Alumni Award Winners

Alumni Recognized

Professional success, humanitarian efforts, public service ... CCC alumni move the needle

The annual Reflections Celebration and Awards Ceremony was presented by the Corning Community College Development Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. This year’s award winners are as follows: 

Alexandra B. Williams ’11, of Corning, N.Y., earned the One-to-Watch Award. Williams works for Hunt Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors as a Junior Civil Engineer.

Dr. Mark J. Walker ’73, of Reno, Nev., earned the Perry Education Professional Award. He has worked for the Peace Corps in Africa (where he developed his interest in ecohydrology), served on state-wide forums and councils to promote food and water security, and researches the use of unmanned aircraft for the management of natural resources, in addition to teaching at the University of Nevada.

Judith M. (Morse) McInerny ’78, of Painted Post, N.Y., earned the Eileen M. Collins ’76 Professional Achievement Award. McInerny is the Director of Risk Management at Corning Incorporated, where she managed the recovery of one of the largest property claims in corporate America. In addition to being a sought-after speaker and adviser for insurance companies worldwide, she has also served as a board member of the YMCA and Community Foundation.

Gregory A. Beck ’80, of Arlington, Va., earned the Distinguished Alumni Award. Beck’s career has spanned more than 30 years and four continents. It has focused on humanitarian efforts; includes an appointment in the Obama administration as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Asia Bureau for USAID; and has resulted in a well-earned reputation for getting things done no matter the obstacles. Beck resides in Virginia where he is the Director of the Integrated Development Department at FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization.

This year’s Founders Community Partner Award was presented to three generations of the Milliken family who have supported the College almost from the beginning. Headed by the late Connie Milliken and his late wife Jean, the Milliken family has advocated for CCC for more than 40 years, improving the local and regional community as a whole. All eight of Connie and Jean’s children attended and graduated from CCC. They follow their father’s example of public service, working in education, healthcare, social work, and finance. Now into the third generation of CCC alumni, the Milliken family continues to contribute to the culture and community of Corning Community College, participating in theater and art, serving on community boards and investing in the future of CCC.