Marist Magazine Winter 2013 - page 4

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Marist Partners with
FDR Library to Expand
Access to Archives
M
arist recently teamed up with the
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential
Library and Museum, National Archives,
and IBM to provide public access to impor-
tant historical documents and photographs.
In December 2013, at a public ceremony
at the library’s Henry A. Wallace Center
in Hyde Park, NY, the library launched
FRANKLIN, a virtual research room and
digital repository that provides free and
open access to the library’s digitized col-
lections. The new Web-based repository
of digitized material can be accessed at the
library’s Web site, hosted by Marist at www.
fdrlibrary.marist.edu.
FRANKLIN launched with 350,000
pages of archival documents and 2,000
historical photographs, along with many
detailed descriptions of archival collec-
tions not yet digitized. Users can search
the digital collections by keyword or
browse lists of digitized archival folders
in a virtual research-room environment.
Documents include Franklin and Eleanor
Roosevelt’s New Deal and wartime corre-
spondence with world leaders, government
administrators, and everyday Americans.
Photographs include public-domain images
of the Roosevelts throughout their respec-
tive lifetimes, as well as subject areas like
the Great Depression, New Deal, andWorld
War II.
T
he Marist College chapter of
Habitat for Humanity was honored
recently by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals. On Nov. 15, the AFP’s Mid-
Hudson Valley chapter presented Marist
Habitat for Humanity with the Friends of
Green Chimneys Outstanding Collegiate
Philanthropy Award.
In its citation, AFP noted “Marist College
Habitat for Humanity is a student-run club
with more than 300 members who partici-
pate in local builds about once a month with
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County
and Greater Newburgh to help families have
a decent, safe, and affordable home to come
to each night. They also hold multiple events
on campus, such as Relay for Life, St. Jude Up
’Til Dawn, and the fifth annual cardboard
recycling project in which 3,570 pounds of
cardboard was recycled on Marist Move-In
Day.”
Marist Habitat for Humanity completed
12 builds in 2013: six with Habitat Dutchess
and six with Habitat of Greater Newburgh.
They also had two builds in Breezy Point,
NY, with a total of 60 volunteers to help
those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
For three years in a row, club members
have spent their Spring Break traveling to
other states to help a Habitat for Humanity
affiliate. In March 2013, 27 members com-
pleted their third Collegiate Challenge, a
week-long build of three houses in various
stages with Arkansas Valley Habitat.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt
leave the train after returning to Washington,
DC, fromHyde Park, NY, in 1935.
FranklinD.
RooseveltPresidential LibraryandMuseumArchives
The library and its parent agency, the
National Archives, worked with nonprofit
partner the Roosevelt Institute to digitize
a large amount of microfilmed archival
documents. Marist then developed and
implemented FRANKLIN’s underlying
database infrastructure based on the
Archon platform. Marist runs the system
using powerful servers manufactured
by IBM.
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Marist Habitat
Chapter Honored
Several current and former officers of
Marist Habitat for Humanity accepted the
Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy Award
on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day, from
the Association of Fundraising Professionals’
Mid-Hudson Valley chapter. From left to right
are Melissa Suppe ’15, Gabrielle Gordon ’14,
Molly Crowe ’14, Thomas Plowinske ’13, Kerry
McNulty ’13, and Caitlin Kelly ’15.
Robert J. Lynch ’75
TIMONDREY ’09
M a r i s t
M a g a z i n e
Students, Staff Join Annual Effort to Ease Hunger
Some 814 students, staff, and faculty participated in the annual Hunger Walk on the Marist campus
in November. Entrance fees went to agencies that feed the hungry in the Hudson River Valley.
Following a campus-wide food drive, 105 boxes of food were donated to Dutchess Outreach.
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