The Nature Trail on the CCC Auburn Campus has been called “a small, natural oasis in an urban area.” It is a beloved and well used friend to many walkers, runners and nature lovers. It was recently announced that funding had been secured to make much needed improvements on the trail, and we would like to give you an update.
There is evidence that the land the trail is on was farmed in the 1950s when the campus was in its infancy. If you look closely, you may find the remains of barbed wire fencing and hedgerows dividing cow pastures and a variety of apple trees. The man-made ponds and trails were built in 1978. Through the years, improvements have been made and trails with stone dust surface were added. Large meadows of grass are mowed, adding to the tranquility of the setting. The late Ruth Sara Goldman was a regular fixture on the trail. In memory of her passing, her family members installed exercise equipment on the trail that was dedicated in her honor in 2009.
The trail is used by professors for education on natural resource management, ecology and botany. In addition, Professor Tom Casella, who manages the trail for the College, takes his students out on the trail for inspiration for their art. Associate Professor Paul Richardson engages students, faculty and staff every spring on bird identification tours.
However, over time, buckthorn and other invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed and honeysuckle have or will take over much of the area, leaving little room for the native flora to thrive. In response, Assistant Professor Sheila Myers has enlisted students in her biology classes to conduct service-learning projects to improve the trail ecosystem. They have discussed the problems of the buckthorn, challenges with the ponds, drainage and general trail maintenance issues caused by flooding and erosion. Based on their research, the student team estimated the cost of making improvements and renovations at $31,000. Myers has secured a $7,000 grant from the Dorr Foundation that will enable her to complete the first round of improvements being made. Several areas of the trail have been made significantly larger after great quantities of buckthorn were removed. Trees indigenous to the area have been purchased, including Red Maple, Poplar and Swamp White Oaks. On April 24, students and faculty began planting a total of 30 6-foot trees.
Renovations are a total team effort. The CCC Foundation administers all gifts collected. The students, our future alumni, along with interested and involved members of the CCC community have rolled up their sleeves, literally and figuratively, to keep our “natural oasis” a place to continue to enjoy for many more years.
To learn more about the Nature Trail project or to learn more about their research, visit: http://sheilamyers.weebly.com/nature-trail-project.html
One of the challenges the Nature Trail faces is buckthorn, a tree that is highly invasive. It crowds out native plants and out-competes them for nutrients, light and moisture. It degrades wildlife habitat and forms an impenetrable layer of vegetation.
With much assistance, large areas of buckthorn have been cut and the area replanted with native oak, maple and poplar trees (thirty in all). Students have helped by securing landscaping fabric over the cut ends. Hopefully, covering the cut ends will stop it from re-sprouting.
Buckthorn is a common problem in many areas. For information on buckthorn, click on this brochure link.
On January 30, CCC lost a long-time professor and friend with the sudden passing of Raymond F. Leszczynski. Many who knew Ray or took any of his geology classes knew of his love and passion for different kinds of rocks. It was infectious, and people would bring him unusual rocks they found – often because of their own, newly-found love of rocks.
Each year faculty and staff participate in an Assessment Day function; so when it was held in February, participants were encouraged to bring a special rock as a tribute to Ray. On May 1, the rocks found a home when they were brought to the Nature Trail. With help from Sheila Myers’ Conservation and Natural Resources class, the rocks were placed around newly planted trees and flowers. They will bring a smile to all who walk along the trail as they think of Ray.
Editor’s Note: William D. Stuart ’74 was originally run in the spring/summer 2012 edition of The Spartan.
William D. Stuart ’74
“Never give up on your dreams…”
Many of us have shared the sentiment Bill Stuart felt when he was fresh out of high school; “I was young, and didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life or how I would ever achieve any level of success.” Fortunately the time he spent at ACC helped him to not only to “get a clue” but he came out “knowing what he wanted to do with his life!” Since then, Bill has accomplished a great many things. While Bill acknowledges that he had some great professors while attending ACC, one in particular made the real difference, Professor of Marketing Bill Lovell. Stuart admits that he even missed some ‘Happy Hours’ at Curley’s because he didn’t want to miss class; “this marketing thing really captured my interest.”
Following his graduation from ACC, Bill went to Albany State where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing. Over the past 37 years, he rose to the level of Senior Vice President for two major US retailers before starting his own consulting company in 1995. He is the CEO of Stuart & Associates Inc., a leader in sales and leadership development for retailers and manufacturers. Since then William’s company has helped some of the largest corporations in the world (P&G, Microsoft, Hoover, Philips consumer electronics, Best Buy, etc.) develop and launch new products. He and his company have shown their clients how to drive revenues and bring more of the profit to the bottom line.
“I have had a great life.” Bill shares. He and his wife have seen the world, something he never thought could have happened. He feels that it was all sparked by a marketing class he took 36 years ago from a guy who cared enough to give his students his best. “Thank you Professor Lovell.”
Bill currently lives in Franklin, TN with his wife. They have three sons; the His oldest is out on his own “making a name for himself,” and his twins are in college. They love to ski, cruise and travel the world. Stuart enjoys cycling, collectable street rods, and flying RC planes. He shares that his life has turned out so much better than he could have ever dreamed, and it all started at ACC. The advice he has to share is simple “Never give up on your dreams whatever they made be, no matter what others might think or say. Remember this: There is only one person who stands between you and success and that’s the person you look at in the mirror every morning!”
We are pleased to announce the names of the 2014 Alumni Award recipients: Richard J. Knaul ’63, Melanie Trexler ’75 and Terry M. Wilbur ’08, who you will hear more about in future publications. They will be honored at the annual awards brunch at Oak & Vine at the Springside Inn, as well as at Commencement on May 18. We thank them for their service to their alma mater as well as to their communities.
As always, we have had a great year of trip offerings including two sold out Gettysburg Battlefield weekend excursions and a day, as well as a weekend trip, to New York City. We appreciate the loyal following we have on these trips.
Some of the other activities the Association sponsored or participated in over the past academic year include the 11th Annual Antique Appraisal Fair in October; a pizza booth at the 40th annual Holiday Craft Show in December; and participation in the 11th Family Fun Day in February.
The Alumni Association is behind the scenes working on these and other projects throughout the year, and I would like to recognize them: President Ted Herrling ’72, Vice President Gerry Guiney ’82, Treasurer Fred Falsey ’76, and Secretary John Lamphere ’74. Members at large include: Lori Cochran ’05, Betty DeLuna ’93, Felicia Franceschelli ’11, Tony Gucciardi ‘61, JoAnn Harris ’95, Bill Jacobs ’73, John McLeod ’08, Amanda Reed ’06, Amanda Stankus ’03 and Terry Wilbur ’08. Ex officio members include Louise Wilson ’72, Director of Alumni Affairs, and Jeff Hoffman, Executive Director of the CCC Foundation.
There have been many people who have offered assistance to the Association as well as the Alumni office over the past academic year, and they should be recognized as well: Mary Wejko ’66, proofreader extraordinaire and assistant editor of The Spartan; Carol MacKenzie ’74, Kathy Colella ’72 and Jeff Hoffman from the Foundation office, who are invaluable to the Association; Graphic Designer Mary Merritt who puts my visions of The Spartan on paper; and former Foundation staff members Mary Kriever ’08, assistant editor of The Spartan and my right-hand gal, and Marty MacKay. And a thank you to the great staff, faculty, IT and maintenance gurus who keep us up and running each day!
A round of applause and a huge thank you for all they have done to make our Alumni Association 55 years strong. Let’s try for at least another 55!
On April 23, Cayuga CC’s Fulton Campus celebrated its 20th anniversary. The event’s organizing committee (featured in the February 2014 edition of Get Inspired) welcomed staff, faculty, special guests and dignitaries.
An introduction by Sue Witmer ’90, Fulton Campus Director of Operations and committee chair, began by reading a letter from Debbie Grimshaw, the campus’s first director. Though she was unable to attend personally due to her position of superintendent of the Canajoharie Central School District, she sent her best regards including a stroll down memory lane. Sue also recognized special guests in attendance, including Dr. Cathleen McColgin ’86, former Dean/Provost of the Fulton Campus; Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward; Oswego County Legislators Linda Lockwood, Frank Castiglia Jr., Morris Sorbello and Roy Reehil; CCC Trustee Joseph Runkle; Cayuga County Legislators Mike Didio and Keith Batman ’72, who was also the former interim director of the Fulton Center; and President Ted Herrling ’72 and Director of Alumni Affairs Louise Wilson ’72 representing the ACC/CCC Alumni Association.
Speakers included Dr. Gregory DeCinque, CCC Interim President; Honorable Michael Chapman, Chairman Cayuga County Legislature; Maggie Killoran, Associate Vice President/Dean Fulton Campus; and Terry Wilbur ’08, Majority Leader Oswego County Legislator and ACC/CCC Alumni Association board member.
Patricia McCurdy, retired Fulton English instructor and unofficial historian for the event, entertained the crowd of about 80 with 20 trivia questions. The assembled group tested their knowledge on the campus’s early beginnings, many of them surprising and humorous.
A luncheon and cake followed, offering long-time friends and colleagues a chance to reminisce and enjoy the camaraderie. A recap of Fulton’s 20 year history is being planned for the next edition of The Spartan.
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in the United States. For the third time in four years, they conducted a two-day examination for potential candidates on CCC’s Auburn Campus on April 26th and 27th in its efforts to look for the best possible officers. This examination is the only one of its kind in New York State, as CCC Criminal Justice Professor John Lamphere was able to negotiate and set this up for not only CCC students but for anyone wishing to become a Baltimore Police Officer. Baltimore Recruiter Greg Ostrander had contacted Professor Lamphere and told him that his agency had great interest in holding its examination at CCC, having looked at all the colleges with Criminal Justice Programs and selecting CCC for quality of program and location.
In the three years of examinations, over 700 people have taken the exam with nearly 100 having been hired or offered positions. The examination process consisted of a written exam on Saturday, followed by an agility test. Those passing were called back on Sunday for more intense physical examinations followed by an interview process. Those passing were then notified to report to Baltimore for further processing and testing and ultimately offered a position with the department. CCC has approximately two dozen students now either working or in the last phase of recruitment.
The Baltimore Police Dept. recruiters intend to return in 2015 with the statement that the only site to be offered examinations in New York State is Cayuga Community College.
Men’s Bowling Region III Runner-up; Alex DiGenaro and Mary Townley Earn All-Region
The Cayuga Spartan men’s bowling team moved their record to an impressive 46-10 on the season. This ranks them 58th in the country for men’s collegiate bowling in the USBC. They achieved these heights by their recent 2nd place finish in the NJCAA Region 3 team championships held at AMF Lanes in Utica. This is the best finish in the school’s short bowling history. Cayuga was led by standout Alex DiGenaro (Liverpool, NY) who shot 1577 for the all events total…which earned him a berth on the All-Region team…another first for the College.
Also receiving accolades was freshman Bernie Cecchini (Union Springs, NY) who continued his recent hot shooting firing a 835 four-game block earning him a 3rd place finish in the singles version of the very difficult 8-game format. Cecchini also just missed out on the All-Region team finishing 4 pins short.
The short-handed Spartan Women’s bowling team gave a good showing placing 4th at the Regionals. They were led by the stellar bowling of sophomore Mary Townley (Liverpool, NY)…who was placed on the women’s All-Region team. This final showing qualified Townley, Beth Piston (East Syracuse-Minoa, NY) and Deanne Connolly (Mynderse Academy, NY) for the USBC Singles sectionals in Allentown, PA against the top 300 women collegiate bowlers in the country. Both Spartan teams will be bowling in the NJCAA Nationals at Thruway Lanes in Buffalo on Feb 28th and March 1st. The Spartans are coached by Head Coach Steve Spinney and Assistant Coaches Christine Nichols and Nancy Spinney.
Men’s Basketball Earns Region III Play-off Berth
The men’s basketball team earned the #8 seed in the 2013-14 NJCAA Region III men’s basketball tournament this past season. The Spartans defeated Onondaga CC in the sub-regional round #8-#9 matchup in a thrilling 85-78 overtime win at Spartan Hall. All-Region forward Zaki Thomas (Paterson, NJ) led all scorers with 25 points. Sophomore guard Glenn Taggart (Fairport, NY) added 19 points. Freshman Michael Guity (Syracuse, NY) came off the bench to chip in with 18 points.
The Spartans moved on to the Elite 8 and faced host #1 SUNY Delhi…who they had defeated earlier in the season. The Spartans looked poised to pull off the upset leading much of the first half and only trailing at halftime by 2 points. Sophomore center Joe Goddette (New Rochelle, NY) led the way with 13 points. Glenn Taggart and DeVaughan John added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Spartans. The Broncos outscored the Spartans by 16 in the second half to distance themselves and advance 73-55.
The fifth annual Cause for Paws was held recently to benefit the SPCA. The benefit is held to raise money for the Finger Lakes SPCA’s operating expenses, costs for veterinary care, pet food and other miscellaneous expenses related to treating and caring for shelter pets.
CCC’s Phi Beta Lambda Business Club and Events Planning class helped by generating over $5,000. CCC business instructor Amy Valente explained that participating students are able to get “hands-on experience on how to approach businesses for donations and how to market events.” Max Appleby, CCC Student Trustee, was the lead student organizer for the event and is also on the Finger Lakes SPCA board of directors.