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NEW PALTZ -- The crescent city of New Orleans was the setting for the 29th American Markting Association’s Annual Collegiate Conference. At the Collegiate Awards Program, SUNY New Paltz was one of the 4 chapters that received the Distinguished Collegiate award and placed 8th overall – or in sports terminology, was one of the "elite eight."

The conference took place in New Orleans from March 28-April 1 and was attended by 1,200 students and 80 faculty advisors from chapters across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Of the approximately 400 AMA International Chapters, 128 qualified to compete for awards.

Representing the SUNY New Paltz AMA chapter were faculty advisor, Professor Ted Clark of the School of Business, AMA President Gina Marotta, Executive VP Matt Mangus, VP of Communications Kaitlyn Hubert, VP of Promotions Brittany Miller, VP of Publicity Dan Teich, VP of Marketing Research Lauren Macri, VP of Careers Lauren Benjamin, VP of Membership Michelle Falco, and VP of Fundraising Kurt Fredericks.

The colleges were judged on the quality of their Strategic Marketing Plan and Report – the former a 10 page document outlining what they planned to accomplish and the latter a 20 page document of what they accomplished in regard to community service, marketing week programs, chapter planning, fundraising, communications, and student professional development.

"The award as Distinguished Collegiate Chapter of the year is especially noteworthy given that New Paltz was the smallest school in the top eight and defeated such schools as Florida University, Bowling Green, Duquesne, University of South Carolina, Texas A&M and Temple University," said advisor Ted Clark.

The American Marketing Association is a student association of the SUNY New Paltz School of Business. "We are very proud of our students and of Ted Clark, their advisor. Their work is a reflection of the School of Business," said Dean Hadi Salivitabar. "Their achievement in New Orleans shows the quality of education students receive at our school."