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

Winter, 2003
What's New    

Deputy Nassau County Executive Peter Slyver addresses the college community during "Rising to the Extraordinary."
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Message from the Director of Alumni Affairs
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Vytra and Old Westbury
Collaborate to Promote Health Education
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Medical Malpractice:
The Impact of Lawsuits on the Quality and Affordability of Health Care
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News and Notes:
Alumni and faculty news and notes.
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What' New

SUNY 2002 Awards for Excellence in Alumni Development and Programming

Old Westbury beats the other 63 SUNY campuses to receive The State University of New York Confederation of Alumni Associations’ 2002 Awards for Excellence in Alumni Development & Programming. The creativity of Michael Kinane, director of public and media relations and Penny Jane Chin, director of alumni affairs, resulted in an appeal that secured more alumni donations then ever before. 

Inaugural 2002 President’s Fall Convocation: "Rise to the Extraordinary"

Excitement and progress were the watchwords during the Inaugural 2002 President’s Fall Convocation as more than 200 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College gathered to set the tone for the 2002-2003 academic year.  The focal point of the ceremony, themed "Rising to the Extraordinary," was the keynote address, which was delivered by Peter Sylver, deputy county executive for economic development for Nassau County.    In addition to the keynote, the Fall Convocation featured the State of the College Address by college President Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III. 

Call for Alumni Nominations!

Nominations for the various Old Westbury Alumni Awards and the Annual Alumni Association’s Award Dinner are now being accepted.  Each year both the Affairs Office and Association honors notable alumni whom have made considerable contribution to the College, whether financially or supportively.  The Association will present three awards in either of the following categories; Arts, Business, Communications, Community Service, Education, Sciences and the Theatre at their annual dinner.  You may nominate more than one candidate. Please forward your chosen nominee’s resume, any supporting material and your reason why your candidate should receive the award to me no later than Friday, February 28, 2003.  Please feel free to use additional paper if necessary.

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Dear Fellow Alumni,

Welcome to the year 2003!  Many wonderful and successful events have taken place over the past few years at Old Westbury, and more is coming. Thanks to the leadership roles of the Foundation, Alumni Boards, International Partnership Committee and other key people, Old Westbury is blossoming.

 Alumni donations have reached a new high. Private corporations are supportive with internships and financial donations — Audiovox, The Robert Plan, Verizon Foundation, and Vytra Health Plans just to name a few.  Foundation events are successful and our neighboring communities have joined the College in its mission. 

However, there is much more we must do.  With the financial dilemma facing New York State, we need the alumni more than ever in order to achieve our goals.  What can you do?  Contact me at 516/876-3137 or chinp@oldwestbury.edu and we can discuss the many different ways to help, and to give back to Old Westbury.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Penny Jane Chin ’90 Accounting
Director, Alumni Affairs

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Vytra and Old Westbury Collaborate to Promote Health Education

S.U.N.Y. Old Westbury is pleased to announce the development of a new health education collaboration with Vytra Health Plans, a leading managed care organization on Long Island.
The program will include various initiatives that encourage students to pursue health academics, and that reach out to our community as well.

Program Initiatives:

  • Student internship
  • Scholarship in Health and Society
  • Healthcare Speaker series featuring health-related topics
  • Academic Honors certificate
  • Vytra Wellness Day
  • and more

" We're pleased to have the opportunity to work with Vytra Health Plans through this program that promotes learning, encourages students to pursue careers in the health care profession and provides health-related programs for Old Westbury students and staff," said Richard Brown, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

About Vytra

Vytra Health Plans provides personalized health care coverage for our members through processes that add measurable value and promote health improvement. The ninth largest privately held company on Long Island, Vytra has grown to over 400 employees, serving approximately 200,000 members today, with revenues of $315,000,000.

Vytra offers Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Point-of-Service (POS), MaxAccess Open Access, SmartStart (EPO), Direct Access HMO, and PPO managed care plans and services. Vytra also provides administrative services for companies and organizations that are self-insured. The reach of Vytra’s network of approximately 6,000 physicians and 38 hospitals spans Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Queens and Manhattan for some plans.

As part of a corporate commitment to community involvement, Vytra sponsors over 100 sporting, health and wellness programs, events and organizations such as S.U.N.Y. Old Westbury each year.

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Medical Malpractice

A Debate and Community Forum

Medical Malpractice:
The Impact of Lawsuits on the Quality and  Affordability of Health Care

Wednesday, March 12, 2003
6:00pm – 8:30pm

SUNY College at Old Westbury
Student Union Building

Dr. Harvey Wachsman, M.D., J.D.
Philip K. Howard, Attorney and Author

Dr. Harvey Wachsman is a former surgeon and now one of the country’s foremost attorneys in the field of medical malpractice. 

Philip K. Howard is an attorney and a recognized authority on the detrimental effects of unchecked malpractice litigation.  He is author of the bestseller "The Death of Common Sense."

Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III
President, SUNY College at Old Westbury

Robert R. McMillan
Partner, McMillan Rather Bennett & Rigano, P.C.

Lawrence Levy
Columnist, Newsday

PLEASE CALL (516) 876-3212.

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News & Notes

Alumni Notes

Kathryn E. (Man) Bricknell, ’72 Interdisciplinary Studies, "In the fall of 1970 SUNY O.W. recruited Kent Seiden.  He was a man of vision who founded The Guitar Workshop—a non-profit school in Roslyn Heights, NY.  Kent and John Coyne, a writer and my advisor, were my mentors.  I have since started my own business (1988), which is a small music school much like the Guitar Workshop, although we teach all instruments in the home.  John was my advisor throughout my experience at Old Westbury, but he was especially helpful during my 1st year, which I took in Israel—it shaped my life beyond words."

Judith Paulding, Esq., ’76 CHIC, earned her J.D. from St. John’s University in 1989 and has her own private practice.  She is currently a Village Justice in Manorhaven, NY.

Marie E. (McVeigh) Pierce, ’76 Elementary Education, is co-director of the Pierce Country Day School and Camps.  She has been married for 26 years and has 3 daughters, Jessica, Jocelyn, and Courtney.

Peter Cirillo, ’78 Business & Management, is president and founder of Nations Financial of New York, Inc., a mortgage company servicing the entire State of New York.

Jonathan E. Clymer, ’78 Communicative & Creative Arts, was recently appointed director of marketing for Glenbrook Technologies, Inc., Randolph, NJ.  Glenbrook is a worldwide leader in x-ray inspection devices for the electronics fabrication, medical device, and security industries.

Alvin Ortiz, ’79 Business & Management, a squad supervisor for the City of Rye Police Department, holds the rank of Sergeant.

James Tinnelly, ’85 Business & Management, has been named the Small Business Person of the Year 2002 for the Syosset Chamber of Commerce by The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.  Jim, a First Vice President of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, is also the President-Elect of the Syosset Chamber for 2003 and an active member of the Syosset-Woodbury Rotary.  Jim is a certified financial planner, with offices in both Syosset and Southold Long Island, who maintains a successful financial services practice that includes personal income tax preparation, mutual fund investing, annuities, and life insurance. 

Margaret D. Murry, MD, ’87 Biological Sciences, is a practicing pediatrician with the Montefiore Medical Group.  She recently began lecturing at CUNY/Hunter College as an adjunct professor for the Medical Lab Science department.

Chantele Canal-Stewart, ’88 PES, is a project director of eBusiness Operations for Empire BlueCross BlueShield.

Keshav Kalla, ’88 Accounting, is the senior accountant at Nassau County Planning Commission, Division of Transportation.

Kevin Michael Lycke, ’89 Comparative Humanities, is currently enrolled in the Social Welfare Doctoral Program at Stony Brook.  He practices as a NYS certified social worker at the macro and micro levels.  Kevin happily shares his life with Clyde.  "My interest in social welfare, my passion for social justice and cultural competence was born out of SUNY Old Westbury’s Comparative Humanities Program.  I remain indebted to the faculty and fellow students for their wisdom, academic commitment, and passion for intellectual inquiry.  I salute: Drs. Maureen Feder-Marcus, Albert Rabil, Jr., Emilia Doyaga, Judy Walsh, and the late Alice Carse."

Guillermo Montes-Brito, ’89 Business & Management, is the president of Metropolitano, a private hospital in El Salvador, Central America.  He is also the vice president of Cuscatlan, an international rotary club. 

Debbie Shu-Chen Chang, ’90 Business & Management, is a business analyst for IBM in San Jose, CA.

Antonio E. Arocho, ’93 Biological Sciences, is the assistant principal of supervision at Louis D. Brandeis High School in New York City.

David Candel, ’93 Chemistry, is a contract chemist for Kraft Foods—R & D Labs in Tarrytown, NY.  He would like to correspond with former students.

David Seibert, ’93 Business & Management, is an investment banker for LaSalle Bank. He and his wife have been married for 6 years and have a 3-year-old son.

David Deok Soo Cho, ’94 Finance, is the president of RFHIC Company in Korea.  The company website is: www.rfhic.com

Amal Nekib Wahib, ’94 Visual Arts, "Thanks to Mr. Mac Adams and the entire Visual Arts Department."

Lori Foster, ’95 Labor Studies, works as an equal employment opportunity specialist for the U.S. Postal Service’s Albuquerque District in New Mexico.  She started a domestic-violence awareness program for her postal district.

Bethanne Gold, ’96 Teacher Education, is a special education preschool teacher at the Early Childhood Development Program at Schneiders’ Children Hospital.  She and her husband, Lyle Gold, have been married for 6 years.

Gayle S. Sparkman, ’96 CIS, is a computer applications teacher at Nassau Technological Center, a programmer for Nassau County Department of Social Services, and as an ESL teacher for BOCES at Carle Place, NY.

Allen R. Washington, ’97 Business & Management, works for Mustard Seed Forensic Social Work Services, P.C., located in Brooklyn, New York.

Steven Attias, ’98 Media & Communications, is currently working for the Clerk’s Office in the Nassau County Legislature.

Greg Bennett, ’98 Sociology, responded to the tragic event of 9/11.  He joined the New York Guard, Army Division, and as a member of the 14th Brigade served 3 months on active duty.  Greg credits Old Westbury for teaching him the counseling and communication skills he used during this tragic time.

Thresia Harris, ’98 American Studies, is a proud member of Hermanad De Sigma Iota Alpha Inc., ’96.  Thresia states "I’d like to thank the professors from the Teacher Education and American Studies departments.  They helped prepare me with a priceless education.  I also appreciate my on campus job as an RA.  It also prepared me to deal with the many ages and temperaments I deal with on a regular basis."

Sheldon Noel, ’98 Language & Literature, is an associate at Leftwich & Douglas, PLLC in Washington, DC.

Harold J. Lamm, ’99 Finance, has joined Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor. 

Sandra Wharwood, ’99 American Studies, is currently working for MBNA American Bank.

Marie Dominique (St. Louis) Brierre, ’00 PES, is currently working for Thomas Publishing Company as a circulation assistant in their Marketing Department.  Marie is married and was recently blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Mickaela Brierre.

Robert L. Karczewski, ’00 Accounting, works for Terra Securities Corp. a subsidiary of GE Capital as a tax preparer and financial planner.

Renee Brodman, ’01 Elementary Education, is a first grade teacher at Riverside Elementary in Rockville Centre, New York and is loving every minute of it.

Michelle Goldfarb, ’02 Health & Society, received the Goldmann Student Paper Award at the Public Health Association of New York City on November 21, 2002.  Her paper was entitled, "Short-Term Emotional Effects on Emergency Responders Following Devastating Events," for which she surveyed first responders to 9/11 from the FDNY, NYPD and other uniformed services.

Chad B. Pogue, ’02 Media & Communications, is working as a direct childcare counselor in a treatment program for adjudicated sex offender adolescents.

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February 10- March 19, 2003
Debra Priestly: Memory Revisited
Wallace Gallery
Opening reception: February 12, 2003, from 4:00-6:00 PM
For more information contact Dr. Catherine Bernard at 516/876-3148

March 12, 2003
Medical Malpractice: The Impact of Lawsuits on the Quality and Affordability of Healthcare
A debate featuring Dr. Harvey Wachsman, MD, JD and Philip K. Howard, Attorney and Author
Student Union
From 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
For more information call 516/876-3207

March 31- April 30, 2003
Contemporary Art from the Muslim Diaspora
Wallace Gallery
Opening reception: April 2, 2002, from 4:00-6:00 PM
For more information contact Dr. Catherine Bernard at 516/876-3148

April 22, 2003
11th Annual International Partnership Award
Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, Long Island
From 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dick Graso, President and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange will deliver keynote address.  This year’s honorees are; Larry Austin—Austin Travel, Dr. Raymond Damadian—FONAR Corporation, Jack Gallahger—Deputy County Executive, Nassau County, and Bruce Trotter—UPS, LI Eastern District Manager

April 28th and 29th
Defensive Driving
Sponsored by the Alumni Association
Contact Mary D’Antonio at (516) 876-3140 for more information.

May 22, 2003
Alumni Reunion
Student Union—Common Room
From 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Contact Penny Jane Chin at 516/876-3137 for more information

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