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Citizens Board Gala Honors Palmer Friday

June 18, 2009

The 2009 Hartwick College Citizens Board Gala, "A Hartwick World Journey," will be held Friday, June 19 in Stack Lounge, Dewar Union, on the College campus. The elegant annual evening celebrates and recognizes the outstanding support of Hartwick's local alumni, parents, and friends, and will this year honor 2009 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Madolyn Palmer.

"Madolyn is a great friend and supporter of the College and is among Oneonta's most devoted citizens," said Hartwick President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "It's fitting that the Citizens Board has chosen to recognize her as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year. She is a wonderful example of the impact that engaged, passionate people can have on the education community and their broader community. People like Madolyn influence the lives of others, one person, one organization at a time."

A longtime employee of the Oneonta City School District, Palmer has dedicated her considerable energy to countless community causes through the years, including a stint as president of the Hartwick College Citizens Board.

Founded in 1954, the Hartwick College Citizens Board is a group of area businesspeople and community members. The Board established the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 to recognize an area resident who exemplifies the mission of the Board: to act as an advocate for Hartwick and to affirm the mutually beneficial relationship between the College and the greater Oneonta community. Brian and Josie Wright were named Outstanding Citizens of the Year in 2008, and Geoff and Linda Smith received the honor in 2007. Jim and Karen Elting received the award in 2006, while Bob Moyer H'98 was honored in 2005, as were Chandra and Sarah Kaly (posthumously).

"A Hartwick World Journey" will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. before adjourning for dinner and dancing. Cocktail attire is required. Music will be provided by Grey Matters Plus, featuring Oneonta talent Jim Matthews, Linda Insetta, and Jennifer Insetta Pajerski. All proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Hartwick Fund. The Gala is supported by Wilber National Bank and other Otsego County businesses.

Hartwick College has benefited from the financial support and involvement of the community for more than 75 years. The Hartwick Fund provides the strength and flexibility necessary for maintaining the programs and services that make the College so special. Gifts to the Hartwick Fund support financial aid and scholarships, study abroad opportunities, attracting and retaining first-rate faculty, student-faculty research, Pine Lake Environmental Campus, student services and activities, library and research materials, athletics, academic and internship programs, among others.

"Proceeds from the Gala will support the Hartwick Fund, which has a substantial impact on the unique experience Hartwick offers its students every day," said Alicia Fish, Director of Donor Relations and staff advisor to the Citizens Board.

The cost to attend the benefit event is $125 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Marianne Poteet at 607-431-4013 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030