April 3, 2014 — On Friday, March 21, Fulton-Montgomery Community College held its annual Founders Day celebration recognizing employees who have reached milestones with their career at FM followed by an afternoon volunteering in the local communities.
Employees celebrated included Dan Jarvis, Paul Putman, and Darcelle Winchell for 30 years of service; Debora Fitzdam and Sally James for 20 years of service; Mary-Jo Ferrauilo-Davis, Eric Kimmelman, Laura LaPorte, Mark Pierce, and Amy Radik for 10 years of service; Christie Crawford, Michael Daly, Charlene Dybas, Steve Gardner, Lynne Illsley, Karlyn LaBate, Moira Samek, Colleen Sanders, Chuck Saul, Matt Sokol, and Dan Towne for 5 years of service; and retirees Shirl Doherty, Sue Messak, Diane Palmateer, Rich Prestopnik, Pete Wassel, and Dale Wintermute.
Other awards presented included the Futures Matter Award, the Spirit of Innovation Award, the FCA (Fulmont College Association) Award, and the President’s Award.
The Futures Matter Award recognizes extraordinary effort, performance, and dedication. This award was given to both Gwen Ossenkop, Coordinator of Student Activities, and John van Bladel, Psychology Instructor. Part of Ossenkop’s nomination stated, “In only 18 months in this position, I have seen a big change on this campus as far as the diversity and variety of events, activities, and clubs… Her office is always busy, always full of students. They are excited to work with her and to lead others.” Part of van Bladel’s nomination included, “John has worked hard to bring civility, beauty, and the message of peace to our campus… He has become the core of our civil and social conscience on campus.”The Spirit of Innovation Award recognizes superior creativity and innovation. This award was given to Lou Fagan, Assistant Professor of English. Part of Fagan’s nomination included, “Lou has started the Magna faculty forum… He arranges the viewing of Magna webinars about teaching and student learning… Opening this conversation and maintaining it has the potential to improve teaching and learning across campus.”
The FCA Award is given to an FCA employee and recognizes extraordinary effort, performance, dedication and/or superior creativity and innovation. This award was given to both Audrey Egelston, Assistant Director of Residence Life and John Roth, Student Activities Assistant. Part of Egelston’s nomination read, “Audrey’s creativity with the new “Restroom Reader” is a great way to share information and the clever delivery ensures that nearly everyone on campus will have seen it… Faculty and staff are inundated with email and sometimes miss things, but with the “Restroom Reader,” you’re always kept in the know!” Part of Roth’s nomination stated, “John has been instrumental in creating meaningful and fun activities for students to partake in during evening hours… John is a dedicated worker who is always open to new ideas. His humor lightens a sometimes difficult activity and helps students to feel comfortable and welcome.”
The President’s Award was presented by FM President Swanger to a person who shows commitment to community, who goes above and beyond their job duties, and portrays qualities of a leader. The award, a piece of artwork selected by President Swanger, was given to Rich Prestopnik, Professor of Electrical Technology.
Following the employee recognition, FM employees volunteered in the community, providing community service to local organizations: Brennan Humane Society, Fonda Elementary School, Frothingham Free Library, Interfaith Partnership Homeless Shelter, Lexington Center, Montgomery County SPCA, Park Terrace Elementary, and Sacandaga Bible Camp.