November 2014 – Get Inspired

November 17th, 2014 | Comments Off on November 2014 – Get Inspired | Posted in Magazine Covers


Brunell Visiting Scholar – Eileen Jerrett

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on Brunell Visiting Scholar – Eileen Jerrett | Posted in Cover Story

Eileen JarrettEileen J. Jerrett ’01 is back on campus this fall. She is the artist-in-residence for TELC 210: Documentary Film Production, where she assists in teaching. Her visit is sponsored through The Robert H. Brunell Chair in the Humanities. While at CCC, Jerrett has held film screenings, brought in guest filmmakers for screenings and assisted in a master class on video production. She has also continued with her own documentary film work while providing public screenings as well as screenings for other colleges.

More recently, Eileen has been traveling for her project, The Blueberry Soup Outreach Tour. The project involved a yearlong nationwide screening and discussion series about her most recent work. Blueberry Soup, named for an Icelandic comfort soup, is a documentary on how Iceland changed the way we think about the world. Taking four years to complete, the extraordinary documentary is about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008; a not-well-known story of grassroots crowdsourced constitutionalism. The film is a deeply touching account of a concerned group of citizens reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation’s constitution. “If given a second chance, how does a nation rebuild?”

The Oswego County Weekly commented: “Eileen Jerrett, founder of WILMA’S WISH PRODUCTIONS, has been praised by critics for being a pioneer in a new mode of documentary filmmaking. Her unique approach has gained access to incredibly intimate and universally identifiable moments of humanity. Jerrett and her films give the audience a window into personal stories reserved only for those closest. Jerrett has set out to document stories that empower, delight, and humanize the viewer as well as the subject.”

Jerrett received dual degrees with a background in film and telecommunications production at CCC. She moved to Toronto to pursue her bachelor’s in film production at Ryerson University. At the university she also discovered her career path. “I had one documentary class and that was all I needed — that became my focus,” Eileen said.

Through the inspiration of her Grandmother Wilma Jerrett’s words — “The only thing I wish for all of you is to have the same kind of love in your life that I’ve been so lucky to have in mine. I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but it’s here in all of you.” — Eileen Jerrett knew that she was to go solo and start her own production company. She knew, too, that she would name it Wilma’s Wish Productions.

These photos document Eileen Jerrett’s journey in making Blueberry Soup, her Outreach Tour, and her time on the CCC Campus.

Best Books You’ve Never Read

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on Best Books You’ve Never Read | Posted in Lifestyle

100 Great American Novels You’ve (Probably) Never Read, by Karl Bridges

Published in 2007, 100 Great American Novels You’ve (Probably) Never Read is an attempt by Karl Bridges, librarian and associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library, to provide a resource for readers of American fiction who’ve read their way through the standard canon of classics. “One goal of this book,” Bridges writes in his Introduction, “is to represent a wide time span–one equaling the length of American history”, and the novels listed cover a full 200 years: from Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly, or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (1797) to Charles T. Power’s In the Memory of the Forest (1997).

In some cases, the information Bridges assembles represents more than anyone has ever collected on the author and novel. His choices also reveal a broad and eclectic taste, one that includes not only mainstream fiction but genres such as science fiction, serials, detective tales, and novels for young adults.

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In Case You Missed It!

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It! | Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note: Bruce G. Burton ’72 was originally run in the fall/winter 2010 edition The Spartan.

Burton_BruceBruce G. Burton ’72

You never know how a college course will shape your destiny. For Bruce Burton, recently returned from service as a platoon leader in Vietnam, destiny called in Millard Peck’s class at Auburn Community College in 1972.

“I wrote a paper for Professor Peck on the rise of postwar Japan as an economic power,” remembers Burton. “That class triggered my interest in international affairs. A few years later, I updated that paper on postwar Japan for a class at Syracuse University. While at SU, one of the professors in a large international relations class was asked about taking the Foreign Service Exam. ‘Don’t bother,’ he said, ‘20,000 people take that exam and only 200 get appointed. None of you stands a chance.’”

“So I took the test. It’s long and difficult. In the final part, you get to choose one of three topics to write an essay. One of them was the rise of Japan as a post war economic power. I had that paper memorized, and to this day, I think that stroke of good luck is what let me pass the exam and get into the Foreign Service.”

For over two decades, as an American diplomat, Bruce Burton witnessed history as it was being made. He started in the Carter Administration as a political officer reporting on human rights in Paraguay, then began working on arms control and security in Europe. “In the early 1980s, NATO was locked in what turned out to be the last great political-military confrontation with the Soviet Union,” Burton recalled. “Some questioned whether the NATO alliance could hold together, especially if Germany buckled. There were many long days and negotiating sessions as we worked to counter Soviet efforts to split the Alliance. Germany and the other Allies held firm, and we succeeded.”

In the late 1980s, Bruce served as U.S. Deputy Director of Soviet Affairs. In this role he coordinated preparations in Washington for many high-level meetings between Secretary of State Shultz and his Soviet counterpart, as well as the series of Reagan-Gorbachev summits in Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow. At Reykjavik, Burton recounted, “I was the official record keeper at an all-night negotiating session on arms control. Although some called it ‘The Summit that failed,’ we accomplished tremendous breakthroughs in arms control and other areas that night. Even though Reagan and Gorbachev departed Iceland without an overarching agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons, both were determined to solve the problems vexing the U.S. and the Soviet Union. So what we and others accomplished at a lower level that evening endured and served as the basis for great progress when the President and Gorbachev were ready to try again.”

Future assignments in London and Tel Aviv kept Burton in the center of world history. As head of the political section at the embassy in London, he helped coordinate policy with our closest ally on a range of global issues and was eyewitness to momentous developments: the end of communism in Europe; the fall of Margaret Thatcher; the collapse of the Berlin Wall; the reunification of Germany; and the First Gulf War.

From London, Burton went to Tel Aviv. “Working in Tel Aviv with the Israelis and Palestinians was especially complex,” recalled Burton. “Years before, as a reporter for the Herald-Journal, I had interviewed Yitzhak Rabin when he visited Syracuse as Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. When I commented to him that some people accused Israel of not wanting to negotiate, he practically bit my head off: ‘Give us a negotiating partner and we will negotiate,’ he replied angrily. I never thought then that years later I would be working with this man who, as Prime Minister, was now trying so hard to secure peace in the Middle East. With his signing of the Mideast Peace Accord at the White House in 1993 and his determined efforts afterwards to make both Palestinians and Israel live up to the accord, Prime Minister Rabin delivered on that commitment he had expressed twenty years before.”

Bruce retired from the State Department but still serves as Senior Advisor for the relatively new and somewhat experimental Office of eDiplomacy. “This is an unprecedented effort to use new information technologies to improve the State Department’s ability to communicate and collaborate around the globe,” he said. “It includes online communities, a Department wide wiki, blogs, traditional websites, virtual outreach initiatives and much more. It’s a challenge keeping up with social media, but this is the new wave of diplomacy. No matter what the medium is, we will always need to talk to each other.”

Looking back over his career, Bruce acknowledges the role that ACC/CCC played in his life. “For one very important thing, I met my wife Amy (Class of ’66) when she was going to ACC, and she has been a partner with me in all these places. As for the school, a college is really about its teachers, and ACC had a great group of professors,” Burton remembers. “Ken Scouten made literature entertaining but also taught the need to have the courage of your convictions in critical thinking. In his own quiet and contemplative way, David Richards imparted the profound insights of the great philosophers about the human experience. Nancy Mattson showed how the Greek tragedies still speak to us, two millennia after they were written, a wonderful lesson in the continuity of Western civilization. Ray Leszczynski sparked a lifelong interest in the physical world, from geology to astronomy. And, of course, there was Millard Peck.”

What advice would Bruce Burton give to today’s Cayuga students? “Speak up in class. If you think you’re right, say so and say why. Learn to make decisions with incomplete information, because you rarely have all the facts for any situation. Accept challenges—you’ll never know what you can do if you don’t dare. As the late basketball coach John Wooden said, ‘Those who say something can’t be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it.’”

Update:   Fall 2014

“I’m still with the Office of eDiplomacy and we are still experimenting with the use of social media – and now crowdsourcing – to enhance American diplomacy.  One of our most successful new programs has been the Virtual Student Foreign Service, which matches the energy and special skills of American college students with the needs of our embassies, State Department offices and even other federal agencies for unclassified, online projects.  Interested CCC students should visit for more information.

The article mentions my work on relations with the Soviet Union (and the USSR’s breakup) and on Israeli-Palestinian issues.  Current events regarding both remind me of Secretary of Shultz’s statement one time that nothing is ever finished in foreign policy.    The Soviet Union isn’t coming back but events this year in Ukraine sure make it feel like the bad old days of the Cold War.  And despite those early hopes of achieving a settlement in the Middle East, conflict rather than peace remains the rule between Israel and the Palestinians.”

John Walsh ’65 Visits CCC

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on John Walsh ’65 Visits CCC | Posted in College News & Events

John Walsh and Dr. DeCinque

John Walsh and Dr. DeCinque

John E. Walsh ’65, best known for his TV series America’s Most Wanted, visited the Auburn Campus last month. Many took advantage of the visit for a “photo opportunity.” He met with Interim President Dr. DeCinque and toured the Telcom Department with Professor Steve Keeler, Humanities & Communications Division Chair; as well as other parts of campus with his brother Joseph Walsh ’78, who is an instructor at CCC.

Students not only enjoyed the photo ops, but appreciated hearing about John’s experiences as a writer, developer, and TV producer. He freely shared advice and experiences with students and faculty. While interviewed by Caleb Slater, CCC student and associate editor of the Collegian, Mr. Walsh shared that his television show helped with capturing 1,200 suspects, including individuals on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list during its 25-year run. He now has a new television series, The Hunt with John Walsh, on CNN.

Dave Mamuscia – CCC Supporter

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on Dave Mamuscia – CCC Supporter | Posted in Alumni News & Events
David Mamuscia ’64 and his softball team (Dave is #40, but only 0 is visible on his jersey.)

David Mamuscia ’64 and his softball team
(Dave is #40, but only 0 is visible on his jersey.)

In a recent article in The Citizen, David P. Mamuscia, MAAA ’64, spoke praises of his time at Auburn Community College. “Without ACC I could not have attended college. It was affordable. I could live at home, keep a part-time job and attend classes. I found the instructional approach was ideal and very comprehensive. I learned how to study and be a good student. I have said this many times to many people: I could have handled the job challenges of my career as an actuary from what I learned in my mathematics classes at ACC. While I did go on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University, as a practical matter, nothing else was necessary. ACC gave me all that I really needed to know.”

I had the pleasure of reminiscing with Mr. Mamuscia last month about his time at ACC. Dr. Skinner was president of the college then, and Dr. Brunell was a student advisor. He shared that Dr. Thomas Young was an outstanding instructor and had a profound effect on his education. One of his most poignant memories was learning of President Kennedy’s death while at school. “A few hundred students filed in to the lounge area listening to the radio report on a Friday afternoon in 1963; everyone was stunned, you could have heard a pin drop.”

David retired in 1997 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, after a thirty-year career holding various executive level positions in Actuarial and Underwriting Services. He served as the Midwest Region Consulting Actuary for Mercer, March McLennan from 2001 until 2008 and was the Director of Underwriting and Chief Actuary prior to that. Dave also provided actuarial consulting services to the Detroit Medical Center and Humana through his own company, Mamuscia Consulting Services.

Following his graduation from ACC, Dave left for Michigan to further his education by earning his bachelor and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in mathematics. Some of his volunteer positions include past Treasurer of the Eastern Michigan University Alumni Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Finance Committee for the EMU Foundation Board of Directors.

Dave is an avid senior softball player, playing in over 200 games each year and playing in tournaments in several states. His team recently won a national tournament in Dalton, Georgia. He served as commissioner of two major senior softball leagues. He currently works as a part-time Consulting Actuary for D.R.M. Stakor & Associates and Hylant Company, which are employee benefit consulting companies based in Michigan. Dave and his wife Maxine currently reside in The Villages, Florida. Dave has two adult children, Julie (Dearborn, Mich.) and John (Denver, Colo.) and a granddaughter Emme (Denver, Colo.).

Upcoming Alumni Events

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Alumni Gear

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Alumni Gear

Letter From The Editor

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Alumni Association New Academic Year “Kick-off”

Cayuga’s Alumni Association and the Alumni office are full swing into the new academic year. With the return of many of our dedicated alumni board members and the addition of several new members, the year is shaping up to be a successful one.   Hopefully all of you received your fall/winter edition of The Spartan and are getting up to date on everything that is new and happening on both campuses.

Our annual fall trips to Gettysburg and New York City were both a success. This was our 11th annual trip to Gettysburg; once again escorted by our new Associate Vice President of the Fulton campus, John Lamphere. The New York City travelers enjoyed staying in the heart of all the action at the Sheraton Inn, Times Square. Look for our 2015 Trip Schedule ad in this issue.

We have been working on a new Alumni clothing line; featuring an option of Alumni logos to choose from. Look for the new Alumni Gear tab in Get Inspired and on our CCC/Alumni web page. Apparel line includes casual wear, oxford shirts, as well as items for cool weather. Order your new gear now so you will be ready to wear it to our upcoming Alumni Events. We’ve schedule two Syracuse Crunch hockey games at Alumni discount pricing along with a CCC Men’s Spartan Basketball home game. See our ads in this issue! Be sure to stop by and visit the Alumni table at the 41st Annual Holiday Craft Show; December 6 & 7.

I would like to introduce your 2014-2015 ACC/CCC Alumni Board: President Ted Herrling ’72, Vice President Gerry Guiney ’82, Treasurer Fred Falsey ’76, Secretary John Lamphere ’74, past president, Tony Gucciardi ’61. Members at large include: Lori Cochran ’05, Michael Fochtman ’12, Felicia Franceschelli ’11, JoAnn Harris ’95, Bill Jacobs ’73, Kristan Johnson ’13, John McLeod ’08, Amanda Reed ’06, Rebecca Reese ’ 06, Amanda Stankus ’03 and Terry Wilbur ’08. Ex officio members include Mary Kriever ’09, Director of Alumni Affairs, and Jeff Hoffman, Executive Director of the CCC Foundation.

Gettysburg Trip Recap

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on Gettysburg Trip Recap | Posted in Alumni News & Events
As one of our regulars on the Alumni Association’s Gettysburg Battlefield Military Park bus trip, Beverly Sayles conveys a unique point of view on the annual excursion. Following the three day trip, she provided an article for The Citizen. Here are some excerpts from her story:

Around 50 people from central New York, including 10 from the town of Sterling, enjoyed the recent alumni trip to Gettysburg guided by professor and interim dean of Cayuga Community College John Lamphere, who teaches history and criminal justice at the Fulton campus.

There are over 1,320 memorials on the battlefield honoring those who fought and commemorating the 51,000 dead, wounded or captured. The Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association was formed in September 1863 and by the 1870s, marking and memorializing the field began. Over 300 condemned cannons were mounted on cast iron carriages and placed to mark every battery position. More than 800 additional acres were acquired and by 1912, cast-iron and bronze narrative tablets marked the position and described the action of every battery, brigade, division, corp Army and U.S. regular Army.

We visited the Gettysburg Diorama for an overview of the battle, then a twilight photo session on Little Round Top with a tour of the battlefield. We spent the next day learning where the battle began, saw the Lutheran Seminary, Confederate Ridge, lots of monuments and lots of field experience. We ended at the New York monument to our own 111th Regiment for a group photo. On the final day we visited Culp’s Hill and climbed the rocks to see the spot where Confederate sniper A.L. Coble carved his name with his bayonet in the rock where he sat and fired on Union men during a failed assault. We finished our tour with the Cyclorama at the new visitor center, along with the National Museum and bookstore.

The restoration and preservation continues today to have the park look exactly as it did at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. I was honored to read the Gettysburg Address in the National Cemetery this year near the place where President Lincoln addressed the crowd on Nov. 19, 1863.

Thanks, John, for another great learning experience and an informative and fun trip! ~Beverly Sayles

2015 Trip Announcments

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2015 Trips poster

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Featured Alumni Michael Frame

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Michael FrameMichael Frame ’98 is Florida State University’s new director of Federal Relations, a critical position which works closely with Washington, D.C.-based stakeholders. In this position Frame will help the university expand its local, regional and national footprints. Michael will serve as the university’s liaison to Florida’s congressional delegation as well as federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, which provide funding for university-based research. He will open Florida State’s first Washington, D.C.-based office and travel to Tallahassee monthly.

“We are thrilled to have Mike on our team here at Florida State,” said Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander. “His extensive background in Washington, D.C. and in the State University of New York system make him a great fit for us as we move to expand our reach nationally.”

Frame served as the federal relations director for the State University of New York system (SUNY), while also maintaining that same position for Binghamton University. “Florida State has an outstanding reputation and robust research operation and is on a growth trajectory,” Michael said. “Joining the team at Florida State is an exciting opportunity.”

Michael Frame received an associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College, a bachelor’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Cornell University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University. In addition to his positions with Binghamton and the SUNY system, he has also held positions with California State University and the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York. He is a 2013 recipient of the Cayuga Community College Alumni Award.

“I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues and co-workers over the past eight years at Binghamton University and the State University of New York.  It has been an honor to represent SUNY and I hope for the opportunity to work with you all in the future.”

Veterans Day Recognized

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on Veterans Day Recognized | Posted in Fulton Campus News

Veterans Day cakeSeveral events were held on the Auburn and Fulton campuses in recognition of Veteran’s Day. Flag Raising and Honoring Our Veterans Ceremonies were held on both campuses. The Fulton VFW Color Guard participated during the Fulton ceremony. A “Veteran Resume Workshop” was held in Fulton and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Auburn for the new Veterans Lounge.

Following the events, John Lamphere, Associate Vice President, thanked everyone who planned and participated in the annual Veteran’s Ceremony, “It is certainly worthwhile and something that we as Americans should and must do to honor those who have given their service to our country.”