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It's official
Gerald Benjamin has been acting as interim dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 1996. Effective July 1, his position as dean of that department is official, following a nationwide search by a committee chaired by David Clark (Mathematics and Computer Science). According to President Roger Bowen, Benjamin is "an excellent scholar and a dedicated teacher...whose knowledge of New York state politics and politicians is without equal. His love of this college and his deep commitment to its success is extraordinary." Congratulations to Benjamin who said he is "very gratified to have this opportunity."

I'm Tiger Woods
The Rondout Country Club in Accord is to be the site of the Fourth Annual Campus/Community Golf Tournament, organized by Arnie Bernardini and Micky Avery (MOC). Interested golfers of amateur or professional status are invited to sign up as teams or individuals (to be teamed up later) for the "scramble" which will take place Friday, July 17. Captains and crew members alike must register at 8:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. tee-off. If food, beer, soda, green fees, a cart and prizes sound like a good way to spend $45, add your name to the sign-up sheet at the College Heating Plant (bldg # 30) or call x3328 by July 3.

The fund starts here
The first recipient of the Faculty/Staff Scholarship, created from funds raised during the annual SUNY New Paltz Faculty/Staff Campaign, has been selected. The fortunate progeny of a New Paltz faculty or staff member who will have the pleasure of applying a $1,000 coupon to her fall tuition bill is Anne Swartz, daughter of Dan Swartz (Theatre Arts). Recipients of this annual award are chosen by the Academic Affairs Scholarship Committee, based on the criteria of (in addition to the genes of a College employee) full-time status at SUNY New Paltz and a maintained grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Swartz is a senior with a triple major of philosophy, Italian and German.

Such sweet sorrow
It was a good logo. It gave us the best years of its life. Still, the Office of Publications and the Institutional Image Group have requested that departments still depleting their supplies of letterhead and memorandum bearing the "old" College logo gather it up and take it to the place where all good stationery goes to die, the Print Shop. There, a specialized team will solemnly breathe new life into it, recycling it into the scratch pads and message pads we love so much. Current, approved stationery featuring the College's "new" logo has been available through Central Stores since 1995, and all departments should now be using it exclusively. For additional information on turning in usable scrap paper (good condition only), please contact Jim Coddington at x3127.


Awards, Honors, and Recognition

The Office of College Activities recognized the following exceptional individuals and organizations during the Rainbow Month Spring Gala:

Heather Arnold (BA/Women's Studies, May '98), Student Leader of the Year, acknowledged for her membership to the Student Action Team and her involvement in World AIDS Day and The Great American Smoke Out.

Rich Bellissimo (BS/Accounting, May '98), Activities Assistant of the Year, recognized for his dedication and outstanding service to the Office of College Activities during the past three years.

Pamela Bridges (EOP), Advisor of the Year, credited for formally advising the Zeta Phi Beta National Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi National Fraternity, assisting with First World Graduation, African Women's Alliance and Black Student Union, and remaining an available source of help to various campus groups.

Catholic Campus Ministry, Organization of the Year, honored for its commitment to social, educational, spiritual and community service programming.

Laura Lombardi (BA/Women's Studies, May '98), Community Service Leader of the Year, selected for her coordination of the Student Action Team and her work with Options, including outreach to local high schools.

Psi Delta Chi Sorority, Greek Organization of the Year, chosen for its activity in the Associate Greek Council and the Inter-Greek Council, and its exceptionally positive relationship with the College.



Kristie Proctor (Disabled Student Services) presented "Not Just a Good IDEA: Increasing Access to Colleges Through Effective Transition Services," at the 10th Annual Postsecondary Learning Disability Institute in Portland, Maine. She will be resigning from her position as director of Disabled Student Services this month and relocating to the Greater Boston area with her family in July.


In Memoriam

Leo Pap, professor emeritus of linguistics, died April 1 in Boston. He attended the University of Zurich as an undergraduate in his native country, Switzerland, completing his master's, doctoral and postdoctoral studies at Columbia University. A master of more than 16 languages, Pap's endeavors prior to teaching at New Paltz (September 1957 - January 1982) include positions as conference interpreter for the United Nations (Secretariat) and senior multilingual broadcast monitor for the U.S. Office of War Information (Voice of America). He authored several books, mainly on linguistics and Portuguese studies, as well as numerous articles and reviews.


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