President's Council Presents Annual Awards

During a formal reception on May 9, the Elmira College President's Council announced alumna Maria Toldi Winston ’71 as this year's recipient of the President's Council Award. They also presented Jessa Barton ’24 with the 2024 Stand Energy Prize Award.

The President’s Council Award recognizes outstanding Elmira College graduates who have distinguished themselves and the College by exemplary service in the College's greater community, and who, by giving generously of their time and talent, have improved the quality of the community.

President's Council Presents Annual Awards

President’s Council Chair Michael Wayne, EC President Dr. Charles Lindsay, Maria Toldi Winston ’71, and Mary Beth Conwell, Chair of the President’s Council Public Relations Committee.

A pillar in the Elmira Community, Winston graduated from Elmira College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages. She went on to teach language in the Elmira City School District and served as the Language Department Chair. Winston is no stranger to hard work and philanthropy, giving back to the community and beyond. She served as the President of the Susan G. Komen Southern Tier Affiliate and is a member of the New York State Komen Board, raising millions for cancer research and awareness. She is also the Chair of the Special Events Committee for CASA and the Arnot Art Museum and volunteers for the Junior League, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity.

During the ceremony, Stand Energy Executive Vice President Larry Freeman and the President’s Council Business Relations Committee formally presented Barton with the 2024 Stand Energy Prize. The Prize was established through a generous endowment funded by the Stand Energy Corporation. Each year a monetary prize is awarded to an outstanding Elmira College intern. Students are nominated by their supervisors and selected by the Council’s Business Relations Committee. These students are recognized for working independently while maintaining a team attitude and applying their academic preparation to a real-world work environment.

President's Council Presents Annual Awards

President’s Council Chair Michael Wayne, President’s Council Business Relations Chair Judy Phillips, Jessa Barton ’24, Stand Energy Executive Vice President Larry Freeman, and EC President Dr. Charles Lindsay

Barton is a History major from Horseheads. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, is an academic fellow, and works in the George Waters Art Gallery on campus.

For her internship, Barton completed the Smithsonian Leadership for Change that split her time between an in-person experience at the Rockwell Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, and a virtual internship with the Smithsonian Institution based in Washington, D.C. At the Rockwell, Barton and a fellow intern surveyed visitors, collecting data that the pair turned into a report as the main internship project. They also performed other museum roles like leading tours and helping with education experiences. In the virtual portion, Barton attended workshops about the museum industry, career tips, and professionalism. The program paired her with a mentor who provided guidance and connected her with museum professionals. According to her internship host, “Jessa has the ability to see the big picture. She is curious and thinks deeply.”

Barton intends to gain a year of work experience in her local community before beginning her Master of Arts degree in museum studies in the fall of 2025.

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