NEW PALTZ — A new television show focusing on the State University of New York at New Paltz will begin airing February 10 on NPC-17, the local cable channel operated by the College’s Campus Media Center.

The primary format of the program, “On Campus at SUNY New Paltz,” will be one-on-one interviews with members of the campus community. Special college activities and guests, as well as issue-oriented segments, also will be featured. The first month’s programming will include:

  • Highlights of a question and answer session with award- winning actor, Aidan Quinn. The segment is hosted by Professor Kate Ingram, chair of the Theatre Department, with questions from students and the general public.
  • An interview session and computer demonstration with David White, New Paltz chemistry professor. Dr. White will talk about his research in relationship to the medical profession as well as his work on a CD-ROM for classroom use. Hosted by Peter Fairweather, director of the Institute for Development, Planning and Land Use Studies, and former host of “Hudson Valley Weekly” on WRNN-TV.
  • An interview with Black Studies Department chair, Margaret Wade-Lewis, an expert in linguistics. In celebration of Black History Month, Dr. Wade-Lewis will discuss the contributions of Africanisms in the English language and address Ebonics in the classroom. Peter Fairweather will host.
  • A special program will focus on the life of local legend Sojourner Truth, a former slave who spoke widely in the 19th century for the emancipation of both women and African- Americans. Amy Kesselman, a faculty member in the Women’s Studies Department, will host.

“On Campus at SUNY New Paltz” can be seen on NPC-17 (local cable channel 17) starting Monday, February 10 during the following days and times: Mondays and Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, at noon and 11:00 p.m. It is produced on the New Paltz campus by Professor Lynn Spangler, a faculty member in the Department of Communication and Media, and directed by Tom Hull, director of the Center for Instructional Resources at the College. The program is a presentation of University Media Artists, the production arm of SUNY New Paltz.