The Alumni Council represents the 64,000+ members of the official SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association, the only alumni group recognized by the College.
These 15 alumni, two student representatives, and three administrators comprise the inaugural Alumni Council, charged with assisting the College in better engaging its alumni. The alumni and student representatives report to the Director of Alumni Relations who oversees all aspects of the Alumni Council.
Shana (Bender) Circe '02 '08g (Ulster County, N.Y.), married to Michael Circe '05 '09g, is director of on-campus recruitment and the Welcome Center at SUNY New Paltz. Alumna profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory
Candice Dixon '73 (Atlanta, Ga.), part of a New Paltz generations family (sister Mary Dixon Atkins '66, nephew Arthur Atkins Jr. '90, and brother Marshall Dixon attended), is an active volunteer and retired education professional. Alumna profile
Alan Dunefsky '69 '91g (Kingston, N.Y.), retired from the Athletics and Wellness staff, is chair of the Retired Faculty group, a Heritage Award recipient, and special assistant for projects at SUNY New Paltz. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory
Pascal Guirma '85 (New Paltz), married to Mary (Miciotta) Guirma '86, is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual and a former Hawks athlete.
Onika Jervis '93 '05g (New Orleans, La.), First World committee member, is associate director of graduate placement and university summer programs at Xavier University in New Orleans, and 2015 Heritage Award honoree. Alumna profile
Keith Kenney '99 '10g (Ulster County, N.Y.), married to Amanda (Havrilla) Kenney '99, is director of wellness and recreation at SUNY New Paltz and a former Hawks athlete. Athletics directory - campus directory
B. Desmond Murray '82 (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) First World committee member, is associate director of field experience, responsible for internships, at Marist College's Center for Career Services. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile
Renee Padmore-Baccus '91 (Washington, D.C.), married to Dion Baccus '92, is a public health professional, master gardener, and business owner. LinkedIn profile
Chanel Ward '10g (Dutchess County, N.Y.) is director of the Scholar's Mentorship Program (SMP) and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz. Alumna profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory
Christopher "Chris" Wright '01 (Boston, Ma.) is dean of admissions and enrollment management at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), a military veteran, and a former Hawks athlete. Alumnus profile | LinkedIn profile
2015-16 full Council meetings
• Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, 3:30-5:15 p.m. (SUB 62-63), followed by reception (annual Alumni Weekend & Reunion)
• Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 , brunch/lunch provided (afternoon following 100 Days Senior Celebration)
• Saturday, May 14, 2016 , brunch/lunch provided (Commencement weekend)
2014-15 Meeting Schedule
• Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 (All-Alumni Reunion weekend)
• Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
• Thursday, April 30, 2015 (First World alumni weekend) - Preceded by governance sub-committee meeting
Learn more about the College's official SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association here.