Amy Dziezynski Karls '95 & Torrance Harvey G '03

Alumni Awards Nominations Sought

The Mount Saint Mary College Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1976 and is awarded to an alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions to society through his or her professional career and/or volunteer service.

Members of the Mount Saint Mary College community may nominate candidates for the award. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Alumni Board’s Alumni Awards Committee and approved by the Vice President for College Advancement. The award is presented during Alumni & Family Weekend. No more than two awards may be presented each year.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumni Award please download the form and send it to The Office of Alumni Affairs, Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550. Or you may email it to alumniaffairs@msmc.edu. Nominations must be received by August 1st.

The Mount Saint Mary College President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the College was established in 1983 and is awarded to an alumnus or alumna who has routinely volunteered his or her time and talents to the Mount Saint Mary College community.

Members of the Mount Saint Mary College community may nominate candidates for the award. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Alumni Board’s Alumni Awards Committee and approved by the Vice President for College Advancement. The award will be presented each year at the Mount Saint Mary College Alumni & Family Weekend. No more than two awards may be presented each year.

If you would like to nominate someone for the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the College, please download the form and send it to The Office of Alumni Affairs, Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550. Or you may email it to alumniaffairs@msmc.edu. Nominations must be received by August 1st.

The 2016 Distiguished Alumni Award recipients are Amy Dziezynski Karls '95 and Torrance Havey G '03.

Amy Dziezynski Karl '95

Amy Karls earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Saint Mary College in 1995 and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She is a licensed veterinarian in MA, is USDA accredited, and is certified for FEMA Basic Disaster Relief. Amy is also currently working on her Master's Degree in Shelter Medicine through the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Amy has dedicated her career to helping animals. Following graduation, she worked in private practice for 6 years in CT, spending 4 of those years in a feline-exclusive clinic. Since 2005, she has worked as a professional consulting veterinarian at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. where she educates veterinary staff at private practices, veterinary and veterinary technician schools, and shelters.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

Her love of animals goes beyond her daily job. Amy regularly volunteers at the Baypath Humane Society in Hopkinton, MA, as a member of the organization’s board of directors and outreach committee. She also lends her time and surgical skills to the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Shelter Medicine program and the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, performing high volume- high quality spay neuter on unowned community cats. She is also an exam veterinarian and advisor for Cat Rescue of Marlborough and Hudson and a member of Spay Worcester, a local feline trap-neuter-return group. In addition, Amy is a foster mom to many of the cats that are saved by these organizations.

Amy credits her Mount Saint Mary College education as being the foundation of her success. She added that the college helped foster her strong sense of volunteerism.

“The sense of community and taking care of the world around us that is imparted to all MSMC students during their time there has clearly shaped my volunteer life,” she said. “The world is much bigger than any one individual, and it is our responsibility to care for those who cannot care for themselves.”

Torrance Harvey G '03

Torrance R. Harvey earned a master of science in education (history) from Mount Saint Mary College in 2003 and a bachelor of arts in business administration and theater from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. in 1997.

It’s easy to see that Torrance has a passion for education. Since 1999, he has been a social studies teacher at Newburgh Free Academy, where he educates up to 300 students per academic year, including both in gifted and special needs capacities. He was also an adjunct professor of education at both Mount Saint Mary College and SUNY Orange. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for education; the American Federation of Teachers; the Newburgh Teachers Association; The National Alliance of Black Educators; a long standing member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; and more.

Torrance is committed to serving his community. He was recently elected to a four year term as councilman in the City of Newburgh, N.Y. The swearing in ceremony was held at Newburgh Free Academy, allowing his students to get a hands-on look at government in action.

This year, Torrance founded 100 Men for Newburgh, a non-profit anti-violence and mentoring organization. He also served on the Art & Cultural Commission for the City of Newburgh for three years.

He has received many accolades for his avid community service, including U.S. Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Community Service (Maurice Hinchey); U.S. Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Community Leadership (Sean Patrick Maloney); the NAACP Community Leadership Award; Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s Rising Star Award; the Mount Saint Mary College Doris Waiter HEOP Distinguished Alumni Award; and more.

Torrance’s Mount Saint Mary College education has opened many doors for him. “My degree from Mount Saint Mary College has provided endless opportunities in not only my professional teaching career, but also in the realm of civic engagement,” he explained.

The award will be presented to Amy and Torrance on Saturday, September 25th at the Alumni Brunch during Alumni & Family Weekend. Please join us as we congratulate Amy and Torrance for their wonderful achievements.