News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, June 30, 2003

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


photo of Shelly Wright

The Wright Choice
The Office of the President has made an announcement that Shelly Wright will be the successor to Gail Gallerie, the executive assistant to the president. Wright is a public relations professor and program coordinator in the Communications and Media Department and has served as interim director in the Office of Public Affairs. Prior to New Paltz, she had worked for two years in public relations for an international nonprofit organization where she wrote and edited print materials for distribution to internal and external audiences. Her professional experience also includes work as a staff writer for the Times Herald Record, where she covered municipal government, education, business and the police beats, as well as served as a copy editor, editing stories, writing headlines and proofing pages. Wright earned her Master's of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1990 and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Sociology from the University at Albany.

What's in a name - perhaps a job?
With the start of the fall 2003 semester, the Career Advising and Fieldwork Center will be changing its name to the Career Resource Center. The office is a resource for the entire campus community -- students, faculty and staff -- to help facilitate the personal, academic and career development of our students, either directly with them through individual counseling and career programs, or indirectly through supporting faculty efforts in or out of the classroom. A grand opening will be announced closer to the beginning of the semester. The following fall program dates have been set: Fall Job Fair/Career Expo - Tues., October 28; Graduate and Professional School Forum - Wed., November 5.

PianoSummer: July 7 - August 1
Now in its eighth year, PianoSummer is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman. Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music. In addition to private daily lessons with each instructor, there are master classes, lectures and demonstrations, student recitals and festival concerts. All events are open to the public, so students learn how to perform in front of an appreciative and discriminating audience. For tickets and schedule information, call 257-3904.


. . . Correction: In the June 16 issue of News Pulse, it was incorrectly reported that "The Laramie Project" took place in Laramie, Texas, when, in fact, it was Laramie, Wyo.

. . . Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library is always happy to take used or unwanted books for its semi-annual used book sales. Books can be dropped off at the STL Check-out Desk any time that the library is open. If you have too many to carry, they can be dropped off at the loading entrance in the back of the building. Contact Hilary Kent at x3673 to arrange a drop-off time. Since 1998, used book sales have raised over $19,000 for Sojourner Truth Library. For more information about the Friends of the Library or its book sales, please contact Barbara Petruzzelli at x3677.

photo from Martin Lodge's retirement reception

Martin Lodge (center) chats with Lisa Chase (left), EOP; Rose Taft, Registrar's Office; and Hadi Salavitabar (r) School of Business, at Lodge's retirement party last Thursday . Lodge began working at SUNY New Paltz in 1971 as a member of the History Department. He left there as an associate professor in 1980 to become the assistant registrar. He served as the associate college registrar from 1988 until his retirement this June.


Cathy A. Davison, a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching (Chemistry) program, has been awarded a teaching fellowship by the prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Ms. Davis was selected from a highly competitive field through a three-stage selection process that included both written and interview tasks. She demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skill in physical science and great potential for becoming a masterful high school science teacher and leader in science education. The Teaching Fellowship, which may last up to five years, provides Ms. Davison with a stipend, tuition support, and membership in a community of scholars of science teaching. Her fellowship begins in summer, 2003.


Narcyz Roztocki (Business) and Shona D. Morgan (North Carolina A&T State University) presented a research paper, entitled "Web-Based Surveys as an Academic Research Tool in Engineering," at the 2003 IIE Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, May 17-21.

Terry Murray (Educational Studies) presented a poster session, entitled "Power and relationship in on-line teaching and learning," on June 13 at the 2003 Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Stephan J. Macaluso and Susan Kraat (STL library) were co-presenters at a conference workshop, "Developing Formative Peer Assessment of Instruction in Libraries," at the State University of New York Librarians Association annual conference at Stony Brook University, on June 5. The presentation focused on the importance of ongoing peer review from an institutional and pedagogical perspective.


Howard Good's (Communication and Media) book, "Educated Guess: A School Board Member Reflects," has been published by Scarecrow Education.


Lourdes Giordani (Anthropology) participated in the Onteora High School 2002-2003 mentoring program and attended the final activity of student presentations on May 30. The program and final activity were highlighted in the Woodstock Times, June 12 (page 10).


Alexandra MacKinnon, a resident of Kingston, N.Y., who graduated magna cum laude this May with a degree in Political Science, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Turkey for the 2003-2004 academic year. MacKinnon's research on equal rights in law and political philosophy, with a focus on ethics and classical archaeology, will be based in Ankara at the Middle Eastern Technical University. Additionally, the research will bring her to many rural villages in both the Northern and Southern regions of Turkey. Fulbright grants provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance, and a tuition stipend.


Lisa C. Stratton (Journalism) of Schenectady has been named to the position of director of media and public relations at Union College. Stratton will formulate and execute Union's extensive public and community relations projects, and will serve as the College's chief spokesperson. Since 2000, Stratton has served as communications coordinator and spokesperson for the 10,000-student Albany City School District, the largest city school system in the Capital Region. Stratton, 39, has 15 years of communications and public relations experience accumulated through positions in education, government and the media. Prior to joining the Albany City School District, she served as spokesperson and communications coordinator for the Niskayuna Central School District from 1995-2000, and the Shenendehowa School District from 1991-1995. Prior to that, she was assistant editor for the Legislative Gazette weekly in Albany, and served as deputy director of communications for the New York State Science and Technology Foundation. She began her career as a news reporter for the Hudson Register-Star and the Capital District Business Review in Albany.

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