Alumni Travel

May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on Alumni Travel | Posted in Alumni News & Events

The Gettysburg Battlefield National Military Park ADVANCED Excursion


New York City Weekend Bus Trip

2017 Alumni Award Recipients Announced

May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Alumni Award Recipients Announced | Posted in Alumni News & Events

ACC/CCC Alumni Association Awards

Established in 1993, these awards are presented annually to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding contribution in one or more of the following areas:  vocational or artistic achievement; volunteer service; involvement in public service organizations or civic functions; or help offered to the College, its Foundation, or the Alumni Association. 

Recipients will be recognized during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2017, followed by a reception in their honor.

2017 Recipients

Gerard Guiney ’82

Gerry Guiney exhibits many qualities which are symbolic of the mission of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association.  Over the years, Gerry has been an active member in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He has been a respected local volunteer with CYO Basketball, the Auburn Boys and Girls Baseball League, and the Auburn Indians Football and Cheerleading.  Gerry has provided valuable service as an active member of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association for nearly 9 years, and currently serves as its President.

Gerry is an Army veteran and served in Vietnam.  He earned a Bachelor of Professional Science-Correction Administration degree from SUNY College of Technology at Utica/Rome and an Associate’s in Criminal Justice from Cayuga.  Gerry served as Deputy Superintendent of Security for the NYS Department of Correctional Services for 38 years, and was a hostage negotiator for the Crisis Intervention Unit for 29 years.  In addition, he was a Management Consultant and Trainer for the Department of Justice, National Academy of Corrections and National Institute of Corrections, along with other numerous law enforcement and correction organizations throughout the country for 32 years.

Gerry is married to the former Marilyn (DiRaddo) and they have two sons, G. Adam and John.

We would like to thank John Lamphere ’74 and Terry Wilbur ’08 for nominating Mr. Guiney.

Kathleen (DeJoy) Genkos ’87 & ’00

Kathleen Genkos relishes in supporting her local community by researching and writing about its rich history, as well as taking any opportunity to celebrate Auburn and Cayuga County.  In her free time, she is an author, historian, and genealogical researcher and shares that local history has always been her passion.  Along with her brother Scott DeJoy, she completed and published a local history book, “Hometown Heroes: The History of the Auburn Fire Department,” which has been very well received by the community.  She is a genealogy volunteer lookup resource for the Cayuga County NYGenWeb Project, as well as for Family Search Indexing.  Kathleen is a member of “CIAO!” a cultural Italian – American organization in Auburn, NY, and is an honorary lifetime member of 443rd, AAA Battalion Association, and volunteer historian for The Auburn Castle Facebook page.

Kathleen has worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health/Office of Information Technology for 30 years, and is currently a NYS Health Facilities Management, IT Site Manager.  She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) ISC2 Certification, a Certified HIPAA Professional and earned two degrees at Cayuga Community College; her first degree in Secretarial Science, and the second degree in Business Administration.

Kathleen is married to Mark Genkos and has two daughter’s Deanna Judson and Amy Judson ’14, who will be earning her second Cayuga degree this May, and step daughter Jenna. 

We would like to thank, Debbie Blake for bringing forward her sister Kathleen’s name forward for nomination.

Ryan D. Barker, DC, MSACN, MSHAPI, BA, AAS ’04

Dr. Ryan Barker sets an excellent example of what a degree from Cayuga can help you to attain.  Attending Cayuga under the encouragement of his mother, Ryan found CCC “mentally awakening.”  He earned his Associates in Math and Science, and then attended Oswego State.   Ryan developed a friendship with an Oswego Professor, who was also a chiropractor, and with it, a new found interest in his education and health.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Oswego State with a concentration in biology and a chemistry minor.   He went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic, a Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, and a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition with the New York Chiropractic College. He now looks to inspire and encourage bright young minds by teaching full time at SUNY Oswego, in addition to working full time at his own chiropractic practice.  Making further connection with the students at Oswego, Ryan also begun a property rental business for college students.  Dr. Barker hold a license with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, is a licensed CPR & Emergency Cardiac Care Provider, and is certified in Whole Foods Nutrition.  He is affiliated with the New York Chiropractic College and SUNY Oswego Alumni Relations and participates with Cayuga’s Alumni Achiever’s Program.

His advice to someone starting out: “I would encourage them to follow their curiosity, passion and learn to believe in yourself.  In too many cases a lack of faith in one’s self is the only limiting factor in achieving what was never considered.”

We would like to thank Dr. Barker’s proud mother, Barbara Barker and friend, Terry Wilbur ’08, for bringing forward his nomination.

Remembering Peggy

May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on Remembering Peggy | Posted in Alumni News & Events
The Auburn Tutor Club and Student Government Organization, along with Club Advisor Teresa Hoercher, met on St. Patrick’s Day to discuss how they wished to honor the memory of alumna and former Cayuga employee Mary “Peggy” Carroway ’03.  Once again this year, they selected St. Patrick’s Day for the event, as it was one of her favorite holidays.  It was a beautiful clear day in which to launch the 25 green balloons from the center quad in her memory.  Donations made for the honor of releasing a balloon were included with other fundraising the group provided for a scholarship which is presented each year in her memory.

Michael K. Trapani ’76 is Recognized by Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Michael K. Trapani ’76 is Recognized by Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce | Posted in Alumni News & Events

Mike Trapani receiving award at Chamber Dinner 2016 -2003 ACC/CCC Alumni Award recipient Michael K. Trapani ’76 was recognized by The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce last October with the Chair’s Award.  The annual award, which is decided by the Chamber Executive Committee, and is presented to board members who do great things, not only for the Chamber, but for the Community.

Mike is the owner and President of Jacobs Press, and is involved in every aspect of the business. He is a Certified Graphic Arts Executive, offering 35 years of experience in print project management. An active member of the community, he currently serves as Treasurer of the Seymour Public Library District. Michael is also an active member of the Family Business Center at the Madden School of Business at LeMoyne College, and the Rotary Club of Auburn. Michael has a BS in Accounting from Lemoyne College.  He lives in Auburn with his wife Molly.

Mike Trapani and his family at the Chamber Dinner 2016

Alumni Association at the Craft Fair

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Alumni Association at the Craft Fair | Posted in Alumni News & Events

The ACC/CCC Alumni Association Board of Directors sold bottled water, Association logoed key chains, totes and aluminum water bottles, with all proceeds going towards funding Alumni Programs, at the College’s 43rd Annual Craft Fair in December.  Board members enjoyed greeting Alumni and friends of the College and offered a free raffle for an Association logoed tote filled with goodies … congratulation’s to Cindy T.!

Photos of the Association Board include:  Alumni Board members Amanda Stankus ’03 and Felicia Franceschelli ’11, Janet Cole ’72 and Susan A. Beck ’96 with Past President Ted Herrling ’72, Janet with Board member JoAnn Harris ’95 and Board Secretary John Lamphere ’74, members John McLeod ’08, Doug Kinney ’80, and Michael Fochtman ’12, and Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, Treasurer Fred Falsey ’76, with member Bill Jacobs ’73.

To purchase Cayuga Alumni Association logoed items, contact the Alumni Association Office.

2017 Alumni Travel

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Alumni Travel | Posted in Alumni News & Events

Gettysburg Traditional Trip Poster

Gettysburg Advanced Trip Poster

New York City Overnight Poster

ACC/CCC Alumni Association Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on ACC/CCC Alumni Association Accepting Scholarship Applications | Posted in Alumni News & Events

The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association is accepting applications for its Alumni Scholarships that are offered to eligible students who meet the applicable criteria for each scholarship and submit the required paperwork.  Scholarships being offered for the 2017-2018 academic year include:

  • Freshman Student – Available to high school seniors who are the child or grandchild of an ACC/CCC graduate.
  • Returning Sophomore Student – For a returning sophomore student attending college on a full-time basis for a second year.
  • Nontraditional Student – For a candidate who is nontraditionally aged (male or female adult 24 years of age or older)

In addition, the following commencement award is being offered for May 2017:

  • Graduating Transfer Student – For a graduating student who will be transferring to a four-year school.

Application forms list guidelines, eligibility and submission requirements and are available from the ACC/CCC Alumni Association, the CCC Financial Aid Office on both Auburn and Fulton campus, the Cayuga County Community College Foundation, or on the College website

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.  For more information, contact Mary Kriever in the Alumni Office at 315-294-8524 or in room R323 on the Auburn campus, or with Amanda Reed at 315-592-4143 extension 3089 or room F106 on the Fulton campus.

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

November 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on The Art and Craft of Creating Documentaries – Eileen Jerret ’01 Alumni Voices | Posted in Alumni News & Events


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.”

Commencement 2016

August 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on Commencement 2016 | Posted in Alumni News & Events

“You are all ready for the next step”

Newly inaugurated as Cayuga eighth President, Dr. Brian Durant greeted the graduates on Sunday, May 22, and offered them a challenge. “You are all ready for the next step, we look forward to watching you and seeing what you can achieve in the future.”  He told the students to continue to learn and recognize the contributions they can make during their lives regardless of the career paths they choose.  Professor Loraine Miller ’73 served as Mace Bearer and Professors Howard Nelson and Thomas Casella were recognized as Professors Emeritus.  Receiving Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were Prof. Robert Humphrey, Jr. PhD and Prof. Joel Y. Humphrey, PhD.  William DeMott and Michelle Speech received Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and Cayuga maintenance worker Ernest Leonard received Excellence in Classified Service.

The graduating class was joined by faculty, family and friends in Spartan Hall gym for the college’s 62nd-annual commencement. SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners for Student Excellence Martha Caster ’16 and Rebecca McDonald ’16, served as the College’s commencement speakers.  Martha spoke about her experiences which had been both rewarding and embarrassing.  She advised her fellow graduates to grow from their mistakes and push themselves.  Rebecca shared that she benefited from Cayuga in several ways, and shared that she will treasure her time involved in the extracurricular programs and the relationships she formed at CCC.

Also recognized during the ceremony were the 2016 Alumni Award Winners; John E. Walsh ’65, Col. Thomas J. Powell, USAF (Ret.) ’66, Dr. Brian J. Kelly ’95 and Lori A. Cochran ’05.  They were presented with their awards by Dr. Durant and Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, and were received at a reception in their honor directly following Commencement.

2016 ACC/CCC Alumni Award Recipients

August 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on 2016 ACC/CCC Alumni Award Recipients | Posted in Alumni News & Events

Four graduates of Cayuga Community College were recognized by the College’s Alumni Association with the 2016 Alumni Award.  John E. Walsh ’65, Colonel Thomas J. Powell, USAF, (Retired) ’66, Brian J. Kelly, PhD ’95, and Lori A Cochran ’05 were acknowledged at Commencement on May 22, by  College President Dr. Brian Durant.  Following Commencement the recipients, with their family and friends, were welcomed at a reception held in their honor.  Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82 shared the accomplishments of each of the 2016 Award recipients, and Dr. Durant spoke about the recipient’s, and how family and friends play an important role in their achievements.

The champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception, held in the Rotunda, was sponsored by the Alumni Association.  In addition to the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, the event was attended by the College President and College Board of Trustees, Foundation Director and Foundation Board, College faculty and staff and other dignitaries.

The ACC/CCC Alumni Association hosts an awards program annually, recognizing alumni who have set themselves apart through their service to the community and/or Auburn-Cayuga Community College, its Foundation or its Alumni Association.  Selection of recipients is based on a range of criteria which include volunteer service, involvement in civic functions, or vocational achievements, to name a few.   Recipients exhibit qualities symbolic of the mission of the Alumni Association.  Nomination forms are available on the College’s Alumni page or through the Alumni Office.

You can read more about the 2016 Award Winners in the fall issue of Spartan, which will be available online beginning in September at: 


August 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on HOMETOWN HEROES | Posted in Alumni News & Events

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Two time Cayuga Community College alumna Kathleen (DeJoy) Genkos ’87 & ’00 and her brother Scott DeJoy, recently completed and published their first book; “Hometown Heroes: The History of the Auburn Fire Department”.  Both Kathy’s father and brother were Auburn Firefighters, and when the siblings recognized that there had not been a comprehensive book written about the History of the Auburn Fire Department, they decide to become first time authors.

“It is a project that we are both very proud of and hope that the community is as well,” Kathy said, “It’s been such an amazing journey so far – the Auburn Community is very supportive!” Kathy and Scott’s father, Frank DeJoy, is on the cover of the book.  The duo participated in a book signing this month at Downtown Books & Coffee in Auburn, NY, where the book is being sold.  It is also available for purchase through