Dinner Celebrates Eighty Years of History and Raises Funds for Scholarships

October 28, 2011 2:39 pm Alumni, Lehman College Foundation, President Fernández
President Fernandez and Honorees at the 2011 Gala

The three honorees with President Fernández at the dinner: from left are Congressman Eliot Engel, President Fernández, William Gilbane, Jr., president and chief operating officer of Gilbane Building Company, and Dominick Russello, vice president and relationship manager of Citibank.

Lehman’s annual Leadership Dinner Gala, “Honoring the Past While Building the Future,” was held October 27 at the New York Botanical Garden and celebrated the eightieth anniversary of the campus, while recognizing alumni and friends who support the College’s continued growth. More than 200 alumni, friends, corporate executives, and members of the community attended the event, which was sponsored by the Lehman College Foundation and raised significant funding for student scholarships and other College needs.

Orlando Urena at the 2011 Gala

Orlando Ureña, a student in the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman, addresses the dinner.

“The eightieth anniversary of Lehman’s historic campus provides the impetus to move forward,” said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández. “Yes, these are uncertain and difficult economic times, but this campus took root during the depths of the Great Depression. With support from our alumni and friends, we look ahead with confidence to an expansion of our mission of service both to the borough and to the people of New York.”

Honored were:

William J. Gilbane, Jr., president and chief operating officer of Gilbane Building Company, who received the Award for Corporate Leadership. He leads the company that was founded in 1873 by his great, great grandfather as a Rhode Island-based carpentry shop. Today, the firm is ranked as the fifth-largest construction manager in the United States, with annual revenues exceeding $4 billion, and is the lead contractor on Lehman’s new science building.

Congressman and Lehman alumnus Eliot L. Engel (B.A., ‘69; M.S., ‘73), who received the Alumni Achievement Award. A member of the House of Representatives since 1988, he represents New York’s 17th Congressional District and sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress, as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is the ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.  

Dominick Russello, vice president and relationship manager at Citibank, who received the Award for Corporate Leadership. He began his career with Citibank in 1977 as a bank teller and has gone on to hold various positions in the company, from bank operations to customer service and sales. He currently handles a portfolio of over 100 business clients throughout the Bronx.