Onondaga Community College’s Board of Trustees recognized outstanding students, faculty and community members during its May meeting.
During the month of April, the College held its first-ever Unity Day. The campus-wide celebration of diversity was organized by six students: Event Chair Leah Walsh, Adnon Aljuboori, Moise Laub, Suaad Obaid, Stephanie Rosado and Sam Stetson. The Board of Trustees presented each student with a Certificate of Achievement and a medallion which will be worn at commencement.
The Board also handed out John H. Mulroy Founder’s Awards which recognize individuals whose exemplary service has significantly advanced the mission, vision and excellence of Onondaga Community College and enhanced its capacity to provide students of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to explore, discover and transform their lives through access to high-quality, affordable higher education. The 2018 recipients include:
- Patrick Kilmartin, former Onondaga County Legislature Majority Leader.
- Edward Riley, OCC Alumnus and Developer who restored the old Hotel Syracuse and reopened it as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
- Jane Tanner, a Mathematics Professor who retired after 36 years of service to OCC students.
The Trustee Award for Students was given to Moise Laub who was also one of the Unity Day honorees.
A posthumous Trustee Award was presented in memory of Dennis Burgos, a beloved member of the campus community who passed away last December. He was a Security Guard in OCC’s Department of Campus Safety and Security. Burgos contracted lung cancer as a result of his work as a New York State Trooper in New York City in the days and weeks after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. He was 53 years old. His parents, Lillian and Manuel Burgos, were in attendance and received the award.