The Alumni Association presented its 2014 Special Recognition Awards at a ceremony on April 26, attended by nearly 200 alumni, campus leaders and friends.

We recognized outstanding Binghamton graduates with our signature awards (Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs, and Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award) as well as the Medals of Distinguished Service.




Sunny Hostin '90Sunny Hostin '90 was the featured speaker at the awards dinner. Attorney and multi-platform journalist, Sunny is a CNN legal analyst and anchor for ABC News. She joined CNN in September 2007 as the legal analyst for American Morning, where she became known for her in-depth analysis of headline grabbing trials and legal issues. Sunny created, wrote and co-produced her popular weekly segment, "Sunny's Law", which answered viewer questions on various topics including homeowner rights when faced with foreclosure, how to survive a police encounter, and who gets the ring after a broken engagement. See a video of Sunny's speech.




Geraldine Knoll MacDonald ’68, MS ’73

Geraldine Knoll MacDonald ’68, MS ’73
Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus/a Award
The Bartle Award recognizes and honors graduates who have rendered outstanding voluntary service to the Binghamton University community, while also serving their communities, their careers and their country.

Geraldine MacDonald is an independent consultant, specializing in executive management, Internet start-ups and wireless applications, as well as litigation support for Internet-related tax cases and patent disputes. Previously, she was a senior vice president at America Online, Inc., overseeing the construction and expansion of AOL's access networks, connecting members worldwide to all brands of the service using narrowband and broadband technologies. To provide this connectivity, Geraldine operated the world's largest dial-up network, as well as an IP backbone for broadband traffic. At its peak, the network supported more than 3 million simultaneous member connections.

Before joining America Online, she was responsible for computing and networking at Binghamton University. Geraldine steered the transitions from mainframe computers to mini computers and to personal computers. She was instrumental in the initial construction of the computer "pods" on campus and the smart classrooms. She is a longtime supporter of the Watson School having established the Jack Knoll Scholarship for Women, MacDonald Family Prize in Senior Design and provided support for student professional development by naming the Knoll-MacDonald Commons. See a video of the award presentation and Geraldine's speech.


Keith A. LaScalea ’94Keith A. LaScalea ’94
Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs
The Weisband Award recognizes one alumnus or alumna each year whose life, work, career and contributions exemplify the highest standards of service and deepest dedication to the sustenance of the common good.

Keith is an associate professor of clinical medicine on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). He completed his residency in internal medicine at New York - Presbyterian Hospital and medical school at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. He has been on faculty at Weill Cornell Medical Associates - East Side since 2002. In addition to his busy clinical primary care internal medicine practice, Keith serves as director of the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Foundation Curriculum in Metabolic Diseases at WCMC, a position he has held since 2012. He directs the continuing medical education curriculum at Weill Cornell Medical Associates - East Side. He has also received teaching awards from WCMC. He has a long-standing interest in both cardiometabolic risk and medical student education. In particular, Keith has expertise in smoking cessation counseling and education.

Keith has participated in non-profit health outreach efforts in both Africa and New York. He served on the board of a non-governmental organization based in Zambia for four years. As the former medical director of the Heart to Heart Community Outreach Program, Keith brought prevention information and education to uninsured and disadvantaged New Yorkers. Keith was awarded the Barbara Zucker Traveling Fellowship in Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2001. This allowed him to live in Tanzania, treat patients and teach assistant medical officers there. He also worked briefly doing medical outreach in Ghana in 2006. In his spare time, he runs marathons to stay fit. See a video of the presentation and Keith's speech.

Justin Joseph '05, MBA '06Justin Joseph '05, MBA '06
Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award
The DeFleur Award recognizes alumni who graduated within the last 10 years or are 35 years of age or under, who are established or demonstrate potential to become future leaders. Criteria includes demonstrated leadership capability, substantial commitment to service of others, demonstration of potential for leadership in the long term, and substantial commitment to the University and Alumni Association.

Justin is an entrepreneur and senior finance professional with a progressive record in business development and corporate finance. He is helping develop the financial practice at DayNine Consulting and successfully co-founded EJ Blooms (a New York-based floral design firm) in 2013. Previously, he led Toyota North America's FP&A department and oversaw financials for Nickelodeon's consumer products. He is the co-chair of the Tau Alpha Upsilon Alumni Society, on the School of Management's Young Alumni Advisory Board, and actively assists on various University initiatives with the Athletics Department or with the Alumni Association's Metro New York Chapter. He is also very committed to higher education, and is presently teaching finance courses at Borough of Manhattan Community College. See a video of the presentation and Justin's speech.




In recognition of alumni contributions to specific areas on campus (e.g., schools, Admissions, Career Development Center), we presented Medals of Distinguished Service to the following alumni, who have been tireless volunteers to the University while excelling in their respective career endeavors. See a video of the presentation.


Yang Chen '87Yang Chen '87 – Yang is executive director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, a position he has held since 2009. Previously, he was a partner at Constantine Cannon, a firm specializing in antitrust and complex commercial litigation. Yang has remained engaged with the University through Harpur Law Council and the Asian and Asian American Alumni Council.

Robert D. Eicher '81Robert D. Eicher '81 – "Bob" has worked as a human resources consultant for virtually his entire career and is a global account director for Towers Watson. He manages several large client relationships and is co-leading a project to globalize the firm's health consulting practice. He and his wife Lauren have four children: John ('13), Catherine ('15), Caroline and Emily. Bob is a longtime School of Management supporter.

Fred Farley, PhD '03Fred Farley, PhD '03 – Fred is president and chief operating officer of Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, N.Y. He has contributed to a number of publications on clinical and management topics including chapters in leading medical surgical nursing textbooks. Additionally, Fred has been a guest lecturer in the Czech Republic. He's a former member of the Alumni Association board.

Ruthanne Koffman '82, MA '84Ruthanne Koffman '82, MA '84 – Ruthanne is vice president, financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Binghamton. She established the Ruthanne Koffman Master of Arts in Social Science Fellowship at Binghamton University which is awarded to a full-time MA students in social science with demonstrated financial need.

Dr. Gary Kunis '73, LHD '02Dr. Gary Kunis '73, LHD '02 – In 2002, Gary retired from his role as vice president and chief science officer at Cisco Systems, Inc., and executive sponsor of Cisco Japan. He oversaw design, development, sales, global deployment and services of Cisco products. He is a generous benefactor and a valued advisor to the Watson School.

David L. Kushner '70David L. Kushner '70 – David is president of The Kushner Companies, LLC, advising CEOs and governing boards on governance and election matters, specializing in nonprofit and healthcare organizations. David is former president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association and its foundation. He's a past president of the Alumni Association and Foundation boards, and earned the 1995 Bartle Award.

Karima Legette '01, MA '05Karima Legette '01, MA '05 – Karima began her career as associate director of Binghamton's McNair Scholars Program, where she advised first-generation and underrepresented students. She is coordinator of the Binghamton Enrichment Program (BEP), and senior assistant director for the Educational Opportunity Program.  

William A. Orband Jr. '74William A. Orband Jr. '74 – Bill is president of the Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Association. A board member since 2005, he assumed his current position in 2012 after serving as vice president. Bill serves on the Virginia and Conrad Klee Foundation board and is president of the Binghamton Club. Since 1985, he has been president of William Orband Insurance, Inc., in Binghamton.

Brian L. Segel '85Brian L. Segel '85 – Brian is a partner in the Westchester General Office of New York Life, which he joined after working as a financial advisor with Citi Personal Wealth Management. He's an active Binghamton alumnus, volunteering at student-alumni networking events sponsored by the Alumni Association and Career Development Center. Brian is a co-founder and past chair of the Tau Alpha Upsilon Alumni Society.

Michael J. Warshawsky '81Michael J. Warshawsky '81 – Michael is owner and education consultant of a Tutor Doctor franchise, serving students in Queens and Nassau County. He realized his passion for helping students excel when advising high school students about college selection and the application process as an alumni volunteer for Binghamton. He was a senior equity research analyst in the investment management industry.



Last Updated: 5/28/14