Employee Accomplishments

Onondaga Community College

Lee Berg, Nursing, had a story about her students service-learning trip to Guatemala published in the journal Nursing2016.

Robert Charron, Architectural Technology, was named a volunteer architectural co-consultant on a “Preserve New York” grant which will, in conjunction with the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, help preserve the history of the Thousand Islands region. Charon has donated over 10,000 photographs of the Thousand Islands to the Antique Boat Museum. The photos will be used to create a historical survey of the region. You can read more about it here.

Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings, Spanish, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Spanish Literature. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score free-response sections of the AP Exams.

Chris Kukenberger, Art, received the Peace Islands Award at the Turkish Cultural Center of Syracuse’s 11th annual Friendship Dinner.

Ramesh Gaonkar, gave two keynote speeches at two Engineering Conferences in India. In June, he will present a  paper at the American Society of Engineering Education national conference in Columbus, Ohio. In August, he will teach as a Visiting Professor for a half-semester at a university in India.

Russell Madajewski, Hospitality Management, released a book “The Tale of Old Man Fischer” which is available on amazon and Kindle.

Kenneth Meyer, Music, was featured as a guest teacher and performer at the Upstate New York Classical Guitar Society’s Fall Festival in Oneonta, NY. He taught a masterclass for festival participants and performed a solo recital. Meyer also traveled to Guitar Salon International in Los Angeles to record a series of videos with Steven Thachuk as part of the Meyer/Thachuk guitar duo. You can view the videos here, here, here and here.

Stephen Pierson, PhD, English, Reading, and Communication, presented a paper entitled “The Bakhtin Circle’s Contribution to a Twenty-First Century Theory of Art” at the 12th International Conference on the Arts in Society at the American University of Paris.

Deborah Starczewski, MS. Ed., EOP Academic Coach /Adjunct Instructor Teacher Education Dept., authored an article in the October issue of  the Teaching Professor, titled, “Encouraging Students to Think Beyond the Course Material: The Benefits of Using Reflective Journals.”  The article featured the personal advantages to both the professor and students when utilizing reflective journaling within not the students in her early childhood development course, but any course content area.


Anastasia Urtz, Vice President for Administration and Compliance, was named an ACE Fellow by the American Council on Education (ACE) for the 2017-18 academic year.

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