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ISSUE DATE: December 26, 2000


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CSEA Awards Lunch Recognizes Individual and University Successes
More than 300 employees from around the campus filled the Multi-Purpose Room in the Student Union Building Dec. 15 to celebrate a year of success for the classified staff. In addition to a buffet spread with turkey and roast beef, 16 classified employees received service awards-with their combined service to the university nearing 400 years!

35 Years:
Judy Bufano, Advancement
Lorraine Chan, Sojourner Truth Library

Judy Bufano, retiring after 25 years
Judy Bufano, retiring after 25 years

30 Years:
Catherine Decker-Coffey, Secondary Education
Irene Mack, Sponsored Funds
Joan Van Leuven, Music

25 Years:
Michele Atkins, Academic Affairs
George Baker, Biology
Deborah Brown, Graduate Education

20 Years:
Helen Boyd, Sojourner Truth Library
Russell Dematteo, Facilities Operations
Douglas Hanley, Facilities Operations
Nancy Hoffman, Facilities Operations
Robert Maines, University Police
Smilja Mead, Registrar
Sharon Neely, Sojourner Truth Library
Ada Serrano, Advancement

In addition to the individual honors, the New Paltz Garden Club presented a certificate to the university for recent landscape beautification. In accepting the award, President Roger Bowen said all the credit belongs to the Grounds crew in facilities (and anyone who has picked up litter!).

Residence Hall 1 Milestone
Below: Sweet Associates ironworkers pose with the ceremonial "last beam" for the structural frame of the first of two residence halls being built in the southern section of the campus. The tree reflects a Scandinavian tradition that says the tree will bring good luck to the building inhabitants. The building will be ready for its first student residents for the Fall 2001 Semester. The university is awaiting Board of Trustees approval of the proposed name for the hall: Esopus Hall.

Crew with tree

2001 Calendars
Calendars for the new year are now available in the Print Shop, HAB 8.


Students in the news

Four undergraduate students are part of the first "class" of Gates Millenium Scholars, a scholarship program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to increase the number of African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans pursuing undergraduate and graduate education. New Paltz students among the first in the nation to be Gates Millenium Scholars are: Angela Afriyie (Computer Science), Jade Carroll (Theater Arts), Roman Pacheco (Computer Science) and Patricia Pearson (Computer Science).


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