2016 Alumni Awards Dinner Updated
December 14, 2015
Alumni DinnerPresident Keen will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Judith M. McEvoy Alumnus of the Year Award will be presented to world-famous comic book illustrator John Romita Jr. ’76, at FSC’s annual Alumni Awards Dinner next March 31, 6:30 p.m., at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
To order tickets, make a gift to the Alumni Association, or reserve advertising space in the awards journal, visit https://www.farmingdale.edu/alumni/alumni-events/2016-alumni-awards-dinner.shtml
Dr. Keen, who is stepping down from Farmingdale next June after nine distinguished years as president, will be presented his award by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
Romita, who studied advertising art and design at Farmingdale from 1974–1976, is being honored for his award-winning achievements in the comic book field, where he has drawn iconic characters such as Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, Daredevil, and Iron Man over a 40-year career.
Also being recognized is Philip Simone, adjunct associate professor of visual communications and director of FSC’s Memorial Gallery. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Professor Simone has been an adjunct faculty member for 14 years. He teaches numerous courses, including Editorial Design, 3D Design, Typography, and Graphic Design/Design Production. His professional background includes stints at Hearst Corporation and Time Warner, where he was design director for People magazine.
Two long-time and outstanding members of the campus community – Judi Cestaro ’92 (transfer services) and Jack Petrich ’69 (physical plant) – have been accepted into the Centurion Club, which recognizes the top 100 alumni of the past 100 years.
This year’s Outstanding Student of the Year Award goes to Adrianna Gibaldi ’15. Adrianna had a distinguished career at Farmingdale, where she was president of the Rambassadors (she held five other positions with the group), FSC’s student leadership program. She was president of recruitment for Sigma Delta Tau, and a member of the Advertising Committee for the Campus Activities Board. She earned a BS in Professional Communications and Business, with a minor in Organizational Leadership. She is currently a marketing communications intern at Veeco Instruments, Inc.