SCCC AlumNews Fall 2011
A newsletter for alumni of Schenectady County Community College!
Fall 2011 AlumNews For SCCC Alumni and Friends Schenectady County Community College SCCC Foundation presents A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Richard Marx Join us on Thursday, September 29, at 8 p.m., in the Taylor Auditorium for A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Richard Marx to benefit the new Music Building at SCCC. For over 20 years, singer/songwriter Richard Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry. He has sold over 30 million albums and written 13 number one songs. He earned the Song of the Year Grammy in 2004 for Dance With My Father, which he wrote with the late Luther Vandross. Most recently, he has written and produced records for Daughtry, Leann Rimes, Katherine Jenkins, Lifehouse, Travis Tritt, Emerson Drive, Natalie Cole, Keith Urban, Paulina Rubio, Kenny Loggins, Chris Botti, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr and actor Hugh Jackman. His latest CD, Stories to Tell, was released in May 2011. Tickets include seats at $125 (VIP seating which includes a pre-concert reception), $75, and $50. They are available through the Proctors Box Office by visiting www.proctors.org or by calling (518) 346-6204 (online and telephone fees apply). Visit www.sunysccc.edu for more information or call the SCCC Development Office at (518) 381-1324. Classes in downtown Schenectady this fall The College has branched out into downtown Schenectady by offering 78 classes in Center City this fall. The College will be occupying 18,000 square feet on the second floor, including 10 state-of-the-art classrooms and two health care labs. Students will be able to take a full range of courses and the building will be home to classes in the College's $11.2 million Health Profession Opportunity Grant program. "As SCCC grows its facilities and offerings, we are excited to locate training services and classrooms at Center City, where SCCC has a presence at the YMCA for athletics offerings and shared programs with Proctors," said Dr. Quintin Bullock, SCCC President. "The cluster of offerings at Center City will help us further integrate into the community while providing flexible scheduling for more learners and more classes during peak times, nights and weekends." Schenectady County Community College 78 Washington Ave. Schenectady, N.Y. 12305 www.sunysccc.edu Letter from President Bullock Alumni and Friends, It's an exciting time to be an alum of SCCC. Come back and visit our campus and you'll find it bustling and full of activity. You will also see we are expanding -- not only on our main campus where a beautiful, state-of-the-art Music Building is being designed, but also off campus where student apartments are going through local approval processes, Center City where our home basketball games are now played and where we have scores of courses running, and our new Certified Nurse's Aide programs in Schenectady and Albany. Increasingly, SCCC is becoming a first-choice college for students who recently 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. The numbers speak for themselves � this past academic year, we surpassed 6,000 students for the first time in the College's history. We now have 45 programs, including those in new and emerging technologies. Student life is bustling with over 25 clubs that join our five athletic programs, numerous student theatrical and music productions and the hands-on work students perform in our culinary arts program and its new Boucherie, Pane e Dolci and, of course, the Casola Dining Room. People are taking notice. This past spring, we were visited by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, who also gave our Commencement address, and SCCC played a prominent role in President Barack Obama's visit to GE. Additionally, we hosted Gov. Cuomo to announce the Capital Region Economic Development Council. And finally, SCCC will have legendary performer Richard Marx on campus on September 29 for a very special acoustic performance. I hope to see you at the performance. As alumni and friends of SCCC, you play a valuable role in our development. As you will read in this newsletter, excitement is growing on our campus. We welcome you to lend your expertise and generosity in this new year. Please contact our Development Office at (518) 381-1324 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. We look forward to your continued support of our events, programs and mission. Alumni spotlight Alum impresses Air Force Halden Grossman has gone from being a student pilot on the first SCCC Flight Team to qualify for national competition, to being the top pilot in his class in the United States Air Force. A 2004 graduate with a degree in Aviation Science, Halden finished first in his class in the second phase of flight training on his way to becoming a fighter/ bomber pilot. The Air Force presented him with the Major William L. Leverette Award, given to the top graduate of the second part of the program where students fly T-6 aircrafts for five months, logging 90 hours of flight training and 40 hours of simulator training on the ground during 12-hour workdays. His class is comprised of 30 student pilots from across the country, some from the Air Force Academy and others from private and public colleges. The honor took him by surprise. "There is a lot of competition obviously. The guys who are in my class are the top one percent in the Air Force, out of all of the people who apply," Halden, a Second Lieutenant at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Miss., explained. "I knew I was doing well, but I didn't know I was number one until I received the award. It's a huge sense of accomplishment considering the company I was in." He also earned the "Top Gun" Award in instrument navigation, receiving the top evaluations from instructors during Phase II of his training which involved instrument check rides. His days are now spent flying Northrop T-38Cs, a six-month part of the final phase of training. He will then become a fully-rated pilot in the Air Force. "We're responsible for putting weapons on the ground," he explained. "We will carry the bombs and make decisions to drop them where they need to be." Halden will find out in a few weeks where he will be stationed as part of his minimum 10 years in the Air Force. He looks forward to fulfilling his mission as a member of the armed services, something he "always wanted to do." Quintin B. Bullock President 2 New music building on horizon Plans are now underway for a new $3.9 million addition to the College's Music Wing in the Begley Building. College officials expect the 12,600-squarefoot project to be completed for the start of the Fall 2012 semester. The project is equally funded by both the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and Schenectady County. The first floor will house teaching studios, an industry-standard live recording studio, two specialized music classrooms, faculty offices, and a student lounge. The second floor will include a recording studio with a control room, recital space, teaching studios, and faculty offices. Eight additional practice rooms and a beautiful facade of large windows complete the new building. The new recording studio will allow the College to revamp the Music/Business A.A.S. program to include a recording and music technology focus. Students will gain hands-on experience in a true recording environment with a post-production studio. In addition to Music/Business, SCCC offers the Performing Arts-Music A.S. degree and a Music certificate program. SCCC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, a rare accomplishment for a two-year college. 3 SCCC Board of Trustees Denise Murphy McGraw, Chair Ann Fleming Brown, Vice Chair Michael W. Karl, Treasurer Renee Bradley, Secretary Raymond R. Gillen Gary E. Hughes Christine Mallozzi Tina Chericoni Versaci Erin Pelkey, Student Trustee Fall 2011 Events Visit SCCC to enjoy the following programs: Babette Faehmel presents Raging Mamas: What Draws Women to the Tea Party Movement? 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 Emily Miller Denise Murphy McGraw Ted Potrikus Robert E. Ruggeri Lois G. Smith-Law Tina Chericoni Versaci Barbara Bishop Ward Christian Wessell Rachel A. Zimolka Friday, September 16, 2011, 1:15 p.m., Stockade Building 101. Free. In this talk, historian Babette Faehmel explores what attracts especially middle-class women to right-wing populism. She will link the popularity of ultra-conservatism in this group to the feminization of labor and the resulting changes in family life. She will also explore to what extent the Tea Party's political proposals serve the interests of an increasingly embattled middle class. Babette Faehmel is Assistant Professor of history at SCCC and author of College Women in the Nuclear Age: Cultural Literacy and Female Identity, 1940-1960 (2011). She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 1:15 p.m., Stockade Building 101. Free. In this semi-autobiographical talk, Warren Belasco will reflect about his career as one of the leading experts of the historical, social and cultural meanings of food. He is a Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy at Boston University, and Executive Director of the Association for the Study of Food and Society. He is the author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry (1990), Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food (2006), and Food: The Key Concepts (2008). Warren Belasco presents Working on the Food Chain: My Life as a Food Scholar Brass Quintet In Concert Flying Words Project Monday, September 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7 p.m., Taylor Auditorium Flying Words Project is an American Sign Language (ASL) poetry duo comprised of deaf poet Peter Cook and hearing co-author Kenny Lerner. Tickets: $5-general admission; $3-non-SCCC students/ seniors; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets available through the College Store, www.fsacollegestore.com. The American Shakespeare Center Touring Company in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream SCCC Communications Staff Darren Johnson Assistant Dean, Planning, Accountability and Advancement Beth Klein Publications Assistant/ Graphic Designer Heather Meaney Public Relations/ Publications Specialist II Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is his joyous jubilee of young love and midsummer madness, a collision of clowns and fairies, of young lovers' dreams and old parents' plans, of mortal foolishness and silly theatricality. Performing in ways that attempt to re-create the conditions of the early modern stage, the American Shakespeare Center troupe directly engages its audience. Tickets: $5-General admission; $3-non-SCCC students/seniors; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets available on September 23, through the College Store, www.fsacollegestore.com. Suitable for all ages. Musicians of Ma'alwyck presents Macabre Music: The Prequel A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Richard Marx SCCC Development Staff Carmel Patrick Executive Director of Development Vladia Boniewski '71 Director of Annual Giving, Scholarships and Alumni Affairs AlumNews is published by the SCCC Office of Development. 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 Development Office, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, N.Y.,12305 or call us at (518) 381-1324. Thank you. Thursday, September 29, 2011, 8 p.m., Taylor Auditorium The SCCC Foundation presents A Very Special Acoustic Performance by Singer/Songwriter Richard Marx to benefit the new Music Building at SCCC. Tickets include seats at $125 (VIP seating which includes a pre-concert reception), $75, and $50. Tickets are available through the Proctors Box Office by visiting www.proctors.org or by calling (518) 346-6204 (online and telephone fees apply). Visit www.sunysccc.edu for more information or call the SCCC Development Office at (518) 381-1324. Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 11:20 a.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Musicians of Ma'alwyck presents its third program of scary music featuring works of Dukas, Honegger, Foote, and SCCC Professor Brett Wery (a world premiere of his musical suite based on the Cohoes Music Hall ghost-vaudeville singer Eva Tanguey). The program concludes with the group's signature piece, Danse Macabre. Featured musicians include harpist Karlinda Caldicott and flutist Norman Thibodeau. Empire Jazz Orchestra In Concert Friday, September 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Join the ensemble for a glorious evening of music heard in the royal courts, salons, and great country houses of 18th century England, including gems by Handel, Vivaldi, J.C. Bach, Giardini, Carl Friedrich Abel and others, performed on historical instruments with virtuosity and flair. Chamber Series Concert - Ensemble Chaconne presents European Masters in 18th Century London Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 8 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Tickets: $20-general admission; $6-non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1231 for tickets. Ricki Lewis discusses, Gene Therapy: A Forever Fix Thursday, October 20, 11:30 a.m., Stockade Building 101. Free. Ricki Lewis, Ph.D., is a genetic counselor at CareNet Medical Group, teaches for the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center, and her McGraw-Hill Higher Education life science textbooks are used all over the world. Her new book, The Forever Fix (St. Martins Press) grew out of the stories of children told in her human genetics textbook. 4 (Continued on next page) (Continued from previous page) Capital Region Wind Ensemble presents Ritual Dances Sunday, October 23, 2011, 3 p.m., Taylor Auditorium This program will feature music by Uber, Yorko, Arnold and Sheldon. Tickets: $8-general admission; $6-non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1231 for tickets. Kathryn Swimm presents The Deterioration of Dutch Women's Rights in Albany: 1650-1750 Erica Arthur presents Citizens and Criminals: Mass Incarceration, `Prison Neighbors,' and Fear-Based Community Organizing in Rural Pennsylvania Monday, October 24, 2011, 11:20 a.m., Stockade Building 101. Free. Focusing on the activities of the Citizens' Advisory Committee, Erica Arthur explores the role rural communities that surround prisons played in the historical processes that moved the practice of punishment from the relative periphery of U.S. society to its present position as a central apparatus for political, economic, and social organization. Erika Arthur is an M.A. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. She also works with the Prison Birth Project, a reproductive justice organization based in western Massachusetts. Friday, November 18, 6 p.m., Stockade Building 101. Free. In this talk, Kathryn Swimm examines the effects of the English conquest of Dutch New Netherland on the women who for generations had legal rights under Dutch-Roman law. She will demonstrate that the British takeover radically altered the situation of women over the course of just two generations. Kathryn Swimm graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University at Albany in May 2011 with a degree in history. Currently, she is enrolled at St. John's University Law School where she is preparing for a career as an international legal analyst. Chamber Series Concert featuring Esopus Musicalia Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Esopus Musicalia is a chamber ensemble, conductor, and historian based in New York's Hudson Valley. Mark Evans, piano, joins the group in a performance of the Trout Quintet by Schubert and Heart Sounds by George Tsontakis. Air Force Band of Liberty's New England Winds Woodwind Quintet SCCC Foundation Annual Gala, All Aboard With SCCC: On Track for the Future Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. As professional military musicians, The United States Air Force Band of Liberty is dedicated to using the power of music to inspire Air Force members and the country, by producing innovative musical programs and communicating Air Force excellence throughout New England and around the globe. Sponsored by the SCCC Wind Ensemble. Friday, December 2, 2011, 6 to 11 p.m., Glen Sanders Mansion Put on your dancing shoes and join us for SCCC's Annual Gala, All Aboard With SCCC: On Track for the Future. Join Honorary Chairperson David Buicko of The Galesi Group for the Annual Gala, a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and celebrate our premier community college with fellow SCCC friends and supporters. Proceeds from the gala will be used to support students and the College's continued growth and development. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324 for ticket information and reservations. SCCC Chorus Ensemble Monday, December 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Musicians of Ma'alwyck present A Delightful Musick SCCC Jazz Ensemble and SCCC Percussion Ensemble Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Monday, November 7, 2011, 11:20 a.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. This performance will feature works from the 18th century by Handel, Von Call and Viotti for guitar, violin and cello. SCCC Wind Ensemble SCCC Players present Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. For more information on any of these events, please contact the SCCC Public Relations Office at (518) 381-1250. Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 8 p.m. Free. Thursday, November 17, 2011, 8 p.m., Friday, November 18, 2011, 8 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Tickets: $5-general admission; $3-seniors/non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is a classic American drama by one of our most celebrated playwrights, Tennessee Williams. Not suitable for children. Get AlumNews faster! Sign up for our email news blasts today. Send your email address to email@example.com 5 Class notes (Look for e-mail addresses on the SCCC Alumni Web page at www.sunysccc.edu.) Class of 1973 Bob Vine, Police Science, is retired from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Class of 1976 Laurie (Czaban) Schraver, Secretarial Science, earned a degree in Radio Broadcasting in 1995 from the New School of Radio and Television. She is currently employed with GE Power and Water in Schenectady as Supervisor of the Proposal Center with over 33 years of service. She and her husband Robert have been married for 30 years and their son, Robert, attended SCCC for Music and is a member of the SCCC Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble and Jazz Combo, as well as other bands outside of SCCC. Class of 1981 Donna M. Slavik, Culinary Arts, earned a B.A. degree in English in 1964 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has done graduate work at Siena College. She is currently retired after being an English teacher, Development Coordinator for Hospice of Schenectady and Executive Director for the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Class of 1987 Andrew S. Berry, Humanities and Social Sciences, earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany in 1989 and an ALM degree from Harvard University in 1992, followed by a Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University in 1998. He also earned M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in 2005 and 2007, respectively, from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. He is currently a fourth-year candidate in Division I Interpersonal Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. Andrew became board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2009. He has been married to Kimberly Berry since 2002 and has a 19-month old daughter, Sharra Lynn Berry. Class of 1989 Pat Zollinger, Computer Science, was endorsed by the Republican party for the upcoming November election as a candidate for the Schenectady County Legislature, District 2, City of Schenectady. While at SCCC, she was a member of the Student Government Association from 1987-1989. Anne Tufillaro Wasserstrom, Culinary Arts, has authored a book titled Secrets of Living and Cooking Italian-American, Recipes and Memories. This 247-page book includes over 120 traditional recipes, such as cioppinno, pumpkin ravioli, torta rustica and dolce recipes. Class of 1993 Claire M. Baldwin, Accounting, earned a Business, Management and Economics degree from Empire State College and is a partner at Trimarchi Management � National Real Estate Investment and Management Firm. She is excited to see her son follow her lead by attending SCCC. Class of 1994 Takis J. Dikas, Business Administration, wrote Prosperous 20's With An Unnecessary Depression, Learn What Made America So Great in the 1920's That Led to a Great Depression That We Could Have Avoided, which was published by AuthorHouse Publishing. He works for Golub Corporation. Annetta B. Dunham, Paralegal, earned a B.S. degree in Legal Studies in December 2010 from The Sage Colleges and received the Honors in Legal Studies Award. She is currently employed with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles in the Traffic Violations Division. Class of 1998 Mark Molnar, Assistant Chef '98/Culinary Arts '01, is participating in a culinary training program through the Triad Community Kitchen in North Carolina. Class of 1999 Susan M. Zampier, Paralegal, earned a B.S. degree in Legal Studies in 2005 from The Sage College of Albany Summa Cum Laude. She has worked for GE since 1984 and has been working at GE Global Research in Niskayuna since 1990. Class of 2001 Michael Dzikowski, Computer Science, earned a B.B.A. degree in Business and Technology Management through SUNY Delhi at the SCCC campus in May 2011. He is Senior Technical Assistant at SCCC. Class of 2003 Pamela Rew, Criminal Justice, recalls her memories of SCCC as a returning adult student and single parent and shares that her son is now enrolled for the fall semester. She is proud to have been part of his decision-making process to attend college by showing him that it can be done no matter what. She has been working at Union College since 2003. Tiziana Rota, Science, joined SCCC in January 2011 as the Grant Administrator Fiscal Manager for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants, the largest grant awarded to the College thus far. She reports that she is delighted to work as part of a team that is forward looking and is a genuinely student-sensitive organization. She is enjoying the challenges of every day, and looking forward to contributing to the impact that the grant will have on the lives of residents of the Capital District. Class of 2006 Amber Putnam, Travel and Tourism, earned a B.B.A. degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Travel and Tourism Management through SUNY Delhi at the SCCC campus. She is currently working as a Travel Agent in the Schenectady AAA Northway office and finds her work truly fulfilling. Amber is also a dancer for the Amsterdam Mohawks Vibe Dance Team and enjoys the performing arts. Karyn Raney, Humanities and Social Sciences, earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from Regent University in 2008. She is currently working at SCCC as an Educational Assistant in the Testing Center. Allison Reinhardt, Humanities and Social Services, is a Wellness Coordinator and Certified Personal Trainer/Instructor at the Greater Glenville YMCA. She has training certifications with the American Council on Exercise, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), SPIN Fitness and YMCA. Allison and her husband James have two daughters and reside in Glenville. Class of 2007 Susan Havens, Human Services, is currently a full-time student at Empire State College pursuing her bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies. Class of 2008 Jonathan D. Czubryt, Culinary Arts, is currently working at Jacob's Pillow in Becket, Mass. He is living in western Massachusetts with hopes to continue to grow in the culinary arts field. 6 (Continued from previous page) Jessica Hanus, Business Administration, earned a B.A. degree in journalism from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011. She is currently freelancing at the Rochester City Newspaper and the Democrat and Chronicle. Jessica also does freelance photography, teaches swing dancing and enjoys the abundance of summer festivals in Rochester. You can find out more on her blog at http://jessehanus.com. Class of 2009 Janice M. DeJordy, Human Services, earned a B.S.W. degree from the University at Albany in 2011 graduating Cum Laude. She was inducted into the National Honor Society for Social Workers and received the 2011 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Continuing Graduate Scholarship. Janice was accepted into the Advanced Standing M.S.W. Program at the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare and plans to graduate in May 2012. She is also the proud grandmother of two-year-old Dustin James Britcher and loving mother to Danielle, 31, and Matthew, 28. Greg Hopke, Computer Networking and Systems, is a Security Engineer with McAfee and works with New York state government agencies in securing their computer networks. He is currently training for his first triathlon. Mary Beth Litz, Computer Information Systems, earned a B.B.A. degree in Information Technology Management from SUNY Delhi and is now employed as a programmer/analyst at Empire State College. She is moving back to the Capital Region from Delhi, N.Y. Jacqueline Talbert, Paralegal, earned a B.S. degree in Legal Studies with a concentration in Business from the Sage College of Albany. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, was part of Alpha Sigma Lambda, made Dean's List every semester and received award recognition for achievement in her major. Jacqueline and her family are relocating to Michigan and she and her husband are expecting their third child. She plans to continue her education by working toward a joint M.B.A./J.D. degree. Evan Weissman, Culinary Arts, is currently employed at The Gideon Putnam Hotel as a Line Cook. He previously worked at Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot Center at Disney World. Evan will be competing in the March of Dimes Iron Chef competition by Jackie Kingsland '92, '96 at Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs on Oct. 18. Class of 2010 Samuel Detweiler, Performing Arts: Music, is currently attending The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he is pursuing a B.M. degree in Music Education. He is also studying piano tuning and maintenance and plans to pursue his master's degree in Music Composition. Susan A. Gordon, Early Childhood, is working full-time at the YWCA of Northeastern N.Y., where she worked on a parttime basis while attending SCCC. Alisa Harris, Culinary Arts with Baking Concentration, received a Certified Culinarian certification from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and is currently the pantryside cook at Tavolo Restaurant at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, N.Y. Lisa M. Valentine, Culinary Arts, was a semi-finalist for the TV reality show Master Chef in November 2010. Alumni spotlight A lifetime crusade to achievement and success After living at Schenectady's City Mission/Serenity House in 1998 for 10 months and then fulfilling a college internship at the same facility, Debra Person '01 went on to earn college degrees, become the founder and executive director of a non-profit organization that provides housing for homeless women, receive various career awards and fulfill a lifelong dream. Debra, who earned her A.A.S. in Human Services from SCCC, faced many challenges and struggles during her adult life. She came from a family of six children and was primarily raised by her mother, while receiving support and spiritual guidance from her Aunt Judy and grandmother, whom she affectionately calls "Chum." Having an absentee father and watching the struggles of the women in her life not only gave Debra the compassion she feels for women in similar situations, but also made her "one of the walking wounded." Debra admits that her lack of self-worth and confidence created a harmful journey of unhealthy decisions, relationships, and several unsuccessful attempts at rehabilitation until she awoke one morning to discover what was missing. "I lost everything: my home, belongings and self-respect," she said. "I was an expert at dressing up a mess. I would wear certain clothes to disguise the negative feelings on the inside." Determined to break her family's pattern of self-destructive behavior and with support and guidance from the influential women in her family, Debra entered Schenectady's City Mission/ Serenity House (now the Family Life Center at the City Mission of Schenectady). Once she completed treatment at Serenity House, Debra began taking classes at SCCC. She utilized TRIO Student Support Services as well as the Learning Center. She credits what she learned in her psychology classes with preparing her most for her career. She also was grateful for the support of her faculty, those in the TRIO program and Counselor Bernie Dunn in helping her to achieve being named to the President's and Dean's Lists. After graduating with honors from SCCC in 2001, she continued with her education, earning a bachelor's degree in social work from the College of Saint Rose in 2004 and then a master's degree in social work from Syracuse University in 2008. After earning her master's degree, Debra worked in a ministry for six years and at a women's shelter. She vowed to those around her that one day she was going to establish a home for women, modeled after the Serenity House where she once stayed. And she did just that. In August 2010, Debra founded Exodus 3 Ministries (E3M), named for scripture verse Exodus 3:10. She serves as Executive (Continued on next page) 7 (Continued from previous page) Director of the faith-based organization. Currently, the ministry is in Phase I, with members providing resources such as food, clothing and spiritual guidance to women in need. Phase II will provide a home for up to 16 women where they can stay in a transitional room for 40 days. After meeting certain criteria, a woman will then be admitted to the home for up to two years at no cost to them. In April, Debra received the Daniel and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award from Syracuse University's School of Social Work for work within her community, which she considers "an amazing honor." She also received the Samaritan of the Year Award in May 2011 from the Schenectady City Mission and Employee of the Year for her work at the Vera House in Syracuse. Debra continues to work with some of the same individuals with her ministries at E3M who helped her long ago at the City Mission of Schenectady, particularly her mentor, Chris Parson, who was the Director of the Family Life Center. She considers herself blessed to now have four children, live in the Syracuse community with her husband and family, and be able to help women rebuild their lives. Retirees SCCC extends best wishes to those who retired from the College. Michael D'Annibale, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services, retired in August 2011 after 32 years at SCCC. Denise DeVito, Administrative Services Clerk, retired from SCCC in May 2011 after 15 years at the College. Sandi Petronis, Senior Reservation Specialist in the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department, retired in May 2011 after over 25 years at SCCC. Joyce Robertson, Bookkeeper in the Registrar's Office, retired in March 2011 after 10 years at SCCC. Mary Ann Sheehy, Information Processing Specialist II in the Executive Division (Personnel), retired in January 2011 after 19 years at the College. Ed Whited, Security Site Supervisor, retired in July 2011 after 17 years at SCCC. Patricia Whitley, Executive Secretary II in the Administrative Division, retired in May 2011 after 23 years at SCCC. College remembers Founding Faculty Member Matteo Casola came to SCCC as an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Hotel Technology Department in September 1969 when the College first opened. There were 28 full-time students enrolled in the Food Service program. The program quickly grew after Matteo Matteo Casola, Emeritus, who passed away developed the Middle on May 6, 2011, is seen above in a photo Management Hotel from the early 1970s at SCCC. Technology A.A.S. degree program in 1970 and then the Culinary Arts A.O. S. degree program in 1980. Matteo retired in June 1991, but returned to SCCC in 2003 to teach business organization, human resource management and ethics part-time as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Business and Law Department through 2009. He was still teaching at the age 87. The College's Casola Dining Room in Elston Hall is named for the longtime SCCC professor. Commencement celebration Victor Allen, Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. and Human Services A.S., celebrates with his wife Angel Allen following the College's 41st Commencement on May 21 at Proctors. There were 540 graduates in A.A.S., A.S., A.A., A.O.S. and certificate programs. New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy served as the keynote speaker. Alums in the news Recently featured in The Business Review's 10 Minutes With... was Brian Palazzolo '95. Angelo Mazzone '74 was also previously featured. Jay Larkin (front row, second from right), a faculty member in the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department, congratulates students in the department at Commencement. Visit www.sunysccc.edu to view more photos from Commencement. 8 Food for Thought and All That Jazz breaks record Dr. William Meckley directs the SCCC Jazz Ensemble at the SCCC Foundation's 20th Annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz event. Net proceeds totaled $60,468, exceeding our revenue goal by 27 percent, with more than 340 tickets sold! David Alan Miller, Conductor and Music Director for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, served as the 2011 Honorary Chairperson. SCCC Culinary Arts students, after hours of planning and preparation, await guests at Food for Thought and All That Jazz. Alumni Information Please print all information and return page to: SCCC Development Office, E-120, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305 or fill out on line at www.sunysccc.edu/alumni/clssnote.htm Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Dr., Mr., Ms., Mrs., Miss) First Middle Last Maiden Name ______________________ SS #_______ - ______ - _______ Class Year ________ Address________________________________________________email address ____________________________________ City ___________________________ State ____ Zip _____________ for college updates _________ for inclusion on Web page ___________ This is a new address _________ Home Phone _____________________________ County ______________________________ Major ________________________________ Birthdate _________________________________ Spouse's Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ First Middle Last Is spouse an SCCC grad? yes/year__________ no____Spouse's Maiden Name __________________________________________ (if used during attendance at SCCC) Self Employer ________________________________________ Occupation/Title __________________________________ Business Address __________________________________ Business Phone ___________________________________ Spouse Employer ___________________________________________ Occupation/Title _____________________________________ Business Address _____________________________________ Business Phone ______________________________________ OThER NEWS YOu WOuLD LIkE TO ShARE IN AlumNews Further Education/Degrees_________________________________________________________________________________ Professional News _______________________________________________________________________________________ Personal/Other _________________________________________________________________________________________ 9 New `Opportunity Zone' seeks alumni input by Robert Frederick, Coordinator of Career and Employment Services Starting this fall, offices in the Student Affairs Division will be utilizing a new space left behind when the Admissions Office relocated to the Begley Building. The new space will be called the Opportunity Zone, and professional staff, community partners, and peer assistants will work alongside students and alumni wishing to pursue a specific opportunity. The opportunities people bring in are really ideas without a plan, and that's where we step in. Our mission is to provide a supportive, yet challenging environment designed to empower individuals to achieve their personal and professional development goals. The services provided are primarily targeted to career exploration, experiential learning, community and business development, and job search strategies that connect people to opportunities unique to the Capital Region and those that fit their core talents and interests. The Opportunity Zone supports all current students and alumni, and takes pride in supporting those who may feel that they have barriers to the opportunities they seek. With the new semester and a growing student body, we would appreciate your assistance to expand the following opportunities: � Part-timeandfull-timejobs throughout the Capital Region � Internships(paid,unpaid,creditor non-credit based) � Casestudiesthatstudentscouldwork on in small groups or individually � Volunteeropportunitiesorspecial projects that can be completed within one to 15 weeks � CareerAdvisors/Mentors(viaphoneor email) or shadowing sites � Participationincareereventsand networking functions � Guestspeakersforclassesand student clubs If you are able to help us, please contact me at (518) 381-1368 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to schedule an appointment, please call (518) 381-1365. Alum earns scholarship Melinda Civic '11 was selected as a National Fellow of the Pearson Prize for Higher Education. Melinda was selected for the $10,000 honor because of her commitment to public service and student leadership. The Pearson Prize is unique in that it provides assistance to those who may be bypassed by the traditional scholarship system. She was chosen for this national honor, given to 20 students nationwide, from among 20,000 applications this year. To hear Melinda discuss her goals and philosophy, visit: www.pearsonfoundation. org/pearsonprize/2011/fellows.html Parking tags for alumni Alums are encouraged to get a campus parking tag by visiting the Alumni Office, Elston Hall 120 or downloading a parking form by visiting www.sunysccc.edu. Alumni spotlight Alum named Citizen of the Year Teresa Whalen '85 is proud to be called an "ambassador" of Warrensburgh, N.Y. "I love our town," said Teresa, a Hotel and Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts graduate. "The Adirondack Mountains are part of who I am, and I feel blessed to live here and call Warrensburgh my home. After graduation, a group of us came up to Bolton Landing to work at the Sagamore Resort. The hotel had just undergone extensive renovations and was under new management," Teresa explained. In 1986 she got engaged and moved to this small town located in the center of Warren County along the beautiful and historic Schroon River. She fell in love with the town, saw its potential and immediately became an enthusiastic community volunteer. Recognizing the need for a holiday celebration, in December 1989, Teresa initiated Christmas in Warrensburgh, featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, a tree lighting ceremony, craft demonstrations, a living nativity and children's activities. The festive family event has gained popularity over the past 20 years, drawing attendees from Warrensburgh and beyond. Teresa has also been successful in applying and receiving grant funding for town beautification projects, including creating parks along the river and preserving the rich architectural heritage. She is chairperson of Warrensburgh Beautification, and manages the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers Market, which first opened in 1998. She is on pace to complete several projects leading up to the town's bicentennial in 2013. In June 2011, the Warrensburgh Chamber of Commerce recognized Teresa's efforts by naming her Citizen of the Year for 2011. "I feel very honored to be in the company of others who have received this award," Teresa said. "I enjoy what I do and hope that future generations will continue to preserve and protect our natural and cultural resources." Remember... Be sure to provide your Email address for event updates and College news. To access our Email form: www.sunysccc.edu/alumni/email.htm 10 Development leader retires Vladia Boniewski '71 was in Elston Hall for the first time in 1969, the year that the College opened its doors to students. "We used to jokingly say `see you around campus' to one another," Vladia said, noting that back then Elston Hall was the only building on campus. She was a member of the first graduating class in 1971, went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees and then returned to SCCC in 1980 as the College's first Assistant Director of Admissions. She retired this month after over 30 years as a tireless advocate for the College. After serving as Assistant Director and then Director of Admissions, Vladia next served as Assistant to the President for Public Relations and Institutional Advancement. In addition to public relations, she also began developing fundraising activities, annual fund appeals and special events. During the mid-1990s, Vladia developed and organized the College's first Major Gifts Campaign. Under her leadership, the campaign raised $1.7 million for scholarships and special projects on campus. She also developed a new event on campus, Food for Thought and All That Jazz, an annual gala, now in its 20th year, which showcases the music and culinary arts programs. The number of donors to the College grew from 71 in 1995 to 736 in 2010 under Vladia's leadership as Director of Development and then Executive Director of the SCCC Foundation. She was responsible for growing the SCCC's Foundation's assets from $116,000 in 1989 to $4.2 million in 2010. Among her many accomplishments was the successful Campaign for Culinary Excellence that raised $329,000 to help complete the College's capital project to expand the number of culinary laboratories and instructional space in Elston Hall. As a member of numerous College committees, community groups and professional organizations, Vladia's graceful presence has contributed to the success of SCCC. Many of you have read her name on appeal letters, met her at College events and heard her words of gratitude for your support of the College. She looks forward to her retirement saying, "As a proud member of the first graduating class, it has been a joy and a labor of love to work at the College for 31 years. I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing everyone at campus events." SCCC keystone Society The Keystone Society is the recognition group 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 Event. 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. Benita C. Allaire Dr. Stephen K. Astmann Helen H. Begley* Vladia C. Boniewski '71 Professor Grayce Susan Burian, SCCC Emeritus Charles W. Carl Jr.* Professor Peter Cousins, SCCC Emeritus* Professor Mary Jane Dike, SCCC Emeritus Anonymous Karen* and Walter Grattidge Anonymous Dr. Margaret (Peggy) King Professor Jessica K. Malheiros, SCCC Emeritus, Founding Faculty Member* Thomas L. and Barbara M. Rider Janet P. Robbins, SCCC Emeritus Gretchen and Lewis Rubenstein Donald F. Schenk '74* Phyllis E. Gordon Stanton Anonymous *In Memoriam SCCC alumni - paying it forward One of the highlights of the year is Honors Convocation, held in May, when faculty, staff, family and friends recognize and applaud the recipients of more than 123 scholarships and awards. Among the many scholarship donors are a number of SCCC alumni, faculty, staff and retirees. Some of these scholarships were created in memory of SCCC Alumni, including the Ameer Ali Memorial Scholarship, Nicholas M. Barbaro Music Scholarship, Prescott A. Brown Memorial Scholarship, Randall B. Flint Scholarship, Mary Regina Gioia Scholarship, John B. Loffredo Scholarship, and Yvonne Rockstroh Scholarship. Additional scholarships were created by alumni, faculty and retirees, including the Thomas and Patricia Baker Award, Grayce Susan Burian Award, Dr. Erma Ruth Chestnut Scholarship, Peter J. DiGiacomo Memorial Music Scholarship, Give Back Scholarship (Steve Prout '85), Richard W. Lawton M.D. Memorial Scholarship, Joshua Murphy Scholarship '00, PorterRobbins Music Scholarship, Allen and Anna '84 Slaterpryce Family Scholarship, Stuart J. Spitz Memorial Scholarships, and Jason Woodward Scholarship. There is also an Alumni Scholarship endowment, created by more than 380 gifts from alumni during the Campaign for SCCC. Donations may be added to this scholarship fund at any time. Scholarships created by Foundation Board members or in memory of College Trustees, or in honor or memory of SCCC Faculty and Staff include the Brown-O'Connell Scholarship (in honor of Professors Prescott Brown and Ingrid O'Connell), Peter F Burnham Award (by . the Golub Foundation), Robert F Case . Memorial Scholarship, Maude H. Dunlap Scholarship, Simeo J. Gallo Music Scholarship, John S. Krempa Scholarship, Dr. Alexander T. LaRocco Scholarship, Harold F Lewis Scholarship and Ita S. . Wade Scholarship. We are grateful to all of our donors for their support of scholarships. Starting a scholarship is a simple process. To learn more, contact the SCCC Development Office at (518) 381-1324. 11 Schenectady County Community College Alumni Office 78 Washington Avenue Schenectady, NY 12305 www.sunysccc.edu Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 732 Schenectady, NY ADDRESS SERVICE REQuESTED Save the date for the SCCC Foundation's Annual Gala Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2, 2011, from 6:00 � 11:00 p.m., at Glen Sanders Mansion to kick off the holiday season. Plans are underway for this year's Gala, All Aboard With SCCC: On Track for the Future. Put on your dancing shoes and join Honorary Chairperson David Buicko of The Galesi Group for an evening of fabulous food and music. The Annual Gala is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season and our premier community college with fellow SCCC friends and supporters. Proceeds from the gala will be used to support our students and SCCC's continued growth and development. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324 for corporate sponsorship opportunities, ticket information and reservations. College weathers storm As administrators, faculty and staff prepared for Convocation to usher in a new semester in late August, they were also watching the weather closely as news of Hurricane Irene began to take over the airwaves. Administrators decided to cancel Convocation scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29, and began to watch and wait as waters surrounding the College continued to rise. When the Mohawk River crested on the afternoon of Aug. 29, the College's main parking lot, Begley parking lot and part of the highway ramps across Washington Avenue were flooded. When the waters began to recede, crews quickly ascertained the damage, realizing that it could have been much worse. Flood waters entered the basement of the Begley Building, as well as the mailroom located on the ground floor of Elston Hall, but other parts of the buildings were unaffected. The College was closed for cleanup from Monday, Aug. 29, through Friday, Sept. 2. To allow students to register, the College held registration days on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7, delaying the start of classes two days to Thursday, Sept. 8.