Friday, June 1, 2012

Meet some outstanding alumni

Bob Lowden, athletic director, congratulates Matthew Hill ’92, the Finger Lakes Community College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee at the FLCC Alumni Association Awards Celebration on May 18. Hill is a secondary math teacher and coach in the Bath Central School District.


Erica Koch Bapst ’98, left, owner of Adorn Jewelry and Accessories in downtown Canandaigua, received the Outstanding Art Alumni Achievement Award. Liz Brownell, right, associate professor of graphic design, presented the award.

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The Finger Lakes Community College Alumni Association recognized the following outstanding alumni with a ceremony on May 18, the evening before commencement.

Matthew J. Hill ’92 of Bath was inducted into the FLCC Athletic Hall of Fame. During his sophomore year at FLCC, he was a captain on the soccer team and led the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III in goals. He played for the baseball team that went to the NJCAA World Series where the Lakers finished fourth in the country. Hill, now a math teacher in the Bath Central School District, has been both an assistant coach and head coach at the junior high, JV and varsity levels for track, baseball, basketball and soccer. He also helped establish youth soccer programs in the Bath area.

Erica Koch Bapst ’98, owner of Adorn Jewelry and Accessories in downtown Canandaigua, received the Outstanding Art Alumni Achievement Award. The Professional Women of the Finger Lakes recognized her as Entrepreneur of the Year Award in February 2012. Bapst has established a fund to provide art supplies to FLCC students and has donated proceeds from the sale of her exhibited works to the fund.

Justin S. Stevenson ’97 of Los Lunas, N.M., was recognized with the Outstanding Conservation Alumni Achievement Award. Stevenson owns RD Wildlife Management, a consulting service he opened after a decade as a wildlife disease biologist in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and New Mexico. He specializes in invasive feral hog problems and is an advocate for bat conservation.

David K. Swarthout ’77, president of Brighton Landscape Service in West Henrietta, was recognized with the Outstanding Horticulture Alumni Achievement Award. Swarthout got his start by joining his father’s landscaping business and later expanded its services to specialize in courtyard design and building.

Ethan Fogg ’00, left, president of the Finger Lakes Community College Alumni Association, poses with award recipients during the Alumni Association Awards Celebration at the college on May 18. Next to Fogg, from left, are Donna Smith ’81, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic; state Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb; Matthew Hill ’92, math teacher and coach in the Bath Central School District; and Erica Bapst ’98, owner of Adorn Jewelry and Accessories in downtown Canandaigua.

Sarah J. Brown ’11 of Williamson was named the FLCC Outstanding Scholar Athlete for the 2010-2011 academic year. She played two soccer seasons for the Lakers and was named Academic All-American and Distinguished All-American. She graduated with a 3.93 grade point average and now attends Liberty University in Virginia.

Donna P. Smith ’81, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, received the Outstanding Nursing Alumni Achievement Award. Smith supports nursing education by providing clinical placements for FLCC nursing students and by facilitating advanced nursing classes at the hospital.

Brian M. Kolb, state Assembly minority leader, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to FLCC and the community. Kolb served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2000. He was a director on the FLCC Foundation Board from 1995 to 2001, serving as the elected chair from 1999 to 2001. A strong supporter of the Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts, Kolb became a member of the Heritage Society when he designated the college in his will. He was presented with the FLCC Foundation Award in 2003.

The 2012 Alumni Association Exceptional Service Award recognized all graduates who served on Alumni Association governing boards throughout the history of the college, to thank them for volunteering their time and for supporting FLCC students. Arlene Rudat Morley ’71, the first president of the Alumni Association in 1974-75, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

Donna P. Smith ’81, right, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, received the Outstanding Nursing Alumni Achievement Award. Here, she celebrates with, from left, alumna Jan Plumb ’92; Nancy Clarkson, chair of the FLCC nursing department; Marie Shelansky, a former nursing faculty member; and current faculty members Susan McCarthy and Ann Robinson.

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