Representing New York State at NASA

These three students are representing OCC and all of New York State in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program. They are (left to right) Wayne Ennis, Rebecca Agosto Matos and Nathan Burroughs.

Chemistry and Physical Science Professor Dr. Fred Jaquin is proud of what Onondaga Community College students have accomplished. Again. OCC’s best and brightest have become regular participants in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program. This year three OCC students have been selected. “They are the only three community college students in all of New York State to be chosen. It’s an amazing accomplishment for all of us to be so proud of,” said Jaquin. Not only do they represent all of New York State, they are also three of only 403 students chosen nationwide.

The three students are Nathan Burroughs, an Engineering Science major from Homer High School (2016) ; Wayne Ennis, an Engineering Science major from Corcoran High School (2007) and Rebecca Agosto Matos, a Mathematics & Science major from East Syracuse Minoa High School (2017). “I’m excited about this opportunity,” said Agosto Matos. “I had done robotics with NASA previously and learned a lot from it.”

Each student will take part in a five-week online activity which will culminate with a four-day on-site visit to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Students will have the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and employees as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA students will form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team will be responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget and developing communications and outreach. “Being able to go to NASA and work with NASA professionals is very exciting,” said Ennis. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Burroughs has been dreaming about space since he was a young child when the Tom Hanks movie “Apollo 13” was popular. “I grew up watching it. It’s the one VHS movie I remember watching tons and tons of time. I got a telescope when I was little with a night sky atlas. I liked going outside and looking up.”

NASA will host another Community College Aerospace Scholars program in the fall. Students interested in participating can contact Professor Jaquin for more information at jaquinr@sunyocc.edu. “Students who do this will have such an advantage going forward,” said Jaquin. “They will have an ‘in’ with NASA if they want to apply for an internship or a fellowship. NASA will know who you are.”

Congratulations to Nathan Burroughs, Wayne Ennis and Rebecca Agosto Matos, our latest class of NASA Scholars!

Best in Class

These six members of the Women’s Basketball team made the honor roll during the fall semester. Each was named to either the President’s List or Provost’s List. They are (left to right): Nadia Diaz from the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central, Katelyn Karleski from Westhill HS, Karleigh Wucher from Onondaga Central HS, Sydni Eure from East Syracuse Minoa HS, Kelsey Brown from Scotia-Glenville HS and Holly Sleeth from Liverpool HS.

Onondaga Community College student-athletes had an outstanding fall semester in the classroom. Dozens of students achieved honor roll status and were named to either the President’s List (grade point average between 3.70 and 4.0) or the Provost’s List (grade point average between 3.40 and 3.69). Six members of the Women’s Basketball team were among those recognized and half of them achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

“We are so proud of our student-athletes who work so hard both in the classroom and on the playing fields. Their success is a testament to their perseverance and the outstanding support staff we have here at Onondaga which is dedicated to helping our student athletes succeed,” said OCC Athletics Director Mike Borsz.

A complete list of high achieving student-athletes is below. Congratulations to all!

 

Baseball

  • Ty Abell
  • Joseph Burry
  • Cameron Curtis
  • Bryce Guernsey

 

Cross Country

  • Michael Laszlo

 

Golf

  • Aaron Deluca

 

Men’s Basketball

  • Nathan Abdo
  • Liam Stewart

 

Men’s Lacrosse

  • Michael Brandow
  • Petey Maxwell
  • Kyle Worsley

 

Men’s Soccer

  • David Pinker
  • Liam Raaen
  • Manuel Silva

 

Men’s Tennis

  • Nicholas Jerome
  • Juan Perez Castro

 

Softball

  • Delanie Alberici
  • Natalie Durocher

 

Track

  • Armando Adrian
  • Michael Laszlo

 

Volleyball

  • Lauren Burbidge
  • Devan Burritt
  • Maggie Prusinowski

 

Women’s Basketball

  • Kelsey Brown
  • Nadia Diaz
  • Sydni Eure
  • Katelyn Karleski
  • Holly Sleeth
  • Karleigh Wucher

 

Women’s Lacrosse

  • Marguerite Cuddy
  • Samantha Dixon
  • Katelyn Karleski
  • Holly Sleeth

 

Women’s Soccer

  • Caitlin Barry
  • Elena Fecco
  • Rachel Greene
  • Claire Maring
  • Leah Pawlewicz
  • Augustine Wait
  • Erica Weber

 

Women’s Tennis

  • Jordan Cole
  • Jennifer Lapp
  • Kathryn Lesselroth

Time Capsule Dedicated

Is it possible one day we will look back at the year 2016 as, “The good old days?” We’ll find out later this century. Students in OCC’s chapter of honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) dedicated a time capsule Monday, March 20 in the lobby of the newly renovated Coulter Library. The time capsule was filled with information about present day family life and current events. It will be reopened in the year 2041.

The ceremony was the culmination of PTK students’ “Honors in Action” project. Students conducted research, then put it into action. An on-line survey created by student Jerry Tingley (East Syracuse Minoa High School) gave members of the campus community the opportunity to share information regarding the makeup of their family. Respondents could also submit photos of their families.

During the dedication all of the information was put into the time capsule along with other timely items including a PTK shirt and sunglasses, the Chicago Sun Times from November 3, 2016 trumpeting the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series and the New York Times from January 21, 2017, the day after Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as our nation’s 45th President.

The time capsule is made of aluminum diamond plate. It was designed and built by Robert Bell, a machinist who is the father of PTK President Haley Hurst (Port Byron High School). It can be viewed at the bottom of the stairwell in Coulter Library.

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A Family’s Plan for College

Jack Walters (center) is excited he will attend OCC tuition-free thanks to the OCC Advantage program. His mother Kate (left) and father (Jeff) are equally excited.
Jack Walters (center) is excited he will attend OCC tuition-free thanks to the OCC Advantage program. His mother Kate (left) and father (Jeff) are equally excited.

The Walters family knows an outstanding opportunity when it sees one. The new OCC Advantage program is as good as it gets. “It’s a gift. It’s incredible,” said Kate Walters. “We’re thrilled for all the hard work everyone did for us to be able to participate in this.”

Walters and her family live in the East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) School District. ESM and Solvay are the first two school districts taking part in OCC Advantage, a new and unique college-readiness and scholarship program. Students who earn a “C” average and show improvement while achieving other benchmarks will be eligible to attend OCC tuition-free. The program contains three main components:

  • Performance – Students need to maintain a 2.0 grade point average and show gradual improvement throughout high school.
  • Attendance – Students will be required to meet attendance goals throughout their four years.
  • Community Service – Students will perform community service as part of the OCC Advantage program.
Jack Walters in the TV control room at ESM.
Jack Walters in the TV control room at ESM.

Upon graduation from high school each member of the Class of 2020 who has successfully completed the program will have the opportunity to attend OCC tuition-free. Once enrolled in the College students will have two years to complete work toward an associate degree or certificate, preparing them for a career or transfer to a four-year institution. During their time on campus students must continue to meet minimum grade point average requirements and perform community service.

For the Walters family the timing couldn’t be better. Their daughter Robin will graduate from ESM this year and attend Ithaca College in the fall. Their son Jack is a freshman at ESM and future member of the graduating class of 2020. OCC Advantage will take care of his first two years of college tuition costs. “I thought it was pretty cool people could go to college for free,” said Jack Walters. “It will help me save money for where I want to go after OCC.”

It’s too soon for Walters to know for sure what he’ll major in. Outside class he works at the school television station, participates in dance competitions and is a hurdler and long jumper on the Track & Field team. His father has taken classes at OCC and understands what a value OCC Advantage is. “It’s a great opportunity. We’re pretty excited about it,” said Jeff Walters.

ESM and Solvay Join the “OCC Advantage” Program

East Syracuse Minoa celebrates joining the OCC Advantage program.
East Syracuse Minoa celebrates joining the OCC Advantage program.

When East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna DeSiato analyzes the benefits of the OCC Advantage program she’s reminded of one of the most popular plays in history. “I had the privilege of seeing Hamilton on Broadway. Lin-Manuel Miranda who plays Hamilton is well recognized for a famous line in a song which says, ‘I am not going to miss my shot.’ It’s important that our freshmen have this opportunity and we want to make sure they do not miss their shot.”

Dr. Donna DeSiato, ESM Superintendent
Dr. Donna DeSiato, ESM Superintendent

DeSiato, who is both an Onondaga Community College alumna and a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, shared those comments with the ESM school community November 29 as it celebrated joining OCC Advantage, a new and unique college-readiness and scholarship program. Students who earn a “C” average and show improvement while achieving other benchmarks will be eligible to attend OCC tuition-free.

ESM is the second school district to become part of OCC Advantage, joining Solvay which held its own celebration November 9. “We’re educating our students and our families about the opportunity this program represents because it’s amazing. We’re thrilled to be a part of it,” said Solvay Schools Superintendent Lawrence Wright.

Students in Solvay’s and ESM’s freshman class will be the first to benefit from OCC Advantage. The program contains three main components:

  • Performance – Students need to maintain a 2.0 grade point average and show gradual improvement throughout high school.
  • Attendance – Students will be required to meet attendance goals throughout their four years at ESM and Solvay.
  • Community Service – Students will perform community service as part of the OCC Advantage program. “We want students to understand that education in life is about going beyond yourself. We’re using community service through the high schools for students to reflect on their skills, their interests, their community and see ways they can exercise the education they have already. It’s about what the student gets through reflection in service. So many students come to college undecided. If you’re undecided you can waste time and money. Those are precious commodities,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.
Lawrence Wright, Solvay Superintendent
Lawrence Wright, Solvay Superintendent

The college-readiness program will also include helping students learn the types of behaviors that will lead to success both during their years in high school and in college. Upon graduation from Solvay and ESM each member of the Class of 2020 who has successfully completed the program will have the opportunity to attend OCC tuition-free. Once enrolled in the College students will have two years to complete work toward an associate degree or certificate, preparing them for a career or transfer to a four-year institution. During their time on campus students must continue to meet minimum grade point average requirements and perform community service.

“This initiative provides access and opportunity to families which otherwise may not be able to afford it,” said Wright. “We have very capable students. We graduate over 90% of them. The majority will go onto college but the majority of them will also struggle to pay for it. That’s a big part of why this relationship is so special.”

Members of Solvay High School's class of 2020 who are enrolled in the OCC Advantage program.
Members of Solvay High School’s class of 2020 who are enrolled in the OCC Advantage program.

The OCC Advantage

These members of Solvay High School's Class of 2020 are the first students to benefit from the OCC Advantage program.
These members of Solvay High School’s Class of 2020 are the first students to benefit from the OCC Advantage program.

A new and unique college-readiness and scholarship program is bringing together Onondaga Community College and families in the Solvay School District. It’s called “OCC Advantage.” Students who earn a “C” average and show improvement while achieving other benchmarks will be eligible to attend OCC tuition-free. “We’re educating our students and our families about the opportunity this program represents because it’s amazing. We’re thrilled to be a part of it,” said Solvay Schools Superintendent Lawrence Wright.

Students signed the OCC Advantage banner.
Students signed the OCC Advantage banner.

The program and partnership were celebrated during an event November 9 in the auditorium of Solvay High School. Students in the freshman class will be the first to benefit from OCC Advantage. The program contains three main components:

  • Performance – Students need to maintain a 2.0 grade point average and show gradual improvement throughout high school.
  • Attendance – Students will be required to meet attendance goals throughout their four years at Solvay.
  • Community Service – Students will perform community service as part of the OCC Advantage program. “We want students to understand that education in life is about going beyond yourself. We’re using community service through the high schools for students to reflect on their skills, their interests, their community and see ways they can exercise the education they have already. It’s about what the student gets through reflection in service. So many students come to college undecided. If you’re undecided you can waste time and money. Those are precious commodities,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.
Celebratory cupcakes!
Celebratory cupcakes!

The college-readiness program will also include helping students learn the types of behaviors that will lead to success both during their years in high school and in college. Upon graduation from Solvay each member of the Class of 2020 who has successfully completed the program will have the opportunity to attend OCC tuition-free. Once enrolled in the College students will have two years to complete work toward an associate degree or certificate, preparing them for a career or transfer to a four-year institution. During their time on campus students must continue to meet minimum grade point average requirements and perform community service.

“This initiative provides access and opportunity to families which otherwise may not be able to afford it,” said Wright. “We have very capable students. We graduate over 90% of them. The majority will go onto college but the majority of them will also struggle to pay for it. That’s a big part of why this relationship is so special.”

The East Syracuse Minoa School District will be joining the OCC Advantage program later this month.

Making a Time Capsule

PTK Officers collecting information for a time capsule are (left to right) Haley Hurst, Jerry Tingley, Christopher Son and Neil Minet.
PTK Officers collecting information for a time capsule are (left to right) Haley Hurst, Jerry Tingley, Christopher Son and Neil Minet.

Can you spare two minutes to be a part of history? That’s all you’ll need to take a quick online survey, the results of which will be placed in a time capsule in the newly renovated Coulter Library.

OCC’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has put together the survey as part of an annual research effort known as “Honors in Action.” PTK members do the research then put it into action to help the community. “The overarching theme was given to us by Phi Theta Kappa. It is ‘How the World Works,’” said Annie Tuttle, PTK Chapter Advisor. “There were 10 different sub-themes. We chose ‘nostalgia and pathos.’ Last semester’s officers did the research and this semester’s officers are putting it into action.”

The “action” is the survey which you can find at this website. Respondents are asked simple questions aimed at helping understand what a family looks like in 2016. The survey is anonymous but respondents can submit photos of their families if they would like. The website was created by PTK Vice President for Leadership Jerry Tingley, a Mathematics & Science major from East Syracuse Minoa High School. He’ll collect data from the website until December 31st, then compile it. The information he collects will help show what a family looks like today.

All of the information gathered will be placed in a time capsule in the newly renovated Coulter Library. The time capsule will include data, submitted family photos and a newspaper from January 21, 2017 which will highlight the inauguration of our nation’s 45th president. The time capsule will be opened in the year 2041, giving the next generation a view of what family life was like 25 years earlier. “The time capsule is a great way to get a lot of people involved in a way that doesn’t take a lot of time,” said Tuttle. “It’s a way to give a lot of students and community members a voice.”

We hope you’ll pause for two minutes and fill out the survey. Thanks for being a part of history!

A Time Capsule Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, January 23rd at 11:15 a.m. in Coulter Library.

Amber Canorro

Amber Canorro
Amber Canorro
  • High School: East Syracuse Minoa, Class of 2012
  • Major: American Sign Language

Amber Canorro found her passion and her purpose at OCC and she’s thrilled about it. “I can see a point of success. I feel fulfilled. I don’t feel lost or wandering anymore.”

Canorro came to OCC interested in a career in education. Her coursework was a struggle. “I didn’t excel in school. I wasn’t a great student in high school or when I started taking classes here.”

While taking a foreign language Canorro developed a love for American Sign Language (ASL). The College was going through the process of adding ASL as a major so Canorro decided to take some time off and get a job.

Two years later, in January 2016, Canorro returned to campus. “When I came back I cherished school. I saw the opportunities it could bring me.” She was a full-time student juggling two jobs and loving every minute of it. By the end of the semester Canorro had earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Today she’s on track to graduate in May 2017 with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “I know I want to be an interpreter of some kind. I’m still learning about the field. There are so many more options than I even understand at this point.”

Canorro’s happy place on campus is in her major where there is a strong bond between students and professors. “Being a part of the ASL Club has helped me tremendously. Everyone is so supportive. The professors and other students are always there to help with anything. It’s such a nice group to be a part of.”

Sports Central

Matt Hauswirth '08 (left) and Niko Tamurian '05 (right) at the CNY Central News Desk.
Matt Hauswirth ’08 (left) and Niko Tamurian ’05 (right) at the CNY Central News Desk.

Tune-in to the television stations of CNY Central for the latest scores and highlights and you are guaranteed to see a graduate of Onondaga Community College’s Electronic Media Communications program. That’s because Matt Hauswirth, ’08 joined the award-winning sports department earlier this summer as both weekend anchor and reporter. The leader of the unit is Sports Director and OCC Alumni Face honoree Niko Tamurian, ’05.

Hauswirth and Tamurian have seemingly been shadowing each other for years. Both are graduates of East Syracuse Minoa High School. When Tamurian joined CNY Central as a weekend anchor and Hauswirth was a student at OCC, Hauswirth became Tamurian’s first intern. “I learned so much from Niko,” said Hauswirth. “Seeing what he accomplished and knowing our similar backgrounds helped me believe I could do this one day.”

Tamurian and Hauswirth review footage for the evening sportscast.
Tamurian and Hauswirth review footage for the evening sportscast.

After earning his associate and bachelor’s degrees Hauswirth began his TV sportcasting career in West Virginia. He was there for five years when a position opened at CNY Central. Tamurian was now the Sports Director and had become a fixture in the community. “I knew Matt would be perfect for the job because of his local knowledge, experience with big college sports and love of the area,” Tamurian said. Everything fell into place and Hauswirth made his on-air debut in June. “I admit I was nervous,” Hauswirth said. “I kept thinking that family and friends were able to see me. Niko was there to help for my first couple of sportcasts which allowed me to get into the groove pretty quickly.”

While it’s too soon to call this a happy ending its clearly a wonderful development for both OCC alumni. “It’s a dream come true for me. This is such a great sports town and its wonderful to be close to family again,” said Hauswirth. “Seeing Matt in front of the camera at CNY Central is a great feeling,” said Tamurian. “There’s the full-circle effect of seeing him progress as an intern to a professional. The excitement on his face is a reminder of how lucky we are to work in an area and industry we both love.”

OCC Students Shine at “Best of SUNY” Art Exhibit

OCC student Renee Thompson with her work titled "See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil" in the New York State Museum in Albany.
OCC student Renee Thompson with her work titled “See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil” in the New York State Museum in Albany.

Onondaga Community College is well represented in the Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition. The annual event highlights work by student artists across the SUNY system. The work is showcased at the New York State Museum in Albany.

"Fruits of New York" by OCC student Alyssa Caldwell
“Fruits of New York” by OCC student Alyssa Caldwell

The work of three OCC students is part of the exhibit:

  • Alyssa Caldwell          East Syracuse Minoa HS, Class of 2014
  • Daniel Ryan                Liverpool HS, Class of 1997
  • Renee Thomson         A Beka Academy (Pensacola, FL), Class of 2010

Usually students have only one work of art selected but judges selected two of Alyssa Caldwell’s. One was ceramic, the other utilized pastel, paint and ink. “All of my Art professors were really excited my work was chosen out of hundreds of pieces from across the state,” said Caldwell. She earned her Art degree in May and plans to transfer to SUNY Oswego and pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Renee Thompson traveled to the New York State Museum to see her work on display. “It was the strangest feeling seeing my artwork in a museum,” Thompson said. “I had to keep pinching myself because it felt like a dream. I couldn’t be more thankful for the experience.”

OCC Student Daniel Ryan's art work titled "Straight Curves" is part of the "Best of SUNY" Student Art Exhibition in Albany.
“Straight Curves” by OCC Student Daniel Ryan.

“It was very exciting to have my piece chosen for the Best of SUNY Art Exhibit,” added Daniel Ryan. He earned an Art degree from OCC and now attends Syracuse University.

“The Best of SUNY exhibit highlights the impressive artistic talents of students from throughout our university system and serves as an inspiration not only to SUNY’s administration, faculty, and staff but to all those who visit the New York State Museum,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Again this year, I am in awe of the student works selected for this summer’s exhibit. Congratulations to the award winners and to all of the students with work on display.”

Artwork featured at the Best of SUNY exhibit is chosen by art departments across SUNY’s 64 campuses. The traditional areas of drawing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking are included, as well as mixed media, photography sculpture and digitally produced works.

The Best of SUNY exhibit is on-display throughout the summer at the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue in Albany . You can learn more about the museum and its hours of operation here.