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October 14th, 2013 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It! | Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note:  Barry Bilderback was originally run in the fall/winter 2009 edition of The Spartan.  You can read more about Dr. Bilderback in this issue of Get Inspired in our cover story.

Norman Lee, Director of Student Affairs with Pauline Copes-Johnson granddaughter of Harriett Tubman.  Photos taken at Cayuga CC function and on visits to Ghana.

Barry and Ann-Marie visiting Hawaii

Barry T. Bilderback, Ph.D ’84 resides in Moscow, Idaho where he is an assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology at the University of Idaho/Lionel Hampton School of Music.  Barry graduated from CCC in 1984 and met his wife, Ann-Marie in 1989 while she was attending CCC.  Barry went on to receive his B.A. degree in applied music from SUNY Oswego (1991—Magna Cum Laude) and his M.A. in music history from the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts (1994).  Having earned his Ph.D. in music history from the University Of Oregon School Of Music (2001) he also received the School of Music’s GTF Excellence in Teaching Award in the academic area.

Prior to his Lionel Hampton School of Music appointment, Dr. Bilderback taught at Linfield College and the University of Oregon. He is also a past president of the College Music Society/Pacific Northwest Chapter (2003-2005). With a dissertation and focus of study on N.A. Rimskii-Korsakov and 19th century Russian nationalism, Dr. Bilderback was awarded the Council of International Education and Exchange travel grant and scholarship whereby he studied and conducted research in St. Petersburg, Russia.  While giving numerous conference papers for the College Music Society, Society of Ethnomusicology, and the American Musicological Society, he has also presented his research at the University of London (Goldsmith College) for the Rimskii-Korsakov International Festival and Conference.  Dr. Bilderback has also received an honorary membership to the American Slavic Society.

On the home front, Barry is currently in collaboration with fellow “Auburnian professors and scholars,” John Lamphere, Jim Viccaro, and Donald Schramm, to write an expose on the music tradition of Auburn Prison.   The project is titled “Copper John’s Band” The History and Role of Music Inside the Auburn Correctional Facility”.  He presented their initial research for the College Music Society/Pacific Northwest Chapter in April 2009

Barry with Professor Komala Amoaku, from the Ewe ethnic group in Ghana summer 2009

Barry with Professor Komala Amoaku, from
the Ewe ethnic group in Ghana summer 2009

Dr. Bilderback’s overseas teaching includes a study abroad course in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague during the 2006 Mozart Festival. Having recently returned from Ghana, Africa, where he conducted a study abroad course in Ghanaian drumming and dance.  Dr. Bilderback is researching contemporary Ghanaian institutions and the way(s) traditional music is taught. In his study, he is collaborating with renowned master drummer Prof. Komla Amoaku (Founder and Director of the Institute for Ghanaian Music-an organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional culture), Prof. Kofi Anyidoho (University of Ghana), and Nii “Chief” Tettey Tetteh (Founder and Director of the Kusun Cultural Centre). Prof. Komla Amoaku is from the Ewe ethnic group and is a world renowned ethnomusicologist. Dr. Bilderback has presented his research on the Ghanaian aslatua tradition of the Ga people for the 2008 International Conference of “Music, Health, and Happiness,” held at the Royal College of Music, Manchester, UK.  He has also received a Key Grant and The Innovation/Integration Teaching Grant for his current project titled “Project Nungua: Environmental and Cultural Awarness in Ghana.” Through the grant funding he returned to Ghana in summer 2009 to continue research on “The Institutionalization of Traditional Music in Ghana.” The primary focus is on fieldwork conducted with the Ga and Ewe ethnic groups.

In October 2009 Dr. Bilderback will present a paper at the National Conference for the College Music Society titled, “They Do Not Play What is not Written Down:  Contextualing Oral Tradition in African-American Musical Studies”.

Through the University of Idaho, Dr. Bilderback received a Key Grant and Seed Grant to return to Ghana in the summer of 2010 to continue research, transcriptions, and interviews with Prof. Komla Amoaku and Hunor Gatukpe Dogah (Chief/High Priest of the Kpeve Village in the Southern Volta Region.) He has also received a USAC visiting professorship to teach at the University of Ghana.

In his spare time, Barry is a freelance society-style jazz pianist.  He also continues his work on the violin and the flute while fine-tuning his kpanlogo and djembe drumming skills under the direction of Ghanaian master drummer Nii Ardey Allotey, and Guinean master drummer Alseny Yansane, as well as continuing his work on the Auburn Prison Project.

October 2013 Update:  Barry recently performed at CCC with The Spirit of Akwaaba:  Ghana’s Music, Dance & Culture, a discussion and drumming program, which explores the culture of Ghana.  To read more, see our cover story in this issue.

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August 19th, 2013 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It! | Posted in In Case You Missed It

Lisa D. Chelenza was originally run in the fall/winter 2012 edition of
The Spartan

Lisa_ChelenzaLisa D. Chelenza ’92 is one-third of the two-time New York State Broadcaster Award winning team of the “Gomez & Dave in the Morning Show” (best morning show team) on TK99 and WOUR.  She is also host of “Pet Pointers” on YNN.  In our fall 2009 Spartan, we shared that Lisa had won National Emmy Awards as a feature producer on NBC Sports for her work on the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT, and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.  During her career, Chelenza has worked as on-camera talent for TNN, Fox Sports Net and Showtime.  She has also worked as feature producer for Lifetime Television, NBC Sports and Time Warner Cable.

Chelenza was nominated for Syracuse Woman of the year in 2012 for her efforts in support of animal welfare causes, as well as for educating the public on responsible pet parenting.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS), a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Syracuse, and the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation.  Lisa cares for several pets that she has rescued on her small farm in Skaneateles, NY.

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June 5th, 2013 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It! | Posted in In Case You Missed It

James B. Vargason ’80 was originally run in the spring/summer 2013 edition of The Spartan

James  VargasonA 2001 Alumni Award recipient, Jim started practicing law in Auburn after graduating from Syracuse University College of Law.  He was elected District Attorney of Cayuga County, where he served for 16 years as the county’s chief law enforcement official.  Jim created first-of-their-kind programs in Cayuga County to combat child and domestic violence, as well as the first victim services program.  He is the only Cayuga County DA to serve as President of the NYS District Attorneys Association.  Jim also taught criminal justice courses at CCC for 18 years.

Following retirement in 2007, Jim and his wife Anne moved to Northern Virginia.  He started a new career at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he investigates and prosecutes DOJ attorneys and federal agents for professional misconduct.  Jim holds some of our nation’s highest security clearances, including a classified clearance, a top secret clearance, and is certified to courier classified national security information.  Vargason has received five consecutive Sustained Superior Performance Awards from the DOJ.

In early 2011, Jim completed a rigorous pre-deployment training program after volunteering to go to a warzone in Iraq to serve one year as the DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Resident Legal Advisor and Rule of Law Section Chief.  Jim underwent extensive training in diplomacy, antiterrorism, and weapons/ firearms certification, after which he was appointed a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal. In Iraq, Jim first served at a Civilian/Military Provincial Reconstruction Team on a U.S. Military Base, and then at the first U.S. Consulate General, both in Basrah.  He led a team of legal professionals, and worked closely with Iraqi justice officials providing technical assistance, training, and advice to Iraqi judges, prosecutors, and intelligence officials, among others.  Jim traveled throughout Iraq by Blackhawk helicopters and in mine resistant armored personnel vehicles.  There were many rocket attacks on his base and while he worked in other provinces in Iraq.

After completing his tour of duty in March 2012, Jim returned to Northern Virginia and resumed the position he held at the DOJ before he left for Iraq.

Reflecting on his time at CCC, Jim shared:  “I chose CCC because it had an excellent reputation with a CJ program of instructors with real life experience. It was the first step in achieving a law degree, earning an “Honorable” salutation as an elected official, and it can be said that it helped take me all the way to the Middle East where I had an incredible experience.”

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April 15th, 2013 | Comments Off on In Case you Missed it! | Posted in In Case You Missed It
Heidi L. Huddleston Cross ’97, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, originally run in the spring/summer edition of The Spartan 2012

Heidi L. Huddleston Cross ’97, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, originally run in the spring/summer edition of The Spartan 2012

What an interesting life alumna Heidi Huddleston Cross ’97 has led!  From her childhood living in Salzburg, Austria (and having a few cameo shots in the Sound of Music as she doubled for the Brigitte Von Trapp character), to finding her life’s passion in nursing, to her mission work in South Sudan, her life reads like a captivating story.  Heidi’s comments make it easier to understand why she is such a success:  “It sounds corny, but I really believe that I was born to do exactly what I do, and CCC provided the portal and the means to do it!”

After graduating summa cum laude from CCC, Cross earned her bachelor’s in Nursing magna cum laude from Syracuse University; a master’s in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate from SUNY Upstate Medical University; and her WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse) Certificate at Wicks Educational Associates in Pennsylvania.  Heidi currently works at Upstate University Hospital as Nurse Practitioner in inpatient and outpatient wound and ostomy nursing.  In addition, she is a Nurse Practitioner with CNY Surgical Physicians at the Community General Wound Care Center.  Heidi also maintains Central New York’s only Ostomy Support Group.  Recently, she has branched out to legal nursing and does chart review for attorneys.

Cross is currently chair of the WOCN Certification Board Exam Committee and serves on several other committees.  She has been a presenter at national and regional conferences and done contract work with PESI (a provider of high-quality continuing education for health care professionals), lecturing nationally on wound and ostomy care.  And, she has found time to be published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing.

Last June at the WOCN Society’s annual conference, Heidi was honored with the 2011 WOC Nurse Great Comebacks Award for “her dedication to patients and her many achievements in ostomy care… a nurse who regularly goes the extra mile to help patients achieve a full recovery and live a healthier life.”  She also received a Presidential Award from the WOCN Certification Board that year.

In 2010, Cross was the winner of the first annual WOCN Certification Board Scholarship to the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI), an annual project of the Nursing Organizations Alliance designed to inform nurses about the legislative process.  (She received a scholarship again in 2011.)  She was recipient of a WOCN Society Members’ Research Grant in 2010.  In 2009, the honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Omicron Alpha Chapter, presented her with the Community Mentor Award.  Heidi was chosen as the 2008 Nurse of the Year by the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).

In 2009 Heidi traveled with an upstate NY medical team to Southern Sudan on a 10-day mission to teach wound care to physicians and nurses at the Duk Payuel Lost Boys Clinic.  While there she assisted a 6-foot-6-inch Sudanese R.N. in teaching wound care, whom she described as “very interested, wonderful and hardworking” and stated that they “made quite a pair.”  This very remote village is reachable only by bush plane, and although the area is undergoing turmoil between warring tribes, her husband is heading there in February to help build a nutrition center.  Don Cross, an engineer at Nucor Steel in Auburn, is one of the volunteers who over the years have helped build the Duk Lost Boys Clinic, a 4,000-square-foot medical center.

From her fascinating childhood, growing up with a father who was a professional opera singer (appearing in Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews on Broadway), to her remarkable career choices and mission work, Heidi Cross shows no signs of slowing down.  She and her husband live in Skaneateles, NY, where they raised their four children, and have five “wonderful and beautiful” grandchildren.

Some final thoughts from this alumna:  “I can’t tell you how grateful I am to CCC for providing the education and superb preparation for an exciting career.  I feel so blessed to be in a career that I love.”

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February 4th, 2013 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed it | Posted in In Case You Missed It

Charlene (Butler) Maville ’75, originally run in Spartan Fall/Winter 2012

Charlene (Butler) Maville 1975 ACC yearbook

Charlene (Butler) Maville 1975 ACC yearbook

It’s not just because she met her husband, Michael J. Maville, at ACC:  Charlene (Butler) Maville ’75 shares that she always regarded her time at Auburn Community College as a wonderful experience and adds that “I received a solid communications base which helped me to land my first job in TV.”  Since that time, Charlene went on to earn her B.A. at Barry University in Miami, and to receive three Emmy Awards, a Telly Award, and several other broadcasting awards.  Mike, whom she married in 1975, was a Telcom and Engineering student at ACC for a year; he received his B.S. from SUNY Oswego and his M.B.A. from SU.

Charlene is now the Marketing and Production Coordinator with WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, FL, an NBC affiliate.  She shares that WPTV has been the #1 station in its market since 1954.  Some of her Production Coordinator duties include managing elements of local commercial production, producing and directing commercials, scheduling field shoots, writing scripts, and working closely with clients.  In addition to her production duties, she is responsible for facilitating revenue-generating, marketing opportunities.  She acts as liaison between the sales and news departments, researches and creates marketing ideas for news and NBC programming opportunities.

Charlene Maville at the 2010 Emmy Awards Dinner

Charlene Maville
at the 2010 Emmy Awards Dinner

Prior to her current positions, Charlene served as Television Director with WPTV.  She had worked for WCNY-TV/FM (PBS) in Syracuse from 1980-1992 as a Television Production Crew Person, and from 1992-1998 as a Television Producer/Director.  While at (PBS) Syracuse, Charlene produced award-winning short-form children’s programming and directed/technical directed live programs.

In addition to her three Emmy Awards and the Telly Award, Maville has received multiple SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) Sunshine State Awards, an SPJ Green Eyeshade Award, an Associated Press (AP) Award and a PBS Advertising & Promotion Award.  She is a current member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  The couple has three children and one grandchild.  Her husband Mike is currently Assistant Chief Engineer at WPTV.

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December 13th, 2012 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It! | Posted in In Case You Missed It

Jerimy G. Blowers, PhD, LMHC, NCC, CAS, CGAS ’93
Originally run in Spartan’s Fall/Winter 2011 issue

One excellent example of the positive correlation between participating in Judo and achieving success can be seen with Dr. Jerimy Blowers. From his impressive credentials, distinguished employment record, noteworthy honor and award collection, to his inspiring dedication to teaching and research, Jerimy Blowers is the epitome of success.

After receipt of his associate of science degree (summa cum laude) from CCC, Jerimy went on to receive his bachelor’s from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1995, his master’s from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1997, and his doctorate (Ph.D.) in 2007 from Northcentral University, in Arizona. His credentials include Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified National Counselor (NCC), Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) and Certified Gambling Addiction Specialist (CGAS). He has also completed certification training in several other areas.

Dr. Blowers has received honors and awards, including NY State Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Substance Abuse Prevention Program in 2009, and Student Affairs Vision Award for Excellence in Campus-Community Service in 2008, to name a few. He is currently assistant professor, School of Health Management at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is an adjunct professor and course developer in the Health Science Program for South University, Pittsburgh, PA’s Online Health Science Program. He has also taught at SUNY Plattsburgh, first as a term adjunct lecturer, then as Director of Health Education Services, and has held other positions in higher education and community intervention for the past 14 years.

This past February, Blowers wrote to CCC President Larson and the Board of Trustees to provide a “testament to Cayuga Community College” and the positive influence it has had on his life. In this inspirational letter, Jerimy shared that the faculty at Cayuga made the difference in both his academic and personal endeavors. He felt empowered in understanding that achieving excellence was within his grasp. The professionalism of the stellar classroom educators who took the time to listen and offer sound advice helped him to become “well prepared” to continue on to a four-year institution.

In addition to his education, Jerimy said that he was fortunate to be introduced to Judo and has practiced martial arts for many years (earning his Black Belt in Ju Jitsu and now holding a senior rank in Judo). Blowers believed that Judo became an important extension of lessons learned in the classroom, and that “discipline, persistence in the face of challenges, and sense of community are values that persist in me to this very day.” His research interest rests in the application of prevention science to improve the lives of individuals and promote community health. This can be seen in his dissertation: ‘Impact of an After-school Martial Arts Program on At-risk Students.’

After 15 years of living and working in another region, Dr. Blowers’ first stop when visiting the Auburn area in the summer of 2010 was CCC where he immediately signed up for Judo and paid his respects to college personnel. In his personal time, he enjoys studying the martial arts of Judo and Ju Jitsu, learning new languages (he is presently studying Chinese, German and Japanese), and volunteering for various charities. Though entering CCC as a “rather reserved young man with no clear direction or goals,” with the encouragement of the faculty and the discipline of Judo, he “left as a lifelong learner focused on achieving success in my field.”

December 2012 update:

Dr. Blowers was recently appointed as the new Director of the Academy for Academic Excellence and Student Success at New York Chiropractic College. He and his wife Suzanne have become the proud parents of their second child, Shea Alexander, born March 3.