Alumni Award Recipients

June 5th, 2013 Posted in Alumni News & Events

Each spring 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.  These 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.  This year, we are pleased to introduce the 2013 recipients, Patricia Callahan and Michael Frame.

Patricia M. Callahan ’87

The personal success achieved by Mrs. Callahan began when she sailed from Scotland to America in 1928, where she her mother and her siblings were greeted at Ellis Island by her father and Uncle.  After graduating from high school, she received her first Associates degree when she attended secretarial school and went to work for an insurance company.   She began her studies at CCC as a nontraditional student after her children were grown, and graduated in 1987 with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood.   Through the continued encouragement and guidance of mentor/coordinator of Empire State College, Mr. Lee Herman, Patricia continued her education with Empire State College.  Nominator Martha MacKay said, “She is not only an inspiration to her family but to her many friends, who consider her a role model.”  In 1994 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree for Studies in Human Development and Society.  Patricia shares, “It took a while, but my dream was fulfilled.”

Patricia’s long-time history of volunteering began when she was a teenager.  She helped to raise money through her sorority, where she served as president.  She has been involved with Literacy Volunteers, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts when her children were young, and many other charitable causes.  Mrs. Callahan represented the ACC/CCC Alumni Association by serving as a member of the Board of Directors of The Cayuga County Community College Foundation for two three year terms.  During her tenure, she served as secretary for three years, and was a member of the Development Committee and of the ad hoc Long-Range Planning Committees. Mrs. Callahan gave generously of her time to the board, took her appointment seriously and always promoted the Foundation and College.

Two scholarships  have been established by Mrs. Callahan at Cayuga Community College—the Patricia M. Callahan Scholarship in appreciation of her two-year experience at CCC, and the V. H. and P. M. Callahan Scholarship in recognition of her own success and fulfillment as a transferring, nontraditional student at Empire State College.

Patricia is the mother of two daughters, a son and has five grandchildren.    She continues to support the Foundation through her generous giving, and she always encourages those interested in furthering their education to attend Cayuga Community College.  Pat has often said, “It has been my good fortune to be associated with Cayuga Community College, its teachers and personnel.    The two year commitment to CCC by students is the first stage to fulfillment of their chosen career and profession.  I wish all graduates the best of luck.”

Michael R.  Frame ‘99

Following his graduation Summa cum Laude from Cayuga, Michael attended Cornell, where he      found his future career as a lobbying politician.  He shares, “Growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer, history teacher, or an accountant.  I never knew that a job in government relations would provide me with the opportunity to do the lithe bit of all three.” He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and immediately attended the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he received his master’s degree in public administration.

Upon completion of his master’s program, he became federal relations assistant and policy analyst for the California State University system in Washington, D.C.  Returning to New York, he served as director of special projects for the Metropolitan Development Association in Syracuse, where he traveled throughout Central New York working to help young professionals become more involved with their community.  Michael Frame has served as director of federal relations for the State University of New York since 2011, as well as the director of federal relations for Binghamton University since 2006.

Michael has served on, or is currently serving on many boards including the executive committee of the Council of Government Affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  Other board of director’s positions he has been involved with are The Science Coalition and State University of New York Council for Advancement (SUNYCUAD), the Government and Public Affairs Committee of MedTech, and the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.

Michael has also been associated with numerous civic organizations including vice president for OnPoint for College, chairman of the Young Leaders Congress, and treasurer of 40 Below.  He was awarded 20 in their twenties by the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition.  In the Spring of 2010, the ACC/CCC Alumni Association featured Michael in The Spartan newsletter, following his award of 40 under Forty by the Central New York Business Journal.

When Bob Frame, Director of Theatre Operations at CCC nominated his son for the award, he shared that “CCC is an integral part of Michael’s background . . . it helped make him the man he is today!”  As an “inordinately proud” father, Bob shared that his son is “an example of the best in what Cayuga Community College can graduate and is a great role model for our current students.”  Michael is married to Kristy Frame and they live in Syracuse.

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