• 2015 Distinguished Alumni

    Jerry Casciani
    Class of 1954
    Jerry Casciani Dr. Casciani graduated from Lewiston-Porter in 1954. Following graduation he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College in 1959. He received his Master’s in Education from Penn State University in 1960 and a doctorate in education from West Virginia University in 1980.

    Before going to SUNY Cortland in 1970, Dr. Casciani coached several sports and taught physical education at several public schools on Long Island, in Baltimore and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

    He continues to teach part time following his retirement in 2008 from Cortland after 38 years. His service included 16 years as Department Chair, one year as interim dean, a number of years serving as assistant football coach, a wrestling and lacrosse coach, and seven years as head men's lacrosse coach.

    In 2012, Dr. Casciani was recognized with the Cortland University Amazing Person of the Year Award. He was also honored as SUNY Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1986.

    Dr. Casciani is currently an Associate Professor and Chair Emeritus at SUNY Cortland.

    Paul Scipione, Ph. D
    Class of 1964

    Paul Scipione After distinguished careers in commercial marketing and academia, Dr. Scipione has returned to his undergraduate alma mater as part-time faculty member and Director of the Survey/Research Center. He also serves as a role model for undergraduate students.

    Dr. Scipione, retired in June 2004 as tenured Full Professor of Marketing from the School of Business at Montclair State University, a unique dual background in the fields of Consumer Psychology and Economic Geography. During his 33 year career in marketing, he has designed and directed nearly 900 research projects. Dr. Scipione has also been recognized for several innovations in research methodology. During recent years, he has specialized in litigation research for leading law firms, surveys for health care clients; the development of market simulation models and demographic analysis.

    He is the author of seven books and 90+ papers and reviews. Dr. Scipione has also been active in public service. He was the longest serving Commissioner (20 years) and chairman of the New Jersey Agent Orange Commission.

    In addition to his academic position at SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Scipione is Founding Partner and Chief Research Officer of a start-up information services company, Quality of Life Research Institute, LLC (Princeton, NJ), a firm whose services help people of all ages find the best places to live and then makes their moves easier.

    He is also an avid ham radio operator. He and his wife, Linda, have moved into a log cabin home overlooking Conesus Lake in Livonia, NY.

    Ed Engel
    Class of 1958

    Ed Ed is a graduate of the Erie County Technical Institute with a degree in Mechanical Technology. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Technology from Buffalo State College.

    He has worked for the Batavia City School District and Genesee-Wyoming BOCES as an auto mechanics instructor and for American Brass in Buffalo where he helped plan and build its Education and Development Center. Ed also served on the Buffalo Public Schools superintendent's advisory council, as a member and past president. In addition, he has served with Genesee-Wyoming BOCES since 1988, as a member, past president and current president.

    Ed has been associated with the New York State Rural Schools Association as a member, past chair, director and a member of its executive committee. He is also a member of the Genesee Valley School Boards Association and is past president of the Oakfield Lions Club.

    Past honors include the Buffalo Public Schools' Outstanding Service and Dedication to Students Award, 2003 Genesee County Geneseean of the Year and the Genesee Valley School Board Association Award for distinguished school board service. Ed currently serves as vice president of the Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association.

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