2015 Alumni Award Winners

August 11th, 2015 Posted in Alumni News & Events

Bruce G. Burton ’72, Counselor, Senior Foreign Service (ret.)

Bruce G. BurtonAlumni Award winner Bruce Burton attended ACC following his return from military service as a platoon leader in Vietnam. He quickly discovered his interest in international affairs. He attended Syracuse University; and after taking the long and difficult test for the Foreign Service exam, he was selected into the Foreign Service. For over two decades as an American diplomat, Bruce Burton witnessed history as it was being made. He started in the Carter Administration as a political officer reporting on human rights in Paraguay, then began working on arms control and security in Europe. In the early 1980s while NATO was locked in the last great political-military confrontation with the Soviet Union, Burton worked many long days and negotiating sessions to counter help with Soviet efforts to split the Alliance.

In the late 1980s, Bruce served as U.S. Deputy Director of Soviet Affairs. In this role he coordinated preparations in Washington for many high-level meetings between Secretary of State Shultz and his Soviet counterpart, as well as the series of Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow. Future assignments in London and Tel Aviv kept Burton in the center of world history. As head of the political section at the embassy in London, he helped coordinate policy with our closest ally on a range of global issues and was eyewitness to momentous developments: the end of communism in Europe, the fall of Margaret Thatcher, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, and the First Gulf War. From London, Burton traveled to Tel Aviv. He said that working in Tel Aviv with the Israelis and Palestinians was especially complex. He worked with Israel’s Prime Minister in the signing of the Mideast Peace Accord at the White House in 1993.

Bruce retired from the State Department but still serves as Senior Advisor for the relatively new and somewhat experimental Office of eDiplomacy, an unprecedented effort to use new information technologies to improve the State Department’s ability to communicate and collaborate around the globe. It includes online communities, a department wide wiki, blogs, traditional websites, virtual outreach initiatives and much more.

Bruce shares that his wife Amy (Orlopp) Burton ’66 was his partner in all of his travels.


Heidi L. Huddleston Cross ’97, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN

Heidi CrossHeidi was selected as an Alumni Award winner for the outstanding contributions she continues to make in her volunteer work and in the field of nursing. From her fascinating childhood growing up with a father who was a professional opera singer and being a stand-in for Angela Cartwright in the movie “Sound of Music” to her remarkable career choices and mission work, Heidi Cross shows no signs of slowing down. She has received many honors including the Great Comebacks Ostomy Nurse of the Year Award, the Presidential Award from the WOCN Certification Board, and was twice the winner of the WOCN Certification Board Scholarship to the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI). Cross was recipient of a WOCN Society Members’ Research Grant and received the Community Service Mentor award from Sigma Theta Tau, Omicron Alpha Chapter. Heidi was chosen as Nurse of the Year by the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).

Cross has served on several committees, including being the chairperson of the WOCN Certification Board Exam Committee. She has been a presenter at national and regional conferences and continues to do contract work with PESI (a provider of continuing education for health care professionals), lecturing nationally on wound care. Cross has been published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, including a Best Practice Document on “Discharge Planning for the Ostomy Patient,” and in the International Wound Journal. She was involved in getting a legislative bill passed in New York State requiring coverage of ostomy supplies in 2014. In 2009 Heidi traveled with an Upstate New York medical team to South Sudan on a 10-day mission to teach nursing and wound care to physicians and nurses at the Duk Payuel Lost Boys Clinic.

Heidi earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University; a master’s degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from SUNY Upstate Medical University; and her WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse) certification at Wicks Educational Associates in Pennsylvania. Heidi works at Upstate University Hospital as a Nurse Practitioner in inpatient and outpatient wound and ostomy care. She is a Nurse Practitioner with CNY Surgical Physicians consulting on wound care for long-term care facilities, and maintained Central New York’s only ostomy support group for a number of years. Heidi has also branched out to legal nursing consulting and does chart review for attorneys. She and her husband live in Skaneateles, where they raised their four children, and is most proud of her eight “wonderful and beautiful” grandchildren.

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