Celebrating Student Scholars at
Two-Year Colleges

Orange County Community College
June 2, 2017
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017!

Beacon Conference History

The Beacon Conference was born in 1993 when Rockland Community College (NY), with a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges and the Kellogg Foundation, and in association with Bergen Community College (NJ), Brookdale Community College (NJ), Catonsville Community College (MD), Dutchess Community College (NY), Harford Community College (MD), Kingsborough Community College (NY), Middlesex Community/Technical College (CT), Nassau Community College (NY) and Westchester Community College (NY), organized two conferences for student scholars at two-year colleges in the mid-Atlantic region. Since then, the conference has been sponsored by a coalition of participating community colleges which take turns hosting this event each year the first Friday in June.

The Beacon Conference: 25 Years at a Glance


Year Host College President Co-Directors
1993 Rockland Community College, NY John Flynn (acting) Libby Bay, Bob Kahn, & Nancy Hazelton
1994 Rockland Community College, NY Neil Raisman Libby Bay, Bob Kahn, & Nancy Hazelton
1995 Dutchess Community College, NY D. David Conklin Judy Kohl & John Desmond
1996 Harford Community College, MD Claudia Chiesi Sheila Allen & Lilly Downs
1997 Westchester Community College, NY Joseph N. Hankin Carol Klein & Mira Sakrajda
1998 Bergen Community College, NJ Judith Winn George Skau, Geoffrey Sadock & Bob Kahn  
1999 Dutchess Community College, NY D. David Conklin John Desmond and Seemi Ahmad
2000 Rockland Community College, NY George Hamada Libby Bay, Nancy Hazelton & Wilma Frank
2001 Lehigh Carbon Community College, PA Donald W. Snyder Ned Schillow & Carrie Myers
2002 Westchester Community College, NY Joseph N. Hankin Carol Klein & Mira Sakrajda
2003 Ulster County Community College, NY Donald C. Katt Michelle Rodden & Miho Kawai
2004 Northampton Community College, PA Arthur Scott Nancy Trautmann & Elizabeth Bodien
2005 Montgomery College, MD Charlene R. Nunley Dedee Aleccia & Tom Anderson
2006 Dutchess Community College, NY D. David Conklin Seemi Ahmad, Mark Condon & Keith O'Neill
2007 Rockland Community College, NY Cliff L. Wood Elaine Toia & Thomas Butler
2008 Bergen Community College, NJ Jeremiah Ryan Dorothy Altman, Alan Kaufman & Maria Makowiecka
2009 Montgomery College, MD Brian Johnson Roxanne Davidson, Lucy Laufe, Bette Petrides & Carole Wolin
2010 Orange County Community College, NY Bill Richards Mary Ann Van Benschoten & Melissa Browne
2011 Lehigh Carbon Community College, PA Donald W. Snyder Ned Schillow & Christine Bowditch
2012 Westchester Community College, NY Joseph N. Hankin Mira Sakrajda & Lori Maida  
2013 Northampton Community College, PA Mark H. Erickson Nancy Trautmann, Randy Boone & Shauna Gobble
2014 Ulster County Community College, NY Donald C. Katt Deb Waller-Frederick, Jennifer Patterson, Crystal Schacter
2015 Rockland Community College, NY Cliff L. Wood Kristopher Baker, Thomas Butler, & Robert Fuentes
2016 Bergen Community College B. Kaye Walter Sarah Shurts & Maria Makowiecka
2017 Orange County Community College Kristine M. Young Michele Iannuzzi Sucich, Stephaie Wish, & Samuel Dillon


Host Colleges and Conference Proceedings