The CCC community is pleased to welcome interim president Dr. Gregory DeCinque, who was unanimously approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees. DeCinque retired in August as president of Jamestown Community College, another SUNY institution, where he spent 19 years as the school’s leader. He earned his PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and focused his dissertation on collective bargaining within community colleges. He also has experience leading a college through fiscal exigency and has been the leading candidate for the position throughout much of the search since Larson announced his retirement in October.
“I hope to apply my leadership experience to help Cayuga through what I know has been a challenging time for all campus members,” DeCinque said in a news release. “We will work together to find the best solutions.”
According to the college, more than 80 percent of faculty and staff who completed a survey, agreed that Dr. DeCinque was highly-qualified for the position. He received praise from the Board of Trustees as well as students and teachers who met with him. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said in a news release. “We are deeply grateful to Dr. DeCinque for agreeing to come out of retirement and continue to serve our system as interim president of Cayuga Community College, while a search for permanent leadership is underway. It will be a great honor to continue working with Dr. DeCinque during this transition.”
After only two weeks at CCC, DeCinque has been immersed in the college and the community and said “I am beginning to feel at home.” In the short time he has been on campus, he has spent time with many individuals and leaders of various groups in both Cayuga and Oswego counties. In a recent report to the campus community, he stated “It is my belief that you can’t get much done until you know the people.” We are all looking forward to getting to know Gregory DeCinque.
Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D. ’86
Dr. McColgin’s association with Cayuga Community College has been a long and impressive one. It began soon after she graduated in 1986 with an AAS in Nursing. After working as an RN and completing her BS in Nursing at SU in 1987, she joined the CCC faculty in 1988 as Coordinator of the Nursing Lab. While employed at Cayuga, Cathleen served in instructional and administrative capacities: as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Nursing Department; then as the college’s first Director of Assessment; and in 2001 as Associate Dean of the Fulton campus.
By 2008, Cathleen was serving as Provost of the Fulton Campus, as well as President of the Faculty-Student Association (FSA). Cathleen received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2005. She also led the successful application process to SUNY and SED (State Education Department) for Branch Campus status of the Fulton campus, which the Governor approved in March 2006. While she served as president of FSA, she presided over negotiations with Follett Higher Education Group for management of the college’s bookstore, which was successful and resulted in securing a $100,000 donation to the Cayuga Community College Foundation. Some of the community and college service organizations that Cathleen has been actively involved in as a board member include the CCC Foundation, ACC/CCC Alumni Association, United Way of Oswego County, and Oswego County Chamber of Commerce.
Previously, Dr. McColgin served for 15 years as a captain in the United States Army Reserve at the 376th Combat Support Hospital. In August 2008, Dr. McColgin was named Provost and Senior Vice President of Onondaga Community College. Her responsibilities there include supervision of instructional, student, enrollment, and diversity services, along with continuing and extended learning. In addition, she leads the faculty to achieve goals and objectives as set forth in the Academic Master Plan and the college’s strategic plan.
Cathleen and her husband Robert have three grown children, Colleen, Todd, and Jennifer, and one grandchild, Mars. Cathleen enjoys golf and travel in her free time.
Update: Fall 2013
Onondaga Community College Provost Cathleen C. McColgin — formerly provost of the Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College — received the prestigious 2013 Multicultural Leadership Award at the National Diversity & Leadership Conference Sept. 19 at the California University of Pennsylvania.
The Multicultural Leadership award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field.
“This award is a tremendous honor for Dr. McColgin and our entire campus community,” said Onondaga President Casey Crabill. “Dr. McColgin’s efforts have made Onondaga a better place for all who come here. We are grateful for her contributions and proud of her accomplishments.”
McColgin, of Skaneateles, has been at OCC for five years. She was provost in Fulton’s CCC campus for seven years. She also was a full-time tenured professor at CCC for 13 years.
McColgin received her doctorate degree in higher education with an emphasis on teaching and administration from Syracuse University. She is a New York State registered nurse and spent 15 years as a captain in the United States Army Reserve at the 376th Combat Support Hospital.
Gen. Colin Powell was the conference keynote speaker at the conference.
For more information on the conference, go to natdiversityconference.com.
Special edition Alumni Association t-shirts celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg are available. Men’s and women’s styles. Call or e-mail for size availability at $10 each. There is still a small supply of Alumni Cap & T Combos (white cotton Tee with red baseball cap) for $12 while supplies last. Alumni@Cayuga-CC.edu or 315/255-1743 ext. 2224.
This year for our annual fall journey to NYC, 48 ACC/CCC alumni and friends enjoyed a multitude of the city’s attractions. We stayed at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square: a forty-nine story hotel located in the middle of everything anyone would want to do in the Big Apple. In order to get to our rooms, you needed to pause and take a quick course in Elevator Ed 102. Every room in the hotel has a great view of the city.
The weather was windy and brisk, typical of a weekend in November. Members of our group enjoyed some Broadway plays: Big Fish, Once, First Date and Glass Menagerie. Many in our group enjoyed the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Shopping is always a big attraction; who could go to NYC without going to Macy’s, Toys R Us at Times Square or the Shops at the Winter Village in Bryant Park? Museums like MOMA, The Met, and my favorite the Sea, Air & Space Museum on the USS Intrepid are also high on the “must do” list. We even had some celebrity sightings. Joan Rivers was seen and a member of our group got Billy Crystal’s autograph.
Of course, people enjoy eating in the city, and some of the restaurants enjoyed were Carlotta’s, Bourbon Street, Blue Fin and the Westway Diner. Some of us took a quick trip through New York Harbor on the toll free Staten Island Ferry.
Everyone had a wonderful time in NYC doing their own thing. Thanks goes out to Louise and Mary in the Alumni Office for making the arrangements for another great adventure.
-Fred Falsey, Treasurer
ACC/CCC Alumni Association
The 40th annual Holiday Craft Fair was held on December 7-8 on the Auburn campus. Traditionally, the Alumni Association has sold pizza and water as a fundraiser at the event. Many alumni board members assisted event chair JoAnn Harris, but the three caught on camera were John Lamphere, Amanda Stankus and Bill Jacobs.
After months of research, BestOnlineColleges.org, a leading resource for online education, has released their annual lists for the best online colleges in various fields of study. Data and surveys from programs across the nation was compiled and analyzed over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year. Program fields include: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Human Resources, Sociology, Math, Biology, Graphic Design and Nutrition. Cayuga Community College was selected as “The Top Online Criminal Justice Program.”
“Cayuga Community College understands the frustration of attending a college that doesn’t offer enough support for its online classrooms. As a result, Cayuga Community College offers degree programs that are fully capable of being completed online. These aren’t just hybrid classes either. In fact, the classes they offer will appear as “normal” classes should you decide to transfer to another school. In this way, students of the Criminal Justice degree program are afforded options should they decide to attend a different school during the course of earning their degree.”
–Long Island News Day
Pete Liddell, the Director of Athletics at Cayuga Community College, was inducted into the Cazenovia College Athletics Hall of Fame on September 28. He was the former assistant athletics director and men’s basketball coach at Cazenovia College and was recognized as the school’s all-time leader in wins (159), and games coached (373) from 1994 to 2005.
Liddell served as assistant athletics director for more than 18 years and was instrumental in saving the North Eastern Athletic Conference for the 2004-2005 seasons, when the conference expanded to 12 teams after having just three in 2004. As the men’s baseball coach at Cazenovia, Liddell racked up 159 wins, four conference championships, and was selected as the coach of the year three times.
Another Athletic Department staff member also received honors. Les Robinson was inducted into the Mynderse Academy Athletic Hall of Fame for 2013.
In October, Cayuga Community College’s Student Activities Board (SAB) sponsored a performance by Garibaldi at the Auburn Public Theater. The event drew a fantastic audience of students, staff and members of our community.
“Inspiration serves Garibaldi in his art and his life. Living with passion and purpose drives Garibaldi every day to transcend what he does as an artist into a philanthropist. Garibaldi’s synergy of music and art is what makes him unique as a painter and a performer.”
The unique program went beyond expectations and was sold out. Director of Student Activities, Norman Lee, stated “We appreciate the support with our programming efforts.”
Cayuga Community College has been selected as a top military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education (MAE) and will be included in the 2014 MAE Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. Readers of the MAE Guide include educational service officers and top-level commanders, who guide educational decisions. The MAE Guide provides prospective students with information about colleges and universities with military-friendly policies and services.
Members of the Cayuga Veteran’s Work Group, chaired by faculty member Sarah Yaw, work diligently to support policies, services and programs that enhance the overall educational experience of student veterans. A grateful campus thanks Sarah, Janet Nelson, Jo Ann Harris, Lisa Clark, and Kevin Justian for leading the efforts that led to this prestigious designation.
Janet Nelson, director of adult education and the Cayuga’s liaison to the Department of Defense for Student Veterans, recently learned that her grant application for almost $20,000 was funded by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Nelson will work with Cayuga colleagues to create Commissioned for Success: Collaborating to Enhance the Employability of Wounded Warriors (C4S), a multi-faceted educational program that includes: veteran-specific, individual and group academic advisement beginning early in the college acceptance cycle (prior to first semester registration); a series of structured, interactive workshops, the content of which accelerates employability by enhancing a veteran’s knowledge, skills and ability to apply research-based vet-specific best-practices during the job-search process; and professional development for college faculty, staff, and local employers on vet-specific topics, including combat-related disabilities, particularly those characterized as “hidden.” More than half of the funding covers reimbursements for indirect costs (staff time dedicated to project planning and piloting) with the remainder covering direct program materials for marketing, delivery and assessment of the pilots for each target group.
An all-student company performed the Monty Python-esque excursion through history at the Irene Bisgrove Community Theatre, Cayuga Community College this past October and November.
An adjudicator from the Theatre Association of New York State saw the show and after a talk-back session with the cast, awarded Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Work to the cast, Meritorious Achievement in Costume and Makeup Design, and Execution to Mathew Ryan Limerick.
The Cayuga Community College men’s soccer team earned a bid to the NJCAA Region III Division III Tournament as a #6 seed from the West Division. The Spartans finished the season at 7-5-2…with three of the five losses by only one goal.
For more information on Spartan athletics go to www.cayugaspartans.com
Sue Witmer, Director of Fulton Operations, and former ’12-’13 SGO President Kristan (Marino) Johnson pose at the bench that was graciously donated by the 2012-2013 Student Government Organization (SGO) on the Fulton campus at the end of the last academic year. A small plaque recognizing the ’12-’13 SGO has been placed on the bench.
The CCC Foundation was pleased to present “A Change Gon’ Come”, the story of Harriet Tubman, brought to life on the stage of the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre on the CCC Auburn campus.
“A Chang Gon’ Come” was a compelling production in two acts that began in the present and went back to re-imagine Harriet’s journey of enchantment, love, agony, dignity and triumph along with her work on the Underground Railroad. The original songs as well as choreography by Kashi-Tara and Kelly Chauncy brought the story to life. The production by the 17-member cast of The Finest! Performance Troupe, traveled from Washington, DC and beyond to perform. The troupe was pleased to be able to share their work in the city Harriet called home.
The November 7 production was free and open to the public through contributions to the Cayuga Community College Foundation’s Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Ruth P. Thomas Arts Fund. The evening performance launched the Harriet Tubman No Longer Underground Symposium held November 8 and 9. A full house saw the plight of one of history’s most awe-inspiring Americans with ties to Auburn, New York.
A question and answer session with the troupe was held after the performance. The Harriet Tubman Boosters Club presented each member with a framed poem written by Brooklyn poet Cyd Charisse Fulton for students at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn. The poem, titled “Freedom Fruit,” was inspired by Ms. Fulton’s visit to the Harriet Tubman Home.