The First Cayuga Presidential Scholarship Recipients

November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on The First Cayuga Presidential Scholarship Recipients | Posted in Foundation News & Events
Presidential Scholarship Winners 2014-2015Twenty-two Cayuga Presidential Scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year to:

Christan J. DelloStritto, Auburn High School

Brittany A. Evans, Auburn High School

Kevin M. Gauthier, Auburn High School

Raeven J. Harkness, Auburn High School

Jacob Herrick, Auburn High School

Edward J. Pickard, Auburn High School

Stephen P. Pinchak, Auburn High School

Jessena M. Richardson, Auburn High School

Alayna M. Slayton, Auburn High School

Trent W. Valentino, Auburn High School

Nichole M. Marr, John C. Birdlebough High School (Phoenix)

Savannah B. Bray, G. Ray Bodley High School (Fulton)

Emily L. Hyde, G. Ray Bodley High School (Fulton)

Maureen A. McCann, G. Ray Bodley High School (Fulton)

Kristin L. Gates, Cato-Meridian High School

Joseph R. Clavelli, Oswego High School

Tara D. Lagoe, Oswego High School

Taylor Eldridge, Dana West High School (Port Byron)

Sarah E. Zakour, Southern Cayuga Jr.-Sr. High School

Amy Sachiko Walker, Union Springs High School

Emma L. Bergerstock, Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School

Gabriel J. Canino, Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School

These full-tuition scholarships are made possible by
The Cayuga Community College Foundation

CCC Foundation Recognized as “Top 100” in America

May 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on CCC Foundation Recognized as “Top 100” in America | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Top100Logo2Since its inception in 1982, the Cayuga Community College Foundation has consistently earned praise as one of the best in SUNY. Now, the CCC Foundation has taken its place among the best foundations in America, ranking #95 among the nation’s community colleges.

Dr. William R. Crowe, Director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education, has completed extensive research on public two-year colleges and their supporting foundations. His work was based on the annual tax returns (IRS 990 filings) of each foundation, ranking them in an order based on total assets and funds raised. The data included filings from 2009-2012, making this the most comprehensive research project ever conducted in the arena of two-year college advancement.

“Dr. Crowe’s research continues the national recognition given to the CCC Foundation in recent years,” said Executive Director Jeff Hoffman. “Our Foundation has earned accolades from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship for its support of Cayuga’s ‘E-ship Across the Curriculum’ model. In addition, our good friends Jack and Jerry Bisgrove were honored in Washington, DC by the Council for Resource Development (CRD) for their support of CCC. Their award was one of only ten given nationwide to community colleges.”

“This recognition of the Cayuga Community College Foundation is a testament to our donors,” said Board President Lloyd Hoskins. “The outstanding support we receive, both for annual giving and for capital campaigns, has helped us earn this recognition. We take our responsibility very seriously to raise significant support for the College, and to be diligent in our management of all funds entrusted to the care of the CCC Foundation.”

New Presidential Scholarships Offered

May 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on New Presidential Scholarships Offered | Posted in Foundation News & Events

CCC has launched the new Cayuga Presidential Scholarships for fall 2014. Funded by the CCC Foundation, this will provide full scholarships (after Pell, TAP, and other CCC Foundation grants) to outstanding students from Cayuga and Oswego Counties. Students must graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class based on academic performance. The CCC Foundation has allocated $300,000 to this program for the next two academic years.

Dr. Gregory DeCinque, Cayuga’s interim president, said that “While the scholarship rewards students for their strong academic performance, it also brings students to Cayuga who are often part of honors programs, student government and other leadership positions. These students serve to raise the academic bar for everyone and help improve persistence to graduation.” Foundation executive director Jeff Hoffman noted, “Cayuga Community College is consistently given high marks by our alumni; 90 percent of the most recent graduating class said Cayuga helped them reach their educational goals. This scholarship will attract the brightest students from local communities, who will become the next generation of outstanding Cayuga alumni.”

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CCC Foundation Recognized as “Top 100” in America

February 26th, 2014 | Comments Off on CCC Foundation Recognized as “Top 100” in America | Posted in Foundation News & Events

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In late 2013, Jeffrey Hoffman, executive director of the Cayuga Community College Foundation received news concerning a nationwide study of community college foundations.  We would like to share the text of that letter with you:

Jeffrey,

Congratulations on your fundraising efforts! During the past year, I have conducted an extensive national research project specific to public two-year colleges and their support foundations. Part of that research involved reviewing the publicly accessible IRS 990 filings of each foundation and placing them in rank order based on total assets and annual funds raised. The study included over 850 public two-year college support foundations. The data was collected for filings made in tax years 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 which reflects the actual amounts from the previous year. This is the most comprehensive research project conducted in the area of two-year college advancement.

I am pleased to report to you that the Cayuga Community College Foundation, in terms of total assets, is ranked in the top 100 (#95) for the 2012 filing period.

Congratulations!

Bill

William R. Crowe MBA, PhD
Senior Faculty and Director
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education

CCC Foundation Welcomes Four New Directors in 2014

February 26th, 2014 | Comments Off on CCC Foundation Welcomes Four New Directors in 2014 | Posted in Foundation News & Events

At its Annual Meeting in January, the Cayuga Community College Foundation added four new members to its Board of Directors, including two ACC/CCC alumni.

Kelley Gridley

Kelley is the Assistant Vice President and Commercial Credit Officer for Tompkins Trust Company. She serves locally on many nonprofit boards and is chair of the Cayuga Economic Development Agency, the one-stop agency that brings together all things related to economic development for the County.

Edward F. (Ted) Herrling ’72

Ted Herrling graduated from Mount Carmel High School. Following his service in the U.S. Army, Ted returned to ACC and completed his degree in 1972. Ted was the founding director of the Cayuga Works Career Center and is President of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association Board of Directors.

John J. Klink ’66

John Klink graduated from Auburn Community College in 1966 and then earned his B.S. and M.S. at SUNY Brockport. He taught Social Studies for 35 years at Southern Cayuga, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Cayuga Community College.

Angela Winfield

Despite being declared legally blind at age ten and going totally blind at age 20, Angela Winfield graduated from the Barnard College of Columbia University. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Angela practices law at the Syracuse office of Hiscock & Barclay, L.L.P.

“A Change Gon’ Come”

December 10th, 2013 | Comments Off on “A Change Gon’ Come” | Posted in Foundation News & Events

The CCC Foundation was pleased to present “A Change Gon’ Come”, the story of Harriet Tubman, brought to life on the stage of the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre on the CCC Auburn campus.

“A Chang Gon’ Come” was a compelling production in two acts that began in the present and went back to re-imagine Harriet’s journey of enchantment, love, agony, dignity and triumph along with her work on the Underground Railroad. The original songs as well as choreography by Kashi-Tara and Kelly Chauncy brought the story to life. The production by the 17-member cast of The Finest! Performance Troupe, traveled from Washington, DC and beyond to perform. The troupe was pleased to be able to share their work in the city Harriet called home.

The November 7 production was free and open to the public through contributions to the Cayuga Community College Foundation’s Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Ruth P. Thomas Arts Fund. The evening performance launched the Harriet Tubman No Longer Underground Symposium held November 8 and 9. A full house saw the plight of one of history’s most awe-inspiring Americans with ties to Auburn, New York.

A question and answer session with the troupe was held after the performance. The Harriet Tubman Boosters Club presented each member with a framed poem written by Brooklyn poet Cyd Charisse Fulton for students at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn. The poem, titled “Freedom Fruit,” was inspired by Ms. Fulton’s visit to the Harriet Tubman Home.

Tubman Symposium

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off on Tubman Symposium | Posted in Foundation News & Events

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Cayuga Community College will host “Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground,” a two-day symposium and community dialogue marking the centennial of the death of Harriet Tubman in 1913. The November 8 and 9 event is co-sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Boosters Club, the Seward House Museum, and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

The symposium will celebrate the life and work of the heroic African American woman who escaped slavery and conducted other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. The program will include leading historians presenting new research and insights about Harriet Tubman, a humanitarian and advocate for women’s rights throughout the 50 years she lived in Auburn, New York.

The CCC Foundation is pleased to present a stage performance of “A Change Gon’ Come,” which will kick off the symposium on Thursday, November 8.

CCC’s Tutor Club Raises $2,000 for the Eldred Scholarship

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off on CCC’s Tutor Club Raises $2,000 for the Eldred Scholarship | Posted in Foundation News & Events

(L-R) CCC students Patrick DeSantis and Francesca Considine; Ellisa Eldred; CCC Foundation Executive Director Jeff Hoffman; the 2013 Eldred Scholarship recipient Cassie Beaulieu; and CCC student Alex Tabone.

(L-R) CCC students Patrick DeSantis and Francesca Considine; Ellisa Eldred;
CCC Foundation Executive Director Jeff Hoffman; the 2013 Eldred Scholarship recipient Cassie Beaulieu; and CCC student Alex Tabone.

The CCC Tutor Club presented a $2,000 check to the Cayuga Community College Foundation for the Weston Eldred Memorial Scholarship Fund. When Wes graduated from CCC in 2009, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest recognition given to students by the State University of New York. “Wes was passionate about his studies, renewable energy, environmental science, and helping his fellow students through CCC’s Tutor Club,” said his mother, Ellisa Eldred. “I was excited to hear that the 2013 recipient, Cassie Beaulieu ’13, was such a perfect match.” Like Wes, she was active in the Tutor Club and was a chemistry major. Cassie will be attending SUNY-ESF in the fall.

The Weston Eldred Memorial Scholarship is administered through the Foundation, which provides nearly $300,000 in grants and awards annually to students. This scholarship is awarded to a returning, full-time student at CCC’s Auburn Campus who is studying the sciences, with strong preference given to a student demonstrating a passion for the study of chemistry. The recipient must be an active member of the College’s Tutor Club.

Tubman – Change Gon Come

October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off on Tubman – Change Gon Come | Posted in Foundation News & Events

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Change Gon’ Come

August 19th, 2013 | Comments Off on Change Gon’ Come | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Change Gon ComeThe CCC Foundation will be sponsoring a multi-media stage production of A Change Gon’ Come.  It will kick off the “Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground” Symposium.  The show will be held in the Irene A. Bisgrove Theatre on the Auburn Campus on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.  The performance will be open to the public and admission is free.  The production is made possible through contributions to the Cultural Enrichment fund and the Ruth P. Thomas Arts Fund.  Watch for details in the October edition of Get Inspired and the fall/winter issue of The Spartan.

Roots in the Finger Lakes: A Mosaic Mural Project

June 5th, 2013 | Comments Off on Roots in the Finger Lakes: A Mosaic Mural Project | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Our April 2013 issue of Get Inspired! we featured the Mosaic Mural Project.  Art instructor Melissa Johnson and Professor Tom Casella received a Daniel C. Labeille Grant, administered by the Cayuga Community College Foundation to install a mosaic mural on the CCC campus.  Jennifer Gandee, visiting artist and longtime adjunct in the art program oversaw the project.  The venture involved students, faculty, and the larger community from design to installation.

The mosaic mural creates a focal point on the cement wall outside the window in the link between the main and tech buildings on the ground floor to help bring energy to the new School of Media Arts (SOMA).

The photos in this edition will show the development of the mural from its early stages through it’s near completion.

Lucie Arnaz Event

April 16th, 2013 | Comments Off on Lucie Arnaz Event | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Arnez postcard frontFor those who missed a memorable night of entertainment with a Broadway icon last May, you have another opportunity.  Auburn Public Theater, Barbara Walsh, M&T Bank and The Cayuga Community College Foundation are presenting “An Evening with Lucie Arnaz.”

Barbara Walsh wanted to establish The Thommie Walsh Education Scholarship in memory of her late brother, Auburn legend, Thommie Walsh.  She called on Thommie’s long- time friend, nine-time Tony Winner Tommy Tune, to come to Auburn with his stage show “Steps in Time.”  It was so successful that the second event, starring Lucie Arnaz, is being planned for Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2013 in the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theater at Cayuga Community College’s Auburn campus.

Luci Arnaz photoMs. Arnaz is also a Broadway veteran and daughter of showbiz royalty, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.  She will present a concert featuring new arrangements of favorite standards by Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter, as well as showstoppers from her Broadway career.  At the Friday performance she will be joined by the “Irish Tenor” Andy Cooney, a perennial audience favorite.

The Thommie Walsh Scholarship Fund, administered by The Cayuga Community College Foundation, was established to assist students who are looking for a career in theater.  Hopefully, one day, Auburn will have another “Shining Star.”

Jeff Hoffman, Executive Director of the CCC Foundation, is “honored the Walsh family has chosen the CCC Foundation to continue Thommie’s legacy.  The Walsh family puts their heart and soul into this event and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it.”

For ticket information contact Auburn Public Theater at 315-253-6669, or visit their website, http://auburnpublictheater.org/events.php?eventID=245

Falcone Lecturer

December 13th, 2012 | Comments Off on Falcone Lecturer | Posted in Foundation News & Events

Foundation and Alumni Staff members with Yvonne Conte. From left: Mary Kriever, Louise Wilson, Yvonne, Marty MacKay and Carol MacKenzie.

Did you know that 20 seconds of belly laughter equals 3 minutes of strenuous rowing?  Or, that laughter promotes productivity and builds confidence?  Internationally renowned motivational speaker, author and humorist, Yvonne Conte, brought down the house with laughter Thursday, November 8.  The Cayuga Community College Foundation presented the Noreen and Michael J. Falcone Lecturer to a packed crowd in the Cayuga Café.

Yvonne is a sought after motivational keynote speaker for conferences, conventions, and company training; including Fortune 500 companies.  Conte is a radio and TV personality and best-selling author.

Conte shared the “Positive Power of Humor,” which ranges from physical responses such as lower blood pressure and promotion of good health, to stimulating creativity and encouraging teamwork.  Her unique ability to relate personal stories was evident by the roars of laughter from the audience.  Her advice on how to “De-Stress The Mess” came at the perfect time for the pre-holiday crowd.

Of the six books she has written, her latest, “Cry, Laugh, Cook” included cookie recipes that have been passed down by generations of her family members.  The author was touched by effort made by the Foundation staff to have some of these cookies baked to be shared with the audience.

The combination of humor, cookies and camaraderie made the event an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.  This lecture was open to the public and free of charge.