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a monthly publication for students, faculty, staff and friends

May 8, 2013

Accounting major is this year’s graduation student speaker Life has a lot of highs and lows that we all need to learn to deal with. That will be a big part of the student speech, delivered this year by Jacob Davis, an Accounting major, during Commencement on Thursday, May 23, at Proctors. Congratulations to Donald Simon, Sandy Boynton (pictured above), Elisabeth Smith and Lorraine Harper (below), chosen as this year’s Student Government Association Merit Award and ALANA Award winners.

SGA presents awards The Student Government Association (SGA) recently recognized members of the SCCC community with special awards during the annual SGA/EOP Merit Awards luncheon. Donald Simon, a Business Administration major, was the recipient of the Overall Outstanding Student of the Year Award. As President of the Rotaract Club, Donald has organized community service projects including a Seed To Feed program and Bottle Drive for the American Red Cross. He plans to graduate this month and transfer to Siena College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Elisabeth Smith was named Student Volunteer of the Year. Beth, a Teacher Education Transfer major, was Secretary of the SGA and Student Activities Board this year. After SCCC, she plans to transfer to the College of Saint Rose for a bachelor’s degree. Sandra Boynton was presented with the Overall Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award. Sandy has taught at SCCC for 23 years, directing 45 shows at the College and impacting the lives of hundreds of students. She is retiring in August. Lorraine Harper, a Performing Arts: Drama major, was presented with a special African Latino Asian Native America (ALANA) Club Award. Lorraine served as President of ALANA. This year, the club organized student socials and the SCCC Idol talent competition. Lorraine and other club members also represented the club at College events.

“On the day of our largest success, we should appreciate it and look toward the future,” Jacob said. “But one of the things we should expect is that we’ll have some lows in our lives. My speech will encourage this year’s graduates to continue through those lows even when they’re difficult.” Jacob, who was home schooled, has been attending SCCC since Summer 2011. He plans to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at the University at Albany beginning in the fall. He was chosen as this year’s speaker after presenting his speech to Assistant Professor RaeEllen Doyle’s speech class.

Commencement reminders Grads, remember: •Pick up your cap and gown, Commencement announcements and tickets before Wednesday, May 22 in the College Store. Along with your cap and gown, you will receive four Commencement announcements and four tickets.

•Attend a Commencement Informational Session in the Activity Forum, Elston Hall: Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, 10 - 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17, 2 - 3 p.m. Name cards will be distributed at these sessions.

•Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m. at Proctors. Bring with you the following items: your cap, hood, gown and name card. Graduates should arrive at 3 p.m. and will line up outside of the back entrance to Proctors.

Some members of the Class of 2013 share their plans for the future. Page 3.

Center Director and Personnel Coordinator to retire For more than 25 years, Lois Tripp has felt like she is right where she should be. “I think I was meant to be here,” she said, reflecting on her career as the Director of the SUNY College and Career Counseling Center at Schenectady. “This has been my dream job. I always felt like it was made just for me.” She takes with her many memories and personal growth as she retires from SCCC next month. Lois first joined the College in 1986 when the SUNY College and Career Counseling Center was first at the Schenectady Job Training Agency in downtown Schenectady. During her 27 years with the center, it has been located in the Carver Community Center, Schenectady Girls Club, the Family Investment Center, SCCC and now Center City. Through all of those years, it has served a population that Lois said she has been fortunate to get to know. “I have learned so much from the population that I work with,” she said. “I have learned what people’s intrinsic needs are - and how much work and a career are part of those intrinsic needs.” She said that people came to the center from agency referrals and through word of mouth. The center operated under a grant from the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority (MHA) while at the Family Investment Center at Steinmetz Homes and therefore saw many MHA residents as well. While there, clients received counseling and attended workshops on résumé writing and interviewing. Lois and staff members would then help place them in appropriate training programs or schools to pursue careers ranging from health care workers to educators. She estimates that 33 percent of their clients enrolled at SCCC after they visited the center, 33 percent found jobs and 33 percent went on to other employment centers. Throughout the process of helping others, Lois said she evolved on a personal and professional level. “I’ve been able to get past maybe if someone was being rude or angry and just listen to them,” she explained. “For my own goals, that’s been wonderful.” Lois sees her next step in life as a natural progression. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in social welfare and now intends to use her educational background and professional experience to pursue a doctorate in ministry. She specifically wants to become a “Christian UNITY minister.” “It’s about understanding anger and fear and helping people overcome them so that you can go on to the next step with them.” But before that Lois intends to take a year off from work and school to exercise, swim in her pool and serve as a fashion consultant for individuals in the Capital Region.


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When Carolyn Pinn first started at SCCC in 1989, her main strategy was open communication. It still is. “I check in all the time with managers on campus and ask them how things are going and what they might need,” she said. “It’s a lot of labor relations.” Carolyn was hired as the College’s first Coordinator of Personnel Services/Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA/Title IX/504 Compliance Officer. She will retire next month after nearly 25 years at SCCC. Her early days at SCCC were spent reviewing contracts for CSEA, the faculty and the Chairpersons and Directors Association. In those days each department did their own hiring, so it was new for the College to have personnel procedures in a central location. Carolyn developed all of the hiring guidelines for faculty and staff. She also quickly began conducting monthly labor management meetings with representatives from CSEA. “My job was to ensure that the College adhered to the CSEA contract,” she said. “CSEA’s goal was to make sure the College adhered to the contract. We had a common goal.” One of Carolyn’s other early goals was to establish hiring procedures that gave everyone a fair chance at employment, while increasing diversity among faculty and staff. She notes that most of the deans, faculty and department chairs were men. “I wanted to ensure that women were considered for those positions also if they were qualified,” she said. Next, she set out to address the challenge of diversifying the College’s faculty and staff in terms of ethnicity. To that end, under her leadership as Chair, the Affirmative Action Committee developed the Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty and recruited for faculty positions within the community. She believes that the College has gained momentum in terms of diversity. “We’ve certainly come a distance,” she said. “But we still have further to go. The good thing is that the percentage of minorities in Schenectady is equal to the number at SCCC. We’re reflective of our community.” Carolyn has worn many hats during her years at SCCC: conducting collective bargaining discussions and agreements; chairing the CSEA Faculty Staff Development Committee; chairing the Labor Management Committee for the Civil Service Contract; conducting mediations; conducting sexual harassment and bias related training; and overseeing employee and labor relations. In addition to serving the College in a professional capacity for many years, Carolyn is also an alum of the College with an associate’s degree in Human Services. After she retires, Carolyn plans to “enjoy her family and travel.” She wanted to leave her colleagues with this sentiment, “Don’t let anyone steal your joy. Life is too short. A lot of times we have a tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive. Remember, with every lemon, you can make lemonade.”

Congratulations Class of 2013! Graduating from new program Nadine Livingston has not even graduated yet and already has a job lined up. She is among the first students who will graduate from the Medical Coding and Billing certificate program that started at SCCC this past fall. “The classes have been really good and comprehensive,” Nadine said. She came to SCCC after being laid off, realizing that “if you’re not certified, you’re really unemployable - you’re not going to get anywhere without certification.” So, she enrolled at SCCC and has now been hired as the sole office coordinator for Bassett Health Care in Cobleskill. She’ll be coordinating all of the scheduling, insurance information and clerical needs for the office.

Father and son, a great team John Donahue (left) and his son Sean (right) will both be graduating this month. John will earn degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences and Human Services, while Sean will earn an A.A.S. in Emergency Management and a certificate in Fire Science. “It was fun being in classes with my dad,” Sean said. “I never thought I would graduate from college with my dad next to me.” Sean plans to look for a job in a fire department and take a year off before possibly pursuing another degree. After graduating, John plans to attend Empire State College for a bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services with a concentration in Chemical Dependency. He would then like to earn his master’s degree, followed by a Ph.D.

Talent and training, a great combination Stephanie Zhang had been playing the flute since fourth grade, but in seventh grade, she decided to pick up her brother’s saxophone after he lost interest in the instrument. She taught herself how to play, never taking a lesson and began studying with Professor Brett Wery when she enrolled in the Performing Arts: Music program in Fall 2011. She’s now going to be heading to the prestigious Ithaca College School of Music, alto saxophone in hand, chosen as one of five students accepted into the saxophone studio from among 150 applicants from all over the world. A member of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet, Stephanie loves the combination of classical music being played on the brassy sax. “You don’t hear classical music on the saxophone often, so when you do hear it performed well, it’s amazing.”

A sweet tooth and disposition Nicole Barrow’s mother Ruby always told her there was nothing she couldn’t do. “She told me, ‘if you want to ride a bike, you’ll learn,’” Nicole said calling her mother “awesome.” “It might take you a little longer, but you’ll learn, and I always had that mentality.” In fact, this past weekend Nicole opted to try riding a powerful machine with four legs, rather than four wheels. She went horseback riding for the first time in Durham with friends from SCCC. “It was a lot of fun, but very painful,” she said, letting out a hearty laugh. Nicole has had to overcome painful experiences throughout her life, both physically and emotionally. She was born prematurely, weighing only 2 pounds, 1 ounce, and with cerebral palsy. As a child, she underwent surgeries to her legs and head and painful rehabilitation, wearing braces on her legs and using a walker. But because of an inner strength and the encouragement of her family and friends, she’s been able to do anything that she sets her mind to. This month that includes being only the second person in her family to graduate from college. She will cross the stage at Proctors, earning her Culinary Arts degree. After graduation, she’d like to work in a high-end bakery, similar to Magnolia Bakery in Rockefeller Center, where she worked for two and a half years before moving upstate. “I have always loved to cook,” she said. “I love to make cakes and cookies, anything with chocolate. That’s my favorite.” BINNEKILL, May 8, 2013


Events Monday, May 13 - Friday, May 18 Finals Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Faculty and Staff 2013 Awards and Recognition Ceremony, 2 p.m., Taylor Auditorium

We celebrate our students during Honors Convocation 2013 SCCC will celebrate student achievements on Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m., during the College’s 42nd Honors Convocation in the Taylor Auditorium. More than 100 students will receive scholarships and awards during this annual recognition ceremony organized by the SCCC Foundation and members of the Honors Convocation Committee. The entire College community is invited to attend.

Retirement Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Glen Sanders Mansion Thursday, May 23, 2013 Honors Convocation, 10 a.m., Taylor Auditorium Commencement, 4 p.m., Proctors Congratulations Class of 2013! Monday, May 27, 2013 College closed - Memorial Day Monday, June 3, 2013 Summer classes begin


2 Hospitality Club in the community The College’s Hospitality Club was busy this semester, coordinating community service programs. 1. Brittney DeJohn (upper right) with third-graders at Rensselaer Elementary School. Brittney and other club members planted sunflower seeds and decorated plant markers with the students.

There’s still time to register for Summer 2013: Choose from four sessions. Session I: June 3 - July 25 (8 weeks) Session II: June 3 - June 20 (3 weeks) Session III: June 24 - July 11 (3 weeks) Session IV: June 24 - August 16 (6 weeks)


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2. During March, the club conducted a Pet Food Drive, which raised 107 pounds of food that went to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Food Pantry. Left to right are: Kenette Webster, Rebecca Wolf and Brittney DeJohn. Club Advisor is Ingrid O’Connell, Professor in the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism.

BINNEKILL Publication Schedule Spring 2013 This is the last issue of the Binnekill for the Spring 2013 semester. The Binnekill will resume publication in Fall 2013.

College welcomes staff members Christine M. Cowieson has joined SCCC as Coordinator of Campus Events. Prior to joining SCCC, Christine was Coordinator of Conferences and Special Events at Russell Sage College. At SCCC, she will be the liaison for special events, working with internal and external clients, handling scheduling, technical and space needs. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Psychology Studies, and an A.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Sage College of Albany. Paula S. Hayes joined SCCC as Program Coordinator for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, a collaborative effort among the 30 SUNY community colleges in partnership with numerous public agencies and statewide business and industry associations. The primary goal is to develop training programs for the advanced manufacturing industry while building capacity within the SUNY system to deliver these programs through the recruitment of TAA-eligible students and veterans. Paula previously worked at Hudson Valley Community College as a Program Director under grants from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). She also taught reading and study skills at Onondaga Community College and worked at Onondaga-CortlandMadison BOCES as a Curriculum Developer for workforce education programs. She holds a Master of Science in Reading Education from Syracuse University, a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from LeMoyne College and is permanently certified in New York State to teach Reading K-12, and secondary English and French.

Student Trustee Corner by Thomas D. Bambury, Student Trustee “You gotta give ’em hope!” Civil rights advocate Harvey Milk was given credit for this quote and as we look back on the year at SCCC, I find his quote to be so appropriate. I have found that my time as Student Trustee and as a member of the student body has been full of hope. SCCC has provided a foundation for all of us and teaches us life skills and life lessons that live long beyond our time in the classroom. I know that without my time at SCCC I would not be the man I am today, with hope instilled on levels I never dreamed imaginable. I want to thank the Student Government Executive Board and all of the active members of Student Government for their collaborative spirit during the good and not go good times this past year. We should all be very proud of our efforts to make a difference in our College community and beyond the walls of SCCC. I also want to thank my fellow trustees for all that we shared and accomplished this past year, as well as Dr. Quintin Bullock, Dr. Martha Asselin, and the entire extraordinary faculty and staff of SCCC. Finally, I wish to thank YOU, my fellow students, for letting me represent you, and advocate for you on a daily basis. It has been such a pleasure and honor to serve you in this capacity. I will always be proud and thankful for sharing time with you inside and outside of the classroom. I hope that as this semester comes to an end, you are celebrating your successes and not being too hard on yourselves if you did not accomplish all that you could. Just keep the faith. Keep hoping, keep dreaming, and keep reaching for the stars. Have a fantastic summer, and I wish you all the best that life has to offer! Peace.

Faculty, Staff News Leadership Awards Congratulations to the following individuals who received Recognize Everyday Leadership Awards presented by Student Affairs this semester. Darren Johnson, Assistant Dean for Planning, Accountability and Advancement, was chosen for his continued dedication to students and the SCCC Community. Dr. Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the SUNY system, was chosen for the dedication and hard work she demonstrates for the students of SCCC and the State University of New York.

Dr. Karen Hosmer, Associate Professor in the School of Music, played Carnegie Hall this month as an oboist in the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Their performance was part of the weeklong Spring For Music Festival. Dr. Hosmer has played at the famed venue twice before. Lucille Beer, an adjunct in the School of Music, will be singing the role of Erda in the Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Siegfried during the 2013-2014 season this summer. The Seattle Opera draws worldwide audiences to its acclaimed productions of all of Richard Wagner’s major works. It is one of the leading opera companies in the United States.

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Campus Resources Academic Advisement Elston 222/ext. 1277 Monday 8:30 Tuesday 8:30 Wednesday 8:30 Thursday 8:30 Friday 8:30

am-7 pm am-4:30 pm am-4:30 pm am-7 pm am-4:30 pm

Academic Computing Lab Elston 529, 530/ext. 1213 Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-10 pm Friday 8:30 am-4 pm Saturday 9 am-3:30 pm

(Hours until May 17, 2013) Registrar’s Office

The College Store Elston 109/ext. 1332 Monday-Wednesday 8 am-6 pm 8 am-4 pm Thursday Friday 8 am-2 pm The Commons Elston/ext. 1330 Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-8 pm Friday 7:30 am-2 pm


Accounting/CIS Tutor Lab

(Career, Transfer and Personal) Elston 222/ext. 1365 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

ADA Transition Services

College Central Network SCCC’s career management system

Elston 330/ext. 1041 Monday - Thursday 9 am-2 pm

Elston 222/ext. 1345 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Financial Aid


Stockade 120/ext. 1166 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Athletics Elston 222/ext. 1356 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Begley Library/ext. 1235 Monday-Thursday 8 am – 9: pm Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm Saturday 11 am – 5 pm Closed Sundays *May 25-Aug. 31 - closed Saturdays

Business Office, Student Elston 219/ext. 1346, 1347 Monday 8:30 am-6:45 Tuesday 8:30 am-4:15 Wednesday 8:30 am-4:15 Thursday 8:30 am-6:45 Friday 8:30 am-4:15

pm pm pm pm pm

Career and Employment Services Elston 222/ext. 1365 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday


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Elston 221/ext. 1352 Monday 8:30 Tuesday 8:30 Wednesday 8:30 Thursday 8:30 Friday 8:30

am-7 pm am-4:30 pm am-4:30 pm am-7 pm am-4:30 pm

Gateway Montessori Gateway 124/ext. 1455/1295 Monday-Friday 9 am-11:30 am (Call for program information.)

Language Lab

Elston 520/ext. 1373 See lab for hours.

Learning Center Writing Lab

Elston 523/ext. 1246 Monday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm 8 am-4 pm Friday Saturday 10 am-3 pm

Math Lab Elston 518/ext. 1435 Monday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm Friday 8 am-4 pm Saturday 10 am-3 pm

Multicultural/Educational Opportunity Programs

Elston 222/ext. 1279 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Elston 212/215 381-1348, 381-1349/ext. 1148 Monday 8:30 am-7 pm Tuesday 8:30 am-4:30 pm Wednesday 8:30 am-4:30 pm Thursday 8:30 am-7 pm Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Student Affairs, Vice President

Elston 222/ext. 1344 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Student Government Elston 220/ext. 1388 By appointment or walk-in

Testing Center

Elston 427/ext.1293 Monday-Thursday 8:30 am to 8 pm Friday 8:30 am-3 pm Saturday 10 am-2 pm

TRIO Student Support Services Elston 328/ext. 1465 Monday-Friday

8:30 am-4:30 pm

Tutor Services

Elston 328-C/ext. 1461 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Veterans Affairs

Elston 223/ext. 1284 Open daily. See office for hours.

Workforce Development Stockade 120/ext. 1315 Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

YWCA Children’s Center

Gateway Bldg./ext. 1375 or 1389 Monday-Friday 7:30 am-5:30 pm (Evening hours available depending on enrollment.)

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