SUNY Jefferson

Distinguished Alumni

The truest measure of Jefferson Community College fulfilling its mission can be seen in the accomplishments of its alumni. Each year, the Alumni Association celebrates the achievements of Jefferson alumni by honoring a select number of individuals who excel in their professional fields, exhibit early career successes, are positive role models for current students, demonstrate leadership and service to their communities, and bring honor and distinction to Jefferson through their professional and personal accomplishments. More than 90 alumni have been honored as Distinguished Alumni  since the program's inception in 1989.  The ceremony is paired with inductions to the athletic Cannoneer Hall of Fame and held during Cannon Blast Weekend. 

Nominate an alumni

There are thousands of outstanding Jefferson alumni living and working around the around the world. Of course we are proud and each and every one.  However, if you know an alum that you feel has distinguished themselves in their career or service to community, consider nominating that alum for Distinguished Alumni recognition.  We have several award categories described below.

Award Categories

Rising Star Award recognizes a graduate of the past fifteen years who is on the rise in his/her career field. The successful candidate should exhibit the potential for significant professional achievement and leadership ability, promise for continued success, and set an inspirational example for future alumni.

Professional Achievement Award recognizes a graduate who demonstrates sustained (ten years or more) success in professional life and leadership within his/her profession. The successful candidate should exhibit professional growth, leadership abilities, and have achieved recognition for success.

Jeffersonian Award recognizes a graduate who demonstrates a dedication to service on a local, state, national, or international level. The successful candidate will have a history of volunteerism, civic involvement, humanitarian undertakings, or service to Jefferson Community College.

Community Service Award – recognizes a member of the campus community, either through employment or significant service on college leadership or advisory boards, who meets all requirements for the Jeffersonian Award but is not a graduate of Jefferson.

To nominate an individual for a Distinguished Alumni Award, please submit a recommendation letter to the Alumni Association via: 

  • Email: alumni@sunyjefferson.edu
  • Fax: (315) 786‐0158
  • Mail:  Jefferson Community College, Alumni Development Office, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY  13601

Alumni honors are determined by a selection committee.  For more information, contact the Alumni Development Office at (315) 786‐2327.

Jefferson Distinguished and Honorary Alumni

Alteri, Michael ’85 2004 Distinguished Service Award
Alteri, Paul A. 2008 Honorary Graduate
Ash, Ian Thomas ’97 2007 Alumni Rising Star Award
Battista, Courtney D. ’99 2008 Alumni Rising Star Award
Bonney, Eric A. ’93 2004 Alumni Rising Star Award
Bookser, Robert J. ’74 1996 Distinguished Service Award
Brigham, William J. ’75 Distinguished Service Award
Buduson, Nicholas J. ’73 1998 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
Busler, Mel ’07 2007 Honorary Graduate
Can, Stephen H. ’80 2004 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Cannon, James ’93 2003 Alumni Rising Star Award
Capone, Michelle ’95 2017 Jeffersonian Award
Carbone, Michael ’77 1999 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Carr, Karen A. `00 2011 Jeffersonian Award
Chapin, Nathaniel J. ‘03 2012 Alumni Rising Star Award
Charley, Susan '67 2016 Professional Achievement Award
Clark, Dr. John P. '86 2013 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Cole, Jeff 2017 Community Service Award
Comins, Sonya ’93 2017 Professional Achievement Award
Conlon, Joanne C. ’71 2008 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Connor, Timothy M. ’75 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Cosgrove, Delos “Toby” ’03 2003 Honorary Graduate
Cox, James H. ’04 2004 Honorary Graduate
Cumoletti, Steven F. ’80 2010 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Deans, John W. '11 2011 Honorary Graduate
Deans, Mary Jo ’81 2003 Distinguished Service Award
Del Borgo, Nancy W. ’01 2001 Honorary Graduate
Dening, Linda S. ’86 2004 Jeffersonian Award
Dickson-Johnson, Katharine ’83 1993 Distinguished Service Award
Doe, William J. '06 2006 Honorary Graduate
Dwyer, Rhonda V. ’92 2002 Alumni Rising Star Award
Fargo, Warren '01 2016 Jeffersonian Award
Farone, Margaret E. ’91 2001 Alumni Rising Star Award
Fenlon, Katherine F. ’08 2008 Honorary Graduate
Fish, Donna M. ’78 1998 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
Flechtner, Richard O. ’00 2000 Honorary Graduate
Frattali, Rose E. ’01 2001 Honorary Graduate/Distinguished Service Award
Frechette, Mark E. ’85 2006 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Gallagher, Cathy L. ’00 2004 Alumni Rising Star Award
Gaskin, Peter N. ’98 1998 Honorary Graduate
Gendron, Jane G. ’73 2001 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Goodman, Judith G. ’97 1999 Alumni Rising Star Award
Greene, Erin M. ’74 2007 Distinguished Service Award
Hall, Lisa R. ’89 1999 SUNY Honor Roll
Hallett, Allen C. ’85 2000 SUNY Honor Roll
Hallett, Amy Ruth ’84 2006 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Halpin, Richard E. ’02 2002 Honorary Graduate
Harter, Barbara E. ’01 2001 Honorary Graduate
Heldt, Dr. Nicole A., '89 2014 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Henderson, John T. ’06 2006 Honorary Graduate
Hess, Marie A. ’74 1995 SUNY Honor Roll/2012 Jeffersonian Award
Howland, Richard C. 1997 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
Hunter, Nathan, '01 2014 Alumni Rising Star Award
Intschert, Cindy F. ’79 2000 SUNY Honor Roll
Keohane, Timothy R. '84, Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
King, Robert A. ’98  1998 Honorary Graduate
Klock, Dale A. '88, Jeffersonian Award
Kohl, David M. ’72 2004 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Kormanik, Evelyn (Beattie) '68 2013 Jeffersonian Award
LaLone, Jody R. ’89 1999 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award/Jeffersonian Award
LaLone, Joel F. ’81 2010 Jeffersonian Award
Lees, Jeanne C. ’73 1997 Distinguished Service Award
Leonard, Tracy L. ’06 2010 Alumni Rising Star Award
Malatino, Marianne B. ’67 1997 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
Marsala, Debra ’77 2003 Jeffersonian Award
Martusewicz, Kim H. ’72 1994 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
McGrann, Karl F. ’76 1994 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
McVean, James E. ’98 1998 Honorary Graduate
Medwick, Joseph F. ’75 2007 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Moriarty, Mary Lu `81 2011 Distinguished Service Award
Myers, Robert A. ’80 2011 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Myers, Thomas W. ’68 1995 Distinguished Service Award
Myers, William H. ’75 2003 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Newtown, Kate L. ’01 2007 Alumni Rising Star Award
Pearson, Judith S. ’76 1993 Distinguished Service Award
Peck, John D., '03 2014 Jeffersonian Award
Perine, Jeff D. `08 2011 Alumni Rising Star Award
Pond, Genny E. ’94 2006 Alumni Rising Star Award
Quinn, Claudia J. ’79 2000 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award/Distinguished Service Award
Quinn, Dennis '75 2016 Jeffersonian Award
Richardson, Rande S. ’90 2001 Alumni Rising Star Award
Robbins, Nancy M. ’77 2010 Distinguished Service Award
Schatz, Martin P. ’67 1995 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award/Jeffersonian Award
Shampine, David ’68 2007 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Sirianni, Craig P. ’82 1996 SUNY Honor Roll
Smith, Patrick B. ’92 2000 Alumni Rising Star Award
Sweredoski, Penny R. ’82 2001 Distinguished Service Award
Thesier, Joseph L. ’81 2006 Distinguished Service Award
Thomas, Robert J. ’75 2001 SUNY Honor Roll
Verne, G. Nicholas ‘83 2012 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Walker, Mabel B. ’99 1999 Honorary Graduate
Walker, T. Urling ’99 1999 Honorary Graduate
Walton, Marcia E. ’65 1994 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
Wearne, Shelby L. ’95 2008 Alumni Rising Star Award
Weaver,  Carol J. McKeever, ’88 2002 SUNY Honor Roll
Williamson, Stephen C. ’69 2002 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Young, Kerry A. '93 and '06, Jefferson Professional Achievement Award
Young, Richard F. ’68 1989 SUNY Honor Roll/Distinguished Service Award
Zeigler, Dr. Stacey (Dunn) '92 2013 Jefferson Professional Achievement Award