Eileen J. Jerrett ’01 is back on campus this fall. She is the artist-in-residence for TELC 210: Documentary Film Production, where she assists in teaching. Her visit is sponsored through The Robert H. Brunell Chair in the Humanities. While at CCC, Jerrett has held film screenings, brought in guest filmmakers for screenings and assisted in a master class on video production. She has also continued with her own documentary film work while providing public screenings as well as screenings for other colleges.
More recently, Eileen has been traveling for her project, The Blueberry Soup Outreach Tour. The project involved a yearlong nationwide screening and discussion series about her most recent work. Blueberry Soup, named for an Icelandic comfort soup, is a documentary on how Iceland changed the way we think about the world. Taking four years to complete, the extraordinary documentary is about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008; a not-well-known story of grassroots crowdsourced constitutionalism. The film is a deeply touching account of a concerned group of citizens reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation’s constitution. “If given a second chance, how does a nation rebuild?”
The Oswego County Weekly commented: “Eileen Jerrett, founder of WILMA’S WISH PRODUCTIONS, has been praised by critics for being a pioneer in a new mode of documentary filmmaking. Her unique approach has gained access to incredibly intimate and universally identifiable moments of humanity. Jerrett and her films give the audience a window into personal stories reserved only for those closest. Jerrett has set out to document stories that empower, delight, and humanize the viewer as well as the subject.”
Jerrett received dual degrees with a background in film and telecommunications production at CCC. She moved to Toronto to pursue her bachelor’s in film production at Ryerson University. At the university she also discovered her career path. “I had one documentary class and that was all I needed — that became my focus,” Eileen said.
Through the inspiration of her Grandmother Wilma Jerrett’s words — “The only thing I wish for all of you is to have the same kind of love in your life that I’ve been so lucky to have in mine. I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but it’s here in all of you.” — Eileen Jerrett knew that she was to go solo and start her own production company. She knew, too, that she would name it Wilma’s Wish Productions.
These photos document Eileen Jerrett’s journey in making Blueberry Soup, her Outreach Tour, and her time on the CCC Campus.
100 Great American Novels You’ve (Probably) Never Read, by Karl Bridges
Published in 2007, 100 Great American Novels You’ve (Probably) Never Read is an attempt by Karl Bridges, librarian and associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library, to provide a resource for readers of American fiction who’ve read their way through the standard canon of classics. “One goal of this book,” Bridges writes in his Introduction, “is to represent a wide time span–one equaling the length of American history”, and the novels listed cover a full 200 years: from Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly, or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (1797) to Charles T. Power’s In the Memory of the Forest (1997).
In some cases, the information Bridges assembles represents more than anyone has ever collected on the author and novel. His choices also reveal a broad and eclectic taste, one that includes not only mainstream fiction but genres such as science fiction, serials, detective tales, and novels for young adults.
- Mark, the Match Boy, by Horatio Alger (1869)
- Hungry Men, by Edward Anderson (1935)
- The Underdogs, by Mariano Azuela (1915)
- Out of This Furnace, by Thomas Bell (1941)
- Professor Romeo, by Anne Bernays (1989)
- John Henry, by Roark Bradford (1931)
“This fascinating character study of John Henry is based, in part, on the experiences of a real person, John William Henry, who died while working as a contract laborer while imprisoned in West Virginia in the 1860s. Over time, the life story of this real person evolved into a series of stories that provided inspiration for generations of laborers and other unskilled workers. Bradford’s novel exemplifies how these oral traditions, kept largely by the poor, were reimagined and redeveloped for a more literate and upscale audience.”
- Edgar Huntly, or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker, by Charles Brockden Brown (1797)
- Godric, by Frederick Buechner (1980)
- No Beast So Fierce, by Edward Bunker (1973)
- The Rise of David Levinsky, by Abraham Cahan (1917)
- Ecotopia, by Ernest Callenbach (1975)
- Laura, by Vera Caspary (1942)
- I Look Divine, by Christopher Coe (1987)
- The Quarry, by Charles Waddell Chestnutt (1928)
- Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object, by Laurie Colwin (1975)
- The Origin of the Brunists, by Robert Coover (1966)
- Twistor, by John Cramer (1989)
- A Feast of Snakes, by Harry Crews (1976)
- The Wrong Case, by James Crumley (1975)
- Players, by Don DeLillo (1977)
- Lies, Inc., by Philip K. Dick (1965)
- Stones for Ibarra, by Harriett Doerr (1984)
- The Immediate Jewel of His Soul, by Herman Dreer (1919)
- The Hoosier School Master, by Edward Eggleston (1871)
- The Young Visitor to Mars, by Richard Elam, Jr. (1953)
- Words of My Roaring, by Ernest J. Finney (1993)
- The Make-Believers, by Berry Fleming (1972)
“In the The Make-Believers, Berry Fleming creates a novel that, besides being a wonderful John Grisham-style courtroom thriller, is also a thoughtful and introspective meditation on the issues of truth and race relations.”
- A Gathering of Old Men, by Ernest J. Gaines (1983)
- Fat City, by Leonard Gardner (1969)
- Through and Through, by Joseph Geha (1990)
- Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915)
- Virginia, by Ellen Glasgow (1913)
- The Lime Twig, by John Hawkes (1961)
- The Dogs of March, by Ernest Hebert (1979)
- Iron City, by Marion Hedges (1919)
- Hermanos!, by William Herrick (1969)
- The Lonely Crusade, by Chester Himes (1947)
- Oil for the Lamps of China, by Alice Tisdale Hobart (1933)
- Saigon, Illinois, by Paul Hoover (1988)
“This is a very well-written book about one person’s response to the insanity of war. In addition, it is a wonderfully humorous novel, similar in tone in some respects to Heller’s Catch-22, about how people try to deal with situations they cannot control and that have no real solutions.”
- Bridgeport Bus, by Maureen Howard (1965)
- The Rise of Silas Lapham, by William Dean Howells (1885)
- Oxherding Tale, by Charles Johnson (1982)
- Ordinary Money, by Louis B. Jones (1990)
- Margaret A Tale of the Real and the Ideal, Blight and Bloom, by Sylvester Judd (1845)
- Yellowfish, by John Keeble (1980)
- Annotations, by John Keene (1995)
- White Girls, by Lynn Lauber (1990)
- China Boy, by Gus Lee (1991)
- Earthbound, by Milton Lesser (1952)
- The Translator’s Wife, by Deena Linett (1986)
- Raintree County, by Ross Lockridge, Jr. (1948)
- To Make My Bread, by Grace Lumpkin (1932)
- Dingley Falls, by Michael Malone (1980)
- The Accident, by Dexter Masters (1955)
“The Accident revolves around the events during a week in 1946 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, following scientist Louis Saxl’s exposure to a fatal dose of radiation…. The Accident effectively illustrates the fact that when one adopts a technology, one also inevitably adopts the ideology underlying it.”
- They Came Like Swallows, by William Maxwell (1937)
- Village, by Robert McAlmon (1924)
- The Groves of Academe, by Mary McCarthy (1951)
- The Story of My Life, by Jay McInerney (1988)
- The Sin of the Prophet, by Truman John Nelson (1952)
- Big Man, by Jay Neugeboren (1966)
- Bone, by Fae Myenne Ng (1993)
- McTeague: A Story of San Francisco, by Frank Norris (1902)
- Moscow Yankee, by Myra Page (1935)
- George Washington Gomez, by Americo Paredes (1940)
- The History of Rome Hanks and Kindred Matters, by Joseph Stanley Pennell (1944)
- The Street, by Ann Petry (1946)
- Doctor Zay, by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1882)
- All-Bright Court, by Connie Porter (1991)
- My Home is Far Away, by Dawn Powell (1944)
- In the Memory of the Forest, by Charles T. Powers (1997)
- Wheat That Springeth Green, by J. F. Powers (1988)
- Bigfoot Dreams, by Francine Prose (1986)
- The Dork of Cork, by Chet Raymo (1993)
“In a surprising meditation on the idea of difference, Chet Raymo takes what might be considered an odd central character, a 43-inch high Irish dwarf, and portrays him as a compelling and fascinating individual whose struggles speak to everyone.”
- Guy Garrick: An Adventure with a Scientific Gunman, by Arthur B. Reeve (1914)
- The Sea of Grass, by Conrad Richter (1937)
- The Mask of Fu Manchu, by Sax Rohmer (1932)
- Clay Walls, by Kim Ronyoung (1987)
- The Hunters, by James Salter (1956)
- Rabbit Boss, by Thomas Sanchez (1973)
- The Last Puritan, by George Santayana (1936)
- Leaving Brooklyn, by Lynne Sharon Schwartz (1989)
- A New England Tale, by Catherine Maria Sedgwick (1822)
- Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)
- The Salt Line, by Elizabeth Spencer (1984)
- The Big U, by Neal Stephenson (1984)
- The Morgesons, by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (1862)
- Mary’s Neck, by Booth Tarkington (1932)
- South of Heaven, by Jim Thompson (1967)
- Alice of Old Vincennes, by Maurice Thompson (1900)
- Chicano, by Richard Vasquez (1970)
- The Wide, Wide World, by Susan Warner (1850)
“The Wide, Wide World retains its appeal to modern readers on a number of levels. It is a sentimental story of a young girl dealing with loss. It is a descriptive and interesting account of life in middle-class America. And finally, it is a thoughtful novel that engages some important intellectual and philosophical questions about what it means to be a woman, what our obligations are to humanity, and what, actually, it means to be an American.”
- Winter in the Blood, by James Welch (1974)
- The Pilgrim Hawk, by Glenway Westcott (1940)
- Nocturnes for the King of Naples, by Edmund White (1978)
- John Dollar, by Marianne Wiggins (1989)
- The Cabala, by Thornton Wilder (1926)
- Dessa Rose, by Sherley Anne Williams (1986)
- The Easter Parade, by Richard Yates (1976)
- The Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska (1925)
- Macrolife: A Mobile Utopia, by George Zebrowski (1979)
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Editor’s Note: Bruce G. Burton ’72 was originally run in the fall/winter 2010 edition The Spartan.
You never know how a college course will shape your destiny. For Bruce Burton, recently returned from service as a platoon leader in Vietnam, destiny called in Millard Peck’s class at Auburn Community College in 1972.
“I wrote a paper for Professor Peck on the rise of postwar Japan as an economic power,” remembers Burton. “That class triggered my interest in international affairs. A few years later, I updated that paper on postwar Japan for a class at Syracuse University. While at SU, one of the professors in a large international relations class was asked about taking the Foreign Service Exam. ‘Don’t bother,’ he said, ‘20,000 people take that exam and only 200 get appointed. None of you stands a chance.’”
“So I took the test. It’s long and difficult. In the final part, you get to choose one of three topics to write an essay. One of them was the rise of Japan as a post war economic power. I had that paper memorized, and to this day, I think that stroke of good luck is what let me pass the exam and get into the Foreign Service.”
For over two decades, as an American diplomat, Bruce Burton witnessed history as it was being made. He started in the Carter Administration as a political officer reporting on human rights in Paraguay, then began working on arms control and security in Europe. “In the early 1980s, NATO was locked in what turned out to be the last great political-military confrontation with the Soviet Union,” Burton recalled. “Some questioned whether the NATO alliance could hold together, especially if Germany buckled. There were many long days and negotiating sessions as we worked to counter Soviet efforts to split the Alliance. Germany and the other Allies held firm, and we succeeded.”
In the late 1980s, Bruce served as U.S. Deputy Director of Soviet Affairs. In this role he coordinated preparations in Washington for many high-level meetings between Secretary of State Shultz and his Soviet counterpart, as well as the series of Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow. At Reykjavik, Burton recounted, “I was the official record keeper at an all-night negotiating session on arms control. Although some called it ‘The Summit that failed,’ we accomplished tremendous breakthroughs in arms control and other areas that night. Even though Reagan and Gorbachev departed Iceland without an overarching agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons, both were determined to solve the problems vexing the U.S. and the Soviet Union. So what we and others accomplished at a lower level that evening endured and served as the basis for great progress when the President and Gorbachev were ready to try again.”
Future assignments in London and Tel Aviv kept Burton in the center of world history. As head of the political section at the embassy in London, he helped coordinate policy with our closest ally on a range of global issues and was eyewitness to momentous developments: the end of communism in Europe; the fall of Margaret Thatcher; the collapse of the Berlin Wall; the reunification of Germany; and the First Gulf War.
From London, Burton went to Tel Aviv. “Working in Tel Aviv with the Israelis and Palestinians was especially complex,” recalled Burton. “Years before, as a reporter for the Herald-Journal, I had interviewed Yitzhak Rabin when he visited Syracuse as Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. When I commented to him that some people accused Israel of not wanting to negotiate, he practically bit my head off: ‘Give us a negotiating partner and we will negotiate,’ he replied angrily. I never thought then that years later I would be working with this man who, as Prime Minister, was now trying so hard to secure peace in the Middle East. With his signing of the Mideast Peace Accord at the White House in 1993 and his determined efforts afterwards to make both Palestinians and Israel live up to the accord, Prime Minister Rabin delivered on that commitment he had expressed twenty years before.”
Bruce retired from the State Department but still serves as Senior Advisor for the relatively new and somewhat experimental Office of eDiplomacy. “This is an unprecedented effort to use new information technologies to improve the State Department’s ability to communicate and collaborate around the globe,” he said. “It includes online communities, a Department wide wiki, blogs, traditional websites, virtual outreach initiatives and much more. It’s a challenge keeping up with social media, but this is the new wave of diplomacy. No matter what the medium is, we will always need to talk to each other.”
Looking back over his career, Bruce acknowledges the role that ACC/CCC played in his life. “For one very important thing, I met my wife Amy (Class of ’66) when she was going to ACC, and she has been a partner with me in all these places. As for the school, a college is really about its teachers, and ACC had a great group of professors,” Burton remembers. “Ken Scouten made literature entertaining but also taught the need to have the courage of your convictions in critical thinking. In his own quiet and contemplative way, David Richards imparted the profound insights of the great philosophers about the human experience. Nancy Mattson showed how the Greek tragedies still speak to us, two millennia after they were written, a wonderful lesson in the continuity of Western civilization. Ray Leszczynski sparked a lifelong interest in the physical world, from geology to astronomy. And, of course, there was Millard Peck.”
What advice would Bruce Burton give to today’s Cayuga students? “Speak up in class. If you think you’re right, say so and say why. Learn to make decisions with incomplete information, because you rarely have all the facts for any situation. Accept challenges—you’ll never know what you can do if you don’t dare. As the late basketball coach John Wooden said, ‘Those who say something can’t be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it.’”
Update: Fall 2014
“I’m still with the Office of eDiplomacy and we are still experimenting with the use of social media – and now crowdsourcing – to enhance American diplomacy. One of our most successful new programs has been the Virtual Student Foreign Service, which matches the energy and special skills of American college students with the needs of our embassies, State Department offices and even other federal agencies for unclassified, online projects. Interested CCC students should visit http://www.state.gov/vsfs/ for more information.
The article mentions my work on relations with the Soviet Union (and the USSR’s breakup) and on Israeli-Palestinian issues. Current events regarding both remind me of Secretary of Shultz’s statement one time that nothing is ever finished in foreign policy. The Soviet Union isn’t coming back but events this year in Ukraine sure make it feel like the bad old days of the Cold War. And despite those early hopes of achieving a settlement in the Middle East, conflict rather than peace remains the rule between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Students not only enjoyed the photo ops, but appreciated hearing about John’s experiences as a writer, developer, and TV producer. He freely shared advice and experiences with students and faculty. While interviewed by Caleb Slater, CCC student and associate editor of the Collegian, Mr. Walsh shared that his television show helped with capturing 1,200 suspects, including individuals on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list during its 25-year run. He now has a new television series, The Hunt with John Walsh, on CNN.
In a recent article in The Citizen, David P. Mamuscia, MAAA ’64, spoke praises of his time at Auburn Community College. “Without ACC I could not have attended college. It was affordable. I could live at home, keep a part-time job and attend classes. I found the instructional approach was ideal and very comprehensive. I learned how to study and be a good student. I have said this many times to many people: I could have handled the job challenges of my career as an actuary from what I learned in my mathematics classes at ACC. While I did go on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University, as a practical matter, nothing else was necessary. ACC gave me all that I really needed to know.”
I had the pleasure of reminiscing with Mr. Mamuscia last month about his time at ACC. Dr. Skinner was president of the college then, and Dr. Brunell was a student advisor. He shared that Dr. Thomas Young was an outstanding instructor and had a profound effect on his education. One of his most poignant memories was learning of President Kennedy’s death while at school. “A few hundred students filed in to the lounge area listening to the radio report on a Friday afternoon in 1963; everyone was stunned, you could have heard a pin drop.”
David retired in 1997 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, after a thirty-year career holding various executive level positions in Actuarial and Underwriting Services. He served as the Midwest Region Consulting Actuary for Mercer, March McLennan from 2001 until 2008 and was the Director of Underwriting and Chief Actuary prior to that. Dave also provided actuarial consulting services to the Detroit Medical Center and Humana through his own company, Mamuscia Consulting Services.
Following his graduation from ACC, Dave left for Michigan to further his education by earning his bachelor and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in mathematics. Some of his volunteer positions include past Treasurer of the Eastern Michigan University Alumni Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Finance Committee for the EMU Foundation Board of Directors.
Dave is an avid senior softball player, playing in over 200 games each year and playing in tournaments in several states. His team recently won a national tournament in Dalton, Georgia. He served as commissioner of two major senior softball leagues. He currently works as a part-time Consulting Actuary for D.R.M. Stakor & Associates and Hylant Company, which are employee benefit consulting companies based in Michigan. Dave and his wife Maxine currently reside in The Villages, Florida. Dave has two adult children, Julie (Dearborn, Mich.) and John (Denver, Colo.) and a granddaughter Emme (Denver, Colo.).
Alumni Association New Academic Year “Kick-off”
Cayuga’s Alumni Association and the Alumni office are full swing into the new academic year. With the return of many of our dedicated alumni board members and the addition of several new members, the year is shaping up to be a successful one. Hopefully all of you received your fall/winter edition of The Spartan and are getting up to date on everything that is new and happening on both campuses.
Our annual fall trips to Gettysburg and New York City were both a success. This was our 11th annual trip to Gettysburg; once again escorted by our new Associate Vice President of the Fulton campus, John Lamphere. The New York City travelers enjoyed staying in the heart of all the action at the Sheraton Inn, Times Square. Look for our 2015 Trip Schedule ad in this issue.
We have been working on a new Alumni clothing line; featuring an option of Alumni logos to choose from. Look for the new Alumni Gear tab in Get Inspired and on our CCC/Alumni web page. Apparel line includes casual wear, oxford shirts, as well as items for cool weather. Order your new gear now so you will be ready to wear it to our upcoming Alumni Events. We’ve schedule two Syracuse Crunch hockey games at Alumni discount pricing along with a CCC Men’s Spartan Basketball home game. See our ads in this issue! Be sure to stop by and visit the Alumni table at the 41st Annual Holiday Craft Show; December 6 & 7.
I would like to introduce your 2014-2015 ACC/CCC Alumni Board: President Ted Herrling ’72, Vice President Gerry Guiney ’82, Treasurer Fred Falsey ’76, Secretary John Lamphere ’74, past president, Tony Gucciardi ’61. Members at large include: Lori Cochran ’05, Michael Fochtman ’12, Felicia Franceschelli ’11, JoAnn Harris ’95, Bill Jacobs ’73, Kristan Johnson ’13, John McLeod ’08, Amanda Reed ’06, Rebecca Reese ’ 06, Amanda Stankus ’03 and Terry Wilbur ’08. Ex officio members include Mary Kriever ’09, Director of Alumni Affairs, and Jeff Hoffman, Executive Director of the CCC Foundation.
Around 50 people from central New York, including 10 from the town of Sterling, enjoyed the recent alumni trip to Gettysburg guided by professor and interim dean of Cayuga Community College John Lamphere, who teaches history and criminal justice at the Fulton campus.
There are over 1,320 memorials on the battlefield honoring those who fought and commemorating the 51,000 dead, wounded or captured. The Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association was formed in September 1863 and by the 1870s, marking and memorializing the field began. Over 300 condemned cannons were mounted on cast iron carriages and placed to mark every battery position. More than 800 additional acres were acquired and by 1912, cast-iron and bronze narrative tablets marked the position and described the action of every battery, brigade, division, corp Army and U.S. regular Army.
We visited the Gettysburg Diorama for an overview of the battle, then a twilight photo session on Little Round Top with a tour of the battlefield. We spent the next day learning where the battle began, saw the Lutheran Seminary, Confederate Ridge, lots of monuments and lots of field experience. We ended at the New York monument to our own 111th Regiment for a group photo. On the final day we visited Culp’s Hill and climbed the rocks to see the spot where Confederate sniper A.L. Coble carved his name with his bayonet in the rock where he sat and fired on Union men during a failed assault. We finished our tour with the Cyclorama at the new visitor center, along with the National Museum and bookstore.
The restoration and preservation continues today to have the park look exactly as it did at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. I was honored to read the Gettysburg Address in the National Cemetery this year near the place where President Lincoln addressed the crowd on Nov. 19, 1863.
Thanks, John, for another great learning experience and an informative and fun trip! ~Beverly Sayles
Michael Frame ’98 is Florida State University’s new director of Federal Relations, a critical position which works closely with Washington, D.C.-based stakeholders. In this position Frame will help the university expand its local, regional and national footprints. Michael will serve as the university’s liaison to Florida’s congressional delegation as well as federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, which provide funding for university-based research. He will open Florida State’s first Washington, D.C.-based office and travel to Tallahassee monthly.
“We are thrilled to have Mike on our team here at Florida State,” said Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander. “His extensive background in Washington, D.C. and in the State University of New York system make him a great fit for us as we move to expand our reach nationally.”
Frame served as the federal relations director for the State University of New York system (SUNY), while also maintaining that same position for Binghamton University. “Florida State has an outstanding reputation and robust research operation and is on a growth trajectory,” Michael said. “Joining the team at Florida State is an exciting opportunity.”
Michael Frame received an associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College, a bachelor’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Cornell University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University. In addition to his positions with Binghamton and the SUNY system, he has also held positions with California State University and the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York. He is a 2013 recipient of the Cayuga Community College Alumni Award.
“I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues and co-workers over the past eight years at Binghamton University and the State University of New York. It has been an honor to represent SUNY and I hope for the opportunity to work with you all in the future.”
Several events were held on the Auburn and Fulton campuses in recognition of Veteran’s Day. Flag Raising and Honoring Our Veterans Ceremonies were held on both campuses. The Fulton VFW Color Guard participated during the Fulton ceremony. A “Veteran Resume Workshop” was held in Fulton and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Auburn for the new Veterans Lounge.
Following the events, John Lamphere, Associate Vice President, thanked everyone who planned and participated in the annual Veteran’s Ceremony, “It is certainly worthwhile and something that we as Americans should and must do to honor those who have given their service to our country.”
A poetry contest was held for CCC Fulton Campus students with a Veterans Day theme. The grand prize winner had the privilege of reading their poem at the Honoring the Veterans Ceremony in Fulton. The winner was Samantha Dawley:
I’m Living Red, White, and Blue
I stand here where I am free
Because veterans fought for me
The young, the old, the dead, and the alive,
All of them matter in my eyes
We can’t forget what brave people did
To be here today
The way that we live
I want to take a second and thank you all
Because of you
I stand tall
You fought for your country
To make it right
You face your fears with all your might
And because of all the veterans did what they use to do
I’m living red, white, and blue
The Fulton Campus Veterans Club made a donation to the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at the Syracuse Airport this fall. This is the third year the club has donated to this non-profit organization which is completely funded by donations. The room is offered to active military and veterans traveling through the airport.
The area is equipped with a flat screen TV, recliners and a stocked kitchen area. There is a tribute area to Cpl. Gregory J. Harris, who was captured in June of 1966 during the Vietnam War and still missing. Corporal Harris graduated from West Genesee High School in Syracuse. Soldiers from other local areas who lost their lives in combat are also represented in this area. Patches are left behind by soldiers passing through.
The Lady Spartans finished the 2014 season at Jefferson Community College, where they faced Niagara, Jamestown, and Erie Community Colleges. They dropped the first two matches to Niagara and Jamestown but were able to end on a high by defeating Erie in 4 sets. The Lady Spartans will finish the season 13-23, the best the program has seen since it was reintroduced in 2010.
Earlier in October, the team participated in the Cara Bryant Memorial Tournament, where the team faced off against some of the Region’s toughest competition. Coach McDonough said, “I am still in awe of how far we have come as a program in such a short amount of time. When I got here last season I knew I had my work cut out for me, but my athletes have not only exceeded my expectations, they have set the stage for an amazing 2015. I really couldn’t be happier.” Parents, coaches, and fellow athletes made a point of congratulating the program on the vast improvements and the obvious hard work the Spartans have put in.
October 14 was the last home match for the Lady Spartans. It was the first time Cayuga has defeated Corning since the program was reinstated in 2010. After the match Coach McDonough stated, “Tonight was one of the single greatest coaching matches of my life. Last season Corning went into the post season 24-0 and we never scored more than 12 points against their second string. Tonight we dominated in 4 sets.” Two sophomore athletes who will be graduating from CCC this spring were honored: “Meghan Morrin and Lexi Tucker have been instrumental to the program’s success as we have worked to rebuild and grow volleyball at CCC. Their presence will be greatly missed on and off the court.”
The Spartans are very proud of the progress the program has made over the course of the season and anticipate another strong season in 2015.
The Spartans earned their first ever NJCAA Region III Men’s Soccer Title with their 3-0 win over Jamestown Community College earlier this month. It was as far as any men’s soccer team had advanced in Cayuga Community College’s history. During the final game, Josh Grace (Glasgow, Scotland) scored off a header with an assist by Sean Richards (Cadiff, Wales). The second score was unassisted by Connor Field (Felixstowe, England). Netting the third goal was Tom Rivet (London, England) off another header from Sean Wynn (Liverpool, England). The Spartan defenders were led by Grace, Connor Doogan (Belfast, Ireland), Michael Haskins (Belfast, Ireland) and Ashley Brown (Birmingham, England).
Following the successful win, Head Coach Darren Wynne was named Region III Coach-of-the-Year for 2014, Grace was named the Tournament MVP and Field and Wynn were named to the All-Tournament Team. The victory earned Cayuga a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament which was held November 13-16, where the #6 seeded CCC Spartan’s won over #3 seeded Montgomery College Raptors during the National Quarterfinals with a 2-1 win.
The team went into the National Semi-finals with a 16-1 record on the season against the #2 seed Richland College Thunderducks, who won their quarterfinal matchup against Bunker Hill CC 5-2. Cayuga’s attempt for the National title ended with the loss to Richland College 6-1. Coach Wynne told The Citizen, “We played a very, very good team; we were just one step off. There’s always a bigger picture,” he said. “I came here in 2010 and the goal then was to get into the National Finals. The goal is the same next year. It doesn’t stop here. At the end of the day, we’ll come back bigger, stronger and hopefully kick butt next year.” The Cayuga team has made it to the regional semi-finals twice. This year Wynne, a native of Ireland, focused on finding more international athletes in order to compete with colleges such as Herkimer County Community College; the three-time defending national champions, who have 17 players from outside the U.S. Wynne said he’s proud of his team this year but is sad to lose his nine seniors, including Southern Cayuga’s Mike Killian and Auburn native Trevor Fletcher.
Following a tough loss to Jefferson at the end of their winning season, Coach Robillard said, “The ladies fought hard and I am very proud of them. We stood very strong and played comparable to a very good Jefferson team in which, if the ball bounces just a different way today, we would be bringing home the win. That’s soccer.”
Cayuga ended their winning season with a heartbreaking 3 to 1 playoff loss to Jefferson. The Spartans were able to get on the scoreboard with a great individual effort from Madison Robillard (Fulton, N.Y.), Libby Henry (Clyde, N.Y.) and goalie Bre Becker (Lusby, Md.).
Women’s soccer team qualified for Regionals when they had five consecutive shutouts including a 0-0 tie against Tompkins-Cortland CC. It put the team’s record at 6-5-2 on the season. Cayuga earned the #11 seed against the #6 seed Jefferson.
“It was an amazing season and this was a great game to end it off on. The ladies have played inspired soccer this year, and I will never forget their effort and this season,” said Robillard.
Professor Brunell joined the English faculty of the year-old Auburn Community College in 1954. He remained a full-time member of the college faculty for the rest of his life, served as chair of the English Department and taught German, French, and Spanish. In 1961 he authored the college’s first self-study report required for ACC’s initial accreditation from Middle States.
Professor Brunell provided a gift to the CCC Foundation in his estate; it is the largest ever from an individual. The Robert H. Brunell Chair in the Humanities is intended to “. . . invite a distinguished and noted author or artist to be in residence and actively teaching and interacting with students and faculty.”
This fall, for the first time, the Brunell Scholar is an alumna of the College, Eileen Jerrett ’01.
The Cayuga Community College Foundation presented national touring actor Kurt H. Sutton in “Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight.” Audiences at the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre, Auburn (October 15) and the Fulton Education Center (October 9) were transported back the turn of the 20th Century by Sutton’s charm, wit and musical talents.
The setting was Samuel Clemens’ parlor in Hartford, CT, circa 1890. After a musical introduction, Sutton appeared out of the dark in Twain’s signature white suit. Throughout Act One, Sutton/Clemens shared famous stories from Twain’s writing, including “Grandfather’s Old Ram” and other stories from Twain’s early life during the California Gold Rush. His selections were highlighted by stories featuring Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and other familiar characters from Huckleberry Finn.
In Act Two, Sutton/Clemens pulled out his banjo and delighted the audiences with classic American songs and spirituals. He closed the program with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” the favorite hymn of Twain’s beloved wife Livy.
Following the final ovation, Sutton returned to the stage for question-and-answer sessions that lasted over half an hour. “As a former college professor, I began this by researching Samuel Clemens. I read every biography along with all of the ‘standard’ writings by Mark Twain,” he said. “I felt I needed to get to know Clemens the man, before delving into the characters that Twain brought to life.” Sutton noted that the stories in Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were drawn from Clemens’ childhood on the Mississippi and were all true, “or at least, true to Mr. Clemens’ memory.” He also spoke about the fact that Huckleberry Finn is still the most censored book in American literary history. “It was banned when it was first printed, and to this day there are libraries across the country that refuse to carry a copy.”
Sutton closed the evening with an ode to American veterans. Growing up in Manheim, Germany during WW II, he remembered the Allied attacks on the city and joked that his singing “is my revenge for all the bombs you dropped!” He asked all service members in attendance to stand while leading the audience in a rendition of God Bless America.
“The CCC Foundation was excited to bring Kurt Sutton to the Fulton and Auburn communities,” said Jeff Hoffman, executive director. “Kurt delivers his distinctive interpretation of Mark Twain to colleges and community theaters across the country. He goes far beyond entertainment, to truly educate his audiences. It was a perfect fit for a college setting.”
Admission at both showing was presented free, courtesy of the Noreen and Michael J. Falcone Lecture Fund at the CCC Foundation.
Christan J. DelloStritto, Auburn High School
Brittany A. Evans, Auburn High School
Kevin M. Gauthier, Auburn High School
Raeven J. Harkness, Auburn High School
Jacob Herrick, Auburn High School
Edward J. Pickard, Auburn High School
Stephen P. Pinchak, Auburn High School
Jessena M. Richardson, Auburn High School
Alayna M. Slayton, Auburn High School
Trent W. Valentino, Auburn High School
Nichole M. Marr, John C. Birdlebough High School (Phoenix)
Savannah B. Bray, G. Ray Bodley High School (Fulton)
Emily L. Hyde, G. Ray Bodley High School (Fulton)
Maureen A. McCann, G. Ray Bodley High School (Fulton)
Kristin L. Gates, Cato-Meridian High School
Joseph R. Clavelli, Oswego High School
Tara D. Lagoe, Oswego High School
Taylor Eldridge, Dana West High School (Port Byron)
Sarah E. Zakour, Southern Cayuga Jr.-Sr. High School
Amy Sachiko Walker, Union Springs High School
Emma L. Bergerstock, Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School
Gabriel J. Canino, Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School
The Cayuga Community College Foundation