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.
Onondaga Community College shined brightly at the annual USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Award ceremony. The event was held March 2 at the New York State Museum in Albany.
Sophomore Music majors Julianna Meyers (Central Square HS) and Katie Spriggs (Liverpool HS) sang the Star Spangled Banner. College President Dr. Casey Crabill was an award presenter and she had the honor of calling the names of two OCC student recipients, Heather Flewelling and Haley Hurst. They were named to the All-State Academic Team based on their academic excellence and community service.
Flewelling is a native of Oswego who earned her GED in 1999. She’s a Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences major with minors in Honors and Women’s Studies. Flewelling will earn her degree in May. She plans to transfer to Syracuse University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a minor in Medical Anthropology.
Hurst is a 2015 graduate of Port Byron High School. She’s a Mathematics & Science major with an Honors minor. Hurst attended OCC tuition-free thanks to the New York State STEM scholarship program. She will earn her degree in May. Hurst plans to transfer to SUNY Binghamton and pursue a degree in its nanotech stem research program.
Last Saturday, over twenty former Lazers came back to Onondaga Hill to take part in the 3rd Annual OCC Women’s Basketball Alumni Game. Coach Mike Wheeler took over the program sixteen years ago when the team was coming off a 0-28 campaign. Since that time, Wheeler has transformed the team into one of the elite programs in the NJCAA, and he is proud of how far they have come. “We are a family-type of program first and foremost, so seeing the players start to come back who have gone on to do great things and still stay committed to OCC speaks volumes about them, the College and my staff.”
One of those players was 2013 grad Kaitlynne Knapp, who was playing in her first alumni game and she couldn’t wait to get started. “I was driving to campus this morning and a song came on the radio that our team used to listen to all the time, so it only added to excitement about playing with everyone again.”
Before coming to OCC Knapp played at Port Byron High School and transferred to OCC after one year after one year at another institution. “OCC was great, the programs put me on a path to pursue my goals, and through the success we achieved as a team I was able to extend my playing career by being recruited to play at Wells College.”
At Wells, Knapp worked towards her bachelor’s in Environmental Conservation and is waiting on the results of a couple of civil service exams as she looks to pursue a career in in that field.
Students Heather Flewelling and Haley Hurst are being honored for their academic excellence and community service. They are OCC’s representatives on the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team. Flewelling and Hurst will travel to Albany next month for a recognition ceremony at the New York State Museum in Albany.
Flewelling is a native of Oswego who earned her GED in 1999. She’s a Humanities & Social Sciences major with minors in Honors and Women’s Studies. Flewelling will receive her degree in May. She plans to transfer to Syracuse University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and a minor in Medical Anthropology.
Hurst is a 2015 graduate of Port Byron High School. She attended OCC tuition-free thanks to the New York State STEM scholarship program. Hurst majored in Mathematics & Science with an Honors minor. She will receive her degree in May. Hurst plans to transfer to SUNY Binghamton and pursue a degree in its nanotech stem research program.
Haley Hurst is attending OCC tuition-free thanks to a New York State STEM scholarship program. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The scholarship program requires students to graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class, go to a SUNY college full-time while enrolled in a STEM major and work in a STEM-related field in New York State for five years after graduating.
Hurst completed the first requirement by graduating in the top 10 percent of her class at Port Byron High School. When it was time to choose a college she found everything she was looking for in OCC. “I wanted to go to a community college that wasn’t too close to home. I thought it was important to experience life on my own without my parents by my side. I also thought it was important to meet new people. I visited this campus and thought it was so nice.”
Hurst is enrolled in the Mathematics & Science major and is also an Honors minor. After earning her degree she plans to transfer to either SUNY Upstate Medical University or SUNY Stony Brook and major in biochemistry.
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