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Cayuga Community College Alumni Association

Fall/Winter 2016

Cayuga Class of ‘16 Graduates!

In this issue:

2016 Alumni Award Winners Inauguration Of Cayuga’s Eighth President Cayuga IT Commencement 2016



Dear Alumni & Friends, As I was working on the content for this issue of Spartan I couldn’t help but to pause and reflect on the last two semesters and think about the students I’ve become close to, who have now graduated and moved on. Many of them have been invaluable to the Alumni Office, and you will find them Mary Kriever ’09 on these pages. The Alumni Office is a small Director of office, but we manage to accomplish quite a Alumni Affairs bit with the help of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and with the support of the College and Foundation. But I also receive assistance from Cayuga students, and many have become very special to me. From happenings on campus and sharing photos, to “Hey, can I borrow a #2 pencil, or can I grab a bottle of water?,” I will miss them greatly. The Association has participated in many campus activities this spring, including the President’s Inauguration and Commencement. We have given out seven Scholarships and nine additional Book Grants, published an issue of Spartan and three issue of Cayuga Alumni Voices. But one spring event stands out very memorable to me, and that is our Alumni Award Winner’s Reception that was held following Commencement. You can read more about our remarkable alumni and the event in this issue. Which leads me back to our former students who visited my office regularly - I can’t help but wonder which of these talented new alumni might someday join the ranks of the 90 Alumni Award winners, who have been recognized by the Alumni Association since 1993. This fall, I look forward to meeting a new set of students who will find their way into the Alumni Office; and whether they work on the student-run Collegian, supply a testimonial, or simply stop to chat, I will be happy to have met them during their brief time at Cayuga Community College. ~Mary Kriever ’09 Director of Alumni Affairs

Dear Alumni, As I finish my first year as President of your Alma Mater, I am astonished at how quickly the year has gone by and how much has been accomplished during the year. While my Inauguration is addressed in this issue of Spartan, I want to mention a couple of quick items you might be interested in. First and foremost, the College went through Dr. Brian M. Durant an exhaustive process of re-accreditation with CCC President a team from Middle States coming to our campuses at the end of April. I was more than gratified by their recommendations and report, which will soon be on line for you to read once they become official in November. In May I took part in my first Commencement at Cayuga and was thrilled to see nearly 300 students cross our stage at Spartan Hall. I was also delighted to see the first class of Presidential Scholars, who came to our campus in the Fall of 2014, graduate. I can’t thank the College Foundation, and alumni who donate to this program, enough for the support they provide to our top high school students, who come to us from Cayuga and Oswego counties. I also was able to take part in a reception held at the Auburn Campus to recognize four of your fellow alumni, who have made a difference in our communities, region and nation. In June I co-hosted my first Presidents’ Dinner, with Cayuga County College Foundation President Kelley Gridley at the Pavilion at Emerson Park. It was a way to thank those who have generously donated to our College and support our students, staff and mission. As with all institutions, change is the norm, so has it been with the leadership of your Alma Mater. There have been major changes to our Board of Trustees that I want to make you aware of. After nearly 30 years on our Board, John Karpinski, a former Chair of our Board and of many of its committees, decided to retire at the end of June. If nearly three decades of service by him is not remarkable enough, it should be noted that with the exception of a small slice of years, both his father, John and his uncle, Dr. Joseph, have served this College from inception and with distinction. I also want to mention that Jane Bowen, who was appointed to the Board by then Governor George E. Pataki and chose not to seek re-appointment, has seen her replacement named (in the case of gubernatorial appointments you serve until a successor is named). It should be noted that while her term was up nearly three years ago, she was dedicated enough to our College to stay an active Board Member up until her last meeting in June. Finally, I would like to mention that Molly Sharples ’16, who joined your ranks as an alumni during Commencement in May, has moved onto the next stage of her educational career, to get her bachelors at New Paltz. She was a dedicated member of our Board over the last year and was keen on making sure, as a Student Trustee, that the needs of our students on the Auburn and Fulton campuses where known and addressed. As I head into my second year as President, I am thrilled by the support the Alumni of our College have and continue to give to both of our campuses and the College as a whole. Thank you for all of your efforts on our behalf. ~Dr. Brian Durant, President

Acknowledgments I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to the many individuals who participated with this issue, and the staff, faculty and students of the College who offered their assistance. I offer my special THANKS to the Alumni Board of Directors and the Foundation office for their continued support. This publication of Spartan would not be possible without your help! — Mary

Spartan Alumni News Staff Editor: Mary J. Kriever ’09 Contributors: Alumni Participants, College Community, Collegian staff and others as referenced. Graphic Design: Mary G. Merritt, MGM Word Studio, Inc. Photography: Alumni, CCC Staff, E. Bruce Walter Photography, College Archives, and others as referenced. Alumni Class Notes: Alumni Staff Data Entry Management: CCC Data Center Staff Circulation: Gregory Szczepanski ’75 Publication: Jacobs Press (Michael Trapani ’76 and David Verdi ’06) Proofreading: Frederick Falsey ’76



ALUMNI GREETINGS Cayuga CCC Alumni Association 2015-2016 Board Members President Gerard (Gerry) Guiney ‘82 Vice President Terry Wilbur ‘08 Treasurer Frederick Falsey ‘76 Secretary John Lamphere ’74 Past President Edward F. (Ted) Herrling ‘72 Board Members Susan Beck ’96 Janet Cole ’72 Felicia Franceschelli ‘11 Michael Fochtman ‘12 Anthony Gucciardi ‘61 Jo Ann Harris ‘95 William F. (Bill) Jacobs ‘73 Kristan Johnson ‘13 John McLeod ‘08 Rebecca Reese ‘06 Amanda Reed ‘06 Amanda Stankus ‘03 Ex Officio Members Mary J. Kriever ’09, Director of Alumni Affairs Dr. Brian M. Durant, President, Cayuga Community College Mr. Guy T. Cosentino, Director of the CCC Foundation

FROM THE ALUMNI PRESIDENT Dear College Alumni and Friends, One of the great pleasures of being a member of your Alumni Association Board of Directors is being able to take part in the Annual Commencement Ceremony in May. This year, as your Association President, I was able to welcome the new graduates. Witnessing the joy of those who received their degrees from the College President Brian Durant is a memory I will not soon forget. I was also honored to assist our College President in presenting awards to this year’s Alumni Award recipients, and following Commencement the Association hosted a reception for our 2016 Alumni Award winners, where they were joined Gerry by their families and friends to be recognized for their achievements. This Guiney ‘82 year’s winners covered a broad spectrum of accomplishments international, national, and local. Each individual has had a great impact in their field. The occasion was well attended by the Alumni Board, the College President and the Foundation Director, members of the Foundation Board and College Board of Trustees, and TRAVEL WITH CCC ALUMS! other dignitaries. I would like to thank the New York City Overnight Trip — Alumni Association Board November 12-13, 2016 Members and our Director, Staying near Times Square provides a great location for your “do your own thing” weekend! Mary J. Kriever ’09, for ON SALE NOW! the work they do all year to help make us a strong and vibrant organization, but also for their participation in the special events at the College such as the President’s Inauguration, which was held in April. We would like to thank Brian Durant for recognizing the Alumni Association in his remarks during this event, and for his comments regarding the importance of the Association to the College. I would also like to thank Guy T. Cosentino, Director of the CCC Foundation, for his support and input for the benefit of the College and Alumni Association. In conclusion, to those of you who have made financial contributions to the College, and specifically the Alumni Association, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Because of your support we were able to fund nine additional Book Grants and seven Scholarships this spring, which were provided to our students on both the Auburn and Fulton campuses. ~Gerry Guiney ‘82, Alumni Association President

Cayuga CC Alumni Association Awards 7 Scholarships The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association has awarded seven scholarships to new, continuing, nontraditional age, and transferring Cayuga students for the 2016-17 Academic Year. Recipients are: • Incoming freshmen: Ivy Richards of Auburn High School and Abigail Leonti from Dana West High in Port Byron • Continuing student: Caleb E. Bolha of Auburn • Nontraditional-age student: Christine DePropero ’98 of Auburn • Transferring graduates: Rebecca McDonald ’16 of Seneca Falls, transferring to Hobart and William Smith, Martha Caster ’16 of Fulton, transferring to ESF, and Kevin Gauthier ’16 of Auburn, accepted to Upstate Medical University.


“Without the Alumni scholarships, I’m not sure how I could deal with the financial burden of higher education.” ~ Caleb Bolha Candidates are judged on application essays and scholastic merit; freshman awards are reserved for children or grandchildren of Cayuga alumni. Applications or information regarding these scholarships is available by contacting the Alumni Office at 315-294-8524. “I am proud to be the recipient of the ACC/CCC Alumni Scholarship for NonTraditional Student; returning to CCC to obtain a (second) degree in Nursing.” ~Christine DePropero ’98



Award recipients Dr. Brian Kelly, Col. Thomas Powell, and Lori Cochran with College President Dr. Brian Durant and Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney

2016 ACC/CCC Alumni Award Winners Four graduates of Cayuga Community College were recognized by the College’s Alumni Association with the 2016 Alumni Awards. Following recognition at the Commencement Ceremony on May 22, the recipients, with their family and friends were welcomed at a reception held in their honor on campus. The ACC/CCC Alumni Association hosts an awards program recognizing alumni who have set themselves apart through their service to the community and/or Auburn-Cayuga Community College, its Foundation or its Alumni Association. Selection of recipients is based on a range of criteria which include volunteer service, involvement in civic functions, or vocational achievements, to name a few. Recipients exhibit qualities symbolic of the mission of the Alumni Association. Alumni Award winner John E. Walsh ’65 is most visible for his work on, America’s Most Wanted, which has helped to capture about 1,200 suspects, including individuals on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Lists during its 25-year run. In 2014, he became the host of a documentary-style investigation series, The Hunt with John Walsh, where he details stories of ongoing cases involving fugitives with the intent of expanding searches outJohn E. Walsh ’65 side the United States. His work as an advocate and activist in Washington and across the nation address the issues related to missing children, and his advocacy work was key to the passage of the Missing Children’s Act that was signed into law by


President Ronald Reagan in 1982. In 1987 he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Boards and Councils of the Two-Year Colleges of the State University of New York. Walsh has received recognitions by the American Legion; the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the highest civilian award; and the National Parent Teacher’s Association, to name a few. We would like to thank Guy Cosentino for nominating Mr. Walsh for this award. Colonel Thomas J. Powell, USAF, (Retired) ’66 served with distinction throughout a 28 year career in the Air Force in the roles of Military Representative to Department of Defense - Explosive



ALUMNI NEWS 2016 ACC/CCC Alumni Award Winners CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Safety Board, Chief - Maintenance Inspection Division, Commander in the Air Force Combat Ammunitions Center and Logistics Officer, to name a few. He spearheaded efforts in Korea, Taiwan, Germany, the Pentagon and bases in the U.S. to streamline logistics activities to ensure the security and availability of munitions and other materiel. These effective logistics delivered men and materiel at the right time under the most difficult high-stakes situations, which include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Powell also led numerous efforts at home and abroad to coordinate theater-wide logistics activities, reduced vulnerabilities, and improved training and operational procedures. His experience includes areas of project management, logistics, quality assurance, safety analysis, and training and development. Colonel Powell holds a BA from SUNY Albany and an MPA from Southwest Texas University. We are grateful to Bruce G. Burton ‘72, a 2015 Alumni Award winner, for nominating Colonel Powell for this award. Recipient Brian J. Kelly, PhD ’95 is a New York State Licensed Psychologist with the Seneca Cayuga ARC a local nonprofit service agency. He received his Bachelors’ of Science Degree in Health Science from SUNY Cortland; a Master’s Degrees in Health Science and Human Performance from Ithaca College; a Master’s Degree in General Psychology, and Doctor of Philosophy – Counseling Psychology from Walden University in Minnesota. Dr. Kelly has provided assistance in a multitude of environments including developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and the mental health field. He has provided geriatric services in nursing homes, and for several years has provided an autism services in three counties. Brian’s strength, determination, and knowledge in the mental health field continues to offer hope to many as he spends countless hours implementing plans, developing treatments and completing the strenuous process of psychological evaluations. He is the recipient of Walden Universities Presidential Fellowship Award and received a research support grant from The Myers-Briggs Foundation. We would like to thank Andrea E. Hansen for nominating her friend and colleague Dr. Kelly.

Lori A Cochran ’05 was selected as an Alumni Award winner for her civic and volunteer services, as well as her other achievements. She has received many academic achievements awards including a Certificates of Merit for her volunteer work. Lori was very active while attending Cayuga Community CONTINUED PAGE 6

College President Dr. Brian Durant congratulated the Award winners and spoke about the recipient’s accomplishments, and how family and friends play an important role in their achievements.



ALUMNI NEWS 2016 ACC/CCC Alumni Award Winners CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 College where she remained on the Dean’s List from 2002 until graduation and participated with many Student Services including PTK and Academic Support. Lori was named Who’s Who Among Student in American Junior Colleges in 2004. Past community services include Cayuga-Oswego Lakes Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity and the ACC/CCC Alumni Association Board of Directors for 10 years, where she chaired the Travel Committee and served as Secretary for one year. She is currently serving on the VFW Post 7127 and with the American Red Cross. Lori is the Director of Powers Public Library in Moravia where she has developed an outreach computer program for local seniors, as well as satellite libraries for seniors and homebound patrons. Lori was nominated by her friend and fellow alumna Roberta Bellnier ‘89, and the Association would like to thank her for her effort.

Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82 shared the accomplishments of each of the 2016 Award recipients.

The champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception, held in the Rotunda, was sponsored by the Alumni Association. In addition to the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, the event was attended by the College President and College Board of Trustees, Foundation Director and Foundation Board, College faculty and staff and other dignitaries.



John Lamphere ’74, Association Secretary, received grads as they exited the stage after receiving their diplomas.

Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82 welcomes Cayuga’s newest Alumni.


Felicia Franceschelli ’11 took pictures at the event.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors participated in the 2016 Commencement Program in May. The Association provided free bottled water to the new graduates, and sold water to their family and friends; with the proceeds going to help support the many alumni activities and events. Association President Gerry Guiney ’82 spoke welcoming the newest Alumni. Past Presidents Tony Gucciardi ’61 and Ted Herrling ’72 were on hand to greet family and friends and distribute commencement programs, while several other board members participated at Commencement as College faculty.

JoAnn Harris ’95 and Rebecca Reese ’06 distributed bottled water to the graduates.

Tony Gucciardi ’61 and Amanda Reed ’06 greeting family and friends.

2016 Alumni Award winner Col. Thomas Powell, USAF (Ret.)’66 and Alumni Director Mary Kriever ’09.


Fred Falsey ’76, Association Treasurer, sold water to family and friends as Susan Beck ’96 manned another table for sales.

Jeremy D. Johnston ’08 at the console in Subcat Studios with Nick Piccinnini.

Jeremy D. Johnston ’08 – Subcat Studios In 2006, Jeremy D. Johnston ’08 began over a dozen SAMMY’s (Syracuse Area Music as an intern with Ronald Keck at SubCat Awards). In 2015 Alanna-Marie Boudreau’s Studios; then located in the basement of Album Hints & Guesses debuted on the iTunes’s Scott Allyn; a physician and musician living in Music Charts at #33. Skaneateles, NY. Now co-owner of the profesWhile Syracuse isn’t typically known as a sional recording studio music city, SubCat offers located in Armory Square an exceptional model for “My time at CCC was very in Syracuse, NY, Engineer out-of-town musicians important to getting my start in Johnston can be found seeking quality at a much the studio world. Steve Keeler at the helm of an expanlower cost. The studio and Jeff Delbel gave me the sive digital console workattracts national artists direction I needed, to figure out ing with regional and while on tours. However, what I really wanted to do. One of national talent. The highthe local music scene is the things I liked most about my tech studio rivals those what keeps the studio recording classes at CCC was how in business. While their found in L.A, Nashville ‘hands off’ the professors were albums have earned as and Manhattan. Jeremy when it came to studio recording. many as six SAMMYs in has engineered recordWe were able to spend a lot of an evening, Johnston ing sessions for major time on our own figuring out said they are looking to label recording artists; how the gear worked, making SwitchFoot, New Found add Grammy’s to their mistakes and learning by doing, Glory, Everlast, A Day achievements. Since which is exactly what I needed.” To Remember and Scott opening their doors in —Jeremy D. Johnston ’08 Stapp, to name a few. Downtown Syracuse, Recently, Jeremy travSubCat has progressed eled with Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb, into a predominant location for local musimixing live sound for their extensive tour of cian playing genres from blues, soul, to rap. Europe and Russia. Many of the albums engi- Johnston has engineered, mixed, and masneered by Jeremy have won awards including tered over 250 albums; and most recently, the International Acoustic Music Awards and recorded Atlanta based rapper FUTURE for his



Jeremy D. Johnston ’08 with Ian Brooks, Alec Iwanski and Switchfoot. feature track on DRAKE’s latest record Views; which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts and has sold over a million copies. Jeremy has engineered in New York City at KAS Music, Pie Studios and Manhattan Center Studios. In addition to music, he enjoys making short films, going to local shows, traveling and creating art. Of his time at Cayuga he said, “I am grateful for my time at CCC and thankful to Steve Keeler for giving me the push I needed to pursue my dream.” To learn more about Jeremy including his discography, view videos and listen to his work, check out:

ALUMNI NEWS GOLDEN SPARTAN The “Golden Spartans Club” was initiated in 2004 by former Alumni Director Elizabeth Hurley to recognize our alumni who had graduated 50 years (or more) ago. If you fit into our “Golden Spartan” category, we’d love to hear from you!

FROM THE CLASS OF 1955, John A. Bellomo . . . the third graduate to cross the stage! of Special Education, and taught at We were thrilled to hear from John Denver University and the A. Bellomo ’55 following University of Colorado. the spring edition of John acknowledged Spartan. His niece, Sylvia that it sounded like he’d (Zichettella) Ingleston accomplished quite a ’69 noticed him positioned bit, “My parents were promptly between Bob immigrants from Italy Andrews ’55 and Adriana with no education, I was (Amelias) Hardy ’55 in the the first in my family to be Golden Spartan section. educated.” Bellomo said. I guess you could say he While John enjoyed was the third graduate John A. Bellomo ’55 traveling to places such as of Auburn Community Europe, Scandinavia and College! Mexico, he says he is enjoying doing Mr. Bellomo was class president, “nothing,” during his retirement; involved in writing for the first although he admits to going to newspaper for Auburn CC, The the gym every day and likes eating Collegian; and ran the spot light for out. He has two children and three the first dances. “Adriana Amelias grandchildren that live in Colorado. was dancing up a storm while I was rotating the colors on the spot light,” His daughter Carol is the State Refugee Health Coordinator in he joked. Colorado, and his son David is a John worked on the College’s construction engineer. He said he first year book and recalled that enjoys reading about his alma mater it was Professor Robert Brunell in Spartan. that suggested using the name Auburnian backward, calling it Nainrubua. Bob Andrews ‘55 Following graduation from ACC, John received his bachelors and masters from Geneseo in Elementary and Special Education. He taught in Cattaraugus and Rochester, NY John A. Bellomo ’55 before traveling to Germany in 1960 to help set up a Special Education Program for the United States Air Force, working as a civilian for the Defense Department. Adriana (Amelias) Upon his return to the U.S., he Hardy ’55 resumed his work in Rochester for several years before moving to Colorado where he began working “We’ve come a long way from toward a doctorate at the University 1955 – We set the bar high for what of North Colorado. In addition will follow!” He sends his fondest to teaching Special Education, regards and encourages, “Keep up Bellomo served as Principal for two the good work that the class of ’55 schools in Colorado, was a Director started.”

Annual Alumni Meeting Notice The Annual Meeting of the Auburn/ Cayuga Community College Alumni Association will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021. Members of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association have voting privileges at this meeting. Proxy votes will be accepted. For more information contact the Alumni Office at 294-8524 or send an email to The Annual Meeting will include: • Approval of May 2016 Minutes • Treasurer’s Report • President’s Report • CCCC Foundation Report • Alumni Director Report • New and Old Business • Committee Reports • Election of Board of Directors










2016 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS with Foundation Director Guy Cosentino and College President Dr. Brian Durant. Pictured are: Amy Walker ’16; Edward J. Pickard ’16; Jacob Herrick ’16; Student Trustee Molly Sharples ’16, Kevin M. Gauthier ’16; and Brittany Evans ’16. The first group of Presidential Scholarship winners graduated from Cayuga Community College in May. The full-tuition scholarships are given to Cayuga, Oswego and some Onondaga County students, who graduated in the top 20% of their high

school. The initial award was given to 22 students who began attending Cayuga in the Fall of 2014. This scholarship is made possible by the Cayuga Community College Foundation.


With Spring comes a whole series of end of the academic year and Commencement events that make the case for the importance of community colleges like Cayuga. Take just one event. I was at the Nursing Moving Up Ceremony, which was held a few weeks before Commencement in our Guy Cosentino Student Lounge on the Auburn Campus in Executive Director early May for our Auburn and Fulton stuCCCC Foundation dents. I was able to hear great stories about the work our nursing students did as freshmen (oh, the hours of classes, labs and studies!). It was fantastic to have some of those who annually donate scholarships to be present. It was remarkable to have a half a dozen of those who donate funds in the packed room, to personally, not only present awards they fund, but talk about why they donate. Since the last issue of Spartan, the Foundation has worked with the Alumni Association and College on several fronts. One of the most enjoyable was the presentation of four Alumni Awards at Commencement and the reception held afterwards in the Rotunda, here at the College. It was not only inspiring to hear about the contributions of the four, but to have their families and friends, as well as many past awardees, present. We also took an active role in the Inauguration of President Brian Durant on April 15th, where a number of board members


of both the Alumni and Foundation boards were able to attend the ceremony and hear directly from President Durant his vision for the College both in the short and long term, and how both organizations are a key to Cayuga’s future success. He has made it clear from day one and reiterated in April, that his chief priority is the welfare of the current and future students of our College. Yes, buildings are important, staffing is vital and budget management crucial – but his vision for our College is to make sure that our students get a great education and are prepared for their future, whether it be to go on to a four year institution, or getting a program certificate to help them enter the workforce upon completion. In early June we were also able to bring our Presidents’ Circle Dinner back to Cayuga County. Our Board and many donors thought that this was important. It was held at the Pavilion at Emerson Park to celebrate the contributions of our donors, who make a difference in the lives of our students, staff, and both campuses every day. A final note, in this issue of Spartan you will find a newly designed envelope to give support your Alma Mater. I hope that you take a look at the panel beside it and will make a generous donation to our Annual Appeal Fund to help current and future students, like those I saw at the Nurses Moving Up Ceremony and who crossed the stage in late May at Spartan Hall, as they joined your ranks as alums.


FOUNDATION CCCC C CAYUGA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Kelley Gridley Vice President Christopher Todd Treasurer John Latanyshyn Secretary Loraine Miller ’73

Hon. Patrick Mahunik, College Board of Trustee, representing the Cayuga County Legislature; Amy Mahunick; Dr. and Mrs. Durant

30th Annual Presidents’ Circle Dinner

Assistant Secretary Lisa M. Green Board Members Barbara J. Bateman Floyd Backes Patricia Callahan Dr. Dennis Golladay Edward F. Herrling ’72 Gail Homick Herrling ’62 Pamela Kirkwood ’84 John J. Klink ’66 David P. Mamuscia ’64

Foundation Board President Kelly Gridley with outgoing Foundation President David Contiguglia

The 30th annual Presidents’ Circle Dinner was held on June 7th, 2016 at the Emerson Park Pavilion. This event honors the many individuals, foundations and business members of the Presidents’ Circle who contributed an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the Cayuga Community College Foundation. This year the invitations and programs featured the artwork of CCC student Jamie Condie. His artwork was recommended by Melissa Johnson, Assistant Professor of Art at Cayuga, and was representative of a still-art session from her class. Special recognition was given to former Board of Trustee and Foundation staff member Martha “Marty” Seward MacKay, who recently passed away. She gave generously of her time and council to both organizations. Also acknowledged were two Foundation Board Members, David Contiguglia and Lloyd Hoskins ’74, who recently completed nine years of service to the board.

Aliza Querns L. Michael Treadwell Caroline M. Westover Drew Wilcox Ex Officio Dr. Brian M. Durant Honorary Directors Peter J. Emerson Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Daniel C. Labeille


Alumni and Foundation Board member Ted Herrling ’72, former Foundation Board member Lloyd Hoskins ’74, and Paige Herrling.


“You are all ready for the next step” Newly inaugurated as Cayuga eighth President, Dr. Brian Durant greeted the graduates on Sunday, May 22, 2016, and offered them a challenge. “You are all ready for the next step, we look forward to watching you and seeing what you can achieve in the future.” He told the students to continue to learn and recognize the contributions they can make during their lives regardless of the career paths they choose. The graduating class of about 550 were joined by faculty, family and friends in Spartan Hall Gym for the College’s 62nd-annual Commencement. SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners for Student

Excellence Martha Caster ’16 and Rebecca McDonald ’16, served as the College’s commencement speakers. Recognized during the ceremony were the 2016 Alumni Award Winners; John E. Walsh ’65, Col. Thomas J. Powell, USAF (Ret.) ’66, Dr. Brian J. Kelly ’95 and Lori A. Cochran ’05. They were presented with their awards by Dr. Durant and Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, and were received at a reception in their honor directly following Commencement in the College’s Rotunda For more story and photos, check out the August issue of Cayuga Alumni Voices eMagazine.

Inauguration of Cayuga’s President A formal ceremony was held on April 15th for College’s eighth President Dr. Brian M. Durant. During the event, special greetings were given by local and College dignitaries, including former Dean of Enrollment Management for Cayuga and Brian Durant’s former colleague, Dr. Kristine Duffy, President of SUNY Adirondack. The Investiture was conducted by Johanna Duncan-Poitier, SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline. Dr. Durant said, “Ultimately, all that we do is about the student. We have an emphasis on student success. Student outcomes in the areas of graduation, retention, and individual goal completion will always be our focus for continuous improvement. Student success is institutional success.” Addressing the assembly, the new President said, “This is a tremendous honor. It is my absolute pleasure to serve as President of this fine institution.” For more story and photos of the event check out May’s issue of Cayuga Alumni Voices.




CAYUGA it Today

Lead by Dean of IT John Kaftan and long term Cayuga staffer (over 40 years in fact) Director of IT, Greg Szczepanski ’75, the Cayuga IT Team, which currently consists of 13 full-time with 4 part-time members John Kaftan between the two Dean of IT campuses, has been known to lead the way into progressions for technological advancements. From phone systems to network and hardware to software, the IT Department keeps every area of the College up and running; even if it means night or weekend intervention.


CAYUGA it History

David Harbaugh and Greg Szczepanski ’75

Cayuga has gone through many iterations since the first computer arrived in 1965, when they were used to teach computer programming. By 1971 Cayuga IT had a staff of four, and the computers were being used for registration, payroll, and to teach computer science. Additional upgrades in 1977 allowed for programming the Library catalog system and the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, with the first networked serial terminals being added in order for the mainframe to be accessed remotely. The ERP system was developed ‘in-house’ by Cayuga staff, and by the early 80’s the ERP system and library catalog went online. The first PC (Personal Computer) lab arrived in 1983, and in the early 1990’s, Cayuga became one of the first Community Colleges to have Internet connection. The Fulton Campus was opened in the spring of 1994 and was connected to Auburn via phone modem. Before moving the Fulton Campus to River Glen in 2012, Cayuga’s IT Department was able to build a state of the art infrastructure including a new phone system, network and data center. The ERP continued to be developed and maintained by Cayuga IT until the College began migrating to Banner, a commercial CONTINUED PAGE 14 software package, in 2007.




CAYUGA it Meet the Team

John Kaftan, Dean of Information Technology has been with CCC since 2014. He leads both operations and planning for IT Services at Cayuga and provides project management and oversight of IT projects on campus as well as manages the IT Budget. He ensures IT goals are continually aligned with Cayuga’s Mission and Values and is responsible for communication between IT and the campus community. “I enjoy working at Cayuga Community College because we are empowering people to transform themselves and that feels good. In addition, Cayuga is a family oriented employer which is important to me as a father of four.” Greg Szczepanski ’75 Director of Information Technology stated, “Cayuga has been my home and career for over 40 years. I am proud and humbled to be part of this great institution and to have had the opportunity to manage and grow with the IT department.” He has held his current position since 1981. “Cayuga has always been on the leading edge of IT and we were one of the first to be connected to SUNYnet and the Internet in 1991.” When he programmed his first computer as a student in 1973, the college was running on one 32K machine with 10mb of disc; today Cayuga has 72 main servers with over 10 terabytes of disc storage and 750 personal computers. Greg shares, “It has been a wonderful ride and I look forward to continuing to bring Cayuga forward to the next generation. “

Greg Szczepanski ’75


Pictured: Front, Greg Szczepanski ’75, John Kaftan 2nd Row: Wade Lambert (Fulton), David Harbaugh, Josh Rogalski ’07, Bruce Walter; 3rd Row: Samuel Kriever, John Callan, Stan Swizdor ’95, Joe Meyers ’07; Back Row: Doug Hart and Adam Weisblatt (Fulton). Missing: Chris Feeney John Callan, Banner Support Specialist administers all aspects of Banner and specializes in report writing. He has been a valued member of the IT team since May of 2012.

(Terry) Harbaugh ’90 & ’92 for 21 years. His hobbies include model rocketry, Legos, and watching either cricket or Yankees baseball.

Chris Feeney, Instructional Assistant, has worked in IT at Cayuga for 20 years. She is currently the Help Desk Administrator, where she is responsible for assisting all of the College’s “clients” with all things IT. “My job is very rewarding as I get to interact with a variety of people with an assortment of challenges.” Chris said.

Doug Hart, Instructional Assistant, provides technical support for all staff computers and classroom equipment. He has been at Cayuga for over 14 years. Prior to that, Doug was in the U S Navy for 22 years as an Electronic Warfare Technician. “Here at CCC is just like being in the Navy, a different adventure everyday”. Doug lives in Moravia, with his wife. They have 2 grown children and 2 grandsons.

David Harbaugh, Manager of Network Operations and Systems Administration, oversees the College’s network, servers and storage. “The faculty, staff, and students would claim my top priority is to keep the Internet fast and emails flowing, while my boss would claim my top priority is to keep the network and servers backed up, running smoothly, and protected.” He has been married to “Denni”

Samuel Kriever, Banner Support Specialist, assists users with the usage of Banner and all connected applications and helps to maintain background systems and processes. “When things are going smoothly, I will work on projects requested by certain offices. I have been a part of the ‘if it breaks, then we fix it’ team for just over a year, and we all get along really well. There is rarely a dull day up in the Data Center.”


Wade Lambert, Network Desktop Support Specialist, started at Cayuga in 1998. He manages IT Operations for the Fulton Campus and manages the College-wide systems that audit security and monitor changes to Windows Server infrastructure, including user accounts, email, PCs and servers. Wade has been “happily married for six years, after waiting half a century to meet the right lady.” He is “a father once, a step-father twice, Lolo (grandfather) twice, - love my family!”

Josh Rogalski ’07, Network Support Specialist, works on a daily basis assisting with regular server and core switch configuration and maintenance. He monitors Cayuga’s internet connections, and performs regular maintenance and repair of the College’s network equipment on the Auburn Campus. Some of the systems he is responsible for maintaining include: Onbase; the Intranet; Evisions, Outlook & Email, to name a few. Josh said, “Having the opportunity to work at the same institution that educated me, alongside so many of my IT mentors has been the professional experience of my life. I couldn’t ask for a better collegiate atmosphere or better colleagues, and for that I am so very thankful.” Stanley Swizdor ’95, Instructional Assistant, Computer Lab Administrator, has been employed at Cayuga for 28 years. He is in charge of several Microcomputer labs and multiple PC support issues, including printer support, across the campus. For more than 15 years, he has been teaching a computer maintenance course at both the Auburn and Fulton campuses. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, playing the guitar and traveling; “but most of all I enjoy spending time with my wife, Vickie (Kimak) Swizdor ’83, and our SharPei dog “Blue”.

Josh Rogalski ‘07 provides IT tour during IT Christmas Party.

Bruce Walter tends the grill at The Sparty!

E. Bruce Walter, Manager of IT User Services, is responsible for managing the Help Desk, the telephone systems on both campuses, all class rooms, technology labs and conference rooms, along with all video conferencing equipment. He has worked at CCC for over 10 years and said that “It is a fantastic place to work.” He has been married for 27 years and has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Bruce was “co-founder” of the Cayuga Fitness Challenge and was active in the development of SPARTY, the annual Cayuga faculty and staff appreciation and recognition day.

Adam Weisblatt, Instructional Assistant “Officially, computer support - unofficially, jack of all trades.” Adam is the “boots on the ground” in Fulton when it comes to IT. His job varies, but mostly he helps students and staff with IT issues. He is also in charge of maintaining and replacing equipment throughout the building. “This is without a doubt the best job I have ever had. I love the people I work with.” Adam is married “to my beautiful wife, Kristine” and they have two sons (Dylan 11 and Evan 9). Adam would like to express his “thanks” to the team at Cayuga.



Joe Meyers ’07, Banner Function Support Specialist, graduated Cayuga Summa Cum Laude with an AAS in Computer Hardware/ Software Designs. In 2009 Joe was accepted into the Nursing program at Cayuga where he continues to maintain a 4.0 GPA. He began in Cayuga IT in 2007 as a Banner Support Specialist and teaches Computer Science, Telcom and Sociology part time. Joe has two children, Joey Edward II, age 14 and Aryssa Skye, age 12. He practices 3 forms of martial arts, is a Chevy Sports car and LEGO fanatic, and enjoys reading and playing video games in his spare time.


“The old school of thinking was that the information belonged to IT,” John Kaftan said. Requests for reports were put in and IT would run it. Today, however, the self-service aspect of IT has become a big trend, and there is no such thing as down time. IT has become a 24-7 service with online classes and the need for constant access to data. “Students expect to be able to get their grades and pay their bill on their phones,” Kaftan said. Along with this trend came a shift in approach of IT personnel, “We need to be able to communicate better with the end user. IT needs to be more of a customer service group than they had to in the past.” The creation of menus and other features provides the end user with a lot more control. “Technology that worked yesterday is now obsolete,” said Greg Szczepanski, “we need to constantly be upgrading our skills to meet these new demands.” This type of access creates challenges for the department, and they are continually working to build user friendly systems that are data protected. The Cayuga IT Department is committed to providing high quality technology solutions and technical support to advance the academic mission and business processes of the College.



COLLEGE FULTON NEWS FROM THE ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT Greetings! When Alumni Director Mary Kriever notified me I had to submit an article for the upcoming Spartan, I found I had writers block, as I did not want to give out some same standard message of the past years. Walking through the halls to go see an employee in another part of the campus, I had to walk by all these pictures and bios of previous students… …Students!... That’s it; that is the reason we John Lamphere ’74 are here! For those of you who have read this to here, take a minute and reflect on who was at Cayuga Community College – Auburn or Fulton – during your time. I graduated …a long, long time ago (my apologies to George Lucas) and over those years have interacted with literally thousands of our graduates. I have continually been amazed at the number of people who are alumni – but knowing what I do about this College, it does not really surprise me to that great of an extent. Come onto the River Glen campus and count the number of our employees who are grads, or the number of those who return to take additional courses or degree programs upon graduation. You will find us (alumni) in all walks of life literally all around the planet. There is a long list of graduates who distinguish their professions, family, community and this College. Speaking of distinguished graduates, I was fortunate to attend, the reception for our 2016 honorees. Four people all with different paths in their lives following graduation. When the Awards Committee (I sit on it as a member of the Alumni Board) met to review the applications, we realized that each one, in their own field, careers, or service to country or community, were equally as special. One is a nationally known figure, while another is outstanding in her community; one faithfully discharged his duties to safeguard his country, while the other provides extraordinary and unselfish care in his county. Four people with two common denominators; due diligence to the people, and a graduate of Cayuga Community College. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to each and every one of them. I like to think that those aforesaid traits are in all of us. There are so many who could be recipients of this award from the Alumni Association, recognizing your efforts. Unfortunately, we do not know your stories in every instance, and your voices need to be raised. Let us know where you are and what you are doing. On a personal note, I want to recognize and say good-bye to a distinguished alum who has served the College for over 30 years. Sue Witmer ’90, the Operations Director for the River Glen Campus, has announced her retirement effective November, 2016. Sue is a prime example of what this article is all about. I once said of her ‘she bleeds Cayuga red…’, and she needs to be recognized for her contribution and dedication to this College. Best of luck in your future, Susan. When we say Cayuga Community College, we really demonstrate and have our own meaning as to the word Community. We are Cayuga! We are Cayuga! John Lamphere ‘74 Associate Vice President/Dean of the Fulton Campus



Cayuga’s Fulton Campus Inducts Its Largest Honor Society Cohort Ever The Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa held its spring induction ceremony April 17th in the events center on the Fulton Campus. The College’s chapter, Beta Tau Iota, inducted 38 new members, the largest induction to date held at the Fulton Campus. To qualify, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment at Cayuga. Guest speakers who welcomed and congratulated these stellar students included College President Dr. Brian Durant and associate vice president and CCC alumnus John Lamphere ’74.

The Fulton Campus Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Tau Iota Chapter Spring Inductees: Kathleen Alfano Heather Brumbaugh Carrie Burd John Carbonaro Lindsey Carolynn Caswell Lisa Alaska Church Brittany Cimilluca Kayla Cordone Amanda Deavers Peter D. Denton Jessica Doherty Joseph Fernandez Kara Friot Laurie Ellen Goodall Ashley Goodwin Lucille Halstead Nicole Herron Sarabeth Hogan Kristy Hutchins

Jennifer Lynn Allen Jennifer L. James Elizabeth Lambert Dennis Lassen Marissa Leach Delainey Lecuyer Serina Lewis–Galla Kayli Moody Patrick Murray Jacqueline O’Brien Sandra L. Pelkey Meghan Pacheco Lindsay Rollson Taylor Simpson Montanna Smith Jessica Taylor Claudia Wheeler Cynthia Wild Julianna Zabala


CCC Fulton Campus Student Receives Scholarship Aimee Livingston, studying criminal justice protective services at the Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus, accepts a $500 scholarship check from Steve Osborne during the Fulton Rotary Club’s recent Membership Night.

Kindergarten to College Success Program Eighty Kindergarten students from Granby Elementary came to tour the CCC Fulton campus on May 6th through the Kindergarten to College Success Program (K2C) developed by Donna Petersen ’07, who is a PT English Specialist and Adjunct Instructor. K2C was created to promote the early literacy connection between the College’s Early Childhood Education Program and the local school district in which Cayuga Fulton students complete their practicum placements. The students arrived from Granby wearing t-shirts donated by the College and were welcomed by Mrs. “P” along with the Fulton Division Chair, Dr. Robert Humphrey. Students enjoyed a germ demonstration with Professor Jennifer Nichols ’01 in the nursing lab, and a read aloud with Librarian and Associate Professor Judy Campanella ’78, who wowed the children with her story about the superhero monster who helped save the Earth. The children then became superheroes themselves by creating their own capes with stickers and crayons. The youngsters completed their tour with a stop at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, where David Alliger ’08 and his crew rewarded them with a tasty treat of hot chocolate. Before leaving, the Judy Campanella ‘78 reads to children. students received a CCC goody bag.


Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness on Fulton Campus In March, the Student Government Organization and ARISE of Oswego County sponsored events on the Fulton Campus in support of Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Week. Sincere thanks went out to all those who participated, many of whom showed up dressed in green on St. Patrick’s Day to show their support for this important cause!


In the heart of Central New York, you are the roots of our success.

What is the Annual Appeal?

Choose Your Gift Purpose:

The funds received through the Annual Cayuga Community College Appeal are made up of individual unrestricted gifts. These gifts are used to support our mission for use on the Auburn and Fulton campuses, to provide students with diverse learning opportunities to discover their passion and advance their personal and professional growth. Annual gifts are among the most important and valuable to Cayuga, because they can be used where the need is the greatest. They also help to meet new challenges and opportunities of modern higher education.

Unrestricted gifts provide the flexibility to direct your contribution where it is needed most at our Auburn or Fulton campuses. You also have the option to designate your gift for a particular purpose.

Ways of Giving: Gifts from Alumni and friends provide the support that ensures our tradition of excellence. You can make a contribution to Cayuga College in any of the follow ways: check, credit card, or online giving (see our website to do so

Your Support is Appreciated: Every gift is important and will be recognized with an acknowledgment, a gift receipt, listing in The Foundation’s Annual Report, and in our Alumni magazine.

Matching Gifts: Many employers offer matching gift programs that will double or triple your contribution for Alumni gifts. Please contact your Benefits Office to request a matching gift form, if possible.

Planned Giving: Planned giving includes annuities, insurance policies, trust or bequests. Please remember your alma mater in your estate planning. You can use the attached envelope to make your contribution today. Thank you for your support of your alma mater. The Artistic rendering of this mosaic mural “Roots in the Finger Lakes” has been installed at the Auburn Campus and was supported with a Daniel C. Labeille Grant through the Cayuga Community College Foundation. Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Gandee created the design.

Harlequin Productions Spring 2016 was a busy time for Harlequin Production. In January, four CCC students joined me to study Theatre in London where we had a great time, saw eight exciting shows, and visited many theatrical landmarks. I am already making plans for a 2017 trip (check out the College website for general information). Back in Auburn and we immediately went into auditions, followed by a five week rehearsal process for Billy Budd, an original adaptation of Melville by David Rush. The play was very ensemble and movement driven, and the cast completely gender blind. The company enjoyed an exciting process as we worked through the play and ended up with a beautiful and moving piece of theatre. As always, we collaborated with the Tel-com Department to create a live three camera shoot of the production. The experience gave students a chance to do a remote production and run cameras for an event out of the studio. The recording was sent to the playwright who responded: “Bob... I just watched the video of your production and I think it was wonderful. You put together a clear, simple, and very moving show. Your actors were intense and focused and seemed clearly to know what they were doing/saying/responding. I especially was moved by

the drumhead court martial discussion.--- maybe the hardest part of the play to bring off. You had a wonderful set. I imagine your stage must be fairly small, but you got the whole damn ship on it! I thought the lighting very effective. It’s clear you have a great program going; I wish you continued successes.” ~David (Rush) On April 9 we once again hosted the Michael Harms Theatre Festival for about 150 local High School students. They perform their works on the Bisgrove Stage and attend 3 hours of workshop sessions. The Harms Fest was followed by the Auburn Players production of Moon over Buffalo, a hilarious farce (directed by yours truly). Cayuga students made up the backstage running crew and got to experience some wonderful work by some area professional and amateur actors. I’ve met and worked with so many wonderful and talented people since I started at CCC in the fall of 1979, and I have consistently been amazed and in awe of the talent that it has been my extreme pleasure to work with. But I would be remiss if I did not again bid farewell and good luck to our graduating sophomores. It has been a great two years working with Dominque Baker-Lanning ’16, Meg Owren, Ryan Baldwin, William Mosier ’16, Sydney Dudley ’15, Angela Bringley ’16, Erika Barcomb ’16 and Molly Sharples ’16 (who also served this year on the College’s Board of Trustees as Student Trustee). Thank you all, it’s been a good run and congratulations on being part of Cayuga’s newest Alums! ~Bob Frame, Advisor Harlequin Productions



COLLEGE NEWS ATHLETICS Softball Standout Vuillemot Earns NJCAA National Recognition

Mid-State Tabs Two Spartans to All-Conference Softball Team Congratulations to McKenzie Harris (Liverpool, NY) and fellow teammate Danielle Vuillemot (Auburn, NY) who were named to the 2016 MidState Athletic All-Conference Softball Team in May. Harris made the All-Conference Team at the Utility/DH position, while pitching most of the season for the Spartans. She hit .570 with 18 doubles, 4 triples and a homerun. As the number one pitcher for the Spartans, Harris won 11 games and had a 3.17 ERA. Vuillemot made the All-Conference Team as an outfielder. Cayuga’s freshmen centerfielder had a .519 batting average which included 7 doubles, 4 triples, and 6 homeruns.

McKenzie Harris

Congratulations to freshman centerfielder Danielle Vuillemot (Auburn, NY) who was named OC Sports NJCAA National Division III Softball Player-of-the-Week for April 25-May 1. This came shortly after being named NJCAA Region III Player-of-theWeek. The Auburn native has helped solidify the Spartan softball program….who came up just short of their first post-season trip since Cayuga CC brought back softball….in only its third season.

Parrow Qualifies for Region III Tournament

Danielle Vuillemot

Sophomore Michael Parrow (Waterloo, NY) qualified for the NJCAA Region III Golf Tournament hosted by Tompkins-Cortland CC at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University in Ithaca. Following the practice round, forty-four golfers teed it up for the 36-hole event with Rounds 1 & 2 on May 9th and 10th. Parrow finished in the middle of the field after the first day, but struggled on day 2, just missing opportunity to qualify for Region III at the Nationals in June. It was a good season overall for Parrow who will be transferring to SUNY Cobleskill with hopes of continue playing intercollegiate golf.


The Collegian Hosts SGO Presidential Debate The first ever SGO Presidential debate took place on April 6th in the student lounge on the Auburn campus. Organized and directed by Collegian editor Caleb Slater ’16, much of the Collegian staff was on hand to work the event. Moderated by Collegian’s political correspondent Kevin Shutter ’16, candidates Steve Brewer and Sheldon Ryan fielded questions submitted by students attending the event, as well as questions prepared by Collegian staff through campus research on the top issues of concern. Collegian faculty advisor Mary G. Merritt said she was very pleased with the turnout, which included Cayuga President Dr. Durant and Foundation Director Guy Cosentino. After voting which took place the week of April 18th, Steve Brewer was declared the winner. Mr. Brewer is involved in several clubs on campus including Phi Theta Kappa and Tutor Club. He plans to become more visible and involved on campus.


David Evans ’16, Austin Carosella ’16, Brittany Hawley-Coit, Professor Dawn Matijas-Czolowski ’96, Jennifer Meyer

CA$H Program This year’s, the CA$H Program workers prepared 542 returns for Cayuga County residents, with total refunds amounting to $930,930 and EIC (Earned Income Credit) of $374,862. This was the 11th year for the program that is overseen by Prof. Dawn Matijas-Czolowski.

Cayuga Telcom now offers Avid Certification The Telcom Department is now one of very few community colleges across the nation to earn the status of Avid Learning Partner and is now able to offer students certification as Avid Media Composer Editors. “This is a huge advantage for students looking to fast-track their hands-on education in a field that continues to rapidly change,” said Professor Steve Keeler.



Celebrating Peggy!

For the past 16 years, Pat Fiorillo-Bullock has been greeting our students, faculty, staff and community members to the Auburn campus. As she moves on to retirement, we would like to wish a fond farewell and all best in this new chapter of her life.

The Auburn campus Tutor Club invited family, friends, community members, students, faculty and staff to a gathering on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the life of Mary “Peggy” Carroway; dear friend and colleague. Tutor Club Co-Presidents Steve Brewer and Amy Sachiko Walker ’16 welcomed the group; and because Peggy loved St. Patrick’s Day and Irish music, Rebecca McDonald ’16, recipient of the Peggy Carroway Scholarship, sang and the Crane Irish Dancers performed. Peggy’s husband, Ed, and brother, Tom Ashe, shared some words about Peggy before the group participated in a balloon

launch in the campus quad. The event helped to raise money for the CCC Foundation Peggy Carroway Scholarship.


The Great Bambi Rescue

RETIREMENTS (full-time employees)

Bambi was seen frolicking in the Quad on the Auburn Campus on June 30th; unfortunately, the fawn found itself trapped down below a retaining wall (see mosaic artwork shown on page 18). College staff quickly jumped to the rescue and returned it to the Nature Trail to be reunited with its mother and twin. Kudo’s to Building and Grounds staff Glenn Warner and Bob Yawney and IT staff Joe Meyers ’07 and Josh Rogalski ’07 for the “Great Bambi Rescue.” ~To see more photos, visit our Facebook page.

May 2016: Patricia Powers-Burdick - Counselor/Professor Fulton Campus July 2016: Pat Fiorillo-Bullock – Typist August 2016: Margaret Devereaux - Library Director Patricia Gridley - Professor Loraine Miller ’73 - Professor/Department Chair *List provided by the CCC HR Department



2016 Commencement Nursing Awards Fifty-three nursing graduates from the Auburn and Fulton Campus received their nursing pins at the 41st Annual Professional Advancement and Pinning Ceremony on May 20th, 2016. Several nursing graduates receive special recognition during the Pinning Ceremony: Louis and Madeleine Alfieri Memorial Nursing Award Svetlana A. Kuksgauzen, Auburn

Moving Up Ceremony for Nursing Students

Auburn Community Hospital Auxiliary Award Trudi R. Caster, Hannibal

Each year nursing students participate in a “Moving Up Ceremony.” The ceremony celebrates the success of completing the first half of the nursing program. Student excellence is also recognized and 15 scholarships were awarded. Congratulatory remarks were offered by President Brian Durant and CCC Foundation Director Guy Cosentino. Awards were presented by program director Linda Alfieri and scholarship sponsors Michelle McMahon, Tina Socci, Betty Thurston, and Sylvia Davis. Other scholarship sponsors in attendance were Bob Gallager and Prof. Linda Rooker ’66.

Dr. George Sincerbeaux Award Amber L. Shumway, Oswego

Moving Up Scholarship Winners

Dorothy M. Rooker Award Sarah K. Evans, Moravia

Vicki Cook Condie Nursing Excellence Award Trudi R. Caster, Hannibal Wildred “Sonny” Taylor Memorial Award Joseph J. Battista, Oswego Barbara Dove Memorial Award Molly J. Trufant, Cayuga Shirley Vargason Memorial Award Ashley M. Edmunds, Auburn Ethyl W. Mapes Nursing Award Meagan M. Garrison, Fulton Melanie A. Parton, Baldwinsville Herbert P. Ward Memorial Award Ruth N. Vasquez, Fulton William J. Painter Memorial Award Rashelle T. Glover, Auburn Lindsay A. Murphy, Fulton Joan Post Worden Memorial Scholarship Rebecca C. Chamberlin, Oswego Mary C. Reese, Seneca Falls


Alfieri and McColgin Nursing Excellence Scholarship Jamie E. Walter, Auburn Katie M. Socci Memorial Scholarship Jennifer A. Socci, Auburn Claudine B. Babiarz Memorial Scholarship Kayli A. Moody, Oswego

Moving Up Scholarship Winners

Lisa A. McLoud White Memorial Scholarship Amanda M. Daly, Auburn

Elizabeth Payne McQueeney Memorial Scholarship Amanda M. Kelly, Phoenix Nicole M. Voudren, Port Byron

Anne Drancsak Gallager Memorial Scholarship Kimberly M. Testa, Auburn

Joseph W. and Margaret G. Pine Memorial Scholarship Michelle L. Gunnip, Cato

Thomas J. Wiggins, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Edward R. DeFelice, Auburn

Linda A. Rooker Nursing Scholarship Jordan O. Workman, Pulaski Josephine A. Stephen Memorial Nursing Scholarship Rachel M. Walter, Fulton

Maureen Mahany Scholarship Jennifer A. Socci Sarah Elizabeth Thurston Nursing Scholarship Bridgette D. Hagen, Skaneateles Elizabeth A. Jorolemon, Memphis


Nataline Dulles Seymour Scholarship Ashley A. Case, Auburn

Cayuga’s 3rd Annual SPARTY and Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday May 13th, where College faculty and staff enjoyed the college-wide appreciation day which included lunch, games and music on the Auburn Quad. College President Dr. Brian Durant recognized Chancellor Award winners for Excellence in Teaching, Adjunct Teaching and Classified Service as well as recognition for Years of Service; which included Director of IT Greg Szczepanski ’75 who received a 40 year award. Also recognized were individuals who are retiring this year, including Professor Loraine Miller ’73. It was a beautiful day for Sparty! For more photos, head to our Facebook page at Cayuga Community College Alumni Association (ACC/CCC).




Mitchell R. Ross has four children “who have given us nine grandchildren, who we spoil and let their parents clean up our mess.”


Susan J. Grinnell regretfully informed us that her mother, Eleanor Grinnell passed away. Eleanor worked at Auburn Memorial Hospital as a physiotherapist for many years. Sue is a retired veteran of the US Army, and was in the I.R.C. (International Relation’s Club) her sophomore year at ACC.


Beverly (Clark) Rautenberg-Panko is now the ELCA Pastor serving Transitional Ministry in Nebraska.


G. Bryan Honold shares, “I’m semi-retired and volunteer at the Syracuse VA Hospital and at the Camillus section of the Erie Canal . . . Great, as I had Prof. Greer for Environment class.”


William F. “Bill” Jacobs shares that he is retired, “1st time in 67 years I haven’t had a job!” Bill has been a member of ACC/CCC Alumni Association Board of Directors for the past 6 years! Loraine (Liberatore) Miller is retiring from Cayuga Community College. Her professional career at the College began in fall 1990 when she was hired as a part-time instructor. She became a full-time faculty member, teaching business and computer science, in 2000. Since fall 2009, Loraine has served as the Division Chair for Behavioral/Social Science, Business, Criminal Justice, Teacher Education, and Health & PE. She currently serves as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and plans to teach part time at Cayuga. Professor Miller was featured in the 2007 spring/ summer issue of Spartan as a faculty profile piece, and again in our eMagazine Cayuga Alumni Voices in August of 2015. We wish Loraine all the best in her retirement!


Joanne M. Cofrancesco published a children’s book entitled Beverly Beaver’s Hats. It is based on her mother, who used to make hats for her friends and family. The book is available on John E. Lamphere was selected as the Weedsport Central School District Graduate of Distinction for 2016. The Weedsport CSD honored this year’s distinguished alumni at its annual Alumni Banquet on June 18th at the Jr.-Sr. High School. John Lamphere is Association VP/Dean of the Fulton campus and sits on Cayuga’s Alumni Association’s Board of Director’s, serving as Secretary.


A Note on Class Notes: We appreciate having our alum 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.


Judith Ann Waynai reached out to us recently to let us know what she has accomplished since graduating CCC with her Secretarial Science Degree. She currently works at the Nicolas Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, NY in the Business Office, where she received The President’s Volunteer Service Award. She has held several positions over the years including Admissions Office Secretary at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry for ten years. Over the years, Judith has provided volunteer services for the Avon Central School District; Girl Scouts, as an Assistant leader; the Avon Rotary Ambulance; and Sonnenberg Gardens, to name a few. Her artwork has been displayed in the Dansville Public Library in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Judith has two daughters and is proud to share they have also obtained their college degrees.


David J. Homick published his second book Broken Angel, a fast-paced, contemporary love story which follows Jack DiLuca on a journey to find happiness and a sense of purpose in the wake of a troubled childhood. Readers will be caught off guard with each new discovery as Jack winds his way along a perilous path of reclamation. If he is to triumph, he must learn to let go of the past and forgive everyone, including himself. “Sometimes letting go is the only way to hold on.” To read more about David’s book, you can go to his website at:


David G. Rusin was featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Spartan, when the company he had started in 2000, American Fiber Systems, Inc. (AFS) had been acquired. Prior to his proven track record in launching new businesses, David conducted a successful turnaround as President & CEO of Edicon Systems, and held executive positions with Northern Telecom and was past President of Frontier Communications. David is now with Brighton Securities, a leading, independently-owned stock and financial services firm with offices in Rochester and Batavia, NY. David holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Ashley University with International Accreditation, San Francisco, CA; an MBA in Finance from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT; and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.


Douglas A. Kinney was appointed to the position of Director of Public Safety for CCC in August 2015. He was previously the Vice President of Campus Safety and Security at OCC.


Cathleen C. McColgin, PhD. was formally installed as Herkimer County Community College’s fourth president at an inauguration ceremony in April. She previously served as provost and senior vice president


at Onondaga Community College from 2008 to 2015; provost of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus from 2001 to 2008; and a faculty member and coordinator of the Nursing Arts Laboratory at Cayuga from 1988 to 2001. A registered nurse, Dr. McColgin served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 376th Combat Support Hospital, obtaining the rank of Captain. Speakers at the event included Linda Alfieri, professor and Director of Nursing at Cayuga Community College, and Dr. Dennis Golladay, former Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges for the State University of New York, past president of CCC and the recently retired President of Harford Community College. McColgin holds an A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy from Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI); A.A.S. in Nursing from Cayuga Community College; B.S. from Syracuse University’s College of Nursing; and an M.S. in Nursing and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Syracuse University.

1987 & 2000

Kathleen (DeJoy) Genkos and her brother Scott, recently completed and published a local history book, “Hometown Heroes: The History of the Auburn Fire Department”. The firefighter on the cover is their father, Frank DeJoy. “It is a project that we are both very proud of and hope that the community is as well,” she said. Kathy received her first degree in Secretarial Science, and her second degree in Business Administration.


Timan H. Nekritz is the Director of Web Communications at SUNY Oswego. He shares, “CCC was a place that really showed me what a college can do for you. Cayuga definitely built my knowledge, self-awareness and passion for communication as a positive tool. The professors and facilities always were first-rate, as are the memories!”


Keith Bell is the Co-founder and Creative Director at Four Winds Creative in San Francisco. Four Winds Creative focuses on creating videos for technology companies. He previously worked for the Intel Corporation (Intel Studios as Senior Creative Director), Knight Crew Creative Services, and television station KNTV.


Elaine (Cavanaugh) Turner retired last June. She was a teacher with the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center and taught math at a residential facility.


Marilyn U. Fuller completed her second book, The Merlinian Legend, a fanciful tale of Merry Olde England and Wales. Complete with period language and the fanciful tales of magic that will take you back to a wilder, earthier time of Knights in shining armor and damsels in distress! “Merlyn” Fuller weaves many of the olden tales of Merlin the Magician together CONTINUED ON PAGE 27


with spells, magic, alchemy of cultures and a love story for the guy to boot! If you love Wizards and magic and the smell of bonfires and sage, speaking in “Ren-ease”, then grab yourself a goblet of wine or a tankard of ale, a trencher of cheese and curl up by a fire with this book! The book is available online at Amazon and on Marilyn’s musical duo, Merry Mischief’s website:


Matt Mac Vittie, a Telcom graduate, is currently the Collection and Exhibits Manager at the Seward House Museum in Auburn. The Seward House is the historic home of William H. Seward and his family. Seward was Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State and was responsible for the U.S. purchase of Alaska. The museum is considered among the finest of its type in the United States. Matt received his B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2008 and his M.A. in Early American Military History from Norwich University in 2013. Rebecca L. Reese was selected to speak at the 2016 Commencement for Empire State College. “To finally complete this degree means the world to me because I have proven to my friends and family, and most importantly myself, that even though my academic work was paused, I followed through and came out successfully,” said Reese. She graduates with her Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services, with a concentration in Human Service Management. She works for the E. John Gavras Center, serves on the Cayuga Community College Alumni Association Board of Directors, and volunteers at the Seward House Historical Museum.


Derek Graney received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Le Moyne in 2013. He continued his education and received his Bachelor of Science in in Medical Technology from SUNY Upstate Medical University in May 2016. He received his ASCP Board Certification as a medical laboratory scientist in June 2016. Derek has joined the staff in the laboratory at Upstate University Hospital at Community General as a medical technologist.


Bethany Christine Nelson married Mendel Fabricio Mendoza Rios on June 11, 2016. The couple first met while both working in Mendel’s hometown of El Sauce, Nicaragua; where Bethany was working as an intern with The Enlace Project, a small New York State based non-profit organization. The couple is now working and living at Aldersgate Camp located in the middle of the Adirondacks. We featured Bethany in the 2015 Fall/ Winter issue of Spartan.


Casey l. Pinder is currently enrolled in Keuka College’s ASAP Program for Social Work. She shares that she is excelling academically and has made the Dean’s List. “I am still able to balance working full-time

and the pressures of higher education. I have become an advocate at this level as well. I speak up for my cohort when needed as well as my professors and have expressed views and opinions of how I may change the world of social work (which I will do). I am excited for the bright future ahead of me. I will never forget where it all started; Thank you Cayuga Community College!” Cindy said that her path back to CCC as a non-traditional student was a long and difficult one, and that she could not have done it without the encouragement of her professors. She made the Dean’s List every semester and graduated Cum Laude.


Caleb Slater was the editor-in-chief of the College newspaper Collegian. He earned the prestigious scholarship award, The Biden Journalism Award. Caleb was a great friend to the Alumni Office and provided help with stories and photos for Spartan. We wish him the best of luck at Ithaca College!

FACULTY PASSING: Beloved Cayuga Professor, Dr. John Hvozda, passed away peacefully on June 5th, 2016. As a Political Science professor at Cayuga County Community College from 1963 to 1992, Dr. Hvozda conceived the idea creating a Model United Nations Conference in conjunction with the Council of International Relations Dr. John Hvozda and United Nations Affairs (CIRUNA) and a handful of high schools. He served honorably during the Korean War as a U.S. Air Force Sergeant, and received citations for a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Following his military service, John Hvozda obtained his M.A. at Syracuse University and he earned his L.L.D. in Administrative Law from the Ukrainian Free University in Munich in 1965. Dr. Hvozda was a consistently active member of the Ukrainian community. He was a scoutmaster, president of the Syracuse branch of the Ukrainian Congress Committee, and director of the Ukrainian Free University Foundation, to name a few of his affiliations. “I remember John. Students often spoke of him with much affection.” ~Professor Susan Wolstenholme “Dr. Hvozda was helpful and generous to me when I was a new faculty member. One of the best talk shows I ever produced at the college was about Dr. Hvozda and the story of his WWII and post WWII experiences as a refugee.” ~Professor Steve Keeler “I had the honor of working with Dr. Hvozda (Doc) closely as the Secretary General of our Model UN while I was a student. Doctor Hvozda was a kind and generous man and a heck of a teacher!” ~Karen Merritt ‘77, Typist/ FSA Administrative Assistant



Sharon Linda Appleton of Constantia passed peacefully at Upstate Hospital on April 20th, 2015. Nicholas J. Kuncio, Jr., passed away Monday, March 28th, 2016, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Susan Melnick Kuncio ’64, who was the head of Business Industry at CCC, and retired in 2010.


Robert Leo Brewster of Palmyra, NY. died Saturday, August 2, 2014.


Marie C. (Bean) Harris died on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at Auburn Community Hospital.


Dan Thomas Stevens of St. Petersburg, died on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 at Bay Pines VA Health Care System. He was the son of Gladys (Kirscht) Stevens ’74 and was an Army veteran of Vietnam.


Gregory Scott Sloan died unexpectedly on June 12th, 2016 at home.

CCCC FOUNDATION OFFICE - PASSING: Martha Seward MacKay, known to her friends as Marty, passed away on May 27th. Her relationship with the College began in 1971 when she was appointed to the Cayuga County College Board of Trustees by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, a position she held for 18 years. Martha MacKay She received her Bachelor of Science degree as a registered nurse and served as a public health nurse before being appointed as the Administrator of Auburn Nursing Home, a position she held for 34 years, retiring in 1998. Subsequently, she worked for the Cayuga Community College Foundation office for 15 years, retiring in 2013. She was very active in the Auburn community, appointed as the first woman director of the Cayuga County Savings Bank, serving on the Fort Hill Cemetery Board and was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Owasco Country Club and won multiple golf championships. She enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays with her extended family. During our recent President’s Circle Dinner, with Marty’s family members present, Foundation President Kelly Gridley asked for a moment of silence in recognition of Marty, and shared that the Foundation and College Board of Trustees have made a donation to the First Presbyterian Church in her memory. The Cayuga Alumni Association and Foundation have lost a friend and express their deepest condolences to her family and friends.


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