SUNY Orange Alumni - Announcements

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May, 2020

Kaitlynn Perez

Class of 2014

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Kaitlynn Perez, class of 2014. Kaitlynn just graduated from Johnson and Wales University with her Masters in Business Administration with a 4.0 GPA!

April, 2020

In Memory of Joe Detz

Former Men's Basketball Coach

The SUNY Orange community was saddened to learn of the loss of former SUNY Orange men's basketball coach, Joe Detz. "Competitive. Intelligent. Insightful. Funny. Kind. These are the traits that so many are attributing to Detz in the condolences flooding social media. Former classmates and students, past teammates and numerous coaches have chimed in about a life well led." READ MORE

March, 2020

Deborah Boyle

Class of 1974

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Deborah Boyle, class of 1974! Her book, The Caregiver's Companion, was released today. "The Caregiver’s Companion is a heartfelt exploration into the plight of family caregivers. It includes current strategies, compelling research, and engaging exercises from the perspective of someone who has worn the shoes of both a family caregiver and a healthcare professional." READ MORE

February, 2020

Courtney Karecki

Class of 2013

Congratulations to  alumna, Courtney Karecki, class of 2013! In February, Courtney Karecki joined the staff of the American Booksellers Association as the newest IndieCommerce Specialist. READ MORE 

January, 2020

In Memory of Susan E. Cohen

Class of 1992

The SUNY Orange community was saddened to hear of the loss of alumna, Susan E. Cohen, class of 1992. "Susan made friends wherever she went. She lived a life full of joy and enthusiasm and delighted in making sure others were enjoying themselves. She was beloved for her warm and outgoing personality and for her deep care for others as well as for her work ethic. Friends and family will remember her love of adventure, boating, and sunshine. She will be deeply missed." READ MORE

December, 2019

Meg Atwood

Class of 1982

Congratulations to alumna Meg Atwood, class of 1982, who received the NYDHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Community!

November, 2019

Christopher Wynkoop

Class of 2014

The Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc. of Walden is pleased to officially announce Christopher D. Wynkoop (Chris) as a Licensed Funeral Director with the firm. Chris has worked at the funeral home since 2016 in various roles and has most recently finished his required residency prior to becoming fully licensed. He has successfully completed all requirements for licensing, which took effect on September 20, 2019.

August, 2019

In Memory of Shane Sullivan

Class of 2015

The SUNY Orange community was saddened to hear of the loss of alumnus, Officer Shane Sullivan, class of 2015, who passed away Saturday, August 24.   Officer Sullivan was a 2010 graduate of Pine Bush High School and was a member of the NYPD for three years. READ MORE

July, 2019

Michelle LaBella

Class of 2004

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Michelle LaBella '04, on your appointment to general manager of Glenmere Mansion & Spa in Chester, NY. READ MORE

May, 2019

Dr. Michele Winchester Vega

Class of 1980

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Alumna, Dr. Michele Winchester Vega, class of 1980, on receiving the 2019 Bobby Lahey Alumnae Award for her continued commitment to community service, and the ideals of Girl Scouts and YWCA. The award will be given out at the 27th Annual 2019 Tribute to Woman of Achievement of Orange County event in May.  The event honors women who make a difference in the Orange County community through their professional, personal, or school-based activities. READ MORE

March, 2019

Danielle Dusevic

Class of 2017

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Alumna, Danielle Dusevic, class of 2017, on receiving the DAISY Award from UCLA Health. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses was created to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the care that they share with patients and families. DAISY Award recipients are registered nurses who exemplify the nursing values: Extraordinary Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Discovery, Integrity, and Teamwork in the work they do daily.

February, 2019

Sarah Ruggiero

Class of 2007

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Alumna, Sarah Ruggiero, class of 2007 on being named Orange Regional Medical Center's February Employee of the Month! Sarah is the lead Vascular Access Nurse for Orange Regional's Diagnostic Imaging Department.  Sarah is being honored for her continued outstanding patient care.

May, 2020

In Memory of James Hannigan

Class of 1953

The SUNY Orange community was saddened to hear of the loss of alumnus, Jim Hannigan, class of 1953. Jim passed away Thursday, April 30 in Naples, Florida.

April, 2020

In Memory of Stanley Curtis

Faculty Emeritus

The SUNY Orange community was saddened to hear of the loss of Stanley Curtis, Faculty Emeritus and Adjunct Professor in Arts and Communication. "Those who knew Stanley Curtis will remember him for his bright, clear tenor voice, for his dedication to the Warwick Valley Chorale, to teaching music at SUNY Orange, and for his love of music and for his family." READ MORE

March, 2020

Nancy Layne

Class of 1994

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Nancy Layne, class of 1994! Nancy was honored in February as Safe Harbors of the Hudson's 2019 Individual Volunteer of the Year!

February, 2020

Christopher Gomez

Class of 2017

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumnus, Christopher Gomez​, class of 2017 on receiving the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40 Shaker Award! Chris also serves as the Vice Chair on the Foundation's Board of Directors!

January, 2020

In Memory of Rebekah Grohl

Class of 2018

The SUNY Orange community is saddened to hear of the loss of alumna Rebekah Grohl, class of 2018, - a fierce 22-year-old community activist in Newburgh. The vibrant young woman had been the campaign manager for Orange County Legislator Kevindaryan Lujan and also volunteered on the campaigns of State Senator James Skoufis and Congressman Antonio Delgado. READ MORE

December, 2019

Barbara Martinez

Class of 2003

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Barbara Martinez, class of 2003! On Sunday, December 15, she will receive the Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award from the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Named in honor of the revered ‘First Lady of Orange County’, the award has been bestowed annually to over 35 men and women that have been recognized for their commitment and cooperation in the promotion and advancement of the village of Goshen and Historic Track.

October, 2019

Michael Martucci

Class of 2005

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Foundation Treasurer and alumnus, Michael Martucci on your Rising Stars Award!  Rising Stars recognizes men and women, between the ages of 21 and 40, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in their community, from the public, private, non-profit and or volunteer sectors. Their valuable contributions positively impact the county’s quality of life, as they build on the progress of others who have made Orange County an attractive region in the Hudson Valley for families and businesses. READ MORE

July, 2019

Anthony Evans

Class of 1992

Congrats to former SUNY Orange men's basketball player and coach Anthony Evans on his new job as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Fordham University Men's Basketball. Anthony started his coaching career as an assistant at SUNY Orange prior to becoming a head coach at Ulster Community College, Delhi College, Norfolk State University and Florida International University. As a player, Anthony is 4th on the SUNY Orange career scoring list with 1,182 points. At Nortfolk State, his team upset the #2 seed, Missouri, in the 2012 NCAA Tournament!

June, 2019

Jayne Rzeczkowski

Class of 2001

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Jayne Rzeczkowski, Class of 2001, on your promotion to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office at Orange Bank & Trust Company! READ MORE

April, 2019

Raina Maasik Woo

Class of 1998

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Alumna, Raina Maasik Woo, '98 on her appointment to the marketing team for Senior Living at Purchase College!  READ MORE

March, 2019

In Memory of Flora Pennell

Class of 1954

The SUNY Orange Foundation was saddened to learn of the passing of SUNY Orange Alumna '54 Flora Pennell. Flora worked for the college, as the Business Office Clerk, the Principle Accounts Clerk, and was the very first Business Manager of the College Alumni. She met her husband, Edward Pennell, while working at the college - he was an English Professor. The family would like friends to consider memorial contributions to the SUNY Orange Foundation for the Knowlton E. and Flora E. Pennell Memorial Scholarship Fund - 115 South St. Middletown, NY 10940. READ MORE

May, 2020

Conor Eckert

Transferred 2016

Congratulations Conor!  The Montgomery Town Board and the Town of Montgomery Industrial Development Agency appointed Conor Eckert executive director of the Town of Montgomery IDA and director of economic development for the Town of Montgomery on April 23. READ MORE

April, 2020

In Memory of Melanie Lanc

Class of 1962

The SUNY Orange community was saddened to hear of the loss of alumna, Melanie Lanc, class of 1962. "Melanie was described as a kind, happy, energetic person, always willing to lend a helping hand, a positive influence, a mentor, an inspiration to many people, a breath of fresh air, making a huge difference in many lives." READ MORE

March, 2020

Jennifer DiMascio

Class of 2004

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Jennifer DiMascio, BSN, RN CMSRN, from the class of 2004! Orange Regional Medical Center just announced Jennifer as the new Nursing Unit Director of 5 South. Congratulations! READ MORE

January, 2020

Dr. Virginia Lohmann Nodhturft

Class of 1963

Congratulations to alumna, Dr. Virginia Lohmann Nodhturft, class of 1963, who is the author of the new Civil War book - F.W.E. Lohmann Elizabeth Van Lew's Civil War Spy: A Story of Heroism Displayed by the Richmond Underground.  READ MORE

December, 2019

Florinda Estrada

Class of 2015

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Florinda Estrada, class of 2015. She is a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Finalist! When she’s not jetting across the globe as a flight attendant, Orange County resident Florinda Estrada promotes body positivity and inclusivity.

November, 2019

Christina Scourlas

Class of 2019

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Christina Scourlas, class of 2019 on your recently published article, "U.S. Nursing Shortage: Fact or Fiction?" Read it HERE

October, 2019

Kim Jablonski

Class of 2004

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Alumna Kim Jablonski, class of 2004 on being honored as Orange Regional Medical Center's October Employee of the Month! Excerpts from her nomination include but are not limited to: “Kim is a role model for not only her staff but for us in leadership...” and “Kim is always the first one to volunteer for picking up a shift or covering for another colleague or supervisor often at the last minute...” and “Kim exemplifies an “owner” mentality here at ORMC. She has high standards and is continuously seeking opportunities to improve processes and employee engagement.”

July, 2019

In Memory of Charlie Cawein

Class of 1952

The SUNY Orange community was saddened to learn of the passing of alumnus, Charlie Cawein '52. Charlie  was the first student to apply for admission to the College upon its founding in 1950. He was named the College’s first Athlete of the Year in 1951. He was also named captain of the College’s first soccer team in 1951. He remained an ardent supporter of the College over the years. He also delivered the 50th Anniversary Commencement address, on behalf of the College’s alumni, in May 2000.  In 2012, he was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Colt Athletic Hall of Fame

May, 2019

Roxanne Lopez

Class of 1997

Congratulations to SUNY Orange alumna, Roxanne Lopez, class of 97.  Roxanne participated in the Chapter 37 New York Police Unity Tour. The purpose of the 300 mile bike ride from Ground zero to Washington, D.C. is to raise awareness of the Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.

April, 2019

Tom Rickard

Class of 1992

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Alumnus, Tom Rickard '92 on being named head coach of the SUNY Orange men's basketball team! Welcome back!

February, 2019

Antoinette De Jesus-Karellas

Class of 2007

Congratulations to SUNY Orange Aluma, Antoinette De Jesus-Karellas, RN, BSN on your new position as Care Manager/Coordinator for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group! READ MORE

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