Medals Given to Those Who’ve Contributed to Education, Community and Business; Alumni Award on Tap Also

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A local medical center, a National Guard unit and a longtime professor will each be recognized for their contributions to the areas of business, community and education within the Hudson Valley when the SUNY Orange Foundation presents its annual Leadership Awards at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 in Orange Hall Theatre on the College's Middletown campus.

SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards--along with Nicholas Illobre (Class of 1971), chair of the SUNY Orange Foundation, and Derrik Wynkoop, chair of the Foundation's Leadership Awards committee--will host the event. Award medals will be presented to Orange Regional Medical Center (Leadership in Business), 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard (Leadership in Community), and Christine Godwin (Leadership in Education). David S. MacFarland, a 1970 SUNY Orange graduate and president of Riverside Bank, will receive the Alumni Leadership Award.

This year’s Leadership Awards ceremony marks the fifth year in which the College has celebrated the achievements and contributions of local individuals, businesses and organizations. Profiles of this year's recipients are below.

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 2009-10, 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 as many as 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 gifts. The Foundation will accept registrations for the Leadership Awards event through the close of business on Monday, Sept. 13. For information, contact Pat Cregar at (845) 341-4769.

Previous Leadership Award recipients

Leadership in Business
2006: John A. D’Ambrosio, president, Orange County Chamber of Commerce
2007: James W. Taylor Jr., chairman, Taylor Recycling
2008: Frontier Communications
2009: Advance Testing

Leadership in Community
2006: John J. “Jack” McMahon, former administrator, SUNY Orange
2007: Ralph Martucci Jr., director of corporate business operations, Ottaway Newspapers
2008: Roberta “Bobbie” Glinton ’64, agent, Hawks Nest Realty
2008: Rich and Marianne (’83) Rowley, community activists
2009: Kaplan Family Charitable Foundations
2009: Barbara Bedell, columnist, Times Herald-Record

Leadership in Education
2006: Joan I. Siegel, faculty emeritus, SUNY Orange
2007: Don Przytula, guidance counselor, Monroe-Woodbury High School
2008: Sister Ann Sakac, former president, Mount Saint Mary College
2009: Dr. John Cummins, faculty emeritus, SUNY Orange

Alumni Leadership Award
2009: Manfred Altstadt, chief operating officer, Mutual of America

2010 Leadership Awards Recipient Profiles

Orange Regional Medical Center
Leadership in Business

PHOTO: Rendering of the new Orange Regional Medical CewnterAs the largest private employer in Orange County, Orange Regional Medical Center employs approximately 2,500 healthcare professionals, including a medical staff that numbers nearly 600 providers and is growing steadily. Orange Regional is a non-profit organization consisting of two hospitals, the Arden Hill campus in Goshen and the Horton campus in Middletown.

The two campuses accommodate a variety of healthcare services and centers of excellence including the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center, the Rowley Family Birthing Center, the Tucker Center for Cancer Care, and a Bone and Joint Center for advanced orthopedic and spine surgery. Additionally, Orange Regional offers inpatient mental health services and the latest in robotic surgery technology. Orange Regional also offers six outpatient facilities, the largest being the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion located in the Town of Wallkill, New York. These locations provide outpatient surgical and diagnostic imaging services, radiation oncology, a breast cancer center, diabetes treatment, physical and speech rehabilitation, chemical dependency and substance abuse assistance, and community education.

Today, Orange Regional is constructing a new medical center, located at 707 East Main St. in Middletown that will consolidate its two existing campuses in 2011. Once complete, the facility will be the first new freestanding hospital built in the State of New York in more than 20 years and will be one of the largest medical centers between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany.

Orange Regional supports the pursuit of higher education and is proud of its partnership with SUNY Orange, hosting more than 100 SUNY Orange nursing interns each semester. The hospital also provides educational opportunities to SUNY Orange students seeking degrees or certificates in phlebotomy; medical, biological and information technology; and alcohol and substance abuse. Each year, Orange Regional also welcomes approximately 15 interns per semester to its Diagnostic Imaging Department.

Scott Batulis has been the president and chief executive officer of Orange Regional Medical Center since August 2006 and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare administration, including new program development, mergers and acquisitions, hospital construction, operations management and fundraising. Lou Heimbach is chairman of Orange Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Board since January 1992.

105th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard
Leadership in Community

PHOTO: 105th Airlift Wing crestLocated at Stewart Airport, the 105th Airlift Wing has more than 1,400 assigned personnel in over 90 career fields. The 105th is a component of the Air National Guard and serves dual missions: when federally activated, its personnel respond to the nation’s needs as a fully trained reserve for the United States Air Force; and the Wing remains ready to respond to the needs of New York when called upon by the state government.

The Wing’s flying component, the 137th Airlift Squadron, regularly flies missions around the world in support of the nation’s armed forces in support of the war on terrorism. Since the launch of its C-5 mission in 1985 the unit has proudly supported the airlift needs of our nation in every major contingency. Also, the 105th Airlift Wing has supported humanitarian missions around the globe, across the nation and at home here in New York State.

In addition to fulfilling their military mission, personnel from the 105th Airlift Wing have committed themselves to supporting the communities in which they live. Stewart Air Guard and Marine Reservists have donated nearly 6,000 pints of blood since July 1997. The 105th Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. has generated more than $100,000 in scholarship awards and the Wing is home to Troop 105, a Boy Scouts troop for children with special needs. The 105th holds its own Young Champions Ceremony each year for disabled children and young adults, and offers C-5A tours--from April through October--for local community organizations. The Stewart Military Affairs Council unites local government, business, civic groups and organizational leaders in support of the Stewart Air National Guard Base.

Brig. Gen. Verle L. Johnston Jr. serves as Commander of the 105th Airlift Wing.

Christine Godwin
Leadership in Education

PHOTO: Chrstine GodwinFor Christine Godwin, teaching and learning have been lifelong pursuits, and she spent 37 years imparting those same values to her students as a full-time faculty member and administrator at SUNY Orange. Godwin was a member of the College’s English Department faculty from 1969 through 2006, and presently holds the title of Professor Emeritus.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Godwin served as chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department for 15 years, spent time coordinating the College’s faculty and staff development program, created SUNY Orange’s nationally recognized Writing Consultancy Project and directed its technical writing lab for a period of time.

Much of Godwin’s work has immersed her in the “power of the word,” from her involvement in the award-winning Writing Consultancy Project, a writing-across-the-curriculum program now in its 20th year, to her development of “Finding Our Voices”, the popular series of college and community programs. She also created a variety of writing courses, including Technical Writing, Writing For Nurses, Children’s Literature and Applied Writing Workshop. She also developed and taught the College’s first online and web-enhanced English courses.

Godwin also served as a college communications consultant creating courses for area business, industry, health and government, and volunteered her expertise to a host of outreach initiatives in cooperation with local libraries. She serves on the Steering Committee and is an instructor in the ENCORE program, SUNY Orange’s academic program for lifelong senior learners. She remains active with ENCORE by coordinating day trips, teaching, and managing the program’s web site and member newsletter.

She is a past winner of the Orange County Women of Achievement Award and received a New York State citation for developing outstanding academic programs in technical education. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Education magna cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and acquired her master’s degree with honors from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed post-graduate work at the University of New Hampshire and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

David S. MacFarland
Alumni Leadership Award

PHOTO: David MacFarlandSince his first days as an employee at Highland National Bank of Newburgh (now Bank of America) in 1963, Dave MacFarland has been a staple in the Hudson Valley banking community. A 1970 graduate of SUNY Orange with a degree in accounting, MacFarland is currently president and chief executive officer of Riverside Bank in Poughkeepsie, a role he’s maintained since 2000.

Riverside Bank employs 44 people at its four locations in Orange and Dutchess counties, and in 2009 the bank was awarded the Medium Sized Business of the Year Award from the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. In July 2010, Riverside earned its 14th “5-Star” rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., which recognizes the overall financial strength of the bank.

Before taking over at Riverside Bank, MacFarland spent six years as executive vice president of corporate banking for Premier National Bank (now M&T Bank) in LaGrangeville. But it was during his lengthy tenure with Fleet Bank when he rose to prominence locally. By the conclusion of his 31-year association with Fleet Bank, he had become regional president for the bank’s Hudson Valley region, charged with leading the local business development program for 48 bank branches that boasted more than 600 employees and assets exceeding $1 billion.

In addition to his 47 years of banking in the Hudson Valley, MacFarland has established an equally impressive resume of community involvement with area business, civic and charitable organizations. He is a member of more than 20 boards of directors in the Hudson Valley Region, and a past member of many others. He is past director of the boards of such organizations as the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Newburgh-Stewart Empire Zone, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Orange County Industrial Development Agency, Friends of the Hudson Valley and the Bankers Association of the Hudson Valley.

MacFarland has served on boards or committees to advance education at all levels, and has worked with SUNY Orange, Mount Saint Mary College and SUNY New Paltz. He is currently chairman of the boards of Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress, Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrow Inc. and the Stewart Regional Alliance. He is also active as a board member of the SUNY Orange Foundation, Orange County Partnership, Dutchess County External Marketing Council and the Newburgh Woodlawn Cemetery Association.

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