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Yearly Archives: 2010

Members Vote on Constitution Changes

Changes allow for flexibility

SUNYCUAD members voted during the organization’s annual conference in Buffalo to amend the organization’s constitution and allow greater flexibility in the election of board members.

The assembled membership voted positively on three changes to the constitution, which include allowing the board makeup to include up to 25 members and the creation of a nominating committee of board members to seek out new members from across SUNY institutions.

In 2009, a subcommittee on the assessment of the makeup of the SUNYCUAD Board of Directors was established to evaluate key issues and make recommendations to the board regarding composition and representation of the board. In March, the board reviewed the subcommittee’s recommendations and agreed to bring them to the full membership for a vote…

“These changes allow the board of directors to effectively seek out SUNYCUAD members to fill board seats and it gives them some flexibility in finding candidates to fit roles that are currently needed on the board,” said board president Patrick Hennessey of Westchester Community College. “Ultimately, we want to be a more inclusive board and allow greater opportunities for SUNYCUAD members to get involved in the organization. We think this will make that happen.”

Looking back on the 2010 Annual Conference

View photo galleries from the 2010 Annual Conference

Alumni Confederation Grant Goes to Adirondack Community College

An application submitted by Joseph Cutshall-King, the vice-president for Institutional Advancement at Adirondack Community College, was chosen from among 12 submissions for the 2010 Alumni Confederation Grant.

The grant is offered through SUNYCUAD to sustain and highlight the important work alumni volunteers do for our SUNY campuses. SUNYCUAD members with new and emerging alumni volunteer programs are eligible to receive a grant up to $1,000 to support their alumni volunteer program.

The grant funding will help launch ACC’s first official alumni organization, which is being organized to assist the Adirondack Foundation, in conjunction with faculty, staff and student groups, in planning the school’s 50th anniversary throughout 2011. The new organization will have the lead in planning ACC’s first-ever Homecoming in the fall.

“This new group will become engaged with the school and its foundation to provide alums more opportunities to participate in campus events and fundraising activities, act as a bridge to the local community, to allow alums easier capabilities of connecting with each other and create a new tradition .. . Homecoming,” stated Michael Jankowski of the University at Buffalo, one of the judges for the Alumni Confederation Grant. “Our thoughts were that this endeavor provided the most significant opportunity (in terms of sheer number of involvement) to create a long-lasting impact on/off engagement between the college and its alums and among alums and provided an excellent foundation fora formal alumni program at the school.”

The 12 applications for the Alumni Confederation Grant this year was up from just two submissions last year.

You can take advantage of this funding to advance your alumni volunteer program. Look for the grant application next spring on the web site.

FIT’s Loretta Lawrence Keane named to SUNYCUAD Hall of Fame

Loretta Lawrence Keane, vice president for advancement and external relations at
Fashion Institute of Technology, was named to the SUNYCUAD Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 2010 annual conference in Buffalo. She was introduced at the ceremony by Art Page, a colleague from Buffalo who worked with Keane during her early involvement in the SUNYCUAD organization.

Keane served as president of SUNYCUAD from 2007 to 2009. As a board member and board president, she was involved in planning and hosting the first-ever SUNYCUAD annual conference in New York City (2008).

She has been a member of SUNYCUAD since 1985 and previously served on the board from 1992 to 1994. Keane coordinated the Awards for Excellence twice during her tenure on the board.

She joins 60 other current and former SUNYCUAD members in the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Former Buffalo State President Dr. Muriel Howard Honored

D. Muriel K. Howard, the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the former president of Buffalo State College, was the 2010 recipient of the SUNYCUAD Educational Achievement Award.

The Educational Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made significant, broad-based contributions to public higher education in New York. Although currently serving on the national education stage as head of the AASCU, she was well known in Western New York as a leader in higher education for more than 20 years.
Dr. Howard spent 10 years in various administrative positions at the University at Buffalo before being named president of Buffalo State College in 1996. She led that institution for 13 years of growth and increasing capability. During that time, she oversaw the development efforts for and construction of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, which opened in 2008. It therefore was fitting that Dr. Howard was recognized for her service to education in New York State at a ceremony held in the Burchfield Penney during the 2010 SUNYCUAD annual conference.

Meet Your New SUNYCUAD Board Members

Connie Herrera, Director of Marketing Communications, Monroe Community College, will fill a Publications slot from June 2010 through June 2013.

Michael Frame, Director of Federal Relations, Binghamton University, will be our Government Relations Track representative from June 2010 through June 2013.

Michael L. Jankowski, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, University at Buffalo, Alumni Track, serving through June 2011.

Patricia Prunty, Foundation Executive Director, Director of Institutional Advancement, Dutchess Community College, will be a new Development Track representative, June 2010-2013.

Michelle Tackett-Spinner, a current board member, will now serve a June 2010 through June 2013 term in the Alumni Track.


Adirondack Community College completes capital campaign

Adirondack Community College recently completed a $2.5 million capital campaign for its new building, the J. Buckley Bryan, Jr. ACC ’87, ’94 Regional Higher Education Center. The campaign exceeded its goal. In addition, the Kresge Foundation awarded ACC a Kresge Challenge Grant for capital projects, making ACC the first of three community colleges in the nation to receive one. Because our capital campaign committee met its goal by the date Kresge had set, ACC received an additional$350,000 from Kresge.

“We are particularly proud of the “firsts” the new Regional Higher Education Center has garnered in the SUNY system. It is first building in the SUNY system solely dedicated to housing upper level partners that offer baccalaureate and master’s level programs,” said Joseph Cutshall-King, the vice-president for Institutional Advancement at Adirondack Community College. “Currently SUNY Plattsburgh, Empire State College and Paul Smith’s College are partnering with ACC. Also, ACC is now a branch campus of SUNY Plattsburgh, making ACC the first community college within the SUNY system to be so designated.”

The largest benefactor in the college’s history, Bryan is an ACC alumnus, the ACC Foundation president and an adjunct faculty member in the school’s Business Division.

Alfred State College’s Communications Office Captures Bronze in National Competition

Alfred State College’s Communications Office captured a bronze medal in the Higher Education Marketing (formerly Admissions Marketing Report)Report’s 25th annual national competition for its total recruitment package, which includes the ASC Viewbook, Applied Technology Viewbook,Road Piece, Campus Life, Financial Aid, and Athletics pieces.

SUNY Oswego Wins CASE Award

The Oswego Alumni Association won a Silver Award in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s international Circle of Excellence Program.

The award, for the 2009 “New Year’s Flash” e-mail, came in the Alumni Relations Programs: Creative Use of New Media category. Judges considered 33 entries in the category and gave one gold and two silver awards.

The greeting, sent to all alumni for whom Oswego had e-mail addresses,conveyed OAA’s holiday greetings with candid video of Oswego students,faculty members and staff of the alumni and development operation, all wishing alumni “Happy New Year!”

Appointments/ Promotions

Richard Coyne - SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland Richard T. Coyne, a SUNY Cortland graduate with 10 years of hospitality experience, has joined the Cortland in the newly created position of alumni house director. He began managing the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House in March.

Coyne, who reports to Stacey Goldyn-Moller, executive director of alumni affairs at SUNY Cortland, will expand on duties previously handled by a part-time special events manager and administrative assistants. He undertakes the strategic planning, marketing and promotion of the alumni house, both on and off campus. He is responsible for creating and managing the facility budget and supervising the house maintenance and upkeep staff, as well as introducing internship and work-study opportunities.

Dutchess Community College

Judi Stokes Dutchess Community College

Judi Stokes has joined Dutchess Community College as director of community relations and graphics. The office is responsible for DCC’s publications, web content, advertising, media relations and related initiatives.

A Town of Poughkeepsie resident, Stokes has 25 years of experience in communications and marketing. She comes to DCC from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where she was director of communications,marketing and media relations. She also has held positions with Central Hudson and the Poughkeepsie Journal, and volunteered with several local organizations, both at the board and member levels. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Stokes holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and an associate degree from Nassau Community College.

Empire State College

Dave-Henahan - Empire State College

David M. Henahan has been appointed director of communications at Empire State College,effective July 13. Henahan was formerly director of media relations at SUNY System Administration.

His primary responsibility will be the development, implementation and management of an integrated communications plan. Henahan will report to SUNY Empire State College Vice President for Communications and Government Relations Mary Caroline Powers.

Among other duties, Henahan will serve as college spokesperson, establish strategic media relations, and work with various college constituencies and colleagues in the Office of Communications and Government Relations to create publications and events to support and increase recognition of the college.

He began his SUNY career January 1998 in the System Administration press office and earned increased responsibilities in media relations and issues management and became the primary spokesperson for the SUNY chancellor.

Previously, Henahan served as a media coordinator for the New YorkState Assembly’s Communications Services and prior to that producednews and documentaries for Broadcast News Networks. He holds abachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College atPurchase.

Casey Lumbra has been appointed web designer/developer at SUNYEmpire State College. In this new position, Lumbra will serve as thein-house graphic design resource for marketing campaigns. In addition,he will create mock-ups, storyboards, initial graphic concepts andfinal deliverables. He will monitor trends in online design to ensurethe college’s site keeps up with the latest methods and techniques inuser-centeredness, as appropriate.

Lumbra comes to the position from the New York State Division ofVeterans’ Affairs where he served as assistant director ofcommunications. His primary responsibilities were designing, developingand producing the division brand, including logo redesign, web siteredesign and maintenance, as well as the design and production of threeoutreach programs revolving around recently discharged veterans.

He also worked for Manchester Newspapers, out of Granville, N.Y., as aweb designer, where he designed and produced ads for the weeklynewspapers, and designed and maintained the Manchester Newspaper’swebsite.

Lumbra graduated from Alfred University in 2005, with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design.

Fashion Institute of Technology

Allison Oldehoff has joined FIT and the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries asthe first manager of Alumni and Faculty Relations. She will beresponsible for developing and managing alumni relationships by growingprograms, enhancing communications, and providing services in supportof FIT’s mission. As liaison between the faculty and the Foundationoffice she will marshal faculty, parent, and alumni resources in orderto identify and cultivate volunteer and philanthropic leadership,provide opportunities for networking and lifelong learning, enhancealumni/college relationships, and engage students as future alumni.

Allison comes to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations fromColumbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where she wasassistant director of development/manager of annual giving. There, sheoversaw all aspects of the school’s annual giving campaign,reinstituted a graduating class gift program, and directed alumniaffairs during a search for a new director. Also during her tenure atColumbia, Allison was the coordinator of individual giving and specialgifts for the School of Business. From 2004 to 2006, she was adevelopment assistant at Poughkeepsie Day School.

While attending Vassar College, Allison spent four years in thedevelopment office as a development relations intern and freelancewriter.

SUNY Fredonia

Patricia Herkey - SUNY Fredonia

Award-winning graphic designer Patricia Herkey of Buffalo has been named communications designer at SUNY Fredonia.Herkey has been head of Herkey Design for the past year, and prior tothat served as senior art director for several Buffalo-basedadvertising agencies, including The Martin Group, Quinlan &Company, The Wolf Group, and Travers/Collins/Partners. She hasperformed work on behalf of such clients as HSBC Bank, Kodak, RichProducts, Fisher Price, National Fuel Gas, Constellation Brands,Orville’s Home Appliances, Ted’s Hot Dogs, and Irish Classical Theatre.

Herkey will work as part of a team within the division of UniversityAdvancement in the strategic planning and creation of a variety ofcommunications for SUNY Fredonia that are aimed at prospective andcurrent students, parents, alumni, business, government and communityleaders, and SUNY Fredonia faculty and staff. Additionally, she willhead a publications team that manages nearly 600 projects per year.

Herkey is a 1984 graduate of the graphic design and advertising program at Buffalo State College.

SUNY Oswego

Laura Pavlus - SUNY Oswego

Laura Pavlus is the new associate director of alumni and parent relations at SUNY Oswego. A 2009 graduate of Oswego, she coordinates all alumnirelations’ student and GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) programs. These programs include Alumni-In-Residence and New York City CareerConnections. She also advises the Future Alumni Network (FANs) and theSenior Class Planning and Gift Committee.

Dominick White - SUNY Oswego

Dominick White is the new Telefund Manager at SUNY Oswego. A 2008 graduate of Oswego,he manages every aspect of the Telefund calling center. Dominickinterviews, hires, trains and supervises the 40 students who contactmore than 60,000 Oswego alumni, friends and parents annually to solicittheir support of the college.

Westchester Community College

Rob Schlesinger - Westchester Community College

Robert A. Schlesinger has been hired as Westchester Community College’s vice president of external affairs and the Westchester Community College Foundation’s executive director. Schlesinger, who has more than 25 years of external affairs, development and legal counsel experience, started in his new role in June.

Schlesinger will oversee marketing at the institution and lead the fundraising team. He also will oversee various areas including scholarships, special events, grants, alumni relations, and community and government relations.

Most recently, Schlesinger served as vice president for institute advancement at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was chief endowment officer and director of advancement and alumni at Singapore Management University in Asia.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Patti Bailey Grace - Binghamton University

CORRECTION: In the Appointments/Promotions/Kudos section of the last issue of DIRECT, Patti Bailey Grace, director of recruitment for Binghamton University was misidentified in a photo. Grace is responsible for the development and implementation of the annual recruitment plan for under graduate admissions. Her previous 15 years of experience in higher education included the role of Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Cornell University