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New Paltz opens One Book

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The One Book, One New Paltz community-wide reading program has received an $8,200 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) thanks to the efforts of the college's Research Foundation. New Paltz was one of 117 cities that were awarded grants to produce celebrations of American literature from September through December. The 2007 One Book, One New Paltz planning committee seen here (from left to right) with this year's reading selection, Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima," is Heather Whalen Smith (Library), Brian Donoghue of Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Anne Goding (Communication and Media), Mary Ann Lis-Simmons of New Paltz Junior High School, John Giralico of the Elting Memorial Library, Jacqueline Andrews (Institutional Research), Wilma Feliciano (Foreign Languages), Maryann Fallek (Secondary Education), Myra Sorin of New Paltz, Edgar Rodriguez of the New Paltz School District board, Amberly Timperio of Inquiring Minds and Celeste Cleary of Aviette Press. Gerald Benjamin, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and founder of One Book, said the committee was delighted to have been selected as part of the nationwide effort. "Our receipt of funding through this program is a wonderful testimonial to the great success of the One Book, One New Paltz collaboration over the past two years - accomplished entirely by dedicated volunteers in the New Paltz community and on campus," he said.