55 Years Ago…

February 26th, 2014 Posted in Alumni News & Events

55 Years LogoAlaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state, Walt Disney releases Sleeping Beauty.  February 3 is the day the music died, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper are killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa. Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500, and Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida opens it gates.

NASA announces its selection of the “Mercury Seven”, who become the first U.S. Astronauts.* The St. Lawrence Seaway opens to shipping.  Hawaii is admitted as the 50th U.S. state.  Rod Serling’s,** The Twilight Zone, premieres on CBS.  MGM’s widescreen, Technicolor version of Ben-Hur is released.

Those were some of the 1959 headlines you might have read (if you were born yet), when the Auburn Community College Alumni Association came to be.  The average cost of a new house was $12,400, average yearly wages were $5,010, and a gallon of gas cost 25 cents, a movie ticket $1.00, a loaf of bread 20 cents.

Fidel Castro comes to power; the Barbie doll is launched and the first known human with HIV dies in Congo.  Inventions in 1959 include the Microchip, Etch A Sketch, the Lunar Probe and the Computer Modem.

Auburn CC made history in 1959, when the Auburn Community College Alumni Association was established to promote and advance the interests of the College, its students and alumni.  The association was reorganized and incorporated in 1980 and renamed the Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association.

The first Alumni Director was named in 1987.  Since that time, five directors have served the association: Virginia Iocolano, Mickey Lord, Elisabeth Hurley, Nancy Ranieri and Louise Wilson. The association’s activities and function in general are supported as part of the administrative structure of the College Foundation’s annual fund drive and from various activities sponsored by the Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association is governed by a board of directors who may serve three-year terms. Meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, with elections held at the annual meeting in September. An alumni board member and an alum from the general membership serve as liaisons to the CCC Foundation. The Director of Alumni Affairs is an ex officio member of the board and its various committees.

All these years later our mission remains the same:  To promote and enhance relations among the alumni, the College community and the community at large.

*Can you name the Mercury Seven?  Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and Gordon Cooper Jr.

** Rod Serling visited Auburn Community College to lecture and even spoke to some classes.

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