Peter R. Barber/The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y.(ALBANY, N.Y.) — A 34-year-old dad, a college professor and young newlyweds were among the 20 killed in a limo crash in upstate New York.Authorities have released the identities of the 20 victims of Sunday’s accident, including the 17 limousine passengers who all died, the driver and two pedestrians.The limousine was carrying the 17 passengers to a birthday party when it crashed into a parked Toyota Highlander in Schoharie, a town about 40 miles away from Albany. The SUV then struck two pedestrians nearby.The two pedestrians who died were identified by New York State Police as 46-year-old Brian Hough of Moravia, New York, and 70-year-old James Schnurr of Kerhonkson, New York.Hough was an assistant professor of geology at the State University of New York in Oswego, his biography shows. Schnurr was Hough’s father-in-law, ABC New York station WABC-TV reported.The limo passengers were identified by New York State Police as:Axel J. Steenburg, 29, and Amy L. Steenburg, 29, of Amsterdam, New YorkThe couple had just married in June, and the group was out celebrating Amy Steenburg’s 30th birthday, WABC-TV reported.Richard M. Steenburg, 34, of Johnstown, New YorkHe leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter and 14-year-old stepson, according to WABC-TV.Allison King, 31, of Ballston Spa, New YorkMary E. Dyson, 33, of Watertown, New YorkRobert J. Dyson, 34, of Watertown, New YorkAbigail M. Jackson, 34, of Amsterdam, New YorkMatthew W. Coons, 27, of Johnstown, New YorkSavannah D. Bursese, 24, of Johnstown, New YorkPatrick K. Cushing, 31, and Amanda D. Halse, 26, of Halfmoon, New YorkCushing and Halse had been dating for about a year, family told ABC News.“She was such a charismatic person and she just wanted to make sure everyone was happy and I’m so grateful that she was my sister out of everyone else on this earth,” Karina Halse said of her sister on “Good Morning America.”Erin R. McGowan, 34, and Shane T. McGowan, 30, of Amsterdam, New YorkThe couple had married earlier this year, family told ABC News.Amanda Rivenburg, 29, of Colonie, New YorkAdam G. Jackson, 34, of Amsterdam, New YorkRachael K. Cavosie, 30, of Waterford, New YorkMichael C. Ukaj, 33, of Johnstown, New YorkThe driver, 53-year-old Scott Lisinicchia of Lake George, New York, did not have the appropriate driver’s license required to drive a vehicle that can hold more than 15 occupants,A law enforcement official told ABC News.Community members held a candlelit vigil Monday night to honor the victims of the crash.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A program that marks a milestone for Champlain College—-as its first master’s level offering—-is celebrating its first graduates.Master’s hoods were presented at a ceremony in the College’s historic Morgan Room on May 7 to four master’s graduates. These professionals are the first to graduate of the 50 adults currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Managing Innovation and Information Technology (MIIT) program, a business-and-technology program which began in the fall of 2002 and is delivered completely online.Champlain officials and faculty members in academic regalia formed a procession into the Morgan Room and presented the graduates with blue and tan academic hoods to mark their achievement. The College President and program directors placed the hoods over the shoulders of the graduates while their families looked on.The function of the academic hood is to identify the level of the degree, the discipline in which the degree is awarded, and the institution that awarded it. The master’s degrees will be conferred at the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 8, and diplomas will be awarded at that time. “Today’s celebration of our first master’s graduates marks a milestone for Champlain College, which continues to evolve as an institution and offer programs that keep pace with changes in the business world,” said Dr. Roger Perry, president of the College. The College is examining additional graduate offerings to deliver online, including a program in Special Education and other master’s programs and post-graduate certificates in the College’s business and applied technology fields. Taking as few as 18 months to complete, the MIIT program consists of small, instructor-led courses accessed via the Internet. The program delivers a unique blend of business and information technology know-how to position graduates to better manage technology use in their companies. The new graduates have worked with professors and classmates in a highly interactive, yet virtual environment. Graduates included a Kodak employee from Rochester, N.Y., a Rutland Regional Medical Center employee from Bomoseen, Vt., and employees of IBM and Champlain College, who hail from Essex Junction and Georgia, Vt., respectively. The program is not aimed only at “techies.” While it addresses the needs of technology professionals looking to move into business management roles, it’s also designed for managers who may hold non-technical undergraduate degrees but find their career mobility is limited by their understanding of information technology. The MIIT master’s program takes advantage of Champlain’s expertise in online education. Applications are available at www.champlain.edu(link is external) or (802) 865-5410 through July 1, 2004, for professionals interested in enrolling for Fall 2004. An open house is also scheduled for May 25 for adults who would like to learn more about the program.