2016 Alumni Faces Honorees

The Alumni Faces display in the Academic II building.
The Alumni Faces display in the Academic II building.

Four distinguished graduates have been named 2016 “Alumni Faces” honorees for their professional achievements and contributions to the College and the community. Jeff Cleland, Michael Meath, Kathy Rowe and Dr. Thomas Zengeya will be honored for their accomplishments during an induction ceremony Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall which is located in the Academic II building.

Let’s meet the 2016 Alumni Faces!

Jeff Cleland, 2016 Alumni FaceJeff Cleland, ‘13

  • Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences – General Studies
  • Profession: Public Policy and Veterans Affairs
  • West Genesee, Class of 2005

Jeff Cleland was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corp. He worked as an Infantry Machine Gunner while serving in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After retiring from active duty Cleland began a career of public service at Clear Path for Veterans and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Today he is leading research and policy efforts for the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX.


Michael Meath, 2016 Alumni FaceMichael F. Meath, ‘87

  • Major: Fire Protection Technology
  • Profession: Strategic Communications Consultant
  • High School: Bishop Grimes, Class of 1975

Michael Meath has helped hundreds of businesses throughout the nation deal with crisis communications. When unexpected events occur Meath is called in to provide strategic insight and practical, down-to-earth business sense. Meath also shares his wisdom with college students by teaching public relations, business ethics and crisis communications at McMaster University and Syracuse University.


Kathy Rowe, 2016 Alumni FaceKathy Rowe, ‘80

  • Major: Radio & Television
  • Profession: Radio Personality
  • High School: North Syracuse, Class of 1977

Kathy Rowe was an on-air personality at radio station Y94 (WYYY-FM) for more than 30 years. She started working there in 1982 and was Y94’s morning show host for more than a decade. During her distinguished career Rowe also worked at Syracuse radio stations WAQX-FM and WOLF-AM.  Rowe is married to Syracuse Jazz Fest founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano, ’67 who is also one of OCC’s Alumni Faces.


Thomas Zengeya Wall of Fame photoDr. Thomas T. Zengeya, ‘02

  • Major: Mathematics & Science
  • Profession: Research Scientist

Thomas Zengeya is a native of Zimbabwe who came to the United States in 2001 to study science. He earned degrees from four SUNY schools including OCC, ESF, Oswego and Binghamton. Zengeya is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland. He has several awards, publications and presentations to his credit.

Congratulations to our 2016 Alumni Faces honorees!

2 thoughts on “2016 Alumni Faces Honorees

  1. OCC also gave me a great start. I graduated from Thomas J. Corcoran High School in 1967 and attended OCC that fall. I walked to the downtown campus (office building) every morning and was glad for it as it was the only affordable option available to me. I received my AA in math and science in 1969 and went on to receive a BA in Physics at SUNY Geneseo and a Masters in Physics at Idaho State University. I have since remained in the west and have had a good life as a result of my start at OCC. I worked in the semiconductor industry for the last 37 years as an engineer, manager, and project coordinator. I have been able to provide for my family and contribute to my community in several volunteer positions. I am thankful to OOC.


  2. I attended OCC when the Human Services program, under Dr. Ken Johnson was first begun. Jerome Berrigan was one of the best professors I ever experienced in my entire academic career. After graduating from OCC in 1977, I entered the work force with many skills. Years later I attended Binghamton University and received a BS with Honors from the School of Education and Human Development in 1989. After receiving an MS Ed from Elmira College in 1993 I entered the teaching force and became a volunteer advocate in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program advocating for abused and neglected children in the Family Court system. I returned to the community college venue, graduated in 2004 from Broome Community College as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society with an AAS Paralegal Degree. Because of the emphasis on experiential education that the OCC Human Services program afforded me, I have always valued my OCC degree. A special thanks to Dr. Johnson and Dr. Berrigan for the joy of learning that they inspired.


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