News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, July 14, 2003

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


A fond farewell
Today marks the final day of a 34-year career for Gail Gallerie, who has served SUNY New Paltz as the executive assistant to the president. Gallerie is retiring, but will stay active in the community serving as the chairwoman of the citizens committee to develop a $500,000 traffic study of the Village of New Paltz. Thank you, Gail, and good luck!

photo of Gail Gallerie and past presidents

Photo by Lorna Tychostup
Gallerie served as Executive Asistant to the President for five SUNY New Paltz Presidents during her 34-year career. (left to right) Dr. John J. Neumaier, Steven G. Poskanzer, (Gail Gallerie), Dr. Alice Chandler and Dr. Roger W. Bowen all attended Gallerie's Retirement 'Gaila' on June 6. Dr. Stanley K. Coffman was not in attendance.

Utopia at the Samuel Dorsky Museum!
The recent work of nine Cuban photographers and video artists will be presented at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz from Saturday, July 12, through Sunday, August 10. Artists' work includes Tania Bruguera, Raul Cordero, Carlos Garaicoa, Luis Gomez, Ernesto Leal, Elsa Mora, Rene Pena, Manuel Pina and Sandra Ramos. The exhibition will reopen Wednesday, September 17, and will be on view through Sunday, December 14. Utopia/Post-Utopia will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay on the exhibition by guest curator Helaine Posner and one by Cuban-based art critic Eugenio Valdes Figueroa titled "The Other Face of Cuban Photography." Generous funding for the exhibition and educational programs has been provided by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Dorsky Foundation, Inc., and the SUNY New Paltz Student Art Alliance, a funded member of the Student Association. For information, call 845-257-3844 or visit online at

photo of Utopia

Photograph by Manuel Pina
Utopia/Post Utopia

The fields are alive!
If you hadn't noticed it already, the campus is a-buzz with camp activity this summer. Athletics has various sports camps taking place, including field hockey, swimming, basketball, soccer and baseball. East/West field hockey camps, run by SUNY New Paltz field hockey coach Bill Davidson and his assistant, Julie Clark, has concluded its three-day camp. The Travis Knight Basketball Camp has also concluded. The SUNY New Paltz men's and women's basketball head coaches, Douglas Pasquerella and Brad Duckworth, reported an attendance of more than 135 campers from ages 7 to 17. Also on campus this month is a group of inner-city high school students participating in the Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is a year-round program designed to assist and improve academic and study skills in high school students leading to future career and educational plans. And if that's not enough, the language immersion program is on campus and going strong. Students who participate in the one-week programs take intensive language courses optimizing learning and language retention.

photo of field hockey campers

Photo by Eric Gullickson
"Campers" at the East/West Field Hockey Camp compete in a practice scrimmage. Field hockey is just one of the many athletic and academic camps using SUNY New Paltz' facilities this summer.



. . . Property Control would like to pick up and discard as much surplus office supplies as possible from all departments over the next six weeks. Please complete a request for removal form for each piece of equipment and submit it to Administrative Services, HAB 40, at your earliest convenience. For more information, please contact Julie Majak at x3272.

. . . The 2003-2004 faculty/staff parking hangtags are in and available for purchase in the Parking Office, HAB 35. The application is available online at, outside the Parking Office or at the University Police station.

. . . Correction: In the June 16 issue of News Pulse, it was incorrectly reported that the tail feathers in the gift from the Cloudbreakers Society to President Poskanzer were falcon feathers, when, in fact, they were from a Northern Goshawk.

. . . Correction: A misspelling of Hadi Salavitabar's name appeared in the June 30 issue of News Pulse. The correct spelling is as it appears above. Many apologies for the error.


Russell Hilliard (Music Therapy) presented "Palliative Care Music Therapy as Supported by Research" at the 8th Music and Medicine Symposium in Hamburg, Germany.

Gerald Kitzmann (University Senator, Physics) presented, "How Can SUNY Help," during the "University and School District Partnerships" session at the Physics First Workshop at Cornell University on June 30, and July 1 and 2, in Ithaca, NY. The background research for the presentation was based on the physics major production of the physics departments, SUNY University Colleges system.

Ronald Knapp (Geography Faculty Emeritus) and SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board chair Karl Rodman participated in panels the 50th annual SUNY/CUAD conference for advancement professionals. Knapp joined other SUNY faculty discussing "How to Engage Faculty, Deans and Vice Presidents in Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship Efforts." Rodman served with other SUNY Foundation board members in a lively discussion of "Building a Strong Board - How Recruiting the Right Volunteers Builds a Better Campus." Both panels were organized by Sally Cross (Director of Development), who served as co-chair of the conference's development track.


Terry Glusko (Music Therapy, '02) recently accepted a full-time position as the first Music Therapist at Hospice, Inc., serving the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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