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Student work at heart of faculty and staff campaign

Helping New Paltz students fund their educations prompted Jacqueline Andrews, assistant vice president of Institutional Research and Planning, to contribute to last year's Faculty-Staff Campaign.

It's the reason why she says she'll donate to the New Paltz Foundation's 2007 fundraiser, now known as the New Paltz Community Campaign.

"I look at the students I see every day and think that perhaps my donation has made it possible for one of them to solve a problem that will save the world in years to come," said Andrews.

On Feb. 14, Andrews and the other 234 faculty, staff, emeriti faculty and retired staff members who contributed last year will receive thank-you mailings and phone calls.

"This is our way of acknowledging how faculty and staff make a difference," said Barbara Caldwell, director of annual giving for the New Paltz Foundation and Development office, "both in their daily interactions with students and through gifts to scholarships, programs and the Fund for New Paltz."

The 2007 New Paltz Community Campaign, which is part of the Fund for New Paltz, kicks off on March 7.

The campaign is open to students, faculty, staff and local residents. Donations benefit initiatives such as student scholarships, campus programs, student activities and student-faculty mentoring experiences.

Donors decide what programs their money will benefit. In the fall, students in a course led by Sandrine Dincki (Communication and Media) met with various departments and interviewed faculty and staff members as part of an assignment to create a public relations and marketing campaign for the fundraiser. It was determined in the students' final reports that donors wanted to know where their money was going.

This year's campaign will operate under the theme "Your Gift, Your Way." Donors can choose from a number of programs: annual and endowed scholarships, department programs, campus programs and the Fund for New Paltz.

This semester, a group of students will serve as campaign spokespeople. Terri Ellis '09 (Undeclared), Sarah Fischbeck '08 (Theatre Arts), Cheerlin Garcia '09 (Finance), Jumpei Onozuka '07 (Finance), Deanna Pashko '08 (Organizational Communication), Heather Slivko-Bathhurst '10 (Anthropology) and Michael Vanderbilt '08 (Political Science, Theatre Arts) will participate in a variety of marketing efforts, including appearing in a video and meeting with campus departments and unions.

Caldwell said student input is important.

"They are the focus of why we are all here," she said.

For more information, contact the Foundation at x4412 or via e-mail.

February 12, 2007
Volume 5, Issue 3

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