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SUNY Alumni Honor Roll

The State University of New York began a recognition program in 1994 to give the University system a way to promote the excellence of a SUNY education as exemplified by our outstanding alumni.

The criteria include:

  • outstanding success in his or her professional life.
  • significant contributions to higher education or public service.
    • in education.
    • in community service.
    • in SUNY campus service or alumni association service.

Alumni are encouraged to forward nominations for the SUNY alumni Honor Roll to alumni@sunysccc.edu at any time.

2001 Alumni Honor Roll

Peter J. O'Conner PETER J. O'CONNER
Class of 1977

Bali, Malaysia, Hawaii, Boca Raton, Singapore, Virgin Islands, Vienna... Building on his degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Peter O' Connor has worked in some of the most exotic locations in the world. Along the way, he built up an impressive set of skills and accomplishments and is now Senior Vice President for the Hard Rock Hotels & Resorts in Singapore. After graduating from SCCC, O'Connor started his career with a one-year management training program at the Playboy Resort and Country Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. His next career move was to open a 1,000 room, four-star resort/convention hotel in Dallas, Texas. In addition to opening new hotels, with all of the pre-opening planning, design concepts and development, staffing, menu design, training, financial planning, etc., he also supervised hotels in multiple locations and even had to quickly learn German for his position at the El Dorado Park Hotel in Vienna, Austria.

Over a 26-year career in the hospitality industry, O'Connor has consistently increased sales through innovative sales and marketing programs; increased profitability through re-engineering work processes, organizational restructuring, cost reduction and extensive profit improvement programs; adapted to diverse cultures and management styles through considerable international experience; improved service levels through detailed training programs and direct personal involvement; directed and coordinated pre-opening development and opening activities for ten hotel and resort developments; supervised a work force ranging from 225 - 1,500 persons with as many as 125 management personnel; and created new operational concepts achieving significant product differentiation.

He is currently responsible for overseeing operations at the flagship Hard Rock Hotel in Bali, fine-tuning the company's product development, asset management, and expansion and development of future properties slated in Asia, US, Europe and Africa. He has received numerous awards for excellence in operations and excellence in meetings and convention management, in addition to being awarded the "Best New City" Hotel Asia Pacific by Travel Trade Gazette and one of the "Hottest New Hotels Worldwide" by Conde Nast Traveler for Palace of the Golden Horses in Malaysia.

2000 Alumni Honor Roll

Class of 1983

Patricia Mogro exemplifies teaching at its best. She has been awarded the Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She's also been named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and received the Leadership Award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, the SCCC Faculty Advocate Award for Students with Disabilities and SCCC Student Government Certificate of Merit. Mogro teaches Spanish and Psychology at SCCC. She also created and runs the Language Laboratory. Mogro originally came to SCCC as part of the SUNY Minority Internship Program and now serves as a mentor in that same program. In addition, she serves as Advisor to the Spanish Club, one of the most active clubs at SCCC, which brings in weekly speakers and cultural programs on South American countries including music, food, typical artifacts, slides and pictures. The club has also been involved in community service, adopting a Latin family for the holidays, collecting school supplies for schools in Nicaragua and Honduras and purchasing books in Spanish for a children's library project in Peru. She has served as chair of several faculty committees, including Curriculum, Student Affairs, and Middles States Periodic Program Review, and has also served on numerous other committees including Affirmative Action, Multicultural Advisory Committee and the High School Visitation program. Mogro began her teaching career at SCCC in 1989 and was promoted to full professor in 1999. She earned her A.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences from SCCC, a B.S. in Liberal Arts from the University of the State of New York, and an M.A. in Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany. She was an active member of the former Hispanic Heritage Institute and the South American Club.

Susan M. Watson SUSAN M. WATSON
Class of 1978

"You've Got to Believe" captures Susan Watson's positive attitude about the City of Schenectady and reflects her "can-do" outlook about life in general. A Certified Public Accountant, Watson demonstrated her belief and commitment to Schenectady by purchasing and renovating a downtown building for her business specializing in Estate and Trust Taxation. Watson is the author of dozens of valuations, has testified as an expert witness on numerous occasions, and is experienced in malpractice-loss of earnings potential, matrimonial proceedings involving valuation of closely held businesses, professional licenses and degrees, estate tax valuations and gift tax valuations. She has lectured at numerous seminars on taxation, aspects of investments, and estate and trust matters. Watson serves on the WMHT Planned Giving Board, as an officer of the Kiwanis Club of Schenectady and the SCCC Paralegal Advisory Board Member. She earned her A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies at SCCC, a B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from the College of Saint Rose and an M.S. in Corporate Tax at the State University of new York at Albany. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York.

1999 Alumni Honor Roll

James V. Bigley James V. Bigley
Class of 1976

James V. Bigley formed Quality Food Management, Inc. (QFM), a contract food management company, in 1982 serving one facility.  The company continues to grow and now serves 51 colleges, schools, health care facilities and businesses with sales of more than $12 million.  QFM employs more than 630 people serving 23,000 meals on a daily basis from the Canadian border to Westchester County, and from the New York/Massachusetts border to Oneonta.  The largest contract is the Schenectady City School District, with 4,200 lunches served daily.  Nearly a dozen of QFM's key management positions are filled by SCCC graduates.  Bigley has been an active participant on the Hotel and Culinary Arts Advisory Committee at SCCC for more than 15 years.  He is also a member of the NYS School Food Service Association, the NYS School Business Officials, and the National Automatic Merchandising Association.  In addition, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast New York Alliance of Business and is a NYS Special Olympic Coordinator.

1998 Alumni Honor Roll

Bruce M. Beaudette Bruce M. Beaudette
Class of 1980

Bruce Beaudette has been President/CEO of Sunmark Federal Credit Union (formerly GE Turbine Federal Credit Union) since 1986. Sunmark serves over 28,000 members and 183 employer groups, including GE Power Systems, Lockheed Martin Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories, GE Corporate Research and Development and Quad Graphics. He also serves as President of TCU Services, Inc., a subsidiary corporation which offers discount brokerage, insurance, tax and estate planning services. Through his leadership, Sunmark has grown from $30 million in assets to nearly $120 million, and from 15 to 67 employees. Bruce has nearly 20 years of experience in the Credit Union field and serves as Board Treasurer for the Empire Corporate Federal Credit Union and on the board of the Member Trade Financial Group, LLC. He is also a member of the Credit Union Executive Society. Active in the community, he serves on the Board of Directors of Schenectady Habitat for Humanity, is a Trustee of Schenectady County United Way, is President of the Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation, chairs the Finance Committee of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and coaches for the Highland Soccer Club.

1997 Alumni Honor Roll

William E. Burdick Jr.
Class of 1985

William E. Burdick Jr. is an electrical engineer for General Electric Corporate Research and Development in Schenectady. He was awarded a U.S. patent and is the author and co-author of numerous technical papers. Bill was inducted into the GE Whitney Gallery of Technical Achievers and has presented a paper on electronic tests at the International Test Conference in Washington, D.C.

Carolyn C. Johnston

Carolyn Crocker Johnston
Class of 1973

Recently retired as Assistant Director of the Division of Adult Education for the Detroit public school system, Carolyn Crocker Johnston administered and taught an academic program for over 1,000 adults working toward General Equivalency Diplomas. She was awarded the Principal's and Educators' Achievement Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service. Carolyn earned her bachelor's degree from Skidmore College's University Without Walls and her master's degree in administration and organizational studies, which focused on adult education, from Wayne State University.

1996 Alumni Honor Roll

Albert P. Jurczynski

The Honorable Albert P. Jurczynski
Class of 1984

Al currently serves as the 54th Mayor of the City of Schenectady, elected in 1995 after serving on the City Council for 12 years. In 1983 he was elected as the youngest councilman in the city's history. He is the owner of DoMore Office Furniture. Earlier in his career, Al attended the U.S. Army's Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California to study Russian and trained and served as an army interrogator. He is former president of the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association and past president of Schenectady United Neighborhoods.


Josephine Woodward MassaroJosephine Woodward Massaro
Class of 1979

Dominick Massaro
Class of 1983

Josephine Woodward Massaro and Dominick Massaro are the founders of the Palms of the Oasis Foundation, a not-for-profit organization to provide education and housing to individuals and families dealing with HIV/AIDS. During the past four years, they have established funding and a board of directors for the organization. In July of 1996 they opened their first three-unit house in Albany, NY, for women and children with HIV/AIDS, rehabilitated in part with funds awarded by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Massaros have purchased land on Sacandaga Lake and are developing a year-round camp for AIDS children and their families. Trained through the AIDS Institute of the NYS Health Department, Josephine recently began conducting prevention workshops for teens.



1995 Alumni Honor Roll

Dominick Massaro

Margaret Huff
Class of 1981

Now a partner with the law firm McCary and Huff, Peg entered SCCC's paralegal program as a widow with four children, subsequently earning a baccalaureate degree from Siena College and a law degree from Albany Law. A strong advocate for the College, she serves as Vice President of the SCCC Foundation and is a member of the SCCC Paralegal Advisory Committee. She represents SCCC as College Attorney and also represents several school districts. Peg also serves as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Glenville.


Michael Iacobucci

Michael Iacobucci
Class of 1988, 1989

Mike is an enthusiastic booster of Schenectady and the founder of Tuesday in the Park, a day-long celebration featuring games and fireworks for 55,000 people, as well as Schenectady's winter Colonial Festival, celebrating the city's early history. He is the owner and operator of Mike's Pizza Adobe and is best known for his civic activities, including service as Schenectady County Legislator, DARE program advisory board member, and member of the Merchant's Council. He has served as a board member of the Capital District Transportation Authority.


1994 Alumni Honor Roll

Angelo M. Mazzone

Angelo M. Mazzone
Class of 1974

Angelo is CEO and President of Mazzone Management Group, which includes the historic Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. He is the former president of the Canal Square Merchant Association and promoter of Schenectady's downtown area. Angelo was the recipient of Best New Enterprise recognition awarded by the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce. In the past he served as a member of the SCCC Board of Trustees and currently serves on the SCCC Foundation Board. Angelo is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Small Business Person of the Year Award by the Capital District Business Review. In addition to an Associate's Degree from SCCC, he also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven.


Elizabeth V. Gemmette

Elizabeth V. Gemmette
Class of 1977

Elizabeth is a lawyer, author, and scholar whose work has been widely published in the Capital Region press and journals such as Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law. She is currently practicing law while teaching on an adjunct basis. She is a former faculty member at SCCC, the College of St. Rose, University at Albany, and Albany Law School. She is the author of Law in Literature: Legal Themes in Short Stories. She was the 1986 recipient of SCCC's Distinguished Alumna Award. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Union College, a master of arts in English from the College of St. Rose, a Doctor of Arts in English from the University at Albany, and her juris doctorate from Albany Law School.