OCC’s Newest American Citizen

Carlos Roldan in the office of the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program in Coulter Hall.

Carlos Roldan is one of Central New York’s newest American citizens. He was sworn-in February 4 during a naturalization ceremony at Fowler High School.

Roldan works at OCC as a Technical Assistant in the office of the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program, known as C-STEP. He’s a native of Ecuador. His wife, Lydia is from Central New York. They met in 2012 while she was in Ecuador teaching English as a Second Language. They married in 2013 and moved to the Syracuse area one year later.

Perhaps Roldan’s biggest transition has been adjusting to the weather. In Ecuador, which straddles the equator, the temper fluctuates very little throughout the course of an entire year. “It’s much different here. The weather can be very extreme. I learned here in Syracuse good boots, good jacket, you’re good to go.”

Roldan’s hobbies include mountain climbing (he’s climbed several of the Andes Mountains), mountain biking and soccer. At age 43 he still plays soccer regularly both indoors and outdoors. The Roldan’s have a 3 ½ year old son Gabriel who is learning the game. “The first word he said was ‘ball.’” Soon they’ll have another child to teach the game to. Son number two is due in mid-March.

It will be a busy year for the Roldan’s. Carlos has been accepted into SUNY Oswego’s Business Administration program and will begin pursuing a master’s degree this summer. He previously earned a bachelor’s in Hotel & Tourism Management.

Congratulations Carlos on becoming a U.S. citizen!

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