October 2, 2019

Primeggia, 15 Other Alumni Honored as Part of Adelphi’s Annual Legends Dinner

Adelphi University will hold its third annual Legends Dinner to honor the professional and personal successes of Adelphi alumni and community members on Saturday, October 5. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Garden City Hotel.

Salvatore Primeggia ’64, MA ’66, PhD, professor of sociology at Adelphi, will be honored as the 2019 Legends Award recipient. He teaches courses including The Italian American Experience and Media Images of Italian Americans. Dr. Primeggia has co-authored many articles on themes such as Italian American comedy, community and identity, and the significance of the festa for Italian Americans—especially Brooklyn, New York’s Giglio Feast. He has also edited and contributed to scholarly books, projects including WLIW 21 Public Television’s widely acclaimed production The Italian Americans: Part 1, and the nationally broadcast PBS documentary Heaven Touches Brooklyn in July.

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award will be given to three individuals: Curtiss Jacobs ’01, co-founder and managing partner at Uptown Advisory Group LLC; Elvin T. Ramos ’06, MA ’07, DA, founder, president and CEO of Global Tassels, Inc.; and the Honorable Cynthia M. (Favata) Rufe ’70, JD, judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

In recognition of their service and achievement, Adelphi will also present the Ruth S. Harley Service Award to alumni Janet L. Ficke ’59, former softball coach, associate athletic director and professor at Adelphi, and Stephen M. Wirth ’70, administrative director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Sports Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 Recognition highlights young alumni who have displayed remarkable achievements before their 10-year Adelphi reunion. This year’s 10 Under 10 Award recipients are:

Lorraine Charles ’09, MD

Janaé Cummings ’13, JD

Alison Eriksen ’09, MSW ’13

Claire Flynn ’12

Nikki Kateman ’10

Sara Londono ’13, MS ’18

Katherine Quintana Malone ’09, MBA ’10

Timothy McGowan ’15, MA ’17

Cristina Rade ’09, MS ’13

Alysha Rashid ’11

» See more about the honorees as well as the Legends Dinner


Want to read more stories like this?

More Adelphi News

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

For further information, please contact:

Taylor Damian
Associate Director for Media Relations 
p – 516.877.4040
e –

Apply Now
Request Information