May 2015 – Cayuga Alumni Voices

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61st Annual Commencement Ceremony

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5559086741c9c.imageSpeaking at the 61st commencement ceremony, alumnus R. Daniel Soules ’76, senior partner with Soules & Dunn Development Group, shared advice to Cayuga Community College “graduates-in-waiting.” His message was to not complicate life, be humble and use common sense. Soules offered thoughts for success to the new graduates about knowing their passion, self-improvement and networking. He said “When you move on, whether its college or whether it’s your career, never stop talking to your peers. Work with them. They’re going to be your greatest asset moving into the future for opportunity, jobs and contacts.”

The graduation ceremony, which took place on Sunday, May 17, celebrated more than 540 students. Families and faculty looked on as Dakota Marshall, one of the recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, stressed the importance of peers. Fellow Chancellor’s Award winner Brittany Androsko gave thanks to friends, family and faculty for guiding them this far through their collective journey.

A reception for the Class of ’15 was held after the commencement ceremony in the college’s café, where graduates, family, friends and faculty gathered to celebrate the festivities.

In Case You Missed It! – R. Daniel Soules ’76

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Editor’s Note: R. Daniel Soules ’76 was originally run in the fall/winter 2011 edition of The Spartan.

Dan SoulesDan Soules and his business partner Mark Dunn, of Grant Avenue Development, Inc. (GAD), received the Small Business of the Year 15+ Years award from the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, which recognizes demonstrated staying power with a commitment to community involvement and community projects. They have been tremendous supporters of education by their contributions to the Auburn Education Foundation and numerous youth programs. GAD also supports local charities and organizations, such as Matthew House, United Way, YMCA, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Auburn Doubledays and the “Ride for Missing Children.”

Currently, Soules and Dunn own and operate 35 Arby’s Restaurants in three states. With their first restaurant in Geneva in 1986, Grant Avenue Development came into existence. Dan is senior partner in Soules & Dunn Development Group; is president and CEO of GAD; and is partner and owner in a multitude of business management and real estate concepts. Soules’ companies employ over 500 employees in four states.

As an active member of the community, Dan has served on the boards of Cayuga Museum, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Cayuga County. In 2007, he was recognized by the Weedsport Central School District with the Graduate of Distinction award. He and his companies have donated millions to related charities and non-profit programs. Recently, he, along with his siblings, pledged a $25,000 scholarship to Weedsport Central School. The scholarship is for a Weedsport graduate enrolling in the new Entrepreneurial Studies program at CCC and is in memory of their mother, Julie Briggs. Dan’s wife and best friend in life, Karol, was recently re-elected for a second term to the Auburn school board; they have two sons, Corey and Conor.

Update: Dan Soules was Cayuga Community College’s 2015 Commencement Speaker, on May 17, 2015.

Accomplished Alumnus David Hanlon ’68

May 21st, 2015 | Comments Off on Accomplished Alumnus David Hanlon ’68 | Posted in Alumni News & Events, Cayuga Alumni Voices

8x10David Hanlon ’68 was highlighted in the spring issue of The Spartan. The award-winning musician has performed throughout Central New York since 1983 with his band, Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook. Dave Hanlon has been considered the premier drummer and bandleader for the upstate music scene since the 1970’s. He has won many awards and recognitions over the years with the groups he has played with. In 1980 he began working real estate full time while continuing to play music part time.

Dave is married to attorney Edwina Schleider, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren with one on the way. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service CNY Realty. Hanlon shares, “Auburn Community College provided me with the skill sets to further my education at Eastern Michigan University while simultaneously pursuing my passion for music. These skills and experiences have stayed with me and helped me considerably in both my careers as a realtor and as a musician. Attending ACC was one of my best investments ever.”

Note: To learn more about David Hanlon, you can read about him in the spring 2015 issue of The Spartan.

Cayuga Alumni Voices – Mark C. Coleman ’96

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IMG_0813Mark C. Coleman ’96, President of Convergence, Mitigation, Management (CMM) LLC, was on campus March 12 to speak with students on “The Sustainability Generation” as part of our Alumni Voices program. CMM is a management consulting firm that helps organizations identify, understand, assess, and prioritize specific risks to their business and strategies to mitigate and manage those risks. The event was co-sponsored through academic partnerships with Associate Professor Sheila Meyers. Mark attended Binghamton University, where he received a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy. He is the author of two books: “Time to Trust” and “The Sustainability Generation.”

Students were asked about their aspirations and plans for the future. Mark explained that no matter what you do with a career, integrity will help with your goals and aspirations. He told students, “You are the future generation.” He explicated that the fate of humanity is in the future and we need to think about how we treat the earth today. The earth is working on a fixed ecosystem; and if we over consume our resources, they will not be there to provide the same level in the future. Every decision we make today will have an impact. Mark said that we all need to be accountable; sustainability has so many challenges. We need to come together to make a difference. He said, “We don’t have to save the world, we just need to take one small part.”

Mark is married to Aileen McNabb-Coleman ’97. The couple resides in Auburn with their two sons, Owen Patrick and Neal Garrett.

Cayuga Alumni Voices – David Bradford ’73

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IMG_0803David Bradford ’73 graciously offered to participate in our Alumni Voices Program this past March. Bradford’s extensive background in Theatre Production Management and as a Technical Supervisor made the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre the perfect backdrop for his discussions. Students and faculty listened intently to David’s stories of his extensive travel to South America, Spain, Rome and Moscow.

While attending ACC, David was involved in scenery design with the Theatre Department. Impressed with his abilities, Theatre Director Dan Labeille recommended Bradford for the New York State SUNY program involving the Australian Theatre Company, which traveled throughout New York State. Bradford quickly found that he enjoyed the travel aspect of the program. “I got the bug; I like being a roadie.” Following the program, he worked with the Paperback Players traveling all over the world doing children’s theatre. Over the years Bradford worked with groups such as The Juilliard School, The Royal Ballet, The Met Opera, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and even Frank Sinatra.

During his visit he shared many stories of his travel, including meeting Oscar de la Renta and how he met, courted and married one of Baryshnikov’s dancers. David worked for many years with choreographer/dancer Twyla Tharp. One of her productions was 9 Sinatra Songs, with costumes created by Oscar de la Renta. Following one of the shows, Frank Sinatra came to meet the cast of the Broadway show; he was so moved that he was brought to tears.

David and his wife are now living on Cayuga Lake.

Alumni Association 2015 Washington DC Trip

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On April 24, the CCC Alumni Association hosted a weekend in Washington, D.C. for alumni and friends. On Friday the group spent time touring Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum. This museum has many historical air/spacecraft, including the Enola Gay and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The group was on their own the rest of the weekend to explore the many sites D.C. has to offer. Our hotel, the Cambria Suites, was located close to the Metro, but it was also within easy walking distance of the National Mall.

The weather on Saturday was cool but nice for walking the National Mall. Sunday was sunny and warmer. Over the two days,   people visited the many Smithsonian Museums, the National Memorials, the Capitol Building, the Botanical Gardens, the National Zoo and much more. Everyone was tired and happy as we boarded the bus for home on Sunday afternoon.

~Fred Falsey, Alumni Association Treasurer

Alumni Sponsored Gettysburg Trips

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College Holds Blood Drive

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CCC held a Blood Drive on April 22 in conjunction with the American Red Cross, where enough units were collected to help over 117 lives. Donations collected reached 56% over their planned goal, which boasted 11 first-time donors. Participants received free shirts in celebration of Earth Day.

CCC Summer Online

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Student Sponsored Trip To Wonderworks

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Over 35 CCC students spent nearly five hours participating in a fun-filled, high-energy program at Wonder Works at Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse, New York this past March. The trip was co-sponsored by the SAB (Student Activities Board), the student group CAYA (Come As You Are) and Jerimy Blowers ’93, Coordinator of Wellness & Intervention Services at CCC. Activities included raised rope course, laser tag, and access to the interactive exhibit.

Theatre Reunion

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Harlequin Reunion

Theatre Over the Years

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