Leonard J. Garigliano ’57, will receive the Ruth S. Harley Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Adelphi University during its 117th Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY.
When asked to recall his fondest Adelphi memory, Leonard Garigliano ’57 couldn’t pick just one. “There are too many,” he said. “I enjoyed every minute of my time at Adelphi.” Dr. Garigliano, who was involved in a wide array of activities at the University, considers his position as co-president of student government to have been “the ultimate of experiences.”
Dr. Garigliano entered Adelphi undeclared, but one course changed everything. “I took biology and said, ‘this is where I belong!’ Adelphi’s professors were absolutely wonderful. They were all dedicated; they were excellent,” he said. He would go on to carve a career in education, and he credits biology professor Warren Eickelberg with turning him on to teaching. “Professor Eickelberg provided such an incredible model,” he said. “He taught me so much about teaching, more than anyone had before.”
After graduating from Adelphi, Dr. Garigliano spent more than ten years teaching biology and other sciences, at the middle school level. In 1973, after earning a master’s degree and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, he joined the faculty at Salisbury State College. Over the course of his 24 years at the college, he rose to the rank of professor before retiring in 1997.
Throughout his impressive career in academia, he never forgot his educational roots. He feels that Adelphi provided him with the personal and professional background to grow into a competent professional with a fulfilling career. His gratitude is what has motivated his support of the Warren Eickelberg Scholarship Fund. “Professor Eickelberg was just incredible,” he said. “When I learned a scholarship fund had been established in his name at Adelphi, I decided to help build that fund by supporting it financially through monthly contributions.” In addition to this contribution he has also established an endowed undergraduate scholarship to support biology majors who are active on campus. The Leonard J. Garigliano ’57 Campus Leadership Scholarship for Biology Majors ensures that Adelphi students, today and tomorrow, will benefit from the same experiences he treasured most during his Adelphi years.
Adelphi is a world-class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work—the coeducational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and its centers in Manhattan, Suffolk County, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies, in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.