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Alumni Ballots Are On Their Way

July 9, 2009

Hartwick alumni should keep an eye on their mailboxes for this year’s Alumni Association Board of Directors ballot. Alumni are invited to choose five representatives for 2009-10, with seven members of the Hartwick community nominated for the coming year.

“The Alumni Board plays an important role in communicating the views and opinions of alumni to the administration,” Board President Stephanie Lavenberg ’92 and Vice President Neal Miller ’72 write to alumni in this year’s ballot. “Now is your chance to elect the five candidates who best represent your interests.”

Members of the Alumni Board communicate alumni views and opinions, and work collaboratively with College administration, faculty, staff, and students. The 30 representatives of Hartwick’s alumni body dedicate their time to individual and committee service throughout their terms, including three formal meetings on campus each year.

Those elected to the Board serve four-year terms and may run for two consecutive terms. Elected members will begin their terms of service this fall. Alumni also can cast their ballots online at by August 14. Those up for this year’s five open seats are:

Sharon Davidson Dettenrieder ’65
A resident of Oneonta, Dettenrieder is Professor Emerita and serves as an adjunct Professor of Nursing at Hartwick. She received her degree in Nursing before continuing her education at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Nebraska. Dettenrieder is a member of the Alumni Nursing Committee, Alumni Association Council, was named 2003 Distinguished Alumna, and is past chair of the Nursing Department.

In her words: "I envision working closely with the Alumni Board of Directors to continue strengthening the relationship between alumni and the Hartwick community."

Jeffrey Gardner ’92
An Oneonta resident, Gardner is seeking re-election to his second term on the Board. He graduated from Hartwick with a degree in Management and is business manager of First United Methodist Church. At Hartwick, he has served on the Alumni Networking and Oneonta/CooperstownLink committees, and was recipient of the 2003 Alumni Association Outstanding Volunteer, 2002-03 Paul Spaziani Memorial, and 2009 Special Coaches awards. He also is a member of the Wick Athletic Association, and volunteers his time in the athletics department and as a class reunion and class gift volunteer.

In his words: "I hope to continue my tradition of dedication to the 'team' that orchestrates and supports Hartwick's ability to offer high-quality opportunities to prospective and current students, and alumni past and present."

Adrian Gordon ’98
Gordon, of Mount Vernon, NY, graduated from Hartwick with a degree in Management and is an associate with Deutsche Bank’s Money Market Operations. At Hartwick, he was a member of the Pluralism Association League, Blue Key, Senior Class Gift Committee, Student Senate, and WRHO.

In his words: "I would like to provide opportunities to students seeking higher education in a diverse environment. I want to help Hartwick offer financial, social, and mentoring support to students."

John T. Leyden Jr. ’78
A resident of Raymond, ME, Leyden graduated from Hartwick with a degree in History. He is head of campus, Southwestern Academy’s Beaver Creek Campus in Rimrock, AZ. Leyden has served on numerous Hartwick committees and boards, including the Alumni Nominating, Executive, and Giving committees, and as a member of the Alumni Association Board and the Annual Fund Class Agent Program. He is a member of HART and Delta Sigma Phi/Delta Beta Rho.

In his words: "I have a keen sense of the important role that the Alumni Board plays for us, as well as for the time, energy, dedication, and good work required to be an effective representative for the alumni—and the College."

Jennifer Kurowski Panzarella ’97
Panzarella, of Cooperstown, NY, received her Hartwick degree in Nursing and is a registered nurse, clinical adjunct in education at Bassett Hospital. Her Hartwick activities include the President’s Inner Circle, the Alumni Nursing Committee, and MetroLink.

In her words: "(I have) invaluable insight into the needs of the alumni, and Nursing alumni in particular. My desire to serve on the Alumni Board is driven by my passion for advocating and advancing in the best interests of my fellow alums."

Emily Weisenbach ’03
A resident of New York, NY, Weisenbach received her Hartwick degree in Political Science and her MSW from Columbia University. She is a human resources generalist with Lenox Hill Hospital. At Hartwick, she was a member of Blue Key, Student Senate, Phi Sigma Phi, Orchesis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Outdoor Club, and the President’s Inner Circle. She also is a member of HART, the New York City Alumni Network Committee, and MetroLink.

In her words: "I continue to be thankful that I found Hartwick, which was the perfect fit for me, and am eager to be a part of efforts to insure it thrives into the future."

Brian Welsh ’62
Welsh, of Grand Isle, VT, graduated from Hartwick with a degree in Psychology before receiving his M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is retired director of regulatory affairs for NYNEX. Welsh’s Hartwick activities include the Alumni Association, Alpha Sigma Phi, and Psi Chi. As a student, he was involved in student, concert, and chapel choir; Hilltops; and WRHO.

In his words: "I believe the Alumni Association should have an ear and a voice to the student body, the alumni, and the administration, and would look forward to making those connections."

All Hartwick alumni also are welcome to join this year’s Alumni Board at the Board’s first meeting during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Alumni will be able to meet new and returning members as we thank outgoing directors Bruce Anderson ’63, Cal Chase ’71, John Mancini ’99, and Christopher Zito ’95.

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