Awards and Farewells

Student Trustee Allison Guzman-Martinez was recognized for her service during her final Board of Trustees meeting. She is pictured with Board Chair Allen J. Naples (left) and OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill (right).

Onondaga Community College’s Board of Trustees handed out a series of year-end awards and said farewell to two invaluable trustees during its May 7 meeting.

The John H. Mulroy Founder’s Awards were presented to three individuals. This is one of the College’s highest honors. It recognizes those whose exemplary service has significantly advanced the mission, vision, and excellence of OCC and enhanced its capacity to provide students of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to explore, discover, and transform their lives through access to high-quality, affordable higher education. The recipients were:

  • Alicia Calagiovanni & Richard Calagiovanni, ‘68 who have both played critical roles in the success of the OCC Foundation which supports students annually by giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships.
  • Professor Emeritus Donald Miller who is the composer of “Here Rests in Honored Glory,” New York State’s official Hymn of Remembrance.

OCC Foundation Chair Dennis Hebert, ’69 will also receive a John H. Mulroy Founder’s Award at a future Board of Trustees meeting.

Sophomore Liam Stewart received the Trustee Award for Students in recognition of his extraordinary service to fellow students and extraordinary contributions to the College’s mission and strategic goals. Stewart served the campus community as Vice President of Clubs and Organizations in the Student Association. He’s a Communication major and a member of the Men’s Basketball team. Stewart is a 2015 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School.

Trustees also recognized the students who organized last month’s Unity Day. Each student honored received a medal and a certificate for their efforts. Honorees were Harth Alawad, Allison Guzman-Martinez, Alyssa Hanies, Suaad Obaid, Colin Reilley, and Xavier Townsend,

The Board bid farewell to two Trustees. Student Trustee Allison Guzman-Martinez completed her term. She will be receiving her degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Sciences after being named the top student in the major. Guzman-Martinez will transfer to SUNY Stony Brook.  She is a 2017 graduate of Westhill High School. During the next academic year the Student Trustee will be Dawn Penson.

This was also the final meeting for Board Chair Allen J. Naples who became a Trustee in 2010. Naples was granted Trustee Emeritus status by OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill. Trustee John Sindoni will replace Naples as Board Chair.

Congratulations to all!

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