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Cayuga Community College Alumni Association

Spring/Summer 2015

In this issue: Nursing-Alumni

Alumni Voices Program Meet Your Board Alumni Events Men’s Soccer Earns Title





Dear Alumni & Friends, For many years, The Spartan has been coming to you in newspaper fashion, written with the hope that you would enjoy the alumni news and College updates, together with the nostalgia and photos held within its 24 pages. Beginning with this issue, your alumni newsletter will be coming to you in an updated “magazine-style” that will continue to provide those same features. We trust you will find it even more enjoyable to flip through, easier to read, with images that jump off its pages. In this issue, we will be saluting the College’s forty years of educating nurses. While interviewing these dedicated professionals, one gleaming common point became evident -- nurses love their careers! Whether they have enjoyed the same position since graduating as an RN and passing their difficult NCLEX exams or have experimented with the many arenas a career in nursing provides, they love their jobs! And, if you are a nursing-alum from CCC, we hope you will be able to attend the Nursing reunion this May. While it is hard to believe that more than half the academic year is behind us, many activities and events have taken place on both campuses -- with more exciting times ahead. Be sure to check out the recaps in this issue, particularly our first Alumni, Family & Friends Night events and our Alumni Voices series where we bring in CCC alums to speak with students. In addition to participating in College events, such as the Holiday Craft Fair and Open Houses, we provided our usual services for students, including book grants and scholarships. And, speaking of our students, we hope that you were able to take the time to talk with our student workers during our Phone-A-Thon in the month of March. Your donations help to keep our services going -- Thank You! Looking ahead, it’s time to start making plans for our upcoming trips; with so many options, there’s sure to be one (or more) to suit your taste! I would like to send a big THANK YOU to your Alumni Board for all of their hard work and the support they continue to provide to make these events and services available. They truly make my job a joy! I hope you enjoy meeting your board members in these pages. We are thrilled to announce that the Association will have a more visible presence on the Fulton Campus. With donations made by the College’s Foundation to build out the River Glen storefronts and with help from Fulton’s Associate Dean John Lamphere ’74, space has been made for an Alumni Office that will allow us to interact and provide services more freely to students and staff. The Association has been working hard to bring you new events and activities while keeping your favorites intact. But, we’re not done yet -- we’ve got more surprises in store. Stay tuned to The Spartan, Cayuga Alumni Voices and our Facebook page for more on what’s ahead! ~Mary Kriever ’09 P.S. We’d love for you to be part of The Spartan, so send Mary and her in your photos and class notes to let us know what “best buddy” Moo you’ve been up to!

Dear Graduates, Cayuga Community College is a Business with a Purpose. Our purpose is to educate students and serve the community. At the same time we, like every business, must keep a sharp eye on our bottom line. I am pleased to report that we are approaching our budgeted enrollment goals for 2014-15. Our numbers are down slightly from this time last year, but we anticipated this slight decline. We will continue to analyze our enrollment data as we plan for 2015-16 and beyond. Last year the College initiated joint conversations about regionalization with Cayuga and Oswego counties. A new goverGregory T. DeCinque, Ph.D. nance model would help stabilize Interim President our finances while being fair to all concerned. A change of this magnitude will not be easy or quick. Even if all the parties agree to move forward, I don’t see this change happening before 201617. In the interim, Cayuga will continue its efforts to improve student retention, increase enrollment and control spending. Going back to the purpose behind our business, Cayuga’s tradition as a twoyear transfer institution is still going strong. Our programs in criminal justice, nursing, telecommunications and mechanical technology continually adapt to meet employers’ needs. Cayuga is creating: a Plastics Manufacturing Lab at the Auburn Campus to support our new certificate programs; an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at our Fulton Campus; a joint continuing education/workforce development program with Oswego County BOCES and collaborations with Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES for the use of their facilities; and a new Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, scheduled to open in 2017. Thank you for your continued support and interest in Cayuga Community College. Sincerely, Gregory T. DeCinque, Ph.D. Interim President

Nominations sought for 2015 CCC Alumni Awards

Spartan Alumni News Staff

The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2015 Alumni Association’s awards. The award recognizes graduates of the College who have distinguished themselves in careers or community service. Past awards have honored outstanding achievements in vocational or artistic pursuits, volunteer service, public service organizations, civic functions or service to the College. Nominations will be reviewed by the Association’s awards committee, and the recipients will be honored at an awards brunch as well as at the College commencement on May 17. Anyone who holds a degree from Cayuga Community College (or its original entity, Auburn Community College) may be nominated. The deadline is March 31. Forms and information are available by contacting the college’s Alumni Office at; by calling 315-255-1743, ext. 2224; or by visiting

Editor: Mary J. Kriever ’09 Contributors: Alumni Participants, College Community & others as referenced. Graphic Design: Mary G. Merritt, MGM Word Studio, Inc. Photography: Alumni, CCC Staff and College Archives Alumni Class Notes: Alumni Staff, Kathy Colella ’72, Mindy Fedele Data Entry Management: CCC Data Center Staff Circulation: Gregory Szczepanski ’75 Proofreading: Carol MacKenzie ’74 and Mary Wejko ’66

BOTTOM LEFT: Joanne M. (O’Connor) Tonzi ’80, RN, BS providing training in donning and doffing PPE (personal protective equipment) for Ebola preparedness. BOTTOM CENTER: Jennifer Ambrose ’03, RN; Meghan Baier ’03, RN, CNM; Cheryl Foster ’77, RNC, MSN, PNP, LFD; Deborah Koch ’94, RN; and Christy VanOrstrand ’90, RN BOTTOM RIGHT: Michelleen Maguet ’99, RN preparing OR at Upstate University Hospital.

Acknowledgements I am very excited about what we have accomplished for this issue of The Spartan. Special efforts came from many places in order to make this happen -- muchas gracias! The redesign and accumulation of content has been many months in the making and is a direct reflection of the support and efforts made by your Alumni Board -- Thank You! I would also like to offer a personal thank you to my husband, Michael. You’re the best! -Mary


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ALUMNI GREETINGS FROM THE ALUMNI PRESIDENT Dear College Alumni and Friends, This year Central New York has experienced a very harsh winter, and we’re all looking forward to an early and warm spring. I am hopeful that our existing programs, as well as several new initiatives, will help engender warm feelings toward the excellent services the Alumni Association provides to our alumni, CCC students and staff, and to the communities in Cayuga and Oswego counties. So far this academic year, in addition to continuing the various programs and activities that the Association has become known for, we have published this newlyTed Herrling ’72 designed Spartan Magazine and our recently-renamed quarterly eMagazine, Cayuga Alumni Voices; sponsored Alumni, Family & Friends Nights for hockey and basketball games; and co-sponsored Cayuga Alumni Voices events, which bring alumni back to campus for interaction and discussions with current students. Upcoming events include our annual March Phone-A-Thon, the proceeds from which help to support alumni activities; the presentation of our 2015 Alumni Awards (applications are available at the Alumni Office and on the College webpage); and plans for a fourth Cayuga Alumni Voices event to be held in April on the Fulton Campus. Through the assistance of the College administration, we now have a new

Association Office on the Fulton Campus. This will allow us to provide services in both communities and give our alumni the opportunity to be better heard. I am very grateful to Fulton’s Interim Dean John Lamphere for making this happen. This is my final year as President of the Cayuga Community College Alumni Association. It has been a great pleasure, and a great honor, to represent our College’s 25,000 alumni. I would like to thank the members of the Alumni Association for their continued support and expertise. Many thanks go to Mary Kriever ’09, our new Alumni Director, who has been invaluable in keeping the Association on a focused and targeted path. Also, I would like to thank the Cayuga Community College Foundation and the CCC staff and students for their never-ending support of the Association. Most of all, I would like to thank all the alumni who have supported our Association, the Foundation and Cayuga Community College. The Alumni Board is looking forward to the future and to new initiatives being planned. We have a great Alumni Association, and I encourage you not only to continue supporting our efforts but also to get involved with your Association and consider making a donation to our great College. Alumni meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month between September and May; we encourage your participation. Thank you, Ted Herrling ’72 Alumni Association President

Alumni, Family and Friends Night at Syracuse Crunch Hockey Game A good time was had by all at the association’s first “Alumni, Family & Friends Night” at the Syracuse Crunch hockey game on January 30. Discounted tickets and ice level seating was made available to CCC alumni, along with their family and friends. Great hockey action took place between the Crunch and the Rochester Americans in the War Memorial Arena. Intermission entertainment ranged from ice dancing clubs and bubble races to the hockey puck toss and a visit by “Crunchman.” The alumni group, however, made much of their own entertainment alongside current CCC students who also attended the game. The match was made even more exciting as Syracuse dominated the game with a final score of 6 to 4. A second hockey event was held on March 21 as Syracuse Crunch took on the Utica Comets. For more photos of the January 30 event, see our February issue of Cayuga Alumni Voices.

Cayuga alums cheering on The Crunch!

Alumni, Family and Friends Night at CCC Spartans’ Basketball Games What a fun and exciting event the Alumni Association enjoyed on the last home game of the season in February! The CCC Lady Spartans suffered a tough defeat to the OCC Lady Lazers. The crowd cheered the ladies on, but in the end OCC had fresher legs with a deeper bench for substitutions. The CCC Men’s Spartans took on the OCC Lazers following the ladies’ game, and what a game it was! Numerous turnovers on both sides added much suspense for the spectators. At the end, OCC was victorious by a mere two points. Several alumni and future alumni cheered alongside each other for our Spartan athletes. It was great to interact with alums from many different eras, as well as meet some up and coming future alums. Alumni board members handed out alumni-branded glasses and pens to alumni who were in attendance for the event. For future CCC Alumni Association events, check the CCC website, pick up the newest Spartan alumni newsletter, or sign up to receive the Alumni eMagazine, Cayuga Alumni Voices! ~ Rebecca Reese ’06, CCC Alumni Association Board Member Rebecca Reese ’06 and Tony Gucciardi ’61



ALUMNI NEWS MEET YOUR ALUMNI BOARD Lori A. Cochran ’05 joined the Board after graduating from CCC in 2005. She has served as secretary and is currently on the Travel, New Ideas/Outreach & Social and Events Committees. Lori frequently contributes to The Spartan newsletter and Lori Cochran ’05 the Cayuga Alumni Voices eMagazine. She says, “My time at Cayuga was one of the most memorable and meaningful experiences in my life, and I am so fortunate to continue on there by serving on the Alumni Board.” Lori lives in Moravia with her husband Sean of 20 years, son Joshua, their two cats Walter and Sheldon and a Golden Retriever named Mosley. She is the Director of Powers Library which was recently given the distinction as a 5-Star library for 2014 by the Library Journal. She enjoys volunteer work and is a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7127. Reading, fishing and drawing are a few things she likes to do in her spare time.

Fred (far right) celebrating his birthday with two of his sisters, Mary Lepianka and Patti Cuff ’78, and his great friend Al Graney Frederick Falsey ’76 earned a B.A. in biology from SUC at Geneseo and worked for 35 years in the environmental science field. He has been a longtime board member volunteer. Over the years Falsey has served on many of the board’s committees and is currently chair of the Finance Committee, serving as treasurer. He enjoys working on the Scholarship Committee, which is charged with selecting the Alumni Scholarship recipients. Many travelers have had the opportunity to meet Fred, as he is often a leader on alumni-sponsored trips. Fred can often be found helping out at many alumni events, such as the Holiday Craft Fair pizza sale and selling bottles of water at Commencement. Recently, Fred retired from Onondaga County and is enjoying all of his free time. He is a science fiction fan, especially stories depicting an optimistic future, and enjoys hanging out with family and friends. Michael D. Fochtman ’12 became the Student Engagement Coordinator at the Fulton Campus, advising the Student Activities Board (SAB) and Student Government Organization (SGO) following his graduation from Cayuga. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University, majoring in History with a concentration in European History. He


was appointed to the Alumni Association Board this past September and serves as chairperson of the New Ideas/ Outreach & Social Committee and participates on the Events and Finance Committees. His energy has been a wonderful addition to the board. Michael Michael with his enjoys gardening, reading, husband Eric on attending concerts at the their wedding day Oswego Music Hall, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. He resides in Minetto with his husband Eric. Felicia Franceschelli ’11 is the author and founder of The Tiny Professional blog. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development with a concentration in Psychology and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. Felicia works full time as an Executive Consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, Felicia where she recruits, sells and Franceschelli ’11 coaches men and women across the United States and Canada to start and become successful business owners in the skin care industry. She is the President of the Board of Directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension and serves on multiple other boards and committees in Cayuga County. Anthony “Tony” Gucciardi ’61 graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1963. He worked in the Auburn School District for 33 years, 10 as a teacher and 23 as an administrator. He then served as Director of Unity House for nine years. Tony has Anthony “Tony” been married for 47 years to Gucciardi ’61 the former Patti Losani; they have four married sons and enjoy their seven grandchildren. He is Past President of the ACC/ CCC Alumni Association, served on the Owasco Town Board, the Tyburn Academy Board and has volunteered on many other boards in the community. Gucciardi enjoys reading, racquetball, gardening, Owasco Lake and being with his family. Editor’s Note: Tony is featured in this issue as our “Golden Spartan.” To read more about him, visit the Class Notes page. Gerard “Gerry” Guiney ’82 is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He earned his bachelor’s from SUNY College of Technology at Utica. After 38½ years with the NYS Department of Correctional and Community Services, Gerry retired at the rank of Deputy Superintendent. He served on the Department Crisis Intervention Unit (Hostage Negotiating Unit) for 30 years and is a certified Criminal Justice Training Instructor, Evaluator and Consultant. Guiney has been an active member of many


organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus 4th degree. He has served the community in many capacities over the years including: Catholic Youth Organization Basketball, Gerard “Gerry” Auburn Boys and Girls Baseball League, and Auburn Indians Guiney ’82 Football and Cheerleading Pop Warner Organization. Gerry is a member of the Town of Owasco Zoning Board of Appeals and Town of Owasco Comprehensive Planning Board. He is currently serving as vice president of the CCC Alumni Association. Gerry is married to Marilyn DiRaddo. They have two sons, G. Adam and John.

JoAnn (center) with Veteran’s Club members JoAnn Harris ’95 was recently awarded her B.S. in Business Management from Columbia College. She is an Office Manager and a Veterans Certifying Official at the Fulton Campus. JoAnn also serves as the Veteran’s Club advisor and as co-president of the College’s Educational Support Professionals Union, a role she continues to enjoy. In January, JoAnn reached her 20-year mark as an employee of Cayuga Community College. Now that she has completed her bachelor’s degree, JoAnn enjoys occupying her weekends by serving as the chief breakfast cook for “Waffle Saturday” at her parents’ house, along with other family members. It’s a weekly tradition that started a few years ago to enjoy quality time with family. “It is so rewarding when we all have such busy lives,” she said. JoAnn recently became a grandmother for the seventh time with the arrival of new grandson, Anthony; she is also a proud great-grandmother of one. In her free time, JoAnn enjoys sewing.

Ted and Paige Herrling

Edward F. (Ted) Herrling ’72 earned his B.A. in Social Science from SUNY Brockport in 1974. He was Director of the Cayuga County Employment & Training Department since 1979 and Director of the Cayuga Works Career Center since 2003. Ted was instrumental in the creation of the Cayuga Works Career


ALUMNI NEWS Center, a multi-agency workforce development system in Cayuga County located in the James T. Walsh Regional Economic Center on the Auburn campus. After 35 years of service, Ted retired in December 2011. Since then, he has been enjoying his family (especially his grandchildren), basketball, golf, and continues to work part time. He is a 2007 recipient of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award and currently serves as the president of the CCC Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the CCC Foundation Board and volunteers as a SCORE mentor for the Auburn Chapter. William “Bill” Jacobs ’73 served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He joined the City of Auburn Fire Department in 1962 and retired after 25 years at the rank of Captain. Following his retirement in 1987, he was appointed to the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, William “Bill” Maryland. Later he transferred Jacobs ’73 to the United States Fire Administration as a Fire Prevention Specialist, where he worked until 1998. In 1999 Bill was appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Disaster Assistance Employee. In 2001, Bill was elected to the Auburn City Council and served a four-year term. He is a member of St. Mary’s Church, where he serves as a church trustee, member of the Parish Council, and is a Eucharistic Minister. Currently Bill is a Training Unit Leader with FEMA and serves on the boards of many local civic organizations. Throughout his career he has received many special honors, including the ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award in 2002 and the New York Community College Trustees Distinguished Alumnus Award. Kristan L. Johnson ’13 is a Student Success Advocate on the Fulton Campus and a full-time student at SUNY Oswego. While at CCC, Kristan was a note taker and a peer tutor working with students in the Center for Academic Success. Kristan said that she enjoys giving back to the community and likes experiencing that with her fellow Kristan with her puppy CCC alums. A member of the Association’s New Ideas/Outreach and Events Committees, Kristan enjoyed working the Holiday Craft Fair and attending the Alumni, Family & Friends Night at the Syracuse Crunch game. Kristan has two daughters and a fiancé, Nathan. She shared that, “CCC didn’t change my life -- it equipped me and encouraged me to change it myself!”

John E. Lamphere ’74 is currently serving as the Interim Associate Vice President/ Dean of the Fulton Campus and was formerly an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and History, as well as Criminal Justice Coordinator on the Fulton Campus. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego in 1976, a master’s John with his in Public Administration from mentor, Bill Marist College, with graduate Jacobs ’73, studies in history from SUNY at Gettysburg Oswego. Lamphere retired at National Park the rank of Chief Deputy from the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department after 27 years of service. He is a Civil War historian. In addition to serving as past president, vice president and secretary for the Alumni Association, John leads annual guided tours of the Gettysburg Battlefield for the Association. John has two daughters, Jolene and Ryann; and his “significant other,” Liz McCormick, is a full professor at CCC.

Rebecca Reese ’06 is currently a student at SUNY Empire State College looking to complete her bachelor’s degree in Community and Rebecca with two of her Human Services with “fur-babies” a concentration in Administration. She strives to be very community minded and attempts to be as active as possible in community events. Currently, she is a fulltime employee of the E. John Gavras Center and volunteers at the Seward House Museum on weekends. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her “fur-babies,” boyfriend and reading a good book.

John L. McLeod ’08 was a member of the Radio and Television (RAT) Guild while attending CCC. As a music enthusiast, he can often be found at WDWN 89.1 FM, where he is the Urban Music Director. John expanded the DJ’s role to include the “Soul Saturday” line up with radio shows from noon to midnight. In 2006, John received a Theodore Case Film Festival Award for his production of “Water Pollution Control Facility.” He is also a Certified Personal Care Aide. He is a family man and lives in Auburn.

Amanda M. Stankus ’03 graduated magna cum laude from Cayuga Community College. While attending CCC, Amanda concurrently graduated from Wells College as a Henry Wells Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She acknowledges the guidance Amanda M. and support of the current Stankus ’03 acting dean of the Fulton campus, John Lamphere ’74, for contributing to her success at CCC. During her studies at Cayuga, Amanda was the recipient of the New York State Sheriff’s Association Scholarship. This experience with law enforcement sparked Amanda’s interest in attending law school. In 2007 Amanda earned a law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Amanda is an active licensed attorney in both Oklahoma and New York State. She currently practices both criminal and family law in addition to serving as office manager for Dr. Richard Stankus’ medical practice. Amanda resides in Auburn with her husband Jamie and their two rescue Boxers. Amanda is actively involved in the Cayuga County Bar Association and serves as its treasurer. She is a former board member of the Cayuga County American Red Cross, the Community Preservation Committee, and the Cayuga County Women’s Republican Club.

Amanda M. Reed ’06 is the Evening/Weekend Administrator at Cayuga’s Fulton Campus, as well as an adjunct professor teaching Human Resource Management. She has worked at the Fulton Campus since she graduated from there in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration. Amanda M. Amanda went on to receive Reed ’06 a B.S. in Human Resource Management from SUNY Oswego in 2008 and a M.S. in Adult Education from SUNY Buffalo in 2012. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oswego County - Class of 2012. Amanda currently lives in Baldwinsville with her fiancé David and their two dogs.

Terry Wilbur ’08 earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Oswego. He is an Oswego County Legislator representing the Town and Village of Hannibal along with a portion of the Town of Oswego. He was Terry elected at age 21, the youngestWilbur ’08 ever elected county legislator. Terry is very active in his local community serving on a wide range of boards for various organizations. He has worked for the NYS Assembly as a Constituent Liaison for both Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Robert Oaks. Terry was married last fall to Brianna Downs. In his spare time, he enjoys watching NASCAR and Syracuse basketball. Terry feels that the “best form of education is a Cayuga education.”

John (2nd from the right) enjoys spending time with family and friends



ALUMNI NEWS ALUMNI TRIP GOERS TAKE A BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE By Lori A. Cochran ’05 New York City isn’t like any other city in the world. The Big Apple can be described as magnetic. It’s no wonder that the Alumni Association’s annual trip to NYC has become a tradition for many because there is so much to see and do. Foodies alone have over 20,000 eateries to choose from. There are hundreds of museums and Broadway shows to enjoy. The city is rich in culture, history and entertainment. A feature of our Alumni excursion is that everyone does their own thing. Sunny and clear skies made for fun and enjoyable experiences. Many enjoyed walking in Central Park and sightseeing on the double-decker bus tours. A few ventured on the impressive walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Our hotel was located in the Times Square area, close to so many iconic New York City sites and activities. Several took the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, while others visited Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree (a world-wide symbol of the holidays) that had arrived the day before. We invite you to join us next time (November 7-8, 2015) for your chance to take a bite out of the Big Apple!

CCC Alums Lead Auburn Printing Company Into Its Second Century

We’ve said it before, but the truth is, “There is no better way to experience Gettysburg than with the CCC Alumni Association and John Lamphere as your guide.” This past fall another sold-out bus traveled to Gettysburg on a three-day, two night trip. About half of our travelers were repeat attendees and the other half were newbies. Beginning at “Little Round Top” on Friday night, travelers began to understand what this experience would be all about. For the next two days, John explained the three day battle that consumed the most casualties in the American Civil War. John shared poignant stories and explained the symbolism of the many monuments visited. Located in the heart of Gettysburg, the accommodations allowed trip-goers the ability to explore the area during their free time. Once again a delicious buffet dinner was enjoyed by all; followed by either a visit to a local pub, a walking ghost tour, or exploring the historic village and looking for which buildings are riddled with bullet holes. John’s knowledge and passion and ability to include something new each year, keep travelers coming back year after year.

ON SALE NOW! Washington, D.C. — April 24-26, 2015

The Jacobs Press, Inc. is home to two successful Cayuga Community College alumni. Michael K. Trapani ’76, president, and David A. Verdi ’06, account manager, are proud of their strong ties to CCC. Trapani earned his B.S. in Accounting from LeMoyne College, while Michael K. Trapani ’76 & David Verdi ’06 Verdi graduated from of Jacobs Press SUNY Oswego. Both feel strongly that CCC provided a solid educational foundation for their business career path. Trapani was the recipient of the 2003 ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award in recognition for his involvement with the College and in the community. This year, the family-owned company is celebrating 100 years of business. The full-service commercial printer creates marketing materials with the latest in print technology. The Jacobs Press and CCC have a long-standing partnership built upon professionalism and the common goal to support the CNY community. “We’re proud of our long-standing relationship with CCC and I personally have enjoyed working with their talented staff throughout the years,” said Trapani. Editor’s Note: We are thrilled to have Jacobs Press take on our redesigned “magazine-style” newsletter. Their commitment to quality as well as their propensity to go the extra mile has more than earned them the job.




Let spring begin on this three-day trip to our nation’s capital! $298/pp with two in a room. Available until April 3 or until sold out.

Traditional Gettysburg Battlefield — September 18-20, 2015 Escorted by John Lamphere, this is one of our most popular offerings! Goes on sale May 4

Gettysburg Battlefield Unseen — October 2-4, 2015 John Lamphere will take this ambitious group to new areas of the battlefield. A crowd pleaser for our regulars and something special for the newbies! Note: Travelers should be prepared for extensive walking on this trip. Goes on sale May 4

New York City Overnight Trip — November 7-8, 2015

Staying in a great location near Times Square! Goes on sale August 10


John E. Walsh ’65, best known for his TV series America’s Most Wanted, visited the Auburn Campus recently and talked with students.

Interim college president Gregory T. DeCinque, Ph.D. meets with television celebrity John E. Walsh ’65


Award-winning musician David Hanlon ’68 has performed throughout Central New York since 1983 with his band, Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook, while also working full time as a successful real estate agent. Even though music has always been a large part of his life, he planned for a career in teaching by earning his degree at Eastern Michigan. However, after teaching at Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York for one year, he decided that he was a “better drummer than teacher.” For years Hanlon was a full-time musician playing with groups such as Dove and Duke Jupiter; he still plays with the Apple Jazz Band. In 1980, he got married, Dave Hanlon ’68 started a family and made real estate his full-time gig. He has won New York State’s Most Talented Realtor Award, while his group Cookbook has won several SAMMY Awards including Best Group and Best R & B CD – twice. He has won many other musical recognitions including Rochester Music Hall of Fame for Duke Jupiter and for the band C.R.A.C. which was also a Hall of Fame winner. He was personally inducted into the Syracuse Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Today, Dave continues to play drums with musicians from around the USA with Tom Emmi’s “Studio Jams,” located on YouTube, and has taught drumming privately through the years. Dave is married to attorney Edwina Schleider, and they have three adult Dave Hanlon performing with children and three grandchildren with the Apple Jazz Band one on the way. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service CNY Realty. Hanlon is the current President-elect of the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors (GSAR), serving once before in 1995; and has served on their board of directors for three terms. Cookbook has put out three CDs and continues to perform throughout Central New York playing high-energy rhythm & blues. The group has shared the stage with many international artists, and Dave Hanlon has been considered the premier drummer and bandleader for the upstate music scene since the 1970’s. Hanlon shares, “Auburn Community College provided me with the skill sets to further my education at Eastern Michigan University, while simultaneously pursuing my passion for music. These skills and experiences have stayed with me and helped me considerably in both my careers as a realtor and as a musician. Attending ACC was one of my best investments ever.”

This past October, John E. Walsh ’65, best known for his TV series America’s Most Wanted, visited the Auburn Campus. Students and faculty not only enjoyed the photo ops but appreciated hearing about John’s experiences as a writer, developer, and TV producer. He freely shared advice and experiences with students and faculty. Mr. Walsh met with Interim President Dr. DeCinque and toured the Telcom Walsh with his brother, Department with Joseph Walsh ’78 Professor Steve Keeler, Humanities & Communications Division Chair, as well as other parts of campus with his brother Joseph Walsh ’78, who is an instructor at CCC. During an interview by Caleb Slater, CCC student and co-editor-in-chief of The Collegian, Mr. Walsh shared that his television show has helped with capturing 1,200 suspects, including individuals on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list during its 25-year run. Victims’ rights activist John Walsh returned to weekly TV in July of 2014 as host of a documentary- Professor Don Fama with three generations of the Warter family: Tyburn Academy graduate and style investigation series, The Hunt with John Walsh, on current CCC student Justin Warter, his father Richard A. Warter ’05 and his grandfather Frederick F. CNN. In the new series, Walsh details stories of ongoing Warter ’76. After teaching three generations of the Warter family, Fama shares, “Excellent students cases involving fugitives, with the intent of expanding come in groups; especially if they are from the same family.” Keeping CCC all in the family, Justin’s Uncle Frederick F. Warter Jr. ’94 is also a CCC Alum. searches outside the United States.



ALUMNI VOICES ALUMNI VOICES EVENTS BRING ALUMS AND CCC STUDENTS TOGETHER Students and faculty were invited to attend several Alumni Voices events in March. David Bradford worked with Director of Theatre Bob Frame’s students in the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre on March 9 to discuss theatre production. Mark Coleman’s visit, co-sponsored by Academic Partnerships with Sheila Myers, was on March 12 in the Business Industry Center (BIC), where he spoke on “The Sustainability Generation.” Students were very receptive to the ideas presented by Mark C. Coleman ’96, President of Convergence, Mitigation, Management (CMM) LLC, a management consulting business. He is the author of two books: “Time to Trust” and “The Sustainability Generation.”

Mark C. Coleman ’96

David Bradford ’73 was on campus for an intimate discussion about his career as a Theatre Production Manager and Technical Supervisor. Bradford has worked with groups such as The Juilliard School, The Royal Ballet, The Met Opera, Mikhail Baryshnikov and even Frank Sinatra.

David Bradford ’73 shares with students information about his career in theater.

Alumnus author David Homick ’77 was the featured presenter for February in the CCC Alumni Association’s Alumni Voices program, which brings graduates to campus to share their experiences and knowledge with CCC’s students. He spoke to students on the Auburn Campus on the topic of “Writing Your First Novel with Inspiration, Emotion and Intention.” “I’m here to talk to you about how to be a

writer, not how to write,” Homick told students. He advises young people to, “Notice everything, never stop asking questions, and don’t be afraid to express yourself in any way that resonates with your soul.” Following his lecture, David answered questions and provided autographed copies of his recently published book, A Lifetime Last Night, a novel full of David Homick ’77 metaphysical wisdom and inspiration that is woven into an intriguing, contemporary, love story. A second novel, as yet untitled, is currently in the works. “It’s who I am now. I’ll never stop writing,” he said. Following the event, which was co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board, Homick shared this comment: “Attending ACC proved to be a great stepping stone to a fouryear degree. The cost was very reasonable, all my credits transferred, and it allowed me to attend a great school while living at home and working part time.” David has agreed to present for the Alumni Voices program on CCC’s Fulton Campus this spring. David Homick was our featured alumnus in February’s issue of our alumni eMagazine, Cayuga Alumni Voices. For more information or to purchase David Homick’s books, go to


Fred Falsey ’76, Bill Jacobs ’73, Kristan Johnson ’13 and little helper Grace (Kristan’s daughter) brought holiday cheer during their shift.

Michael Fochtman ’12 and Rebecca Reese ’06, two of our newest board members having some holiday fun!


Alumni Association board members enjoyed interacting with holiday shoppers while they sold pizza and bottles of water at the Annual Holiday Craft Fair, December 6 and 7. All Alumni Association proceeds earned at the affair will be used to help fund the many sponsored alumni activities and events.


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CCC MEN’S SOCCER EARNS NJCAA REGION III TITLE The Spartans earned their first-ever NJCAA Region III Men’s Soccer Title with their 3-0 win over Jamestown Community College last fall. It was as far as any men’s soccer team had advanced in Cayuga Community College’s history. During the final game, Josh Grace (Glasgow, Scotland) scored off a header with an assist by Sean Richards (Cadiff, Wales). The second score was unassisted by Connor Field (Felixstowe, England). Netting the third goal was Tom Rivet (London, England) off another header from Sean Wynn (Liverpool, England). The Spartan defenders were led by Grace, Connor Doogan (Belfast, Ireland), Michael Haskins (Belfast, Ireland) and Ashley Brown (Birmingham, England). Following the successful win, Head Coach Darren Wynne was named Region III Coach of the Year for 2014. Grace was named the To u r n a m e n t MVP and Field and Wynn were named to the All-Tournament Team. The victory earned Cayuga a spot in the NJCAA N a t i o n a l Tournament which was held November 13-16, where the #6 seeded CCC Spartans won over #3

seeded Montgomery College Raptors during the National Quarter-finals with a 2-1 win. The team went into the National Semi-finals with a 16-1 record on the season against the #2 seed Richland College Thunderducks, who won their quarter-final matchup against Bunker Hill CC 5-2. Cayuga’s attempt for the National title ended with the loss to Richland College 6-1. Coach Wynne told The Citizen, “We played a very, very good team; we were just one step off. There’s always a bigger picture. I came here in 2010 and the goal then was to get into the National Finals. The goal is the same next year. It doesn’t stop here. At the end of the day, we’ll come back bigger, stronger and hopefully kick butt next year.” The Cayuga team has made it to the regional semi-finals twice. This year Wynne, a native of Ireland, focused on finding more international athletes in order to compete with colleges such as Herkimer County Community College, the threetime defending national champions, who have 17 players from outside the U.S. Wynne said he’s proud of his team this year but is sad to lose his nine seniors, including Southern Cayuga’s Mike Killian and Auburn native Trevor Fletcher.


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Joel Harfield Luton, England Tautis Poniskaitis London, England Mike Killian Scipio Center, N.Y. Sean Wynn Liverpool, England James Green Wiliston, England Connor Doogan Belfast, Ireland Jack Brandon Cardiff, Wales Darren Onwuzuruoha London, England Rob Carter York, England Rob Latham Portishead, England Matthew Spencer-Harty Sunderland, England Joseph Rees Cardiff, Wales Vishal Patel London, England Chris Davison Newcastle, England Enoch Chondol Liverpool, Engand Bud Morris Auburn, NY Thomas Rivet London, England Casen Lange Wolcott, NY Joseph Ayandeji Bolton, England Paul McCormick Glasgow, Scotland Nor-Dean Ellouisi Glasgow, Scotland Harry Hill London, England Ashley Brown Birmingham, England Sean Richards Cardiff, Wales Craig Scally Glasgow, Scotland Connor Field Felixstowe, England Calvin Negus London, England Thalu Masindi London, England Trevor Fletcher Auburn, NY Josh Grace Glasgow, Scotland Baileigh Roach Cardiff, Wales Fernando Chavez Chihauhau, Mexico Michael Haskins Belfast, Ireland Horace Burgdurf III Red Creek, N.Y Jake Denerley-Jones Manchester, England


COLLEGE FULTON NEWS FROM THE INTERIM ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT Greetings from the Fulton Campus! You probably do not realize, but this is the fourth – and last – campus this College has had in Fulton calling itself Cayuga Community College. We have been here over twenty years, and for some reason we continue to be the best kept secret in Oswego County . . . but that is changing fast! Two and one-half years ago, the College made a commitment to Oswego County and the surrounding area to provide an affordable and credible location for a SUNY college. When we took possession of the Fulton Campus at River Glen Plaza, enrollment increased but John Lamphere ’74 failed to meet our expectations. June 1st of last year, CCC’s interim president Dr. Greg DeCinque made some administrative moves and directed that immediate changes take place at the Fulton Campus. These changes to enhance services to our students and staff are based upon the needs of our partners from all over Oswego County and also focus on actually installing the word community in Cayuga Community College. While the concept of a foreign county-administered college in another county is unique, it is accepted and recognized by the Oswego County Legislature and SUNY Oswego that Cayuga is the primary community college for Oswego County. The building projects are immediately visible, but what is taking place in academics on the campus needs to be explained further. While Cayuga provides traditional courses as found on the Auburn Campus, the Fulton Campus has been afforded the opportunity to branch out and respond to community needs. Our highly acclaimed Nursing Program has such a demand that we have doubled the number of students allowed into the program and have increased dedicated classrooms and labs to fulfill this demand. At the request of Oswego Health, we have committed ourselves to provide a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Program that is on target to begin in the fall of 2017. We have formed a collaborative with Oswego County CiTi (BOCES), and in 2015 we will be implementing an Advanced Manufacturing Center on the heels of a highly successful plastics lab created in Auburn. At the request of local businesses and manufacturers, we are either running or implementing new courses reflecting the needs in health care, business, manufacturing, and public safety. And there is more in the works . . . Our partnership with Central New York Arts has been hugely successful, bringing people from all over the area to the campus with their continued programs. The student lounge was completed and officially opened for student use in January. Further, we have negotiated a deal to have a local business couple – Deb & Andrew Buccilli (Deb’s a continuing student with Cayuga) – implement food service for us beginning in August of this year (more information on this as it develops). We have become the central figure for Homeland Security training and meetings for New York overseeing Lake Ontario. We just held our fourth session with plans to make this international. And, for the first time, the Alumni Association now has a permanent office space on the campus in conjunction with the Student Government Organization. There is a lot more, but Mary K. will not allow me the space . . . even after giving her space. Stop in and see us. Visit with anyone who helped to make your time with us a pleasant memory . . . just like that old television show where “everyone knows your name . . .” We are Cayuga – and thanks for being a part of us! John Lamphere ’74 Interim Associate Vice President/Dean of the Fulton Campus


Veteran’s Club Chili Cook-Off Once again the Veteran’s Club Chili Cook-Off was a great success! The competition was robust; in the end Joyce Crandall ’02 and her “Magic Chili” took first place, earning her a $50 Walmart gift card. Close in second and third place, Rod Murad’s “Chocolate Chili” and Vita Racko’s “Lightening Chili” each earned them gift cards as well. The event brought in $285 which will go to charity. “Thank you to all the competitors, and those who brought cornbread and crackers, with a special thanks to ‘The Taste Testers!’”, said Jo Ann Harris ’95, Office Manager/Veterans Certifying Official.

Fulton Campus New Student Lounge Fulton Campus has a new Student Lounge. There are two meeting rooms for the Student Government Organization (SGO) clubs as well as a Veteran’s Lounge. The new space also includes storage for SGO and restrooms, along with plenty of table/counter space for dining or homework and some soft furniture for relaxing. For recreation, the area has a pool table and cable television. Michael Fochtman ’12, SAB, has an office located inside the lounge.



Jo Ann Harris and Kelly Newton, president of SGO, smile for a “selfie” at Kmart.

CCC Fulton Clubs Declare a “Penny War” Fulton Campus clubs and organizations raised money with a “Penny War” last semester. Sponsored by the Student Government Organization (SGO), the goal was to earn the most points. Pennies gave positive points, while silver and bills gave negative points. The club with the most points at the end of the competition won all of the money raised to be donated to the winning club’s charity. Over $1,900 was raised in less than seven days! The Veteran’s Club was declared the winner with the Nursing Club and Healthy Living Club in second and third place respectively. Kelly Newton, president of SGO, was invited by the Veteran’s Club to go shopping for toys to be donated to Toys for Tots. Kmart of Liverpool helped the money go even further by giving an additional 20% discount. The club was able to purchase over $2,300 worth of toys. Michael Fochtman ’12, Student Engagement Coordinator and Advisor to SAB and SGO, congratulated the Fulton Campus community. “What an incredible accomplishment, Fulton Campus community! We have one generous

Ray Mertens, President of the Veteran’s Club, Jo Ann Harris ’95, Advisor to the Veteran’s Club and Veteran’s Certifying Official/Office Manager, along with Veteran’s Club member Patrick Murray with their huge assortment of toys. group of people learning and working within our buildings. You should all be very proud to call yourselves members of our team. Congratulations!”

Jo Ann Harris, club member John Nayhart, Kelly and Ray pose with Kmart cashiers after receiving a 20% discount on the loot!

Cayuga Community College on the Fulton Campus turned red last month to raise awareness of women’s heart disease.





The Cayuga Community College Nursing Program has graduated more than 1,600 RNs since its inception 40 years ago, and the program continues to grow. Due to increased demands in Oswego County, the Fulton Campus program, which previously offered only bi-annual admissions, now admits students into the school’s nursing program each fall. Cayuga’s Nursing Program boasts a National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) five-year pass rate of a notable 98 percent. Also notable is that an impressive 11 of the 23 instructors for the program are alums. “The performance of our graduates on the NCLEX is a tribute to the unwavering commitment to excellence that is embraced daily by the faculty and staff of Cayuga Community College,” said Professor and Director of Nursing Linda Alfieri, MS, RN. Plans are under way for a reunion of Nursing Graduates to be held on May 9. Look for the poster for more details. Billie Ann Fronczek ’82, RN worked for Auburn Memorial Hospital before she and her family left New York and moved to Arizona, where she worked for the Bureau of Prisons. When she returned to the private sector, she felt fortunate to be able to work wherever they lived. For the past six years, Billie Ann was in the Travel Nurse Corps for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “It was not always easy working full time and raising a family, but nursing gives you such an appreciation for life,” shares Mrs. Fronczek.

Billie Ann Fronczek ’82, with husband Matt, sons Adam and Dan

Kimberly S. Phillips ’94 and Laurie C. Nagell ’91 at Auburn Community Hospital

Brenda Forrest ’77 and her daughter Sharon MacKay ’13 Brenda (Morin) Forrest ’77, MS, RN, FNP, CNS Prior to teaching at Cayuga, Forrest worked as a RN in several capacities. When she began working part time in the CCC Nursing Lab, Brenda knew she wanted to pursue her master’s so that she could become part of the great faculty of nursing instructors. “The great thing about nursing is that it never gets boring unless you let it. I love it!!” Both of Brenda’s daughters graduated from CCC, Jessica (Forrest) Penizotto ’00 and Sharon (Forrest) MacKay ’13, RN.

Kimberly S. (Reese) Phillips ’94, RN, MSN wears two nursing caps—as an OB/GYN nurse at Auburn Community Hospital and as a Lab Instructor at Cayuga Community College. She has worked for the Cayuga County Health Department in a Medical Center Hospital (MCH) and Immunization Clinic and at BOCES as an LPN Instructor. “I had an awesome time at CCC with great instructors Stella White, Rosalie Ward ’76, Linda Alfieri, and Linda MacKay.” Mary (Spaulding) Menapace ’98, RN is currently working at Upstate University Hospital at Community in Maternity. Over her career, she has worked for Onondaga County Health Department in Family Planning, at Crouse Hospital in the Surgical Unit, and at Upstate’s OB/GYN Resident Teaching Clinic. Mary said she was able to get her nursing degree part time, while she was home with her children. “It allowed me to launch a career in women’s health for which I am very grateful,” she said.

Laurie C. (Baylor) Nagell ’91, RN has worked at Auburn Community Hospital for 25 years in the areas of Medical/Surgical, Coronary, Intensive, Emergency and Urgent Care and was an instructor at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES in the LPN Program. She is currently working in Maternity at ACH. Nagell shares that she has wonderful memories of her two years at CCC. “Vicki” Condie, Cheryl Foster ’77, Linda Alfieri, Stella White, Rosalie Ward ’76 and Linda MacKay were all wonderful instructors that made it possible to get to where I am today!” Leane J. Cool ’78 and ’91, RN Since earning her RN, Leane has worked the majority of her nursing career as a homecare nurse. She worked at the Cayuga County Health Department until her family relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. Leane currently works in personal homecare in North Carolina. Of her decision to become a nurse, Leane said “It’s been a good Leane J. Cool ‘78 and fit for me!!” daughter Emily

Jennifer Ambrose ’03, RN; Meghan Baier ’03, RN, CNM; Cheryl Foster ’77, RNC, MSN, PNP, LFD; Deborah Koch ’94, RN; and Christy VanOrstrand ’90, RN Jennifer (Ockenfels) Ambrose, ’03, RN earned her BSN from Keuka College. Currently, Jennifer is working at Auburn Community Hospital in Maternity. She is a member of Cayuga County Breastfeeding Connections and is planning to obtain her International Board Certification in Lactation Consultation (IBCLC) this year. “The nursing program at CCC opened up a world of opportunity for me. It is a great program that I promote every chance I get,” said Jennifer. Andrea D. Ruff ’99 and ’11, RN, BSN worked at Auburn Community Hospital in the medical/surgical unit for a few years. After earning her bachelor’s, Ruff began teaching Practical Nursing Students part time both in the classroom and as a clinical instructor. In 2014 she became Coordinator of Healthcare Occupations for Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. Andrea currently oversees the Practical Nursing and Nurse Aide students, as well as our high school programs. “CCC has the best nursing instructors. The knowledge and experience that I gained while attending the CCC RN program has given me such a solid base to build and expand on as I continue along my career path. I am thankful to have had this opportunity,” shared Andrea. Bobbie Miles ’99, RN currently works at Upstate University Hospital at Community in the Jim and DeDe Walsh Family Birth Center. She has enjoyed this position since graduating from the CCC Nursing Program. Bobbie said, “It was a challenging yet exciting program that prepared me for a meaningful and inspiring career.” She is grateful for the many wonderful experiences she had and shares that she has made many great friends through her career and during her time at CCC. Bobbie remarked, “It was the best decision ever!”

Cheryl A. Foster ’77, RNC, MSN, PNP, LFD “The strong foundation I received was the basis for my nursing career. My theme is I care for patients from the womb to the tomb,” Cheryl said. She sets a fine example for her nursing students with her volunteer work, which includes “Field of Hopes and Dreams.” She also volunteers for a variety of organizations. Cheryl has received many awards including a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and an ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award.

Lucinda with her good friend Debra Oliveras ’77 at Auburn Community Hospital Lucinda (Sherman) Kowatch ’00, RN began as a nursing aide at Auburn Memorial Hospital. After many years as a LPN, she returned to CCC earning a nursing degree. With many years of experience before attending CCC, Lucinda recognized that the nursing program prepared her “to be a better nurse.” Lucinda is currently working as an OB/GYN nurse in Maternity. Angela M. “Gauthier” Stapleton ’07, RN works for Lifetime Care in home health care as a clinical liaison for the hospital. She provides infusion education and home care treatment coordination, and serves as a mentor to fellow employees with less experience. Angela writes a clinical blog and creates educational information. “The entire nursing program at Cayuga prepares you very well. Professors are tough, but you graduate with the knowledge and tools to be successful,” Angela said.

Joanne M. (O’Connor) Tonzi ’80, RN, BS felt fortunate to begin her career at Auburn Memorial Hospital where she worked in clinical and managerial positions. Since earning her BS, Joanne has worked in a variety of nursing fields including: Pediatrics, Industrial Health, Quality Improvements, and teaching at the CCC nursing labs. Currently, Joanne is working as an Infection Prevention nurse. Joanne shares, “If I were a scientist, I would end this by remarking on the fascinating intricacies of biological systems; a teacher would choose the best way to connect to a broad audience; and a counselor or advocate would look to inspire. A nurse must encompass each of these skills and more. Regardless of the field you choose, as a nurse you will be challenged and rewarded as an essential contributor to the wellness of Joanne Tonzi your commuhelping a student nity. A nursing degree from don protective gear CCC is a great start to a wonderful career! Congratulations to the CCC nursing program for its repeated success in the graduates passing the nursing boards!”

Michelleen Maguet ’99 in the OR at Upstate Michelleen P. Maguet ’99, RN was employed at Auburn Memorial Hospital as a Patient Care Assistant, while taking classes in the Nursing Program at CCC. Maguet worked on various floors including ICU, Medical and Surgical. Michelleen became an OR Nurse with AMH until she relocated to Upstate University Hospital in 2011, where she continues to work as an OR Nurse. “My time spent at Cayuga was a huge educational experience. I bonded with many of my classmates in the program and continue to remain in close contact with them today,” said Maguet.

Jennifer Young ’07, RN won the Ethyl W. Mapes Nursing Award for excellence in the art of nursing upon graduation from CCC. She has been working Julee A. (Evans) Jorgensen ’01, RN at Auburn Community Hospital since began her career as a med-surg nurse earning her degree. Jennifer worked at Auburn as a bedside nurse on several Medical/ Memorial Surgical floors, and in 2011, she was Hospital. Later recruited by the hospital’s Information she worked as Technology Department to work as a travel nurse, a full-time Clinical Systems Analyst. a Clinical Jennifer helped ACH achieve recogniTrainer for tion with the McKesson Distinguished med-surg Achievement - Honorable Mention Julee Jorgensen ’01 units, and Award for Clinical Excellence. Auburn with her labs was a nurse Community Hospital received this Mo and Bubby manager for award for outHillside Children’s Center. Jorgensen is standing improvenow a nursing supervisor for Auburn ments in Stroke Community Hospital, a position she Care for 2014, began in 2009. Julee has won several based on a prehonors including the 1st NYS Nursing sentation that Association Local District Student Young gave along Excellence Award, the SUNY Chancellor’s with the hospital’s Award for Student Excellence, the Chief Information Virginia Henderson Award for Academic Officer in Excellence, and the Central Counties Charlotte, NC in Professional Nurses Association Award October 2014. “I’m Jennifer for Outstanding Student Nurse. “The extremely grateful Young ’07 program and professors were an intricate for my time spent accepting an part of my success as a Registered Nurse. at CCC and for the They fully prepared me for the many excellent educa- Achievement Award on challenges that would accompany my tion I received.” behalf of ACH future in this career,” shares Julee. said Young. 13

COLLEGE NEWS CCC STUDENTS VOLUNTEER TO PREPARE TAX RETURNS Students are currently preparing tax returns for individuals in Cayuga County. Business Professor Dawn (Matijas) Czolowski ’96 is happy to announce that the program is in its 10th year. Last year the CA$H program successfully prepared 785 returns with total refunds coming back into Cayuga County of $1,116,706. Preparing returns this year are former CCC student Dale Gamba, who is the CA$H Site Coordinator, and Accounting graduate Hannah Reynolds ’14, along with current student, Mindy Fedele.

Current CCC students Stephanie, Gillian, and Cindy making calls to alumni during our annual Phone-A-Thon.

Student Malcolm doubles up on headsets while he makes calls to alums.

PHONE-A-THON 2015 During the month of March, we have been holding our annual Alumni Phone-A-Thon. Thank you for taking a few minutes to speak with our student workers to update your records and for your consideration in making a donation. They enjoyed hearing about some of your memorable experiences at ACC or CCC. We greatly appreciate your pledges, which help us to continue with our great programs!

CCC Accounting Student Mindy Fedele with a client.

Dale Gamba, CA$H Site Coordinator, and Hannah Reynolds ’14


Professor Cheryl A. Foster ’77 (hidden in the back row) takes a group “selfie” with her senior Nursing students.



COLLEGE NEWS TELCOM NEWS Eileen J. Jerrett ’01 was the fall artist-in-residence for TELC 210: Documentary Film Production. Her visit was sponsored through The Robert H. Brunell Chair in the Humanities. Founder of Wilma’s Wish Productions, Eileen has been praised by critics for her new mode of documentary filmmakEileen J. ing. With her dual degrees and Jerrett ’01 a background in film and telecommunications production at CCC, she moved to Toronto to pursue her bachelor’s in film production at Ryerson University, where she discovered her career path in documentary filmmaking.

Eileen Jerrett at screening of “Cut & Paste,” a documentary she directed about a local artist Candy Lucas. Her project, The Blueberry Soup Outreach Tour, involved a yearlong nationwide screening and discussion series. The extraordinary film, Blueberry Soup, took four long years to complete; it shares the story about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. Following her residency at CCC, Steve Keeler, Humanities and Communication Division Chair, shared with the Brunell Scholar Group, “Eileen’s residency was the best so far. We made a wise group decision in deciding to bring her here. She has promised to stay in touch, so we will be hearing from her in the future. I know we are all eager to hear the results of her European tour and her next visit to Iceland.” Eileen was featured in the November issue of our newly renamed alumni eMagazine Cayuga Alumni Voices.



The CJ Department has a Facebook page —CCC.CJDepartment. Check it out for latest news, job postings, or civil service exams. Congrats to Jaime Nielsen ’12 (center) for graduating from the Syracuse Regional Police Academy on February 20, 2015. Officer Nielsen is employed by the Oswego City Police Department.



WONDERFUL Cayuga Community College students get physical to have fun!

More than 35 CCC students participated in a bus trip to Wonder Works at Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse, New York last month. The trip was co-sponsored by the SAB (Student Activities Board), the student group CAYA (Come As You Are) and Jerimy Blowers ’93, Coordinator of Wellness & Intervention Services at CCC. Activities included raised rope course, laser tag, and access to the interactive exhibit. Students spent nearly five hours at this fun-filled, high-energy program going from one activity to the other. The overall response to this free event was positive and driven with Cayuga spirit!

Students Travel to Florida to Participate in Service Learning Although it was chilly in New York, four students from CCC were able to leave the cold and travel to central Florida to complete the “service learning” portion of INT 239 - Interdisciplinary Study of Native American Culture and Education. This unique course integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich each student’s learning experience. In addition to learning about the history and culture of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the students worked with children (Pre-K through 12th grade) at the Ahfachkee School on the Big Cypress Reservation in Florida. This hybrid course is offered each fall (with on-line coursework) and culminates during Intersession (with one week of travel-study). The three-credit course will be offered again in the fall of 2015 with travel-study during Intersession 2016. For more information, contact Teresa Hoercher, Coordinator of Tutorial Services (, x2289), or Patricia Gridley, Education Coordinator ( x2478).

Cayuga Community College on the Auburn Campus turned red last month to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. 16



AACT Appoints Bob Frame

If the expression “no rest for the wicked” is true, then the members of Harlequin Productions must be pretty evil! This has been an academic year of world premiere productions! Our fall production of Carmilla by David MacDowell Blue had only one other mounting when the playwright subsidized his own staging in San Francisco. Spring of 2015 brought to the Bisgrove Theatre the very first series of performances of Nina Mansfield’s Losing our Heads: the Guillotine Play. Carmilla, a vampire, lesbian thriller, was a special undertaking in many ways. Staged in the round in the intimate Black Box theatre, it meant actors had audience on all four sides and never more than 10 feet away! An exciting (and terrifying) experience for the young ninemember cast and four-person crew, 11 of whom had never before been on a Cayuga stage, or worked on a production. “Old timers” Edward Gould and Megan Schwartzenwalder welcomed the new talents of Dominique Baker-Lanning, Meg Owren, Donovan Stanfield, Ryan Baldwin, Sydney Dudley, William Mosier and KeNajah Mathis. The all-new student tech staff was led by Stage Manager Molly Sharples, ably assisted by Angela Bringley, Erica Barcomb and Kiersten Neacosia. Assistant Director Caryl Frame was instrumental in training these neophytes in the intricacies of backstage life. They were guided by the professional design staff of Virginia Fennessy, scenery; Rob Fragoman, lights; Tiffany Howard, costumes; and Steven Hodge, sound. Adjunct instructor Kathy Zamniak choreographed the Tango that was instrumental to the plot. Bob Frame directed/ produced, as he has done since 1987. In spite of the company’s novice status, the Theatre Association of New York State again rewarded this young company with an invitation to perform at their yearly invitation-only Festival. Carmilla was chosen to be one of nine Scenes from the world premiere production of performances that took place over the weekend Carmilla in the Black Box theatre at CCC in November where the production was awarded Meritorious Achievement mentions to Director Bob Frame, Alumnus Rob Fragoman for his Lighting Design and Edward Gould for his acting. Virginia Fennessy received an Excellence in Scenic Design for her work in recreating the multiple places required by the script within the Black Box Theatre. As spring rolled around (in spite of feet of snow and subzero temperatures!) auditions were held for the next world premiere, Losing our Heads: the Guillotine Play. With the loss of rehearsal time thanks to snow days and blocked driveways, it has been an intense fiveweek period. We hope you made it in to see this comedy about what life is like after one has been beheaded. The student company includes Ryan Baldwin, Meg Owren, Nikki Baker-Lanning, Ed Gould, Donovan Stanfield, Will Mosier, and Lexi Tucker, with newcomers Schuyler Delamarter, Jeremy Gregory and Corwin Caster. The tech crew remains the same but this time the design staff includes Robert John Andrusko, scenery; Brad McLean, lights; Mark Romig, sound and video; and Tiffany Howard, costumes. This is shaping up to be a treat for all as the Connecticut playwright will be coming to see her creation the second weekend, which is always a thrill for any company. The 2014-15 academic year has been a success with a grand influx of new students and some powerful productions. We certainly hope that Harlequin Productions are on your to-do list and if you want further information, feel free to write to Bob at Framer@ to be added to the mailing list.

The American Association of Community Theatre recently appointed Bob Frame, Director of Theatre Operations at CCC, as an at-large member of their Board of Directors. AACT is the national voice for community theatre that represents this body both to the federal government and to the International Association of Community Theatres. AACT is best known for hosting a National Festival of the best amateur theatre from throughout the U.S. Bob will be working with other board members to ensure that community theatre is well represented in all areas of the U.S. In many parts of the country, the “community theatre” rivals many professional theatres in the size, complexity and budget of the shows they produce and, in fact, are the only theatre in their area. While Bob has been appointed to fill out a current term, his name also will appear on the slate for a two-year term at this year’s National Festival to be held in Grand Rapids, MI this coming June. Bob is currently on the Auburn Players Community Theatre Board of Directors and is past-president and current board member of the Theatre Association of NY State (TANYS).

Harlequin Hosts TANYS Festival This past November Harlequin Productions and the Auburn Players again played host to the TANYS Festival. Cayuga students were an integral part of the technical crew. Members of the company got to see the work of eight other companies from across the state, in addition to giving their own performance to close the festival. The company put a lot of work into remounting the show, adapting the blocking from the intimate Black Box to the proscenium staging required by the Bisgrove. At the final award ceremony, the three nationally recognized adjudicators gave Discretionary Awards to the tech staff of Carmilla in Sound, Scenic Painting, Lighting and Costumes. It was an exhilarating experience for all involved!

Members of the cast and crew of Carmilla




Kurt Kramer Interim Executive Director CCC Foundation

Spring is finally in the air after this extraordinary winter and with it comes a change of seasons. There have been changes here at the Foundation also. Jeff Hoffman, longtime executive director, has departed. Jeff touched many lives during his tenure at CCC. The staff and Foundation Board of Directors wish him well in his new endeavors. My name is Kurt Kramer, and I will be serving as interim executive director of the Foundation for the next several months. My role will be to continue the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and help the Board organize a search for the new full-time executive director. My expected tenure is approximately three months, working three to four days each week. I come to this position after retiring December 31 with 33 years of YMCA experience. Most recently I served for six years as the CEO of the Auburn YMCA-WEIU. During my Y career, I also worked in Chicago, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. I began my career as a camp director, but most of my years have been spent in administration with an emphasis on general management and fund development. I also bring a strong appreciation for the value of higher education. For six years I worked as the director of YMCA relations at Springfield College in Massachusetts. There I taught courses, recruited and placed students and helped open adult education, off-site campuses. I also served as the national training director for the YMCA, developing curricula and delivering training programs

across the United States. Cayuga Community College provides an outstanding start on the journey of higher education. I look forward to continuing that tradition and helping prepare the Foundation to take its next steps in support of the College mission. Please stop in the office or give me a call to say hello if I may help in any way. Warm regards, Kurt Kramer Interim Executive Director CCC Foundation

A longtime resident of Skaneateles, Patti has a long history of volunteer service. She has been a member of the United Way of Cayuga County Board, Auburn City Planning Board, the Cayuga County Planning Board and the Auburn Industrial Development Authority. Presently Patricia “Patti” she serves on the Advisory Board Callahan for the Montezuma Audubon Center and committees for the NYS Audubon Society, and is a volunteer for Laker Limo. Professionally, Patti is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker for StateWide Realty LLC. For over 25 years she has been a full-time professional realtor specializing in waterfront properties in the Finger Lakes region. Patti also works with clients in the global marketplace, assisting them in relocation wherever their desired property is located. Patti has studied at Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University and has two married sons. Her favorite hobbies are skiing, boating and spending time with family and grandchildren.

David P. Mamuscia ’64

David was born and raised in Auburn. He is an ACC alum, class of 1964. He furthered his education by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in mathematics. Dave is the past treasurer of the Eastern Michigan University Alumni Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Finance Committee. Dave retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan in 1997 after a 30-year career. From there he served as the midwest region consulting


President David Contiguglia Vice President Kelley M. Gridley Treasurer John Latanyshyn Secretary Loraine Miller ’73 Assistant Secretary Lisa M. Green



topjeractuary for Mercer/Marsh McLennan and then director of underwriting and chief actuary for Health Alliance Plan. Prior to his employment with HAP, he was an associate with D.R.M. Stakor & Associates. He also provided actuarial consulting services to the Detroit Medical Center and Humana through his own company, Mamuscia Consulting services. Dave currently serves as a part-time consulting actuary for D.R.M. Stakor & Associates, Watkins & Ross and Hylant Company, which are employee benefit consulting companies based in Michigan. Dave is an avid senior softball player, playing in over 200 games each year and playing in tournaments in several states. He also enjoys discussing sports history and doo-wop music. Dave and his wife Maxine currently reside in The Villages, Florida. They have two adult children and one granddaughter.

Gail Homick Herrling ’62

Gail is an alumna of Auburn Community College and was one of two recipients of the 2012 ACC/ CCC Alumni Award. Through her community involvement, Gail has served the public in personal, professional and volunteer leadership roles. She is a member of several boards: the Seward Gail Homick House Museum, the Schweinfurth Herrling ’62 Memorial Art Center and the Auburn Community Hospital Foundation, where she chairs the Women’s Giving Circle at ACH. Gail also served nine years on the Board of Trustees for Auburn Community Hospital. She is currently a Board of Regents appointed public member of the NYS Office of Professional Medical CONTINUED PAGE 19


Honorary Director Peter J. Emerson Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Daniel C. Labeille Ex Officio Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque Board Members Barbara J. Bateman Patricia Callahan Dr. Dennis Golladay Edward F. Herrling ’72 Gail Homick Herrling ’62 Lloyd E. Hoskins ’74 John J. Klink ’66 David P. Mamuscia ’64 Lewis E. Springer II Christopher J. Todd L. Michael Treadwell Caroline M. Westover

CCC FOUNDATION MEET YOUR NEW FOUNDATION BOARD...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 Conduct, a position she has held for nine years. Prior to this appointment she served for ten years as a public member of the NYS Board of Podiatry. Herrling’s professional experience includes Development and Community Relations Director with Auburn Community Hospital, and Public Relations/Fund Development Consultant to local businesses and not-for-profit organizations, which included Matthew House. Gail was involved with the United Way of

Cayuga County for nearly 30 years, serving on its Board of Directors in the capacity of President and Chair of the Public Relations Committee and appointed as Executive Director in 2006. She retired from the United Way in 2010. In 2010 she received the Women of Distinction award presented by the Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways, Inc. Earning her B.S. at SUNY Oswego, Gail was an elementary level teacher in Cayuga County schools for a total of 17 years.

Gail married Leo P. Herrling in August 2009. She has two children, Kimberly and Jeffrey, with her late husband, Francis J. “Fritz” Homick.

Christopher J. Todd

Christopher graduated from SUNY Potsdam with his bachelor’s of arts degree before earning his master’s degree in Education Administration from St. Lawrence University. He also holds certification in Advanced Studies in Educational Administration.

Chris worked as a teacher and administrator in K-12 education prior to his appointment as District Superintendent and Executive Officer for Oswego County Chris Todd BOCES/CiTi (the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation). Chris holds a number of educational certifications: NYSSBA, AASA, NYCOSS and CNYSBA. He lives in Constantia with his wife Rebecca and children, Savannah and Parker.

Carol A. MacKenzie ’74 is an Executive Administrative Assistant and provides office continuity at the Foundation where she has worked since 1996. She received the ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award in 2010 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Classified Service in 2012. Carol is seen here with her favorite canines, Margo and Baxter.



Emma L. Bergerstock Savannah B. Bray Gabriel J. Canino Joseph R. Clavelli Christan J. Dellostritto Taylor Eldridge Brittany A. Evans Kristin L. Gates Kevin M. Gauthier Raeven J. Harkness Jacob Herrick

Emily L. Hyde Tara D. Lagoe Nichole M. Marr Maureen A. Mccann Edward J. Pickard Stephen P. Pinchak Jessena M. Richardson Alayna M. Slayton Trent W. Valentino Amy S. Walker Sarah E. Zakour



Sheila Myers, CCC Associate Professor and Coordinator of Experiential Learning

Professor Myers Publishes Novel Set in Finger Lakes Sheila Myers, Cayuga Community College Associate Professor and Coordinator of Experiential Learning, has written a novel. Ephemeral Summer is a compelling story of a young woman trying to find her way through life after a family tragedy. Much of the story takes place in the Canandaigua Lake region. The story helps readers to explore the meaning of true love and gain an appreciation for the natural world. “I wrote it to educate people about the Finger Lakes environment as well as to entertain people with an interesting plot,” said Sheila. The book is available at Downtown Books & Coffee in Auburn and at Myers has devoted the past few decades advancing the cause of understanding and protecting the natural world. She is currently working on a historical novel based on the life of the Durant family whose patriarch, Dr. Thomas C. Durant, helped forge the transcontinental railroad. Her website and blog about the research journey for this project can be found at http://www.

NEW HIRES (full-time employees) September: Aris Bird Assistant to NYS Director of Accountability Joan Meyers Director Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Program John Kaftan Dean of Information Technology Byron Norelius Instructional Assistant/Science Patrick Waldron ’09 Instructional Assistant/Library John Lamphere ’74 Interim AVP, Dean of the Fulton Campus (former Asst. Prof. Criminal Justice and History) Paul Warren Instructor of Criminal Justice (Temporary) January: Elizabeth Seton Mignacca Director of Assessment Delicia Weatherstone Assistant Professor of Nursing Jeanne Shaw ’05 Instructional Assistant in Center for Academic Success March: Pamela Heleen Interim Executive Assistant to the President/BOT RETIREMENTS (full-time employees) September: Donna Urbanek Instructional Assistant/Science

January: Linda MacKay

Professor of Nursing

February: Yvonne Warrick ’81

Account Clerk Typist in Financial Aid office

March: Carolyn Guariglia ’71

Assistant to the President/BOT

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ATTENTION: Classes of 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014! Please help us by completing the new graduate survey that will be sent to you by email in April/ May. Information you provide about your experiences will benefit current CCC students.


A Cayuga education is “All in the Family” with the Paczkowski Family: Marc ’03, Scott ’02, Debbie (Debra Moore) ’73 and Thomas Paczkowski ’72, retired Professor of Business.


ALUMNI CLASS NOTES A NOTE ON CLASS NOTES: We appreciate having our alums send us their news and updates. In many cases, though, our staff enlists the aid of all available news sources to bring these Class Notes to our readers. We apologize for any omissions or errors that may occur. the Grand Canyon, Muir Woods, Yosemite, Las Vegas, and the Golden Gate Bridge. She also helped on a Korean Veterans’ trip to Washington, DC last April. Joyce shares that her daughter, Elizabeth, received her master’s degree in public administration and non-profit management from SUNY Buffalo and was married on October 3, 2014 to Thomas Rossiter.



Leo J. Stack shares, “Now at 85 I’ve attained somewhat of a stay-at-home life. Looking back at my earlier years, my wife Marge and I were fortunate to have visited 70 countries, including Antarctica!” In 1985 they won a free trip on the Concord -- London to New York in 3 hours and 13 minutes with an average speed of 1,343 mph! Leo was a realtor for 52 years and his wife Marge was a nurse.


Sue J. Grinnell shares that she had a wonderful time visiting the Adirondacks.

Rodney M. Thomas has retired from Alco Power Company and Thompson & Johnson Equipment Company.

Joanne (Leonard) Mitchell is happily retired.


M. Grace Frumento continues to enjoy retirement from Seward Elementary School.

Shirley J. Odrzywolski shared that she has two grandchildren: one grandson born on November 7, 2012 and a granddaughter born on September 28, 2014 to parents Mark and Karen Odrzywolski. Shirley is a “very happy grandma.”


Joseph C. Mitchell is happily retired.


Dennis A. Siracusa has retired as a physician’s assistant.


Patricia E. (Dinsmore) Walter is working part time at a church after her retirement. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.


George A. Dressing is retired. Patricia L. (Pines) Heieck is retired.


Paul T. Moon is retired and working part time in the Newark School District. He likes to spend time in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada and Arizona. Joseph M. Nemecek has been retired for 16 years and is enjoying life one day at a time. Jon C. Whalen, a retired high school English teacher, shares that his second book, written by Bernard Whalen and himself, titled “The NYPD’s First Fifty Years: Politicians, Police Commissioners, and Patrolmen” will be published in January 2015 by Potomac Books.


Lucille E. (Blanchard) Richmond shares that she is pastoring a small church in Red Creek, NY. Michael J. Ganey states that he is enjoying his marketing job. He also visited Normandy Beaches while on a fall cruise.

Doris A. (Laida) Lindsay retired after 30+ years consulting for Corporate Pension Plans in Boston and Hartford and then moved back to Auburn in 2010. Currently, she is serving as a volunteer District Coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program.

Charles J. Zeck, Jr. is enjoying retirement.


Jonathan C. Chapman traveled to Ireland and Eastern Europe this past summer. Still working full time, he plans on traveling to Disney World and to Italy next summer. Lucy A. (Newlon) Sylvester shares that she and her husband enjoy watching their grandchildren. They have traveled to Florida, New Mexico, Arizona and Cape Cod.


Thomas J. Daly has been working as a Senior Buyer at BorgWarner in Ithaca, NY. He shares that his two children have recently graduated from college.


John D. Catlin is now on full-time disability. He volunteers at Wayne County Humane Society and Newark Wayne County Hospital.


Fred P. Falsey is enjoying his retirement from Onondaga County in the Environmental Lab where he worked as a chemist for 34 years.

Phyllis (King) Boyden would love to hear from her former housemates from Seward Avenue, Auburn, NY -- Alison, Chickie, Patty, Kathy and Darrice. “Great girls; great friends!”

David J. Kowatch has been working with New York State as a Labor Services Representative/ Jobs Program Specialist for 16 years.

Patricia A. (Fleszar) Bozek retired after 40 years of teaching history in the Port Byron Central School District. She recently became a new grandmother of identical twin girls.

Stephen J. Pelton is a retired disabled Navy vet. He has four children and seven grandchildren.

David P. Elkovitch is self-employed. His wife Patty is “as beautiful as ever.” His son, Nik, is a landscape architect in NYC; daughter, Natasha, is a clinical psychologist in the CDC in Atlanta; daughter, Katy, received her master’s degree at Temple University; and son, Chad, 18, is currently working at the Auburn Hospital. David also has two grandsons, Adam, 3, and Isaac, 8 months.


Kathryn “Kathy” A. Ricci retired in 2011 after working 40 years in the health care field. She started her own business in the fall of 2013. David P. Wawrzaszek is retired and has been re-elected as Fleming Town Justice.


James J. Hohman shares that he and his wife Marian have welcomed a new grandson in September 2014, who joins sister, Claire. Joyce E. (Foote) Smith and her children went on a two-week ‘bucket list’ trip. They visited


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James P. Anderegg shares that his daughter, who was an exchange student 22 years ago, visited her host family this past May. James has a son in Hollywood, CA and another son who acts, directs and performs. He also has a grandson who is an “exceptional drawer.”


Thomas B. Riford announced that after 10 years of serving as President/CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, he has accepted the position of Vice President of the Homewood Retirement Centers, Inc. and the head of The Homewood Foundation.


Rev. Louise Tallman is retired from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital as a Pediatric Chaplain.


Randy F. Clark is currently self-employed.




CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 Sharon L. Detzer, Senior Director of Alumni Affairs and Development, has been with Cornell/CALS (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) since 2001. She is a strategic partner with the Associate Dean and helps to promote CALS priorities and initiatives with both internal and external audiences. Sharon also advises volunteer Sharon L. Detzer, and alumni affairs initiatives. ’86 She graduated from CCC with a degree in business administration and then transferred to Cornell/CALS where she earned her degree in communication. While a student, Sharon was a Cornell Tradition Fellow. She personally values the philanthropy that donors provide in scholarships, annual fund, and endowment support. Sharon grew up on a small dairy farm in the Finger Lakes region. She enjoys playing alto saxophone in two community bands. Elizabeth “Tish” A. (Keogan) Costello moved to West Monroe in October 2013. Her son got married in November 2014 in Orlando, FL. Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin was selected as the new President of Herkimer County Community College in January. Dr. McColgin had been the Provost and Senior Vice President of Onondaga Community College since 2008. She has served on several college-wide, SUNYwide, and local community boards and committees and is an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Dr. Cathleen C. Education. Dr. McColgin McColgin, ’86 served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve as a member of the 376th Combat Support Hospital, obtaining the rank of Captain. She has worked as a registered nurse, teacher and coordinator of the Nursing Arts Laboratory at Cayuga Community College, after which she was named Provost of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus in 2001. She holds an A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy from Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI); an A.A.S. in Nursing from Cayuga Community College; a B.S. from Syracuse University’s College of Nursing; and an M.S. in Nursing and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Syracuse University.


Heidi H. (Huddleston) Cross, ostomy nurse practitioner at Upstate University Hospital and a member of the United Ostomy Associations of America, worked with New York State Senator Dave Valesky and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli to pass a bill requiring insurance policies to cover ostomy equipment and supplies. The bill was passed in June 2014 and was signed by Governor Cuomo in September. Legislation took effect January 1, 2015.



Carole Jean (Estabrook) Amarakoon, daughter of William and Kathleen Estabrook, married Shaminda R.W. Amarakoon on July 19, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Aurora, NY. Bridal party attendants included CCC alums Sara (Reynolds) Condie ’01 (Nursing ’05) who served as Maid of Honor, Elizabeth Estabrook ’97, Kathryn Estabrook ’03, Emily (Estabrook) Seneca ’04, Jennifer (Jen) Holmes ’02, Mary (Calkins) Manning ’03, William S. Estabrook ’00, and John (Jack) Estabrook ’02.


Deborah Troncone had two significant losses in 2014: her grandson, Leo, who was a newborn and her Mom.


James H. Mosher shares that he has been happily married for 11 years. He is an avid collector of vintage toys and WWE enthusiast. He also enjoys selling cars.

Anthony “Tony” Gucciardi ’61 As a lifetime resident of the area, Tony has attended schools, worked, raised his family and remained active in the Auburn community his whole life. Following his graduation from West High School and Auburn Community College, where he was elected President of his freshman class, Gucciardi transferred to SUNY Cortland where he received a bachelor’s, master’s and a Certificate of Advanced Studies. He worked in the Auburn School District for 33 years (10 as a teacher and 23 as an administrator) and retired in 1997. Tony began a new career at Unity House as Director, where he worked for ten years with mental health-diagnosed and developmentally delayed consumers. Today he consults for the Cayuga County Employment Office. Gucciardi has been active in the community serving on numerous boards including: Cayuga Home for Children, YMCA, Pop Warner, TomatoFest, Matthew House, Sacred Heart Church, Martin Point HOA, Tyburn Academy Board, RSVP, Men’s and Women’s Health Coalition, and St. Joseph’s Cemetery. He has served as a board member of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association for 11 years, serving as President for three years. Tony is also a second-term, elected member to the Owasco Town Board. He has received several awards for achievement including the YMCA Member of the Year in 2010, the Christopher Columbus Outstanding Achievement Award in 2005, the ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award in 2003, the New York State Development Disabilities Employee of the Year in 2003, and the Community Service Achievement Award in 2002.

Joseph T. Nauseef is currently working as a security guard through US Security and pursuing his DBA in homeland security from Northcentral University. He is also happy to announce that he has finished his fourth and final brain operation, and that he and his fiancée Beth Lupien are expecting a daughter in February 2015!


Gregory T. Miraglia has had poems published in Aerogram, Symmetry Pebble, The Garbanzo Literary Journal and by Red Dash Board LLC. His plays have been produced in the 2011 and 2013 Second Stage Short Play Festivals by the Auburn Players. Greg is a member of the Write on Writer’s group of Cayuga County.


Angela DeBenedetto graduated from St. John Fisher College in May with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has submitted an application to SUNY Upstate for Medical Imaging.


GOLDEN SPARTAN Tony Gucciardi ’61 with two of his grandchildren

Tony has been happily married to the former Patti Losani for nearly 48 years. They are the proud parents of four sons: Scott (Laura), Mark (Brigette), Dana (Sue) and Anthony (Sarah), along with being blessed with seven grandchildren: Alec, Aaron, Joey, Kate, Molly, Anthony and Nico. In his leisure time, he enjoys racquetball, gardening, cooking/baking, reading, Owasco Lake, Auburn High athletics and the month of March in Naples, Florida. Most of all, Tony relishes spending time with his family and grandchildren.



Mary Margaret “Peggy” Ashe Carroway ’03, passed away unexpectedly on November 24, 2014. She attended Alfred State College and was a long-time member of the CCC community working in the Center for Academic Success as a disability specialist for more than 15 years. Peggy was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. Friends and family created a scholarship in her memory at the CCC Foundation. The Memorial Scholarship will be Mary Margaret “Peggy” given to a returning Ashe Carroway ’03 (second-year) full-time student attending the Auburn Campus who has been involved with the Center of Academic Success at CCC. Gifts may be made to the Peggy Carroway Fund, c/o the CCC Foundation, 197 Franklin St., Auburn, NY 13021. The entire college community was saddened by Peggy’s sudden passing, and especially so the students with whom she worked in the Center for Academic Success. As a tribute to Peggy, the Tutor Club raised $1,480 for the scholarship selling Hofmann hots and soda at the College’s December Craft Fair.

William F. “Bill” Case ’56 passed away on December 31, 2014. Bill graduated from Camillus High School, Cortland State College, Auburn Community College and Oswego State College. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. Bill taught at Genesee Elementary School until 1969, when he became Director of Communications for the Auburn School District, where he worked until his retirement. He also was involved with coaching many school sports during his teaching career and into retirement. Bill was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Fleming No. 2 Fire Department for 35 years and an avid golfer and bowler. Active in the Auburn Methodist Church, he served in various leadership positions, most notably overseeing the recording and televised broadcasting of the church services. Bill was also an active member of the Korean War Veterans Association and the Seneca Sams Camping Club.

Dr. Ottavio Giorgio “George” Renzi, passed away on February 21, 2015. Dr. Renzi and his wife, Dr. Anna Maria Renzi, served as adjunct instructors of Italian at CCC for almost two decades. During Intersessions they led many students to Italy for the study abroad program. Dr. Renzi was a Professor of Romance Languages at Wells College and founder and director of their Study Abroad Program in Italy. He served in the U.S. Army and later served as a Language Specialist with the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group in Italy.



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The Association expresses its sincere sympathy to the family and friends of our ACC/CCC alumni and the former faculty and staff members whose names are listed on this In Memoriam page.

Robert T. Welch ’59 passed away January 28, 2015. A graduate of Holy Family High School, Cayuga Community College, and Ithaca College, he was employed as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor for 30 years. Bob was a member and three-time past president of the John F. Kennedy Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was awarded National Life Membership to the Hibernians for his cultivation of Irish history through music. He held a strong love for Irish music and culture and created and hosted the local Irish Radio Show for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, served as chairman of the Auburn Civil Service Commission for 10 years, and for many years proudly ran the local chapter of Project Children. Bob always enjoyed golfing and traveling to Ireland as much as he could. Richard F. “Dick” Landers ’67, former Director of Admissions, passed away unexpectedly on November 13, 2014. Dick had retired in August 2004 following 12 years of service at CCC. He was an Air Force veteran stationed in Korea serving his country from 1961 to Richard F. “Dick” 1967. Following military Landers ’67 service, he graduated from ACC and Alma College in Michigan and later received his MBA from Syracuse University. He resigned in 1990 as Vice President of Human Resources from Goulds Pumps in Seneca Falls. Dick enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Lakeview Golf and Country Club. He was a former member and director of the Auburn Jaycees and was an avid reader. Active in the sport of track and field, he was a NYS track and field official in his retirement and continued to participate for the Empire State Games where he recently received a medal in the discus.


Daniel “Dan” Frederick Pettman ’71 passed away on March 1, 2014 at his residence in Bedford, VA. He was the son of Doris Lee Richards Pettman and the late Howard Frederick Pettman. A former missionary and pastor, Dan was also a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office in Bedford County. He attended Covenant Fellowship Church. Lt. Col. Chester J. Hoffman, USAF, Retired ’72, son of the late Julius and Bernice (Slaughter) Hoffman, passed away on January 4, 2015 at Geneva General Hospital. Chester was an Engineer with the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-1945 and served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1978. Active in many organizations, Chester held several different jobs throughout his life. He served as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Geneva, chairman of the Geneva Housing Authority, director of the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association, and president/life member of the Penn Yan Flying Club. He was also a life member of the Military Engineers, the NRA, the Military Officers Association, and the Civil Air Patrol. A flight instructor for 52 years, Chester was a Professor of Aviation of St. Louis University Parks College and Chief Flight Instructor for Carondo International Flight Training Academy. He was a member of the FAA Aviation Safety Foundation and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. Cynthia “Cindy” Gibson ’88 passed away April 24, 2012. Cindy was well known in the Auburn area with Unity House and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Born in Rochester, she was a graduate of Rochester City High School and Cayuga Community College. April E. (Ringwood) Shedd ’07 passed away January 10, 2015. She was a graduate of Jordan Elbridge High School and Cayuga Community College. April was an avid bead crafter, a hockey fan (her favorite team was the Syracuse Crunch) and she had a love of angels. James Mathew “Jim” Kibbe ’07 passed away on August 3, 2014 after 30 years as a quadriplegic, the result of a motor vehicle accident with a drunk driver in 1984. After his accident, Jim worked for and earned his GED, and graduated from Cayuga Community College. He James Mathew also served on the board of “Jim” Kibbe ’07 Options for Independence in Auburn and was instrumental in procuring curb cuts in Auburn, making wheeled chair travel easier for the disabled. He received the Volunteer of the Year award from Options in September 1999. Jim’s life was lived with zest and a great love of the Lord. He had a love for animals and had many exotic animals and birds over the years. He will be sadly missed by many, but none more than his longtime companion, Joyce Whitman, and granddaughter, Madelyn, his special friend.


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