Here Comes The Army!

Boeheim’s Army is marching up the hill! The team comprised mostly of former Syracuse University basketball players begins play this Friday in the air conditioned SRC Arena and Events Center. Onondaga Community College is one of eight regional sites across the country in the $2 million dollar winner-take-all The Basketball Tournament. All games played on the OCC campus will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Below is a schedule of the games:

Friday, July 26 – Round 1

  • Game 1                 1pm                       (3) Brotherly Love vs (6) Jimmy V                                     ESPN3
  • Game 2                 3pm                       (2) Armored Athlete vs (7) Team Draddy (Manhattan)     ESPN3
  • Game 3                 5pm                       (4) Team Fancy vs (5) Gael Nation (Iona)                          ESPN3
  • Game 4                 7pm                       (1) Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse) vs (8) We Are D3             ESPN2

Saturday, July 27 – Round 2

  • Game 5                 12pm                     Game 3 winner vs Game 4 winner                                   ESPN
  • Game 6                 2pm                       Game 1 winner vs Game 2 winner                                   ESPN3

Sunday, July 28

  • Game 7                 2pm                       Game 5 winner vs Game 6 winner                                   ESPN

Tickets can be purchased at The Basketball Tournament website.

“Syracuse is a basketball city and we are honored to host the TBT Tournament this weekend,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill. “The SRC Arena is one of the region’s premier facilities for intercollegiate and scholastic athletic competitions, graduation ceremonies, and countless community-focused events. We are so excited to have teams and fans in our air-conditioned arena to watch hotly contested basketball, a hallmark of the TBT Tournament.”

2019 Employee SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners

The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were handed out at commencement. Each recipient received a medal and a certificate.

Eleven Onondaga Community College employees were named SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence winners for their consistently superior professional achievement and their ongoing pursuit of excellence. They were recognized during commencement May 18 in the SRC Arena. The honorees are:

  • Carolyn Bice, Excellence in Teaching
  • Mary Ellen Faughnan-Kenien, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
  • Christian Heisler, Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Nicole Hotaling, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
  • Oksana Korol, Excellence in Teaching
  • Kelly Larrivey, Excellence in Professional Service
  • Kristen Lounsbery, Excellence in Teaching
  • Dana Marzynski, Excellence in Classified Service
  • Jennifer Naples, Excellence in Professional Service
  • Buffy Quinn, Excellence in Teaching
  • Christopher Thuot, Excellence in Faculty Service

Believing In Our Facilities Team

The Facilities Team is pictured outside the Service & Maintenance Building. They are the first-ever winners of the “Believe Award” for the outstanding job they do keeping the OCC campus sparkling.

They keep every corner of the 280 acre campus and each of the dozen buildings in tip-top shape. When bad weather closes school, they are the “essential employees” who come to work. They are members of Onondaga Community College’s Facilities Team and they are the winners of the first-ever “Believe Award.”

The Facilities Team was recognized during the Employee Appreciation ceremony, held May 22 in the Gordon Student Center Great Room. Vice President of Finance Sarah Gaffney presented the group with the award. “This is a great group of people I have had the pleasure of getting to know and know firsthand how hard and tirelessly they work. They remind me of the slogan the U.S. Postal Service used at one time: ‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

During the Employee Appreciation ceremony the winners of the Ann Felton Multicultural Leadership Awards were announced. The award is given annually to faculty and staff who have demonstrated continuous leadership in displaying an appreciation of diversity, equity, and respect for all people, as did Ann Felton. She was a long-time faculty member who became the first Director of Multicultural Resources at OCC. The awards were presented by Chief Diversity Officer Eunice Williams to Dr. Fairlie Firari, Dr. Glenda Gross, and Sharon Hill. Following those presentations, OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill stepped to the podium and surprised Williams by presenting her with an Ann Felton Multicultural Leadership Award.

Onondaga Community College’s Board of Trustees voted to reward several employees for their service. They were also recognized at the ceremony:

  • Art Peterson, Chair of Applied Energy Technology, received the Ralph R. Whitney Jr. Award. Recipients are selected based on accomplishment that contribute to high quality academic programs, recruitment, retention and success, as well as other initiatives that benefit the College and Central New York community. The award comes with a $500 scholarship which can be given to a student or students.
  • David Bzdak, Social Sciences & Philosophy, Matt Burr, Enrollment Development & Communications, and Sally Luton, Student Accounts, each received a Trustee Award. These are bestowed annually upon select faculty, administrators, staff and students in recognition of extraordinary service and remarkable contributions to the College’s mission and strategic goals.
  • The team recipient for the Trustee Award was faculty in the Hospitality Management major: Lesley Brooks-Bianchi, Deb Schneider, Courtney Stees, and James Taylor.

During commencement the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were presented. They provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. The 2019 recipients were:

  • Carolyn Bice, Excellence in Teaching
  • Mary Ellen Faughnan-Kenien, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
  • Christian Heisler, Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Nicole Hotaling, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
  • Oksana Korol, Excellence in Teaching
  • Kelly Larrivey, Excellence in Professional Service
  • Kristen Lounsbery, Excellence in Teaching
  • Dana Marzynski, Excellence in Classified Service
  • Jennifer Naples, Excellence in Professional Service
  • Buffy Quinn, Excellence in Teaching
  • Christopher Thuot, Excellence in Faculty Service

Congratulations to all of the honorees and thank you for everything you do!

Members of the Facilities team’s night shift were honored during a separate ceremony.

The Class of The Academy

Members of OCC’s Central New York Police Academy Class of 2019 are (left to right) : Keller Loughlin, Tyler Cominsky, Daniel Southard, Tyler Muller, Lily Hohmann, Anthony Zangari, John Murray, and instructor Michael Asmolik.

Onondaga Community College Central New York Police Academy recently celebrated its latest class of future law enforcement officers. Seven recruits battled their way through the rigorous program which lasted approximately 10 months and included 650 hours of training in the following areas:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Community Interaction
  • Introduction to law Enforcement
  • Investigations
  • Laws of New York State
  • Law Enforcement Skills
  • Mass Casualties and Major Events

Candidates also focused on physical training three nights a week and Saturday mornings.

Graduates of OCC’s Central New York Police Academy are highly regarded in law enforcement circles. This was the first pre-employment program to be authorized by the New York State Division of Criminal Services in 2003. It is led by Training Director Michael Asmolik, a retired Sergeant with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone interested in learning more about the Academy can do so by contacting Becky Buff at (315) 498-6042 or

2019 Commencement

A capacity crowd paid tribute to Onondaga Community College’s graduating students.

Onondaga Community College bid farewell to its 56th graduating class during the 2019 commencement ceremony which was held May 18 in the SRC Arena and Events Center. Nearly 700 students were eligible to receive their degrees having completed their coursework in either the fall 2018, spring 2019 or summer 2019 semester.

OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill

OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill congratulated students on what they had achieved and told them she looked forward to their future accomplishments. “Our community here in Central New York, indeed our society as a whole, needs skilled learners, confident problem solvers, good critical thinkers – people like you. Even as we celebrate what you have done already, we are most excited about what you will do next. Wherever you go from here, remember Onondaga Community College and what you learned here. It will serve you well.”

Electrical Technology major Marigone Istogu was the student speaker. She shared her story of surviving war in her home country of Kosovo and moving to the United States four years ago without knowing a word of English. “I was told electrical engineering was not an appropriate field for a woman to pursue. Someone even said to me only men are smart enough to handle the difficult courses required of an engineering student.” Istogu proved her doubters wrong, became an outstanding student and president of the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. “Do not let the odds that may be stacked against you determine your path to success,” she told her classmates. “If I had listened to every discouraging word I heard, I wouldn’t be standing here today. Turn negative noise into positive action.” Istogu will work at National Grid this summer and transfer to Syracuse University in the fall.

Student Commencement Speaker Marigone Istogu

Following Istogu’s speech the College honored Music Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald Miller. In 1986 he composed “Here Rests In Honored Glory,” a tribute to veterans who gave their lives for our freedoms and their surviving families. In 2018, thanks to the leadership of New York State Assemblyman William Magnarelli and now retired State Senator John DeFrancisco, “Here Rests in Honored Glory” became New York State’s Official Hymn of Remembrance. During commencement Assemblyman Magnarelli presented Dr. Miller with the framed legislation, then the OCC Singers and Brass Ensemble performed the song under the direction of Music Professor Dr. David Rudari, DMA.

OCC Professor of Social Science and SUNY Board of Trustee member Nina Tamrowski introduced attendees to the College’s 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence winners. They were:

  • Dana Marzynski, Excellence in Classified Service
  • Kelly Larrivey, Excellence in Professional Service
  • Jennifer Naples, Excellence in Professional Service
  • Christian Heisler, Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Christopher Thuot, Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Carolyn Bice, Excellence in Teaching
  • Oksana Korol, Excellence in Teaching
  • Kristen Lounsbery, Excellence in Teaching
  • Buffy Quinn, Excellence in Teaching
  • Mary Ellen Faughnan-Kenien, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
  • Nicole Hotaling, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
Music Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald Miller (right) was honored by Assemblyman William Magnarelli (left) and OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill (center).

Before students received their degrees, the College awarded honorary degrees to three individuals who have exhibited professional excellence, meritorious and outstand service, and whose accomplishments serve as an example of the SUNY system’s diverse student body. The honorary degree is the highest form of recognition by SUNY to persons of exceptional distinction. The recipients were:

  • Frederick Marvin (posthumous) – Marvin was a world-renowned concert pianist. His generosity led to the creation of an endowment in his name to support Music majors with a specialty in Piano. He also gifted OCC one of his prized Steinway pianos for students to use along with a collection of musical works.
  • Margaret M. “Meg” O’Connell – O’Connell is the Executive Director of the Allyn Family Foundation, a private organization committed to supporting Central New York. She is spearheading the development of a new building in downtown Syracuse which will house the Salt City Market. She has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and was Interim President of Onondaga Community College during the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Dirk Sonneborn – Sonneborn served as the Executive Director of the Gifford Foundation from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that he was the Vice President for Development and Marketing at the Central New York Community Foundation, President of Exponential Business Development Company, and a Certified Public Accountant since 1980. He has served Central New York as a member of numerous community organization boards.

OCC’s 2019 commencement will be rebroadcast on WSYR TV’s “MeTV” channel Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MeTV can be found at 9.2 with a digital antenna, Spectrum Cable channel 1240, Verizon Fios channel 470 and New Visions cable channel 23.

Getting Opinions From The Pros

OCC Interior Design major Tara Carr (right) receives feedback about her portfolio from Ann Marie Benedict (left), a Project Manager at King+King Architects.

Several students enrolled in the Architectural Technology and Interior Design majors took advantage of an invaluable opportunity when industry professionals came to campus to judge their portfolios. “It was a very good experience to be exposed to an individual who could help me with my portfolio and tell me how I could make it look the best and most professional,” said Tara Carr, an Interior Design major who came to OCC from West Genesee High School.

Carr’s evaluator was Ann Marie Benedict, a Project Manager at King+King Architects and Onondaga Community College alumna. She earned degrees in both Interior Design and Architectural Technology from OCC before transferring to Syracuse University. Benedict turned an internship at King + King into a job and has worked there for 20 years. She enjoyed the opportunity to give back and share advice with tomorrow’s professionals. “It’s important to do things like this so students understand what it is to work in the profession. It’s important to get them acclimated to what it’s going to be like in the real world and what we’re looking for in students and designers.”

The Portfolio Review Session was coordinated by OCC’s Career Services Office, the Office of Alumni Relations, and faculty in the Architectural Technology and Interior Design majors. Organizers wish to express their thanks to the following industry professionals who volunteered their time to evaluate student’s work:

  • Ann Marie Benedict, King + King Architects
  • Sara Berg, Ashley McGraw Architects
  • Diana Elliott, Ashley McGraw Architects
  • Douglas Johnston, SUNY ESF

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Tips for Getting Through Finals Week

Amani Johnson is in her second semester computer studies major at OCC and plans on transferring to SUNY Oneonta to complete her 4-year degree.

Are you stressed during finals week? Do you feel like you’re drained? Finals week is a stressful time for students at OCC. Students have trouble with test anxiety and lack of sleep. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you get through finals weeks with a breeze:

Exercise: Exercising is a great way to cope with finals week and get your body going and blood pumping to your brain to help you stay focused while studying. Exercises like yoga, jogging,riding bikes, or anything you like to do will help you destress and release endorphins to make you feel better. If you want to make your deadlines, try exercising for at least 15-30 minutes a day. Check out the SRC Arena and the YMCA to get a good workout for finals week.

Eating Nutritious Meals: Students tend to make more unhealthy choices when preparing for finals.When choosing whether or not to eat that juicy burger or slice of pizza over a great healthy salad or a fruit bowl, choose the healthier option because it’s better for your body and brain. Maintaining a healthy diets will help to cope with stress and getting good grades for finals. The Gordon Cafeteria and others cafes on campus have a lot of great choices for healthy food.

Finding a Good Study Space: I like to study in quiet places to concentrate on work. Some students find it helpful to study in their dorms, but some students just want a place to focus on studying and the dorm is not really quiet, and it’s very easy to get distracted. Some study places on campus are Coulter Library,the little nooks in Whitney on the second and third floor, the Learning Center,and study areas in Ferrante and Academic II building. Finding the perfect study place will be an immeasurable help to students.

Use Study Groups: Utilizing study groups with friends or classmates will definitely help cut some time on homework, and also help with any questions your unclear about. Working in groups helps me  a lot of rather than working independently. I can get my opinions heard and ask questions that I really wouldn’t be able to ask if I was working independently. Different opinions will be shared and it is a good benefit for everyone in the group. You can learn the material by yourself then ask a group of friends in the same class to help you go over any questions you may have or anything your unsure about.

Finals week are a stressful time for students. Using these tips will  help you pass your finals with flying colors. Good Luck to all students taking finals!!!

OCC Student Art Show

The work of sophomore Art majors is on display in the Gallery at the Ann Felton Center.

The final exhibit of the academic year is open for viewing in the Gallery at the Ann Felton Center. The “Sophomore Show” highlights the work of OCC  Advanced Art students who are earning their degrees this semester. The Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday between now and Monday, May 20. You can view a slideshow of some of the remarkable work below.

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What’s Happening for Week 16 of Spring Classes at OCC

We’re almost there, friends! Time to de-stress with a rowdy game of dodgeball on the Quad, or pet some cute animals in Coulter Library, before gathering our strength for one more serious push! Just one week left until finals, and then it’ll all be behind us!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Main Campus Quad, Quad Dodge Ball

  • Get physical with a spirited game of dodgeball, weather permitting!

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Storer Auditorium, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope

  • Viewing of the movie and panel discussion.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Coulter Lobby, De-Stress Fest

  • Stop by and chill! Grab a snack and pet a dog, play giant games and enter our raffle for prizes!

Friday, May 10, 2019

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Allyn Hall Gym, Throwback Roller Skating

  • Event held in SRC.