Mount honors R. Abel Garraghan, president of Heritagenergy; celebrates students’ academic achievements

September 05, 2013

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Abel Garraghan receives award at Convocation

R. Abel Garraghan, former chair of the Mount Saint Mary College board of Trustees, was given the prestigious Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award on Thursday, August 29.

College president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM presented R. Abel Garraghan with the prestigious Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award on Thursday, August 29.

Garraghan, who was on the college’s board of trustees for nearly a decade, is president of Heritagenergy, a distributor of home heating oil, propane, and Exxon/Mobil and Citgo gasoline.

The award recipient has a lifelong history of commitment to the community. Garraghan has chaired or co-chaired the Benedictine Hospital Cancer Center Capital Campaign, the Kingston Waterfront Revitalization Commission, the Economic Development Zone Formation, and the Ulster County Development Corp.

He was a director of Hospice for Ulster and Dutchess Counties, the Kingston-Newburgh Enterprise Community, the Kingston / Ulster Development Corp. and Mid-Hudson Patterns for Progress. Garraghan represented Ulster County on the Hudson Valley Greenway Council, and served as a board member of the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, the Ulster County Planning Board, and the Kingston Kiwanis Club. He also presided over the Wiltwyck Golf Club.

Convocation GroupFr. Mackin also noted that volunteer experiences have a profound effect. “Mount students serve in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Knights in the Community, literacy programs, campus ministry, and more,” he advised the new students. “Find your positive extracurricular pathways.”

After receiving the award, Garraghan addressed Mount scholarship recipients and the generous donors, and thanked his family for allowing him time to participate in community service. He added that he would like more young people to be involved in serving their communities.

“I ask everyone to stand and say hello to those around you,” Garraghan requested, and the audience exchanged smiles and handshakes. “This is the beginning of community service. The opportunity to develop relationships with people, their hearts and minds, can accomplish something bigger than themselves.”

Right: Mount Saint Mary College president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM; honoree R. Abel Garraghan; and vice president for academic affairs Mary Hinton.

Garraghan said that a network of in-person contacts and friends is more powerful than social media like Facebook and Twitter.

“Rewards of community service are the accomplishments, and no one can ever take away from the personal fulfillment that you can realize,” he explained.

Son of the late Raymond W. Garraghan, former mayor of Kingston, NY, and the late Ruth Abernethy Garraghan, Abel earned a degree in finance and accounting from Syracuse University, and continued his studies in Harvard University’s Owner/President Management program.

Married to the former Nancy B. Lupton, Garraghan has three children: Patrick, Kilby, and Molly.

Convocation Award Recipients

Nearly 100 named scholarships were awarded to deserving students.

After Garraghan’s inspirational speech, the Mount conferred nearly 100 scholarships to students studying language arts, nursing, communications, science, history, business, education, and more, and thanked the donors who were present.

The recipients are as follows:

Charles T. Baus Memorial Scholarship: Jennifer Lombardi, math, East Meadow, NY

Moira Rovere Bayer ’81 Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Latoya Byfield, nursing, Poughkeepsie, NY

Bourne-Newburgh Scholars Initiative: Adrian Willis, business marketing, Newburgh, NY

Dieter W. Bussigel Memorial Award for the Arts: Liliana Peralta-Zapata, communications, Bronx, NY

Dr. Virginia Davidson Memorial Award for Excellence in English: Stephanie Weaver, English, Rockville Centre, NY

Eleonor Depold Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Jessica Lynn, nursing, Litchfield, CT; Megan Guarracina, nursing, Cortlandt Manor, NY; and Stephanie Foss, nursing, New Milford, CT

Lt. Colonel Joseph M. Desch Memorial Scholarship: Katherine Santiago, nursing, Hopewell Junction, NY

Josh F. Depew Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Angelucci, history, Wappingers Falls, NY

Patricia Welch Donahue ’72 Memorial Scholarship: Megan Green, nursing, Poughkeepsie, NY

Dominican Sisters Founders Endowed Scholarship: Nicole Allen, history, Staten Island, NY; Arlene Johnson, business, Montgomery, NY; and Rachael Suter, childhood education certification, Wingdale, NY

Dominican Sisters of Hope Endowed Scholarship: Sara Baloga, history, Binghamton, NY; Emily Blew, nursing, Columbus, NJ; Megan Capurso, interdisciplinary studies, Mahopac, NY; Che’La Devonshire, nursing, Poughkeepise, NY, Emily DiBiase, English, Mahopac, NY; Danielle Farragher, history, Belle Harbor, NY; Sarah Favata, history, Northvale, NJ; Stephanie Gilmartin, history, Wappingers Falls, NY; Megan Guarracina, nursing, Cortlandt Manor, NY; Colleen Jones, communications, Hyde Park, NY; Danielle Krupka, biology – pre-med, Northport, NY; Karen Neary, nursing, Mahopac Falls, NY; Asma Neblett, communications – journalism, Port Jefferson Station, NY; Devon O’Brien, interdisciplinary – general science, Beacon, NY; Lindsay Panko, English, Hopewell Junction, NY; Gianna Pelliccia, social science/history, Hicksville, NY; Liliana Peralta-Zapata, communications, Bronx, NY; Jessica Perk, human services, New Windsor, NY; Sandra Rodriguez, nursing, Newburgh, NY; Imani Stamper, accounting, Roselle, NJ; Brittni Troy, interdisciplinary – general science, Montgomery, NY; Ilic Velarde, business management, Newburgh, NY; Stephanie Weaver, English, Rockville Centre, NY; and Nicole Zazzero, biology – pre-med, Brewster, NY

Dyson Leadership Scholarship: Joseph Borden, business management and administration, Newburgh, NY; Amanda Chiavelli, nursing, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY; Stephanie Jacks, nursing, Westtown, NY; Ilci Velarde, business management, Newburgh, NY; and Alan Velazquez, business management and administration, Middletown, NY

Frances G. Egan Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Robert Lakhman, accounting, New Windsor, NY

Ellen Frommer Endowed Scholarship for Nursing Excellence: Patricia Liardi, nursing, New Windsor, NY

James and Mary Gilhooley Endowed Scholarship: Francine Frey, sociology-criminology, Monroe, NY; Gabrielle Gallinaro, history, Floral Park, NY; and Alyssa Phillips, history-political science, New Hampton, NY

George and Maria Girolame Endowed Scholarship: Jason Lorch, biology/pre-med, Plainview, NY

Gertrude Rowe Haight Memorial Scholarship: Mary Boyle, nursing, Rockaway Park, NY

Bob Hope Endowed Scholarship: Stephanie Darrer, nursing, Chester, NY

Dr. Hedwig Just Scholarship: Liliana Peralta-Zapata, communications, Bronx, NY

Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship: Clarissa Espinosa, nursing RN to BS, Poughkeepsie, NY

Bernice J. & Walter J. Hornibrook Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Claire Duffy, psychology/physical thearapy, Monroe, NY; Alexis Krupski, nursing, Wallingford, CT; Bethany Mahoney, English, Wingdale, NY; Rachel Perrone, history, Poughquag, NY; Kimberly Sheamon, interdisciplinary, Goshen, NY; Amy Schaefer, nursing, Suffolk, NY; and Danielle Vernooy, history, Port Jervis, NY

Roy C. and Marion L. Ketcham Endowed Scholarship: Briana Podlovits, communications, Middle Village, NY; and Margaret Taft, human services, Cortlandt Manor, NY

KeyBank Scholarship: Stephanie Jacks, nursing, Westtown, NY

Elvira LaBue & Helen Ostlund Memorial Scholarship: Christopher Bernadino, nursing, Montgomery, NY

Norma Jean Lawson Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Dharamhet Khangura, biology/pre-med, Livingston Manor, NY

Dr. Edith S. Lessor Endowed Scholarship: Michelle Carnazza, biology, Mahopac, NY; and Hannah Mulhall, biology/pre-med, Holbrook, NY

Sister Mary Assumpta Mazza P.B.V.M. Endowed Scholarship: Stephanie Peden, history, Newburgh, NY

McDonald Family Scholarship: Romona Yizar, psychology, Wappingers Falls, NY

Mid-Hudson Chapter of the NYS Society of CPA’s for Excellence in Accounting Scholarship: Rebecca Jacobini, accounting, New Paltz, NY

Stephen M. McCarthy ’00 Memorial Scholarship: Rachel Sangalli, communications, Brewster, NY

Mary Y. and Lawson H. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Sarah Cocco, business finance, Newburgh, NY; Fernando Rivera, business, Middletown, NY; Henry Schof, history, Montgomery, NY; and Angela Wise, business, Bloomingburg, NY

Mount Saint Mary College Alumni Legacy Scholarship Award: Julie E. Mackey, psychology, Rego Park, NY

Newburgh Lions Club Endowed Scholarship: Christina Gayle, nursing, Newburgh, NY; and Christian Plaza, nursing, Newburgh, NY

Newburgh Lions Club Scholarship: Alexander Florez, math, Madison, NJ

John W. Munday ’74 Memorial Scholarship: Robert Lakhman, accounting, New Windsor, NY

Marissa A. Pica ’83 Memorial Scholarship: Kelly Ann D’Amore, nursing, LaGrangeville, NY

Leonard Ragaglia Memorial Scholarship: Alexandra Magliocco, accounting, Stratford, CT

Carolyn Rich Memorial Scholarship: Juan Rosa, nursing, Bronx, NY

Joyce Weishaupt Santoro Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Brittney Felicello, history, Marlboro, NY

Vassar Brothers Medical Center Nursing Scholarship: Katie Kenny, nursing, North Salem, NY

Transfer Honors Scholarship: Melissa Buckheit, history, Rockville Centre, NY; Amanda Federico, business, Poughkeepsie, NY; Brianna Kousin, chemistry, Monroe, NY; Lindsay Roe, history, Bloomingburgh, NY; and Ashley Woodill, English, Kerhonkson, NY

Who’s Who Junior Award: Alison Cowan, math, East Hampton, CT; Nicole Marie Havrilla, math, East Northport, NY; Joseph Makram Henain, biology/pre-med., Hopewell Junction, NY; Joseph John Mastando, English, Fishkill, NY; Sandra Rodriguez, nursing, Newburgh, NY; Stephanie Weaver, English, Rockville Centre, NY