Lewis J. Serventi Receives the Alpha Medal of Honor at Genesee Community College's Commencement Ceremony

Lewis J. Serventi was named the 2009 recipient of Genesee Community College’s Alpha Medal of Service, which was presented at the 41st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2009. The recipient is selected annually by the Genesee Community College Foundation, and the Alpha Medal is a medallion encased in a crystalline sculpture.

The Alpha Medal of Service recognizes individuals whose philanthropic or volunteer support has deeply influenced Genesee Community College. Individuals selected for the honor serve as an inspiration to Genesee’s student body and to the entire community according to Genesee Community College Foundation President John C. Dwyer.

Mr. Serventi was selected for the honor in recognition of his longstanding support of the College and, especially, his early and generous support of the construction of the Conable Technology Building and the Humphrey Student Union. Financial contributions have been recognized with plaques in the south foyer of the Conable Technology Building and one of the Humphrey Student Union vestibules.

Mr. Serventi is retired as CEO and Chair of the former Lew-Mark Baking Co. of Perry. He is well-known for his involvement with many civic and volunteer activities in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region. Mr. Serventi is a resident of Perry.

“Lew and his wife Clelia have worked tirelessly to make our region a better place to live, and they have been unwavering in their support of Genesee Community College,” Mr. Dwyer said. “They have given their time and financial resources very generously and very humbly. We are proud to recognize them with the Alpha Medal of Service. We hope and believe that they will be an inspiration for the entire College community, especially our students who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”

Past recipients of the Alpha Medal of Service include Lynn E. Browne (2006), Jerry and Carm Reinhart (2007), and John F. Andrews (2008).

The Genesee Community College Foundation is a charitable organization that marshals financial and volunteer support for Genesee Community College. It is governed by a 30-member Board of Directors comprised of many of the region’s leading civic and business leaders. The Foundation has funded more than 2,000 scholarships over the last decade, and was instrumental in securing support for the construction of two new buildings on the Batavia Campus and the acquisition of student housing at Genesee.
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Editor’s Note: A photograph of Lewis J. Serventi receiving the Alpha Medal of Honor at Genesee’s 41st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2009 is available at: