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Awards, Honors, Appointments and Recognition

Pam Dembicki (Director, Campus Bookstore) is the recipient of a Follet Corporation Role Model Award. This annual award is given to the top performers in Follett Corporation, a retail and wholesale distributor of educational materials, college textbooks, collegiate merchandise and course administration that runs the campus' bookstore. Dembicki, a 1996 graduate of the college, and 25 colleagues beat out 7,500 Follett associates for this distinction. Dembicki created a series of reminder cards to aid her staff in implementing the company’s eXcel model of customer service. Featured on the cards are each step of the eXcel model as a general reminder and the other is a reminder of proper phone etiquette. The reminder cards are now a permanent part of Follett's customer service resource library.

Gerald Sorin (Emeritus, History) has been chosen to receive the Lee Max Friedman Award Medal by the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). The medal, a recognition of lifetime achievement, is awarded to an individual, group or association who has rendered distinguished service in the field of American Jewish history. Distinguished service includes special achievements in research, popular writing, teaching, encouragement and support of specific historical projects. The Executive Committee of the AJHS Academic Council said Sorin’s work spans all of these areas. The medal will be awarded at the Biannual Scholar's conference in Charleston, S.C., in June. For more information on Sorin, visit

Robert Michael (Dean, School of Education) has been elected president of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE). This is a two-year term, beginning spring 2006. NYACTE is the professional association representing New York state institutions of higher education that prepare teachers and other professional educators. It is also the state-level affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). For more information, visit

Phyllis Sturm (Computer Services) received a $1,000 scholarship for the college at the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals Conference in Glens Falls. The scholarship was donated by USA Funds, the nation's leading education-loan guarantor and a sponsor of the conference. USA Funds intends that this scholarship will benefit one or more students who demonstrate financial need or personal hardship.

Alumni in the News

Edward Renehan Jr. '80 (Political Science) will give a talk at Lyndhurst, the National Trust Historic Site, in Tarrytown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. The topic will be Lyndhurst's former owner, Jay Gould, the subject of Renehan’s biography, "Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons."

Amelia Toelke '05 (Metals) was awarded a $15,000 Windgate Fellowships in April. She will use the fellowship to purchase tools and equipment, and a small gallery space within a collective studio space shared with four other artisans. The Windgate Fellowship Award program is a three-year pilot program administered by the University of North Carolina Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Additional information is available at the organziation’s Web site at


Howard Good (Communication and Media) has a poem, "Now That the Buffalo Are Gone," in the May 2006 issue of Prairie Poetry, available online at

Two poems by Tad Richards (English), "Sookie" and "On the Road With Sookie," appeared in the 2006 issue of Limestone, the annual literary publication of the University of Kentucky.

Yasser M.A. Khalifa (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Robert Foster '06 (Electrical Engineering) published an article, "A Two-Stage Autonomous Evolutionary Music Composer,” in the Journal of Lecture Notes in Computer Science LNCS, No. 3907, by Springer-Verlag, in April.

In Memoriam

Former professor and associate dean Kristin Rauch (Art) died April 27 in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 53. Rauch is survived by her husband, Richard Reif; mother, brother, son, daughter-inlaw and three grandchildren. Donations in Rauch’s name can be made to the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, P. O. Box 7006, Albuquerque, NM 87194, or to the Placitas Artists Series, P. O. Box 944, Placitas, NM 87043.

Eugene Link (Social Science), former faculty member and chair of the social science division from 1950 to 1963, died April 26 at the age of 98 in Medford, N.J. After he left New Paltz, he was on the faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh from 1963 to 1977. He is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

MAY 22, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 10

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