CA$H Program

May 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on CA$H Program | Posted in College News & Events
Professor Dawn Matijas ’96 was proud to announce that during the Cayuga CA$H Program, students prepared 542 tax returns, with refunds totaling $930,930 and EIC (Earned Income Tax Credit) totaling $374,862. This was the 11th year of the program.

David Evans, Austin Carosella, Brittany Hawley-Coit, Professor Dawn Matijas-Czolowski ‘96, Jennifer Meyer

David Evans, Austin Carosella, Brittany Hawley-Coit, Professor Dawn Matijas-Czolowski ‘96, Jennifer Meyer

Novelis Partners With Cayuga

February 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Novelis Partners With Cayuga | Posted in College News & Events


NovelisIt was announced in December that Novelis will team with Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus to launch an Advanced Manufacturing Institute; including an industrial maintenance technician program and an Advanced Laboratory and Training Center.  The program will be funded in part by an $80,000 endowment by Novelis, a world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling. Novelis’ commitment to Cayuga Community College will include a newly developed internship program incorporated into the requirements for the industrial maintenance technician program. Its mission will be to equip students with manufacturing skills to develop a robust talent pool that will be required to fill the many jobs expected to be brought to the Central New York Region. Plant manager at Novelis Oswego, Chris Smith, said that it is anticipated that upwards of 250 operating technician and maintenance technician positions at the Oswego plant will need to be filled over the next five years as a result of growth and anticipated retirements.

“We are grateful to Novelis for this critical investment,” said Brian Durant, President of Cayuga Community College. “Novelis has been a strong partner in our state, and together, the Advanced Manufacturing Institute will benefit our faculty, staff, students, and community for years to come.”


Professor Fama – 50 Years of Teaching at Cayuga

February 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Professor Fama – 50 Years of Teaching at Cayuga | Posted in College News & Events
Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the fall issue of Spartan; we have included an email to Prof. Fama, which received from a former student Jerry Lewicki class of 1970.

Don Fama – 50 Years Teaching at Cayuga

Donald Fama 1966

Donald Fama 1966

This fall, Professor Donald Fama will begin his 51st year teaching at CCC. While he is now teaching part-time, when asked when he will retire completely he shared an analogy of two baseball players; “One went out on top after hitting a home run; the other stayed one more year, which caused his averages to drop.” He said, “As long as I am an effective instructor, I will continue to teach.” Thank you Professor, for your many years of “effective” teaching!

Dear Prof. Fama!

I was looking through the College News for CCC, and came across an article about you completing 50 years of teaching – congratulations!  It is so rare that anything lasts very long but to accomplish this feat is truly remarkable.

Donald Fama 2015

Donald Fama 2015

The younger photo of you is what I recognized immediately since I was a student at then ACC (’68-’70), sitting in your calculus classes.

There are few outstanding people that we remember and you are one of that handful of teachers that I admired.  I can still recall listening to you in class and following your thoughts and examples as you led us through a forest of derivatives and integrals.  I have always been grateful that I had the opportunity to be in your Calculus and Differential Equations classes.  What I learned from you, I was able to apply to Physical Chemistry and other sciences.

There is little chance that you will recall me as a student and that is fine.  I just wanted to let you know that I remembered you and appreciated your gift of teaching.

Jerry Lewicki 1970

Jerry Lewicki 1970

Myself, I completed a MS degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (LeMoyne College, Univ. of Rochester) and worked at companies like Xerox and Eastman Kodak.  In the 1990’s, I changed my career to focus on Computer Science and have been a systems analyst working in the pharmaceutical and food industries since then.  At one time, I taught Computer Science (department head) at a community college in Tennessee for about 2 years.  I am still working as a software developer/architect and planning to continue for a while…

It was a pleasant reminder to read about your accomplishment as a teacher and know that you had

Jerry Lewicki 2015

Jerry Lewicki 2015

influenced many like myself to continue the pursuance of learning and sharing.

My best wishes to you on a continued healthy and interesting life…

Warmest regards,
Jerry Lewicki ’70

Lady Spartan’s Basketball

February 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Lady Spartan’s Basketball | Posted in College News & Events
CCC’s women’s basketball team played their best offensive game on January 14th, leading to a 75-53 victory over Broome Community College. Dontasia Britt (Brooklyn, NY) led a balanced attack with 18 points and 10 rebounds; Maxine Williams (Jamestown, NY) scored 17 points, and had 4 steals; Shaqueria Everson (Syracuse, NY) scored 14 points; and Lakin Mueller (Central Square, NY) added 7 points, pulled down a team high of 15 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists.  In an interview with The Citizen, Coach Jim Alberici said “I thought if we pressured them and we ran on offense, we could wear them down a little bit. I think that’s what happened in the second quarter … We had a nice rotation with the eight girls, and everybody was playing well.”

The next two games were not as successful for the Lady Spartans with a 66-54 loss to Finger Lakes Community College on the 16th and a 66-51 loss after a hard fought game to visiting TC3 on January 20th. The team has 6 more regular season games. To read more about their statistics and schedule, go to:

Women's Basketball Team

Spartan Women’s Basketball 2015-2016 Roster:

Cheyenne Rivenburg, 5’9” Freshman from Little Falls, NY
Najhea Thompson, 5’2” Freshman from Syracuse, NY
Maxine Williams, 5’5” Sophomore from Jamestown, NY
Paola Figueroa, 5’3” Freshman from Romulus, NY
Samatha Relfe, 5’1” Freshman from Port Byron, NY
Shaqueria Everson, 5’11” Sophomore from Syracuse, NY
Spencer Kenney, 5’7” Freshman from Hannibal, NY
Lakin Mueller, 5’7” Sophomore from Central Square, NY
Dontasia Britt, 5’7” Freshman from Brooklyn, NY
Alexis Hill, 5’9” Sophomore from Brooklyn, NY
Kaeleigh Paternoster, 5’9” Freshman from Pulaski, NY

Men’s Spartan Basketball

February 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Men’s Spartan Basketball | Posted in College News & Events
The men’s basketball team extended their Region III, Division III winning streak to eight with a big opening Mid-State Athletic Conference win over #2 Corning Community College in January. With a score of 67-62, the Spartans were a half game behind Herkimer for the Region’s best Divisional record.  For the Corning game, Darien Lowe (Amherst, NY) led the way with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the Spartans. Christian Rodriguez and Jordan Curtis (both from Freeport, NY) chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Darien Lowe was named Cayuga CC Male Athlete-of-the-Week for his 26 points and 9 rebounds against Genesee & Corning. The Spartans traveled to Watertown on the 12th where they suffered a loss to Jefferson; and achieved another win when they hosted Broome CC on the 14th. Most recently the team experienced some difficult losses against FLCC, TC3, and OCC. To follow the rest of the season schedules and results follow the Spartans at

Men's Basketball Team

Spartan’s 2015-2016 Men’s Basketball Team:

Bennito Ayarza, 5’10” Sophomore, Brooklyn, NY
Tim Rouse, 6’1” Freshman, New York, NY
Jay Scarbrough, 5’10” Freshman, Niagara Falls, NY
Darien Lowe, 6’1” Freshman, Amherst, NY
Jordan Curtis, 6’4” Freshman, Freeport, NY
Christaian Rodgriguez, 6’2” Sophomore, Freeport, NY
Trenton Green, 5’11” Freshman, Syracuse, NY
Derric Jordan, 6’6” Sophomore, Buffalo, NY
Andrea Chambers, 6’3” Sophomore, Harlem, NY
Mike Viscardi, 6’6” Sophomore, Auburn, NY
John Bell, 6’6” Freshman, Auburn, NY

Theatre Association of New York State Holds Festival at CCC

February 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Theatre Association of New York State Holds Festival at CCC | Posted in College News & Events
Cayuga Hosts Theatre FestivalFeaturing seven plays and five workshops, Cayuga Community College once again played host to the TANYS in November. Cayuga’s central location makes it an ideal setting for the Theatre Association of New York’s festival; a nonprofit representing community theater groups throughout New York. Cayuga Community College Foundation helped to sponsor the festival. The event also included fundraising activities such as a TANYS merchandise sale, a used theater books and scripts sale and a silent auction.

Technical Director for TANYS, Bob Frame whose association goes back to his college theater days at Oswego State, is also the director of theater operations at CCC. Throughout the festival he had a crew of stage hands and tech people that aide each visiting theater company and their crews.

Advanced Manufacturing Institute & Plastics Technology Lab Ribbon Cutting

February 2nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Advanced Manufacturing Institute & Plastics Technology Lab Ribbon Cutting | Posted in College News & Events
Cayuga Community College held a Welcome and Recognition event on January 7th, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) & Plastics Technology Laboratory on the Auburn campus. An unveiling of a dedication plaque in honor of Raymond Currier, Founder of Currier Plastics took place in the new lab.

The creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute was made possible in part through the Federal Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). Cayuga Community College recently received SUNY and State Education approval for its first Plastics Technology Certificate and Degree Option Program, as well as the creation of four new options within its existing mechanical technology degree program — mechatronics, facilities design, computer-aided design, and precision machining.

Industry leaders throughout the region and the state saw the center’s potential to benefit their operations and grow local talent. CCC President Brian Durant said, “Our 3,000-square-foot, state-of-the art AMI is designed to serve the training needs of Cayuga County and regional employers and students preparing for high demand careers by offering a range of industrial courses with emphasis on mechanical, plastics, and electrical technologies. The strong relationships and support between local plastics manufacturers and the College distinguishes the AMI’s program offerings from any other college in New York State. We are delighted with the continued support of the Currier family and industry partners for their contributions to this project.”

Domestic Violence Awareness on CCC Campus

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on Domestic Violence Awareness on CCC Campus | Posted in College News & Events
Criminal Justice students were actively bringing domestic violence awareness to the CCC Auburn campus during the month of October.  Beginning with a kick-off campaign of Pinwheels, the campus community joined the CJ Department in placing about 1,500 purple pinwheels on the front lawn of the Auburn campus for a spectacular display.

Throughout October students handed out flyers, posted signs, and engaged in activities with outside community partners. They sold purple pins, bracelets, pens, and other many goodies to support Domestic Violence Awareness.  Criminal Justice Assoc. Professor Teri Misiaszek, the Criminal Justice Coordinator said, “All of the proceeds went to the Cayuga/Seneca County Action Agency for domestic violence programs.”

The annual state wide “Wear Purple Day,” was held on October 21st.  The CJ students have dubbed the campaign “Get Your Purple On!” Both the Auburn and Fulton campuses dawned their purple in support of the campaign.

WDWN Goes to Washington

November 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off on WDWN Goes to Washington | Posted in College News & Events


Cayuga Community College’s radio station, WDWN, was one of five college radio stations, nationally, that was invited to represent the medium of college radio at the White House. Cayuga professor Steve Keeler, the general manager of WDWN, said, “The opportunity for a small community college like Cayuga to represent all of college radio at the White House is a testament to the high regard in which WDWN is held in the world of college radio.” The visit took place on Thursday, September 24th where Jeff Szczesniak ’01, who is the staff advisor of WDWN, represented the station at the event. Szczesniak was named national college radio advisor of the year by Tune-In in 2013.

IMG_5121In a proclamation received by Szczesniak, President Barack Obama stated “By keeping the legacy of college radio stations alive and strong, students on campuses from coast to coast experience the thrills of sharing and discovering media and creating stimulating programming. In doing so, they are lending their talents to a tradition that has been unfolding for generations and inspiriting others to join in the work of shaping our future’s course.”

Cayuga’s radio station has long been recognized as a leader in college radio. WDWN has been strongly committed to supporting local music in Auburn and upstate New York for over 25 years. In past years the station has been nominated for several national awards by CMJ, including station of the year. This year the station has been nominated for CMJ’s “Biggest Champion of the Local Music Scene” award; this is the third time that WDWN has been nominated for a national CMJ award.

CCC Athletics

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on CCC Athletics | Posted in College News & Events

Men’s Soccer

Men's Soccer team

First-year Head Coach Petrut Bumbanac named the Spartans Men’s Soccer captains for the 2015 season. Representing the Spartans are returning sophomores Chris Davison from Newcastle, England, Paul McCormick from Glasgow, Scotland and goalkeeper Thalu Masindi from London, England.

Last year was the team’s most successful campaign ever, capturing a NJCAA national tournament appearance and win, and first-ever Region III Championship. This season, the team came up just short of a return to the NJCAA National Tournament, falling to Herkimer College 2-0 in the Region III A Final. Herkimer holds it reign on junior college soccer with their 27th straight Region III championship.

Spartan sophomores Chris Davison and Thalu Masindi were name to the All-Tournament team. Five Spartans were chosen for All-Region honors including Davison and freshman defender Chris Barrie of Galston, Scotland, who were named to the first team. Paul McCormick, Daniel Bonehill, Birmingham, England and Paul Coyle of Glasgow, Scotland made second team All-Region.

T Masindi - Soccer captain 2015 P McCormick-Soccer captain 2015 C Davison-soccer captain

It was another great season for the men’s soccer program and they look to continue establishing a national presence!

Women’s Soccer

Women's Soccer

Women’s soccer Head Coach Robie Robillard announced this season’s captains; sophomores Brooke Laukaitis and Malarie Nelson, both of Seneca Falls, NY. The lady Spartans made a significant impact as freshmen for the team. Last season the ladies made a post-season appearance in the NJCAA Region III. This season ended with an overall 3-11 finish, with a total of 26 goals.

Brooke Laukaitis Malarie Nelson Michaela Breeze

Congratulations to freshman standout Michaela Breeze of Auburn, NY, as she earn Mid-State Athletic All-Conference honors. Breeze smashed Spartan records for freshman scorers with 19 goals and 3 assists and is ranked #14 in the nation in scoring and ranked 6th overall in NJCAA Region III. She was twice named NJCAA Region III Athlete-of-the Week and also named the Spartan Athlete-of-the-Week on two separate occasions.

Women’s Volleyball

Jadda Phillips Taylor King-Carr Women's 2015 Volleyball

First year head coach Ted Hile, who steps up from his assistant role the last two seasons and replaces Ashley McDonough, named the team’s captains for the 2015 women’s volleyball season. Returning sophomore setter Jadda Phillips from Corcoran HS in Syracuse, NY and freshman Taylor King-Carr from Clyde-Savannah, NY served as team captains for this season. The lady Spartans competed in 31 matches with an overall finish of 12-20.

Graduate Survey Winners

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on Graduate Survey Winners | Posted in College News & Events

Graduate Survey Winners

Farewell to Interim President Dr. DeCinque

August 11th, 2015 | Comments Off on Farewell to Interim President Dr. DeCinque | Posted in College News & Events

Dr. DeCinqueInterim President Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque steps down as the college welcomes its ninth president. Dr. DeCinque came out of retirement to help CCC regain financial footing; he had served as president of Jamestown Community College for 19 years.

Some of the significant accomplishments achieved for the college during the last 19 months include structural improvements of Fulton campus buildings, advancement of the regionalized college concept to both Cayuga and Oswego county Legislatures, approved labor contracts with the college’s four bargaining units and movement toward new athletic fields and residence halls.

“I feel, personally, very pleased that I’m going to be leaving President Durant with a good, solid administrative staff that I see really functioning as a team,” DeCinque said. “I think we’re going to see a strong administrative team that will provide the kind of total support necessary for any president to get the job done.”

Dr. D fairwell

Dr. DeCinque's smile

Carla DeShaw, Dean of Community Education at Cayuga is Honored

August 11th, 2015 | Comments Off on Carla DeShaw, Dean of Community Education at Cayuga is Honored | Posted in College News & Events

Carla_DeshawCarla DeShaw, Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development at Cayuga Community College, was honored at the annual 134th annual Canastota Alumni Association Banquet at the Rusty Rail Party House on June 27. She was named as the 2015 recipient of the Vincent V. Albanese Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to her profession and to the community.

DeShaw graduated from Canastota Junior-Senior High School in 1981 where she participated in JV/varsity volleyball and softball as well as Ski Club. She also performed with the Canastota Marching Band and the Pit Band. DeShaw received an associate’s degree in business administration from Cazenovia College and athletic scholarship awards for volleyball and softball. She furthered her education in receiving a bachelor’s degree in vocational/technical education from the State University of New York at Oswego and earned a master’s degree and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Oswego. DeShaw has been certified as a Work Keys job profiler/administrator; as an Achieve global trainer in leadership, supervisory and quality programs; and also received NYS permanent certification as a school district administrator.

Her diverse and extensive experience in the area of continuing education includes more than 20 years serving in key leadership positions in both public education and higher education. In 2002, DeShaw authored and created the Mohawk Valley Manufacturer’s Consortium, a project that received $5.2 million from Empire State Development for incumbent worker training in lean manufacturing, management development and technical skill development. Recently, DeShaw was instrumental in forming the first formal partnership between the Oswego County BOCES (CiTi) and Cayuga Community College to deliver career and community education to Oswego County. It is a pioneering effort to consolidate and share resources between a BOCES and a community college

DeShaw has received numerous professional awards and recognitions, the most recent including the 2012 Canastota Central School District Athletic Achievement Award and the 2014 Cazenovia College Distinguished Alumni Award. She currently serves as the mayor of Canastota.