November 2015 – Cayuga Alumni Voices

November 25th, 2015 | Comments Off on November 2015 – Cayuga Alumni Voices | Posted in Magazine Covers

In Case You Missed It!

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It! | Posted in In Case You Missed It
Editor’s Note: Jason Romano ’93 was originally run in the fall/winter 2012 edition of The Spartan.

As a Senior Talent Producer with ESPN, Jason P. Romano ’93 is responsible for overseeing a group of 6 Bristol based Talent Producers, and servicing 23 ESPN television shows with guests. They work on all of their shows based in the primary studio in Bristol Connecticut; SportsCenter, ESPN First Take, NFL LIVE, College Football LIVE, and SportsNation. They also contribute to ESPN Radio’s shows with “Mike and Mike”, Scott Van Pelt, and “The Herd.”  In addition, Romano works in talent development; providing feedback for ESPN’s current NFL analysis’s, as well as working with their management team to scout and find future on air talent. In June, Jason served as a faculty member at the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp. This four day event teaches current and former NFL players the “ins and outs” of broadcasting.


Roman began his career with ESPN in July of 2000 as a producer at ESPN Radio. He became a Talent Producer in 2003 and was promoted to his current position last year. Of the many celebrities that have come through the ESPN halls, Jason has shared some photos of himself with a few of them. He said that his time at CCC was great. “It was my first exposure to broadcasting and really helped me learn and develop the basic skills needed to be successful in the broadcasting industry.”

Update: Jason participated in the Alumni Voices program this month. For more information about Jason, see Alumni Voices in this issue of CAV.

Alumni Association Sponsored Two Trips to Gettysburg

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Alumni Association Sponsored Two Trips to Gettysburg | Posted in Alumni News & Events, Uncategorized

Gettysburg Battlefield – Traditional Trip

The Alumni Association traveled to Pennsylvania in September for John Lamphere’s Traditional tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. We started with an overview of the battle at the Gettysburg Diorama on Friday. Afterwards, we arrived at Little Round Top. One of the fields we were overlooking was having a controlled burn. John explained that the whole battlefield would have been that smoky due to the gun fire and cannon fire.

On Saturday, we visited many monuments while John explained in detail the importance of each site. John enlisted the help of members of our group for a demonstration how a cannon was fired. Saturday evening, we enjoyed a buffet dinner at the Historic Farnsworth House. After dinner, we were free to explore the village of Gettysburg.

Sunday, we continued our tour by visiting the 111th New York monument which is dedicated to the volunteers from Cayuga and Wayne Counties. In the National Cemetery, one of our group read the Gettysburg Address near the site where President Lincoln gave this famous speech. We finished our trip at the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a panoramic painting of the battlefield.

People were amazed by the passion John has about the Battle of Gettysburg and his enthusiasm in sharing his knowledge. I think everyone returned home with a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made during this historic battle.

~Fred Falsey ’76

Gettysburg Unseen

John Lamphere ’74 wanted to provide a new and “Unseen” experience of the Gettysburg battlefields for the more than 35 travelers who participated in the October bus trip. Most of them have been on the Traditional trip on multiple occasions. John delivered a trip that took them to places and sites they had never encountered. Advertised as “requiring the ability to cover long distances walking, as well as exploring multiple types of terrain,” travelers came prepared for the challenge. Maneuvering the rocky terrain of Devil’s Den, climbing the windings stairs of the Pennsylvania Monument to reliving Pickett’s Charge, the weekend was full of new experiences.

Despite rain and all around challenging weather, tour guide Lamphere succeeded in making the trip a memorable one. Scheduled visits to the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center offered somber glimpses of our nation’s volatile past and sobering reflection. John’s ability to draw each visitor in, kept everyone interested and asking questions. Travelers felt like participants on this trip, not just spectators.

A special Thank you to Lori Cochran ’95, former Alumni Board member, for the donation of “Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America”, by Garry Wills. Everyone received a copy of the book which included personalized sentiments from John Lamphere.

Be sure to keep a lookout next year so you too can experience the awe that is the Gettysburg Battlefields.

~Rebecca Reese ’06

Editor’s Note: For more of this story, follow this link to read Beverly Sayles article on the “Unseen” trip which appeared in The Citizen. Bev is a regular on John’s Gettysburg trips.

Alumni Association Seeks Nominations for 2016 Alumni Award

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Alumni Association Seeks Nominations for 2016 Alumni Award | Posted in Alumni News & Events
The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2016 Alumni Association Awards. The award recognizes graduates of the College who have distinguished themselves in careers or community service. Past awards have honored outstanding achievements in vocational or artistic pursuits, volunteer service, public service organizations, civic functions or service to the College.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Associations’ Awards Committee, and the winners will be honored at an awards brunch as well as the College commencement on May 22.

Anyone who holds a degree from Auburn or Cayuga Community College may be nominated. The deadline is February 15. Forms and information are available online at or by contacting the Alumni Office- or 315-294-8524.

Alumni Award Winner Bruce G. Burton ’71 Visits Cayuga

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Alumni Award Winner Bruce G. Burton ’71 Visits Cayuga | Posted in Alumni News & Events
Bruce Burton '72The Alumni Association was pleased to receive a visit from 2015 Alumni Award winner, Bruce G. Burton ’72 in October. Bruce worked for the State Department for many years and recently retired as Senior Advisor from the Office of eDiplomacy.

Burton enjoyed a campus tour with Admissions Assistant Annie Walter ’07, where he shared that while a student at ACC, his wife Amy (Orlopp) Burton ’66; who has been his partner in all of his career assignments and successes, attended the Simon & Garfunkel concert that was held at ACC campus. Following the tour, Bruce was joined by several members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Cayuga’s new President and the Foundation Director for a luncheon in his honor.

Burton accepted his ACC/CCC Alumni Award from Past-President Ted Herrling ’72. Board members Bill Jacobs ’73, Tony Gucciardi ’61, Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, Susan Beck ’96, Treasurer Fred Falsey ’76, CCC President Brian Durant, CCCC Foundation Executive Director Guy Cosentino, and Alumni Director Mary Kriever ’09 were on hand for the occasion.

You can read more about Mr. Burton in the fall 2015 issue of Spartan. Contact the Alumni Office by phone: 315.294.8524 by email: for a free copy, or read it online:

The CCC Alumni Association 2015-2016 Board of Directors

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on The CCC Alumni Association 2015-2016 Board of Directors | Posted in Alumni News & Events


SITTING: Mary Kriever ‘09, Alumni Director, Rebecca Reese ‘06, Kristan Johnson ‘13, Tony Gucciardi ‘61, John Lamphere ‘74-Secretary
STANDING: Bill Jacobs ‘73, Ted Herrling ‘72-past president, Janet Cole ‘72-new member, JoAnn Harris ‘95, Susan Beck ‘96-new member, Amanda Stankus ‘03, Fred Falsey ‘76-Treasurer, Amanda Reed ‘06, Terry Wilbur ‘08-Vice President, Gerry Guiney ‘82-President, Michael Fochtman ‘12, John McLeod ‘08

MISSING: Felicia Franceschelli ‘11

President Gerry Guiney thanks Past-President Ted Herrling for his service.

Alumni Voices with Jason Romano ’93

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Alumni Voices with Jason Romano ’93 | Posted in Alumni News & Events
Jason CoverJason Romano was on campus November 12th speaking with Telcom student on the topic of “The Social/Digital Landscape at ESPN and how the culture is changing.” He engaged students with accounts of his time at CCC and offered career advice. Jason began working as a producer with ESPN Radio in 2000. He has been a Sr. Manager/Producer, overseeing NFL and MLB Social Media Strategy and Content, since 2012.

Romano explained the drastic changes that have taken place with Social Media in a short period of time. In 2012, ESPN’s Social Media group was a staff of 3 people; three years later it is now operated by 25. When they began, sales were in the one million dollar range, and in only a few short years has soared to 25 million. Jason told students that 8 years ago 70% of all social media was accessed on desk top computers; today 75% is serviced through mobile devices. He said artwork is now made to be compatible with phones and that program content is much different than it was 5 years ago.

Students were given advice to learn Final Cut Pro video editing software, because it is very similar to the software used by ESPN; to be proficient at Photoshop; complete your four year degree; and take English. Jason offered his biggest piece of advice, “Define the sweet spot.” He said, “Intersect your passion with your talent and then find a mentor who is doing what you want to do.” Making contacts and networking is just as important as your experience and education.

Editor’s Note: To read more about Jason Romano read “In Case You Missed It!” in this issue of Cayuga Alumni Voices.

Tim Taylor ’96 Speaks with Telcom Students

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Tim Taylor ’96 Speaks with Telcom Students | Posted in Alumni News & Events
Tim TaylorTim R. Taylor ’96, Director of Marketing Operations with NewsChannel 9, was on campus October 20th speaking with Telcom students on the topics of social media engagement and marketing. Media and Telecommunications Programs Director, Steve Keeler said Taylor’s discussion was very well received by students as they learned a great deal from his visit.

As a high-energy professional, Tim starting at NewsChannel 9 WSYR in 1999 as a Creative Service Producer. Previously, he was a writer, producer and editor for WCBS CBS2, The flagship station of CBS. He has also worked for Fox Cable Networks. Taylor is the Owner of 3T Productions, his personal freelance business he began almost 20 years ago. In addition to spending time with his family, Tim volunteers at the Rescue Mission.

Domestic Violence Awareness on CCC Campus

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Domestic Violence Awareness on CCC Campus | Posted in College News & Events
Criminal Justice students were actively bringing domestic violence awareness to the CCC Auburn campus during the month of October.  Beginning with a kick-off campaign of Pinwheels, the campus community joined the CJ Department in placing about 1,500 purple pinwheels on the front lawn of the Auburn campus for a spectacular display.

Throughout October students handed out flyers, posted signs, and engaged in activities with outside community partners. They sold purple pins, bracelets, pens, and other many goodies to support Domestic Violence Awareness.  Criminal Justice Assoc. Professor Teri Misiaszek, the Criminal Justice Coordinator said, “All of the proceeds went to the Cayuga/Seneca County Action Agency for domestic violence programs.”

The annual state wide “Wear Purple Day,” was held on October 21st.  The CJ students have dubbed the campaign “Get Your Purple On!” Both the Auburn and Fulton campuses dawned their purple in support of the campaign.

WDWN Goes to Washington

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on WDWN Goes to Washington | Posted in College News & Events


Cayuga Community College’s radio station, WDWN, was one of five college radio stations, nationally, that was invited to represent the medium of college radio at the White House. Cayuga professor Steve Keeler, the general manager of WDWN, said, “The opportunity for a small community college like Cayuga to represent all of college radio at the White House is a testament to the high regard in which WDWN is held in the world of college radio.” The visit took place on Thursday, September 24th where Jeff Szczesniak ’01, who is the staff advisor of WDWN, represented the station at the event. Szczesniak was named national college radio advisor of the year by Tune-In in 2013.

IMG_5121In a proclamation received by Szczesniak, President Barack Obama stated “By keeping the legacy of college radio stations alive and strong, students on campuses from coast to coast experience the thrills of sharing and discovering media and creating stimulating programming. In doing so, they are lending their talents to a tradition that has been unfolding for generations and inspiriting others to join in the work of shaping our future’s course.”

Cayuga’s radio station has long been recognized as a leader in college radio. WDWN has been strongly committed to supporting local music in Auburn and upstate New York for over 25 years. In past years the station has been nominated for several national awards by CMJ, including station of the year. This year the station has been nominated for CMJ’s “Biggest Champion of the Local Music Scene” award; this is the third time that WDWN has been nominated for a national CMJ award.

CCC Athletics

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on CCC Athletics | Posted in College News & Events

Men’s Soccer

Men's Soccer team

First-year Head Coach Petrut Bumbanac named the Spartans Men’s Soccer captains for the 2015 season. Representing the Spartans are returning sophomores Chris Davison from Newcastle, England, Paul McCormick from Glasgow, Scotland and goalkeeper Thalu Masindi from London, England.

Last year was the team’s most successful campaign ever, capturing a NJCAA national tournament appearance and win, and first-ever Region III Championship. This season, the team came up just short of a return to the NJCAA National Tournament, falling to Herkimer College 2-0 in the Region III A Final. Herkimer holds it reign on junior college soccer with their 27th straight Region III championship.

Spartan sophomores Chris Davison and Thalu Masindi were name to the All-Tournament team. Five Spartans were chosen for All-Region honors including Davison and freshman defender Chris Barrie of Galston, Scotland, who were named to the first team. Paul McCormick, Daniel Bonehill, Birmingham, England and Paul Coyle of Glasgow, Scotland made second team All-Region.

T Masindi - Soccer captain 2015 P McCormick-Soccer captain 2015 C Davison-soccer captain

It was another great season for the men’s soccer program and they look to continue establishing a national presence!

Women’s Soccer

Women's Soccer

Women’s soccer Head Coach Robie Robillard announced this season’s captains; sophomores Brooke Laukaitis and Malarie Nelson, both of Seneca Falls, NY. The lady Spartans made a significant impact as freshmen for the team. Last season the ladies made a post-season appearance in the NJCAA Region III. This season ended with an overall 3-11 finish, with a total of 26 goals.

Brooke Laukaitis Malarie Nelson Michaela Breeze

Congratulations to freshman standout Michaela Breeze of Auburn, NY, as she earn Mid-State Athletic All-Conference honors. Breeze smashed Spartan records for freshman scorers with 19 goals and 3 assists and is ranked #14 in the nation in scoring and ranked 6th overall in NJCAA Region III. She was twice named NJCAA Region III Athlete-of-the Week and also named the Spartan Athlete-of-the-Week on two separate occasions.

Women’s Volleyball

Jadda Phillips Taylor King-Carr Women's 2015 Volleyball

First year head coach Ted Hile, who steps up from his assistant role the last two seasons and replaces Ashley McDonough, named the team’s captains for the 2015 women’s volleyball season. Returning sophomore setter Jadda Phillips from Corcoran HS in Syracuse, NY and freshman Taylor King-Carr from Clyde-Savannah, NY served as team captains for this season. The lady Spartans competed in 31 matches with an overall finish of 12-20.

Graduate Survey Winners

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on Graduate Survey Winners | Posted in College News & Events

Graduate Survey Winners

Greeting from the Foundation Director

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on Greeting from the Foundation Director | Posted in Foundation News & Events