PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (June 26, 2014) — The SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association will bestow awards of merit to a retired dean of nursing and a director in the U.S. Department of Justice. The Awards will be handed down at Reunion 2014 during Mayor’s Cup weekend. The event celebrates graduates from classes ending in 4 and 9 but features events like a Red and White Night reception on the rooftop terrace of the college’s new Au Sable Hall, a barbecue at the Naked Turtle and a picnic under a tent along the Saranac — which are open to all alumni.
Dr. Neville Strumpf, former dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and Douglas McManus, director of the Office of Policy and Management Operations with the U.S. Department of Justice, will both be honored during the college’s annual Reunion, July 10-13.
Dr. Neville Strumpf
A member of the Class of 1969, Strumpf will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award, presented by the Alumni Association Board of Directors to honor graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to society and service to the college.
Although Strumpf is now retired, she still maintains an office at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is known for her research, education and practice in elder care. She has focused on the clinical problems of the elderly and tested interventions aimed at improving care outcomes. Her lines of inquiry have included restraint-free care, quality-of- life issues, access to services for refugee elders, end-of-life care and prevention of falls.
In fact, colleagues say she has revolutionized nursing practice in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities by reducing the use of restraints on frail elders.
She has made a difference at SUNY Plattsburgh, too, co-chairing Reunion, sponsoring regional events in Philadelphia, Pa., returning to campus in 2011 as a Distinguished Visiting Alumna and donating regularly to the Plattsburgh College Foundation.
Strumpf said she believes in giving back.
“I really do. That education clearly changed my life,” she said.
“There is a mentality in the state university system that they get all their money from the state when in fact, they get hardly any. They rely on alumni support. For all those reasons, I feel very much that what I do give is very important.”
“We are proud to have Neville as an alumna. She has made an impact on the lives of the elderly and in the lives of our students and graduates. We are pleased to honor her with this award,” said Joanne Nelson, director of alumni relations at the college.
McManus, a member of the Class of 1989, who earned a master’s from the college in 1991, will receive the Robert M. Garrow ’52 Alumni Service Award. Named in honor of a long-time supporter of SUNY Plattsburgh and former chair of its College Council, the award recognizes alumni who demonstrate outstanding service to their alma mater and who do so in keeping with the traditions of the college.
As a student, McManus was president of the Student Association and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Later, he served as president of the Plattsburgh Alumni Association Board of Directors and on various committees and boards such as the Reunion committee and the Plattsburgh College Foundation Board of Directors. He has also been active in regional alumni events in Washington, D.C., Albany, New York City and more. In addition, McManus has been a contributor to the Plattsburgh College Foundation since he graduated.
“My Plattsburgh education and experiences were instrumental in my personal growth and professional success, and I try to do what I can to help those who follow.
“In the end, I still believe that education is the great equalizer and that Plattsburgh offers students an exceptional educational experience and value,” he said.
“Doug places a value on the connectedness that he felt as a student at Plattsburgh, and, in his work with the Alumni Association, he has helped us to continue to foster that same feeling with both alumni and students,” Nelson said. “He continues to make a difference.”
Reunion coincides with the annual Plattsburgh Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival and begins Thursday night, July 10, with registration and a wine tasting. Other events include a nursing open house, receptions, beer tasting and a bus tour with Bill Laundry, vice president emeritus of student affairs. To register or learn more, visit www.plattsburgh.edu/alumni/reunion or call 518-564-2090 or 800-964-1889.