|May 27, 2010|
ReUnion '10 award winners
The College recognized a number of alumni and others at ReUnion 2010.
Dr. Ronald Weinstein ’60, a medical researcher and scholar known as a pioneer in the field of telepathology, received the Eliphalet Nott Medal. Weinstein is a native of Schenectady with a long association with the University of Arizona. Named for the president of Union College from 1804 to 1866, the award recognizes the perseverance of alumni who have attained great distinction in their fields.
Three received Alumni Gold Medals from Union’s Alumni Council in recognition of distinguished service to the College: Charles Snow ’50, retired president of a surety investigation and appraisal firm; Stephen Ciesinski ’70, a Schenectady native living in Palo Alto, Calif., technology investor and former chairman of Union’s Board of Trustees; and Nancy Eppler Wolff ’75 of New York City, a child psychologist, author and trustee.
Therese McCarty, vice president for Academic Affairs, received the Faculty Meritorious Service Award.
Their citations follow:
Dr. Ronald S. Weinstein ’60 - Professor, Researcher, Entrepreneur
You are widely known for your success as a scholar, researcher, educator, administrator, inventor and entrepreneur. But it is your pioneering work in the fields of telepathology – which uses technology to transfer image data between remote locations-that has revolutionized health care and made a difference worldwide, particularly in the diagnosis of bladder and breast cancer. You earned a bachelor’s degree from Union in your native Schenectady and took your medical education at Albany Medical College, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts University. You served an internship and residency in pathology at Massachusetts General. You served in the U.S. Air Force, doing research in environmental toxicology at the Aerospace Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. After three years as an associate professor at Tufts, you were named professor and chair of pathology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, a post you held for 15 years before you were named head of pathology at the University of Arizona. When you stepped down from that position recently, you had completed 32 years as an academic department head. Known as the “father of telepathology,” you have transformed the nascent field into a major academic, research and clinical area. You authored the first paper on telepathology in 1986. You invented robotic telepathology and the Array Microscope, for which you have earned a number of patents. With these breakthrough technologies and a steady stream of research papers and three books, you have revolutionized diagnostic services to tens of thousands in dozens of countries including many developing nations. Your passionate teaching, research and service have been recognized worldwide by a number of professional societies, research organizations and educational institutions. We are proud that you have attributed the foundation of your academic career to your experience here at Union College. Dr. Weinstein, it is my pleasure to present you with the Eliphalet Nott Medal, with which we recognize the perseverance of alumni who have attained great distinction in their fields.
Charles E. Snow ’50 - You’ve done just about everything an alumnus can do: Alumni Council, Terrace Council Membership Committee, Friends of Union Athletics, Alumni Club, Travel Program, Admissions Interviewer, Associate Class Agent and ReUnion Leadership Agent. Even as you earned your Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School, raised four children with your wife, Pauline, volunteered with local charities in the Albany area, and built a successful career – retiring as president of your own surety investigation and appraisal firm – you found time for your alma mater. Even the lure of fly fishing couldn’t distract you from forming a lifelong relationship with the College. Perhaps you explained this dedication best in a ReUnion questionnaire: “On Union’s campus, I spent the best years of my life, met some of my closest friends and know I’ll always be welcomed. Its high standards of education and its small college approach blessed me with a background I shall always appreciate.” On behalf of the Alumni Council, I am pleased to recognize your commitment and generosity to Union by presenting you with this Alumni Gold Medal, citation and certificate.
Stephen J. Ciesinski ’70 - You arrived at Union in 1966, a Schenectady kid following in the footsteps of your father, Adam Ciesinski, Class of 1941. You showed boundless energy, quickly establishing yourself as a serious student, stellar athlete and committed leader. You made the dean’s list on your way to degrees in electrical engineering and German. You played football and lacrosse, earning All-American honors on the gridiron. You were president of the Block U society. You were a member of Chi Psi fraternity, Delphic Honor Society and President’s Council. You won the Elias Peissner Prize for your proficiency in German studies. After Union, you went on to an MBA from Stanford University and a successful career as an entrepreneurial founder, executive, advisor and investor in a number of technology firms. As an alumnus, you’ve kept up that energy. A member of the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2007, you served as chairman of the board your last five years. You have been a tireless promoter of a number of important initiatives including the Minerva system, the blending of liberal arts and technology, international study, undergraduate research, campus improvements and development. Steve, we also extend our gratitude to your wife, Diane, and your sons, Zachary and Nicholas, for sharing a husband and father. As a token of our thanks for all you have done for your alma mater, I am pleased to present you with this Alumni Gold Medal, citation and certificate.
Nancy Eppler-Wolff ’75 - To call you “involved” with Union would be a vast understatement. As a trustee for the past 12 years, you have promoted a number of programs ranging from Admissions to the Annual Fund. Three years ago, with your brother, David, Class of 1982, you launched the popular alumni symposium series, which each year brings together leading experts to tackle issues such as immigration, health care and energy. Most recently, you became chair of the new President’s Council, a group of alumni leaders who lend their expertise to issues affecting the College and higher education in general. As a prominent child psychologist, you have literally written the book on how parents can develop confident children by encouraging them to explore their limits. You and your husband, John, have raised three confident kids, two of whom we’re pleased to have as part of the Union family. Nancy, as one of the first women admitted at Union, you arrived in 1971 ready to take on the vast opportunities of the newly-coed College. Besides your studies, you were active in Sigma Xi, the honorary research society, and studied the roots of progressive education in England during a term at the University of London. Through your confident leadership as an alumna, you have ensured that those opportunities continue for future generations of students. On behalf of the Alumni Council, I am pleased to recognize your confident leadership by presenting you with this Alumni Gold Medal, citation and certificate.
Therese McCarty - Since you joined the Union faculty in 1987, you have done wonders for this institution. Not only have you inspired and enlightened students across disciplines, you’ve also used your energy and ingenuity to help the College grow, evolve and improve its high standards of excellence. Among your many contributions are your service as chair of the Economics Department, chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, your membership on the Minerva Council, and your participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the Kenney Community Center. You also helped oversee and orchestrate the two-year, self-study of Union, which was part of the recent Middle States Commission reacrreditation process. You did the same with Union’s Strategic Plan, becoming an integral leader who worked tirelessly and intelligently to develop this crucial roadmap for the College. All of these contributions make Union a better place for its students, who you care most about. I know your proudest moments come when your advice to them makes a significant difference in their lives. Though, I have to say, you should also be proud of the amazing job you do each June, correctly pronouncing the names of all our graduating seniors. It is my pleasure to recognize you, a remarkable leader and mentor, with the Alumni Council’s Faculty Meritorious Service Award.
The College’s engineering division presented Outstanding Alumni Engineering Awards to seven: Kenneth Haefner ’55, retired engineer for GE; Johanna Wellington ’92, GE Global Research; Robert Briody ’02, Innovative Test Solutions; George Powers ’00, VidSys Inc.; Lewis Hallenbeck, ’40, retired, New York State Department of Transportation; Jenny Moon Lippmann ’03, John M. McDonald Engineering; and John Harnden Jr. ’50, retired engineer for GE.