2017 Charlton Scholars Announced

May 2, 2017

Each year, SUNYCUAD supports the professional development of members who are new to the advancement field through its Charlton Scholars Program. Named in honor of longtime SUNY and SUNYCUAD supporters Harry and Barb Charlton, the Charlton Scholarship provides funding to a select group of members for registration and on-site expenses to SUNYCUAD’s annual educational conference.

The 2017 Charlton Scholars are:

  • Regina M. Alfieri, Director of Alumni Engagement, Broome Community College Foundation, Inc.
  • Naomi Mekeel, Web Designer, Communications & Marketing, State University of New York at Cobleskill
  • Catharine (Cassie) Allen, Associate Director of the Fund for Empire State College, SUNY Empire State College
  • Jenn Michalek, Development Associate, The State University of New York at Fredonia

The Charlton Scholarship is an exceptional opportunity for SUNYCUAD members to gain professional development opportunities and to network with colleagues from throughout the SUNY system at the annual conference.

Past Charlton Scholarship recipients shared their reflections:

Edie Roggie, Alumni Development Officer/ Assistant Development Officer, Jefferson Community College… “I feel that Jefferson Community College and I have benefited through my participation in the SUNYCUAD Educational Conference, where my attendance was made possible through the Charlton Scholarship.

Through the education I received in the various alumni and advancement workshops I attended at the conference, I have been able to implement new communication and relationship building ideas, moving away from some of our traditional events and messages into new areas of donor cultivation and alumni development.

These new ideas and practices have made us a stronger and a more effective educational environment.

Currently, approximately 80% of our students receive some type of financial assistance. The needs are great and scholarship funds are limited. Creative communication is the key to reach donors that are also receiving messages from many other worthy and compelling causes. The more our efforts stand out among the clatter, the more financial and technical assistance can ultimately be given to our student body.

I truly appreciated the opportunity to attend the conference, and the financial assistance of the Charlton Scholarship. Thank you.”

Peter F. Crescenti, Media Relations Manager, Farmingdale State College… “Being a 2016 Charlton scholar was an honor and has been a career enhancer. For instance, through people I met at the conference, such as Joanne Lafrancois at the Research Foundation, I have been able to get the Farmingdale name out there by placing articles on the RF website, for instance.  I also had a chance to meet Taras Kufel, editor of the “Big Ideas” website.  I’d written for Taras before, but having a face-to-face meeting helped enhance our relationship.

None of this would have been possible without having been a Charlton winner.

Thanks for the opportunity, Maureen. By the way, I should say something about the wonderful suite I stayed in by being a Charlton scholar!”

Debra J. Davis, Marketing and Community Relations, Monroe Community College“I am very thankful for the opportunity to attend the SUNYCAUD conference as a Charlton Scholar in 2016.   I enjoyed attending the seminars and workshops.  The greatest value however was networking with my colleagues from other SUNY schools, especially other community colleges.  We were able to share ideas and discuss how we are handling enrollment challenges.  It was very worthwhile.”