Employee Accomplishments – March 2015

Debra Barney, Enrollment Management & Student Engagement and Learning Support, earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Keuka College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2014.

Grammarcy book coverCrystal L. Etzel, Ph.D., English/Reading/Communication, had her children’s book “Adventures in Grammarcy” published. It’s a chapter book about the parts of speech and is designed to teach children the definition and use of nouns, pronouns, proper nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs. Estel is the frog of Grammarcy and the greatest adventurer the land has ever known. Together with his friend the Noun Wizard, Estel comes to the rescue of Grammarcy’s people in adventures involving a prideful Pronoun, an unhappy group of Proper Nouns, a very naughty Verb Dragon and a dastardly band of Goblins who steal Garden Gnomes. With Estel at their side kids will learn how our language works as well as valuable life lessons about love, loyalty and friendship. “Adventures in Grammarcy” is available on amazon.

Stephanie Hovsepian and Candace Walczyk, Residence Life, presented “Residential Community Colleges: Adapting to the Growth and Need for Student Staff Success” at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 2015.

Amy Kremenek, Vice President for Human Resources and External Relations, was awarded a scholarship from the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations to attend the NCMPR National Conference in Portland, Oregon. NCMPR is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at more than 650 community and technical colleges across the United States, Canada, and around the world. Kremenek served as a Judging Coordinator in the categories of Electronic College Annual Report and Social Media/Online Marketing Campaigns for the 2015 National Council on Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) National Paragon Awards. She also served as a guest speaker in February 2015 for the OCC Business Club on the topic of “Careers in Marketing.” In addition, Kremenek served as a panelist on the Senior Practitioners’ Roundtable in November 2014 for the Central New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Terry Pudney, Enrollment Management, joined the Board of Directors for Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Enid Reiley, Human Resources, and Doug Kinney, Campus Safety, presented at the College and University Professional Association-Human Resources Eastern Region Conference in April at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, CT.  Their topic was, “What If: A Proactive Approach for the Assessment and Prevention of Campus Violence”.

Eric Rose, Hospitality Management, was selected to cook at the world famous James Beard House in New York City.

Tara Ross, History, appears as a panelist on the WCNY TV show “The Ivory Tower Hour.” The show has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs Series for its 500th episode.

Schuster book coverEngracia Angrill Schuster, Spanish, was keynote speaker at the November 2014 regional meeting of the Language Educators of Central New York and New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (LECNY/NYSAFLT). She discussed highlights of the ideas presented in her recently published book, “Critical Thinking in Language Learning,” which is available on amazon.

Donna Stuccio, Criminal Justice, participated in Philadelphia’s PlayPenn New Play Slam workshop in December. She wrote the short play, “Once Upon O Holy Night on Black Diamond Trestle.” It was then presented as part of a series of new holiday short plays at CNY Jazz Central as a fundraiser for Friends of Dorothy. Her one act play, ” ‘Twas the Christmas Eve 9:02 to Soulmateville” was accepted for inclusion in the Play Lab at the 23rd Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska.

Jane Tanner, Mathematics, presented at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) affiliate meeting in January in Florida. Her work was also presented at the affiliate meeting in Kansas in March. The Kansas presentation was entitled “AMATYC’s Best Kept Secrets or the Top Ten Reasons you should Bookmark www.amatyc.org.” She will also give this presentation at the New  York affiliate meeting in April. Tanner is President-elect of AMATYC.

Denise ValdesEnglish/Reading/Communication, was appointed to the YWCA Board of Directors in December 2014. She was also appointed to the National Council of Teachers of English to serve on the Executive Board of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. She also received a President’s Incentive Grant for a project titled “English for Emerging Scholars of The Institute of Technology @ Syracuse Central,” for which she will be providing ESL instruction to students at that high school.

Sheila Weed, Architecture and Interior Design, is the proprietor and architect at “Group 1 Design.” Her company won a Gold Medal award from the American Concrete Institute for its design related to the Clinton Combined Sewer Overflow project in Syracuse.

Julie A. White, Ph.D., Student Engagement and Learning Support, presented “No Plan B: The Impossibilities of Navigating Conflict Policy Worlds for Community College Students” at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference in November 2014. This presentation discussed the interplay between public assistance and financial aid policies affecting the financial resources of urban community college students. The study finds that these policy worlds lack coordination and consistency, making it difficult for students to navigate often conflicting regulations and constraining students’ capabilities to complete their education.

Eunice D. Williams, Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer, was appointed to the InterFaith Works of CNY’s Board of Directors, was appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, and was appointed Vice President of the CNY Arts Board of Directors.

Ednita Wright, Human Services and Teacher Education, was an invited speaker at the CNY Prevention Conference in Syracuse on “Understanding Patterns of Diversity in Prevention Work;” was an invited speaker at the 2015 Diversity Roundtable in Ithaca on “Tolerance is like a Pebble in your Shoe;” presented at the 2015 Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta on “Tolerance is like a Pebble in your Shoe;” presented training “A Conversation about Diversity and Inclusion” at BOCES and the Auburn Child Advocacy Center; and works as a facilitator for educational sessions on domestic violence for the Veterans in the New York State Prison in Auburn.

The College’s new chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges elected its officers: President – Jamie Sindell, President-Elect – Amy Kremenek, Secretary – Sue Lamanna, Treasurer – Kelly Venturini. Committee chairs: Communications – Elyse McNamara, Fundraising – Annie Tuttle, Special Events – Sue Tormey, Membership/Recruitment – Chris Granato, Professional Development – Shannon Patrie.

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