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New Exhibit at Tompkins County Public Library Features TC3 Student Work

September 24, 2014

A new exhibit on display at the Tompkins County Public Library features work done by a digital photography class at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Montage Histories: Tompkins County, New York through Photographs 1864-2014 features images of sites in Tompkins County, both as they appeared in the 1860s and how they look today. The exhibit, which is part of the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Tompkins County Public Library, runs now through December 30. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library at 101 East Green Street in Ithaca.

 

The show features the work of students in Assistant Professor Harry Littell’s Spring 2014 Advanced Digital Photography class. Littell, who is the chair of TC3’s photography program, had students create photomontages that combined historic photographs of significant buildings, places, and landscapes with current ones they took of the same locations. The students chose archival images from the History Center in Tompkins County, found and photographed the same view, and then combined them in a montage that highlighted aspects of the past in a contemporary context.

 

Twenty-three pieces of work are on display as part of the exhibit at the library. An exhibit catalogue was created featuring these images and additional pieces created by Littell and his students. The catalogue also includes descriptions of each image, providing a historical narrative as well as details on each featured location. The text in the catalogue was researched and written by Bret Leraul and Christine Yao, graduate students at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities.

The catalogue is available for purchase online at www.magcloud.com.

Examples of the artwork on display
Photo by Cassidy Backus
Photo by Cassidy Backus

Photo by Jennifer Rose Hoyt
Photo by Jennifer Rose Hoyt

Photo by Cassidy Backus
Photo by Cassidy Backus


TC3 to Host Nickelodeon Writers' Workshop

September 18, 2014

Tompkins Cortland Community College is hosting the Nickelodeon Writers’ Workshop on Wednesday, September 24. The workshop is designed to prepare students to apply to the Nickelodeon Writing Program. The event, which includes the two-hour workshop and a follow-up question and answer session, is open to college students from TC3, as well as other colleges and universities in the region. It is co-sponsored by the communications department at SUNY Broome and the creative writing program at TC3.

The conference will be led by Karen Kirkland, Nickelodeon vice president of talent development and outreach. "Karen's workshop is a high-energy, interactive, inspiring experience for college students interested in television writing and production,” said Professor Lisa Ford, who teaches in the creative writing and digital cinema programs and helped organize the workshop. “She gives students an in-depth, practical look at how to structure and write situation comedies and how to apply for a position in the prestigious Nickelodeon Writing Program.”

The highly-competitive Nickelodeon Writing Program provides a salaried position for up to one year and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television. The program allows writers an opportunity to learn their craft while nurturing relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, show runners, and story editors.

Registration for the event is available by emailing info.outreach@nick.com. RSVPs are required by Friday, September 19.


Chad Coates Joins TC3 Board of Trustees

September 15, 2014

Chad Coates of Ithaca is the newest member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Coates was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to fill the seat vacated by Ray Dalton, who retired from the board after serving since 2005. Coates’ term on the board will expire June 30, 2021.

Coates is an Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. He has extensive experience in higher education administration, with past employment at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. “I have a strong student affairs background and have done academic advising for approximately 10 years at three different universities, therefore, student success as it relates to college transition, retention, educational quality, diversity, and community engagement are very important to me,” said Coates. “My primary objective this year (as a Trustee) is to learn as much as I can about TC3, its vision, core mission, governing policies, challenges and opportunities. I hope to learn from my fellow trustees and the senior leadership of the College what are some of the more pressing needs and areas of growth for TC3. I think it is only within this context that I can full assess how my skill sets and experiences can best be utilized in the service of the TC3 community as we strive to strategically achieve the institution’s overall vision.”

Coates holds a BA in theatre and an MBA in business administration from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University, which gives him knowledge that will prove valuable on the TC3 Board. “As part of my (Ph.D.) program, I studied community colleges, governance structures in higher education, and college student development theories,” said Coates, who also studied abroad in several different countries during the course of his education. “I think this (serving on the TC3 Board of Trustees) will be a good way to serve my community by utilizing my areas of expertise and training in the field of higher education.”

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.


Board of Trustees Sets Slate of Officers

July 17, 2014

There will be no change to the leadership of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees this year. At its annual meeting, Elizabeth Burns was re-elected chair of the board for her fourth one-year term. Burns has been a member of the board since 2008 and has served as the chair since 2011. She represents Cortland County.

Raymond Schlather was re-elected the vice chair. He also joined the Board in 2008, but representing Tompkins County. This is his fourth year as vice chair.

Judy Davison was re-elected treasurer for the fourth year. Davison has been a trustee since 2007, representing Cortland County.

Roxann Buck, remains on the board's executive committee. She was originally appointed a trustee by the Tompkins County Board of Representatives in 1990. She served as chair from 2003 to 2011 and has continued on the executive committee the last three years.

Two TC3 staff members also were appointed to positions with Board.

Cathy Northrop was re-appointed clerk of the board. Northrop, assistant to the president, has been clerk since 1996.

Lisa Doran was re-appointed deputy clerk of the board. Doran, assistant to the dean of operations and enrollment management, has been deputy clerk since 1991.


TC3 Student-Athletes Receive National Academic Honors

July 9, 2014

Four Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athletes have been honored with a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award. Taylor Policay (Lansing H.S./Ithaca), Kyle Shaw (Groton H.S./Groton), Sara Sinnigen (Dryden H.S./Dryden), and Hannah Wildenstein (Dryden H.S./Freeville) were each presented with the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. The award, which was previously known as the NJCAA Academic All-American award, requires a minimum grade point average of 3.6. Only three percent of the nearly 60,000 student-athletes competing in the NJCAA this year received the designation.

Policay was a member of both the women’s basketball and softball teams. She completed her sport management degree in May, graduating with a GPA of 3.76. On the softball diamond she earned all-conference honors after a stellar freshman season that saw her blast nine home runs, including a TC3-record two in one playoff game. Over two seasons at TC3, she started 58 of 59 softball games, leading the team in slugging percentage during that time. On the basketball court she started 17 of 22 games, averaging more than three points and six rebounds per contest.

Shaw golfed for TC3, qualifying for the NJCAA national tournament in both his freshman and sophomore years. He was the team’s top scorer, and completed his academic work in business administration in May, graduating with a GPA of 3.61.

A captain on the women’s soccer team, Sinnigen was a two-time all-conference selection, an NJCAA all-region choice, and an NSCAA All-American for the Panthers. A liberal arts and sciences major, she completed her coursework with a GPA of 3.71.

Wildenstein, the lone first-year student among TC3’s honorees, was also a member of the women’s soccer team. She started 11 games and has a GPA of 3.70 in business administration.


TC3 Trustees Adopt $39.1 Million Budget

June 12, 2014

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has adopted a $39,146,117 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins September 1, 2014. The budget includes a $200 increase in full-time tuition for New York State residents (from $4,300 to $4,500 per year) and a $5 increase per credit hour in part-time tuition New York State (from $152 per credit to $157 per credit). The budget includes an increase of 3 percent in total taxpayer dollars provided by Tompkins and Cortland counties.

Highlights of the budget include:
• The $39.1 million budget is 2.19 percent higher than the approved budget for 2013-43. Factors contributing to the increase include new academic programs, health care and retirement systems costs, and early retirement incentives.
• Projected enrollment for 2014-15 is 3,748 FTEs, a slight decrease (2 FTEs) from the projected enrollment for 2013-14.
• The cost of employee benefits is projected to go up 5.51 percent. The increase is primarily due to projected retirement incentive payouts.
• The budget includes a 4.65 percent increase in full-time tuition for New York State residents, from $4,300 per year to $4,500 per year. Part-time tuition for New York State residents will increase 3.29 percent from $152 per credit to $157 per credit. Overall, the College projects revenue from tuition and fees will be slightly more than $19.5 million, an increase of 0.25 percent.
• The budget includes an increase of 3 percent in contributions from Tompkins and Cortland counties. Despite the increase, the percentage of the total budget funded by the sponsor counties will still decrease, down to 11.9 percent from 12.1 percent last year. Tompkins’ share is $2,872,283, while Cortland’s is $1,686,897. Each county’s share is determined based on a three-year average enrollment ratio.
• The budget includes state aid to community colleges of $2,497 per FTE, a 3.1 percent increase in the rate from the 2013-14 budget. Total state aid revenue is projected at more than $10.1 million, an increase of more than $230,000.
• The budget appropriates $88,528 of the College’s fund balance. The 2013-14 budget did not use any of the fund balance, but the 2012-13 budget included $250,000 from the fund balance.

Tompkins and Cortland counties and the State University of New York Board of Trustees must approve the budget. The Cortland County Legislature is expected to act on the spending plan at its June 26 meeting. The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote July 1. The State University Board of Trustees will act on the budget in September.


TC3 Celebrates 45th Commencement

May 22, 2014


Members of the Class of 2014

Cherish the opportunities you have had, define your own success, and get ready for your journey. Those were some of the messages delivered to the class of 2014 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 45th commencement in front of a packed crowd of more than 2,000 people in the College's gymnasium.

The class of 2014 consists of 737 graduates, including student trustee Cheyenne Gorton, who offered the student address. The hotel and restaurant management major talked about the opportunities provided to her classmates. “We have all been fortunate to attend a college that believes your experience should be more than just attending class," she said, noting the many activities and groups her classmates were part of during their time at TC3. "I want to encourage everyone to keep setting their goals higher. When someone doubts you, prove them wrong. You cannot fail if what you are doing is making you proud of yourself. Do something that makes you excited to wake up in the morning, because your happiness is your motivation.”

The main address came from Keri Szymanski Dylan, a 2004 graduate of TC3. She talked about her younger years, when she had what she called “monkey brain. “I was not a big academic success, barely made it out of high school,” she told the graduates. But after years of frustration she finally had a learning difficulty diagnosed, and then blossomed at TC3. “They gave me a second chance to clean up the mess I had made. They let me start fresh.” And that led to an academic career that saw her not only thrive, but also rise to the top position of the international honor society for two-year colleges. “All I had to do was ask for help and keep trying. I learned that here.” Dylan, who continued her education by earning her bachelor’s degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the owner of Keri Dylan Designs in Savannah, urged the graduates to never lose sight of the importance of their owns dreams. “I ask you to define success for yourself, because it’s so personal,” she said.

TC3 President Carl Haynes was the final speaker, congratulating the graduates on an accomplishment that will have incredible meaning in their life. "In your journey as students, you have done the work and been welcomed into a community of learners – a community in which personal, professional, and community enrichment is a shared value. A community that believes in a viable and better future.”

President Haynes listed some of the accomplishments of this class and the College during the students’ time on campus, before ending ended the evening with a final congratulations and charge to the class. “And the most exciting part of all of this? For all you’ve done, for all of your accomplishments, your adventures, your experiences … this is just the beginning of your journey. Congratulations.”


TC3 Students Honored by SUNY Chancellor

April 8, 2014

Three Tompkins Cortland Community College students have been recognized with the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence by the State University of New York. Cheyenne Gorton, Audrey Kate Ordway and Taylor Policay were among the 274 students honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at a reception in Albany this month. Gorton is a Lansing High School graduate and a hotel and restaurant management major; Ordway is a Dryden High grad and a nursing student; Policay is from Lansing High and is a sport management major. Each is scheduled to graduate from TC3 in May.

The ceremony also served as an opportunity to honor 68 members of the Phi Theta Kappa All New York Academic Team 2014. Two TC3 students were named to the third team; Policay and Mario Zaja. Zaja is an Army veteran who is majoring in liberal arts and sciences: math/science major.

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State. Congratulations to the Tompkins Cortland Community College students being recognized.”

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

The Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding community college students throughout the state that are members of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement, and are named members of the All New York Community College Academic Team.

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Cheyenne Gorton, and TC3 Dean of Student Life Amy Trueman

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Audrey Kate Ordway, and Dean Trueman

Photo of Chancellor Zimpher, Taylor Policay, and Dean Amy Trueman


TC3 Adjunct Instructor Publishes Book on Water

February 27, 2014

Tompkins Cortland Community College adjunct faculty member John A. Conners has written a book that examines one of the world’s most important natural resources: water. Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth is a comprehensive and current overview covering both groundwater science and groundwater use by humans. The book is published by The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, a nearly 30-year-old company that produces and markets books internationally, specializing in cultural and natural history, natural resources, and educational materials.

Groundwater for the 21st Century was written for use by a broad audience, ranging from professionals in fields that interface with the sciences, management, and use of groundwater resources to interested lay readers wanting to know more about the status of an essential resource upon which their lives depend. As Conners notes in his book, although groundwater constitutes 98% of the liquid fresh water on the planet, throughout the world groundwater resources are being depleted and contaminated, without thought given to the fundamental value to humankind. The book was written in an effort to increase the groundwater literacy of readers, both locally and globally.

Conners teaches geology and mathematics courses at TC3.

Groundwater for the 21st Century


TC3 Seeks Nominations for Alumni Awards

TC3 and the TC3 Foundation are seeking nominations for two awards – the Distinguished Alumni award and the Community Leadership award. The awards are given to TC3 alumni each year.

The Distinguished Alumni award recognizes those alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career and in service to their communities.

The Community Leadership award honors alumni who have demonstrated exceptional community participation or outreach efforts.

Any community member can nominate a TC3 alum for these awards. Applications can be found at http://www.tc3foundation.org. Nominations will be accepted through April 11. Additional information is available by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4369 or by e-mail at alumni@TC3.edu.


Cornell, IC and TC3 Launch New Downtown Ithaca Incubator Project

January 16, 2014

Over the past year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has challenged higher education institutions across the state to become even more energetic partners in the region’s economic revitalization.

Now, Cornell University, in collaboration with Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College, is answering that call by channeling state support and the expertise of these institutions to create the Downtown Ithaca Incubator.

The site, just steps from The Commons in the Carey Building at 314 E. State St., will bring rising entrepreneurs from throughout the area – not just those already affiliated with these schools – to downtown Ithaca to work, learn and create a new thriving business hub within walking distance of the many resources available in the heart of Tompkins County. Working with building owner Travis Hyde Properties, the higher education partners hope to have the Ithaca incubator open for business in a fully remodeled second floor of the Carey Building in the summer of 2014. Plans now being developed by Travis Hyde call for the expansion of the Downtown Ithaca Incubator into a new third floor by early 2015, creating a 9,000-square-foot focal point for entrepreneurial activity.

“Cornell has campuses, programs and relationships that extend around the world, but Ithaca is our home. We thrive only if it thrives,” said Cornell President David Skorton. “Taking up the governor’s challenge to help spur more economic activity in the region is a natural extension of our long commitment to this community and our land-grant mission, and we are particularly thrilled to be joining Ithaca College and TC3 to make this downtown incubator a reality.”

The incubator project brings Ithaca College full circle, marking a symbolic return to its downtown roots.

“This venture is the very definition of a win-win situation – both academically and economically,” said Tom Rochon, president of Ithaca College. “Our students will have an outstanding opportunity to work alongside and learn from budding entrepreneurs, helping to inspire their own entrepreneurial spirit. As a partnership among the campuses and between the public and private sectors, the incubator can serve as a model for generating regional economic development opportunities.”

The goal of the new incubator – to unlock entrepreneurial potential and provide a thriving business creation hub in downtown Ithaca – is also a natural extension of the business and economic development mission that has been part of TC3 since its birth.

“Tompkins Cortland Community College has long been an innovator in supporting public/private partnerships. This is evidenced by our investment at TC3 Tioga Place, and by our commitment to offering programs, such as our popular Business Administration and International Business degrees, as well as our new Entrepreneurship degree, that prepare future business owners for success,” said TC3 President Cal Haynes. “The incubator is a fitting extension of these efforts, and we are truly excited about its launch and thrilled to be part of this collaboration with Cornell University and Ithaca College.”

The purpose of the Downtown Ithaca Incubator is to provide a focal point for entrepreneurial activity – a first answer to budding entrepreneurs who ask, “Where can I go for help?” A key use of the space will be for programming and events that support entrepreneurship and the local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. The space will also be the home of incubator tenant companies, who will have access to work space, mentoring and resources. Companies will be evaluated for tenancy in the Ithaca incubator without regard to organizational affiliation and will be eligible for tax incentives through New York State. Upon graduation from an incubator, companies can take advantage of abundant available commercial and office space downtown, and many will qualify for additional tax incentive support through the new Start-UP NY program.

The Ithaca incubator also is one “node” in the new Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, a regional economic development plan that received a three-year, $250,000-per-year award in December from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council. The total cost of the renovation, furnishing and future expansion of the Carey Building is estimated at $3.5 million. Funding to make this possible was secured through the State’s Consolidated Funding Application process for $1 million, with the remaining $2.5 million being invested by Travis Hyde.

Travis Hyde is also supporting the Ithaca Incubator through rent abatements.

“I love the idea that we are giving new life and purpose to a handsome old building that is a significant element in the fabric of downtown Ithaca,” Travis Hyde Properties President Frost Travis said.

Operational costs are being supported by the partner higher education institutions. Over time, fees paid by tenants will partially offset those costs. As is required under the state programs, the Carey Building will remain on the local property tax rolls.


Major Solar Project Coming to TC3

December 6, 2013

Pending final approval, a large solar power plant that will meet approximately 90% of Tompkins Cortland Community College’s electricity needs will be coming to the Dryden campus. Thanks to an agreement with SEC LHNY Solar One, LLC, a subsidiary of Smart Energy Capital, LLC, which secured a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), TC3 is in line to take a huge step towards being completely independent of grid-supplied electricity. The project furthers TC3’s commitment to reliance on sustainable energy sources, eliminating greenhouse emissions, and reducing its carbon footprint. It also presents the potential for significant utility savings for TC3, all at no cost to the College.

The solar plant will consist of 8,676 solar panels, covering an area of roughly 10 acres. The farm will be located on land owned by the TC3 Foundation and leased by the College, just across Bahar Drive from the main campus building. It is estimated the project will produce more than three million kilowatt hours of power each year, which is roughly 90% of the annual usage on TC3’s main campus.

The start of the project is still dependent on successful completion of site studies and approval from the town of Dryden, which are expected. “We are fully confident that this project will move forward,” said TC3 President Carl Haynes, noting the project fits in with the commitment the College made when he signed the President’s Climate Commitment in March 2008. “We are making a real investment in moving off the grid, and I’m delighted that we are able to do it without having to use College resources.” In fact, the agreement with Solar One should lead to savings for the College.

“Based on our best current projections, the first-year savings will be approximately $30,000,” said TC3 Director of Facilities James Turner. “After that, if traditional utility rates continue to climb, I anticipate we will see additional savings over what we would have been spending.”

It is estimated this project will have a direct benefit to the environment in the form of the abatement of more than 890 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. “This, combined with our efforts to decrease energy use over the past 10 years, will dramatically decrease our carbon footprint,” said Turner, noting that the College has already decreased energy use by nearly 50% during that time period, despite increasing the size of its facilities.

The solar project will be constructed by Borrego Solar and operated by Solar One, with TC3 as the beneficiary of the solar power. Depending on the timing of the permitting and final approvals, the solar farm should be operating, and providing for the majority of TC3’s electricity needs, sometime in 2014.


Digital Photography Students Exhibit to Benefit Finger Lakes Land Trust

November 19, 2013

Digital photography students at Tompkins Cortland Community College are putting on a show of their work to benefit the Finger Lakes Land Trust. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on exhibit at the Main Street Groton Gallery from December 7 to 22. The show features landscape photographs of the preserves of the Finger Lakes Land Trust. An opening reception will be held Saturday, December 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The students are in ART 222: Advanced Digital Photography, taught by Harry Littell, assistant professor and chair of TC3’s photography department. Under Littell’s guidance, the students collaborated this fall on a project to photograph some of the preserves that form the Land Trust. This exhibit reflects their interpretations of their favorite sites across the changing season.

All works available for purchase, with 80% of sales being donated to the Land Trust. The gallery is located at 105 Main Street in Groton. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Photo of Etna Preserve by TC3 student Ray Helmke

Opening reception invitation


TC3 Celebrates International Education Week

November 12, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College will host a series of activities November 18-22 as part of International Education Week. Among the events will be an international students panel, a roundtable discussion and in-class demonstrations with members of a visiting Quiche Mayan family, and the highlight event: an Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Thursday, November 21.

The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is designed to bring issues surrounding global hunger, inequitable access to resources, and poverty to the college community. When guests arrive, they will draw tickets that will relegate them to high, middle, or low-income socioeconomic classes for the evening. The meal they will be served will be according to what is “typical” for people within that income tier, meaning most participants will be served far less food than they are used to for a meal. There will be speakers throughout the event, as well as a presentation on facts surrounding global, national, and local poverty concerns. This unique and memorable experience allows guests to experience firsthand how others live, and how their privilege and decisions affect others around the world. The event also benefits a local organization: entrance to the banquet is free with a donation of canned food or cash to benefit the Dryden Food Pantry.

The banquet will be followed by a performance by 14 Strings, a Cornell-based traditional Filipino music ensemble, as well as a chance for participants to share their thoughts. Information on what attendees can do to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity will also be provided.

International Education Week was started by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education to provide an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. International Education Week 2013 is sponsored at TC3 by the Global Initiatives Council. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is sponsored at TC3 by the Global Initiatives Council, the Diversity and Equity Action Council, and the Sustainability Council, and the Student Activities Office.

The full schedule of events is available at www.tc3.edu/docs/global/international_ed_week.pdf.


TC3 Named Military Friendly School

September 10, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College has again been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. It’s the second straight year TC3 has been named to the list.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Tompkins Cortland Community College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

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Victory Media is a veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. The data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.


TC3 Faculty Member Selected for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Fellowship

November 13, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College faculty member Christine Guest has been selected for a prestigious fellowship through the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization that administers the Emmy Awards. Guest, an assistant professor of communication and media arts, was one of just twenty faculty members nationwide chosen by a selection committee to come to Los Angeles for five days of discussions, presentations, and interactions with major studios, production companies, the networks, and their top production and programming people. The seminar, which is paid for by the Foundation, is November 11-15.

Guest is the only community college faculty member nationwide chosen and one of just two from New York (Rebecca Taylor of Siena College being the other). “I am honored to be selected as one of this year's fellows. It is a privilege to collaborate with such well-respected faculty from colleges and universities across the country,” said Guest. “I am excited to learn new industry secrets and techniques that I can share with my students. I hope this will also open more paths for employment for our graduates.”

The fellowship will also give Guest the chance to network in the heart of the film and TV industry, which she says will pay dividends for her students. “This opportunity will give students even more access through the Hollywood course here at TC3,” she said. TC3’s popular “Film & TV Research On Location: Hollywood” course, which is led by Guest, includes a trip to Hollywood, where TC3 students are given the chance to learn, and sometimes work, behind the scenes of some of TV’s biggest shows and on the sets of major film studios. While in California for the seminar, Guest will visit with former students working in the field, thanks in part to their participation in the Hollywood class and the connections they made while students at TC3.


TC3 wins $18K Grant for Scholarships

September 3, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Owego-based Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. The money will be used to provide financial assistance to Tioga County residents attending TC3 during the 2013-14 academic year. Since awarding its first grant to the College in 1986, the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation has provided more than $455,000 to TC3 students.

All the money from the grant goes directly to students. To be eligible, a student must be a Tioga County resident, must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 while enrolled in a degree program, and must demonstrate financial need. Grant size is based on need, but typically range from $400 to $1,000 per year.

The Mildred Faulkner Truman foundation's mission is to practice responsible stewardship of the charitable trust of its benefactress, Mildred Faulkner Truman, by providing worthwhile grants to qualified charitable organizations which enhance and benefit the residents of Tioga County. Truman was born in Owego in 1897, and lived in Owego until her death in 1983. She served as a director of the Owego National Bank as well as the Tioga County Historical Society. Through successful investments, a substantial estate was accumulated, and upon her death, The Foundation was established.

More information on the scholarships created by the Mildred Faulkner Truman grant can be obtained from the TC3 Financial Aid Office at (607) 844-6581.


Leadership Cortland Looking for Future Leaders

September 3, 2013

Community members looking for the opportunity to develop leadership skills and contribute to community vitality by serving on board and committees should consider taking part in the 2013-14 Leadership Cortland program. Applications are now being accepted for the program, which is a joint effort of TC3 and the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce.

Leadership Cortland, founded in 1996, brings together diverse groups of citizens who share the interests of developing their leadership skills and improving their community. With representatives from a cross section of business, industry, education, non-profit and government organizations, Leadership Cortland educates about the assets and problems of the community while also teaching about group behavior, leadership, and team building. In addition to several seminars and a two-day retreat, participants also work as teams to develop projects designed to improve the community. Past projects have included a Green Day at Lime Hollow Nature Center, a survey for the Cortland County Office of the Aging, creation of an agricultural tourism trail, an area career fair for high school students, and a gateway garden.

Recent graduates of Leadership Cortland include Walter Allen (First Niagara Bank), Ronna Blum (Cortland Regional Medical Center), Laura Bowles (Borg Warner), Ralph Carrasquillo (SUNY Cortland), Robin Cataldo (Applied Concepts, Inc.), Khristine Forehand (Alliance Bank, N.A.), Paul Gier (NYSEG), Steven Hartquist (Intertek), Mark Mital (Borg Warner), Helen Ocon (Cortland Regional Nursing & Rehab Center), Mary Reagan (OCM BOCES), Kristin Roco-Petrella (Town of Cortlandville), Mary Saracene (SUNY Cortland), Linda Shutts (YWCA Aid to Victims of Violence), Timothy Stevens (Albany International) and Jennifer Wilson (SUNY Cortland). Over 150 community members have graduated from the Leadership Cortland program over the past 16 years.

"We have surveyed our Leadership alumni and learned that the vast majority are now serving, or have served, on local boards," says Leadership Cortland Director Martha Hubbard. "Many have been involved in founding a new organization or board in our area. Several others have assumed leadership roles on area committees and projects since graduating from the program, while others have utilized their new skills and knowledge to advance in their workplace."

People interested in Leadership Cortland should contact TC3 Cortland Extension Center at 756-5275 for the application and more information.


Arthur Kuckes Joins TC3 Board of Trustees

August 29, 2013

Arthur Kuckes of Ithaca is the newest member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Kuckes was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Joanne Florino, who left the area for a new job. His term on the board will expire June 30, 2018.

Kuckes was a professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University from 1968 to 1985, and now holds the title of professor emeritus. During his time on East Hill, he received the Engineering College award for excellence in teaching and was honored by NASA for his contributions to the space program. In 1985 he formed Vector Magnetics, Inc., an Ithaca-based company that is a world-wide leader in the field of magnetic well proximity technology.

Kuckes has been an exceptionally generous supporter of TC3. He provided the largest donation in the College’s history in 2008, a $2 million gift to provide greater access to higher education for adults with limited means. Through his continued support, the TC3 Pathways program has grown to help dozens of adult students earn a college degree each year. He was recognized by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) with its Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award in 2008, by TC3 with the Friend of the College Award in 2009, and by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Finger Lakes Chapter with the Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2011.

Kuckes received his undergraduate degree from MIT before studying in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship and in Paris on a National Science Fellowship. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University and worked on nuclear fusion at Princeton University and Culham Laboratory in England before coming to Cornell. He also served a sabbatical leave at Oxford University.

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.


TC3 on Google Maps

August 22, 2013

Are you lost? Trying to find your next classroom or maybe your advisor’s office? You can now use Google Maps on your smartphone or tablet to navigate the main buildings and grounds. Open the Google Maps App on your Android or iPhone and zoom in to see a floor map of the TC3 main building and athletics facility, including room numbers and office names, plus locations of restrooms and other services. Open Google Maps to check out the first floors or download the Google Maps App from the App Store or Google Play for first and second floors of both buildings.


TC3 Trustees Adopt $38.3 Million Budget

June 20, 2013

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has adopted a $38,307,435 budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins September 1, 2013. The budget includes a 3.6 percent increase in full-time tuition (from $4,150 to $4,300 per year) and a 3 percent increase in part-time tuition (from $147 per credit to $152 per credit). The budget includes an increase of 3 percent in total taxpayer dollars provided by Tompkins and Cortland counties.

Highlights of the budget include:
• The $38.3 million budget is 2.2 percent higher than the approved budget for 2012-13. The major factors contributing to the increase are enrollment growth in certain programs, health care and retirement systems costs, and equipment needs. The budget includes no changes to staff levels.
• Projected enrollment for 2013-14 is 3,968.2 FTEs, an increase of approximately 1.5 percent over the projected enrollment for 2011-12.
• The cost of employee benefits continues to go up for the College. Employee health insurance rates are projected to increase 9.5 percent. The state retirement systems rates are projected to increase 10 percent.
• The budget includes a 3.6 percent increase in full-time tuition, from $4,150 per year to $4,300 per year. It’s the smallest full-time tuition increase (percentage) since 2008. Part-time tuition will increase 2.7 percent from $147 per credit to $151 per credit. Overall, the College projects revenue from tuition and fees will be more than $19.5 million, an increase of 3.19 percent.
• The budget includes an increase of 3 percent in contributions from Tompkins and Cortland counties. Despite the increase, the percentage of the total budget funded by the sponsor counties will still decrease, down to 11.78 percent from 11.95 percent last year. Tompkins’ share is $2,788,652, while Cortland’s is $1,637,736. Each county’s share is determined based on a three-year average enrollment ratio.
• The budget projects state aid to community colleges of $2,422 per FTE, a 6.6 percent increase in the rate from the 2012-13 budget, but still a 9.5 percent decrease from the state aid rate in fall 2009. Total state aid revenue is projected at more than $9.9 million, an increase of more than $460,000.

Tompkins and Cortland counties and the State University of New York Board of Trustees must approve the budget. The Cortland County Legislature is expected to act on the spending plan at its June 27 meeting. The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote July 2. The State University Board of Trustees will act on the budget in September.


TC3 Alums Playing Pro Baseball

June 13, 2013

Former Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball players Billy Crowe (Class of 2011) and Dustin Sandberg (Class of 2011) are continuing their playing careers on the professional level, having signed with the Alpine (Texas) Cowboys of the independent Pecos League. The Cowboys, the 2012 Pecos League champions, are managed by former TC3 assistant baseball coach Ryan Stevens.

Crowe was a 2011 all-conference catcher for TC3. A two-year starter, he graduated among the all-time TC3 leaders in several offensive categories, including most hits, doubles, runs scored, and stolen bases. He attended Virginia Weslyan College after TC3. In 18 games this year with the Cowboys, Crowe is hitting .326 with 11 RBI.

Sandberg was all conference in 2010. He holds several career records for TC3, including most home runs and RBI in a game, season, and career. He is third all-time in slugging percentage and is in the top ten all time for runs scored, hits, double, and triples. Sandberg attended Clarke University (Iowa) after graduating from TC3. He is hitting .250 with a home run in 16 games with Cowboys.


TC3 Faculty and Staff Honored

June 11, 2013

Nine faculty and staff members were honored for excellence during the commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College May 23, 2013.

Anna Regula, assistant professor of reading and study skills, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was honored for her dedication to teaching, her passion for her students, and her commitment to innovation, which led to the development of the Synergy peer and staff tutoring program, which supports students in developmental classes. Regula joined the College in 2004.

Robin Hinchcliff, associate professor of English speakers of other languages, also received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was honored for her tireless work with international students and U.S.-born students whose first language is not English. She was cited for her support of students and faculty who identify ESL students in their classes. Hinchcliff joined the College in 1997.

Ron Starmer, professor of English, was awarded the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He has an impressive record of scholarship and creative activity; many of his works have been published, he serves as the advisor to the Writer’s Guild, and he is a long-time promoter of the publication “Re-Visions,” a collection of student, staff, and faculty writing. Starmer joined the faculty in 1993 and was previously honored with a Chancellor’s/Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.

Susan Stafford, assistant professor of hotel and restaurant management, was awarded the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She was cited for her dedication to teaching and her commitment to professional development, both for herself and her students. Stafford has helped develop multiple academic programs at the College and has shown a passion for expanding her students’ experience, including developing relevant student abroad trips. She has been at TC3 since 2003 and was previously honored with a Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching in 2007.

Seth Thompson, director of multicultural services, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Thompson was recognized for his dedication to the success of his students, as well as his passion for working with faculty and staff on a variety of committees and issues. A peer mentoring program run through his office was highlighted as a prime example of the College’s commitment to innovative approaches to achieving student success. Thompson started at TC3 in 2006.

Alexis Dengel, coordinator of the Pace and Pathways programs, also received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She was recognized for being a tireless advocate for students in her programs, providing a personal level of support that is essential to their success. Dengel started at TC3 in 2004.

Kathleen Boyd, secretary in the academic records office, received the Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She was credited with her dedication to student service, as well as her attention to detail and organization. Boyd started at TC3 in 2004.

Patricia Schaffer, adjunct instructor of nursing, received the Trustees' Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. She was recognized for exceeding standards in a creative and innovative fashion. Her commitment to student success and the development of the teaching craft were also cited in the recognition.

Matt Kiechle, assistant director for health education, was honored as the Faculty Student Association Award for Employee Excellence. His work in creating the successful Options program was acknowledged in his award.


Joanne Florino Honored as Friend of the College

June 11, 2013

Joanne Florino, a former trustee and longtime supporter of the College, was honored as the 2013 Friend of the College at the Tompkins Cortland Community College commencement ceremonies May 23.

"She began her association with TC3 through the Park Foundation and the Triad Foundation, which helped to create support for numerous scholarships here at the College," said TC3 Board of Trustees Chairperson Elizabeth Burns while announcing the honor at the ceremony. "She has been involved in the success of the TC3 Fund, and has supported many special initiatives for the TC3 Foundation."

Florino was a member of the TC3 Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2013.

The Friend of the College is an honor bestowed at Commencement upon community members and others who have served the College with special loyalty and dedication.


TC3's Seneca Baldwin Named All-Region for Softball

June 4, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Seneca Baldwin (Oneonta H.S./Oneonta) has been honored for her accomplishments on the softball field. The freshman was named second team all region by the coaches in the NJCAA Region III.

Baldwin, who also earned Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference honors, was named all region as a utility player. She split time between several positions, but was TC3’s top pitcher with nine wins and 109 strike outs in 116 innings of work. She spent most of the year as the team’s number three hitter, batting .367 with three home runs, 19 RBI, and 26 runs scored.

It is the tenth consecutive year TC3 has had at least one player named all-region. Since 2004, 28 TC3 softball players have been named all-region.


TC3 Celebrates 44th Annual Commencement

The archived webcast of the ceremony is available online. The processional begins about nine minutes into the video, which starts after two short ads.

May 23, 2013

Cherish the friends you have made, pay back the faith that has been shown in you, and celebrate your accomplishment. Those were some of the messages delivered to the class of 2013 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 44th commencement in front of a packed crowd of more than 2,000 people in the College's gymnasium.

The class of 2013 includes 725 graduates, including student trustee Jacqueline Matza, who offered the student address. The broadcast journalism major talked about the friendships she has made during her time at TC3. “Whether it’s getting close to your advisor, roommate, or that kid that sits next to you in psych, the bonds that we’ve all made here will never be broken," she said. "When we look back at our lives, TC3 will be a tiny little bridge that helped us in so many ways. We grew, both in education and in maturity, and that’s something to be proud of."

The main address came from Dr. Randol Contreras, a 1994 graduate of TC3, who is now a faculty member in sociology at California State University-Fullerton. He told the students about his youth, surrounded by drugs while growing up in New York City. He talked about how going to school wasn’t the first option for people in his neighborhood, and leaving his neighborhood for Central New York wasn’t an easy decision. “Eventually I was convinced,” he said. “It was perhaps the best decision of my life.” When he came to TC3, he wasn’t sure what to expect. “What I found was unbelievable support of students,” said Contreras, noting Professor Scott Ochs in particular. “He showed that he believed in me. He told me he expected great things from me. And he suggested a career in academia. At the time, I didn’t know what the word meant, but I knew it was good. It was the first time I thought I could be something.”

Contreras, ended his remarks by urging the graduates to appreciate the value of their public education. “When I think about all my accomplishments, it all was possible due to public institutions, and it all started at this great public institution, TC3,” he said. And in a symbolic coming of full circle, Contreras told the graduates he believed in them, just as Professor Ochs had told him the same thing years ago. “I have faith in you. I have faith that you now have the intellectual tools to make it happen. Congratulations.”

TC3 President Carl Haynes was the last speaker. "You have achieved this wonderful milestone in your education and life, and you have done it at a college that doesn’t just trumpet excellence, we hold you to the toughest standards in the state," said Haynes, who talked about the higher academic requirements TC3 established while this class was at the College. "You’ve met that challenge. You’ve lived up to and in many cases exceed the standards of excellence our faculty and administration have set for you. You achieved. You succeeded. You are in rare company. And for this, you are to be congratulated."

President Haynes also praised the graduates for their well-rounded education. "You have sharpened your skills in the classroom,” he said. “You have developed leadership skills, through student activities and by participating in athletics and community service. You have worked in collaboration with your peers and your faculty, on study abroad trips to other countries, on projects presented to national science boards, on issues of sustainability, equality, diversity, and governance here on campus. You have engaged as a member of the community, supporting local food drives, volunteering in local shelters, raising money to fight cancer. You have done more than fulfill the requirements of a degree – you have earned an education.”


New International Studies A.S. Degree Program

April 8, 2013

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has approved the addition of an International Studies associate in science (A.S.) degree program. The program proposal is currently being reviewed by SUNY and the New York State Education Department. Upon securing approval and registration, the program is expected to start in fall 2013.

The international studies degree program is designed to offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in global learning, reflecting the College's mission of preparing students for citizenship in a global society. Combining history, geography, political science, sociology, cultural and developmental anthropology, language acquisition, and other course work which will transfer to individual four-year degree programs, students will gain an interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation that also includes a study abroad experience. The program is designed for transfer, with bachelor's degree options including programs at Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Purchase, and Wells College. Students completing their baccalaureate degree will be prepared to pursue careers in a variety of areas, including governmental organizations, international aid, international public policy, and in international business.

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TC3 Named a Top Digital Community College

October 24, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College has been recognized on the national and state levels for excellence in its use of technology to serve students. TC3 was named a winner in the "Digital Community College Survey" conducted by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education, the sixth straight time the College has earned that distinction. TC3 has also been named a recipient of a "Best of New York" award from e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Government Technology, in partnership with the state of New York. It’s the second time the College has received a "Best of New York" designation from this group.

The "Digital Community College Survey" documents advancements made by community colleges in utilizing information technology and recognizes which colleges are providing a high level of service to faculty, students, and communities as a result. TC3 finished second in the ranking of small colleges, as defined by having an enrollment of less than 5,000 students. No other SUNY institution was among the 36 honored in the small, mid-sized, or large college categories.

"This survey gives great insight into the nation’s community colleges’ efforts to advance services to students through new technologies," said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of e.Republic. "The winners in these categories have increased the number of computers and kiosks, automated labor-intensive processes, improved student portals, and increased student online service and more."

Carl Sandberg College (Ill.) was voted the best in the small school category, followed by TC3. Kirtland Community College (Mich.), Atlanta Technical College (Ga.), and Lake-Sumter Community College (Fla.) filled out the top five.

The Best of New York awards are designed to recognize IT professionals and projects in state and local government organizations and educational institutions. TC3 was the lone education institution honored. The College won for modifications to its TC3 Mobile that include status notifications designed to help students stay current on information important to their educational career. TC3 also won a Best of New York award in 2009.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.


TC3 Named Military Friendly School

September 17, 2012

On Monday, September 17, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher commended 33 SUNY campuses on being recognized as “military friendly” by top-rated national military publication, G.I. Jobs Magazine.

“The SUNY system is a recognized leader in assisting military personnel in the transition to civilian life after their service to our country,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As the largest system of public higher education in the country, SUNY offers extensive educational and career opportunities in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs in every community in New York State. We take great pride in the fact that so many of our returning service men and women turn to SUNY for their education, and thank G.I. Jobs Magazine for this recognition.”

The 33 SUNY campuses listed are: UAlbany, Alfred State College, Binghamton University, SUNY Brockport, Broome Community College, Buffalo State College, Clinton Community College, SUNY Cobleskill, Columbia-Greene Community College, Corning Community College, SUNY Delhi, Empire State College, Erie Community College, Farmingdale State College, SUNY Fredonia, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNYIT, Jamestown Community College, Jefferson Community College, SUNY Maritime, Mohawk Valley Community College, Monroe Community College, Nassau Community College, North County Community College, SUNY Old Westbury, Onondaga Community College, Orange County Community College, SUNY Plattsburgh, Rockland Community College, Schenectady County Community College, Stony Brook University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and SUNY Ulster.

G.I. Jobs Magazine is the premier publication for men and women who are transitioning from military to civilian life. It provides education, transition assistance, and job opportunities. The 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ®, now in its fourth year, was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.


College Wins Adult Student Marketing Award

November 27, 2012

For the fifth year in a row, Tompkins Cortland Community College has been honored by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY). The CEANY has awarded the College this year's James C. Hall Jr. Exemplary Program Award in Course Catalog/Brochure for the TC3 Center for Adult Learning and Training adult student viewbook.

The James C. Hall Jr. Exemplary Program Awards recognize innovative and effective programming and marketing activities that make a contribution to the field of adult and continuing education. The category TC3 won recognizes "creative and effective layout, graphics, and copy." The adult student viewbook is the flagship publication of TC3’s Center for Adult Learning and Training. It was developed in the spring of 2012 TC3 Graphic Designer Jennica Petrella-Baum, working with Center for Adult Learning and Training Director Martha Hubbard. The publication was edited by College Editor Bryan Chambala.

TC3’s Center for Adult Learning and Training was created in the fall of 2011 to serve adult students, from first contact with the College through graduation.


Ithaca Mayor Myrick Visit

October 18, 2012

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will visit Tompkins Cortland Community College on Wednesday, October 24. Myrick will spend the day visiting with student leaders, meeting with College officials, and offering a presentation called "Why College Students Should Vote.” The presentation will be at noon in the student center and is open to the public. The visit is sponsored by the TC3 Student Governance Association.

Myrick, the youngest mayor in Ithaca’s history and one of the youngest mayors in the country, was a student at Cornell University when he was first elected to Ithaca’s Common Council. He will speak about his personal experiences, including the struggles of being raised by a single mother along with three siblings. His presentation will be based on his strong belief that it’s crucial for young people to be engaged in their colleges, community, and the democratic process. Following the public presentation, Myrick will be a guest at a luncheon with campus student leaders. He will conclude his visit to TC3 by meeting with College President Carl Haynes.<./p>

October 3 is Completion Day at TC3

September 26, 2012

On October 3, Tompkins Cortland Community College will be participating in New York State Completion Day, an initiative of all 37 community colleges in the state of New York. The 30 State University of New York (SUNY) and seven City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges, which have a combined enrollment of more than 330,000, have set the day to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships, and transfer to four-year schools.

New York’s two-year schools have each planned multiple Completion Day events. Working with Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year schools, each campus will hold campaigns asking students to sign a pledge to complete their degree or certificate program. Campuses will also hold resource fairs to provide information about academic, advisement, and financial support services that can help students reach their goals.

At TC3, the bulk of the activities will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the student center. Phi Theta Kappa will have a table set up with the pledge and the student success office and the office of counseling, career, and transfer services will each have representatives on hand. At 12:15, the Provost and Vice President of the College John Conners will speak, talking about the real benefits of completing a degree. The president of the TC3 chapter of PTK, Joanie Fink, will also speak about the value of completing a degree from a student's perspective.


TC3 Professor's Short Film Selected for Screening at International Film Festival

September 3, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College Professor Lisa Ford's short film Prodigy has been selected for screening at the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival this fall. Ford, who teaches screenwriting and digital cinema courses in addition to academic writing, wrote and directed the piece.

Prodigy tells a story about a mother reconnecting with her inner child during a magical moment at her daughter's violin lesson. "As a teacher who has worked with children and adults, I'm interested in exploring how people experience the creative process," said Ford when discussing her inspiration for Prodigy. "My intent with this film was to celebrate the idea that creative expression, including musical expression, can enrich our lives."

The film was scored by Emmy-award winning musician and Ithaca resident Judy Hyman. The cast includes Aliya Iosilevich, Cristin Gallagher, and Surinder Sidhu, who teaches acting courses at TC3.

Prodigy is the latest in a long line of Ford's works to be honored. Several of her past films have been screened at various international festivals including the SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase, the New Filmmakers Screening Series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. She has been successful at several screenwriting competitions, including the Austin Heart of Film Festival and the New England Screenwriting Competition, and has also been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that presents the Oscars.


Leadership Tompkins Graduates Class; Opens Recruitment for 2012-13

July 5, 2012

Twenty-four people have graduated from Leadership Tompkins, the community development program sponsored by Tompkins Cortland Community College and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Tompkins, which just finished its twenty-fifth year, is part of a national program designed to stimulate commitments to the local community.

During the ten months of the program, participants are involved in seminars with local leaders from various sectors, including business, government, and education. The participants also develop and work on projects that are intended to improve their understanding of the community and the issues it faces.

Leadership Tompkins 2012 graduates and employers:

  • Christy Agnese, Ithaca College
  • Janice Arcangeli, Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga
  • Donald Austin, Ithaca College
  • Mary Beth Bunge, Alternatives Federal Credit Union/Alternatives Community Ventures
  • Shane Cameron, Tompkins Trust Company
  • Clarissa Coombs, Chemung Canal Trust Company
  • Kelsey El Fassy Fihry, The Shops at Ithaca Mall
  • Wendy Franzese, Cornell University
  • Amie Hendrix, Tompkins County
  • Erik Herman, Cornell University
  • Judy Hoffman, Ithaca City School District
  • Jessica Jones, Franziska Racker Centers
  • Muthoni Judy Kamau, Cornell University (Graduate student)
  • Shashank Kolhatkar, BorgWarner Morse TEC
  • Sean Kuplan, BorgWarner Morse TEC
  • Zachary Nelson, Greater Ithaca Activities Center
  • Karen Nocera, The CBORD Group, Inc.
  • Sage Peake, Cayuga Medical Center
  • Rebecca Roberts, CFCU Community Credit Union
  • Scott Rogeau, The Pak 'n Ship Store
  • Sharon Sanford, Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Jenna Stroud, Greater Ithaca Activities Center
  • Shannon Terry, Tompkins Trust Company
  • Jessica Troy-Smith, Elmira Savings Bank

Each of the graduates worked on one of five community action projects. One group worked on "Financial Security: Rural Families and Individuals," an effort to develop a comprehensive communications strategy to effectively raise awareness fir the community programs and services offered through Alternative Community Ventures, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to relieve poverty and create economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income people . The hope of this project is to put the tools for financial security into the hands of individuals who could benefit from these services.

Other projects included searching for ways to keep Leadership Tompkins alumni connected, working with Friends of Stewart Park to energize the community to invest in the park, exploring the possibility of a youth entrepreneurs academy with the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and helping the growth of Tompkins Connect, a young professionals group committed to engaging young professionals in the community.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in Leadership Tompkins for the 2012-13 year, which starts in September. More information and applications are available by calling 272.3025 or by visiting www.leadershiptompkins.org.


TC3 Wins $18,000 Grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation

July 2, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Owego-based Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. The money will be used to provide financial assistance to Tioga County residents attending TC3. Since awarding its first grant to TC3 in 1986, the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation has provided $437,500 to TC3 students.

All the money from the grant goes directly to students. To be eligible, a student must be a Tioga County resident must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 while enrolled in a degree program, and must demonstrate financial need. Grants range from $400 to $1,000 per year.

The Mildred Faulkner Truman foundation's mission is to practice responsible stewardship of the charitable trust of its benefactress, Mildred Faulkner Truman, by providing worthwhile grants to qualified charitable organizations which enhance and benefit the residents of Tioga County. Truman was born in Owego in 1897, and lived in Owego until her death in 1983. She served as a director of the Owego National Bank as well as the Tioga County Historical Society. Through successful investments, a substantial estate was accumulated, and upon her death, The Foundation was established.

More information on the scholarships created by the Mildred Faulkner Truman grant can be obtained from the TC3 Financial Aid Office at (607) 844-6581.


TC3 Trustees Adopt $37.4 Million Budget

June 14, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has adopted a $37,487,084 budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins September 1, 2012. The budget includes a 5 percent increase in full-time tuition (from $3,950 to $4,150 per year) and a 3 percent increase in part-time tuition (from $143 per credit to $147 per credit). The budget includes an increase of 1 percent in total taxpayer dollars provided by Tompkins and Cortland counties.

Highlights of the budget include:

The $37.4 million budget is 4.4 percent higher than the approved budget for 2011-12. The major factors contributing to the increase are enrollment growth and employee benefits. The budget includes no changes to staff levels.

Projected enrollment for 2012-13 is 4,040 FTEs, an increase of approximately 0.5 percent over the projected enrollment for 2011-12.

The budget includes an increase of $42,549 in equipment spending, funded through an increase in aid from the sponsor counties.

The cost of employee benefits will go up for the College. Employee health insurance rates are projected to increase 10 percent. The state retirement systems rates are projected to increase 14 percent.

The budget includes a 5 percent increase in full-time tuition, from $3,950 per year to $4,150 per year. Part-time tuition will increase 3 percent from $143 per credit to $147 per credit. Overall, the College projects revenue from tuition and fees will be more than $18.9 million, an increase of 7.73 percent.

The budget includes an increase of 1 percent in contributions from Tompkins and Cortland counties, with that money earmarked for equipment. It marks the first time in three years the College has asked for an increase in county aid. Despite the increase, the percentage of the total budget funded by the sponsor counties will still decrease, down to 11.46 percent from 12.13 percent last year. Tompkins' share is $2,707,403, while Cortland's is $1,590,062. Each county's share is determined based on a three-year average enrollment ratio.

The budget projects state aid to community colleges of $2,272 per FTE, a 7 percent increase in the rate from the 2011-12 budget, but a 14 percent decrease from the state aid rate in fall 2009. Total state aid revenue is projected at more than $9.4 million, an increase of more than $500,000.

Tompkins and Cortland counties and the State University of New York Board of Trustees must approve the budget. The Cortland County Legislature is expected to act on the spending plan at its June 28 meeting. The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote July 17. The State University Board of Trustees will act on the budget in September.


TC3 Graduates Class of 2012

May 24, 2012

Recognize that the only failure is the failure to try. That was one of the messages delivered to the Class of 2012 during commencement ceremonies at Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday. The College celebrated its 43nd commencement in front of over 1,800 people in the College's gymnasium.

The class of 2012 includes 793 graduates, the largest class in the College's history. Among those participating in the ceremony was student trustee Alicia Smith, who shared her thoughts on the value of her education at TC3. "The true value of our time here cannot be captured in words or found in a text book. It is an experience, where much has changed," she said. "We have grown from clueless kids to the future teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, artists, businessmen, or whatever your dream may be. Now is our time to make a difference, and without the help of the TC3 administration and staff, we wouldn't be standing here today celebrating the hard work we have accomplished."

The main address came from John Cape, a 1971 graduate of TC3, who was the New York State budget director during the Pataki administration. He spoke of the opportunities that came from his time at TC3. "That foundation gave me all the tools I needed to build a rich and rewarding career that eventually brought me back here this evening," he said, noting that his time at TC3 was the only formal classroom education he received. He urged graduates to recognize, as they move on with life, the difference between their work and their jobs. "Your job is, first, to think for yourself," he said. "Never trust other people's assumptions, but understand for yourself the facts and numbers – know where they came from and how they were derived. Whatever your endeavor, before you do your work, make sure you do your job."

Cape also talked about what's ahead for this class. "Your generation is a time of tremendous opportunity if you only know where, and how, to look. Browning once wrote, 'A person's reach should exceed their grasp, or what's a heaven for?' Those are words to live by. Don't settle for the practical, or even the possible – TC3 has made you better than that."

TC3 President Carl Haynes was the last speaker. "Tonight we celebrate your achievement – it's something you've earned through a combination of inspiration, initiative, hard work, and perseverance. Whether you realize it now, through the act of completing this degree or certificate, you have undergone a transformation," said Haynes, who talked about the new responsibilities each graduate now has as a result of this transformation. "This degree enables you to pursue opportunities that did not exist for you previously, and it is your responsibility to make the most of those opportunities and truly put your TC3 education to work."

President Haynes ended by praising the community service projects undertaken by this class, including raising over $25,000 for cancer services in Tompkins and Cortland Counties. "The evidence is clear: you understand the value of giving back to your community. And you understand the rewards of your service. I want to encourage you to not only continue your commitment to this service, but to use your academic achievements and abilities to innovate in this area as much as you innovate in your professional lives. As the writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, 'It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping themselves.”


TC3 to Add International Studies Program

May 16, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has approved the addition of an International Studies associate in science (A.S.) degree program. The program will be sent to SUNY and the New York State Education department for final approval.

The international studies degree program is designed to offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in global learning, reflecting the College's mission of preparing students for citizenship in a global society. Combining history, political sciences, cultural anthropology, language acquisition, economics, and sociology, students will gain an interdisciplinary liberal arts foundation that also includes a study abroad experience. The program is designed for transfer, with bachelor's degree options including programs at Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Purchase, and Wells College. Students completing their baccalaureate degree will be prepared to pursue careers in a variety of areas, including governmental organizations, international aid, international public policy, and in international business.


TC3 Professor Wins SUNY Chancellor's Award for Internationalization

April 27, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College Associate Professor of Nursing Paula Moore has won a 2012-13 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Internationalization for a new internship that complements the College's successful study abroad program in Nicaragua. The award, which is designed to encourage the establishment of new and innovative study abroad programs in less commonly traveled destinations and the exploration of underrepresented academic disciplines in study abroad program, was given to faculty members at five different SUNY campuses. Moore was the lone community college faculty member honored.

"The Chancellor's Award for Internationalization is representative of SUNY's commitment to increasing opportunities for global exposure among our students and faculty," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Congratulations to each of this year's recipients and to the students and campuses that have contributed to their success."

The award comes with $4,000 to support the program and make the cost more affordable for students. Moore won the award for her proposal International Internship in Health Care Education in Nicaragua, and internship program designed as a follow-up to the established Nicaragua-Healthcare Onsite trip the College has sponsored for nearly twenty years.

"The intention of this project is to create an internship for students who have already participated in the study abroad course and experiential learning in Nicaragua," said Moore. "During the first trip, as part of the Healthcare Onsite program, student nurses are exposed to a culture and health care system very different then their own. Through dialogues with local nurses and assessments of the communities visited they identify health teaching needs," said Moore, who designed the curriculum for the new internship program. "The internship creates an opportunity for students to take the experience of international health work and service learning to the next level. The students come home and create culturally-sensitive teaching modules to be translated into the language of the people of this region. This internship and subsequent journey allows the student to work in a deeper and potentially more meaningful way with community members and leaders."

Students participating in the three-credit internship will live in Nicaragua for three weeks during the winter 2012-13 break between semesters. The new internship program is the latest addition to the growing study abroad program at TC3. The College offered seven different study abroad opportunities during the 2011-12 academic year, up from four the previous year. In addition to Nicaragua, trips were offered to Ireland, Ecuador, Spain, China, Italy, and Colombia, with credit available in a variety of different academic areas.


Rogers Named Regional Athlete of the Week

April 17, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College softball player Emilie Rogers (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III Athlete of the Week. Rogers is the second TC3 softball player honored this season; Samijo Scheer was selected April 3.

Rogers earned four wins this week. She pitched a three-hit shutout with ten strikeouts in a five-inning win over Corning Community College on Tuesday and earned a win after four strikeouts in two innings of relief work against Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday. Against nationally-ranked Monroe Community College Saturday, Rogers pitched both ends of the doubleheader. She opened by striking out nine and allowing just two hits in game one and closed the day by striking out six and allowing just three hits in game two.

The sophomore ended the week with an overall record of 8-0 and an ERA of 1.02. As a team TC3 was 18-2 and ranked fifth in the nation.


TC3 to Host Bioenergy Conference

April 13, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) is looking to engage the community in a discussion on bioenergy. TC3 is hosting a two-day conference sponsored by a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) called "Bioenergy Opportunities in Upstate New York." The conference opens on TC3's Dryden campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and continues on Saturday, April 28 with open houses at various locations in the community. The conference costs $25 for the public, $10 for students, and is free for TC3 students. Friday's breakfast and lunch are included with the registration fee.

"Our aim is to update and educate key stakeholders about the opportunities and challenges concerning the interdependencies between education, agriculture, business, and our region's economic and energy outlook," said conference organizer In Shik Lee, TC3's SUNY GREENS NY program coordinator. The conference will feature bioenergy experts from a variety of areas, including education, non-profit organizations, agriculture, and industry. Part of the focus of the event will be to gather, brainstorm, and disperse information and draft a plan for a bioenergy curriculum proposal at the community college level.

"The collaboration of stakeholders in education, agriculture, and business is the key to the development of a successful bioenergy economy in New York," said Lee. "This conference will be the first step for TC3 to help grow the bioenergy industry in Central New York."

To registration or find more information, visit www.tc3.edu/about_tc3/sustainability.asp, email info@tc3.biz, or phone 844-6586.


Scheer Named Regional Athlete of the Week

April 4, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College softball player Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III Athlete of the Week. Scheer shares the weekly honor with Mohawk Valley Community College track and field athlete Savannah Boucher.

Sheer had a strong performance in TC3's only doubleheader of the week. Playing at Northampton Community College (Penn.) last Friday, Scheer went a combined 6-for-8 with eight RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, two stolen bases, and a grand slam home run. In one game alone she drove in six runs, tied for the second most ever in a single game by a TC3 player.

For the season Scheer, a sophomore liberal arts and science-general studies major, is batting .500 with a slugging percentage of .842. She has 22 RBI and an on-base percentage of .558.


Kinsey Named to Men's Basketball All-Region Team

March 8, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) has been voted to the NJCAA Region III men's basketball all-region team. Kinsey, who was voted to the third team, is one of a total of 15 players honored by the coaches from the 17 Division III men's basketball programs in Region III.

Kinsey led TC3 in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. In 27 starts, he reached double figures 23 times and netted a season-high 30 points twice (vs. Jefferson CC, 1/12/12 and vs. Onondaga CC, 1/21/12). He was TC3 leader in assists with 110 and was second in steals with 51. He made 45.6% of his shots, including 32.2% from three-point range, and was the team's most prolific free-throw shooter, making 116 out of 158 attempts (73.4%). Kinsey is also a two-time all-conference selection.

It's the fourth time in the last five years TC3 has had a men's basketball player chosen to the all-region team.


Kinsey and Clark Voted to Men's Basketball All-Conference Team

March 6, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomores Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) and Tyrone Clark (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference Men's Basketball all-conference team. The team consists of ten players, with voting for the all-conference awards done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs.

Kinsey was voted to the team for the second straight year, receiving the second-most votes this year. He was third in the conference in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game. He was also third in assists, with 4.5 per game, and in free throw percentage at 80.2%. He was fifth in steals, 2.2 per game, and ninth in three-point field goal percentage at 32.7%.

Clark was seventh in scoring with an average of 14.7 points per game. He was third in steals, 3.5 per game, and fifth in blocked shots, 1.8 per game. He was seventh in free throw percentage at 74.2% and tenth in three-point field goal percentage at 32.5%.


Kinsey Named to Men's Basketball All-Region Team

March 1, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) has been voted to the NJCAA Region III men's basketball all-region team. Kinsey, who was voted to the third team, is one of a total of 15 players honored by the coaches from the 17 Division III men's basketball programs in Region III.

Kinsey led TC3 in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. In 27 starts, he reached double figures 23 times and netted a season-high 30 points twice (vs. Jefferson CC, 1/12/12 and vs. Onondaga CC, 1/21/12). He was TC3 leader in assists with 110 and was second in steals with 51. He made 45.6% of his shots, including 32.2% from three-point range, and was the team's most prolific free-throw shooter, making 116 out of 158 attempts (73.4%). Kinsey is also a two-time all-conference selection.

It's the fourth time in the last five years TC3 has had a men's basketball player chosen to the all-region team.


Food Drive Delivers for Local Pantry

December 4, 2012

The annual campus-wide food drive kicked off on Thursday, October 25th with a roller skating event held in the Student Center. After that, there was a frenzy of activity including filling purple shopping bags, hauling in cans, bake sales, raffles, CANstruction, donating money in pickle jars and writing checks. In addition to the two truck/van loads delivered the week after Thanksgiving, a few more cartons of food and $1,300 in money was handed over today. Once again we overwhelmed our friends at the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard.

In November, the Cupboard served 1385 individuals. The assistance we provide in helping to feed the hungry in our community is priceless and very much appreciated. Thank you all for your efforts!


Dammi Herath Joins TC3 Board of Trustees

January 19, 2012

Dammi Herath of Ithaca has been appointed to the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Herath was appointed by the governor's office to a term that expires June 30, 2018. She replaces Beverly Baker, who had served on the board since 1997.

Herath is the executive director of the Women's Opportunity Center, a non-profit organization in Ithaca with the goal of helping individuals with their job search and training goals. Herath has led the Women's Opportunity Center since 1989, and has seen what TC3 can mean to some of the people she serves. "When I was asked to serve on the TC3 board I was excited to be part of a dedicated group that makes a difference in our community by providing people a second chance," said Herath. "A majority of the women we serve at the Women's Opportunity Center come to us with only a high school diploma. TC3 has changed many participants' lives by providing them a great education. "

After obtaining a law degree and working as the executive director of an international research institute in her native Sri Lanka, Herath came to Ithaca in 1980 to further her education at Cornell University. She earned a master's degree in 1984 and her Ph.D. in 1986, both in Adult and Continuing Education. She worked as the assistant director of the Cornell South Asia Program from 1986 to 1988 prior to taking over at the Women's Opportunity Center.

In her 22 years at the Women's Opportunity Center, Herath has often worked closely with TC3 to help her participants. Her connection to the College, however, goes back to when she first arrived in the area, and is more personal than professional. "When I came to Ithaca with my family in 1980 to study at Cornell, TC3 was the only college we could afford for my husband, Wije," she said. Wije earned his degree in hotel technology from TC3 and now the two own and operate Sri Lankan Curry in a Hurry, a food business at the Ithaca Farmers Market since 1990.

Herath is extensively active in the community, already serving as a board member of Tompkins County Workforce and the Cayuga Medical Center. She says she's ready to help the College continue to serve the community. "The final outcomes of both TC3 and the Women's Opportunity Center programs lead low-income families in our community towards their economic independence," she said. Her serving on the TC3 board "is a great match."

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.


Friends of TC3 Honored by Association of Fundraising Professionals

December 5, 2011

Two people with strong ties to Tompkins Cortland Community College have been honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Finger Lakes Chapter. Arthur Kuckes was named Philanthropist of the Year and Larry Baum was named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the chapter's National Philanthropy Day Luncheon last month. TC3 President Carl Haynes introduced Kuckes at the award ceremony; TC3 Dean of External Relations Bruce Ryan introduced Baum.

Kuckes donated $2 million to TC3 in 2008, the largest single gift in the history of the College. The money was used to establish the "TC3 Pathways" scholarship program, providing greater access to higher education for adults with limited means. Since the initial donation, Kuckes has given another $2 million to the program. In 2009 he was presented with the "Friend of the College" award in recognition of his extraordinary philanthropy. The list of organizations that Kuckes and his wife, Martha Wright, have supported is lengthy, and includes GIAC, Southside Community Center, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Community Arts Partnership, Community School of Music and Art, the History Center, Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Family Reading Partnership, Challenge Industries, Tompkins County Public Library, Tompkins Learning Partners, and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Baum is a longtime board member of the TC3 Foundation, having served as chair since 2009. He co-chaired the Tompkins County Pacesetters committee during the TC3 Foundation's first-ever capital campaign in 2004. He also co-chaired the Tompkins County United Way 2010-11 campaign and is the current chair of the Cayuga Medical Center's board of directors. He is active in the community as a trustee of the Legacy Foundation, Finger Lakes Wine Center and past chair of the Air Service Board of the Tompkins Regional Airport. He has been honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Baden Powell Boy Scouts of America, and three times won the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Key Person of the Year award.

Kuckes and Baum were honored a luncheon held at Celebrations in Ithaca on November 18. Seneca Beverage Corporation was named the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year and Brigid Hubberman was recognized for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Non-Profit Leadership. Ithaca College President Thomas Rochon served as the event's keynote speaker.


Time to Nominate Exceptional Faculty and Staff

October 27, 2011

If a TC3 faculty or staff member has made a difference in your life, now is the time to share your story. The College has issued a call for nominations for the 2011-12 Chancellor's/Trustees' Awards for Excellence.

Nominations are requested for awards in seven different categories:

  • Trustees' Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching,
  • Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Classified Service,
  • Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Faculty Service,
  • Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Librarianship,
  • Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Professional Service,
  • Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities,
  • Chancellor's/Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Criteria for the awards can be found at /docs/bot/award_nominations.pdf .

If you know someone at the College that fits the criteria, the President's Office would love to hear from you. Send your nominations to Tompkins Cortland Community College, Attn: President's Office, 170 North Street, P.O. Box 139, Dryden, NY 13053 or by e-mail to northrc@TC3.edu. The deadline for nominations is November 11, 2011


TC3 Holds Public Open House at New Cortland Extension Center

September 12, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College will hold a public open house at the new Cortland Extension Center on Friday, September 16 from noon to 5 p.m.

Visitors to the open house at 157 Main Street will be able to tour the facility and learn more about the services available at this location. College officials will be on hand, including representatives from the admission and financial aid offices.

The new extension center features six new classrooms, two of which are computer labs. The classrooms are "smart" classrooms, each equipped with a computer and audio/visual hookup to a pull-down screen, as well as a document camera and DVD console. The center is also home to a new boardroom as well as a large training room.


TC3 Wins $15,000 Grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation

August 1, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Owego-based Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. The money will be used to provide financial assistance to Tioga County residents attending TC3. Since awarding its first grant to TC3 in 1986, the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation has provided $422,500 to TC3 students.

All the money from the grant goes directly to students. To be eligible, a student must be a Tioga County resident must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 while enrolled in a degree program, and must demonstrate financial need. Grants range from $400 to $1,000 per year.

The Mildred Faulkner Truman foundation's mission is to practice responsible stewardship of the charitable trust of its benefactress, Mildred Faulkner Truman, by providing worthwhile grants to qualified charitable organizations which enhance and benefit the residents of Tioga County. Truman was born in Owego in 1897, and lived in Owego until her death in 1983. She served as a director of the Owego National Bank as well as the Tioga County Historical Society. Through successful investments, a substantial estate was accumulated, and upon her death, The Foundation was established.

More information on the scholarships created by the Mildred Faulkner Truman grant can be obtained from the TC3 Financial Aid Office at (607) 844-6581.


TC3 Board of Trustees Elect New Officers

July 21, 2011

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has a new chair. At the Board's annual meeting on July 21, a new slate of officers was elected to one-year terms, topped by Elizabeth Burns as chair of the board. She takes over for Roxann Buck, who served as chair for the past eight years before deciding to not seek re-election to the chair position.

Burns becomes the eighth chair in the history of the TC3 Board of Trustees. She was first appointed a trustee by the governor to represent Cortland County in 2008 and served the past three years as vice chair of the board.

Raymond Schlather was elected the vice chair. He also joined the Board as a governor's appointee in 2008, but representing Tompkins County. This is the first office he has held on the Board of Trustees.

Judy Davison was elected treasurer. Davison has been a trustee since 2007, when she was appointed to the Board by the Cortland County Legislature. She served as assistant treasurer last year.

While Buck is stepping down as chair, she was elected to a position on the board's executive committee. She was originally appointed a trustee by the Tompkins County Board of Representatives in 1990 and was first elected the chair of the Board of Trustees in 2003. Her eight years as chair is second in length only to the original board chairman, Ron Space, who served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the first ten years the College existed.

Two TC3 staff members also were appointed to positions with Board.

Cathy Northrop was re-appointed clerk of the board. Northrop, assistant to the president, has been clerk since 1996.

Lisa Doran was re-appointed deputy clerk of the board. Doran, assistant to the dean of operations and enrollment management, has been deputy clerk since 1991.


TC3 Moves to New Cortland Extension Center

July 11, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College's Cortland Extension Center is moving. The current center at 22 West Court Street will close for good at the end of the day on Wednesday, July 6. After moving on Thursday and Friday, the new center at 157 Main Street will open on Monday, July 18. A formal grand opening celebration and open house are planned for September.

The new TC3 Cortland Extension Center greatly expands the College's ability to serve the community, providing a convenient, centralized space for college credit courses, customized professional training, and business use. "The new extension center allows us to be more responsive to the community's needs," said Martha Hubbard, director of TC3.biz. "Our students will now be able to engage in learning in 'smart classrooms' up-to-date with the latest academic technology, and our business partners will not only have a new, expanded space for on-site customized training, but the center also features a professional board room available for reservation, excellent parking, all in a centralized location."

The new extension center features six new classrooms, two of which are computer labs. The classrooms are "smart" classrooms, each equipped with a computer and audio/visual hookup to a pull-down screen, as well as a document camera and DVD console. "The smart classrooms really bring the full TC3 college classroom experience into Cortland," said Hubbard. "Not only does this allow us to expand our schedule in terms of offerings, but we can also expand the diversity of offerings at the new extension center."

On the business side, the new extension center serves as a potential hub for Cortland-area businesses looking for professional meeting spaces and the customized training that is a specialty of TC3.biz. A new boardroom is available in the center, as well as a large training room. "Customized training, targeted to the specific needs of our local business partners, is really the core of the TC3.biz partnership with Cortland. With new space, we're able to offer an opportunity to Cortland-area employers who don't have adequate training space available, or who seek that 'out-of-the-office' opportunity for training."


Joanne Florino Joins TC3 Board of Trustees

July 7, 2011

Joanne Florino of Ithaca has been appointed to the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Florino was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to a term that expires June 30, 2018. She replaces William Raynor, who had been the longest serving member of the board, having been first appointed in 1984.

Florino is the executive director of the Ithaca-based Triad Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization founded by Roy H. Park, Jr. and his children to honor the donor intent of the late Roy Hampton Park. Triad works to continue Park's legacy by making philanthropic investments which reflect his strong core values in the communities in which the Foundation's board members reside, including Tompkins County; Charlotte, NC; and Tampa, FL.

Florino has been with the Triad Foundation since it was created in 2003; prior to that she was the executive director of the Park Foundation from 1996 to 2003. In both roles she has worked with TC3 by managing foundation grants to the College, which helped fuel her desire to join the board of trustees. "I have both a personal and professional interest in strengthening and expanding the College's essential role in local education and economic development," said Florino. In addition to holding an A.B. in history from Georgetown University and an M.A. in history from Cornell University, she is also working towards a certificate in business management at TC3.

By taking classes part time while working full time, Florino has been able to integrate her professional interests into her class work. Those professional experiences have helped with her classes, and will also serve her well as a member of the board of trustees. "I have significant experience with higher education grant making," said Florino, who was a program associate with Atlantic Philanthropies for 11 years before working at the Park and Triad Foundations. "Consequently, I have a long-term familiarity with the challenges facing higher education, particularly with regard to access, financing, and student life." Additionally, she enjoys strong relationships in the local business and higher education communities, including serving as a member of the Cornell University Council Committee for Student and Academic Services.

Florino lives in Ithaca and has two adult sons; Thomas and Andrew. Thomas lives in New York City with his wife, Jeanne Normand, and works in the New York City Mayor's Office of Management and Budget. Andrew lives in Ithaca and works for Better Housing for Tompkins County.

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.