UAlbany Friends of the Libraries Announce Student Service Excellence Awards for 2003

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 17, 2003)-Emmanuel DeJesus, Karen Grimwood, and Jillian Mazurek are this year’s recipients of the University at Albany’s Friends of the Libraries Student Service Excellence Awards. The honorees each received $500 and a certificate of achievement at the Libraries’ annual recognition luncheon on April 17, 2003. This award is supported by an endowed fund established through the generosity of donors.

DeJesus is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Humanistic Studies. He is majoring in French and earning a minor in English. He has worked in the Library’s Preservation Laboratory for more than a year.

Grimwood is currently a graduate student in Information Science and Policy, and wants to become an elementary school librarian. She will receive her MIS in June. Since 2001, she has worked on numerous exhibits and acquisition searches while also fielding reference questions.

Mazurek has been employed by Interlibrary Loan since fall, 1999. A graduating senior in Biology, she has also been working at Albany Medical Hospital since December 2000 as a patient care associate in the cardio-pulmonary unit. She will graduate this spring with a degree in Biology. She will pursue a BSN and a Master’s degree in Nursing at Columbia University starting this fall.

“Each of these students exemplifies the high standards we set for this award,” says Charles Ciaccio, President of the Board of the Friends of the Libraries. “We are very proud that they have worked with us, and we know that they will be successful in their respective careers.”

The Friends of the Libraries sponsor daylong outings to cultural events and historic places as well as hosting “Community Conversations” for the extended university community. The trips, modestly priced, include seating on a chartered bus plus a luncheon. The talks are free and open to the public.

Friends of the Libraries include current and retired faculty and staff, alumni, community residents, and others who believe that libraries are vital for our livelihood. Membership is open to all who share an enthusiasm for books and a commitment to building for the future of the University Libraries at the University at Albany. For more information about the Friends of the Libraries, visit our Website: http://library/

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