Letter from the Editor

February 26th, 2014 Posted in Alumni News & Events

Mary Kriever with Louise Wilson on the Alumni Association trip to Gettysburg PA in September 2013.

Mary Kriever with Louise Wilson on the Alumni Association trip to Gettysburg PA in September 2013.

Since there have been many State-of-the-College addresses lately, I wanted to take this opportunity to present a State-of-the- Alumni Office update.

When the CCC Foundation presented a production of “A Change ‘Gon Come” in November, we didn’t know how prophetic that would be.  As you, our readers, are aware, our College has fallen upon some difficult times over the past year.  Most of the problems are due to financial shortfalls.  Many changes have been made, including the hiring of a new interim president, Dr. Gregory DeCinque. (See the December 2013 Get Inspired for our feature story on Dr. DeCinque.)

Changes have also come to our alumni office and Foundation staff.  The position of Alumni Office Assistant has been cut; and I am sorry to report that Mary Kriever ’08, who has been my right hand, colleague and friend, is no longer a part of our team.  Many of you know or have worked with Mary to sign up for trips, work on articles or biographies for The Spartan or this publication, or just stopped into our office to say “hello.”  I can’t tell you what a pleasure it has been for me to come to work each day to what has been known as “the happy office.”  Mary shared my passion for all things alumni and my vision for our office and association.  Mary was my co-editor for our publications; and though her last day was in December, she was very instrumental in this edition of Get Inspired.  She administered our ACC/CCC Alumni Assoc. Facebook page, so please be patient while we try to continue her tradition of adding content on a regular basis. Mary also handled making updates and name changes in our alumni database; so again, we ask for your patience.

We also said goodbye to another of our Foundation staff members, Martha MacKay. Marty had a stellar 36-year history with the College and Foundation having been a College Trustee, a member of the Foundation Board of Directors, an interim Foundation Executive Director twice and the Associate Director of Development.  Though you may not have seen her, she was a driving force behind the scenes for just about every Foundation function or event.  She was responsible for bringing to campus for our enrichment the performance of “Othello” by the Aquila Theatre Company, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts; the musical spoof “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit;” and Ed Asner as “FDR,” among others.

Thank you is not adequate for what Marty and Mary have given us, but they know what they have meant to us and know we wish them well.

Though we lost two staff members, we officially gained two. Effective January 1, CCC Foundation’s Executive Director Jeffrey Hoffman and his Administrative Assistant Carol MacKenzie ’74 are no longer College employees working for the Foundation; they are now Foundation employees.  Jeff has run the Foundation office since 2005 and has nearly 30 years of fundraising experience.  Carol, an 18-year College employee, has been the glue that has held the office together with professionalism and knowledge of all things Foundation.

Our governing body, the CCC Foundation, is working to restructure our department in keeping with the current situations we have to work through.  We anticipate more changes over the coming months, but want you to remember that the ACC/CCC Alumni Association, your alumni association, will do all it can to assure smooth transitions.

There has been a Director of Alumni Affairs in place for 27 years.  I have always been pleased to say that the first director was my cousin, Virginia Iocolano, and I am extremely proud to carry on the work she began in 1986.  The ACC/CCC Alumni Association has been in existence for 55 years and whatever changes occur, the goal is to continue to have one of the most respected alumni associations in the SUNY system…with a little help from our friends!

With warmest regards,

Louise Wilson ’72
Director of Alumni Affairs
Editor, Get Inspired

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