News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, August 11, 2003

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


photo of the new banners
photo by Rachel Reuben

New addition to campus is flying high
You may have noticed the 18 new banners that have been hung around campus this month. The 30" x 60" vertical banners, that read, "SUNY New Paltz, Founded 1828," are blue, orange and white. The original idea for the project came from the 175th Anniversary's Publicity Committee as a part of a plan to surround the campus with banners to help celebrate the 175th anniversary. The image of the original clock tower that was on the van den Berg Learning Center, before the tower was destroyed by a fire in May 1990, was drawn by Jan Harrison in the Publications office in 1994. Freddy V. Destefano and Brian Pine, electricians from Facilities Operation, hung the banners on Plattekill Avenue, S. Manheim Blvd., and S. Chestnut/Southside Loop. Laura Kniffen and Mary Kastner in the Publications office developed the permanent banner design.

The times, they are a-changin'
Summer schedule will end this Friday, August 15, and regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will resume on Monday, Aug. 18. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at x3170.

Formal welcome to New Paltz
Annually, we begin our academic year with our traditional convocation ceremony. The 2003 Fall Convocation will begin at noon on Friday, Aug. 22, in Julien J. Studley Theatre. This is a formal welcoming ceremony, where incoming and transfer students and their families are introduced to the intellectual expectations and values that support our community of scholars. The President and the Provost, the teaching faculty, the President of the Student Association, and an Alumni Association representative all participate in the program. This year, our convocation speaker will be Patricia Phillips, professor in the School of Fine and Performing Arts. A complimentary picnic lunch will be provided on the Old Main Quad for all attendees after the ceremony. Tickets for the picnic will be handed out at the door of the theatre. The SUNY New Paltz community welcomes our new members and is thrilled to have you here to help shape an exciting future.

Time to unpack!
The campus will come to life next Wednesday, Aug. 20, when about 925 new, first-year students move into their new homes in the residence halls. About 650 new transfer students will join them later in the week. This fall's first-year students were selected from a pool of more than 11,000 applications, and the transfer students from a group of 3,000 applications. While the number of new students remains about the same as last year (920 freshmen, 650 transfers), the academic performance of those students has continued to increase. This year, 84 percent of New Paltz's accepted freshmen came from the top two SUNY quality groups, up from 83 percent last year and 75 percent from 2001. With an acceptance rate of 39 percent, New Paltz remains one of the most selective universities in the Northeast and among the 5 percent of campuses across the country which accepts less than half of its applicants. While entry to New Paltz is becoming significantly more difficult, the university is still attracting qualified students from all backgrounds - 24 percent of the incoming freshmen come from historically underrepresented groups. Returning students will have much to celebrate. Students will notice several changes across campus, including the newly refurbished Hasbrouck Dining Hall, and the beautifully renovated plaza deck and stairs on both the west and east sides of the Smiley Arts Building. This fall, students can also expect the grand re-opening of the John R. Kirk Planetarium, located in the Coykendall Science Building. With the reconstruction now complete, the planetarium will have state-of-the-art equipment and new star shows, including seasonal themes, star evolution, eclipses, meteors, planets and children's shows. In addition, construction continues on the new Athletic and Wellness Center and Lenape Hall.


photo of Lt. Castellano, Captain Bryant and Chief Barnhart
Lt. Castellano, Captain Bryant and Chief Barnhart

. . . The University Police Department held it's 2002-03 awards ceremony this month. Chief Richard Barnhart, Johanna D'Aleo and Raymond Bryant spoke at the event, and the following officers received awards: Jennifer Wait-Civilian Community Service Award; Lieutenant Patricia Castellano-Police Professional Service/Leadership Award; Officer Victor Torres-Chief's Award/Officer of the Year; Officer Robert Maines-Exceptional Service Award; Officer Robert Bramley-Exceptional Service Award; Lieutenant Timothy Wurtz-Excellent Arrest/Patrol Observation; Officer David Melideo-Excellent Arrest/Patrol Observation; Officer Johnny Coxum- Community Service Award; Officer Raymond Smith- Professional Police Service Award for Investigations. Officers John Rityak, Ralph Cropley and Gerald Kaleja all received the Military Recogination Award for service. Congratulations!


William Rhoads (Art History) lectured on "A. J. Davis and the Revival of the Classical Temple and the Italian Villa in the Hudson Valley" at a celebration of Davis' 200th year sponsored by Hudson River Heritage and held at Montgomery Place, Annandale-on-Hudson, on July 26. William Krattinger (Art History '97), of the New York State Office of Parks, and Recreation and Historic Preservation, also lectured at the celebration, focusing on, "The Dutch Reformed Church, Newburgh, and the Plumb-Bronson House, Hudson."

Ernelle Fife (English) presented "Narratorial Control: Harry Potter Joins The Three Investigators" at Nimbus 2003, the first international symposium devoted to the Harry Potter series, July 17-20 in Orlando, Florida.


The Division of Enrollment Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa J. Jones to the position of Director of Transfer Admission and Articulation. Jones has been a member of the New Paltz admission staff since 1999 and most recently has served as the coordinator of New Paltz's comprehensive articulation agreements with our seven Alliance community colleges. Professionally, Jones is a member of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association, the New York State Association of College Admission Counselors, and the Sate University of New York College Admission Professionals. Jones received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University and her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College-Columbia University. Jones replaces Michael Husenits, who has taken the position of Dean for Admission & Enrollment at Penn State-Fayette.

The School of Education has announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Bell as the new associate dean. She is assuming the position that Dr. Richard Reif recently vacated. Please address all communications to Dr. Bell at the Office of the Dean of Education, Old Main Bldg, Rm. 104, x 2804.

Bernadette Morris has been appointed to the position of Associate Registrar. Morris replaces Martin Lodge (the last Recorder in the SUNY system) who retired in June. Morris graduated with her Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) from SUNY New Paltz, and her Master of Arts at SUNY Albany. She began at New Paltz as an adjunct, circa 1995, and was the full-time major advisor for the Communication and Media department, circa 1997 until 2001. At the same time, she was made the first tenure track lecturer at New Paltz. In 2001-03, she was the Senior Advisor for the Student Advising department. Morris has taught at SUNY Albany and Russell Sage College in Troy, and she will continue to teach a course each semester in the Communication and Media department at New Paltz.


Terry Gordon (Campus Auxiliary Services) will be retiring this month. Gordon has been with the university for nearly 24 years, working in the Central Office, Food Services, and most recently, directing the Office of Auxiliary Support. Don't be surprised if you see her around campus, as she plans on helping CAS work through the transition period. Her hard work and dedication will be missed.

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