Onondaga Community College honored four distinguished alumni by naming them 2015 “Alumni Faces” for their professional achievements and contributions to the College and community. The ceremony took place Wednesday, October 28 in the Recital Hall of the Academic II building.
The 2015 honorees are:
Anne Marie Abt, DPT, ‘75
Major: Mathematics & Science
Profession: Physical Therapist
Anne Marie Abt came to OCC from Bishop Grimes knowing she wanted a career in physical therapy. She earned her associate degree and graduated from Upstate Medical Center two years later. Today Dr. Abt is a physical therapist in the Jamesville-Dewitt School District where she works with students with diagnosed disabilities. Dr. Abt is also an adjunct instructor in the Physical Therapy Education Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University, teaching a pediatrics therapy course to doctoral students. She is a board certified pediatric clinical specialist and is part of the Fitness Inclusion Network affiliated with Upstate, which promotes inclusive fitness for children and adults with disabilities.
Richard Delmonico, Ph.D., ‘77
Richard Delmonico is a graduate of Liverpool High School who credits OCC’s Counseling Department with helping him decide on a major, consider career options and complete applications for bachelor degree programs. Delmonico also earned degrees from colleges in California, Connecticut and Missouri. Today he is the chief of neuropsychology at the Kaiser Permanente Rehabilitation Center in northern California where he specializes in working with people with neurological disorders such as traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Delmonico is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of California and the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Neurological Society.
London Ladd, ‘95
London Ladd is an illustrator who creates the visuals that help tell the stories of some our nation’s most historic figures. The Corcoran High School graduate came to OCC as a Computer Science major, switched to Art and developed into a nationally renowned children’s book illustrator. He’s worked for some of the nation’s largest publishers including Scholastic, Disney/Hyperion and Lee & Low Books. His subjects have included Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglas. In between projects Ladd remains active in the community, serving as a facilitator for Syracuse’s Say Yes to Education after-school program. He is a member of the Syracuse Public Arts Commission.
Dinyar Vania, ‘99
Profession: Opera Tenor
Music always played a significant role in Dinyar Vania’s life, but he didn’t realize his greatest gift until he became a student at OCC. Vania graduated from Marcellus High School with the dream of being a percussionist. OCC’s Music faculty discovered he had enormous potential as a vocalist and worked with him to enhance those skills. After graduation Vania went to New York City, performed in several choral ensembles and earned principal roles on the main stage for the New York City Opera Chorus. Vania is now one of the most sought after talents in opera throughout the United States and Europe.
During the ceremony each recipient delivered brief remarks. There was also an outstanding performance of Brindisi from LA TRAVIATA. It was performed by 2015 Alumni Face honoree Dinyar Vania, OCC Student Vocalist Brittany Montpetit (Cicero-North Syracuse High School), the OCC Concert Choir and Pianist Katharine Ciarelli under the direction of Conductor David J. Rudari, D.M.A. You can view the performance here:
Earlier in the day the Alumni Faces honorees spent time on campus interacting with students in the disciplines they majored in. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to interact and receive valuable career advice.
You can see a complete list of the College’s Alumni Faces honorees here.