean Badalucco Outstanding Achievement Theatre Scholarship Endowment will be awarded to an outstanding junior student in the theatre arts program exhibiting a sense of active involvement and dedicated work ethic -- attributes that mirror Joe Badalucco's career and loyalty to the theatre. Joe Badalucco was a Sicilian born cabinetmaker who came to America and made a career as a carpenter. As a member of a union in New York City, he worked on many television commercial and movie sets including "Manhattan," "Interiors" and "Annie Hall." Michael 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."

photo of Dr. Kurt Daw
Dr. Kurt Daw

Daw is new Dean
SUNY New Paltz has appointed Dr. Kurt Daw as Dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts. Daw comes to New Paltz with a wealth of academic administrative experience, having previously served as the Chair of the Department of Theater at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, GA, a program he founded in 1996. "I am delighted to be coming to such a distinguished institution," said Daw about his appointment at SUNY New Paltz. "I'm looking forward to working with the existing superb programs, and to join with the arts departments on exciting new initiatives." Daw received his Master's of Fine Arts in Directing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The Union Institute Graduate School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Daw will arrive on campus this July.

"Our Voice, Our Image"
The Institutional Image Group has published a new style guide called "Our Voice, Our Image." This guide is a resource to help SUNY New Paltz create a consistent image that reflects the institution's mission and values. It contains five sections that address the full range of written and visual communication: Editorial Style Guide, Public Affairs Guide, Web Guidelines, Publications Guide and the Image Guide. They can all be viewed online at, and will soon be available for print by request in the Print Shop.

Fizzled out!
The campus will not be able to host the Town of New Paltz fireworks event this year due to the construction of Lenape Hall and the Athletic/Wellness Center. Fireworks are scheduled to be held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 5. Anyone interested should watch for further announcements in local papers.


. . . The reader survey that was scheduled for this issue has been postponed to the beginning of the fall semester. This is to assure that the greatest amount of potential readers will be on campus to respond.


In a one-week return visit to the Lake Superior shores, Dr.Roinila presented an invited lecture at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum of Tofte, MN on May 15, 2003 entitled "Finnish Fishermen of Lake Superior" ( As part of his on-going research into this field, Dr.Roinila was able to visit the North Shore and Canadian Lakehead in order to build on his project that is funded by the SUNY Research & Creative Projects award. On May 24, a multi-media presentation on the Finnish Salvation Army in America was presented at the Scandinavian Congess of the Salvation Army held at Ladore Convention Center, Waymart, PA. Finally, on May 28, Dr.Roinila travelled to Halifax, NS where he introduced the impact of the Finnish-Canadian Salvation Army to the Canadian Society of Church History at the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Clifton Meador, professor of Art at SUNY New Paltz, has been awarded a six-month Fulbright Fellowship. Meador will be a visiting artist at the State Academy of Art in Tblisi, Republic of Georgia. He will work with advanced students and photograph the vineyards of eastern Georgia, where he plans to document wine-growing customs. Georgia may be the original home of wine growing, dating back at least six thousand years. The country is bounded by Russian federation from North, from East - Azerbaijan, from South - Armenia and Turkey, from West - the Black Sea. From August to January, Meador will be the artist in residence to help the artists there try to find ways to support their work in a dismal economy. Meador joined the faculty at New Paltz in 1994 and teaches courses in graphic design, photography, and the photography/graphic design collaborative MFA program in the Visual Research Laboratory. He is active as a book artist, creating works that combine his writing, photography and design. Notable among his more than 30 publications are his last two books, Memory Lapse (Nexus Press, 1999) and Whisky Defense (Nexus Press, 2001). Professor Meador has twice been the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books. His work has also been supported by grants from the New York Council for the Arts, the Georgia Council for the Arts and numerous other state and local agencies. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Glasgow School of Art in the spring of 1999 and has twice been a resident artist at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He has exhibited widely and his work is held in collections all over the world, including the Library of the Museum of Modern Art. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Purchase College, where he also taught and worked at the Center for Editions, a production facility for artists books, before coming to SUNY New Paltz. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.

On May 9, the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society inducted its first members into its newly formed Beta Omicrom Chapter at SUNY New Paltz. Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), was created to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through opportunity programs. With over 100 chapters in existence, this organization seeks to promote continued high academic standards and to honor academic excellence. Students, families, friends and Educational Opportunity Staff (EOP) were on hand for this special chartering ceremony. In his opening remarks, Dr. Elbert Saddler, founder of Chi Alpha Epsilon, noted that the 68 EOP inductees comprised the largest group ever to be honored as first time members. Rendesia M. Scott (EOP) is currently serving as the advisor to the Beta Omicrom Chapter of the Honor Society.

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