Construction has taken off this summer for Cazenovia College — as both the South Campus, renamed Jephson Campus, and Eckel Hall undergo restoration and modernization for the upcoming fall semester. The upgrades are part of the college’s five-year plan, “Building Futures One at a Time,” which is intended to update the college’s science laboratories, create a turf field, add scholarships, ensure academic excellence and restore the Jephson Campus.
All are invited to join Matthew Urtz, Madison County historian, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room for a discussion entitled “Madison County Exposed.”
New superintendent presides over first meeting at head of Cazenovia district
The Cazenovia Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting last week, during which it made its yearly appointments and authorizations for the upcoming school year. New district Superintendent Matt Reilly, who officially took over as head of the district on July 1, presided over the meeting and said he has had an excellent and welcoming beginning to his new position.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced it has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to meet updated national standards. The updated requirements, which do not add any new vaccines for school entry, but update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses, went into effect July 1.
In his 14 years in the Cazenovia Central School District — 10 of those as superintendent — Bob Dubik has achieved many successes, made institutional changes, passed 10 budgets, attended at least one event for every school sport and extracurricular activity offered and been a constant and visible participant in community organizations and events. “I’m a proud father,” Dubik said after ticking off the numerous accomplishments of Cazenovia students he has fostered and witnessed since he became superintendent in 2004. “I’m proud of everything, not just one thing that we’ve accomplished. … Certainly there are things I will miss, especially the kids — seeing them every day, getting hugs, cards, well-wishes from parents, the thank yous and appreciation from community members.” Last Saturday’s commencement ceremonies for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 were, in fact, Dubik’s last as superintendent. He retired on June 30, after a career of more than 30 years in education.
It was a sunny, 80-degree day in Cazenovia last Saturday, June 28, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 celebrated its commencement on the green outside the Cazenovia Middle School. Hundreds of white folding chairs were packed with family, friends, teachers and district staff as the 132 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a yellow rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.
What is service learning? This was the exact question I was asking myself a year ago — well, a school year ago, when I decided to take on this role. Ultimately, service learning is a philosophy where students are encouraged to combine what they study in school with their own skills and interests, and apply it to community service activities. Moreover, the goal of service learning is for students to reflect on the issues and needs of the area, organization or population that they are serving, which in turn offers an opportunity for them to grow as a result of the work they do in our community.
Grant will allow College to strengthen partnership with Cazenovia Community Preschool through the sharing of multicultural literacy resources
The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant Selection Committee and the Society Board of Directors recently notified Cazenovia College that its literacy grant proposal, Multicultural Books in Early Childhood Students' Hands, has received full funding in the amount of $2,000.
Event to fund Brian R. Gara Memorial Hockey Scholarship
Catherine Cummings Theater will present “Dead Divas,” a tribute to the legendary ladies of song from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 26, featuring local talent covering favorites from Janis Joplin, Eva Cassidy, Billie Holliday, Karen Carpenter, Patsy Cline, Donna Summer and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brian R. Gara Memorial Hockey Scholarship, a monetary award presented annually to a graduating Cazenovia Varsity hockey player
The Cazenovia Public Library survey “Your Thoughts, Our Future,” that was recently sent to community members, is intended to help the Library serve the current and future needs of the community during this time of rapid change.
The Cazenovia Lions Club last week honored its 10 students of the month for the 2013-14 school year at its 12th annual end of the year dinner at Cazenovia College, which featured a presentation by world-renowned musician Samite Mulondo, founder of Musicians for World Harmony.
With Cazenovia’s 2013-14 school year just days from ending, a new district director of special education and a new high school principal have been selected for the 2014-15 school year. Terry Ward and Eric Knuth were unanimously appointed by the Cazenovia Board of Education during its June 16 regular monthly meeting.
Seventy years after Allied forces created the largest armada ever assembled to accomplish the greatest seaborn invasion in history, 96-year-old Cazenovia veteran, Fred Taylor, can recall flying his B-17 bomber during the D-Day invasion of Normandy as if it were only yesterday. “There were so many planes in the air it looked like Broadway,” Taylor said. “We bombed ahead of the troops. We flew at 12,000 feet — low altitude for heavy bombers. We could see the men down there. The English Channel looked like Broadway and Times Square with all the ships and transports, loaded with an enormous number of men and supplies. We put ashore 400,000 men. The Germans didn’t stand a chance.”
Summer Art Series to Feature “Paintings from the Pink House”
The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host “Paintings from the Pink House: The Collection of Sylvia Wyckoff” on weekends, June 13 through Aug. 3. The exhibition will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The following students are candidates for graduation as part of the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014: