Conestoga news

June 17, 2003 10:48 AM

Outstanding Alumni to Be Recognized at Convocation

Three outstanding graduates of Conestoga College will be recognized at the College's Convocation ceremonies on June 18-19. Each will receive from President John Tibbits an Alumnus of Distinction Award for personal and professional achievements, as demonstrated through career success and commitment to others through community and/or volunteer work.

These alumni are:
Glenn Campbell (Manufacturing Technician - Wood Products, 1984) --
Glenn resides in Burlington and will receive his award at the Wednesday afternoon ceremony on June 18. He started his own business, Campbell's Cabinetmaking, in 1985. He is active as a board member with his church, the Glad Tidings Church of Oakville, which has fortified his commitment to be of service to the larger community. He has had a long involvement with Camp Kakeka, a Christian wilderness summer camp for children in the Haliburton area. Regularly over the past nine years he has been involved with community-building work in the Caribbean. Each project involves approximately six weeks of on-site work, helping to build medical clinics, dental offices and churches. In addition, he has been a tireless advocate for these projects, obtaining monetary donations, as well as donations of material and supplies. At Conestoga College, he currently serves as Treasurer of the Alumni Association.

John Rocchetta (Business Administration - Management Studies, 1990) --
John will receive his award at the Wednesday evening ceremony on June 18. A Kitchener resident, he launched his own successful franchise business in 1991. The Beat Goes On is a used CD outlet. The company has grown to 14 locations throughout the Golden Horseshoe. In 1999, the company won an award from the Canadian Franchise Association for having the best corporate identity. In addition to his venture, John is a motivational speaker, a mentor of new small business entrepreneurs and a member of Conestoga's Management Studies Program Advisory Committee. He is a board member for the Cambridge Multicultural Centre and founder of a scholarship fund at Grand River Collegiate Institute, to provide start-up capital for a graduating student considering a small-business career.

Anthony Reinhart (Journalism - Print, 1988) --
Tony will receive his award at the Thursday afternoon ceremony on June 19. For 13 years, he has been a reporter with The Record of Kitchener-Waterloo. In 1999, he received the Journalist of the Year Award from the Western Ontario Newspaper Association. Earlier this year, he won a prestigious National Newspaper Award in the short feature category, as well as runner-up recognition in the arts and entertainment category. Tony shares his experiences, knowledge and insights with current students in a number of ways. He has been a Journalism Program Advisory Committee member. He currently teaches feature writing in the Journalism - Print and Broadcast program, as well as taking part in a mentoring pilot project, in which a working professional is paired with a final-year journalism student to help hone the student's skills and provide practical information about journalism-related careers and the media industry. Tony resides in Waterloo.

CONTACT: Monica Himmelman, 519-748-5220, ext. 3459,