Judo = Alumni Achievers

May 17th, 2017 Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note: The Judo=Alumni Achievements article was originally published in the fall/winter 2011 edition of Spartan.

Judo = Alumni Achievements

With continued enthusiasm, for over 42 years, Judo Instructor-‘Sensei’-PE Professor Peter Petrosino has taught, promoted, and followed with pride the careers of numerous students among the thousands who enrolled in his Judo classes.  The Alumni Association recently assisted Petrosino in his quest to reconnect with many more of his former students with an ad in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of The Spartan.

During conversations with Pete, we continue to marvel at the correlation between the required dedication and discipline of Judo students, and the remarkable achievements attained by these same individuals.  While some did not continue their Judo pursuits, they all remarked that its teachings have been useful in their everyday life.

Here are some of the responses Pete received, from some of his former students:

Edward W. Bolton ’75 received his Brown Belt in Judo.  He is currently a criminal investigator and college instructor, living in Florence, Texas and is married with two children.  He received his master’s degree in criminal justice and a Doctor of Education (ABD) and shares that 38 years ago, Pete Petrosino was his Sensei.  “I am glad our paths crossed at that time.  Thank you for your teachings.  You buried me in the mat many times.  It was a good time.  Thanks, Pete.”

Kathleen M. ‘Glav’ Glavin ’74 became a physical education teacher in Norwich, NY.  She shares that, “I have very fond memories of our Judo classes at ‘ACC’.”  Glav participates in and teaches the Educational Karate Program (EKP) in her school district.  She said she often talks about her lessons from Judo and compares the belt colors with her K-2 students.  Kathleen copied some of the “Zen-Koan” riddles taught in Judo to read to her students every year.

Edwin E. Lewis ’78 attended grad school at the University of Missouri, earning his M.S., and Auburn University, earning his Ph.D.  Following school he worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland.  Lewis later worked as a professor at Virginia Tech, and he and his wife are now on the faculty at the University of California where he does research and teaches.  Most of his work focuses on developing biological alternatives to chemical pesticides in agriculture, among other things.  Ed said that he has moved around quite a bit and that he has participated in Judo about everywhere he has been including: Cornell, Missouri, Alabama, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Sacramento, California.  While he hasn’t found a club locally that practices early enough for his schedule, he continues to look.

Jeanne A. Cofrancesco ’75 has been with a ‘Big Four’ accounting firm for 20 years, working in communications and marketing in Miami, Cleveland, New York, and New Jersey.  When she responded to Sensei’s request, Jeanne shared that she often thinks about the concepts that were taught in Judo and how they apply so well in other aspects of her life.  While she didn’t keep up with the practice of Judo, she said that, “there are some things from Judo class that I carried away as life’s lessons and they prove true time and time again.”  First, if you are starting a new endeavor, first learn to fall; when done correctly, it will prepare you and make you stronger.  Second, when met with an opposing force, go with the resistance; that sometimes includes stepping out of the way.  And finally, if a Master throws you to the floor, it won’t hurt you, and you will likely learn something important in the process.  Recalling her first lessons in Judo, Cofrancesco said “throwing ourselves tucked head-first into a fall so we wouldn’t get hurt” still brings a smile to her face. 

Included in Spartan’s Fall 2011 article were stories about Jerimy G. Blowers, PhD ’93, Nancy (McElroy) Ingalls ’79, and Thomas C. Blair ’71.   To read more of these stories online, go to:  http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/giving/alumni/spartan-alumni-newsletter/ and select the Fall 2011 issue of Spartan.

UPDATE:  Sensei Petrosino will be leaving a lasting legacy of nearly 50 years to Auburn/Cayuga Community College, as he says “goodbye” to the Judo Club at the end of this semester.  He began in the fall of 1968 as an Instructor of Health and Physical Education, earning his B.S., M.S., at SUNY Cortland.  He coached Soccer for several years and then formed the Judo Club in 1972 where he served as its advisor until he recently decided it was time to . . .  step off the mat.  Pete will be greatly missed.

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