Current Issue: March 12, 2014

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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New Paltz celebrates opening of MakerBot Innovation Center

February 24, 2014
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The nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center opens at New Paltz

New Paltz celebrated the opening of the nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center with a press event and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 11. More than 100 people, including members of the business community, students, faculty and staff, attended the event, which was followed by a lecture by MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. Pettis’ eagerness and excitement were palpable as he prepared for the ribbon cutting in the Innovation Center. “We were looking for a partner in New York, because New Yorkers just get stuff done,” he said. “It seemed like such a great opportunity. I’m personally really excited to see...

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New Paltz named as “Partner in Preservation” by Historic Preservation Commission

February 24, 2014
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Vice President of Administration and Finance Michele Halstead and Director of Facilities Design and Construction John McEnrue

The Village of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission named New Paltz as one of two “Partners in Preservation” at an awards ceremony that was held on Feb. 12. New Paltz was commended specifically for its “historically sensitive renovation of the Old Main Building” and for “enhancements to its historic quad.” “The College has taken a wonderful step forward with its magnificent renovation of Old Main and its continuing efforts to preserve and enhance the beauty of the traditional quad,” said Preservation Commission Chair Thomas Olsen. “Their efforts resonate with our efforts to encourage architectural preservation and historically informed exterior...

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Professor Joan Barker receives Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

February 24, 2014
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Professor Joan Barker ’94g (Art)

Professor Joan Barker ’94g (Art) has received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. This award recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level. “Adjunct teachers are a key component of the SUNY faculty, providing top-quality instruction and making an important contribution to academic success and degree completion among students,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Those honored with our inaugural awards today are truly the best of the best, having demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to teaching excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.” Barker has been the recipient...

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