Meet the 2018 Winners of SUNY Cobleskill’s Honorary Alumnus, Outstanding Alumnus, Distinguished Alumni, and Outstanding Student Awards
Each year we are pleased and proud to honor some of our outstanding alumni and current students. These individuals have not only had great professional or scholastic success. They each also epitomize the spirit of inquiry, dedication to achievement and commitment to personal integrity that are the hallmarks of SUNY Cobleskill.
HONORARY ALUMNA: DR. OLIVE SCOTT
V.P. FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS 1987 – 1993
Olive is Chair of the SUNY Cobleskill College Council, to which she was appointed in 2008 by then-governor David Paterson. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Cobleskill, and became the first woman director of District 7190 in 1995, as well as one of eight first woman directors of Rotary globally. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Schoharie County Arts Council, the Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County Auxiliary, and been active with the Iroquois Indian Museum.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS: MARK FINNEY ’84
A recipient of SUNY Cobleskill’s Outstanding Student Award in 1984, Mark taught school in Delhi, New York, and then in Little River, South Carolina. He returned to the Cobleskill area in 2008 and immediately took on a host of volunteer roles. He served as President, then Secretary, of the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association Board of Directors. Among the many College-related activities to which Mark has dedicated his efforts, his role as Fair Coordinator from 2014 to 2017 is of particular note. He estimates he has spent more than 1,200 hours at the SUNY Fair Booth, welcoming fairgoers and “spreading the word” about all that SUNY Cobleskill has to offer.
SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES: DOUG HANDY ’77
Doug has built a highly successful logging business in Sharon Springs, New York. He credits his ability to maintain and repair the sophisticated equipment his business relies on to the education he received at SUNY Cobleskill. More than willing to regularly share his knowledge with our current students, Doug also hosts an annual field trip to one of his logging sites so that students can get a first-hand view of forestry equipment in action.
SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES AND BUSINESS: STEVEN CANALS ’02
Steven began his professional career with great success in education administration. Compelled to pursue his lifelong dream of working in television and film, he enrolled in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Steven broke into the television and film industry as a staff writer at Freeform in 2016. Around the same time, he was accepted into the Writers’ Guild of America, West. Producer Ryan Murphy discovered Steven and offered him an invitation to collaborate with him on a new FX series, “Pose.” The show is set in 1986 and examines life and society in New York City. Steven cites his education at SUNY Cobleskill on his long list of accomplishments.
YOUNG ALUMNUS: PIERCE RANDALL ’15
Pierce is currently a Sales Management Trainee for Great Plains Manufacturing. In his current position Pierce creates product and pricing comparisons, and provides dealer development planning and sales analysis. Pierce also manages various inside websites to help the flow of information as well as works with inside sales to understand the work flow of receiving orders and to help improve the process. At SUNY Cobleskill Pierce was a Senior Resident Assistant and a Student Ambassador. He was also on the Dean’s List and served as President of the National Agri- Marketing Association. Pierce is currently Vice-President of the Alumni Association.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT: ROY GARRETT ’18
As a student, Roy was President and Vice-President of Student Government, as well as a Student Ambassador leading campus tours for prospective students and their families. He was the student representative for the Faculty Student Conduct Board, President of Epsilon Pi Tau, a Scholastic Honors Society member, President of the Vroman Hall Council, and Treasurer & Secretary of the Ag Engineering Club. Roy maintained a 3.43GPA and upon graduation took a position with Monroe Tractor as a Precision Product Specialist.
feature photo of Dr. Olive P. Scott and her husband, Jerry Robideau, taken by Mohamed Baligh, ’12
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