News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, June 16, 2003

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


SUNY New Paltz RHSA wins National Award
Throughout the years, the Residence Hall Student Association (RHSA) has shown a strong commitment to awareness and education of residential students concerning diversity issues, and recently was nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity. On May 25, at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) annual conference at North Carolina State University, the SUNY New Paltz RHSA was presented with the Commitment to Diversity Award, an honor bestowed upon a school that involves a student-directed, year-long and campus-wide Residence Life program. Every college and university in North America is able to submit at the regional level, and the eight regional winners then compete for national recognition. Through programming, classes, organizations and campaigns, SUNY New Paltz strives to create a diverse environment where students can learn from each other and grow together. The desired outcome is that students will feel comfortable living and learning while they define themselves and their values. Carrie Davenport, New Paltz's RHSA National Communication Coordinator, and Mary Beth Barna, the RHSA secretary, compiled the information and wrote a 30-page bid that outlined New Paltz's Diversity Mission Statement for Residence Life and the campus. The following SUNY New Paltz students also worked on the bid and attended the conference: Fitzarnaz Drummond, Shirlindia Lewis, Enlly Paulino, Stephanie Rivieccio, Howard Silverman, Jasmine Vasile, Jasmine Yan; and advisors Rafael Calderon and Nestor Melendez.

photo of the Hall of Fame inductees

On May 8, the School of Business inducted three new members into their Hall of Fame. Shown standing (from left) are Steven Poskanzer, President of SUNY New Paltz; Meredith Phelan, Student of the Year; Jayashree Kasi, Alumna of the Year; Hadi Salivitibar, Dean of the School of Business; and Karl Meyer, Business Person of the Year.

photo of the Cloudbreakers Society members with President Steven Poskanzer

Photo by Eric Gullickson
Members of the Cloudbreakers Society, an international council of Native Americans, conducted a congratulatory presentation last week to newly named President, Steve Poskanzer. (left to right) Airy Dixon and Gerald Kitzman presented Poskanzer with a "mnemonic device" that includes four tail-feathers from one of the original falcons belonging to Professor Emeritus, Heinz Meng. Each feather represents the "four ways," North, South, East and West, and was created to help guide the president in good, as well as, difficult times.

"The Laramie Project" at Summer Repertory Theatre
Homosexuality, sexual politics, education, class, violence, privileges and rights, and the difference between tolerance and acceptance will be illustrated during the Summer Repertory Theatre's production of "The Laramie Project." The Laramie Project is a compilation of real life testimonies of 50 Laramie, TX, citizens obtained by Moises Kauman and the Tectonic Theatre Project. The group traveled to Laramie six times, interviewing residents as they struggled to come to terms with Matthew Shepard's death. In October of 1998, Shepard was kidnapped, beaten and tied to a fence and left to die because of his sexual orientation. Summer Repertory has been named "the best summer theater in the Hudson Valley" by area critics. For more information about Summer Repertory Theatre, "The Laramie Project" and box office information, visit or call the Parker Theatre Box office at x3880.


. . . The following activities are open to all faculty and staff this summer: Aerobics: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., in the Elting Gymnasium Dance Studio (EG 203). Jen Wait will lead toning with bands, a light cardio workout and a focus on power abs. This class will start Monday, June 9. Aquaerobics: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., in the Elting Gymnasium pool. Linda Harleston leads this popular activity starting on May 29. Yoga: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm, in the Elting Gymnasium Dance Studio (EG 203). Bruce Weisner will conduct the sessions beginning June 3. These activities are on a 'drop-in' basis. You need not sign up in advance. For more information, call the Recreational Sports Office at x3914.

photo of Bill Long

Campus Auxiliary Director Bill Long has taken the position as the Vice President for Administration at Adirondack Community College. Here, he holds up a gift he received at his farewell reception last week. Good luck, Bill!


Lynne Crockett (English) presented "Evolution or Technolution? Post-Human Hybrids from H.G. Wells to Octavia E. Butler," in April at the 2003 American Comparative Literature Association conference held in San Marcos, Calif..

Sally Schultz and Narcyz Roztocki (Business) presented a research paper, entitled "Adoption and Implementation of Activity-Based Costing: A Web-Based Survey," in May at the 2003 IIE Annual Conference in Portland, Ore.. The paper was published in the conference proceedings.

Sally Schultz (Business) presented "Accounting Assessment: Experience with a Locally-developed Achievement Test" at the American Accounting Association's Northeast Regional Meeting in Fairfield, Conn. on April 25.

Rachel Reuben (Public Affairs) presented at this year's annual SUNY Council for University Affairs and Development (SUNY/CUAD) conference in Saratoga Springs on June 4. The presentation was entitled "Web Accessibility: Keeping Pace with the Policies." It illustrated how SUNY New Paltz modified its Web site to be accessible to people with disabilities.


Sally Schultz (Business) and Joan Hollister (Marist College) published "Lobbying FASB on Accounting for Investments," in the Journal of Applied Business Research (Spring 2003), Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 85-96.

Linda Greenow (Geography) had two chapters published in "Understanding Spanish-Speaking South Americans: Bridging Hemispheres" (Intercultural Press, 2003). The two chapters were co-authored with Skye Stephenson (School for International Training), the editor of the volume, and are titled "Peru: Heir of Empires" and "Bolivia: Rooftop of South America."


Theadore Clark (Business) and several members of the student chapter of the American Marketing Association assisted students at New Paltz Middle School with social studies activities on May 12.


Luke Macomber (Latin American Studies, '00) recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Masters Degree in Philosophy with a focus on Latin American philosophers. He now works for a new satellite network, College Sports Television, doing production research and a little Web development on the side. He also maintains a Web site of scholarly resources at, designed to promote the scholarly study of Latin America across many subject areas and political perspectives.

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