NCCC Distinguished Alumni Award
The NCCC Distinguished Alumni Award, first given in 1988, is presented each year to graduates of NCCC who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their life, career, and volunteer activities. The award is one of the highest honors that the College bestows to those who can point to NCCC as the place where they obtained their start. Recipients are selected on the basis of professional and personal accomplishments, community service, and unique background. See a list of past winners here.
2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Patrick J. Sorge • Class of 1985
Inducted October 18, 2014
Patrick J. Sorge attended Niagara County Community College for Liberal Arts from 1983-1985. He went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Niagara University in 1988. During his college years, he was employed as a waiter and desk clerk at two hotels, one in Niagara Falls and one in Buffalo, where he discovered his diligent work ethic and learned the foundations of hospitality and sales.
Patrick's rise within the Hyatt Regency began over 25 years ago. His promotion from a front desk agent to a Sales Manager in Greenwich, Connecticut led him to move to Rochester, New York as a Pre-Opening Sales Manager. Patrick's achievements in production and sales allowed his career to transition to the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hyatt Regency, taking him to several markets around the United States: New Orleans, Louisiana; Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. Today, Patrick resides in Chicago, Illinois and is employed as the Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Full Service Franchise Hotels, where he oversees a multitude of Hyatt franchises throughout the United States and Canada.
In addition to providing exceptional efforts within the hospitality industry around the country, Patrick has also given back to his communities through Club Ice, a charitable event which he founded and held in Boston, Massachusetts. This event has raised over $125,000 each year for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and the Ellie Fund which supports breast cancer patients and their families. Additionally, Patrick spends his time giving career advice and mentoring students. His philanthropy carries through to his work place as he is also a founder of HyPride, a group which focuses on developing and fostering Hyatt's diversity initiatives through employee chapters across the country.
As one of his nominator's states, "NCCC provided Patrick the stepping stone to productive citizenship through examples by NCCC faculty." Although hard to believe any attribute could outshine Patrick's professional accomplishments, his modesty, kindness and desire to help others are what truly exemplify Patrick's character.
The nominated individual must have completed 50 or more credit hours at NCCC to be considered for this award; yet it is strongly recommended they are a graduate. Nominees must have graduated or transferred from NCCC 10 or more years ago. Nomination must be made by persons other than the nominee's immediate family. Nominees cannot be current NCCC, NCCC Foundation, NCCC Alumni Association, NCCC College Association or Housing Board employees or Board members. Nominees are to be retired from the entities mentioned above for two years prior to September 1 of the nominating year. Persons running for political office will not be considered during the campaign period.
Guidelines and Procedures
Complete this form and answer the questions in a one-page narrative. A resume can be included, but is not considered a replacement for the narrative.
Deadline - Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Return completed form and supporting documentation to:
NCCC Alumni Office
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, N.Y. 14132
or email completed form and supporting documentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org