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Presentations, Exhibitions

Mary L. Kahl (Communication and Media) presented a paper at the annual National Communication Association Convention, held in Boston in late November. Kahl's paper was titled "The Rhetoric of War and Remembrance: A Rhetorical Analysis of Bill Clinton's 1994 D-Day Discourses."

Sheila Shwartz (Secondary Education, Emeritus) participated in a panel discussion on "Broadway and the Blacklist" on May 9. Shwartz's acquaintance with the Blacklist is well-founded, she wrote the conclusion of an article, "A Star is Born," by her late daughter, Nancy Lynn Schwartz, that appeared in Written By, the magazine of the West Coast Screen Writers Guild.

Ron Knapp (Geography emeritus) gave a paper with the translated title "Reading China's Vernacular Landscapes" at the First International Arcade Bridges Symposium in Hangzhou, China on Nov. 24.

Art Foundation Exhibition

Emerging artists who are candidates for a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree will present their creative thesis projects Dec. 3 - 7; Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m., Mon - Wed. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. These extremely popular and thought-provoking exhibitions are designed and installed by the graduating students in consultation with faculty advisors and museum staff.


Yaser M.A. Khalifa (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Yu Jen Fan '05g (Electrical Engineering) published and presented the paper "An FPGA-Based General Purpose Neural Network Chip with On-Chip Learning" at the Fourteenth Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference held in Washington D.C., June 2005.

Alumni in the News

Arlen Harris '98 was one of four Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Mary who professed their final vows on Sept. 10 at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers. Brother Harris was formerly a reporter for The Tablet, a newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn. He is currently studying at the Weston School of Theology in preparation for priesthood, and is stationed in West Roxbury, Mass.

Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Dr. James Halpern, director of the Institute of the Disaster Mental Health at New Paltz appeared on CNN's American Morning (estimated audience: 500,324) on Nov. 29 to discuss how victims of Hurricane Katrina are coping with their loss during the holiday season. Please visit the following Web site for a video clip of Dr. Halpern's appearance.

The Fuller Museum of Crafts, Brockton, Mass., received a Rotasa Grant for $25,000 and the Windgate Foundation Grant for $200,000 in support of the retrospective exhibition by Jamie Bennett (Art) 1975 -2005. The exhibition will open in October 2007 and travel to four other museums through 2009.

DECEMBER 5, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 24

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