Parent Newsletter

Parents Council Meets During Homecoming/Family Weekend

The Parents Council fall meeting was held during Homecoming/Family Weekend. The meeting had a great turnout with 16 parents participating. President of the Parents Council, Mia DeBernardis, explained the role of a Parents Council member and shared council volunteer opportunities. For more information about the Parents Council, please contact the Parent Relations Office at 315-655-7378 or

Dean's List Brunch, Homecoming/Family Weekend 2014
Dean's List Brunch, Homecoming/Family Weekend 2014

The Parent's Fund Challenge!

If you see 'Cazenovia College' on your Caller ID this fall, don't worry; it's probably just one of our great student Phonathon callers! Every fall students call alumni and parents to ask for their support of the Annual Cazenovia Fund/Parent Fund. This is also a great way for students to update contact information, share new and exciting events happening at Cazenovia College and answer any questions that alumni and parents may have about the College today.

The Cazenovia Fund supports the College's greatest needs, including scholarships and financial aid, improved technology and annual operating support. Last year, the Phonathon efforts garnered $13,562 from parents, with over a 29% parent participation rate.

We'd like to challenge parents to exceed last year's participation rate!

By contributing to the Cazenovia Fund, with a gift of any size, you are investing in a Cazenovia College student's educational experience. Thank you for answering our call and considering a gift. We will be calling parents the week of October 27-30 and November 3-6.

If you miss our call, you can still participate by making your gift to the Cazenovia Fund online at If you have any questions, please contact Ashlea Osborne`12, director of the Cazenovia Fund, at

Update on Recent Bomb Threat

As our parents are very well aware, the Cazenovia College campus received a bomb threat last month just a few weeks into the fall semester. Since this experience, the College has been focused on all matters concerning safety and security on campus, including increased Campus Safety and Police presence for days after the threat was made. The College is currently cooperating with law enforcement as they continue to conduct a formal police investigation of the matter with the ultimate goal of prosecuting the individual responsible.

Members of the College's Emergency Response Team have also met twice since the bomb threat in an effort to review Emergency Response protocols and remain diligent in their effective response to any future incidents or emergencies on campus. As President Tierno shared in a previous email to our campus community, we are not letting our guard down and reminding all members of our campus family to "work together to make certain we all deliver on the promise of a caring campus community."

Parents Participation in CazAlert

As part of the crisis/incident communications plan at Cazenovia College, the CazAlert system involves the College's use and sending of text messages to students and employees who have voluntarily signed up to receive such communications in the event of a crisis, emergency or incident on campus. In most cases, all crisis communications are also supplemented by campus-wide email messages, website and social media postings.

Are parents able to receive CazAlerts? Yes, but this must be initiated by your student. Students may add one additional cell phone number to their individual CazAlert accounts, which would result in a designated individual (parent) receiving all text messages that are sent to their student. Only the student can initiate the adding of an additional cell phone number by (1) directly accessing their account or (2) by contacting Wayne Westervelt, Vice President for Communications (315-655-7377 or email:, who administers the CazAlert system and can assist in adding a second SMS number.