Winter 2012 AlumNews
Alumni newsletter of Schenectady County Community College. Winter 2012 issue.
For alumni and friends of Schenectady County Community College winter 2012 a l u m NEWS Inside this issue 2 New Development Staff 3 Student Housing Scholarship Breakfast 4 Gala Highlights Keystone Society 5 Spring Events 6 Schenectady Mayor’s SCCC Connection 7 Class Notes [ You’re Invited! ] 21st Annual Gala, Food for Thought and All That Jazz Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 5:30 to 9 p.m. SCCC Campus With Honorary Chairs Yono and Donna and Dominick Purnomo, this year’s Food for Thought and All That Jazz celebration is not to be missed! Enjoy fabulous food and music prepared and presented by SCCC Music and Culinary Arts students at this annual signature event. Proceeds support students and SCCC’s continued growth and development. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324 for ticket information and reservations. [ Help SCCC Go Green! ] Join SCCC in our efforts to be more environmentally and economically friendly. Let us send you the next issue of AlumNews electronically. Simply e-mail your name, class year and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating that you would like to receive AlumNews electronically from now on, and we’ll add you to our e-mail list. The Music of the Mpingo The African blackwood or mpingo tree, as it is called in Swahili, is resilient and grows alone, not in dense forests, but solitarily and in rocky soil where other trees can’t survive. As a young girl growing up in rural East Berne, N.Y., Michele Von Haugg ’98 spent many hours alone in nearby woods, exploring her surroundings, but with an innate feeling that someday her love for nature would lead her thousands of miles away to Africa. Two years ago her childhood longing took her to Tanzania in east Africa, the home of the mpingo or “musical tree,” and these two products of nature became fast friends. “I grew up reading books by Jane Goodall. She’s such an iconic figure,” Michele explained. “I always believed that my path was going to lead me to the forests of Africa. Even as a kid, I knew somehow, some way I would end up there.” Michele, who graduated from SCCC with a degree in Performing Arts: Music, was a doctoral student at Arizona State University when she began to plant the seeds for a cross-cultural program to educate children living in Tanzania, the main area where the mpingo grows, about their native tree. She decided she would do this by teaching them how to play the clarinet, her instrument, and one that is made from the wood of the mpingo. Her program is called Clarinets for Conservation. Her journey involved long plane rides with suitcases full of clarinets, reeds and music books, a 13-hour bus ride through rough African terrain on a bus with no one who spoke English (and a few chickens and goats), and some heartbreak about broken promises with those assigned to help her. But in May 2010, she arrived in Moshi, Tanzania, in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, and forged strong friendships and working relationships with Sebastian Chuwa, Director of the African Blackwood Conservation Project, and Samweli Mochuwa, Director of the Kiviwama Conservation Project. She had eight weeks to get the program off the ground, speaking with principals Continued on page 6... al umNEWS [ SCCC Board of Trustees ] Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman Ann Fleming Brown, Vice Chairwoman Michael W. Karl, Treasurer Renee Bradley, Secretary Raymond R. Gillen Gary E. Hughes Christine Mallozzi Tina Chericoni Versaci Erin Pelkey, Student Trustee [ SCCC President ] Dr. Quintin B. Bullock [ SCCC Foundation Board of Directors ] Michael Tobin, Chair Michael Wollman, Chair-Elect Quintin B. Bullock, Secretary Frank Casler, Treasurer Betty Carol Barlyn Diane Smith Faubion Paola Horvath Gary E. Hughes Richard Kotlow Ann Marie Lizzi Ceil S. Mack Jeanne M. Maloy Victor Mazzotti Denise Murphy McGraw Emily Miller ’11 Ted Potrikus Robert E. Ruggeri Lois G. Smith-Law Tina Chericoni Versaci Barbara Bishop Ward Christian Wessell ’00 Rachel A. Zimolka [ SCCC Communications Staff ] Darren Johnson Assistant Dean, Institutional Planning, Accountability and Advancement Lynn Harkness Information Processing Specialist II Jessica McHugh-Green Graphic Designer Heather Meaney Public Relations/Publications Specialist II [ SCCC Development Staff ] Carmel Patrick Executive Director of Development Michelle Mora Assistant to the Development Office Jennifer Van Ort Coordinator of Development Christine Volans Executive Secretary I AlumNews is published by the SCCC Development Office. The Editor welcomes your comments. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324. Family: If this issue is addressed to your relative who no longer maintains an address at your home, please send a current address to the Schenectady County Community College Alumni Office, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, N.Y. 12305 or call us at (518) 381-1324. Thank you. 2 Alumni and Friends, Great things are happening at SCCC. Come back and visit our campus, and you’ll find it bustling and full of activity. Increasingly, SCCC is becoming a first-choice college for those who have just graduated from high school as well as older students returning to college to develop their skills, expand their knowledge and increase their marketability to employers and four-year transfer schools. We are excited to announce: • Our enrollment management plan successfully targeted areas of growth – our student body has continued to grow from semester to semester. Compared to 10 years ago, we have approximately 2000 more students. In Fall 2011, we surpassed 7000 students. Increasingly, students and parents are realizing the value and exceptional academic opportunity offered at SCCC. • We have broken ground on a new School of Music that will finally give our music students professional, state-of-the-art space worthy of the prestige of the program. • As well, College Suites at Washington Square is building SCCC’s first residential component with a high-quality project that’s sure to not only help us to deliver the true college experience and expand our recruiting map, but also further integrate us into the Schenectady community. Both new building projects are scheduled for ribbon cuttings in Fall 2012. • Our new location at Center City, across from Proctors, has been a success from its opening this past September. Our 61 for-credit courses there have shown robust enrollment. As alumni and friends of SCCC, you play a valuable role in our development. As you will read in this newsletter, the excitement is growing with our campus. We welcome you to lend your expertise and generosity in this New Year. Please contact our Alumni Office at (518) 381-1322 or email email@example.com to get involved. We look forward to your continued support of our events, programs and mission. Quintin B. Bullock President Development Office Notes The SCCC Development Office is pleased to announce the hiring of the following new staff members. They can’t wait to meet you at an upcoming alumni event. Jennifer Van Ort, Coordinator of Development Jennifer started working for the SCCC Foundation in September 2011. As Coordinator of Development, she is responsible for the Foundation’s Annual Fund campaign, alumni relations and the SCCC Scholarship program. Jennifer previously worked in public relations, event management, audience relations and development for the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Palace Theatre. She holds an M.A. degree in Business-Arts Administration from the University of WisconsinMadison and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University at Albany. Michelle Mora, Assistant to the Development Office Michelle became a member of the Development Office team in November 2011. As Assistant to the Development Office, she is responsible for special event coordination, scholarship development logistics, prospect and grant research and other special projects. Prior to joining SCCC, Michelle was an Environmental Engineer at a local environmental engineering consulting firm and also worked as a Public Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She holds a B.S. degree in General Engineering from Spelman College and a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Development Office also congratulates Christine Volans on her promotion to Executive Secretary I from Information Processing Specialist (IPS) II in September 2011. Christine has worked at SCCC since June 2006. She began at SCCC as a part-time IPS I in the Begley Library before moving to a full-time position in the Development Office in 2007. Student Housing Coming to SCCC Crews are hard at work on an $11 million, 112,000-square-foot student housing building that will be located directly across from SCCC on Washington Avenue. Officials anticipate that College Suites at Washington Square will be ready for students in Fall 2012. Dr. Quintin Bullock, SCCC President, said that the new 264-bed student housing complex will take the College in a new direction. “This is an exceptional public-private partnership between the College, local leaders and the United Group of Companies that not only will benefit the area’s economic growth and the revitalization of our downtown, but will also transform SCCC into a year-round, 24-7 community,” Dr. Bullock said. “This opportunity will provide students with a fuller college experience while further immersing us into the fabric and adding to the vibrancy of this part of Schenectady.” Foundation Thanks Donors with New Event During the Fall 2011 semester, the SCCC Foundation introduced a new event to honor scholarship donors and recipients. The first Scholarship Breakfast was held on November 1, 2011, and was well-received by both donors and recipients. The event featured a panel of students who discussed their accomplishments at SCCC, their future goals and how receiving an SCCC scholarship helped Scholarship Breakfast panelists discuss their educational goals and make it all possible. The panel was how receiving a scholarship helped them along the way. moderated by Theresa Taylor ’11 and participants included current students Whitney Fairchild, Music major, Shelia Lambert, Human Services major, and Scott Riggi, Alternative Energy Technology major. “I am thankful and eternally grateful for the opportunities to further my education through the support and encouragement of very special people like the Kindl family through their very generous Fred and Catherine Kindl Alternative Energy Scholarship,” Scott Riggi shared during the event. Several donors commented that hearing the student panelists reinforced their commitment to SCCC’s Scholarship Program. Interested in helping the next generation of SCCC Alumni? Establishing a scholarship is easy and helps provide students with the resources they need to achieve their goals. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324 to find out more. College officials and representatives from the city, county and United Group of Companies usher in a new era at SCCC during the student housing groundbreaking in November 2011. EMT-B Course Now Part of Health Care Grant Program The College’s $11.2 million Health Profession Opportunities Grant (HPOG) program continues to grow with the first group of students in the EMT-B course graduating in December 2011. Students were drawn from partner agencies Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP), Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) and Northeast Parent and Child Society. The 10 graduates rode along with current EMTs and anticipate securing employment with Mohawk Ambulance in the future. Over 180 students have graduated from Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Personal Care Attendant and EMT-B courses through the HPOG program since the commencement of training activities in March 2011. 3 Support the SCCC Foundation Annual Fund As you have read in recent issues of AlumNews, SCCC has been reaching many exciting milestones. These milestones include the opening of the state-of-the-art SCCC at Center City facility in downtown Schenectady. This facility has expanded our classroom capacity to support the new Certified Nursing Certificate Program and courses in criminal justice, business and computer science during peak periods. This achievement, as well as so many others, is one of the reasons an increasing number of applicants are selecting SCCC as their first choice for higher education. As SCCC celebrates the development and launching of new academic and career programs, it is more important than ever that we recognize the achievements of our past students and alumni. As you continue to succeed and grow in your career, SCCC’s reputation for educating a talented workforce also continues to grow. Each issue of AlumNews that highlights the achievements of our alumni is a testament to SCCC’s strength. We are proud to share your accomplishments. The SCCC Foundation Inc. is a constant advocate and promoter of the success of our alumni. The Foundation is a critical component for the continued success of SCCC. Through the stewardship and management of SCCC’s scholarship programs, support of faculty/staff development funds, and relationships with corporate partners, alumni and external stakeholders, the SCCC Foundation plays an important role in building the resources that are necessary to sustain the College’s programs, services, and enrollment growth. By giving to the SCCC Foundation today you are showing your support for SCCC and the work of the Foundation. Your 2011-2012 Annual Fund gift ensures that the meaningful benefits provided by the SCCC Foundation will be sustained now and into the future. Keystone Society The Keystone Society is the recognition society that honors those alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of SCCC who have named the SCCC Foundation in their estate plans, either through a will, trust, life income plan, or other arrangement. We thank and recognize the following individuals who have made a special commitment to SCCC. We are grateful for their vision, which will enhance the educational opportunities for future SCCC students. Keystone Society members are recognized on the Wall of Honor in the Begley Library lobby, in our Annual Report, and are also guests at our Annual Donor Recognition Luncheon. If you have named the SCCC Foundation in your estate plans, you are considered a member of the Keystone Society. For more information, please contact Carmel Patrick, Executive Director of Development, at (518) 381-1442. • Anonymous (4) • Benita C. Allaire • Dr. Stephen K. Astmann • Helen H. Begley* • Vladia C. Boniewski ’71 Thank you in advance for your generosity! • Professor Grayce Susan Burian, SCCC Emeritus SCCC Foundation’s Annual Gala a Great Success More than 250 guests celebrated SCCC’s successes at the Foundation’s annual gala, All Aboard with SCCC: On Track for the Future, held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Glen Sanders Mansion. The gala raised nearly $42,000 for the SCCC Foundation. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing, as well as opportunities to mingle with old and new friends at this great community celebration. The SCCC Foundation is grateful for the support of SCCC President Quintin B. Bullock, the SCCC Foundation Board, the SCCC Board of Trustees, Honorary Chair David M. Buicko of the Galesi Group, corporate sponsors, Honorary Committee members and guests. Mark your calendars for next year’s gala which will be held on November 16, 2012. 4 • Charles W. Carl Jr.* • Professor Peter Cousins, SCCC Emeritus* • Professor Mary Jane Dike, SCCC Emeritus • Karen* and Walter Grattidge • Al and Anita Haugen • Dr. Margaret (Peggy) King • Professor Jessica K. Malheiros, SCCC Emeritus, Founding Faculty Member* • Thomas Nelson and Ann Henderson Above – Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, SCCC President, and David M. Buicko, Chief Operating Officer of the Galesi Group and Gala Honorary Chairperson Left – Honorable Margaret C. (Peggy) King, Schenectady City Council Member and SCCC Emeritus, with Charles P. Steiner, President of The Chamber of Schenectady County • Thomas L. and Barbara M. Rider • Janet P. Robbins, SCCC Emeritus • Gretchen and Lewis Rubenstein • Donald F. Schenk ’74* • Phyllis E. Gordon Stanton *In Memoriam [ Spring 2012 Events ] Guitar Recital featuring Matthew Billie, Adjunct Faculty Member Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 a.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Piano Recital featuring Michael Rogers Monday, February 13, 11:30 a.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Chamber Series Concert - Capital Guitar Quartet Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. This concert features premier guitarists Sten Isachsen, Joel Brown, Paul Quigley, and Brett Grigsby. Jazz guitar duo Jim Wilson and Rob Cohen open. Piano and Voice Recital featuring Judith Avitabile, Adjunct Faculty Member Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. The centerpiece of this performance will be the world premiere of Piano Sonata No. 1 in C by Professor Brett L. Wery and music by Mozart, R. Strauss, Poulenc and Victor Herbert. SCCC Players present Love’s Fire: Seven New Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets Original works by Eric Bogosian, William Finn, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange and Wendy Wasserstein Wednesday, April 25, 8 p.m. Free for all. Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. Taylor Auditorium. Love’s Fire’s seven short plays snap with wit and perception about that most human of pre-occupations: love. These plays are written in modern language about love now, but each of them responds to the language and concerns of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Not suitable for children. Tickets: $5-general admission; $3-seniors/non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Musicians of Ma’alwyck Performance College Hour Concert - SUNY Fredonia Brass Ensemble Wednesday, March 7, 11:30 a.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Wednesday, May 2 11:30 a.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free. Chamber Series Concert - Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, flute Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. This program will include the Violin Sonata by Franck (in Bacchiocchi-Stewart’s transcription). This performance will also feature Mark Evans, piano, and guest artist Jonathan Brin, cello. Capital Region Wind Ensemble Concert featuring Charles Guy, Tuba Soloist Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Charles Guy joins the CRWE as tuba soloist to perform Rolf Wilhelm’s Concertino for Tuba and Wind Orchestra. Other works include compositions by Offenbach, Wilson, Reed and CRWE Music Director Brett L. Wery. Tickets: $8-general admission; $6-non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1231 for tickets. SCCC Foundation Presents: Food for Thought and All That Jazz From Demophon to Figaro, featuring Norman Thibodeau, flute, Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin, and Petia Kassarova, violoncello, in works of Reicha, Vogel, Kreutzer and Stamitz, including the Musicians of Ma’alwyck’s arrangement of excerpts from the 1788 opera Demophon, a hit in early America. SCCC Percussion Ensemble, SCCC Jazz Combo and SCCC Jazz Ensemble Concert Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. SCCC Vocal Chamber Ensemble Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., Lally Mohawk Room. Free. SCCC Chorus Ensemble Monday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Tuesday, April 3, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m., SCCC Campus. SCCC Wind Ensemble Please call (518) 381-1324 for tickets. Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Artist-in-Residence Concert with John Kamitsuka, piano Capital Region Wind Ensemble Concert – Czech, Please! Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free. This program includes traditional Czech marches, Moravian folk tunes, the music of Smetana and Husa’s powerful depiction of the 1968 occupation of Prague. Tickets: $8-general admission; $6-non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1231 for tickets. Empire Jazz Orchestra Concert featuring the music of Clare Fischer, conducted by Brent Fischer Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Tickets: $20-general admission; $6-non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1231 for tickets. Sunday, June 10, 3 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. For Black History Month Events visit www.sunysccc.edu 5 Mayor Sees SCCC as Anchor in City Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy ’77 views education as infinite. “Education is an ongoing process,” the SCCC alumnus said during an interview sandwiched between a meeting at Proctors with representatives from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and his duties at City Hall. “It doesn’t end after high school. It’s a lifelong endeavor and you have to approach it that way.” McCarthy was sworn in as Mayor of the city of Schenectady on January 1, 2012, after an extremely close race. He had been Acting Mayor since April 4, 2011, replacing former Mayor Brian Stratton. Prior to that, he was a Schenectady City Council Member for eight years, serving as Council President for two years. His two primary objectives, as he and his staff lead the Electric City, are to reestablish owner occupied neighborhoods and to continue redevelopment initiatives in the city. “We want to bring the middle class back to the city, to our neighborhoods,” the Mayor said. “We are also now focusing on the next phase of redevelopment in Schenectady, from State Street to the community college, and SCCC will be an anchor for that next phase.” McCarthy graduated from SCCC in 1977 with an A.S. degree in Liberal Arts: Interdisciplinary Science. He attended the University at Albany and joined the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office in 1981 as an investigator. He retired as Chief Investigator from the D.A.’s office this fall. The Mayor finds himself back on campus for various events and meetings, but always makes it a point to enjoy the gourmet cuisine in the Casola Dining Room at least twice a year. 6 The Music of the Mpingo Continued from Cover... of nearby schools and recruiting students who wanted to learn how to play the clarinet, an instrument the children, ages 13 to 17, had never seen before, despite the fact that its essence is the mpingo, which surrounds them every day. Mornings were spent at Korongoni Secondary School, with Michele leading 12 students, six girls and six boys, through musical scales and warmup exercises. When they had a firm grasp on the fundamentals, she began to teach them songs they would eventually perform for townspeople. All of the students were in a Mali Hai Club, an African “living things” environmental club, and already grew plants and vegetables that they sold in town. During the afternoon, Sebastian and Samweli led conservation education, focusing on the mpingo and other trees, stressing that demand for the mpingo has threatened the tree’s existence. Only two students left the eight-week program, one who had to help his family with daily chores and another who contracted malaria. When new students joined the group, Michele assigned other students to teach them the basics and was surprised at the results. “When new students joined, I would have other students teach them everything they had learned so far,” Michele said. “They ended up being more advanced. They learned from the other students’ mistakes without even needing to make them. They had been observing them.” Over the course of two months, the 12 students and their three teachers planted 100 trees around Korongoni, including blackwood and avocado trees. On instruments they had never laid eyes on only six weeks before, they gave a performance for their families and friends, using the notes that Michele taught them. In between songs, they shared facts about the trees, such as that the mpingo grows to about 30 feet and takes 70 to 200 years to reach maturity. At the end of June 2010, Michele prepared to fly back to the United States. She left the clarinets, music books and cds behind at the school for the students to continue playing, with the older ones teaching younger students how to play. They continue to give performances in Tanzania, at locations where trees can be planted. They play a selection, talk about the trees and while community members are watching, they plant seedlings. Michele and Assistant Director Scott Horsington plan to tour the Northeast this spring to perform, raise funds and spread the word about Clarinets for Conservation. In May 2012, Michele will return to Tanzania, again working with Sebastian and Samweli, reuniting with her original students and teaching new clarinetists. “I’m excited to find out what direction they’ve taken it in,” she said. “There are so many ways the clarinet has been used all over the world. I’m excited to see how it’s been used in eastern Africa.” Watch a video about Michele’s work in Tanzania at www.sunysccc.edu. For more information about Clarinets for Conservation and to find out how to donate, please visit www.facebook.com/ clarinets4conservation. [ Class Notes ] 70s Robert Suwinski ’77, Business Administration, became a grandfather for the first time on Dec. 14, 2011, to Kiley Alexis. Michael Bonitatibus ’79, Criminal Justice, is Director of Security at SCCC. 80s Daniel Raymond ’85, Culinary Arts, is Partner and Pastry Chef at Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe in East Greenbush, N.Y. He is also an Adjunct at SCCC in the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism, teaching elements of baking, cake decorating, American pastry and international pastry. 90s Ellen Whitaker Conrad ’91, Hotel and Restaurant Management, retired from teaching Culinary Arts at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. In her retirement, she has started Country Cuisine Cooking School (www. ellenscountrycuisine.com). Ellen earned a Master’s degree in Vocational Education from Kent State in 1999. She and her husband David live in Salem, Ohio. Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. is an active volunteer for organizations including the Stratton VA Hospital, the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, Saint Rose’s Help Yourself Academy and St. Anne Institute. She serves on an advisory board for CARES Inc., a homeless advocacy group, and continues to participate in outreach activities on the Homeless Action Committee’s (HAC) mobile van. Theresa is also a staff writer for the Saint Rose Chronicle, interned for Open Stage Media, Schenectady’s public access television network, working on the Masterminds quiz show, and now directs a weekly show, Frankly Speaking. Daniel P. Mahoney Jr. ’07, Computer Information Systems, has been volunteering his time mentoring students at Schenectady High School. He was recently featured in The Daily Gazette in an article about the mentoring program. 10s Theresa Taylor ’11, Chemical Dependency Counseling, is attending the College of Saint Rose and working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She Alumni Information Please print all information and return to: SCCC Development Office, E-120, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Name First Middle Class Year Last Maiden Name Address City State Carol A. Wade-Gordon ’93, Culinary Arts, is proud to announce that she now has a line of photo greeting cards available at The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, and Yonder Farms, Route 155, Colonie. m This is a new address Angela West-Davis ’94, Human Services, is the Coordinator of Multicultural and EOP at SCCC. Spouse’s Maiden Name Mark Molnar ’98, Culinary Arts, accepted a position in September 2011 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Cherokee, N.C., as a full-time Food Court Cook. Employer Employer Occupation/Trade Occupation/Trade Business Address Business Address Business Phone Business Phone 00s Stacy M. Grant ’03, Science, successfully defended and earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Kent State University. She is now working as a chemist for the Zip Email Address Major Birthdate Is your spouse an SCCC grad? m Yes (Please fill out following two lines) m No Spouse’s Name First Middle Last If used during attendance at SCCC Self Spouse News you would like to share in AlumNews Further Education/Degrees/Professional News/Personal News 7 Non Profit Org US Postage PAID Albany, NY Permit No 732 Schenectady County Community College 78 Washington Avenue Schenectady, NY 12305 FIND US! Address Service Requested New Career Web Site for Capital Region College Students and Alumni By Robert Frederick, Coordinator of Career and Employment Services The Career and Employment Services staff at SCCC has brought together 17 regional colleges and universities to participate in a new online portal for organizations to post opportunities targeted at students and alumni seeking to work within the greater Capital Region. The purpose of the site is to expand the business community’s connection to college resources and collaborative partnerships to prepare students for the workforce and to recruit graduates for local opportunities. Alumni are welcomed to register into the system and post their résumés now as it will continue to grow with employment opportunities throughout 2012. Alumni who are responsible for hiring, should consider registering into the system to highlight employment web pages or to post individual internships, volunteer and employment opportunities. Alumni Registration and Job Search: www.collegecentral.com/ sunysccc/Alum.cfm Employer Registration and Postings: www.collegecentral.com/sunysccc/ Employer.cfm The site is hosted for free by College Central software vendor. Bob Frederick, Coordinator of Career and Employment Services, and Thearse McCalmon, Student Worker, in the Opportunity Zone, where students learn résumé writing, interviewing skills techniques and other skills for targeted job searches.