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As of 1961, there were 2,330 alumni. About 25% of graduates transferred to four-year institutions.

Alumni of Merit Award Winners
1970 (First Year)

Professor George Abdoo of the College’s Electrical Technology Department. A 1951 graduate in electrical technology. He also held a B.A. in physics from Utica College (1956) and an M.A. in higher education from Syracuse University (1959). He joined the MVCC faculty in 1952.


Standard Alumni of Merit Awards: Frank Soldato, Deputy Chief of Training, Utica Police Department, Class of 1951, and Roger O. Menard, Class of 1958, then a district manager for the Chrysler Corporation in West Virginia.

Also – two members of the first graduating class (1948) were honored with Silver Anniversary Alumni Awards. They were Vito Bevivino, president and general manager of J.B. Wells (retailer), Utica, and Warren L Woods, Syracuse zone manager for B.F. Goodrich.


Kenneth C. Moles, Class of 1948, retail business management and Henry J. Werkman, Class of 1949. (475 May graduates, 267 August graduates.) Moles had been the College’s first class president, and as the first official act of his student administration, chose the school colors of green and white. At the time of this award, he was district manager for I.C. Systems, responsible for an area covering 29 counties, and was also president, treasurer and chairman of the board for Oneida Lake KOA. Werkman was Employment Security Manager for the New York State Employment Service in Newburgh, NY. He was unable to attend the ceremony, recovering from a double amputation.


Nicholas Gentile, Deerfield, NY, a member of the Class of 1949, Retail Business Management. A founder of the MVCC Alumni Association, he twice served as its president, and as vice-president of the MVCC Foundation. After graduation from NYSIAAS at Utica, he joined the local J.B.Wells Dept Store as a buyer and manager.. In 1951, he entered into a partnership that leased space in department stores in Utica, Herkimer and Boonville. The company, All-Sen Enterprises, functioned as a sales and service franchisee for several nationally-known sewing machines. He joined Sears Roebuck & Co., in 1957, and rose to the position of Division Manager. In 1961, he joined Bache & Co., Inc., (stock broker) as a registered representative, and became manager of the Utica Branch in 1965. In 1966 he became Assistant Vice President. In 1968, he was a founder of CBM, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio corporation specializing in consulting and data processing services to national, state and county governments. At the time of the MVCC award, he held the franchise in Oneida and Herkimer Counties for the Ziebart Auto-Truck Rustproofing Process.


Dr. Hugh Farley, Associate Professor of Law and Area Coordinator, SUNY Albany School of Business. A resident of Schenectady (but a native of Watertown), he later became a Republican State Senator. He graduated from MVCC in 1953 with an A.A.S. degree in Retail Business Management. He earned a B.S. degree from SUNY Albany, and L.L.B. and J.D. degrees from American University Law School.


Independent television producer William T. Watts was honored as Alumnus of Merit is MVCC’s 33rd annual commencement June 1st. He could not attend the ceremony – he was in San Salvador producing the “Miss Universe Pageant.” The two-time Emmy Award winner was a member of the College’s Class of 1953, Retail Business Management. Among programs he was associated with: “Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man” with Anne Bancroft; “A Tribute to George Gershwin,” with Jack Lemmon, and “George M” with Joel Gray. In 1956 he had been a production assistant for the popular television program for children, “Quiz Kids,” airing on Thursday nights on CBS. Lived in Jamaica Estates, NY at the time. (June 1975) In his early professional career he was an assistant to the producer for the NBC television program “The Bachelor,” with Hal March, Jayne Mansfield, and Carol Haney, with music and lyrics by Steve Allen. He had also been associated with the $64,000 Question,” and the $64,000 Challenge,” working for producer Louis G. Cowan. After graduating from MVCC he attended the Television Workshop in New York, graduating in September 1954.


Mrs. Jane Nile, of Ilion, a 1969 nursing graduate. She was a member of the nursing faculty at Hartwick College, teaching maternal and child health nursing. She had also been a staff nurse at Mohawk Valley General Hospital and a supervisor-administrator at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. She also held B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Syracuse University School of Nursing. She was a 1950 graduate of Ilion High School.


Paul F. Renckert, Rochester, NY, 1959 graduate, with an A.A.S. degree in Banking, Insurance & Real Estate. Mr. Renckert was president of the Genesee Savings Division of the New York Bank for Savings, the nation’s fourth largest savings bank. Following his graduation from MVCC, he held positions with Central Trust Company, and the Dime Banking & Loan Association. In 1966, he helped to organize the Genesee Federal Savings & Loan Association, and at the age of 26 became Vice President and Manager. He was elected President in 1975.


Raymond M. Green, owner/president of Credle Equipment, Inc., Utica. He was a 1956 graduate in retail business management and lived in Utica. He had joined Credle in 1952 as a clerk and became owner-president in 1977.


Mayor John R. Fascia, Mechanicville, NY. Class of 1951, Mechanical Technology. Worked for 17 years at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady. In 1968, became a partner in Izzo Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc. Had been mayor of Mechanicville since 1970.


Joseph W. Cilurzo, president of the Sybron Corporation’s Medical Products Division in Rochester. Cilurzo, a 1957 graduate of the Electrical Technology program, also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Syracuse University. He was a native of Syracuse.


Burton C. Anthony, Jr., Schenectady, NY, Class of 1954, president Burt Anthony Associates, of an Albany area general insurance agency, with an annual sales volume of $4 million. He was also president of a separate life insurance and financial planning agency, and a mail order firm with divisions serving the chain saw market and the commercial aircraft pilot uniform market. Burt Anthony Associates had acquired 27 other agencies over 13 years, and was consolidated into four separate offices in the capital district. The mail order firm he headed did $250,000 in annual sales, and was headquartered in Delmar. He served on the advisory councils of the Great American Insurance Company and the Hartford Insurance Company. He also acted as a consultant to numerous New York State insurance agencies in agency acquisition and operation. He was a board member of the Bethlehem, NY Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Bethlehem Lions Club, and a past member of the Tri-City Education Council. He was called to active duty in the U.S. Navy while attending MVCC in 1952. He served aboard the U.S.S. Power, a destroyer, as radar operator during the Korean War. He resumed his studies at MVCC after receiving his discharge from the Navy.


Lawrence R. Thibault, Painesville, Ohio. He was chief scout executive of the Northeast Ohio Council of the Boys Scouts. He was a 1955 graduate of MVCC’s mechanical technology program.


Dr. Roger J. Lucas, Herndon, VA, class of 1970, Police Science. He was previously employed by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service as an inspector, lead program analyst and examiner. He practiced law in Washington, DC, representing Dresser Industries and Louis Berger International Inc., a consultant to World Bank. He held a BS degree from SUNY Buffalo, an MS degree from American University, an a J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.


Dr. Marshall G. Jones, Scotia, NY, a 1962 graduate of MVCC’s mechanical engineering technology curriculum, then manager of the laser technology program at General Electric Company. He was the author or co-author of 28 publications, and held five patents. His research interests at the time were in the area of mechanics of laser material processing concerning material removal, welding, heat treating as related to laser beam-material interaction, and laser-fiber optic-robot integration for factory automation. He was active in the Program to Increase Minority Engineering Graduates. He was manager of G.E.’s Laser Technology Program from 1981 to 1985. (In 1985, he would also be recognized by Science Digest as one of the nation’s top innovators, in an article describing the country’s top 100 recent innovations. He was cited for his role in developing a new laser/fiber-optic/robot system, allowing industrial robots to cut, weld and drill with previously unmatched precision and dexterity, channeling a powerful laser beam through a needle-thin glass fiber. At the time of his induction into MVCC’s Hall of Fame in 2001, he was a senior research engineer and project leader in laser technology at the General Electric Corporate Research & Development Center in Schenectady. After graduating from MVCC in 1962 with an Associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, he earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and MS and PhD. Degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He joined the General Electric Corporate Research & Development Center in 1974. Between then and 2001, he had received 40 patents, and had authored or co-authored over 30 technical publications. In 1999, he was selected for the National Society of Black Engineers Pioneer of the Year Golden Torch Award. In 2000, he was named to receive the Black Engineer of the Year Award. In 2001, he was named to the National Academy of Engineering. He also served on the Schenectady Human Rights Commission, was first vice president of 100 Black Men (Albany District), volunteer coordinator of the NYS Mentoring Program in Schenectady County, and was a volunteer and board member for the Capital District Chapter of the New York Association for the Learning Disabled. He grew up in Aqueboque, Long Island, New York. (He also received a SUNY honorary doctor of science degree at MVCC’s 1985 graduation.)


Jon M. Beekman, Class of 1969, Civil Engineering Technology. Clerk of the board of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Water Board and manager of water resources at the Cambridge Water Department. He was a consultant at Camp, Dresser and McKee, an engineering firm in Boston. He also earned a BA degree from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master’s degree at the University of Lowell, MA. He was also selected as the Arthur D. Little Corporation Fellow for the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he earned an MPA degree.


Frank J. Calaprice, Class of 1979, Secretarial Science, secretary to the executive director, Utica Community Action.


John F. Sweeney. New Hartford, Class of 1962, Electrical Engineering Technology. He was employed at the time as program general manager of surveillance systems at the Aerospace Electronic Systems Division, General Electric Company, Utica. He also earned a B.S. degree in physics at Utica College.


Patricia McEnroe, Class of 1977, Liberal Arts & Sciences, then executive director of the New York State Nutrition Consortium based in Albany. She had also been employed by the Oneida County Women, Infants, Children program, as a nutritionist, and was director of the Cortland County WIC program. While employed in Cortland County, she was elected chairwoman of the New York State WIC Association for three years. She organized teaching days for New York State legislators which were instrumental in securing $3 million in additional funding for the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Action Plan. She also assisted in organizing similar events in other states. She also held a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Rhode Island.


Michael C. Austin, Class of 1974, Liberal Arts & Sciences, assistant secretary for corporate communications, Utica National Insurance Group. He also held a Bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Oswego. He later became an MVCC Trustee.


David Mathis, Utica, Class of 1970, Retail Business Management, director of Oneida County Office of Employment and Training. Was a Board of Trustees member and former chairman at the time. (See Trustees section for more information)

Dominick Bono, Vienna, Virginia, originally from Frankfort, NY, owned and operated a film and video post-production facility serving Washington, DC media. His clients included ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, the American Red Cross, United Way of America, NFL Films, AT&T, General Electric, Screen Gems, Paramount Pictures, National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service. He had also worked on campaign materials for President Jimmy Carter, Senators Robert Kennedy, Joseph Biden and Howard Metzenbaum, and Governors John Brown of Kentucky and William Clinton of Arkansas (later president). He was a 1967 MVCC graduate in Advertising Design & Production.


Mattie L. Brown, Class of 1975, Human Services, executive director of Utica Head Start Children & Families, Inc. since 1977. She had earned her MVCC degree as a part-time student while employed at General Electric. She later received a Bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, and a Master’s degree from Nova University.


Professor Maryanne DiMeo-Brindisi, Human Services & Psychology Department, Class of 1974, and Georgette (“Pinch”) F. Harris, editorial director for the PBS television program, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” Harris was a member of MVCC’s Class of 1984.


Arthur Salvetti, Class of 1954, Electrical Engineering Technology (posthumously). A Solvay resident, he had retired due to illness from General Electric Company in Syracuse, and had made a major gift to MVCC in his will.


Lawrence J. Baker, retired vice president at SUNY Morrisville. MVCC class of 1953, Retail Business Management. After earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at SUNY Albany, he joined SUNY Morrisville in 1962 as a faculty member in business and data processing. He chaired the Business School at Morrisville from 1969 to 1979, when he became vice president of administration. During 1988, he served as the College’s acting president. He retired in 1991, and later served as Mayor of Hamilton, NY.


Nancy G. Koury, Class of 1983, Human Services, a special education teacher at Perry Junior High School in New Hartford. She also held a Bachelor’s degree from Utica College and Master’s degree in special education from Syracuse University. She was a foster parent, a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader, president of the General Herkimer School PTA, 4-H advisor for developmentally disabled, and a volunteer with Respite Care of Oneida County, the Rhythm-Lites, American Legion Post #229 Women’s Auxiliary, PAR-ADD, Special Olympics, Golden Age Olympics, Very Special Arts Festival at MVCC, Good Old Summertime and Utica Boilermaker. In 1986 she was named Outstanding First Year Teacher in New York State, and was selected by Utica BPW as Women of the Year in Education/Community.


Denise DiGiorgio, dean of student services, Class of 1976, Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Sciences (Also see Administrators)

Dr. John Zdanowicz, Class of 1964, Retail Business Management, professor of finance and director of the Center for Banking & Financial Institutions at Florida International University. He also held a Bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State. He had been on the faculty at Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York, and Rochester Institute of Technology before moving to Florida International.


David J. Leach, Class of 1979, Civil Engineering Technology, a resident engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dover, Delaware. Received a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson College. Had been involved in construction projects in the Soviet Union, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Estonia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Egypt. Provided engineering support for Operation Desert Storm.

Trooper James Simpson, public information officer for New York State Police Troop D, Class of 1972, Criminal Justice. He had been with the Troopers since 1978. Served as volunteer director of “America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk” since 1982.


Associate Professor Civita Allard, RN, of the Health Services Department at MVCC, Class of 1976, Nursing. She had been an adjunct professor at the College beginning in 1981, and a full-time member of the faculty since 1983. She also held a BSN degree from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, and an MSN from Russell Sage College. (Also see Faculty-Staff)


Nancy Pattarini, Class of 1975, Advertising Design & Production, president/partner, Paige Marketing Communications Group, Inc., Utica. She also held a bachelor’s degree from Utica College.

Enrico L. D’Alessandro, Class of 1983, Criminal Justice, a captain and law enforcement division commander, Oneida County Sheriff’s Dept. Was also co-commander of the Mohawk Valley Police Academy. Held a Bachelor’s degree from Marist College.


Michael Briggs, Class of 1963, Retail Business Management, a retired regional manager-vice president with 35 years of service at United Parcel Service. He lived in Alpharetta, Georgia, outside Atlanta. He has also attended Utica College and Syracuse University. In his years at UPS, he had been responsible for the work activities of over 21,500 pepole, and gross revenues of $2.2 billion. He had awarded $2.5 million of UPS Foundation funds to needed organizations. He represented UPS on over 50 visits to members of Congress, governors and mayors. He was involved in the United Way of Atlanta, was a sponsor of Special Olympics and Food for the Poor, Inc., and helped to raise over $5 million for local community services through the Charity Guild.

Dr. Michael C. Wicks, Class of 1979, Engineering Science, a principal research engineer with the United States Air Force Research Lab in Rome, NY. He also received a Bachelor’s degree from RPI, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. He was the author of over 100 conference papers, journal papers, technical reports and was the holder of 11 patents. He was recognized world wide as an expert in space-time adaptive processing, ultra-wide band radar and multi-channel bistatic radar.


Stephen R. Zogby, executive vice president of Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig, Inc., a New Hartford insurance agency. Class of 1982, Business Administration.


Gregory S. Benincasa, president of H.R. Beebe of Utica, a general construction, construction management and design firm. Class of 1979, Civil Engineering Technology. Also earned BS degree in construction management at Utica College. Had been with HR Beebe since 1982, and became its president in 1998. Before joining Beebe, he was employed as an assistant engineer and surveyor with the NYS Dept of Transportation.

Frank Giotto, president of Fiber Instrument Sales, Inc., Oriskany. Class of 1971, Electrical Technology. He founded his firm in 1985, produced fiber optic components for more than 10,000 customers worldwide. Also earned a Bachelor’s degree at Utica College.


Dr. John DeCotis, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools for the Fayette County (Georgia) School System. He attended MVCC from 1971 to 1973, and transferred without graduating to SUNY Cortland, where he earned a BSE degree in education in 1975. He also earned an M.Ed. degree in Teaching and Administration of Education at Springfield College, Massachusetts, and an Ed.D. degree in Educational Administration and Instructional Supervision at the University of Georgia. He began his teaching career in 1975 at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Utica, where he taught for three years before entering graduate school.


Dr. David Petrie, M.D. of Waterville. He received a Respiratory Care Certificate from MVCC in 1975, as a member of the college’s first class in respiratory therapy. He also received an MVCC A.S. degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science, with an emphasis in biology, also in 1975. He also received a BS degree in biology from SUNY Oneonta. He earned his M.D. at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, and graduated from the St. Elizabeth Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, in Utica. In addition to a private medical practice, he was medical director of the Student Health Center at Utica College, and physician for the Hamilton College Health Center, school physician for the Waterville Central School District, and medical director at the Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, and worked with several area ambulance organizations.


Eleanor Moran, executive director, Women’s Employment & Resource Center, Utica, class of 1984, Business Management. She also held a Bachelor’s degree from Utica College and a Master’s degree from SUNYIT. She was director of the Displaced Homemaker’s Center for eight years and in 1999 founded the Women’s Employment & Resource Center, assisting women achieve financial independence through career counseling and training.


Kevin Irwin, a sociologist and research associate at the Yale School of Public Health and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He graduated from MVCC in 1998 with a dual degree in Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling. At the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Irwin is coordinator of qualitative research training and support in the methods and biostatics core.
After graduating from MVCC, he went on to earn a B.A. degree in sociology at Syracuse University, and an M.A. degree in sociology at Yale University. He was a doctoral candidate at Yale at the time of the presentation.

In September 1983, David Mathis of Utica became the first alumnus of MVCC to serve as chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. He was a 1970 graduate in retail business management. He also served in 1983 as president of the MVCC Dormitory Corporation.


John C. Bradley – Was among the first students to enroll, as a 26 year old military veteran, married with a child while he was a student. In a 1988 Observer-Dispatch column, Joe Kelly described Bradley as a musician, story teller, artist and writer who silvered his own mirrors, made his own storm windows, built his own furniture. He said that in 1939, while a student at Utica Free Academy, he had a 14-piece band. When World War II came, he couldn’t pass the physical to become a pilot, but enlisted anyway, and was trained as a draftsman. Later he was a military musician. After the war, he worked for the Observer-Dispatch as a layout artist, was advertising manager for the State Street Mill, published the “Village and Town Shopper,” and owned an advertising agency. He died in 1986 at the age of 66.

Richard J. Bevins – killed when Soviet jet shot down a Korean Airlines 747, Flight 007, on August 31, 1983. He was enroute to Seoul, S. Korea in connection with his job as a men’s clothing buyer for Howlands-Steinbeck Department Store in Middletown, NY. He was the son of former Utica Deputy Fire Chef Maurice Bevins. After graduating from MVCC (1970, retail business management) he had attended Utica College (class of ’72). At MVCC, he was on the track team and set a record for the two-mile run, under Coach Dick Coleman. The Central New York Automobile Dealers Association established a $600 scholarship in his memory.

John T. Cody – A native of Little Falls, attended Mohawk Valley Technical Institute. Worked at JC Penney for six months after graduation, then volunteered for the military draft, served in Europe from 1959 to 1962. After completing military services, earned a bachelor’s degree in retail management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and returned to J.C. Penney, working his way up the corporate ladder. In 1999, he was president and chief operating officer of JC Penney Co., Inc., based in Plano, Texas. He oversaw 1,230 department stores in 50 states, and in the Middle East, Indonesia and Philippines, as well as 2,800 Eckerd Drug Stores.

Arthur Salvetti (College news release, Nov 8, 1991) – “1954 MVCC Graduate Leaves $250,000 to MVCC Foundation for Scholarships in Electrical Technology Department – A 1954 graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College has left the college’s Foundation more than $250,000 in his will, the largest individual gift received in the history of the MVCC Foundation.
The bequest was included in the will of the late Arthur Salvetti of Solvay, New York, who passed away in January at the age of 57. Mr. Salvetti, a graduate of MVCC’s Electrical Technology curriculum, had worked as a radar technician at General Electric Company in Syracuse until his retirement in 1990….” (The funds were used to create a scholarship in Mr Salvetti’s name)