Distinguished Alumnae Return for Annual Discover the Stars Reception

Distinguished Alumnae Return for Annual Discover the Stars Reception

More than 75 scholarship recipients and local donors gathered in the Conable Technology Building on Monday evening, September 11, 2006 to meet, greet, and share stories of student success and career achievement. For this year’s reception, two distinguished alumnae were invited back to the College to share how their degrees and experiences at Genesee guided them on the road to their successes.

Interestingly, while both speakers work in very different aspects of the communications industry—new technology is the central component to their work, and they each acknowledged that it is their willingness to embrace the changing tools of their work environment that has been critical to their success. Both Cindy Chapman, a software trainer for Harris Corporation, as well as a motivational speaker and executive coach, and Duane N. Schepler, an independent contractor specializing in migrated technology indicated that their career advancement is intricately linked to a commitment to continually learn and embrace the new tools of their trade and being ever-eager to acquire new knowledge.

Cindy Chapman from Genesee’s Class of 1991, has been a senior system analyst for Harris Corporation for nearly three years. The international communications and technology firm has annual sales of $3.5 billion, primarily with government agencies. Cindy’s job is based in the Washington, DC area, but she has traveled the world in her professional capacity as a technology trainer. During her Discover the Stars presentation this week, she shared dynamic photos from her travels to Africa, China and South America and tied these images to inspirational messages for Genesee students. From “learning how to continuously learn,” “working with a purpose,” and realizing “success in solitude is an empty victory,” Cindy’s message encouraged students to look for doors of opportunity and to walk through those doors with their heads held high.

After getting her Associate in Science degree from Genesee’s General Studies department, Cindy transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. She is a native of Montour Falls, New York and currently resides in the metro Washington, DC area.

Duane Schepler from Genesee’s Class of 1976 has spent much of his dynamic career as a self-employed consultant working for various Fortune 500 companies such as Xerox, Time Warner, Eastman Kodak and Scientific Games Inc. Within Scientific Games racing division, Duane manages the technology components that are essential to the entire waging and racing operation. As the uplink engineer and operator, he supervises and trouble-shoots the remote operated C-Band satellite that features digital compressed encryption. He also sets-up and tears-down equipment, interacts with customers, and voluntarily reports all news and trends about gaming, horse racing, and para-mutual, lottery industries to his clients.

During his Discover the Stars presentation, Duane reflected on the excellent contacts he made in the communications industry through his Genesee teachers including his first real world experience as an intern at WBTA and WROC-TV. These opportunities kicked-off his distinguished career and set him on the successful path of self-employment where he developed an essential network of contacts and service contracts—all intricately linked to his own efforts of remaining abreast of technological innovations in communications. Duane was quick to credit Genesee Community College as helping develop and appreciate a “learning how to learn” attitude that has played an integral role throughout his 30-year career. He  resides in Hilton, New York with his wife Robin.

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Editor’s Note:  Please go to the following Internet address for a photograph of Duane Schepler ‘76 (left), an independent communications technology consultant from Hilton, New York and Cindy Chapman ’91 (right), a software trainer for Harris Corporation in Washington, DC, who were the key note speakers for the Discover the Stars reception at Genesee Community College.