Employee Accomplishments – December 2014

Wendy Allen, Academic Services, completed her Master’s Degree in Education from Le Moyne College.

Robert Bridge, D.M.A., Music, was the guest soloist with the Crane Percussion Ensemble during the fall concert at SUNY Potsdam in October 2014.

James Carey, Business Administration, helped raise money for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network by running in the New York City Marathon. It was his 24th marathon spread out over a 40 year running career. 

Nancy Carr, Disabilities Services, presented a paper on “Strategies for Anti-Bullying” at the New York Statewide AHEAD Chapter.

Robert Charron, Architecture & Interior Design, was architect for a design team that won a Central New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture 2014 Design Award for their work on a Historic Preservation Handbook for Thousand Island Park.

Malkiel Choseed, English/Reading/Communication, will be presenting at the 2015 annual conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida.

Gladys Cleland, English/Reading/Communication and Electronic Media Communications, presented at two conferences in October – Robobusiness: Automation and Robots in Boston and The National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle. Her presentations highlighted student development and leadership in technical fields.

Candice Dance and Michael Oppedisano, Mathematics, presented a session titled “Puzzle Fun – The Geometry of the Soma Cubes,” at the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2014.

Crystal L. Etzel, English/Reading/Communication, had a children’s book published, “Estel’s Adventures in Grammarcy.” It is a chapter book about the parts of speech and is designed to teach children the definition and use of nouns, pronouns, proper nous, adjectives, adverbs and verbs.

Karen Fabrizio, RHIA, CHTS-CP, CPRA, Health Information Technology, authored her second book this year, ICD-10-CM Coding for Long-Term Care:  A Comprehensive Training Guide. It provides technical and clinical information for professionals working in the healthcare arena. Fabrizio was recognized as the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Member Of The Day on November 10th. Fabrizio was nominated by a current student in the HIT program: http://www.ahima.org/membership/member-of-the-day.

Bridgette L. Jacob, Ph.D., Mathematics, will present a paper that she co-authored titled Improving Teachers’ Reasoning about Sampling Variability: A Cross Institutional Effort at the Ninth Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME9) in Prague in February 2015. As part of the same research project, she will present a Research Symposium with seven others from North Carolina State and Syracuse University titled Development of Teachers’ Statistical Reasoning and Confidence in Teaching Statistics at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Pre-session in Boston in April 2015.

Tracy Martin, C-STEP, performed in The Acme Mystery Company’s production of Murder Most Faire in October and November locally and across the state. Martin has been a member of the company since 1998. She will be featured in Acme’s holiday production of Hijacked Holiday every Thursday at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Syracuse and other Central New York venues throughout the holiday season.

Kevin Moore, Music, authored a book for high school/teenage students titled “Your Legal Rights Online,” published by Rosen Publishing and available at Amazon; performed on piano as accompanist to Dr. David Rudari on the song  “O, Captain, My Captain” for the Lincoln Convocation; was a panelist for “Lincoln’s Constitution” in the Academic II Recital Hall; performed as solo pianist at Mohawk Valley Community College in piano works by Mozart and Rachmaninoff; performed a solo piano recital which included the Mozart Sonata in A major, Mendelssohn Scottish Fantasy and 12 Preludes by Rachmaninoff.

Lael Pierce, C-STEP, completed “Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders,” a program co-sponsored by The Gifford Foundation, CNY Community Foundation, Leadership Greater Syracuse, Human Services Leadership Council and City of Syracuse Residents.

Stephen Pierson, English/Reading/Communication, presented a paper as a co-panelist at the 2014 SUNY Council on Writing held at OCC September 26. Dr. Pierson’s panel was entitled Becoming a College Student, Becoming an Academic Writer: Cultivating Transformation. Dr. Pierson also gave a paper at the 49th Annual Two-Year College Association of the Northeast Conference, held in Baltimore on  October 23. Dr. Pierson’s paper was entitled “Using Bakhtin to Teach Reading and Writing about Literature.”

Calvin Prothro, Chemistry & Physical Science, presented at a science colloquium at Wells College. His presentation was titled “Exploration of the Solar System and Why We Need To Go.”

Eric Rose, Hospitality Management, was selected to cook at the world famous James Beard House in February 2015. He will be preparing a multiple course meal paired with appropriate wine that will feature dishes inspired by New York’s culinary bounty.

David J. Rudari, Music, appeared as a soloist for OCC’s Convocation, the College’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, the Phi Theta Kappa Fall Induction Ceremony, the Naturalization Ceremony, and the December Graduation Recognition Ceremony. He led the OCC Singers in a performance for the October Celebration of Success. He serves as the Choral Director at Liverpool First Presbyterian Church and is the faculty member affiliated with the new Music Learning Community in Residence Hall A. He also reprised excerpts from his Spring Faculty Recital with Dr. Kevin Moore and Jean Loftus, Music, in October for the Departmental Convocation. In addition he is slated for present a recital of Schubert’s Die Winterreise during the Spring Semester with Dr. Moore. Rudari was invited to guest conduct the All-County Senior High Chorus in Dundee, NY and the All-County Junior High Chorus in Mexico, NY.

Engracia Schuster, Modern Languages, participated as Plenary Speaker at the “International Institute of Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Leadership” Conference in Chihuahua, Mexico in October. She was keynote speaker at the annual regional meeting of the New York State Foreign Language Teachers Association at East Syracuse Minoa High School. Her presentation was titled “Critical Thinking in Language Learning,” the same title as that of her recently published book.

Sheila Sicilia, Computer Studies, participated in a panel presentation titled “K-12/College STEM Gap” at the STEM in Urban Education conference in October. She also participated in a panel discussion titled “Performing the Art of Democracy” at the “Intersection: Ensembles + Universities” symposium in New York City in November.

Jamie Sindell, English/Reading/Communication, is participating in a pilot study sponsored by Excelsior College and funded by a New York State HESC (Higher Education Services Corporation) grant. Sindell will assist in creating and testing the new argument section of their Online Writing Lab (OWL) that teaches argument for first-year and remedial writers.

Pauline Shostack, Library, was invited to become a member of the YMCA Folksmarch Advisory Council.

Nina Tamrowski, Social Sciences and Philosophy, received the International Educator of the Year Award from the International Center of Syracuse.

Rebekah Tanner, ’14, Learning Center, is enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Trauma Studies program at SUNY Oswego. In October she presented at the Global Awareness Conference at SUNY Oswego. Her presentation was titled “Awakening a Sleeping Confederacy, Awakening a Sleeping Language.” Tanner’s ceramic art piece titled “Spool of Yellow Thread” was included in the juried CNY Arts / Everson Museum “On My Own Time” exhibition during October and November.

Denise Valdés, English/Reading/Communication, was appointed to the board of directors for the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Julie A. White, Ph.D., Student Engagement and Learning Support, presented a paper titled, “No Plan B:  Conflicting Policy Worlds for Community College Students” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in November in Washington, D.C.

Sally Whitney, Enrollment Development & Secondary School Outreach, presented “Partnering for Success in P-TECH” at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships Annual Conference in Chicago in October. Whitney also graduated from Leadership Greater Syracuse in November.

Gerry Wright, Library Science, was responsible for bringing “LINCOLN: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit” to OCC. The exhibit was displayed in the Atrium of the Whitney Applied Technology Center from October 22 to December 12.

Eunice Williams, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, served as a panelist at the Syracuse/Onondaga County NAACP’s November workshop titled “Prejudice and Discrimination.”

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