• 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

    Thomas J. Masiello- Class on 1977
    Brigadier General Thomas J. Masiello graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1981 as a distinguished graduate. As a command pilot, he has logged more than 3,300 flying hours in more than 20 different aircraft. He has served as an experimental test pilot and test squadron commander conducting developmental flight tests on a side varied of weapon systems. He has been Director of the Munitions Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wing Commander of a classified unit and the Command Inspector General for Air Force Materiel Command. Other operational and staff assignments include a tour as Deputy Chief of Staff, U. S. Central Command, where he spent the bulk of his tour At CENTCOM's Forward Headquarters in Southwest Asia; and Deputy Director for Operation Team Two, National Military Command Center, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, and Washington, D.C. Brig. General Masiello is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans, Programs and Operation, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U. S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. He oversees the bureau's offices of Plan, Policy and Analysis; Weapons Removal and Abatement, and International Security Operations.

    Susan Geissler- Class of I 971
    Susan Geissler, is an acclaimed sculptor and known internationally for her work. She was commissioned by the Lewiston Historical Society to create Freedom Crossing. This sculptu
    re portrays the runaway slaves and the volunteers who helped them escape through the Underground Railroad. This bronze sculpture portrays Josiah Tryon, Lewiston's Underground Railroad "station master" helping a family of slaves escape to Canada. Another figure in the monument is a fictional character, Laura Eastman, taken from the pages of Margaret Goff
    Clark's children's novel "Freedom Crossing." Susan's work can also be seen at her studio in Youngstown. Her work is well known out west as well. There is a ten-foot bronze sculpture of Spartans for San Jose State and one of an old man enjoying nature in three different parks in Wyoming and Colorado. Another depicts a teacher and two students at a library in Oklahoma City.

    Susan's art work has been seen and enjoyed by millions of people at top outdoor art events around the United States. The scores of commissions, awards and prizes accorded her work have contributed to her growing reputation, and have stamped her as one of the premier designers of human figures in the United States. From her workshop, after intense research and anatomical study, several lovingly rendered pieces per year emerge-some exploding with dazzling motion or resting quietly, but exploding with soft, gentle, whimsical emotion that is a hallmark of her work. Susan was inducted into Niagara County Community College's Hall of Fame at the annual Foundation Dinner in October 2009.

    Lew Howell- Class 1958
    Dr. Llewellyn Howell has achieved stellar professional success in academia, foreign service, and international relations for over 48 years. Beginning as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaya during 1963-65, he later worked in assignments at the U.S. Departments of Defense. He is currently Senior Advisor for Methodology for The PRS Group, a political risk consulting firm. He taught at four institutions, University of Hawaii, American University in Washington, D.C. United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale; AZ where he is currently Emeritus Professor of International Management. Dr. Howell has authored ten books and over 200 book chapters and professional journal articles. He is an editor and writer for USA Today Magazine. Dr. Howell teaches and speaks professionally on a wade range of topics. He was Director of the University of Hawaii's Executive MBA Program in Vietnam and has a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia. He attended Niagara University, received his B.S. from SUNY Brockport, and his Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relation from Syracuse University. Dr. Howell has received over 25 grants, honors and awards.

    Bruce Lund- Class of 1969
    Bruce Lund stumbled into the toy business, first getting hired as an inventor in the famed Marvin Glass & Associates Studio, which has been called the Walt Disney of Toy Design. In 1984, with five years of experience under his belt he started his own toy design and product invention company, Lund and Company Invention. L.L.C. Just two years later, he licensed his first hit, Fireball Island, which put him on the map. In the 25 years since, Lund has produced some of the hottest toys on the market, including TMX Elmo which sold more on launch day than any toy in history and was voted "Toy of the Year" in 2007 by the Toy Industry Association. His company has gone on to invent prize-winning toys, games and other fascinating products for major toy companies, including Mattel, Hasbro, and Fisher-Price.

    Bruce has received nearly two dozen awards for his work over the years, including nnmerous "Toy of the Year" and "Inventor of the Year" recognitions. Lund and the firm's inventions have been featured in national publications and broadcasts, including g Wired, Business Week, The New York Times, The Today Show, Good Morning American and many more.