Carlos Gutierrez '06 and Vincent Scalise '06 Honored as 2014 Distinguished Alumni

May 5, 2014

This year’s Distinguished Alumni awards were given at Southern Vermont College’s (SVC’s) Commencement to Carlos M. Gutierrez and Vincent Scalise, both graduates of the class of 2006. The Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to an alumna or alumnus of Southern Vermont College or St. Joseph College, in recognition of career, community service and personal achievements.

Carlos M. Gutierrez ’06 is a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Memphis and spends much of his time off as a volunteer with the State Parks commission assisting with the Junior Ranger Program, trail cleanup and conservation efforts. Gutierrez graduated from SVC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and joined the National Guard, for which he has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, he worked with the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad providing personal security details and convoy security for embassy personnel and the United States Ambassador for Iraq. In Afghanistan, he served as a security force leader in charge of day-to-day security operations for the Uruzgan Province Reconstruction Team. Gutierrez also served as a Police Officer in Amherst, Mass., until 2011.

Gutierrez enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and concluded his active duty status in 2002. He is the son of Miguel (an officer in SVC Campus Safety) and Reina Gutierrez of North Adams, Mass. 

Vincent Scalise ’06 is the Executive Director of the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center (CNYVOC) in Utica, N.Y., an organization that he helped found. He is also a full-time soldier assigned to the Parkway East Amory of Utica where he holds the position of Training Non-Commission Officer for the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard. Scalise graduated from SVC in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Scalise deployed multiple times with his Battalion, including Homeland Security missions throughout New York State as well as to Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning from Iraq, Scalise witnessed a large number of his fellow veterans suffering from various issues without many options for assistance in central New York. Wanting to help, he helped start the CNYVOC. The CNYVOC now provides assistance to an average of 1,200 veterans per year. He is also assisting SVC in the launch of its Veterans’ Scholar Program. Scalise lives in East Utica with his wife and their children.