News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, July 28, 2003

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


New version of launched today!
my.newpaltz.eduThe popular student Web site,, is growing again! Originally launched in January 2001 as a place for students to view their grades, class schedule, unofficial transcript and progress report, it has grown to be a one-stop virtual shop for our students. They can now add/drop classes online, view their student accounts bills, accept financial aid awards and more. In addition, a new version of was launched today for faculty/staff and for graduate school applicants. The new faculty/staff version of will be available to all faculty/staff on campus who have a New Paltz Computer User ID (NPCUID, which is your Blackboard login). (For more information on your NPCUID, please see Faculty and staff will be able to view their directory listing, update their expert database profile and change their password. Faculty will also be able to view their course rosters, advisee lists and their teaching schedules. Staff will have additional features, depending on their job function at the college. For example, when academic department secretaries login, they will have access to update their department's adjunct phone directory. Individuals that apply to The Graduate School will be able to look up their application status. It will tell them what documents the Graduate office is missing so that they know what is needed to complete their application package. Also effective today, returning students can now use their NPCUID to log into There are more plans in the works to expand for alumni and prospective undergraduate students, as well as adding even more features for current students and faculty/staff. Stay tuned!

SUNY's widespread impact
In a recent report prepared by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, it was reported that the State University of New York is the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education (64 campuses) with 403,000 students enrolled in more than 5,100 fields of study. SUNY enrolls 40 percent of all New York state high school graduates, and its total enrollment is about 37 percent of the state's entire higher education student population. The State University's students are predominantly New York state residents, representing every one of the state's 62 counties. SUNY is New York state's largest landlord - there are more than 90 million square feet of academic, residential and support space in more than 2,500 buildings. Congressional appropriations to SUNY totaled $15.3 million in fiscal year 2003. More than 9,000 sponsored projects on State University campuses in 2002 supported more than 21,000 full and part-time jobs. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, SUNY is the 8th largest producer of patents of all U.S. universities. SUNY inventions generated $17.6 million in royalties in 2001-02. SUNY employs 77,561 people and there are 2 million alumni. Other numbers include: payroll: $3.5 billion; capital construction: $2.4 billion; research funding: $701 million. For additional information, visit the Office of Foundation Relations at

Circus camp on campus
Bright smiling clown faces have invaded Elting gymnasium. No, the circus is not in town, but the annual children's circus camp brought by the National Circus Academy(NCA) is. Every summer, the NCA holds a two-week camp at the college in basic circus skill workshops that are a blend of physical education and cultural arts. The camp is run by the staff of the National Circus Project with assistance from New Paltz' Campus Auxiliary Services. There are 48 children between the ages of 8 and 16 at this years camp. Many of the children are from the New Paltz community and they are learning the valuable lesson that they can accomplish things that they never thought were possible through hard work and dedication. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, the camp will conclude with a dazzling circus performance in Elting Gymnasium. The show will include a flying trapeze artist, a traditional Chinese circus acrobat and a juggler from Russia, as well as plate spinning, unicycling, stilts and much more. It is free and open to the public.

photo of 3 girls on stilts photo of a boy walking on a ball

Photos by Alexis Dingfelder

Look up in the sky: it's a bird, it's plane, no, it's "Gussie"
Visit the 175th anniversary Web site this month for a fun feature story on how the hawk came to be the mascot of SUNY New Paltz. Check it out at

home of the hawks logo


. . . "Light Up the Sky" by Moss Hart is now playing at SUNY New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre. Set in a Boston hotel suite, the play contrasts glamorous onstage life with the neurotic offstage antics of creating a Broadway show. The characters are flamboyant and stretched to the manic breaking point making their every move entertaining. However, the actors are not the only visions that your eyes will enjoy. "Light Up the Sky" has an out-of-this-world set and stunning costumes. For box office information visit;, or call the Parker Theater Box office at x3880

. . . Fall 2003 Academic Senate and faculty meetings are as follows; faculty meetings will be held on Sept. 12 and Nov. 14. Academic Senate will hold meetings on Oct. 10 and Nov. 12. If needed, Dec. 5 will be the date for additional meetings for both the faculty meetings and Academic Senate.

. . . Mark your calendars and prepare yourselves - Moving in Day 2003 is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20. It is expected that campus will be a-buzz with new students and their parents, so if you see someone who looks lost, please help guide them along their way. Thank you.

. . . Save the date! The annual Convocation Ceremony is being held at noon on August 22 in the Julian J. Studley Theatre in Old Main. This is special year for Convocation -- as we are celebrating our 175th year as an institution of higher education. Please come out to welcome our new students.

. . . If you are a full-time faculty or staff member at SUNY New Paltz and have extensive knowledge in a specific field of study or activity, consider joining the 50 other satisfied people who are benefiting from our online Experts Database! The Experts Database is a growing directory developed by the Office of Public Affairs to highlight the scholarly expertise of SUNY New Paltz faculty and staff. As an expert, you will be able to share your knowledge and expertise with the media, business groups and the general community to help build your scholarly credibility and continue to help enhance the reputation of SUNY New Paltz. If you would like to view sample profiles of the current experts, go to To become part of this new database, login to your new account and click on "Join the Experts Database" under the "My.Personal Info" menu. Those of you who have already joined can now update your profile in your account. Under the "My.Personal Info" menu you will see a link called "My.Expert Database Profile," where you can edit your existing profile. Call the Office of Public Affairs at x3245 with any questions.


Russell Hilliard's (Music Therapy) article, "Music Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care: Complementing the Interdisciplinary Approach" was recently published in the Journal of Palliative Care, 19(2), 127-133.

Brian Obach (Sociology) authored an article entitled "Barriers to Collective Action: A Classroom Simulation" in the July 2003 issue of "Teaching Sociology," a journal of the American Sociological Association.


Diane McCarthy, formally from Admissions, has been appointed to the secretarial position in Alumni Affairs. Her computer and organizational skills are a wonderful addition to the office and the Alumni Affairs staff is excited to welcome her.

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