SUNY Orange Educational Foundation to Recognize Leaders in Business, Community and Education

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The Educational Foundation of SUNY Orange will recognize a trio of community volunteers, a highly respected educator and a prominent local business when it issues its annual Leadership Awards during the College’s “Orange Goes Green” Gala at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17.

The gala event, adhering to a “sustainability” theme, will be held under a tent on the Alumni Green at the College’s Middletown campus. Sister Ann Sakac, recently retired president of Mount Saint Mary College, will receive the Education Leadership Medal while Frontier Communications will be presented with the Business Leadership Medal. Roberta “Bobbie” Glinton (Class of 1964) will receive a Community Leadership Medal, as will Rich and Marianne Rowley. Marianne Rowley is a 1983 graduate of SUNY Orange.

Christine King (Class of 1973), newly hired president and chief executive officer of SMSC, an international semiconductor company headquartered in Hauppauge, N.Y., will serve as the keynote speaker. In 2001, King was named CEO of AMI Semiconductor, in Pocatello, Idaho, becoming the first female CEO in a semiconductor industry that was considered among the toughest high-tech professions in terms of the advancement of women.

Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president, and Nicholas Illobre (Class of 1971), chair of the Educational Foundation's awards committee, will host the event. The SUNY Orange Madrigals and the woodwind quintet from the College’s Community Orchestra, will perform. Music will also be provided by the Common Ground Orchestra featuring Debbie Major.

The Educational Foundation of SUNY Orange was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. According to the Educational Foundation by-laws, the objectives for which the foundation exists are to solicit, receive, hold, invest, administer and make expenditures of gifts to or for the benefit of Orange County Community College. In 2007-08, the Educational Foundation awarded nearly $150,000 in scholarships that helped deserving students attend SUNY Orange.

Among the hallmarks of the foundation’s scholarship program is the President’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement, which is awarded to 10 incoming freshmen from Orange County high schools who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class, or hold a cumulative grade point average of 90 or better, and plan to enroll full-time at SUNY Orange. In all, more than 80 scholarships are funded through the efforts of the Educational Foundation.

Additionally, the Educational Foundation has set up a number of funds for contributors to target their gift

Award Winners:

Sister Ann Sakac, Education Leadership

Frontier Communications, Business Leadership

Roberta “Bobbie” Glinton, Community Leadership

Rich and Marianne Rowley, Community Leadership

Christine King, Keynote Speaker


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Mike Albright
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