2016 Alumni Faces Honorees

Four distinguished graduates have been named 2016 “Alumni Faces” honorees for their professional achievements and contributions to the College and the community. Jeff Cleland, Michael Meath, Kathy Rowe and Dr. Thomas Zengeya were honored for their accomplishments during an induction ceremony Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall which is located in the Academic II building.

Let’s meet the 2016 Alumni Faces!

Jeff Cleland, ‘13
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences – General Studies
Profession: Public Policy and Veterans Affairs
High School: West Genesee, Class of 2005

Cleland was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corp. He worked as an Infantry Machine Gunner while serving in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After retiring from active duty Cleland began a career of public service at Clear Path for Veterans and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Today he is leading research and policy efforts for the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX.

Michael F. Meath, ‘87
Major: Fire Protection Technology
Profession: Strategic Communications Consultant
High School: Bishop Grimes, Class of 1975

Meath has helped hundreds of businesses throughout the nation deal with crisis communications. When unexpected events occur Meath is called in to provide strategic insight and practical, down-to-earth business sense. Meath also shares his wisdom with college students by teaching public relations, business ethics and crisis communications at McMaster University and Syracuse University.

Dr. Thomas Zengeya, ‘02
Major: Mathematics and Science 
Profession: Research Scientist 

A native of Zimbabwe, Dr. Thomas Zengeya came to America in 2001 to study science. Twelve years later, he earned his doctorate in chemistry from (SUNY) Binghamton University. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute in Maryland. Dr. Zengeya is already an accomplished scientist with several awards, publications and presentations to his credit and hopes to one day be able to teach and give back to other students much like his mentors at OCC did for him.

Kathy Rowe, ‘80
Major: Radio & Television
Profession: Radio Personality
High School: North Syracuse, Class of 1977

Kathy Rowe was an on-air personality at radio station Y94 (WYYY-FM) for more than 30 years. She started working there in 1982 and was Y94’s morning show host for more than a decade. During her distinguished career Rowe also worked at Syracuse radio stations WAQX-FM and WOLF-AM. Rowe is married to Syracuse Jazz Fest founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano, ’67 who is also one of OCC’s Alumni Faces.