News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, September 15, 2003

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


Remembering 9-11-01

photo of President Poskanzer

Photo by Alexis Dingfelder
Steven G. Poskanzer, president, addressed students, faculty and staff during a ceremony on the SUB Concourse that recognized the struggles that we have all faced after the tragic events of 9-11-01.

photo of a student at the candlelight ceremony

Photo by Alexis Dingfelder
After performances by Voices of Unity Choir, Absolute Acapella, Sarah Pressman and Brian Birkeland, students walked through campus in silence guided by candlelight. The vigil was organized by the Center for Peace and Social Justice to celebrate life and to remember those lost two years ago. The candlelight walk ended with over1,000 students circling the pond while holding hands.

The deadline for submitting a graduation application for May 2004 is Tuesday, Nov. 25. Applications are to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration in HAB 19.

STL MetaLibrary creates one-stop research
Sojourner Truth Library is pleased to announce an innovative new service for students, faculty and staff at New Paltz. STL MetaLibrary, launched last week, enables library users to search multiple resources simultaneously, such as the Dynix library catalog and other online databases. Additionally, STL MetaLibrary offers a variety of features that can be customized to fit specific interests and needs. New Paltz is the first SUNY campus to make this service available to its students and faculty. MetaLibrary workshops will be held in the library classroom, STL 18: Monday, Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.; Friday, Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. For more information or an individual demonstration, please contact Athena Nazario, MetaLibrary project coordinator, at or at x3729.

Annual Louis and Mildred Resnick Lecture Series
The 2003 Louis and Mildred Resnick Lecture Series titled "The Pre-Holocaust Jewish World," will focus on Jewish life and culture between the two World Wars. The Sept. 17 lecture will be by Michael Stanislawski, author of "Zionism and the Fin-de-Siecle." His lecture is titled "Jewish Life in Russia before the Holocaust: Myth and Reality." Lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Lecture Center, room 104, throughout the fall semester. For more information on the Pre-Holocaust Jewish World lectures, contact Gerald Sorin at x3515 or e-mail

Getting down to business
The School of Business will host the Ulster Business to Business Showcase trade show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Elting Gymnasium. More than 100 exhibitors are expected to attract 1,000 participants at the 7th annual event. Co-produced by the Ulster County Development Corporation (UCDC) and the Chamber of Commerce of Ulster County, the 2003 showcase will offer expanded opportunities for Ulster County businesses, and build on cooperative efforts initiated last year with the SUNY New Paltz School of Business. For more information on the showcase, businesses can contact Showcase Manager, Jackie Tyler, at (845) 338-8840 or Showcase Director, Ann Fody, at (845) 895-9108. For more information about the New Paltz School of Business, visit the Web site at


. . . Corrections: In the last issue (Sept. 8) of News Pulse, it was incorrectly reported that University Police Chief, Raymond Bryant, would serve as director of University Police. He is, in fact, serving as interim director. Also, it was incorrectly reported that Jesse Valiante-Colvin graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2003. He is a 2002 graduate. Sorry for the errors!


John Harrington (Science and Engineering) will be holding a talk, titled "Sickle Cell Disease: The Role of Molecular Medicine," at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Honors Center. The talk will focus on the molecular basis of Sickle Cell Disease, the role and impact of biophysical studies in helping to elucidate the molecular events associated with the clinical manifestations of the disease, and medical solutions to treating the disease. For more information, contact Jeff Miller, director of the Honors Program, at x3934.

John Eric Baugher (Sociology) taught at the Evangelische Fachhochschule (Protestant University of the Social Sciences) in Freiburg, Germany, this summer in conjunction with the bilateral cooperation agreement with SUNY New Paltz. Baugher led a 16-hour seminar titled "Die Hospizbewegung in den USA" (The Hospice Movement in the U.S.). While in Freiburg, he also made a presentation at the Hospiz Karl Josef, comparing hospice care in the U.S. and Germany.

Amy Kesselman (Women's Studies) was a guest on the WBAI radio show, "The Joy of Resistance," on Sept. 8. She and three other guests discussed the history of women's studies and current issues in the field.

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) presented two papers at conferences this past summer. The first, "The Permeability of Personal Construct Psychology," was presented in July at the Fifteenth International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Huddersfield, UK. The second, "DSM-ing of Everyday Life: Constructing a Psychopathologized Culture," was presented in August as part of a symposium conducted at the 111th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto.

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Art) is one of 63 artists from America, Europe and Asia, whose work was selected for inclusion in the Kanazawa World Craft Forum, Kanazawa, Japan. Her piece, "Melting Candelabrum," will be exhibited in conjunction with the International Conference of Arts and Crafts, Sept. 21-27.


Jin Park (Computer Science), Sarah Wu (Computer Science Graduate Student) and Baback Izadi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) published a paper titled "Coarse Grain DRAM Power Management," in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications, pp. 248-254, June 2003, Las Vegas, NV.

John Eric Baugher (Sociology) has published a paper on work reorganization and worker identity. The paper is titled "Caught in the Middle? Worker Identity under New Participatory Roles," and was published in Sociological Forum, vol. 18, No. 3, September 2003.

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) recently published a paper with Bob Neimeyer (University of Memphis), titled "Coherent constructivism: A response to Mackay." It appeared in Theory and Psychology, Volume 13 (2003), pp. 397-409.

Shafiul Chowdhury (Geological Sciences) and Frederick Stumm have recently published a paper titled "Delineation of Ground Water Flow in Fractured Rock in the Southwestern Part of Manhattan, New York, Through Use of Advanced Borehole Geophysical Methods." The paper appeared in the summer 2003 Quarterly of the Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, pp.42-49.


Dr. Mary Hafeli has been appointed to associate dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Before accepting the position, Hafeli was an assistant professor and director of the Art Education program. Congratulations!

Jonathan Raskin (Psychology) has been awarded two editorial appointments. He was named a Consulting Editor for The Humanistic Psychologist, the journal for the American Psychological Association's humanistic psychology division. He was also appointed to the editorial board for the forthcoming Internet journal, Personal Construct Theory and Practice.

The Phi Psi Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is proud to announce the Of The Month (OTM) award recipients for the month of August. Rendesia Scott (EOP Advisor) has been chosen as Advisor of the Month and Gudrun Haider (Senior Resident Assistant) received the Executive Board Member of the Month. For more information:

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