SUNY Maritime College Annual Report 2021-2022

A review of College statistics, highlights, financials, giving and scholarship during fiscal year 2021-2022


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Letter from the President


General Statistics


2021-2022 Highlights


Fabricating the First National Security Multi Mission Vessel (NSMV): 2021-2022


Capital Improvements


Letter from the Chairs


Spotlight on Advancement


The Impact of Scholarship


The Impact of Donors


SUNY Maritime Foundation Financial Report


Scholarships Provide Cadet a Chance to Find Purpose, meaning and a Career


Admiral’s Council Recognition


The Impact of Corporate Support


Honor Roll of Donors


Endowment Funds


Maritime College Financial Report

On the cover: Empire State VI departs the College for its final Summer Sea Term before being retired in October after 60 years of service to the U.S. Navy and maritime industry.


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As I look back on the 2021-2022 academic and fiscal year, I am grateful for a year that allowed students, faculty and staff to successfully thrive in a safe learning, teaching and working environment. All campus activities, sports and clubs completely resumed in the fall semester and the spring semester brought a multitude of activity. Students in the Regiment of Cadets set sail on a 134-day Summer Sea Term that spanned various parts of the nation and globe, including A Coruña, Spain, the Canary Islands and Iceland. We also celebrated the return of the Admiral’s Dinner to campus and enjoyed a Homecoming event filled with proud alumni who were happy to be reunited at Fort Schuyler once again. Throughout the challenges of 2021-2022, giving to Maritime College has endured. The pages that follow offer a glimpse of giving throughout the years since the inception of the SUNY Maritime Foundation, Inc. in 2017. Meaningful giving stories highlighted in this Report include the donor profile of alum Captain Mang Vo ’81, corporate donors such as McAllister Towing and Transportation, and a student testimonial. The generosity of donors, alumni and friends listed in this Report has impacted students, faculty, programs and initiatives of the College, and culminated in the groundbreaking of a technologically advanced seamanship center that will benefit generations of mariners to come. In addition to several capital improvement projects on campus such as the completion of the new Student Learning Center and the Marine Engineering Systems Laboratory, we celebrated the keel laying of the first National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, the Training Ship Empire State VII, on December 10, 2021. We enjoyed watching its progression as sections were added throughout the spring of 2022. Awaiting launch, outfitting and sea trials, we look forward to being the first state maritime academy to receive the first a fleet of new training ships in 2023. Thank you for your continued support of Maritime College and for presenting our students with an extraordinary opportunity to access a distinct learning experience that will deliver a rewarding maritime career.

The generosity of donors, alumni and friends listed in this Report has impacted students, faculty, programs and initiatives of the College, and culminated in the groundbreaking of a technologically advanced seamanship center that will benefit generations of mariners to come.

RADM Michael A. Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D. President

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Class of 2022 375 Graduates (undergrad and graduate) 181 Graduated with License 87% Percentage Sailing on License 15 Entered Active Duty Military Service

General Statistics 1,545 Total Enrollment


493 35% Deck License

598 43% Non License/ Internship

310 22% Engine License

MEGHAN EAGLETON ’22 Marine Transportation


30 21% Deck License

The experiences I have had as a Cadet, Midshipman and Student-athlete over the past four years have challenged and pushed me in so many ways. Most importantly, it has made me a better person while forming life-long friendships.

114 79% Non License/ Internship

Based on Jan., May, July, September 2022 data

Based on Fall 2021 data


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Undergraduate Enrollment by Major





480 286 286 194 166

34.3% 20.4% 20.4% 13.8% 11.8% 25.7% 16.6% 16.6% 3.0% 3.0% 1.3% 0.7% 39.5% 39.5% 7.9% 2.6% 3.2% 5.5% 0.1% 0.5% 20.3% 6.1% 6.1%


Marine Transportation


Marine Operations

Marine Tech Small Ves Ops

18 10

Maritime Technology


360 232 232


Intl Transportation & Trade


42 42 86 86

Maritime Studies


Marine Environmental Science


554 554


Electrical Engineering Facilities Engineering Marine Engineering Mechanical Engineering Naval Architecture

110 36 45



SEAN FOGARTY ’24 Marine Transportation with a Deck License There are definitely challenges that I will face while at Maritime College and going into the workforce. It helps when I am surrounded by many inspiring teachers and leaders such as Mate Whitebread and Captain Stephens, who really showcase where I can go if I set my mind to it.








Graduate Enrollment by Major


144 116

100% 80.6% 79.9% 0.7% 19.4% 19.4%


International Trans Mgmt


Not in a Program



28 28

Maritime and Naval Studies




Based on Fall 2021 data

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2021-2022 HIGHLIGHTS

On May 6, Commencement celebrations were held at St. Mary’s Pentagon. One for the School of Business, Science and Humanities, the other for the School of Engineering and the School of Maritime Education and Training. Between both ceremonies, over 200 graduates were awarded their diplomas. Cadets Meghan Eagleton and Christopher Myers received the SUNY Chancellor ’s Award for Student Excellence. The award acknowledges students for outstanding achievements that have demonstrated the integration of SUNY excellence within many aspects of their lives such

as academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service, or the arts. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by SUNY. The 2022 Commencement Ceremonies featured two Honorary Doctorate Degree recipients, both Maritime College alumni. Donald P. Brennan ’61 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony for the School of Business, Science and Humanities. Richard A. Angerame ’73 received an Honorary Doctor of Science during the ceremony for the School of Engineering and the School of Maritime Education and Training.


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ADMIRAL’S DINNER RAISES SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FOR STUDENTS Attended by 350 alumni, friends and industry connections, SUNY Maritime College and the SUNY Maritime Foundation held the 2021 Admiral’s Dinner on campus on September 21, 2021 at the Maritime Academic Center on the Maritime College campus. Three outstanding individuals were honored: • Captain John DeCruz, ’92 Full Branch Maritime Pilot and President, New York Sandy Hook Pilots Association • Jim Lawrence, Chairman Marine Money Founding Partner, MTI Network • Greg Tuthill ’86, Chief Commercial Officer, SeaCube Container Leasing As the primary vehicle to raise much-needed scholarship funding for current students, the Admiral’s Dinner is an important event for the College. In an outpouring of support, the Dinner raised over $660,000.


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Photo by Mei Jing

May 27 proved to be an exciting day at Maritime College as the Empire State VI departed Olivet Pier for its final summer at sea before it is retired in October 2022. The cruise incorporated the transition from two 50-day cruises to one 75-day cruise, which has been planned for the past several years. The new model allows for more flexibility among cadets, faculty and staff in terms of preparing for the fall semester and is the most cost-effective model. In addition to the cadets, faculty, staff and crew sailing this summer, a chaplain from the Seaman’s Church Institute accompanied the group throughout the summer term to provide mental health and counseling services to all on board. The services were offered in the previous year, and due to its overall success, the highly beneficial and essential service will once again be made available to all on board. Upon completion of its final voyage, the Empire State VI will be retired after 60 years of service. Throughout its years at Maritime College (since 1990), the TSESVI has been utilized to train and prepare thousands of cadets for careers within the global maritime industry. It will always be known to many as the vessel that effectively served its purpose by providing generations of mariners with the hands-on training and experience that is at the core of the Maritime College mission.


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ATHLETICS 2021-2022 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS Maritime Men’s Lacrosse successfully clinched its third straight Skyline Conference regular season title. The victory allowed Maritime to extend its winning streak to 25 consecutive games against Conference opponents. The team is proud of their three-year undefeated status and looks forward to competing in the upcoming season. and women’s lacrosse and soccer player Sara Wright were honored as Maritime College Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year. Gagliardi became the second player in Maritime College history to be named an All American and captured his second straight Easter Collegiate Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Year award. Wright was chosen as team MVP in lacrosse and soccer. Leading the soccer team with goals, she was named Second Team All-Skyline. In its first in-person Athletics Awards Show since 2019, football player Joseph Gagliardi


Maritime College received its accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher

SUNY Maritime College Middle States Self-Study Report 2021-2022

Education (MSCHE), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Preparations for Middle States Accreditation began in October 2019 with the appointment of Self-Study Accreditation Chairs, Steering Committee and Working Group members. Through the process of Self-Study, the College

Prepared for the


sought to: Demonstrate the institution currently meets Middle States Standards for Accreditation and the Requirements of Affiliation; Review, affirm, and materialize the links between the College mission and core values to the planning process; Engage the College community in an inclusive, meaningful and transparent self-evaluation process; Utilize the MSCHE process to most effectively complete the implementation of the College Strategic Plan (2018-2024); and Utilize the self-study process to inform decision making and guide future planning efforts. After the committee and working group members designed, completed and submitted the Self-Study, an MSCHE evaluation team visited Maritime College virtually in March 2022, followed by an in-person visit in April. By June, the accreditation status of the College was reaffirmed by MSCHE with no major findings or recommendations. The credential levels incorporated in the scope of the College’s accreditation included the following:

• Associate’s degree or Equivalent; • Bachelor ’s degree or Equivalent;

• Post-baccalaureate certificate included within the scope to offer one program: Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain Management; • Master ’s degree or Equivalent.

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FABRICATING THE FIRST NATIONAL SECURITY MULTI-MISSION VESSEL (NS The first NSMV, a world-class training ship, is a historic milestone for the maritime industry and Maritime vessel, which will be named Empire State VII, is expected to be delivered in 2023 where it will be used to

DEC. 2021

MARCH 2022

Keel Laying Ceremony of the first NSMV at Philly Shipyard drydock. RADM Alfultis is joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, TOTE Services, Inc., Philly Shipyard, Inc., and Philadelphia’s 5th District and Maritime College.

Cadets visit Philly Shipyard and view the ship’s construction on the drydock.


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SMV): 2021-2022 College. Construction began in 2020 and continues through 2022. The state-of-the-art multi-mission train the next generation of merchant mariners.

Photos: Arpi Pap, Philly Shipyard, RADM Alfultis

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JUNE 2022

Construction of the Empire State VII continues at the grand block in Philly Shipyard. The hull and superstructure will be completed by summer.

The bow (forward part of the ship) awaits installation on the dry dock. The ship’s hull (most notable structural entity and watertight body of a ship) will be completed in August and launching of the ship will take place in September 2022.

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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS: MARITIME CAMPUS BOASTS NEW SPACES FOR STUDENT LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT Spring 2022 started with a series of milestone events at Maritime College: Groundbreaking of the William Austen Marine Education and Seamanship Center; Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly constructed Student Learning Center; and the Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for the fully renovated Marine Engineering Systems Laboratory. Major construction projects at Maritime College totaled $24.8 million. SUNY Maritime College President, RADM Michael Alfultis stated, “We view these improvements as a means of further strengthening the development of a well-prepared merchant mariner and offshore wind workforce while leveraging the uniqueness of the college.” Creating modernized learning spaces for students and providing much-needed academic support facilities serves to attract and retain students interested in the maritime industry and fully prepare generation of merchant mariners to come. We view these improvements as a means of further strengthening the development of a well prepared merchant mariner and offshore wind workforce while leveraging the uniqueness of the college. – RADM Michael Alfultis

Marine Engineering Systems Laboratory The newly reimagined and reinvigorated Marine Engineering Systems Laboratory is a state-of-the-art learning platform for students studying marine, facilities, and mechanical engineering. The lab features steam systems complete with high-pressure water tube and low-pressure fire tube steam boilers, a steam turbine and dynamometer, surface condenser, deaerator, oil separator, various pumps, dry cooler condenser, steam condensing unit receiver, HVAC air-handler, and Steam Absorption Chiller, water/steam chemical treatment station and water softener system and It will serve as a valuable learning platform for engineering students studying marine, electrical, facility, and mechanical engineering, as well as Cadets enrolled in the deck license program pursuing a third-assistant engineering license.


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William Austen Marine Education and Seamanship Center Groundbreaking for the state-of-the-art Center began in May 2022 and construction is slated to be complete in 2023. The William Austen Marine Education and Seamanship Center will feature a wet lab on the first floor consisting of aquaria and touch tanks for teaching and research. The second floor will support seamanship and offshore wind training for students and professional mariners. Support for this major construction project derived from the SUNY Construction Fund, Empire State Development, the Marine Society, and a generous $1 million donation from alum William Austen ’80, the largest individual gift to Maritime College.



STUDENT UNION AT VANDER CLUTE HALL Cost Completion Date $9.6M Feb. 2023

Student Learning Center On the third floor of Heritage Hall, a newly constructed Student Learning Center is accessible to students, who for several years, have sought tutoring services and academic skills assistance in significantly greater numbers. Students now enjoy a welcoming and purpose-designed Center that provides academic support services, skills assistance, group and individual tutoring and studying, and meeting rooms for student study groups. The Veteran’s Center was included as part of the construction project and is housed on the same floor.


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Letter from THE CHAIRS S U N Y M A R I T I M E F O U N D AT I O N

SUNY MARITIME FOUNDATION BOARD Capt. Robert Johnston ’69 Chairman President and CEO (Ret.), Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. John M. Bree ’78 Vice Chairman Executive (Ret.), Exxon Mobil Corporation

Dear Members of the SUNY Maritime Community, The Board of Directors of the SUNY Maritime Foundation are proud to showcase in this publication the positive impact that the Foundation has had on our Maritime College. With support from the Admiral and his administration, the Foundation, in a brief period, has been able to provide noteworthy financial support for several key initiatives that are important to the students, faculty and Maritime College. Since its inception in December 2017, the Foundation has raised $12 million. This figure includes all gifts made to the Foundation from the Board, alumni, parents, friends, and industry. Funds raised are provided to Maritime College in support of student scholarships and other important strategic projects and needs approved by the Foundation board. The Board carefully manages all private donations ensuring that donors’ wishes are followed and that all funds go to advance the vision and mission established by Maritime College. The impact of the Foundation on the campus is easy to identify. It can be seen in the faces of the hundreds of students who annually receive scholarship support, especially those who would not be able to attend nor graduate without financial assistance. It can also be seen improving the quality of student learning experiences ranging from additional laptops for Marine Science programs to the new boats available on the waterfront. Lastly, it can be seen throughout the ranks of faculty who receive special recognition for their excellence in teaching, mentoring and scholarship. We hope you, as donors, are proud of what we have all accomplished. Thanks to your generosity, the Foundation can continue its important work of helping SUNY Maritime College and its graduates excel into the future. There are many ways you can financially support today’s students and Maritime College. Several of which are highlighted in this Annual Report. Whether it is giving through the creation of endowment funds (as listed on pages 32-34) or through a planned gift in your will, making annual gifts to the Admiral’s Dinner, the Student Emergency Fund, the Summer Sea Term Scholarship Fund, or the unrestricted Annual Fund, all donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated! We hope you enjoy this edition of the SUNY Maritime Annual Report and feel a sense of pride in the positive impact your donations to the Foundation have made. As we come to the end of the year, we send you best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday and New Year. Warm regards,

William F. Austen ’80 President and CEO (Ret.) Bemis Company, Inc. Michael Chalos, Esq. ’70 Partner, Chalos & Co. P.C.

Capt. Ioannis (John) Frangos ’85, ’87 Chairman and CEO, Seaways Maritime International William C. Gallo ’70 President (Ret.), Pasternak, Baum & Company, Inc. and Columbia Grain Trading Inc. (CGTI )

Joe Maurelli ’63 President, CEO and Chairman (Ret.), Techmatics, Inc.

Capt. A.J. McAllister ’80 Senior Vice President, Sales, McAllister Towing and Transportation, Inc.

EX-OFFICIO DIRECTORS Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, Ph.D. President, SUNY Maritime College

Aimee Bernstein, Esq. Executive Director SUNY Maritime Foundation Roxanne Thompson Vice President of Finance and Administration, SUNY Maritime College, and Treasurer, SUNY Maritime Foundation

Robert Johnston ’69 Chairman SUNY Maritime Foundation

John Bree ’78 Vice Chairman SUNY Maritime Foundation

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A Vital Vehicle of Support The SUNY Maritime Foundation was established in December 2017 as a private, independent IRS approved 501 c (3) charitable corporation. It serves as the primary organization to raise and manage private financial support to help the Maritime College achieve its mission and vision, directing its efforts to enriching the College’s educational excellence for the benefit of all students and faculty. The Foundation Board of Directors are independent of New York State and the SUNY university-wide system in the exercise of their fiduciary responsibilities. Shortly after its inception, the Foundation was quick to respond to the needs of Maritime College through giving campaigns, formation of a Boat Donation Program, acquisition of a port security boat used for experiential learning, support for innovation and technology, and unrestricted gifts. Throughout the years, the Foundation’s portfolio of giving to the College has greatly expanded to include funding for various programs and initiatives such as laptops used to analyze marine environmental science data; re establishing the women’s basketball program; support for a state-of-the-art Seamanship Center and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy, to name a few. The support provided by the Foundation is crucial and continues to significantly impact the student learning experience while advancing the mission of Maritime College. The Foundation’s successful partnership with the College over the years is clearly paving a pathway toward student success and allowing a new generation of students access to the maritime industry.

IMPACTFUL GIVING When it comes to supporting an institution of higher education, there is no right or wrong time for individuals, alumni, corporations or organizations to give. According to National Philanthropic Trust, Americans gave $484.85 billion in 2021 – an increase of 4% from 2020. In addition, the largest source of charitable giving in 2021 came from individuals, which represented 67% of giving that year. These powerful statistics demonstrate that there is a fundamental desire to give. Throughout the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the sum of giving to Maritime College totaled almost $3 million; this figure includes all fundraising, financial assistance from the SUNY Maritime Foundation, and scholarships/awards. Students are the core of Maritime College, and each donation greatly impacts a student’s ability to select Maritime as their choice of college and remain at Maritime in pursuit of maritime-related career path. The following features showcase the breadth of giving on the part of non-profit and corporate entities, perspectives of giving on the part of students and donors, and the difference generosity makes in enhancing learning for generations of merchant mariners to come.

Investing in the Waterfront Among the most spectacular locations of the Maritime College campus, the Waterfront is a hub of small vessel activity for current students, as well as guests and visitors who participate in the Waterfront’s community programs. The Foundation has invested heavily in ensuring the College’s smaller vessels undergo repair and maintenance. Over $150,000 has been financed by the Foundation, which includes the purchase of a port security boat, sailboat signs, sculling oars, and boat maintenance and equipment.


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Reviving Women’s Basketball When the Athletics Department announced the addition of women’s basketball as a varsity sport in the fall 2021 semester, the College community was thrilled. The new program was started with a three year grant totaling over $385,000 from the Foundation. The funding was essential in providing the program’s start-up costs including the recruitment of a full-time basketball coach.

Launching a Boat Donation Program The Boat Donation Program - managed by the Foundation - was established to provide support for the College’s waterfront activities and training. In 2019, the Program received its first boat donation. The Program serves as an educational benefit to students, allowing them to receive the hands-on training needed to master their boat handling skill and expertise.

Boosting Faculty Excellence Empowering faculty members for excellence into the Future is essential for top quality student learning. The Foundation recognized the roles of Maritime College’s faculty as teachers, mentors and scholars, and provided multi-year support in the amount of $26,000 for faculty who showed promise and achievement. The Foundation committed to supporting of the Center, which included a $1 million naming gift from William F. Austen ’80, the largest individual gift to Maritime College. Helping to Realize a Seamanship Center The spring of 2022 heralded the groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art major construction project on campus, the William Austen Marine Education and Seamanship Center. When complete, the new Center will boast a wet lab on the first floor consisting of aquaria touch tanks for teaching and research. The second floor will support seamanship and offshore wind training for students and professional mariners.

Funding an Unprecedented 134-Day Summer Sea Term

In 2021, the College Training Ship, Empire State VI, embarked on extraordinary 134-day Summer Sea Term. Due to the pandemic and federal travel restrictions, the 2020 Summer Sea Term was canceled. Support in the amount of $200,000 on behalf of the Foundation was instrumental in allowing those students with substantial financial need to participate in the lengthy Sea Term and compensate for the previous year ’s summer semester. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided a total of almost $5 million in student scholarships.

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A Maritime College degree at Fort Schuyler is recognized for providing a strong return on investment (ROI) and continues to open doors to economic prosperity to young men and women who are willing to work and study hard. Alumni from every generation have stories about how fortunate they were to discover Maritime College, and how dramatically it changed their financial circumstances. While that power to change lives continues today, the reality is that fewer families today can make the numbers work. Maritime College graduates will always expect to find jobs that pay well and launch them on fulfilling, long term careers. However, educational costs have risen sharply over time while annual federal and state grants to the State University of New York (SUNY) no longer support tuition as in previous years. Over the past 10 years, state support for the College has declined from 60% of its operating costs to 30%. Now, 70% of costs must be covered through student tuition and fees, placing the bulk of the College’s operating costs directly on students. In an era when costs are rising so quickly, middle- and lower-income families find themselves losing opportunity and hope. Captain of the Training Ship

Empire State VI Morgan McManus ’92 noted, “It cost me $1,100 for my senior cruise at that time! I know of several students who couldn’t afford cruise this year and took summer jobs instead. Unfortunately, they are delaying their graduation by a year or more, and hopefully will be able to finish.” Simultaneously, a steady decline in the U.S. population of high school-aged students has created far stronger competition among colleges, threatening to lower enrollment further. tuition for the purpose of attracting the best and brightest, or students with significant need. Maritime College President Rear Admiral Alfultis recently stated, “The rising costs and financial challenges hardworking families face in managing higher education expenses may be the most significant threat to Maritime College today. The Maritime Foundation’s annual Admiral’s Dinner event and the current and endowed scholarships they steward, plus the generous Summer Sea Term scholarships from the Alumni Association, are the life changing investments today’s students need more than ever before.” SUNY determines tuition rates across the state system and does not allow individual colleges to ‘discount’



ENDOWMENT: ~$1,000


Note: Endowments are professionally managed for the Foundation by J.P. Morgan with a goal of producing ~4% spendable return annually. The additional earnings are retained and reinvested to ensure the principal grows so that the spendable return keeps pace with inflation.


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A SNAPSHOT OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS Funding a student’s education is among the most important contributions one can make toward student success in higher education. From fiscal year 2018 2019 through fiscal year 2021-22, the SUNY Maritime Foundation, Inc. has distributed almost $5 million in student scholarships and awards. FY ’19 $ 806,239.54 FY ’20 $ 1,286,868.35 FY ’21 $ 1,615,996.23 FY ’22 $ 1,288,339.39 TOTAL $ 4,997,443.51

ALFULTIS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP A two-prong strategy In their first year at Maritime College, Michael and Kim Alfultis established the Alfultis Family Scholarship to benefit a student with demonstrated financial need who would bring greater diversity to the College campus and maritime industry. Recognizing it would take several years for their monthly pledge payments to reach the $25,000 minimum for an endowed fund, and even longer to produce a sizable scholarship award, they developed a two-pronged strategy. To allow all the investment returns to remain in the fund and grow, the Alfultis’ have written a check every year for $5,000 to fund their scholarship award outright. Meanwhile, their monthly gifts to the scholarship endowment coupled with additional personal funds totaled $59,970, but with investing, the Fund is worth $74,000. Kim Alfultis, who retired from a senior position in the Connecticut State Treasurer ’s office, said, “We worked hard throughout our lives and have been incredibly fortunate. It means so much to us to be able to pay it forward. I’m especially pleased to see how quickly the principal has grown and know that someday our fund will be substantial enough to impact more than one student.” To date the Alfultis’ have contributed over $150,000 to the Maritime Foundation, the College, and Summer Sea Term scholarships.

In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the Maritime College Alumni Association awarded over $489,000 in Summer Sea Term Scholarships to 94 students in the Regiment of Cadets. An additional $6,000 in non-Summer Sea Term scholarships were awarded in the 2022 fiscal year.


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THE IMPACT OF DONORS Captain Mang Vo Endowed SST Scholarship

C aptain Mang Vo has encountered many challenges throughout his life. Not one to simply overcome adversity, he has thrived while overcoming life’s obstacles. Born and raised in Vietnam, Vo was a member of the South Vietnamese Navy during the Vietnam War, eventually being promoted to the rank of LTJG. As the war became more harrowing in favor of the North Vietnamese military, Vo’s ship and crew mates wisely sought safe passage and found sanctuary in the Philippines. He ultimately came to the United States as a refugee, knowing only a few words of English. Determined and a self-starter, he improved his language skills and fluency by rising early each morning to view a television program that taught basic English. Vo had a supportive sponsor in New Jersey who assisted him with securing a job as a maintenance and machine operator in a plastics plant, but his desire for seafaring was strong (his grandfather and father were mariners). That is when he decided to pursue a Maritime College degree at Fort Schuyler. Although English was his second language and he was older than many of his peers, Vo’s unrelenting effort and ambition to succeed would propel him to be in the top 10 percent of his graduating class in 1981 where he earned a bachelor ’s degree in Marine Transportation. Following graduation, Vo spent the next 29 years working for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. where he served in various capacities including Master, Mate, and Operations Coordinator. He obtained

Photo by: Marilyn Williams


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GIFT SOURCES 2021-2022 Alumni

$956,812.78 $1,065,589.83 $48,320.61 $136,100.00 $508,468.91 $21,238.23 $22,036.45 $2,758,566.81



Private Foundations


Matching Gifts

first-class pilotage in Prince William Sound, Alaska, and was captain aboard the S/R Hinchinbrook and S/R Puget Sound. From 2010-2015, he served as a Marine Advisor with SeaRiver Maritime (now a part of ExxonMobil). He also provided expert marine consultation work related to operations risk analysis, operational safety, regulatory compliance, and the practice of good seamanship. U.S. Coast Guard records show Captain Vo is the first Vietnamese-born, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed (unlimited) master mariner to sail as skipper aboard a U.S. merchant vessel. When it comes to giving back to Maritime College, Captain Vo has been exemplary with gifts of time and treasure. He has taken part in two Summer Sea Terms where he taught Shipping Business, Advanced Navigation, and acted as supervising Watch Officer. In 2022, he established his own scholarship with cash gifts matched by ExxonMobil. The Captain Mang Vo Endowed SST Scholarship will benefit students in the Regiment of Cadets who maintain high academic standards.

In addition, through his estate, a generous planned gift will eventually add to the endowed scholarship making the Vo Scholarship one of the most coveted awards in perpetuity.


Grand Total

1.8% Faculty/Staff

5% Private Foundations

18% Friends

My father taught me that when you eat fruit, remember the person who planted the tree. I have an

38.6% Corp/Org

.8% Matching Gifts .8% Parents

35% Alumni

GIFT DESIGNATION 2021-2022 Academics

$69,352.13 $20,086.44 $1,552,272.77 $349,518.34


Scholarships Restricted Waterfront Unrestricted Grand Total

obligation to pay back the country,

$5,704.00 $761,633.13


the College, and the benefactors that have shaped my life.

.2% Waterfront

13% Restricted

27.6% Unrestricted

56% Scholarships

2.5% Academics

.7% Athletics

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T hird Class Cadet (sophomore) William Bischofberger learned of Maritime College at his Long Island, NY high school. What resonated most with him about the College was the opportunity to travel and meet people from diverse backgrounds. Knowing he could potentially follow in his father ’s business-minded footsteps sealed the deal. He entered Maritime College during the pandemic as a civilian student, took on a course load of 24 credits and worked two jobs to support himself. A family tragedy instilled a sense of maturity and discipline in Bischofberger from an early age. His father passed away when he was only ten years old, leaving his mother to raise six children on her own. Bischofberger recognizes that his parents epitomized hard work and discipline and diligently applies those skills to his own arsenal. “The summer after freshman year, I worked a construction job Monday through Friday until 5 p.m., then the night shift at a fast-food restaurant until 2:30 a.m. I was also taking three online classes at that time,” he stated. In 2021, Adam Grohman, the Deputy Commandant of Cadets, contacted Bischofberger to discuss the benefits of joining the Regiment of Cadets. The conversation made such an impact on Bischofberger, he decided to join the Regiment. “I felt connected to the structure of the Regiment from my days at St. Pius V High School. Joining the Regiment was my gateway to the full Maritime College experience and the greatest choice of my life.”

Scholarships Provide Cadet a Chance to Find Purpose, meaning and a Career

WILLIAM BISCHOFBERGER 3/C International Transportation and Trade with a Deck License

Bischofberger is a proud recipient of the TK Foundation Maritime Scholarship and the


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I came to Maritime College because of its reputation, the structure, and job opportunities. As cadets, we were trained the whole year to work on the ship. Seeing me and my friends develop is proof that a Maritime education works.

Summer Sea Term Scholarship. He excels academically, represents the Regiment at public events and evening patrols and takes full advantage of all that Maritime College has to offer. He intends to join the Men’s Cross Country team (a nod to his family of triathletes) and secured a highly competitive Residential Advisor (RA) position. “I am on the A/B Company freshman floor and want to help the new students feel more welcome and engaged. Being an RA will also help me refine my leadership skills.” When it comes to donor support, Bischofberger understands its importance and is extremely grateful for the generosity of donors. “Thank you so much, especially on behalf of my mom. What donors are doing is amazing! It’s great to see how students grow and develop here at Maritime once they are given the opportunity to relieve their financial burdens.” Where will Bischofberger take his experience post-graduation? A master ’s degree fast track option in International Transportation Management, Deck License and abundant business expertise make his possibilities seem endless. “I want to use my license and ship out. It’s such a broad industry and I know my major and interests will take me places.” Though the industry pathways appear as vast as the ocean itself, Bischofberger does not take any moment for granted, including the chance to steer the Empire State VI through heavy fog during the 2022 Summer Sea Term. “We were approaching the outer banks of Newfoundland when heavy, thick fog lay ahead. I followed protocol and called the captain to the bridge for restricted visibility.

I expected to be relieved at the helm, instead Captain McManus gave me orders to turn the ship 180 degrees and follow through. Hearing everyone’s congratulations afterward was a huge accomplishment for me, especially as a MUG.”

As a cadet and scholarship recipient, Bischofberger is filled with Maritime pride. “I came to Maritime College because of its reputation, the structure, and job opportunities. As cadets, we were trained the whole year to work on the ship. Seeing me and my friends

develop is proof that a Maritime education works. I also want to make my mom and dad proud. My dad had that drive to always strive for success. I know he would be boasting about my achievements and love all of this!”

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The Admiral’s Council recognizes and celebrates the leadership of those alumni, parents, and friends who support SUNY Maritime College by making annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Contributions received on or after August 1, 2022 will be reported in the next Admiral’s Council report. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this list, we regret any inadvertent omissions and thank all of our contributors for their generosity. Donations can be made directly online at or contact Vice President of Advancement, Doug Hasbrouck or (718) 409-3938 to learn more about the Admiral’s Council.











HERITAGE SOCIETY - $100,000+ Individuals Richard ’73 and Barbara Angerame Estate of Frederick W. Pflum ’46 Alan Trachtman ’64 (Deceased) Corporations and Foundations GCT New York LP SALLYPORT SOCIETY - $50,000 – 99,999 Individuals William ’80 and Nancy Austen Kevin ’81 and Amelia Fox Eric Waller Corporations and Foundations ABS Americas Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp. John Valvo ’83 Marine Society of the City of New York McAllister Towing and Transportation Company, Inc. AJ McAllister III ’80 Brian McAllister, Esq. Philip and Janet Shapiro Family Foundation Virginia Maitland Sachs Foundation Clay Maitland, H ’07 Woman’s Seamen’s Friend Society of Connecticut, Inc.

EMPIRE STATE SOCIETY - $25,000 – 49,999 Individuals

Matthew P. Nolty ’91 Ronald C. Rasmus ’60 Bruce and Jan Rosenblatt Robert S. Siegler ’52 Robert W. Stewart, Jr. ’81 Mark Tagliamonte ’73 Michael ’65 and Carol Toner Mang V. Vo ’81 Richard T. Yerian ’69 Corporations and Foundations American Maritime Officers American Maritime Officers Plans Compass Group Crothall Crowley Maritime Services, Inc. Thomas B. Crowley, Jr. Foremost Group International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots International Registries, Inc. Intermodal Association of North America Jaros, Baum & Bolles Matson Montefiore Medical Center National Cargo Bureau Navios New York Council Navy League of the United States

SeaCube Container Leasing SUNY Maritime College Parents Association Corporation Tote Services, Inc. Turner Construction Company LEADERSHIP SOCIETY - $5,000 – 9,999 Individuals Anonymous Thomas ’66 and Sandy Allen Timothy R. Angerame ’00 Bill M. Bartsch ’84 Aimee Bernstein and Jeffrey Kuhr Kevin ’86 and Cheryl Graney

Michael and Kim Alfultis Rocco A. Campanelli ’73 Michael ’70 and Maureen Chalos William C. Gallo ’70 Stephen G. Lyons ’70 Estate of Donald J. Penniall ’49 Stanley I. Siegel ’62

Estate of Leonard J. Weiss, Oct. ’46 Corporations and Foundations Fiserv Interlake Maritime Services, Inc. Mark W. Barker ’94 Organization of Black Maritime Graduates utiliVisor Richard A. Angerame ’73

Ronald G. Herbert ’82 Kirsten and Ben Hinds John Keenan ’79 Matthew W. Kehoe ’92 Joan and Richard Kretzmer Douglas Kruse Joseph Lorino ’87 Alexander C. Marcus ’81 Walter J. Maznio ’73 William and Patricia McCarthy Carl A. Merz ’61 Jason ’01 and Jeanne Miller Michael C. Morris ’81 Neil J. Mulhern ’92 Raymond P. Necci ’73 Alan Nierenberg ’75 Robert ’66 and Sharon North Johan O. Odfjell ’92


Individuals Anonymous Benita C. Allaire John ’78 and Peggy Bree

John J. Brennan ’64 Anthony J. Criso ’57 Robert ’69 and Donna Johnston Jim Lawrence Joseph ’63 and Maureen Maurelli David E. Momot ’59

Pearl Street Systems Philly Shipyard, Inc.

Sandy Hook Pilots Association Schuyler Line Navigation, LLC Christopher D. Hughes ’92

Russell R. Paret ’92 Keith P. Zelinsky ’92


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Russell R. Paret ’92 Robert R. Rizzo ’73 David Willis

Daniel ’86 and Ann McCarthy Glenn and Theresa McCarty Sean P. Memmen ’92 Thomas ’76 and Kathleen Merrell Richard Meyerrose, Jr. ’70 Herman J. Molzahn ’60 Mary D. Muecke

Stephen H. Busch ’61 William T. Caldwell ’58 Stephen J. Carbery ’80 Christopher S. Carobene ’90 Edward K. Carpenter ’55 Martin F. Casey ’81 Lee Catalfomo ’73 Bruce W. Christiansen ’70 Brian A. Cleary ’73 Stephen R. Cody ’82 Steven H. Cohen ’73 Raymond C. Comerford ’56 David B. Cooke ’72 Marjorie M. Cooke ’74 John H. Coords ’77 Thomas M. Crawford ’66 Francis J. Cuccio ’82 William E. Curran ’47 John ’82 and Susan Dabbar ’82 Joseph P. Del Greco ’70 Robert A. DeMarinis ’81 Margaret and Dennis DeRosa James D. Dolan ’81 Gail E. Dorrian ’91 Donald A. Dreves ’69 Richard and Ann du Moulin

Peter C. Johansen ’79 Christopher O. Jones ’84 Tom F. Keenan ’71 Thomas M. Kennedy ’83 Kevin W. Killoran ’91

Gail L. Rudolph Robert Sappio Wayne J. Schepens ’91 David A. Scott ’73 Edward W. Shepherd ’57 Jacob Shisha ’81 Gregory H. Smith ’91 Eric R. Stolzenberg ’91 Hugh R. Straub ’69 Arthur H. Sulzer IV ’74 Jan C. Terajewicz ’75 John K. Tompeck ’73 Robert H. Travis ’73 John A. Troy ’84 Fred Urich ’70 Daniel F. Valente ’81 Mark G. Vaillancourt ’81 Eduard P. van Loenen ’68 Patricia Ward Jennifer Waters James R. Weishaar ’73 Francis M. Wiegand ’73 Stuart A. Wikander ’73 Richard C. Wills ’73 Howard ’79 and Linda Wyche Christopher S. Yearwood ’88 Corporations and Foundations American Ship Repair Company Delaware River Harbor Pilots LLC Edison Energy G&H Towing Company, Inc. Great Lakes Towing Company Houston Pilots’ Association Martin & Ottaway Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation Valiant Foundation, Inc. Audrey Gerson Rhonda Gerson-Hurwitz

John J. Wolak ’73 Mark S. Woolley Jon Zinke ’75 Corporations and Foundations Blank Rome LLP Compass Maritime Services LLC Cove Charitable Trust Gil-Bar Industries Inc. Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP Michael C. English ’90 Liberty Global Logistics Maritime College Alumni Association Maritime Industry Museum of Fort Schuyler Nouveau Elevator Industries, Inc. Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware Rose Cay Maritime, LLC Smoke Bend Associates, LLC 1874 SOCIETY - $2,500 – 4,999 Individuals Thomas and Deborah Bonn Robin H. Booth ’73 Charles A. Brown, MS ’91 Jennifer A. Carpenter Elizabeth A. Christman ’87 Fred R. Dacimo ’74 (Deceased) Edward E. Dangler ’49 Antonio E. Froio ’15 S. Frank ’57 and JoAnne Gallo Douglas Hasbrouck Raymond P. Hayden ’60

James J. King ’91 Paul A. Klein ’91 Timothea S. Larr

John M. Ringelberg ’61 William G. Roden, Jr. ’73 Patricia A. Saltzer George R. Sandberg ’66 Laurence R. Smith ’47

Louis J. Liberatore ’73 Frederick B. Lobbin ’64 Lisa Lord ’81 Arthur B. Loefstedt, Jr. ’57 Joseph E. Ludwiczak ’68 John E. Marriott ’84

Uwe Schulz ’65 James Thomas

David ’85 and Cristina Williams Corporations and Foundations Anonymous American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier LLC

Theodore T. Mason ’57 Robert F. McGinn ’73 Daniel J. McGuire ’85 Maryann V. McIntyre James ’64 and Connie McNamara George E. Maffey, Jr. ’57 Raymond L. Mathewson, Jr. ’70 Thomas Miller ’73 David R. Minetti ’91 Helen M. Montanaro William A. Monti ’61 Elizabeth J. Moriarty Andrew Mullins Kenneth G. Murphy, Jr. ’62 David A. Neil ’73 Craig ’82 and Beverly Olsen ’82 Raymond J. Palmieri ’73

LF Driscoll Healthcare Penfield Marine LLC

Society of Marine Port Engineers Society of Maritime Arbitrators

MARITIME SOCIETY - $1,000 – 2,499

John J. Dumbleton ’61 Katherine S. Egan ’87 Gary P. Endersby ’71 LeighAhn J. Ferrari ’12 Timothy J. Ferrie ’78 Gregory J. Ferrone ’81 Raymond J. Fredette ’73 Andrew Garger Jonathan S. Glantz ’73 Michael J. Haeflich ’83 Charles M. Hand ’91 William J. Hefner ’57 Steven J. Hertz ’57 Daniel G. Hesse ’09 Martin A. Hruska ’92 Stephen P. Huvane ’66 Robert Jelardi Gary A. Jobson ’73

Individuals Anonymous

Timothy M. Ahern ’84 Charles B. Anderson Ronald J. Aubel ’65 Peter A. Austen ’87 Michael T. Axelsson ’68 Charles R. Bagshaw ’62 Peter A. Baci ’69 Robert T. Bohlman ’61 J. Richard Bracken ’56 Joseph V. Breglia ’80 Francis X. Bresnan Patrick J. Broderick ’87 Stephen H. Brovarone ’73 Douglas J. Brown ’73

William J. Pehush ’70 Edward F. Pfleging ’86 John W. Pizzariello ’81 Richard M. Plant, Sr. ’67 Anton C. Posner ’92 Gary C. Raffaele ’60 Roger Restaino ’86 and Miriam Martinez James H. Rich ’73 James R. Richardson ’69 Matthew J. Romanuski ’16

Kenneth T. Jackson Bart B. Kelleher ’96 Kevin J. Kobey ’88 Cynthia H. Lang Michael Lee, MS ’80 Griffith V. Lynch ’88

Bethann Rooney ’91 Lisbeth S. Ryan ’89

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THE IMPACT OF CORPORATE SUPPORT Industry Partnership Impacts Marine Transportation and More

F or over 150 years, McAllister Towing has been at the heart of the New York City and national marine transportation industry. Founded in 1864 by Captain James McAllister, McAllister Towing is one of the oldest family-owned marine towing and transportation companies in the United States. It operates a fleet of more than 75 tugboats, crew boats and barges in 17 locations along the U.S. east coast from Portland, ME to San Juan, PR. The company is engaged

employ Maritime College graduates to work on its tugs (currently, almost 50), has also impacted the College by donating towing services of the Empire State VI at the start and end of the summer term, and often at ports of call. Buckley McAllister currently serves as President of McAllister Towing and his father, the late Brian McAllister, was a 1956 graduate of Maritime College. “Many of my relatives graduated from Maritime College and found it to be an incredibly rewarding education, which has helped us build up our company. There are many members within our senior management who are graduates of SUNY Maritime and our company relies on the training students receive at Maritime College.” While participating at a Regimental event held at Maritime College, McAllister said, “In speaking with the cadets today, I was pleased to notice the diverse group of students who will soon enter the industry. SUNY Maritime is an important vehicle to bring about diversity and inclusivity in the maritime industry and we appreciate that effort.”

in ship docking, general harbor towing, coastal towing and bulk transportation. Throughout its decades of providing tug and coastal towing services to numerous vessels along NYC waterways, McAllister Towing has been instrumental in delivering towing services to Maritime College every summer as faculty, crew and hundreds of cadets sail around the globe for the Summer Sea Term on the Training Ship Empire State.

SUNY Maritime is an important vehicle to bring about diversity and inclusivity in the maritime industry and we appreciate that effort. _ Buckley McAllister

The company’s impact on the maritime industry has been as

significant as its impact on Maritime College students. Since the founding of Maritime College in 1874, McAllister Towing has partnered with the College. A Presenting Sponsor of the Admiral’s Dinner every year for the last decade, McAllister Towing had directly contributed $444,000 to Maritime College and the Foundation. The company’s giving and donations has exceeded $650, 000 and their sponsorship of the Alumni Association’s annual golf tournament has supported cadets participating in the Summer Sea Term through scholarships. McAllister Towing, which is known to recruit and


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