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May 22, 2005

Southampton College Honors Distinguished Alumni

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, N.Y.—Two Southampton College Alumni who have risen to the top in industries that were just in their infancy when they graduated, were honored today at the College’s 39th Commencement.

Each year, Distinguished AlumnusAwards are presented to extraordinary Southampton College graduates with this year’s recipients being Kate Hutchison, class of 84, Vice President of Marketing for Citrix; and Frank Iovino, class of 81, Vice President and General Manager of Cingular Wireless Washington/Baltimore.

As a fifth grader, Kate Hutchison, then Kate Yudin, saw the ocean for the first time and fell in love with it. Eight years later, displaying early signs of the persuasive marketing abilities that would serve her well in her professional future, she convinced her parents to support her plan to become a marine science student at Southampton College.

What impressed her most about Southampton was the way the teachers interacted and built lasting relationships with their students. Ms. Hutchison felt as if she were partnering with her mentors. This gave her not only the confidence in later life to work on an equal footing with the CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the country, but also the skills to lead by example.

After graduating from the College, she earned a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and then entered the biotech industry, first conducting algae research at Ocean Genetics for Merck and later tackling biotechnology projects at IntelliGenetics. During her time at IntelliGenetics, Ms. Hutchison turned on a Macintosh computer and discovered the emerging world of desktop computing and publishing, and began developing anintense passion for marketing and communications. In her first foray into this area, she developed and implemented the largest and most successful direct mail campaign in the company’s history, generating more than $1 million in sales in two months.

When Oxford Molecular acquired IntelliGenetics in 1994, Ms. Hutchison was promoted to director of marketing and corporate communications, positioning the company as one of the world’s biotechnology leaders. Over the next 8 years, she went on to increase market share and brand visibility for NetCarta Corporation, Live Picture, Inc., and BEA SYSTEMS, INC., before being recruited by Citrix Systems in 2002 to serve as the company’s senior vice-president of marketing. Ms. Hutchison has since repositioned Citrix from a server-based computing company to the leading provider of access infrastructure for on-demand computing, increasing revenue in her first year by 11 percent and by 26 percent in her second. She is now spearheading a strategy to grow the company’s revenue to $1 billion by the end of fiscal year 2006.

After graduating from Southampton College in 1981 with a B.S. in marketing, Frank Iovino joined Xerox, selling copiers door to door.

He spent 13 years with Xerox, rising through the ranks and assuming a great deal of sales, marketing and management responsibility. During his tenure there, he was among the first to take part in Xerox’s now world-renowned Total Quality Management training and certification program.

Mr. Iovino adopted a modified version of that program, which emphasized the importance of team building, training, accountability and rewards, to create his own philosophy for business and personal success, taking these principles with him as he moved to the wireless industry.

In 1996, he was recruited by AT&T Wireless, joining the company as sales director for Long Island. He assumed various leadership positions within the organization, handling both consumer and enterprise sales. His management style and training methods resulted in significant sales growth, drawing the attention of the company’s executive management team. In 1997, they tapped him to structure operations in the Washington, D.C. area, a region where AT&T Wireless previously did not provide any service. He took full advantage of this opportunity to build a sales organization from the ground up, posting impressive numbers as vice president of sales for this zone.

In the wake of the recent merger of AT&T and Cingular, he was appointed vice president and general manager of Cingular Wireless Washington/Baltimore, which comprises Maryland, Washington D.C. and northern Virginia, and is a part of the company's new Northeast Region. In this role, Mr. Iovino will oversee business and financial matters for these markets, helping to devise and execute plans that will deliver wireless innovation and help customers to take full advantage of all that the new consolidated company has to offer. 

Today’s commencement ceremony celebrated the achievements of 310 baccalaureate degree candidates and 147 master's degree candidates.

During the fall of 2005, Southampton College’s undergraduate programs will be relocated to the CW Post Campus. Southampton College will continue to offer its graduate programs in English and writing and education. The College’s School of Continuing Education, and the Children’s School will also continue offering their services on Campus, as will WLIU 88.3 FM, the Flagship of the Long Island University Public Radio Network.

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