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Longtime RIT Trustee Burton August also honored as Volunteer of the Year

Colby, Joy and Brian Chontosh
Brian Chontosh '00 was named RIT's Outstanding Alumnus for 2005. His wife, Joy, and son, Colby, attended the February award events. Photo by Ken Huth '88.

Brian R. Chontosh ’00 (mechanical engineering technology) is RIT’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2005. Seven other alumni received Distinguished Alumni honors and a long-time RIT trustee was named Volunteer of the Year at the Alumni Awards Celebration in February.

Chontosh, a Rochester area native, attended RIT while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a Navy Cross, the nation’s second-highest honor for valor, after a 2003 enemy ambush in Iraq. Chontosh, a captain, is currently assigned to the Marine Infantry Institute in Quantico, Va.

Burton S. August, an RIT trustee since 1984 and longtime supporter of the university, is Volunteer of the Year. August and his brother, Charles, were instrumental in establishing RIT’s Interfaith Center and the August Center housing student health and counseling services. He is retired vice president and past director of Monro Muffler Brake Inc.

RIT alumni awardees
From left are Ronald Ricotta, Brian Chontosh, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Renee Macklin, Manny Marcano Jr., Charles Volpe, Jelica Nuccio and Richard Close Jr. Not pictured: Burton August, Volunteer of the Year. Photo by Ken Huth ’88.

The Distinguished Alumni are:
Renee Macklin ’79 (computer information systems), B. Thomas College of Computing and Information Sciences. Macklin is chief information officer for the International Trade Administration within the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Ronald Ricotta ’79 (accounting), College of Business. Ricotta is president and CEO of Century Mold Co. Inc., an automotive parts supplier with plants in New York, Tennessee, Ohio and China. He is also co-CEO of Parlec Inc., a manufacturer of tooling and tool measuring products. He was a co-founder and is currect director of E-chx Inc., a national payroll company.

Manny Marcano Jr. ’82 (electrical engineering technology), College of Applied Science and Technology. He is founder, president and CEO of EMA Design Automation, a distributor and electronics industry service provider headquartered in Rochester.

Charles Volpe ’59 (mechanical engineering), Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Before retiring, Volpe was president and chief operating officer of KEMET Electronics Corp., Simpsonville, S.C. He continues to serve as a director of the company and is active in other business and community organizations.

Richard Close Jr. ’91 (economics), College of Liberal Arts. Close is managing director, equity research, at Jefferies & Company Inc., a global investment bank and international securities firm. He resides in Nashville, Tenn.

Brian O’Shaughnessy ’84 (chemistry), College of Science. O’Shaughnessy received his law degree from Syracuse University. He is a partner in the law firm of Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, L.L.P., Alexandria, Va., where he practices intellectual property law and patent law. He serves as chairman of RIT’s Alumni Network Board of Directors and is a member of the RIT Board of Trustees.

Jelica Nuccio ’88 (biology), National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Nuccio is currently serving as interim executive director of Deaf-Blind Service Center, Seattle, Wash. Originally from Dubrovnik, Croatia, she has devoted her career and volunteer activities to organizations providing services to the deaf and blind.