News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, August 25, 2003

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


New Faces
The State University of New York at New Paltz welcomed 14 new faculty members during its new faculty orientation last Thursday. New faculty members include: Judith Barringer (Art History), Shafiul Chowdhury (Geology), Orkunt Dalgic (Business), Diego Dominici (Mathematics), Andrew Evans (History), Melanie Hill (Psychology), Majid Hosseini (Mathematics), Aaron Isabelle (Elementary Education), Shuguang Liu (Business), Thomas McQuaide (Communication and Media), Sangsook Park (Art Education), Emily Puthoff (Art-Sculpture), Judith Rance-Roney (Secondary Education), Anat Shiftan (Art-Ceramics), Pamela S. John (Chemistry) and Eve Waltermaurer (Sociology). Not all new faculty were in attendance.

photo of our new faculty members
Photo by Eric Gullickson

Convocation highlights!
Every year we begin our academic season with our traditional convocation ceremony. 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. For highlights of last Friday's event, including photos of and speeches by President Steve G. Poskanzer, Student Association President Harrison Harvey and Convocation speaker Patricia Phillips (Art), visit Visitors can also listen to Barbara Hardgrave (Music) sing the Alma Mater.

photo of Barbara Hardgrave singing
Photo by Alexis Dingfelder

Barbara Hardgrave sings our Alma Mater at the Fall 2003 Convocation ceremony. Haewon Chung is accompanying her on the piano.

Then and now

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President William J. Haggerty (left) greets Student Council President, James Ambrusso on the steps of Old Main in 1961. The event commemorated the 75th anniversary of the day the college was opened to students as the New York State Normal School.

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Photo by Public Affairs intern, Alexis Dingfelder

President Steven G. Poskanzer (left) greets Student Association President Harrison Harvey on the steps of Old Main at the Fall 2003 Convocation ceremony. The event commemorated the beginning of the 2003-04 academic year, a year during which SUNY New Paltz is celebrating the 175th anniversary since its founding in 1828.

Ease of operations
There is another new addition to the faculty/staff version of -- Facilities Operations Center (FOC) Work Request forms can now be completed electronically. Login to and choose "FOC Work Request Form" under the "My.Staff Services" menu.


photo of Kevin Cahill. . .New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill visited with the SUNY New Paltz Mid-Hudson Migrant Education Outreach Program (MEOP) on Aug. 13. During his visit, Cahill, who serves on the state's Higher Education Committee, met with Margaret Gutierrez, director of the MEOP, and took a tour of the working classrooms. The migrant education program at SUNY New Paltz is a five-week summer program that has served the children of migrant farm workers in the region since 1974. Gutierrez said that about 100 students, K-8, participate in the SUNY New Paltz program. State Migrant Education funds are used to provide summer school services for migrant youth, including instruction in reading, writing, mathematics content areas and English as a Second Language, where appropriate. The MEOP is sponsored by the SUNY New Paltz School of Education.


Rimer Cardillo (Art) has been selected to exhibit his works on paper in Poland and in France. The photo-silkscreen series "Birds from Gardiner" will be on display at the 2003 International Print Triennial of Kracow, beginning in September. Other works from the series will be shown at the exhibition, Aquaforta Contra Cyfra, in Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole and at Galleria Studio in Warsaw. Three of his prints from the series of Vanishing Tapestries will be part of the "Intersecting Circles: Metaphors of Caribbean and Latin American Trans-nationalism" exhibit opening on Sept. 12 at the Dominik Rostworowski gallery in Krakow, as part of Festival 2003, a parallel event of the International Print Triennial. Later on Sept. 26, the same exhibition will be open at L'espace Alexandre Dumas in Paris, France.


Paintings and sculpture by Jan Harrison (Publications) were included in a chapter of "In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art," by Linda Weintraub (D.A.P./ Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., New York). The book, which covers the work of 40 artists, features photographs, an essay and an interview with Harrison about her life and work. Also, "The Abyss Crossing," an early work by Harrison, was published in the book "Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming," by Catherine Keller (Routledge Press, London). Harrison's paintings were also included in the recently produced documentary film "What the Universe Tells Me," about the creation of Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony, by Jason Starr, which premiered last spring at Bard College.


The following faculty are to receive promotion in September: Victor deMunck (Anthropology) associate professor from assistant professor; Patricia Sullivan (Communication & Media) full professor from associate professor; Thomas Olsen (English) associate professor from assistant professor; Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages) full professor from associate professor; Kristine Harris (History) associate professor from assistant professor; David Hobby (Mathematics) associate professor from assistant professor; Elizabeth Strickland (Library) senior assistant librarian from assistant librarian; Greg Wirszyla (Library) senior assistant librarian from assistant librarian. Congratulations!

Dr. Howard M. Cohen, emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of Psychology at SUNY New Paltz, was honored at the American Psychological Association's annual convention on Saturday, Aug. 9, in Toronto. Cohen was presented with the first "Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Award" for sustained and major contributions to the organization. The ABPP is the national governing Board of all board certified specialists in psychology. Cohen is the current president of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

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