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The Department of Political Science proudly recognizes its Distinguished Alumni Award winners.


Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

1996- Present

1996: Sheldon Cohen, Senior Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis

1997: David Rokoff, Attorney and Entrepreneur

1998: Michael Manoussos, Founder, Manoussos & Associates; Chairman and CEO, Manhole Barrier Security Systems, Inc.

1999: Gerald Rokoff, Partner, White & Case

2000: James F. Gesualdi, Attorney at Law

2001: Osita Iroku, Businessman; Chair, Delta Acquisitions Group

2002: Colleen Murphy Ommundsen, NYC Police Officer and 9-11 Responder

2003: Steve Levy, Suffolk County Executive

2004: Kevin Law, President, Long Island Power Authority

2005: Marlene Budd, Suffolk County Family Court Judge

2006: Jonathan Salant, President, National Press Club

2007: Scott Middleton, Mayor and Justice, Lake Grove, NY

2008: Kabando-wa-Kabando, Member of the National Assembly, Kenya

2009: R. Stephanie Good, Attorney at Law & Bestselling Author

2010: Ron Nehring, Chair, California Republican Party

2011: Aylin Karamehmetoglu, Chief of Staff, Cordoba Initiative

2012: John T. (JT) Mastranadi, Political Director for Citizens United.

2013: Lynda Nicolino, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Corporate General Counsel

2014: Barry Devolin, Member of the Canadian House of Commons

2015: Latoya Joyner, New York State Assemblywoman

Prior to 1995

Hamad A. Al-Kawari, Information and Cultural Minister, Qatar

Denise Coleman, Author; Founder, Chronic Pain Awareness Project

Robert Gallucci, Ambassador, Assistant Secretary of State, United Nations Weapons Inspector; Dean, Georgetown School of Foreign Service; President of the John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation

Richard Gelfond, Co-Chairman and Co-Ceo, Imax Corporation; Chair, Stony Brook Foundation

Babak Movahedi, Real-estate developer

Len Spivak, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindell

Carole Weidman Nussbaum, Founder, Weidman & Siegel Baum; President, Cabrillo Music Theater


Please send your nominations for the Political Science Distinguished Alumni Award to Department Chair, Dr. Matthew Lebo.


Thank you for visiting our "alumni giving" web page. With the help of generous donors like you, we have been able to attract outstanding students. Contributions to the department have been used toward special student scholarships, classroom multimedia upgrades and other departmental activities. If you have supported us in the past, we are most grateful, and ask that you do it again. If you are thinking about supporting us for the first time, we would very much like to hear from you.
Matthew Lebo

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