2012 Distinguished Alums Announced

November 6, 2012 — On Friday, November 16, the Foundation of FM will host its Sixth Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner honoring graduates Alexa Barnoski Serfis, Ph.D. ’86, Steven Serge ’93, and Albert Turo ‘72.

Alexa Barnoski Serfis earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from FM in 1986. She continued to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from SUNY Oneonta, and both a Masters and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Alexa has been a Chemistry Professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) for 18 years. She has an established research program in biophysical chemistry, and many of her students (both graduate and undergraduate) have been co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. Her leadership roles are many, serving as the Director of Pre-Professional Health Studies, Director of Advising for the Medical Campus, and as Associate Dean in the Graduate School. She is a consistent role model and mentor to young women as she takes minority high school girls under her wing to work in her research lab. She has also developed a chemistry program for Girl Scouts in the St. Louis area which involves forensic science activities for their “Interest Project.”

Steven Serge graduated from FM in 1993 with an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration/ Management. Prior to this, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from SUNY Cortland. He graduated from the Advanced Management Institute through the YMCA of the U.S.A. and also earned Senior Director Certification. Since 1995, Steve has served as the Chief Executive Officer for The Fulton County YMCA where he provides visionary leadership and outstanding management for the multifaceted agency, with an annual budget of $2.8 million and an endowment of $1.5 million. He was the recipient of the National YMCA’s Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP) educational scholarship which financed his A.A.S. degree from FM; he is the two time recipient of AYP’s National Award of Administrative Excellence; and, he earned Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Glove Cities Rotary Club, the highest honor awarded. Steve serves as both a member and officer of the Johnstown Hospital Foundation Board and the Wells Nursing Home. He is past club president and current board member for Glove Cities Rotary Club, and belongs to both Pine Brook Golf Club and Royal Mountain Ski Center.

Albert Turo graduated from FM in 1972 with a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (Math) Degree and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education from SUNY Potsdam. His past careers included Math Teacher and Assistant Principal at St. Anne Institute in Albany; a sales rep at Sofco; Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Amsterdam; and currently, Vice President of Planning and Development at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam where he is an enthusiastic partner and leader for initiatives that will improve the lives and the health of those who are less fortunate in our community. His community service is vast as he serves on boards for St. Mary’s Healthcare Foundation and Advisory Board, Albany Diocese Commission on Aging, Albany Diocese Peace and Justice Commission, Community Health Center of St. Mary’s Healthcare and Nathan Littauer Hospital, Advisory Board for Amsterdam Homeless Shelter, United Way of Greater Amsterdam, past president and current member of Amsterdam Rotary, and co-chair of Amsterdam Rotary’s Variety Show for 10 years, to name a few.

The evening will also include special recognition of FM’s Scholarship Program donors and student recipients. Keynote Speaker for the event will be Jack Scott, President/General Manager of AM 1340 WENT Radio. Jack, a past Chair of the College’s Foundation Board, has served as a College Foundation board member since 2005. His keynote will focus on the impact FM has made on our surrounding areas.

The cost to attend this event is $50.00 per person. To make a reservation, or for further details, contact FM’s Foundation Office at 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8020 or 8021.

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