August 2013 – Get Inspired

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Class of ’63 Reunion

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Several members of Auburn Community College’s class of 1963 gathered at the Springside Inn last month to celebrate their 50th reunion. Over 100 invitations were sent out to class members inviting them to planned events; with the help of Kay Benedict Sgarlata ’63, who spearheaded the gathering. While many were unable to attend, numerous graduates provided the Alumni Association with “class notes,” that can been seen in the fall/winter issue of The Spartan. Here are some updates from the class members that were able to participate in the celebration.

50th Anniversary 11Charlie Criss and wife Carol shared stories of their life in Victor, NY where Charlie lives just a few doors from the family homestead in which he grew up. Charlie retired as a fifth/sixth grade teacher in the Fairport School District after thirty two years. After ACC he attended Brockport for his BS degree and received his Masters from Nazareth College. He and Carol have an adult daughter. Charlie loves the out of doors – hunting, fishing and especially skiing – he is a fully certified ski instructor. He currently works the demo-center at Bristol Mountain in the winter. Charlie reminisced about his days at ACC and mentioned a lot of names as he scanned our yearbook wondering where they all are now- he questioned how many of the men in our graduating class might have been drafted and served in Viet Nam. While at ACC Charlie was active as a soccer player and served on the student council.

Good friends Pat Drummey and Kathy Coyne met while they attended ACC and along with others from the class including Kay Benedict Sgarlata went off to Oswego State where Kathy and Kay were room-mates. Pat Drummey, who still resides in the family home, retired from teaching 5th grade in the Auburn School District after 37 years. Kathy, who has a home in Camillus, NY, likewise retired in 2002 after as many years serving as a Reading Specialist for the Onondaga Central School District. Both Kathy and Pat do a lot of traveling together and probably haven’t missed an Arts and Crafts Show, a musical comedy performance or any number of specialty festivals in Central New York over the past thirty years.

50th Anniversary 7Kay Benedict Sgarlata, lives with husband Tony in Syracuse, NY. After graduation from Oswego she taught fifth grade for eleven years. After obtaining her Masters and CAS degrees from Oswego she switched careers, entering governmental administration from which she retired in 1995. In retirement Kay has written two memoirs – The Class of ‘60 and Lessons from the Lower Road. He debut novel, Adirondack August, is about to be released and will be available on

“Our gathering was small but spirited. We shared were how truly handsome/beautiful our classmates were. Remembering the era when dress, hair styles and manner all gave an air of elegance. We all felt blessed that ACC got us all started on our career paths that have been fruitful – many commenting on the fact that they still encounter former students who are grateful for their tutelage.” ~Kay

In Case You Missed It!

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Lisa D. Chelenza was originally run in the fall/winter 2012 edition of
The Spartan

Lisa_ChelenzaLisa D. Chelenza ’92 is one-third of the two-time New York State Broadcaster Award winning team of the “Gomez & Dave in the Morning Show” (best morning show team) on TK99 and WOUR.  She is also host of “Pet Pointers” on YNN.  In our fall 2009 Spartan, we shared that Lisa had won National Emmy Awards as a feature producer on NBC Sports for her work on the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT, and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.  During her career, Chelenza has worked as on-camera talent for TNN, Fox Sports Net and Showtime.  She has also worked as feature producer for Lifetime Television, NBC Sports and Time Warner Cable.

Chelenza was nominated for Syracuse Woman of the year in 2012 for her efforts in support of animal welfare causes, as well as for educating the public on responsible pet parenting.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS), a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Syracuse, and the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation.  Lisa cares for several pets that she has rescued on her small farm in Skaneateles, NY.

Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

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Article and Photos by Lori Cochran ’05

NYC 8There is nothing like spending the day in New York City. The options of things to do and see are endless. Rain or shine, you definitely can find fun in the Big Apple. This year’s Alumni trip took 41 guys and gals to experience a variety of attractions all over Manhattan and even beyond as a few ventured to Coney Island and some cruised around the harbor.

Oppressive heat did not seem to stop us from having a great time although we noticed visits to museums were rather popular this year. Some of our travelers were enticed to visit the interesting exhibit, “SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure,” currently on display in the Theater District. Others’ itineraries included the City Museum and, of course, the ever popular Museum of Natural History. My husband and I checked out the Chelsea area where several flea markets and a street festival were taking place. We also spent time in a few art galleries which provided us with brief retreats from the heat.

The city’s parks provided great refuge as well and we found you could almost always catch a great performer, a chess match, or simply enjoy an ice cream cone–or my fave, a Crumbs cupcake—while there. (A Crumbs Bake Shop is conveniently located right across from Bryant Park where our bus picks us up for the ride home.)

The Alumni Association wishes to thank the patrons who journeyed with us and the Alumni Office ladies, Louise and Mary, for making this yet another fun and memorable day in the Big Apple.

NYC Overnight

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Outgoing Board Members

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Two members of the Board of Directors of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association have completed their terms. Lloyd Hoskins ’74 and Angelo Marinelli ’62 have given a combined 18 years of volunteer service to the Alumni Board and to the college community.

Angelo-MarinelliAngelo joined the Alumni Board in 2004 with the goal of becoming active in his alma mater. During his nine-year tenure on the board, Angelo served on the Scholarship and Alumni Awards Committees, as well as working with the planning committees. He is a retired guidance counselor at the former Mount Carmel High School and at West Middle School in Auburn. He was also an adjunct psychology instructor at CCC. He continues to stay active by officiating at high school basketball, football and softball games for both the Auburn, New York, and Venice, Florida, areas. Angelo and his wife Marlene reside in Auburn, but enjoy spending winters in the Florida sunshine. They especially enjoy spending time with their family, which includes two children and three grandchildren.

Lloyd_HoskinsLloyd was honored in 2003 with an ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award for his tireless community efforts, dedication to youth and Cayuga County, and his unfailing support of education and of CCC. Joining the board in 2004, Hoskins shares that the most rewarding part of serving for the past nine years has been the opportunity to be a part of the significant contributions that the College makes to its alumni and the community. In addition to being the Executive Director of the Cayuga County Youth Bureau, Administrator for the Cayuga County Assigned Counsel Program, and Coordinator of the Cayuga County STOP-DWI Program, Lloyd is a member of the criminal justice adjunct faculty at CCC. He is also the president of the college’s Foundation Board of Directors.  He and his wife Georgette own a home on Auburn’s historic district. In his spare time, Lloyd enjoys seeking out treasures among antiques for the house and working in the yard.

The Board extends its gratitude for their time, leadership and assistance which contributed greatly to the Association’s successful events and activities these past years.

Annual Meeting Notice

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ACC/CCC Alumni Association Announces Annual Meeting and Elections

The Annual Meeting of the Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Business and Industry Center at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021.  All graduates of ACC/CCC are eligible to participate and cast their vote for the Association’s officers and board of directors for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The agenda for the meeting will include reports by the president,  treasurer, executive director of the CCC Foundation, and alumni director as well and covering new business and the formulation of committees for the coming year.  Those present will also be voting on recent updates to the Association’s Constitution and bylaws.  For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (315) 255-1792, extension 2224 or 2454.

Professor Howard Nelson

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Cayuga Community College Professor Howard Nelson participated in panel discussion at the 2013 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, “Mystic, Transcendentalist, and Natural Philosopher to Boot,” July 10 through the 14 in Concord, Mass.  He spoke on “The Maine Woods and the Living Lyre: David Mallett’s ‘The Fable True,’” an examination of singer-songwriter Mallett’s CD. In the recording, Mallett narrates portions of Thoreau’s The Maine Woods with guitar accompaniment.

“The Annual Gathering brings together Thoreau scholars from around the globe and fosters interest in and research on the American writer’s works and ideas to new generations.  The Thoreau Society Bulletin, a quarterly publication, featured Nelson’s essay “Intertwinings,” about how a few 19th century writers knew and interacted with each other, in its Fall 2012 issue. Nelson’s essay, “The Fable True,” a review of singer/guitarist David Mallett’s CD of selections from Thoreau’s The Maine Woods, ran in the Spring 2013 issue.

“I’ve studied Thoreau for a long time, but it’s only in the past three years that I’ve been attending the Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society each summer in Concord,” Howard said. “I’ve been pleased to be chosen to make presentations at the conference, in the heart of the Thoreauvian sub-culture, and to have some of my essays published in the Thoreau Society Bulletin.”

Since joining the College faculty in 1970, Nelson has shared his passion for poetry and American authors, particularly Walt Whitman and his contemporaries, through his teachings, writings, and readings on campus and in the community. He has been awarded Chancellor’s Awards from the State University of New York for teaching, scholarship, and creative activities, and also received the SUNY Faculty Award for Excellence. Although he retired from his full-time faculty position in 2012 after 42 years of service, he continues to teach such courses as American Literature and World Religions.

Certificate Program Graduates

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Cayuga Community College graduated its first class of the 60-hour dental assisting program and the 50-hour EKG technician program, both of which prepare students to sit for the national certification exams.  CCC recognized 37 students for their completion of health care career certificate programs.  During ceremonies on the Auburn and Fulton campuses, Carla DeShaw, Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development,  told students that in the past, people spoke about “climbing the corporate or career ladder,” but that today the more appropriate image is of scaffolding—where people can pick up new credentials and move in a new direction. She said this is particularly true in health care—a field where someone who pursues medical assisting certification then could decide to become a registered nurse, an EKG technician, or a medical coder.

Students who graduated from the dental assisting program look to have promising career opportunities as the number of jobs in their field are predicted to grow 31 percent; and cardiovascular and vascular technologists 29 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  Medical assistant and medical coder programs were first offered at Cayuga in 2011 and were well-received by students.  The jobs in these fields look to grow at 31 percent and 21 percent respectively in the near future.

The College conferred certificates to the following students:

Dental Assistant: The program requires 60 hours of training and prepares students for entry-level positions in a dental office, including oral anatomy, tooth structure, patient positioning, equipment, sterilization, legal aspects of dentistry, and office administration.

Charles Aiken and Kayla Gregory of Auburn; Catherine Beach of Oswego; Stephanie Cary and Serena Draper of Fulton; Erica DeVoll of Ovid; Ashley Haumann of Syracuse; Jacklyn Noel of Elbridge; Sarah Smith of Waterloo; and Patsy Spears of Mexico.

EKG Technician: The program requires 50 hours of training and prepares students to use an EKG machine and gain familiarity with physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, ethics, and legal aspects of medicine.

Melissa Bushey of Locke; Polly Davies of Port Byron; Alexandra Dennison of Cato; Susan Elwyn of King Ferry; Cynthia Gersch-Cianfarno of Oswego; Sharon Krause of Cleveland; Dennis Lassen Jr. of Hannibal; Sharon Nemier of Weedsport; Gale Riddell of Phoenix; and Carmella Squadrito of Liverpool.

Medical Assistant: The program requires completion of 252 hours of training and 80 hours of externship, the study of the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology as well as practical applications of mathematics and microbiology. The program also covers everything from phlebotomy and medical terminology to insurance and ethics.

Allison Archer of Seneca Falls; Ashley Cook of Liverpool; Bessie Loomis of Fulton; Andrea Losurdo of Oswego; Julie Robbins of Jordan; and Karrie Waffle of Phoenix.

Medical Coder: The program requires 180-hours of career training. Students learn the types of insurance coverage in a health facility, the various ways of receiving payment, common medical codes, and HIPAA privacy regulations, among other topics.

Barbara Beeman and Suzanne Davis of Fulton; Mary Blum of Skaneateles; Michele Braley of Sandy Creek; Dotty Chesnut and Priscilla Gilbert of Mexico; Christopher Cornall, Noah Donch and Arbutus Keim of Auburn; Lisa Russell of Waterloo; and Anita Vibbert of Oswego.

College Celebrates 60 Years

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In recognition of the 60th anniversary of our College, events are being planned for both campuses. A celebratory cake cutting will be held on Friday, October 18th on both the Auburn and Fulton campuses.  At press time, details had not been confirmed.  A page on the College website is being developed to provide additional information about events as they become available.  Stay tuned to  In addition, you may call the alumni office at 315-255-1743 extension 2224 or 2454, and don’t forget to visit our Facebook page:

The Trail Project

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The Nature Trail
By Valerie S. McNickol ’86
1986 Janus
Editors Note: This article appeared in the 1986 CCC yearbook “Janus”

“The beauty of nature ‘tis but a bud blossoming in time.” And time is what nature needs in order to give to man. For CCCC, that beauty has been given – it is the Nature Trail.

The construction of the land development began in the Spring of 1978, and took almost three years to complete. Grant monies from the community and the college General Fund helped turn barren fields into plush, green grass and mini-forest. In exchange for the Nature Trail, CEDA, BOCES, the Youth conservation Corps, and the Job Training partnership Act all benefitted from the construction training. Within the past three years, CCCC has planted between 6 – 10,000 trees, and has maintained the upkeep of the freshwater pond and surrounding area. Also added to this section of our campus is the Nature Center, which in the past two Springs has allowed more developed land to be landscaped.

This land was utilized for many reasons. It provides a service for the science classes with fresh water, and land resources. It also provides a peaceful place for students and athletes wishing to escape from the hussle and bussle of college training and pressures.

CCC students in BIOL 208-Conservation of Natural Resources spent the spring semester working on a service-learning project to improve the nature trails behind the Auburn Campus. Suggestions for ten different projects with focus ranging from improving the ponds to creating a better turtle habitat can be viewed on the class blog.

One project titled “Safer Trail,” completed by Kelly Ross, William Ryan, and Mary Tripp, discussed improvements that could be made to the trail by increasing narrow widths and leveling the uneven trails with stone. The group believed that providing landscaping would outline the trails and would provide visual enhancement. Additionally, students suggested making a community garden to grow vegetables that could be donated to local food pantries.

To see more about their project, visit the class blog:

Change Gon’ Come

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Change Gon ComeThe CCC Foundation will be sponsoring a multi-media stage production of A Change Gon’ Come.  It will kick off the “Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground” Symposium.  The show will be held in the Irene A. Bisgrove Theatre on the Auburn Campus on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.  The performance will be open to the public and admission is free.  The production is made possible through contributions to the Cultural Enrichment fund and the Ruth P. Thomas Arts Fund.  Watch for details in the October edition of Get Inspired and the fall/winter issue of The Spartan.