I hope everyone enjoys their holidays and spending time with their students!
Please note that I will be out of the office December 13, 2013 through January 6, 2014.
Director of Parent Relations
Dec. 10 - 13
Residence Halls Open
Student Schedule Confirmation
End of Add/Drop
Study Room Complete at Athletic Complex
At the beginning of the fall semester, the Athletics Department initiated a new program called the Student Athlete Experience. The goal of this initiative is to enhance the student athlete's experience while at Cazenovia College. One of the elements of the initiative includes mandatory study table time for all student-athletes. A room was made available in the Athletic Complex and monitored for student-athlete attendance. Since the room has been open, renovations have occurred. The room was painted, new carpet and a large-screen television were installed, and extra electrical outlets were added. This space will also be available to teams for meetings and film review. Athletics Director Michael Brooks '01 stated, "The purposeful commitment to the overall success of our student-athletes begins and ends with academic success. I appreciate the support of the student-athletes who endured the previous conditions for a short time before the renovations, but thanks to the great work of our Campus Services and ICT Staff, our student-athletes have a study area that rivals any other area on campus."
"Sweet Secret" Family Recipe Challenge Announces Winning Recipe
Thanks to all of the families who submitted dessert recipes for the "Sweet Secret" Family Recipe Challenge. The following three desserts were selected to be showcased and judged in the Dining Hall on Tuesday, November 19:
Salted Chocolate Pecan Pie - Tiffany and Michael Ramella
German Apple Cake - The Crouse Family
Scotch-A-Roos - The McDermott Family
Congratulations to the winner of the "Sweet Secret" Family Recipe Challenge: - Scotch-A-Roos - The McDermott Family. They have won bragging rights and a bag full of Cazenovia College items. Thanks again to all who submitted a recipe!
SCOTCH-A-ROOS: The McDermott Family
1 cup Light Karo Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup semi-sweet chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Grease 9x11 cake pan with peanut butter. Bring syrup and sugar to a boil, turn off heat and add peanut butter. Stir in Rice Krispies, and then spread in pan, packing down evenly. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, then spread on top of base. Refrigerate to make firm, then cut and serve. Great for breakfast, on the road while traveling, great anytime. Kids love them.
Honoring This Month's Super Senior!
Congratulations to this month's Super Senior, Heather Murfitt! Heather is from Syracuse, NY, and will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a focus on Children and Youth. Heather has engrossed herself in her internships and volunteer opportunities throughout the community. She has been involved in several non-profit organizations, including, Say Yes to Education, located in Syracuse, and Music Unites in NYC. These non-profits have the common goal of providing additional support through enrichment activities for underprivileged youth in New York. When Heather was a sophomore, she interned with Dreams for Kids through the Washington Internship Institute program that Cazenovia College offers. This internship took place in Washington, DC, and allowed Heather the opportunity to aid children through the Holiday for Hope program. The Holiday for Hope program is an annual holiday celebration for the homeless and at risk youth in the DC area. She will be returning this December to volunteer once again!
Heather is so passionate about her major and the youth in our community that she started her own project named Hakuna Matata. According to Heather, "Hakuna Matata takes unique art work and transforms the lives of those across the world. Fifty percent of the proceeds from every purchase goes toward your choice of the following three charities: Falling Whistles, Dreams for Kids, or Urban Light." Heather is currently volunteering at the Matthew 25 Farm in Tully, NY, which provides Central New Yorkers with fresh produce. Heather has fully invested herself in her Human Services major while attending Cazenovia and we know that she will make a difference in the lives of many children to come. Heather is truly a Super Senior!
New Space available to Students on Campus
There is a new room available to students in the J.M. McDonald Student Center. The space is located downstairs and is open 24 hours a day. Students can study, relax, work on the computers or play board games. There is also an information board in the room that lists all of the clubs and organizations with the contact person for each. This is a great new space for students to enjoy.
Cazenovia College's Parent Fund Challenge Update!
You took on the challenge - thank you to all of the parents who answered during our Fall 2013 Phonathon! Every year, gifts from parents support our Parents Fund, which directly enhances life on campus for students. Our Phonathon callers were overwhelmed with your support this semester.
Gifts directly support current students at Cazenovia by providing financial aid, campus priorities and the College's greatest needs. Gifts from parents continue to support our $10 million goal for Building Futures One at a Time: The Campaign for Cazenovia College. The Parents Fund raised over $9,000 this semester. With more than 18% of our parents participating, we are well on our way to surpassing last year's parent participation rate of 34%!
Thank you to those who have contributed to our Parents Fund through our annual Phonathon program. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will directly benefit students at Cazenovia College. If you missed our call and would like to make a gift prior to the end of the calendar year, you can do so online at www.cazenovia.edu/givetocaz or by contacting Ashlea Osborne`12, director of the Cazenovia Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.655.7220.