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Campus Bookstore sales benefit campus

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HAWK SHOP: At the College Bookstore, (left to right) Mark Dondlinger serves as merchandise coordinator, Martin Patmos is textbook manager and Pam Dembicki is manager of the entire store.

It pays to shop at the Campus Bookstore.

Manager Pam Dembicki says that every sale at the bookstore, located in the Student Union Building basement, supports the school's programs and services.

"We are in business to serve the needs of our campus community," said Dembicki.

Faculty and staff receive a discount - 10 percent on books and 20 percent on clothing and merchandise.

The Campus Bookstore is a Follett Higher Education Group company. Revenue generated from the store is collected by Follett and a percentage is presented to Campus Auxiliary Services at New Paltz to fund program allocations and facilities renovations. The revenue is also used for scholarships. Each year, the Campus Bookstore sponsors 10 scholarships of $500 each.

"We are committed to the students, faculty and staff of New Paltz," said Cliff Ewert, vice president of public and campus relations for the Follett Higher Education Group.

The store sells merchandise such as key chains, T-shirts and teddy bears and items like pens, notebooks and art supplies. Mark Dondlinger serves as coordinator of merchandise and works with the eight to 10 student employees.

Textbooks make up 83.6 percent of the store's annual revenue. Martin Patmos, textbook manager, acquires and maintains an average of 1,500 titles a semester. He works with faculty to determine what titles to carry and how many and then works with publishers to make sure that students get the best books for the best price. Patmos is already at work acquiring books for the spring semester.

The Campus Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the fall and spring semesters, with extended hours at the beginning of each semester.

For more information, contact the bookstore at x3050 or visit their Web site. .