News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, September 22, 2003

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


Algebra is the common denominator
Steven Poskanzer (far left) and David Lavallee (far right) welcomed David M. Clark (left center) and Michael E. Adams to the elite rank of Distinguished Professor last week.

photo of President Poskanzer, Dr. Lavallee, David Clark and Michael Adams
Photo by Eric Gullickson

The State University of New York Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Michael E. Adams (Mathematics) and David M. Clark (Mathematics) to the elite rank of Distinguished Professor -- the university's highest faculty designation. Appointment to the rank of Distinguished Professor is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidate's work must be of such character that the individual's presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues, both within and beyond the person's academic field. It must be of such quality that students and scholars on other campuses of the State University could, and would, wish to benefit by lectures and seminars or other appropriate presentations the faculty member might bring to them. Adams is acclaimed internationally for his contributions to mathematics, especially in the areas of lattice theory and universal algebra, with an emphasis on problems of representations and structure. His early research on the structure of free products of lattices yielded fundamental results that have become a standard part of the literature. Clark is known world-wide for the depth, breadth, and innovation of his contributions to mathematics in the areas of universal algebra and lattice theory, and particularly for his seminal work in the general theory of "natural dualities." He is also acknowledged as one of the founders of the field of neural networks. Congratulations!

Don't touch that dial!
Tune in to "On Campus @ SUNY New Paltz" at 9 p.m. this Thursday evening for the second half of the two-part interview with New Paltz President Steven G. Poskanzer on Time Warner Cable Channel 6. Join host and Journalism professor Rob Miraldi, and Art professor Particia Phillips, as they discuss Poskanzer's views of higher education and his goals as New Paltz's new president. "On Campus @ SUNY New Paltz" airs Thursdays and re-airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. Additionally, WNPC-TV transmits to the resident halls at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursdays and 1 a.m. Fridays. Don't miss it! For more information about "On Campus @ SUNY New Paltz," call Emily Trapp (IMS) at x3634.

School of Education honors seven Mid-Hudson teachers for excellence in teaching
David Lavallee ( far left) and Steven Poskanzer (far right) join Robert Michael (center), the Dean of the School of Education, in honoring seven exceptional teachers in the Mid-Hudson Valley for their outstanding and effective work with students by presenting to them the Dean's Awards for Excellence in Teaching. As recipients of this award, each of the seven teachers will receive an honorary appointment as an adjunct clinical professor within New Paltz's School of Education. Recipients of the 2003 awards are: Lynn M. Hahn (Clarkstown School District), James "Wally" Westerfield (Pine Bush Central School District), Paul Rubeo (Ulster County BOCES), Franca Petrillo (Wappingers Central School District), Kathryn Weiss and Denise Rega-Sanchez (New Paltz School District), and Nancy Schmidt (Valley Central School District).

photo of the award winners
Photo by Eric Gullickson


. . . The State University of New York at New Paltz and the Town of New Paltz invite the community to participate in a birthday celebration from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Hasbrouck Park to jointly commemorate the 325th anniversary of the Town of New Paltz and the 175th anniversary of higher education at SUNY New Paltz. The birthday bash will feature the live music of the Riverbank Banjo Band and other exciting live acts, college and community table demonstrations and exhibits, storytelling, and much more. Birthday cake and apple cider will be served at 2 p.m., with special guest servers. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the birthday celebration and SUNY New Paltz' 175th anniversary, visit


Rimer Cardillo (Art) will make a presentation of his work at Tate Modern in London as part of the international symposium, September 26-28. The presentation, From the Purple Land to the Hudson River Valley, will discuss his personal experiences in fieldwork throughout the Americas, the process of creation and teamwork in his projects. For more information, visit

The documentary, "Human Weapon," will be shown at the New Paltz campus at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium. This film about suicide bombing will be presented in the company of the two filmmakers, who will be available for discussion following the film. The presentation of the film is open to the public. The film provides an in-depth examination of the complexity of suicide bombings and a new insight into the trend of suicide bombing and its role in warfare. Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Europe and the United States, "Human Weapon" weaves together never-before seen, dramatic footage through interviews with key militants whose organizations use suicide bombing as part of their strategy. Other interviews include failed suicide bombers, victims and families of victims, investigators, and analysts from around the world. After the viewing of the film, there will be an open discussion with the filmmakers. For more information, please contact Lynn Spangler at 257-3551.


LeFevre Hall was voted "most spirited hall" in the 2003 Spirit Sunday competition held Sept. 14. The event included all 13 residence halls on campus participating in relay races, lip syncs and banner competitions. New Paltz sprit and community pride was shown throughout the day. Pictured at left are residents and staff from LeFevre Hall, with their banner.

photo of students in LeFevre Hall
Photo by Alexis Dingfelder

Phyllis Sturm (Computer Services) will be installed as the new president at the Faculty Wives and Women annual fall lunch at noon on Oct. 11 at the scenic Orchard Cafe located at the Apple Greens Golf Course in Clintondale. All female members of the faculty (which includes professionals) and wives of faculty members are encouraged to attend the luncheon and join the organization. The cost is $15 for lunch and $10 for membership. Money raised from membership and other activities support the scholarship fund. For more information or reservations, contact Barbara Santoro at 255-6112 or Phyllis Sturm at x3136 or

The Phi Psi Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary recognized Academic Advising and the Center for Student Development for their outstanding service to the New Paltz student body with a Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, Sept. 17. For more information, visit


Edward J. Renehan Jr. (Political Science, '80) has been reappointed to a three-year term on the board of trustees for the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Renehan is the author of several books, including "The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt & His Family in Peace and War," "John Burroughs: An American Naturalist" and "The Kennedy's at War."

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