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SUNY New Paltz First World Alumni Reunion Goes Virtual

benefiting the Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis
Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Virtual 5K Run-Walk and Facebook Live After Party

Rally yourself, friends and family to run/jog/walk a 3.1-mile course of your choice and then celebrate with us at the Facebook lIve After Party.  100% of your registration fee will go towards the Dr. MWL Memorial Endowment and keep alive her legacy of Students, Scholarship and Community.


Saturday, May 2 9 AM EST

thru Sunday, May 3 6 PM EST

Sign up today!

Download your race bib, participate from any location of your choice at a time that works for you on May 2-3, tell your friends, celebrate with us!

100% of your registration fee will be directed to Dr. Wade-Lewis Memorial Endowment Scholarship.

All Virtual 5K Participants will receive the following:

Commemorative Finisher’s Medal

Downloadable Race Bib

Downloadable Finisher’s Certificate

Curated First World Playlist on YouTube

Access to exclusive Facebook Live After Party
on Sunday, May 3 at 6 pm EST

And of course, all the bragging rights you can muster up!

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Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis passed away on December 30, 2009, after more than three decades of service to the SUNY New Paltz community. In 2010 the endowment funding the Minority Recruitment Program was named in her honor: Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

The scholarship honors her legacy as beloved Department of Black Studies department chair and faculty member who joined the College in 1974. A well-respected educator, mentor and student advocate who had a profound impact on the lives of countless New Paltz students, especially students of color, Dr. Wade-Lewis was also a skilled and dedicated administrator. In 1988 she helped found the Scholars Mentorship Program (formerly the Minority Recruitment Program), and as its director oversaw its development into a national model for recruiting, retaining, advising and supporting high-achieving students of color in higher education.


Beloved in the Mid- Hudson Valley, she was past Chair of the New Paltz School District Task Force for Change and Diversity; secretary of the advocacy group, Concerned Parents of New Paltz, a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and served as a board member of the Reizod Foundation, an organization founded to give new shoes to children in need, for which she chaired the Volunteer Committee.

For over 25 years she was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Poughkeepsie (Rev. E. Clayton Wade, Pastor) where she served as Superintendent of the Church School, Chair of the Board of Christian Education Ministry, teacher for the Junior/Junior High Class, Director of Black History Month Programs and chair of the Christian Education Ministry.Established through the generosity of alumni, friends, and family, the endowment provides scholarships to New Paltz undergraduate students who are accepted participants of the Scholars Mentorship Program (SMP) and actively engage in leadership and community service either on- or off-campus.


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