Alumnus Scott Oakes Recognized For Business and Philanthropic Success
Elmira, NY (09/09/2021) — Each year, Elmira College alumni select an alumnus or alumna who is exceptionally successful in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic endeavors to become an honoree of the Bette A. Mammone '78 Memorial Academy. This year's recipient is Dr. Scott Oakes '93, professor and vice-chair of research at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and a scientific founder and consultant at OptiKira.
Oakes, who received his BA in Biochemistry from Elmira College in 1993 before getting his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, will host a presentation for students and alumni on October 15.
The Academy was established in 2018 by the Class of 1978 in the spirit of giving and as part of their traditional 40th Reunion gift. Following the untimely passing of a beloved classmate, Bette A. Mammone '78, in June 2017, the Class decided to make Mammone's dream of creating a forum where alumni could share their knowledge and experience with students as they prepare to meet the challenges and complexities of the world.
One recipient is selected each year. In order to qualify, recipients must have received their undergraduate or graduate degree from Elmira College and have achieved a high level of professional success in a minimum 20-year career. They must be willing to travel to Elmira College in October of that year to facilitate a discussion, a lecture or master class, and participate in a networking event with students, alumni, guests and members.