Foundation Inducts Two Members to District Academic WOF

The Olean City School District (OCSD) Foundation announced the induction of two individuals to the district’s Academic Wall of Fame. Susan DaPolito Jadlowski, class of 1971, and Steven Ives Pancio II, class of 2005, make up the 2015 class of inductees, and will be honored at the 132nd Annual Olean High School Alumni Banquet at Premier Banquet Center on Friday, June 19.

Susan DaPolito Jadlowski

Susan DaPolito Jadlowski, ’71

DaPolito Jadlowski began her career as a licensed practical nurse graduating from St. Francis Hospital in Olean. She later completed her Associate’s Degree in Nursing, and while working full time as a registered nurse, she attended the University of Texas Health Science Center and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing while being presented with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Award. Upon receiving a full grant from the Sheltering Arms Society, DaPolito Jadlowski went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Nursing and Administration. She credits Olean teachers and the Olean community as setting a foundation for her future success, and has continued to give back to others, mentoring nurses and other medical professionals in the continuation of their education and advocating for the rights of patients throughout the entirety of her career. DaPolito Jadlowski has served in several positions in the medical field, including Associate Administrator, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. In 2014 she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. She has guided Memorial Hermann Northwest to many prestigious honors, including a top ranking among Houston hospitals by US News and World Report. DaPolito Jadlowski was named one of 20 outstanding nurses by the Texas Nurses Association for her contributions to not only the medical field as a whole, but overall growth of the nursing profession.

Steven Ives Pancio II

Steven Ives Pancio II, ’05

Pancio was a National Honor Society member, three sport athlete and four year class president in his time at OHS. Following graduation, he went on to demonstrate significant academic accomplishments in the orthopedic surgery field. A 2009 Phi Beta Kappa member and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University at Buffalo, he received his Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences, as well as the SUNY Buffalo Chancellors’ Award for Student Excellence. In May of 2013, Pancio received his Doctor of Medicine with Summa Cum Laude honors, along with the coveted SUNY Buffalo’s Medical Alumni Association Dean’s Award for participation in extracurricular activities while maintaining a high standard of academic excellence. His accolades also include the 2009 SUNY Buffalo’s Dorothy H. Mass Community Engagement Award, the 2013 Dr. Benjamin and Lila Obletz Award for Academic Achievement and Interest in Orthopedic Surgery, as well as membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Richard Sarkin/Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In 2014, Pancio was accepted into the world renowned Mayo Clinic of Orthopedic Surgery Program. He has also contributed to several community volunteer programs, including the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Western New York, donating his time to helping to mentor local youth. His accomplishments are a shining reflection on the Olean City School District.

The Olean City School District Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that enhances the educational experience for students in the district.

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Foundation Elects New Executive Officers

Steve Pancio was elected president of the Olean City School District Foundation for the 2015-2016 term.

Steve Pancio was elected president of the Olean City School District Foundation for the 2015-2016 term.

The Olean City School District Foundation board of directors announced the election of new executive officers at its annual meeting this May.

Steve Pancio has been elected president of the foundation for the 2015-2016 term. A graduate of Olean High’s Class of 1978, Mr. Pancio succeeds Adam Bennett (’06), who will remain on the board after stepping down as president following a three year term. Mr. Pancio has been a member of the foundation board since 2006, and previously served as president from 2009-2012.

Janine Scholla has been elected vice president of the foundation. Mrs. Scholla is a retired teacher from the Olean City School District and has been an active member of the foundation since 2013. She also serves on the foundation’s Marketing/Fundraising Committee and will chair the Acadmic Wall of Fame Committee as VP. Mrs. Scholla replaces David Carucci (’78), who spent the last six years as vice president and will remain on the board.

Lauren Stuff was elected board secretary for the 2015-2016 term. A current staff specialist at Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES, Miss Stuff has been a member of the foundation since 2013. She also serves on the board’s Marketing/Fundraising Committee. Miss Stuff replaces Anita Schmidt, who will remain on the board following a three year stint as secretary.

Daniel Stetz was re-elected as board treasurer for the 2015-2016 term. This will be Mr. Stetz’s second year as board tresurer. A retired teacher from the Olean City School District, Mr. Stetz has served on the board since 2011, and is also a member of the Academic Wall of Fame Committee.

The Olean City School District Foundation is a non-profit volunteer organization that raises money to enhance the educational experience for students in the district.

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2014 Gus Macker Another Great Success

Gus Macker 2014

On behalf of the Olean City School District Foundation, I’d like to thank the countless number of volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure this year’s Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament was an incredible success.

We are proud to team with the Olean Sports Booster Club to sponsor the event, which had 1,096 participants this year and brought more than 6,000 people to downtown Olean.

A special thanks goes out to John Irving and Laurie Aloi, who served as co-chairs this year and worked to generate sponsorships, oversee operations, and create an atmosphere that made the Macker a community event instead of just a basketball tournament.

The foundation would also like to thank the Gus Macker Committee, which met multiple times each month to ensure the event would run smoothly. Don and Janine Scholla volunteered their time to run our concession area, which was a massive undertaking. Colleen Taggerty and Gaby Harrington spent the weekend coordinating volunteers; another huge job.

One of the most gratifying things about this tournament is the fact that it’s become a major event in the city on an annual basis. Not only do Gus Macker participants rave about the quality of the event compared to other cities, but all of the hard work by so many volunteers ensures that the city of Olean receives a significant economic and social boost each and every August.

As Mayor Bill Aiello said this weekend, “It’s just a wonderful event for the city. It does my heart good to see so many people enjoy themselves in our community.”

Thank you to everyone who worked to make it such a great event.

 

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 Adam Bennett, ’06
President
 Olean City School District Foundation

 

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Foundation Enjoys Successful Alumni Weekend

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The Olean City School District Foundation enjoyed a successful Alumni Weekend in 2014. The foundation, in conjunction with OHS’ Alumni Association, coordinates the annual Red and Gold Scramble golf tournament, along with the Academic WOF presentation at the alumni dinner at Premier Banquet Center.

The foundation would like to thank all sponsors and participants in the golf tournament, which again was a success. Proceeds raised from the event will help us continue to enhance the educational experience for students in our district.

In addition, the foundation congratulates the three new members of our district’s Academic Wall of Fame, and thanks their families and friends for attending Saturday’s dinner and celebrating their inductions with us.

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Bagazzoli, Eddy, Marcus Officially Inducted Into Academic WOF

L to R: Foundation President Adam Bennett; Gail Dwaileebe Bagazzoli; Christopher L. Eddy; Phyllis Marcus; Foundation Board Member Linda Edstrom

L to R: Foundation President Adam Bennett; Gail Dwaileebe Bagazzoli; Christopher L. Eddy; Phyllis Marcus; Foundation Board Member Linda Edstrom

The Olean City School District Foundation officially inducted three new members to the school district’s Academic Wall of Fame on Saturday.

Gail Dwaileebe Bagazzoli, Brigadier General Christopher L. Eddy and Phyllis Marcus make up the 2014 class of inductees. For more information on them, please visit their pages under the Academic Wall of Fame tab.

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Foundation Supports “History in our Halls”

L to R: OHS Principal Barb Lias; OCSD Foundation President Adam Bennett; SAC Co-President Nick Bailey; SAC Co-President Brenna Hamed.

L to R: OHS Principal Barb Lias; OCSD Foundation President Adam Bennett; SAC Co-President Nick Bailey; SAC Co-President Brenna Hamed.

 

The Olean City School District Foundation recently funded the “History in our Halls” project, which aims to better connect students and faculty to the history of our city through authentic photos placed in the hallways at Olean High.

The project, spearheaded by former OHS history teacher Janine Scholla, will launch with an unveiling of the photos on Saturday, June 21 in conjunction with Alumni Weekend at the High School.

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Red and Gold Scramble Slated for June 20

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The Olean City School District Foundation, in conjunction with the OHS Alumni Association, is hosting the sixth annual Red and Gold Scramble on Friday, June 20 at Olean’s Bartlett Country Club.

The 18-hole scramble is open to the general public and benefits students of the Olean City School District. Cost to participate in the event is $75 per player or $300 per team, and includes greens fees, cart, food and prizes. There will also be a skins event, door prizes, on-course skills challenges and a 50/50 drawing.

Registration begins at 2 p.m. and golf will begin with a shotgun start at 3 p.m. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. To sign up, or for more information, email ocsdfoundation@gmail.com.

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Foundation Inducts Three to Academic WOF

L to R: Gail Bagazzoli, Christopher Eddy, Phyllis Marcus.

L to R: Gail Bagazzoli, Christopher Eddy, Phyllis Marcus.

 

The Olean City School District (OCSD) Foundation announced the induction of three individuals to the district’s Academic Wall of Fame. Gail Bagazzoli, Brigadier General Christopher Eddy and Phyllis Marcus make up the 2014 class of inductees, and will be honored at the 131st Annual Olean High School Alumni Banquet at Premier Banquet Center on Saturday, June 21.

Mrs. Bagazzoli has spent her career working as a healthcare professional in the region. After graduating from the University of Miami (Fla.), where she was inducted into the nursing honor society, Mrs. Bagazzoli began working as a Medical Surgical Nurse at Olean General Hospital. She later elevated to Clinical Education Manager, Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department, and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the hospital. In 2014, Mrs. Bagazzoli was named Vice President of Quality for Upper Allegheny Health System, the governing organization of Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center. In 2003, Mrs. Bagazzoli was honored as Western New York’s Nurse of Distinction, which recognizes registered professional nurses who demonstrate significant achievement in nursing practice and leadership. She is the president of the Kathi Ward Foundation, which supports the nursing profession in Cattaraugus County by providing annual scholarships to students interested in pursing a career in the field. Additionally, she serves as a program coordinator for the Association of Professionals in Infection Control, is actively involved with the American Heart Association, and has served on area nursing school advisory boards for more than 25 years.

Brigadier General Eddy, a 1982 graduate of Olean High, dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving his country. A graduate of Ashland University, Mr. Eddy earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and another in International Relations from Troy State in Alabama. He later received a PhD in Management, Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University in Minneapolis. After working with the United States Southern Command as a senior intelligence officer, and the Department of Homeland Security as a current analysis cell chief, Mr. Eddy was named intelligence program manager for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Miami, Fla. In his time with the Air Force, Mr. Eddy has served on Travis Air Force Base in California, Osan Air Base in South Korea, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, the US European Command in Germany, and the Pentagon. He’s earned a number of awards for his service in the military, including the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the prestigious Legion of Merit.

Mrs. Marcus is an accomplished educator who has dedicated her life’s work to enriching the lives of students around the globe. She was valedictorian of her class at Eldred (Pa.) High School, and later graduated with honors from Mansfield University. In her time as a first grade teacher in the Olean City School District, Mrs. Marcus published a sequential phonics guide which was distributed throughout the nation for teachers, provided free tutoring with children of all levels in math and reading, and negotiated a significant grant to bring the Challenger Learning Center to the greater Olean area. Following her retirement from the school system, Mrs. Marcus volunteered her time teaching at New Life Christian School, and continued to provide free tutoring for more than 25 children per week. She has helped several underprivileged individuals learn to read and write, and even mentored a teacher in South America so he could come to the United States and obtain his doctorate degree. Mrs. Marcus received the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Good News” Award in 2001, and was a six-time recipient of the area’s “Who’s Who” recognition.

The Olean City School District Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the overall educational experience for students in the district. The foundation is currently accepting nominations for future inductees to the Olean City School District Academic Wall of Fame. To download a nomination form, click on the Academic WOF tab.

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Foundation Invests $2,500 for “Marathon to the Sky” Project

Marathon to the Sky

The Olean City School District (OCSD) Foundation will provide $2,500 to high school science students to fund their upcoming “Marathon to the Sky” project.

The project, managed by student Saad Mirza and supervised by OHS teacher Dan Freeman, is an attempt by a team of earth science students and club members to send a payload to near-space using a scientific balloon. Students are aiming to reach an altitude of 42,195 meters, the distance of a marathon. HD cameras would be nestled inside the payload, which will also include scientific sensors designed to measure humidity, temperature, pressure, visible light, latitude, longitude, speed and altitude. The project is geared toward generating a greater interest in science at the high school level, and requires leadership, cooperation, research and critical thinking outside the classroom.

Students involved with the project have formally entered the Global Space Balloon Challenge, an international education outreach project that encourages people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. Over a single weekend, teams from all over the world will launch balloons to the edge of space, recover them, and share the photos and data that they have collected. Olean is the only high school representing New York State in the challenge.

Over the last six months, the foundation has invested more than $12,000 into the Olean City School District. Recent projects include purchasing better equipment for classrooms, funding motivational speakers for students, supporting summer learning programs and more.

If you’re interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the foundation, and helping enhance the level of education for students within our district, please click on the “Donate” tab at the top of the page.

To find out more about the Marathon to the Sky project, visit their Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube pages.

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