Cayuga Offers New Scholarship to High School Seniors

May 17th, 2017 | Comments Off on Cayuga Offers New Scholarship to High School Seniors | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Cayuga Community College and the College’s Foundation announced a new scholarship program for Cayuga County high school seniors who show promise for success in college.  The Fred L. Emerson Foundation Academic Scholarship is supported by an endowment from the Auburn foundation.  Candidates must be high school seniors who enroll as first-time, full-time students at Cayuga Community College and have a high school average of 75 or above.

The equivalent of nine scholarships will be awarded to Cayuga County high school seniors, who will become Emerson Scholars and have access to college planning support and advising while receiving a debt-free, two-year college education.  In addition, The Emerson Foundation has funded three years of support for student success advocates, who will work closely with Emerson Scholars on their academic careers.

For more information, or to apply for the scholarship, visit or call (866) 598-8883.

Presidential Scholarship Luncheon

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Presidential Scholarship Luncheon | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Amounts of scholarshipsCayuga Community College’s Presidential Scholarship Recipients were honored at a luncheon held in their honor on February 10th.  Students, along with family members were joined by members of the College, Foundation Board, Board of Trustees, and representatives from local high school districts, where students had graduated from.  Following a welcome by the Foundation’s Executive Director, Guy Cosentino, a BBQ style luncheon, prepared by alumnus Luke Szabo ’15 of Scratch Farmhouse Catering, was served.

Speakers at the event included College President, Dr. Brian Durant; Dr. Linda Van Buskirk, College Trustee, Board Chair; and Presidential Scholar recipient, Taylor Green – Class of 2017.

College President Dr. Brian Durant congratulated the scholars on their achievements while  College Trustee, Board Chair Dr. Van Buskirk encouraged students to create goals for themselves and dare to take risks.  One of the Presidential Scholarship recipients, Taylor Green – Class of 2017, explained her reasons for choosing Cayuga and expressed her gratitude for the Presidential Scholarship she received.

Students were thanked for selecting Cayuga Community College by Foundation Board President, Kelley Gridley, “I speak for the entire College Foundation Board when I say we are honored to play a role in your continuing education.”  She reported that through Fall 2016, the Foundation has awarded over $260,000 in Presidential Scholarships, sponsoring 71 students thus far.  Ms. Gridley was also happy to announce that the Foundation Board has decided to continue its support of the Presidential Scholarship for another cycle.  “It is our hope that it becomes a permanent endeavor of the Foundation,” she commented.  Kelley Gridley and Guy Cosentino recognized each of the Presidential Scholarship recipients and presented them with a special embossed pad folios.

This story will be featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Spartan.

Annual Alumni Appeal

November 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on Annual Alumni Appeal | Posted in Foundation News & Events


Presidents’ Circle Dinner

August 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on Presidents’ Circle Dinner | Posted in Foundation News & Events
The Presidents’ Circle Dinner was held on June 7th, at the Emerson Park Pavilion and honored the many individuals, foundations and business members of the Presidents’ Circle, who contributed an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the Cayuga Community College Foundation.  Cayuga College President Dr. Brian Durant thanked the honored guest for their continued support and spoke about how their donations make a difference for the College.

During the event Foundation Board President Kelly Gridley gave special recognition to former Board of Trustee and Foundation staff member Martha “Marty” Seward MacKay, who recently passed away.  Marty gave generously of her time and council to both organizations.  Also acknowledged were two Foundation Board Members, David Contiguglia and Lloyd Hoskins ’74, who recently completed nine years of service to the board.

The artwork of CCC student Jamie Condie ’96 was featured on the invitations and programs.  His work was recommended by Melissa Johnson, Assistant Professor of Art at Cayuga, and is representative of a still-art session from her class.

Celebrating Peggy!

May 16th, 2016 | Comments Off on Celebrating Peggy! | Posted in Foundation News & Events
Guy Cosentino, Foundation Director; Abbie Connors (2016-2017 Peggy Carroway Scholarship winner), Amy Walker, and Steve Brewer.

Guy Cosentino, Foundation Director; Abbie Connors (2016-2017 Peggy Carroway Scholarship winner), Amy Walker, and Steve Brewer.

The Auburn campus Tutor Club invited family, friends, community members, students, faculty and staff to a gathering on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the life of Peggy Carroway; dear friend and colleague to many.

Tutor Club Co-Presidents Steve Brewer and Amy Walker welcomed the group; and because Peggy loved St. Patrick’s Day and Irish music, Rebecca McDonald, recipient of the Peggy Carroway Scholarship, sang and the Crane Irish Dancers performed.

Peggy’s husband Ed and brother, Tom Ashe shared some words about Peggy before the group participated in a balloon launch in the campus quad.  The event helped to raise money for the CCCC Foundation Peggy Carroway Scholarships. So far over $3,000 has been raised.  If you would like to make a donation in memory of Peggy, you may send you check in care of the CCCC Foundation at 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY  13021.

Two Gatherings to Welcome President Durant

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on Two Gatherings to Welcome President Durant | Posted in Foundation News & Events
To welcome the College’s new President, Brian Durant, who joined us in mid-August from Adirondack Community College, Cayuga’s Alumni Board, the College Board of Trustees and College Foundation partnered to host two community receptions in November. The three organizations invited members of the College Community, local elected officials, community and philanthropic leaders and friends of the College to two different receptions.

The first, at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn, was attended by over 100 people, many who met Dr. Durant and his wife Shawn, for the first time. They were able hear firsthand Dr. Durant’s vision for the College and little bit about his background before coming to Cayuga Community College. With members of the Alumni Board, including new Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, Dr. Durant recognized Heidi L. Huddleston-Cross ’97, one of our 2015 Alumni Award winners. Ms. Huddleston-Cross works as a nurse practitioner at SUNY Upstate Medical and has received a number of recognitions for her work as an Ostomy nurse, dealing with wound care. You can read about her in last Fall’s The Spartan.

More than 50 community members joined us a week later at Fulton’s Tavern at the Lock, including a large contingent of members of the manufacturing community, the College’s partners at our River Glen campus, as well as members of the Oswego County Legislature. Dr. Durant was, as he was the week before, introduced by Foundation Board President David Contiguglia. Our new President not only talked about his vision for the College, but specifically of the potential for Cayuga at its Fulton Campus at River Glen.

Welcomes and Farewells from the Foundation Director

February 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on Welcomes and Farewells from the Foundation Director | Posted in Foundation News & Events

2016-01-13 20.39.38-2In November, in partnership with the College’s Alumni Association and Board of Trustees, the Foundation held two receptions, one in Auburn and the other in Fulton to help introduce Dr. Brian Durant, our new College President, to the greater College community. This joint effort, which you can read more about in this issue of Alumni Voices, was a way to bring together College and community leaders, as well as the members of our philanthropic community so that they could meet our new president. The events were so successful, that Dr. Durant has asked that we do similar annual events in both host communities, so that he can update our partners, as well as get feedback from them.

2016-01-13 20.29.27In early 2015, the College was offered a Challenge Grant by the Richard E. Shineman Foundation, based in Oswego County, to raise money for our Fulton operations. I am happy to report, because of the Shineman’s commitment to Fulton, we were able raise roughly $36,000 through local donations that was matched in November by the Shineman Foundation. While raising the money was vital, just as important was our establishing a network of giving in Oswego County, which was at the Shineman Foundation’s urging. The result is that we have started to develop a base for fundraising around the Fulton Campus that we had not been able to accomplish before. It should also be noted, even with the news about the closure of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant, our friends and supporters in Oswego County still came through for this Challenge Grant.

2016-01-13 20.34.19As is tradition, the Foundation Board held its regular meeting in January to vote on future Board Members (that I will write about in a future edition of Alumni Voices), but also to say “good bye” to members of the Board who have either decided not to seek re-election or have maxed out term-wise in their board service. The later was the case with our two longest serving Board Members, who each served nine years on our Board. Lloyd Hoskins ‘74 served three years as our President and was succeeded last year by David Contiguglia, who finished a transitional year as our President in January. Over their nine years of service, both were committed to the mission of the Foundation, giving countless hours of their times, as well as financially supporting the mission of the Foundation, and more importantly the College. Both served on our Finance Committee and then as members of the Executive Committee. Their expertise and willingness to serve will be missed by their fellow board members and the Foundation’s staff.

Greeting from the Foundation Director

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on Greeting from the Foundation Director | Posted in Foundation News & Events


Wishing a very fond farewell to Carol A. MacKenzie ‘74

August 11th, 2015 | Comments Off on Wishing a very fond farewell to Carol A. MacKenzie ‘74 | Posted in Foundation News & Events

WebAfter being part of the CCC Foundation family for 19 years, serving as its Executive Secretary, The Foundation’s Board of Directors held a reception in Carol’s honor on July 17. Board members, along with college faculty and staff attended to extend their best wishes to Carol. She was presented with a gift as a token of appreciation and Foundation President David Contiguglia thanked Carol for her dedication.

I would like to personally thank Carol for all of her support and assistance. Thank you for everything Carol!

~ Mary Kriever, Alumni Director.

Meet the New CCCC College Foundation Director

August 11th, 2015 | Comments Off on Meet the New CCCC College Foundation Director | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Guy  CosentinoGuy T. Cosentino has been appointed as the new Director for the CCC Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors from 2007 to January 2014; serving on its Executive Committee and chairing its Nominating Committee. Guy is the former executive director of the Stardust Foundation of Central New York as well as the Stardust Entrepreneurial Institute. Cosentino also served as the executive director of what was then known as Options For Independence from 1996 to 2007. He was mayor of the city of Auburn from 1992 to 1995, and he currently serves as a member of the Seymour Library Foundation Board and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Advisory Board, among others.

Mr. Cosentino said “I am excited about this position, having had a long relationship with the Foundation, but more importantly with the College, having taken courses with them as early as during my years at Auburn High School and working with them professionally for more than two decades,” Cosentino said in a statement. “Cayuga Community College is a tremendous asset for both Cayuga and Oswego counties, not only educating our citizens, but as a major economic driver. The Foundation is a key partner in both of those efforts.”

Cosentino is a graduate of Syracuse University, graduating with honors from their History Department. He and his wife, Crystal Purcell Cosentino, live in Auburn, raising their son, Samuel Thomas.

CCC Foundation Announces New Officers and Directors

February 10th, 2015 | Comments Off on CCC Foundation Announces New Officers and Directors | Posted in Foundation News & Events

At its recent annual meeting, the Cayuga Community College Foundation voted David Contiguglia, Esq. as its Board President for 2015. The Foundation also elected two alumni to the Board, bringing its total to six alumni out of 17 current directors.

Contiguglia is a principal of the Contiguglia Law Firm in Auburn. Contiguglia succeeds outgoing President Lloyd Hoskins ’74, Administrator of Cayuga County’s Assigned Counsel Program. Other officers include Vice President Kelley Gridley of Tompkins Trust Company; Treasurer John Latanyshyn of Community Bank, N.A.; Secretary Loraine Miller ’73 of Cayuga Community College; and Assistant Secretary Lisa Green of the Auburn Enlarged School District.

Four new Directors were elected to the Foundation Board: Gail Homick Herrling ’62 of Auburn, retired; David Mamuscia ’64 of The Villages, Florida, retired; Patti Callahan of Skaneateles, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker for StateWide Realty; and Christopher Todd of Constantia, Superintendent of Oswego County BOCES/CiTi.

Other CCC Foundation Directors include:

  • Edward F. Herrling ’72, President of the Cayuga Community College Alumni Association
  • John J. Klink ’66 , Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees
  • Barbara J. Bateman, Sr. Vice President of NBT Bank
  • Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College
  • Lewis E. Springer II of Auburn, retired business owner
  • Michael Treadwell, Executive Director of Operation Oswego County Inc.
  • Caroline M. Westover, Esq., of Bond, Schoeneck and King PLLC
  • Gregory DeCinque, ex officio and Interim President, Cayuga Community College

“The CCC Foundation has grown to become a strong partner for the College over the past several years,” said Contiguglia. “We look forward to working with Interim President DeCinque, the College’s Trustees and CCC’s next president to continue to support the programs and students of the College.”

Founded in 1982, the Cayuga Community College Foundation is to enhance and provide assistance for educational and other related programs at Cayuga Community College. For more information, contact the Foundation Office at 315.294-8627 or

Professor Robert H. Brunell and the Brunell Chair in the Humanities

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on Professor Robert H. Brunell and the Brunell Chair in the Humanities | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Prof. Brunell - 1981Professor Brunell joined the English faculty of the year-old Auburn Community College in 1954. He remained a full-time member of the college faculty for the rest of his life, served as chair of the English Department and taught German, French, and Spanish. In 1961 he authored the college’s first self-study report required for ACC’s initial accreditation from Middle States.

Professor Brunell provided a gift to the CCC Foundation in his estate; it is the largest ever from an individual. The Robert H. Brunell Chair in the Humanities is intended to “. . . invite a distinguished and noted author or artist to be in residence and actively teaching and interacting with students and faculty.”

This fall, for the first time, the Brunell Scholar is an alumna of the College, Eileen Jerrett ’01.

CCC Foundation Presents Mark Twain!

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on CCC Foundation Presents Mark Twain! | Posted in Foundation News & Events

IMG_0025The Cayuga Community College Foundation presented national touring actor Kurt H. Sutton in “Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight.” Audiences at the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre, Auburn (October 15) and the Fulton Education Center (October 9) were transported back the turn of the 20th Century by Sutton’s charm, wit and musical talents.

The setting was Samuel Clemens’ parlor in Hartford, CT, circa 1890. After a musical introduction, Sutton appeared out of the dark in Twain’s signature white suit. Throughout Act One, Sutton/Clemens shared famous stories from Twain’s writing, including “Grandfather’s Old Ram” and other stories from Twain’s early life during the California Gold Rush. His selections were highlighted by stories featuring Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and other familiar characters from Huckleberry Finn.

IMG_0026In Act Two, Sutton/Clemens pulled out his banjo and delighted the audiences with classic American songs and spirituals. He closed the program with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” the favorite hymn of Twain’s beloved wife Livy.

Following the final ovation, Sutton returned to the stage for question-and-answer sessions that lasted over half an hour. “As a former college professor, I began this by researching Samuel Clemens. I read every biography along with all of the ‘standard’ writings by Mark Twain,” he said. “I felt I needed to get to know Clemens the man, before delving into the characters that Twain brought to life.” Sutton noted that the stories in Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were drawn from Clemens’ childhood on the Mississippi and were all true, “or at least, true to Mr. Clemens’ memory.” He also spoke about the fact that Huckleberry Finn is still the most censored book in American literary history. “It was banned when it was first printed, and to this day there are libraries across the country that refuse to carry a copy.”

IMG_0027Sutton closed the evening with an ode to American veterans. Growing up in Manheim, Germany during WW II, he remembered the Allied attacks on the city and joked that his singing “is my revenge for all the bombs you dropped!” He asked all service members in attendance to stand while leading the audience in a rendition of God Bless America.

“The CCC Foundation was excited to bring Kurt Sutton to the Fulton and Auburn communities,” said Jeff Hoffman, executive director. “Kurt delivers his distinctive interpretation of Mark Twain to colleges and community theaters across the country. He goes far beyond entertainment, to truly educate his audiences. It was a perfect fit for a college setting.”

Admission at both showing was presented free, courtesy of the Noreen and Michael J. Falcone Lecture Fund at the CCC Foundation.