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Retirement party for Pastor Paul

This spring, Pastor Paul Walley of the Student Christian Center will retire from the college after 36 years. A gala retirement celebration is planned in his honor from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 9 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Union Building.

In addition, an endowment fund is being established in Walley's name. Checks can be made payable to the Student Christian Center. A memory album is also being compiled to document Walley's years of dedicated service. Adriana Havnaer is collecting monetary and album contributions, which can be sent to her at 102 Canaan Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561.

Campus to host Walk for Epilepsy

The college will host Sara's 2nd Annual Walk for Epilepsy from noon to 2 p.m. on May 5. Proceeds from the two-mile walk will benefit the Epilepsy Society of Southern New York (ESSNY). Volunteers are needed to participate in the walk and to raise money.

The walk was the idea of a 12-year-old New Paltz Middle School student named Sara-Elizabeth, who was diagnosed with idiopathic benign childhood epilepsy. Now seizure-free, Sara- Elizabeth has turned her focus outward and organized this walk as a way to create awareness of the disease.

Last year's walk raised more than $15,000 for Hudson Valley programs and services.

For more information on participating in the walk, contact Leslie Slender, associate director of ESSNY, at (845) 627-0627, ext. 123 or by e-mail at

Music debuts on campus lines

Being put on hold just got a lot nicer. Calls to the main campus telephone numbers (257-SUNY and 257-2121) will now feature music by the SUNY New Paltz Concert Choir when put on hold. The selections come from the choir's November 2005 performance of Franz Schubert's "Hirtenchor (Shepard's Chorus)," from the play "Rosamunde" and "Tov lehodos (Psalm 92)."

Callers will also hear Paul Brown (Psychology, Emeritus), a volunteer in the campus Welcome Center, provide interesting facts about the college.

Rachel Reuben, director of Web Communication, Strategic Projects and the Welcome Center; Jay Palen, assistant director of Telecommunications; William White, assistant telecommunications coordinator; and Elkyn Orellana, engineer for the Campus Media Center, worked on the project.