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Movin' on up
Advancement is pleased to introduce its new vice president, Richard Podgorski of Carlsbad, California, appointed following a nationwide search by a committee chaired by Eli Basch (Foundation). "We are looking forward to his arrival in September," said President Roger Bowen of the current assistant vice chancellor for development and Foundation president of the University of California, San Diego. Overseeing all areas of Development, Alumni Affairs, Public Affairs, Publications and the College Foundation and serving as a member of the President's Cabinet should not pose a problem for Podgorski. His previous positions include director of development for the College of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arizona; director of planned giving for that university's Foundation; and administrative director of development for Carondelet Health Services, Inc. in Tucson Arizona. Podgorski earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed graduate work in public administration at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. Podgorski said he is grateful to Bowen and Basch for this opportunity to serve the campus, which he sees as "a rising star in the SUNY system."

Robert Michael's (Education) position as the official dean of the School of Education became effective July 17. A faculty member of the College since 1974, Michael said he is very pleased with this appointment. There are many new initiations underway in the School of Education and in particular, he looks forward to the involvement of regional administrators and teachers in the Teacher Education Program, no doubt enhancing it and bringing about necessary changes. An associate professor, Michael's previous appointments with SUNY New Paltz include: coordinator of Special Education, chair of Educational Studies and interim dean of the School of Education. He is the author of numerous articles and reports on special education and has developed undergraduate and graduate courses in that field. Additionally, Michael is a member of various professional organizations and committees pertaining to the physically and emotionally handicapped.

Summer camp
Renovations at New Paltz High School have resulted in the use of SUNY New Paltz The Spice Girls athletics fields, air structure and Elting Gymnasium by children of the Ulster County YMCA's Camp Wiltmeet. This camp is named for the Native American term used by the Esopus Indians for a castle or fort, signifying security, celebration and education. Monday through Friday until August 14, busloads of energetic Ulster County youths can be found swimming, participating in arts and crafts, nature activities and assorted sports, often simultaneously impersonating their favorite rock groups. A collaborative project of the town of New Paltz, The Backstreet BoysUlster County YMCA and the College (a.k.a.: Jim Zalacca/Athletics) has brought this camp, as well as three sports camps for soccer, basketball and baseball, also operated by the YMCA, to SUNY this summer.

More camp
For the fourth time, the College is hosting Nick Zlatar's Soccer Camp. Currently underway are two sessions of Positional Camp for kids age 12 and up who wish to improve their techniques in specific positions such as forward, midfielder and defender; and one session of Team Camp for whole teams of 11 or more members (plus coaches or managers who wish to attend) to train together, develop team tactics and functional play, and prepare for a vanquishing fall season. Each session boasts 200 participants. Nationally recognized as a top instructional coach, Zlatar's credentials include: Director of Coaching, East Region; Olympic Coach, Eastern Region; New York State Coach; and Women's Regional Coach. No s'mores for these kids.

Even more camp
It's not too late to sign kids up for Hawks' Volleyball Camp, directed by Tony Bonilla (Athletics/EOP) and Alan Dunefsky (Recreation). Registration by mail is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome, so make your move by Monday, August 3. Final registration and check-ins will be conducted in the lobby of Elting Gymnasium from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. for the four-day camp which begins on that day. $175 ($150 for children of faculty/staff) is the going rate for the instruction, support and competition necessary to improve your child's volleyball game and confidence in an atmosphere of friendship, sportsmanship and fun. A camp T-shirt and hot/cold lunch daily are also included. Camp staff is comprised of many outstanding college and high school coaches from throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State. This is a joint venture of Summer Camps and Conferences, directed by Terry Gordon (CAS), and the Department of Athletics. For additional info, please call x3224, 3914 or x3033.

VanLodostov Family Circus Camp
Tune in next week.


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Six graduates of the SUNY New Paltz Communication-Media Department's Journalism Program now work full-time for the Poughkeepsie Journal. This daily newspaper, which has a Sunday circulation of approximately 56,000 and a weekday circulation close to 42,500, employs Tina Kleukker ('97) and Tom Tripicco ('88) as editors; and Kirsten Conley ('95) , Anthony Farmer ('95), Jesse Nason ('96) and Christopher Sgroe ('98) as reporters.


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