Paul Riker is a musician, technologist, and father. Riker is currently living in Saudi Arabia with his family where he is employed as the Audio Systems Developer for the Visualization Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He develops audio software solutions for immersive virtual reality systems with as many as 64 channels of surround sound. Riker also works with scientists from fields including Genetics and Fluid Dynamics to use sound as a means to reveal important properties of their data.
Riker is also an active composer of concert and film music, with recent performances and screenings in New York City, NY; Onasbruck, Germany; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Vancouver, B.C.; and Zurich, Switzerland.
Riker attended Schenectady County Community College to focus on music before completing his Bachelor’s degree in Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2002. He continued his education thereafter at Queens College (CUNY) in 2005, where he earned his Masters degree in composition. He served on the faculty of Nassau Community College and Queens College‘s music department from graduation until 2009 and is currently working on his PhD dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Carl E. Heastie, Stony Brook University ’90, was elected Assemblyman for the 83rd A.D. in Bronx in 2000. Assembly Member Heastie has been called one of the most active assembly members by his colleagues. He is the Chairman of the New York Assembly Committee on Cities.
Since taking office, Assemblyman Heastie has become one of the leading negotiators for the construction of the new schools in his district. He has secured funds for his district in the seas of housing, education, after school programming, health and human services, jobs readiness and computer training.
Tracy Leonard is a community member, professional, and scholar. As a graduate of both Jefferson Community College (’06) and SUNY Oswego (’08), where she received her Bachelors in Human Development, Leonard is also a legacy alumna continuing a tradition held by both of her parents as well as two of her four sisters.
She is currently the Regional Recruitment Program Manager at Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, where she initially served as the Pipeline Outreach Coordinator.
In Leonard’s free time, she is a contributing writer for the Diocese of Ogdensburg North Country Catholic Newspaper and is on advisory boards of: Jefferson Community College Higher Education Center (JHEC) Partners in Education; Jefferson Community College Center for Community Studies; Diocese of Ogdensburg Catholic Charities; Greater Watertown Jaycees; and Tobacco Prevention Awareness Cessation Coalition (TPACC).
Leonard was named the 2010 Jefferson Community College Distinguished Rising Star Award recipient and in December 2012, among “20 Under 40″ by Northern New York Business Magazine for her unparalleled community outreach efforts.
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Richard L. Gelfond is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMAX Corporation. He has been a senior executive at IMAX since he and his partner Bradley J. Wechsler acquired the company in 1994. IMAX, the pioneer and leader of the giant-screen theater industry, provides projection technology, marketing and brand support, in addition to production and distribution, for large format films. In 1996, Mr. Gelfond and Mr. Wechsler accepted an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement on behalf of IMAX.
The company has created an international commercial market for the giant-screen medium and, thanks to its efforts, as of September 2012 there are 697 IMAX theaters in 52 countries. The recently developed technology, IMAX DMR, can be used to repurpose traditional Hollywood films into its giant screen format.
Steve Levy is a businessman, actor, and broadcaster. He graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1987 before beginning his professional career in broadcasting with sports talk radio station WFAN out of New York City. He started his long running career with ESPN in 1993, where he anchors for SportsCenter nearly every evening.
Before migrating to SportsCenter, Levy worked the NHL regular season and playoff games as well as ESPN’s college football. Levy, better known as “Mr. Overtime” in the hockey arena, holds the coveted honor of calling the three longest NHL games in television history, in 1996, 2000, and 2003.
And his talents don’t cease at television. In 2005, Levy appeared in the films Fever Pitch and The Ringer playing himself. Then, in 2007, he appeared in The Game Plan and in 2012, Parental Guidance. Showcasing his business side, Levy partnered with ESPN co-worker and former NHL head coach Barry Melrose in 2004 to co-own the Adirondack Frostbite, a minor league hockey team that was located in Glens Falls, NY.
Levy returns to his alma mater every so often, including to dedicate the state-of-the-art Steve Levy Press Box in SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center Ice Arena and to speak to graduating students on success after college.