For Immediate Release — May 25, 2006

American Rock Salt Co., Geneseo Alumni, Area Residents Honored at 25th Annual President's Donor Recognition Dinner

GENESEO, N.Y. — A Livingston County company, Steuben and Livingston County residents, and prominent alumni were recognized at the State University of New York at Geneseo's 25th Annual President's Donor Recognition Dinner on May 5.

Those receiving the 2006 Geneseo Foundation Award for Philanthropic Leadership were Gunther Buerman, accepting on behalf of American Rock Salt Co.; William T. and Dorothy Nowak '37 Smith of Big Flats, N.Y.; and Herbert J. Hawley of Geneseo, N.Y.

In addition, Jennifer Dunlap '81, of Arlington, Va., received the Professional Achievement Award, and Brian DeMarco '96, of Urbana, Ill., received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Dunlap, former Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross, is currently President and CEO of Development Resources Inc., a company that helps non-profits, foundations and corporations achieve sustainable philanthropic ideas, goals and vision. DeMarco, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently attained top honors at an international young scholars competition for physicists. His research into a new state of matter was featured in numerous publications and was voted one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 1999 by Science magazine.

Doug Emblidge, news anchor for 13 WHAM News television, served as master of ceremonies. Emblidge's daughter, Erin, is a member of the SUNY Geneseo class of 2009.

Hundreds were in attendance at the event, which is held each year to recognize benefactors of SUNY Geneseo and thank them for their generous support of the college.

The Geneseo Foundation is a private, non-profit and tax-exempt organization established in 1971 to accept and administer private gifts made to benefit SUNY Geneseo. Foundation-sponsored programs include merit scholarships for outstanding students, grants for faculty and students, summer fellowships, supported professorships, library support, campus beautification, and public lectures.