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Allentown, PA (February 21, 2007) - Cedar Crest College will honor the memory of its beloved former president, Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, with a special reception to commemorate the publication of her final literary work, "Gifts of Today: Reflections on Time and Life."  The reception will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2007 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in The Lachaise Gallery at Cedar Crest College.

During the reception, just before what would have been Dr. Blaney's 66th birthday, David Finn, Dr. Blaney's longtime friend and collaborator on "Gifts of Today"; Joseph Blaney; her daughter, Hope Harrison; Glenn Kranzley, opinion pages editor and vice president at The Morning Call; and Dr. Carol Pulham, acting president of Cedar Crest College, will all give remarks.  Copies of the book will be available.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Blaney Fund which includes the Blaney Scholarship, named in honor of Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, and the President's Initiative, a special fund to provide resources to the College to explore visionary ideas.

Written from Dr. Blaney's unique perspective, "Gifts of Today" is a collection of essays about how each of us can enrich our lives.  The essays were culled from Dr. Blaney's successful monthly column in The Morning Call, "A Woman's Perspective." They touch on issues of global relevance, including education and terrorism, as well as more personal reflections on her family and her own battle with cancer.  To bring additional insights to each subject, each essay is accompanied by a photograph taken by renowned artist, writer and photographer David Finn.

"Dorothy's vision and impact on Cedar Crest College are still alive in many ways on campus," says Dr. Carol Pulham.  "With this book, she leaves yet another legacy of her personal and intellectual insights - a true gift for each of us to reflect on and draw from in our daily lives."

For more than 30 years, Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney was a leader in higher education. Prior to assuming the presidency of Cedar Crest College in 1988, Dr. Blaney served as Executive Vice President of Pace University in New York and before that as Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education in the New York State education system.  In addition to "Gifts of Today," she authored "Careers for Humanists," with Ernest R. May of Harvard University, as well as "Infinite Possibilities" with David Finn.  Dr. Blaney passed away on July 10, 2006 after a long struggle with cancer.






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