February 2017 – Cayuga Alumni Voices

February 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on February 2017 – Cayuga Alumni Voices | Posted in Magazine Covers

Mat Marucci ’65, Golden Spartan

February 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on Mat Marucci ’65, Golden Spartan | Posted in Cover Story

MarucciMat was born into a musical family.  His sister, Mena Marucci Colella, was a concert pianist, and his brother, Ed Marucci, was a professional trumpeter.  As an active performer, author, educator and clinician, Matthew “Mat” R. Marucci ’65 was classically trained on the piano before switching to drums at the age of 19, where he studied with Dick Howard in Auburn, NY.  His performing credits include playing with many jazz greats and he has numerous critically acclaimed recordings to his credit as a leader and others as a sideman.  Mat is the author of several books on drumming for both Lewis Music and Mel Bay Publications and has written numerous articles on drumming for music magazines. His recordings and books have garnered four and five star reviewsMarucci 2 in musical magazines and on prominent jazz websites.

Marucci has been an Adjunct Professor in the Los Rios Community College District in the Sacramento area, an Applied Music Instructor at American River College in Sacramento and at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.  He has also served as an Applied Drumset Instructor at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society.

Marucci 3Currently, Mat has three new CDs coming out on upstate New York record label, CIMP Records, and continues to work with his own trio and quartet.  He also plays with the Sacramento Classic Jazz Messengers and has some big band work coming up. Marucci has recently written articles for AllAboutJazz.com and has completed two additional books.   Mathew and wife, Diane Marie have two children who are carrying on the Marucci musical legacy.  His son Mathew is a semi-professional drummer, and daughter Therese Renee is an amateur pianist and flutist.

Samples of Mat’s recordings can be heard at Reverbnation.com/matmarucci and on his website Matmarucci.yolasite.com.

To read more about Mat Marucci, look to our upcoming Spring/Summer issue of Spartan!

In Case You Missed It!

February 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It! | Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note:  The Coming Full Circle article with Dr. Ronald R. Grube ’73 was originally run in the spring/summer 2007 edition of Spartan, then called Vision and Partnership.

Coming Full Circle

Ron Grube - ACCDr. Ronald R. Grube ’73 has recently been hired at Cayuga Community College as Assistant Professor of History and Geography.  Having graduated from the Auburn Community College in 1973, he has now come full circle.  And what a ride it was!

After receiving his bachelor degree in psychology from East Tennessee, Ron Grube continued his education at the Union Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia.  He then went to Boston University, Colgate Rochester Divinity School (Master of Divinity), Onondaga Pastoral Counselling Center (Professional Training and Residency in Psychotherapy), and the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he obtained a doctorate in American History and Historiography.  With that, the circle was completed and Ron is back at the College that gave him his start.

As Dr. Grube tells it, “it just took 35 years to get around the block!”  Welcome, Ron!

Update:  Dr. Grube officially retired from Cayuga in September of 2016, but has continued to teach as an Adjunct Instructor.

“My ‘trip around the block’ will be complete on May 12th of this year, when I will have taught my last courses at Cayuga Community College.  I started teaching history, geography, and psychology here at CCC 21 years ago (full time history 11 years ago).  I can say now that no part of my career has been more fulfilling than these past 21 years at CCC.”

Ron Grube - CCC“While all the meetings and many other duties of full-time education are not high on my list of what I will miss, I will say with absolute confidence that my time in the classroom has been the most worthwhile professional experience I have ever had. It has been great! I love the students – I love the opportunity to help launch careers –and I love the chance to turn people on to history.”

“After finishing my teaching career in May, I am going continue my several construction projects at home. I have a book on the Civil War and historiography to complete. AND, I need to spend some serious quality time traveling on the Erie Canal instead of teaching about it. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise to a good many of my past and present students.”

“Everyone should have the chance to spend a part of their career doing what they truly love. I have been fortunate. Auburn Community College helped to launch my careers. Cayuga Community College gave me the opportunity to find joy in teaching,” shared Dr. Ronald Grube ’73

Michael K. Trapani ’76 is Recognized by Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Michael K. Trapani ’76 is Recognized by Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce | Posted in Alumni News & Events

Mike Trapani receiving award at Chamber Dinner 2016 -2003 ACC/CCC Alumni Award recipient Michael K. Trapani ’76 was recognized by The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce last October with the Chair’s Award.  The annual award, which is decided by the Chamber Executive Committee, and is presented to board members who do great things, not only for the Chamber, but for the Community.

Mike is the owner and President of Jacobs Press, and is involved in every aspect of the business. He is a Certified Graphic Arts Executive, offering 35 years of experience in print project management. An active member of the community, he currently serves as Treasurer of the Seymour Public Library District. Michael is also an active member of the Family Business Center at the Madden School of Business at LeMoyne College, and the Rotary Club of Auburn. Michael has a BS in Accounting from Lemoyne College.  He lives in Auburn with his wife Molly.

Mike Trapani and his family at the Chamber Dinner 2016

Alumni Association at the Craft Fair

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Alumni Association at the Craft Fair | Posted in Alumni News & Events

The ACC/CCC Alumni Association Board of Directors sold bottled water, Association logoed key chains, totes and aluminum water bottles, with all proceeds going towards funding Alumni Programs, at the College’s 43rd Annual Craft Fair in December.  Board members enjoyed greeting Alumni and friends of the College and offered a free raffle for an Association logoed tote filled with goodies … congratulation’s to Cindy T.!

Photos of the Association Board include:  Alumni Board members Amanda Stankus ’03 and Felicia Franceschelli ’11, Janet Cole ’72 and Susan A. Beck ’96 with Past President Ted Herrling ’72, Janet with Board member JoAnn Harris ’95 and Board Secretary John Lamphere ’74, members John McLeod ’08, Doug Kinney ’80, and Michael Fochtman ’12, and Alumni Board President Gerry Guiney ’82, Treasurer Fred Falsey ’76, with member Bill Jacobs ’73.

To purchase Cayuga Alumni Association logoed items, contact the Alumni Association Office.

2017 Alumni Travel

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Alumni Travel | Posted in Alumni News & Events

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ACC/CCC Alumni Association Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on ACC/CCC Alumni Association Accepting Scholarship Applications | Posted in Alumni News & Events

The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association is accepting applications for its Alumni Scholarships that are offered to eligible students who meet the applicable criteria for each scholarship and submit the required paperwork.  Scholarships being offered for the 2017-2018 academic year include:

  • Freshman Student – Available to high school seniors who are the child or grandchild of an ACC/CCC graduate.
  • Returning Sophomore Student – For a returning sophomore student attending college on a full-time basis for a second year.
  • Nontraditional Student – For a candidate who is nontraditionally aged (male or female adult 24 years of age or older)

In addition, the following commencement award is being offered for May 2017:

  • Graduating Transfer Student – For a graduating student who will be transferring to a four-year school.

Application forms list guidelines, eligibility and submission requirements and are available from the ACC/CCC Alumni Association, the CCC Financial Aid Office on both Auburn and Fulton campus, the Cayuga County Community College Foundation, or on the College website http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/giving/scholarships/

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.  For more information, contact Mary Kriever in the Alumni Office at 315-294-8524 or in room R323 on the Auburn campus, or with Amanda Reed at 315-592-4143 extension 3089 or room F106 on the Fulton campus.

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 (Sheila.myers@cayuga-cc.edu) or Denise Markowsky (Denise.Markowsky@cayuga-cc.edu ) 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.


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.

Sue Witmer ’90 Retires

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on Sue Witmer ’90 Retires | Posted in Fulton Campus News

Susan C. Witmer ’90, Operations Director for the River Glen Campus, Retires

The red phoneAfter more than 33 years with Cayuga Community College, Sue Witmer ’90, Director of Fulton Operations retired at the end of November.  Sue participated in and led endless Fulton Campus activities and events over the years, such as the United Way campaigns and the 20th anniversary celebration of Fulton Campus.

Faculty, staff, family & friends gathered last fall to wish her well in her retirement, with many co-workers providing emotional accounts and stories about Sue.  The group enjoyed viewing the slide show of Sue and her 33 years at Cayuga; it was a touching farewell.

“More than half my life has been spent at this fine institution and I’ve made so many friends during my tenure – faculty, staff, students, folks I’ve done business with, community people – many who will remain in my life for years to come.  It’s been a great career and I’m thankful for all I’m able to walk away with, what I’ve learned, and will hold dear in my heart,” Sue said.

To Read more about this story, check out the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Spartan.

How Music Affects Us and Promotes Health

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on How Music Affects Us and Promotes Health | Posted in Lifestyle


Music is an art, entertainment, pleasure, and … medicine for the soul and body. Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and has surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development.

Not all types of music have favourable effects. Music can be distracting if it’s too loud or too jarring, or if it competes for our attention with what we’re trying to do. But for the most part, exposure to classic music has beneficial effects:

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‘The Power Of Music’ To Affect The Brain

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on ‘The Power Of Music’ To Affect The Brain | Posted in Lifestyle


Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music. Studies also suggest that someday music may even help patients heal from Parkinson’s disease or a stroke.

In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.

Mannes tracked the human relationship with music over the course of a life span. She tells NPR’s Neal Conan that studies show that infants prefer “consonant intervals, the smooth-sounding ones that sound nice to our Western ears in a chord, as opposed to a jarring combination of notes.”

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