Employee Accomplishments

Onondaga Community College

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. Malkiel Choseed, English/Reading/Communication, was awarded the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award by the American Association of Community Colleges.

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.

Nancy Gabriel, Human Services and Teacher Education, was named a Champion for Children – Early Childhood Leader by the New York Association for the Education of Young Children.

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.


J.T. Ryan, Business Administration and Faculty Chair, was awarded the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the The League for Innovation for Community Colleges.

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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