Two Gatherings to Welcome President Durant

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on Two Gatherings to Welcome President Durant | Posted in Foundation News & Events
To welcome the College’s new President, Brian Durant, who joined us in mid-August from Adirondack Community College, Cayuga’s Alumni Board, the College Board of Trustees and College Foundation partnered to host two community receptions in November. The three organizations invited members of the College Community, local elected officials, community and philanthropic leaders and friends of the College to two different receptions.

The first, at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn, was attended by over 100 people, many who met Dr. Durant and his wife Shawn, for the first time. They were able hear firsthand Dr. Durant’s vision for the College and little bit about his background before coming to Cayuga Community College. With members of the Alumni Board, including new Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, Dr. Durant recognized Heidi L. Huddleston-Cross ’97, one of our 2015 Alumni Award winners. Ms. Huddleston-Cross works as a nurse practitioner at SUNY Upstate Medical and has received a number of recognitions for her work as an Ostomy nurse, dealing with wound care. You can read about her in last Fall’s The Spartan.

More than 50 community members joined us a week later at Fulton’s Tavern at the Lock, including a large contingent of members of the manufacturing community, the College’s partners at our River Glen campus, as well as members of the Oswego County Legislature. Dr. Durant was, as he was the week before, introduced by Foundation Board President David Contiguglia. Our new President not only talked about his vision for the College, but specifically of the potential for Cayuga at its Fulton Campus at River Glen.

Welcomes and Farewells from the Foundation Director

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on Welcomes and Farewells from the Foundation Director | Posted in Foundation News & Events

2016-01-13 20.39.38-2In November, in partnership with the College’s Alumni Association and Board of Trustees, the Foundation held two receptions, one in Auburn and the other in Fulton to help introduce Dr. Brian Durant, our new College President, to the greater College community. This joint effort, which you can read more about in this issue of Alumni Voices, was a way to bring together College and community leaders, as well as the members of our philanthropic community so that they could meet our new president. The events were so successful, that Dr. Durant has asked that we do similar annual events in both host communities, so that he can update our partners, as well as get feedback from them.

2016-01-13 20.29.27In early 2015, the College was offered a Challenge Grant by the Richard E. Shineman Foundation, based in Oswego County, to raise money for our Fulton operations. I am happy to report, because of the Shineman’s commitment to Fulton, we were able raise roughly $36,000 through local donations that was matched in November by the Shineman Foundation. While raising the money was vital, just as important was our establishing a network of giving in Oswego County, which was at the Shineman Foundation’s urging. The result is that we have started to develop a base for fundraising around the Fulton Campus that we had not been able to accomplish before. It should also be noted, even with the news about the closure of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant, our friends and supporters in Oswego County still came through for this Challenge Grant.

2016-01-13 20.34.19As is tradition, the Foundation Board held its regular meeting in January to vote on future Board Members (that I will write about in a future edition of Alumni Voices), but also to say “good bye” to members of the Board who have either decided not to seek re-election or have maxed out term-wise in their board service. The later was the case with our two longest serving Board Members, who each served nine years on our Board. Lloyd Hoskins ‘74 served three years as our President and was succeeded last year by David Contiguglia, who finished a transitional year as our President in January. Over their nine years of service, both were committed to the mission of the Foundation, giving countless hours of their times, as well as financially supporting the mission of the Foundation, and more importantly the College. Both served on our Finance Committee and then as members of the Executive Committee. Their expertise and willingness to serve will be missed by their fellow board members and the Foundation’s staff.

Student Clubs on the Fulton Campus Team Up for Holiday Cheer!

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on Student Clubs on the Fulton Campus Team Up for Holiday Cheer! | Posted in Fulton Campus News

Shauna Nesbitt from the Admissions Office and advisor to Phi Theta Kappa on the Fulton Campus, coordinated efforts to purchase supplies and gifts for eight families in need, with the help of students in the Beta Tao Iota chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the Tutor Club, Business Leadership Club, and Vet’s Club. The student groups raised funds and collect donated non-perishable food items to sponsor the families from within River Glen’s own student body.

Families received a basket of food containing turkey, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, fruit, vegetables, spaghetti, sauce, cereal, butter, eggs, pancake mix and syrup, and snacks; along with a gingerbread house ( for the families to complete together). Additionally, each child received a small gift; thanks in part to this lovely collaboration of the Fulton campus community. The gifts were wrapped by Fulton staff members, Lorelee Lardear, Sue Hough, and Joyce Crandall.

The collaboration from the Fulton campus clubs, led by Ms. Nesbitt made this generous event possible; and brighten the holiday season for these deserving families.

Sara Hogan, Shauna Nesbitt and Peter Denton

Sara Hogan, Shauna Nesbitt and Peter Denton

Shauna Nesbitt from the Fulton Admissions Office, advisor to the Beta Tau Iota chapter of PTK

Shauna Nesbitt from the Fulton Admissions Office, advisor to the Beta Tau Iota chapter of PTK

PTK members Peter Denton, Laurie Goodall, Sara Hogan, Jennifer James (president, CCC student), Shauna Nesbitt, PTK advisor and parent

PTK members Peter Denton, Laurie Goodall, Sara Hogan, Jennifer James (president, CCC student), Shauna Nesbitt, PTK advisor and parent

Food and Gifts donated to brighten the holiday for local families

Food and Gifts donated to brighten the holiday for local families.

New Manager Checklist: 5 Things You Need to Know About Being a Good Leader

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on New Manager Checklist: 5 Things You Need to Know About Being a Good Leader | Posted in Lifestyle


Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted to your first management position. You’re going to be responsible for leading and motivating your team to accomplish overarching goals for your organization. Now what?

If you’ve never been in a leadership role before, you may be a bit intimidated by the prospect of having a group of people look to you for answers. Many first-time managers learn through trial and error what works and what doesn’t, but there are still a few things you can do to make the transition easier. Management and HR experts shared their advice for succeeding as a new manager.

When you move up to a leadership position, your day-to-day activities and overall role in the company are obviously going to change. The challenge that many new managers face is understanding how the skills and strengths they gained in their previous position can help them adjust to their new one.

“Changing roles is like making a pivot in a basketball game,” said Ashley Goodall, chief learning officer at business consulting firm Deloitte. “You are anchored by your areas of strength, and they don’t change as you move. But the expectations of you shift as you go in a new direction. As you move into a management position, you will be orchestrating the work instead of doing it. The trick will be to pay attention to the expectations of your new role and to figure out how to put your strengths to work in different ways.”

Goodall advised identifying your current strengths and building upon them to fulfill the expectations that come with your promotion.

As a nonmanagerial employee, you probably didn’t have access to a lot of the company information your boss did. Now that you’re a leader, you’ll be a more involved in planning and strategy work, and it’s important to keep your team informed about what’s going on in the organization as a whole.

“First-time managers often underestimate the importance of transparency,” said David Niu, founder and CEO of employee engagement tool TINYpulse. “They often hold information that their team members don’t have access to. They can avoid being seen as uncommunicative by being willing to share information such as budget, customer feedback and strategic plans. Transparency can also help staff better understand their role as part of a bigger picture and thus, feel more connected to the company and team.”


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What Makes a Good Leader? Simple Ways to Improve Your Management Skills

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on What Makes a Good Leader? Simple Ways to Improve Your Management Skills | Posted in Lifestyle


What makes a good leader is the use of effective management skills such as spending 50 percent or more of their time listening carefully.

Great leaders understand that some of the best leadership qualities entail listening to others with undivided attention.

When was the last time you actually listened single-mindedly to one of your staff members?

Can you remember when you last listened to someone without interruptions or distractions from either telephone calls or drop-in visitors, when you just focused intently on the person speaking with you, ignoring all else? When CEO Alan Mulally arrived at Ford, he used a technique he had refined at Boeing. He found a way to instantly shift the senior executives on his team from talkers to listeners by changing the way he evaluated his team’s performance.

“It always comes down to incentives. What’s the incentive for someone to behave differently? Is it recognition, time, or more money? No. It’s usually visibility,” he said.

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What does it take to be a manager?

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on What does it take to be a manager? | Posted in Lifestyle


There’s a lot to consider when it comes to taking on a managerial role.

Many organizations elevate the top performing employees into management positions as these individuals are often regarded as the trusted experts in their area. Unfortunately, by promoting an individual who hasn’t developed the right skill set and experience to navigate the management playing field, an organization can end up with an ineffective manager and a demoralized team.

So what do you need to know before you take the critical step into management?

To be a manager: know what’s expected of you as a manager

While the offer of an impressive title and increased salary package is tempting, moving into management takes some careful consideration. Looking past the immediate gains, there are some potential costs, such as longer working hours and increased daily pressure. For some individuals, the costs won’t be worth the benefits.

Ask yourself these questions before stepping up into a management role:

– Will I enjoy leading a team?
– Am I willing to confront people about their behaviour or performance?
– Am I comfortable making decisions?

If you don’t feel ready to tackle the above scenarios, or feel you’re more motivated by being an exceptional individual performer rather than banking everything on a broader team, a managerial role might not be the best fit for you. Alternatively, you may decide that being a manager simply isn’t part of your personal career goals.

To be a manager: what are employers looking for?

If you decide you are ready to step up and prove yourself to be an effective leader, you’ll need to show your boss that you’re ready to take on the additional responsibility. This is especially the case if you don’t have previous experience in a managerial position. Here are some of the skills employers are looking for in their management team:

Soft skills – when it comes to hiring an effective manager, most employers are looking for soft skills as much as serious technical qualifications and abilities. You can be the top performer in your team, but if you’re not a particularly good listener or you don’t buy into the company vision, you’ll be much less likely to be given managerial responsibilities. Other important soft skills include time management, negotiation, teamwork, delegation and communication.

Leadership – one of the most important soft skills a manager should have is the ability to inspire, direct and lead others. A good leader leads his or her team towards a particular goal or vision, guiding them through challenges and hurdles to achieve a clear objective. Creativity, magnanimity and even a good sense of humor are all traits that can assist you to become an effective leader.

Business acumen and administrative understanding – you don’t need to be an accountant to become a manager. However, team managers do need to demonstrate an understanding of administrative processes and basic financial models because they are usually responsible for budget allocations. Budget management also involves working with other teams and departments to complete projects and meet deadlines, so will impact the output of your broader team.

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5 Steps To Become A Manager

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Steps To Become A Manager | Posted in Lifestyle

shutterstock_188617211Many people reach a point in their careers when they decide they’d like more responsibility. Becoming a manager can be an excellent way for professionals to advance their career development and even earn more money.

Managers are responsible for coordinating and overseeing many company projects and everyday tasks. That makes their position a unique one within the company – one that holds particular importance for maintaining business success. But becoming a manager isn’t always easy, you’ll often find yourself competing against other qualified candidates and co-workers to snag the position.

Here are five steps to take toward becoming a manager in your company:

1. Let Your Aspirations be Known. If you aspire to become a manager, don’t stay quiet about it! While you don’t have to border on obnoxiousness, it’s still important to let the right people know you’re thinking about taking the next step so they can help you get where you want to be. Let your current manager or boss know you aspire for more, and work with them to develop the skills you need to eventually make the transition.

2. Become a Mentor. Ask your manager or boss if opportunities exist for you to become a mentor, or join a professional organization in your industry that will set you up with a mentee. This can be an excellent way to show you have the expertise to work closely with others and develop solid interpersonal relations – a must in any managerial position. Or, consider taking on a mentor yourself – someone who has more experience than you can help you to prepare for more responsibilities.

3. Strengthen Your Skills. As a manager, you’ll experience less leisure time, more authority, more leading, and tons of other new requirements. For this reason, it’s important to strengthen your skills to ensure you’re prepared to step up to the plate. Actively assess the skills you already have, and talk to those already in managerial positions to determine what skills you need to acquire. Do your research, stay up to date on industry trends, and seize any opportunity to strengthen your abilities.

4. Show Your Worth. It’s important to put your ambition into action. If you feel as though you need to show your boss how valuable you are before you can have a chance at landing a higher position, consider setting up a meeting and prepare a presentation that highlights your accomplishments and commitments to the company thus far. Provide concrete numbers to describe your accomplishments (“increased client leads by 40 percent,” or “managed accounts of advertisers contributing to a total budget of $200,000”) to make your arguments irrefutable.

5. Ask for Feedback. Ask your higher-ups and coworkers to assess your performance so far. Do you do a good job of responding to conflict? Do you react well to stressful situations? Are you able to lead a group without trying to take too much control–or too little? Glean feedback from your coworkers or managers to determine where your strengths are and where you need to improve. Not only will this show you’re open to feedback and continual improvement, but it will show you value the opinion of individual group members, something that any manager should commit to.

Becoming a manager can be an excellent way to advance your career and prepare you for further professional opportunities. As 2012 comes to a close, make a commitment to taking these steps next year to increase your chances of landing a higher role in your company.

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