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 NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Puerto Rican Forum has awarded Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) its 1993 Affirmative Action Award.
 "Pfizer's exemplary commitment and hiring practices of Latinos has earned it the highest praise our organization can bestow," said forum President Hector Velazquez.
 "We have worked hard to provide greater opportunities for minorities and women and we are very gratified that Pfizer has been recognized by the National Puerto Rican Forum," said Edward Bessey, vice chairman, Pfizer Inc and president of U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group.
 Mr. Bessey accepted the award at the forum's recent "Building Tomorrow's Workforce" banquet in New York. The forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of Latinos and other groups in New York, Chica Stanislaus Kennedy.
 "NYU has a special interest in Ireland; the study of its language, literature, history and culture have long been a part of our curriculum," said NYU President L. Jay Oliva. "Ireland House will provide New York City with a focal point for the breadth and depth of Irish culture, both old and new.
 "Programs will include seminars, lectures, films and performances, and it is our anticipation that no Irish man or woman of note will pass into the New World without visiting and sharing thoughts at Ireland House."
 The celebration began at 3 p.m. with an academic convocation, during which Prime Minister Reynolds was awarded his honorary degree. First elected prime minister on Feb. 11, 1992, Mr. Reynolds is a self-made successful businessman who has brought his business-like, result- oriented approach to the affairs of government. Among the other government posts he has held are minister of finance, minister for industry and commerce, minister for industry and energy, and minister for transportation.
 During the ceremony, Dr. Oliva presented Presidential Medals to:
 -- Cyril Cusack, actor and writer, whose acting credits include "The Playboy of the Western World," "The Moon for the Misbegotten," "Julius Caesar," "The Taming of the Shrew," and "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."
 -- Noel Pearson, chairman of the National Theatre Society, Ltd. (the Abbey Theatre), who is the producer of the play "Dancing at Lughnasa" and the film "My Left Foot." His latest production, "Wonderful Tennessee," will open on Broadway in the fall.
 -- Brian Friel, author of "Dancing at Lughnasa," "Making History," "Lovers," "The Loves of Cass McGuire" and "Wonderful Tennessee."
 -- Geraldine Fitzgerald, actress, whose credits include "Wuthering Heights," "Dark Victory," "10 North Frederick," "Easy Money," and "Long Day's Journey into Night."
 -- Seamus Heaney, author and poet, whose books include "Death of a Naturalist," "Door to the Dark," "The Globe in the Window," "Sweeney's Flight," "Seeing Things," and "The Cure at Troy."
 -- Maureen O'Hara, actress, whose credits include "Our Man in Havana," "Spencer's Mountain," "Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation," "Against All Flags," "The Wings of an Eagle," "Miracle on 34th Street," and "How Green was My Valley."
 -- James Galway, flutist, who is internationally regarded as both a matchless interpreter of the classical repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose charismatic appeal crosses all musical boundaries.
 -- Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, social activist, who is founder and director of Focus Point, a service for Dublin's homeless; founding member of the Campaign for the Care of Deprived Children; former member of the Commission on Social Welfare.
 Led by bagpipers and robed in academic attire, the participants then marched across Washington Square Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ireland House, a renovated historical town house at Fifth Avenue and Washington Mews in Greenwich Village.
 The renovation of Ireland House was underwritten by Lewis L. Glucksman, who has long had an interest in Irish culture and literature, and his wife Loretta Brennan Glucksman. Mr. Glucksman, vice president of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. Inc., is an NYU alumnus and trustee. Mrs. Glucksman, president of Westland Associates, a governmental and public relations firm, is a member of the Arts and Science Board of Overseers at NYU.
 Dr. Oliva, whose mother was born in Ireland and who speaks Irish, plays the Irish bagpipes and used to sing in an Irish trio, also has a special interest in Irish culture. Inaugurated as New York University's 14th president in November of 1991, Dr. Oliva is a Russian history scholar, who has taught at NYU for 32 years and has held a variety of administrative posts including dean, provost, executive vice president and chancellor.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of the event are available from the NYU press office, 212-998-6840/
 /CONTACT: Virgil Renzulli of New York University, 212-998-6848/

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