Bright, shiny pinwheels reflecting in the sun filled part of the quad in front of Ferrante and Mawhinney Halls. The pinwheels were placed there by children who attend OCC’s Children’s Learning Center as part of “Pinwheels for Prevention.” The event was held Monday, April 13 in conjunction with Syracuse’s McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. The goal of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, as well as to increase the community’s ability to protect children through child abuse prevention and education. Students enrolled in the College’s Criminal Justice major also participated in the event, helping children place pinwheels in the ground.
Bertina Bailey grew up on a dairy farm in the Cortland County community of Marathon. She graduated from Marathon Central School in 2010 and enrolled in OCC. Bailey worked multiple jobs while commuting daily and double majoring in Criminal Justice and Humanities with an Honors minor. She was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. During her final year as a student Bailey lived in a residence hall and served as an RA. She was awarded a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for her outstanding academic performance and contributions outside of class.
Bailey plans to attend the National University of Ireland in Galway where she will study psychology. Her goal is to become a psychological profiler with the FBI. She credits OCC with setting her on her career path. “If you’re not sure what you want to do, a community college is a great choice. OCC helped me decide what I wanted to do. I am forever grateful and will remember this College forever.”