2019 Alumni Association Awards

2019 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 8, during Reunion Weekend at our Annual Alumni Association Awards and Volunteer Recognition Celebration Breakfast.

  • Art Dauria  — Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service 
  • Peter Dorn '71— Military Service
  • Grace Narins '19— Student Leadership
  • Nick Brown '19— Student Leadership
  • Kathy Hewlett — Current Staff Outstanding Service
  • Alice Maggiore '10 — Emerging Leader
  • Zubaida Qamar '10 — Emerging Leader
  • Mary Schrot '92 — Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Roland Holstead '67 — Red Dragon Spirit-Individual
  • David Lynch '74 — Humanitarian

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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Mary Schrot ’92 — Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Mary Schrot '92

Mary B. Schrot graduated from Lesley University in 2000 with a master’s degree in intercultural counseling. She studied abroad at the American University of Rome and volunteered with World Teach as an English-language instructor at Phetchaburi Rajabhat University, Thailand. Schrot has worked for over 26 years as an international student and scholar advisor at numerous institutions, including Duke, Harvard, MIT, Newbury College, Boston University, and SUNY Oneonta. Since 2014, she has been working at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida. She has assisted thousands of international students, scholars, doctors, and researchers not only in pursuing their academic and career goals, but also in exposing them to diverse experiences and cultures.

Zubaida Qamar ’10 — Emerging Leader

Zubaida Qamar ’10

Dr. Zubaida Qamar is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at San Francisco State University. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and being honored the “Outstanding student in Dietetics” award at her graduation. During her time at Oneonta, she served as an Academic Team Member which strengthened her interest in advising students. She went on to get her Masters and doctorate in Nutrition from Texas A&M University. Dr. Qamar has several years of research experience investigating the behavioral aspects of nutrition, and cultural and socioeconomic determinants of health in diverse communities. Her research interests include utilizing technology and community-based approaches towards the development of nutrition programs that aim to improve dietary behaviors in diverse communities and reduce the risk for chronic diseases. She is particularly interested in understanding factors associated with food insecurity among students and designing innovative strategies to prevent food insecurity. She has a strong commitment towards conducting research incorporating multidisciplinary approaches and collaborations to reduce health disparities in underserved communities. Additionally, she has served in various instructional roles in academia over the years and is a recipient of many local and national awards. She enjoys teaching and advising students towards success and is involved in pedagogical research.

Alice Maggiore ’10 — Emerging Leader

Alice Maggiore '10

Alice Maggiore began working with the Downtown Committee of Syracuse Inc. in January 2015. As Director of Communications, she is the “voice” of the Downtown Committee, handling all internal and external communications to celebrate and promote the businesses, retailers, restaurants, and residents that are driving revitalization throughout downtown Syracuse. She designs the Downtown Committee’s Annual Report, prepares press releases for local news coverage, manages the Downtown Committee’s social media accounts, and has a hand in organizing all Downtown Committee signature events. Prior to her work at the Downtown Committee, Alice worked as a News Producer in Syracuse and in Binghamton. She’s proud to say she’s been able to use her Mass Communications and Communication Studies degrees from Oneonta!

David Lynch ’74 — Humanitarian

David Lynch '74

David Lynch’s first “school” was a blue tarp on bare ground. His eager students learned despite interruptions of pigs, dogs, and chickens. Their first one-room school came from a reader donation after a Los Angeles Times article about the school. Lynch has built three schools at the dumps inTijuana, Mexico. Eleven years ago, he expanded his work to the Matagalpa, Nicaragua, municipal dump, where he found a young man whose first school was also a blue tarp. The picture book Armando and the Blue Tarp School, a children’s theater musical based on the book, a Los Angeles community college play—Responsibility: The Musical, and the documentary The Tijuana Project, all highlight “Señor David” and his work. His honors include the World of Children Humanitarian Award hosted by UNICEF. The nonprofit organization Responsibility, Inc. supports his effort. You can learn more at www.responsibilityonline.org

Roland Holstead ’67 — Red Dragon Spirit-Individual

Roland Holstead '67

Alumni of Distinction honoree Roland E. Holstead was the sixth member of his extended family to attend the College (the 14th member of the family has just completed her first year at the College). Holstead earned a doctorate from the University of Connecticut and was awarded a post-doctoral Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship from Harvard University to study computer-assisted instruction. He served on active duty with the United States Navy (1967-69) in the Taiwan Defense Command. He continued service in the Navy Reserve and retired as a captain aboard the USS CONSTITUTION in 2004.  Holstead began his career at Springfield College and continued as an assistant dean at the University of Connecticut, a dean at the University of the District of Columbia, and a vice president at American International College. He served on the Board of Directors of the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association, culminating his service to the College as president of the association (2016-18.) During that time, he chaired the Class of 1967 reunion, served on the Alumni Awards committee, and stewarded the Class of 1967 Scholarship.

Kathy Hewlett — Current Staff Outstanding Service

Kathy Hewlett

Kathy Hewlett is a familiar face to current students and to alumni. She worked in the Office of Alumni Engagement for 12 years, the admissions office for three years; now, she is the student supervisor and box office manager for the Hunt College Union information desk. In 2015, Hewlett was recognized by graduating seniors in the First Destinations program for positively impacting their lives. In 2017, she received the Francis S. Daley Outstanding Service Award from the Division of Student Development. In 2014, Hewlett was the Oneonta High School Alumni of the Year. While her professional achievements are many, she says that her greatest accomplishment is her family. 

Grace Narins '19— Student Leadership

Pictured: Grace Narins '19

Grace Narins '19 is a biology major, chemistry minor with a concentration in pre-pharmacy and will be moving on to earn a Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in the fall of 2019. She holds various positions on campus that include secretary of the class of 2019 where she has served on the Eboard since her freshman year. She is also involved in various honors societies such as Phi Eta Sigma which is a national honors society as well as Beta Beta Beta which is a biology honor society that highlights service and leadership and advocates for educating the community in these issues. She has completed over 100 hours of community service in the organization Alpha Phi Omega where she helped on a service committee. Most notably, however, is her involvement with the Alumni Association. Grace is the secretary of the Oneonta Future Alumni Network (OFAN) and has held a seat on the Alumni Association Board of Directors since June 2017. Grace is very appreciative of the opportunities SUNY Oneonta has given her and is excited to join the impressive group of SUNY Oneonta alumni. 

Art Dauria — Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service

Art Dauria

Art Dauria received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University in 1975. After three years as an instructor at Penn State, while finishing his degree, he accepted a position at SUNY Oneonta in the (now) Communication & Media Department.

Often in bigger schools the teaching gets subjugated to the research interests; but Art searched for a college or university position that placed a high value on teaching, as had been the case at Penn State. SUNY Oneonta was a perfect fit. He loved the students, his colleagues, and the freedom to innovate in his classroom.

He retired in 2017 after 42 years teaching at SUNY Oneonta. He served as Department Chair for 12 of those years, but stepped down to teach and mentor new faculty. Among his accomplishments are: publishing several articles and one book, receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, helping his department move to a newer and revised curriculum of communication courses responsive to modern student’s needs, orchestrating the physical department move to one unified space, and providing improved facilities for fellow teachers. But his greatest challenge, and greatest joy, was teaching. In addition to basic communication courses and public speaking, he taught interpersonal communication, negotiation and mediation, interviewing, conflict management, and nonverbal communication. The professional thing he’s most proud of is his award for teaching excellence.

In the Oneonta community, Art helped to found two volunteer mediation programs and trained all the mediators. On the personal side he enjoys travel, fishing, motorcycles, reading, photography, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Barbara, are both pilots and owned their own Cessna Skyhawk for 10 years. Something most of his students don’t know about him is he spent a year teaching in prison at the Rockview State Penitentiary, in Pennsylvania.

Since his retirement, Art has enjoyed his participation on the Board Of Directors of the SUNY Oneonta Foundation. The Foundation provides him with a way to stay connected to the college in a meaningful way. To date, the Foundation has raised over 60 million dollars. The vast majority of those funds provide student scholarships, and enriching experiences (such as student/faculty research, overseas student travel funds, and several other similar programs) for Oneonta students. As a son of working class parents, Art is keenly aware of the need for funding to keep education accessible for students from modest backgrounds. He and his wife are proud of their endowed scholarship, which is intended to address the issue of access for students of limited means.

Art believes students learn better when they are comfortable in their relationship with their teachers. He has always felt that he is, in part, in “the relationship building” business. Content is very important, but we all crave belonging to something personally stimulating. He remained at SUNY Oneonta for 42 years because he found a caring and supportive environment there. That made all the difference. He sincerely hopes his students feel the same way.

Peter Dorn '71— Military Service


Alumni of Distinction Honoree Peter R. Dorn completed his post-graduate schooling at the National Defense University; Armed Forces Staff College, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive in National and International Security Program.

Dorn’s military-related service spans 48 years with over 20 years as an active-duty Marine Corps officer retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His tours of duty included: Vietnam; the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii; the Pentagon; and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

After his active duty, Dorn continued his military-related career as a professional in the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence’s Crime and Narcotics Center fighting the U.S. Drug War and spent 12-years as a senior professional on the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence. For the past 15-years, Dorn continues assisting military-related business clients as a Capitol Hill lobbyist-consultant.

Nick Brown '19— Student Leadership

Pictured: Nick Brown '18

Nick Brown entered SUNY Oneonta as a transfer student during his sophomore year. He started as a Biology major with a focus in pre-medicine with dreams of becoming a Chiropractor but switched to Business Economics after, "falling in love with the emphasis on the practically of the major in the real world and how naturally it came to me."

During his time at SUNY Oneonta, Nick had multiple leadership positions as a member of the E-Board for the BeFit club as the Training Director wheren he was responsible for administering an exam to students who wanted to become personal trainers on campus. This experience taught Nick how to motivate people to work towards their goals mentally and physically. Nick also worked as a Resident Advisor (RA) in Huntington Hall, a "demanding position" which he enjoyed.

"My time here at SUNY Oneonta was some of the best of my life. This wonderful campus has allowed me to meet hundreds of sensational people and has given me countless opportunities to succeed in my future endeavors. I hope I can harness the skills and qualities that I have attained here and apply them to the real world. Thank you SUNY Oneonta, Go Red Dragons!"