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Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award Recipients


James H. Watters
2017

Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Finance & Administration

A gift was made in James Watters’ name to the following organization:

  • New York Wine and Culinary Center.
Cynthia S. Gray
Cynthia S. Gray
2016

Assistant Vice President
RIT & Rochester Regional Health Alliance and
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

Gifts were made in Cynthia S. Gray’s name to the following organizations:

  • Bivona Child Advocacy Center
  • Heritage Christian Services
  • Leadership Rochester
  • Rochester Community Robotics
  • United Way of Greater Rochester
Sarah Brownell
Sarah Brownell
2015

Lecturer, Design, Development & Manufacturing
Kate Gleason College of Engineering


Gifts were made in Sarah Brownell’s name to the following organizations:

  • Friends of Borgne
  • House of Mercy
  • St. Joseph's House of Hospitality
Rose Marie Toscano
Rose Marie Toscano
2014

Professor, Department of Liberal Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Gifts were made in Rose Marie Toscano’s name to the following organizations:

  • The Advocacy Center
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • SKIP of NY

 

 

Stephanie Polowe
Stephanie Polowe
2013

Professor, Cultural and Creative Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Gifts were made in Dr. Stephanie Polowe’s name to the following organizations:

  • Caring Hearts for RIT Cats
  • Irondequoit Community Cupboard
  • Irondequoit Rotary
  • Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance
  • NTID Theater Program
  • Rochester Area Humane Society at Lollipop Farm
  • Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Summerville Presbyterian Church Mission Program
  • Sunset House
Steven Morse
Steven Morse
2012

Assistant Vice President, Institute Audit, Compliance and Advisement

Gifts were made in Steven Morse's name to the following organizations:

  • Rochester School for the Deaf
  • Susan B. Anthony House
  • Shepard Home
  • New York Museum of Transportation
  • NTID Student Interpreters Club
Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper
Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper
2011

Senior Vice President, Student Affairs

Gifts were made in Mary-Beth Cooper's name to the following organizations:

  • YMCA of Greater Rochester
  • Angela Buckley Scholarship at RIT

 

John Klofas
John Klofas
2010

Professor, Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts
Gifts were made in John Klofas' name to the following organizations:

  • House of Mercy
  • Teen Empowerment
  • Determined Divas
M. Ann Howard
M. Ann Howard
2009

Professor, Science, Technology & Society/Public Policy
College of Liberal Arts

Gifts were made in Ann Howard’s name to the following organizations:

  • NeighborWorks Rochester
  • Greater Rochester Urban Bounty
  • Anthony L. Jordan Health Center
Dr. James J. DeCaro
Dr. James J. DeCaro
2008

Director, Postsecondary Education Network-International
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Gifts were made in Dr. DeCaro’s name to the following organizations:

  • Rochester Hearing and Speech Center
  • Al Sigl Center
  • Rochester School for the Deaf Archives
  • Hearing Loss Association of America Rochester New York Chapter
Dr. D. Robert Frisina
Dr. D. Robert Frisina
2007

Director, International Center for Hearing and Speech Research
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Gifts were made in Dr. D. Robert Frisina’s name to the following organizations:

  • Rochester Rehabilitation Center
  • Rochester Hearing and Speech Center
  • Rochester School for the Deaf
Deborah M. Stendardi
Deborah M. Stendardi
2006

Vice President
Government and Community Relations
Gifts were made in Deborah M. Stendardi’s name to the following organization:

  • United Way of Greater Rochester’s Women United Youth Advocate Model

William C. Larsen
2005

Associate Professor Civil Engineering Technology
College of Applied Science and Technology
Gifts were made in William C. Larsen’s name to the following organizations:

  • Haiti Outreach – Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.)
  • RIT Civil Engineering Technology Environmental Management Building Fund

Dr. Barry R. Culhane
2004

Executive Assistant to the President
Gifts were made in Dr. Barry Culhane’s name to the following organizations:

  • Junior Achievement of Greater Rochester
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester Inc.
  • Rochester Rotary Charitable Trust
  • Al Sigl Center

Dr. Fred W. Smith
2003

Secretary of the Institute
Assistant to the President
Gifts were made in Dr. Fred W. Smith’s name to the following organizations:

  • Institute of Fellows
  • RIT Women’s Council
  • Nathaniel Rochester Society scholarship
  • Family Service of Rochester
  • Strong Children’s Museum