New Paltz ranked among Kiplinger’s top best value public colleges in the nation

March 12, 2014
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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named New Paltz to its 2014 lists of “30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic” and “25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.” The rankings cite public colleges in the nation that combine an outstanding education with great economic value. New Paltz made the list of 10 ranked public universities in the Mid-Atlantic listing, along with 10 private universities and 10 liberal arts colleges. New Paltz was ranked No. 17 in the nation in the second ranking. New Paltz was one of only two SUNY campuses included in both rankings. “We take great...

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Campus employees aid accident victim

March 12, 2014
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Michael Banach (Facilities Management), Joshua Simons (CRREO), and Scott Schulte (Environmental Health & Safety) had no idea when they came to work on Feb. 27 that they would be at the heart of helping someone in need. But their training in first aid and as emergency medical technicians made all the difference for longtime college volunteer Mary Eileen Osowski, who was struck and injured by a vehicle while walking on campus. Simons and Banach were at the scene and aided the victim until University Police Department (UPD) officers and paramedics arrived. Schulte, who is second assistant chief with the...

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Kristin Backhaus appointed interim dean of the School of Business

March 12, 2014
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Kristin Backhaus has been appointed as interim dean of the School of Business, effective July 1. She will serve in this capacity while a national search is conducted for a permanent dean. Currently the assistant dean for assessment and professor of management, Backhaus has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining the College in 1986. During her 28-year tenure at SUNY New Paltz, she has held positions as the assistant director of human resources, affirmative action officer and assistant to the dean of education. Since 2000, she has served as the faculty advisor to the Management Association. “I am...

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Metal program is first American program to be represented at the International Design Museum in Germany

March 12, 2014
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New Paltz’s metal program has been selected as the first American program to participate in the prestigious exhibition series “Under the Stairs” at Die Neue Sammlung—The International Design Museum in Munich, Germany—March 14-20. New Paltz will be sending works from current graduate students and alumni of the past six years to the museum. “This new honor and distinction confirms most strongly the graduate metal program’s place as first in the nation. The faculty is internationally recognized as world-class, and now our students have taken a place beside them,” said Paul Kassel, interim dean of the School of Fine and...

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Susan Lewis elected to New York Academy of History

March 12, 2014
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Professor Susan Lewis (History)

Professor Susan Lewis (History) has been elected a fellow of the New York Academy of History (NYAH). “Professor Lewis’s election to the New York Academy of History is a much deserved honor, as well as an opportunity to promote the study of New York history through the unified activities of the Academy’s fellows,” said Stella Deen, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Elected fellows are historians, independent scholars, public historians, museum curators and administrators, educators, archivists and others with a record of achievement and publications. Membership is by invitation only. Lewis, who teaches United States...

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Vendini app provides improved ticketing services

March 12, 2014
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Jenna Karn ’14 (Theatre Arts) scans thermal tickets with Vendini’s mobile application in the lobby of McKenna Theatre. Karn plans to pursue a career in box office management and patrons services when she graduates.

Purchasing tickets for campus events has become significantly easier, thanks to a new mobile app offered by Vendini, a ticketing, marketing, and service provider. Vendini’s ticketing software system has been in use on campus since July 2011, but the new tool provides scanning, reporting, patron management, cash control procedures, fundraising, and marketing services—all on a mobile phone. The new features offer convenience for the box office staff as well as for patrons of campus events. New Paltz’s Box Office Manager and Events Coordinator Russell Thompson ’09g (Business Administration), who was instrumental to bringing the new system to campus, attended...

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News from Human Resources

March 12, 2014
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The Office of Human Resources has announced the College’s new hires, promotions, and transfers for February 2014. Professional faculty new hires: Robin Jacobowitz (CRREO) Associate Director; Amanda Norton (Residence Life) Complex Director; David Rubino (Special Programs) Assistant to the Tutoring Coordinator Classified staff new hire: Elizabeth Falcone (Records & Registration) Keyboard Specialist 1 Classified staff promotion: Iris Stratton (Facilities Operations) Janitor Classified staff transfer: Janina Scuderi (Music) Secretary 1

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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

March 12, 2014
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Professor Tom Festa (English) has received the 2013 LA&S Excellence in Scholarship Award. The award was based on recommendations from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Senate committee. Festa’s main field of scholarship is early modern English literature, and he has concentrated much of his work on the study of the poet John Milton. “I’ve been recognized by other learned societies, outside of our community, while on the faculty here. It feels particularly good to be the recipient of an award from my home institution.” said Festa. Professor Barbara Chorzempa (Educational Studies) and Professor Andrea Frank (Art) have each received...

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Conferences and lectures

March 12, 2014
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The Loneliness and Lushness of Jazz, March 11, 8 p.m. Faculty from the Jazz Studies program will perform the music of Billie Holiday, Ornette Coleman, and Billy Strayhorn in McKenna Theatre. Tickets $8, $6, $3 at the door. Transnationalization of Jamaica’s Urban Soundscapes: Yaad/Yard-Hip Hop Music and Culture, March 12, 5-7 p.m. Presentation by Professor La Tasha Brown (Black Studies) in College Hall at the Honors Center.  Sponsored by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Black Studies Department.  Free and open to the public. Spring 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series presents Ed Carroll ’85, March 27, 7:30...

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