Professor Fama – 50 Years of Teaching at Cayuga

February 2nd, 2016 Posted in College News & Events
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

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