Binghamton University announces 2002 public service awards
Barbara Oldwine, community activist, and Sharon Chesna, executive director of Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of South Central New York, Inc., were awarded the second annual Public Service Awards by the Masters in Public Administration Program (MPA) at Binghamton University, during a recent dinner in their honor.
Each year, the MPA program honors individuals whose work in public service has made an exemplary impact in their communities.
Barbara Oldwine received the Sigma Award for outstanding career in public service. Oldwine was a member of the community development advisory committee appointed by Mayor Richard Bucci. This committee coordinated all citizen input regarding the community development block grant programs and projects. She served as lecturer at Broome Community College and Binghamton University and as writer for the Press & Sun-Bulletin.
Oldwine was vice chair of the Broome County American Cancer Unit and chair of public education for Broome County. She also served on the board of the Broome County Office of the Aging and was involved in the Urban League, and the Roberson Museum of Arts and Science. In 1976, Oldwine was named Bicentennial Woman of the Year for the city of Binghamton.
Sharon Chesna was awarded the Delta Award for outstanding contribution by an alumnus in public service. She graduated from the MPA program in 1998 and through her leadership, the Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of South Central New York, Inc. (M & BPN) has grown from a single grant agency to a multi-program organization. In addition, under Chesna's guidance, M & BPN has evolved from an informal coalition to a formal multi-county not-for profit organization.