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For alumni and friends of Schenectady County Community College

fall 2013

a l u m NEWS

Inside this issue

3 Canal Side Café and Convenience Store Opens 5 Faculty Author

Commencement Highlights

7 Upcoming Music Events 8 Donors Recognized 10 Class Notes

15 Donor Listing

[ Save The Date! ]

23rd Annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30 to 9 p.m. SCCC Campus 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 Culinary Arts and SCCC Music 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.

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Students Enrolled in New Academic Programs this Fall

This fall, SCCC began offering five new academic programs: Biology Concentration (part of the Science A.S.), Casino and Gaming Management (A.A.S.), Drama Concentration (part of the Liberal Arts A.A.), Honors Concentration (also part of the Liberal Arts A.A.) and Supply Chain Management (A.A.S.). Students can now choose from more than 45 majors, the most diverse academic array in the College’s history. Along with the new programs, new faculty members have joined the SCCC community. From an executive with Nabisco, to an actor/director looking to expand the boundaries of theater, the faculty within these new programs are sharing their real-world experiences and expertise with their students. Through the new Biology Concentration, students will now be able to transfer seamlessly into four-year institutions as they pursue careers in biological, environmental, and biomedical sciences. Faculty in the Math, Science, Technology and Health Division proposed the new concentration after hearing feedback from students wishing to transfer for bachelor’s degrees. Dr. Brian Hagenbuch, a biologist and new Dean of the Division, sees clear advantages for students enrolled in the new concentration. “The biology concentration at SCCC is well positioned to begin broadly training the next generation of biologists who will expand our knowledge of the natural world and contribute to improving the human condition,” Dr. Hagenbuch said. “Our program is especially geared toward students interested in medical fields, cell and molecular biology, and biotechnology, and we are also working to broaden our curriculum with additional offerings.” Kim Otis, a longtime adjunct in the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism, now Continued on page 4...

al umNEWS [ SCCC Board of Trustees ] Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman Ann Fleming Brown, Vice Chairwoman Michael W. Karl, Treasurer Reneé Bradley, Secretary Raymond R. Gillen Gary E. Hughes Christine Mallozzi Tina Chericoni Versaci Thomas Banbury, Student Trustee [ SCCC President ] Dr. Quintin B. Bullock [ SCCC Foundation Board of Directors ] Michael Wollman, Chair Jeanne Maloy, Chair-Elect Quintin B. Bullock, Secretary Richard Kotlow, Treasurer Michael Tobin, Immediate Past Chair Betty Carol Barlyn Valerie Bleser Margaret K. de Koning Evan Euripidou Diane Smith Faubion Jamison R. Flora Paola Horvath Lynn D. Manning, SPHR Victor Mazzotti Denise Murphy McGraw Emily Miller ’10 Terry Phillips Widjiono (Yono) Purnomo, CEC, CFBE Lois G. Smith-Law, PHR Robert J. Sullivan Tina Chericoni Versaci Christian Wessell ’00 Rachel Zimolka, MP* *In Memoriam [ 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 Nichele M. Darby Executive Secretary I Michelle Mora Assistant to the Development Office Lindsay Peck Coordinator of Development 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 Development Office, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, N.Y. 12305 or call us at (518) 381-1324. Thank you.


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 – the College may be a lot different than the SCCC you remember. Compared to 10 years ago, we have approximately 2,000 more students, as we have surpassed 7,000 students in total. Students and parents are realizing the value and exceptional academic opportunity offered at SCCC. • If you haven’t already, please stop by and see our spectacular new School of Music that finally gives our music students professional, state-of-the-art space worthy of the prestige of the program. • As well, we now have student housing. College Suites at Washington Square built SCCC’s first residential component with a high-quality project that not only helps us deliver the true college experience and expand our recruiting map, but also further integrates us into the Schenectady community. • SCCC continues to identify cutting-edge programs responsive to regional needs. Most recently, SCCC has added programs in Biology, Casino and Gaming Management, Drama, Honors and Supply Chain Management. • Our new location at Center City, across from Proctors, has been a success from its opening two years ago and was expanded last year. The location has become the blueprint for SCCC’s expansion, including a new Albany location to come in January 2014 on the second floor of the Albany County Building at 112 State Street. 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 Development Office at (518) 381-1324 or e-mail to get involved. We look forward to your continued support of our events, programs and mission. Quintin B. Bullock President

A Gift for Culinary Arts

(Left to right) Charmaine Ushkow, Community Relations Manager, Times Union; George R. Hearst III, Publisher, Times Union; Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President; and Dr. David Brough, Dean of the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism, gather outside of one of the College’s culinary labs. The Times Union gave the SCCC Foundation a $20,000 gift toward marketing initiatives for the popular School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism.

New Canal Side Café

Left: Amethyst Stark and Octavia Brangman, Performing Arts: Music majors enjoy the new Canal Side Café.

Left: The taproom in the Hotel Van Curler, 1950s. Above: Student commons, 1970s.

Do you remember the days of coming down the stairs in Elston Hall and waiting in line for a hamburger hot off the grill or a sandwich and munchies in the old student commons off of Washington Avenue? Well, the area that was also once the taproom in the Hotel Van Curler (before the College opened) has come to life as the new Canal Side Café & Convenience Store. The old commons sat dormant since the North Wing addition was completed with a new, expanded food service operator and commons in 1992. Today, it remains a popular place for

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students to grab a bite to eat between classes. Now, students, faculty and visitors can also visit the Canal Side Café, operated by the Faculty Student Association of SCCC Inc., the nonprofit organization that operates the campus book store, food and child care services. The 2,000-squarefoot retail outlet, with 36 seats inside the café, as well as an outdoor patio for additional seating features: specialty coffees, soups and pre-packaged food items. The convenience store features: a Radio Shack wall, Boots beauty products, household items, toiletries and frozen foods.

“I always remember we needed to do a paper in one of the classes on the position you wanted to achieve and how to get there,” writes Angelo Mazzone ’74 on the Generation SUNY alumni blog. “I wanted to be a Director of Food and Beverage for a large hotel. Well, I guess I achieved that goal in another way.” Mazzone, restaurateur, entrepreneur and community leader, is one of the alumni from across the SUNY system featured on the popular series highlighting graduates who achieved interesting and influential careers. Other SCCC alumni sharing their stories with the world are: Joan Dembinski ’09, who enrolled in the award-winning Culinary Arts program after many years in the pharmaceutical industry conducting clinical research, and Paul Riker ’00, a Music grad who is the Audio Systems Developer for the Visualization Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. (See story on page 13). Look for upcoming blogs about George Goldhoff ’83 and Dr. David Rule ’80 at schenectady-county-community-college.

The SCCC Foundation’s Annual Gala will be held November 15, 2013, at Glen Sanders Mansion. Highlighting this year’s event will be a tribute to our own Angelo Mazzone ’74, who will be recognized as our 2013 Distinguished Alumnus. This is one of the region’s premier social gatherings, attracting hundreds of prominent business and community leaders, College trustees and Foundation board members, faculty, staff and alumni. For information, contact the SCCC Foundation at (518) 381-1324 or via e-mail at

Share Your News with AlumNews! Did you complete a degree, get a new job or have some other news to share with the SCCC community? Send it to the Development Office, E-120, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305 or e-mail


New Academic Programs

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an Instructor, sees the new Casino and college setting. “We not only want the Gaming Management degree program as actor training to be strong,” Beller said, a perfect fit with “but I’m also casino operainterested If you’re an entry level employee with a tions already in creating in New York original degree, you’re coming in with far more state and work because initiatives to knowledge and will certainly be considered that’s the expand the way students for advancement as a result of the strong number of become casinos in collaborative foundation in industry specific skills, and the Capital artists as Region and well as service centric philosophy we promote beyond. interpretive at SCCC. “There is artists. The Kim Otis, Instructor so much notion of Casino and Gaming Management potential creative for this new work program to be a huge supplier of qualified is a trend at community colleges and job candidates,” Otis said. “We’re working universities across the country.” toward having these students focus on Beller will share the Margolis Method responsible gaming and have the broad with his students, developed by master picture of hospitality as their foundation.” teacher Kari Margolis, with whom he In their classes, students learn about has worked at the Adaptors Company subjects ranging from the history of in Highland, N.Y. “When the actor is gaming (beginning with the 1700s) trained, then the actor becomes the to gaming regulations and marketing center of the creative process,” he said. the industry. “They are in complete control.” A second-year internship brings them into the field, working at venues including Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun and Turning Stone, among others. Their job prospects after graduating are substantial, Otis said. “Within this field, there are thousands of jobs,” she said. “If you’re an entry level employee with a degree, you’re coming in with far more knowledge and will certainly be considered for advancement as a result of the strong foundation in industry specific skills, and service centric philosophy we promote at SCCC.” Drama, which was a degree program within the Liberal Arts Division for many years, has been reshaped into a concentration that is now part of the Liberal Arts A.A. degree. Instructor Jonathan Beller, a professional actor and director, made his way to SCCC this fall after serving as Creative Director, Director and Producing Artistic Director for a variety of theatre companies across the country. He brings with him the desire to have his students create original work, something he sees as an essential element to advancing theatre in any


Students in the new Honors Concentration are settling into this rigorous academic program as they become part of a learning community within the College. The concentration emphasizes critical, reflective, and applied thinking as students conduct serious interdisciplinary research and undertake either a traditional undergraduate thesis or a significant creative project in their last year, analyze and reflect on their learning processes in their e-portfolios (portable archives of their intellectual work, useful for when they apply for transfer into prestigious baccalaureate programs) and engage in relevant service learning. Also, the SCCC Foundation established scholarships for half tuition for students in the new concentration. Eileen Abrahams, Associate Professor in the Liberal Arts Division, played a major role in developing the concentration and serves as Coordinator of the new program. “I am delighted to see that students have begun to form a cohesive learning community: they take classes and study together, read each other’s blogs, and support each other’s efforts both in and

out of the classroom,” she said. “They have also begun to make connections across disciplines, to see, for instance, how research and writing in History fertilize ideas and methodologies in English, and vice-versa. What a thrilling journey our students are on!” Finally, the Supply Chain Management program taps into the vast inner workings of the movement and supply of goods and services around the world. Breaking down this broad field is Richard Lasek, a new Instructor in the Business, Criminal Justice and Law Division. Every day in his classes, from Global Supply Chain Management and Introduction to Business, to Transportation Management, Lasek shares with his students the skills that made him successful as the Manager of Customer Logistics in the Nabisco Division of Kraft Foods, Project Manager with Sterling Solutions and Director of Finance and Logistics with JGS Recycling. “Attention to detail is critical in this field,” Lasek said. “Through this program, our students will be able to enter the workforce and know how everything is interconnected.” Through a co-op experience during their second year, students will gain hands-on experience with one of the College’s partners, learning how to “move materials or work with upper level employees on management ideas,” Lasek said. All of the new programs were developed through input from those in the business community, students, faculty, administrators and professionals on the College’s Advisory Committees.

Drama Instructor Jonathan Beller leads his students through an acting exercise on the Taylor Auditorium stage.

The Lessons of the Hafenstrasse

Dr. Babette Faehmel’s upcoming book group of squatters in her native Hamburg, might serve as a powerful lesson for her Germany, and her feelings about rebellion students about how a group of “punks” and resistance came full circle. took on the establishment and won, “I’m fascinated by proving that there’s these examples strength in numbers. of folks who Or it could be someraised a red flag thing deeper for this about a perceived author, historian injustice,” she and assistant said. “I think professor in the that even if those Liberal Arts rebellions are Division – an often shut down, affirmation of the struggle itself her fundamental is important. belief that “ordinary At that moment Dr. Babette Faehmel talked to book lovers from all over people can change I realized that things.” the Capital Region during a fall book festival on Jay Street it was through Either way, what began as a nagging question has now morphed into the essence of her second book, tentatively titled As Long As It Takes.

in Schenectady. She was joined by other SCCC authors John Foldy (left), an adjunct faculty member, holding his book The Primal Model of Consciousness, and Marc Renson ’92, owner of Ambition Café and author of Is The Coffee Fresh: Confessions of Drama, Dysfunction and Daily Life At A Downtown Coffeehouse.

The nagging question involves her reaction to the comments from disenchanted students and other young people around the time of the first Occupy Wall Street protest in September 2011. As hundreds of protestors camped out in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, many of them in their 20s, Faehmel spoke with students who had already grown weary with the movement and unapologetic about being “over it.” “I personally was inspired by Occupy Wall Street, because the way I saw it, there were these ordinary young people, who might not have a sophisticated political analysis yet, but who were united by their idealism and concern for social justice,” Dr. Faehmel explained. “And then, I became deeply disturbed because I would hear from students and others that this protest was pointless, naïve, or ‘wouldn’t amount to anything anyhow’ because ‘you can’t fight the powers that be.’” Faehmel’s innate reaction was to challenge these beliefs and to argue that “influencing politics is about more than electoral politics.” But where did her belief stem from? At the same time she was inspired by the Zuccotti Park squatters, Faehmel’s mind began to drift back in time to another

memories of my youth that I felt this way.” And the idea for her second work of non-fiction was born.

She’s now in her second year of research for the book that chronicles a critical series of events in Hamburg, Germany, that unfolded when she was just a teenager. She wants to tell the story of how beginning in 1981 and through 1992, about 100 youth, among them punks, recovering drug addicts, unemployed welfare recipients, and students, refused to leave the eight houses they were squatting in on one of Hamburg’s main roads through a once primarily poor and working-class but increasingly gentrifying neighborhood. What became known as the Hafenstrasse Squat, named for the street in the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg, ignited an interest in her in the dynamics of social movements, and the social effects of gentrification. As the city of Hamburg tried to push the squatters out to make way for privatization and corporate interests, the occupants refused to leave. They argued that housing was a basic human right and that at a time when the government was allowing public housing to deteriorate, they had, through their own labor, preserved the buildings for people who urgently needed a place to live. Five years later, their persistent struggle paid off when between 10,000 and 15,000 Germans from all over

Commencement 2013 • May 23, 2013, at Proctors

• 606 graduates from SCCC earned degrees and certificates • 26 graduates from Delhi earned bachelor’s degree through the SCCC-Delhi partnership

Keynote speaker George Goldhoff ’83, who is now President and CEO of Pure Canadian Gaming, the largest casino operator in Alberta, Canada, presented his tips for success which included: “Remember: life is too hard to be lived alone” and “Help some people along the way.”

Featured student speaker Jacob Davis, an Accounting major, prepared to take the stage at Proctors. This fall Jacob started at the University at Albany to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.

Dr. Quintin Bullock, President, congratulated Syrentha Bryant as she crosses the Proctors stage. Syrentha, a 2009 graduate of SCCC, earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Technology Management from SUNY Delhi during the ceremony.

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Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation is always a joyous event where generous donors meet student scholarship recipients and hear about their goals for the future. At the May 23, 2013, Honors Convocation, approximately 141 scholarships were presented to 113 students from across the spectrum of SCCC’s more than 45 academic programs. Stephanie Zhang (second from right), a Performing Arts: Music major, was among those recipients as she was presented with the Nicholas M. Barbaro Music Scholarship by Catherine Barbaro (far right). The award is named in memory of Nicholas ’03, son of Catherine and Matt Barbaro. Joining them left to right are: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President; Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman, SCCC Board of Trustees; and Michael Wollman, SCCC Foundation Chair.

Giving Doesn’t Always Take Money By Bob Frederick, Director of Career and Employment Services

I have the privilege of hearing the stories, concerns and achievements of those who make SCCC a stopping point along their pursuit of a meaningful life. The stories I hear usually include how someone made a difference in their lives. Their comments refer to professors, advisors, counselors, supervisors, parents, siblings, community members, mentors and the list goes on with a simple underlying principle. Those people who impacted their lives were those who focused on their possibilities rather than on their Bob Frederick (right) chats with Cassandra Lee (Gibson), ’07, mistakes or Food and Beverage Outlet Manager, Igors Serdjuks, Executive misfortunes. Chef, and Jamie Brinkley, ’01 and ’09, Food and Beverage

Nicholas Barbaro Scholarship – A Musical Legacy Continues This past summer would have marked the 32nd birthday of Nick Barbaro, “a bittersweet reminder of what he might have achieved in the decade since his death,” noted his parents Matt and Catherine Barbaro. It’s also the time of year when planning for the annual golf tournament to fund the Nicholas M. Barbaro Music Scholarship at SCCC would have been well underway. The Barbaros have recently relocated to Florida, and reached out via letters to the hundreds of golfers, sponsors and donors asking that they continue to honor Nick’s memory “by supporting this wonderful initiative, even in the absence of a tournament.” That effort has raised more than $1,600 for the scholarship to date. “It has brought us great comfort,” Matt and Catherine wrote, “knowing that Nick’s love of music has continued to serve as a tangible, precious gift to other talented, young musicians and we are always grateful for the kind remembrances of our son.”


Most of the graduates of the Nanoscale Materials Technology program have obtained employment even before they graduated. Some returned to campus to let current Nano students know what to expect when they enter the field. Apollo Marmarinos, Andrew Doucet and Christopher Savage spoke to Assistant Professor Tania Cabrera’s Thin Film Deposition class about their work as Technicians at Global Foundries. All three were hired before they graduated in 2012.

Even in Outlet Supervisor, with the Holiday Inn. They were on campus today’s this fall recruiting students for a variety of positions. technological world, people still need human interaction and personal connections to gain the motivation and insight needed to forge ahead. At this moment, your greatest assets that could be shared with your alma mater are your professional expertise and the connections you have in the workforce. We have a wonderful alumni base, and many have already stepped up to share their expertise in the classroom, attend career events, post jobs and internships through our office and provide career advice over the phone or online to those seeking to prepare themselves for a new career path. With another new group of students and a growing student body, we would appreciate your assistance to expand the following opportunities: • Notification or listing of part-time and full-time jobs throughout the Capital Region and beyond • Development of internships (paid and unpaid) related to our academic programs • Posting of volunteer opportunities and special projects • Invitations to and acknowledgement of professional associations and groups that relate to career paths • Career advisors/mentors for informational interviews, career shadowing or periodic student advice • Guest speakers and case studies for classes and clubs

If you are established in your field and are able to connect us to the options above, please contact me at (518) 381-1368 or e-mail If you are in a career transition yourself, please contact our office at (518) 836-2807 to schedule an appointment by phone or in person.

[ Upcoming Music Events ]

For a complete list of upcoming Music events, please visit

Chamber Music Series Concert featuring Pianist John Kamitsuka

Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.

Master Class with Pianist John Kamitsuka

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 12:00 p.m., School of Music, Room 215. Free.

Ichiyanagi, and Milhaud. The musicians will also join forces with the School of Music Chorus under the direction of Dr. Yiping Wu performing selections from Carmina Burana.

Guitar Ensemble Concert

Monday, December 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Lally Mohawk Room. Free.

Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.

Wind Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Combo Concert

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.

Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble Concert Monday, December 9, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.

Musicians of Ma’alywck Preview, A Blissful Musick

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:20 a.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. 18th century works for guitar, violin and violoncello, featuring compositions of Sor, Danzi, Giuliani and others based on musical themes of Mozart with AnnMarie Barker Schwartz, violin, Sten Isachsen, guitar, and Petia Kassarova, cello. Photo courtesy of Optimum Exposure Photography.

Chamber Series Concert, Percussion and Pianos

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. Percussionists and School of Music faculty Nachiko Maekane and Andy Janack are joined by Series Director Mark Evans and guest pianist Gili Melamed-Lev in a performance featuring music by Debussy, Poulenc,

A Gift Honoring His Mother

Wind Ensemble Concert

Friday, December 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit or call the Public Relations Office at (518) 381-1250.

Joshua Murphy (right) with (left to right) Carmel Patrick, Executive Director of Development, Jean Dillenbeck Murphy, and Dr. Quintin Bullock, President.


oshua Murphy’s mother Jean Dillenbeck Murphy was a nurse for more than 40 years in the Capital Region. To honor her, Josh, a 2000 graduate of SCCC with degrees in Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management, chose to make another donation to the SCCC Foundation. Through his generous $1,000 contribution, the Foundation established the Jean Dillenbeck Murphy Fund. It will provide support to students enrolled in the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program which consists of educating and training low-income individuals to prepare them for occupations in the health care field. The funding will be specifically geared toward helping students with childcare expenses. “Growing up, I saw how hard my mom worked and the dedication she had to helping others,” Josh shared. “Seeing her overcome challenges was tremendously inspiring to me and has had a lasting effect on me.” In August 2013, Josh made the trip to SCCC from his home in Maine for the HPOG graduation ceremony in the Taylor Auditorium. In addition, the Joshua Murphy Scholarship is presented annually at Honors Convocation in May to a full-time returning student in the Culinary Arts or Hotel and Restaurant Management degree programs. For more information on how you can also support HPOG students please contact the SCCC Foundation at (518) 381-1324.


Donor Recognition Luncheon – Friendraising At Its Best More than 120 guests gathered at Mallozzi’s in Rotterdam for the SCCC Foundation’s annual Donor Recognition Luncheon on June 10, 2013.

Steiner, to provide access to education for a student from Linton High School, Mont Pleasant High School or Schenectady High School. The annual scholarship, Chuck noted, continues to be “a source of great pride and inspiration” for him and his family.

It was an opportunity for old friends and acquaintances to mix and mingle and for new members of the SCCC family Another highlight to be introduced. was when Jesse Speaking on behalf W. B. Stewart, this of the College and year’s featured Foundation were scholarship Dr. Quintin B. recipient, shared Bullock, President; his story with the Denise Murphy group. He received McGraw, Chairthe Gail Nolan Mewoman, SCCC morial Scholarship Keynote speakers at this year’s Donor Recognition Board of Trustees; and the New York Michael Wollman, State Federation Luncheon were Jesse Stewart, Carmel Patrick and SCCC Foundation of Home Bureaus, Chuck Steiner. Chair; and Carmel Inc. Scholarship Patrick, Executive in Honor of Betty Director of Development. They expressed S. Igler. Jesse, who is working toward their thanks to donors and acknowledged completion of an Associate of Applied the many significant milestones and Science degree in Computer Networking achievements made possible through Systems and Cyber Security and an charitable contributions. Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration, described the “many Among the featured speakers was Charles obstacles” he has encountered and over“Chuck” Steiner, President and CEO of the come in his young life. “But, as I have Chamber of Schenectady County and a gotten older and hopefully wiser, I have long-standing supporter of and advocate learned that knowledge is the only true for SCCC. In his remarks, Chuck noted power,” he said. a very special birthday gift he’d received from his wife Marcia in 2010. It was, he explained, a scholarship, established in memory of his mother Ethel Harder

After graduating from SCCC, Jesse plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “Anything is possible!” he said.

Top: Among the 120 guests at the 2013 Donor Recognition Luncheon were longtime friends and supporters of SCCC including Jeanne Maloy, Chair-Elect of the SCCC Foundation Board; Betty Barlyn, Foundation Board Member; and Michael Della Rocco III, Chief of the Schenectady Fire Department. Bottom: Enjoying the festivities at the annual Donor Recognition Luncheon were left to right: Michal Wollman, SCCC Foundation Board Chair; Evelyn VanAlstyne and Denise Stewart, grandmother and mother, respectively, of Jesse Stewart, scholarship recipient and keynote speaker; Dr. Quintin Bullock, President; and Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman, SCCC Board of Trustees.

Investing in the Future of Healthcare

Photo: Glenn Davenport


Jessica Keegan, one of more than 560 students who have graduated from SCCC’s Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, speaks during a press conference in March 2013 announcing a partnership between CDPHP and SCCC. CDPHP, a physicianfounded, community-based health plan, pledged $20,000 to the SCCC Foundation to support the HPOG program, which provides educational and employment assistance for low-income students being trained for careers in health care. The announcement was made during an event at SCCC’s Albany HPOG site at 175 Central Ave. Behind Jessica are: Richard Kotlow of UHY Advisors and Treasurer of the Foundation Board; Devon O. Howe, President/CEO of CMP Industries LLC, manufacturer of dental laboratory materials and equipment; Dr. Quintin Bullock, President of SCCC; and Dr. John Bennett, President and CEO of CDPHP, along with HPOG students and instructors.

Food for Thought and All That Jazz

The 22nd Annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz was a delightful affair. More than 250 guests and supporters of the Foundation were dazzled by stellar performances by students in the Jazz Ensemble, part of the nationally-accredited School of Music, and delicious cuisine prepared and served by students in the renowned School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism. Serving as honorary chairpersons this year were Dr. and Mrs. Mark and Terri Little. Dr. Little is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for GE Global Research while Terri is a respected community volunteer who serves on the boards of several local not-for-profit organizations.


With outstanding support from our corporate sponsors (see list below) and honorary committee members, and contributions from enthusiastic bidders on dozens of silent auction items, more than $58,000 was raised in support of SCCC.

Thank You to the Following: 1st National Bank of Scotia Adirondack Trust Company AKW Consulting, Inc. Albany Marriott Anthology Studios BBL Construction Services, LLC BMPC, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory CapitalCare Medical Group Capital District Transportation Authority CDPHP CSArch C.T. Male Associates The Daily Gazette Deily, Mooney & Glastetter, LLP Dimension Fabricators, Inc. Envision Architects First Niagara Bank Friedman, Fisher Associates, P.C. Galesi Group GE Glen Sanders Mansion GLOBALFOUNDRIES KeyBank, N.A. Kingsway Arms Lavelle & Finn, LLP LeChase Construction Services, LLC M/E Engineering, P.C. Marshall & Sterling Upstate, Inc. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP Marvin & Co.

Electrifying Competition

Barbara Bishop Ward, SCCC Foundation Board Special Events Committee Chair, enjoys the Food For Thought and All That Jazz corporate reception with Doug Sayles, (left) and Anthony Ward (right).

Momentive MVP Health Care National Grid NYSUT Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Re4orm Architecture Robert J. McNamara Financial Consultants Stewart’s Shops SuperPower Tech Valley Communications Time Warner Cable Times Union Trustco Bank United Group of Companies, Inc. Watson, Peterson & Company CPAs, PLLC

ohn Eisner, Aviation Science major, uses the Millikan Oil Drop Apparatus during the first Grattidge-Ohnstad Science Competition in April 2013 in the Center for Science and Technology. Eisner and Josh Ryan, also an Aviation Science major, won the competition by correctly calculating the best value of the electric charge of an electron using the equipment named for Dr. Robert A. Millikan, who first made this measurement and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1923. The competition was initiated by Dr. Walter Grattidge (center), a longtime friend of the College and SCCC Foundation who worked at the GE Research and Development Center from 1953 until his retirement in 1985 and was then Vice President and Co-Owner of Sci-Tech. Dr. Ted Mar (right) Associate Professor, facilitated the contest. After winning the $500 prize ($250 for each student), Eisner, who plans to graduate in December 2013 and become a professional pilot, said that the extra financial support was a real boost. “It was unexpected and was awesome to have,” he said. “It definitely helped with paying for the semester.”


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Rev. Dr. Terrence M. O’Neill ’73, Accounting, has retired from the active United Methodist ministry and lives in Duanesburg with his wife of 38 years, Barbara. He is currently refurbishing a home on Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs, restoring a 1963 Corvette and outlining his second murder mystery, a Keegan O’Connor Mystery.


Michael Gracia ’86, Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences, graduated in 1988 from the College of Saint Rose with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and the Army ROTC program. He went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Fordham University’s School of Law in 1993. He is working in law enforcement for the United States Secret Service.


Michael Fansler ’90, Performing Arts: Music, is Director of Band and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, as well as Professor of Music at Western Illinois University. After graduating from SCCC, Mike continued his education at James Madison University, Syracuse University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held teaching positions in Idaho, North Carolina and Tennessee and has conducted in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Holland, and throughout the United States. He has also lectured on the music of Percy Grainger at the Midwest Clinic and received a grant to visit the Grainger Museum in Melbourne to further study Grainger’s music and life. During a sabbatical in 2012, Mike taught and lectured at the Universidade Federale de Bahia, the Colégio Militar de Salvador, and the Universidade Católica de Salvador during a monthlong residency in Brazil. Under his direction, the Western Illinois Wind Ensemble has performed


internationally and been featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference, the College Band Directors National Association’s North Central Conference, and twice at the prestigious Armour Stage in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Townsend Plant ’96, Performing Arts; Music, is returning to the School of Music at Ithaca College in the role of Director of Admissions and as Assistant Dean for Summer and Preparatory Programs. Townsend earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ithaca College. He also earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to his move to Ithaca, Townsend served as Director of Admissions at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University and as Associate Provost at the University at Binghamton. Michele Von Haugg ’98, Performing Arts: Music, is the Director and Founder of Clarinets for Conservation, which brings music education to children in Africa. She currently splits her time between the United States and Tanzania. Christopher Gotzen-Berg ’99, Performing Arts: Music, is Professor of Classical Guitar at Molloy College where he coaches guitar ensembles and the Molloy Guitar Quartet. He has performed throughout New York state including at the Linda Morris Auditorium, First Night Binghamton, the YMCA Boulton Center and the Lake George Music Festival. He has also won an ASCAP award for the compositions on his debut album The Lingering Look (WEPA Records). In addition to his degree from SCCC, Christopher holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Guitar Performance from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and is a NYS Teacher Certified in Music. George Seror III ’99, Music Business and Performing Arts: Music, is a classical

guitarist, as well as an adjunct in the Psychology Department and artist-inresidence (classical guitar performance) in the Music Department at the University of Albany. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology and master’s degree in Psychology from the University at Albany and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Developmental Psychology there. His research focuses on music cognition, memory and attention. He is also a member of, and regular performer with, the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York and the Society of Music Perception and Cognition. George presented his master’s thesis research on pitch perception in consonant and dissonant harmonic intervals at the 2011 Society for Music Perception and Cognition conference.


Paul Riker ’00, Performing Arts: Music, earned his bachelor’s degree in Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2002 and his master’s degree in Composition from Queens College, CUNY in 2005. Paul served on the faculty of Queens College’s Music Department from 2006-2009. He is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation at the CUNY graduate center and is living in Saudi Arabia with his family where he is employed as the Audio Systems Developer for the Visualization Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Paul develops audio software solutions for immersive reality systems with as many as 64 channels of surround sound. He also works with scientists from fields including Genetics and Fluid Dynamics to use sound as a means to reveal important properties of their data. He is an active composer of concert and film music, with recent performances and screenings in New York City, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Vancouver and Switzerland. (See story on page 13.) Jamaica Miles ’02, Business Administration, is Development Coordinator for Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capi-

tal Region. In her role, Jamaica provides integral support for fundraising and donor marketing efforts so that Girls Inc. can continue to provide vital programs and services to “inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.” Jordan White ’03, Performing Arts: Music, has published a jazz ensemble score, Metaphysics, through Imagine Music Publishing, http://stores. Jaime Ortiz ’05, Culinary Arts, is currently the Corporate Executive Chef of Mazzone Hospitality overseeing four restaurants, three banquet facilities, two off-premise catering operations, two seasonal bistros and two corporate dining cafés. He is also an Adjunct at

Alumni Services The following services are offered to SCCC Alumni: Academic Advisement Staff in the Academic Advisement Center work with students who have already completed a degree and are seeking advice on either a second degree or information about what other options exist. This may be information that can be readily given to them or they may be referred to the best possible resource on campus. Contact Person: Michael Mastrella (518) 381-1340 or ADA Transition Services SCCC alumni are always invited to serve on the ADA Advisory Committee. Contact Person: Susanna Fenlon (518) 381-1345 or Career and Employment Services Alumni are invited to all general career expos coordinated by this office. They have free access to the College Central job posting system and access to career appointments. Contact Person: Robert Frederick (518) 381-1365 or The College Store The College Store provides Alumni ID cards ($5 charge), custom clothing/ gifts through website partner which includes a selection of merchandise customizable to alumni and special order books and merchandise. Contact Person: Christopher Henry (518) 377-1606, option 5 or

SCCC teaching food prep courses. Jaime is regularly a featured chef for many television cooking segments, cooking classes, demonstrations and appearances throughout the Capital Region. He was previously recognized as one of the Capital District Business Review’s “40 Under 40,” for outstanding achievements both professionally and in the community. He has been awarded numerous gold medals at American Culinary Federation competitions, including the Culinary Cornucopia and the National Veal Competition. He has also successfully participated in many local fundraising competitions for area non-profit organizations. Jaime was crowned the Capital Region’s “Iron Chef” by the American Cancer Society. Michael Banewicz ’05, Music Business, has accepted a teaching position at the Laurens Central School District in Lauren, N.Y. Laurens is acclaimed for its stellar band program and a new music suite facility.

Financial Aid Financial Aid is available to answer questions for alumni and provide assistance for student loan deferments, forbearance and consolidation assistance. Contact Person: Brian McGarvey (518) 381-1353 or Registrar’s Office This office assists alumni in registering for credit or non-credit courses and providing official transcripts and verifications upon request. Contact Person: Laurie Hempstead (518) 381-1348 or Student Affairs/Student Activities The Office of Student Activities allows alumni to participate in a variety of campus events. Clubs and organizations also invite alumni to participate in their events. Contact Person: Martha Asselin (518) 381-1336 or Feel free to stop by campus and visit any of the resources above.

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Justin Cook ’06, Performing Arts: Music, is currently the Campaign Assistant at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Albany, having formerly served as Student Activities Advisor at SCCC. In addition, he was recently named a recipient of the “30 under 30” distinction by the Knickerbocker Ledger. Daniel Mahoney ’08, Computer Information Systems, has been promoted to Information Technology Specialist II Programmer with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Dane Orr ’09, Music Business, completed a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Production and Design from Berklee School of Music in Boston. His band Sonnymoon has released two albums: Golden Age, Sonnymoon and an EP: 2012. They have shared the stage with The Roots, Shabazz Palaces, Flying Lotus, Teebs, Shigeto, and Gonjasufi.


Melinda Civic ’11, Criminal Justice, graduated with high honors from the College of Saint Rose with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2013. Cheryl White Welch ’12, Chemical Dependency Counseling, graduated from SUNY Albany with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts in 2013. She is employed as Data Manager of six counties with Catholic Charities Albany Diocese, in the New York Disaster Case Management Program. Amanda Jeffes ’12, Paralegal, is a freelance paralegal and owner of ALJ Paralegal Services based in Niskayuna. Marcia Fanti ’12, Business Administration and Liberal Arts, is currently residing in her home country of Brazil. She is a law student at KPMG Business School and is working as a training analyst for the school. Lauren Halligan ’12, Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences, is continuing her studies at The College of


Saint Rose, majoring in communications with a journalism concentration. Lauren is the Features Editor of the student newspaper, The Chronicle, and has reported and written stories for every section of the newspaper, including news, arts, entertainment and sports. She also received the Betty Flood Morrow Women’s Press Club of NYS scholarship, which is awarded annually to students who are residents of New York state and who are or will be enrolled in a college or university located within New York in a communications-related field of study. Matthew Babbitt ’13, Math/Science, was selected to attend the 29th Annual Research Science Institute conference held in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during summer 2012 while he was a student at SCCC. He was among only 50 students from across the country chosen to attend the program for young scholars planning careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kenette Webster ’13, Tourism and Hospitality Management, who was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at SCCC, was invited to participate in the International Scholar Laureate Program in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. During her seven-day trip, Kenette participated in lectures at the University of Melbourne Business School, where she got a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operations of the 3M regional office and enjoyed numerous presentations from leading Australian business pioneers. Nichele Darby ’13, Health Studies Certificate, works as the Executive Secretary in the Development Office at SCCC. She is pursuing an associate’s degree in Human Services at SCCC. Nichele is the founder of a non-profit organization, Divine Intervention, which provides suicide prevention to teenagers and young adults, and empowerment through support groups, counseling, access to local community resources, and information on services. She is part of the Limits to Loyalty panel, a group which travels to various schools and youth programs promoting positivity, anti-bullying, and suicide prevention and teaching children about using their voices to make the right choices. v

[ Retirees ]

Congratulations to the following retirees as they embark on a new chapter in their lives: Sandy Boynton, Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, retired in August 2013 after 23 years teaching theater, literature and English courses. Kathy Hollingsworth, Senior Bookkeeper in the Business Office, retired in June 2013 after 14 years at SCCC. Kathleen Lafreniere retired in July 2013 after 10 years as an Account Clerk in the Accounts Receivable Office. Carolyn Pinn retired in June 2013 after nearly 25 years as Coordinator of Personnel Services/Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Employment Opportunity/ ADA/Title IX/504 Compliance Officer. Judith Prinzo, Assistant Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, retired in August 2013, after six years teaching Spanish courses. Cynthia Taber, Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, retired in August 2013 after 27 years teaching developmental studies courses. Lois Tripp retired in June 2013 after more than 25 years as Director of the SUNY College and Career Counseling Center. Linda Tuller, Principal Account Clerk in Information Technology, retired in August 2013 after 21 years of service to the College. Pam Walsh, Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, retired in August 2013 after 14 years teaching developmental courses.

[ College Friends ]

Jessica Nelson, Children’s Archaeology Program participant, is currently a senior archaeology major at Bryn Mawr College and is in the process of writing a senior thesis on a ceramic assemblage from a Dutch farmstead in Rennsylearwick. She has recently been accepted into the Anthropology Ph.D. program at Brown University.

Alum Creates Sound Designs To Advance Scientific Research

In an undergraduate psychology class, the professor plainly told her students that snow is not “just snow.” It is complex and there are many different types of snow – you just need to open your mind to the different strata that are its essence and you see it differently. That’s kind of how “sound” is for Paul Riker ’00.

A gifted composer and musician, Paul, a graduate of SCCC’s music program, creates and manipulates sound as an important tool for researchers and scientists from around the world. He brings it into a different dimension as he works alongside scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, by creating sonifiications that they then utilize to interpret and share their research and data. So, what is sonification? Paul put it all in understandable terms during an extensive phone interview from his home in Thuwal. It was 8 p.m. - his time and 1 p.m. - SCCC time and his passion for his work as an Audio Systems Developer at the university was crystal clear. “(Sometimes) the data is so complex that the visual domain is too congested or simply not appropriate to display the data our scientists need to display,” he explained. “Just like color could represent the size of seismic activity on a map for example…sounds often accompany visualization.” Here’s an example: A geneticist at King Abdullah is studying the different strains of tuberculosis, comparing genomes to

thing they’re working on is tracking neural activity in models of the brain,” he said. “I might assign an electrical sound to an event and then it’s clear right away to someone that this is a neural activity.”

see how the disease mutates. After meeting with all of the scientists and visualization experts involved, Paul began developing software that creates an auditory alert system that notifies them where certain mutations are occurring so that they can work on them. “This is where creating a good balance of sound with different timbres, registers, ranges and speeds of sounds comes in and you can be creative,” he said. “If (the scientists) are more interested in one event than another, then that will inform my sound design.” His lab is also currently working with those involved in the cutting-edge Blue Brain Project, which started in 2005 with the goal of “reconstructing the brain piece by piece and building a virtual brain in a supercomputer.” His work with the project, funded through École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne technical university in Switzerland, involves assessing brain activity. “One

Aside from work, Paul feeds more of his creative side by composing scores for independent films; his latest work was heard in the short films Nethermead (2012) and Postures (2011). He was also a consultant and programmer for Jamboxx, a hands-free instrument, game controller and artist’s tool for use by the disabled. He continues to compose; his piece Memory Fragments premiered last year at the Crane School of Music’s 125th Anniversary Celebration and his piece Cubicle Revisited was scheduled to be presented in an upcoming music series in San Diego (UCSD) and San Francisco last month. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in Music from Crane, followed by a master’s in Composition from Queens College and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition through CUNY – the Graduate Center. Paul also spends a lot of time with his wife Katie, and their children, Max, age 6, Maggie, age 3, and Liam, age 1. The family has adjusted well since they moved in November 2010 to Saudi Arabia where temperatures range from 80 degrees to over 120 degrees. “We’ve all become used to it and now even in the heat of the summer, we can take it,” Paul said. “And all of the Saudis we’ve met here have been incredibly welcoming and nice.”

Development Office Welcomes Nichele Darby and Lindsay Peck Nichele Darby (top photo) joined the Development Office staff in July 2013 as Executive Secretary. Nichele is an alumna of SCCC, having just completed her Health Studies Certificate in June 2013. She also graduated from SCCC’s Certified Nursing Assistant program in January 2012. Most recently, Nichele has been associated with the Schenectady Public Library and the Visiting Nurses of Schenectady. She previously held sales support and project administration positions for KeyBank, Bank of America and Essilor. She is an active volunteer involved in youth outreach with several community-based organizations in Schenectady.

Lindsay Peck joined the Development Office as the Coordinator of Development. Prior to SCCC, Lindsay served as the Director of Donor Stewardship and Administration for the Duke Club at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and the Director of Annual Giving for the Tiger Club at Towson University in Towson, Md. Lindsay holds a Master of Science in Sport Management from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The College of Saint Rose.



Foundation Board Chair Letter Dear Friends: As you read through the pages of this AlumNews and 2012-2013 Annual Report, it’s almost impossible not to feel the energy and excitement on the SCCC campus and within our local communities. From the joyful sounds of Food for Thought and All that Jazz to the joyful faces of scholarship recipients at Honors Convocation – and everything in between –it’s been an extraordinary year of accomplishments, milestones and success stories. Guided by its mission to raise funds in support of SCCC programs and services, the Foundation Board of Directors takes enormous pride in its efforts to foster new opportunities for donors, sponsors and underwriters to become involved. We are equally proud of the growing list of Annual Donors, a direct reflection of the philanthropic community’s growing willingness to support the Annual Fund and other fundraising efforts on behalf of SCCC. During my seven years of service as a member of the SCCC Foundation Board, and most recently as its Chair, I’ve seen firsthand the generosity of individuals who contribute to our scholarships, the expanding network of businesses that support our special events and the impact of charitable giving on the lives of our students, our College and our communities. With your support, close to $231,000 was awarded in scholarships to students during the 2012-2013 academic year. Our two signature events, the Annual Gala and Food for Thought and All That Jazz generated significant revenue (and rave reviews!) and the matching gift campaign for the Class of 2013 went over the top through the generous support of Joan Dembinski ’10. In addition, the Foundation contributed more than $416,000 in funding for the School of Music’s new recording studio, the purchase of the Steinway grand piano and music scholarships for deserving students. This past year has also seen the launch of a new strategic planning initiative by the SCCC Foundation to identify long-term fundraising goals and the strategies for achieving them. To that end, the Foundation’s mission and vision statements have been redefined and a daylong board retreat was held for this critically important undertaking. More than ever, we need your continued participation and support. I hope you will consider sponsorship of one of our special events or serving on an honorary committee. Buy tickets, contribute to the Annual Fund, support a scholarship or take advantage of one of the many ways for your donation to make a difference at SCCC. On behalf of the SCCC Foundation Board of Directors, I thank each and every one of our donors for your past support and look forward to sharing more good news with you in the months ahead. Sincerely,

2012-2013 Giving Types of Gifts

As of 8/31/13 (unaudited)

Michael Wollman, Chair SCCC Foundation Board of Directors

Annual Scholarship: 22.5%

Support for Student and College Programs: 19%


In-kind Gifts: 20%

Unrestricted Giving: 27% Endowed Scholarships: 11.5%


Thank You! The SCCC Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, businesses, civic and professional organizations, and local foundations for their annual fund and scholarship gifts, their support of our capital projects, as well as their participation in our special events. For the period September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($25,000 - Or More) Catherine Kindl The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. Thomas and Barbara Rider The Schenectady Foundation Women’s Fund of the Capital Region LEGACY SOCIETY ($10,000 - $24,999) Anonymous CDPHP Joan Dembinski ’10 General Electric Foundation Angelo Mazzone ’74 The John D. Picotte Family Foundation Richmor Aviation Cornelius and Janet Robbins Saratoga Casino and Raceway The Smachlo Foundation FOUNDER’S SOCIETY ($5,000 - $9,999) 1st National Bank of Scotia Evelyn M. Currie Galesi Group Walter Grattidge John and Cornelia ’87 Hume John Jones KeyBank Marshall & Sterling Upstate, Inc. New York Propane Gas Association Esther Swanker Times Union The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Inc. Yono’s Bridge to Indonesia – Yono and Donna Purnomo EMERITI ($2,500 - $4,999) Lyle and Betty Carol Barlyn BBL Development Group, LLC Columbia Development Companies Capital District Transportation Authority General Electric Power Systems Golub Corporation/Price Chopper Hon. Karen B. Johnson Ernest L. and Florence L. Judkins Kintz Plastic, Inc. Douglas and Susan Lohnas Lombardi, Walsh, Davenport & Amodeo, PC Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP

Terry and Anne Phillips Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Thaddeus and Sylvia Raushi SCCC Student Government Association Schenectady Hispanic Heritage Committee Stewart’s Shops Tech Valley Communications, Inc. UHY Advisors, Tax & Business Consultants Michael and Stephanie Wollman LAUREATES ($1,000 - $2,499) The Adirondack Trust Company AKW Consulting, Inc. Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Anthology Studio – Evan Euripidou Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation Quintin B. Bullock C.T. Male Associates CapitalCare Medical Group, LLC Capital District YMCA Diana Carter Concentra Confrerie De La Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs CSArch Architecture/Engineering/ Construction Management Michael J. Della Rocco, Jr. Vincent Depasquale ’91 Dimension Fabricators, Inc. Environment One Corporation Fenimore Asset Management, Inc. First New York Federal Credit Union First Niagara Bank Blanche Fischer Friedman Fisher Associates, PC Gilbane Building Company GLOBALFOUNDRIES George Goldhoff ’84 Marion Grimes John and Ellen Hubbard Richard and Kathy Kotlow Christopher Law and Lois Smith-Law LeChase Construction Service Mark and Terri Little M/E Engineering, PC Maple Leaf Childcare Center, Inc. Marvin & Company, PC Victor and Liz Mazzotti Mills Family Fund Mohawk Honda-Haraden Family Momentive Performance Joshua Murphy ‘00

MVP Health Care National Grid Northeastern Fine Jewelry NYSUT Carmel and William Patrick Patrick Tiernan Memorial Fund Re4orm Architecture Charles Richardson Harvey and Margaret Schadler Schenectady County Bar Association Schenectady County Community College Faculty Association Schenectady Job Service Employer Committee Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. Donna ’81 and Charles Slavik Soroptimist International of Schenectady Charles and Marcia Steiner SuperPower Inc. Synthesis, LLP Michael and Betsy Tobin Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans The United Group of Companies, Inc. Hon. Vincent Versaci and Tina Chericoni Versaci Diana Vianna-Brignola Anthony Ward and Barbara Bishop Ward Chester and Susan ’78 Watson Zonta Club of Schenectady Inc. SCHOLARS ($500 - $999) A Place For Jazz, LTD Adirondack Beverages Albany Marriott Wallace and Jane Altes American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Schenectady Branch Gabriel and Diane Basil James ’76 and Mary Lauren Bigley Ann Fleming Brown Gerard and Patricia Buckhout Grayce Susan Burian J. David and Kathleen ’99 Burke Capital Affairs LLC The Daily Gazette Tom and Linnea D’Andrea Deily, Mooney & Glastetter, LLP Envision Architects PC William Faubion and Diane Smith Faubion Mark and Margaret Felthousen Neil and Jane Golub Wallace Graham

Gramercy Communications, LLC Penny Haynes Analine Hicks Home Instead Senior Care – Jim and Roz Hurley James and Paola Horvath Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties Michael Karl and Sharon Roberts-Karl Hon. Margaret (Peggy) King Kingsway Arms Nursing Center Jayme Lahut and Katherine Robinson Bradley and Catherine Lewis The Lunch Bunch Ceil and James Mack Jeanne Maloy Dominick ’83 and Josephine ’81 Massaro Robert McNamara Marilyn Pendergast Dick and Cindy Phillippe Pinnacle Recruiting and Staffing, LLC Yono and Donna Purnomo Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP Eugene and Eleanor Rowland Schenectady County Initiative Program Schenectady Musical Union Local 85-133 Allen and Anna ’84 Slaterpryce Judith Spitz Spoon & Whisk, Inc. Robert and Rosemary Sullivan Cynthia and Thomas Taber Tougher Industries Daniel Van Ort and Jennifer L. Cuilla Van Ort John and Jean Wilkinson James and Carolyn Williams EDUCATORS ($250 - $499) Eileen Abrahams Ed and Martha Asselin Stephen Astmann Richard and Susan Baker Thomas Baker Elmer and Olga Bertsch Raymond and Valerie Bleser Maxine Borom Karen Bradley Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Union #2 David Brough ’81 and Mary ’95 Birbilis-Brough James and Nancy Campone


SCCC FOUNDATION ANNUAL DONORS Suzanne Casazza George Christian Nicholas and Conololo Colangelo Justine Connelly Richard and Carol DeFries Christopher Del Vecchio ’11 Bruno and Ilah DePaoli The Desmond Mary Jane Dike Richard and Ann DiSarro Helen Doin Elizabeth Doin-Thompson Brenda Eckler ’99 Susanna Fenlon Raymond ’73 and Eileen ’07 Fox Friendship Baptist Church Raymond Gillen Girls Inc. Matthew and Melissa Grattan William Harris and Holly Katz John and Lucille ’94 Heid Christopher Henry ’92 Leonard Herman Carla Hernas Ingalls & Associates, LLP Kent and Gillian Johnson Ernest and Gloria Kahn R. Michael and Lois ’11 Keefrider Dan and Georgia Kelly David Kopecki Lois Linster ’89 Ann Marie Lizzi Susan Lombardi Macedonia Baptist Church – Rev. Leonard Comithier, Jr. Edmond Massa Mayor Gary McCarthy ’77 and Caroline Boardman McCarthy Michele McClave Hon. Daniel P. McCoy Denise Murphy McGraw and David McGraw David and Allison Meyers Emily Miller ’10 Michelle C. Mora Don and Sharon Nania Gioia Ottaviano Paperclip Communications Christopher and Alexis Pappas David and Mira Peck Malcolm and Carolyn ’82 Pinn Ted and Angela Potrikus Reel Seafood Company – LeGrande Serras Terry Ross ’71 Sergio and Chandra ’06 Santiago Ralf Schauer Schenectady ARC Schenectady County American Legion Committee Schenectady County Historical Society Michael Gruenthal and Laura Schweitzer Vijayalakshmi Seetharaman’10 and Giridhar Jothiprasad


Renee Shevat Stanley and Jan Smith Anthony and Pamela Strianese Congressman Paul Tonko F. Michael and Lynette Tucker Rowie Taylor - YWCA NorthEastern NY William VanHoesen ’74 Michele Vennard Martin and Kimberly ’85 Williams David Wixted Elizabeth Zipf ASSOCIATES ($100 - $249) Frederick Acunto ’90 Scott Alban Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau American Culinary Federation William Anderson Alan Angelo ’73 Antonucci’s Wholesale Produce, Inc. Betty Apkarian Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management, Inc. John Assini and Carolyn Jones-Assini Louise Basa David Bauer Alan and Andrea Baum BBL Hospitality Susan Beaudoin Big Brothers/Big Sisters David and Marianne Blanchard James Blau Reneé Bradley Daniel and Patricia Bradt Susan Braidwood Eleanor Brown Patricia Buckhout Louis and Judith Buhrmaster Burnt Hills Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Robert Carreau Richard Carrier ’80 Andrew and Heather ’13 Chestnut Harvey and Emily ’90 Childers John and Linda Ciulla Timothy Coakley Laura Conrad Daniela Corvalan Nancy Curran Nicolette Daniels ’95 Janice Deluke ’93 Tina DePaula Patricia DiCarlo Alden Doolittle Susanne Dorr Jennifer Dorsey Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation Raymond DuFour Gerald and Shirley Dunn Thomas and Donna Ehmann James and Ann Eignor

Babette Faehmel Darryl Ferguson First Reformed Church of Schenectady The Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library Patricia Fusco Leonard Gaines Joseph Gallagher Mary Gargano Kent and Maureen Gebert Hope Geisler ’94 Elizabeth Gemmette ’77 Donald and Annette Gentile Melanie Gessinger Ivar and Inger ’79 Giaever Tony and Bernadette Giardina Andrew Greco ’07 The Hanley Foundation Deborah Havens ’08 Paul and Elizabeth Heasley Bernard and Nancy Heller Bruce and Doris Hering Catherine Hesler Andrew and Karen Hess Thelma Hill ’75 Janelle Hooks ’09 Hotel Albany City Center (Albany Hotel TRS, LLC) Norma Hudson David Hughes Roger Hull Whitney Jackson ’10 Laurie Jacobson John Keal Music Company, Inc. Darren Johnson Sharon Jordan John and Mary Kalas Maura Kastberg ’91 Thomas and Dorothy Kelly Edward Knoblauch Don and Shirley Krauter Douglas and Deborah ’72 Kreifels Ray and Anne LaRoche Wright and Bessie Lassiter Les Chateaux De France Laura Lee Linder Diana Lindsay George and Mary Lou Lockyer Logical Net Corporation – Tush Nikollaj Tim and Heather Mabee Helen MacDonald Sally Malik Christine Mallozzi Dorothy Mancusi Rockie Mann ’95 Angelo Marcotullio Andrew Matonak Bernard and Barbara McEvoy Frank and Samantha McShane Joan Meyer John and Judith ’90 Middelkoop Charles and Shirley Milbert Dale Miller Paula Miller ’83

Jean-Remy Monnay Angelicia Morris Georgiana Murray Althea Nelson Westly Nolting and Stacey Civello Northeast Information Systems Northeast Music Incorporated NYS Restaurant Association James and Christine O’Connor Paula Ohlhous ’87 Michael Otoole ’10 Ernest and Julie Pappas G. William and Norah Pattison Jonathan Peace and Theresa Morgante Kurt and Kathy Pelton Lester and Sally Perlee Christopher Peters Jackie Pierce Peter Pink Christine Pollard Constance Pollock Marion Porterfield Dorothea Potochnik C. S. and Angela Prestigiacomo Robert Preville Kathleen Quandt Edwin and Jean Reilly Robert and Helen Ringlee Tiziana Rota ’03 Daniel and Deborah Round James Salengo Assemblyman Angelo and Jennifer Santabarbara SCCC - Spanish Club Douglas Schmid Jane Schramm Helga Schroeter John and Cynthia Seacord Sedelco LLC Judith Seltzer ’92 Susan Senecah Paula Shafer Jared Shaker ’07 Yvonne Sinnamon Leonard and R. Hall Slade Richard Sleasman John Smith ’03 Erik Stegmann Catherine Stevens Stanley and Ellen Strauss William “Mac” Sudduth Edward Summers Christopher ’02 and Rochelle Sweeney Eli and Nancy Taub Richard ’00 and Donna ’92 Tessitore Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk Bruno and Ruth Tolge ’90 George and Katherine Trimarco Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region Lois Tripp Edward Uttberg ’77 Nick and Gail Valentino Daniel Vallely ’76 and Vladia Boniewski ’71

SCCC FOUNDATION ANNUAL DONORS Rocco Verrigni J. Carlos Viana Michael and Mary Wade Ernest and Barbara Walton William and Anne ’92 Wasserstrom Jennifer Wells Christian Wessell ’00 Angela West-Davis ’94 Richard and Margaret Wickerham Frank and Virginia Wicks Robert Woods Dianna Woodward-Clifford ’97 and Robert Clifford George Yager FRIENDS ($1 - $99) Margaret Adamek Marcia Adams Robert Albrecht Anchor Agency David Ashley ’87 Lois Atkinson Victoria Barber ’86 Patricia Barker Laurel Berbach Ruth Bergeron Thomas Blau Cynthia Briggs Michael Brockbank Debora Brown-Johnson Darwin and Eleanor Brudos Karen Bruhn Cesare and Blanche Bucci Lorraine Buckley ’03 Anneke Bull Dona Bulluck James and Judith Burns David and Mary Caluori Ralph and Nancy Caparulo Michael and Sheryl Carnevale Angel Castro Michael and Joan Celentano M. V. K. and Padma Chari James Chastney ’11 Anne Christman Shelia Coleman ’11 Al Congemi Rosemary Contompasis Charlene Cornell Tina Corniello ’95 Cheryl Crane ’13 Paul and Mary ’79 Crimi Darin Crippen and Phuthinee Tiranasar-Crippen Deborah Crosby Gary Cross ’85 Thomas Davenport Lois Davis Jennifer DeAngelo ’03 Helena Decaprio Robin Dejesus ’06 Carol Delamarter James and Sandra De Waal Malefyt Ralph and Carmela DiGiorgio

Takis Dikas ’94 Frances Ditrapano ’10 Dianne and Francis Domoy John and Susan Donahue Mary Dornbush Rocky Downs ’88 Shirlee Dufort ’99 Eric Edlund ’96 Donald Farren Kenneth and Amorette Fichtel Kenneth Fisher Therese Fitzgerald Sheila Foglietta Donna Foley ’71 Leroy and Bernadine ’82 Foley Nehme Frangie Robert and Sylvia ’80 Frieman Judith Fruiterman Margaret Fryling ’95 Robert Fusco John and Virginia Gajewski James Galvin Sarah Gold ’01 Maryann Graybash ’98 Richard Grinnell Matthew Grumo GTECH Claire Hamilton Lynn Harkness Zachary Hasselbarth ’09 Mary Hatfield Edward Heisler Laurie Hempstead Doreen Hennessey Richard Hess ’01 John ’73 and Paula Susan Hoetker Robert and Susan Hoff Joel ’00 and Kathleen Hollingsworth Kristen Holub ’07 Eugene Hood ’86 Charles and Johanna Horowitz Freddy Ingleton Heath Jock ’09 Dawn Jones ’97 Steve Kalow Howard Katz Teresa Kennedy Brian ’83 and Gayle King James and Lynne King Ronald Kingsley Bethann Kissinger ’86 Dennis and Mary Ann Kling Susan Knapik ’02 Paul and Wendy Krebs Elizabeth and Edward ’97 Kurtik Thomas Labelle ’81 Eugene Leary Eileen Lemley Constance Leonard Richard Leveroni Carol Lewis Gary and Kim Mabee Veronica Mattas ’81 Maryann McDermott ’92 Ellen McNett Heather Meaney

Nancy Meyer Meagan Miller ’04 Paul Miller ’98 Antonio Mogro David Moore Kristine Moore ’08 Neil Murray Malinda Myers Kathleen Neff ’08 Jessica Nelson Robert and Constance Nolte Mary Clare O’Connor ’97 William and Maureen O’Connor Jenny Overeynder Nancy Papish G. Jack and Dawn ’73 Parisi Helen Parsons Robert Payne ’85 Darrell Pinckney Christine Pirri Michele Pollard Michelle Ragucci Karyn Raney ’06 Richard and Shirley Ratajak Nancy Rheingold James Richmond Shirley Rivest Victor Rolando Gail Rychlewski David Sampson Sandra Sankowski ’03 Marilyn Sassi SCCC - Restart Club Gordon Schaufelberg E. James and Christine Schermerhorn Patricia Shapiro ’86 Walter Silva Anton and Jane Solomon Donald and Andrea ’85 Stalpinski Rick Stegmann ’99 James and Elizabeth ’05 Sullivan Patricia Sullivan Gerald Swanberg Daniel and Sally Swarts Francis Taormina Randolph Thomas ’79 Louis and Kathryn Tomaino Robert Tomlinson Theodore and Katie Toskaner Debra Trulli-Cassale Karen Vaccaro ’07 John Vanstone ’95 Thomas and Susan ’87 VanWert Mark Vogelgesang ’74 Chuck and Christine Volans Hayden and Joanne Vredenburg David Vrooman Antonia Walsh David and Pamela Walsh Steven ’91 and Amiee ’91 Warfield Barbara Warschawski Carolyn Weatherwax Andrew Wexler Brent and Donna Wheat Jack and Judith White Jeanne Wildgrube

Patrick ’74 and Geraldine Wilkinson Samantha Williams Peter Zalewski ’94 IN HONOR OF MICHAEL MEIDENBAUER James M. Strosberg IN MEMORY OF ARGENTINA STRIANESE Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau IN MEMORY OF SHAYNA PEACHEY Ed and Martha Asselin IN MEMORY OF ROBERT LARSSON Thomas Baker Mary Jo Capps Linda Christman Joan Ipsen IN MEMORY OF NICHOLAS BARBARO ’03 Adirondack Foot Care Joseph and Jody Anson Matthew and Catherine Barbaro Francis and Linda Barry Wayne Beale James and Anne Beard Walter and Wendy Berninger Michael and Eleanor Beson Eric Bieber Joseph and Susan Bierman Kristoffer Blumbergs Kenneth and Natalie Bollerud Norman and Phyllis Bradley Catherine and Kevin Brauer Quintin B. Bullock Kenneth and Judy Byrne David and Mary Campe Timothy Carota Philip Cassale and Debra Trulli-Cassale Mark and Linda Clemente John and Colleen Coletta Thomas and Jane Conway Joseph and Kathleen Culella Daniel D’Amboise and Cynthia Winters-D’Amboise Robert and Arlene Davison Scott and Mary Kay Derby Thomas and Judith Dippert Thomas and Carole Doody Douglas and Gale Elfner Empire Jazz Orchestra Ira Feinberg Mark and Jasmine Fleischer Richard and Adriennne Foederer Matthew and Melissa Grattan Richard and Judith Hineman Robert and Susan Hoff Salvatore and Carol Jordan Joseph and Vera Legnard


SCCC FOUNDATION ANNUAL DONORS Barry and Kathryn Lieberman Thomas Link James and Mary McGuirk Robert and Marcia Meyer Rochelle and Thomas Minnick Wayne and Carol Mizerak Robert and Andrea Morehouse David and Judith Natoli Park Pools Carmel Patrick Michael and AnnMarie Rizzo Laurence and Marilyn Shapiro Robert and Janice Swider Christine Urbano Jennifer L. Ciulla Van Ort John and Jody Van Voris IN MEMORY OF MAUDE H. DUNLAP Helen Koenig IN MEMORY OF MARY REGINA GIOIA Daniel Gioia Lawrence and Mary Ann Gioia Patricia Gioia Robert and Brenda Gioia Theodore and Katie Toskaner IN MEMORY OF FRED VINICK Dale and Joan Brown IN MEMORY OF PATRICK TIERNAN Brian Tiernan IN MEMORY OF PETER HUENING Terry and Anne Phillips IN KIND GIFTS Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau Albany Devils Albany Marriott Albany Symphony Orchestra Ambition Coffee House & Eatery Anthology Studio Jill Baucom Wendy Berninger Barbara Bishop, Interior Design Consultant Valerie A. Bleser Bloom and Bee Portraits Thomas Booze Ann Fleming Brown The Brown School Quintin B. Bullock Caffe Italia Canada Cutlery, Inc. Capital Repertory Theatre The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Classé Catering The College Store Constellation Wines US Crush & Cask Wines & Spirits Davidson Brothers Brewing Company, Inc.


Mark Delos ’85 Joan Dembinski ’10 The Desmond Different Drummer’s Kitchen Helen Doin Alden Doolittle The Edison Club The Egg Elizabeth’s Table Empire Jazz Orchestra Exit 9 Wine and Liquor Warehouse Fairfield Inn, Albany Giardina Fine Art The Glen Sanders Mansion MaryAnn Graybash ’98 The Happy Cappuccino Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center Hoffman Development Corporation Eugene Hood ’86 Howe Caverns, Inc Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta Howard Katz Blanchard Kenney Lynne King The Lamar Companies Lennons Irish Shop David Leon Marvin & Company, PC Mazzone Hospitality Denise Murphy McGraw and David McGraw Emily Miller ’10 The Mop and Bucket Company Diane Nardacci National Baseball Hall of Fame Northeastern Fine Jewelry Nuances of Nature Photography One Beaded Sister The Open Door Bookstore Palace Theater Park-Lane Tobacconist Pennell’s Restaurant Perreca’s Bakery Peter Pan Company 2011 LP Lisa Polsinello The Pottery Place Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Proctor’s Theatre Yono and Donna Purnomo Rumors, Inc. Saratoga and North Creek Railway Saratoga Casino and Raceway Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio Saratoga Performing Arts Center SCCC School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism SCCC Workforce Development Schenectady County Historical Society Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center Lois Smith-Law Rick Stegmann ’99 The Stockade Inn Rochelle Sweeney Sysco Foods

Christopher Tanner ’99 Len Tantillo Bettey Thompson-Doin Times Union TJ’s Flightline Pub Michael Tobin Total Events, LLC Towne TV Townsquare Lifestyle Events Tri-City ValleyCats Upstate Concert Hall Jennifer L. Ciulla Van Ort Tina Chericoni Versaci The Villa Tuscan Grille Chuck Volans Water’s Edge Lighthouse The Wine Bar If your name was misspelled, misplaced or omitted, please accept our apologies and let us know by calling (518) 381-1324.

Why Give?

Making a donation to the SCCC Foundation’s Annual Fund is an easy way to give back to a really great cause. Every gift, large or small, is used to support fundraising initiatives that benefit SCCC students, faculty and facilities. The SCCC Foundation serves as an extraordinary resource for helping to fund campus development projects, providing stewardship of scholarship programs and building important relationships with business and community leaders. The Foundation also serves as an information pipeline, keeping alumni engaged and informed and fostering an appreciation among young students of the importance of charitable giving and the impact it has on their lives. As the now infamous tagline reminds us, “Just do it!” Write a check or pledge your support today at

Foundation Mission Statement: The SCCC Foundation raises funds and provides stewardship of those funds to support and advance the College’s mission. Foundation Vision Statement: The SCCC Foundation identifies and cultivates relationships to generate private and public funding, initiates campaigns to grow opportunities for students, and invests in programs, faculty development, facilities and capital improvements.

SCCC FOUNDATION ANNUAL DONORS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED FOR 2012-2013 A Place for Jazz Scholarship Ameer Ali Memorial Scholarship Ainslee B. and Alice S. Allen Scholarship American Association of University Women (AAUW) Schenectady Branch Scholarship American Legion of Schenectady Award for American History Aviation Science Scholarship Thomas and Patricia Baker Human Services Award Nicholas M. Barbaro Music Scholarship Melvin E. Bartlett, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Betty Carol and Lyle Barlyn Scholarships Bechtel Scholarship Robert Becker Jr. Veteran’s Scholarship Hector Boiardi Scholarships Cassandra Boone Memorial Scholarship Clinton A. Braidwood Memorial Scholarship William G. Broughton Fellowship Program for Excellence Broughton Scholar Awards Prescott A. Brown Memorial Scholarship Brown- O’Connell Tourism Scholarship Grayce Susan Burian Award Capital Living and Rehabilitation Centres Scholarships Robert F. Case Memorial Scholarship Casola Cooks Scholarships Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Scholarship Dr. Erma Ruth Chestnut Scholarship Concentra Healthcare Scholarship Evelyn M. Currie Music Department Scholarship Amadeo Dabul Achievement Awards Michael J. Della Rocco, Jr. and James Wilson Scholarship Michael J. Della Rocco, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Joan R. Dembinski Follow Your Dream Scholarship Dr. Georgetta Dix Scholarship Maude H. Dunlap Scholarship Faculty Association Scholarship Faculty Student Association Scholars Award First New York Scholarship Randall B. Flint Scholarship Friendship Baptist Church Award Simeo J. Gallo Music Scholarship Mary Regina Gioia Scholarship The Give Back Scholarship Gold Key Award (Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa)

The Golub Scholarship Sponsored by Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation George C. Gould Scholarship The Grattidge-Ohnstad Science Competition Freddy Ingleton Scholarship Karen Brown Johnson Scholarship Marion J. Jones Memorial Scholarship Ernest L. and Florence L. Judkins Scholarship Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties Scholarship KeyBank Scholarship Fred and Catherine Kindl Scholarships Kiwanis Club of Schenectady Scholarship Dr. John S. Krempa Memorial Scholarship Rosemary Lanahan Business and Law Club Scholarship Dr. Alexander T. LaRocco Memorial Scholarship Richard W. Lawton, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Harold F. Lewis Scholarship Liberal Arts Honors Concentration Scholarships Sponsored by the SCCC Foundation John B. Loffredo Scholarship Douglas and Susan Lohnas Music Talent Scholarship Lunch Bunch Scholarship Maple Leaf Childcare Center Scholarship Mazzone Hospitality Scholarship Fred and Alice McChesney Memorial Scholarship The McCormick Family Scholarship for Marines Dale Miller Chef’s Professionalism Scholarship Charles Mills and Irene Prazak Memorial Scholarships Mohawk Honda Scholarship Mohawk Valley Kennel Club, Inc. Scholarship Joshua Murphy Scholarship Music Talent Scholarship New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. Scholarship: Human Services New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. Scholarship in Honor of Betty S. Igler New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. Scholarship in Honor of Eleanor Jenks New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. Scholarship: Paralegal New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association Scholarship Gail Nolan Memorial Scholarship The Porter-Robbins Music Scholarship

Prestige Services Scholarship ProStart Scholarship The Dr. T. Lewis Rider Memorial Scholarship Richmor Aviation Scholarship Yvonne Rockstroh Memorial Scholarship Rotary Club of Niskayuna Scholarship Rotary Club of Schenectady Foundation Scholarship Lewis and Gretchen Rubenstein Scholarship Saratoga Casino Award for Excellence SCCC Alumni Scholarship SCCC Foundation Scholar Awards SCCC Restart Club Scholarship SCCC Spanish Club Scholarship SCCC Student Government Association Merit Scholarship SCCC Student Government Association ScholarshipCollege Service SCCC Student Government Association ScholarshipCommunity Service SCCC Student Government Association ScholarshipPresident’s Award SCCC Tutor Networking Club Scholarship Schenectady County Bar Association Scholar Award Schenectady County Legal Aid Society Scholarship – Max and Betty Hershkowitz Award Schenectady Hispanic Heritage Committee Scholarship Schenectady Job Service Employer Committee Scholarships Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Scholarship in Honor of Sharon Jordan LeGrande Serras Scholarship

Skills USA NYS Regional Scholarship Skills USA NYS Scholarship Allen and Anna Slaterpryce Family Scholarship Soroptimist International of Schenectady Scholarship – Beatrice Hocking Award Stuart J. Spitz Disney Scholarship Stuart J. Spitz Memorial Scholarship Ethel Harder Steiner Memorial Scholarship Elbert Stillwaggon Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by the New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA) SUNY Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship Program Sponsored by the SCCC Foundation, Inc. and SUNY SuperPower Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Andrei Rar Tech-Prep Scholarship Thursday Musical Club Scholarship Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans and Gold Star Mothers Scholarship Troy Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Ita S. Wade Scholarship Woman’s Club of Schenectady Scholarship Woman’s Club of Schenectady in Memory of Jessie T. Zoller Scholarship The Women’s Fund of the Capital Region Scholarship Jason D. Woodward Scholarships Yono’s Scholarship (Annual) Yono’s Scholarship (Endowed) Zonta Club of SchenectadyFlorence Kudernatch Memorial Scholarship Scholarships in color are new in 2012-2013.

Thank You From Our Students These excerpts represent just a small sampling of the notes and letters of appreciation sent by students to the many individuals and organizations that have established scholarships at SCCC and continue to fund them year after year. Writes one young mother, “Thank you so much. Your scholarship paid for the babysitter so that I could attend night classes and not miss going to work during the day.”

In the words of a young man, “I will make the most of your gift so that I can make a better life for my family.”

And, “I hope that someday I will be able to help students achieve their goals, just as you have helped me achieve mine.”


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The Lessons of the Hafenstrasse Continued from page 4...

the country protested for the right of these youths to continue living in the Hafenstrasse. Today, the houses they fought for belong to the former squatters. They are collectively owned and managed. For the past two summers, Faehmel has returned to Hamburg to interview some of the former participants and activists (some of whom still live in the Hafenstrasse), and combed through mountains of literature in local archives. “I’m reconstructing the internal politics of the city where I grew up and getting a glimpse behind the scenes,” she said. Some of her research has unraveled the tangled relationships between politicians and business heavyweights. “I’ve discovered just how much the politicians and the real estate developers were in cahoots,” Faehmel explained. They saw the unruly population of the district of St. Pauli primarily as an obstacle to investment and for years the city leaders had tried to drive them out of the inner city and into high rise neighborhoods on the outskirts of town. Whereas her first book, College Women in the Nuclear Age, Cultural Literacy and Female Identity 1940-1960, has been adopted by college professors as a part of their curricula, Faehmel sees As Long As It Takes as more mainstream and accessible for non-academic audiences. Housing is a big reason for this. “Housing today is once again so core to the experience and survival of people,”

she said. “Housing cuts so close to the bone.” She also draws a correlation between the Hafenstrasse of the 1980s and today’s America. “Those who are interested in grassroots politics and might not know all that much about Germany will be able to see parallels between things going on in the U.S. today with our fiscal and economic crisis and what happened in Hamburg.” Today, the Hafenstrasse is still a cooperative housing project, but with a renewed wave of gentrification looming overhead. Faehmel is waiting to see what happens this time, but is eager to tell the story of the people of the Hafenstrasse of the ’80s and early ’90s. “These incredible, dedicated people risked so much for something they believed in,” she said. “In many ways, they are actually very similar to the Black Panther Party in the U.S. But the Panthers never received the same amount of support from so-called mainstream folks as the Hafenstrasse squatters eventually gained. One of the many questions the squat therefore raises in my mind is the role of race in shaping the response to political protest movements.” Faehmel has not found the right press for this book yet, but she expects to finish the manuscript during summer 2014.

Class of 2013 Campaign Goes Over the Top - Twice!

What a great fundraising idea: encourage alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of SCCC to honor the 2013 graduating class by making a donation to the Annual Fund with a targeted goal of $2,013. Taking it to the next level, however, was an even better idea from alumna Joan Dembinski ’10, who offered to match every gift to the Class of 2013 campaign, thereby doubling the amount raised. What makes this year’s effort remarkable was Joan’s generous offer to match both the first and second $2,013 received. During the spring and summer months the pressure was on to engage existing donors and encourage new ones to participate in the hopes of hitting not only the initial $2,013 goal but the second one, as well. The Development Office e-mailed messages to the SCCC family including “reunion year” classes, keeping everyone informed of the campaign’s status and growing levels of support. With a little help from a lot of friends, the Class of 2013 campaign went over the top – not once, but twice – raising more than $10,939 for this year’s Annual Fund. Three cheers for Joan and for everyone who contributed to this year’s Annual Fund. You make the work of the SCCC Foundation possible and in doing so, support fundraising efforts that benefit the entire College community.

Alum News Fall 2013  
Alum News Fall 2013  

Schenectady County Community College's newsletter for alumni and friends. Fall 2013 issue contains the annual report of donors.