Magazine Highlights College’s 60th Anniversary; Profiles Professor and Student; Recognizes Donors

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PHOTO: Carillon cover (2010 issue)MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A student who survived the January earthquake in Haiti to earn her SUNY Orange degree in May, a professor who is training the next generation of great communicators, a preview of an assistive technology center planned for the Middletown campus and a look at SUNY Orange’s first 60 years are all part of the content wrapped into this year’s issue of the “Carillon,” the SUNY Orange magazine that recently hit mailboxes throughout the Hudson Valley.

A glossy four-color magazine, this second issue of “Carillon” follows on the heels of a successful debut during the summer of 2009. The expanded 32-page magazine delivers a broad range of news and information about the College. Produced by the SUNY Orange Office of Institutional Advancement, more than 21,000 copies of “Carillon” are mailed to those alumni, faculty, staff, donors and friends for whom the College has a valid address. Additionally, copies are placed liberally on campus for viewing by students and visitors, and the magazine is also available as an interactive publication on the College’s web site.

“After a very successful launch of the ‘Carillon’ last year, we were excited to follow up with another strong publication that once again showcases the diversity of the College’s students, programs and services,” said Vinnie Cazzetta, vice president for institutional advancement. “We believe that the quality of this magazine, both in content and visual appeal, reflects the many strengths of SUNY Orange. And it allows us, in an impressive way, to brag about few of the many success stories of our students, faculty and alumni.”

In celebration of the College’s 60th anniversary this past June, the cover story of the current “Carillon” provides a brief look into the history of SUNY Orange’s founding and offers testimonial snippets from alumni and former students who shared their most vivid or treasured memories from their time at the College. To accompany the cover story, the details of Orange County’s grassroots efforts during the late 1940s to establish a local community college are recapped in “The Final Bell,” a historical column written by College archivist Mary Ann Van Benschoten that appears on the magazine’s final page.

PHOTO: Renee BordesProfiles on communications professor Linda Fedrizzi-Williams ’98 and accounting student Renee Bordes (left) are accompanied by stories detailing the soon-to-be-unveiled Assistive Technology Center, the latest construction updates from Newburgh and the College’s 2010 Commencement. One-page spotlights on former student Edi Kapetanovic and alum Manfred Altsadt, as well as a section of “briefs”, round out the magazine’s content.

“This issue of ‘Carillon’ is truly a celebration issue. Aside from touting our 60th anniversary, the broad range of content in this issue really celebrates the remarkable accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” added Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “We could not be more proud of the great things that are ongoing within our college community, and we are pleased to have a chance to share just a few of those stories in this magazine.”

Although not considered an “alumni” magazine, “Carillon” is similar to alumni magazines distributed by many two- and four-year colleges. One significant difference is that, rather than featuring a section of alumni notes, “Carillon” devotes five pages to a donor recognition section that also highlights the SUNY Orange Foundation and describes the College’s Defining Moments Capital Campaign.

The magazine is named after the electronic carillon that chimes from atop stately Morrison Hall every half hour. The campus carillon, which also tolls during Commencement and other significant on-campus events, was jointly donated to the College on June 12, 1982, by the Alumni, College and Student associations.

Aside from being printed in upstate New York, “Carillon” is a true Hudson Valley production. Goshen graphic artist Marc Tolen, of Creative Graphics, designed the magazine while the principal photography was handled by Newburgh professional Nihal Mahawaduge. SUNY Orange Director of Communications Mike Albright served as executive editor and writer.

For more information, write to “Carillon,” c/o Mike Albright, 115 South St., Middletown, NY, 12550. Copies are available by request.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940