Karri Bellamy

  • Major: Business with an Honors Minor
  • High School: Scotia-Glenville, class of 2016

OCC’s Career Services Center has played a significant role in Karri Bellamy’s growth and success.

Bellamy is a competitive horseback rider who graduated from high school in January of 2016. She planned to spend that spring training in Florida and was en route to the North American Junior Young Rider Championship in late July. Plans changed when her beloved horse “Noodle” was injured.

Bellamy intended to enroll in an equestrian college in New Jersey that fall but made a late decision to attend OCC in time for the fall semester. “I knew there was a great Career Services center here. I wanted to come here so I could get help eventually going someplace else.”

During her first semester while taking a Marketing class with Professor Kristen Costello, Bellamy was part of a group of students assigned to design a Marketing plan for Career Services. “We presented our Marketing Plan to Professor Costello and the employees at Career Services. From there, I was hired to work for them. Working there has been an incredible experience.”

Bellamy is utilizing OCC’s Small Business Development Center to start her own marketing business doing public relations for horseback riders. “I saw the importance of having a strong relationship between the sponsors and riders. There was a window of demand in the market and what started out as something small grew into something much larger.”

Besides starting her own business and working for Career Services, Bellamy is a member of honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She also works at the Marcellus Equestrian Center where her horse continues to recover.

Bellamy has also become a member of OCC’s Women’s Lacrosse team. Although she never played in high school, members of OCC’s team convinced her to try out because of her outstanding physical conditioning. She picked up the sport last fall and loved it. “I figured, ‘what do I have to lose? I’m here to do it all. I don’t want to just get a degree. I’ll never get this opportunity again.’”

After she earns her degree in May, Bellamy plans to study abroad and compete internationally in equestrianism. She wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business with a specialization in Marketing and a minor in Communications. “Coming here really opened my eyes to the business aspect of equestrian. I want to bring that into riding so I’m not just riding for an income.”

Bellamy is grateful for the opportunities she received here and the career path her OCC experience has put her on. “I never expected to be doing what I’m doing right now. It’s incredible how just through networking and talking to people that something can take off. Everything here is really what you make of it.”

Celebrating Our Champions

The Lazers celebrate their tenth national title in May 2017.

OCC will honor its rich lacrosse heritage Saturday, October 7.

The festivities will begin at 11am with a ceremony recognizing the new name of the Lazer Stadium playing surface as “Chuck Wilbur Field.” Wilbur is the Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach who in May guided the Lazers to their 10th national championship in 12 years. In June OCC’s Board of Trustees voted to name the playing surface in his honor.

In Wilbur’s 16 seasons at OCC he has a 251-15 won/loss record. In addition, Wilbur has won 16 consecutive Mid-State Athletic Conference Championships, 13 consecutive Region III Championships, and coached the Lazers to the longest win streak in college lacrosse history at 107 games (March 30, 2010 to March 5, 2016). Wilbur was named the NJCAA Lacrosse Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017.

Chuck Wilbur

Wilbur’s efforts both on and off the field have led to extraordinary success for his players: 23 have become professional lacrosse players; 50 have transferred to Division I colleges; 89 have transferred to Division II colleges; 89 have transferred to Division III colleges; and those that have transferred have won a combined 32 NCAA National Championships.

Wilbur is a 1995 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School and a member of that school’s Hall of Fame.

At 11:15am the Men’s Lacrosse program will hold its annual Alumni Game on Chuck Wilbur Field at Lazer Stadium.

At 12:30 members of the 2017 National Championship team will receive their championship rings. The ring ceremony will be followed with a barbecue.

The final event of the day is the annual Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Game. It is scheduled to begin at 2:15.

SUNY Oswego in Syracuse


OCC Alumna Leea Sinay is pursuing her bachelor's degree at SUNY Oswego's Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.
OCC Alumna Leea Sinay is pursuing her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

Leea Sinay always wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree. Her challenge was figuring out how to do so close to her Onondaga County roots. SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center, located in downtown Syracuse, turned out to be exactly what she was looking for. “I have a very busy schedule. This is great because it accommodates my schedule and everything I have going on.”

Sinay was an outstanding scholastic athlete who graduated from Marcellus High School in 2010 and chose to attend Wagner University to play lacrosse. After one year she decided to return to Central New York. Sinay transferred to Onondaga Community College, was named a first team All-American in lacrosse and was a key member of the 2012 National Championship team. She earned a degree in Humanities in May 2012, considered an offer to play Division I lacrosse but decided to stay in the area.

Sinay remained with OCC’s Women’s Lacrosse program, working as an assistant coach under Tom MacDonald. Their conversations regularly included a reminder from MacDonald she needed to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “He always stayed on me about getting my education knowing that if I wanted to be a head coach somewhere I would need my four-year degree. I always wanted to continue going to school but I needed to find the right situation.”

The right situation turned out to be SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center, located in the Atrium Building at 2 Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. Sinay transferred there and her life schedule fell into place. She’s working part-time nearby at National Grid, taking two classes at the Metro Center and taking two more classes online, all while continuing to coach women’s lacrosse at OCC. “It’s so great. I can work most of the day, walk right over from National Grid for class then head up to OCC to coach lacrosse. It’s perfect. I don’t have to travel a lot and I’m getting my four-year degree.” Sinay is a Business Administration major who will graduate in the spring of 2018.

The SUNY Oswego Metro Center is home to 14 bachelor’s, master’s and advanced certificate programs. For more information on Metro Center higher education options which may fit your schedule call (315) 399-4100, email metro@oswego.edu and visit the Metro Center website.

Sports Success

Onondaga’s Men’s Lacrosse team celebrates its 6th consecutive national championship following a 12-7 victory over Nassau Community College on Nassau’s home field.
Onondaga’s Men’s Lacrosse team celebrates its 6th consecutive national championship following a 12-7 victory over Nassau Community College on Nassau’s home field.

Onondaga Lazers athletics experienced an unparalleled level of success during the 2013-14 academic year. Six of the College’s 15 sports teams played for national championships:

Men’s Lacrosse
2014MensLacrosseTrophyDefeated host Nassau Community College 12-7 to win their 6th consecutive national championship, their 8th in the last 9 seasons, and extend their all-time college lacrosse winning streak to 87 games. Nick Garbarino (Binghamton) scored 5 goals in the championship game and was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Tyson Bell (Everest Academy/St. Catharines, Ontario), Tim Barber (West Genesee), and Parrish Young (The Hill Academy/Fair Haven, NJ). Vaughn Harris (Haggersville/Six Nations, Ontario) was named Offensive Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Goaltender Warren Hill (The Hill Academy/Oshweken, Ontario) was named the tournament’s Defensive Most Valuable Player. Hill was also named the National Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Barber was chosen as the National Offensive Player of the Year. “To go through your career at OCC, never lose a game, win two national titles, and be part of an 87-game winning streak is all amazing,” said Barber. Head Coach Chuck Wilbur said the latest title has great meaning, and is optimistic about next season. “Every year is a different group of kids. This year was really special because 75 to 80 percent of our kids were new. Next season we will have a great core group coming back. If they step up we can have another great season.”

Women’s Lacrosse
Finished second in the country, losing to Monroe Community College 11-8 in the national championship game. Four Lazers were named to the All-Tournament Team: Makenzie Annable (Onondaga Central), Jenna Battaglini (Vestal), Alexis Czyz (Baldwinsville), and Claire Wigler (Henninger). The women’s lacrosse team last won the national title in 2012.

Men’s Tennis
Finished in 5th place at the national championship in Plano, TX. Six Lazers competed at nationals: Christian Barnes (Sodus), Elliot Dunn (Alexandria Bay), Jacob Gosier (Rome Free Academy), Michael Mares (Sodus), Matthew Schrader (Homer), and Jesse Zavaro (Camden). The men’s tennis team last won the national title in 2008.

Men’s Golf
Finished 7th in the nation at the national championship tournament in Chautauqua. It was the Lazers first appearance in the national championship as a complete team. Mike Marshall (Westhill) was Onondaga’s lowest scorer in the tournament. Other Lazer standouts were Gus Gosson (Westhill), Austin Chandler (Camden), Bryan Semple (West Genesee) and Cody Nellis (Wayne).

Women’s Basketball
Finished fourth in the national tournament at Rochester, MN. Onondaga lost the first game by one point to eventual national champion Northland Community and Technical College, but rebounded with two wins to finish the season with a 31-5 record. The Lazers had a balanced offensive attack throughout the season with five players averaging in double figures: Allie Taylor (Hannibal), Lauren Roy (Bishop Ludden), Jenn Deuel (Whitesboro), Kayla Kibling (Bishop Ludden), and Amanda Marcely (Bishop Grimes). Head Coach Mike Wheeler won his 300th game during the season.

Men’s Cross Country
Finished in 7th place at the national championship meet in Northfield, MA, the highest finish ever for the Lazers. Justin Garn (Marcellus) was Onondaga’s top runner, finishing in 16th place among team scoring runners. Other scoring runners for the Lazers:

  • Anthony Mitchell (Canastota) in 23rd place
  • Jevar Carter (Corcoran) 36th
  • Zach Fenner (Onondaga Central) 47th
  • Jason Naughton (Onondaga Central) 58th
  • Anthony Feocco (Auburn) 64th
  • Lenoi Carter (Jamaica) 91st