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About this award

The presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award is one of the highlights of every Homecoming Weekend at SUNY Fredonia.

Dianne Craig
CEO of Ford Canada Dianne (Carson) Craig, '85, honoree in 2012
Dennis Thiele
Biological chemist and yeast geneticist Dennis Thiele, '78, honoree of 2012

Michael Marletta

President of Scripps Research Institute Michael Marletta, '73, honoree of 1993

Barbara Kilduff

Coloratura Soprano Barbara Kilduff, '81, honoree in 1991

The honor is reserved for graduates of SUNY Fredonia who have gone on to excel in their chosen professions, have been acclaimed in the expression of their artistry, or have dedicated themselves to a special cause or service that benefits others.

Awardees must be present to receive the honor. Nominations are encouraged. 

To nominate an individual for this award or for more information, contact the Alumni Office. The award is given at Homecoming upon the recommendation of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Outstanding Achievement Awards


Helen (Tinch) Williams '60


Allan Dennis, '70

Christopher Mirabelli, '77; Ph.D.


Perla Hewes Manapol, '71
Allan H. Wilson, '75


Alumni in Science


Constance (Wheat) Batty, '54; Ph.D.
Edward DeDee, '71


Dianne (Carson) Craig, '85
Dennis Thiele, '78
Eugene Kapaloski, '53


Joseph, '74, and
Jane (Schuster) Falcone, '74

Kirk Krull, '78


Tony Caramia, ‘73
Jacquelyn Dean Cheek, ‘76
Carol Stanley, ‘71


John G. Baust, ’65; Ph.D.
Kimberlee Neifer Caldwell, ‘87; Ph.D.
Clifton Turner, ‘85


John Poppo, '84
Michael Petsky, '85


Cathy Calannio Marion, ‘79


Rocco Piscatello, ‘90
Andrea Romano, ‘77
David Salamone, ‘79


Karl Holz ,‘73


Kenneth Kaplan, ‘71
Josephine Wilson, ‘74; Ph.D., D.D.S


David Mittlefehldt, ‘73; Ph.D.
Christopher Pendergast, ‘70
Howard Shear, ‘75; Ph.D.
Jerome L. Skinner, ‘74; J.D


Michael Bovalino. ‘77
David Curtin,  ‘91; Ph.D.
Ronald Gould, ‘72; Ph.D.
John Sternisha, ‘68


Neil Postman, ’53; Ph.D.


Jeffery Kelly, ‘82; Ph.D.


Robert E. Lee, ‘75
James McLeod, ‘71; J.D.
Robert Brown, '66; Ph.D.


Thomas Quatroche, ‘62; Ed.D.
Steven Suib, ‘75


Edward Greenway, ’84, ‘86


Julie Newell, ‘82
Norman Karin, ‘76


James Foley ‘79
Patricia Foley ‘72


Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, ‘69
Gregory Prechtl, ‘69


Michael Marletta, ‘73; Ph.D.
David McHugh, ‘66
Peter McHugh, ‘63 


Mary McDonnell, ‘74


Richard Herman, ‘66
Mark Karadenes, ‘53
Barbara Kilduff, ‘81


John Clendenin, ’71
David Weber, ‘62


Onaje Allan Gumbs, ‘71
Andrew Heymsfield, ‘69
Jeffery Wallace, ‘68
Phoebe Anderson Thies, ‘39


Franz Roehmann, ‘58
Brian Frons, ‘77


Jack Glenzer, ‘57
James Young, ‘58
Alan Tulin (Posthumous), ‘67


Paul Cambria, ‘69
Dennis Costello, ‘72
Diane Pennica, ‘73
Ronald Sutherland, ‘61


Douglas Ahlstedt, ‘67
David Howe, ‘74


Raul Figueroa,‘71
Bennett Reimer, ‘54


Annie Yannie Corrado, ‘33
Morris Poummit, ‘33
John Quatroche, ‘63


Peter Michael Goetz, ‘65


James Houlik, ‘64
Diana Hume George, ‘72
Bernd Weinburg, ‘61


Milford Fargo, ‘50
Lou Adler, ‘52


James Lyke, ‘54


Viola Kirkland Patton, ‘61


Mary Beth Smith, ‘52


Vincent Morette, ‘58
Robert R. Hesse, ‘53; Ed.D.
Lester P. Chappell ‘37
Arthur Dedrick, ‘37
Robert Whitford, ‘37

Vincent Morette Edward DeDee Constance Wheat Batty Science Alumni

John Poppo (Sound Recording Technology): Founder of Pop Productions, Inc.; a producer, engineer, mixer, arranger and published songwriter. Holds the copyrights to numerous major label releases. Active in The Recording Academy, the preeminent arts advocacy and outreach organization in the country, which also produces the annual GRAMMY, awards for the music recording industry.

--From Homecoming Program, October 2008

Michael Petsky (Business Administration): Partner and CEO of Petsky Prunier LLC, a leading investment bank. He is a partner of the Winterberry Group, a leading strategic consultancy. Recognized as one of the foremost experts on marketing, advertising and digital media industry trends and strategies for maximizing shareholder value. Has appeared on CNN and frequently presents at marketing and Internet trade shows and events.

--From Homecoming Program, October 2008

 As Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies, Tony Caramia coordinates the Class Piano Program at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Caramia is a frequent national and international workshop presenter, lecturer, judge and clinician. His solo jazz CD, “Tribute,” was released in 2006 featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Marian McPartland and Dave Brubeck, as well as original compositions. Mr. Caramia’s recent solo piano compositions, “Suite Dreams” and “Jazz Moods,” were published by the Hal Leonard Publishing Corp., and he was a featured performer at the 2007 and 2009 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

--Campus Report, Friday, Sept.17, 2010

The Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of Indian Education of the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., since November 2007. Jacquelyn Dean Cleek, previously served as Director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs from 1996 until October 2007, and has held other positions within the Department of the Interior. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Ms. Cheek served as a Technical Specialist for Native American Consultants, Inc., of Arlington, VA. She earned a master’s degree in education in 1978 and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Human Development in 1981 from Harvard University.


--Campus Report, Friday, Sept.17, 2010

Since June 2000 Carol Stanley has been the University Registrar at the University of Virginia and from September 1985 until June 2000 was Director of Student Information and Records at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She also coached softball at Ohio State University and SUNY Binghamton, and organized, established and trained the Peruvian Women’s National Softball Team. She holds U.S. Patents for several inventions including the STAN-MILL MITT hand protection system, which sits in the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


--Campus Report, Friday, Sept.17, 2010

Dr. Baust is the founder of BioLife Solutions, Inc., and director of the Institute of Biomedical Technology at SUNY Binghamton. BioLife Solutions engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of proprietary hypothermic storage and cryopreservation solutions for cells, tissues, and organs. Its proprietary products are marketed to companies, laboratories, and academic institutions. Dr. Baust is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Cell Preservation Technology, and co-editor of the recent book, Advances in Biopreservation. Prior to founding BioLife Solutions, Dr. Baust was senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Cryomedical Sciences, Inc.


--Campus Report, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009

Dr. Caldwell, an associate professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Caldwell has found that excretions from common soil bacteria kill dopamine neurons in two different worms and in human neurons in culture. These are the same neurons that die in Parkinson’s patients. Her research team hypothesizes that this soil bacterium could be an undiscovered contributor linked to idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.


--Campus Report, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009

Mr. Turner, a businessman who has held high-level managerial positions for such companies as General Motors, Bloomingdales and Tommy Hilfiger. Mr. Turner’s remarkable career also included nine years with Lens Crafters as manager of its Manhattan store on Fifth Avenue and eventually serving as a worldwide company spokesperson. He has even appeared as part of a comedy sketch on the “David Letterman Show.” In 2008, Turner joined the airport security industry, managing operations in the Westchester Airport and Grand Central Terminal for a company known as Clear, serving as an airport security consultant.


--Campus Report, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009

Cathy (Calannio) Marion is the founder of the Marion Foundation to support causes that address children’s issues, the arts, health and animal welfare. Currently writing a book on charitable giving, as well as continuing philanthropic and design projects in the U.S. and Canada.


--Campus Report, Monday, Oct. 1, 2007

Rocco Piscatello is the founder of Piscatello Design Centre in New York, Rocco is the graphic designer of The Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park, Manhattan. On that project he structured a vast amount of data into an understandable context for the architect’s vision.


--Campus Report, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006

Andrea Romano has been casting and directing voices in animated films for 20 years and has won seven Emmys. She is the casting and voice director for three Warner Brothers productions as well as Sony Animation’s “Boondocks” on Cartoon Network.


--Campus Report, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006

David Salamone is director of post-production at Home Box Office, managing 26 post-production environments, and 31 editors, mixers, digitizing coordinators and encoders and other staff. He has won numerous awards for editing.


--Campus Report, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006

An eight-year Disney veteran and president of the Disney Cruise Line. Karl Holz was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Euro Disney SAS in Paris, France. Previously served as vice president of the Downtown Disney area, senior vice president of Walt Disney World Operations managed Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios and 11 Walt Disney World resort hotel properties.


-- From Homecoming Program, October 2005

Principal at Randall Center Elementary School in Wayne, N.J. A 30-year career educator,  Kenneth Kaplan holds New York State permanent certification in speech and hearing handicapped and pre-kindergarten through sixth grade education, as well as in school administration and supervision, and school district administration. In addition, he holds New Jersey permanent certification in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2004

Josephine Wilson is the recipient of the Paul Luther Keil Endowed Chair in Psychology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where she has been a faculty member for over 20 years. Other honors include the Wittenberg University Richard R. Scott Award in 1999, the Wittenberg University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Distinguished Teaching Award for New Faculty in 1988.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2004

Scientist at the NASA/Johnson Space Center in Houston, David Mittlefehldt is credited with discovering that a previously mislabeled meteorite found in Antarctica was in fact a rock from Mars. In honor of his work in tracing the origins of minor and major planets, the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet after him.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2003

Christopher Pendergast taught elementary school until being selected as a facilitator for gifted and talented students in 1984. His living biology lab for elementary students, Habitat House, was recognized for excellence by the New York State Education Department. After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS) in 1993, he founded the Ride for Life a patient advocacy and fund raising organization ALS.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2003

A much sought-after jazz musician in the Los Angeles area, Howard Shear toured the world with the Woody Herman band, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Tony Bennett and Chuck Mangione. His 25 years of work in music for television, recordings and films includes music scores for feature films, “Personal Vendetta” and “Laughing it Up.”


--From Homecoming Program, October 2003

Jerome L. Skinner is an associate attorney with the prestigious firm of Waite, Schneider, Bayless and Chelsey Co., L.P.A. in Cincinnati for over 20 years. Personal commitments include serving as president and general counsel for Romanian Handicapped Ministries, Inc. of Milford, Ohio, a non-for-profit Christian ministry he helped to establish in 1997.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2003

Michael Bovalino worked for many years in the utilities industry, including management positions at NYNEX Corp., Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. before becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of both Energetx Corp. and Sugar Creek Corp. in 1998. Named a distinguished alumnus in business and industry by the State University of New York.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2002

David Curtin taught at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Utah State University and Albion College before joining the faculty of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2001 as an assistant professor of piano. Mr. Cutin performed solo recitals, concerti and chamber music throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, and also performs as a duo-pianist with wife, Hyun Ju. He holds the J. Willis Johnson Foundation endowed chair.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2002

Goodrich C. White Professor of Mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., since 1979. Author or co-author of 90 published research papers and wrote the book, Graph Theory. Honors include the Charles G. Butler Teaching Award from Western Michigan University in 1976, and the Emory Williams Teaching Award from Emory in 1999.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2002

John Sternisha served as president of the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association and several times as its choral chairman. He is a frequent conductor of all-county and all-state sectional choral groups. Honors include the Fredonia Chamber Players’ outstanding choral director’s award in 1985 and the 1984 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Music.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2002

Dr. Postman is author of more than 20 books, including "Teaching as a Subversive Activity" (with Charles Weingartner), "The Disappearance of Childhood," "Amusing Ourselves to Death," and "Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future." His articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Time Magazine, The Saturday Review, The Harvard Education Review, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, and Le Monde. He has taught at New York University for 40 years. Dr. Postman is a member of the Fredonia Athletic Hall of Fame and was the college’s commencement speaker in 1973


--From Homecoming Program, October 2001

Jeffery Kelly is best known for his studies of the underlying mechanism of amyloid diseases with include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Selected as the SUNY Fredonia Department of Chemistry’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2000, and served on the advisory board when SUNY Fredonia was establishing its undergraduate degree program in biochemistry.


--From Homecoming Program, October 2000

Robert E. Lee is assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. Recipient of the Legion of Merit in recognition of outstanding service as Director, Plans, Programs and Budget, Submarine Warfare Directorate, on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1999

James McLeod was elected to a 10-year term as Buffalo City Court Judge in 1999. Unanimously selected by a special legal panel in 1997 to serve as Erie County Family Court Hearing Examiner in 1999. Served as treasurer of the 3,500-member Erie County Bar Association, and was nominated for president in 1997. He began his legal career by becoming the second African American attorney in Buffalo history to be hired as an associate in a major law firm.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1999

Robert Brown is a professor of music and music department chair at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. Performed with the 371st Army Band and was pianist/arranger for the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. Serves as director of the Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival in addition to teaching and administrative responsibilities.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1999

Thomas Quatroche was named  Vice President for Academic Affairs at Buffalo State College in 1997. Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 and the Outstanding Contribution to the Profession award from the College Student Personnel Association of New York State in 1996


--From Homecoming Program, October 1998

Professor at the University of Connecticut, Steven Suib specializes in solid state inorganic chemistry. Editor of the premier scientific journal for publication in his area of research, and has been a consultant for many companies including Honda, A.D. Little, Phillips Petroleum, M.W. Kellogg, Pfizer, ATM, Inc.; Texaco, and Pratt Whitney, among others.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1998

Edward Greenway is a sixth grade teacher at Heim Middle School in the Williamsville East School District, responsible for reading, language arts and sciences. Coach for modified football and varsity lacrosse at Williamsville East High School since 1987, and was named coach of the year by peers in 1993.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1997

Julie Newell has been a member of the voice faculty of the Fredonia School of Music since 1989. Has performed with the Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Opera Memphis, in addition to appearances with the opera companies of Kansas City, Buffalo, Delaware, Orlando, Chautauqua and Artpark.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1996

Norman Karin is an adjunct professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston Dental Branch and in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Awards include the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award in 1992.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1996

James Foley is the deputy director of the private office of NATO Secretary General Willy Claes in Brussels, Belgium. Special assistant and political advisor to Lawrence S. Eagleburger, who was U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and later Secretary of State from 1989 to 1993.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1995

Patricia Foley is well-known in the world of home decoration and design.She worked for interior design publications including House Beautiful, Home Magazine and Victoria. Proprietor of The Bellport General Store on Long Island, a working studio and shop where she sells home furnishings, fabrics, antiques and her own line of tea and tea accessories.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1995

Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras is the founder of the Opus 118 Music Program in New York City, teaching violin to inner-city children. Author of Music of the Heart and a documentary film Small Wonders was based on Ms. Guaspari’s story and her violin students.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1994

Mr. Prechtel is a nationally recognized basketball coach.  He is the head men’s basketball coach and instructor of Physical Education classes at SUNY Fredonia. Recipient of conference, state and national awards for his basketball efforts and he was the director of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, academic advisor and assistant athletic director.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1994

Michael Marletta is a professor of Medicinal Chemistry in Pharmacy and Biological Chemistry University of Michigan. Marletta travels to different research facilities around the world, working on the latest microbiological research. He is the chairperson of the chemistry department and designated Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley.


    --From Homecoming Program, October 1993

David McHugh writes commercials for companies such as Burger King, ABC Nightly News and Mr. Coffee. He also writes music for television and movies, including "Moscow on the Hudson," "Mystic Pizza," and "Three Fugitives." He is head of the MFA Film Music Composition program at the North Carolina School of the Art.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1993

 Peter McHugh is the chairman of string faculty at the University of Louisville. He played in film scores for "Prince of Tides" and "Dances with Wolves."


--From Homecoming Program, October 1993

Mary McDonnell is a film and stage actress twice nominated for the Academy Award and winner of the Obie award for her performance in Still Life. She Co-stared in "Dances with Wolves" and star of John Sayles’ comedic drama "Passion Fish."


--From Homecoming Program, October 1992

Richard Herman is the principle research scientist at the Zettlemoyer Center for Surface Studies at Lehigh University. He has made discovers in methanol and alternatives fuels research.


--Campus Report, Nov. 1991

Dr. Mark Karadenes is the  CEO and Consultant of Karadenes and Associates, Inc. in Los Angeles. He works with specific school districts in California by helping to secure grants for bi-lingual education. Honored by the Rotary Club and Optimist Club of Santa Monica for a program that helps prevent youth dropout in schools.


--Campus Report, Nov. 1991

After several years working in a major European Opera Houses, Barbara Kilduff joined the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.


--Campus Report, Nov. 1991

John Clendenin received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is now a corporate manager for Logistics and Assets Management as well as logistics policy in Latin America and the Pacific basin for Xerox. Clendenin is a clinician specializing in motivation and goal setting, especially for amateur athletes and has worked with the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Teams.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1990

David Weber occupies the prestigious, endowed Deadman Chief of History at Southern Methodist University. Weber is a former Fulbright-Hays lecturer and an expert on Mexican and Spanish influence of the history of the American Southwest.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1990

Onaje Allan Gumbs produced, arranged and composed the album, "That Special Part of Me," rated #2 among Top 40 Jazz Albums. Also arranged music for the "David Frost Show."


--From Homecoming Program, October 1989

Mr. Andrew Heymsfield is internationally recognized as an authority on cirrus clouds and atmospheric ice particles. He is a research scientist in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1989

Jeffery Wallace is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Buffalo and is the former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Fredonia. Mr. Wallace served as Director of Educational Development Program and Admissions counselor at SUNY Fredonia, and Educational Opportunity Program Director at SUNY Buffalo.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1989

Pheobe Anderson Thies obtained her Ph.D. at age 62 from the University of Nebraska. She is a consultant for pupils with special problems. Awards include Kiwanis and Jamestown Teacher Association’s awards for service to children, and the Jamestown “Woman of the Year” in 1986.


--Campus Report, Nov. 1989

Franz Roehmann is a faculty member at the University of Denver. An instrumental force in the fostering of the highly unique Biology of Music Conferences in 1984 and 1987


--Campus Report, Nov. 1988

Brian Frons is a Vice-President at NBC studios.


--Campus Report, Nov. 1988

Jack Glenzer is a Chautauqua County Executive and a member of the science education faculty at SUNY Fredonia. Glenzer was a former chemistry and biology teacher at Brocton Central School, and member of the Board of Directors of the Fredonia Alumni Association.


--Campus Report, Nov. 1987

James Young is an award-winning spiritual writer and poet and a widely collected documentary/fine art photographer. Young is the co-founder and facilitator for the Arkansas Metaphysics Society.

 --Campus Report, Nov. 1987


Alan Tulin (Posthumous) is a beloved teacher of the Rush-Henrietta school system.


--Campus Report, Nov. 1987

Paul Cambria is a senior partner in the Buffalo law firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Schuller James, where he heads the criminal division. He has argued cases before the Supreme Court and is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding First Amendment lawyers. He has appeared on the “Today” show and “Nightline.”


--From Homecoming Program, October 1986

Dennis Costello is the president of a venture capital partnership, which invests in start-up and early stage companies. Author of the widely-distributed Dow Jones Irwin book, "New Venture Analysis," he is one of 55 professionals in the world who have been named M.I.T. Alfred P. Sloan Fellows


--From Homecoming Program, October 1986

Diane Pennica is a molecular biologist at Genentech, Inc., of South San Francisco, CA. She is credited with pioneering the research that resulted in producing Activase, an important clot-dissolving agent for the treatment of heart attacks. Pennica was selected by Science Digest as one of America’s outstanding innovators responsible for the 100 most significant technological achievements in 1984.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1986

Ronald Sutherland is an award winner for his promotion of music education in New York State. He is the former president of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and is an outstanding and prize-winning bandleader. He coordinates summer music conferences, spring evaluation centers, and  “Concerts at the Plaza” in Albany.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1986

Douglas Ahlstedt is a musician and professor of voice at Carnegie Mellon.  He had performed at the Metropolitan Opera House on the television program, "Live at the Met" as Lindoro in The Italian Girl in Algiers, which aired on WNED in Buffalo.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1985

Daivd Howe is the owner of a variety of businesses, including pneumatic systems, industrial cleaning, a restaurant, real estate ventures and a comedy show franchise. Howe founded the Sid Olsheim Scholarship Fund for SUNY Fredonia music students, making him the youngest alumni to endow a scholarship.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1985

Raul Figueroa was named Buffalo City Court Judge in 1984. Figueroa was the first Hispanic man to win such a seat outside of New York City.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1984

Bennett Reimer served as Chairman of Music Education at Northwestern University. Reimer promoted music education through his research, books, lectures and administrative consultation.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1984

Annie Yannie Corrado is know as an organist, oil-painter and poet. Her music compositions have won national and local competitions and her paintings hang in galleries and private collections in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, and Hong Kong. She has also served as president of C.A.A.A. (Composers, Authors and Artists of America).


--From Homecoming Program, October 1983

Morris Poummit is the co-founder of the Colad Company, a multi-million dollar manufacturer of a complete line of book covers, presentation and sales promotional materials. Poummit retired and served as honorary chairman of the board, as well as an adjunct professor at SUNY Fredonia and SUNY at Buffalo.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1983

John Quatroche is the University Secretary for the University of Pittsburgh after being promoted from Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. His previous positions include working in the Admissions office at SUNY Fredonia, and Assistant to the President at Bloomsburg State College in Central Pennsylvania


--From Homecoming Program, October 1983

Peter Michael Goetz is an accomplished actor, including roles in "Glory" and "Father of the Bride." Goetz broadway appearances include "Brighton Beach," "The Queen and the Rebels," "Beyond Therapy," and "Ned and Jack."


--From Homecoming Program, October 1982

James Houlik has performed saxophone all over the United States, at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center. His national performances include the St. Lawrence Center in Toronto, Canada as well as tours in England, Holland, Belgium and Japan. He was President of the World Saxophone Congress from 1971-1973.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1981

Diana Hume George is a faculty member at SUNY Fredonia in the English department and a published poet. She is the author of, "Blake and Freud," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Lowell Award of the Modern Language Association.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1981

Bernd Weinburg is the chairperson at Purdue University for the department of audiology and speech sciences. Has published dozens of articles in speech and hearing journals and has participated in over 250 workshops and oral presentations.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1981

Milford Fargo served 15 years in public schools as a music teacher at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels. He was the founder and conductor of the Rochester Chorale, which presented two world-premiers and appeared on national television. Fargo is a frequent guest conductor for all-state and all-country choirs.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1980

Lou Alder is an associate professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CN. Alder served as News Director of WCBS radio and Vice President of RKO Radio, both in New York City.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1980

James Lyke is chairman of grand piano at the University of Illinois. Co-author of the, "Keyboard Musicianship – Group Piano for Adults," books one and two. Lyke was the first chairman of grand piano at Music Teachers National Association, (MTNA).


--From Homecoming Program, October 1979

Viola Kirkland Patton is an active member in community affairs. She is also a member of numerous clubs and committees, including vice chairman of the College-Community Relations Committee, trustee of the Chautauqua County Historical Association for 15 years, and member of the Chautauqua County Women’s Republican Club and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Kirkland Patton is the first woman to receive the Gerald Dengler Award for Community Service.


--From Homecoming Program, October 1977

Mary Beth Smith Sserved as the President of the Olean Teachers Association, is listed in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in American Education, the Dictionary of International Biographies and National Social Directory


--The Statement, Nov. 1972

Vincent Morette is the president of Mark Educational Recordings. Morette was a contributor and benefactor to music and music education. Owner and manager of Mark Recording, INC., Williamsville, a venture company which produces educational tools and aids.


--The Statement, Nov. 1971

Dr. Robert R. Hesse is the president of the Alumni Association, as well as Vice President of the SUNY Public Relations Council. Until Nov. 1, he was Executive Assistant to the President at Fredonia State.


--The Statement, Nov.1971

Lester P. Chappell is a past high school band director. Chappell runs Kendor Music, Inc., of Delevan with partner Arthur Dedrick.


--The Statement, Nov. 1971

Arthur Dedrick is a past high school band director. Dedrick runs Kendor Music, Inc., of Delevan with partner Lester P. Chappell.


--The Statement, Nov. 1971

Robert Whitford has devoted his professional life to the study of piano. He is the president of Robert Whitford Publications, Miami.


--The Statement, Nov. 1971

Joseph and Jane (Schuster) Falcone own and operate Falcone Farms, one of the most successful farming operations in Western New York, in nearby Silver Creek. Its 500 acres of Concord grapes makes Falcone Farms a major player in the grape-growing industry. Joseph (’74), the third generation in his family to operate the farm, currently serves as president of National Grape Cooperative and chairman of the board of directors of Welch’s, the food processing and marketing division of National Grape. Jane is manager of Falcone Farms Apples.

The Falcones met at SUNY Fredonia when Joseph, a graduate of Alfred University, was a teaching assistant pursuing a master’s in Biology, and the former Jane Schuster (’74) was pursuing her bachelor’s in Biology and performing undergraduate research. Both studied under Dr. Irvin Schmoyer.

Strong supporters of SUNY Fredonia, the Falcones created the Joseph C. and Jane E. (Schuster) Falcone Biology Endowment fund through the Fredonia College Foundation to provide scholarships to Biology majors. The greenhouse in the new Science Center will bear their name.

--From Campus Report, Oct. 17, 2011

Kirk Krull (’78) serves as Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Development for Shoe Show, Inc., a national chain of 1,125 shoe stores with locations in 39 states operating under the banners of Shoe Dept., Burlington Shoes, Shoebilee, Shoe Show and Shoe Dept. Encore. Now residing in North Carolina, Krull has been with the company for 22 years. A Business Administration major, Krull was a Resident Assistant at Alumni Hall and played basketball for three years, serving as co-captain in his senior year. He continues to remain active in basketball, both as a coach and player, and is involved with Big Brother and youth programs at his church.

--From Campus Report, Oct. 17, 2011

Dianne (Carson) Craig, ’85, is president and CEO of Ford Motor Company Canada, Limited, appointed to the position in November 2011. She leads Ford of Canada's operations across the country, including a national headquarters, three regional offices, two branch offices, three vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants and two parts distribution centers. Ford employs approximately 6,000 people in Canada, while an additional 18,000 people are employed in the more than 400 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships across the country.

Ms. Craig joined the company in 1986 in an entry level field position and has held a variety of sales and marketing positions in Dearborn, Mich., including advertising, product marketing, contests and incentives and field operations. 

Between 2005 and 2009, Ms. Craig was responsible for Ford and Lincoln Mercury U.S. dealer relations. In this capacity, she led the National Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealer Council process and other related dealer activities including National Dealer Meetings.

Ms. Craig is most proud of her family. She has been married for 16 years and has a 12 year-old daughter. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and an M.B.A. from Ohio State University. Outside of work she loves to garden, work out and spend time with her family. Ms. Craig also enjoys skiing and occasionally golfing.

--Homecoming Awards Program, 2012

 Dr. Dennis J. Thiele, ’78, is the George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at the Duke University School of Medicine. He has also served as vice chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology since 2006.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Dr. Thiele earned his degree in Biology 1978 from SUNY Fredonia, with research experience in the laboratories of Dr. Valgene Dunham and Dr. Wayne Yunghans. He then attended Rutgers University/Rutgers Medical School, where he earned his master's degree in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1983 in Microbiology.

Dr. Thiele has been the recipient of several grants from the National Institutes of Health, and has presented his research nationally and internationally. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer reviewed publications in scientific journals, 20 book chapters, and is the co-holder of a U.S. Patent granted in 2002 for “Novel Yeast and Mammalian Regulators of Cell Proliferation,” and has another patent pending. Among his many honors is the David Danks International Award in Copper Research and the Rutgers Graduate School Distinguished Alumni Award. He is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology.

Dr. Thiele was the co-founder in 2009 of Chaperone Therapeutics, which develops therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. In January, the company received its second award from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

He and his wife, Dr. Maria Sippola-Thiele, have two grown children, John and Katri.

--2012 Homecoming Awards Program

 Eugene Kapaloski: Advocate for Social Justice

Ted DeDee became president and CEO of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wis., in April 2012 after a nationwide search. The 380,000 sq. ft. community treasure has seven performance spaces and five visual art galleries. He is only one of about a dozen performing arts venue managers who hold the title of Certified Facility Executive (CFE) from the International Association of Venue Managers. Early in his career, Mr. DeDee managed the Rockefeller Arts Center from 1974 to 1978.

--Homecoming Program, 2014

 Dr. Constance J. (Wheat) Batty has had a long and successful career as an educator and administrator, with experiences from kindergarten through higher education.  She recently retired from SUNY College at Old Westbury, where she had been Acting Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Basic Education.  Her civic and professional contributions have benefited many, through her work with the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, the Oyster Bay Community Foundation, the SUNY/CUNY Task Force of Teacher Education, the Association of Black Women in Higher Education/Long Island Chapter, and Alpha Kappa Alpha's National Reading Project. 

--Homecoming Program, 2013

The dedication of SUNY Fredonia's new Science Center was the kick off event for Homecoming Weekend, as the new facility included the dedication of nearly 30 spaces named by benefactors through the Fredonia College Foundation in honor of many accomplished alumni, retired professors, and friends of Fredonia. Many alumni also played a key role in the facility’s planning and design via their roles on Fredonia’s Natural Science Advisory Committee. In recognition of the value of science in education and society, Fredonia honored all science alumni as its Outstanding Achievement Awardees this year.

Mary McDonnell, '73
Actress Mary McDonnell, '73, honoree in 1992

Neil Postman

American author, media theorist and cultural critic Neil Postman, 
53, honoree in 2001 (Professor Postman died in 2003)
Paul Cambria
Buffalo, NY based first amendment criminal defense and appellate attorney Paul Cambria, '69; honoree of 1983
Andrea Romano
American casting director, voice director, and voice actor Andrea Romano, '77; honoree of 2006



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