By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor
On Thursday Oct. 8, 2015 the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development held a Dedication Ceremony to honor Dr. Gerald P. Buccino ’63 for his generosity to the program, and to celebrate the program’s #1 ranking among all educational leadership development programs in the world.
The day began with the ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. in Jubilee Hall on the sixth floor, right outside the new room for the Center.
The opening of the larger, newly renovated room contributed to the celebration of the Center’s prestigious ranking. In the new room, students will be able to do work, converse with other students in the program, and have a meeting room. The room setup is very similar to the Market Research Center.
Following the ribbon cutting, special guests gathered for cocktail hour in the Jubilee Atrium, on the fourth floor. The cocktail hour attendees consisted mostly of seniors, alumni, executives, and Buccino’s family and friends.
At 7 p.m. more students, alumni, and executives arrived for the celebratory dinner. Buccino, William Bartzak, Henry D’Alessandro ’85, and Ed Cerny generously sponsored the dinner. The dinner commenced with a welcome by Stillman Dean Joyce Strawser. After the opening prayer, the evening was passed on to the Director of the Center, Michael Reuter. Michael Reuter has been the Director of the Center for almost ten years. He spoke briefly to everyone in attendance, expressing his gratitude for the endless support of everyone affiliated with the program. Guest speakers for the evening included: Assistant Director of the Center John Shannon, Dean Emeritus Karen Boroff, Provost Dr. Larry Robinson, and Gerald P. Buccino.
Shannon and Boroff reflected on the creation and early years of the Center for Leadership Studies, which was the name of the program at the start. Shannon and Boroff contributed to the program extensively in the 1990’s. They gave the program the quick start and strong support that it needed. Also contributing early was Buccino with the establishment of the Buccino Scholarship, a single four year scholarship of up to $5,000 annually to one freshman in the program.
The event was organized very well and served as an excellent opportunity for everyone affiliated with the program to meet each other. At any given table, there would be alumni, administrators, executives, and current students.
Sophomore Gabrielle DePalma had a very diverse table, sitting with Alumnus Michael Ojo ’12, Dean Emeritus Karen Boroff, Board of Regents member Ed Cerny, and more. She described her experience stating, “It was an amazing opportunity to have dinner with such established individuals, and be able to relate with one another simply due to the existence of the program.”
She added, “Not only were we able to celebrate the accomplishments of our program and the generosity of Gerald P. Buccino, but we were able to network with talented, down-to-earth business professionals. Overall, it was a fantastic night. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves.”
Concluding the dinner, Michael Reuter and Gerald P. Buccino expressed their gratefulness for everyone that has contributed to the program to this point. Building off of the same idea, they both took a look into the future of the program. They highlighted their expectations and Buccino included unique advice for students.
The future of the program is looking very bright. Although the program has achieved the honor of being number one, the program will continue to soar and reach new heights in the coming years.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 20th print edition.
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