Annual Alumni Association Award Winners

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association extends its sincerest congratulations to this year's Alumni Association Award winners. The Alumni Association Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 6, during Reunion Weekend at our Annual Alumni Association Awards and Volunteer Recognition Celebration Breakfast.

  • Paul Conway  — Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service 
  • Edward Banovic '68, '73 — Military Service
  • Thomas Clements '70 — Military Service
  • Charlotte Kinney '64, '84 — Military Service
  • Lianne Palais '20 — Student Leadership
  • Jennifer Bueche '83 — Current Faculty Outstanding Service
  • Marc Schein '09 — Emerging Leader
  • La-Tarri Canty '01 — Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Charles "Three" Bollinger '01 — Red Dragon Spirit-Individual
  • Greg Floyd '80 — Excellence in Alumni Service

This celebration will be open to the general public and registration is available through the Reunion Weekend event registration form.  We hope you will join us in congratulating and celebrating our most accomplished alumni this summer!

 


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Paul Conway — Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service
3/31/2020

Kathy Hewlett

Conway served overseas in the U.S. Army Security Agency before earning a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Michigan State University. He taught at Hackettstown High School in New Jersey for three years, then earned a doctorate in political science from Purdue University in Indiana. Conway joined the Political Science Department at SUNY Oneonta in 1970. During his 40 years at the College, he developed several new courses and pursued research in Bosnia, Rwanda and Southern Africa. Driving hundreds of students to seminar settings in a total of eight state prison facilities enriched his teaching and his life in general Conway published several articles, essays, and more than 100 book reviews. Since his retirement in 2010, Conway has volunteered in over a half-dozen community organizations, including the Catskill Area Hospice, the Oneonta Concert Association, and the Oneonta-area branch of the NAACP.

Edward Banovic ’68 ’73 — Military Service
3/31/2020

Mary Schrot '92

After graduation, Oneonta Soccer player, Delta Phi Kappa member, and student government representative, Banovic enlisted in the Army, where he became a Green Beret. After his service during the Vietnam War, he joined the New York Army National Guard and served another 24 years, then retired as a Colonel. Banovic received a Bronze Star, in addition to other commendations, medals, and state awards. Ed spent 33 years as a teacher, administrator, and coach at Ballston Spa Middle School and was voted to the Ballston Middle School Hall of Fame in 2016. Ed and his wife Karen have two children and one grandchild.

Thomas Clements '70 — Military Service
3/31/2020

Pictured: Nick Brown '18

Clements began his 38-year career in the United States Navy in 1970 and retired at the rank of Commander. During his time, his assignments included the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as exercises where he mobilized heavy equipment, tools, supplies to support strategic air bases, NATO, and participated in the Navy Honor Guard (services for deceased veterans). Clements retired in August 2008 after a distinguished career where he earned several medals and commendations. He believes the real honor was the opportunity to serve.

 

Charlotte Kinney ’64 ’84 — Military Service
3/31/2020

Alice Maggiore '10

Lt. Colonel (retired) Kinney entered the Army after graduation and served on active duty and in the reserves for 29 years. She worked in recruiting, public relations, administration, and personnel positions in the United States, Korea, and Japan. Colonel Kinney intended to be an Army chaplain, but she was unable to attend seminary as women were barred from serving in that capacity. Over the next decade, she was instrumental in helping to open the doors for women and, finally, in 1975 while stationed in the Pentagon, she was given the honor of deleting the words “male only” from the chaplain regulations. In May 2019, Colonel Kinney was one of fifteen military women selected from Pennsylvania and honored by the Governor for helping to break through gender barriers. She is presently in seminary with a graduation date of May 2020.

Lianne Palais ’20 — Student Leadership
3/31/2020

Zubaida Qamar ’10

Palais is a dietetics major with a chemistry minor. She has been an Orientation Leader, New Student Mentor, and Orientation Mentor, a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society as well as the secretary of the Food & Nutrition Association. After studying abroad in in Athens, Greece, she was an intern in the Office of International Education. She has worked closely with the Alumni Association as a member of the Oneonta Future Alumni Network and is a Legacy student. After graduation, she will complete her dietetic internship and pursue a master’s degree before becoming a registered dietitian. She hopes to work as a pregnancy dietitian in the future.

Jennifer Bueche '83 — Current Faculty Outstanding Service
3/31/2020

Art Dauria

Bueche joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty 22 years ago and is a professor in the human ecology department. She earned her advanced degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Center in Nutrition and her Ph.D. in nutrition from Syracuse University. She has been the Faculty Athletic Representative since 2010 and serves on SUNY Oneonta’s Intercollegiate Athletics Board. She is a New York State Registered Dietitian and a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and is the consulting dietitian for the College’s dining services. Bueche was an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Program Director for 10 years and has been an ACEND Program Reviewer since 2011. Most recently, she completed a 4-year term as the Dietetic Internship Representative on the ACEND board and a 3-year term as the human ecology department chair. She is the director of the online nutrition and dietetics master’s degree program. The SUNY Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Bueche to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor for her service and dedication to the SUNY Oneonta community and to the field of dietetics regionally and nationally.

Marc Shein '09— Emerging Leader
3/31/2020

 

Marc D. Schein is a certified insurance counselor, a published author, and has spoken before members of Congress about cyber security. He established the cyber security program at Rutgers University and frequently lectures at the Fashion Institute of Technology Educating Tomorrow series. He serves as a mentor for FIT students who are looking to pursue a career in the field. Rather than charge the members of his cyber think-tank in New York City, he asks that each member donates to a local charity. Schein is a contributor to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

La-Tarri Canty ’01 — Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
3/31/2020

David Lynch '74

Canty currently serves as associate dean of intercultural engagement at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a master’s degree in student affairs personnel and diversity from Binghamton University. Canty is earning her doctorate at Northeastern University and will complete her dissertation in 2020. In 2017, she spearheaded the creation of the Social Justice Programming and Cross-Cultural Engagement (SPXCE) Intercultural Center and was promoted to her current position where she is charged with oversight of all division of student affairs diversity programmatic efforts. Canty has received awards including MIT’s highest honors, the “MLK Leadership Award” and the “Excellence Award.” In 2019, the MIT Black Student Union renamed their Faculty/Staff Excellence Award to honor her.

Charles "Three" Bollinger ’01 — Red Dragon Spirit-Individual
3/31/2020

Roland Holstead '67

Charles “Three” Bollinger III played a leadership role in reforming SUNY Oneonta’s ice hockey team while earning his degree in mass communications. For the last 15 years, he has led the planning of the group’s affinity reunions, including the annual hockey game. Three now serves on the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association Board of Directors. Three’s career started at Job Corps in Oneonta and, later, in Devens, Massachusetts. Three eventually became the Executive Director for Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC), where he worked to house homeless veterans in central Massachusetts. In 2014, Three relocated his family to Western New York and is the Coordinator for Partners Ending Homelessness. He oversees 50 programs that houses over 1000 individuals and families in Monroe County. Three met his wife Amanda during his time at SUNY Oneonta and together they have two girls, ages 11 and 8.

Greg Floyd '80— Excellence in Alumni Service
3/31/2020

Pictured: Grace Narins '19

Greg Floyd, an Alumni of Distinction honoree, is the nightly news anchor at WRGB-TV/CBS6 in Schenectady who in recent years has twice won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and multiple regional Emmy Awards. Last year, the Associated Press named him the best TV anchor/reporter in New York State. Outside of the newsroom, Greg works with the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is an active volunteer for the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association and has been the master of ceremonies at the Alumni of Distinction event for the past 3 years. He has been a part of Distinguished Alumni Lecture series, several networking events and a keynote speaker at SUNY Oneonta’s Scholars’ Day.