As a Senior Talent Producer with ESPN, Jason P. Romano ’93 is responsible for overseeing a group of 6 Bristol based Talent Producers, and servicing 23 ESPN television shows with guests. They work on all of their shows based in the primary studio in Bristol Connecticut; SportsCenter, ESPN First Take, NFL LIVE, College Football LIVE, and SportsNation. They also contribute to ESPN Radio’s shows with “Mike and Mike”, Scott Van Pelt, and “The Herd.” In addition, Romano works in talent development; providing feedback for ESPN’s current NFL analysis’s, as well as working with their management team to scout and find future on air talent. In June, Jason served as a faculty member at the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp. This four day event teaches current and former NFL players the “ins and outs” of broadcasting.
Roman began his career with ESPN in July of 2000 as a producer at ESPN Radio. He became a Talent Producer in 2003 and was promoted to his current position last year. Of the many celebrities that have come through the ESPN halls, Jason has shared some photos of himself with a few of them. He said that his time at CCC was great. “It was my first exposure to broadcasting and really helped me learn and develop the basic skills needed to be successful in the broadcasting industry.”
Update: Jason participated in the Alumni Voices program this month. For more information about Jason, see Alumni Voices in this issue of CAV.
Gettysburg Battlefield – Traditional Trip
The Alumni Association traveled to Pennsylvania in September for John Lamphere’s Traditional tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. We started with an overview of the battle at the Gettysburg Diorama on Friday. Afterwards, we arrived at Little Round Top. One of the fields we were overlooking was having a controlled burn. John explained that the whole battlefield would have been that smoky due to the gun fire and cannon fire.
On Saturday, we visited many monuments while John explained in detail the importance of each site. John enlisted the help of members of our group for a demonstration how a cannon was fired. Saturday evening, we enjoyed a buffet dinner at the Historic Farnsworth House. After dinner, we were free to explore the village of Gettysburg.
Sunday, we continued our tour by visiting the 111th New York monument which is dedicated to the volunteers from Cayuga and Wayne Counties. In the National Cemetery, one of our group read the Gettysburg Address near the site where President Lincoln gave this famous speech. We finished our trip at the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a panoramic painting of the battlefield.
People were amazed by the passion John has about the Battle of Gettysburg and his enthusiasm in sharing his knowledge. I think everyone returned home with a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made during this historic battle.
~Fred Falsey ’76
John Lamphere ’74 wanted to provide a new and “Unseen” experience of the Gettysburg battlefields for the more than 35 travelers who participated in the October bus trip. Most of them have been on the Traditional trip on multiple occasions. John delivered a trip that took them to places and sites they had never encountered. Advertised as “requiring the ability to cover long distances walking, as well as exploring multiple types of terrain,” travelers came prepared for the challenge. Maneuvering the rocky terrain of Devil’s Den, climbing the windings stairs of the Pennsylvania Monument to reliving Pickett’s Charge, the weekend was full of new experiences.
Despite rain and all around challenging weather, tour guide Lamphere succeeded in making the trip a memorable one. Scheduled visits to the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center offered somber glimpses of our nation’s volatile past and sobering reflection. John’s ability to draw each visitor in, kept everyone interested and asking questions. Travelers felt like participants on this trip, not just spectators.
A special Thank you to Lori Cochran ’95, former Alumni Board member, for the donation of “Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America”, by Garry Wills. Everyone received a copy of the book which included personalized sentiments from John Lamphere.
Be sure to keep a lookout next year so you too can experience the awe that is the Gettysburg Battlefields.
~Rebecca Reese ’06
Editor’s Note: For more of this story, follow this link to read Beverly Sayles article on the “Unseen” trip which appeared in The Citizen. Bev is a regular on John’s Gettysburg trips.
Nominations will be reviewed by the Associations’ Awards Committee, and the winners will be honored at an awards brunch as well as the College commencement on May 22.
Anyone who holds a degree from Auburn or Cayuga Community College may be nominated. The deadline is February 15. Forms and information are available online at Cayuga-cc.edu/alumni or by contacting the Alumni Office- email@example.com or 315-294-8524.
Burton enjoyed a campus tour with Admissions Assistant Annie Walter ’07, where he shared that while a student at ACC, his wife Amy (Orlopp) Burton ’66; who has been his partner in all of his career assignments and successes, attended the Simon & Garfunkel concert that was held at ACC campus. Following the tour, Bruce was joined by several members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Cayuga’s new President and the Foundation Director for a luncheon in his honor.
Burton accepted his ACC/CCC Alumni Award from Past-President Ted Herrling ’72. Board members Bill Jacobs ’73, Tony Gucciardi ’61, Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, Susan Beck ’96, Treasurer Fred Falsey ’76, CCC President Brian Durant, CCCC Foundation Executive Director Guy Cosentino, and Alumni Director Mary Kriever ’09 were on hand for the occasion.
You can read more about Mr. Burton in the fall 2015 issue of Spartan. Contact the Alumni Office by phone: 315.294.8524 by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a free copy, or read it online: cayuga-cc.edu/alumni/cayuga-voices.php.
SITTING: Mary Kriever ‘09, Alumni Director, Rebecca Reese ‘06, Kristan Johnson ‘13, Tony Gucciardi ‘61, John Lamphere ‘74-Secretary
STANDING: Bill Jacobs ‘73, Ted Herrling ‘72-past president, Janet Cole ‘72-new member, JoAnn Harris ‘95, Susan Beck ‘96-new member, Amanda Stankus ‘03, Fred Falsey ‘76-Treasurer, Amanda Reed ‘06, Terry Wilbur ‘08-Vice President, Gerry Guiney ‘82-President, Michael Fochtman ‘12, John McLeod ‘08
MISSING: Felicia Franceschelli ‘11
Romano explained the drastic changes that have taken place with Social Media in a short period of time. In 2012, ESPN’s Social Media group was a staff of 3 people; three years later it is now operated by 25. When they began, sales were in the one million dollar range, and in only a few short years has soared to 25 million. Jason told students that 8 years ago 70% of all social media was accessed on desk top computers; today 75% is serviced through mobile devices. He said artwork is now made to be compatible with phones and that program content is much different than it was 5 years ago.
Students were given advice to learn Final Cut Pro video editing software, because it is very similar to the software used by ESPN; to be proficient at Photoshop; complete your four year degree; and take English. Jason offered his biggest piece of advice, “Define the sweet spot.” He said, “Intersect your passion with your talent and then find a mentor who is doing what you want to do.” Making contacts and networking is just as important as your experience and education.
Editor’s Note: To read more about Jason Romano read “In Case You Missed It!” in this issue of Cayuga Alumni Voices.
As a high-energy professional, Tim starting at NewsChannel 9 WSYR in 1999 as a Creative Service Producer. Previously, he was a writer, producer and editor for WCBS CBS2, The flagship station of CBS. He has also worked for Fox Cable Networks. Taylor is the Owner of 3T Productions, his personal freelance business he began almost 20 years ago. In addition to spending time with his family, Tim volunteers at the Rescue Mission.
Throughout October students handed out flyers, posted signs, and engaged in activities with outside community partners. They sold purple pins, bracelets, pens, and other many goodies to support Domestic Violence Awareness. Criminal Justice Assoc. Professor Teri Misiaszek, the Criminal Justice Coordinator said, “All of the proceeds went to the Cayuga/Seneca County Action Agency for domestic violence programs.”
The annual state wide “Wear Purple Day,” was held on October 21st. The CJ students have dubbed the campaign “Get Your Purple On!” Both the Auburn and Fulton campuses dawned their purple in support of the campaign.
Cayuga Community College’s radio station, WDWN, was one of five college radio stations, nationally, that was invited to represent the medium of college radio at the White House. Cayuga professor Steve Keeler, the general manager of WDWN, said, “The opportunity for a small community college like Cayuga to represent all of college radio at the White House is a testament to the high regard in which WDWN is held in the world of college radio.” The visit took place on Thursday, September 24th where Jeff Szczesniak ’01, who is the staff advisor of WDWN, represented the station at the event. Szczesniak was named national college radio advisor of the year by Tune-In in 2013.
In a proclamation received by Szczesniak, President Barack Obama stated “By keeping the legacy of college radio stations alive and strong, students on campuses from coast to coast experience the thrills of sharing and discovering media and creating stimulating programming. In doing so, they are lending their talents to a tradition that has been unfolding for generations and inspiriting others to join in the work of shaping our future’s course.”
Cayuga’s radio station has long been recognized as a leader in college radio. WDWN has been strongly committed to supporting local music in Auburn and upstate New York for over 25 years. In past years the station has been nominated for several national awards by CMJ, including station of the year. This year the station has been nominated for CMJ’s “Biggest Champion of the Local Music Scene” award; this is the third time that WDWN has been nominated for a national CMJ award.
First-year Head Coach Petrut Bumbanac named the Spartans Men’s Soccer captains for the 2015 season. Representing the Spartans are returning sophomores Chris Davison from Newcastle, England, Paul McCormick from Glasgow, Scotland and goalkeeper Thalu Masindi from London, England.
Last year was the team’s most successful campaign ever, capturing a NJCAA national tournament appearance and win, and first-ever Region III Championship. This season, the team came up just short of a return to the NJCAA National Tournament, falling to Herkimer College 2-0 in the Region III A Final. Herkimer holds it reign on junior college soccer with their 27th straight Region III championship.
Spartan sophomores Chris Davison and Thalu Masindi were name to the All-Tournament team. Five Spartans were chosen for All-Region honors including Davison and freshman defender Chris Barrie of Galston, Scotland, who were named to the first team. Paul McCormick, Daniel Bonehill, Birmingham, England and Paul Coyle of Glasgow, Scotland made second team All-Region.
Women’s soccer Head Coach Robie Robillard announced this season’s captains; sophomores Brooke Laukaitis and Malarie Nelson, both of Seneca Falls, NY. The lady Spartans made a significant impact as freshmen for the team. Last season the ladies made a post-season appearance in the NJCAA Region III. This season ended with an overall 3-11 finish, with a total of 26 goals.
Associate Vice President John Lamphere ’74 welcomed the group and had the VFW Post 569 post the colors with an invocation provided by Father Moritz Fuchs, whose service to nation included being a personal aide to Justice Robert Jackson during the Nuremberg Trial’s that started 70 years ago this Fall to prosecute Nazi war crimes at the end of World War II.
Cayuga’s new President, Dr. Brian Durant, reiterated the College’s commitment to our veterans “Cayuga Community College – the faculty, staff, and members of the Veterans’ Club – is committed to working with veterans and active members of the military on the application and enrollment processes, accessing GI benefits as well as other financial aid options, and to providing additional programs and services specifically designed to ease their transition back into civilian life. We hope that more veterans choose Cayuga Community College. We look forward to helping them achieve their goals and continue to contribute to our communities as they have done for the nation.”
Jo Ann Harris’95, Advisor to the Veterans Club spoke of the “Fallen Soldier’s Table” that was set up on the stage near the speakers. One of the most poignant moments of the 45 minute ceremony was her reading of a piece describing the table:
A small table, set for one, is in a place of honor. This table is our way of acknowledging the members of our proud profession of arms who are missing from our midst. They are those Killed in Action, Prisoners of War, and those that are listed as Missing in Action.
The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.
The single red rose is displayed in a vase and is reminiscent of a soldiers loved ones, friends, and fellow troops left behind.
The red ribbon tied so prominently on the vase, is a reminder of the blood they shed protecting the liberty so loved by our country.
A slice of lemon is on the plate, to remind us of their bitter fate.
The plate, covered in salt, is symbolic of their families’ tears.
The glass is inverted; they cannot toast with us this night.
The candle reminds us of the light of hope which lives in one’s heart to light the way home from their captors to the open arms of a grateful nation.
The chair is empty; they are not here.
Let us remember, and never forget.
Reading her paper “His Name is George,” Mary “Josie” Smith read a very emotional piece she wrote as a student at the College about her husband, a Vietnam Veteran. George Sanford Smith, Jr suffered a massive bleed in his brain that took his self-awareness and left him partially paralyzed and in a nursing home where he seemed to have become just a number to the staff there. Mrs. Smith read how George Smith was not a number in a hospital ward, but her husband, a father, a friend and a hero. He served, along with many other American heroes in Vietnam, as a platoon sergeant and sniper. She explained how while he is a shadow of who he once was, it will never change who he will always be to those who love him. He made a difference in the world – too much of a difference to have his name replaced by a number. Mrs. Smith expresses that George Smith is an American hero; one of a generation of heroes that our country has.
Other guest speakers included Jennifer Allen, winner of the Fulton Campus Veteran’s Day Poem contest and Jerimy Blowers ’93, Coordinator of Wellness and Interventions Services, who discussed his research into the life and service of an uncle who he was named after, who died during the Second World War.
On Veteran’s Day, a Flag Raising Ceremony was held with special guests, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Truxtun DDG-103 Division. A crowd of about 70 participants were in attendance for the event which included the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.
The Veterans standing at the wall,
Commemorates each solders fall.
They fought for glory, they fought for all.
The Veterans standing at the wall.
I saw a man there, and he wept.
And in his heart, his brothers kept.
The loss of them, he can’t accept.
I saw a man there and he wept.
The flag half mast, and heads bow low.
Respect and honor, we bestow.
A solemn pride inside us flow.
The flag half mast, and heads bow low.
The sun shines on this alter stone.
We leave this place with sorrow tone.
They fought and died, but not alone.
The sun shines on this alter stone.
In honor we will not forget.
With survey of each occupant,
The Veterans at that Monument.
In honor we will not forget.
~ Jennifer Allen
If you have decided to live with less, you may have also wondered about minimalism. Reading about modern day minimalists and people living simpler lives may have you confused about what minimalism really is. How can all of these people be minimalists, when their lives are so different?
How can they all be living the same lifestyle?
Minimalist lifestyles range from people who live in small apartments in the city to suburban homes. Minimalists travel the world and live out of a backpack and they also live in neighborhoods and foster their communities. Always a little different, they usually decide that, “enough is enough” and come to realize that the American Dream of working more, to make more, to spend more and have more isn’t working. They choose to live life on purpose. While there are similarities, minimalism is defined differently by each person, and each person modifies the definition as time goes on.
Why does the definition change over time?
At the beginning, you may define minimalism as cleaning out your junk drawer. When you start to unclutter, you immediately see the benefits of living with less. This benefit may be something as simple as always being able to find that one thing you used to spend time looking for. As you start to enjoy the benefit, you look for ways to live more simply. What starts out as an external journey (giving things away, cutting the cable), becomes very personal, intentional and more meaningful. You start to think of “stuff” as not just things but obligation, debt and stress. Then you see how this “stuff” is getting in the way of your LIFE and decide to make a bigger change. It’s at this point that minimalism becomes more about who you are, instead of what you have.
What minimalists have in common:
I find it difficult to admit most of my life was wasted chasing the wrong things. Looking back, it has become increasingly clear how I spent the first 33 years of my life chasing temporal, material possessions. I thought my life would improve as I acquired them.
It was supposed to be the “American Dream.” But I was all wrong.
While my household possessions were not extravagant, they accumulated over years—especially as we moved into larger and larger homes. Each move would result in more rooms to furnish and more empty closets and storage areas to keep our stuff. Fashions changed and thus, we bought new clothes. New technology emerged and we purchased new gadgets. Kids entered our family and with them came toys, gifts, hand-me-downs, and purchases “necessary” to raise them correctly.
Eventually, our possessions began subtlely to control our lives. We spent countless hours cleaning, sorting, organizing, repairing, replacing, removing, and maintaining our physical possessions—not to mention all the time we spent on the front end earning the money just to make the initial purchase in the first place.
Our pursuit of material possessions was controlling our checkbook, draining our energy, and robbing us of true, lasting joy.
But then, everything changed.
When I was 33 years old, we began giving away all the possessions in our lives that were not absolutely essential to our purpose and goals. Eventually, our family removed over 60% of our earthly possessions. And we couldn’t be happier. We found more time, money, and energy to pursue the things in life most valuable to us: faith, family, and friends. We discovered far greater fulfillment in life pursuing our passions than we had ever discovered pursuing possessions.
And now, my only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner—that we wasted so much time, so many years, and so many resources. If I could do life over again, I would have embraced a minimalist life earlier: my teens, my twenties, or as a newly-formed family. As a result, from the very beginning, we would have experienced:
I’m not going to covet other minimalists’ lives anymore.
I don’t travel the world with a single backpack.
I haven’t packed up my family to travel across the country in an RV for a year.
I am not a single woman with a futon, a suitcase and a laptop.
I didn’t choose 600 square feet of dwelling space with a hobby farm ‘round back.
YET, I adore reading about these amazing people and their even more intriguing journeys toward transformation. In perusing books and blogposts, these characters seem like old friends. We’re all rooting for them. Their triumphs and courageous leaps of faith provide the inspiration for our own stories. However, through all this story following, I have found there is not one formula for choosing a simple life…it is not a one-size-fits all t-shirt. No matter what our life looks like, I do believe each and every one of these intentional & devoted people can teach a lesson worth learning.
A kind of minimalism for the rest of us sort of thing.
People decide to downshift for a variety of reasons. Many want to get away from “living competitively”… job stress, consumerism, and feeling they have to live up to someone else’s expectations. Other people downshift because of a life changing experience, health reasons, or a crisis in the family. Often downshifting comes out of a wish to conserve natural resources. Whatever the reason, downshifting isn’t limited to any age or income level.
Once the decision to downshift has been made, then comes the question of how. Usually the first step is to create more free time for yourself by working fewer hours. This may involve something as simple as cutting down on overtime, or it may involve changing jobs or deciding to work at home. There is no one solution that fits every circumstance because everyone’s situation and needs are different. Taking your time to analyze your own options will prevent you from making any hasty spur of the moment decisions that you might later regret.
Hand in hand with a change in the number of hours worked is the need to consume less and therefore spend less. As you prioritize your true needs and wants, you will find that many of the “things” you used to spend money on no longer seem important. You will also discover that a more balanced life will feel very empowering because your new simple living changes will result in actually having more options and access to more discretionary money even though you are earning, spending and consuming less than you did before.
Here are some downshifting ideas to get you started, but keep in mind that living a simple life is not about self-denial… you should not give up something that is really important to you.