Empire State Games coming to campus July ’05
Planning has begun on the New Paltz campus in preparation for the arrival of the Empire State Games to the Hudson Valley on July 27-31, 2005.
The college has agreed to house 2,000 athletes in its residence halls and to allow the Games to use the Elting Gym and various fields for athletic events not yet finalized.
“New Paltz has an opportunity here to show off its strengths and to possibly entice some talented young people to choose New Paltz for their college education,” said Shelly Wright, executive assistant to the president and chair of the newly formed committee to coordinate and direct the college’s preparation for the event.
The Summer Games feature more than 5,000 athletes, representing six regions from across the state, participating in 25 different Olympic-style sports. The athletes compete in either the scholastic, open or masters division. The five-day event normally generates an economic impact of upwards of $8 million for the local economy and attracts more than 15,000 visitors from around the state.
Events will take place in Dutchess and Ulster counties, primarily at SUNY New Paltz, and Marist, Vassar and Mount St. Mary’s Colleges.
“We have assembled a group of staff who will play point on much of the preparations for the Games on our campus,” continued Wright. “However, we are going to need everyone to pitch in to make these four days a success for New Paltz. To be a success, visitors have to leave our campus impressed by our hospitality and our professional and prompt attention to their needs.”
Members of the campus coordinating committee include: Judy Albertson (Development); Ray Bryant and Patti Castellano (University Police); Corinna Caracci (Residence Life); Eric Gullickson (Public Affairs); Kimberly Lavoie (Admissions); Ralph Perez- Rogers (Food Service); Jennifer Piren (Conference Services); Stuart Robinson (Athletics); John Shupe and Gary Buckman (Facilities Operations); and Shelly Wright (President’s Office).
The committee anticipates that the campus will need a large number of volunteers throughout the week to help make the event a success.
“This is a terrific occasion for us to show what a great partner we are with business and civic organizations across the region,” said President Steven Poskanzer. “When the Hudson Valley shines, so does the college.”
If anyone is interested in signing up to volunteer to help out next summer on the New Paltz campus, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to the master list.
More information about the Empire State Games and its programs is available at www.empirestategames.org.
OCTOBER 25, 2004
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