Awards to Recognize Leadership in Business, Community and Education; Alumni Leadership Honor Also Planned

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The SUNY Orange Foundation will be “Recognizing Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)” when it presents its ninth annual Leadership Awards at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 22 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the College's Middletown campus.

Recipients will be: Orange/Sullivan Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (Leadership in Business), Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (Leadership in Community), Christopher W. Eachus (Leadership in Education) and Dr. Samuel Bowser '77 (Edward A. Diana Alumni Leadership Award).

The evening will begin with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour preceding the 7 p.m. awards presentation.

LOGOFirst organized and incorporated in 1929 as the local chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, the Orange/Sullivan Chapter of the NYSSPE holds a long and rich history in Orange County.

During World War II, the local chapter took an active interest in emergency defense work in the county and coordinated with the Orange County Defense Council to address concerns regarding sanitation, water supply, utilities, highways, bridges and other engineering functions. In 1960, the organization began to build an increasingly important role in guiding the policies of the county, including: minimum road standards for development, Department of Health review procedures, planning and zoning, countywide sewer and water districts, a model ordinance for subsurface sewage disposal, and storm water systems design. The Chapter also backed county land banks for acquisition for future water reservoirs and developed a scholarship fund.

Today, the members remain active in continuing education endeavors, which are mandated by the New York State Education Department. The Orange/Sullivan Chapter actively seeks to engage and support area students at the high school and college levels who are interested in engineering. It conducts and participates in a host of activities to engage students, including providing speakers to local schools to give seminars on promoting the practice of engineering and career mentoring.

Its scholarship fund, established in 1958, supports students who attend SUNY Orange and plan to continue their education beyond the College. The Chapter has also worked with the College in establishing review courses in engineering.

LOGO: Orange and RocklandTracing its origins back more than 100 years, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) serves a 1,350 square mile region of seven counties and 96 communities with a population of approximately 750,000. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State, northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania, and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York and Pennsylvania. O&R employs approximately 1,100 people, nearly all of whom are also its customers.

The company has continued to provide the highest quality electric and natural gas service to its customers while also maintaining a deep and abiding commitment to the communities it serves.

That community commitment manifests itself daily in a dozen ways from the O&R employee who volunteers as the soccer coach or the fire chief to O&R’s STEM program that will offer $25,000 to fund qualifying science and technology education grants in 2015 to the O&R-IBEW Local 503 annual United Way campaign that since 1993 has donated nearly $4 million in employee contributions and shareholder matches to worthy community-based endeavors.

PHOTO: Chris EachusEachus (left) has spent the past 38 years teaching high school math and science classes in private and public high schools in the Hudson Valley, and currently teaches physics classes at Newburgh Free Academy.

Prior to graduating from SUNY Cortland in August 1977, Eachus was hired as a science teacher at a private school on Long Island. While finishing his bachelor’s degree over the following summer, he was hired as a math and science teacher at a private school in the Hudson Valley and has remained here ever since, building a reputation as an exemplary teacher who both challenges and supports his students. In 1986, Eachus acquired his master’s degree in education.

In 2006, Eachus was successfully elected to the Orange County Legislature, representing the Town of New Windsor. Presently, he is the Legislature’s Minority Leader. He has been a member of the Education and Economic Development Committee for a period of nine years.

Eachus volunteers at New Windsor Salvation Army and is on that organization’s Advisory Board. He is also an active member of the Quassaick Creek Watershed Association and the Greater Newburgh Area Optimist Club; serves as an Eagle Review Board member for the Boy Scouts of America; and is an Orange County Sons of the American Legion Commander. He has long been active throughout the community and has a special interest in local veterans affairs.

PHOTO: Dr. Samuel BowserBowser (right) is a senior research scientist with the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center in Albany. A cell biologist by training, his current work centers on the biology of unicellular organisms called Foraminifera (“forams”). Of particular interest are “living fossil” forams that evolved hundreds of millions of years ago and now populate the shallow waters of Antarctica.

These Antarctic species are well within the reach of scuba divers – a fact that has taken Bowser to McMurdo Sound more than 20 times, where he has logged over 180 dives under ice-covered waters. One aim of his research program is to “mine” the genomes of these organisms for products and processes that can be used to advance human health.

In addition to his life as a research scientist, Bowser has a long history of collaborating with artists, writers and filmmakers to help educate the public about science in general, as well as Antarctic ecosystems and human health. He has appeared in several documentaries, including Discovery Channel “shorts,” and was featured in Werner Herzog’s Oscar-nominated film “Encounters at the End of the World.” His ongoing collaborative work with Laura Von Rosk, an accomplished painter living in Schroon Lake, N.Y., explores the importance of artists in Antarctic field research.

Bowser has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and symposium articles. He also maintains a blog about art science collaboration. “Bowser Valley” and a new genus of Foraminifera were named after him in recognition of his research accomplishments. Bowser is very active in science education and research mentoring, and in 2006 received a Dedicated Service Award by the Science Teachers Association of New York State.

Bowser is a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and is past president of the International Society of Protistologists. He is currently a board member of Art & Science Collaborations Inc., based in New York City.

The SUNY Orange Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. According to the 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 the current 2014-15 academic year, the Foundation awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships that helped deserving students attend SUNY Orange.

Past Recipients of the SUNY Orange Foundation Leadership Awards

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
2010: Orange Regional Medical Center
2011: Orange County Trust Company
2011: Orange County Partnership
2012: Kelly M. Williams, managing director and global head, Credit Suisse Customized Fund Investment Group
2014: Hal Teitelbaum, founder, managing partner and chief executive officer, Crystal Run Healthcare

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
2010: 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard
2011: Thomas P. Sullivan, president, Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home
2012: Kathy Frommer, co-founder and former chief executive officer, CRS Retail Systems
2014: Leo Kaytes Sr., owner, Leo Kaytes Ford

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
2010: Christine Godwin, faculty emeritus, SUNY Orange
2011: Dr. William Richards, president, SUNY Orange
2012: Vera M. Best, founder, Best Resource Center, Inc.
2014: Stephen Winter, business professor, SUNY Orange

Alumni Leadership Award
2009: Manfred Altstadt ’70, chief operating officer, Mutual of America
2010: David S. MacFarland ’70, president, Riverside Bank
2011: Karen Miller ’71, manager of communications, southeast region, Frontier Communications
2012: Kim M. Boylan ’79, senior tax partner, White and Case LLP
2014: F. Edward Devitt ’66, owner and chief executive officer, Devitt Management Associates

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