Summer Learning

OCC Biology Professor MaryAnn Page shows wide-eyed students what the inside of a frog looks like during the YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy.

Students enrolled in the YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy spent a day learning about biology in OCC’s Ferrante Hall. The students rotated through five classrooms where they engaged in hands-on learning activities with OCC professors. Lesson topics included:

  • Human skeleton with professor Emily Gardner.
  • DNA with Professor Leslie Lane.
  • Benefits of house plants with Professor Peter Kraai.
  • Aquatic insects with Professor Justin Fiene.
  • Survey of animal diversity and how to use microscopes with Professor MaryAnn Page.

YMCA Power Scholar Academy students in grades 3, 4 and 5 came to the campus from the East Syracuse Minoa and Syracuse City School Districts. A photo slideshow can be viewed below.

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Honoring Our Partners

The OCC Foundation will pay tribute to two outstanding organizations and three school districts, honoring each with the first-ever Impact Partner awards. They will be handed out at the Foundation’s “Celebration of Success.”

The 2018 honorees are:

The Celebration of Success will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the SRC Arena. Anyone interested in attending can do so by registering here. More information is available by contacting the OCC Foundation at (315) 498-6060 or