Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Loeb Boathouse in Central Park
New York, NY
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| Le Moyne in New York Honorees
| Bill Barrett '78
|| George Coyne, S.J.
Bill Barrett '78
A proud Le Moyne College alumnus, Bill Barrett ’78 generously shared his time and talent serving for nine years as a member of the College’s board of trustees. He was a member of the board’s Governance, Finance and Audit, Institutional Advancement, Student Development and Honors committees. Over the years, Bill accompanied other members from the board on pilgrimages to Spain and Italy to learn more about Jesuit spirituality and education.
In 2003, Bill was honored by Le Moyne as the Frank Fernandez Business Leader of the Year. He currently serves on the Madden School of Business Advisory Board, Accounting Advisory Board and Management Information Systems Advisory Board. He is a Madden Mentor, providing counsel, advice and support to students in the Madden School of Business. Le Moyne is blessed to further assist students through the endowed William J. ’78 and Carol A. Barrett Family Scholarship at Le Moyne.
Bill is a retired partner from Ernst and Young (EY), one of the world’s most highly respected professional services firms. Throughout his 38 year career with EY, he provided accounting, auditing and advisory services to major U.S. and global financial services, media and entertainment, manufacturing and technology companies, and held significant strategic and operational leadership roles within the firm. He began his career at EY in 1978 in the company’s Syracuse office upon graduating from Le Moyne and later transferred to its Cleveland, Los Angeles and New York City offices. Throughout his career, he enjoyed assisting Le Moyne students in securing internships and full-time positions with EY and other public accounting firms.
Since retiring from EY in 2016, Bill has served as an adjunct professor at the Madden School, teaching classes in enterprise risk management and accounting information systems. Also, he currently serves on the board of directors and Audit Committee of a NASDAQ traded banking entity. Bill earned a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Le Moyne College in 1978. Bill and his wife, Carol, along with their two daughters, Allison and Caitlin, reside in New Jersey.
George Coyne, S.J.
As a man of faith as well as science, George V. Coyne, S.J., is almost always looking heavenward. Father Coyne’s fascination with the physical universe harkens back six decades to his time as a Jesuit novice in Maryland. It was there that he fell in love with astronomy and discovered his vocation – to serve God by studying His creation. He went on to answer that call as director of one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world, the Vatican Observatory, president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, and professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona.
Today, as the McDevitt Chair in Physics at Le Moyne College, Father Coyne inspires in his students a similar wonder at the cosmos, not so that they become astronomers – or for that matter scientists of any kind – but so that they become “better human beings.” In classes such as Transformations: Science and Religion and Cosmology: Science of the Physical Universe, he instills in the undergraduate students a richer understanding of the world around them – and themselves. His aim is for these young men and women to become engaged in the material and to come to appreciate the joy that can be derived from learning for its own sake. His philosophy of teaching is simple and poignant: “Students come first. Always.”
Over the course of his career, Father Coyne has been the driving force behind multiple new educational and research initiatives. He spearheaded the Vatican Observatory Summer School and the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, where he studied the surfaces of the moon and Mercury, interstellar matter, binary stars and distant galaxies in order to gain a better understanding of them. Dark mass and dark energy – and how they shape the universe – continue to be a particular interest of his. And in his tenure at Le Moyne thus far, one of his greatest joys has been to help expand undergraduate research in the natural sciences through a fellowship program that sponsors student-led investigations of a variety of topics, including environmental pollution and climate change.
Father Coyne earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and licentiate in philosophy at Fordham University in 1958; a doctorate in astronomy from Georgetown University in 1962; and a licentiate in sacred theology at Woodstock College in Maryland in 1966. A member of the Society of Jesus since the age of 18, Father Coyne was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1965.
Pictured above: Mr. John Ridley (brother of award-winner Harold 'Hap' Ridley, S.J.), John Quattrone '74 (award-winner), Linda LeMura, Sr. Judith Ridley (sister of award-winner Harold Ridley, S.J.)
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