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For Immediate Release
September 26, 2009

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Homecoming Weekend 2009 Continues

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Homecoming Weekend 2009 continued at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Saturday as the annual homecoming parade wound through the village and across campus. Marching bands from Brockport and Hilton high schools joined numerous floats created by College student organizations.

On Friday evening, the Alumni Awards Ceremony took place, with the latest class inducted into the Hall of Heritage. The Hall is the Alumni Association's most prestigious award, designed to honor alumni those who have distinguished themselves by their exceptional contributions to the Alumni Association, and/or the College and/or their community and/or have shown outstanding professional achievement. Selected for this honor were:

Craig A. Conway ’76 has enjoyed one of the most distinguished and successful careers in the technology industry. He has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Managers by BusinessWeek magazine, Ten Most Influential People In High Technology by Computer Business Review, and Fifty Most Powerful People in Networking by NetworkWorld magazine. Under Craig’s leadership, Forbes made PeopleSoft one of the five “over-achieving companies” in 2001. A year later, Forbes also named PeopleSoft America’s Second Most Admired Company. Craig developed PeopleSoft’s Pure Internet Architecture™, the foundation of the industry’s only suite of pure Internet enterprise applications. He also served as president and CEO of OneTouch Systems, and president and CEO for TGV Software. Craig spent eight years at Oracle Corp. as executive vice president of marketing, sales, and operations. Craig returned to his alma mater in 2003 to deliver the Commencement address. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science in 1976.

Wayne “Jack” Mazzarella ’54 is a retired junior high school teacher, who has served in the surrounding area of Brockport since 1953. During that time, he worked as a physical education teacher in Hamlin, taught special education classes in LeRoy, and taught fourth, seventh, and eighth grades at Brockport Central School until his retirement in 1983. Over the years, he has given back to his community, not only by helping to educate the youth of today, but through his generous community service. He has served as a Brockport Silsby fireman; director and chaplain for the Brockport Exempt Firemen; volunteer at the Brockport Visitor’s Center; and at the Lakeside Memorial Hospital for more than 15 years. From 1958 to 1966, he was in charge of a local construction group, responsible for rebuilding homes and apartment buildings, and even worked to build the Brockport Airport (Ledgedale), which he ran from 1967 to 1988. Presently, Mazzarella remains a devoted member of his community by providing maintenance at the historic Morgan Manning House. One of his pet projects is rehabbing used bicycles that are lent to visitors at the Welcome Center in the Village of Brockport. Jack was named Citizen of the Year for Brockport Rotary (2006-2007). He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education (1954) and master’s degree in educational administration (1958).

Philip R. West ’81 is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he focuses mainly on international tax issues for both domestic and foreign clients. He also serves on Steptoe's Strategic Planning and Diversity Committees, and is a past member of the firm's Executive Committee. He previously served for four years as the Treasury Department’s international tax counsel, the senior international tax lawyer in the United States. He also was an advisor to the U.S. Congress Working Group on International Tax Reform in 2002 and has served on the Board of the IRS-New York University Law School Continuing Professional Education Program since 2001. Phil has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law School and for several years taught as a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School. He also served on the Tax Section’s Executive Committee for five years and was a chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. In 2000, he received the U.S. Treasury Department’s Exceptional Service Award. He has started a scholarship for accounting students at the College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy (1981) from Brockport, his law degree from New York Law School (1984) and his master’s degree in law of taxation from Georgetown University (1987).

On Saturday evening, Homecoming Weekend looked toward athletics with the 25th Annual Golden Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony.

Five individuals will be inducted into the Hall, as well as the entire 1977 National Champion wrestling team. The induction ceremony and dinner will take place at 6:30 pm Saturday, September 26, in the Seymour Student Union Ballroom.

The Class of 2009 includes softball star Stacy Blair ’96, softball and basketball all-star Kristen Clark ’04, former hockey player and coach E.J. McGuire ’75, football All-American Steve Milne and cross country/track & field standout John Underwood ’82. Joining the five individuals, and the second team to be elected and earn a spot on the Hall of Fame, will be the National Champion 1977 Wrestling team.

For the 25th anniversary celebration of the Hall of Fame, several "Teams of the Decades" were selected and will be honored at the dinner as well as announced with the inductees at halftime of the Brockport vs. Montclair State football game on Bob Boozer Field at Special Olympics Stadium earlier in the afternoon.

The Teams of the Decades are men’s soccer from the 1950’s, and men’s and women’s swimming & diving as well as men’s cross country and track & field from the 1960’s. Women’s field hockey and men’s soccer will represent the 1970’s, women’s softball and wrestling from the 1980’s, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball from the 1990’s. Signifying the 2000's will be women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, baseball and football.

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