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Commencement marshals needed

All members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in the May 2008 Commencement Ceremonies as marshals.

There will be two ceremonies: the Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Athletic and Wellness Center, and the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon on the Old Main Quad.

Individuals who would like to marshal need to register by April 21 at in order to participate. Compensatory time arrangements have been made for those who participate. For more information about the ceremony, visit

Pledge honors former business deanDan Bishko

The School of Business received a $10,000 pledge in memory of Donald Bishko, a former dean of the School of Engineering and Business Administration - a predecessor to todays School of Business and the School of Science and Engineering.

Patricia Bishkos donation, which honors the 10th anniversary of her late husbands death, was made to the School of Business endowment to support its educational activities. Patricia Bishko and Hadi Salavitabar, dean of the School of Business, established the Donald Bishko Memorial Scholarship in 1998. Each year, a $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a first-year or transfer business student whose education was interrupted and is now returning to complete their degree. To acknowledge the generous gift and Bishkos work for the business program at New Paltz, the School of Business will dedicate a study area in the name of Donald Bishko.

Athletics ready for golf fundraiser

The Department of Athletics, Wellness and Recreation will host its first golf tournament on April 25 at the Apple Greens Golf Course in Highland. The event will be a four-person scramble. The fee is $100 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, raffle tickets and meals. The registration deadline is April 18. Proceeds from the event will benefit student athletes and the SUNY New Paltz Intercollegiate Athletic programs by providing for equipment and facility upgrades.

For more information, contact Erick Hart at x2344 or or Kevin Saunders at

Cast vote for top classified staff

Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual Classified Staff Presidential Recognition Award program. The program recognizes exemplary service to the college by classified staff employees represented by CSEA, PEF, ALES and Research Foundation classified-equivalent employees.

Any member of the campus community may submit a nomination. Forms are available in Human Resources or online at

Nomination forms must be submitted to the Human Resources office by April 21. The presentation of the awards will take place at the campuswide appreciation barbecue in May. Each recipient will receive a certificate of appreciation, a gift basket filled with New Paltz items and a $500 gift certificate. The program sponsored in part by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. Contact Human Resources committee member, Pat LoSecco at x3164 or for more information.

Reading Objects to open March 28

"Reading Objects 2008" will be on display in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Arts Sara Bedrick Gallery from March 28 to September 28.

Forty-two faculty and staff members participated in this years project. Participants selected a piece from the "Re-viewing the Museum" exhibition, which was on display in the fall 2007. For the "Reading Objects 2008" exhibition, 21 objects will be on along with multiple written perspectives. The images and writings will be included in an exhibition catalog.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. At 5 p.m., there will be a short musical composition by Stephen Kitsakos (Theatre Arts) about his "Reading Objects" entry, "Women Watching a Parade."

For more information, contact Judi Esmond at x2331 or