Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards presented
The Alumni Leaders Conference culminated with the presentation of the Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards, which took place during a ceremony on April 27, attended by more than 200 alumni, friends and campus partners. This was the highest attendance figure ever for an alumni awards ceremony at Binghamton.
The awards program recognizes the highest levels of alumni service to their professions, communities and the University. In addition to its three signature awards, the Alumni Association presented the inaugural set of Medals of Distinguished Service.
Sheldon Goldfarb '73
Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus/a Award
The Bartle Award recognizes and honors graduates who have rendered outstanding voluntary service to the Binghamton University community, while also serving their communities, their careers and their country.
Sheldon Goldfarb (at right of photo with Alumni Association President Raymond Russolillo '80) is a highly regarded financial services lawyer with broad experience that includes government service and private practice. He serves as chief legal advisor for RBS's retail and commercial banking and institutional capital markets businesses in the Americas. He counsels RBS executives and provides strategic leadership to the management of legal and regulatory risk, and manages an integrated legal function of 70+ lawyers in the Americas. Prior to assuming his current position, he was managing director and general counsel of RBS Greenwich Capital, a position he had held since 1994. Goldfarb is also active in charitable organizations. He is treasurer and sits on the board of the Binghamton University Foundation, and is a trustee of Temple Sharaay Tefila.
Donna Lupardo, MA '83
Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs
The Weisband Award recognizes one alumnus or alumna each year whose life, work, career and contributions exemplify the highest standards of service and deepest dedication to the sustenance of the common good.
Since being elected in 2004, Lupardo has sponsored programs that have improved education in math, sciences and technology by introducing Binghamton University educational programming to regional school districts. She is chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and former chair of the Assembly's Legislative Commission on Science and Technology. She is a member of the Assembly's committees on Higher Education and Economic Development, Job Creation, Industry and Commerce.
A former Broome County Legislator, she is the first woman to represent Broome County in the New York State Legislature. She lives in Endwell with her husband Scott J. Peters, professor, Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University, and co-director, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.
Arel Moodie '05
Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award
The DeFleur Award recognizes alumni who graduated within the last 10 years or are 35 years of age or under, who are established or demonstrate potential to become future leaders. Criteria include demonstrated leadership capability, substantial commitment to service of others, demonstration of potential for leadership in the long term, and substantial commitment to the University and Alumni Association.
Entrepreneur and founder of Arel Moodie International and the College Success Program, Moodie (pictured with nominator Vanessa Young, EOP senior academic counselor) has become both a best-selling author and highly sought-after motivational speaker. Moodie speaks to students about how to succeed in college through leadership. He has spoken to Binghamton University groups such as the Discovery Advisors in 2009, and at events including orientation in January 2010. He has spoken to over 125,000 students in 44 states and five countries. Moodie has been called a "High-Energy, Motivator" by Inc. magazine and made it onto their 30 under 30 list.
Moodiel has also been named a "top Generation Y leader" by Millennial Leaders, The New York Times, Forbes, Essence and USA Today. He wrote the best-selling book, Your Starting Point for Student Success. Additionally, he has been featured in the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Who's Got Your Back. While a student at Binghamton University, Moodie studied philosophy, politics and law, and was a finalist for the Alumni Association's Exemplary Student Award, as well as president of four student organizations.
MEDALS OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE:
The Alumni Association, in conjunction with campus partners, was pleased to award Medals of Distinguished Service to the following alumni in recognition of their tireless volunteer efforts on behalf of the University and notable accomplishments in their respective careers.
Richard L. Alpern, Esq.'69 – Alpern is a founding member of Harpur Law Council and active on the college's Advocacy Council. His accomplished law career has concentrated on executive compensation and employee benefit matters. He is co-author of the 2000 book Guide to Change of Control: Protecting Companies and their Executives. He is a principal in the New York City office of Fredric W. Cook & Co., an executive compensation consulting firm.
Jenny Barbee '07, MS '09 – As assistant director for academic enhancement for the University's Student-Athlete Success Center, Barbee provides academic advising and tutoring services for our student-athletes. She was a graduate assistant mentor for the men's basketball team and intern for the College of Community and Public Affairs Undergraduate Academic Advising Office.
Dan Black '94 – Black is a longtime supporter of the University's Career Development Center. He hosts students at his workplace, Ernst & Young, as part of the annual New York City Employer Visit Program. In addition, he was a panelist and had one-on-one conversations with students at Metro Career Night 2012. Wanting to assist students during a time in the economy when his firm had few jobs to offer, Black participated in CDC's Employer Speaker Series.
Kay Boland '79, MS '82 – Boland is a member of the Decker School's advisory board and was a member of the Alumni Association board from 2000-06. Since 1998, Boland has been vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at United Health Services Hospitals. Through her efforts, UHS developed a partnership with the Decker School to provide the equivalent of one clinical faculty member to supervise student clinical experiences.
Howard Eisen '87 – A member of the School of Management Metro Advisory Board and Binghamton University Parents Fund Committee, Eisen spends a good deal of time on campus participating in mentoring events, teaching classes, judging case competitions and serving as an Executive-in-Residence.
Carl Ernstrom '61 - Ernstrom, a strong supporter of Binghamton athletics since he was a varsity swimmer for Harpur College, is a founding member of Coaches Circle and uses this membership to get the community and alumni involved in athletics. He is at most basketball games, promoting Binghamton with his guests in the TAU Bearcat Room. New connections are forged because of his integrity, business acumen and stature in the community.
Joseph M. Kolly '88 – Kolly is director of the National Transportation Safety Board Office of Research and Engineering. He has investigated several major accidents in all modes of transportation; the most significant was the fire and explosion investigation for the TWA flight 800 accident. He is a volunteer member of the Watson School's Advisory Committee and the Department of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.
Elaine Miller, MA '83 – Miller is Broome County Commissioner of Planning & Economic Development. Previously, she was associated with the NYS Department of State, Division of Communities & Waterfronts, where she helped launch the Brownfield Opportunity Area's Program. Prior to joining the Department of State, she was deputy mayor of the City of Binghamton.
Donald Mones '85 – As an active Alumni Admissions Volunteer, Mones represents the University at college fairs and admitted student receptions, and speaks at high schools about how his experiences at Binghamton shaped his life and career. He has reviewed résumés and provided career guidance to graduating seniors. Last year, he worked with the Career Development Center to create a summer internship program at MetLife.
Hugo J. J. Uyttenhove, MS '75, PhD '78 – Uyttenhove and his wife, Kristin, established the Klir Scholarship for Graduate Excellence in Systems Science, and a conference room in the new Engineering and Science Building bears Uyttenhove's name. He is CEO of IT-Sentry, Inc., a security software distributor. In 1981, he founded a software distribution company in the Netherlands which he grew to include five companies specializing in network and internet connectivity, anti-virus software and firewall tools. He wrote the thriller, Grand Scale Larceny, published in 2010 and made into a screenplay.
Virginia Paige Walker, MSW '12 – Paige Walker was a 2010-11 Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education Fellow, interning at the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, where she provided older adults with individual, group and psycho-educational support. As a high school social work intern, she assisted with the development of a student-led anti-bullying project and family engagement program. She continues her work with the Department of Social Work by collaborating with the director of admissions and student services to revitalize the department's alumni efforts.
Do you know of a Binghamton University graduate who is worthy of recognition? Do you know someone whose accomplishments make you feel proud to be a Binghamton University graduate? Nominate him or her for an Alumni Association Special Recognition Award.