Alumni Hall of Fame
Lifetime achievement, for many, is a road that begins at GCC. That is why the Genesee Community College Foundation created the Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community.
Each year, our Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee considers your nominations and selects deserving new inductees. A plaque featuring the inductees’ pictures and biographies is displayed in our Alumni Hall of Fame, located on the 2nd floor of the Conable Technology Building.
Candidates must meet selection criteria. Download an Alumni Hall of Fame Nomination Form to review the criteria and make your nomination, or contact the Alumni Office directly at 585-343-0055 x6265.
Completed Nomination Forms will be considered by the Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Final selections will be made and the Committee will personally notify the nominees who have been selected.
Lawrence Saupe, Class of 1989
Lawrence Saupe is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. He began his military service after graduating from Pembroke High School in 1982. He served as a crew chief for C-130 transport planes in Germany, graduating with honors from Flight Engineer School. After four years of active military service, Larry came to GCC in 1987, earning an associate’s degree in Engineering Science in 1989. He continued his studies at the University at Buffalo where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aircraft Systems and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His senior year was delayed when he was deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He earned two air medals and his crew received a special honor for rescuing three critically injured Marines under hazardous conditions.
Larry was a research and development engineer at Graham Corporation in Batavia for ten years before taking a position in 2002 with General Electric in Schenectady, NY. After five years with GE he joined the Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna, NY in 2007 where he currently serves as a Thermal Test Engineer. While pursuing his professional career, Larry has remained in the Air Force as a reservist and currently serves as an Air Operations Strategist with the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse.
“Overall I have always strived to build on previous education and experience and also to share what I have learned with others,” Larry said. During his time at Graham he taught a Physics course at GCC. He is currently president of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Adirondack chapter and speaks often to groups about aircraft performance and weather.
Larry lives in Galway, NY with his wife Shellie and stepdaughter Allison. Besides flying, he also enjoys biking, kayaking, sailing, boating and snowmobiling. He will be introduced by his sister, Jeannie (Saupe) Burdick, a 1981 GCC alumnus who is a professor/counselor at GCC.
Stephen Tarbell, Class of 1978
Stephen Tarbell took to heart the advice of his Criminal Justice Professor Ronald Hallman who told his students to know their community, get involved, volunteer and be part of the problem solving. After earning his Criminal Justice degree from GCC in 1978, Tarbell went to work for the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department. Over a 23-year career, he served as a deputy sheriff, scientific evidence technician, technical sergeant and investigator specializing in crime scene and fire investigations.
While working for the Sheriff’s Department, Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration/Accounting from Empire State College and a Master’s Degree from the Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany.
At the same time Steve began his career in public service. He served on the Warsaw Central School Board, on the Village Board and as deputy mayor of Silver Springs, and as Wyoming County Youth Court coordinator. He served as town councilman for the Town of Castile and currently serves as the town supervisor. He is also a member of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and the Wyoming County Community Hospital Board of Managers.
Steve completed Leadership Wyoming and in 2013 received the program’s Alumni Leaders Award. He has received numerous other awards including Wyoming County Deputy of the Year and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department Commendation Award, local, state, and national awards for his service to youth, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice FBI Commendation.
Steve lives in Silver Lake with his wife of more than 30 years, Mary Pamela, who says “he still finds time to be a great father, husband and grandfather to his granddaughter who he adores.”