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December 13th, 2012 Posted in In Case You Missed It

Jerimy G. Blowers, PhD, LMHC, NCC, CAS, CGAS ’93
Originally run in Spartan’s Fall/Winter 2011 issue

One excellent example of the positive correlation between participating in Judo and achieving success can be seen with Dr. Jerimy Blowers. From his impressive credentials, distinguished employment record, noteworthy honor and award collection, to his inspiring dedication to teaching and research, Jerimy Blowers is the epitome of success.

After receipt of his associate of science degree (summa cum laude) from CCC, Jerimy went on to receive his bachelor’s from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1995, his master’s from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1997, and his doctorate (Ph.D.) in 2007 from Northcentral University, in Arizona. His credentials include Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified National Counselor (NCC), Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) and Certified Gambling Addiction Specialist (CGAS). He has also completed certification training in several other areas.

Dr. Blowers has received honors and awards, including NY State Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Substance Abuse Prevention Program in 2009, and Student Affairs Vision Award for Excellence in Campus-Community Service in 2008, to name a few. He is currently assistant professor, School of Health Management at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is an adjunct professor and course developer in the Health Science Program for South University, Pittsburgh, PA’s Online Health Science Program. He has also taught at SUNY Plattsburgh, first as a term adjunct lecturer, then as Director of Health Education Services, and has held other positions in higher education and community intervention for the past 14 years.

This past February, Blowers wrote to CCC President Larson and the Board of Trustees to provide a “testament to Cayuga Community College” and the positive influence it has had on his life. In this inspirational letter, Jerimy shared that the faculty at Cayuga made the difference in both his academic and personal endeavors. He felt empowered in understanding that achieving excellence was within his grasp. The professionalism of the stellar classroom educators who took the time to listen and offer sound advice helped him to become “well prepared” to continue on to a four-year institution.

In addition to his education, Jerimy said that he was fortunate to be introduced to Judo and has practiced martial arts for many years (earning his Black Belt in Ju Jitsu and now holding a senior rank in Judo). Blowers believed that Judo became an important extension of lessons learned in the classroom, and that “discipline, persistence in the face of challenges, and sense of community are values that persist in me to this very day.” His research interest rests in the application of prevention science to improve the lives of individuals and promote community health. This can be seen in his dissertation: ‘Impact of an After-school Martial Arts Program on At-risk Students.’

After 15 years of living and working in another region, Dr. Blowers’ first stop when visiting the Auburn area in the summer of 2010 was CCC where he immediately signed up for Judo and paid his respects to college personnel. In his personal time, he enjoys studying the martial arts of Judo and Ju Jitsu, learning new languages (he is presently studying Chinese, German and Japanese), and volunteering for various charities. Though entering CCC as a “rather reserved young man with no clear direction or goals,” with the encouragement of the faculty and the discipline of Judo, he “left as a lifelong learner focused on achieving success in my field.”

December 2012 update:

Dr. Blowers was recently appointed as the new Director of the Academy for Academic Excellence and Student Success at New York Chiropractic College. He and his wife Suzanne have become the proud parents of their second child, Shea Alexander, born March 3.

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