ALUMNI MAKING NEWS
Raymond R. D'Agostino '65, a partner at the firm Hancock & Estabrook, LLP, was included in Best Lawyers in America for 2011. He has practiced health law in New York for more than 30 years and is recognized statewide as a leader in the field.
Just weeks ago, Bill T. Jones joined four other performing arts legends earning honors from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. During the Kennedy Center's 33rd annual recognition event, which took place Dec. 5., Jones joined Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard and Jerry Herman as 2010 honorees. See a video about the Kennedy Center honors on the CBS YouTube channel.
Gregory Scott Poley '74, MAT '01 is one of two Greater Southern Tier BOCES employees who received a Carnegie Medal - a national award for heroism presented by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission - for helping save a woman from a brutal attack by her estranged husband. Poley and Samuel Gauss intervened in an armed assault in March 2008 on the BOCES campus in Coopers Plains, N.Y.
Susan P. Gilbert '76 was appointed as dean of the School of Business and Management at Thomas Edison State College. Prior to joining the College, Gilbert served as executive director and associate dean of MBA Programs at Rutgers University in Newark. Under her leadership as associate dean of the evening MBA program, the program earned a national ranking by BusinessWeek and enrollment grew by 90 percent.
Neme Schlesinger Alperstein '71 received NASA's first Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, which recognizes the innovative use of technology in curriculum.
Frank Alcock '91, associate professor of political science and director of environmental studies at New College of Florida, was named a Senior Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand. He will study climate politics and look at a comparable quota management system that New Zealand uses in its fisheries. His wife, Sharon Salth Alcock '91 and their twin daughters, Katelin and Abigail, will accompany him to New Zealand.
Robert Schalit '76 was elected president of the Upper Hudson Association of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a freelance advertising and marketing writer based in Schenectady, N.Y.