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Friends of the Libraries Announce Excellence Awards for 2004

Contact: Michael Parker (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 28, 2004) -- Katherine Jezik (Washingtonville, NY) and Jennifer Powalski (Buffalo, NY) will receive the 2004 Friends of the Libraries Student Service Excellence Awards at an ceremony on April 29. Seang III Bae and Duyen N. Mrak have been awarded 2004 Alice Hastings Murphy Scholarships, granted to staff employees or student employees who wish to become librarians and who are enrolled in or accepted in an American Library Association accredited library and information science degree program.

Jezik is a senior English major, and will graduate in May. She has worked as a student assistant in the Libraries for four years. She has decided to become a professional librarian, and has applied for graduate school at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy (SISP).

Powalski is a Communications student and will also graduate in May. She has worked as a student assistant in the Libraries since 2000. After graduation, she plans a career in a public relations firm in New York City. Both awardees will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement from Ben-Ami Lipetz, President of the Board of the Friends of the Libraries; and Meredith A. Butler, Dean and Director of the University Libraries.

Sang III (Peter) Bae has worked in the Interlibrary Loan Department of the University Library since 2002. He has also worked as a graduate student assistant in the Libraries. He began his work in SISP while simultaneously working on a graduate degree in History from UAlbany.

Duyen (Dee Dee) Mrak has worked in Cataloguing Services and Preservation Services since 2002. She is currently enrolled in SISP. Mr. Bae and Ms. Mrak will each receive $500 and a certificate of achievement at the April 29 awards ceremony.

“Each of these individuals exemplifies the high standards we set for these awards,” says Dean Meredith A. Butler. “We are proud that they have worked with us, and we know that they will be successful in their careers.”

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