DCC at a glance
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
I am pleased to present the 2010-201
DCC board members at graduation: John Zamierowski 1 President’s Report on behalf of the
and staff of Dutchess Community Coll faculty, students
(student trustee), Sherre Wesley, Richard Keller-Coffey, ege. It was another year of significant
David Patrick Kelly, Dr. D. David Conklin, Thomas E. and we are privileged to play an incre achievement,
asingly vital role in shaping the local
LeGrand, Judith “Kip” Bleakley O’Neill, Daniel J. education landscape. This Report high higher
French, Vincent J. DiMaso and Anne Forman. (Not lights some of the people, programs and
make DCC one of the most highly rega services that
pictured: Betsy Brown) rded community colleges in the state
Board of Trustees More than 10,300 students attended DCC
Thomas E. LeGrand, Chair in fall 2010, breaking enrollment reco
representing an increase of 24% in just rds and
Vincent J. DiMaso, Vice Chair two years. Another milestone was reac
graduation in May, when 1,201 students hed at
Anne C. Forman, Secretary earned degrees. The fact that DCC is
college of choice – both for those who
Betsy Brown want an enriching, affordable start on
degree, as well as those interested in a bachelor’s
Daniel J. French pursuing a career after earning an asso
the national prominence to which com ciate’s – reflects
Richard Keller-Coffey munity colleges have risen. As the large
of higher education in America, commun st sector
David Patrick Kelly ity colleges will continue to play a pivo
Judith ‘Kip’ Bleakley O’Neill in preparing the workforce of tomorrow tal role
. At DCC, we welcome this responsibility
Sherre Wesley opportunity. and
John Zamierowski, Student Trustee
Whether entering directly after high scho
Sponsors ol or returning to school in adulthood,
turn to DCC for a quality, affordable students
Dutchess County Legislature education that will lead to success at
college or in the workplace. Between
State University of New York the 62 academic programs offered by
the job-training and other skills initia DCC and
tives available through the College’s
Budget Community Services and Special prog Office of
rams, we serve about 20,000 students
$59,541,419 a year.
The College’s board of trustees, facu
Main Campus lty and staff are committed to ensuring
maintains its reputation as one of the the College
53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie finest community colleges in the State
New York system. We’ve also worked University of
diligently to make higher education more
DCC South Extension Site by keeping DCC’s tuition the lowest accessible
Hollowbrook Office Park in the state for 12 years.
31 Marshall Road, Wappingers Falls I hope you share my pride in your com
munity college. We thank you for your
support and look forward to seeing you continued
Off-Campus Site on campus for some of the lectures, conc
Carmel High School gallery exhibits, plays and other even erts, art
ts we have planned in the coming year
Fall Semester Statistics
Student enrollment, credit: 10,319
Student enrollment, credit-free: 9,536
Degree and certificate programs: 62
Full-time faculty: 131 D. David Conklin, Ed.D.
DCC alumni: 38,101 President
Library volumes: 84,144
For general information, call (845) 431-8000
ON THE COVER:
Live and Learn: A groundbreaking ceremony for DCC’s
new residence hall was held in June. DCC Board of
Trustees members Sherre Wesley, Daniel French, Vincent
DiMaso (Vice Chair), Dr. D. David Conklin (DCC President),
Thomas LeGrand (Chair), Judith “Kip” Bleakley O’Neill,
David Patrick Kelly and John Zamierowski (student Inside
Double Take: These twins were excited to graduate
Spotlight..................................... 1 Awards and Honors ....................... 12
from DCC and continued their education at the Fashion
Institute of Technology. Academically Speaking.................... 4 Sports ....................................... 16
Cornell Bound: A proud mom shares a happy graduation Happenings ................................. 7 Young Minds ................................ 17
moment with her son and his friend, both of whom
continued on to Cornell University in the fall. Arts Across Campus ........................ 9 Community Services ...................... 18
This publication is produced by the Dutchess Community
College Office of Community Relations and Graphics. Residence Hall Groundbreaking ........ 10 Foundation ................................. 20
Fall 2010 Enrollment Sets Record Richard Keller-Coffey
CC welcomed its biggest class ever — 10,319 students — to campus in the fall of 2010, a jump of 24%
in just two years. More students chose full-time study over part-time last year, continuing a recent Board of Trustees Inducts
trend. The overall numbers represent the fourth consecutive year of enrollment growth. According to
the latest figures, 36% of Dutchess County students who elect to continue their education after high school
Community Members, Student
attend DCC, and of those who graduate from the College, 90% either transfer to a four-year school or find Richard Keller-Coffey, deputy supervisor of the
work right away. Town of Poughkeepsie and a former Dutchess
County legislator, was sworn in Sept. 28, 2010 as
“Challenging economic times highlight both the advantages a college degree provides those entering the
the newest trustee on the Dutchess Community
workforce, as well as the tremendous benefits of attending a school that offers a great education at a
College board. He was appointed by then-Governor
reasonable cost,” said Dr. D. David Conklin, DCC president. “With the lowest tuition in the state for 11
years, the college continues to provide quality and value to students and their families throughout the
county and beyond.” Keller-Coffey is a Town of Poughkeepsie resident and
teacher at Poughkeepsie Middle School. He was a
founding member of the Hudson Valley World Affairs
Council. He received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY
Pulitzer-Winning Alum Delivers President’s Breakfast Keynote Oneonta and master’s from SUNY New Paltz.
More than 150 Dutchess County business and community leaders, friends and donors gathered in January
“Richard’s background both as a teacher, and
for the 18th Annual Dutchess Community College President’s Breakfast.
a graduate of two SUNY colleges, has brought
The keynote address was given by Mark Mahoney, a 1983 graduate of DCC and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer a unique perspective to the board,” said DCC
Prize for Editorial Writing. He won the award for his work at The Post-Star in Glens Falls, NY, a daily President Dr. D. David Conklin. “He has been an
newspaper that serves New York’s southern Adirondack region. He was recognized for “relentless, down-to- asset to the College in his first year and I am
earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their looking forward to our continued work to uphold
right to know.” Mahoney has been the Star’s editorial page editor since 1999, having joined the newspaper the tradition of excellence at DCC.”
as a reporter in 1988 and serving as city editor and regional editor.
In addition, Thomas LeGrand was re-appointed to
In his remarks, Mahoney noted that his competition for the Pulitzer included counterparts at much larger another seven-year term and will continue to serve
papers such as The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and he drew an analogy between his work at as chair, while new student trustee Tony Beaudoin
a smaller paper and the education he received at DCC. was appointed to a one-year term.
“The message is that great things don’t necessarily have to come from big institutions,” said Mahoney. LeGrand has served on the DCC Board of Trustees
“There are great things going on in small communities … and DCC is an example of that.” since 1995, where he also has served as secretary
and vice-chairman. He has been self-employed
Mahoney’s editorials encouraged citizens to get involved and educate themselves about local government. in the construction and real estate fields since
He said the message of empowerment he tried to share with residents is similar to what DCC does to 1974, starting LeGrand Real Estate Inc. in 1992. He
prepare its students for the working world. received the Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person
of the Year award in 1995, and has served on the
“Whereas the biggest papers advocated for causes, the Pulitzer judges awarded our small paper for Dutchess County Water and Waste Water Authority
promoting learning,” said Mahoney. “And it’s through that lens that we can understand what’s so special and the boards of the Dutchess County Economic
about Dutchess Community College.” He highlighted some of his experiences at DCC and the outstanding Development Corporation and the Rhinebeck
faculty he encountered. Performing Arts Center, among other organizations.
The President’s Breakfast was sponsored by TD Bank and hosted by the Dutchess Community College Beaudoin is a resident of Pleasant Valley and the
Foundation, which raises funds for student scholarships and faculty initiatives. The Foundation granted 2011-2012 president of DCC’s Student Government
more than $300,000 in student scholarships last year. Association. He is a liberal arts major with an
interest in entering the public relations field.
DCC Foundation Executive Director Trish Prunty, DCC Alumnus Mark Mahoney (’83) and DCC President DCC Board of Trustees Chair Thomas LeGrand and 2011-2012
Dr. D. David Conklin. Student Trustee Tony Beaudoin.
DCC celebrated its 52nd Commencement May 19,
graduating the most students in its history. Typically
held outdoors on the main campus, the ceremony
was relocated to Falcon Hall due to inclement
weather. Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the more
than 4,000 in attendance.
Associate degrees and career certificates in
54 programs of study were conferred on 1,201
graduates, who ranged in age from 18 to 65.
Associate in Science degrees were awarded to 44%
of the students; 24% received Associate in Applied
Science degrees; 24% received Associate in Arts
degrees; and 8% earned certificates. More than 35%
of the class graduated with honors, having achieved
a 3.2 GPA or higher.
In his welcome address, DCC President Dr. D. David
Conklin congratulated the graduates and recognized
the family members, friends, faculty and staff who
supported and encouraged them as they pursued
their education. He also noted the importance of
being involved and making a difference.
“As you leave Dutchess Community College and Businessperson of the Year Mary Madden and DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin.
move on in life, I want to encourage you to be
passionate about whatever it is you choose to do,” Credit Union CEO is Businessperson of the Year
said Conklin. “Whether it is with your profession,
as a family member, or as part of your community, More than 150 guests came to DCC in June for the 2011 Poughkeepsie Journal Businessperson of the Year
you should strive to use the knowledge and skills luncheon to honor award recipient Mary Madden, the CEO of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU).
you have acquired as a student here to make a
difference.” Madden assumed leadership of HVFCU in 2001, and since then the institution has tripled in assets to
$3 billion. Between 2009 and the present, credit union membership increased by 15,000 to 240,000 and the
Other speakers included DCC Board of Trustees number of checking accounts rose by 1,000 to 14,000.
Chair Thomas LeGrand, Professor Navina Hooker
and Student Government Association President John HVFCU is on the verge of opening its 22nd location — the fourth under Madden’s tenure. In addition to
Zamierowski. SUNY Honorary Doctorates also were her professional accomplishments, Madden serves on the boards of Health Quest and the American Heart
awarded; see story on page 3. Association, and is involved with Mount Saint Mary College, Dutchess County Economic Development
Corporation and Filene Research Council.
The Poughkeepsie Journal Businessperson of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an
individual whose leadership, hard work and dedication have made a measurable impact on the economic
viability and vitality of the region. The recipient is selected by a panel of judges from various sectors of
the community, and each year a brick engraved in the awardee’s honor is placed in the DCC Pine Grove
The award luncheon was co-sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal, the DCC Foundation and the law firm
of Corbally, Gartland and Rappleyea.
Previous recipients are Fred Schaeffer, Joseph Kirchhoff, Joseph Bonura Sr., Ira Effron, Wayne Nussbickel,
John P O’Shea, Donald, Patrick and Ralph Adams, Richard Chazen, Sandy Williams, Roger Smith, Charles
Conklin, Abel Garraghan, Stanley Grubel, Joseph Tockarshewsky, Linda S. Sanford, Thomas LeGrand,
Peter Van Kleeck, Robert Hannan and John E. Mack III.
More students than
ever graduated from
DCC in May 2011.
Allyn J. Washington (center) was presented an honorary SUNY Doctorate degree at DCC’s May 2011 Bernard Handel (left) is congratulated on receiving his honorary SUNY
commencement exercises by Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Carl Denti (left) and DCC Doctorate degree by DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin.
Foundation Board member and professor emeritus Marty Triola (right).
Handel and Washington Earn State University of New York Honorary Doctorate Degrees
The prestigious State University of New York supports DCC scholarships, endowed chairs, facility largest donor, contributing almost $1 million to the
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was enhancements and other initiatives to improve DCC Foundation. This commitment to DCC resulted
awarded to Bernard Handel, Dutchess Community education and develop and recognize leadership in the science and math building on campus being
College Foundation board member and co-founder among students, faculty and the greater community. named in his honor. He also is a great advocate for
of the American Association for Retired Persons Handel recently joined luminaries including Hillary the arts on campus; the art gallery in Washington
(AARP), and Allyn J. Washington, DCC founding Rodham Clinton, Norman Vincent Peale, Harry Hall was named for his wife, Mildred.
faculty member and textbook author. Handel and Belafonte and Queen Noor of Jordan, as a recipient
Washington, who had been nominated by DCC, were of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal. The SUNY Doctorate of Humane Letters is
two of just 14 recipients selected by the SUNY Board an honorary degree given in recognition of
of Trustees in January. The 64 SUNY campuses, Washington’s most significant achievement philanthropic work or achievements in the
including the 30 community colleges, were invited was shaping and forever changing the study of humanities. The award criteria include outstanding
to submit nominations for this coveted award. technical mathematics at the college level. His service to the University, New York state, the
groundbreaking textbooks integrating calculus with United States, or to humanity at large; significant
As a co-founder of the American Association of mathematics have been used by more than four achievements that serve as examples of the
Retired Persons (now AARP one of the country’s
, million students worldwide. He earned a master’s University’s aspirations for its diverse student body;
largest nonprofit membership organizations), degree from Brown University after getting his accomplishments that would elevate the University
Handel is credited with garnering access to undergraduate degree from Trinity College. Later in the eyes of the world; and successes that are
affordable medical care for millions of retirees. he attended the University of Washington on a both relevant and appropriate to the nominating
National Science Foundation Grant. campus.
As past chair and current board member of the
Dutchess Community College Foundation, Handel is Washington, formerly of Hyde Park and now a The honorary degrees were conferred at Dutchess
actively engaged in the Foundation’s operations and California resident, has become DCC’s second Community College Commencement.
College Hosts Exhibit Commemorating
Tenth Anniversary of September 11
DCC was one of 30 sites chosen by New York state and the National
September 11 Memorial and Museum to host an exhibit marking
the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Each exhibit included an artifact from Ground Zero. A section
of aluminum from one of the World Trade Center tower facades
was featured in the DCC exhibit displayed in Hudson Hall.
Accompanying the artifact was a display of banners with timelines
of that day and other information.
The College was proud to welcome Lieutenant Governor
Robert Duffy to campus as part of the
commemoration. He led a remembrance
service attended by victims’ families,
members of the campus community, local
leaders and the general public.
The exhibition was on campus for the
month of September. It gave both the
campus and local communities a place
to remember the victims of that day and
New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy (left) joined DCC President honor the countless heroes who came
Dr. D. David Conklin to mark the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 from all corners of the state to help in
attacks. The College was one of 30 sites selected by the state to host a the clean-up and recovery efforts.
Leading Experts Come to Campus Through Endowed Chair Lectures
uthor and former New York Times writer Alter discussed President Obama in the context
Gary Rivlin presented a lecture titled of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s early presidency and
“Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, the comparable challenges they faced, especially
Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business” at the beginning of their presidencies. Both were
in October of last year. In his book of the same confronted with serious economic crises, and in
name, Rivlin examines how payday lenders, pawn President Obama’s case, major foreign policy
shops and check-cashing companies prey on people issues. Alter spoke about President Roosevelt’s
living paycheck to paycheck. The ultra-high interest success at stabilizing the American economy during
rates on the loans perpetuate a cycle of debt and the worst of the Great Depression, and President
poverty, and serve to widen the gap between the Obama’s challenge to prevent a financial collapse of
working class and the country’s top earners. similar magnitude. Alter was invited to campus by
DCC Economics Professor Seemi Ahmad, recipient
Rivlin’s other books include “Fire on the Prairie,” of the Handel Foundation Endowed Faculty Chair Dr. Timothy Snyder signs his book for a lecture attendee.
“Drive By” and “The Plot to Get Bill Gates.” In to Perpetuate the Legacy of Franklin and Eleanor
addition to The New York Times, he has written Roosevelt. Snyder was invited to campus by DCC History
articles for GQ, Wired and Newsweek magazines Professor Dr. Werner Steger, recipient of the
and the American Bar Association Journal. Rivlin Dr. Timothy Snyder, Yale University professor and Greenspan Trust-Handel Foundation Endowed Chair
has won the Chicago Sun-Times’ Non-Fiction Book Marshall Scholar, came to DCC in April to present in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The event was
of the Year Award and the Carl Sandburg Award “Holocaust History: An Agenda for Renewal.” co-sponsored by the DCC Foundation, with support
for Non-Fiction and two Gerald Loeb awards for from the Gillespie Forum and the Jewish Federation
Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, and historians have
of Dutchess County.
among many others. The lecture was facilitated by been at work for two decades piecing together
the DCC Business Department and sponsored by the information from fresh sources in the countries Kenyan journalist and award-winning author
TD Bank Endowed Chair and the DCC Foundation. that once were the main homeland of the Jewish Binyavanga Wainaina came to
Holocaust victims. This has offered an opportunity campus in November for two
Jonathan Alter, renowned television commentator, to build a richer and more complete history of the presentations on The Children
award-winning columnist and former senior Holocaust. In this lecture, Snyder explained some of Achebe: New Writings Bring
editor of Newsweek, gave a lecture at DCC in shortcomings of Holocaust history to date, suggesting New Things and An Examination
March highlighting the similar challenges faced an agenda for its renewal. of Literature and Time on
by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Nigeria’s 50th Birthday.
Barack Obama. Snyder is the author of several books, including
“Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Wainaina won the Caine Prize
Alter is the author of books including the highly Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz”; for African Writing for the short
acclaimed “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin”; story “Discovering Home.” He
Days and the Triumph of Hope” and “The Promise: “The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, is a Bard College fellow and head of the school’s
President Obama, Year One.” Alter can be seen Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999”; and “Sketches from Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and
on NBC and was a regular guest on MSNBC’s a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Languages, as well as the founding editor of East
“Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” Soviet Ukraine.” He received his doctorate from African literary magazine “Kwani?”.
the University of Oxford in 1997. He has held
fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy The lecture was presented by the Llelanie Orcutt
Scholarship at Harvard. He teaches courses at Yale Endowed Faculty Chair and facilitated by DCC
in modern East European political history. English Professor Jackie Goffe-McNish.
Former Senior Editor of Newsweek Jonathan Alter and Author and former New York Times writer Gary Rivlin (fourth from left) visited with students following his
DCC Economics Professor Seemi Ahmad. lecture about predatory lenders and the working poor.
Students who earned the Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence last fall gathered for a celebratory luncheon. The scholarship
awards full tuition for two years to Dutchess County high school students who graduate in the top 10% of their class. The students were honored to meet
their benefactors, Charles and Mabel Conklin (first row, center).
County’s Top High School Graduates Earn Full Scholarships
Forty-three Dutchess Community College freshmen were awarded the 2010 The Conklin Scholarship provides two years of full
Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence last fall. tuition for any Dutchess County high school student
who graduates in the top 10% of his or her class and
The 2010 recipients were: Brianna Flonc, Andrew Hado, Krystal Haight, Francisco meets other eligibility requirements.
Kondor and Mitchell Seidman (Arlington); Courtney Burke, Ruth Demetros,
Marissa Jimenez, Jacob Manglass and Catherine Niebuhr (Beacon); Krista When combined with the Conklin scholars who began
Dykeman, Virginia Hanusik, Caitlin Maguire and Michelle Rogat (Dover); Christian at DCC in fall 2009, a record 75 students benefited from
Dela Cruz, Matthew Duncan, Megan Gillen, Zachary Pardee, John Pezzullo and the initiative last year. The Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin
Taryn Riley (Roosevelt); David Bassen, Kasey Calnan, Kelianne Cummings and Scholarships for Academic Excellence are made possible
Steven Dunstan (John Jay); Brian Bartels (Pawling); Charlotta Dunckelman, Sean through a generous gift from the Conklins and the Dutchess Community College
Harden and Cuc Nguyen (Poughkeepsie); Daniel Zuckerman (Randolph School); Foundation. This scholarship was created 16 years ago by DCC President
Michelle Williams (Red Hook); Nolan Beahan, Rebecca Canning, Nicholas Cinelli, Dr. D. David Conklin and subsequently funded by Charles and Mabel “Betty”
Kirsten Cropsey, Kyle Dillon, Kaitlyn Faughnan, Daniel Francis, Kristen Munoz, Conklin, who are of no relation to the College president.
Linh Nguyen and Melissa Rose (Ketcham); Jordan Stroly (Stissing Mountain);
Natasha Royce (Tabernacle Christian Academy); and Brielle Williams (Webutuck).
Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Graduating Nurses
One hundred graduates of the Dutchess Community College Nursing Program
received pins May 12 during a ceremony celebrating the completion of the
Nursing Club President Amanda Billups made the introduction, followed by
greetings from DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin and Vice President and
Dean of Academic Affairs Carl Denti. A keynote address was delivered by State
Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro, followed by remarks from DCC Nursing faculty.
DCC’s highly regarded nursing program includes classroom lectures, labs and
clinical experiences in local health care organizations. More than 70% of nurses
in local hospitals and health care facilities have graduated from the program.
New members of business honor society Alpha Beta Gamma recite the group’s pledge.
Business Honor Society Welcomes New Members
Delta Zeta, the Dutchess Community College chapter of business honor society
Alpha Beta Gamma, welcomed 24 new members into its ranks in April. ABG is
an international business honor society established in 1970 to recognize and
encourage academic achievement among two-year college students in business
To be eligible for membership in the Delta Zeta Chapter at DCC, a student must
be enrolled in a business curriculum and have completed 15 credit hours with
at least 12 hours of work taken in courses leading to a business degree and
have demonstrated academic excellence by attaining a 3.5 GPA overall, as well
Nursing Club President and graduating student Amanda Billups receives a pin
from Nursing Professor Ingeborg Grutzner.
as in business courses.
Students Receive Awards in Research Competition
Five students from Dutchess Community College were honored during the summer at the Beacon
Conference for Student Scholars at Two-Year Colleges, an initiative created to recognize and showcase
exceptional academic research and writing. Lindsay Panko, Chelsea Schwarze, Bethany Ciulla, Nicholas
Cinelli and Barbara Cady presented their research projects at Lehigh Carbon Community College in
Schnecksville, Pa. The students’ topics included autism and education, physician-assisted suicide,
motherhood, steroids in baseball and the food stamp program.
The Beacon Conference was established in 1993
when 10 community colleges in the eastern
U.S., including DCC, partnered to recognize
the achievements of outstanding students in
James Van Nostrand (left) and DCC History, Government academic research and writing. Funding came
and Economics Department Chair Dr. Andrew Rieser. from the American Association of Community
Colleges and the Kellogg Foundation. DCC
Climate Initiatives the Hot Topic hosted the conference in 1995, 1999 and 2006.
of Constitution Day Lecture There are 20 categories into which entries may
be submitted, and the top three papers in
James Van Nostrand, executive director of the each category are selected to be presented at
Pace Energy and Climate Center, helped mark the conference. Students work with mentors
Constitution Day 2010 with a September 17 lecture at their school to prepare their submissions,
addressing recent Supreme Court decisions and and readers from member colleges score the
federal policy initiatives on climate change. papers and select the winners. The three
presentations in each category are judged at
Van Nostrand has taught, published and lectured the conference by subject experts from four-
widely on energy policy, renewable energy and year colleges and universities. Bethany Ciulla, Nicholas Cinelli and Lindsay Panko participated
utility rates and regulation. The Pace Energy in a regional academic research and writing conference.
and Climate Center is a research and advocacy
organization founded in 1987 that focuses on
climate change law and policy. Van Nostrand also Academic Skills Programs Boost Student Success
is an adjunct professor at Pace University.
DCC’s SmartStart, FOCUS and Educational Opportunity programs helped increasing numbers of students pursue
Constitution Day/Citizenship Day celebrates the higher education and successfully adjust to college life.
September 17, 1787 ratification of the Constitution. A record 155 students graduated in August from SmartStart, a summer initiative of skills-building classes for
It was observed as Citizenship Day from 1952 until incoming freshmen who need extra help to place into college-level courses. Classes focus on mathematics,
2004, when a law was passed to change the name. reading, writing and study skills. SmartStart students graduate at a rate double that of students who are eligible
for SmartStart but choose not to participate.
College-in-High School Program The College’s FOCUS program also centers on student success, but is held during the school year. Eighty-eight
percent of fall 2010 FOCUS students registered for the following semester, compared to 73% of those who
Granted National Accreditation qualified, but elected not to take advantage of FOCUS.
College Connection, the DCC concurrent enrollment The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides counseling and tutoring to students who are financially and
program that enables high school students to take academically disadvantaged. A ceremony commemorating EOP students’ successful completion of the academic
college courses while simultaneously completing year was held in May.
high school requirements, received accreditation
from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment
Partnerships (NACEP). DCC’s program is the only one
in the region — and one of just 66 nationwide — to
earn this coveted accreditation.
More than 90 college-level sections are taught
in Dutchess and Putnam county high schools by
high school teachers who also are DCC adjunct
instructors. Students earn high school and college
credit simultaneously with no tuition costs. The
DCC credits earned are accepted by most four-year
colleges and universities, transfer seamlessly to
SUNY schools and give students a jump start on a
More than 2,000 students a year participate in
College Connection. Course offerings vary by high
school, but include English, Math, Accounting,
Business, Psychology, Science, Languages,
Economics, Speech, Behavioral Science and
The following high schools participate in College
Connection: Arlington, Beacon, Carmel, Dover, F.D.
Roosevelt, Haldane, John Jay, Mahopac, Millbrook,
Our Lady of Lourdes, Poughkeepsie, Putnam Valley,
Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Roy C. Ketcham, Spackenkill,
Stissing Mountain and Webutuck. The Educational Opportunity Program held its annual awards ceremony and reception in May. EOP Coordinator
Doris Diaz-Kelly is pictured second from the left.
College Night Draws Crowd Events Celebrate Diversity
he annual College Fair hosted by Dutchess DCC faculty, staff and students regularly volunteer their
Community College took place in October, time and talent to bring to campus programs and events
drawing hundreds of guests. that celebrate diversity. The college community and the
public at large enjoyed a number of entertaining and
Representatives from more than 170 colleges, educational presentations and activities over the year.
technical schools and the armed services were on
hand to meet with prospective students. The event A gospel concert, Kwanzaa celebration and Lyceum
is held annually to give high school juniors, seniors, presentation on the life of Malcolm X were just some of
parents, transfer students, adult students, and the activities offered by DCC to celebrate Black History
high school counselors the chance to learn about Month. The Kwanzaa celebration served as the kickoff Dr. Manning Marable spoke about Malcolm X during
Black History Month.
DCC and many other colleges in one convenient event and marked the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Unity,
location. Self Determination, Creative Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and
DCC Participates in Big Read
The gospel concert featured performances by guest soloists, praise dancers and youth and adult choirs
DCC English Professor John Desmond hosted a from local churches. The show has drawn standing-room-only crowds for the past few years.
program on campus in October as part of the
Poughkeepsie area’s Big Read, an initiative created Dr. Manning Marable’s engaging Lyceum presentation on the life of Malcolm X turned out to be one of his
by the National Endowment for the Arts to last. The author and Columbia University professor passed away just two months later.
emphasize the importance of reading in American
The College’s annual celebration of Women’s History Month in March featured many Lyceum speakers,
including an Emmy-nominated actress. The kickoff event offered the chance for visitors to pick up
Desmond examined film adaptations of “Great Tales information about women’s issues and enjoy live music. A few days later, New York Council for the
and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe,” analyzing cinematic Humanities member Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan presented a lecture called “America’s Nine First Ladies from
and narrative elements and changes that were New York State,” which explored the lives and legacies of presidential wives including Eleanor Roosevelt,
made between the creation of Poe’s original work Jacqueline Kennedy, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan.
and its debut on the screen. An evening program
Amber Tamblyn, known as the title character in the critically acclaimed “Joan of Arcadia,” read from her
was open to the public, while a day program
two published books of poetry. Her breakout television role earned her both Emmy and Golden Globe Award
welcomed students from local high schools.
nominations. She recently was seen in the films “127 Hours” and “Main Street.”
The 2010 Big Read project was administered
An acclaimed writer, Tamblyn is co-founder of Write Now Poetry
by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District in
Society, a non-profit organization that raises funds for poetry
cooperation with a host of community partners.
DCC’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from mid-
September through mid-October included fun and enlightening events
such as a poetry and music show, a chili cook-off and a performance
by Andes Manta, which performed music created by the native
peoples who resided near the Andes Mountains.
Andes Manta helped DCC celebrate Hispanic
Heritage Month by performing music created
by Andes Mountain natives.
Lyceum Programs Entertain, Educate Students Raise Funds for
Thomas Cobb, author of the book “Crazy Heart,” came to DCC Community Initiatives
in November to lecture on his novel, and its adaptation into the
2009 Oscar-winning film. The novel tells the story of Bad Blake, an Members of the Student Government Association
aging former country music star long past the prime of his career. work to enhance both the campus environment and
He falls for a local newspaper reporter, but his alcoholism and the community in which they live. Last year, SGA
consistent failure at relationships threaten the connection they volunteers supported a number of local causes.
begin to establish with each other.
More than $1,000 was raised for the American Heart
In addition to “Crazy Heart,” Cobb is the author of “Bad Dreams” Association, $2,100 was taken in for the Kathryn
(1986) and “Shavetail” (2008), which was awarded the 2009 Filiberti Scholarship Fund and more than $1,000
Western Writers of America Spur Award for a long novel and the was raised for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital during
2009 Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for fiction. a dodgeball tournament. In addition, the SGA held
He also has authored “Acts of Contrition” (2003), which received a canned food drive, a coat drive, a toy drive
the 2002 George Garrett Fiction Prize. benefiting Vassar Brothers Medical Center, a book
drive to support the Invisible Children initiative and
Author Tawan Perry presented “It’s Not the 13th Grade: Being a more.
Star Student in Community College” last fall, a program aimed
at providing a roadmap that students can follow to help them Earth Day Events Urge
negotiate the college environment and become successful.
Personal finance expert Jordan Goodman added to the
“Crazy Heart” author Thomas Cobb. Sustainability Awareness
conversation a few weeks later with “Money Smarts — What Every
The BIOS club and the Campus Activity Board,
College Student Should Know to Thrive in Any Economy.”
with the assistance of Dutchess Radio and Outdoor
The presentation focused on ways Adventure Club, hosted Earth Day activities in April.
in which students can fix their The day’s theme was “A Billion Acts of Green,” and
current money problems while participants took an environmental quiz, calculated
laying a foundation for future their carbon footprints and received plants and
investment strategies. information from local environmental groups and
biologist and deep-sea explorer Students, Local Residents Enjoy
Edith Widder came to DCC in
October to talk about the design
First DCC Community Day
and invention of new submersible Hundreds of students, family members and
instrumentation and equipment for community members took part in a fun, free
unobtrusive deep-sea observations. Saturday event at the first Dutchess Community
Collaborating with engineers, she Day sponsored by the DCC Student Government
has built several unique devices that Association in April.
enable scientists to see the ocean
in new ways. Most recently, Widder The day featured entertainment by K104 radio
created Eye in the Sea (EITS), a personalities and DCC Radio karaoke in addition to
remotely operated camera system music, prizes, games and food. Activities included a
that automatically detects and Student Government President John Zamierowski (left)
bouncy house, special game booths, animal balloons
measures the bioluminescence given off by organisms with author Tawan Perry. and face painting. Attendees made connections
on the sea floor. EITS has produced footage of rare with local non-profit agencies and businesses
sharks and jellyfish, as well as a new species of large squid. and checked out an art exhibit in DCC’s Mildred
I. Washington Art Gallery and a student art sale
benefiting the Middle Main Revitalization initiative.
Free, Fun Entertainment Dozens of DCC students worked for months to plan
Offered at Family Festivals the festivities and volunteered the day of the event
to ensure everyone had a wonderful time.
Many talented and engaging performers were
welcomed to campus by the Office of Student
Activities during the fall and spring semesters
to perform for children and adults on Saturday
mornings, as part of DCC’s free Family Festival
“Haiku, HipHop and Hot Dogs” by Crabgrass Puppet
Theatre, Craig Babcock’s “Silent Nights” and Steve
Johnson’s magic variety show were presented in the
fall, while spring shows included “Bubble Trouble”
by Jeff Boyer, “Anansi, Spiderman of Africa” by
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre and “The Royalty of the
Renaissance” by Kit’s Interactive Theater.
The Family Festival series reflects DCC’s
commitment to engage young children and offer fun,
educational programs for families.
“The Royalty of the Renaissance” was just one Hundreds gathered for DCC’s first Community Day,
of the free Family Festivals offered at DCC. sponsored by the Student Government Association.
Arts Across Campus
Gallery Features Work in
Varying Mediums, Styles
hroughout the year, members of the public are
invited to visit Dutchess Community College’s
Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery and enjoy
exhibits featuring student artwork as well as pieces
by regionally and nationally known artists.
DCC’s Jazz Ensemble performed in December.
The first student exhibit of the academic year
occurred in September and featured artwork
created by DCC students from the previous spring Cold Weather, Warm Sounds
and summer semesters. Also in the fall, the gallery
hosted an exhibition of DCC faculty artwork. A Beautiful music from holiday favorites to
January 2011 show presented select works from contemporary and popular works filled the DCC
students in the fall art classes. The exhibits campus during four concerts in December.
featured photography, drawings, ceramics,
graphics, paintings and more. The DCC Jazz Ensemble and Guitar Consort, under
Drawing by Emily Woods
exhibited in the Jan. ’11 the direction of Dr. Christopher Brellochs and
In February, pieces by sculptor Jeff Johnson and student art show. Helen Avakian, performed instrumental works
painter Benjamin Sears, both former teachers at including classical, contemporary and popular
DCC were on display. Sears is now an art instructor pieces. The DCC Winter Choral Concert featured
in Massachusetts and Johnson teaches sculpture and
woodworking at SUNY New Paltz.
And the Dutchie Goes to … the DCC Chorus and Madrigal singers, conducted
by Elizabeth Gerbi, and included performances of
DCC’s annual celebration of high school theater, the classic holiday and sacred music. The Mid-Hudson
“Place,” a collection of paintings, sculptures and Community Orchestra performed pieces by world-
Dutchie Awards, was held in May and once again
installations by Caroline Kent, Shona Macdonald famous composers as well as a range of holiday
featured trophies, speeches and excitement all
and Emily Puthoff, opened in March. The three selections. The final concert of the season featured
artists teamed up for the showing as part of DCC’s students of voice, piano, saxophone, guitar and
celebration of Women’s History Month. With High school faculty, students and families from 10 more who performed selections in a wide variety of
location as the theme, works included large shaped local high schools watched a video montage of the styles from classical to jazz and musical theater.
paintings, collages and experimental mixed-media performances before winners in several categories
installations. The subject matter ranged from were announced and acceptance speeches made. F-u-n is the Word at
architecture, geology and graffiti, to identity, Winners took home individually inscribed “Dutchie”
memory and psyche. trophies or honorable mention certificates. ‘Spelling Bee’ Performance
The final exhibit of the spring semester consisted The awards were created to honor excellence in Members of the Dutchess Community College
of sculptures by Emil Alzamora and paintings by local high school theater productions. Judges were Performing Arts program and Masquers’ Guild
Julie Hedrick. Energy, light and other elements DCC Performing Arts Program Chair Joe Cosentino, performance troupe teamed up to present
provided the inspiration for the paintings, while Music Certificate Program Chair Dr. Christopher “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
the sculptures explored the relationship between Brellochs and Director of Scheduling Susan Moore. in November. The musical comedy opened on
inner reflection and external influence. A resident Broadway in 2005, and won two Tony awards.
of Beacon, Alzamora began his sculpting career in High schools that submitted entries and took home The show tells the story of six young people vying
the Hudson Valley and has shown his work in Boston awards were Brewster, Coleman, Cornwall, Dover, against one another for a spelling championship. As
as well as locations throughout New York, Maine and F.D. Roosevelt, Millbrook, Newburgh Free Academy, the competition gets more intense, the contestants
Florida. Hedrick is a resident of Kingston, and her New Paltz, Red Hook and Wallkill. begin to question their previously held notions of
work has appeared in many exhibitions throughout winning and losing.
New York, Florida, California, Toronto and London.
The production was directed by Blair Wing
with musical direction by T.J. Giannetta and
choreography by Grace Obee in collaboration with
Students Re-Imagine ‘King Lear’
In April, students in the Dutchess Community
College Performing Arts program staged
Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” but with a new twist.
DCC professor Steve Press changed the setting from
ancient Britain to 1920s Chicago, complete with
pinstriped suits, Tommy guns and jazz music.
The new interpretation featured King Lear as
a cruel, mad gangster who divides his territory
between two of his three daughters, resulting in
tragic consequences for all. Despite the ending, the
play features some of Shakespeare’s best comedy
re-working of “King Lear” drew
The Performing Arts program’s 9
Community Celebrates Residence Hall Groundbreaking
lmost 200 community members, elected planning to enter the workforce after two years, will be constructed of noncombustible materials
officials, college faculty, students and staff many are interested in living on campus. We’re and will feature sprinklers throughout, 24-hour
gathered on campus in June to celebrate the proud that next year, we’ll be offering a housing security, a central entrance, controlled access and
beginning of a new chapter in the College’s history option for those seeking a residential college an on-site resident director and resident assistants.
— the groundbreaking for on-campus student experience, and those who otherwise would be
housing. Scheduled to open for the fall 2012 traveling long distances to attend DCC or renting The housing also will incorporate “green
semester, the 465-bed residence hall will enable off-campus apartments that may be substandard.” technology,” reflective of DCC’s commitment to
students to have the residential college experience sustainability initiatives. It will feature geothermal
while benefiting from the quality, accessibility and Unlike most colleges’ freshman and sophomore heating and cooling as does Bowne Hall, an
affordability of a DCC education. The availability housing, the DCC residence hall will feature administration/academic building on the campus.
of housing also positively impacts commuting spacious suite-style units with assorted bedroom
students, as programs, activities and services are configurations, two bathrooms, kitchenette and The facility will be owned and operated by the DCC
enhanced throughout campus. living room. It also includes lounges on each floor, Association and financed by M&T Bank through non-
a multi-purpose atrium, fitness center, laundry taxable bonds issued through the Dutchess County
More than half of the community colleges in New facilities, cable television and wireless Internet Industrial Development Agency. Construction of the
York state currently offer — or are in the process service and other amenities. The building is $30 million, 136,000 square-foot facility is under
of building — student housing. “It’s a growing conveniently located near academic buildings and way. Construction services are being provided by
trend that reflects both the increasing importance adjacent to Parking Lot D, on what was the soccer Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management, Liscum
of community colleges on the higher education field. (The field will be relocated.) McCormack VanVoorhis LLC, The Chazen Companies,
landscape and our commitment to meet the Erdman Anthony and Johnson Controls. It was
changing needs of our students,” said DCC President “Safety and security are our top priorities,” said proudly noted at the groundbreaking ceremony that
Dr. D. David Conklin. Conklin. Thoughtful design, construction and several of the local firms involved in the project are
operation of the residence hall will ensure the led by — and employ — DCC alumni.
“At DCC, we’re seeing an increase in the number comfort and well-being of students. The building
of traditional students — those attending directly
after high school,” Conklin noted. “Whether they’re
coming here as part of a four-year college plan, or
A groundbreaking ceremony for DCC’s new residence hall was held in
June. Photo, top right: DCC Board of Trustees members Sherre Wesley,
Daniel French, Vincent DiMaso (Vice Chair), Dr. D. David Conklin (DCC
President), Thomas LeGrand (Chair), Judith “Kip” Bleakley O’Neill,
David Patrick Kelly and John Zamierowski (student trustee).
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freshman and sophomore housing:
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• Living room Bathroom
• Kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave and sink
Safety and Security:
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• Sprinklers throughout
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• Central entrance and exit
• Controlled access
• On-site Resident Director and Resident Advisors
Building Amenities: Bedroom Bedroom Bedroom
• Multi-purpose atrium Living Room
• Lounge on each floor
• Wireless Internet and cable television service
• Fitness Room
• Laundry Room Kitchenette Bathroom
• Vending Area
• Two elevators
• Five-person suite (15 available) – 1,229 square feet
• Geothermal heating and cooling
• Energy-efficient windows
• Energy Star appliances
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Registration for the residence hall will
begin in early 2012.
Awards and Honors
Faculty, Staff Recognized for
Milestone Service Anniversaries
wenty-six members of the College’s professional staff were recognized
for milestone length-of-service achievements in January. Among the
honorees was theater professor Steve Press, who has taught at DCC for 40
Press came to DCC with substantial experience in New York City theater, as well Dr. Werner Steger with Honors Program students at a ceremony in May.
as in teaching. He has published three plays during his career at DCC, including
“The Spider and the Bee” and “The Last Carnival,” which continue to be Honors Students Receive Awards
performed throughout the country. Press received his B.A. and M.A. in Theater
from New York University. Several students who graduated in May from Dutchess Community College’s
Honors Program in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences
Other faculty and professional staff recognized for milestone service were presented awards earlier in the month to celebrate their academic
anniversaries were: 35 years – Constance R. Eames; 30 years – Karen Desmond, achievements. The Honors Advisement Sequence challenges students with an
Ingeborg Grutzner, Francis Whittle; 25 years – Maryann Longhi, Carl Marchese, enriched liberal arts education and an upper-level interdisciplinary seminar.
Carol Stevens; 20 years – William Benedetto, Toni Doherty, Johanna Halsey, The sequence is designed for students who, upon completing the program,
Karen Ingham, Andrew Scala; 15 years – David Teague; 10 years – Barbara intend to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree. This year’s Honors
Cavalieri, Rachel Craparo, Dominick Giarraputo, Lowell Handler, Navina Program graduates transferred to four-year colleges including Cornell, Bard and
Hooker, Carol Kushner, Ornella Mazzuca, Marta Newkirk, Werner Steger, Daniel SUNY New Paltz.
Valentine, Timothy Welling and Robert Zasso.
The honorees were David Bisson (Pine Plains), Jonathan Bisson (Pine Plains),
A luncheon was held in May to celebrate milestone service anniversaries for Kynsie Bryce (New Paltz), Caterina DeGaetano (Hopewell Junction), Jonathan
civil service, DCC Association and cafeteria employees. Celebrating 35 years of Hill (Red Hook), Kaitlyn Kelly (Millbrook), Abigail Knickerbocker (Clinton
service was Anita Young. Recognized for 30 years was Scarlett O’Leary. Honored Corners), Christina Mazzarella (Lagrangeville) and David Muniz (Newburgh). The
for 25 years of service was Rosemary Klein. Members with 20 years of service Richard Reitano Scholarship in Political Science was awarded to Daniel Rudder
were Cheryl Billings, Christine Craig, Scott Derby, Yvonne (Gardiner).
Flowers and Steven Schmitz. Celebrating 15 years was Anthony
Pane. Those honored for 10 years of service were Karen
Anson, Raymond Conklin, Allen Cook, Dawn Lopez, Vasilios
Papanicolaou and Maryann Sanchirico. Five-year honorees
were Joseph Laster, Johann Lettieri, Carol Murray, Michael
Soltish, Loretta Spencer, Michele Stinson, Carol Walker and
Members of DCC’s professional staff (below) and civil service,
DCC Association and cafeteria employees (right) were honored for
milestone length-of-service achievements by the campus community
and College President Dr. D. David Conklin (center, both photos).
Model United Nations Team Earns Accolades
Students from the DCC/Vassar College Model United Nations team were presented with Distinguished
Delegation and Outstanding Delegate awards at the National Model United Nations simulation held in the
spring in New York City.
The National Model United Nations program is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association,
which is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes understanding of international issues
and the United Nations.
The program provides students with a better understanding of the inner workings of the U.N. and fosters the
development of skills in civics, diplomacy and compromise. Students take on different roles and are required
to use effective communication skills to debate human rights, environmental, economic and other issues.
The joint DCC/Vassar team prepares with an academic course that begins in January, with the five-day
simulation in the spring serving as the culminating event.
Teachers Union Honors Top Students
Dutchess United Educators (DUE), the teachers
union of Dutchess Community College, honored Dr. Laura Murphy (left) and Abigail Knickerbocker.
41 students in May at the 26th Annual DUE Awards
for Academic Excellence. The keynote speaker at
the ceremony was Rita Banner, DCC’s longtime History, Government and
Director of Admissions who retired this past
summer. Twenty-eight students were nominated
Economics Students Lauded
by professors for individual DUE Awards, while 13 In April, Dutchess Community College held its
other students received special awards, which annual Eugene Sheridan Awards ceremony, which
are given by entire academic departments or in honors student achievement in social sciences.
honor of past DCC faculty and staff members. Antonia Gilbert of Rhinebeck was presented the
Ann and Dan Zodikoff Memorial Scholarship.
The 28 individual award winners were: Brian
Michael Valenti of Stanfordville received the Xavier
E. Babcock (Fishkill), David Bassen (Hopewell
H. Verbeck Memorial Award and Dina Layton of
Junction), Paul Boston (Wappingers Falls), David
Poughquag was presented with the Eugene Sheridan
Charifson (Poughkeepsie), Sarah Cohen (Milton),
Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences.
Glen Covell (Poughkeepsie), Deanna Cummaro
(Wappingers Falls), Caterina DeGaetano Three History, Government and Economics
(Hopewell Junction), Allyson Ferrara (Modena), Departmental Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Nicole Fishwick (Poughkeepsie), William Flax in the Social Sciences were presented. They went
(Wappingers Falls), Marielle Garcia (Staatsburg), to David Bisson of Pine Plains, Abigail Knickerbocker
Shantel Gordon (Poughkeepsie), Dina Layton of Clinton Corners and Brendan Norton of
(Poughquag), Lynn Martin (Poughkeepsie), Susan Poughkeepsie.
Marzan (Poughkeepsie), Donna M. McGoey Shantel Gordon (left) and English Professor Dr. Beth Kolp.
(Wappingers Falls), Corinna A. Myers-Lemos College Wins Three Awards in
(Poughkeepsie), Binh Nguyen (Wappingers Falls),
Daniel Parrella (Tivoli), Adam Podpora (Pleasant Public Relations Competition
Valley), Nicole Raffaele (Glasco), Ian Shultis The National Council for Marketing and Public
(Poughkeepsie), Alison B. Sterling (Hyde Park), Relations, which represents marketing and public
Gary Teator (Pleasant Valley), Kristen Thornton- relations professionals at community and technical
DeStafeno (Hyde Park), Mara Weissman colleges, honored DCC with three awards in its 2011
(Poughkeepsie) and Dori Wood-Burke (Carmel). District 1 Medallion competition.
The 13 special award winners were: Heather DCC won awards for its high school guidance
Haneman (Dover Plains), the Department counselor newsletter, new ‘Discover DCC’ microsite
of Behavioral Sciences Award; Kimberly and Black History Month celebration banner.
Stegner (Clinton Corners), the Department
of Mathematics, Physical and Computer The College’s Office of Community Relations and
Sciences Award in Mathematics; Zahra Graphics created the newsletter in collaboration
Farhan (Poughkeepsie), the Department of with the Admissions Office, the banner in
Nursing Award; Kathleen Byers (Millbrook), conjunction with the Black History Month
the Founders’ Award in Memory of Cynthia committee and the
Feldman; Lea Sophie Mueller (Barrytown), the special website
Visual Arts Award in Memory of Lowell Butler; in partnership
Julia Osterhoudt (Red Hook), the Visual Arts with local agency
Award in Ceramics in Memory of Lynette McKinney; Ashworth Creative.
Gary Teator and Professor Karen Ingham, head of the Allied
Jeremy D. Hughes (Red Hook), the Physical
Health and Biological Sciences Department.
Sciences Award in Memory of Richard P O’Connor; The awards
Stephanie Wolek (Poughkeepsie), the Biological Sciences Award in Memory of Rochel Stein; George recognize
Danko (Poughquag), the Business Technologies Award in Memory of George N. Freedman; Jessica Ramos excellence in
(Poughkeepsie), the Academic Excellence Award in Memory of Sabra Toback; Alycia Scarpelli (Hopewell marketing and
Junction), the Academic Award in Honor of Mary Louise Van Winkle; David Bisson (Pine Plains), the Political public relations
Science Award in Honor of Richard Reitano; and Jonathan C. Hill (Red Hook), the Legacy Award in Honor of activities.
Lewis Krevolin. Discoverdcc.com
Mark Balaban, director of Counseling Michael Boden, associate dean of
and Career Services Academic Affairs
Gilbert Seligman, professor emeritus Deborah Weibman, registrar emeritus
New Employees Join Campus Community
Retirees Logged 200 Years The following faculty, administrators and staff joined DCC in the past year.
The College extends many thanks to the following Mark Balaban (Counseling and Career
employees for their dedication and hard work, Services)
and wishes them well in retirement. Collectively Lydia Binotto (Community Services)
they represent almost 200 years of service. Jason Bishop (Behavioral Sciences)
Michael Boden (Academic Affairs)
Rita Banner (Admissions)
Marisa Byrnes (Allied Health and
Donna Cortwright (Housekeeping)
Kathleen Courtney (Library)
Bernadette Cekuta (EMS)
Patricia Lamanna (Behavioral Sciences)
Michelle Delaney (Nursing)
Joan Mazza (Allied Health and Biological Sciences)
Carolyn DaMota (Biology)
Donald McKay (Physical Plant)
Zachary Fischer (Computer Center)
Geraldine Pozzi-Galluzi (Allied Health and
Ian Freedman (Mathematics, Physical
and Computer Sciences)
Gilbert Seligman (Business)
Maureen Horton (History, Government
Phyllis Viola (Instructional Media)
Wendy Walker (Counseling and Career Services) Michael Roe, director of Admissions
Rita Banner, director William Hughes, Jr. (Housekeeping)
Deborah Weibman (Registrar’s Office)
emeritus of Admissions Tina Iraca (English)
Mallory Jackson (Behavioral Sciences)
Sujatha Kadaba (Allied Health and Biological Sciences)
DCC Earns Mehmet Kucukozer (Behavioral Sciences)
Diane Monthie (Registrar’s Office)
Arts Award Meg Devlin O’Sullivan (History, Government and
In March, the Mill Street Lynn Palewicz (Performing, Visual Arts and
Loft in Poughkeepsie Communications)
presented the College Deborah Pettyjohn (Library)
with the Friend of the Piro Rexhepi (History, Government and Economics)
Arts Special Recognition Gloriaanne Roe (Housekeeping)
Award for outstanding Michael Roe (Admissions)
contributions to the arts Magdalyn Santana (Community Services)
and the community over Daryl Simmons (Allied Health and Biological Sciences)
the past year, and its Colleen Trogisch (Transfer Services)
support for Mill Street Gail Upchurch (English)
Loft’s programs. Rita Vitulli (English)
Sarah Whitehead (Performing, Visual Arts and
The College’s artwork
collection — which
Rhonda Wowaka (Academic Services)
Stephen Wowaka (Physical Plant)
Tiffany Zananski (Allied Health and Biological Sciences)
and oil paintings —
is valued at an estimated $2.65
million. The pieces have been
donated over the years by artists Student Filmmakers Nab Reel Honor
and benefactors, enabling the
The first Eli Jaffe Film Competition, created to honor movie
beautification of the campus to be
projects by film and video students at the five regional colleges
accomplished without the use of
— DCC, Marist, Vassar, Bard and SUNY New Paltz — culminated in
public funds. The collection has
May with an awards ceremony at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. Of
been recognized in the past with
the five films chosen as finalists, two were created by teams of
the Dutchess County Arts Council
DCC students. Each submission focused on a public issue.
Award for Artwork in Public
Places and the Dutchess County DCC’s finalists were “Animus” by Laura Scharschu, Francesco
Executive’s Award for Arts in Paolo Cordaro, Devin Pickering, John England and the
Education. Communications 211 Team and “Only Embodied” by Robert
Anderson, Natalie Hanson, Antonio Sorci and Brandon Reuter.
Seven Earn SUNY Chancellor’s Awards
even members of the campus community were awarded 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
Dr. Leah Akins, department head of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Technologies, received
the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She began her career at DCC in 1999. She is an
active member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and her professional activities
are presently focused on curriculum to support the awareness and development of sustainable systems and
retention of students in engineering and technology. Akins has served in leadership roles at the College as
the chairperson of DCC’s Assessment Committee and as a faculty representative for the SUNY Chancellor’s
Group of 200 that helped develop the state university system’s 2010 Strategic Plan.
Akins is recognized for actively incorporating teaching innovations into her classes. Most notably, she
worked on development of a team-assessment process for small group work on short-term projects such as
weekly labs. She has published and presented at national conferences on this topic as well as co-authored a
copyrighted manual on how to implement the team assessment process in a general educational setting. Dr. Carol Stevens
Dr. Akins also is active in the community, most notably as the Treasurer of the Hudson Valley FIRST Lego
League (FLL) Executive Committee. She has been instrumental in the growth of the FLL program in the Longtime Staff Member Named
region and is the tournament director for the Regional Championship held at Dutchess Community College Dean of Student Services
Dr. Carol Stevens has been appointed Vice
Bridgette Anderson, associate dean of Administration for Physical Plant, earned the Chancellor’s Award President and Dean of Student Services and
for Excellence in Professional Service. She has served for more than 12 years as the associate dean of Enrollment Management.
Administration in charge of campus facilities management and is responsible for the operation of 13
buildings on the main campus and the DCC South extension site. In this role, Stevens is responsible for the offices
of Admissions, Registrar, Counseling and Career
Anderson was integral in the renovation of the College’s Bowne Hall, which included the installation of a Services, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Health
geothermal heating and cooling system and eliminated the need for fossil fuels in the building — cutting Services, Student Activities and Intercollegiate
energy costs by 30%, compared to a traditional system. In addition, Anderson was key in implementing Athletics.
the SUNY NY-Alert system on campus, which gives DCC the capability to issue emergency notifications
to students, faculty and staff via text message, e-mail, phone and fax. In addition, she oversaw the Stevens has been with DCC for 27 years, most
installation of defibrillators throughout campus and the training necessary for their use. recently serving as Dean of Community Services.
She began her career as an adjunct instructor
Also, Anderson has worked with the DCC Foundation to create the Lorraine Springsteen Scholarship and of psychology. She also has held the positions of
has served on DCC’s environmental and safety committees, in addition to the SUNY Physical Plant Board of admissions/minority affairs counselor, director
Directors, the SUNY Community College Board of Physical Plant Directors as chair, the New York Association of Evening Student Services, assistant dean of
of Physical Plant Administrators and as a New York State Building and Fire Code Enforcement officer. Student Personnel Services and associate dean
of Student Services. Stevens was the recipient
Five DCC students received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Alteronce Gumby of of the 2006 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Poughkeepsie, Heather Haneman of Dover Plains, Jonathan Hill of Red Hook, Kelly Tripp of Gardiner and Professional Service. She received her bachelor’s
Jessica Ramos of Poughkeepsie were among the 249 students from 64 SUNY campuses presented with the and doctorate from New York University, and
honor. The average GPA for the recipients was 3.8. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was master’s from Yeshiva University.
created 14 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the
integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community In announcing Stevens’ appointment, DCC
service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. President Dr. D. David Conklin called her new role
a “perfect fit” because of her “dedication and
experience as both an educator and administrator
and commitment to student success.”
Student Chancellor’s Award winners (from left) Kelly Tripp, Jessica Ramos,
(From left) Bridgette Anderson, DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin and Dr. Leah Akins. Jonathan Hill, Heather Haneman and Alteronce Gumby.
he men’s basketball program continued to see vast improvement last
season. The team finished 7-17, more than doubling the number of wins
from the prior year. The season capped off with an upset defeat over
#7 ranked Orange Community College. The Falcons were led by All-Region
First Team selection and All-American nominated guard Naquan Crowell, who
finished sixth in the nation in scoring, pouring in 22.2 points per game.
The cross country program returned to competition after a three-year hiatus.
The team surpassed all of its goals and expectations, finishing runner-up in
Region 15. The squad
went on to compete
in the district meet
and the NJCAA
Crowell and John Russo
were the catalysts
to the team’s overall
success. The 2011 team
will begin the season
ranked #10 in the
NJCAA National Poll.
DCC’s men’s golf squad came in third in the Mid-Hudson Conference of Region
XV of the NJCAA. Mike Dinelli earned a spot in the national matches and was
one of the best golfers in Division III.
The women’s softball team racked up 13 wins during the spring 2011 season.
Samantha Barletta, Kristi Coughlin and Alexis Oliva earned spots on the
Academic All-Region Team.
The DCC men’s soccer team had a successful season, finishing at 11-5.
Francisco Condor, Greg Rogner, Mario Marotta, Christian Redl and Jedediah
Djanie made the Academic All-Region Team. Softball
The baseball squad — with several rookie players and a new coach
— came together well and finished the Division II NJCAA season with
11 wins. Sophomore outfielder Carl Nuccilli hit .400 for the year and
freshman Joe Gonzalez hit over .340 while making only two errors
at second base. Both Nuccilli and Gonzalez were selected to the All
Region XV First Team.
The Lady Falcons volleyball team finished the regular season with
a 12-7 record. The girls advanced to the regional tournament,
but were defeated. Labrena Gordon was named to the All-Region
Second Team and All-Conference First Team. Trish McGrath earned
an All-Region Honorable Mention and a place on the All-Conference
First Team. Shenice Martin was named to the All-Conference Second
Team. Tori McKenna was selected to the Sportsmanship Team.
Dutchess Community College is committed to offering
educational activities to help young people in our community
discover challenging and rewarding career paths in science,
math, architecture and other areas. The College works with
schools throughout our region to encourage development of
team of students from Brewster High School
took home the first place trophy at the 13th problem-solving skills and spark healthy competition.
Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition at the
Dutchess County Fairgrounds in October. The 2010
competition marked the first time two teams each
scored two direct hits: Brewster and the Arlington
High School gold team. Punkin’ Chunkin’ gives Making Plans
students in physics, engineering and technology
classes and clubs the opportunity to design, build Local high school students interested in
and operate a sophisticated mechanical device architecture worked with professionals in the field
to hurl pumpkins at a target. Punkin’ Chunkin’ in March for DCC’s Sixth Annual Day of Design.
is coordinated by DCC Professor and Engineering
Program Chair Mark Courtney. Local architects volunteered their services for the
program, and students from Dutchess and Ulster
Magnetic Attraction counties participated. The teens worked in groups
with the architects to develop concept boards and
The 14th annual Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) architectural models. The program is sponsored
competition for middle and high school students by the DCC architecture faculty, the Dutchess
was held in November and broke all previous Community College Foundation and Catskill Art and
participation counts, with approximately 120 Office Supply.
students. The competition is sponsored by DCC’s
Department of Engineering, Architecture and Another architecture-focused event was the 19th
Computer Technology, Commercial Instruments annual DCC High School Architectural Design
and Alarm Systems, Inc., the Institute of Electrical Competition in June. DCC’s Architectural and
and Electronics Engineers and Wagner Technical Construction Technologies program presented the
Services, Inc. initiative. Approximately 30 students entered the
competition, and were judged on their designs for
Participants design a car that uses magnets to a single-family home on the banks of the Hudson
levitate itself and a propulsion system, such as River. Sam Price, Kayleigh Bhangdia and Steven
a battery-powered fan, a wind sail or a balloon. Giewont of Arlington High School took home first,
The students then build the cars and race them on second and third place, respectively.
DCC hosted the Lego League tournament in February.
tracks lined with oppositely charged magnets to
keep the vehicles afloat. The first-place division Both events were coordinated by Dave Freeman,
winners were Lauren Macdonald, Richie Liguori, Lego Challenge professor and program chair for Architecture.
Matthew Witman, Meghan LaTuso and Mackenzie
Hobel-Furrer from Union Vale Middle School; Patrick Robots invaded the DCC gymnasium in February Math and Science Program
when the College hosted the 2011 Hudson Valley
Martin, Michael Stanhope, Kyle Jennings and Michael
Pero from Red Hook High School; and Linden Avenue FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Showcases Options for Girls
Middle School student Trent Truitt. and Technology) Lego League Tournament robotics
Though science, technology, engineering and math
championship matches. The regional competition
have been historically male-dominated fields, the
An additional competition was held in April of this features teams of children ages 6-14 who use Lego
enthusiasm of the hundreds of girls who attended
year to accommodate the increased interest in the components to build small robots that complete
DCC’s 15th Annual “Math and Science Matter …
program. First-place division winners were Kristen specific tasks.
Especially for Young Women” program might signal a
Cain, Matt Petriccione, Oriana Daniberg, Yeh-un change in those professions.
Lee and Hayley McLoughlin, from Union Vale Middle The theme was “Body Forward,” which focused on
School and Peter Zollinger from Felix Festa Middle health. The autonomous robots designed by the
The program offers hands-on workshops in science,
School in Rockland County. teams performed tasks involving object collection
technology, engineering and math developed by
DCC faculty and is designed to engage girls in
Dr. Leah Akins, head of the College’s Engineering, activities that highlight opportunities in those
Architecture and Computer Technologies fields. Math and Science Matter is coordinated
department, served as coordinator for the event. by Professor Tony Zito, department head of
Mathematics, Physical and Computer Sciences.
FIRST is a not-for-profit organization founded
in 1989 to foster an appreciation of science
and technology in young people. Each year,
more than 120,000 students in eight countries
participate in the league.
Left: DCC’s MAGLEV competition added a second
event last spring to meet increased demand.
Right: The College’s Annual Math and Science
Matter … Especially for Young Women event drew
hundreds of participants.
DCC’s Office of Community
Services and Special Programs
served approximately 10,000
students last year with credit-
‘Green’ Career Opportunities Discussed in Forum
free courses. Offerings include
he Dutchess Community College Office of Community Services and Special Programs partnered career and vocational training,
with the Clean Energy Technology Training Consortium in September 2010 to offer another in a
series of free information sessions on careers available in green technologies, and the training workforce development, GED,
needed to get jobs in the emerging field. The program drew more than 100 attendees. ESL, professional and personal
Experts in the green technology field provided an industry overview and spoke about why green development, music instruction,
makes sense not only environmentally, but financially. The program concluded with breakout
sessions highlighting the courses, both credit and credit-free, DCC offers that serve as preparation leisure activities, sports and fitness
for a career in green technologies and renewable energy.
and youth programs.
Class Highlights New Heating/Cooling Technology
The College’s Office of Community Services
continues to create “green” courses and provide
up-to-date sustainable energy training to businesses.
Of particular interest to students was a three-day
credit-free course in March about the installation of
geothermal heating and cooling systems.
The location of the class — Bowne Hall — was
especially appropriate, as the building’s
temperature is controlled by geothermal
technology. Members of the class were able to get
an up-close view of an actual working system to
supplement material taught in class.
The course combined classroom learning with Music School at DCC Director Julie Wegener, student
hands-on training. A step-by-step closed-loop Josephine Morena Cuevas and Music Program Chair
system design for residential applications was Dr. Christopher Brellochs.
covered, along with geothermal marketing and
sales for small and large companies. The class
ended with a tour of Bowne Hall’s geothermal Student Earns First Music
facilities. DCC’s “green” courses provide hands-on training with the Educator Scholarship
Dutchess Community College music performance
Hospital Professionals Continue to Boost Skills student Josephine Morena Cuevas was the recipient
of the first Allyn J. Washington Music Educator
In March, Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) staff took part in a two-day course at Dutchess Scholarship, allowing her to observe DCC and local
Community College designed to enhance the skills needed to accurately and ethically act as a Spanish- public school teachers during the spring 2011
language interpreter between doctor and patient. The class was organized through a partnership between semester and then teach percussion on the DCC
the DCC Office of Community Services and the Language Assistance Program at VBMC. campus. She received one credit for her work.
Successful medical interpretation requires not only a full knowledge of the source and target languages, The scholarship is a joint effort between the
but the ability to analyze the message to ascertain its full meaning and intent beyond the word-for-word College’s credit music performance certificate
translation. program and the credit-free Music School at DCC,
which is part of the College’s Office of Community
For the third year, DCC offered a Patient Care Technician (PCT) course, an eight-week, credit-free class that Services. Since 1972, the music school has been
was a partnership between the College, VBMC and the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board. The one of the region’s premier providers of private and
duties of a PCT center around providing support to nursing staff. Classroom work was done at DCC, while lab group lessons in music and dance.
work was performed at the hospital. Attendance at this year’s course topped each of the two previous years.
Allyn J. Washington was a founding faculty member
at the college and is one of its major benefactors.
Graduates of DCC’s third Patient Care Technician
course gathered for a graduation ceremony over the
summer. All of the graduates were offered jobs at
Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
Employees of DCC and Dutchess County earned certificates for completing a managerial development program.
DCC, County Employees Recognized for Management Development Leadership
College President Dr. D. David Conklin welcomed Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus to the College in April to help honor 11 DCC and Dutchess County
government employees who completed the Management Development Leadership Program.
The initiative is a non-credit certificate program for supervisory and managerial staff looking to build a solid foundation and better understanding of what is
needed to succeed as a supervisor. Participants take five core and assorted elective workshops, completing a minimum of 60 training hours.
The program was developed by DCC’s Office of Community Services and the Dutchess County Department of Human Services.
Solar Panel Demonstration System
Energizes Learning on Campus
A system of solar panels installed this year on the DCC campus is enhancing
instruction in a number of credit and credit-free engineering and sustainability
classes, as well as feeding the College’s electric grid.
Courses such as Photovoltaic Systems and Sustainability Concepts and
Applications will directly involve the new panels for class demonstration, while
instructors in Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Materials Science also
can make use of the panels.
The energy captured by the panels is directly fed into the College’s electrical
grid and used to recharge DCC’s electric carts. Information about the solar
panel demonstration system’s specifications, the power generated, the amount
of carbon emissions avoided and money saved by using the panels can be found
at www.sunnyportal.com, a website that monitors energy data of solar plants.
DCC, as part of a consortium of six other New York
state colleges, received funding for the panels through
a grant from the New York State Energy Research
Web design, a class that included digital filmmaking, was just one of the many summer and Development Authority to create education and
programs offered for kids.
training in sustainable and renewable energy.
‘Kids on Campus’ Offers Summer Fun
DCC’s Office of Community Services launched the “Kids on Campus” summer
program this past year, offering morning, afternoon and full-day sessions for
children ages 6-18. Focuses included arts and crafts, sports, science, music,
computers and other exciting areas. In addition, a traditional day-camp
experience was offered that included swimming and field trips.
“We were delighted to offer the Kids on Campus summer program,” said
Russell Pirog, DCC assistant dean of Community Services. “With feedback
from parents and educators, we put together a range of educational and
recreational offerings to keep children and teens happy, safe, active and
engaged during summer.”
Sessions began June 27 and ran through August 19 and included baseball, golf,
photo editing, secret agent lab, computer programming, storytelling and more.
The new solar panel feeds energy directly into DCC’s electrical grid.
Shown are Lou and Candace Lewis, Christy and Marcus Molinaro, Dr. D. David Conklin and New York State Senator
Steve Saland. Lou Lewis received the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award, while Marcus Molinaro was
inducted into the DCC Alumni Hall of Fame.
Two Honored at Gala, Funds Raised for Scholarships
he Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala was held in March and drew more than
DCC students attended the Foundation’s annual gala in 300 guests to honor two outstanding individuals and raise funds for student scholarships. New York
March courtesy of DCC Alumni Hall of Fame member State Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro ’01, was inducted into the DCC Alumni Hall of Fame, and local
Jeffrey Smith (’72), who sponsored the student table. attorney Lou Lewis received the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award.
“Events like the gala and the generosity of our donors make it possible for the Foundation to award
scholarships that help our students fund their education,” said DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin. “The
success our Alumni Hall of Fame inductee — Marc Molinaro — has achieved, is a testament to the impact a
DCC education can have, and demonstrates the contributions our graduates make to our region.”
Molinaro graduated from DCC with an A.A. in Liberal Arts Humanities and Social Science. In 1994, when
he was 18, Molinaro was elected to the Tivoli Village Board of Trustees — making him the youngest person
ever elected to office in New York state. The next year he became the youngest mayor in the U.S. and
went on to be elected to four terms in the Dutchess County Legislature, and currently is in his third term
representing the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly.
Lewis has been deeply involved in the Poughkeepsie community for the last 40 years. He served for 20
years on the Board of Trustees of Marist College and for 25 years as vice president of the Bardavon 1869
Opera House. He also has been president of Dutchess County Landmarks, Amrita Club, Dutchess County Bar
Association and Poughkeepsie Rotary, and on the board of the Jewish Federation. He also is a co-founder of
The Hudson Institute for Renewable Energy.
“Lou is the consummate volunteer and the perfect individual to receive the Community Leadership Award
I established three years ago,” said Bernard Handel. “He has enhanced the lives of us all by his selfless
service to countless area non-profits that improve our community.”
Handel is a longtime supporter of the College and a current member of the DCC Foundation board and has
funded an endowed faculty chair, among many other contributions to DCC.
The DCC Foundation is sending a monthly Gala sponsors included Pamal Broadcasting, IBM, Rhinebeck Savings Bank, Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction
financial planning e-newsletter called Smart
Management and Absolute Auctions & Realty.
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Lisa Muraco accepts the George N. Freedman Memorial
Scholarship from Yvonne Sewell, professor of Business.
DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin (second from left) participated in this year’s Foundation golf
tournament with Alan Wiecking (left), Mitch Orcutt (second from right) and Frank Strickler (right).
More Than $100,000 in
Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Student Scholarships
At the May Honors Convocation, 150 students either
Dutchess Golf and Country Club was packed on May 23 with foursomes hitting the course for a good cause — starting their second year at DCC or graduating
student scholarships. The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament, in memory and entering four-year colleges in the fall, were
of Jack Orcutt, raised approximately $60,000. Jack Orcutt was DCC’s first director of Student Activities. recognized for outstanding achievements and
received scholarships totaling more than $110,000.
Orcutt’s son, Mitch, regularly attends the tournament and spoke about how pleased his father would be More than $1 million in scholarships has been
to know that a golf tournament to help students at DCC was still taking place, so many years after his awarded by the DCC Foundation in the Convocation
death. Jack Orcutt understood that education was the development of character, a quest for values and ceremonies since they began 15 years ago.
the raising of aspirations, not merely the collecting of facts and honing of skills. Both Mitch, and Jack’s
The scholarships are funded by individuals,
son-in-law, Frank Strickler, enjoy their yearly pilgrimage back to Dutchess County and particularly treasure
organizations and the Foundation to reward
remembering a man who helped to change so many lives for the better.
academic excellence. To learn more about
Through the memorial tournament, Orcutt’s continues to make a difference. “There are so many deserving establishing a scholarship, contact the DCC
students at DCC, and funds for the scholarships to support these students come in part from events like Foundation at (845) 431-8400.
this. The tournament sponsors and players should be commended for supporting our students,” said DCC
Foundation Executive Director Trish Prunty. On the Block
At this year’s event, the team of Billy Ceriello, Mike Meenan, Emmett Woods and Kevin O’Brien took first Festifall, the Foundation’s annual benefit auction,
place. The longest drive competition was won by Gina Pambiachi in the women’s class and Sean Tucker in the was held in October at the Poughkeepsie Tennis
men’s, while closest-to-the-pin was won by Dawson Brown in the men’s class and Pat Zerbe in the women’s. Club and drew more than 100 guests while raising
more than $70,000 for student scholarships.
The Event sponsor was Llelanie Orcutt, the Ace sponsor was Marshall & Sterling, the Giveaway sponsor
was The Chazen Companies, the Hole-in-One sponsor was DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, media sponsor A one-week timeshare ownership of a villa on the
was Pamal Broadcasting and the Eagle sponsors were Meyer Contracting Corp., SSC, Inc., Deluxe Building Caribbean coast in Puerto Rico was one of the
Systems, Shirley Brereton and Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management. items auctioned. Other packages included a one-
week trip to Orlando, a one-week trip to Rams
Horn Village Resort in Colorado, an overnight stay
at Mohonk Mountain House, a handmade outdoor
garden bench and much more.
Thousands Flock to Craft Fair
In August, the
American Association The Foundation hosted its 39th Annual Craft Fair on
of University Women
Thanksgiving weekend, drawing more than 3,000
$10,000 to the visitors and 100-plus artisans and specialty food-
DCC Foundation makers. Some vendors traveled from across New
to support an York state, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New
endowed scholarship. Jersey to offer their unique items to local residents
From left are DCC
Foundation Executive looking to kick off the holiday shopping season.
Director Trish Prunty,
AAUW President Items for sale included jewelry, specialty foods,
Geeta Desai, AAUW clothing, soaps and oils, decorative paintings,
representatives photographs, floral arrangements and works in
Barbara Van Itallie
and Mary Lou Davis
glass, metal, leather and wood.
and DCC President
Dr. D. David Conklin.
Christina Hargraves, a student in the Architectural Technology program, presents her capstone
design project to the Middle Main Group in the City of Poughkeepsie.
Students enjoy a spring day on DCC’s main campus.
Dr. D. David Conklin meets
with Weather Channel
meteorologist and DCC alum
Kelly Cass (’87) in April.
A Go Red For Women event to raise awareness of women’s heart health issues,
was organized by students, faculty and staff in February.
DCC’s soccer team beat Hostos, 6-0.
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