Profiles in Giving:
LINDA GIGLIOTTI '69
WHERE CREDIT IS DUEW hen Linda Gigliotti ’69 signed up for her first course in accounting back in 1962, she did so as a favor to a friend who didn’t want to attend night school alone.
“My friend dropped out after four weeks,” she recalls, “and I kept going for another 16 years, eventually earning my M.B.A. and Ph.D. I just loved it.”
The only woman in UC’s accounting program at that time, Linda studied part-time under Professor Joseph Bialek, who introduced her to computer technology, training her on a massive Univac that filled an entire room at his accounting firm. “With computer training in the morning, my job in the afternoon, and classes at night, I was really on the run for about six months, but that’s how I got into teaching business students how to use computers,” says Linda.
After graduating, she taught business computing at Utica College, then took a full-time faculty position at MVCC where she served for 22 years before retiring as an emerita professor in 1998. And through it all, Linda has never lost touch with where she started – that’s why she supports the College through the Heritage Society.
“I owe my career and everything I’ve done to Utica College. I received an outstanding education there. UC allowed me to get my start, and once I started I just kept going. Now I’m paying it forward by helping women return to college and earn their degree, like I did,” she says.
It all adds up.