A Newspaper for the College at Old Westbury's Alumni, Faculty, Friends and Neighbors


Summer 2001

A Vision for a 'New' Old Westbury

It's the year 2005, and someone has just asked for your recommendation on a school for their college-aged child to consider. What will you be able to tell them about SUNY College at Old Westbury?
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What's New

What's new at Old Westbury.
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Dear College at Old Westbury Alumni

A message from the Director of Alumni Affairs.
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Coming Home

A look at events that brought alums back to Old Westbury.
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News and Notes

Alumni and faculty news and notes.
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A Vision for a 'New' Old Westbury

It's the year 2005, and someone has just asked for your recommendation on a school for their college-aged child to consider. What will you be able to tell them about SUNY College at Old Westbury?

The State University of New York Board of Trustees learned the answer when they visited campus to hear the vision of Old Westbury as presented by President Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, in the form of a draft Strategic Plan. Through the ongoing strategic planning process that began in November 1999 and continues today, College administrators, faculty and staff are creating a roadmap for the institution's future. The vision set forth before the SUNY Trustees identified Old Westbury as "a community for learning and leadership," and outlined a series of initiatives to be developed within the next seven years.

"Our goal is to ensure that Old Westbury becomes globally recognized as a small, competitive comprehensive college of liberal arts and sciences that provides ethical and visionary leaders through academic excellence and innovative pedagogy," Dr. Butts told the assemblage of trustees. "We will do so by focusing on strengthening our already excellent academic offerings, creating an invigorating campus community, and adding technologies to support instruction and learning where they are required."

By "small," College leaders have targeted an enrollment level of 3,650 students in 2006-07 - up from approximately 3,000 students today. Academically, the plan includes providing additional support and resources for the more than 30 degree programs currently offered, introducing new courses - and reintroducing previously removed courses - common to the liberal arts model, and establishing graduate programs in business and teacher education.

In concert with enrollment growth and academic evolution will be the debut of new facilities across campus. In addition to the residence halls and Student Union that are already under construction on campus, SUNY has committed to developing at least one additional new, academic building adjacent to the Campus Center. The College is also embarking on the construction of the Jackie Robinson Baseball Field, the renovation of equestrian amenities on campus, and the creation of a day care center for students, faculty, staff and local residents.

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What's New

Accounting Grads Tops in State
In the most recent test results available, graduates of Old Westbury's School of Business who took the certified public accountancy examination for the first time passed all the sections they took at a higher rate than alumni of any other public or private college or university in the state. Among first-time candidates, who must by state regulations take at least two of the four parts that comprise the CPA exam, 43.8 percent of Old Westbury's accounting alumni passed all the sections they took, according to The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Cornell University ranked second at 33.3 percent.

CIS Students Among Elite
A team of students from Old Westbury placed eighth at the year 2000 Association for Computing Machinery New York Regional Greater Programming Contest - ahead of teams from such institutions as Yale University, SUNY Stony Brook, and The United States Military Academy. Coached by Associate Professor Alireza Ebrahimi, the team members were: Edwin Diaz of Port Jefferson Station; Robert Heslar of Oyster Bay; and Walter Wall of Hicksville.

Shortstop Ranked Nationally
Collegiate Baseball magazine ranked Old Westbury shortstop Winter Adames of Brooklyn fifth in the nation during its annual preseason coverage of Division III competition.

New Math, CIS Scholarships
The State University of New York College at Old Westbury has received a $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support "Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarships: Augmenting Academic Enrichment," a program designed to provide scholarship assistance to students showing financial need. The grant will enable Old Westbury to provide approximately 120 scholarships over the next two years to students interested in computer science and mathematics.

Psi Chi Inducts Eight
Eight students from the Psychology program at Old Westbury were recently inducted into Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. To be eligible for induction in Psi Chi at Old Westbury, a student must meet an array of criteria that exceed even the national Psi Chi standards, including a ranking in the top 20 percent of their class in general scholarship and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in both psychology classes and in cumulative grades.

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Dear College at Old Westbury Alumni

As you can see, we have changed the format of The Path. We feel that a newsletter format will be easier to read. It will also allow us to communicate with you more often, something we've not done enough of in the past. Over the next year we expect to see The Path develop into a more polished looking newsletter full of information and stories.

This is just one component of a renewed initiative on the part of the Department of Alumni Affairs to reach out to our alumni. We are also planning reunions and business networking sessions. And we will be sending updates on campus events.

SUNY College of Old Westbury is entering a new era. While respecting the traditions that have made the College unique, long-needed changes are planned. Some have already taken place. New dorms, a new student union building, and new academic buildings are on the way. New graduate programs are scheduled. These are just a few of the initiatives that will propel this College towards becoming an even more valued resource for Long Island.

Old Westbury alumni will have a role in shaping that future. Any institution of higher education depends on its alumni. Whether it's mentoring a student, donating to the scholarship fund, proposing academic-business partnerships, providing professional advice, or forming a fundraising committee, we will need alumni support. Come join us. And let's keep in touch.

Yours truly,

Richard Brown
Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Penny Jane Chin
Director of Alumni Affairs

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Coming Home

Alums Return to Campus for Inauguration
Ceremonies marked by pageantry, music and memories marked the occasion last October as SUNY College at Old Westbury welcomed back its alumni to participate in the inauguration of Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, as president of the College. More than 40 alumni participated in inaugural-related events, including more than 30 who marched in the Inaugural Processional.

Among the weekend's highlights was the presentation of the 1st annual Learning & Leadership Alumni Award to Ronald Terenzi. Terenzi, a senior partner in the law firm of Berkman Henoch Peterson & Peddy, was honored for his efforts to support the educational process at the College at Old Westbury.

Also returning to campus to take part in the inaugural ceremonies was Dr. Dolores Fernandez, who moderated a panel discussion on the history of excellence at Old Westbury. As president of Hostos Community College, she also served as a delegate in the inaugural ceremony.

Hispanic Career Day 2000 A Success
Last November, Professor Zenaida Madurka from the Department of Humanities and Languages, along with Olga Dunning, Ana Martinez, Carmen Carty, Rocio Estrella and Sandra Kaplan, hosted Hispanic Career Day on campus. This event brought together members of the Hispanic and Latino communities to celebrate the Hispanic heritage as well as to hear them share their career success. Among the speakers were Alice Mejias, Richard Bustamante, Eddy M. Albizu, Darlene Cepin, Marilyn Andino, and Ana Fontana-Torres.

CIS Alumni Return to Campus
In December , the Computer & Information Science Department held its first ever Student & Alumni Reunion. More than 70 people were greeted with welcoming remarks by Dr. Lee House, Jr., Vice President of Student Affairs and CIS Professor Dr. Elizerea Ebrahimi. Among the many alumni taking part were Clayton Francis, Tim Brown, Clifford Graham, Ken Navan, Maryannie Muscat, Shawn Alleyne, Jared Steiner and Haider Raza who shared their career experiences during the evening's program.

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News & Notes

Alumni Notes

On the Job

Louise Cassano '85 (American Studies) was recently elected president of Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. She is president of LuCas Communications, a public relations agency in Levittown, New York.

Elaine Frazier, '72 (Urban Studies) was recently named one of ten participants in The Charles H. Revson Fellows Program at Columbia University.

Mea Knapp, '77 (Comparative Humanities) has been named acting president of Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. She had formerly served as a deputy county attorney for Suffolk County, New York.

Gerry Ligonde, '95 (Biological Sciences) took part in the administrative summer internship program at Peninsula Hospital Center. Ligonde also recently earned a master's degree from Hofstra University.

Aaron Stein, '83 (Business & Management) was recently awarded the Good Deed Award by Great South Bay District of the Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves as president of Norton & Siegel, Inc., an insurance agency in Babylon, New York.

Weddings

Angela Battaglia and Christopher Bonfiglio '91 (Accounting) , July 9, 2000

Dina Farruggio and Juan C. Castrillon '93 (Finance), July 1, 2000.

Kao-LiPi-Yao Kao and Chih-hung Li, '98 (Business and Management), April 21, 2000.



Faculty News & Notes

Psychology Professor Dr. Minna Barrett in January participated in a reception hosted by President Bill Clinton to celebrate the passage of the Center for Disease Control Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Screening & Treatment Law.

Distinguished Service Professor Dr. Sachi Dastidar, a Fulbright Award Winner, visited Kazakhstan, where he undertook an array of projects including research on the newly independent nations of the region.

Distinguished Teaching Professor Jesse Fernandez presented a paper at the 33rd International Congress of Latin American Literature, held at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Dr. Annette D. Forti, a professor in the School of Business, was re-appointed as the New York Metropolitan Area Representative to the Eastern Economic Association.

Humanities & Languages Professor Narayan Hegde has received international press accolades for Stallion of the Sun and Other Stories, his English translation of works by U.R. Anantha Murthy, among India's most noted writers.

English Language Studies Professor Christopher Hobson served as a featured speaker during "Blake, Nation, and Empire," an international conference held in December at the Tate Britain in London, Great Britain.

Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Robert M. Hoyte authored an article in Chemical and Engineering News reporting on the advancement of efforts to introduce underprivileged students to competitive research opportunities.

Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. George Stefano presented findings that identify a potential catalyst in the onset and advancement of Alzheimer's Disease. at the World Alzheimer's Congress, held in Washington, D.C. Health & Society's.

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