February 2016 – Cayuga Alumni Voices

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In Case You Missed It! – Richard J. White ’96

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Editor’s Note: Richard J. White 96’s article was originally run in the fall/winter 2003 edition of The Spartan.


By Richard J. White, MA – 1996 graduate
Therapist at Central Virginia Community Services

I attended Cayuga Community College from 1993 until 1996 at the age of 18. At that time … I was ignorant about many facets of lie … and lacked motivation to excel … Cayuga was the first of many stepping stones … it allowed me the opportunity to improve my knowledge and level of education, which opened doors to higher levels of education later in life. The professors were challenging and supportive…

Attending CCC puts less of an economic burden on students as opposed to regular four-year colleges. Attending at the community level also allows the student … to determine what field he/she wishes to specialize in. The benefit of this option is that it does not financially tax the individual for enrolling in classes only to realize one third of the way through that this is not the field the student wishes to specialize in. Cayuga was the beginning of growth for me and allowed me the opportunity to push forward in my career. I have currently finished my master’s degree in professional counseling and will begin working towards licensure in the state of Virginia – and possibly begin my doctorate in clinical psychology. (In case you are wondering … I originally started out in the field of chemistry and mathematics.)

I would like to take the time to thank the following professors for putting the energy into “pushing me” towards my potential: Professor Janet Correll for aspiring me to continue with practice in the area of music; Dr. Maryanne Felter for tearing apart my papers and for helping me to put them back together properly; Professor Donald Sanzotta for pointing me in the right direction; and John Battle, academic advisor, for encouraging and helping me with choosing the right classes … I would also like to thank James Gant and Tom Kuncle who, at the time, were track coaches, for their time to help me improve “in shot” in spite of the fact that I was terrible in this area. Their efforts, if anything, helped my self-worth more than my athleticism.

My advice for students who are not sure where to go in their life … is that they consider the community level first before wasting time and finances … Students … consider Cayuga Community College as an option for you academic pursuits! Consider the “best of studies” at Cayuga Community College!

Holiday Craft Fair Event

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Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors participated in the 41st annual Holiday Festival Craft Fair in December, where more than 150 vendors, crafters and hobbyists offered handmade items and homemade goodies. The two day event has been a Cayuga Community College Tradition for so long that many of its adult visitors have memories of attending with their parents and grandparents when they were children.

Association Board members sold pizza and bottled water to patrons; with all proceeds from the sales going towards the many programs sponsored by the Association. Entertainment was held throughout the weekend by musician Loren Barrigar, the Lisa Lee Trio, musician and puppeteer Steven Baird, balloon man Louis Paul and “Capt. Jack” Rick Martinez telling Pirate Christmas Stories. The Auburn Players Community Theatre presented “Grinchmas,” featuring a cast of 15 children and three adults dawned in colorful costumes.

Alumni Award Winner Heidi Huddleston Cross ’97 is Recognized

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Heidi Cross 2015 Alumni Winner, Gail Homick Herrling 2012 Alumni WinnerDuring the President’s reception in December, Cayuga Community College President Dr. Brian Durant took time to recognize 2015 Alumni Award Winners, Heidi L. Huddleston Cross, class of 1997. President Durant shared that Heidi graduated from Cayuga’s Nursing Program and she is currently a Nurse Practitioner with Upstate University Hospital and Central New York Surgical Physicians. He explained that Heidi was selected by the Alumni Association for the outstanding contributions she continues to make in her volunteer work and in the field of nursing. She has been recognized by her peers, and has received many honors including Nurse of the Year by the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA). Heidi has been a presenter at national and regional conferences for health care professionals and lectures nationally on wound care. Her work has been published in several Journals. In 2009 Cross traveled with an Upstate New York medical team to South Sudan on a mission to teach nursing and wound care to physicians and nurses at the Duk Payuel Lost Boys Clinic.

Dr. Durant recognized Heidi Cross Heidi_and_Gerry

“We would like to recognize Heidi for her exceptional qualities and thank her for the wonderful example she sets to our current student. Her accomplishments are a perfect illustration of what a degree from Cayuga can help you achieve,” said Dr. Durant. Many Alumni Board members, including Board President Gerry Guiney, attended the event and congratulated Heidi on her accomplishments. To read more about Huddleston Cross, check out the fall issue of Spartan online at http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/giving/alumni/spartan-alumni-newsletter/

Alumni Voices – Ryan Campbell ‘10

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Ryan at board2010 Alumnus Ryan Campbell, who has been working on United States flagged commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, North Pacific and the Gulf of Alaska, returned to campus on December 9th to share his North Pacific experiences as part of our Alumni Voices series.

Through a PowerPoint, Mr. Campbell showed the students and faculty gathered for his talk about the area he has worked in for the last several years. Maybe more than appropriate for the GIS Club that sponsored the event, he talked about how the work he does has “…become a science…” with the ability of sensors to let commercial fisherman know how many fish are in a given net.

In vivid detail he explained how several of the ships he has served on are in reality “large food processing” boats. With many on the search for fresh Pollock, the white fish he said “feeds the world”, is what many of us eat when we bite into a McDonald’s fish fillets. He also discussed the competitiveness of the industry, with both China and Japan willing to pay more for fish caught.

He regaled those in attendance with stories about life in the North Pacific from being at sea for days and weeks not seeing any land, to the common sight of what would be rare in the lower 48, an eagle – so common to be called “dumpster chickens,” as they lurk around trash dumpsters to find morsels of food.

Mr. Campbell has lived in both Anchorage and Juno; and being from Central New York, took a car tour of Seward Alaska, named after Auburnian William Seward, who purchased Alaska for the United States. His talk was enlightening, giving the back story of the life of a commercial fisherman that so often is not like that of the Discovery Channel’s “The Deadliest Catch” filmed in nearby Dutch Harbor.

The Association would like to thank GIS Professor Abu Badruddin for arranging this event. Ryan’s father, Professor of Drafting John Campbell provided many of the photos included in this article, and Professor Michael Pacelli ’85 who was also in attendance said of his former student “Ryan was a student in my Biological Principles I course (BIOL 103) for the fall 2007 semester and I remember him well. He was lively and energetic and was very knowledgeable of freshwater fish. His goal was to transfer to SUNY-ESF and he did it!”

Alumni Association Travels to the Big Apple

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In November the Alumni Association traveled to the Big Apple for a weekend, staying at a hotel conveniently located near Times Square. We experienced pleasantly warm weather for November, making it a wonderful time for roaming about the city. On Saturday people on our trip visited the 9/11 Memorial, Freedom Tower, NY Harbor via the Staten Island Ferry, and the historical Trinity Church; among other sites. People enjoyed museums such as MOMA (Modern Museum of Art) and the American Museum of Natural History. Others toured NYC on The Ride, a multimedia bus tour of NYC. Of course, some of our travelers can’t go to NYC without seeing a play. I experienced Jersey Boys while others enjoyed Aladdin and Beautiful (a Carole King musical). On Sunday morning, the hotel provided a complementary hot breakfast in their cozy breakfast room.

Another popular thing to do in NYC is shopping; and judging from the bags when we boarded our motor coach on Sunday afternoon, a lot of shopping was done over the weekend. Some travelers spent their last day at Bryant Park’s Winter Village; a public park with holiday shops, ice skating and many more activities. There is always plenty to do and see in Manhattan, and we are already preparing for next fall’s excursion to NYC, and you are welcome to join us.

~Fred Falsey ’76

2016 Alumni Sponsored Trips

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2016 Trips

Novelis Partners With Cayuga

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NovelisIt was announced in December that Novelis will team with Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus to launch an Advanced Manufacturing Institute; including an industrial maintenance technician program and an Advanced Laboratory and Training Center.  The program will be funded in part by an $80,000 endowment by Novelis, a world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling. Novelis’ commitment to Cayuga Community College will include a newly developed internship program incorporated into the requirements for the industrial maintenance technician program. Its mission will be to equip students with manufacturing skills to develop a robust talent pool that will be required to fill the many jobs expected to be brought to the Central New York Region. Plant manager at Novelis Oswego, Chris Smith, said that it is anticipated that upwards of 250 operating technician and maintenance technician positions at the Oswego plant will need to be filled over the next five years as a result of growth and anticipated retirements.

“We are grateful to Novelis for this critical investment,” said Brian Durant, President of Cayuga Community College. “Novelis has been a strong partner in our state, and together, the Advanced Manufacturing Institute will benefit our faculty, staff, students, and community for years to come.”


Professor Fama – 50 Years of Teaching at Cayuga

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Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the fall issue of Spartan; we have included an email to Prof. Fama, which received from a former student Jerry Lewicki class of 1970.

Don Fama – 50 Years Teaching at Cayuga

Donald Fama 1966

Donald Fama 1966

This fall, Professor Donald Fama will begin his 51st year teaching at CCC. While he is now teaching part-time, when asked when he will retire completely he shared an analogy of two baseball players; “One went out on top after hitting a home run; the other stayed one more year, which caused his averages to drop.” He said, “As long as I am an effective instructor, I will continue to teach.” Thank you Professor, for your many years of “effective” teaching!

Dear Prof. Fama!

I was looking through the College News for CCC, and came across an article about you completing 50 years of teaching – congratulations!  It is so rare that anything lasts very long but to accomplish this feat is truly remarkable.

Donald Fama 2015

Donald Fama 2015

The younger photo of you is what I recognized immediately since I was a student at then ACC (’68-’70), sitting in your calculus classes.

There are few outstanding people that we remember and you are one of that handful of teachers that I admired.  I can still recall listening to you in class and following your thoughts and examples as you led us through a forest of derivatives and integrals.  I have always been grateful that I had the opportunity to be in your Calculus and Differential Equations classes.  What I learned from you, I was able to apply to Physical Chemistry and other sciences.

There is little chance that you will recall me as a student and that is fine.  I just wanted to let you know that I remembered you and appreciated your gift of teaching.

Jerry Lewicki 1970

Jerry Lewicki 1970

Myself, I completed a MS degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (LeMoyne College, Univ. of Rochester) and worked at companies like Xerox and Eastman Kodak.  In the 1990’s, I changed my career to focus on Computer Science and have been a systems analyst working in the pharmaceutical and food industries since then.  At one time, I taught Computer Science (department head) at a community college in Tennessee for about 2 years.  I am still working as a software developer/architect and planning to continue for a while…

It was a pleasant reminder to read about your accomplishment as a teacher and know that you had

Jerry Lewicki 2015

Jerry Lewicki 2015

influenced many like myself to continue the pursuance of learning and sharing.

My best wishes to you on a continued healthy and interesting life…

Warmest regards,
Jerry Lewicki ’70

Lady Spartan’s Basketball

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CCC’s women’s basketball team played their best offensive game on January 14th, leading to a 75-53 victory over Broome Community College. Dontasia Britt (Brooklyn, NY) led a balanced attack with 18 points and 10 rebounds; Maxine Williams (Jamestown, NY) scored 17 points, and had 4 steals; Shaqueria Everson (Syracuse, NY) scored 14 points; and Lakin Mueller (Central Square, NY) added 7 points, pulled down a team high of 15 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists.  In an interview with The Citizen, Coach Jim Alberici said “I thought if we pressured them and we ran on offense, we could wear them down a little bit. I think that’s what happened in the second quarter … We had a nice rotation with the eight girls, and everybody was playing well.”

The next two games were not as successful for the Lady Spartans with a 66-54 loss to Finger Lakes Community College on the 16th and a 66-51 loss after a hard fought game to visiting TC3 on January 20th. The team has 6 more regular season games. To read more about their statistics and schedule, go to: http://www.cayugaspartans.com/sports/wbkb/2015-16/schedule

Women's Basketball Team

Spartan Women’s Basketball 2015-2016 Roster:

Cheyenne Rivenburg, 5’9” Freshman from Little Falls, NY
Najhea Thompson, 5’2” Freshman from Syracuse, NY
Maxine Williams, 5’5” Sophomore from Jamestown, NY
Paola Figueroa, 5’3” Freshman from Romulus, NY
Samatha Relfe, 5’1” Freshman from Port Byron, NY
Shaqueria Everson, 5’11” Sophomore from Syracuse, NY
Spencer Kenney, 5’7” Freshman from Hannibal, NY
Lakin Mueller, 5’7” Sophomore from Central Square, NY
Dontasia Britt, 5’7” Freshman from Brooklyn, NY
Alexis Hill, 5’9” Sophomore from Brooklyn, NY
Kaeleigh Paternoster, 5’9” Freshman from Pulaski, NY

Men’s Spartan Basketball

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The men’s basketball team extended their Region III, Division III winning streak to eight with a big opening Mid-State Athletic Conference win over #2 Corning Community College in January. With a score of 67-62, the Spartans were a half game behind Herkimer for the Region’s best Divisional record.  For the Corning game, Darien Lowe (Amherst, NY) led the way with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the Spartans. Christian Rodriguez and Jordan Curtis (both from Freeport, NY) chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Darien Lowe was named Cayuga CC Male Athlete-of-the-Week for his 26 points and 9 rebounds against Genesee & Corning. The Spartans traveled to Watertown on the 12th where they suffered a loss to Jefferson; and achieved another win when they hosted Broome CC on the 14th. Most recently the team experienced some difficult losses against FLCC, TC3, and OCC. To follow the rest of the season schedules and results follow the Spartans at http://www.cayugaspartans.com/sports/wbkb/2015-16/schedule.

Men's Basketball Team

Spartan’s 2015-2016 Men’s Basketball Team:

Bennito Ayarza, 5’10” Sophomore, Brooklyn, NY
Tim Rouse, 6’1” Freshman, New York, NY
Jay Scarbrough, 5’10” Freshman, Niagara Falls, NY
Darien Lowe, 6’1” Freshman, Amherst, NY
Jordan Curtis, 6’4” Freshman, Freeport, NY
Christaian Rodgriguez, 6’2” Sophomore, Freeport, NY
Trenton Green, 5’11” Freshman, Syracuse, NY
Derric Jordan, 6’6” Sophomore, Buffalo, NY
Andrea Chambers, 6’3” Sophomore, Harlem, NY
Mike Viscardi, 6’6” Sophomore, Auburn, NY
John Bell, 6’6” Freshman, Auburn, NY

Theatre Association of New York State Holds Festival at CCC

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Cayuga Hosts Theatre FestivalFeaturing seven plays and five workshops, Cayuga Community College once again played host to the TANYS in November. Cayuga’s central location makes it an ideal setting for the Theatre Association of New York’s festival; a nonprofit representing community theater groups throughout New York. Cayuga Community College Foundation helped to sponsor the festival. The event also included fundraising activities such as a TANYS merchandise sale, a used theater books and scripts sale and a silent auction.

Technical Director for TANYS, Bob Frame whose association goes back to his college theater days at Oswego State, is also the director of theater operations at CCC. Throughout the festival he had a crew of stage hands and tech people that aide each visiting theater company and their crews.

Advanced Manufacturing Institute & Plastics Technology Lab Ribbon Cutting

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Cayuga Community College held a Welcome and Recognition event on January 7th, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) & Plastics Technology Laboratory on the Auburn campus. An unveiling of a dedication plaque in honor of Raymond Currier, Founder of Currier Plastics took place in the new lab.

The creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute was made possible in part through the Federal Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). Cayuga Community College recently received SUNY and State Education approval for its first Plastics Technology Certificate and Degree Option Program, as well as the creation of four new options within its existing mechanical technology degree program — mechatronics, facilities design, computer-aided design, and precision machining.

Industry leaders throughout the region and the state saw the center’s potential to benefit their operations and grow local talent. CCC President Brian Durant said, “Our 3,000-square-foot, state-of-the art AMI is designed to serve the training needs of Cayuga County and regional employers and students preparing for high demand careers by offering a range of industrial courses with emphasis on mechanical, plastics, and electrical technologies. The strong relationships and support between local plastics manufacturers and the College distinguishes the AMI’s program offerings from any other college in New York State. We are delighted with the continued support of the Currier family and industry partners for their contributions to this project.”