Onondaga Community College’s Board of Trustees welcomed two new members and granted Trustee Emeritus status to an outgoing member during its monthly meeting November 15.
Eulas Boyd was sworn-in by Board Vice Chair Melanie Littlejohn. Boyd has extensive experience in higher education having held leadership positions at Rochester Institute of Technology, Queens College – CUNY, California State University – Dominguez Hills, Le Moyne College, SUNY Cortland and Cornell University. He earned degrees from SUNY Buffalo and Cornell University. He also did Advanced Course Work in High Education Administration at Syracuse University. Boyd was appointed by Onondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney.
Katelyn Malecki was sworn-in as the new Student Trustee. Each year the Board of Trustees includes one student member who attends monthly meetings and participates in all votes. That person also becomes a member of the Student Association. Malecki is a Business Administration major with an Honors minor. She’s a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, the Business Club and the Whole Earth Club.
After graduating from Baldwinsville High School in 2015 Malecki attended a make-up school in Los Angeles. About half way through the program she decided it wasn’t for her but stuck it out and earned a certificate. “I learned so much about independence and how to work with different people. It was a life-learning experience.”
Malecki returned home to Baldwinsville but her interest in makeup and fashion remained strong. “When I was a child I had this Phantom of the Opera book. One of the pages was a picture of Michael Crawford (the Phantom) having his makeup put on. It just fascinated me.”
Malecki came to OCC with her more than 40 college credits earned in high school. She will earn her degree next May and plans to transfer to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She says she’ll be sorry to leave OCC. “I really love it. It’s sad I will only be here for a year. I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities. I’m meeting great people and have great classes. It’s such a fantastic school.”
Also during Tuesday’s meeting outgoing Board member Dr. Gary R. Livent was granted Trustee Emeritus Status. He served for 18 years. Livent was appointed in 1998 by County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro.