Alumni & Friends
Awards For Alumni And Friends

Heritage and Alumni Award recipients are presented with their awards during Alumni Reunion Weekend.
Nominations will close on March 31, 2024. 


Categories and Criteria

Heritage Awards: Recognizes an alumnus/a or alumni couple and a faculty/staff couple or individual, whose devotion to the ideals of the University serves as an extraordinary example to the entire New Paltz community.

Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Recognizes alumni who have achieved distinction in a chosen profession or outstanding lifetime achievement.
Submit a nomination.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Recognizes alumni volunteers who have made exceptional contributions in support of the activities of the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association.
Submit a nomination.

Friends of the Alumni Association: Recognizes individuals (non-alumni) who have made exceptional contributions to the engagement of alumni in the life of the University.
Submit a nomination.

Heritage Award Recipients

2023
Alumni: Mark Rumnit '93
Faculty/Staff: Dr. Gweneth Lloyd

2022
Alumni: Michele Di Palo-Williams '77
Faculty/Staff: Nancy Kassop

2021
Alumni: Myra Kressner '76
Faculty/Staff: Martin Rutstein

2020 
Alumni: Dion Baccus '92 and Renee Padmore-Baccus '91
Faculty/Staff: Gerald Sorin

2019
Alumnus: Harry Bonsu '90
Faculty/Staff: David Eaton and Linda Eaton

2018
Alumni: Everton Henriques '78 '83g '22 HON and Jeannie Irvine '78
Alumni: Bruce Orenstein '68 and Sandra (Schwartz) Orenstein '67
Faculty/Staff: Gail Gallerie
Faculty/Staff Dr. Giancarlo Traverso 

2017 
Alumna: Robin Cohen-La Valle '77 '82g
Alumna: Susan Najork '67 '70g
Faculty/Staff: Dr. Louis Saraceno and Frances Saraceno
Faculty/Staff: Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers (deceased)

2016 
Alumna: Mary Kastner '71
Faculty/Staff: Prof. Joseph C. Paparone

2015
Alumna: Onika Jervis '93 '05g
Faculty/Staff: Prof. William B. Rhoads 

2014
Alumnus: Antonio "Tony" Bonilla '87 '05g
Faculty/Staff: Prof. Ronald Knapp 

2013
Alumni: Robert "Bob" Thorn '66 '70g & Jane (Hausz) Thorn '68
Faculty/Staff: Linda Delgado-Baker '84 '86g & Prof. Douglas Baker

2012
Alumni: Robert "Bob" Mountz '68 '71g '80cas and Henrietta (Thomas) Mountz '68 '71g
Faculty/Staff: Dean Robert Michael '75 cas

2011
Alumna: Sadie (Stellefson) Penzato '66 '68g '76cas
Faculty: Prof. Heinz Meng (deceased)

2010
Alumna: Rosemarie (Mainberger) McBride '60 '68g
Faculty/Staff: Prof. and Mrs. Karl Budmen (deceased)

2009
Alumnus: Alan Dunefsky '69 '91g
Faculty: Prof. Ray Snider

2008
Alumnus: Prof. Joseph Castellana '48 (deceased)
Faculty: Prof. 0. Lincoln "Lin" Igou (deceased)

Alumni Award Recipients

2023
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Dr. Lucia Amendano '08, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman '93, Dr. Scott Siegel '78
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Christian "Ed" Burke, Jr. '90, Candice Dixon '73, Oliver Petrovic '04
Friends of the Alumni Association: Dr. Patricia Sullivan

2022
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Senator Robert Jackson '75, David Scott '99 '03g
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Ronald Law '74
Friends of the Alumni Association: Mark McFadden

2021
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Marianne Mizel '76
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Everton Browne '92
Friends of the Alumni Association Award: Michael Keegan


2020
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Leslie Gordon '93
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Bradley Diuguid '07, Missy Graff Ballone '13g, Gorgette Green-Hodnett '91, Jennifer Haefele, RDN '12, Lester Mayers '19, Destiny Moore '13, Kelly A. Murphy '13, Lana Pasqual '11, Nia Thomas '11, Juan-Carlos Piñeiro '07, Jason Valentino '07
Friends of the Alumni Association Award: Glenn Geher

2019
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Kevin Zraly '74
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Mary Elizabeth Bannon '81

2018
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Marc Warren '68 and Dennis Rinsler '68
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Patricia (Gisin) King '60 and Rosemarie (Mainberger) McBride '60 '68

2017
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Dr. Neyooxet Greymorning '73 
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Camille Jacobs '91


2016
Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Col. Joseph D. Davidson '90
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Robert "Bob" Thorn '66 70'g


2015
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Amber Greene '03

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