The Alumni Association presented its 2014 Special Recognition Awards at a ceremony on April 26, attended by nearly 200 alumni, campus leaders and friends.
We recognized outstanding Binghamton graduates with our signature awards (Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs, and Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award) as well as the Medals of Distinguished Service.
Sunny Hostin '90 was the featured speaker at the awards dinner. Attorney and multi-platform journalist, Sunny is a CNN legal analyst and anchor for ABC News. She joined CNN in September 2007 as the legal analyst for American Morning, where she became known for her in-depth analysis of headline grabbing trials and legal issues. Sunny created, wrote and co-produced her popular weekly segment, "Sunny's Law", which answered viewer questions on various topics including homeowner rights when faced with foreclosure, how to survive a police encounter, and who gets the ring after a broken engagement. See a video of Sunny's speech.
2014 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD RECIPIENTS
Geraldine Knoll MacDonald ’68, MS ’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.
Geraldine MacDonald is an independent consultant, specializing in executive management, Internet start-ups and wireless applications, as well as litigation support for Internet-related tax cases and patent disputes. Previously, she was a senior vice president at America Online, Inc., overseeing the construction and expansion of AOL's access networks, connecting members worldwide to all brands of the service using narrowband and broadband technologies. To provide this connectivity, Geraldine operated the world's largest dial-up network, as well as an IP backbone for broadband traffic. At its peak, the network supported more than 3 million simultaneous member connections.
Before joining America Online, she was responsible for computing and networking at Binghamton University. Geraldine steered the transitions from mainframe computers to mini computers and to personal computers. She was instrumental in the initial construction of the computer "pods" on campus and the smart classrooms. She is a longtime supporter of the Watson School having established the Jack Knoll Scholarship for Women, MacDonald Family Prize in Senior Design and provided support for student professional development by naming the Knoll-MacDonald Commons. See a video of the award presentation and Geraldine's speech.
Keith A. LaScalea ’94
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.
Keith is an associate professor of clinical medicine on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). He completed his residency in internal medicine at New York - Presbyterian Hospital and medical school at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. He has been on faculty at Weill Cornell Medical Associates - East Side since 2002. In addition to his busy clinical primary care internal medicine practice, Keith serves as director of the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Foundation Curriculum in Metabolic Diseases at WCMC, a position he has held since 2012. He directs the continuing medical education curriculum at Weill Cornell Medical Associates - East Side. He has also received teaching awards from WCMC. He has a long-standing interest in both cardiometabolic risk and medical student education. In particular, Keith has expertise in smoking cessation counseling and education.
Keith has participated in non-profit health outreach efforts in both Africa and New
York. He served on the board of a non-governmental organization based in Zambia for
four years. As the former medical director of the Heart to Heart Community Outreach
Program, Keith brought prevention information and education to uninsured and disadvantaged
New Yorkers. Keith was awarded the Barbara Zucker Traveling Fellowship in Clinical
Infectious Diseases in 2001. This allowed him to live in Tanzania, treat patients
and teach assistant medical officers there. He also worked briefly doing medical outreach
in Ghana in 2006. In his spare time, he runs marathons to stay fit. See a video of the presentation and Keith's speech.
Justin Joseph '05, MBA '06
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 includes 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.
Justin is an entrepreneur and senior ﬁnance professional with a progressive record in business development and corporate ﬁnance. He is helping develop the ﬁnancial practice at DayNine Consulting and successfully co-founded EJ Blooms (a New York-based ﬂoral design ﬁrm) in 2013. Previously, he led Toyota North America's FP&A department and oversaw ﬁnancials for Nickelodeon's consumer products. He is the co-chair of the Tau Alpha Upsilon Alumni Society, on the School of Management's Young Alumni Advisory Board, and actively assists on various University initiatives with the Athletics Department or with the Alumni Association's Metro New York Chapter. He is also very committed to higher education, and is presently teaching finance courses at Borough of Manhattan Community College. See a video of the presentation and Justin's speech.
MEDALS OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
In recognition of alumni contributions to specific areas on campus (e.g., schools,
Admissions, Career Development Center), we presented Medals of Distinguished Service
to the following alumni, who have been tireless volunteers to the University while
excelling in their respective career endeavors. See a video of the presentation.
Yang Chen '87 – Yang is executive director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, a
position he has held since 2009. Previously, he was a partner at Constantine Cannon,
a firm specializing in antitrust and complex commercial litigation. Yang has remained
engaged with the University through Harpur Law Council and the Asian and Asian American
Robert D. Eicher '81 – "Bob" has worked as a human resources consultant for virtually his entire career
and is a global account director for Towers Watson. He manages several large client
relationships and is co-leading a project to globalize the firm's health consulting
practice. He and his wife Lauren have four children: John ('13), Catherine ('15),
Caroline and Emily. Bob is a longtime School of Management supporter.
Fred Farley, PhD '03 – Fred is president and chief operating officer of Arnot Ogden Medical Center and
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, N.Y. He has contributed to a number of publications
on clinical and management topics including chapters in leading medical surgical nursing
textbooks. Additionally, Fred has been a guest lecturer in the Czech Republic. He's
a former member of the Alumni Association board.
Ruthanne Koffman '82, MA '84 – Ruthanne is vice president, financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Binghamton. She
established the Ruthanne Koffman Master of Arts in Social Science Fellowship at Binghamton
University which is awarded to a full-time MA students in social science with demonstrated
Dr. Gary Kunis '73, LHD '02 – In 2002, Gary retired from his role as vice president and chief science officer
at Cisco Systems, Inc., and executive sponsor of Cisco Japan. He oversaw design, development,
sales, global deployment and services of Cisco products. He is a generous benefactor
and a valued advisor to the Watson School.
Karima Legette '01, MA '05 – Karima began her career as associate director of Binghamton's McNair Scholars Program,
where she advised first-generation and underrepresented students. She is coordinator
of the Binghamton Enrichment Program (BEP), and senior assistant director for the
Educational Opportunity Program.
William A. Orband Jr. '74 – Bill is president of the Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association. A board member
since 2005, he assumed his current position in 2012 after serving as vice president.
Bill serves on the Virginia and Conrad Klee Foundation board and is president of the
Binghamton Club. Since 1985, he has been president of William Orband Insurance, Inc.,
Brian L. Segel '85 – Brian is a partner in the Westchester General Office of New York Life, which he joined
after working as a financial advisor with Citi Personal Wealth Management. He's an
active Binghamton alumnus, volunteering at student-alumni networking events sponsored
by the Alumni Association and Career Development Center. Brian is a co-founder and
past chair of the Tau Alpha Upsilon Alumni Society.
Michael J. Warshawsky '81 – Michael is owner and education consultant of a Tutor Doctor franchise, serving
students in Queens and Nassau County. He realized his passion for helping students
excel when advising high school students about college selection and the application
process as an alumni volunteer for Binghamton. He was a senior equity research analyst
in the investment management industry.