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Published by the Westchester Community College Foundation 75 Grasslands Road Valhalla, New York 10595 JUNE, 2010 IL CLUB ITALIANO ALUMNUS URGES VETERANS TO SAY THANKS TO WCC MARKS 38TH YEAR When Steve Heintz, a Vietnam veteran and a 1970 grad- uate of WCC, picked up the November, ’09 issue of the experiences in the military and the new challenges facing them in the civilian world. Dean of Students Angelo Il Club Italiano at Westchester Community College Alumnews, he was immediately struck by the lead headline: Delgrosso was faculty advisor for the club and it ‘caught celebrated its 38th anniversary on Friday, April 23rd, at the “Kappa Sigma Kappa Awards First on’ and grew rapidly. When Vietnam veteran Steve Heintz Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle. Guests enjoyed Scholarship”. He thought back to joined the club in 1967 there were more than 80 members. a wonderful Italian dinner accompanied by music, dancing the late 60’s, when he was a member In his last year at WCC Steve served as president of the and entertainment as they celebrated the outstanding suc- of the Veterans Club at WCC, and Veterans Club. He remembers those years, and those people, cess of the largest club at the college and one of the most remembered the friendly rivalry his with great fondness. “The club provided us with great ca- influential Italian cultural group had had with the Kappa maraderie and a great social life,” said Steve. “We were a groups in the county. Sigma Kappa fraternity brothers. By ‘giving’ organization. We raised money, lots of money, for The Italian Club pro- the time he had ﬁnished reading the scholarships or charities or for anybody who was in need. motes and preserves the cul- article, an idea was taking shape in And when we weren’t raising money we had a great time ture, language, customs, tra- his mind. If KSK members still cared just sitting around over a beer and talking about our military ditions, folklore, and food of enough about the college to fund a days, how we were adjusting to being home, and what we Italy; helps to acquire a better scholarship, why shouldn’t he and Steve Heintz, ‘70 wanted to do with the rest of our lives.” understanding and appre- his fellow veterans do the same? He recalls the club’s friendly rivalry with Kappa Sigma ciation of the Italian heritage; Steve called the WCC Foundation to ﬁnd out how to Kappa, a social fraternity at WCC that also had a large mem- and promotes the signifi- start a scholarship fund. Now, a few months later, he’s on a bership. “We tried to outdo each other in everything”, said cant contributions of Italians mission to locate alumni who belonged to the Veterans Club, Steve. “We competed for members. We tried to sponsor and Italian-Americans in which was active on campus from 1966-1973. His goal is to more events than they did. And as far as raising money for the United States. This club build an active constituency of past club members and to a cause, we were always trying to see who could raise the Prof. Carlo Sclafani encourage them, among other things, to help establish an most.” Apparently that spirit of friendly rivalry never ended. provides the opportunity for students to meet new people and enrich their lives with endowed scholarship in the name of WCC veterans. When Steve read about the KSK scholarship in the many cultural activities. Moreover, unlike other clubs on Westchester Community College actually owes its ex- Alumnews, his ﬁrst reaction was “we should do this too”. campus, membership is open to the outside community and istence to men and women who served in the United States So right now Steve Heintz is busy trying to locate the hundreds of Westchester residents have beneﬁted from Armed Forces. The college was established in 1946, under members of the old WCC Veterans Club and convince them the many activities sponsored by Il Club Italiano. the name of The New York State Institute of Applied Arts that today’s students need help as much as the students of Professor Carlo Sclafani, Chairman of the Modern Lan- and Science, primarily to help returning World War II veter- forty years ago. “We were all about giving then; why guages Department and a native of Sciacca, Italy, has been ans acquire the skills they needed to ﬁnd employment. In a shouldn’t we be about giving now?” said Steve. “Every the driving force behind the Italian Club since 1971. Profes- rented space in the Battle Hill School in White Plains, 226 one of us has a lot of reasons to be grateful to WCC. We sor Sclafani started his career at WCC at the age of 27. For students shared classroom space with elementary school were given an opportunity to attend college, an opportu- nearly four decades he has devoted much of his time to children. Of these 226 new college students, 225 were men nity we wouldn’t otherwise have had. It enabled us to get promoting Italian culture. Over the years he has become an and the majority of them were newly-returned veterans. an education, get a decent job or maybe start our own busi- ambassador for Italy to many students and individuals from As years passed and the college grew, veterans con- nesses. We’ve all had pretty good lives thanks to the community. tinued to make up a large percentage of the student body Westchester Community College. It’s time to pony up and Through much hard work, the Italian Club has grown as new wars were fought in Korea and Vietnam. In the mid- give something back.” with help from supporting members and students, and of sixties a group of vets got together and formed a club so If you are a veteran who attended WCC at any time, course, Professor Sclafani. Last year, the Italian Club of they could meet to socialize and talk about their shared please contact Steve Heintz at Stephen.Heintz@SNET.net, Westchester Community College awarded over $30,000 in or register online at www.mysunywcc.org, or call the Alumni scholarships to students interested in the Italian language Ofﬁce at (914) 606-6559 -- or all of the above! and culture. Over the years, the club has raised more than NOTE: If there is a positive response from alumni vet- $500,000 in scholarship funds. erans, the WCC Foundation will begin planning a special Professor Sclafani has been honored in many ways; he Veterans Day event for this coming November 11th and all was given the title of “Commendatore” by the Italian gov- our veterans, past and present, will be invited. If you want ernment in 1999, an honor that is bestowed to only 10 indi- to be part of this new initiative, please let us hear from you! viduals every year; he was also given the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; and in 2006, Professor Sclafani was invested into the Equestrian Order WCC SEEKING FUNDS TO of the Holy Sepulcher. If you’d like more information about the Italian Club, ESTABLISH A VETERANS CENTER you can contact Professor Sclafani by phone or email: Ofﬁce phone: 914-606-6794 Westchester Community College has submitted a re- Email: email@example.com quest for a Federal Budget Appropriation to support the development of a new Veterans Center on campus. Through REMEMBERING ALPHA SURFRAT the Center, the college would provide services speciﬁcally for veterans and their spouses, including peer networking, counseling, and workshops. By Maddi Ferraro Dudley, ‘73 Returning veterans, who have dedicated themselves to serving the U.S., bring experience and commitment to I attended Westchester Community College from 1971- consisted more of getting to know your upper classmates their education but may often face challenges from combat 1973. During that time I was a member of a very unique and each other on a deeper/more intimate level. experiences or injuries. By providing services focused on organization called Alpha Surfrat. We were not the tradi- We used to have a table or two at the Student Center their needs, the college can facilitate the transition to civil- tional sorority/fraternity but a co-ed group which operated where we would gather daily to have lunch, socialize, etc. ian life and successful future employment. The project will as an organization. Our mission was simple: Cultivating We participated in making homecoming ﬂoats, Cam- ensure that veterans and their spouses are prepared for in- friendships and building relationships that would last a life- pus Sweetheart contests, and other clubs/organizations at demand jobs that require a degree or certiﬁcate. time. We held regular meetings and functions, but pledging the school. Our mission statement was: “Unity Together While Westchester Community College has seen an Through Time”; our logo was UTT. For new pledges, this increase in the number of adult students served overall, was a guarded secret code until they were ofﬁcially initi- veterans represent a special group with unique concerns. ated into the group. Our theme song was “That’s What The college currently has 180 enrolled veteran/students and Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick. the Post 9/11 version of the GI Bill means that we’ll be see- Some of the pictures from our time together recently ing more and more veterans and spouses enrolling here. were posted on Facebook and an avalanche of former mem- The college has reached out to veterans on campus bers have ﬁnally, after almost 40 years, reconnected. This and listened to their concerns. Many are eager to partici- is truly amazing, and we hope to establish a page on pate in planning and implementing a Veterans Center; the www.mysunywcc.org in the near future. In the meantime, NYS Division of Veterans Affairs would also provide guid- we’re asking all former members of Alpha Surfrat to get in ance, enabling WCC to actively develop the most effective touch with us. I live in Texas and would be happy to share possible program compatible with State beneﬁt offerings. my reﬂections on this special group at anytime. (817-788- By establishing a Veterans Center, the college hopes 9963) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s aim for a reunion to increase recruitment and retention of the individuals who at WCC in the not-too-distant future! have served our country, and their spouses, ensuring that We were ahead of our time in what we stood for and they have full access to their beneﬁts and can experience a tried to accomplish in our short time at WCC. Today with truly veteran-friendly campus as they earn their degrees. the help of the internet, we have fulﬁlled our goal of Unity The key element is funding. If WCC’s request for fed- Members of Alpha Surfrat were pictured in the 1972 Yearbook Together Through Time. eral appropriations is denied, private funds may be sought. DWAYNE KELLY WINS SECOND SCHOLAR TAKES PRIDE IN COOKE SCHOLARSHIP HIS WCC “ROOTS” President’s For the second time in four years Dwayne Kelly, ‘06, has beaten incredible odds to win a scholarship from the Joseph Agonito, ‘56, is a Professor Emeritus of Ameri- can History at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, Corner Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. This organization awards where he taught history from 1964 to 2004. He is also a some of the most valuable, and highly competitive, college specialist in the Plains Indians and the American West and scholarships in the nation. has been honored for his original research in this area. The Dwayne has been chosen as one of approximately 50 June, 2010 award-winning documentarian has written extensively Dear Alumnus/Alumna, students nationwide to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foun- about Native American dation 2010 Graduate Scholarship. The $50,000 scholarship life and achieved na- will help Kelly, a native of Jamaica who majored in urban On July 1, 1965, Stuart Steiner and I began our higher- tionwide acclaim for a education careers at Harford Community College in Mary- studies, pursue his dream of studying immigration law. novel which he wrote The award was open to students who had previously land. I was director of the evening division and summer with his wife, Dr. Rose- session; Stuart was admissions director. I became presi- won a Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Undergraduate Scholar- mary Agonito, also a ship—which Dwayne received in 2006 while enrolled at dent of Harford in 1967, and of Westchester Community well-known author. College in 1971; Stuart has been president of Genesee Com- Westchester Community “Buffalo Calf Road College. That award, which munity College since 1975. We hold a combined record of pays recipients up to $90,000 Woman” is a historical 78 years of presidential service and are told that we’re the toward the completion of a novel based on the true longest-serving community college presidents in America. Bachelor’s degree, made it story of a female Chey- Many of our colleagues serve average presidential possible for him to attend enne warrior named terms of ﬁve to seven years, so our longevity humbles and and graduate from Fordham Buffalo Calf Road who, surprises us. After much reﬂection on the reasons for our University. a c c o r d i n g t o t h e Drs. Rosemary and Joseph Agonito long and successful tenures, we’ve learned these lessons: Soon after he transferred Northern Cheyenne, Successful community college presidents are educa- to Fordham, Dwayne set his delivered the ﬁnal blow that killed Gen. George Custer at tors ﬁrst and foremost. We spend a lot of time teaching sights on the next prize--a the Battle of Little Bighorn. The book won the 2006 West- board members, elected ofﬁcials, staff members, committee JKCF Graduate Scholarship- ern Heritage Award for the Outstanding Western Novel. chairs, reporters, and the college community. Our curricu- --which would enable him to The award was presented at the National Cowboy and lum consists of educational vision, stewardship of resources, pursue a professional degree. and leadership development. We use every teaching tool Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City by former we have, including in-house professional development, And he won the prize. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The The Jack Kent Cooke meetings, one-on-one “face time,” newsletters, awards, and Agonitos joined a distinguished group of previous win- more. Our ability to teach and guide others is our best tool Foundation’s Graduate ners including James Michener, Barbara Kingsolver, John Dwayne Kelly, ‘06 Scholarship Program is de- for perpetuating our vision for our institutions. Wayne, Kevin Costner, and Clint Eastwood. Successful presidents keep learning. Successful presi- signed to help talented students with demonstrated ﬁnan- In a recent letter to the WCC Foundation, Joseph ex- cial need pursue graduate or professional study. Recipients dents are always in learning mode. Certainly we learn from pressed his “gratitude for the education WCC provided me colleagues and subordinates. But equally important, we walk must have maintained a 3.5 GPA and have shown leadership so long ago, and without which I would never have suc- ability and concern for public service. Hundreds of appli- around the campus, talking with students, faculty and staff ceeded in my life’s work.” He explained how WCC gave members, and visitors. We remain curious about big goals cants nationwide apply for the award each year. him an opportunity for higher education in spite of a medio- Kelly, a ﬁrst-generation student who was raised in the and obscure details. The more we know, the better we lead. cre high school record. “I surprised myself at WCC and Successful presidents think about tomorrow. Many Bronx and does community service with a local religious turned out to be a good student, thanks to the many ﬁne organization, said he hopes to become a “voice for the voice- faculty and staff members are immersed in managing the professors I met there.” He earned a Ph.D. in American “here and now,” but we do our jobs best when we manage less men and women who feel hopeless about their circum- History from Syracuse University in 1972 after beginning a stances” in the United States. years into the future. We might, for example, begin mobiliz- teaching career at Onondaga that was to last for 40 years. ing resources and people for bold new academic programs “A legal education would equip me adequately to tackle “I look upon WCC (and the community college move- the kind of injustices that immigrants suffer as a result of or institutional priorities that may not come to fruition for ment in general) as providing the ﬁrst, best hope for count- many years. Our gratiﬁcation comes from the knowledge their lack of legal status,” Kelly said. less young men and women from the working class,” he Dwayne, who said he never expected he’d get to attend that we are shaping and securing our institutions’ futures. wrote, adding “I am honored and grateful that I began my Successful presidents are fair. Many, if not most, dis- college, made the dean’s list at Fordham for three consecu- academic career at WCC. My thanks to WCC for taking me tive years. He minored in philosophy. agreements in the college environment arise over the allo- on as a student when some four-year colleges would not.” cation of resources. Even the most successful of presidents cannot meet all the ﬁnancial demands of their institutions. But they can encourage thoughtful discussion about pri- WCC ALUMNI ENTREPRENEUR: RYFORD ESTORES orities and allocation of dollars, facilities, and equipment. Successful presidents are careful with resources. Faculty and staff, board members, legislators, citizens, are Ryford Estores, ‘06 and ‘07, is the founder and CEO of experience and that of his friends that standing in line at the watching how we allocate resources. Successful presidents a company called Self-Cut System LLC, which has just barber shop could waste a lot of time. And staying well- pay attention to the budget and monthly reports. We watch launched a new product in the hair care industry. The prod- groomed by getting regular haircuts was expensive. So he enrollment-driven income on a daily basis. We want our uct is actually an educational program that came up with his own “Big Idea”, an idea constituencies to recognize that we treat the resources en- teaches men how to cut their own hair. The that would give men an alternative to barber trusted to us as carefully as we would treat our own. kit includes a 1-hour instructional video and shops and enable them to take control of Successful presidents respect the board’s role. Many a patent-pending height-adjustable three- their own image and save thousands of dol- successful governing boards give their presidents broad way mirror that gives the user a 360 degree lars over their lifetime. latitude to operate their colleges, but successful presidents view of his entire head while he is cutting his Ryford began research and development understand that the board is the governing and policy-mak- hair. The DVD gives easy-to-follow instruc- of his product two years ago by creating a ing body. Presidents who lose sight of this may erode their tions on how to create a number of different Powerpoint presentation and shopping abilities to effectively serve the board and the college. hair styles and also includes instructions for around for funding. He developed a proto- Successful presidents stay fresh. Our institutions are beard and mustache trimming. type and applied for a patent. And he took always evolving, so effective leaders must continually grow. Ryford, who lives in Ossining, has two an active role in creating the video. Through- Active involvement in professional organizations, peer net- degrees from WCC, one in Marketing and out the process he has kept in touch with working, and daily exposure to higher-education news help one as an LPN. He said he got the inspira- Prof. Deirdre Verne, chair of WCC’s Market- us stay on top of trends and innovations. We translate tion for his hair-cutting system from watch- ing curriculum, who has helped and encour- what we observe and learn into tangible beneﬁts for our Ryford Estores aged him every step of the way. ing Donny Deutsch on the former TV show, colleges—through ideas we pass along, pitfalls we avoid, “The Big Idea”. Ryford said that he was fascinated by the Check out Ryford Estores’ new hair care product at the and new approaches to leadership we glean from others. stories of people who had had amazing ﬁnancial success company’s excellent website, www.selfcutsystem.com. The Successful presidents celebrate. Celebrations build a by developing a simple idea into a new product and getting site contains photos, testimonials, and ordering instruc- sense of community. Every institutional milestone deserves it out on the market. “It changed my whole attitude about tions, as well as a highly entertaining music video which, a celebration, and every celebration becomes an opportu- how to become an entrepre- by itself, is worth a visit to nity to deepen the commitment and involvement of those in neur”, he said. “I learned how the site! our community. Conversation, laughter, food, and drink may to draw on what you know and Right now the Self-Cut not build academic programs or balance budgets, but these not try to create some imagi- System can be purchased light moments make navigating the tough ones much easier. nary product that nobody only on the website, but will needs”. Ryford knew from his own eventually be in stores na- tionwide. Joseph N. Hankin FROM MUNICH WITH LOVE: PAUL KIENER DESCRIBES 35-YEAR ODYSSEY THAT BEGAN AT WCC My parents and I emigrated to the USA from Germany except Brazil and Paraguay. Learned Spanish as a third This summer I’ll turn 66 and my retirement is nowhere in 1955. In 1965 I enrolled at WCC in the Electrical Technol- language to German and English. in sight. I am currently involved in developing, building and ogy curriculum and had no idea that the next few years were I wound up in St. Croix, Virgin Islands and worked for selling complex radar systems to be among the best years of my life. the Hess Oil Company and was offered a job once again by worldwide. To learn more about A few of my favorite professors were Professor Del the GE International Projects Division in New York City. my company look up Euro-Art In- Grosso (Dean of Students), Professor Rauch (Political Sci- They sent me to Algeria from where the US imported lique- ternational online. ence), Professor Van Werth, Professor Evans (Electrical), ﬁed natural gas and I was Project Manager for a gas pipe- To sum it up, I shall never and Professor Dadikas (Physics). I also had a magniﬁcent line from the Algerian desert to the Mediterranean. forget the good times (perhaps time as a brother in the Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity In Algeria I started working for the El Paso Natural Gas too good) I had at WCC. My As- I left WCC twice and tried an apprentice job and a school Company and managed the construction of a natural gas sociates Degree in Electrical Tech- in Munich, Germany because my parents wanted to keep liquefaction plant. I stayed for 4 years and learned French nology never really made a dif- me away from Vietnam. It didn’t work out because my na- as the fourth language. Then I moved on to Libya (dreadful ference one way or the other. But tive country had changed so much (or I did) that I was very place) and Saudi Arabia (not much better). my personal stability that I homesick for the USA and for WCC. So I came back. Worked for a French Petrochemical & Construction learned at WCC through the many I will never forget Professor Delgrosso who allowed ﬁrm, one year in Paris and 10 years in Lyons. They sent me friends I made and had and the me to participate in the 1969 graduation ceremony and to Morocco and to Nevada. I started dating the boss’s lectures (in the constructive handed me an empty diploma binder just to please my par- secretary, which didn’t go over too well, and left the com- sense of the word) from my pro- Paul Kiener, ‘70 ents whom I couldn’t tell that I failed my exam. I ﬁnally pany to work for another French ﬁrm in Iraq. Stayed for 2 fessors stayed with me and certainly played a role in what I graduated in 1970 after a night course in a college in New years and got out just before the ﬁrst “Desert Storm”. call my very interesting life. Even today when I sit with my Jersey where I was working for General Electric Company. The same company I worked for in Iraq had a new friends and family and a good glass of wine and we start I left GE and went to work for a small engineering ﬁrm. contract based in Munich and I accepted. This was in 1989 reminiscing about the past and I start in with my WCC memo- Spent the next 2 years as Project Manager installing gas and I’ve been here ever since. One can say that after 35 ries, you can hear the silence and perhaps even a little envy. turbine power stations in every country of South America years, it was “back to the roots” . They just don’t believe it - but it was really so. Alumnotes 1958 1988 before and after school, and this experience led her to de- JOHN (JACK) GALVIN passed away on April 7 in BRENDA J. PEREZVARGAS is a ﬁeld interviewer for velop a keen interest in child development. After raising her Vero Beach, Florida at the age of 72. Jack was president of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the Uni- son and daughter she enrolled at WCC and earned an WCC’s Student Council in 1957-58. This sad news was versity of Chicago. The renowned research organization associate’s degree in early childhood education in 2001. sent to us by JOE BROWNE, a classmate and close friend operates nationwide and is best known for its national stud- She went on to receive a bachelor’s and a master’s degree of Jack who also lives in Florida. ies. Brenda lives in Indialantic, Florida. She earned a in that ﬁeld from the College of New Rochelle. She devoted Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies in 1999 and an M.B.A. ﬁve years to teaching early childhood educators before ac- in Global Management in 2005. cepting the position at the New Milford Center. 1973 PERRY SCHNEIDER teaches Science and Driver Ed at Nova High School in Davie, Florida and is also assistant 1990 2001 coach of the football team. During the 1980’s Perry worked VINCENT DALY is the owner of CuteMonster LLC, a CARLOS (CHARLIE) RAMOS is very busy cam- as an assistant coach for the WCC football team along with media company focused on content creation. Their lat- paigning for the New York State Senate. Charlie is running Ed Hendrix. Perry lives in Deerﬁeld Beach, Florida. est project is the development of in the 32nd District in the Bronx, where he currently serves CuteMonster.com, an online re- as the Bronx Representative in the New York City source for dads of young children. Comptroller’s Ofﬁce of Community Relations. Prior to hold- 1974 ing this position he worked for a lobbying ﬁrm in Washing- ALLAN MAWHINEY is a Speech/Language Patholo- Vincent is a graphic designer, writer, actor, artist and most importantly ton DC and earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top gist. In 1976 Allan graduated from Hofstra University with a husband and father of two small emerging Latino leaders. a B.A. in the Teaching of Speech and Hearing Handicapped. Two years later he received an M.A. in Speech Pathology children. CuteMonster’s mission and Audiology, also from Hofstra. He’s been working ever is to provide dads with a wealth of 2003 since in his chosen ﬁeld and sends his thanks to WCC. helpful information that includes KATHLEEN (KATIE) SULLIVAN is a Development Co- Vincent Daly advice on parenting, movie re- ordinator at Baruch College/CUNY, where she is also study- views, descriptions of new toys on the market, reviews of ing for a Master’s degree in Public Administration with con- 1976 new kids’ products, tips for organizing a household with centrations in program evaluation/health policy. Katie has CHARLES W. BROWN, JR. is one of the founders of kids, and shopping links for various kids’ items. Vincent’s a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. Al- C.W. Brown Inc. a certiﬁed WBE contractor specializing in creative artwork and talent with graphics are displayed all though she no longer aspires to be a scientist, she still has high-end interior alterations and renovations. Charlie has over this lively and colorful website: www.cutemonster.com. a great interest in the ﬁndings of neuroscience, and envi- been the President since the company’s inception in 1984. Yo u c a n a l s o c h e c k o u t t h e i r o n l i n e s t o r e : sions working with a mental health advocacy or policy re- He and his wife Renee Brown have built the company from www.cafepress.com/shopcutemonster. search group in the future. a small business to a growing company with an annual Katie started volunteering a good deal after her under- revenue of almost $50 million. They recently moved the ofﬁce from its longtime location in Thornwood to a new 1994 graduate studies (including tutoring biology for a few se- THOMAS AMMAZZALORSO has been recognized mesters at WCC, thanks to an invitation from her favorite “green” building in Armonk. For the past two years C.W. by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, professor, Michael Priano) and found an interest in the non- Brown Inc. has been working on an extensive renovation of leadership and excellence in education. Tom is a teacher at proﬁt world. Her current position as a Development Coor- the Tech Building on the WCC campus, and is presently McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC, dinator at Baruch College is her ﬁrst professional foray into completing the ﬁnal stage of this project. Charlie received where he teaches history and social science. He previously fundraising. While attending a recent fundraising confer- his AAS degree in Civil Technology in 1976 and a B.S. in worked for Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools and for ence Katie became interested in the different challenges Construction Management from Utica College. When he the New York City Public School System. Tom is pursuing faced speciﬁcally by community colleges, especially the ﬁnds the time to relax, he enjoys ﬁshing and skiing. his Master of Education in Education Leadership at George difﬁculties of creating afﬁnities for alumni. ANNEPEREIRABRUNO andROBERTBRUNO were Mason University, where he received his Master of Arts in active in student government during their two years at WCC 2004. He also earned an M.S. from Pace University in 1997. 2004 and still talk about the great times they had here. Anne and He is a member of the Graduate Student Association, Phi NADINE NILFAIR MARSH COLEMAN recently Bob have been married for 33 years and have two children Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Beta graduated from Strayer University in Atlanta with a Master’s and a grandchild. They moved from Florida to Las Vegas Gamma International Business Honor Society. He plans degree in Information Systems, Soft- two years ago. Bob is a controller for an international truck to become a school principal and obtain his Ph.D. ware Engineering Management. dealership and Anne is a pre-school teacher. After losing While at WCC Nadine’s favorite touch with WCC for many years, the Brunos are anxious teachers were Prof. Dilsizian (whom 1999 she credits with helping her decide to reconnect with old friends, teachers, and classmates. ALYCIA M. GUICHARD, Director of Street Law Pro- her career path) and Prof. Lindley gram at Rutgers School of Law--Newark, is the recipient of (who was always willing to provide 1977 the 2010 Ernest McMahon Award for her outstanding lead- extra assistance with computer pro- VIRGINIA BILIADES RIOJA is the owner of Unison ership in extending the educational resources of the uni- gramming classes). Prof. Dilsizian Travel LLC in Connecticut. Virginia lives in Killingworth, versity to the people of New Jersey through the Street Law calls Nadine “one of WCC’s truly CT with her husband Robert and two children. While at Program. Guichard is Director and New Jersey Bar Founda- wonderful success stories”. Nadine WCC she was a member of Alpha Beta Gamma and was a tion Fellow for Street Law, which places law students in transferred to SUNY Purchase and Student Advisor for two years. She then went on to Mercy urban schools and youth facilities to educate teenagers got her Bachelors degree in Math- College and graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree. about the law and civic engagement. Since the Street Law Nadine Marsh Coleman ematics & Computer Science in Program was founded, 152 law students have taught weekly 2006 before relocating to Georgia. 1978 classes about law, democracy and human rights to more JOHNNY LOMBARDI is an Assistant Public Defender than 1,400 young people in a dozen Newark-area schools for the State of Oklahoma. A member of the Hockey Club at and youth organizations. “In just three years,” said Asso- 2005 WCC, Johnny presently resides in Norman, Oklahoma. ciate Dean Fran Bouchoux, “Alycia Guichard has devel- ERNESTO ARREGUIN is now pursuing his Master’s oped Street Law from a loosely-structured student initia- degree in computer science and has been accepted by both tive into a nationally recognized program that connects NYU and Columbia. Ernesto won the curriculum award when 1983 the law school to educators and youth in the urban centers he graduated from WCC and was one of the students fea- CINDY ARGIENTO has recently published a book en- of northern New Jersey.” Alycia received her Associates tured in an early Gateway Center promotional piece. titled “Deal With Life’s Stress With A Little Humor”, a col- degree from WCC, B.S. with honors from NYU, J.D. from lection of 50 of her best humor col- Fordham University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Ad- RYAN CASKEY, a computer science major who won umns from a number of local news- vocacy with distinction from Georgetown University Law the Terry O’ Bannion Microsoft Scholarship at WCC, re- papers in and around Greensboro, Center. In 2008 she received the Young Lawyer of the Year cently graduated from Georgia State and is currently work- North Carolina. Cindy met her hus- Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. ing on a mission in Peru with his wife. band, RALPH ARGIENTO (‘80) at WCC. They were married four years 2001 after she graduated and now have 2008 BARBARA CONTE is the Executive Director of The GARY MORGAN, an international student sent to three children. She is also the author Children’s Center in New Milford, Connecticut. The North Westchester Community College by the government of Ja- of “Doris in Dreamland”, a book Salem resident was appointed last July to head the Center, maica, graduated in December 2008 with an AAS as an Emer- about a child who is hiding a secret which provides services for an enrollment of 90 children, gency Medical Technician-Paramedic. With a 3.74 GPA, Gary of sexual abuse. To read more about Cindy Argiento ranging from 3 months to 8 years of age. returned to his job in Jamaica with the Jamaica Fire Brigade. Cindy’s writing career, go to ”I really like the atmosphere because it is a home-like Shortly after his return he was promoted to the rank of Su- www.cindyargiento.com. setting,” Ms. Conte said, noting that she actually began perintendent with the Brigade – in charge of all EMS Opera- her career 25 years ago by offering child care in her home tions. Gary Morgan replaces GIFFORD BLAGROVE as 1985 after she gave birth to her ﬁrst child. She became “kind of the Ofﬁcer in Charge of EMS. Gifford Blagrove was also a JANETE FIGUEIREDO GUARDIA is a Consumer the neighborhood babysitter” as she looked after children graduate of the AAS degree paramedic program at WCC. Safety Ofﬁcer with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in Hartford, CT. Janete returned to school after being a full- time mom for 10 years and obtained a Masters in Biomedi- cal Science. With her previous back- ground in research, pharmaceutical, environmental and food industry, she landed a job with the FDA and Don’t Forget to Write! relocated her family back to the east Send Us Your E-mail Address so we can invite you to alumni events coast after living in the Chicago area for 14 years. In her new position, Send Us News About Yourself so we can share your success with 27,000 readers Janete will be primarily conducting inspections at medical device ﬁrms Make A Donation to the WCC Foundation Annual Fund so others can have in the New England region that are required by law to be regulated and the same educational opportunities that you had Janete Guardia approved in order to conduct busi- ness and provide safe products to AND the public. Janete said, “This is a great stepping stone for Register on www.mysunywcc.org so you can ﬁnd old friends and get back in touch my career path, because I always wanted to work in the public health area.” ALFRED STATE PRESIDENT Alumnews is published by Westchester Community College Foundation Non-Profit Organization ANDERSON VISITS CHINA 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595 E-Mail: email@example.com U.S. Postage PAID White Plains, NY Barbara Christesen, Alumnews Editor Permit No. 9519 A group of twenty-four SUNY ofﬁcials, including Alfred State College President Dr. John M. Anderson, ‘72 Change Service Requested and 200 SUNY students, traveled to China last winter as guests of the Chinese government. It was China’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to SUNY for the aid it gave to Chinese students following the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province in 2008. Various SUNY campuses hosted 150 Chinese students for the 2008-09 a c a d e m i c y e a r. Alfred State hosted two young Chinese women as part of the project. Presi- dent Anderson, a IF YOU GRADUATED IN THE FORTIES, WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU! WCC alumnus (class of ‘72) was The Westchester Community College Foundation is in ‘48 or ‘49 to get in touch with us and help us to update one of only two planning a luncheon and reception this fall for members of your contact information. SUNY presidents to the ﬁrst two graduating classes--the classes of 1948 and Call the Alumni Ofﬁce at (914) 606-6559, or e-mail: make the trip. 1949. In the past six months we’ve heard from two 1949 WCC.Alumni@sunywcc.edu. You can also get in touch Dr. John M. Anderson with China’s The Ameri- graduates interested in having a reunion with their class- with Don Cook, ‘49, who actually ‘started the ball rolling’ Great Wall in background cans were greeted mates, who attended WCC when it was known as the New for this reunion. Don’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. with much pag- York State Institute of Applied Arts and Science. We hope to have as many of you as possible come to eantry, performances, exhibits, and feasts. It was apparent Many of our records for these early classes are incom- Valhalla in the fall for your 60-plus-year reunion. We’ll set that the Chinese people were exceedingly grateful to plete or incorrect, so it’s really difﬁcult to ﬁnd out where the date by the end of the summer, so we ask you to contact America for having ‘adopted’ some of their students for everyone is today. We are asking all of you who graduated us before August 15th. that academic year. There was an outpouring of emotion that touched both hosts and visitors alike. The delegation toured various colleges and universi- ties in Beijing and Chengdu as well as some of the country’s Class of 1960 Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary sightseeing highlights. They ate lunch together in the up- per ﬂoors of the local restaurants and were also divided The 1960 grads were, in al- into groups to tour campuses of particular interest to them. phabetical order, Jacqueline They slept in dorms or with Chinese families for the last Rizzo Alleva, Charles H. week of their stay, which enabled them to have an authentic Beachman, Clair Bizzoco Blum, cultural experience. Judith Risher Christ, Carl Concia, Joyce Mockov DeSantis, Nancy E. Hauber, IN MEMORIAM Barbara Shumovsky Hut- nik, Susan Morgan Katz, Gene Kopfmann, Robert It is with sadness that we announce the death of Mammarella, Philip J. Stephen Fraley, an alumnus of the college as well as an McGovern, Robert A. Monroe, esteemed instructor in the Division of Continuing Educa- Michael Palen, Barbara Fusco tion and JobSTAR. He formerly tutored in the Academic Rinaldi, Joseph F. Sansaverino, Support Center. Those of you who interacted with him knew Virginia McLoughlin Sartorius, him to be the consummate professional. For several years, Arthur R. Spinner, Mildred he taught a variety of non-credit remedial courses such as Reinheimer Sterling, Robert spelling and grammar, spelling 101, building a good vocabu- Louis Tranzillo, John Vaszko, lary and improving writing skills. Dedicated to his students, Thomas P. Walsh. he strove to help make their lives better by teaching them Members of the Class of 1960 gather on the Hartford Hall patio before attending the The alumni traveled from as basic skills for work and/or college success. He touched 2010 Commencement ceremonies far as Kansas, California, and countless lives by sharing his personal experiences to in- Florida to attend the reunion. spire others to overcome adversity and help them realize Twenty-two members of the class of 1960 celebrated The tradition of inviting the graduating class of ﬁfty that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. their 50th anniversary at a reunion in Valhalla on May 20, years ago to Commencement began in 2000 as a way of He believed in education as a path to self-improvement, 2010. Following a reception and buffet supper the group celebrating the new millennium. Next May we’ll be hosting self-conﬁdence, and one’s sense of worth. He was a great donned caps and gowns and led the procession of 2010 the Class of 1961--so if you graduated in ‘61 please make motivator and role model for his students. graduates to their Commencement ceremony. sure we have your current address. HEIGH HO, HEIGH HO, IT’S OFF TO ENGLAND WE GO!! By Dr. Iris Cook, ‘54 Last fall I opened my mail and there it was – an invita- message forward. It clearly was a thrill of a lifetime for me – tion to participate in an Oxford Roundtable at Oxford Uni- and I even have a lovely certificate to prove it! As versity in England in March of 2010 on the topic of “Women gate and handed in our boarding passes, The Brits all cleared Shakespeare said, “All’s well that ends well” and it did. and the Academy – Status and Prospects”. Wow! And I and I WAS BOUNCED BACK!!!!Why?? Because someone At the end of the conference I boarded the bus to go was invited to submit a paper! Wow with a higher priority than I had (so much for bargain tick- back to Heathrow, still dragging my bags and looking again. “Well”, I thought, “I’ve been ets) arrived at the last minute and bumped me! I sadly waved wretched, found the same bus and the same bus driver who in Academia for the past forty years, I good bye to the Brits and returned to Tarrytown to await once again bundled me into his bus and off we went. This should have something to say, and my the next day’s ﬂights. This was no glacier but it was not time I was very early for the ﬂight and to my disappointment college is a great example of the ad- going well, to say the least. I couldn’t be processed until two hours before the ﬂight so vancement of women”. So…..I sub- On March 15th I returned to the airport and this time I there I am wandering around Heathrow STILL dragging my mitted an abstract and lo and behold made it onto the ﬂight, arrived at Heathrow the next morn- bags. Several hours later I am allowed to check in and get it was accepted! That started it. I made ing and struggled to ﬁnd the Central Bus Station. When I my boarding pass. Off I go to the GATE, where I promptly reservations and began my research. ﬁnally got there the bus driver looked at me, assumed I settle in and fall asleep. Soundly asleep. Much later I feel a Thanks to the several snow days we would soon be dying and said – “Let me get that for you tap on my knee and a kindly face says, “Madam if you wish had this past winter I had time to put dear”, took my bags and hustled me onto the bus for the 1 to make this ﬂight they are about to close the doors”. Well, the paper together and get organized and ½ hour ride to Oxford. Finally I was there!! What a thrill! I bolt up, adrenaline pumping, and begin running down the Dr. Iris Cook for what I was sure would be a fabu- I hurried into the conference, took my place and then intro- corridor to the plane when I hear a baby screaming and I lous trip. (You all may remember my duced myself to an amazing group of women from all around utter the silent prayer we have all said, “Oh please God last planned adventure when my trip to Antarctica was can- the world- each one with a different story about their col- don’t let my seat be next to that baby”. celled after my ship hit a glacier- well this time it would be leges and career histories and opportunities. Of course my seat is RIGHT NEXT TO THE SCREAM- smooth – after all it’s England! – civilized and proper!) I was so excited to be in my dorm room at OXFORD; to ING BABY a four month old beautiful boy travelling with March came quickly, and I packed my bags (and 40 eat in the big dining hall (think Harry Potter) and absorb the his mommy. He won’t stop. Mommy is distraught, Baby is copies of my paper) and headed off to JFK to board my atmosphere of this spectacular University. I was here – a distraught. Iris is distraught. Iris says, “Give me that baby!” ﬂight to England – it was March 13th. That was the day of little graduate of Harrison High School and Westchester and begins to pace up and down the plane as it gets ready the terrible storm and ﬂood in our area. After hours and Community College – in Oxford!! to leave. Iris returns to the seat with “Jeremy” for take-off hours in the airport our ﬂight was cancelled!! And I was in the country of my father’s birth. I hoped while mommy is fumbling for a breast to offer to the baby. By that time I had made friends with 2 British couples somehow he would know that I was here. Upon seeing this procedure a wretched ﬂight attendant on the same ﬂight and when the cancellation came all hotel My paper was the last one to be given - #25. It was the screams “You can’t do this here. Everyone can see you” the rooms were booked, so I invited them to come home with me only one with a positive story to tell. The other 24 told of “everyone” is me, mommy and Jeremy so I counter with, to spend the night. I think they felt I was going to eat them struggles and inequities within a variety of institutions and “Leave us alone, WE ARE FINE!” Finally Jeremy gets but having no other choice they did come home with me – circumstances. In my research I was able to identify 665 “hooked up” and things calm down, but we are facing a 7 by this time it was 2:00 a.m. and they would have gone pivotal position of inﬂuence at my College, of which 55% and ½ hour ﬂight to the U.S. Needless to say Mom will have anywhere. We fell into bed and returned to JFK to be were occupied by women. Many factors contributed to this. to eat, use the restroom and just breath a little, so Jeremy waitlisted for the next day’s ﬂights. The airline was Delta A major force is the President Dr. Joseph Hankin, the long- spends about 1/3 of the ﬂight in Iris’s lap. And because life (which I later learned stands for Doesn’t Ever Leave The est sitting president of any of the SUNY colleges, and most is so funny, he and mommy are going to be picked up by Airport). Visiting with the Brits was a delight!! They asked senior in the nation, who clearly supported women in any mommy’s best friend who is the daughter of my eye Doctor, great questions about our country and answered many about position. Adding to this the faculty, WCC Foundation, Dr. Sally Jordan who was a member of the Biology Depart- theirs. We all sat quietly waiting to see if our names would SUNY and Middle States Accrediting Agency all play a part ment at the College for many years before going to medical be placed on the cleared standby list. And suddenly, there in the advancement of women in universities. Ours is a won- school. It surely is a small, small world and we had better we all were – we were going!!!!! Happily we approached the derful example and I was honored to be able to bring our just help one another whenever we can.
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