2018 Alumni Association Award Winners

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association extends its sincerest congratulations to this year's Alumni Association Award winners. The Alumni Assocation Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 9, during Reunion Weekend at our Annual Alumni Association Awards and Volunteer Recognition Celebration Breakfast.

  • Jane Grastorf  — Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service 
  • Ted Herrmann ’70 — Military Service
  • Leah Baratz ’18 — Student Leadership
  • Timothy Distler ’18 — Student Leadership
  • William Vining ’81 — Current Faculty Outstanding Service
  • Paul Perlman ’76 — Excellence in Alumni Service
  • Kyle Beckley ’08 — Emerging Leader
  • Ilyssa Boseski ’11 — Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mark Delligatti ’75 — Red Dragon Spirit-Individual
  • Women’s Glee Club (1957-72) — Red Dragon Spirit-Group
  • Caroline D’Antonio ’67 — Humanitarian
  • Dr. Nancy Kleniewski — Honorary Alumna
  • William H. Davis — Honorary Alumnus

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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Jane Grastorf - Emeritus Faculty Outstanding Service Award

Jane graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1962. By 1968, she was the SUNY Oneonta synchronized swimming coach, and folk dance and archery specialist. She also served as the director of intramurals and recreation as well as aquatic director and physical education facilities coordinator. Additionally, she was College Senate secretary and the Panhellenic Association advisor for eight years; served on the Mayors Cup Soccer Committee; was a judge for the Student Research and Creative Activity (SRCA) day; and was advisor to both the men’s and women’s Rugby teams. In 2011, Jane was inducted into the SUNY Oneonta Athletic Hall of Fame. Jane’s belief in academic excellence of athletes motivated her to endow the Dr. Jane E. Grastorf Honors Room in 2006. Since then, she has endowed a scholarship for women who are non-traditional students and continues to volunteer for the Alumni Association.

Ted Herrmann ’70 — Military Service Award

Ted began his military career as a sophomore at SUNY Oneonta, when he enrolled in the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class. After graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marines. On November 1, 1993, at the rank of lieutenant colonel Ted retired from the Marine Corps after serving his country for over 25 years. Throughout his career as an aviator, Herrmann’s efforts helped his unit earn the Chief of Naval Aviation Safety Award twice during his tenure. His personal record of aviation safety spanned a 43-year period — beginning with his military flight training and ending with his retirement from a commercial airline career — with no accidents or incidents.

Timothy Distler ’18 — Student Leadership Award

As the student liaison between the Alumni Association and School of Economics and Business, Tim helped to coordinate the 2018 Backpacks to Briefcases program. Tim also served as the co-captain of the tennis team for two years and was the College ambassador for visiting student-tennis athletes. Tim served as the site coordinator for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), which helps elderly and lower-income families prepare their tax returns; was the student representative on the President’s advisory Council for Sustainability and the president of the Student Advisory Council for the School of Economics and Business; and was inducted into the national student leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa.

Leah Baratz ’18 — Student Leadership Award

During Leah’s time as a student, she was dedicated to supporting the alumni community. She spent a year and half as a social media intern for the Office of Alumni Engagement, was a dedicated member of O-FAN (the Oneonta Future Alumni Network), and participated in the Backpacks-to-Briefcases Program. Leah's post-graduation plans include pursuing her MBA in digital marketing.

William Vining ’81 — Current Faculty Outstanding Service Award

Bill earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of North Carolina. After three years with S.C. Johnson and Son, he joined the faculty at Hartwick College, eventually becoming the chemistry department chair. While at Hartwick, Bill started collaborating with his former professor Jack Kotz. That work led Bill to the University of Massachusetts where he was head of a research and development group creating software tools for students. After nine years Bill moved back to Oneonta to fill Jack’s position after he retired. Bill serves on the College at Oneonta Foundation Board, and the Intercollegiate Athletic Board. He chairs the chemistry and biochemistry department.

Paul Perlman ’76 — Excellence in Alumni Service Award

Paul recently retired after a 38-year career as an attorney and partner with Hodgson Russ. As an alumnus, Paul served an eight-year term on the College at Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors and was president from 2013 to 2017. He chaired the advancement committee and led the discussion on the development of the Possibilities Full of Promise 125th Anniversary Campaign for SUNY Oneonta, which raised over $13 million, the largest total amount ever. He has established an endowed scholarship at SUNY Oneonta in memory of his parents, Eleanor and Max Perlman.

Kyle Beckley ’08 — Emerging Leader Award

Kyle is the owner of Full Out Creative and Beckley Productions, which serves the producing and creative needs of the Broadway and performing arts community in New York City. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta, he moved to NYC where he worked for the SUNY Chancellor's Office, the Broadway Dance center, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the critically acclaimed web series “Submissions Only.” In 2015, he joined the New York Army National Guard, where he currently serves as a sergeant. Kyle recently returned from an overseas tour to Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan. He is part of a group of alumni who established the Kyle “Cellophane” Burch ’08 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of a well-loved classmate.

Ilyssa Boseski ’11 — Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award

Ilyssa Boseski completed a master's in human sexuality education and a master's in social work at Widener University. She is a couples counselor and sex therapist in Delaware and has presented at national conferences, contributed to collaborative publications in the field of sexual health, and continues to volunteer her time as an assistant at the Human Sexuality Archives at Widener University.

Mark Delligatti ’75 — Red Dragon Spirit Individual Award

Mark earned his master's in public administration from American University in 1977. He recently retired, after 32 years, from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a member of the senior executive service. He now provides regulatory and management-consulting services related to nuclear safety through his consulting firm, Table Rock. He has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the drive to endow the Class of 1975 Scholarship, and, along with his fellow graduates and friends, initiated events like the Brooks barbecue and Sours at the Fox during Reunion Weekend. Most recently, Mark visited with alumni living in and around London as part of an alumni outreach effort.

Women’s Glee Club (1957-72) — Red Dragon Spirit Group Award

For 15 years, the Women’s Glee Club represented SUNY Oneonta in numerous concert appearances throughout the Northeast. During these trips, the members performed at a variety of venues including high schools, churches, and other colleges. In addition, the Glee Club also performed at the 1964 World’s Fair. In the summer of 1968, the Women’s Glee Club combined with the Hamilton College Men’s Glee Club to perform in 9 European nations. More than 255 alumnae are proud to have been a part of this group. In 2008, former members of the Women’s Glee Club were successful in establishing an endowed scholarship for SUNY Oneonta students pursuing excellence in musical performance, which is named in honor of their conductor, Charles Burnsworth, Professor Emeritus. Members of the Glee Club return to campus for events and to volunteer. With their continued financial support of and consistent engagement with the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association, this group is the epitome of Red Dragon spirit.

Caroline D’Antonio ’67 — Humanitarian Award


Caroline, and her now-late husband, David, endowed a full-tuition scholarship for students with financial need in 2007. Then, after reading that some students have difficulty affording a cap and gown for graduation, Caroline and David set up a special fund to purchase academic regalia for these students. In 2012 they made a charitable gift to start a pilot program to support student travel to professional conferences and meetings to present their research or creative activity. The D’Antonio Student Travel for Excellence Fund not only continues to assist these talented and motivated students; it also enhances the academic reputation of SUNY Oneonta by showcasing our talented students at national conferences. Caroline has continued her steadfast support of SUNY Oneonta and its students even after David’s passing in 2015. 

Beyond her financial support, Caroline has visited campus numerous times to attend our annual scholarship dinner and to meet her scholarship recipients and travel fund students. Additionally, she has participated in alumni events and was an ambassador for SUNY Oneonta at an admissions reception near her Long Island home, where she was able to speak with prospective students and their families. 


Dr. Nancy Kleniewski — Honorary Alumna Award; William H. Davis — Honorary Alumnus Award


Under SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski’s leadership, the reputation of our institution, the physical structure of the campus, and the total student experience have been enhanced. Through her participation in alumni events across the country and always providing a warm welcome for alumni who visit campus, Dr. Kleniewski has been supportive of the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Engagement. Her husband, Bill Davis, has been actively involved as well. Both have traveled near and far to meet our alumni. Their care and compassion for others, their warm personalities, and their welcoming smiles have been an integral part of alumni events like Reunion Weekend for the past decade.