Cayuga President Welcomes New Board of Trustee Member

May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on Cayuga President Welcomes New Board of Trustee Member | Posted in College News & Events
Marian Brown joined the 10 member Board of Trustees on April 26th.  Ms. Brown replaces Jeff Edwards, who served on the board from 2005 to 2016. She is the director for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Wells College, and earned a Masters of Science degree in Corporate Communications from Ithaca College and a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport.  Trustee Brown has been involved in the Auburn community on various boards, including the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County.

Other members of the Board include Dr. Linda Van Buskirk, Chair; Mr. John M. Camardo ’84, Vice-chair; Ms. Melina Carnicelli, Secretary; Mr. Pat Mahunik, County legislative representative, Duanna Johnson, student trustee, Mr. John Klink ’66, a gubernatorial appointee, Ms. Angela Daddabbo, a gubernatorial appointee; Ms. Stephanie Hutchinson, a legislative appointee, Dr. Richard Stankus, a legislative appointee.

“I am pleased to welcome this leader to our Board of Trustees,” President Dr. Brian Durant said in a news release. “She joins a passionate and engaged group that is dedicated to helping students achieve their personal and professional goals and I look forward to working with her.”

Students Celebrate Harmony Month

May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on Students Celebrate Harmony Month | Posted in College News & Events

Colorful flags representing Harmony Month were displayed on the Auburn campus in April as a celebration of all races, nationalities, regions, sexual orientations, intellectual abilities and political preferences at the College.  The display was organized by the Student Government Organization (SGO).

SGO secretary Monica Espada told The Citizen, “The reason why we wanted to do all the different colors was because we have a lot of different diversity on the campus, a lot of unique individuals and characteristics on the campus, so we thought that (the colors) would best symbolize diversity.” The campus currently has students who hail from locations ranging from England to Haiti and Mexico to Kentucky.  Advisor for the SGO, Margaret Thomas said “It just goes to show even though (students have) differences and have that diversity, there’s also a lot that we have in common that we can celebrate together while appreciating differences everyone has,” she said.

Photo courtesy of The Citizen, Pictured:  Steven Brewer, SGO President; Monica Espada, SGO Secretary; Chumani Ketcham, SGO Vice President; and Duana Johnson, Student Trustee.


May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on SPARTY! | Posted in College News & Events

Held on both the Auburn and Fulton campuses, Cayuga’s SPARTY and Recognition Ceremony was held in May.  College faculty and staff enjoyed the college-wide appreciation day which included lunch, games and music.  College President, Dr. Durant, recognized Chancellor Award winners for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Service and Classified Service as well as acknowledged faculty and staff for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 Years of Service.  Recognized for 25 years of services were Penelope Herrling, John Lamphere ’74, and Ed Wager; and 30 Years of Service to Linda Alfieri and Steven Keeler.  Damp conditions required some activities to take

place indoors, but the weather did not dampen the mood for the 4th Annual


AMI at Cayuga, Helping to Fill Employee Gap

May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on AMI at Cayuga, Helping to Fill Employee Gap | Posted in College News & Events

Cayuga’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) program is helping to fill a gap between experienced and less skilled employees working for local companies like Currier Plastics and Tessy Plastics.  In a recent interview with The Citizen, Thomas Ryder, a Currier Plastic engineer and Instructor of AMI at CCC described his skill gap observations. “From what I’ve seen at our company, we have a lot of older guys who have been in manufacturing for a long time and they’re getting ready to kind of retire in that area,” he said, “and we also have a lot of new guys who are starting to pick up, but there’s nobody in that middle range to follow the guys who are retiring.” 

One of the goals behind the AMI program is to help plastics industry employers find local graduates and other workers.  As an instructor of an injection molding plastics class, three of Ryder’s students are Currier employees, while the other student works at Elbridge-based Tessy Plastics plant. The class is a part of CCC’s Plastics Technology Stackable Program, which offers hands-on training in fields like blow molding and injection molding.

Ryder said the Cayuga class gives students the opportunity to work with machines and employ critical skills that would be used on a manufacturing floor.  “Something that we struggle with is trying to close that gap so we can have a better transition of skills,” Ryder said.

John F. Currier ’80, president of Currier and Cayuga Alumnus, told The Citizen that the CCC program lets potential workers get a glimpse of the manufacturing business and receive real-life experience and training that would be readily applied at Currier.  “This whole situations is a win-win for everyone,” he said.

CCC Invests in Career Management System for Alumni & Students

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on CCC Invests in Career Management System for Alumni & Students | Posted in College News & Events

Cayuga Community College Matches Community Partners and Businesses
with Alumni and Student through Cayuga Engage

Cayuga engage

Cayuga Community College has invested in a new career/community service management system that allows alumni and students to develop resumes and portfolios online to share with potential employers and internship host sites. The system, called Cayuga Engage, can be found on the College website on the Alumni Association and Career Services pages.  Alumni are welcome to register on the site and develop a portfolio, use one of the resume templates, or look for positions.

Currently, there are over 250 regional and national employers registered in the system. Companies who would like to take part in recruiting Cayuga’s alumni or students, may use the Cayuga Engage link to register as an employer.  Please contact Sheila Myers ( or Denise Markowsky ( ) for more information.

Harlequin Productions

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Harlequin Productions | Posted in College News & Events

Photo 9 - 16 Benches 82 Bear“Benches– a series of short plays that will delight the soul,” was performed by Harlequin Productions this past Fall. The production included eight original plays by five playwrights that all take place around a bench.  Taking advantage of the minimal space needed for the plays, the audience was placed on the Bisgrove stage alongside the actors, which made for a very intimate evening of theatre!

An Adjudicator from the Theatre Association of New York State came to view their production and provide a critique session with the company at the end of the show. She was impressed by the work she saw and honored the cast and crew with 3 merit awards: Excellence in Ensemble Work to the Cast; Excellence in Directing and Overall Production Design and Execution to Bob Frame (Harlequin Productions Advisor); and Outstanding Achievement in Set Design to Virginia Fennessy!

In addition to these recognitions for the fine work of the company, Benches was also invited to perform at the annual TANYS Festival; chosen from a field of close to 100 shows seen by TANYS adjudicators during the year!  The three Festival adjudicators chose to honor one of the Cayuga student actors, Becky White, with an Adjudicator Discretionary Award for her acting.

For more on this story, check out the 2017 Spring/Summer edition of Spartan.


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

November 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on Spartan Men’s Soccer Team Ends Season with NSCAA Rank of 13 | Posted in Athletics


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.


SPARTY! Cayuga’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day

August 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on SPARTY! Cayuga’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day | Posted in College News & Events


Cayuga’s 3rd Annual SPARTY and Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday May 13th, where College faculty and staff enjoyed the college-wide appreciation day which included lunch, games and music on the Auburn Quad.

College President Dr. Durant recognized Chancellor Award winners for Excellence in Teaching, Adjunct Teaching and Classified Service as well as recognition for Years of Service; which included Director of IT Greg Szczepanski ’75 who received a 40 year award.  Also recognized were individuals who are retiring this year, including Professor Loraine Miller ’73.  It was a beautiful day for SPARTY!

The Collegian Hosted SGO Presidential Debate

May 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on The Collegian Hosted SGO Presidential Debate | Posted in College News & Events

The first ever SGO Presidential debate took place on April 6th in the student lounge on the Auburn campus.  Organized and directed by Collegian editor Caleb Slater, much of the Collegian staff was on hand to work the event.

Moderated by Collegian’s political correspondent Kevin Shutter, candidates Steve Brewer and Sheldon Ryan were fielded questions submitted by students attending the event, as well as questions prepared by Collegian staff through campus research on the top issues of concern.

Collegian advisor Mary Merritt said she was very pleased with the turnout, which included CCC President Dr. Durant and CCCC Foundation Director Guy Cosentino.

After voting which took place the week of April 18th, Steve Brewer was determined the winner.  Mr. Brewer is involved in several clubs on campus including Phi Theta Kappa and Tutor Club.  He plans to become more visible and involved on campus.

National Criminal Justice Month

May 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on National Criminal Justice Month | Posted in College News & Events

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FAIRActivities sponsored by CCC Criminal Justice Department were held throughout March on the Auburn campus, which included The Criminal Justice Fair.  The Fair provided an opportunity for students to learn straight from the professionals “the good, the bad and the ugly” involved with a criminal justice career.  Teri Misiaszek, Assistant Professor with the Criminal Justice Department said, “They get what they call a ‘CSI’ effect by watching television; students see the dramatization from a lot of TV shows, but then they realize that it’s something totally different once they get into a field.” Police and corrections agencies from around New York, several federal agencies, community corrections, human services departments, law offices, and security firms attended the event.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FAIR-2During the month, several lectures took place with Faculty members David Connelly and Doug Kinney, Director of Public Safety; along with Cayuga County Sheriff Department Sergeant Detective Cornelius and Detective Franklin.  Students also attended a town hall meeting that was held on Cayuga’s Auburn campus with U.S. Rep. John Katko, on the topic of the heroin epidemic in Cayuga County.  Other activities including games like CJ Bingo and a tour of the Auburn Correctional Facility.  More information about the CJ Department can be found on their Facebook page at:

2016 Cayuga Softball

May 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on 2016 Cayuga Softball | Posted in Athletics, College News & Events

Danielle Vuillemot at batThe 2016 softball season began with games in Maryland and Pennsylvania, with the team going 3-4-1 over that span. The Spartans got wins over Harford CC (MD), Northampton CC (PA) and Lehigh-Carbon CC (PA), while the second game at Northampton was called due to darkness resulting in a tie.

This year’s captains are sophomore McKenzie Harris of Liverpool; freshman Danielle Vuillemot of Auburn; and freshman Miranda McGloon of Waterloo.  Early in the season, freshman shortstop Jamison Valentino of Union Springs led the Spartans with a .632 batting average while McKenzie Harris hit .444 and was the team’s leading pitcher. Sophomore Cassie Weeks of Weedsport hit .478 with 4 doubles in the young season.

Harris -pitcherEntering the season’s final week during playoffs early May, the women’s softball program was battling for a NJCAA Region III post-season berth. In the last week of April, Cayuga got a big doubleheader sweep of Niagara CC to keep their hopes alive. It wasn’t easy for the Spartans who had to score 4 runs in their last at-bat to win game one, before winning the second game 15-6. The middle of the Spartan lineup, #3 hitter McKenzie Harris and Danielle Vuillemot went an unbelievable 20 for 20 on the day, a perfect 10 for 10 for each in both games. Vuillemot hit 2 homeruns in game one and drove in the game winning walk-off RBIs with a double. Harris was also the pitcher of record getting both wins on the mound.

Freshman centerfielder Danielle Vuillemot was named OC Sports NJCAA National Division III Softball Player-of-the-Week for April 25.  McKenzie and fellow teammate Danielle were named to the 2016 Mid-State Athletic All-Conference Softball Team.  Harris made the All-Conference Team at the Utility/DH position, while pitching most of the season for the Spartans; she hit .570 with 18 doubles, 4 triples and a homerun as the number one pitcher for the Spartans, she won 11 games and had a 3.17 ERA.  Vuillemot made the All-Conference Team as an outfielder, the freshmen centerfielder had a .519 batting average which included 7 doubles, 4 triples, and 6 homeruns.

The Spartans last week of regular season games ended with home weekend doubleheaders at Port Byron HS on Saturday May 7th vs. Clinton and Sunday May 8th vs. Columbia-Greene. For an update on their season, click here.

2016 Spartan Softball Team

Four Bowlers Headed for USBC Sectional Singles Tournament

May 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on Four Bowlers Headed for USBC Sectional Singles Tournament | Posted in Athletics, College News & Events
Spartan Bowling Brandon Cecchini of Union Springs, Brandon Gallagher of Pawling, NY, Wyatt Hasty  of Sherrill, and Eric Hodson of Auburn all qualified for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Singles Sectional Tournament that was hosted by 30 Strikes Lanes in Stratford, NJ in March.

For more information on the Spartan bowlers click here.