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Rockefeller College Presents Distinguished Alumni Awards

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Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored five individuals for outstanding public service at the College’s 27th Annual Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, December 2, 2010. View Photos from the Awards.

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 8, 2010) -- Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored five individuals for outstanding public service at the College’s 27th Annual Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, December 2, 2010. In welcoming the honorees, their families and friends to the celebration at the historic Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Dean Jeffrey D. Straussman noted, “The awards program is our opportunity to celebrate the success of our graduates who have made important contributions to the public well-being, to thank our superb partners in this academic enterprise, to rekindle friendships, and to remind ourselves of the importance of the public service work to which we are dedicated.”

This year’s honorees include professionals from the executive and judicial branches of New York State government, a United Nations economist, and an accomplished entrepreneur who has made significant contributions to both the public and private sectors.

Rockefeller College’s 2010 Alumni Award Recipients are:

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Distinguished Alumnus Award in Political Science

The Honorable Lawrence K. Marks, BA ’79
Administrative Director, NYS Office of Court Administration &
Acting Justice, NYS Supreme Court

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Distinguished Alumnus Award in Public Administration & Policy

Peter C. Finn, MPA ’77
Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation &
Adjunct Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

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Rockefeller College Young Alumnus Award

Mohammad O. Abbadi, MPA ’08
Gender and Economy Specialist
Bureau for Development Policy
United Nations Development Programme

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Distinguished Continuing Professional Education
Leadership Award of Excellence

Peter D. Miraglia, BA ’72, MSW ’77
Retired Director of the Bureau of Training
NYS Office of Children and Family Services

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Rockefeller College Distinguished Service Award

Ruth S. Walters
President, The Walters Consulting Group &
Adjunct Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy