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  1. 1. A look at activities inSullivanCountyCommunityCollegeA look at activities inSullivanCountyCommunityCollegeA Special Section of the Sullivan County DemocratApril 23, 2013 • Section S • Callicoon, New York
  2. 2. 2S SCCC SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT APRIL, 2013Published byCatskill-Delaware Publications, Inc.Publishers of the(845) 887-5200Callicoon, NY 12723April 23, 2013 • Vol. CXXII, No. 88Publisher: Fred W. Stabbert IIISenior Editor: Dan HustEditor: Frank RizzoEditorial Assistants: Kathy Daley, Jeanne Sager, Eli Ruiz,Kaitlin CarneyAdvertising Director: Liz TuckerAdvertising Coordinator: Sue BodensteinAdvertising Representatives: Katie Peake, Cecilia LamyMarketing Director: Laura StabbertBusiness Manager: Susan OwensBusiness Department: Diane Hess, Christina Gruenke,Jasmine RiveraTelemarketing Coordinator: Michelle ReynoldsTelemarketing Assistant: Diane HessClassified Manager: Janet WillProduction Associates: Sue Conklin, Ruth Huggler,Rosalie Mycka, Tracy SwendsenElizabeth Finnegan, Jacob SteinDistribution: Richard ConroyProud Member of:Serving the weeklycommunity newspapers ofNew York State since 1853.National Newspaper Association‘A Look at Activities atSullivan County Community College’Jazzed up about junior collegesAt some point during her careerin academia, Dr. KarinHilgersom realized she did notwant to spend her professional lifepublishing papers in obscure jour-nals or even teaching at a large uni-versity.“I knew I wanted to teach the stu-dents who needed me most,” saidHilgersom.Appropriately enough, SUNYSullivan’s new college president ispassionate about the need and thevalue of two-year colleges.“I’m in love with community col-leges,” Dr. Hilgersom said. “I love thatcommunity colleges can focusentirely on teaching and learningexcellence. I like it that we really areopen access – that everybody can gethigher education and career training.I love it that a 35-year-old who alwayswanted to be a nurse can make thathappen here.”She’s also a great believer in thesynergistic role that community col-leges can play in energizing a com-munity – a virtue that made her theleading contender in the search for anew SUNY Sullivan chief.“Her experience leading transferand workforce programs (preparinglocal talent for the real demands oflocal employers) will be an importantasset,” said the college’s Board ofTrustees Chairman Nick Speranzawhen Hilgersom’s hiring wasannounced. He also cited her back-ground in policy analysis, research,grants and supervising capital build-ing projects in the colleges she hasserved.As a West Coast educator andadministrator, Hilgersom has alsowatched and participated in therevival of towns such as Bend,Oregon and Walla Walla, Washington.Walla Walla, for example, moved inthe 1990s from a “boarded-up townwith nothing but a prison and wheatfarms” into a vineyard-and-winerytourist destination where the com-munity college offers an associatesdegree in winemaking and grapegrowing through its 10-year-oldCenter for Enology and Viticulture.“I hope we can do things like thathere,” Hilgersom said.Her own education began as a com-munications major at CaliforniaState University. After earning herPhD in Educational Policy andManagement from the University ofOregon, she taught speech, publicspeaking and interpersonal commu-nication at Oregon’s SpokaneCommunity College and GonzagaUniversity, where she also launchedwomen’s study courses.She later moved up to college deanand then served as vice president forinstruction at Walla Walla Com-munity College and then at CentralOregon Community College.SHORING UP BUDGETAt her new post, she’s impressedwith much about the half-century-old college in Loch Sheldrake, with its1,200 full-time students.A strong liberal arts program, acommitted and talented faculty, thepower of the business and account-ing department, an enviable “infor-mation technology cluster” of cours-es – digital media, graphic arts,multi-media and communication --are all key strengths of the college,she said.But supporting them is a budgetthat has sadly eroded over the last sixor seven years, and one of Dr.Hilgersom’s first steps will be to buildup a reserve fund. “We will start set-ting aside two percent each year untilthere is six percent of the budget inreserve,” she said. Currently there isno reserve.In many cases, “faculty salaries areabysmal and absurd,” and she wantsto get the spending plan to a placewhere that can be mitigated.She also has designs on giving thebusiness and accounting programNew presidentinvigoratesSUNY SullivanCollege President Dr. Karin Hilgersom cameon board in February, selected for her back-ground in administration, grants, research,workforce development and supervisingcapital building projects.
  3. 3. APRIL, 2013 SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT SCCC 3S5ypypyppppHaH papH pHapopeDetomoeR RE kSSuYNYNYUNUNSUSUyryryararsasarsrserrveveivivnininnnnAnAnhthth05050erehwynyAtsio - EEEERFFR knaBteneretInt gki!!!!!!nananvavaliivivlilivlllluSSuyPaaylliB&gnikEEEERFFR e- metatSNeDetomoeRReF&tsaF.cwwwkisrgmmstnteme - iwgnikceheCnodeviaweFesiopeDstoMnoytilibaliavAyaDtxeNsesseneisuBroffoerutpaCtisope - HBCylylaacoL,gnidndeLlaaicrememoCelbixelF548mo.cyy.nbh.c - 97tsiopeDtceriDhtistsippAenoPhoiHBdevorppA4- 3029CBOS-126757RGRO-126866Sullivan Pharmacy267 N. Main Street, Liberty, NY 845-295-5456We Deliver SatisfactionOpen Weekdaysuntil 7 pmSaturdays 9-3Accepting No Fault, Workman Compensation &All Medicare Part D InsuranceFull Range of Over The Counter Medicines• Diabetic Supplies • Home Health Care • Vitamins • Nutritional Care products Faster Service • No Waiting Time Detailed Medication CounselingLocally Owned Operated for 20 YearsPharmacist Sonal TrivediSPHA-111314SPHA-126272enough financial capacity to assistsmall businesses in Sullivan County.A wish that is more than a dream isthe construction of a new building tohouse the “workforce professions” –the programs taught in digital mediaand graphics, healthcare, green tech-nology and business.Putting a signature building oncampus creates instant jobs for thecounty, solidifies strong programs,and most importantly would have ahealthy impact on enrollment, shesaid.“When you build a new building,the impact on enrollment is immedi-ate.”Hilgersom pointed to $10.5 millionin capital project funds promised toSUNY Sullivan through the SUNY sys-tem in Albany.“We have to come up with matchingfunds – but I do think there are donorsout there who want to fund work-force,” said Hilgersom.CREATING A ‘COLLEGE TOWN’One way in which the local institu-tion is an anomaly in the field of com-munity colleges is the size of its cam-pus. Built on what was 400 acres offarmland, SUNY Sullivan uses only aportion of that land, and the collegepresident is working with the countyon how best to parlay some of theacreage into a win-win for both enti-ties.“We are beginning to explore howwe can develop a private/public part-nership to use this land” to help withthe county’s economy and to developin students an appreciation for thecampus itself, she said.Some possibilities are a health andfitness center, a coffee bar or a pubthat could spur more of a collegetown feel on that huge piece of land.Students could intern in the newbusinesses, Hilgersom noted.In the meantime, the college presi-dent and her husband, web developerMatt Helmick, are busy exploring Sul-livan County’s own must-see ameni-ties.“We discovered the Dancing CatSaloon (on Route 17B in Bethel),” saidHilgersom with a delighted smile,“where on Saturday afternoons, theyfeature songwriters playing theirmusic in the Distillery. Terrific!”
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  5. 5. APRIL, 2013 SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT SCCC 5SATrusted Community Bank Since 1913.BLOOMINGBURG • CALLICOON • ELDRED • JEFFERSONVILLELIBERTY • LIVINGSTON MANOR • LOCH SHELDRAKE • MONTICELLONARROWSBURG • WAL-MART • WHITE LAKE • WURTSBOROHelping Students Bank on the Future(845)482-4000 • www.jeffbank.com • www.facebook.com/jeffersonvillebankHow to do your Bankingand Mandy Randycourses are being taughtin several Sullivan Countyschools. They aredesigned to introducestudents to basic banking.As a public service,JeffBank provides studentsand teachers with trainingmanuals and sendsrepresentatives from thebank to area schools tomake relevantpresentations.Anna Milucky, Jeff Bank vice president and businessbanker, is pictured on a visit to teach financial skills toyoung people at one of our local schools.JEBA-117872Welcoming newly appointedPresident Karin HilgersomLooking forward to working together.Sullivan County. A great place to live. A greatplace to work. A great place to learn.• Allan Scott, President• Michele Klugman Resnick, Director of Marketing• Fred Stabbert III, Chairman of the BoardPFOR-126854“Nationwide, there are only 20wrestling programs on the junior col-lege level,” said DePew. “We thinkwe’ve hit a market where there’s a realneed.”Phase 2 of the new sports plan willbring men and women’s soccer to thecollege, and Phase 3 will introducemen’s lacrosse and women’s softball.SPORTS AS STUDENT ANDCOMMUNITY BUILDERSAthletic Director DePew is quick topoint out that participation in sportsis not all play. Academically, studentsmust keep good grades and, in fact,they tend to outperform the generalstudent population.“A sport teaches teamwork, disci-pline and following directions,” hesaid. “When you’re a student athlete,you’re held to higher standards. Wehave over a 94 percent retention rateof athletes (in other words, in thosewho stay in college for the full twoyears.) That’s a much higher rate thanthe college as a whole.”Unlike most community colleges,Sullivan provides dorms for students,which helps to foster a sense of cama-raderie among athletes and with theircoaches.“We have 126 student athletes, 126kids that we follow,” said DePew. “Ifsomeone is not in class, I know it. Ifsomeone fails a test, I know it.”Struggling athletes work on aca-demics in study halls, with computerhelp and by means of tutors.A robust athletic program alsoboosts the college in other ways.“Athletics on the college level is adraw, a way of life — look at NotreDame, Alabama, Michigan, whereyou’re bringing 100,000 people toyour games,” said DePew. “Thatimpacts the institution. Of course,we’re smaller than that but we’ve beenfortunate to have great coaches andadministrators, and we’ve built asports program of national promi-nence.”The wider community benefits aswell. “In winter, our basketball gamesare the only game in town,” saidDePew, referring to the throngs oflocals and others who cheer lustily forSUNY Sullivan’s nationally rankedmen’s and women’s basketball teamsand who attend the National Men’sBasketball NJCAA Tournament, heldthe past three years on the Loch Shel-drake campus.Tournament teams stay at the VillaRoma Resort in Callicoon, and eatlocally at Liberty Diner and at manyof the fast food restaurants in Libertyand Monticello.Into the future, DePew looks for-ward to more wins all around –including boosting enrollment evenfurther by means of athletics.“Studiesshow that for every one student who’sactively recruited to play a sport at acollege institution, that brings twoothers to the college.”Specifically with regard to volleyballand wrestling, decisions on newcoach hiring are expected shortly.And DePew said he particularlywould like to get the word out aboutthe new sports programs to local kids.“We are full steam ahead and excit-ed about adding these sports to ourprograms,” he said. “I’d like to say toprospective students ‘We’d love tohave you as part of our inauguralteam. Give us a call.’ ”For each one student who’s actively recruited by the college, studies show two others follow,according to Athletic Director DePew.
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  7. 7. APRIL, 2013 SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT SCCC 7SOur outstanding beef is:all natural, pasture raised, corn-finished, federally inspected, flash frozen,and contains No hormones, antibiotics or additives.Check out our prices at www.thunderviewfarms.comCall Ric or Karen at 845.985.2189 or tvangus@thunderviewfarms. comTHUN-126862provide care to victims of heartattacks, drowning or shock. Theyride helicopters, keeping alive seri-ously injured individuals who arebeing transported to specializedhospitals.Shultis, a respiratory therapist her-self who has taught for 23 years, isalso a member of the MedicalReserves. She was deployed duringHurricane Sandy to a hockey arenawhere she cared for patients on ven-tilators after their hospitals wereflooded.The SUNY Sullivan course requirestwo years of full-time study in orderto earn an Associate in Applied Sci-ence Degree in Respiratory Care.Students must be good in scienceand math – they study humananatomy and physiology, microbiol-ogy, cardiopulmonary physiology, toname just a few of the academicsubjects they must master.During their second year, studentsspend 81⁄2 hours each day, Monday toThursday, as interns at one of nineclinical sites, which include CatskillRegional Medical Center, CrystalRun Healthcare, Orange RegionalMedical Center and Wayne Memori-al Hospital.As a health care profession, Respi-ratory Care is practiced under amedical director, Dr. Rajan Subbiah,a pulmonary disease and criticalcare specialist.All of this rigor is necessary, saysDirector Shultis, because of theimportant role played by RTs.“If you can’t breathe, [respiratorytherapists] have two minutes tomake the right decision, said Shul-tis. “RTs control the airway.”After completing the program, stu-dents are awarded their degree andare eligible for the National Board ofRespiratory Care Credentialingexam. Students first take the Certi-fied Respiratory Therapist exam andthen, on passing, they may take themore advanced Registered Respira-tory Therapist exam. In order toPosing with their mannequin “babies,” students from SUNY Sullivan’s first Respiratory CareProgram are, from left, Marilyn Bacchus, Jacob Crawley, Dominick Abato, Ryan Hilton, LoriMallia and Tracey Beltran.practice in New York, graduates arerequired to apply for a permanentlicense.Salaries for respiratory therapistsare excellent, as are the job opportu-nities. The U.S. Department of Laborprojects that employment for respi-ratory therapists is expected toincrease faster than most otheroccupations through the year 2018.Word is out about the program –which can admit 20 students eachspring semester – and excitementhas mounted.“Next spring,” said Shultis, “wehave 50 students waiting for 20seats.”
  8. 8. 8S SCCC SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT APRIL, 2013Dull committee? Not for this group of ‘changemakers’It all began last year when the col-lege’s re-accrediting agency, calledthe Middle States Commission onHigher Education, said SUNYSullivan must create a strategic planfor the future. The college thenhired consultants in a techniquecalled Appreciative Inquiry (AI) tobegin the brainstorming processthis past January.In order to make organizationalchange, AI concentrates on what isgood now about the organization –illuminating its strengths, peakexperiences, creativity and impor-tant accomplishments, and thenbuilding the future on those phe-nomena.“It looks to where you are strongand how to leverage what’s positiveWhat began as the rather drybut necessary requirementfor SUNY Sullivan to sitdown and develop a strategic planhas galvanized the college commu-nity into a happy, zealous love festin which people are saying someamazing things about their work-place and its future.“This is the most productive thingI’ve done in 32 years.” (Mike Fisher,chairman of Division of Profes-sional Studies)“We couldn’t be more excited.”(Dr. Susan Rogers, assistant profes-sor of psychology)“This is fun!” (Dr. PaulReifenheiser, chairman, Division ofLiberal Arts Humanities).And the magic has spread. “I’vebeen around a long time and havehad a lot of interaction with the col-lege,” said Scott Samuelson, chair-man of the County Board ofLegislators, “and I don’t think I’veever seen this kind of energy flow-ing.”Planning a vibrant future for SUNY Sullivan enlisted the expertise and energy of collegeleaders and faculty members including, from left, Dr. Paul Reifenheiser, Mike Fisher, Dr.Stephen Mitchell and Dr. Susan Rogers.BOCE-124011If someone you love has been diagnosedwith a mental illness,YOU ARE NOT ALONE!NAMI of SULLIVAN COUNTY CAN HELP!Family Support, Education, Advocacy,Empowerment, Referral to Clinical Services(845) 794-1029 e-mail: amifamh@aol.comFFOR-126726
  9. 9. APRIL, 2013 SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT SCCC 9Sand good,” said Mike Fisher, whohelped spearhead the AI process.At a series of forums, students, fac-ulty and community members fromtown supervisors to regular citizenscontributed knowledge, experienceand ideas. The college, participantssaid, began uncovering new ways tolive out its future as a dynamic insti-tution that cares about its constituen-cies.The strengths of the college, andtherefore the direction to go in thefuture, wound up revolving aroundfive themes: enhancing relationshipswith students; encouraging commu-nity engagement; supporting “sus-tainability” in terms of farming andgreen technology; developing pro-grams to provide careers for studentsand to foster economic development;and ways to provide a more invitinglearning and work environment onthe campus.Student Government leader JohnMiller participated as a facilitator inFebruary, leading a packed room ofstudents at the college dining hall.“The school has been around forawhile, but I felt like we were still try-ing to get a name for ourselves – notmany people know about us,”explained Miller. Personally, “I wantto better SUNY Sullivan not just formyself but for others, not just now butfor the future as well.”Students at the forum were mostinterested in new programs andinternships; upgrades to campus, res-idence halls and cafeteria; and accessto more adult advisors and mentors.“The energy in the room was sur-prisingly very positive and enthusias-tic,” Miller said.Other ideas generated at forumsranged from a new course offering onSullivan County geology and naturalscience, to the construction of an out-door amphitheater and a sculpturegarden, to avenues for small busi-nesses to offer ideas to the college.Fisher said the ball is now in thecourt of the larger and more formalStrategic Plan Institutional Assess-ment Committee, which is chaired byDr. Stephen Mitchell, dean of Work-force Development, Continuing Edu-cation and Lifelong LearningBut the work of the AppreciativeInquiry players is already bearingfruit.“The five themes (distilled from theAI sessions) will be used in the col-lege‘s upcoming budget delibera-tions,” said Fisher, noting that thework of the 200 participants “has thepotential to make positive changethat reaches for decades.”And literal fruit bearing is in the off-ing as well.Spurred by an idea at one of theforums, campus soil is now sproutinghumulus lupulus, the hardy climbingplant known as hops, that is used inmaking beer. The project involvesstudents and SUNY Sullivan’s Sus-tainability Committee chaired byteacher and director of SustainabilityHelena Le Roux.Le Roux wrote a mini-grant and wasawarded funds from Sullivan Renais-sance to get the hops project started.Microbreweries such as one plannedfor Livingston Manor by CatskillMountain Director Ramsey Adamsare interested in which variety ofhops can grow locally.The link between students, learn-ing, farming, and local business andeconomy sounds good to those in theknow.“The whole agriculture-tourismbusiness connection is starting togrow in the county,” said County Leg-islator Samuelson. “Growing hops –that’s exciting. That’s cool.”The two-year college at SUNY Sullivan offers students an opportunity to attend courses clos-er to home to prepare for an associate’s degree, or to gain credits toward a bachelor’s degreethrough a transfer to a 4-year college or university, or just to enhance and better their per-sonal and professional skills.Credits:All photographs and storiesfor this special School Sceneare by Sullivan CountyDemocrat Photo-grapher/Reporter Kathy Daley.The Democrat would alsolike to thank the faculty andstaff of the State University ofNew York (SUNY) at Sullivanfor all its cooperation in thisproject.Jim’s AutomotiveService CenterJIMS-12671474 Jefferson Street, Monticello, NYKETCHAMFENCING INC.RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIALComplete Installation ByCOMPLETE LINE OF QUALITY FENCE• All Types of Maintenance FreeVinyl Fence• Chain Link - Galvanized or Vinyl Covered• Decorative Aluminum Fences• Wrought Iron Fences Gates• RailingsEstablished1967• Custom Wood • Paddock Fencing• Dog Kennels• Tennis Court Enclosures• Swimming Pool Enclosures• Electric Gate Openers386-1161 or 791-431119 Borden St. • Otisville, NY 10963 www.ketchamfence.comComplete Installation By Trained TechniciansKETC-126660
  10. 10. 10S SCCC SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT APRIL, 2013College celebrates womenSTORY AND PHOTOSBY SHARON SPACE-BAMBERGEROn April 1, a multitude ofwomen converged on SUNYSullivan for the 17th AnnualCelebration of Being a Woman. Thisyear’s theme was “Finding The BestYou: The Confidence Connection.”The conference fee included break-fast, a keynote speaker, two work-shops (from among a multitude),lunch with brownies to die for, shop-ping, raffles, a bag of gifts and time tonetwork.Some of the women had attendedprevious women’s celebrations at thecollege. They looked forward to anenriching day.Carol Milewski of Liberty, whoattends every year, spoke of her plansfor the day: “I’m taking a morningworkshop about healing crystals andI’ll do ‘Adventures of Decluttering’ inthe afternoon. It’s a very good feelingto get rid of that stuff or finding ahome for it.”The women filled the Seelig Theatreto hear Keynote Speaker NancyLombardo, a comedian who hasappeared on Saturday Night Live, AllMy Children, and Comedy Tonight.The women began laughing as thecomedian outlined highlights of hercareer. Throwing a black shawl overher head, Lombardo hunched hershoulders like an old lady. She gavepiercing moans and explained, “I’mthe consummate Italian Mourner;I’ve played that part on ‘Law andOrder’ and in the movies.”Lombardo’s snappy one-liners keptthe laughing ladies in danger ofneeding the ladies’. “I’m the motherof two, one is my husband!” “We’re inthe Middle Ages, everything heads tothe middle.” “A man is like a shoe, buya good one and break it inand it will last.” “What doyou call people who usethe rhythm method?Answer: Parents!” MaryTodd Lincoln to her hus-band, “Would it kill you togo to the theatre with me?”“What’s the furthest dis-tance between two points?A man’s underwear andthe hamper.”The women shared theirexperience during a won-derful lunch catered byChartwell’s and MichaelWeintraub. All agreed theworkshop presentersdelivered on their promis-es.Theresa Geed ofCallicoon enjoyedCephora’s “The HealingCrystal Connection” classand planned on buyingcrystals after lunch.Sue Long took “ArtfulGlass Painting” but wasnot too sure about her painting tal-ent. She sighed, “Maybe it will lookbetter after it dries.”Alberta Hillriegel said she plans toteach her grandchildren the minia-ture garden techniques she learnedfrom Master GardenerSusan Dollard.Cynthia Crisp, BA, LMT,a massage therapist andCeltic Shaman with a pri-vate practice in bothJeffersonville and NewYork City led two work-shops. The morning ses-sion was “Steps toEmpowerment” in whichparticipants practicedaligning their physical andenergy bodies, envision-ing what they wanted fortheir lives. They learned anancient form of prayer tohelp them achieve the lifethey always dreamed of.In Crisp’s afternoon ses-sion “Circle of Healing,Circle of Power,” Crisp ledher students as theydrummed and shook rat-tles to attract healing spir-its for their journeys to amagical world.Conference co-chair,Hillary Egeland, SUNY Sullivan direc-tor of Special Events and CampusActivities was pleased with theConference. “We had one hundredand fifty women sign up and it wentsmoothly,” she said.Callicoon Center resident Theresa Geed checked out the healing crystals and jewelry offeredby “Cephora” the leader of “The Healing Crystal Connection.”Comedian Nancy Lombardo’s one-liners had the womenlaughing helplessly at the Seelig Theatre.Alberta Hillriegel of Callicoon shows the miniature gardenshe created in a class presented by Master Gardener SusanDollard of Cornell Cooperative Extension of SullivanCounty.This year’s theme was“Finding The Best You:The ConfidenceConnection.”