Fundraising for Students

February is Student Philanthropy Month on the OCC campus! Generous donations by OCC employees will benefit students throughout the month.

Employee donations will be turned into Lazer Tokens which students can earn when they go to the Learning Center (in Gordon) or Career Services (in Coulter) and take advantage of the services they offer. Students who sign up for one-on-one meetings, workshops or tutoring will receive Lazer Tokens while also increasing their chance of succeeding at their goals. Students can also earn Lazer Tokens by attending the spring Transfer Fair Wednesday, February 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gordon Great Room.

With the LAZER tokens they earn while benefitting from these services, students will have the opportunity to help direct those employee donations to support two funding initiatives developed by Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Association. Students will also become eligible to win one of ten $250 LAZER Card grants. The winners will be announced Wednesday, March 7 during “Show Me The Money Day” in the Gordon Great Room during College Hour.

Thanks for taking part in Student Philanthropy Month!

The Power of Helping Students

India Carr

India Carr is the beneficiary of the generosity of employees at Onondaga Community College. She’s won $250 on her Lazer Card. The money is a gift from OCC employees donated on National Philanthropy Day. “I am over the moon about winning this. The money is going to help out a lot. I’ve scoped out supplies and textbooks in the bookstore I may use the money on.”

Carr was one of 10 winners announced March 1 in the Gordon Student Center during the OCC Foundation’s “Show Me The Money” event. During those festivities, the OCC Foundation announced funds raised for both Phi Theta Kappa’s “Completion and Transfer Fund” and the Student Association’s “Semester Start-Up Fund.” Money generated is a direct result of employee donations.

Carr is a 2011 graduate of Henninger High School who earned a Photography degree from OCC in 2013. She returned to OCC in the fall 2016 semester to begin pursuing a Nursing degree. She entered in the contest to win $250 after hearing about it from the embedded tutor in her Anatomy class whom she meets with regularly in the Learning Center. “I’m in the process of writing a thank you note. The sheer fact people were so kind and willing makes you me want to go out and give back to someone else. I’m all about doing to others what you would want done to yourself.”

New Student Leaders

2016-17 Student Association Officers are (front row, left to right): Henry Humiston, Michael Phelps, Vernon Macklin and Deyoni Stith. Back row left to right: Sandy Klinzman, Joanna Reyes and Liz Angle.
2016-17 Student Association Officers (front row, left to right): Henry Humiston, Michael Phelps, Vernon Macklin, Deyoni Stith, (back row left to right): Sandy Klinzman, Joanna Reyes and Liz Angle.

A new group of officers have been selected to lead the Student Association during the 2016-17 academic year. The new student leaders are:

Sandy Klinzman, President

  • Major: Humanities
  • HS: Marcellus


Deyoni Stith, V-P of Clubs & Organizations

  • Major: Business Administration
  • HS: Clara Barton in Brooklyn


Vernon Macklin, V-P of Entertainment

  • Major: Electronic Media Communications
  • HS: Institute of Technology


Michael Phelps, V-P of Media

  • Major: Electronic Media Communications
  • HS: Corcoran


Joanna Reyes, Student Representative on the Board of Trustees

  • Major: Humanities & Social Sciences
  • HS: Cicero-North Syracuse


Liz Angle, Student Representative to the OCCA Board

  • Major: Early Childhood Education
  • HS: Oneida


Henry Humiston, Student Representative to the OCCA Board

  • Major: Nuclear Technology and Electronic Engineering Technology
  • HS: Faith Baptist Academy


The Student Association provides students with opportunities for governance while developing leadership skills and serving the needs of the student body. Elected student officers and professional staff collaborate with students, faculty, staff and administration to identify and deliver programming and services that reflect the needs and preferences of the student body.