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  2. 2. FALL 2013 MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA PRODUCTION AT CAYUGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE TELCOM CAYUGA Adds New Courses THE NEW CURRICULUM PREPARES STUDENTS FOR CHANGING MEDIA INDUSTRY Cayuga Community College’s Media Production program has added a variety of new courses to their already outstanding line-up of curriculum aimed at preparing students for the ever-changing and advancing developments in the media industry. AFTER EFFECTS This course guides students as they navigate innovative, state-of-the-art, 2D and 3D animation software to create dynamic digital high-impact media communications. After Effects is the platform professionals use to combine moving imagery with graphics, still images, and sound with the ability to animate virtually every aspect of each element in 2D or 3D space. INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS Ashlee Saret (home-schooled) is the floor manager crouching between camera operators Nick Gilmour (Camden HS) and Mandi Bauso (Auburn HS) during the taping of a production in Cayuga Community College’s state-of the-art, high definition television production studio. In the demanding world of business, companies and organizations must compete for their share of the market. One essential aspect to business CONTINUED PAGE TWO C3 Video Produces and Releases 3 New DVDs The Telly Award-winning video and film production company is operated by a staff of students. Cayuga Community College’s studentrun video production company C3 Video has been busy producing three new projects about Central New York. Cayuga Eats! - “The Video Guide to Great Food and Drink in Auburn and Cayuga County” The Auburn/Cayuga County region has great places to eat and drink. In this project, student producers travelled throughout the beautiful Cayuga region, talking to chefs and owners, visiting their kitchens, and sampling delicious food and drink in unique establishments. Meghan McLaughlin ‘10 behind the camera shootThe Sweet Treat Trail DVD was ing footage for the DVD The Sweet Treat Trail. produced by Cayuga students in cooperation with the Cayuga County CONTINUED PAGE THREE
  3. 3. TELCOM CAYUGA — MEDIA PRODUCTION & MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS Cayuga Faculty Steve Keeler Professor/Telcom Department Coordinator Speciality: TV/Video MS, Newhouse, Syracuse University Former Executive Producer, Newchannels Jeff Delbel Professor, Speciality: Audio Recording Ph.D., Newhouse, Syracuse University 20+ years audio production experience Doug Brill Chief Engineer/Instructional Assistant 20+ years cable and television engineering experience Michael Cortese Instructor of Music and Recording Arts Speciality: Audio Recording and Music Production M.S. Syracuse University M.M. Manhattan School of Music 20+ Years Music and Audio Production Experience; Pro Tools HD Certified Operator Tom Casella Professor, Speciality: Photography Instructional Design Specialist MS, Eds, Indiana University Former Nikon School Instructor Bob Frame Coordinator of Technical Services Teaches lighting, 20+ years experience in theatre technology; BA, SUNY Oswego Lisa Chelenza Instructor Broadcaster Gomez, Dave & Lisa In the Morning Galaxy Communications, Syracuse Feature Producer/Host and Traffic Reporter YNN Central New York Hugh Cleland Instructor; Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer; Extensive AM, FM, and TV Broadcast Engineering and Management Experience Mike Marano Instructor; 15+ years video production experience; BS, Newhouse, Syracuse University; Owner, Video Memories: video production firm specializing in event photography Mary Gelling Merritt Instructor 20+ years TV/radio/print experience MS, Newhouse, Syracuse University Owner: MGM Word Studio, Inc., a public relations/graphic design agency Michael Rowe Instructor Owner at RD Entertainment, a formal disc jockey and lighting service. Cayuga Community College ‘01 Carey Eidel Instructor; Teaches script writing and script analysis and production. Feature film and television producer and scriptwriter. Peter Rafalow Instructor; Broadcast Communication Arts B.A. San Francisco State University 30+ years experience producer/director/editor President of Notion Pictures Productions, Inc. Syracuse, NY Jeffrey Szczesniak College Radio Station Advisor Former DJ & announcer at WSFW 10+ years experience in radio operations Cayuga Community College ‘01 & ‘03 TELCOM CAYUGA Adds New Courses. . . CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE success is to create a positive public profile with clients, shareholders and employees. This course will introduce students to the tools and techniques needed to create effective campaigns to bolster positive communications. THE IMPACT AND IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA & NETWORKING ON A GLOBAL SOCIETY This course will introduce the theory of social networking, the study and analysis of diverse social networks, as well as cover the impact of social networks on individuals and on the local and global environment. This course will incorporate blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Second Life, Word Press, and other associated platforms. The social implications that will emerge as society continues to move forward with these technologies will range from the most positive to the challenging. the technique and basic essentials needed to get you in front of the crowd. Taught by Rocko Dorsey of RD Entertainment, a well-known Central New York event DJ who provides deejayjing and lighting services at more than 100 events per year. NEW YORK’S ONLY COLLEGE WITH SBE CERTIFICATION The Society of Broadcast Engineers automatically certifies graduates of Cayuga’s Telecommunications Technology program as Broadcast Technologists — this is the only program in New York State to offer this credential. The SBE certificate is the key credential facilitating career entry and advancement in broadcast engineering. “All of these new courses will enrich students’ experiences at CCC while preparing them to be competitive in an industry that changes by the nanosecond due to emerging technology,” said Cayuga Community College Humanities Division Chairperson and Electronic Media Programs Director and Professor Steve Keeler. “The skills and experiences students will gain here in the Telcom Media Program will help them have an edge professionally as they seek rewarding careers in a fast-moving, growing marketplace which demands professionals with advanced skillsets.” Keeler says a new music marketing course, planned for the spring semester, will enable students to learn the skills of promoting and marketing album releases using albums in the Cayuga Records catalog. RUNNING THE SHOW! HOW TO BE A LIVE DJ More than pushing play, this course covers the performance aspect and technical qualities needed to be a success. Learn how to mix songs, host an event, and work under pressure. From night clubs to weddings, this course will outline Telcom student Cassie Dauphan (Horseheads HS) mans the microphone during a live radio broadcast at WDWN-FM, CCC’s student-run radio station. High School Students: Earn College Credits Now DON’T WAIT FOR GRADUATION, GET STARTED ON YOUR COLLEGE DEGREE TODAY High school students can start earning college credit now. If you’re interested in a career in Television, Radio, Film or Sound Recording can start earning credit toward a college degree while still in high school. It’s all possible through articulation agreements between the student’s high school and Cayuga Community College. “An articulation agreement allows students who have taken communications-related (media, video production, radio, journalism, photography) high school courses to receive college credit for those courses if they enroll at Cayuga Community College,” said Cayuga Community College Humanities Division Chairperson and Electronic Media Programs Director and Professor Steve Keeler. “I was able to get a step ahead and take advanced classes at Cayuga Community College, simply because of the articulation agreement they had with my high school and local BOCES center,” said Josh Cradduck, ‘06 (Olean High School). “I felt as if I was a step ahead of other students and that I was achieving my goals in broadcasting at a much more rapid pace. It was extremely helpful.” Cayuga’s Telecommunications Department is one of the most firmly established in the Northeast, featuring three outstanding communications degree programs: Media Communications, Media Production and Music-Audio Production. The department’s practical approach to instruction emphasizes direct contact with established industry professionals in the classroom and studio, as well as through on-site internships. More than 90% of CCC Telcom graduates were either employed or pursuing studies at a four-year institution. “We are very interested in developing similar agreements with other high schools,” Keeler said. For a school to qualify for the agreement, a review of high school communications-related programs will be needed to ascertain if the courses offered are compatible with the articulation program requirements. If you would like to participate in CCC’s articulation program, contact Steven Keeler at 315-255-1743 or email
  4. 4. C3 Video New DVDs. . . CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Office of Tourism. The DVD features Cayuga County’s new “foodie” trail – the Sweet Treat Trail. The DVD tells the story of local businesses and farms on the Trail that have unique sweets and treats from honey to jam, to homemade cookies; all made with locally grown and produced products. Shaun Secaur ‘10 suits up in a bee suit while shooting footage for the DVD The Sweet Treat Trail. CCC Telcom students Greg Norton (Jordan-Elbridge HS) and Ryan Adams (Union Springs HS) begin editing a documentary about the life and inventions of Auburn’s most famous forgotten inventor, Theodore Willard Case. His invention led to the first successful sound on film technique. “When Chocolate Filled the Air” – The Story of Nestle and Fulton This historical documentary tells the story of the greatest chocolate makers in North America – the workers at the Nestle plant in Fulton New York. For 100 years, the plant and its workers invented and made the chocolate products that made Nestle famous world-wide. When the plant closed, for many in Fulton, it was like a death in the family. This documentary tells the story of the plant – the history, the people, the impact on the City of Fulton, and the continuing aftermath of its loss. Media Degrees WHAT OUR ALUMNI ARE DOING NOW Media Production (AS) Media Communications (AAS) Our most popular programs prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities in media or to transfer to a four-year school. Graduates are prepared in media management, production, operations, and announcing. Audio-Music Production (AAS) This course of study develops skills in audio and radio production. Students are prepared for careers in music recording, audio programming, radio operations, audio for television, film, and theatre, and operation and design of sound systems. Telecommunications Technology (AAS) This program prepares students for employment in telecommunications and related industries. Students learn to operate, install, maintain, and repair the audio, video, RF, and specialized communications equipment found in media and telecommunications industries. Electronic Media Concentrations Video/Digital Film Production Film & Cinema Studies Broadcast Journalism Digital Media Cayuga Records Releases 11th Album Cayuga Records, the college’s student-run record label, has released the 11th album in its catalog. The new album, titled “Born to Play,” features Auburn– area blues-rock singer/songwriter, Martin James. The album will be available as a Caleb Kerlin ’XX is is working full-time at a video production company in North Dakota called “Video Arts Studio.” The company works on projects such as feature films, documentaries, and television shows for The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. They also have produced commercials for Microsoft and Bobcat. Kerlin says some of his duties include writing show treatments to pitch projects to garner interest and funding. Jeffrey Szczesniak ‘01 & ‘03, station Advisor at CCC’s studentrun radio station, WDWN, is the winner of College Radio Day’s 2012 Station Advisor of the Year Jeffrey award. This is the first Szczesniak time a member of WDWN has received an international award related to their duties at the station. College Radio Day is an annual international celebration of College Radio. Tim Taylor ’98 is now the Marketing Manager for NewsChannel 9 WSYRTV in Syracuse. Taylor is also the owner of CD on Amazon. An album release event will be held on December 4, 2013 at the Auburn Public Theater and will feature a performance by Mr. James and other Cayuga Records recording artists. Two other Cayuga Records albums are currently in production. SEND US YOUR NEWS Send to Steve Keeler, Cayuga CC 197 Franklin Street Auburn, NY 13021 Name: Class Year: Address: Phone: Caleb Kerlin ‘XX is now working as a filmmaker with the North Dakota company. his own freelance business called “3TV.” Taylor returned to the Syracuse television market in 2012 after working for WCBS-TV in New York City for five years. Before his stint with WCBS, Taylor had worked as a Creative Services Producer for NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV for eight years. Michael Cameron ’XX is a classroom technical assistant at Cazenovia College. Photo: YES What’s New? NO __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ Tim Taylor TELCOM CAYUGA — MEDIA PRODUCTION & MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS
  5. 5. NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Auburn, NY 13021 Permit No. 26 197 Franklin Street Auburn, New York 13021 AUBURN CAMPUS 197 Franklin Street Auburn NY 13021 866.598.8883 FULTON CAMPUS 806 W. Broadway Fulton, NY 13069 866.598.8883 FALL 2013 MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA PRODUCTION Cayuga On-line Are you a high school student interested in a media career? Now you can jump ahead by taking Cayuga Community College Telcom courses over the Internet. Earn college credit by enrolling in these 3-credit courses: • Intro to Mass Media • Media Writing • Intro to the Moving Image Want To Learn More? Media Programs Coordinator Steve Keeler (315) 255-1743 ext. 2282 email:
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  8. 8. Collegian Cayuga Community College Auburn & Fulton, New York Meet the candidates for interim CCC president, but on the Fulton Campus-keep the line moving CAYUGABriefs Tucker Named Region III Female Athlete of the Week Congratulations to Spartan women’s volleyball player Lexi Tucker…who was named the NJCAA Region III Female Athlete of the Week last week for her efforts in the latest weekend matches that included a win over Lexi Tucker Hudson Valley! In 2 matches this weekend against SUNY Adirondack and Hudson Valley CC Lexi totaled 64 total digs. She had a match high of 38 digs against Hudson Valley and 26 against SUNY Adirondack. Tucker is currently ranked #18 in the country for total digs and is #29 in digs/ set in Division III. CCC Fulton staff member to publish novel Sarah Yaw, an English Specialist in the Center for Academic Success on the Fulton campus, recently found out that her novel THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL was selected by Robin Black as the winner of the 2013 Engine Books Novel Prize. The book will debut in late fall 2014. Transfer Day is Wednesday October 16 Transfer Day is Wednesday Oct 16 from 10-1 in the Front Lobby and Student Lounge. Representatives from over 40 four-year schools will be there. This is a great resource for all students! by Danielle Skowron, Editor-in-chief Get your piece of 60 Anniversary Cake Celebrate 60 years of Cayuga Community College this Friday, Oct. 18th You’re invited to attend a ceremonial cakecutting in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the College. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 18 in the Business Industry Center on the Auburn Campus and the Admissions Presentation Room on the Fulton Campus. The event will pay tribute to six decades of Cayuga’s commitment to being SUNY Cayuga logothe gateway to higher education in Cayuga, Oswego, and surrounding counties. A few remarks will be shared, followed by a ceremonial cake-cutting on both campuses. It will be a time to mingle with current and former employees and students. Cayuga Collegian Celebrates 60 years! The student-run newspaper, The Cayuga Collegian, is also marking its 60th year of chronicaling the campus news, issues and events. To mark our 60th year, the staff has asked former editors to reflect on their experiences. The first installment is from one of last Wear Purple Day is Wednesday October 16 year’s editors and the winner of the Biden Award for Journalism, Abigail Young. “The first time I heard about the Collegian was during a class in the fall of 2012. My Telcom 101 professor had asked us to do an article for the paper. After submitting my assignment, my professor sent CONTINUED PAGE THREE As the retirement of President Larson approaches, it’s time for the remaining leaders at Cayuga Community College to choose an interim president, who may end up running the college for as many as 12 months or more as the search for a new, permanent president is conducted. A process that was supposed to go smoothly, has quickly gone haywire. A “Meet and Greet” with all three candidates, Gregory Adkins, Dennis Michaelis and Lawrence Weill, has some of the staff on the Fulton campus saying that their scheduled time to meet the candidates is unfair. In a college-wide email obtained by The Cayuga Collegian, Assistant professor of Math on the Fulton Campus, Jeff Shea, wrote “I am offended by this schedule. If the intent is for us to meet these candidates then why are they only on the Fulton campus for 1 ½ hours in the evening. I see the distance learning schedule but if you truly wanted the Fulton faculty and staff to be part of this process, the schedule would have been made to include the candidates being on this campus during normal business hours for an entire day.” The “Meet and Greet” of the candidates on Auburn’s campus includes separate times to meet each candidate, where on Fulton’s campus, they only get one and a half hours to meet all three. Library Instructional Assistant on the Fulton Campus, Diane E. Holbert, MSLIS, agrees with Shea, writing in response to the same email, “I had the same immediate reaction to this plan. I also noticed there are separate, scheduled Meet and greets with students and employees on the Auburn campus, but not here. With all due respect, I found this plan to be quite an insult to the Fulton students and employees.” INTERIM PRESIDENT CANDIDATES’ CAMPUS VISIT SCHEDULE Wear purple this Wednesday to help mark the state-wide “wear your purple” day to raise awareness about domestic violence. The CCC Criminal Justice club will take a photo at 11:30 am Wed. CAYUGACOLLEGIAN@GMAIL.COM Vol. 60 Issue 5 October 15, 2013 It pays to participate in events planned by the ACC-CCC Alumni Association. These two CCC students won some goodies including a gift card for their 80’s dress on the Alumni Office’s Decade Day. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH Auburn Campus Fulton Campus Candidate: Dennis Michaelis 4:30PM Meet & Greet Fulton/F201 9:00-9:45AM Meet & Greet with Staff Registry candidates Auburn/R200 Registry principal Fulton/F176 (via Internet) 9:45-10:30AM Meet & Greet with Faculty Available Trustees Auburn/BIC Members of the Cayuga Fulton/F201 (via Internet) Community College 10:30-12:00PM Interview with Board of Trustees 12:00-1:00PM Lunch Fulton community 1:00-1:45PM Campus Tour 5:30PM Campus Tour 1:45-2:30PM Meet & Greet with Students 6:00PM Travel to Auburn Auburn/R200 Fulton/F176 (via Internet) 7:00PM Dinner 2:30-3:00PM Meet with Registry Team 9:00PM Check into Hotel 3:00PM Depart Campus WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH Auburn Campus Auburn Campus Candidate: Gregory Adkins Candidate: Lawrence Weill 9:00-10:30AM Interview with Board of Trustees 9:00-9:45AM Campus Tour 10:30-11:15AM Campus Tour 9:45-10:30AM Meet & Greet with Students 11:15-12:00PM Meet & Greet with Students Auburn/R200 Auburn/R200 Fulton/F176 (via Internet) Fulton/F176 (via Internet) 10:30-11:15AM Meet & Greet with Staff 12:00-1:00PM Lunch Auburn/R200 1:00-1:45PM Meet & Greet with Staff Fulton/F176 (via Internet) Auburn/R200 11:15-12:00PM Meet & Greet with Faculty Fulton/F176 (via Internet) Auburn/BIC 1:45-2:30PM Meet & Greet with Faculty Fulton/F201 (via Internet) Auburn/BIC 12:00-1:00PM Lunch Fulton/F201 (via Internet) 1:00-2:30PM Interview with Board of Trustees 2:30-3:00PM Meet with Registry Team 2:30-3:00PM Meet with Registry Team 3:00PM Depart Campus 3:00PM Depart Campus
  9. 9. O P I N I O N S Inspiration and gratitude: Put your cellphones away Put your cellphones away. People who live with their face into their phone screens are letting their lives pass right by them. Everywhere you go, you see people out to dinner, but on their phones the whole night. Face to face contact is okay, it’s DANIELLE SKOWRON good for you. Also, have I mentioned how rude it is to be on your phone as someone else is talking to you? Respect someone enough to listen to them and give your undivided attention to them. Your phone will always be there for you to tweet, snapchat or post your latest Facebook status, the person who is standing in front of you trying to have a conversation, may not. Cherish the time that you have with your loved ones, because those days are limited. We’re all probably going to look back in 20 years and see our Facebooks, Twitter and Will this be the photo of your family on your next holiday greeting card? Tumblr accounts and think “wow, I spent so much time on this?” The next time you go out to dinner or you are hanging out with friends, put your phone down and enjoy their company. You’ll be thanking me that you did. Enjoy the natural world around you! —Danielle Skowron, Editor-in-chief Let’s NOT talk about Miley Cyrus Let’s talk about Miley Cyrus. Or should I say, let’s NOT talk about Miley Cyrus. Sure, she’s caused quite a controversy over the last few months, including twerking with teddy bears during her infamous VMA performance and choosing racy outfits to wear on stage. But aren’t we just fueling the fire? Let’s face it- Miley is just a person. All of our gossip, our Tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts make it seem like Miss Cyrus is the second coming of Jesus Christ. All of society is waiting for her to mess up. The truth is, Miley Cyrus is not cool or sexy. She isn’t someone that little girls should be looking up to and to be honest, the more America talks about her, the more little girls will want to be like her. It’s just a fact. In this day and age, the “cool” thing to do is rebel against parents and teachers. I say leave Miley alone. Let her do her thing. As a whole, we should stop giving the girl attention for the sake of America and our future generations. But Miley isn’t the real reason why this is being written. We see her on the covers of the latest magazines, newspapers and is a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook. But what about the REAL issues in America? Has it ever occurred to anyone that we’re focusing more on Miley’s outfit of choice, rather than discussing the latest shootings in Washington, DC? Does anyone know the real reason behind the government shutdown? What about the conflict in Syria? Within minutes, a third World War could break out. But I guess that doesn’t really matter, right? Because we have Miley Cyrus to talk about. I mean, twerking with teddy bears and licking metal in her latest music video is far more important than the real issues going on in the world. Miley Cyrus does not deserve our attention. Wake up, America. Give credit where credit is due, but for the sake of this country, we need to start focusing on what’s going to be important in the future. —Adriana Mucedola, CCC freshman hurdling life’s obstacles When I first met an Alumni nursing student from Cayuga Community College at my job, I had no idea how profoundly our meeting would impact my life. We worked beside one another sharing our commonalities, slowly but surely finding a trusted friend and coworker in one another. NICOLE LEMOINE I admired the fact that she was in her last year of nursing. It was something that I had always wanted to do. I had always let life get in the way of my aspirations. I made up excuses and I let all the obstacles that popped up remain in my way. More importantly, I did not believe in myself, but our meeting would change my attitude, my perspective and my self-esteem. My first obstacle to reaching my goals had been to get current on my ten-year-old defaulted student loans. Once I was caught up and eligible to receive aid, my process once again came to a standstill. This is where she walked into my life inspiring and encouraging me to get moving and follow my dreams. When I saw that she was able to work and juggle being a mom while attending nursing school, I was encouraged, although I was still apprehensive. We would talk about my progress as we worked alongside one another and it was evident that I was stalling and procrastinating. She would talk me out of my own head. She believed in me and I began to believe in myself. She guided and encouraged me to follow through with all the steps along the way. My excuses were met with her wisdom and reassurances. If it had not been for her wise and firm but gentle guidance and continued encouragement, I would not be where I am today. While I have yet to apply for the nursing program due to my fears of the math courses needed to be eligible for nursing, I am an adult college student juggling family obligations and work while slowly working on the core Liberal Arts courses with the hopes that someday I will apply to the nursing program. I was reminded today in an out-of-the -blue phone call with her that anything that you set your mind to, you can accomplish. She has recently taken and passed her NYCLEX exam and is now a registered nurse. I could not be more proud of her and all that she has accomplished. She will be an excellent nurse who will go on to make a difference in many people’s lives. I could not be more thankful for all she has done for me and continues to do for me by inspiring me to keep on going and not stop until my own dreams are achieved. In a world where bullying takes center stage and small acts of kindness seem hard to find, reach out to those around you and offer encouragement or a listening ear. You never know how profoundly your friendship and kindness can affect someone’s future. And no matter how hard things may seem, no matter what obstacles you may be facing, remember that “where there is a will there is a way!” Never give up and keep reaching for your dreams, one day you will be an inspiration to someone. —Nicole Lemoine, Staff Writer
  10. 10. Students Undress on College Campus NAMI: National Alliance for Co-eds toss taboos and their underwear out the window Mental Illness by Nicole Lemoine, Staff Writer We’ve all heard about students getting naked on a college campus. Immediately you may envision wild toga parties and the drunken antics of young people with little to no inhibitions. At Brown University, two students are promoting a different sort of nudity. “Nudity in the Upspace” is a week-long workshop where participants strip down to their birthday suits while Students at Brown University bare it all to experience the taking part in events such as true nature of the human body without social stigma. yoga, drama performances and even an open mic night. The event is in that nudity is stigmatized and viewed as in its second year at Brown University in purely sexual. Many of the students said his Providence, Rhode Island. This Ivy League questions and remarks were anything but tasteful and even some students complained school, known for its liberal views and diverse student body, is not completely alone his inquiries were outright perverse in nature. Wolinsky responded to the negative media when it comes to promoting nudity. Princeton attention in a retort to media outlets: “What University, one of the most conservative of the Ivy League institutions, is host to a long- we’re doing— we have a goal in mind, we are trying to create dialogue, conversation, destanding annual tradition of Nude Olympics. Class of 2014 Brown students, Becca stigmatization and it is hard when people Wolinsky and Camila Pacheco-Fores, say they twist the message that we’re trying to send. We were all born naked, so why is being naked have a specific purpose and expectation for their nude affair. Wolinsky, Pacheco-Fores and often so stigmatized and why is it so often fellow students that participate in “Nudity in connected to sexuality? I guess my driving force is separating nudity from sexuality,” the Upspace” are not unlike any other college Wolinsky said. students these days. They say they’re hoping to The organizers of the event say they push society’s sometimes narrow boundaries and the stigma associated with taboo subject remain confident that their activities will continue to help create positive body images matter. The pair report being motivated to among participants. promote complete acceptance among their Wolinsky and Pacheco-Fores say when peers by creating a safe place where everyone they first envisioned this event, the two were bares it all, literally, in order to take off all of the stigmas, pretenses and materialism that optimistic that their week-long unclothed workshop would promote education through we all carry around. They say they want to get beneath all of that clothing in order to see the a positive, nude experience, an issue that is normally stigmatized and often only unique beauty in each and every individual. associated with sexuality. The school pulled off last year’s event “It’s mostly the idea of talking about and without much in the way of main stream publicity. Although to many students’ addressing things that people don’t ‘normally’ disdain, this year’s event caught wind of Fox address and that can be stigmatized. I hope that people will laugh when it’s funny and News Correspondent Jesse Watters. Brown feel moved when that is appropriate. I hope students say they were not at all thrilled with that people will come out of the experience his “exploitative” coverage of the week-long happenings. They say they had purposely feeling empowered and feeling that bodies and people are beautiful whether naked sold tickets to those with a genuine interest or clothed,” Pacheco-Fores told the Boston to keep this type of voyeurism out. Perhaps Mr. Watters’ coverage proved their argument, Herald. Collegian Celebrates 60 years! CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE me an e-mail that spoke of her excitement and appeal for me to join the paper. I pondered over joining for the rest of the fall, but in January of the following year, I found myself sitting in the office of the Collegian across from that same professor, who was now offering me the position of assistant editor. “This trip marked a turing point for me, not only did I become more acquainted with my peers, I was able to get a glimpse into what I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life. “ —Abigail Young ‘13 After thinking for well, two minutes, I agreed to join the paper. At first the job seemed simple, report about things going on around campus, help other reporters with their stories, and look over the paper before it was printed. In March, I joined my fellow editor and another staff member for a trip to New York City to go to a workshop for college newspapers. This trip marked a turing point for me, not only did I become more acquainted with my peers, I was able to get a glimpse into what I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life. During the workshops I learned more about how to improve the Collegian and about the field that I was going to be studying. After returning from NYC, whispers had begun to spread around the campus about financial problems at the college. Another hot topic was the college’s plan for new dorms. The first project I tackled was the new dorm project. I was asked to get what people outside of the college thought about this, so I choose to go the Cayuga County Legislature to get their opinions. Speaking to Cayuga County Legislature members seemed quite daunting, but both of the members I interviewed were very interested to answer my questions. After the interviews, I had a better understanding of the issue behind the dorm project, and after writing my article, I hoped that my peers ABIGAIL YOUNG would see some of these SPRING ‘13 problems as well. COLLEGIAN By the end of April, the EDITOR & BIDEN financial problems for the JOURNALISM college came to a head when SCHOLARSHIP CCC’s Board of Trustees moved WINNER to have professors take more furlough days. Starting on the last Monday in April until the Monday before graduation, the staff of the Collegian was present at every Board meeting. We stayed late into the night as the executive sessions dragged on for hours. On the second Monday, we were joined by local media outlets who were reporting not only the meeting, but the rallies held by students as well. Although the financial problems have not really been solved as of yet, my tenure as an editor has. As I reflect on my time as an editor, I couldn’t be more proud of my fellow reporters and myself. I grew as a person: I found out what I wanted to pursue in life and I learned more about the reporting process. I met new people and watched them evolve as well. Writing for the Collegian was a great experience that I enjoyed very much. I hope that the paper continues on for another 60 years and more. I also hope that those who choose to work for this paper cover all sides of the issues and approach all of them with an open mind. —Former Collegian Editor Abigail Young ’13 by Christine Jackson, Staff Writer WHAT IS NAMI? NAMI is a division of the National Institutes of Health which is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is an institution dedicated to transforming “the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recover, and cure. The organization has four strategic objectives: 1. Promote Discovery in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences to Fuel Research on the Causes of Mental Disorders 2. Chart Mental Illness Trajectories to Determine When, Where, and How to Intervene 3. Develop New and Better Interventions that Incorprorate the Diverse Needs and Circumstances of People with Mental Illnesses 4. Strengthen the Public Health Impact of NIMH-Supported Research NAMI-NYS NAMI-NYS is the state organization of NAMI. The organization works to educate the public and to fight and eliminate the stigma of mental illness. The organization has several affiliate organizations throughout the state setup at the county level. There are several programs offered to assist families and individuals in coping with the effects of mental illness. “NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses can be prevented and cured.” —Thomas R. Insel M.D., Director NIMH NAMI CAYUGA Terri and Barb Wasilenko are copresidents of the Cayuga County affiliate office. The Wasilenko’s become involved with NAMI in 2001. They had a 15-year-old who developed mental illnes so are familiar with what families experience when a loved one becomes ill. Often families feel isolated and and have no one to talk to. At the time that the Wasilenko’s became involved there were no support organizations in their immediate area. In 2002 they decided to start the Cayuga County affiliate. Bart is also a teacher with Cayuga Community C o l l e g e ’s Criminal J u s t i c e NAMI Cayuga recently program. He enters offered a free premental health screening for anxiety and c o m p o n e n t s depression to students into his on the Auburn and Fulton classes. Bart campuses. states that a large percentage of prison populations have mental illness. Bart worked in the Butler Correctional System of Wayne County for 21 years. He worked with inmateses for substance abuse and treatment. Often substance abuse was a factor in crimes, but behind that substance abuse can lie an preexisting undiagnosed mental illness that the offender attempts to self-medicate through CCC FULTON STUDENTS The Cayuga Collegian is looking for staff writers to cover news and events happening on the CCC Fulton Campus. Please email cayugacollegian@ NOTHING TO HIDE Mental Illness in the Family Bourke Memorial Library on display until October 20th The exhibit is comprised of 20-museum-quality photographs of families living with a loved one’s mental illness. Each photograph is accompanied by a personal testament from a member of the family sharing thier story of how mental illness has shaped their lives and families. The stories were written with the intention of offering hope and encouragement for other mentally ill persons and their families. drug and alcohol abuse. He also talks about the incidence of mental illness and alcoholism a m o n g s t correctional officers who have a difficult time adjusting to working in the atmosphere of a correctional Portrait displaying facility. one of the many Bart hopes to families that have bring awareness become in involved to members of the criminal justice with the programs at system. It is his NAMI. hope that a general understanding of mental illness and how to approach an person having an episode during an encounter with officers will save lives and bring support for the individual. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS Mental illness can affect anyone. Some of the more common mental illnesses are generalized anxiety disorders, major depression, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Mental illness is caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. Some imbalances are temporary and can develop from the ordinary stress of life and may be corrected with a temporary course of medication or counseling. “As with any illness, love, support and treament are keys to recovery.” CONTACT US Auburn Memorial Hospital 17 Lansing Street, 2nd Floor Conference Rm Auburn, NY 13021 CO-PRESIDENTS: Terri & Bart Wasilenko Phone: (315) 255-7443 E-Mail:
  11. 11. Rising star: Syracuse University’s cornerback Julian Whigham by Nick Czerow, Sports Editor “Your favorite NFL team is looking to draft you as a first round lottery pick in April 2015, do you stay and finish up at Syracuse?” This was asked hypothetically of course; yet it’s not all that far from being a reality. Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham had this to say, “My mom would probably push me to finish my degree and if our team is in position to do something special my senior year, there’s no doubt I’d stay for my last season at Syracuse.” Ah, music to central New York’s ears. Even before this season started in MetLife Stadium, coaches showed a lot of belief in Whigham. Shamarko Thomas, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers wore number 21 last year at Syracuse. Now, of course 21 does not have the history like the 44, but Shamarko’s leadership and hard work raised the bar for whoever was going to wear it next. It just so happened to be Whigham. At first Whigham didn’t want to bear the responsibility of the 21, much like Jerome Smith wants no business with the 44, but Coach Scott Shafer recommended that Julian wear it next. “This meant a lot coming from him,” said the new 21, “Over these next few years I want to raise the bar even higher for the next guy with it!” Coach Shafer continues to encourage this corner to compete with the players ahead of him. The coaching staff knows he’s capable of greatness and they would love to see him play on Sundays once he is through with Syracuse. If there is a ceiling on this corners potential, a crane must have put it there. Before struggling with Achalasia, a lower esophagus disease that prevents food from passing, Whigham was a phenomenal high school player. Former William T. Dwyer High School teammate Bobby Puyol, now with the Connecticut Huskies praised his play as a freshman mentioning he could see Whigham playing for Alabama in the future. Of course his ordeal with Achalasia scared away many school after he lost so much weight due to not being able to eat. However, Syracuse remained interested and reached out to the lanky player with a scholarship. Whigham signed with the Orange over offers from Cincinnati, Northern Illinois, South Florida, and Western Michigan because he liked Syracuse’s great balance of athletics and academics. Though the sophomore has only nine tackles on the season, he has two interceptions in limited time through the first six games. His second interception was Tajh Boyd’s first of the season. “The feeling was crazy and really exciting. It’s a lot of fun making plays like that in front of a lot of people. It’s a special feeling and very motivating to keep getting better,” said Whigham. Since stepping into a more prominent role after starting cornerback Keon Lyn suffered a season ending injury, coaches have been a little harder on Whigham. He noticed this during a basic drill in practice. “Coach (Fred) Reed made me redo a routine exit angle in cover 2 about five times, where as last week, I probably would’ve been in and out of the drill.” It’s not just the coaches that are investing in him more; Whigham has taken on more responsibility and is focusing on improving his mental side of the game as well. “I’m trying to grasp opposing team’s route combinations in certain situations and I’m trying to become a better practice player,” this, in hopes that his developing (good) habits carry over into games. Students talk through comic’s performance by Kelsey McBean, Staff Writer Perhaps the greatest measure of a comedian isn’t their talent, nor their charisma, but their sheer resolve in the face of a crowd a little less than perfect. Despite the lunch rush, the rowdy crowd, and the less than agreeable technical difficulties, Tracy Ashley managed to do just that. A semi-finalist of the popular stand up talent show Last Comic Standing, Ashley regaled the audience with tales of her family, her marriage, and the plain old bizarreness of life. Tracy Ashley always knew she wanted to be a comedian, even as a little girl, but didn’t go into the comedy circuit right off the bat. Wisely, she said she started off selling T-shirts and working on cruise ships while doing stand up on the side, starting off small until she felt comfortable working in the big leagues. When the time was right, she got herself an an agent and entered Last Comic Standing, kicking off her career. When asked if she could see herself doing anything different, she said “Not a chance.” Though the audience was admittedly a little rowdy, Ashley says that didn’t bother her at all. “You gotta play to the crowd, to the people who COMEDIAN are listening and enjoying TRACEY ASHLEY themselves and having a good time,” she said, echoing famous comic’s Louis C.K’s sentiments. “He told me that there’ll come a time when you’ll be doing a show just like this, where everything’s going wrong, and you’ll either choke or pull through it. Then you’ll know for sure that this is what you’re meant to be doing.” And her advice for up and coming comedians? “Start clean! You start dirty, and dirty’s all you’ll be able to do, you won’t know how to switch off.” Wise words from someone who’s been through more than a few religious schools on her college circuit. God bless. If you want to learn more about her and her tour, her website is and her twitter is @TAshley305.” Whigham is always trying to get running backs coach DeAndre Smith to recruit a few players he knows of down towards his native area in West Palm Beach, Florida. Ezra Saffold and Clint Stevens are among these few. Whigham seems confident that Syracuse will be able to obtain at least one recruit from Florida before next season rolls around. As far as familiar faces go, Whigham looks forward to possibly lining up one-on-one with Nick O’Leary from Florida State who he played high school football with. Julian had this to say of O’Leary, “He’s an awesome tight end and I know they split him out wide at times so hopefully I’ll get a few shots at him!” Away from football, Whigham was interested in pursuing journalism when signing with Syracuse. He was the first football player to get into the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at ‘Cuse but with earning more playing time things didn’t quite work out to where he could stick with journalism. Whigham explained that we would prefer to work more with editing rather than writing. His preferred magazine styles that he would like to work for are the Rolling Stone or any sports magazine. Whigham also plays EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14 every once in a while. While the game is in its last year because players complained too much that their likeness was being used, and they weren’t cashing checks from it, Whigham is content with just being a part of it. “It’s pretty cool being in the game, I just like being a part of it,” said Julian, but he did also add that every player kind of feels entitled to some money for being used in the game. Julian Whigham has tremendous potential and two seasons left of eligibility WITH ERIC NANS COUNT.PAPER This weeks local Artist in the Spotlight is Count.Paper. Ryan A Barber: ambience, guitar, keys, bass, chorus, Corey Allen: Vocals, Keifer Wray: Vocals. Ryan tells me his genre is live music, live guitar, It’s not fake or samples It’s organic, it’s something new mixed with the old. People say his music relates to: Deftones, Gym Class Heroes, Phil Collins, and Drake. Count.Paper has released an LP called: Your true friend, and Singles: Outta Here, Comfort Met Caring, Wish You Luck. They are currently working on a mixtape called Planit. When I asked Ryan what their creative process was he replied “We really go at our own pace, music is about capturing the moment. So we really go with the flow and when we feel it’s time we lock into the studio. We know when it’s time to get to work artistically but we also have other priorities like kids and family. Usually we have a general sound or idea we feed off of on every song.” Advice Ryan had for developing musicians was to “Stay true to yourself, be genuine, be real and avoid trends at all costs. There are a million artists out there mimicking what’s big but few who stick to their roots. Don’t rush art! The best music will come organically.” & COMMUNITY EVENTS by Danielle Skowron, Editor-in-chief Shows in the Black Box are up close and personal. Frame says he is only one person and he can only put on one show a year. Sometimes Frame says he switches it up and uses the main stage and then the Black Box. The plays that Frame put on are student- driven productions. The productions are extra curricular activities. Frame encourages students to apply for a part-time job with him and perform in the plays. He says he is more than willing to work around schedules, which is very unique. This year’s production is History 101 in the main theater. Keep your eyes peeled for show dates! after this campaign. He is an intelligent player who will work hard in the weight room, on the field, and in the classroom. He is exactly what a coach like Shafer would want to send to the NFL, a role model. Whigham said this of the Carrier Dome, “here at SU, when the Dome is really rocking, the atmosphere is crazy! It’s an awesome place to play!” So with that being said, make your way to Syracuse to catch Whigham play before he’s off intercepting Boyd again in the NFL. rtist cal A Lo Think Inside the Black Box The Black Box theater was full of life. The Black Box Theater is located right here on CCC’s campus. The theater was used for acoustic shows and close, intimate plays. The theater now is mostly used for storage and teaching space. ROBERT FRAME Bob Frame, the Director of Theatre Operations says that he still does productions in The Black Box Theater. He says that “It allows students concentrate on their acting and stage presence.” Julian Whigham holds up ball in disbelief after intercepting Tajh Boyd. The Cayuga Community College London program will travel from January 1-14, 2014. This year’s program includes: Art and Design Comparative Social Issues in London Comparative World Religions Health Care in Great Britain International Business: The British Experience Media: The British Experience Public Safety in Great Britain Selected Topics in International Theatre: The London Theatre UPCOMING LONDON INFORMATION MEETINGS: Auburn Campus: Wednesday, October 16th 11:00 am, Faculty and Staff Dining Room Date: 10/15 Auburn’s Farmers Co-Op Market Time: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm Location: 97 State Street, Auburn Date: 10/15 Workshop from Drawing to Painting Time 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Location: Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn Live Music Events: Date: 10/15 Otep, Stolen Babies, New Years Day Time: show at 7:00 pm Location: The Lost Horizon
  12. 12. Marcellus “Building Futures” CENTRAL SCHOOLS MARCH 2013 District seeking budget guidance from residents in online survey Have an opinion about which academic and extracurricular SCHOOL programs should be DISTRICT maintained in Marcellus BUDGET Central Schools? What about how much you’re willing to pay in school taxes in 2013-14? Here’s your chance to weigh in. Marcellus Central School District officials are once again asking residents to participate in a quick, online survey – to gauge the level of satisfaction with the school district and also seek some direction from the community about the state’s property tax levy cap threshold. The tax levy limit law, which went into effect in 2011, restricts how school districts can increase their tax levies. Each district determines its tax levy limit by using an eight-step, mathematical formula that takes into account local tax base growth, the prior year’s levy and much more. Districts are allowed to exceed that limit, but only with 60 percent voter approval. The maximum tax levy increase for Marcellus in 2013-14 – which would require approval by a simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) – is 3.97 percent. Among the factors affecting next year’s proposed budget in Marcellus is a 37 percent increase in the district’s state-mandated contribution to the Teachers’ Retirement System and the continuing reduction in state aid from the Gap Elimination Adjustment. In 2012, 67 percent of Marcellus voters approved a 2.17 percent tax levy increase, which was the maximum levy allowed under the tax levy limit law. The average proposed tax levy increase statewide for 2012-13 was 2.24 percent. “We went to the maximum allowable tax levy limit last year because we understood that any amount less than that would hinder the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations, including debt service (for capital project loans, etc.) and mandatory contributions to the teacher and employee retirement systems,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig J. Tice said. Based on information received through March 5. as well as the governor’s budget proposal released Jan. 22, administrators are now anticipating Marcellus will face a budget gap of $1.29 million for the 2013-14 school year. To close that gap, administrators have three options: raise local taxes, cut expenses or dip into the district’s fund balance. As Board members and administrators weigh these options, they’d like to know what voters are thinking. Is maintaining excellence in school programming at Marcellus more important than a tax increase? Less important? “We want the district budget to reflect the priorities in the community as much as possible,” Dr. Tice said. The 10-question, online survey (look for the link under 2013-14 Budget on the district webpage, asks respondents about their relationship to the district (for example, do they have children enrolled in Marcellus schools?); their level of participation in Board of Education elections; and the percentage of property tax increases they’re willing to shoulder in 2013-14. MORE BUDGET INFORMATION INSIDE Author, illustrator visit DMS for book discussion, reading Students at C.S. Driver Middle School not only had the opportunity to meet a local TV celebrity on Feb. 25, when News Channel 9 anchor Christie Casciano stopped by to talk about her series of children’s books; they also got to watch her referee a hockey face-off between Principal Mike Dardaris and sixthgrade teacher George Mango. The visit was part of the school’s weeklong celebration of PARP (People as Reading Partners). “It’s a week for us to celebrate reading, writing and getting lost in a good book,” Mr. Dardaris said. Casciano, who anchors the 11 p.m. Channel 9 newscast, was inspired to write her 2010 picture book, “The Puck Hog” (illustrated by her sister, Rose Mary Casciano Moziak), after years of cheering on her children’s hockey teams. Son Joe, 18, plays for Christian Brothers Academy, while daughter Sophia, 11, plays on a co-ed team with the Lysander Youth Hockey Association. During two special assemblies with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, Casciano described how some seasons are “so glorious you never want them to end.” But when a “puck hog” takes the ice, dominating the action and stealing the spotlight, things can get ugly fast. So she decided to write a story about a “hog” named Eddie who must learn the importance few chapters of “The Puck Hog,” she asked for of teamwork, selflessness and sacrifice. audience volunteers to demonstrate a “tape-to“A real star makes everybody shine,” Ms. tape” pass between two hockey sticks. Among Casciano said. the volunteers: Mr. Dardaris and Mr. Mango. Ms. Casciano described how she had to Both were conveniently already wearing forget what she already knew about news-writ- sneakers, since the school kicked off the ing and learn how to write a book manuscript. week’s PARP theme by encouraging students And, yes, TV news involves a lot of writing, and staff to wear sneakers, because “reading she said. To illustrate how much, Ms. Casciano jogs the mind.” held up a stack of papers at least 3 inches thick. That’s what she has to read during one 90-minute newscast, she said. “I’m so lucky because writing is my passion and I get paid to do it,” she said. Ms. Moziak, meanwhile, described how she brought her sister’s words to life. In some cases, she photographed scenes with live models posing as the book’s characters, and then used those photos as the inspiration for her sketches. The pair teamed up to create a second book, “The Puck Hog, Vol. 2: Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid,” last fall. After Ms. Casciano read a News Channel 9 anchor Christie Casciano visits DMS. The Official Newsletter of the Marcellus Central School District
  13. 13. Marcellus “Building Futures” CENTRAL SCHOOLS Building Futures: Our School District Spring is on the way… As the clocks “spring forward” to Daylight Savings Time and one season gives way to another, the greater Marcellus Central School District community opens up to new possibilities. Board of Education Mr. David Kelly, President Ms. Kathleen Welch , Vice President Ms. Julie Brissette Mr. Jeffrey Crysler Mr. John Fuller Dr. David Locastro Mr. Ryan Riefler As one might expect during the long and dark winter months, our students have been absorbed by their academic, athletic and artistic routines. One sure sign that warmer weather is on the way: Our winter sport teams soon will be replaced by a rich slate of spring athletic programs eager to return outside. Administration School District Leadership Superintendent Dr. Craig J. Tice Assistant Superintendent (Pupil Services) Ms. Trish McCarron School Building Leadership Mr. John Durkee (High School Principal) Mr. Michael Dardaris (DMS Principal) Mr. Gary Bissaillon (KCH Principal) Coordinators/Directors/Assistants Ms. Cindy Bird (Curriculum K-6) Ms. Janet O’Mara (Curriculum 7-12) Ms. Deborah Glisson (Instruction 7-12) Mr. Michael Free (Athletics 7-12) Business Office Leadership Mr. Anthony Sonnacchio (School Business Administrator) Ms. Lorraine Phillips (District Treasurer) Ms. Sue Larison (Registrar/Attendance Officer) Ms. Kim LaRose (District Clerk) Supervisors/Directors/Managers Ms. Patricia Grogan (Food Service) Ms. Susan Stearns (Transportation) Mr. Keith Watkins (Facilities) Safety/Security/Dispatchers/Assistants Mr. John Scanlon (School Resource Officer) Mr. Earl Smith (School Resource Officer) Mr. Tom Marlin (Bus Dispatcher-morning) Mrs. Judy Clarke (Bus Dispatcher-afternoon) Mr. Ronald Valentine (Security Alarms & Snow Watch) Dr. Craig J. Tice The wonderful work of our fine arts department, meanwhile, has been visible this winter in the All-County/All-State Music Festivals, the Scholastic Art Awards, the Festival of the Bands Concert and this month’s All-School Show (Guys & Dolls). Planning for our future… The Board of Education has also been busy this winter in reviewing the final reports on the National Common Core Standards, our departmental Action Plans and district technology, as well as the recent School Alliance for Continuous Improvement (SACI) site visitation in K-12 Response to Intervention and Academic Intervention Services. In addition to these regular programmatic reviews, the Board of Education has been working to develop a fiscally sound budget for the next school year. Board members have been monitoring the political decisions out of Albany, including the governor’s proposed reduction in state aid that will dramatically reduce our revenues and shift the burden to local property taxpayers. As you may be aware, about half our district budget is supported by local property tax (56 percent), and the other half is funded by state aid revenues (38 percent), plus local sales tax from Onondaga County and grants from the federal government. The statewide economic crisis continues to impact our schools… From this winter’s Community Budget Forum to the Community Budget Survey, the Board of Education is attempting to engage the community in a discussion about our school district’s financial future. Our local legislators in the state senate and assembly also need to be part of these conversations – about proposed reductions in state aid funding and the many unfunded mandates required by the government. A number of our Board members, along with building administrators and three students (Michael Abbott, Anna Kim and Stephen Larison), attended the recent Legislative Breakfast to meet with state Sen. John. DeFrancisco and members of the New York State Assembly. Simply put, while the Board of Education and administration remain committed to using our limited resources effectively and efficiently, we also know difficult decisions will need to be made in the not too distant future. An invitation to participate… To continue the discussion, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in the upcoming Town Meetings scheduled during the month of March. The meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 14 (at KCH Elementary), March 20 (Marcellus High School), and March 25 (Driver Middle School). These town meetings will be informational in nature and feature an overview of the budget development process for 2013-14, as well as a preview some of the difficult decisions the school district now faces, regarding class sizes, course offerings (electives, etc.) and future staffing. Your input at these town meetings will help to continue the dialogue between the home and the school and provide important information from which to make informed decisions. I hope you are able to find some time in your busy schedule to complete the online community budget survey or join us for one of the town meetings. Our “commitment” as a Professional Learning Community… I would be remiss if I did not thank you for your continued support and efforts on behalf of the children. Whether our annual “professional learning community” theme has focused on “connections,” “communication,” “collaboration,” “coordination,” “cooperation,” “commitment,” “conversations,” or “commonality” over the past eight years, the school district has worked hard to earn your confidence. For our children to be successful, it truly has to be a joint effort between the home and the school. We must continue to work together to ensure a rewarding educational experience for all our children, even as we remain sensitive to the economic challenges we now face. We look forward to sharing more information with you regarding the proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year in the upcoming Annual School Report and Budget Newsletter to be published in early May. Sincerely, Craig J. Tice, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools
  14. 14. Keep up with school budget news online School district budgets exist in a confusing, alphabet soup world: GEA, APPR, STAR – what’s it all mean? To help make sense of it all, and to keep Marcellus residents in the loop on the ongoing 2013-14 budget development process, we’ve created a special page on the district website,, devoted to all things budget: 2013-14 Budget. Visit the page to learn how school district budgets are developed, how the New York state budget affects us here in Marcellus, to stay updated on the latest budget news and to find out how residents like you can use your voice to advocate for Marcellus’ children. The budget page, which can be accessed by clicking on 2013-14 Budget on the left side of the district homepage, is divided into six sub-sections, including an archive of all the budget news posted so far, a glossary of budget terms, and a downloadable, printable Advocacy Toolkit. We hope you’ll check it out and visit often! NYSCOSS tool highlights aid loss to Marcellus schools Marcellus Central Schools Building Futures: Our School District to the organizations’ website, providing an easy-to-read and print version of a school aid run for any school district in New York State. There’s a link to the report for Marcellus Central School District on the district website, “The printout presents, for each aid category, 2012-13 aid, proposed 2013-14 aid, year-to-year dollar change, and percent change, making it easier to identify which individual aid categories are driving changes in total aid,” Lowry said. For Marcellus, those figures are $12,066,366 (2012-13 aid), $11,591,731 (proposed 2013-14 aid), $474,635 (dollar change, year over year) and -3.9 (percent change, year over year). (The governor’s proposed 2013-14 aid for Marcellus actually represents a slight increase from the $11,546,852 received this year, once you subtract the $519,503 in one-time, full-day kindergarten conversion aid the district received in 2012-13 for expanding the K.C. Heffernan Elementary kindergarten program from half-day to full-day.) In addition, at the bottom of the page, the printout provides a chart showing the history of total aid (excluding Building Aid) for the district in 2008-09, 2012-13, and 2013-14 under the Governor’s proposal. The printout also shows amounts lost to the Gap Elimination Adjustment for each district for each year since 2010-11. For Marcellus, that figure is $5.61 million. This chart shows the history of state aid for Marcellus Central Schools A new tool offered by the New York State Council of School Superintendents allows users to see clearly the effects of state aid cuts and the Gap Elimination Adjustment on their school district. Robert Lowry, deputy director for advocacy, research and communications for NYSCOSS, posted the Excel spreadsheet in 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2013-14 (proposed). Your voice can make a difference… Be an advocate for students in the Marcellus Central School District Marcellus Central School District — like school districts throughout New York — is facing a fiscal crisis. The downturn of the national economy, coupled with new mandates and the state’s tax levy limit, has challenged public schools to continue to provide a high-quality education to all students with significantly fewer resources. District leaders at Marcellus have been working with staff and community members to find creative ways to weather the economic storm without sacrificing the integrity of our program. Yet without meaningful and timely relief from our government leaders, MCSD residents may risk losing the high level of public education that they have come to know and value throughout the years. Interested in becoming an advocate for education and for Marcellus Central Schools? Check out the “Advocacy Toolkit” on the district website (, with helpful tips and tools for reaching out to state lawmakers. 3
  15. 15. 4 Building Futures: Our School District Two Marcellus BOE members honored by NYSSBA Two members of the Marcellus Central School District Board of Education were recently recognized by the New York State School Boards Association for participating in developmental training through the association’s “School Board U” program. Board members David Kelly and John Fuller were presented “Board Achievement Award” certificates from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig J. Tice during the Jan. 23 BOE meeting. “The New York State School Board Association’s School Board U Recognition Program is designed to recognize extensive time and effort for school board members who strive to continually expand their governance knowledge and skills,” Barry J. Entwistle, NYSSBA director of leadership development, wrote in a Dec. 19 letter to Dr. Tice. Marcellus Central Schools Superintendent to assist Binghamton City Schools with accreditation initiative The New York State Education Department and the Marcellus CSD Board of Education have approved Marcellus Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig J. Tice as an Outside Educational Expert (OEE). As part of this new designation, Dr. Tice will work with the Binghamton City School District on a new Race To The Top (RTTT) initiative called the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE). Dr. Tice will assist Binghamton City School District personnel and state education officials by visiting Roosevelt Elementary School and Binghamton High School. The site visitations will The New York State Education Department and the Marcellus CSD Board of Education examine central office district leadership, school building have approved Marcellus Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig J. Tice as an Outside leadership, curriculum develEducational Expert (OEE). opment, instructional practices (and professional developMarcellus earned Middle States Accreditation for its three ment), student support services and community involvement/ schools; in most districts, accreditation is earned only at the communication. high school level. A former science teacher and building principal, Dr. Tice This ongoing and continuous model of school improvement brings a wealth of educational experience to the OEE posiis an approach that Binghamton would like to emulate. tion, in addition to his leadership work as commissioner for Tonia Thompson, assistant superintendent for curricuthe Commission on Secondary Schools in the Middle States lum, instruction and accountability for the Binghamton Association of Colleges and Schools and President of the City Schools, is spearheading this collaborative effort School Alliance for Continuous Improvement (SACI). with Marcellus and the NYS Education Department. With While Roosevelt Elementary and Binghamton High School Binghamton High School scheduled for re-accreditation by will undergo separate site visits involving the NYS Education the Middle States Association, Thompson worked to blend the Department, all other schools in the district will participate new State Education Department mandate with the timein mid-March in a SACI review focusing on their English honored Middle States Accreditation standards for the site Language Arts programming. visitations. Affiliated with the Philadelphia-based Middle States Dr. Tice applauds Thompson’s work ethic and organizaAssociation, SACI is a network of rural, urban and suburban tional skills, as well as Binghamton City School District perschool districts working together to improve their educational sonnel’s commitment to foster a culture of continuous school delivery systems and the academic performance of their improvement. students. The SACI process provides a blueprint for success “Tonia and her team are very wise to combine these by examining the strategic connections between educational continuous improvement efforts as a way to enhance the planning, implementation and assessment. educational experience for the children of the Binghamton School districts such as Marcellus and Binghamton seek City School District,” Dr. Tice said. “Support for this endeavor Middle States Accreditation to hold a mirror up to their starts at the top with the Board of Education and the superinperformance, so they can benchmark themselves against the tendent and must also be embraced by the building adminishighest possible standards. In 2007, the Marcellus Central tration, faculty and staff in order to ensure its effectiveness.” School District was awarded Middle States Association The site visitations for the two focus schools and the Accreditation for all three of its schools. Because of the Middle States accreditation process will take place in district’s decade-long commitment to rigorously evaluate March and April. The final reports will be due by the end of its instructional program through annual SACI visitations, June 2013.
  16. 16. Marcellus students excel at Science Olympiads Three teams representing Marcellus Central Schools placed in the top 10 in 16 events – and brought home 32 individual medals and ribbons – during the 2013 Mid-State Regional Science Olympiad B Division competition held March 2 at Syracuse University. The Marcellus contingent – made up of 38 students from Driver Middle School and Marcellus High School – was the largest sent by any school in the regional competition, which drew a total of 29 teams. “Not only were the students rewarded for their hard work, but they were great Jeffrey Shi (left) and examples of the type of student we would Patrick Morocco like to have representing Marcellus,” DMS science teacher and Olympiad adviser Hannah Naczi said. “They were polite, helpful, and supportive, not only to our students, but to students from other schools.” Mary Jo Hoeft, science lab teacher at Driver Middle and K.C. Elementary, co-coached the teams. The competition has 24 events in the areas of life science, Team A Science Olympiad Team physical science, earth science and engineering. A student works with a partner and can choose between one and five events in which to participate. Each team can only send one entry into each event, and a team score is recorded based on how all the members do in all 24 events. Marcellus sent three teams: Team A (Grades 7 to 9), which placed 12th overall at the event; Team B (Grade 6); and Team C Driver Middle School teacher earns national certification Brenda Eschelbacher, a special education teacher at C.S. Driver Middle School in the Marcellus Central School District, has earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Mrs. Eschelbacher earned her National Board Certification in November and was recognized by the Marcellus CSD Board of Brenda Education during its Jan. 23 meeting. She Eschelbacher joins the growing ranks of National Board Certified Teachers at Marcellus, which already include Mary Jo Hoeft, George Mango, Joanne Lewendowski and Kathy Rein. “Mrs. Eschelbacher joins a distinguished group of educators in Marcellus who have earned the National Board Certification,” Dr. Tice said. “We are so proud of their efforts, because the arduous process to obtain this credential is truly a labor of love.” National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment of a teacher’s pedagogical skills and content knowledge. The certification process takes one to three years to complete. While licensing standards set the basic requirements to teach in a state, NBCTs demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices similar to the certifications earned by experts in law and medicine. “National Board Certification represents the pinnacle of professional accomplishment in teaching,” National Board President and CEO Dr. Ron Thorpe said in a news release. (Grades 6 to 8). The Marcellus High School’s Science Olympiad team, meanwhile, placed 13th out of 30 schools at the Science Olympiad competition held earlier at Le Moyne College. High school teachers Jen Carnes and Mark Sunheimer SHS Science Olympiad Team coach the team. Ribbon winners were: Mike Abbott and Sean King for their “boomilever”; Anna Kim and Mike Clark for material science; Mike Clark and Steve Larison for thermodynamics; Joe Isgar and Abbey Venzel for “designer genes”; Meghan Greenfield and Casey Cabrinha for “disease detectives”; and Stu Synakowski and Julie Powers for “fermi questions.” Medal winners were: Julie Powers and Casey Cabrinha for “Write It/Do It”; and Taylor Walker and Julie Powers for forensics. Marcellus Central Schools Building Futures: Our School District Marcellus welcomes Michael Free as new athletic director The Marcellus Central School District this month welcomed a new director of health, physical education and athletics to campus: Michael Free, who fills the spot left vacant when former Athletic Director Bradford Dates retired. Most recently, Mr. Free was assistant principal at West Genesee High School, a post whose many hats included that of safety coordinator, technology liaison, character education program facilitator, master schedule creator and Michael Free much more. Before coming on board at West Genesee in 2007, Mr. Free taught science in Skaneateles Central Schools for 15 years. After one year in the middle school as an eighth grade science teacher, he moved to the high school, where he taught Regents, honors and Advanced Placement biology. During his time in Skaneateles, he also served as associate athletic director and head junior varsity football coach. Mr. Free’s career in education began in 1988, when he was hired as a permanent, per-diem substitute teacher for East Syracuse-Minoa schools, where he also coached modified wrestling, lacrosse and track and field. “Coaching has always been a part of my career,” Mr. Free said. “I coached before I had a full-time teaching job. Coaching and being involved in athletics is in my blood. I love the lifelong lessons you get from athletics – character, integrity, self-discipline – which help point a person toward success. ” A native of Camillus, Mr. Free competed in football, wrestling and lacrosse as a freshman at West Genesee High School. After he transferred to Faith Heritage School in 10th grade, he took up soccer, baseball and track and field. His athleticism followed him to college, first at Houghton College, where he threw the shot put and discus, and then at State University College at Cortland, where he played football. Mr. Free earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Cortland, as well as his Certificate of Advanced Study. Long-time residents of Baldwinsville, Mr. Free and his wife began house-hunting last spring, with the hope of shortening their respective daily commutes. (Laurie Free works downtown at AXA Equitable.) Not long after they found and made a purchase offer on a house in Marcellus, the upcoming athletic director vacancy was announced. The Marcellus Board of Education approved Mr. Free’s appointment Dec. 18, and he started in his new post March 1. “I’ve felt at home since my first job interview,” Mr. Free said. 5
  17. 17. 6 Building Futures: Our School District DMS students compete in National Geographic Geography Bee Students in Grades 5-8 competed in the National Geographic Geography Bee. Classroom winners who scored a perfect seven out of seven rounds then went on to compete against multi-age winners, to qualify for the school title. These students included: Fifth grade: Tommy Hoey and Grace Femano. Sixth grade: Cahal Donovan, Conner Hayes, Robbie Sealy and Sean Madden. Seventh grade: Ethan Mosure. Eighth grade: Rebecca Searle. Ethan Mosure was declared the champion, while second place went to Conner Hayes and third place to Rebecca Searle. After his local victory, Ethan took a test that was mailed to the National Geographic Society for scoring, to determine if he’s eligible for the national competition in Washington in May. Stay tuned! Driver Middle Yearbook Club plans “Treasure Sale,” barbecue dinner (submitted by Cindy Cook) The Driver Middle School Yearbook Club is sponsoring a Treasure Sale in the old DMS gymnasium on Saturday, April 13. The sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will have new and used items for sale. (We will gladly accept donated items.) Money raised will go toward the fundraising efforts of our team registered to participate in the American Heart Association walk on April 6 at Onondaga Community College. Please consider donating to our worthwhile cause and/or joining us on the Marcellus team April 6. For details, please call the DMS main office at (315) 6736200. Thank you in advance for your support. In other Yearbook Club news: • Full-color yearbooks are still available for $33.48 each. Interested? Call Cindy Cook at DMS at 673-6200 or stop by the DMS main office. • The club will once again be hosting its chicken barbecue dinner the day of the school district budget vote, May 21. After you vote, don’t forget to pick up your chicken dinner! Dinners can be reserved by filling out the “Chicken BBQ” request form on this page. This way, you will have your dinner already hot and waiting for you. We usually run out of dinners early, so please pre-order. Chicken BBQ Order Form Who: The Driver Middle School Yearbook is hosting a Chicken BBQ When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 (Day of the BUDGET VOTE – to be held at the SHS auditorium.) Where: Marcellus High School auditorium foyer Marcellus Central Schools Cost: $7.50 each Includes ½ chicken, coleslaw, salt potatoes, roll, butter To order your dinners, complete the following and mail to (or drop off at) C.S. Driver Middle School Office, along with your cash payment or check (made payable to DMS Yearbook) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Name_________________________________________ Please mail this form and check to: Address_______________________________________ Driver Middle School Phone number__________________________________ Yearbook Driver Middle School Number of dinners______________________________ Reed Parkway Marcellus, N.Y. 13108 Check enclosed for_____________________________ Pre-sale dinners may be picked up between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  18. 18. Music news and notes • Fifteen Marcellus High School musicians performed at Ithaca College as part of the New York State School Music Association’s Zone 3 Senior High Area All-State Music Festival: Michael Abbott and Keirstalyn Wade (orchestra); Jeff Beyel, Noelle Cotter, Dylan Felty, Meghan Greenfield, Holly Grosholz, Roxana Novak, Angela Pugliese and Stu Synakowski (band); Mike Clark, Joe Isgar, Sean Koloski and Miranda Wing (mixed chorus) and Adina Martin (women’s chorus). Students applied for consideration of acceptance based on their solo scores from last May at the NYSSMA Solo Festival held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. All the students accepted achieved a rating of A+ on level 6 (most difficult level) solos. • The following Driver Middle School students performed at the Junior High All-County Festival held Jan 25 and 26 at Solvay High School: Trisha Curtin, Tyler Gerbsch, Jane Stewart, Lisa Morocco, Sean Raymond, Quimonei Bell-Hunter, Zach Osborne, Nate Murphy. Marcellus Central Schools Building Futures: Our School District • The Marcellus High School music program presented its second annual “Pops” Concert on Jan. 26. The show, a fundraiser for the program, included jazz, rock, pop and contemporary music styles. Marcellus students win 32 CNY Scholastic Arts Awards Twenty-six Marcellus students received 32 awards in the 2013 CNY Scholastic Art Awards competition, including six prestigious Gold Key and seven Silver Key awards. The Central New York region has conducted its annual Scholastic Art Awards competition for more than 65 years. The region includes 13 counties and nearly 400 eligible schools. This year, the contest drew 4,600 art submissions – making the regional competition one of the largest in the country. Some 70 professional artists, educators and photographers selected more than Ian McGloon (Silver Key, ceramics) 1,200 award winners during the judging process. Gold Key award winners were celebrated at an awards ceremony Jan. 17 in the Onondaga Community College gymnasium, and their artwork will be considered for national-level recognition. “It really is a spectacular display of artwork from schools across the region,” Marcellus High School art teacher Tara Charles said. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which includes regional competitions in more than 100 communities around the country, have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Syracuse University alumna Joyce Carol Oates. To date, the Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States. Award winners from Marcellus High School included: Portfolios: Mike Hogan (Gold Key, photo portfolio); Anetxy Barnes (honorable mention, art portfolio); Mallory Caza (honorable mention, art portfolio); Natalia Dempsey (honorable mention, art portfolio); Taylor Walker (honorable Mallory Caza (honorable mention, photo portfolio). mention, art portfolio) Individual Pieces: Margaret Choroser (Gold Key, photo); Sam Finnie (Gold Key, photo); Zoe Higgins (Gold Key, photo); Silver Key, photo); Michelle Rice (Gold Key, photo; Silver Key, photo); Laura Dailey (Silver Key, drawing); Mike Hogan (Silver Key, photo); Grace Nolan (Silver Key, photo, and two honorable mentions, photo); Rachael Nolan (Silver Key, photo); Ian McGloon (Silver Key, ceramics); Jessica Cost (honorable mention, drawing); Natalia Dempsey (honorable mention, drawing); Allie Massara (two honorable mentions, photo); Zoe Higgins Alex Sheridan (honorable mention, drawing); Morgan Reilly (Gold Key, photo) (honorable mention, ceramics); Suzanna Sylcox (honorable mention, mixed media). Award winners from C.S. Driver Middle School: Alex Bandera (honorable mention) and Morgan Gould (honorable mention). 7
  19. 19. Marcellus “Building Futures” Non-Profit U.S. Postage CENTRAL SCHOOLS PAID Marcellus, NY Permit No. 18 Reed Parkway Marcellus, New York 13108 315-673-6000 Visit us on the web at DATES to remember March 14 KCH Town Meeting, 7 p.m. March 19 Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. March 20 SHS Town Meeting, 7 p.m. March 20-22 DMS PTA Book Fair March 21-22 Kindergarten registration (KCH) March 23 KCH Discover Your Talent Day March 25 DMS Town Meeting, 7 p.m. March 28 Staff development day (NO SCHOOL for students) March 29-April 5 April 9 April 10 Spring break (NO SCHOOL) Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. Kindergarten parent orientation, 7 p.m. KCH MARK YOUR CALENDAR: TOWN MEETINGS Marcellus Central School District administrators will host three Town Meetings this month, to update residents on 2013-14 budget development. • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School. • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Marcellus High School. • 7 p.m. Monday, March 25 at Driver Middle School.