2018 Alumni Face Honorees: Mark Re ‘85 and Nancy Pasquale ‘90

 

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Nancy Pasquale (left) and Mark Re (right) are members of OCC’s 2018 Class of Alumni Faces.

Onondaga Community College annually recognizes distinguished graduates by naming them “Alumni Faces” for their accomplishments and contributions to the community. The 2018 class will be honored during a ceremony October 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall which is located in the Academic II building. Two of the graduates we will honor that night are Mark Re and Nancy Pasquale.

Mark Re and Nancy Pasquale first met in the late 70’s. Working in separate career ventures at the time, they soon found themselves longing for their real passions which led them to OCC. First, Re would return to obtain a degree in Business Administration. His success inspired Pasquale to earn one in Humanities. “We had each other and both worked really hard to get where we are today, but some of our fondest memories were when we were both starting our education and sitting across from each other at the dining room table with piles of books surrounding us,” said Pasquale.

The two adult learners felt comfortable at OCC right away thanks to a supportive environment. “The professors were terrific and I am still friends with some of them to this day,” Re said. Both of them agree their time at OCC shaped them and provided the necessary foundation and confidence to continue on and fulfill their dreams. “We both have degrees from other institutions, but our OCC diplomas are positioned in the same way and just as prominently as our others because that is where it started for us,” Re added.

Since graduating from OCC, Re completed his bachelor’s at Syracuse University and has been promoted through the real estate ranks from Branch Manager to Vice President and Regional Manager at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Pasquale completed her bachelor’s from SUNY Cortland and her Master’s from Syracuse University and recently retired after 22 years of service as a high school English teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius and Solvay school districts.

Looking back on their life from when they first met, their experience at OCC and their professional careers, giving back or “Paying It Forward” has always been a central theme for both Re and Pasquale. Whether it be financially or donating their time, both of them are passionate about opening doors of opportunity to those in need, which has led them to co-chair the OCC Advantage Program. The unique college-readiness and scholarship program gives students at East Syracuse Minoa, Onondaga Central and Solvay High Schools the opportunity to attend OCC tuition free. “When Casey [OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill] came to us to chair the committee we knew it was going to be a challenge, but one we were both passionate about in order to give back not only to the institution that gave us our start, but to the area school children who never thought college was an option to them,” Pasquale said. “We are both humbled and grateful for receiving this honor from an institution we love and respect.”

2018 Class of Alumni Faces

The latest Alumni Faces honorees are recognized on the first floor of the Academic II building.

Six distinguished former Onondaga Community College students have been named 2018 “Alumni Faces” honorees for their professional achievements and contributions to the college and the community. They will be honored for their accomplishments during an induction ceremony Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Their likenesses will be added to the Alumni Faces display in the Academic II building.

The 2018 class of Alumni Faces is:

David Bamonte, ’81
High School: North Syracuse
Major at OCC: Music
Profession: Educator and Trumpet Player

David has traveled the world playing the trumpet with acclaimed conductors such as Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta. Today he is a member of the Oregon Symphony and a professor at Portland State University.

 

Jim Campagna, ’79
High School: North Syracuse
Major at OCC: Radio & Television
Profession: Television News Director

Jim is News Director at WSYR TV, Newschannel 9. Throughout much of his career he shared his expertise with the next generation of professionals, serving as an adjunct professor in OCC’s Electronic Media Communications (EMC) major from 2001 to 2015. Today he continues to serve as a member of the EMC Advisory Board.

 

Nancy Pasquale, ’90
High School: The Convent School
Major at OCC: Humanities
Profession: Educator and Advocate

Nancy was a founding member of the college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges. She taught English at Fayetteville-Manlius and Solvay High Schools until she retired in 2015. Today she serves a co-chair of the OCC Advantage fundraising initiative.

 

Mark Re, ’85
High School: Bishop Ludden
Major at OCC: Business Administration
Profession: Real Estate Regional Manager

Mark is Vice President and Regional Manager of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. He has been a steadfast supporter of OCC, serving on the Foundation Board since 2004. He is co-chair of the OCC Advantage Fundraising initiative.

 

Jeremy Thompson, ’09
High School: LaFayette
Major at OCC: General Studies
Profession: Professional Lacrosse Player

Jeremy was an All-American lacrosse player at Lafayette High School, OCC and Syracuse University. He was also a two-time New York State Champion and a National Champion with the Lazers. He and his brother Jerome are the face of Nike’s line of Lacrosse gear and part owners of Thompson Brothers Lacrosse.

 

Jerome Thompson, 2006-2009
High School: LaFayette
Major at OCC: General Studies
Profession: Professional Lacrosse Player

Jerome and his brother Jeremy are the face of Nike’s line of Lacrosse gear and part owners of Thompson Brothers Lacrosse. Jerome helped lead the Lazers Men’s Lacrosse team to National Championships in 2007 and 2009. Both he and his brother Jeremy continuously give back to the Native American community and are revered as icons and role models for their work.

 

Congratulations to our Alumni Faces Class of 2018! You can see a complete list of all of our Alumni Faces honorees here.