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For alumni and friends of Schenectady County Community College

fall 2012

a l u m NEWS

Inside this issue

2 Schenectady Foundation Invests in Students 4 Donors Upbeat About New School of Music

6 Upcoming Music Events

9 Commencement Highlights Keystone Society 10 Class Notes

15 Donor Listing [ Save The Date! ]


22nd Annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz

A Standing Ovation for the New School of Music

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 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 SCCC Music and Culinary Arts students at this annual signature event. Proceeds support students and SCCC’s continued growth and development. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324 for ticket information and reservations.

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The SCCC School of Music officially opened on Sept. 4, 2012, when students began taking classes in the new $3.9 million, 12,600-square-foot, two-story addition to the Begley Building.

Guests enjoy the student lounge and atrium of the new School of Music during the open house on September 29, 2012.

The first floor of the beautiful building houses teaching studios, two specialized music classrooms, faculty offices, and a student lounge. The second floor has a multi-purpose classroom, recital space, teaching studios, and faculty offices and will house a recording studio with a control room. Eight additional practice rooms and a beautiful facade of large windows complete the new building.

The SCCC Foundation hosted a special reception for donors and friends of the College following an Open House on Sept. 29, 2012. Hundreds of community members toured the fabulous new building during the all-day event with students and music faculty on hand to discuss their experiences teaching and learning in the new space. The day culminated in an exhilarating concert featuring the Empire Jazz Orchestra performing music for big band under the direction of Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the School of Music. Faculty members also played to a packed house in the Taylor Auditorium. Lucille Beer, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Billie, classical guitar; Mark Evans, piano; Karen Hosmer, oboe; Nachiko Maekane, percussion; and Brett Wery, clarinet, performed a variety of pieces. More images and stories on the new School of Music on pages 4-6...

al umNEWS [ SCCC Board of Trustees ] Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman Ann Fleming Brown, Vice Chairwoman Michael W. Karl, Treasurer Renee Bradley, Secretary Raymond R. Gillen Gary E. Hughes Christine Mallozzi Tina Chericoni Versaci Thomas Bambury, Student Trustee [ SCCC President ] Dr. Quintin B. Bullock [ SCCC Foundation Board of Directors ] Michael Wollman, Chair Jeanne Maloy, Chair-Elect Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, Secretary Richard Kotlow, Treasurer Michael Tobin, Immediate Past Chair Betty Carol Barlyn Valerie Bleser Evan Euripidou Diane Smith Faubion Paola Horvath Ann Marie Lizzi Ceil S. Mack Victor L. Mazzotti, Esq. Denise Murphy McGraw Emily Miller ’10 Terry Phillips Ted Potrikus Lois G. Smith-Law Tina Chericoni Versaci Barbara Bishop Ward Chris Wessell ’00 Rachel A. Zimolka, MP [ SCCC Communications Staff ] Darren Johnson Assistant Dean, Institutional Planning, Accountability and Advancement Lynn Harkness Information Processing Specialist II Jessica McHugh-Green Graphic Designer Heather Meaney Public Relations/Publications Specialist II [ SCCC Development Staff ] Carmel Patrick Executive Director of Development Michelle Mora Assistant to the Development Office Jennifer Van Ort Coordinator of Development Christine Volans Executive Secretary I AlumNews is published by the SCCC Development Office. The Editor welcomes your comments. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324. Family: If this issue is addressed to your relative who no longer maintains an address at your home, please send a current address to the Schenectady County Community College 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 2000 more students, as we have surpassed 7000 students in total. Increasingly, 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. Both new building projects had ribbon cuttings to start off the Fall 2012 semester and students, faculty, staff and the community have given them rave reviews. • Our new location at Center City, across from Proctors, has been a success from its opening last year, and an expansion is underway. Our 100 for-credit courses there have shown robust enrollment, featuring state-of-the-art technology and an excellent learning environment. 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) 381-1322 or e-mail to get involved. We look forward to your continued support of our events, programs and mission. Quintin B. Bullock President

Schenectady Foundation Invests in Schenectady Students While kids were ticking off the last few days on the calendar before summer vacation in June 2012, members of the Schenectady City School District and SCCC were elated after news reached them that the SCCC Foundation was chosen to receive a substantial gift from The Schenectady Foundation for the Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) program.

l. to r. Carmel Patrick, SCCC Executive Director of Development; Valerie D. Palmieri-Smith, Team Leader for Smart Scholars ECHS, Schenectady High School; Michael Tobin, 2011-2012 Chair of the SCCC Foundation Board; Robert Carreau, Executive Director of The Schenectady Foundation; Dr. Martha Asselin, SCCC Vice President of Student Affairs; and Dr. Quintin Bullock, SCCC President.

Smart Scholars, a partnership between SCCC and the Schenectady City School District, was recognized by The Schenectady Foundation as being worthy of a $100,000 donation to be used primarily to provide tutoring and summer programs for students. The $100K grant from The Schenectady Foundation was one of only 12 to 15 grants awarded per year.

Schenectady Smart Scholars ECHS, which began in 2010, provides programs, workshops, classes and enriching activities to serve economically disadvantaged and minority students who traditionally have not graduated from high school and pursued higher education. Through this innovative program, underrepresented students are able to complete their high school studies at the same time they are earning at least 20 college credit hours.

From Barnaby’s to Spago with Wolfgang Puck

In 1995, Aram Mardigian ’94 was a young chef gazing down on the lights of Los Angeles from the windows of a worldrenowned restaurant, picturesquely set on a hill in West Hollywood. He was 25 years old and working in one of the hottest restaurants in California, Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago, and asking himself one question, “How did I get here, all the way from Latham, New York?” The literal answer is that after graduating from SCCC with a degree in Culinary Arts, Aram packed what he could fit into his 1989 Chevy Blazer and drove crosscountry to make a name for himself in the culinary industry. He had a close friend who lived in a beach town just outside of Los Angeles and during a visit before he graduated from SCCC, he heard the West Coast calling him. His first job was working as a line cook at Schatzi (German for “sweetheart”) on Main, an Austrian beerhaus in Santa Monica owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though he liked the job, he was making connections with employees at Spago, the flagship restaurant opened by Puck and Barbara Lazaroff on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood in 1982. Everyone knew about Spago and Puck, the Austrian-born chef whose restaurant was a hit with celebrities and the gourmet elite, and Aram wanted to be part of the action. “I would knock on the back door of the kitchen once a week, just to get to know people,” Aram explained. “I didn’t have a long résumé. I hadn’t worked in Europe for a number of years, but they saw my persistence and they finally gave me a chance.”

SCCC Foundation’s 21st Annual

Food for Thought and All That Jazz

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 250 guests came together as the SCCC Foundation hosted its 21st annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz celebration and raised more than $55,000 in support of the Foundation’s programs. The event highlighted two of SCCC’s premier academic programs: Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism and Music. The evening featured a concert by the award-winning SCCC Student Jazz Ensemble, followed by gourmet food stations with cuisine prepared and served by students in the Culinary Arts program. The SCCC Foundation is grateful for the support of SCCC President Quintin B. Bullock, the SCCC Foundation Board, the SCCC Board of Trustees, Honorary Chairs Yono, Donna and Dominick Purnomo, corporate sponsors, Honorary Committee members and guests. Mark your calendars for the next fantastic Food for Thought and All That Jazz, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Above: Honorary Chair Chef-Sommelier Dominick Purnomo kicks off the evening’s festivities. Above, inset: Honorable Margaret C. (Peggy) King, Schenectady City Council Member and SCCC Emeritus, and Frank Casler, former SCCC Foundation Board Member, peruse the Silent Auction items.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors! Count Basie Sponsors Mazzone Hospitality Times Union Louis Armstrong Sponsors Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation LeChase Construction Marshall & Sterling Upstate, Inc. Stewart’s Shops Ella Fitzgerald Sponsors 1st National Bank of Scotia BBL Construction Services, LLC CAP COM Federal Credit Union Capital District Transportation Authority CDPHP Daily Gazette Deily, Mooney & Glastetter, LLP EYP Architecture & Engineering First Niagara Galesi Group GE KeyBank Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP M/E Engineering, P.C. National Grid Re4orm Architecture

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Donations to New School of Music Help Program Hit a

Note Diana Vianna Brignola (right) with Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the School of Music, and Christina Garcia, Performing Arts: Music major.


etired elementary school teacher Diana Vianna-Brignola donated $117,000 to equip a new state-of-the-art recording studio in the School of Music. For Vianna-Brignola, who taught in the Schenectady City School District from 1953 to 1991, her sizeable donation is symbolic of her two main passions: learning and the performing arts.

Her love for the performing arts was first ignited in the 1930s and 1940s when students majoring in music, theater and drama at nearby Ithaca College and Cornell University visited her elementary school in Ithaca, N.Y. “I have always loved the performing arts and I’m also an educator,” she said. “Through this donation, I can marry music with education and make a better future for these students.” Vianna-Brignola has been a strong supporter of the Empire Jazz Orchestra (EJO), one of three professional ensembles in residence at SCCC, since its inception in 1992. She and her late husband Dominick enjoyed EJO performances twice a year at SCCC, and her nephew, the late Nick Brignola, a well-known jazz baritone saxophonist, was a featured guest artist with the ensemble. In addition to her son James, who graduated from


SCCC with a degree in Criminal Justice, her grandson Christopher Brignola graduated from the College with a certificate in Music. Specialized equipment will be installed during the 2012-2013 academic year in the new studio, which will be known as “The Vianna-Brignola Recording Studio.” Students will utilize state-of-the-art microphones, computers and mixing software as part of the music recording process. The studio will allow the College to revamp the Music/Business A.A.S. degree program, one of three academic programs within the renowned School of Music, to include a recording and music technology focus. Students will gain hands-on experience in a true recording environment with a post-production studio.

“This wonderful gift will help us to properly equip our magnificent and attractive new Music building, further bolstering one of our signature programs,” said Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, President of SCCC. “Contemporary studios and performance areas with superb acoustics will allow music students hands-on, professional training and further our track record of helping students find jobs in the industry and transfer to top four-year music programs. We are very grateful.” Vianna-Brignola’s donation marked the second step in the fundraising for the Music Addition. In May 2012, the SCCC Foundation made a substantial contribution of $100,000 to equip the new recording studio. “This $100,000 gift to the College represents a cross-section of contributions from individual donors, corporate and business sponsors and annual gifts given in tribute to or in memory of family members, friends and colleagues,” said Michael Tobin, Immediate Past Chair of the SCCC Foundation Board of Directors. Other generous donors have made contributions to the campaign for the School of Music. Neil, Jane and Mona Golub continued their longtime support of the College by donating $50,000 to the School of Music. The Golubs are members of the family that owns and manages Price Chopper Supermarkets, a progressive chain of 130 stores in six states headquartered in

Schenectady and celebrating its 80th anniversary. Neil Golub serves as Executive Chairman of the Board, Jane Golub as Director of In-Store Marketing Programs, and Mona Golub as Vice President of Public Relations and Consumer and Marketing Services. The School of Music

artistic director. While a student at Niskayuna High School and Bowdoin College, she sang and played instruments in a variety of ensembles and pit orchestras for musicals. She expanded into musical direction and production during college, and eventually established Second Wind Productions in 1990, through which she has produced more than 400 concerts in parks and performance halls across the Capital Region. As a point of interest, SCCC’s auditorium served as the rain site

chorus at Scotia Glenville High School. They have enjoyed attending concerts given by the College’s jazz ensembles and choral recitals. “We have always enjoyed these programs,” they said. “We have also been impressed by the quality of music produced by the students.” In addition to their commitment to SCCC, the Phillips are both active in the Rotary Club of Scotia. Terry, a retired engineer from GE, served as district governor, and Anne, who worked as From top: Jane and Neil Golub; Mona Golub; Anne and Terry Phillips Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the SCCC School of Music; Michael Karl, Treasurer of the SCCC Board of Trustees; Christine Mallozzi, SCCC Trustee; Lois Smith-Law, Member of the SCCC Foundation Board of Directors; and Dr. Quintin Bullock, President of SCCC as the SCCC Foundation presented a $100,000 gift for the School of Music.

will now be home to the Neil, Jane and Mona Golub Multi-Purpose and Recital Room. The Golubs are wellknown for their personal involvement in philanthropy having: endowed the Neil and Jane Golub Breast Care & Heart Health Center at Ellis Hospital/Bellevue Campus; established the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference and Be An Ally antiprejudice and anti-bullying programs in the Capital Region; orchestrated the reinvention of The Schenectady Museum as a world-class regional science center now known as “MiSci;” and co-chaired Ellis Hospital’s Health Care System’s Fund Campaign. They have supported numerous major campaigns and causes dedicated to improving quality of life including Proctors, Special Olympics, the Wildwood School, the Schenectady Day Nursery, The Center for Disability Services, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Paul Newman’s Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Annual MDA Telethon and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mona Golub has a rich musical background both as a performer and an

for the inaugural season of her award-winning Central Park Concert Series. She attends concerts at SCCC, especially enjoying the Empire Jazz Orchestra Jazz Masters Series. Mona and her parents are pleased to support future generations of musicians. “SCCC has an excellent music program based right here in our hometown that launches the careers of aspiring musicians,” Mona said. “The opportunity to support their efforts is very meaningful.” Terry and Anne Phillips, longtime supporters of the College and active with the Foundation, donated $25,000. As a result, the Terry and Anne Phillips Choral Rehearsal Room now serves as the main classroom where students in vocal classes learn new vocal techniques and practice daily. Terry was a member of the SCCC Foundation Board from 2005-2011 and began another term this fall. Music has always been an important part of their lives. Terry sang his first solo on the radio in 1945 at the age of four. He has sung bass in the First United Methodist Church choir for 40 years with Anne playing in the bell choir. All three of their children were members of the select

a data analyst with Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, as President. They are also strong supporters of PolioPlus and Rotaract. “Schenectady County Community College, the SCCC Foundation and our renowned School of Music are thrilled by these significant gifts that will enable us to make our music program the best it can be,” said Dr. Bullock. “These gifts will allow our students to continue to produce beautiful music, in a state-ofthe-art recording studio and a state-ofthe-art building.” “These most generous gifts will make it possible for us to even further expand and enhance the educational opportunities in the School of Music,” said Dr. William Meckley, Dean of the School of Music. “Our students will garner real-world type experiences using cutting-edge music technology in a superb facility. We are humbled to have earned the trust of many close friends and supporters who value the quality musical education offered at SCCC and vow to continue to strive for excellence in all we do for our students.” The SCCC Foundation continues to raise funds for the new School of Music with a goal of $350,000 by May 2013. To find out how you can contribute, please call the Development Office at (518) 381-1324.


Ribbon Cutting Marks Debut of New School of Music Students, faculty, staff, trustees, administrators, donors, government officials, community leaders and friends of the College gathered on Sept. 12, 2012, for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new SCCC School of Music. As the sun shone over the new building on a balmy September afternoon, College leaders, music faculty and students spoke about the advantages of more practice rooms, classrooms and storage space for instruments for students in nationallyaccredited music programs. Crews began construction on the new building in September 2011. The project was equally funded by both the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and Schenectady County. Left, l. to r. Robert Krupanich, Samantha Bland, Matt McQuilkin and Horace Michael, music majors, in front of the new $3.9 million building. Below: Dr. Quintin Bullock (center) cuts the ribbon alongside College officials, students and representatives from the city of Schenectady and Schenectady County.

[ Upcoming Music Events ]

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SCCC Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble

Monday, December 3, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free.

SCCC Jazz Ensemble, SCCC Percussion Ensemble and SCCC Jazz Combo Concert

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free.

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 3:00 p.m. Taylor Auditorium General Admission $8, Non-SCCC Students $6, SCCC Students Free

Empire Jazz Orchestra Master Series featuring Claudio Roditi, trumpet

Monday, December 10, 2012, 11:30 a.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Taylor Auditorium General Admission $20, Non-SCCC Students $6, SCCC Students free

SCCC Guitar Ensembles

SCCC School of Music Alumni Concert

SCCC Chamber Ensemble

Monday, December 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free.

SCCC Wind Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium

Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free.

SCCC Jazz Ensemble & SCCC Percussion Ensemble & SCCC Jazz Combo

SCCC Concert featuring Adjunct Michael Meidenbauer, bass trombone

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium

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

SCCC Chorus & Vocal Chamber Ensemble

SCCC Chamber Music Series “Baroque ‘n’ English”

Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium

Monday, February 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium. Free.

SCCC Wind Ensemble

SCCC Concert featuring Guest Artist John Kamistsuka, piano Friday, February 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium

SCCC Concert Brass Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium

SCCC Chamber Music Series Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet Thursday, March 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium


Capital Region Wind Ensemble “Classic Quotes” featuring special guest James Houlik

Friday, May 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Auditorium

Captial Region Wind Ensemble “Barn Dance” Sunday, June 9, 2013, 3:00 p.m. Taylor Auditorium General Admission $8, Non-SCCC Students $6, SCCC Students Free

No Laugh Track Necessary Christy Lee Hughes ’98 is grateful.

During a recent phone interview while she was discussing her work in the independent film Predisposed, in which she played a drug dealer alongside Academy Awardwinner Melissa Leo, Christy paused to describe her surroundings. “I was just driving and looking at the Hollywood sign as I’m talking to you on the phone right now,” the actress and red carpet host said. “I’m staying grateful because I’m living the life I’ve always wanted. I live in Hollywood and it’s 84 degrees right now. I’m not going to complain.” Part of Christy’s life involves being a member of The Groundlings, the legendary improvisation and sketch comedy theatre/school where Saturday Night Live performers, who eventually became household names, cut their comedic teeth. Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Julia Sweeney and Chris Parnell all studied at the West Hollywood school

where Christy has been taking classes since 2010, following a rigorous audition process. Her next upper level course will be the writing lab, focusing on sketch comedy. Making people laugh seems to be in her blood lately. She recently wrapped production on, The Secret Life of a Hollywood Casting Director, a pilot for Rabbit Bandini, actor James Franco’s production company, playing the recurring character Natalie, “a controlling, neurotic star of a show within a show.” She also just finished work on the feature film Geek USA with director Brandon Walz, playing Jane, an energetic high school student. And this summer during the film festival OUTFEST 2012, a sold-out crowd at the Directors Guild on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood saw her in Big Breakin’ as Cali, “a naive but hysterical B Squad dancer.” “Comedy is really my favorite thing,” Christy said. “I love to write sketch comedy and perform improv. It’s really fun.” Behind the victories, which have included her work with Leo, whom she describes as “awesome to work with, inspirational, and a mentor,” is a lot of confidence and faith. “It’s tough,” Christy said. “It’s not easy at all.” During tough auditions and

hosting gigs, she has tapped into the perseverance and determination she had to possess during many years of competitive cheerleading and dancing as a student in the South Colonie School District. “All of those years of cheerleading taught me not to give up,” she said. “Everything molded me to be where I am now.” Christy moved to Los Angeles in 2009 after working for a few years in Manhattan in film, commercials and theater, including playing Belle, the lead role in a physically grueling national touring production of Beauty and the Beast. After earning an A.A.S. degree in paralegal from SCCC in 1998 followed by a B.A. in communications from the University at Albany in 2002, she had a yearning to perform, something she had done in community theater and school productions since the age of 3. Now, in addition to acting, she also interviews celebrities on the red carpet for realTVfilms, which produces programs for social media outlets, as well as for the Bel Air Film Festival and the L.A. Comedy Film Festival. “Hosting is something that just comes naturally to me,” Christy explained. “I feel comfortable and I love learning from people.”

From Barnaby’s to Spago with Wolfgang Puck Continued from page 3... He started as a line cook at Spago where Puck’s early signature dishes included pizzas topped with smoked salmon and caviar, and Sonoma baby lamb with braised greens and rosemary. He worked alongside Puck in the kitchen, preparing dishes for the Governor’s Ball at the Academy Awards, Puck’s exclusive catering gig for Hollywood’s A-List. “Every night he (Puck) was behind the line,” Aram said. “He is right in there with the food. That’s been an inspiration to me over the years, to see that.”

Aram was named Sous Chef at Spago, working there for two years. But more importantly, he impressed Puck and 17 years later, he is still working with him, now as a Partner and Executive Chef at Wolfgang Puck American Grille at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. Before the Grille, he helped open Spago in Chicago, then worked at

Tratoria Del Lupo in Las Vegas, Postrio in the Venetian, also in Las Vegas, and was Executive Chef at Spago in Palo Alto. Though he has worked alongside chefs from all over the world and has been able to showcase his talents in the kitchen, he learned his fundamental skills and work ethic in the kitchen of Barnaby’s, the restaurant his father owned in Albany. “The core values of keeping a kitchen clean and organized - I learned those at my dad’s place,” he said. “Wolfgang noticed my determination and hard work and that’s how I moved up the ladder and got to where I am now.”

He’s been at the Borgata for about five years now, living in New Jersey with his wife Grace, who is also from Latham, and their two children Isabella (8) and Joseph (6). Instead of rubbing elbows with Hollywood actors and the CEO of Yahoo!, he now prepares dishes for players on the

Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants, something this “big Giants fan” appreciates. He has incorporated one of his specialties, charcuterie, the art of making different sausages, into the menu at the Grille. A mouth-watering special for football season this year features chicken sun dried tomato, spicy Italian and spicy lamb chorizo sausage. In addition to charcuterie, Aram’s other specialties are making pastas and risottos. When he reflects on the past 17 years, helping to open some of Puck’s restaurants around the country, Aram said he wouldn’t change anything. “I moved around a lot and it can be intimidating. For example, I didn’t know anybody in Chicago,” he said. “But you have to do it, especially when you’re young. The more you travel around the country, see things and take things in, that all becomes a part of you.” v


Donor Recognition Lunch

On June 6, 2012, the SCCC Foundation celebrated the generosity of its donors at its annual Donor Recognition Luncheon held at Mallozzi’s in Rotterdam. This fun event is one of the many ways that the SCCC Foundation recognizes the community’s generosity. This year’s luncheon, attended by more than 100 people, featured remarks by the Honorable Karen B. Johnson, Above: Student speaker Justin Kondrat donor to the Karen with Dr. Martha Asselin, Vice President of Brown Johnson Student Affairs, and Dr. Penny Haynes, Scholarship, and Justin Kondrat, Vice President of Academic Affairs. recipient of the SUNY Empire State Right: The Honorable Karen B. Johnson Diversity Honors speaks about the creation of the Karen Brown Scholarship and the SCCC Student Johnson Scholarship. Government Association Scholarship President’s Award. Justin described his gratitude for SCCC faculty and staff and the support he received from the Foundation’s scholarship program. Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Justin worked hard to realize his educational and career dreams. As a result of his hard work, he is now attending Cornell University.

SCCC Alumni Heroes

Honors Convocation

The SCCC Foundation was pleased to award over $122,000 in scholarships to 124 students at Honors Convocation in May 2012. This ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of SCCC students and gives scholarship donors a chance to see firsthand the impact their scholarship funds have on our students. You can be a part of next year’s Honors Convocation ceremony by starting a scholarship fund through the SCCC Foundation’s Scholarship Program. Please contact the Development Office at (518) 381-1324 to speak with someone about how you can help the next generation of SCCC alumni. The 2013 Honors Convocation will take place on May 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium.

by Renee Adamany, Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts Who are your heroes? Hero may seem like an old-fashioned term, but I still believe that we all need others to ignite hope, encourage us and most of all to inspire us in the creation of our life stories. My heroes are many SCCC students and alumni. The majority of our students complete their degrees while working and some while raising children. I am in daily awe of their accomplishments. When they graduate, I am filled with tremendous excitement and joy as they proudly “float” across the stage, diploma in hand. I had a reunion with three SCCC graduates and I would like to share their stories about their lives after SCCC. What struck me the most was how excited they were about learning. Janice DeJordy ’10 graduated from the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare in May 2012 with her master’s in Social Work. Janice was a recipient of an undergraduate and graduate Jack Kent


Cooke Foundation scholarship, awarded to a select number of students from across the country. She completed an internship at St. Peters Hospital in the Discharge Planning Unit and at the Albany Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, advocating and supporting patients with critical illnesses and handling grief counseling. While at SCCC, Janice was the President of the Student Volunteer Organization (SVO) and she was the Vice President of the Association for Minority Affairs student club. Janice and her family continue to assist with SVO’s annual Schenectady City Mission dinner. Theresa Schalk Taylor ’11 is currently enrolled at the College of Saint Rose in the Social Work program. Theresa was also a recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. She received a College Service Award from Saint Rose’s Social Work Department for her campus and community service. She was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Honor

Society for Social Work. Theresa was filmed for a documentary for the Shelters of Saratoga, which debuted at their annual gala in March 2012. She recently participated in an internship program in Washington, D.C., working on public policy. Melody Nunez ’11 is in her senior year at the University at Albany in the School of Social Welfare. While at SCCC, Melody was Vice President of the Student Volunteer Organization. Melody’s love of learning was very evident during our dinner reunion. She shared with us how she purchased books that were not required because she so enjoyed learning about new subjects. She attended the Social Work Day at the United Nations in New York City. Melody is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This is only a snapshot of SCCC alumni heroes. I encourage you to continue to support current SCCC students so that they too may fulfill their dreams and the dreams of others.

SCCC Grads Celebrate During Commencement

One culinary arts grad affixed a large plastic chicken wing to his mortarboard (it’s true! – see the photo at: Others in the College’s fire protection technology program wore their firefighter helmets and some wrote “thank you” messages to their families and friends on their mortarboards. One thing they all had in common: they were all proud members of the SCCC Class of 2012, receiving their degrees and certificates during SCCC’s 42nd commencement on May 24, 2012, at Proctors. There were more than 610 candidates for A.A.S., A.S., A.A., and A.O.S. degrees and certificates. During the ceremony, B.B.A. degrees were also awarded to students graduating from SUNY Delhi through the SCCC SUNY Delhi partnership. The ceremony featured remarks by Keynote Speaker Alain E. Kaloyeros, Ph.D., Professor and Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany. Other speakers included students Deryle McCann, President of the SCCC Student Government Association, who graduated with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences and an A.A.S. in Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Emily Miller, SUNY Delhi student, who graduated from SCCC in 2010 and received a B.B.A. degree in Hospitality Management from SUNY Delhi during the SCCC Commencement. “Celebrate the days of success and always prepare for the challenges that meet each of us as we venture through life,” McCann told her fellow graduates. “It is during the times of success that people will know our name, and it is during times of trouble that people will know our character.” She attends the University at Albany, pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work.

Keystone Society

The Keystone Society is the recognition society that honors those alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of SCCC who have named the SCCC Foundation in their estate plans, either through a will, trust, life income plan, or other arrangement. We thank and recognize the following individuals who have made a special commitment to SCCC. We are grateful for their vision, which will enhance the educational opportunities for future SCCC students. Keystone Society members are recognized on the Wall of Honor in the Begley Library lobby, in our Annual Report, and are also guests at our Annual Donor Recognition Luncheon. If you have named the SCCC Foundation in your estate plans, you are considered a member of the Keystone Society. For more information, please contact Carmel Patrick, Executive Director of Development, at (518) 381-1442. • Anonymous (4) • Benita C. Allaire • Dr. Stephen K. Astmann • Helen H. Begley* • Vladia C. Boniewski ’71

Images, clockwise from top. From left, Dr. Quintin Bullock, President; Deryle McCann, SCCC student; Emily Miller, SUNY Delhi student speaker; and Denise Murphy McGraw, Chairwoman of the SCCC Board of Trustees. (Steve Whitney)

• Professor Grayce Susan Burian, SCCC Emeritus

Fire Protection Technology graduates show off their helmets. Left to right are Stephanie Williams, Brian Renaud, Kelly Walker and Ryan Meagher. (Steve Whitney)

• Professor Mary Jane Dike, SCCC Emeritus

Alain Kaloyeros, professor and senior vice president and chief executive officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, delivered a multi-media presentation during his keynote address at the College’s 42nd Commencement on May 24, 2012. Using humorous video clips and photos, he shared his “Golden Rules for Success” including, “Be a team player. Be adaptable. Never share everything you know and stay modest.” (Steve Whitney)

• Al and Anita Haugen

Emily Miller told the graduates to, “Take a minute to stop today, take in the accomplishment that you graduated. Turn off the cell phones, and the computers, and the iPads and realize how far you have come. Time moves so quickly today, and it is easy to move from one thing to the next in seconds, yet the decisions we make or don’t make today will impact tomorrow.” She is the Social Sales Coordinator for Key Hall at Proctors, and a member of the Board of Directors for the SCCC Foundation.

• Charles W. Carl Jr.* • Professor Peter Cousins, SCCC Emeritus*

• Karen* and Walter Grattidge • Dr. Margaret (Peggy) King • Professor Jessica K. Malheiros, SCCC Emeritus, Founding Faculty Member* • Thomas Nelson and Ann Henderson • Thomas L. and Barbara M. Rider • Janet P. Robbins, SCCC Emeritus • Gretchen and Lewis Rubenstein • Donald F. Schenk ’74* • Phyllis E. Gordon Stanton

*In Memoriam


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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.


Andrew S. Berry, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP ’87, Humanities and Social Sciences, lives in Clifton Park with his family. He has joined a group psychology practice and was elected to the National Academies of Practice think tank that meets in Washington D.C. annually to generate ideas and directives for healthcare policy.

Angela West-Davis ’94, Human Services, was selected by the YWCA of Schenectady as a 2012 Woman of Achievement. Mark Molnar ’98, Culinary Arts, was accepted to the Culinary Arts Technical Certificate program at Walters State Community College.

Paula Sementilli Ohlhous ’87, Business Administration, works as the Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees at SCCC. She is the President-Elect of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties and a Board Member of the YWCA.



Richard L. Hess ’01, Business Administration, earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. He is taking graduate courses and has applied to law school.

Jill De Matteo ’90, Criminal Justice, works for the State of New York with duties including code enforcement, fire safety and emergency management. Jill is enrolled in SCCC’s Fire Science certificate program. Charlie Post ’93, Music/Business, is Senior Audio Engineer at Tanglewood during the summer. Charlie records concerts in Seiji Ozawa Hall, provides live sound reinforcement at the Koussevitzky Music Shed and supervises a crew of audio engineering Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. This season he recorded the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performance of Brahms, Schubert and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra tone poem. Portions


of the concert were broadcast on WBGH in Boston, as well as on NPR affiliates throughout the Northeast. After SCCC, he earned a B.S. in Sound Recording Technology and a B.A. in Music Applied (saxophone) from SUNY Fredonia. During the year, he lives in Miami, Fla., recording, producing and editing classical recordings under his company PostProductions Audio. He also works as a freelance audio engineer, mixing shows at concert halls and theaters throughout the greater Miami area.

Debra M. Martin ’00, Teacher Education Transfer, recently celebrated 42 years of marriage to her husband Robert. Debra is a new Avon sales consultant and has reached President’s Club status. She has three children and one granddaughter.

Stacy Marie Grant ’03, Science, graduated from Kent State University with a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in December 2011. She works for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida as a team lead and research chemist. Mark Jason Morris ’03, Math and Science, graduated from Kent State University with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in May 2012. He is currently enjoying life and working at Base Pair Biotechnology in Houston, Texas. Aimee Lang ’05, Criminal Justice, was named one of “40 Under 40” by the Albany Business Review.

Justin Cook ’06, Performing Arts: Music, was named one of “30 Under 30” by the Knickerbocker Ledger. Ariane Miyasaki ’07, Performing Arts: Music and Humanities and Social Sciences, is a composer based in Schenectady and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is chiefly interested in electroacoustic and acousmatic composition, though she has written for a variety of instrumentations. Ariane holds a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Potsdam. She remains active as a flutist, performing regularly with the SCCC Wind Ensemble, the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and in pit orchestras for local musical productions. Read more about her at: Kelly Donnelly ’08, Culinary Arts, is Executive Chef at More Perreca’s in Schenectady. Karen A. Zimmers ’08, Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice, has earned her master’s degree in Legal Studies from Albany Law School and is currently working per diem for area law firms. Jessica Hanus ’09, Business Administration, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2011 and worked as a freelance journalist for two local papers, Rochester City Newspaper and The Democrat and Chronicle. She is now a communications specialist in the public relations department at Xerox. She also teaches and competes in swing dancing. Rachell Nichols ’09, Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology, earned a B.S. in Emergency Management from Empire State College.

Quick Thinking Results in Extraordinary “Save” By Air Traffic Controller Originally the pilot, Janice Peaslee, a Vermont state legislator, was encountering navigation problems as she flew in the Concord Sector frequency, communicating with air traffic controllers at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Nashua, N.H., one of whom was Chris Henchey ’06. But her situation quickly changed as the engine in her Cessna 150 began losing power and she began descending at 700 feet per minute. She was heading from Fitchburg, Mass., to Caledonia, Vt., on Oct. 9, 2011, and soon realized something was terribly wrong. Since Henchey had flown Cessnas while an Aviation Science student at SCCC, later instructing other students on the two-seat aircrafts, he became the principal controller speaking with Peaslee, remaining calm and thinking quickly. Years ago Chris, who also earned a B.S. in Air Traffic Management from Daniel Webster College, had memorized an emergency checklist for just such an incident while flight training with SCCC Associate Professor Barbara Jones. “One thing they teach you in pilot training is that you don’t want to be fumbling around trying to find a checklist in an emergency situation,” Chris said. “You have to memorize it.” So he began running through options with Peaslee to get the engine restarted. “Make sure that your fuel selector is on. Make sure all of your circuit breakers are in and give it one more go. See if you can restart the engine,” Henchey can be heard saying on an audio recording. As Peaslee tried each of these steps to no avail, Henchey was one step ahead of her, thinking about her landing. He told her to start heading toward fields or major highways. She decided to try landing in a field she was flying over at the time. “I guess I’m just a glider,” she said, as Henchey remained collected and began passing along vital information for an unplanned landing. “Make sure as you get closer down, you have your seatbelt on and you pop the doors.” Throughout the call, Henchey kept reminding Peaslee to keep trying to restart the engine. As she prepared to land in a nearby field, she tried the engine one more time at 1,800 feet and her power was completely restored. After she landed safely at Concord Airport in


Yulanda Brandon ’10, Business Administration, has accepted a position as a Wafer Fab8 Technician at GlobalFoundries. Janice Dejordy ’10, Human Services, earned bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare. She is the Director of Resident and Family Services at The Manor at Guilderland Center.

Christopher Henchey (second from right) accepts the Archie League Medal of Safety during the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) awards banquet in Atlanta in February 2012. Next to Chris is Janice Peaslee, the Vermont State Legislator whom he calmly talked through a frightening situation when the engine failed in the Cessna 150 she was piloting. With them are Mike Robicheau (left), NATCA New England Regional Vice President, and Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President (right). New Hampshire and the plane was inspected, it was discovered that a mud wasp’s nest had choked the engine, blocking the air intake valve, and then shifted allowing the valve to function properly again. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) honored Chris and his colleague Ryan Workman with Archie League Medals of Safety for their part in this dramatic situation, during the NATCA’s national awards banquet in Atlanta in February 2012. Chris was one of only 15 air traffic controllers from throughout the country to receive the prestigious award, named for the first air traffic controller, which highlights “saves” and the “ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure.” In this case, Chris said that the training he received at SCCC made all the difference. “All of the flight training I received while at Schenectady came in handy,” he said. “At the awards ceremony I mentioned that I was so grateful to my flight instructors who forced me to memorize that emergency check list.”

Christina Danley ’11, Music Business, has finished a chamber music piece and graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in Music with a minor in History. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in History at the University of Albany. Noney M. Grier ’12, Chemical Dependency Counseling, is enrolled at Empire State College working on a B.S. in Community and Human Services

and has received her CASAC-T. She is employed as a Veteran Vocational Rehab Specialist at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. Ashley Haigh ’12, Humanities and Social Sciences, works at the Times Journal of Schoharie County overseeing classified and legal ads, as well as subscriptions. Continued on page 12...


Testing Explosives Combines Combat Training and Chemistry Expertise Every day when Stacy Grant ’03 goes to work at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, she thinks about how the testing she is conducting will impact soldiers still serving in Iraq and future members of the armed services.

She describes being a Team Leader in the Explosive Properties Laboratory, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, as “definitely not for everybody.” But after learning about her journey through combat areas in the Middle East followed by intensive doctoral programs and research activities in the United States and Japan, it becomes evident why she sums up her career now this way: “I’m perfectly suited for this.” Before new munitions can be utilized by the men and women in the armed services, they need to be tested in very small amounts for a variety of factors including effectiveness and ability to be transported. Stacy, a chemist, studies formulations, surface chemistry and surface interactions of all the components in army explosives to produce munitions that will eventually be used by soldiers in combat situations. “For any new explosive, we make sure it has the right elements in it, looking at composition and particle size,” she said. “By maximizing the interactions of these components, we can put less of the other elements in and more of the explosives into a material.” She insists that what she does is not dangerous. “We wear conductive shoes and it’s a conductive floor,” she explained. “We are testing these materials in such small quantities.” Stacy was a member of the National Guard for six years before being mobilized for two years. She joined the National Guard in order to earn money for college and during her first semester at SCCC she assisted with 9-11 recovery efforts in New York City. While she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Union College, and after being in the National Guard for six years, she was mobilized for two years to Iraq, Fort Drum and Kuwait. She describes her time in Iraq concisely saying, “Everybody sees combat there. We were mortared all the time.”


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Michael Pallozzi ’12, Culinary Arts, was promoted to full-time chef at the historic Carney’s Tavern where he had been working part-time for two years. Michael earned two bronze medals at the 2012 SCCC Spring Classic, an annual culinary competition organized through ACF Capital District-Central New York, the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Brittney Recore ’12, Hotel and Restaurant Management, was accepted into the Disney College Internship Program for 2012–2013.

After her deployment ended and she returned to the United States, Stacy entered SUNY Buffalo, earning her B.S. in Chemistry magna cum laude in 2007 (she earned an A.S. in Science from SCCC in 2003). She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Kent State University (graduating with a 3.95 GPA) in 2011. It was during her post-graduate work that Stacy served as a Research Chemist at the STEM Training Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and then the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan. She began her work as a Research Chemist at Eglin Air Force Base in 2009, while still pursuing her Ph.D. It was there that she felt she had found the right place to share her expertise in physical chemistry and what she had learned during those trying months in Iraq. “I have a Ph.D. I’m a combat veteran. I kind of understand both sides,” she said. Her career could bring opposing viewpoints about her work, war and the use of munitions. Stacy explains her philosophy this way: “What we do helps soldiers,” she said. “We’re always going to have conflicts and we can make them with less collateral damage and that’s a great thing. In all other ways, I’m kind of a hippie. But in this I’m pretty firm. A life without war would require a life without human beings. My life experiences have led me here.”

Katharine Gibson ’12, Business Administration, is attending Emerson College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications. v

[ Retirees ]

The College wishes a long, happy and healthy retirement to the following members of the SCCC community: Vladia C. Boniewski retired in Sept. 2011 as Executive Director of the SCCC Foundation in the Executive Division. Vladia was a member of the first graduating class from SCCC in 1971 and worked at SCCC for more than 30 years. Mary Dornbush, Financial Aid Advisor in the Student Affairs Division, retired in March 2012 after more than 15 years at SCCC. Dr. Ruth L. McEvoy, Professor in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health, retired in May 2012 after 17 years at SCCC. Joanne Romanowski, Information Processing Specialist II in the Admissions Office, part of the Student Affairs Division, retired in March 2012 after 12 years at the College. Anthony M. Sano ’87, Professor in the School of Music, retired in March 2012 after 25 years at SCCC.

Linda Blencoe Remembered Black-eyed Susans, daylilies, spiderwort, lamb’s ear, purple cone flower and hostas. These are just some of the many beautiful flowers and plants that bloom in gardens throughout the Capital Region every year. A fortunate group of gardeners purchased their perennials from Linda Blencoe, an SCCC alumna, who was a master gardener. Linda would invite anyone interested to her home on Crane Hollow Road and then in Palatine Bridge, to tour her gardens, pick out what they liked and have a cup of tea while they enjoyed the explosion of colors from the gardens on the property that she and her husband Bob shared. She gave advice about the tender loving care necessary for these flowers and always was available to answer gardening questions.

Having a true love for SCCC, for several years Linda donated proceeds from the sale of her day lilies and hostas to the SCCC Foundation. Her generosity benefitted SCCC students who received scholarships through the College’s Foundation. In 2006, in an e-mail to development staff, Linda wrote, “I feel very blessed and I do want to bless others. The SCCC Alumni Scholarship funds allow me to do so in a wonderful way. The invisible helper!” Linda, who passed away in December 2011, is remembered for her generosity, green thumb and the warmth she showed to everyone who visited her remarkable gardens.

Linda in her garden.

In 1984, Linda began taking classes at SCCC part time, graduating with high honors in 1991 with an A.A.S. degree in Human Services. Patricia Barker, emeritus, taught Linda in her psychology classes and was her advisor. The two also became close friends. “Linda was so

enthusiastic about learning,” Patricia said. “After graduating, she developed her yard into a showplace for day lilies, in addition to many other intellectual pursuits including being a docent at a local museum.”

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2012-2013 SCCC Foundation Annual Fund

In the months since the last issue of AlumNews, SCCC has experienced many exciting moments. A new class of more than 600 graduated in May 2012 and joined the ranks of proud SCCC alumni. This fall, new and returning students were welcomed into the beautiful new residential living space, College Suites at Washington Square. The campus community celebrated a wonderful addition to the College’s learning space through the opening of the new School of Music. All of these accomplishments increase the visibility of SCCC and enhance the prestige of SCCC alumni. The positive effects of both of these milestones and your good work are felt by the campus community and the community at large. The SCCC Foundation is proud to support the growth of SCCC and proud to support its alumni. Through publications such as this, an enhanced social media presence and the development of alumni events, the Foundation strives to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships with SCCC alumni. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to connect with SCCC through attending an upcoming alumni event or by joining us online. Your support of the Foundation’s Annual Fund makes these alumni connections possible; making a donation today shows your belief in SCCC and the work of the Foundation. The Foundation’s Annual Fund not only supports alumni activities, it also supports the Foundation’s Scholarship program, SCCC faculty and staff professional development activities, and the partnership-building that enhances the community’s support of SCCC. Your 2012-2013 Annual Fund gift ensures that these meaningful benefits will be sustained now and into the future. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!


Foundation Board Chair Letter Dear Friends: My second year as Chair of the SCCC Foundation Board of Directors proved to be an exciting one. The Foundation and the College saw many great initiatives take place and I was proud to be part of the continued growth of our institution. Most notably, the SCCC Foundation was pleased to support the new School of Music. The Foundation’s initial contribution of $100,000 helped leverage additional gifts totaling almost $200,000 and made it possible for the School of Music to equip the recording studio and offer an expanded Music Business program to our students. It is support like this from the community that makes it fulfilling for all of us as Foundation Board members to continue volunteering to serve the Foundation and the College. As we continue to look for opportunities to introduce SCCC to new corporate and individual partners, we are always impressed with the willingness to participate and the excitement with which we are received. On behalf of all Foundation Board Members, thank you to everyone listed in this Annual Report – without your generous support of the Foundation’s scholarship program, events and annual fund, we could not have celebrated the successes we saw in these past 12 months. Your support of the 2011 Annual Gala, the 21st Celebration of Food for Thought and All That Jazz, and the 2011-2012 Annual Fund raised over $211,000 in unrestricted support for the SCCC Foundation, surpassing the prior year by more than $25,000. These gifts support the Foundation’s work to enhance the scholarship program, to connect with and provide opportunities for SCCC alumni, and to leverage expanded restricted donations such as the overwhelming support of the School of Music. As we move through the 2012-2013 academic year, the Foundation Board of Directors looks forward to continuing to develop deeper relationships within our community to grow support for SCCC – the region’s premier community college. On Sept. 1, 2012, I was pleased to welcome Michael Wollman as the new Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. With your support and his dedication to SCCC, the SCCC Foundation will lead us to great new heights. Michael, thank you in advance for your steadfast leadership; and thank you to our great community for your continued generosity to the SCCC Foundation.

Michael Tobin 2011-2012 SCCC Foundation Chair Net Asset Breakdown

Foundation assets as of 8/31/12

Total: $4,348,918 Endowed Scholarships: 35%

Types of Gifts As of 8/31/12

In-kind Gifts: 13%

Unrestricted Giving: 24%

Annual Scholarship: 12%

Unrestricted Operating: 12%


Unendowed Scholarships: 6%

Other Restricted Purposes: 47%

Support for Student and College Programs: 43.5%

Endowed Scholarships: 7.5%


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, 2011 – August 31, 2012 PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($25,000 – Or More)

Lewis and Gretchen Rubenstein

National Grid

C.T. Male Associates

William and Carmel Patrick

Tom and Linnea D’Andrea

George and Joan Gould

Schenectady Hispanic Heritage Committee

Terry and Anne Phillips

Michael Della Rocco, Jr.

Catherine Kindl

Stewart’s Shops

Re4orm Architecture

Dimension Fabricators, Inc.

The Schenectady Foundation

SCCC Student Government Association

Richmor Aviation

William Faubion and Diane Smith Faubion

Diana Vianna-Brignola

Michael and Stephanie Wollman LEGACY SOCIETY ($10,000 - $24,999)

Schenectady County Initiative Program

Raymond ’73 and Eileen ’07 Fox

Schenectady JSEC

Penny Haynes

Charles and Donna ’81 Slavik

Analine Hicks

Christopher Law and Lois Smith-Law

Higgins, Roberts, Beyerl and Coan, P. C.

Soroptimist International of Schenectady

Thelma Hill ’75

Lyle and Betty Carol Barlyn Barnes & Noble College Booksellers

Charles and Marcia Steiner

Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc.

SuperPower Inc.

John C. and Susan K. Hubbard Foundation Inc.

Quintin B. Bullock

Synthesis, LLP

CAP COM Federal Credit Union

The Rotary Club of Schenectady Foundation

Joan Dembinski ’10

LAUREATES ($1,000 - $2,499)

General Electric Foundation

1st National Bank of Scotia

The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.

The Adirondack Trust Company

The John D. Picotte Family Foundation (formally the Equinox – Albany Community Foundation Fund)

AKW Consulting, Inc.

The Smachlo Foundation Women’s Fund of the Capital Region FOUNDER’S SOCIETY ($5,000 - $9,999) BBL Development Group, LLC Columbia Development Companies Galesi Group The Glen Sanders Mansion Marshall & Sterling Upstate, Inc. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP New York Propane Gas Association Esther Swanker

Harvey and Margaret Schadler

Capital Bank Capital Bauer Insurance Agency, Inc. Capital Living and Rehabilitation Centres Mark ’74 and Deborah ’73 Cieslak Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs

Ann Marie Lizzi

Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans

The Lunch Bunch

Trustco Bank Hon. Vincent Versaci and Tina Chericoni Versaci Anthony Ward and Barbara Bishop Ward James and Carolyn Williams

Times Union

First Niagara

EMERITI ($2,500 - $4,999)

Hon. Karen B. Johnson

Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation

Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties


KeyBank Foundation

Capital District Transportation Authority

Richard and Kathy Kotlow

American Association of University Women (AAUW ) Schenectady Branch


Wallace and Jane Altes

The Gazette Newspapers

LeChase Construction Service

James and Cynthia ’98 Amell

General Electric Power Systems

Lockheed Martin Corporation Foundation

Ed and Martha Asselin

Lombardi, Walsh, Wakeman, Harrison, Amodeo & Davenport, PC

Ann Fleming Brown

Ernest L. and Florence L. Judkins KeyBank Douglas and Susan Lohnas Mohawk Honda-Haraden Family MVP Health Care NBT Bank Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation Yono and Donna Purnomo

Blanche Fischer John Jones

M&T Bank M/E Engineering, PC Maple Leaf Childcare Center, Inc. Mills Family Fund

Hon. Margaret King

Michael and Betsy Tobin

Deily, Mooney & Glastetter, LLP

Fenimore Asset Management, Inc.

Michael Karl and Sharon Roberts-Karl Kingsway Arms Nursing Center

United Group of Companies, Inc.

EYP, Inc.

James and Paola Horvath

The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Inc.

CSArch Vincent Depasquale ’91

Wallace and Adeline Graham

Zonta Club of Schenectady, Inc. SCHOLARS ($500 - $999) A Place For Jazz, LTD

Robert J. and Linda E. ’91* Blencoe Grayce Susan Burian Capital Affairs, LLC CapitalCare Medical Group, LLC. Frank and Susan Casler

Lavelle & Finn, LLP

James and Ceil Mack Matthew Mazzone William and Dreama Meckley Joshua Murphy ’00 David McGraw and Denise Murphy McGraw New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association Marilyn Pendergast Malcolm and Carolyn ’82 Pinn Ted and Angela Potrikus Prestige Services, Inc. Eugene and Eleanor Rowland Robert Ruggeri and Mary Thackeray SCCC - Spanish Club Schenectady Musical Union Local 85-133 Judith Spitz Congressman Paul Tonko Turner Construction Company Daniel Van Ort and Jennifer Ciulla Van Ort Martin and Kimberly ’85 Williams Elizabeth Zipf

Gloria Casola Concentra



Daria Mallin

The Family of Melvin Bartlett

Greno Industries Inc.

Christine Mallozzi

Alan and Andrea Baum

Albany Marriott

Jeanne Maloy

Ann Bish

Michael Gruenthal and Laura Schweitzer

Adirondack Beverages

Marvin & Company, PC

Domenica Bonacquist

Eileen Guarino

William Anderson

Edmond Massa

Maxine Borom

Eileen Handelman

Antonucci’s Wholesale Produce, Inc.

Dominick ’83 and Josephine ’81 Massaro

Richard and Sharon Bowles

Thomas Hanley

Stephen Astmann

Steve Boxley

Suzanne Hartz

Gabriel and Diane Basil

Carlton Maye

J. Michael Boxley

Laurie Hempstead

Olga and Elmer Bertsch

R. Bruce and Barbara McBride

Renee Bradley

Catherine Hesler

James ’76 and Mary Lauren Bigley

Dean ’85 and Karen Morris

Susan Braidwood

David Hughes

Raymond and Valerie Bleser

Golub Family Foundation, Inc. Dan Nicolaescu

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Union #2

Roger Hull

Daniel Vallely ’76 and Vladia Boniewski ’71


John and Deborah Bruno

Kent Johnson and Gillian Thomson

J. David and Kathleen ’99 Burke

Northeast Information Systems

Buffalo Hotel Supply Company

Hugh Johnson

Canada Cutlery, Inc.

Dick and Cindy Phillippe

Louis and Judith Buhrmaster

Barbara Jones

The Chazen Companies

John and Heather Quaintance

Capital District YMCA

Sharon Jordan

Timothy Coakley

Cornelius and Janet Robbins

Michael and Sheryl Carnevale

Ernest and Gloria Kahn

Community Development Resources, LLC

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP

Michael J. Castellana

Thomas and Dorothy Kelly

Richard Ruzzo

Paul Cerone ’92

Douglas and Deborah ’72 Kreifels

Scott Sauer

Harvey and Emily ’90 Childers

SCCC - The Hospitality Club

Eunice Chouffi

Kenneth Laid and Jeannette Oppedisano

Schenectady County American Legion Committee

John and Linda Ciulla

James Larkin ’91

Christopher Del Vecchio ’11

Schenectady County Disabled Veterans, Inc.

Arend van der Veen and Hon. Christine Clark

Mary Ann LaRocco

The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center Mary Jane Dike

James and Mary Beth Collins

Robert and Mary Liebers

Cora Schroeter

Richard and Ann DiSarro

Randolph and Sheryl Collins

Lois Linster ’89

John and Mary Ann Sheehy

Joseph and Janet Dragone

Reverend Leonard Comithier

Steve Lobel

Stanley and Ellen Strauss

John Ebersole and Constance Cramer

Justine Connelly

George and Mary Lou Lockyer

Stan and Jan Smith

David Cooper ’96

Susan Lyons

Robert and Rosemary Sullivan

Joseph and Andrea ’72 Coppola

Dorothy Mancusi

Tech Valley Communications Inc.

Daniela Corvalan

Andrew J. Matonak

Assemblyman James Tedisco Toshiba Business Solutions - NY

Darin Crippen and Phuthinee Tiranasar-Crippen

Gary McCarthy ’77 and Caroline Boardman McCarthy

F. Michael and Lynette Tucker

Herbert and Nettie Crossman

McCary & Huff, LLP

UHY Advisors, Tax & Business Consultants

Jonathan Czubryt ’08

James McGarvey

Nicolette Daniels ’95

Robert McNamara

William Harris and Holly Katz

United Way of Greater Capital Region

Bruno and Ilah DePaoli

Emily Miller ’10

John and Lucille ’94 Heid

William Van Hoesen ’74

Vincent Dinallo

Antonio and Patricia ’83 Mogro-Campero

Bernard and Nancy Heller

Patricia Vitale Christian Wessell ’00

Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation

Michelle C. Mora

Christopher Henry ’92 Eugene Hood ’86

Richard and Margie Wickerham

Maude H. Dunlap

Richard Nacy

Gary and Susan Hughes

John and Jean Wilkinson

Envision Architects PC

James Jamieson

Edward Wildzunas and Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas

SCCC Faculty Student Association

Naugatuck Valley Food Distributors, Inc.

Hon. Stephen Ferradino

Hon. Thomas and Mary Beth Nolan

Bradley Fisher

Don Marsh and Karen Nowak Marsh

Richard ’98 and Cheryl Fitzpatrick

Gioia Ottaviano

Dean and Shannon Foster

Deneen Palmateer

Margaret Fryling ’95

Regina Dix Parsons

Leonard Gaines

Carl and Joann Paulsen

Hope Geisler ’94

Kurt and Kathy Pelton

Ivar and Inger ’79 Giaever

Hon. Leesa Perazzo

Raymond Gillen

Sandi Petronis ’83

Walter and Patricia Godlewski

Edward and Donna Pfeifer

Jim and Peggy Connolly Lawrence and Karen DeAngelus Richard and Carol DeFries

Brenda K. Eckler ’99 Mark and Margaret Felthousen Friendship Baptist Church Mona Golub and Marie DeBrocky Neil and Jane Golub Matthew and Melissa Grattan Roger and Sherley Hannay

R. Michael and Lois ’11 Keefrider, Jr. Dan and Georgia Kelly Wynn and Torrie Kintz Jayme Lahut and Katherine Robinson

Assemblyman George Amedore, Jr.

Ray and Anne LaRoche

Anne Strianese Communications, LLC

Catherine and Bradley Lewis

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management, Inc.

Living Resources Christopher and Susan Lombardi William and Joan Mack


ASSOCIATES ($100 - $249)

Lois Atkinson Thomas Baker Victoria Barber ’86

Andrew and Karen DiPalma

Freddy Ingleton

Eugene Leary

Malinda Myers


Amy Goldfarb

Peter Pedone ’81

Dorothea Potochnik

Brian and Debra Gordon

Peter Pink

Chip and Angela Prestigiacomo

Eileen Abrahams

Maryann Graybash ’98

Shannon Popp

Steven ’85 and Gail Prout

Fred Acunto

CJ Greenwood ’11

Paul ’12 and Lois Pownall

Harold Qualters

Margaret Adamek

Bernard and Christine Grossman

Evelyn Prodafikas ’12

James and Jenny Quirk

Robert Albrecht

Cynthia Hamilton

Kathleen Quandt

Thaddeus and Sylvia Raushi

Eileen Alessandrini

William Hanrahan ’03

Richard and Shirley Ratajak

Pamela Rew ’03

Patricia Barker

Lynn Harkness

Steve Rudolph

Thomas and Barbara Rider

Susan Beaudoin

Eleanor Hartigan

Kathleen Ryan ’89

Andres Rivera

Bertha Berman

Deborah Havens ’08

David Sampson

Shirley Rivest

Judy Bizier ’88

Richard and Ellen ’98 Heekin

Edward and Patricia ’86 Shapiro

Terry Ross ’71

Heidi Borofsky ’06

Timothy and Annette Heilman

Agnes Shear

Tiziana Rota ’03

Paul Boyarin ’74

Doreen Hennessey

Wesley and Linda Smith

Daniel and Deborah Round

Frances Brehm

Sara Hill

Theresa Smith ’84

Fardin Sanai

David Brough ’81

John ’73 and Paula Susan Hoetker

Hon. Angelo and Jennifer Santabarbara

Paul and Margaret Bryant

Robert Holt

Anton Solomon and Jane Meader Nye

Cesare and Blanche Bucci

Charles and Johanna Horowitz

Donald and Andrea ’85 Stalpinski

SCCC - Restart Club

Gerard and Patricia Buckhout

Innis Arden Golf Club

Heidi Stone

SCCC Faculty Association

Dona Bulluck

Peter G.* and Joan W. Ipsen

James and Elizabeth ’05 Sullivan

SCCC - Aviation Club

James and Judith Burns

Wa’Kena Jackson

Theodore and Katie Toskaner

The Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

Eleanore Campbell

John and Mary Kalas

Terry Treis ’86

Ralph and Nancy Caparulo

Mollie Kavanagh

Andrew and Justina ’05 Treventi

Jane Schramm

Capparullo Designs Stephen Casey ’73

K. Scott Kilbourn ’97 and Diane Bengtson Kilbour

Lois Tripp

Helga Schroeter Vernon and June Scoville

James and Lynne King

John ’86 and Veronica Tyrrell

Judith Seltzer ’92

Philip Cassale and Debra Trulli-Cassale

Dennis and Mary Ann Kling

D. Kirby and Martha Van Vleet

Robert Sgarlata

Lawrence Cline

Edward ’97 and Elizabeth Kurtik

Thomas ’87 and Susan Van Wert

Yvonne Sinnamon

Karen Conger ’01

Rita LaBelle

Charles VanWie

Leonard and R. Hall Slade

Anneliese Conley

Susan Lachut

Eugene and Nancy ’80 Vermilyea

Richard and Theresa Sleasman

David Coplon and Ellen Blake

Gary ’89 and Maura Lanoue

Harry Vitas ’81

John Smith ’03

Charlene Cornell

William Lawrence

Chuck and Christine Volans

Marilyn Stapleton

Dominick Cortella ’80

Kathleen LeForestier

Michael and Mary Wade

Rick Stegmann ’99

Gary Cross ’85

Frances Loeffler

Carol Wade Gordon ’93

Sunmark Federal Credit Union

John D’Adamo

Helen MacDonald

David and Pamela Walsh

Bohdan and Martha Szuminskyj

Thomas Davenport

Amy Machold ’08

Steven and Amiee ’91 Warfield

Eli Taub and Nancy Bell

Kito Delgado

Norman R. and Joann Maender

Angela West-Davis ’94

Rowie Taylor

Aubrie DiGiacomo ’99

Kelsey Marcellino ’11

Brent and Donna Wheat

Richard ’00 and Donna ’92 Tessitore

Takis Dikas ’94

Veronica Mattas ’81

Mary White

Sarah Timm

Anargyros Dikas ’96

Charlotte McAllister

Paul and Patricia Whitley

Bruno and Ruth ’90 Tolge

Francis and Dianne Domoy

Heather Meaney

Margaret Williams

Nick and Gail Valentino

John and Susan Donahue

Donald Messore

Dawn Winkler

Angela Vannucci

Mary Dornbush

John and Judith ’90 Middelkoop

J. Richard and Ann Wyles

Arturo Vasquez

Frank and Patricia Duci

Paula Miller ’83

Paula Young ’87

Michele Vennard

Angela Dugan

Regina Mintzer

J. Carlos Viana

Eric Edlund ’96

David Moore

Ernest and Barbara Walton

Douglas and Joan Erickson

Don and Sharon Nania


William and Anne ’92 Wasserstrom

Kenneth and Amorette Fichtel

Kathleen Neff ’08

Joseph L. and Jody Anson

Chet and Susan ’78 Watson

Therese Fitzgerald

Robert and Constance Nolte

Thomas E. Ayers

Sharon Wesley

Michael Flannery ’77

Aaron Nooney

Matthew and Catherine Barbaro

Gail Wilson-Giarratano

Bonnie Foley

Harriet Ohmart ’88

Michael W. and Eleanor Beson

Rachel Zimolka

Sharon Fullard-Myers

Mary Oliver

Eric D. Bieber

Todd Garofano

Debbie Palmatier ’71

Kevin and Catherine A. Brauer

Robert and Brenda Gioia

Valerie Palmieri-Smith

Quintin B. Bullock

Constance Pollock

Patricia Gioia

Sandra Troiano

Leo and Susan M. Butera




Crush & Cask

Carmel Patrick

Timothy P. and Tracy Conley

Gabriel J. and Diane Basil

Del’s Wine and Liquor

Peddler’s Bar and Bistro

Thomas G. and Jane Conway

Sara B. Johnson

Plaza Linen Services

Joseph and Kathleen Culella

Angus and Holly Macaulay

The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center

Thomas L. Czerwinski

Janis Z. Maeder

Different Drummer Kitchen

Barbara Porter, Independent Director with the Pampered Chef

Daniel D’Amboise and Cynthia Winters-DAmboise

Robert L. Montgomery and Mary Todd

Downtown Designs

The Pottery Place

DZ Restaurants


Andrew P. and Karen DiPalma

Gilbert D. and Carol Neild

Edison Club

Yono, Donna & Dominick Purnomo

Thomas L. and Carole Doody

Phyllis A. Olin

The Egg

The Reel Seafood Company

Christopher and Kristen Douglas

Marcus A. and Julie Sandleman

Ellms Family Farms

SCCC College Store

Erik C. Edson

S. Sonjia Smith

Empire Jazz Orchestra

Frank and Michele Fazio

The Holly Consort

Exit 9 Wine and Liquor Warehouse

SCCC Office of Workforce Development

Ira Feinberg

Lloyd and Virginia W. Wells

Experience & Creative Design, Ltd.

Andrew W. Fetsko

Karl Zipf, Jr.

Mark and Jasmine Fleischer

Elizabeth Zipf

Fairfield Inn – Albany East Greenbush


Sean Gnat

Diane Smith Faubion

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

Michael G. Gutchell


Felthousen’s Florist

Saratoga Festivals, LLC

Robert J. and Susan Hoff

Donald and Elizabeth F. Arnold

Five Star Frame & Art Shops

The Saratoga Hilton

Richard Jung

Eleanor M. Campbell

Leonard Gaines

Thomas J. Link

Susan I. Lachut

Elizabeth V. Gemmette ’77

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Inc.

Benjamin Masaitis

Beatrice Otty

Gershon’s Deli

Theo Mayak

Mary E. Printsky

James G. and Mary McGuirk

Schenectady County Home Bureau

The Glenville Queen Family Restaurant

Robert O. and Andrea Morehouse

Agnes M. Shear

Carmel Patrick David B. Rushman


Mark L. Seth

G. Jack and Dawn M. Parisi

Michael and Annmarie Rizzo

Green Mountain Coffee The Happy Cappuccino Hawk Hill Studios Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center Hoffman’s Car Wash Howe Caverns, Inc.

Peter A. Sparagna

Todd Schworm Shapes & Colours, An Aveda Concept and Complete Day Spa Spare Time Bowling The Stockade Inn Sunmark Federal Credit Union TJ’s Flightline Pub Time Warner Cable Michael A. Tobin Tri-City ValleyCats

Robert J. and Janice Swider


Holly Katz

Angela M. Urbano

16 Handles

Lynne King

John and Jody Van Voris

Albany Devils

Knitiana-Custom Fiber Art for You

James and Anne Beard

Albany Marriott

Lamar Advertising Company

Wayne D. and Carol Mizerak

Albany Symphony Orchestra

Madison Handbags

Ambition Coffee House and Eatery

Make It Fit, LLC

Antonucci’s Wholesale Produce & Seafood, Inc.


Keith and Patricia Barney

Marvin & Company, PC

Barbara Bishop Interior Consultant

Mayfair Jewelers



Mazzone Hospitality

Boscia’s Liquor Discount House

Metro Spa and Salon

Ed and Martha J. Asselin

Bowtie Cinemas

Emily L. Miller ’10

The Brown School

Mohawk River Golf Club


Quintin B. Bullock

Diane Nardacci

Daniel and Kelly Ann Gioia

Capital Affairs, LLC

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Gerard A. and Marjorie Gioia

Capital Repertory Theatre

Lawrence J. and Mary Ann Gioia

Joseph Carr

James Naughter - A&A Gemological Labs

Patricia Gioia

Roger Chericoni

Niskayuna Wines & Liquors

KeyBank Foundation

The Children’s Museum of Saratoga

Northeastern Fine Jewelry


Clinton’s Ditch

Northwestern Mutual

Lockheed Martin Corporation Foundation

Compliments to the Chef

One Beaded Sister

Wesley F. and Linda Smith

County Waste

The Palace Theater

Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Lake Placid

The Party Warehouse

IN MEMORY OF LINDA BLENCOE Daniel Vallely ’76 and Vladia Boniewski ’71


SCCC School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department

Marrello Restaurants

Park-Lane Tobacconist

Times Union Trumpet Hill Yarns and Accents/ Robena DeMatteo Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge William O. Van Hoesen ’74 Jennifer L. Ciulla Van Ort Tina Chericoni Versaci The Villa Tuscan Grille Vicarious Visions Chuck Volans Wade Tours The Walt Disney Company Rodger Wyland *Deceased MATCHING GIFT COMPANIES General Electric Foundation

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED FOR 2011-2012 A Place for Jazz Scholarship Ameer Ali Memorial Scholarship

SCCC FOUNDATION ANNUAL DONORS Ainslee B. and Alice S. Allen Scholarship

Randall B. Flint Scholarship

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Schenectady Branch Scholarship

Simeo J. Gallo Music Scholarship

American Legion of Schenectady Award for American History Aviation Science Scholarship

Friendship Baptist Church Award Mary Regina Gioia Scholarship The Give Back Scholarship Gold Key Award (Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa) George C. Gould Scholarship

Thomas and Patricia Baker Human Services Award

Freddy Ingleton Scholarship

Nicholas M. Barbaro Music Scholarship

Marion J. Jones Memorial Scholarship

Melvin E. Bartlett, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Ernest L. and Florence L. Judkins Scholarship

Bechtel Scholarship

Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties 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 Prescott A. Brown Memorial Scholarship Brown-O’Connell Tourism Scholarship Grayce Susan Burian Award Peter F. Burnham Award (Sponsored by Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation) Capital Living and Rehabilitation Centres Scholarships

Karen Brown Johnson Scholarship

Fred and Catherine Kindl Alternative Energy Scholarship

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

New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association Scholarship Gail Nolan Memorial Scholarship The Porter-Robbins Music Scholarship Prestige Services Scholarship

Allen and Anna Slaterpryce Family Scholarship Soroptimist International of Schenectady Scholarship 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)

Rotary Club of Niskayuna Scholarship

Rosemary Lanahan Business and Law Club Scholarship

Rotary Club of Schenectady Foundation Scholarship

Dr. Alexander T. LaRocco Memorial Scholarship

Lewis and Gretchen Rubenstein Scholarship

Richard W. Lawton, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

SCCC Alumni Scholarship

Thursday Musical Club Scholarship

Harold F. Lewis Scholarship

SCCC Faculty-Student Association Scholar Awards

John B. Loffredo Scholarship

SCCC Foundation Scholar Awards

Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans and Gold Star Mothers Scholarship

Douglas and Susan Lohnas Music Talent Scholarship

SCCC Restart Club Scholarship

Lunch Bunch Scholarship

SCCC Student Government Association Merit Scholarship

Fred and Alice McChesney Memorial Scholarship

Amadeo Dabul Achievement Awards

New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. Paralegal Scholarship

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority Scholarship in Honor of Sharon Jordan

Dr. John S. Krempa Memorial Scholarship

Casola Cooks Scholarships

Concentra Healthcare Scholarship

New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. in Honor of Eleanor Jenks Scholarship

Schenectady Job Service Employer Committee Scholarships

Richmor Aviation Scholarship

Maple Leaf Childcare Center Scholarship

Dr. Erma Ruth Chestnut Scholarship

New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. in Honor of Betty S. Igler Scholarship

Schenectady Hispanic Heritage Committee Scholarship

Fred and Catherine Kindl Nanoscale Materials Technology Scholarship

Robert F. Case Memorial Scholarship Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Scholarship

New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. Human Services 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

Yvonne Rockstroh Memorial Scholarship

SCCC Spanish Club Scholarship

SCCC Student Government Association Scholarship – College Service SCCC Student Government Association Scholarship – Community Service SCCC Student Government Association Scholarship – President’s Award SCCC Tutor Networking Club Scholarship Schenectady County Bar Association Scholar Award Schenectady County Legal Aid Society Scholarship – Max and Betty Hershkowitz Award

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

Ita S. Wade Scholarship Woman’s Club of Schenectady Scholarship Woman’s Club of Schenectady in Memory of Jessie Zoller Scholarship The Women’s Fund of the Capital Region Scholarship Jason D. Woodward Scholarships Yono’s Scholarship Zonta Club of Schenectady – Florence Kudernatch Memorial Scholarship Scholarships in color are new in 2011-2012. If your name was misspelled, misplaced or omitted, please accept our apologies and let us know by calling (518) 381-1324.

Foundation Mission Statement: The SCCC Foundation exists to raise funds that advance and support the College’s mission to ensure student success. To fulfill its mission, the Foundation will identify and strengthen private and public relationships that promote and sustain the College and its community. These relationships enable the Foundation to create opportunities for students through scholarships, investing in faculty development, enhancing facilities, and capital improvement. Foundation Vision Statement: The Foundation’s vision is to provide financial support for all students whose goal is to obtain a quality education, which will enrich our community with a well-prepared citizenry and workforce.


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Enjoy a Day at Proctors with SCCC! Making plans for the holiday school break? Join SCCC alumni and friends for a family outing to Schenectady’s historic Proctors.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Family Reception Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 Reception – 12:30 p.m., Apostrophe Café and Lounge, located in Proctors Robb Alley (light refreshments included) Performance – 2 p.m., The Mainstage at Proctors $50 per person About the show: Renowned Broadway director Neil Goldberg has assembled an international cast of over 30 multi-talented artists performing astonishing feats of disbelief celebrating the holiday season. Gingerbread men flip mid-air, toy soldiers march on thin wires, snowmen balance, penguins spin, puppets dance and reindeer soar high above a holiday wonderland. Original music accompanies seasonal favorites with hundreds of spectacular costumes set in a lush world of colorful dreams. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the SCCC Development Office at (518) 381-1324 or visit We look forward to seeing you at the show! In the next issue of AlumNews, look for information on a relaxing day trip in May 2013 to New Paltz with a visit to a local New Paltz winery and lunch at the Mohonk Mountain House. More details available soon.


Fall 2012 newsletter for alumni and friends of Schenectady County Community College. Contains the 2012 donor listing.


Fall 2012 newsletter for alumni and friends of Schenectady County Community College. Contains the 2012 donor listing.