Dr. Garrett Fagan to speak on “Staging a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena”


Dr. Garret Fagan, Professor of History and Classics at Penn State University, will give a guest lecture on Friday, March 28 at 3:30 in JFT 1010 entitled “Staging a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena.”  In the lecture, Dr. Fagan will explore the theatrical and artificial aspects of Roman arena games — the stage sets, equipment of the fighters, rules of play, etc — and consider what such features tell us about Roman attitudes toward the violence of the games and how spectators reacted to it psychologically.  The talk is sponsored by the Ancient Studies Program and the Department of History.  Refreshments will be provided by Major Connections.

Free Hearing Test for Students, Faculty & Staff

DSC03877Hearing loss is a very common problem that can significantly affect an individual’s ability to communicate. The Speech Language and Hearing Center (SLHC) here on campus provides full audiological evaluations at no cost for students, faculty and staff.  The evaluation takes approximately one hour and will be performed by a nationally and state certified audiologist. If you are interested, please call 257-3600 to make an appointment.

Statistics on Hearing Loss:

  • About 20 percent of adults in the United States, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss.

Source: John Hopkins Medicine

Deaf Awareness Week – ASL Movie Night April 9, 2014

GeraldsmDeaf Awareness Week  – ASL Movie Night Wednesday, April 9

This film is rated PG-13 and is being shown for free. It is presented in sign language and closed-captioned for the hearing.

When: 6:30-8:30pm

Where: SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center Room 100 (LC100)

Please join us for this important and moving film. The story traces the journey of a young man, Corey, who discovers he has a deaf autistic grandfather he has never met. Determined to make a connection with his grandfather, Corey uncovers family ties and secrets in a dramatic chain of events, leading to a shocking truth.

Sponsored by: Mid-Hudson Deaf Awareness Group, Communication Disorders Department, Sociology Dept. – Human Services Concentration, and Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. CAS

Tom Festa Honored for Excellence in Scholarship


Tom Festa

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.

Susan Lewis Elected to New York Academy of History

Professor Susan Lewis (History)

Susan Lewis

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 History, New York State History, and American Women’s History courses, has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, and published essays in edited collections from Ashgate, Rutgers, and SUNY Press. She is currently writing a college textbook on New York State history, “New York Rediscovered,” and an associated blog of the same name, hosted by the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO).

In 2011, her monograph “Unexceptional Women: Female Proprietors in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Albany, New York, 1830-1885,” won the Hagley Book Prize for the best book published in business history, broadly defined. In addition, Lewis, with her husband, Richard, professor of art at Marist College, is the co-author of a college art appreciation textbook, “The Power of Art,” now in its third edition.

Lewis has twice been the recipient of a Cunningham Research Residency at the New York State Library, and has also served as one of the judges for that award. She is the recipient of the 2007-08 Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award and the 2011 Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Scholarship Award at SUNY New Paltz. Lewis has served on the Rosendale Library Board and the Board of Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz and is also a founding board member of Century House Historical Society in Rosendale.

She holds a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in American History from Binghamton University.

– See more at: http://newspulse.newpaltz.edu/2014/03/12/susan-lewis-elected-to-new-york-academy-of-history/#sthash.ANsUnmfR.dpuf

Journalism Alum Writes Book Inspired by Life as an Undergrad

Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin, Journalism ’90, has self-published an ebook entitled, The Brief Season: Stories of College, Friendship, and Medieval Re-enacting, about his adventures as a New Paltz student.

The book’s protagonist meets the members of the fencing and medieval recreation clubs of the State University of New York at New Paltz, and with them he embarks on an emotional journey to learn friendship, confidence, and family. He sword fights, goes streaking, rides a roller coaster, does a whippet, watches the sun rise for the first time, leaves the greatest phone message of his life, and gets roadside assistance from a clown. Through it all he encounters a colorful parade of characters, some eccentric, some charismatic, some loud and some quiet, and all of them good friends who leave a lasting impression on him as he grows into an adult. But finally, far sooner than he wished, the time comes when he has to let go and move on.

Austin was born in 1965 in western upstate New York and served a two-year tour in the Army before graduating from New Paltz. He hopes to make a full-time living writing books and screenplays and appearing occasionally in movies and commercials.

LA&S Staff Attends Workshop on Interdisciplinary Programs


Photo by Morgan Gwenwald, SUNY New Paltz outreach librarian, who attended on behalf of the library and WGSS.

The SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a day long workshop on March 7 called “Interdisciplinary Programs as a Pathway to Diversity on SUNY Campuses.” Local organizers were Tanhena Pacheco Dunn (Campus Diversity and Title IX Officer) and Kathleen Dowley (Coordinator of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program).  Also present from New Paltz were WGSS/History Assistant Professor Meg Devlin O’Sullivan and History Professor and Provost’s Fellow for Interdisciplinary Programs, Lee Bernstein.  The rest of the group included faculty from interdisciplinary women’s and ethnic studies programs at other SUNY campuses (Cortland, Potsdam, Oswego and Oneonta).


LA&S Faculty Lends Support to International Women’s Day


(L-R): Kathleen Dowley, Coordinator of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Donna Goodman of the MidHudson WORD organization (Women Organized to Resist and Defend); and Ilgu Ozler, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Mid-Hudson Amnesty International Chapter; attended the International Women’s Day event on March 6.

Faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences showed their support for women everywhere by attending the International Women’s Day celebration on March 6 in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium.

The meeting called for an end to violence against women:  in the home, on the street and in all public and private spaces; reproductive justice for all women, including full access to contraception, abortion, health care and child care; full equality for women in all areas of society; a living wage for all, equity in the workplace, with paid family leave; an end to racism, sexism, anti-LGBT bigotry, sexual harassment at work and the commercialization of women in mass media.

Speakers included Ilgu Ozler, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations and chair of the Mid-Hudson Valley Amnesty chapter; Donna Goodman, a UUP delegate, coordinator of the Mid-Hudson WORD chapter, and an editor of the Activist Newsletter; Daniella Monticciolo, member of the New Paltz Feminist Collective on campus; Urban Lyrics (a campus slam poetry group); Himali Pandya of Grace Smith House (a women’s and children’s shelter); Lydia Johnson, of UUP Stony Brook and president of the Long Island chapter of CLUW; and Leah Obias of Damayan, an activist organization of Filipina domestic workers.

The event celebrated the many advances women have won through struggle and signaled the hard work necessary to eliminate the remaining obstacles to full female equality. It was sponsored by the Mid-Hudson chapter of WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend), the Mid-Hudson Valley chapter of Amnesty International, and the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter.





Lecture on the Science of Diet and Human Evolution

Interested in why you eat what you eat? Don’t miss a special talk, entitled “From Ardipithecus to Agriculture: The Science of Diet and Human Evolution,”  by New Paltz’s own Dr. Ken Nystrom of Anthropology and Evolutionary Studies.  The talk will be held Monday, March 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Lecture Center 102.

With increased public awareness of the nature of the industrialized food complex and the health consequences associated with a typical ‘westernized’ diet, there has been a considerable amount of discussion in the popular media regarding the diet of our ancestors, centered principally around the question of what we have evolved to eat. In this talk, Nystrom will discuss the methods that scientists use to reconstruct diet in our earliest hominin ancestors (from approx. 5 to 2 million years ago), focusing principally on direct forms of evidence such as biogeochemical analyses and dental microwear. He will then move on to discuss the biological consequences of the shift from food foraging to food producing, a process that began in the Near East approximately 12,000 years ago. Here the conversation will shift to how biological anthropologists document changes in health and fertility associated with this change in subsistence strategy.

A reception will follow.

Student Organization Teams with P&G’s on March 12 to Support Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Are you planning lunch or dinner out soon? The SUNY New Paltz chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is teaming up with P&G’s on Main Street in New Paltz on Wednesday, March 12 to raise money for the AAC Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting effective communication for people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication.

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Print the coupon image above, present it after your meal on March 12, and P&G’s will donate 20% of the bill to the AAC Institute. Printed coupons are also available in the Communication Disorders department in HUM 14A.

Each semester the SUNY New Paltz chapter of NSSLHA devotes time and energy to raising awareness about a specific area within the field of Communication Disorders, and to raising money for a non-profit specializing in that area. When asked why they chose Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Caitlin Ward of the NSSLHA chapter had this to say:

“Our chapter chose to focus on Alternative and Augmentative Communication as the theme of the semester, because AAC is a rapidly developing area in our field, but it’s not something that we as undergraduates have much exposure to. We chose to help fundraise for the AAC Institute because their organization provides SLPs and AAC users & families of users with a number of great resources. They offer SLPs online CEU’s at no charge, and their website features a parent support group and blogs by AAC users. We hoped that by selecting AAC and the AAC Institute, the members of our NSSLHA chapter would have the opportunity to gain some familiarity with AAC. One of the NSSLHA mission statements is to help provide resources to prepare students to become professionals, and we feel that this theme and the events for it throughout the semester will be an invaluable resource for those involved.”

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