News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz
Monday, September 29, 2003

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


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What a weekend we have for you!
Planetarium presentations, soccer games, afternoon tea, concerts, hikes and birthday cake will highlight this year's Reunion Weekend held on campus Oct. 3-5. In addition to all of the events, alumni will be returning this year to help New Paltz celebrate its 175th anniversary. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center with a welcoming reception and registration. Highlighted events for Saturday, Oct. 4, include a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. with Steven G. Poskanzer, New Paltz's new president, and the 175th and 325th Birthday Celebration at Hasbrouck Park. All this will be topped off with a cake-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. A final planetarium show in the newly refurbished John R. Kirk Planetarium will bring Alumni Weekend to a close at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. The planetarium is located in the Coykendall Science Building. For a full schedule of events, registration forms, list of attendees and hotel accommodations, please go to

This fall "On Campus @ SUNY New Paltz" has additional prime-time airing and all new shows!

photo of the On Campus set
Photo by Eric Gullickson

The crew on the set of "On Campus @ SUNY New Paltz," a weekly television program about the college, its people and the surrounding community. The show now airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays on Time Warner Cable Channel 6.

photo of Chancellor Robert L. King
Photo by Alexis Dingfelder

SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King spoke at the Fishkill Holiday Inn last Thursday morning to the Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress business association about the impact SUNY has on the upstate economy.

SUNY Means Business
In a presentation held at the Fishkill Holiday Inn last Thursday, Robert L. King, Chancellor of SUNY, told 150 attendees of the Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress business association breakfast that the five Mid-Hudson-area SUNY colleges contribute $177 million a year to the upstate economy. King said the five colleges have a combined enrollment of 26,887 students and 3,513 employees on campuses which granted 3,949 degrees last year. In addition, he said there are 136,089 alumni living in the Mid-Hudson region, contributing to a large human resource in the valley. Also, these five colleges, which include SUNY New Paltz and its sister county community colleges (Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster) have capital budgets of $78.2 million and are attracting thousands of dollars of research and workforce development training funds. He added that the SUNY system is the largest comprehensive university system in the U.S., with nearly 410,000 students enrolled in more than 6,400 fields of study on 64 campuses. At New Paltz alone, there are 6,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students, and 558 full and part-time faculty. There are 52,000 alumni.

Recognition for research
Two professors -- Dr. Tulin Sener and Dr. Spencer Salend -- have been selected as recipients of the 2003 Chancellor's Research Recognition Award. Sener and Salend will be invited to the third annual dinner honoring researchers in humanities, arts and social sciences this October at the State University Plaza in Albany. The event is held to honor SUNY faculty research and scholarships in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Sener, professor of finance in the School of Business, holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. She came to New Paltz in 1983, serving as a visiting associate professor of finance. Over the years, Sener has been the recipient of many international grants, such as the Fulbubright USA Government Grant, several OECD grants, European Community and AID grants and French and Turkish government grants. This recognition has aided in her long list of published works ranging from global equity investing to currency hedging. Salend is a professor of special education in the School of Education. He holds a B.A. from the University of Buffalo, an M.S. from Lehman College and an Ed.D. from the University of Kentucky. Salend has presented at over 55 national and international conferences and is credited with obtaining over five million dollars in external funding for migrant education programs. He has published works on special education, diversity, inclusion and migrant education. Congratulations to both!

photo of Dr. Spencer Salend
Spencer Salend
Photo by Eric Gullickson
photo of Dr. Tulin Sener
Tulin Sener
Photo by Eric Gullickson


. . More than 100 Special Olympics New York athletes and coaches participated in the first annual Soccer Jamboree on Sunday, Sept. 28, at SUNY New Paltz. The athletes represented local Special Olympics programs from Rockland, Westchester, Dutchess and Orange counties and Queens. They competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in soccer, while non-team athletes vied for medals in skills events. The athletes have been training throughout the summer and many of them will go on to the state fall games in Seneca Falls, Oct. 10 to 12. SUNY New Paltz athletes, including the men's and women soccer teams, men and women's tennis teams, the volleyball team and the softball team, provided all of the volunteer support for this event.


Christopher Robins (Foreign Languages) gave a lecture at Hofstra University on Sept.19, titled "Human Bombs and Bullets: Radical Confucianism in North Korea and Japanese Literature." This talk explored Confucian-influenced ideological parallels between North Korea and Japanese political satires in literature.


Erin Dietz ('97 Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication) and her family will have their eyes glued to the television set on Oct. 10 for The Learning Channel's "A Baby Story." Erin and Chris Dietz, as well as their two young daughters, will be featured on TLC's national telecast. Mrs. Dietz is a former substitute teacher in Brewster, who is now employed by a computer company in Connecticut. The program airs at 3 p.m., Oct. 10.

News Pulse is published for the faculty and staff of SUNY New Paltz by the Office of Public Affairs. It is printed in house on recycled paper and is also available online. To submit information to the newsletter, please complete the online submission form. If you are requesting inclusion in a particular issue, your submission must be received by noon on Tuesday of the prior week. Contact Eric Gullickson at x3187 with any questions.