Congratulations

2020 & 2021

Graduates!

Virtual Commencement will be live on YouTube at 11 a.m. on May 23

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PRESIDENT'S WELCOME

Dr. Brian M. Durant 
President

BOARD OF TRUSTEES WELCOME

Marian Brown
Chair, Board of Trustees

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Greetings from Dignitaries

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MESSAGE FROM PROVOST & VICE PRESIDENT

Dr. Ronald Cantor
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

STUDENT ADDRESS

Ize Goodfriend
Associate in Arts, 2021

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STUDENT ADDRESS

Ashley Reilly
Associate in Science, 2021

PRESENTATION

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Graduates

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2020 GRADUATES

2021 GRADUATES

SUNY CHANCELLOR'S

2020 AWARD FOR

Student Excellence

CASSANDRA DISANTO

A Health Sciences major with a concentration in Medical Imaging/Radiography, Cassandra DiSanto is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was in Cayuga’s Honors Program and graduated with a 3.75 grade point average. She was named to the President’s or Provost’s Lists each semester since Fall 2018.   

The Union Springs High School graduate tutored students in math, science and writing, and was an embedded tutor for an anatomy and physiology course. DiSanto also worked in the College Admissions Office and served as a student ambassador.    

“There are so many great students at Cayuga and at all the SUNY schools, so it’s certainly an honor and a bit of a surprise to receive the award,” said DiSanto. “I had so much support during my time at Cayuga, especially from Professor Sue Gilmore and my other professors, and they inspired me to keep working toward my goals and to be the best version of myself.”  

After completing her degree at Cayuga, DiSanto transferred to SUNY Upstate Medical University’s highly competitive Medical Imaging Science/Radiography Bachelor of Science program. 

BRITTANY KULAS

A Moravia High School graduate who is majoring in Business Administration at Cayuga, Brittany Kulas is also a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and was the president of Enactus, the student business club. She was named to the President’s List each semester since Fall 2018.

Kulas, who graduated from Cayuga with a 4.0 grade point average, tutored other students in the business lab and was an embedded tutor in accounting courses. She also worked in the College’s Office of Accessibility Resources.

“I knew there were a lot of people who could apply for the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, so to be one of the few students selected is really exciting,” said Kulas. “I think the supportive environment at Cayuga with other students and my professors really helped me be successful in my courses and pushed me to receive the award.”

Kulas transferred to Le Moyne College to study accounting. She eventually wants to earn her master’s degree and become a certified public accountant.

SUNY CHANCELLOR'S

2021 AWARD FOR

Student Excellence

JOSHUA HART

A graduate of Auburn High School, Joshua Hart excelled academically at Cayuga while also participating in several media-related platforms for students.

A member of the President’s List from the Fall 2018 through Fall 2020 semesters, he was also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in 2020. He’s graduating with an Associate in Applied Science in Media Production, and previously earned an Associate in Applied Science in Audio Production in 2020. His cumulative GPA is more than 3.9.

He has previously received the WDWN Radio Personality of the Year Award for his work at the Cayuga student radio station, and the Award for Excellence in Audio Production and the Best Public Service Announcement. For several semesters he worked at Cayuga Records, the College’s student record company.

“Receiving the Chancellor’s Award is very special to me. As someone who has overcome many obstacles to reach this point, I feel like it represents my determination to achieve the career I’ve wanted for years,” said Hart. “I appreciate the support of my family, friends, and the faculty and staff at Cayuga, who helped me succeed.”

After completing his degree, Hart is hoping to begin his career in video or audio production.

CHANCELLOR'S

2020 AWARD FOR

Excellence

ALLISON CASS

EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from SUNY Potsdam in 1993 and joined Cayuga in 2009 as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid. In that capacity, Allison has committed herself to counseling students and families through the financial aid process. This responsibility includes guiding students and parents through completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Her work includes verification and packaging of federal loans, reviewing all relevant loan issues for students, certifying private student loans, and she is responsible for monitoring $5 million annually in direct loan reconciliation for Cayuga. She also communicates directly with families exploring college options with financial aid information sessions and FAFSA filing workshops.

In her time at Cayuga, Allison has served on the Student Success Committee, the Advisement Task Force Committee, and was the chair of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association Region 8 Committee from 2013-2014.

MISTY DIGAETANO

EXCELLENCE IN CLASSIFIED SERVICE

After graduating summa cum laude from Cayuga in 2001, Misty earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Oswego. From 2001 to 2007, she worked part-time with several Cayuga departments before joining the College’s Center for Academic Success full-time in 2007. At Cayuga, Misty works with students who are preparing for and taking placement and entrance exams, including for the Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs. She also works with Admissions and Student Engagement on student placement testing and captures data from the College’s Tutoring Program. Misty works closely with teaching faculty and the Office of Accessibility Resources, administering make-up and accommodative exams.

During her time at Cayuga, Misty has served as a student retention coach and has participated in other College retention programs, serves on the Wellness Committee, and is a member of the Fulton Campus Strategic Planning Committee.

CHRISTINE MOTTO

EXCELLENCE IN ADJUNCT TEACHING

A SUNY Oswego graduate who earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction from George Mason University in 1994, Christine joined Cayuga as an Adjunct Instructor in 2007. For the past 13 years, she has dedicated herself to helping students develop their writing and literacy skills in courses including Freshman English, Children’s Literature and Creative Writing. Christine discusses different writing styles and approaches with students, including objective and subjective writing, and the techniques that make these styles successful. An accomplished writer who has published several short stories and recently finished a novel, Christine draws on her own experiences to walk students through the writing, editing and publishing process.

Part of her approach to teaching is to inspire students and to make each of them realize they have the ability to tell their own story, and to see the importance in sharing those stories.

PAUL NOLAN

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Paul began working at Cayuga as a lecturer in 2002 after earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Mansfield University and a Master of Arts Degree in English from SUNY Oswego, where he concentrated in American Literature and Composition Theory. He became an Assistant Professor at Cayuga in 2008 and an Associate Professor in 2012 before becoming a Professor in 2016. Paul dedicates each semester to working with students to improve their writing and literary comprehension skills, with courses including Honors English and Fundamentals of Writing. For more than a decade, Paul has devoted time to supporting and enhancing Cayuga’s Honors Program, which creates rigorous avenues for students to challenge themselves academically.

During his time at Cayuga, Paul has served on the College’s Professional Growth and Scholarship Committee, the Chancellor’s Award Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the Honors Advisory Committee.

VITA MARIE RACKO

EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY SERVICE

Vita joined Cayuga in 2010 as a Student Engagement Counselor, and over the past decade has demonstrated a strong commitment to students’ well-being while also helping students determine their future pathways. She earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and French from Le Moyne College in 1993, and a Master of Science Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Scranton in 1995. She is a nationally certified counselor, and advises students on course selection and primary fields of study. In addition to guiding students with personal and career advice, she is a transfer counselor helping students determine where they should continue their collegiate experience after Cayuga. From 2013 to 2016, Vita was the chair of Cayuga’s Behavioral Intervention Team and has conducted workshops on counseling students for faculty and staff.

She has also served on the Academic Standing Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the College-wide Mentoring Committee.

CHANCELLOR'S

2021 AWARD FOR

Excellence

DR. JERIMY BLOWERS

EXCELLENCE IN FACULTY SERVICE

A Cayuga alum who earned his degree in Humanities and Social Science, Jerimy earned his Master of Science Degree in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and his doctorate in Health Psychology from Northcentral University in Arizona in 2007. He returned to Cayuga in 2014 after serving as the director for the Academy for Academic Excellence and Student Success at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls.

At Cayuga, Jerimy develops programs enhancing campus community health and wellness, provides personal counseling, serves as a behavioral health consultant and an academic advisor for the Office of Student Engagement. He also leads the College’s Behavioral Intervention Team and chairs the Violence Prevention Team. In 2019, he received the Alumni Achievement Award, the Richard Malstead Award for student service, and the Gold Award by Cayuga County SAVAR, a recognition of his service supporting survivors of violence and sexual assault.

MARY BULKOT

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Vassar College, and has earned master’s degrees in English Literature and Drama from McGill University and in Information Design and Technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. An English professor who started at Cayuga as a Lecturer in 2005, she became an Instructor in 2006, Assistant Professor in 2010, Associate Professor in 2014 and Professor in 2018. Mary has taught a variety of courses dedicated to writing and literature, including World Literature, American Literature, Effective Speech and Technical Writing. Her commitment to students extends beyond the classroom.

Throughout her time at Cayuga, Mary has regularly volunteered at open houses, helped recruit visiting artists and professors to bring new perspectives to students, and served on committees dedicated to academic development and professional growth.

HOLLY KUHL

EXCELLENCE IN LIBRARIANSHIP

A leader of Cayuga’s information literacy program, Holly designs, teaches, and coordinates assessment of the Library’s curriculum, research classes, and integration of information literacy instruction across college programs. Holly started at Cayuga in 2016 after earning her Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University in 2015. She supervised the revision of Cayuga’s information literacy program and works with faculty to design research assignments and instruction. She also works with the Office of Distance Learning to integrate information literacy instruction in the online environment. Holly co-authored and presented a paper on information literacy work taking place at Cayuga in Beijing at the International Conference on Embedded Education and New Models of Instruction.

In 2018, she was invited to speak on a panel at the American Library Association’s National Conference. Holly is also active in the SUNY Library Association as an executive member of the SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee. She is currently earning her doctorate from Syracuse University.  

DEBORAH PURCELL

EXCELLENCE IN CLASSIFIED SERVICE

Deborah has a long-standing commitment to Cayuga’s students. Deborah started working at the College as a tutor in 1996, leading study groups and guiding students to take an active role in their education. While working at the College, she earned an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math and Science and an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1999 she was named Assistant to the Director of Alumni Affairs, where she helped track alumni and assisted with event planning and communications. In 2006 she became a typist and switchboard operator at the Fulton Campus, and in 2009 she became the Senior Typist for Cayuga’s Office of Community Education and Workforce Development.

Along with helping students with registrations and payments and completing classroom assignments, over the past year Deborah has worked with veterans to help them file the appropriate certifications and receive the educational benefits they have earned. 

AMANDA REED

EXCELLENCE IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

An alum who earned her Associate of Science in Business Administration, Amanda returned to Cayuga as the Evening/Weekend Administrator after earning her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from SUNY Oswego in 2008. In that position she was responsible for coordinating and overseeing all evening and weekend operations of the Fulton Campus, including scheduling classrooms, supporting evening service areas and leading onsite projects. In 2012 she earned her Master of Science in Adult Education with a specialization in Human Resource Development from SUNY Buffalo. After being named the Manager of the Fulton Campus in 2016, she began coordinating campus operations, overseeing Buildings and Grounds personnel and supporting faculty and staff in addressing concerns about classroom environment and equipment.

Over the past year, Amanda has helped coordinate COVID-19 response efforts on the Fulton Campus, including assisting with testing, organizing campus sanitizing protocols and monitoring the inventory of personal protective equipment.

Commencement

Awards

ATHLETICS

Carol A. Brewer Sportsmanship Award

Recipient: Katelyn D. Stoddard

Presented to a graduating student who exemplifies the highest personal ethics in sports, consistent with Carol Brewer’s respect for fairness and a code of conduct that transcended the rules of the game. This award was established by colleagues, family, and friends upon Carol’s death in 1992.

Ralph J. Casbarro Sports Award

Recipient: Joshua Smith

Established by his family in 1980, the Ralph J. Casbarro Award recognizes a graduate who has achieved recognition in sports while at Cayuga and who exemplifies the qualities that made Ralph so well known in the Auburn community.

BUSINESS

Business Transfer Award

Recipient: Michael A. Giamartino

This award recognizes the achievements of a promising graduate who has completed at least 30 credit hours in accounting at Cayuga and has been accepted into an accounting program at an upper division college or university.

Professor Joseph A.M. Camardo Memorial Award

Recipient: Jaicey E. Jones 

This award, established by family, friends, and colleagues of Professor Camardo who taught at Auburn/Cayuga Community College for 50 years, is presented to a graduating Cayuga County resident who is transferring to a four- year institution to pursue a degree in the field of business.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance Award

Recipient: Emma Sushereba-Wilson

This award is presented to a Fulton Campus graduate who is entering the Insurance and Risk Management Program at SUNY Oswego, otherwise to a Fulton graduate pursuing studies in a business-related field at a four-year institution.

Joseph P. and Elizabeth J. Ganey Business Award

Recipient: Jaicey E. Jones

This award was established in 2001 in recognition of the many accomplishments of Joseph P. Ganey. It is presented to a graduating Cayuga County resident who has completed all requirements for a degree in Business Administration or Accounting, has been accepted at a four-year college or university, and has given evidence of participation in community service and/or work.

Harrington Business Award

Recipient: Taylor LaDue

This award is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in a business field and who has been accepted for transfer in a business-related field at a four-year college or university.

John E. Stapleton Award

Recipient: Keegan Poole 

This award is given to a graduating student who intends to continue his/her education in the accounting field, or, if none, then business

EDUCATION

Sandra B. Carbary Memorial Award

Recipient: Dani Avery

This award, established in memory of Sandra B. Carbary by her family and friends, is given to a graduating student who plans to continue his/her education in elementary education. The recipient must demonstrate a passion for helping children to become lifelong learners, avid readers, and sensitive and caring individuals. Prerequisite is a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and acceptance at a four-year college. Selection is made by the Early Childhood faculty.

Philip Thomas and Mary Pace Cefaratti Memorial Award

Recipient: Molly Walter

This award, established in memory of Philip and Mary Pace Cefaratti, is presented annually to a graduate who plans to continue in the field of elementary, secondary, or physical education. Along with academic excellence, the recipient must demonstrate integrity, honesty, sensitivity, and a willingness to inspire the best in others – qualities that made Mary and Phil so special.

ENGLISH

Neilia Hunter Biden English Awards

Recipient: Ize Goodfriend and Caleb Roden

These two awards are given in memory of Neilia Hunter Biden to graduates whose academic work has been judged superior in the field of British Literature and Journalism.

Ruth Kimball Kent Memorial English Award

Recipient: Ashton M. Samara

Established by Ruth Kimball Kent, an alumna of the Class of 1960, the award is given to a graduate who has done outstanding work in English.

LIBERAL ARTS

Edward T. and Alice L. Boyle Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: Gretchen Graf

This award was established in 1989 in memory of Edward T. and Alice L. Boyle by family and friends. Mr. Boyle served as a founding member of the College’s Trustees from 1953 to 1975. The award is presented to an Associate of Arts graduate who previously graduated from Auburn High School and who is accepted for transfer to an accredited college or university. The award recognizes academic achievement as well as a demonstrable commitment and service to the community.

Richard Mahlstedt Sr. Memorial Award

Recipient: Esther Keiderling

This award was established by the family, friends, and colleagues of J. Richard Mahlstedt Sr. who taught

English and theater at Cayuga Community College from 1967 to 2001. It is presented to a graduate transferring to an accredited institution of higher learning who demonstrates strong academic potential in English and theater or English and humanities.

Virginia K. Moore Choral Award

Recipient:  Alena Minguela

This award is given to a student who has demonstrated superior motivation and aptitude in the field of music.

Dr. Thomas D. and Wilhelmina Meagher Stapleton Award

Recipient: Alena Minguela

Established in 1989 in memory of Wilhelmina Meagher Stapleton and Dr. Thomas D. Stapleton by family and friends, the award is given to a graduate continuing his/her studies toward a degree in liberal arts and who has an interest in the study or performance of music.

MATHEMATICS

John A. Daum Memorial Scholarships

Recipients: Kristine A. Rowe and Ashley Reilly 

These awards were established by the family and friends of John A. Daum, who taught mathematics at Cayuga Community College from 1983 to 1989. They are presented annually to two graduates who have been accepted at a four-year college or university and who exemplify the characteristics which made John an exceptional teacher and friend. Through his sense of humor and enthusiasm, John helped each student achieve his/her maximum potential.

Mathematics Excellence Award

Recipient: Kristine A. Rowe

This award is presented to an outstanding graduate who has distinguished himself/herself in the study of mathematics.

NURSING

Louis and Madeleine Alfieri Memorial Nursing Award

Recipient: Matthew Butler 

This award is presented to a nursing graduate who excels in the art of nursing as evidenced by the demonstration of kind, caring, and compassionate interactions with others, and who strives to make a humanistic difference within a complex health care environment.

Auburn Community Hospital Auxiliary Award

Recipient: Mallory G. Colella

This award is presented to a deserving student who will continue his/her education in the nursing profession.

Vicki Cook Condie Nursing Excellence Award

Recipient: Mallory Colella

This award is presented to a nursing graduate in recognition of academic achievement who has attained the highest GPA.

Barbara Dove Memorial Award

Recipient: Amanda L. Regnier

This award is presented to a nursing graduate who has demonstrated clinical excellence in medical/surgical nursing.

Ethyl W. Mapes Memorial Nursing Awards

Recipients: Kristine K. Michel and Kaitlyn M. McKenney

These two awards, established by Jean Kulakowski in memory of her mother, are given annually to nursing students who exemplify the art of nursing and will be sitting for their NCLEX-RN licensing examination.

William J. Painter Memorial Awards

Recipients: Heather Van Etten and Gerald T. Sawyer 

These awards are presented to nursing graduates who have excelled in orthopedic or neurological nursing and demonstrate professionalism with leadership qualities.

Dorothy M. Rooker Awards

Recipient: Samantha Knapp

Established in 2000 by Linda Rooker as a tribute to her mother, this award is presented to a nursing graduate who has demonstrated sensitivity toward geriatrics or those physically/mentally challenged and who plans to continue his/her education in the field of nursing.

Dr. George Sincerbeaux Pediatric Scholarship

Recipient: Sabrina I. Synesael 

This award is presented to a nursing graduate in the upper one-third of the class who is interested in pediatrics and in continuing his/her education in the nursing profession.

Wilfred “Sonny” Taylor Memorial Award

Recipient: Shelby S. Drake

This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates the therapeutic use of humor as an interpersonal skill within the practice of nursing. Humor has proven to be an effective nursing intervention to convey a kind and caring concern for others. The recipient of the Wilfred “Sonny” Taylor Award exemplifies this personal attribute.

Shirley Vargason Memorial Award

Recipient: Samuel J. Gilbert 

This award is presented to a nursing graduate who has potential leadership qualities.

Herbert P. Ward Memorial Award

Recipient: Allison L. Parker 

A peer-selected award recognizing Herbert P. Ward’s quiet supporting nature to those around him, this award was created by the nursing Class of 1992, as well as friends and family, to honor the late husband of their instructor, Rosalie Ward.

 

Joan Post Worden Memorial Scholarships

Recipients: Alise Tallents and Matthew S. McDonald

Established by Drs. Robert and Florentine Worden in memory of their daughter, these awards are presented to outstanding nursing graduates who have demonstrated excellence in therapeutic communication and will continue their education in the nursing profession.

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE

Dr. G. Burnett and Vera K. Atwater Memorial Award

Recipient: Yvette Rivera 

This award was established by the friends and family of Dr. and Mrs. Atwater. Dr. Atwater helped found the College and distinguished himself as chair of the Board of Trustees. The award is presented to an outstanding graduate.

Irving and Helen Belth Memorial Award

Recipient: Gretchen Graf 

Established in 1974 by Dr. Joseph M. Belth, Class of 1958, in memory of his parents, this award recognizes a graduate for both outstanding scholarship and student citizenship.

Dean Norman F. Bourke Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: Grace Mai

This award was established to honor former Dean Norman F. Bourke, a man who respected the education of the total person. The recipient should, like Dean Bourke, possess the qualities of scholarship, sense of humor, and the ability to win the affection of co-workers, faculty, and students.

Thomas and Eloise Cool Memorial Award

Recipient: Colby Herzog

Established in 2010 through the bequest of Eloise Robbins Cool, the award is presented annually to an outstanding graduate who demonstrates academic excellence in his or her field and intends to continue an education at a four- year institution in the field of humanities.

Sue Court Memorial Award

Recipient: Constance M. Karpinko

This award is presented to the graduate who most exemplifies the qualities that made Sue Court so special to so many people. The recipient must possess a zest for life, an enthusiasm, and an ebullience that revitalizes others. Most of all, this person must accept each person’s individuality, show genuine love and concern, and inspire the best in others.

Claire E. and Frank A. Fama Memorial Awards

Recipients: Scarlett Weeks and Shawn Victory

These awards are presented to outstanding graduates who have demonstrated significant professional growth as well as academic excellence in their field of study to include engineering, mathematics, computer science, computer information science, computer hardware/software design, mechanical technology, or electrical technology.

Walter W. and Mabel C. Hornburg Award

Recipients: Tiffany C. Deyo 

This award was established in 1996 through the bequests of Mabel C. and her brother Walter W. Hornburg. The award is presented annually to an outstanding graduate who is a resident of Cayuga County and who is a non-traditional student. The recipient is chosen by a vote of the faculty.

Samuel V. and Marion B. Kennedy Memorial Award

Recipients: Kristin Taylor

This award is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated perseverance and determination in advancing his/her education. The recipient is selected by a vote of the faculty.

Elizabeth B. Metcalf Memorial Awards

Recipients: Jennifer West and Ize Goodfriend

These awards are given to two graduating students demonstrating academic excellence who intend to continue their education for at least two years in the field of mental health, or, if none, then to other graduating students demonstrating academic excellence in their field who intend to pursue at least two years of education beyond CCC.

Thomas F. Steenburgh Memorial Award

Recipients: Ashley Reilly

Established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Thomas F. Steenburgh, the award is presented to graduates transferring to a four-year institution who demonstrate strong academic potential, and who possess and best exemplify those special qualities that made Professor Steenburgh a charismatic teacher and individual, i.e., sense of humor, personal integrity, strong work ethic, and exuberance for life.

Trustees’ Memorial Award

Recipient: Joshua Hart

This award was established by the Trustees of Auburn/Cayuga County Community College to honor the memory of past board members and is presented to an outstanding graduate.

Jean Sturges and David Aidan Young Memorial Awards

Recipient: Taylor LaDue and Constance Karpinko

This award was established in 1992 by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Poole in memory of Mrs. Poole’s parents who, on limited means saw to it that their five children received a college education. The award is presented to a graduate who has successfully met considerable challenges in completing their degree and who, at the same time, has demonstrated significant concern for, and service to, others. The recipient must have also demonstrated commendable academic achievement and must have been accepted for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Scholastic Achievement

ACC/CCC Alumni Association Transfer Award 

Recipient: Nathaniel R. English 

This award is given to a graduating student who has maintained a 3.0 GPA while at Cayuga and is transferring to a four-year institution. 

Science

David L. Becker, II Memorial Award

Recipient: Matthew D. Brown

Presented to a graduate of one of the computer science programs who has demonstrated a spirit of creativity, the award pays tribute to David Becker, who was a Cayuga CC student at the time of his death.

Honey and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Award

Recipient: Nina Baldwin 

Established in 2006 and sponsored by the Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Foundation, this award is presented annually to a graduate pursuing studies at a four-year institution leading to a career in the biological sciences or health-related fields.

John Karpinski Memorial Award

Recipient: Morgan M. McCaffrey 

The Karpinski family established this award in memory of John A. Karpinski, the family patriarch, and John J. Karpinski, a member of the founding board and former trustee of the College. This award is presented to a graduate who is transferring to a four-year college and plans to major in a field with a strong emphasis in science.

Richard J. and Barbara D. Knaul Award

Recipient: Nicholas D. Merlino 

Established in 1998 by alumni Dr. and Mrs. John P. MacDaniel in honor of the Knauls, this award recognizes a graduating student earning an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree who is transferring to an institution of higher education to pursue a four-year or advanced degree in a health-related program and who has demonstrated good citizenship by involvement in extra-curricular school or volunteer community activities.

William Komanecky Memorial Science Award

Recipient: Crystal A. Smith 

This award is presented to a graduate who has earned a degree in the sciences or nursing, has a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, and has been accepted into an accredited Bachelor of Science program.

Raymond F. Leszczynski Memorial Award

Recipient: Nathaniel English 

Established in memory of Professor Leszczynski, who taught biology and geology at Cayuga Community College from 1966 to 2014, this award is presented to a LAS: Mathematics and Science graduate, who has an interest in the natural sciences and is transferring to a four-year institution. Preference is given to a student who is an active civic volunteer, either on campus or in the community.

Anne I. Stapleton Award

Recipient: Crystal A. Smith 

This award is given to a graduating student who intends to continue his/her education in the health care field, or, if none, then science.

Michael C. Wride Memorial Award

Recipient: Shawn Victory 

Established in 1995, by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wride in memory of their son, the award is given annually to a graduate who has successfully completed the requirements for a degree in a science-related technology, has

demonstrated diligence and dedication in his/her studies while also demonstrating a willingness to help other students, and intends to continue his/her studies at a four-year college or university.

Telecommunication

Mark “Chico” Castiglione Memorial Award

Recipients: Matthew T. Lucas 

Established in memory of Mark Castiglione by his family, friends, fellow students, and alumni, the award is presented to graduates in the telecommunications degree program who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the program.

Radio Advisors Awards

Recipient: Samantha G. Schwarz 

This award was established by telecommunications faculty serving as advisors to the Cayuga Community College radio station WDWN. This award is presented to a graduate of the Telecommunications degree programs who distinguishes him/herself by outstanding service to the college radio station. The recipient is selected by the telecommunications faculty and staff.

Telcom Audio Production Awards

Recipient: Matthew T. Lucas 

Established by telecommunications faculty members Steve Keeler and Michael Cortese, the award honors the efforts of a telecommunications graduate who has distinguished him/herself in the study of audio production.

Telcom Faculty Awards

Recipient: Marianne M. Natoli, Craig D. Kiesznowski, Michael Perry 

Established in 1994 by telecommunications Professor Steven Keeler, this award is presented to a graduate of the telecommunications degree programs who has distinguished him/herself by service to the Telcom Department, excellence in production skills, and/or exhibiting a willingness to serve as peer mentors.

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