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Alumna and Lancome Executive Returns to Campus to Give Talk

PLATTSBURGH, NY (Sept. 26, 2007) - SUNY Plattsburgh Alumna Kerry Diamond returned to campus to give a talk as part of the college's Distinguished Visiting Alumni Program.

Diamond, vice president of public relations and communications for Lancome in New York City, gave a talk, "Does the Devil Wear Lancome Too? Life in Beauty, Fashion and Magazines," on Monday, Oct. 1. The format of the presentation was personal; Lisa Lewis, the wife of President John Ettling and close friend of Diamond's, conducted an interview with the fashion executive. The event was free and open to the public.

The Distinguished Visiting Alumni Award Program brings former SUNY Plattsburgh students back to campus to discuss their careers with current students, faculty members and others. They share new ideas and become more involved in the academic mission of the college.

Ronald Davis, journalism chair, nominated Diamond for this honor. The Distinguished Visiting Alumni Committee, a cross-section of SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff, then voted to give her the award.

Prior to working at Lancome, Diamond was a beauty-news reporter for Women's Wear Daily and a fashion editor for Harper's Bazaar. She also wrote the book "Kevyn Aucoin: A Beautiful Life," about Aucoin, a make-up artist who worked with stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone and Tina Turner.

"She has been a friend to the college," said Director of Alumni Affairs Rose Anderson '95 of Diamond. "She is always willing to come back and share her talents." In fact, this is not Diamond's first speaking engagement on campus. She visited in 2004, when she was at Harper's Bazaar.

In addition to her public presentation, Diamond, who graduated in 1991, will speak with journalism and communication classes during her time in Plattsburgh.

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