Selected by Board to Provide Valuable Student Perspective Regarding SUNY Orange Foundation Initiatives

PHOTO: Samuel Fontanez Jr.MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Samuel Fontanez Jr., of Middletown, has been elected by the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors to serve as its student representative for the 2015-16 academic year.

The selection of Fontanez, a history major who is currently enrolled in his third semester at SUNY Orange, was approved by the Board at its Sept. 21 meeting. Named to the College’s Dean’s List in each of his first two semesters, Fontanez was one of eight SUNY Orange students this week who were selected to the Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders program for 2015-16. He is also a pitcher on the Colts’ baseball team and serves as a Student Ambassador on behalf of the College’s Admissions Office.

Prior to enrolling at SUNY Orange, Fontanez spent one year at SUNY Ulster, where he was captain of the baseball team.

“Samuel first came to our attention when he volunteered for the College at the Orange County Race Weekend,” said Nick Illobre (at right in photo below), a longtime Foundation Board member and chair of the student representative selection committee. “Later, he volunteered for two additional Foundation events. That sense of community spirit is an essential quality we look for in every member of the Board.

“Samuel has a valuable narrative to share as a student who began his college education at Ulster County Community College and later transferred to SUNY Orange. As a student-athlete, he came to realize college success includes finding the right balance between academics and sports,” Illobre continued. “We look forward to working with him in the coming year.”

“I’m deeply humbled to have an opportunity to work and learn alongside some of the most committed and brightest humanitarians in our community,” Fontanez said. “The Foundation Board plays a significant role in enhancing the college experience for our current and future students. It is an honor, for both my family and me, to be selected.”

The SUNY Orange Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. The mission of the Foundation is to generate funds and build resources to enhance learning opportunities for students and the community. The Foundation welcomes and collaborates with individuals, alumni, businesses, foundations, faculty and staff interested in supporting student and College initiatives.

For more information on the SUNY Orange Foundation, contact Vinnie Cazzetta, executive director, at (845) 341-4726.

PHOTO: Samuel Fontanez Jr. and Nick Illobre

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