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Margot Cheney Jacoby '70 to Serve as 2014 Commencement Speaker

Cazenovia College officials recently announced that Margot Cheney Jacoby '70 - a proud, involved and successful alumna - will serve as the College's 189th Commencement speaker. A sampling of her accomplishments in the field of education, on our campus, and in the greater community is provided below.
  • Current College Instructor, English and Communications, Jefferson Community College
  • Former Assistant Professor, Cazenovia College - taught Effective Speaking, Academic Writing, Literature, Creative Writing and more
  • Former Tutor and Writing Coordinator in Cazenovia College's Academic Learning Center
  • Accomplished and published poet
  • Author of The Speech - one of several Cazenovia College faculty members who co-authored a textbook on public speaking that was used in classrooms nationwide, and Love Lives - A touching tribute to her eldest daughter, Martha Papworth O'Neill '00, documenting Martha's celebration of life and her battle with cancer.
  • Started the Martha Papworth O'Neill Class of 2000 Memorial Scholarship at Cazenovia College, awarded to a student who exemplifies her daughter's generous and loving spirit, passion for learning and sense of social justice.
  • Current Vice President of the Cazenovia College Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Current Chair of the Parents Committee, Capital Campaign for Cazenovia College
  • Member, Northern New York Chapter, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
  • Fundraiser, Martha Papworth O'Neill Cancer Research Endowment at the Foundation for Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Margot received her Associate of Arts degree, Liberal Arts from Cazenovia College; Bachelor of Arts degree, English/Communications from Le Moyne College; a professional collegiate certificate in English, Writing, Speech, Public Speaking and Journalism from Roanoke College in Virginia; and a Master of Arts degree, Liberal Studies, from Hollins University in Virginia.

Her colleagues continue to hold Margot with the greatest of fondness and respect. Her fellow alumni revel in all that she does for her alma mater. And our graduates are sure to be moved by her words of wisdom and inspiration. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, May 17, 2014 - the day we all come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2014.

For more information about the 2014 Commencement ceremony, visit

Thom Filicia to Headline 41st Annual Student Fashion Show

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy celebrity to speak at "Urban Chic" on April 26

2014 Fashion Show: Urban Chic 2014 Fashion Show: Urban Chic Thom Felicia

Cazenovia College's 41st Annual Student Fashion Show, "Urban Chic," will take the stage at The Landmark Theatre, in Syracuse, N.Y., on Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m. Special guest Thom Filicia, interior designer, author, television personality and chief creative officer of the New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc., will offer remarks to an estimated packed house.

Filicia, a Syracuse University interior design alumnus, is a visiting professor at the School of Art & Design. As founder of Thom Filicia, Inc., he is the driving force behind a distinctive line of home furnishings, Thom Filicia Home Collections, and a to-the-trade showroom, Sedgewick & Brattle. His New-American style has earned him extensive praise from notable clients in the entertainment, fashion, finance, hospitality, media and sports industries, as well as recognition from Elle Décor ("A-List Designer"), House Beautiful ("Top 100 Designers"), and House & Garden ("International Tastemaker"). His work has been featured among the pages of InStyle, O, People, The New York Times, Vogue Home, USA Today, and other national and international publications.

"Having Thom as our special guest is very exciting for our students and the community alike," says Megan Lawson-Clark, assistant professor, fashion studies and fashion show director. "His work is very creative and he is a fantastic example of entrepreneurship for our students."

Filicia gained fame when he served as the interior design expert on the Emmy-Award winning hit show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, host of several shows on the Style Network and featured talent on HGTV Networks.

"Urban Chic" tickets will go on sale April 1. Admission is $17 for adults, $12 for students, and free for children under 5. To order tickets, visit, email or call (315) 655-7043. Prior to the main show, Filicia will also be a part of a V.I.P. reception at 4:30 p.m. which will include reserved seating, open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres for $100/ticket.

Caz Offers Six-Week Summer Sessions - On-Campus and Online

Registration begins April 7th for Cazenovia College's Summer Sessions. Tuition is only $245 per credit ($735 per class). If your student is interested in taking a summer class, they should contact the Center for Career and Extended Learning Services. Courses being offered include:

Summer Session I - May 21-July 2
  • On Campus (5 - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Mondays/Wednesdays
  • CM-121-C1 Effective Speaking
  • SM-161-C1 College Algebra
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • FA-405-C1 Arts in the Community
  • SB-130-C1 Introduction to Sociology
  • Online
  • BU-473-C1 Business Research Methods
  • EN-201-C1 Academic Writing II
  • FA-111-C1 Art History: to the Middle Ages
  • FA-101-C1 ST: Drawing Dissent: 20th Century Art and Activism
  • HG-102-C1 World Civilization 1550 to the Present
  • HS-134-C1 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • HU-365-C1 Ethics
  • SB-322-C1 Psychology Applied to Organizational Behavior
Summer Session II - July 7 - August 14
  • On Campus (5 - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Mondays/Wednesdays
  • EN-101-C2 Academic Writing I
  • SM-261-C2 Statistic
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • CM-301-C2 Speech and Rhetoric
  • SM-165-C2 Pre-Calculus
  • Online
  • BU-110-C2 Principles of Management
  • BU-431-C2 Leadership
  • EN-342-C2 Studies in Children's Literature
  • FA-111-C2 Art History: to the Middle Ages
  • FA-112-C2 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
  • SB-110-C2 Introduction to Anthropology
  • SB-323-C2 Abnormal Psychology
  • SB-343-C2 ST: Queer America: Understanding the GLBT Community
  • SB-365-C2 Drugs and Human Behavior

Super Senior

Dan - Super Senior

Congratulations to this month's Super Senior, Daniel Goewey! Daniel is from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology this May. Daniel has been the president of the Drama Club for three years, a Resident Advisor, and a Project REACH Peer Mentor. He spent the fall semester of his junior year studying abroad in Canterbury, England. In his free time, he enjoys helping others by tutoring in the Academic Learning Center for both Psychology and Effective Speaking. Daniel has also spent two summers as a tutor for the Summer College Program.

Daniel's passion for Psychology is evident. He recently won the award of Best Psychology Capstone proposal. He is currently working with a staff advisor to coordinate a nationally recognized volunteering fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega, which in the month of April will be one step away from becoming a nationally recognized chapter. Daniel is a recipient of the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award. He states, "I stay involved because I want to leave Cazenovia College an even better place than it was when I arrived" Daniel is truly a Super Senior!