CCC honors alumni, former trustee

Press Release
Award recipients, from left, Jamie Allen, Nancy Agan, Eva Sue Cunningham, Ayanna Hughey, Conrad Stemski, Anne Kist, Gordon Hills pose at Corning Community College’s Reflections banquet.

Corning Community College recently honored an community partner and six outstanding alumni at its annual Reflections event.

The college presented seven awards at Reflections, held Oct. 20 and attended by more than 100 guests.

• The Founders Community Partner Award was given to Conrad Stemski of Painted Post, a treasurer and corporate secretary at Graphic Solutions. As a CCC trustee from 1971-1987, Stemski was instrumental in the establishment of the college’s Development Foundation and Business Development Center.

• The Ann Marie Rossi Alumni-Employee Award, which recognizes a graduate who has shown an ongoing commitment to the college, was given to Nancy Agan of Horseheads, a 1983 CCC grad who works as the college’s director of student activities.

• The Eileen Collins Professional Achievement Award, which honors an alum who has excelled in his or her chosen field, was given to Ayanna Hughey, a 1999 CCC grad who works as a senior human resources generalist at Bausch and Lomb. Formerly of Elmira, Hughey now lives in Rochester.

• The One-to-Watch Award, which recognizes a recent alum who is making great strides early in his or her career, was given to Jamie Allen, a 2002 CCC grad who is a systems engineer for L-3 Communications. A Lindley native, he now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

• The Parsons Community Service Award, which recognizes commitment to community service through volunteerism and civic involvement, was given to Eva Sue Cunningham, a 1975 CCC grad who is a nurse with The Arc of Schuyler, and serves as Addison Town Supervisor.

• The Perry Education Professional Award, which recognizes an alum who is considered an outstanding educator, was given to Anne Kist, a 1974 CCC grad who is a retired physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf and now serves as health and fitness director at Hope Chest. Originally from Elmira, she now resides in Tonawanda.

• The Distinguished Alumni Award - which recognizes graduates who have been positive role models, involved in their community, exhibited accomplishments in their field, and enhanced the quality of CCC - was given to Gordon W. Hills Jr. of Horseheads, a 1970 CCC grad who retired as the executive director of the Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler County after 21 years.