November 2016 – Cayuga Alumni Voices

November 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on November 2016 – Cayuga Alumni Voices | Posted in Magazine Covers

John E. Walsh ’65 Receives Award

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John E. Walsh ’65, most visible for his work on America’s Most Wanted, attended a reception in his honor to receive his 2016 ACC/CCC Alumni Association Award.  Mr. Walsh was recognized for his achievements which include his work as an advocate and activist in Washington and across the nation to address the issues related to missing children.  His advocacy work was key to the passage of the Missing Children’s Act that was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.  His TV program helped to capture about 1,200 suspects, including individuals on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Lists during its 25-year run.  In 2014, he became the host of a documentary-style investigation series, The Hunt with John Walsh, where he details stories of ongoing cases involving fugitives with the intent of expanding searches outside the United States.

john-walsh-with-gerry-guineyDuring the Auburn campus event, Mr. Walsh shared of stories of the capture of individuals who had committed deplorable acts, and told encouraging accounts of rescue and heartening outcomes.  Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, College faculty, staff, senior members of management, and family members were engaged with his recounts of many cases that were solved with his assistance.   John’s brother, Joe Walsh ’78, who teaches at the College, attended with his former student Alex Webb, who served as U.S. Marine and is eager to become a U.S. Marshall.  Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney presented the award winner his plaque and expressed appreciation for his good works.

Photos: Courtesy of Cayuga Collegian photographer Kody Fowler

In Case You Missed It!

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Editor’s Note:  The Marilyn U. Fuller ‘99 article was originally run in the fall/winter 2000 edition of Spartan.


marilyn-fuller-fall-2000Marilyn U. Fuller works part time in the continuing Education office at CAYUGA.  Her job is one of “many hats” she wears in her life.  Here is her story.

“I started going to college later in life.  My children were little and I needed the stimulation of the mind that my college classes provided.  I looked forward to my evening classes and getting excellent grades, although it was a lot of work.  I picked at my degree a bit every fall and spring semester; I never wanted to take classes in the summer as I had my hands full with toddlers at home.  So it took a wee bit longer than for the typical student.  But certain classes really changed my life and viewpoints.  I loved art history and all my art and English classes.  Psychology with DON SANZOTTA and GEORGE SMRTIC were involving, fun, and very interesting!”

merlyn-faire-2“Some of the skills I learned carrying the academic load I did, really help me in my life now, but I also own my own business performing music at festivals and fairs, and the research skills I absorbed at college helped me prepare for this kind of fascinating unusual work.”

“I feel now I have the best of all worlds!  Variety is the spice of life and I have set up my life to juggle many tasks and ‘wear the many hats’ of my own choosing.  Cayuga Community College has let me do just that by offering a smattering of many types of courses, (with) faculty to learn from, and to customize my degree to suit my needs and interest.  The library is extensive and the staff has always been helpful to me.”

“I would recommend that a student jump right in and try a course or two, even if they aren’t interested in getting a degree at the moment.  You just never know what will spark and set the readiness to learn aflame in someone.  Even though I graduated in 1999, I intend on always learning and continuing my education in a myriad of ways.  Thanks CAYUGA!”

Thank you, Marilyn, for your inspiration!


merlyn-faire-3“Since the publication of this article in the Spartan 16 years ago, my two girls, Jesse and Shawna, are now grown women and have moved out into their respective independent living situations. Both attended CCC; Jess completing her degree at Empire State, and Shawna took the BOCES Living Skills program.  I am very proud of them both!  I have gone on to do many wonderful events, concerts and Renaissance Festivals up and down the East Coast, with my husband and partner, Wayne Fuller. Together we make up our musical duo called Merry Mischief and our stage names when we play are “Merlyn & Harry.” I still adore playing music and working with him so very much!  I have also had two books published, Fairy Tales & Horror Stories: A Memoir and The Merlinian Legend, which can be found on Amazon!”

merlyn-faire-4“I am currently in the process of finishing my third book, A Rose by Any Other Name, which is about my daughter, Shawna Rose Underwood, who has Down Syndrome. This next wonderful and informative book should be out and available by spring 2017.”   ~Marilyn Fuller ’99

Marilyn is happy to say that she is still with the College’s Department of Community Education, celebrating her 19th year.  “Thank you Cayuga, for giving me the skills to feel qualified to try so many different things!”

Just a Bunch of Local Guys

November 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on Just a Bunch of Local Guys | Posted in Alumni News & Events

Recounting tales of their former basketball “glory days,” members of the 1963-64 Cayuga Men’s Basketball Team gathered this summer for a long awaited reunion.   Organized by Zinc LaDuce , Bob Readon and Dave Dec (all 1965 Alums), the men met in August to play a little golf (in 95 degree temperatures) at Highland Golf Course and share a picnic dinner at the Owasco Yacht Club.  The following day the team was joined by a few of their wives to take a campus tour with Athletic Director Pete Liddell; all the while reliving games and sharing stories of their time at Auburn Community College.


While not everyone was able to make the event, many shared some of their fondest memories.  Coach Jack Nichols arrived from Bel Air Maryland to partake in the events.  He said that although he never let the guys know it, coaching at ACC was the “biggest honor I ever had.”  Frank Plis ’64 resides in Auburn and shares that he always enjoyed reviewing game results at The Sunset and Pear’s Place. Richard (Dick) Ruschak ’65 who lives in Canandaigua, NY said that he recalls, “Keeping the team calm, especially during the game versus Ithaca College.”


Gregory (Greg) Cornish ’65 passed away in 2009; his teammates recalled that he enjoyed his time with the team, especially having to separate Ruschak and Baker during practices. Charles (Zinc) LaDouce ’65, who has a home in Auburn and  Hiltonhead Island, SC said that some of his favorite memories were  Beating Broome Tech, Mr. Collier’s Botany labs, and reviewing game results at The Sunset Restaurant.  David Baker ’79 talked about the game against Broome Tech, where they held All-American Charlie Georgia to 2 points.  “It was our 10th victor beating a nationally ranked team.”


Donald Torrey ’65 currently resides in Skaneateles said he remembers, “Coach Nichols giving me complements when he compared me to a better opposing player.  He said:  He gets more rebounds than you Torrey, but, doesn’t look as classy as you warming up.”  Robert (Rabbit) Reardon ’65 said he enjoys reminiscing about “the overnight trip to Canton, the Rally Day at Regionals in Troy, NY, the West End Club beer blast, and late night wresting at The Owasco Lounge.”  William (Bill) Green ’64 lives in Williamstown, NJ and Sherwood, NY holds two strong memories, “The triple overtime loss to Monroe Community College and post-game reviews at The Sunset Restaurant.”


David Dec ’65 lives in El Paso, Texas.  He said he most remembers, “Listening to Team manager, Rick Bradshaw’s ‘Why we won or lost,’ while enjoying a cold one at The Sunset Restaurant.” Dennis Walsh ’69 lives in Liverpool, NY and shares his strongest memory while attending ACC; “When Professor Joe Camardo burst into our Classroom, white as a ghost, announcing John F. Kennedy’s assassination.”  Ronald (Ron) Bobbett ’65 resides in Nokomis, FL enjoyed “the Post Season Team Dinner, follow-up gatherings at The Sunset Restaurant, and being a member of the Championship Regional NJCAA Golf team which qualified for the National NJCAA Golf championship in Michigan.”


The former team mates were friends on and off the court and many remain close today.  All things begin equal, one of the things the men are most proud about, should be given a social media ‘hashtag’ of its own: #justabunchoflocalguys.

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Editor’s Note:  We will be sharing more of their “stories” in our spring issue of Spartan.

The Art and Craft of Creating Documentaries – Eileen Jerret ’01 Alumni Voices

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Back on campus this fall, documentary filmmaker and writer/producer of the film Blueberry Soup, alumna Eileen Jerrett ’01 & ’02 shared with students her experiences creating documentaries.  Co-sponsored with Professor Steve Keeler and the School of Media and the Arts (SOMA), more than 75 students were in attendance for the Alumni Voices event.  Eileen explained to Telcom and Art majors how she traveled through Iceland with her camera and her “Mary Poppins” purse.  “It was a weird, hobo way of making a film, with a ‘Nobody Production.’” Jerrett said.  With little financial backing, she found creative ways to help fund her production and travel.

alumni-voices-1alumni-voices-4The filmmaker will be traveling back to Iceland later this semester for her next documentary; and while Eileen did receive a grant from Berkley, she said it’s not just financial, she feels she knows herself better as a filmmaker.   “I feel much calmer and more clear this time,” she said.

When asked how Blueberry Soup has changed her as a person, Jerrett said, “I have an unquestionable faith in humanity” and that she has become more patient.  “Life has become bigger as I met people.”  To date, Blueberry Soup has been publicly screened over 90 times, in 12 different countries, and Eileen is in discussions with Netflix for the rights to Blueberry Soup.  For the future, she is considering following the Artistic upturn in Chicago with many Artist moving into old building and uplifting communities.

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Criminal Justice Training Draws Professionals to Cayuga

November 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on Criminal Justice Training Draws Professionals to Cayuga | Posted in Alumni News & Events

img_2965Sponsored by New York State Minorities in Criminal Justice, Inc., nearly 150 professional attended criminal justice training at Cayuga Community College last month.  It was the first event of its kind for Region 6 (Central New York and Southern Tier areas).  Vice President of MICJ and sergeant with Auburn Correctional Facility, Marcus Babb ’85, is also an Alumnus of Cayuga.  He told The Citizen, “We tried to bring different types of training to people in criminal justice, whether you’re a clerk or a commissioner,” he said. “It shows people what else is out there besides being a corrections officer, police officer or sheriff. It’s also about the secretaries, the judges, the lawyers … It’s about the minorities in our line of work.”

Dozens of professionals came from Albany, New York City and Buffalo on October 21st for the day’s events, which included lectures and seminars on all levels of law enforcement. Some of the training included Puppies Behind Bars, Crisis Intervention for Gang Violence, and PTSD in the Workplace.  Information tables located on campus included the Auburn Police Department where Sergeant Joe Divietro ’90 and Officer Mark Locastro ’80, both Alumni of Cayuga, were on hand to share information about the APD.  A representative of the Auburn Fire Department as well as tables for fundraising purposes participated in the event.

During the event, student Angela Slater was presented with a $500 scholarship.  “They had to choose one student in the whole criminal justice program at the college, and they chose me… this gives me more confidence to do better,” she said

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Department at CCC, Teri Misiaszek ” said, “This training gives students the opportunity to engage and network with professionals, and it’s a great opportunity to house and support our local criminal justice community.”

Cayuga Brings Dance to Campus

November 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on Cayuga Brings Dance to Campus | Posted in College News & Events

master-class-cleo-parkerThe world-traveled Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble taught classes and performed at Cayuga Community College in September.  The prominent group, founded by Artistic Director, Choreographer and Producer, Cleo Parker Robinson, performs work inspired by the African-American experience and is rooted in ethnic and modern worldwide dance traditions.  Students and community members were invited to a “Talk and Chew,” discussion on topics surrounding the company and the industry.  Master Classes were offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced level dancers, during the two day event.


Co-sponsored by the Cayuga County Community College Foundation, the CCC Student Activities Board, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, the final event included several performances by the group, which was held in the College’s Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre.  “The Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble performance at Cayuga included electrifying dance presentations that had the audience on the edge of their seats.  The company was amazing to work with and the students still talk about their master class experience. We were fortunate to offer this uplifting cultural journey to our students and members of our community.”  Norman Lee, Director of Student Activities.


Spartan Men’s Soccer Team Ends Season with NSCAA Rank of 13

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As the Cayuga Community College Men’s Soccer team entered the season, they were the #3 ranked team in the pre-season Region III Coaches poll.  Head Coach Petrut Bumbanac announced the team captains for the season as Ricky Rodriguez of Pflugerville, TX; Daniel Bonehill of Birmingham, England; and Cameron Pashley of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Ricky Rodriguez

Ricky Rodriguez

Daniel Bonehill

Daniel Bonehill

Cameron Pashley

Cameron Pashley

The team earned a 10-1-1 regional record and a #12 NSCAA national ranking, positioning them as the #4 seed for the NJCAA Region III Division III men’s soccer playoffs.  The team’s outstanding season came to an end when they faced a tough #5 Erie Community College on October 26th at Wells College’s turf field.  The team played an exceptional first half and led 1-0 after Spencer Urquiza of Pflugerville, TX scored; placing Cayuga ahead.  They controlled much of the pace and action of the opening half, but were unable to continue their surge in the second half, ending with a loss of 4-1.  The Spartans had a great season and overcame some significant injuries early on.  The young team, completing their season with a NSCAA national rankings at #13, and a 10-3-1 overall record.


Annual Alumni Appeal

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Advanced Manufacturing Program Offered at CCC Fulton Campus

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fulton-campus-exteriorThis fall Cayuga’s Fulton campus once again offered its Advanced Manufacturing Program, which began on October 17th.  The 10-week program was developed by Cayuga Community College, area manufacturers, and the staff of Oswego County Workforce NY, with the plan to prepare job-seekers for jobs as entry level production workers at local industries.  The classes are taught by industrial trainers who work for local industries.  This is the third session of Pre-Employment Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program that has been offered at the Fulton campus this year.  Those who take the Pre-Employment Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program have the option of continuing in a career path in advanced manufacturing.

“The development of the Pre-employment Advanced Manufacturing Program is a crucial step towards helping local manufacturers fill high demand jobs and providing Oswego County individuals the opportunity to build a career pathway in advanced manufacturing.  This program is a great opportunity for an individual looking to enter a field that provides a good wage, benefits, and opportunity for advancement,” said Carla DeShaw, Executive Dean of Cayuga Community College.

To date, 23 students have graduated from the first two 10-week sessions of the course and many are employed at local manufacturing companies such as Huhtamaki, Novelis and PaperWorks.

To Achieve Happiness, Don’t Confuse Pleasure with Fulfillment

November 3rd, 2016 | Comments Off on To Achieve Happiness, Don’t Confuse Pleasure with Fulfillment | Posted in Lifestyle
The easiest way to waste decades of your life is to mistake pleasure for fulfillment.

Pleasure lives in the realm of now. It’s made of feeling and emotion, which are both very important, but predictably unstable. It’s impossible to base a meaningful life solely on the pursuit of pleasure.

At the extreme end of pleasure: over-eating, over-sleeping, chronic masturbation and sex addiction, television, benders, cocaine and ice cream (the verdict is still out here). Push the button, get the stimulus. Constant stimulation to dull the pain, anxiety and existential uncertainty of being a human in society.

It feels good to feel good. So why not try to feel good all the time? Pass the mint chocolate chip, please.

Fulfillment is concerned with your highest vision for the future. It doesn’t equate pain or discomfort today with pain or discomfort tomorrow. It assumes that the best is always yet to come. Those looking for fulfillment out of life will do things that aren’t fun now, to reap massive rewards later.

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Work Life Balance

November 3rd, 2016 | Comments Off on Work Life Balance | Posted in Lifestyle
shutterstock_292543157With so many of us torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests, it’s no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as “super stressed.” And that’s not balanced—or healthy.

In our rush to “get it all done” at the office and at home, it’s easy to forget that as our stress levels spike, our productivity plummets. Stress can zap our concentration, make us irritable or depressed, and harm our personal and professional relationships.

Over time, stress also weakens our immune systems, and makes us susceptible to a variety of ailments from colds to backaches to heart disease. The newest research shows that chronic stress can actually double our risk of having a heart attack. That statistic alone is enough to raise your blood pressure!

While we all need a certain amount of stress to spur us on and help us perform at our best, the key to managing stress lies in that one magic word: balance. Not only is achieving a healthy work/life balance an attainable goal but workers and businesses alike see the rewards. When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

Here are a few practical steps we can all take to loosen the grip that stress has on us and win back the balance in our lives. Read on and reap the benefits.

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7 Habits Of People Who Have Achieved Work-Life Balance

November 3rd, 2016 | Comments Off on 7 Habits Of People Who Have Achieved Work-Life Balance | Posted in Lifestyle

According to a recent study published by the American Sociological Review, 70% of American workers struggle with finding a work-life system that works for them. For many in the workforce, achieving any type of work-life balance, can seem like a myth, especially when technology has made us accessible around the clock. Time free from workplace obligations seems to becoming ever more elusive.

Despite these realities, there are those that have managed to have carved out satisfying and meaningful lives outside of their work. Here are some of the tools they practice:


Instead of just letting life happen, people who achieve work-life balance make deliberate choices about what they want from life and how they want to spend their time. They talk to their partners, spouses, and others who are important in their lives, and come up with a road map of what is important to them, how they want to spend their time, and commit to following their path.


Work-life balance going off the rails is usually a result of letting things slide as opposed to any kind of intentional choice. People who are good at staying on track make a conscious choice to continually talk to the important people in their lives about what is working or not, and make decisions to change direction if needed. While life happens and situations change, they avoid ending up in a place they didn’t want to be due to drifting along.

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