Alumni Ballots Are On Their Way

August 1, 2010

Keep an eye on your mailboxes—Hartwick alumni will soon receive this year’s ballot for the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Alumni are invited to choose five representatives for 2010-11, with seven members of the Hartwick community nominated for the coming year.

“The Alumni Board works collaboratively with the President, key members of the administration and staff, and the Board of Trustees,” Board President Stephanie Lavenberg ’92 and Vice President Neal Miller ’72 write to alumni in this year’s ballot. “Members play an important role in communicating the views and opinions of the alumni to the administration, and 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.

To vote, return your ballot to the Alumni Relations Office or cast your vote online at by August 20.

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 Valerie Cross Dorn ’84, Lu Ahnemann ’76, Justine Beck ’06, Caleb Root ’06, Claire Schaper ’58, and Annel Norgaisse ’98.

Those up for this year’s five open seats are:

Scott Holdren ’80
Coeymans, NY
Education: B.A., Mathematics, Hartwick College; M.A., Education, SUNY Albany
Hartwick activities: Phi Mu Alpha, Albany Alumni Network Committee, HART (Hartwick Admission Recruitment Team), Hartwick’s 2009 Outstanding Volunteer Award
Other affiliations: Science Olympiad Regional Director and National Event Supervisor, STANYS (Science Teachers’ Association of NYS), AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers), First Annual Science Olympiad Exemplary Volunteer Service Award
Professional activities: Physics/Forensics/Computer Science teacher and National Honor Society advisor at RCS High School
In his words: I’ve spent 30-plus years teaching, and during those years, I’ve watched students begin the transition from high school senior to college freshman. With each student, with each letter of recommendation written, I’ve asked myself three questions: 1) Would this student do well at Hartwick? 2) Would Hartwick benefit from this student? 3) Five years from now, will I be OK sharing a table at a ’Wick Alumni Event with this person? If there are three “yeses,” I weave Hartwick into our discussions. I am proud to say that students leave my classes to join the Hartwick community on a yearly basis. When I was asked to consider a seat on the Alumni Board of Directors, I saw an opportunity to raise the awareness of Hartwick in the high school community beyond my own classroom and school. Of the many facets of the Alumni Board of Directors, I look forward most to working with the Board to strategize and implement new ways to get the message to the best and brightest minds that Hartwick is that small liberal arts college that will make a difference in their lives and move them successfully “From Theory to Practice.”

Kate Hurrle ’98
Canastota, NY
Education: B.S., Psychology, Hartwick College
Hartwick activities: Republicans Club, Oyaron yearbook, Phonathon caller, Student Union, Drama/Cardboard Alley Players, 1st Departmental Distinction in Psychology, Past MetroLink volunteer program, HART Alumni Outreach Campaign, Class Volunteer Solicitor Program, HART (Hartwick Admission Recruitment Team), Kappa Phi Psi Chi
Other affiliations: NY Water Environment Association, NY Rural Water Association, Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, Canastota Parent Teacher Association, Girl Scouts, volunteer Sunday-school teacher
Professional activities: Project Manager, Koester Associates, Inc., Canastota, NY
In her words: "I have been an Alumni Board member for the past two years and would like to continue my involvement with the Board and with the College. I have had the privilege of being Co-Chair of the HART Committee and have seen the reformatting of the HART program to allow interested alumni to assist the Admissions Office and promoting Hartwick to their local schools and communities. I believe alumni support in all areas of the College is vital for the College’s success. I would be honored to remain on the Board for another term so I can continue my involvement with the College and my way of “giving back” to the place I called home for four years."

Donald Keinz ’75
Wrentham, MA
Education: B.A., Political Science, Hartwick College; Syracuse University Maxwell School of Management; Marketing Graduate School of Bank Marketing; University of Colorado at Boulder Hartwick
Activities: Men’s varsity cross country, men’s varsity outdoor track, Student Choir, men’s varsity basketball, Rhode Island Alumni Network Committee, MetroLink volunteer program, Class Volunteer Solicitor Program, Class Reunion Coordinator
Other Affiliations: Board Member, Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island; Board Member, Marketing Committee Chair, RI Historical Society; Board Member, Marketing Committee Chair, First Night Providence; Board Member, Turfer Sportswear; Board Member, In-Sight; Founding Board Member, New England Businesses for Social Responsibility
Professional Activities: President, Acadia Consulting Group Inc., Providence, RI
In his words: "It is an honor to be considered for nomination to the Hartwick College Alumni Board of Directors. If elected, I would bring my energy, passion, and commitment to an institution that has made a major impact on my life and has been an integral influence in my life’s path. I believe the biggest thing I could bring to this organization is fresh ideas and a different way of looking at and approaching ongoing relationships between alumni and Hartwick. Every alum has a different connection and a different hot button with which to rekindle and maintain those connections. Identifying those differences, segmenting them, and developing strategic approaches around them could result in increased levels of engagement. For some, Hartwick has served us well and done its job. But there is no reason that for many, Hartwick can’t continue to have a role, perhaps an important role, in our lives. The possibilities are there."

Elizabeth Arnett Paille ’06
Shaker Heights, OH
Education: B.A., Anthropology, Hartwick College; M.A. candidate, Elementary Education, West Virginia University
Hartwick Activities: Student Senate, Blue Key, Admissions intern, Sexual Assault Awareness Committee, Drama Dance Club/Orchesis, Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre), Housing Advisory Board, Special Hearing Officer, Finance and Students Trustee Committees, Campus-Wide Assessment Committee, Student Judicial Board, Hartwick Admission Recruitment Team (HART), Alumni HART Committee, HART Legacy Scholarship Task Force
Professional activities: Residence Hall Director, West Virginia University
In her words: "I am honored to be considered for my first term as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Hartwick has always been a special place for me, and I would love to continue my service in the College community. As a student, I always felt a part of a strong and welcoming community. I met lifelong friends, and worked with amazing faculty and staff. My proudest memory was working with the Student Senate, SUNY Oneonta, and the Oneonta Community as Student Senate Treasurer to implement the first OH FEST, which continues today. Since I graduated, I have been a member of the Alumni HART Committee and recently served on the HART Legacy Scholarship Task Force. Being a part of the selection process for this scholarship has been very special for me, since my family has been involved with Hartwick for generations. As a recipient of the Legacy Scholarship, I wanted to make the most of my Hartwick experience as a student and a graduate. If elected, I would like to further work to engage the alumni at an exciting time for the College. I believe Hartwick’s biggest selling point is the Hartwick experience, from prospective student to graduate, and this can be best conveyed by the alumni across the country. I hope to be able to work with alumni to find innovative ways to communicate the Hartwick experience."

Stephen Paille ’05
Shaker Heights, OH
Education: B.A., Political Science, B.S., Accounting, Hartwick College; M.A. Candidate, Political Science, West Virginia University; Case Western Reserve University Law School, Class of 2013
Hartwick activities: Student Senate, Sexual Assault Awareness Committee, Blue Key, Hilltops newspaper, Mock Trial Club, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy), Sigma Beta Delta (Business), Alpha Psi Omega (Theater), men’s varsity golf, Student Judicial Board, Academic Standards Committee, Finance and Academic Affairs Trustee Committees, Finance Planning Committee, Awakening program, Hartwick Admission Recruitment Team (HART), Alumni HART Committee, HART Legacy Scholarship Task Force
Professional activities: Financial Statement Auditor, Ernst & Young, LLP (2005-08)
In his words: "I am very excited and honored to be nominated for my first term as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a graduate, I have always been motivated to give back to a college community that gave so much to me. Growing up, I moved several times across the country with my family and was never able to stay at the same school from commencement to completion. At Hartwick, I found the perfect fit and was able to make the best of my four years. I met wonderful friends, faculty, and staff, and maintain close contact with many of them. I also participated in many campus activities and will always remember the great times on Student Senate serving as a Senator and twice on the Executive Board. Since I graduated, I have been a member of the Alumni HART Committee and most recently have been working on the HART Legacy Scholarship Task Force. If elected to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, I would like to strengthen my relationships with the alumni network to get out the message of the Hartwick experience and community to prospective students, parents, and alumni across the country. Additionally, I would look forward to working with the other members of the Board of Directors to continue to make Hartwick a better place."

Tyler Terpening ’06
Brunswick, NY
Education: B.A., Business Administration, Hartwick College
Hartwick activities: Men’s varsity football, Accounting Society, Albany Alumni Network Committee
Professional activities: Vice President, The Heritage Group, Latham, NY; Former President, Capital-Area Business Networking International Charter
In his words: "If elected to serve on the Hartwick College Alumni Association Board of Directors, I will demonstrate an exceptional level of commitment to the Board’s mission, charter, and bylaws. I will respect the history, tradition, and needs of Hartwick College. I will bring an entrepreneurial spirit, a high level of ethics, and business experience to help boost alumni support."

Erin Zuck ’05
Clinton, NY
Education: B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Hartwick College; M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Hofstra University
Hartwick activities: Student Alumni Association; Blue Key; Honors Program; President’s Inner Circle; Psi Chi, Alpha Kappa Delta; Alumni Homecoming & Reunion Committee Vice-Chair; Alumni Association Board, Central New York Network Committee
Other affiliations: Society of Human Resource Management National Chapter, Mohawk Valley Society of Human Resource Management
Professional activities: HR Manager for Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation in Morrisville, NY; former HR and Employee Development Manager, Empire Aero Center, Rome, NY
In her words: "I am honored to run for a second term as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. I have been a part of the Board since graduating from Hartwick and have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to stay in touch with the College and give back. If re-elected, I will continue working closely with fellow Board members to support Hartwick in the best interests of its current students and alumni. Also, as Vice-Chair of the Homecoming & Reunion Committee, I hope to continue to develop and recommend programming for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend to the College, as well as assist in and promote participation. I look forward to being able to continue to give back to Hartwick by serving on the Alumni Board of Directors."

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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