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SUNY Oswego names new extended learning dean

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Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Veteran continuing education administrator Jill Pippin has joined SUNY Oswego as dean of extended learning.

Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning serves a wide array of part-time students and working adults interested in pursuing degrees, career-specific coursework and professional development opportunities in Oswego, Syracuse and Phoenix and online.

Pippin comes to SUNY Oswego from Jefferson Community College in Watertown, where she was dean for continuing education and a member of the senior academic leadership team responsible for innovative and community-oriented programs for adult and nontraditional students.

In her new position, Pippin takes charge of programs at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse, offering graduate courses in business, education, mental health counseling and other fields as well as professional development workshops, contract training and noncredit courses.

She also will be in charge of the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center and its management consulting and professional development programs; the college’s summer and winter sessions; and a variety of other programs and initiatives to serve nontraditional students.

“What I really get excited about in terms of extended learning is I like to serve those under-served populations — the part-time student, adult student, evening student, online student — in ways that allow us to be flexible so that they can continue their education,” Pippin said.

“We offer the gamut, from our high school programs for students who are ready to take on the challenge of a college class all the way through to the person who already has a master’s degree and comes back for some professional development to hone a skill.

“We are trying to address the different, the nontraditional, audiences — the veterans audience, the international and English as a second language audience, folks more physically or geographically bound. It’s about being innovative, flexible and responsive,” Pippin said.

At Jefferson Community College, Pippin managed several associate’s degree programs, an office at Fort Drum, military and veterans’ services, a high school program, summer and winter course offerings on campus, online and at offsite locations, and Jefferson Express noncredit, workforce development and contract course programs.

She developed and cultivated the Jefferson Higher Education Center from its inception, proposed and administered more than $2.15 million in grants, and increased revenue and enrollment during her eight-year tenure at the community college.

Her earlier career spanned both academic and business positions in roles such as director for graduate services and enrollment, business adjunct instructor, director of operations, and major accounts manager.

Pippin earned a master’s degree in business administration at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego in communication studies with an emphasis in interpersonal communication.

She received the Continuing Education Association of New York’s Outstanding Continuing Educator Award for 2013 and the 20 Under 40 Award from the Watertown Daily Times in 2009.

POMCO donates to OCO Retro Bowl event

Oswego County Opportunities Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier, center, accepts a donation for the OCO Retro Bowl event from left Janice Webb, POMCO account manager, and right Vanessa Flynn, POMCO vice president of client services. POMCO donated $1,000.
Oswego County Opportunities Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier, center, accepts a donation for the OCO Retro Bowl event from left Janice Webb, POMCO account manager, and right Vanessa Flynn, POMCO vice president of client services. POMCO donated $1,000.

POMCO Group, one of the nation’s largest benefits administrators, made a donation of $1,000 to support Oswego County Opportunities’ annual Retro Bowl fundraising event, which took place on Saturday April 5 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. 

OCO has partnered with POMCO Group since 2006 for the administration of its self-funded employee benefits plan. Each year, POMCO Group has supported OCO’s annual fundraiser and Retro Bowl event, which raises awareness and funding for the programs OCO offers to Oswego County and its community members.

“Oswego County Opportunities does tremendous work in Oswego County, particularly in the areas of health and nutrition services and education,” said Vanessa Flynn, vice president of client services at POMCO Group.

“Since the health and wellness of our community is a value that we share with OCO, and because it is, and has been, an important business partner to POMCO Group over the past eight years, it is important to us to support its fundraising efforts,” she said.

The money raised in 2014 from OCO’s annual Retro Bowl fundraising event will focus on ways to reduce and eliminate hunger in Oswego County.

OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier said every level of support from businesses and members of the community helps to make a difference.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support that we have received from POMCO Group in helping us to meet our fundraising goals. We value the support of our business partners as we strive to make a difference in our community.”

 

Parks stone collection contest continues through today

Michael and Katie Gerth found three of the colored stones hidden in various Fulton Parks as part of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt. People who find the most of the colored stones in the parks will win smaller prizes in the contest. The special medallion was found Wednesday and that person will win cash from The Valley News. While the medallion has been found, the stone collection part continues through the end of today.
Michael and Katie Gerth found three of the colored stones hidden in various Fulton Parks as part of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt. People who find the most of the colored stones in the parks will win smaller prizes in the contest. The special medallion was found Wednesday and that person will win cash from The Valley News. While the medallion has been found, the stone collection part continues through the end of today.

2 Fulton grocers oppose plan for new Aldi store

By Ashley M. Casey

Despite the dissent of two local grocers, the city of Fulton is going forward with Aldi’s plan to build a 17,651-square-foot grocery store on the former Nestlé site.

If all goes as planned, the Nestlé buildings will be demolished by the end of June and construction of the Aldi store will begin in July with an anticipated opening in December. Continue reading

Medallion finder excited with her win

By Debra J. Groom

Audrey Avery of Fulton was out every day, no matter what the weather, looking for the special medallion.

“Tuesday we were out in the rain and snow for an hour and a half at Oswego Falls Park — we looked like the Gorton’s fisherman,” she joked.

Her persistence paid off. At 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, Avery, 45, of South Fourth Street, found the hidden medallion at Van Buren Park.

“My husband pulled in on the Tarvia by the tennis courts,” she said. “He said ‘let’s start here on the left.’ I started to scour the perimeter of trees and went into a pricker bush. I said ‘it’s got to be here.’”

Then she walked a bit further. She looked near another tree.

“I looked and said ‘oh my God, there it is,” she said. “I was so excited. It was tied with a big bread tie.”

The Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest began April 9. People had to read all the advertisements in each edition of The Valley News to look for the clue as to where the medallion was hidden.

There were four clues — one to run in the paper April 9, April 12, April 16 and April 19.

There now will be no clue in today’s paper since Avery found the medallion on Wednesday. She hunted every day from April 9 with her friend, Donna LeVea.

Just what made Avery go to Van Buren Park?

“It was the second clue,” she said. That one read “Go for a joy ride with three friends or go alone down the slippery slope.”

“I knew there was a slope at Van Buren behind the tennis courts,” Avery said. “Then today’s (Wednesday’s) clue said something about picnicking rain or shine. Van Buren is one of three parks with pavilions.”

Strangely enough, the “slippery slope” in the clue had nothing to do with the slope Avery said exists at Van Buren.

Kelley Weaver, a member of Friends of Fulton Parks who came up with the idea for the contest, said the slope refers to the slide on the playground equipment.

(See accompanying box for explanation of all four clues, including the one that was never published).

Avery said she enjoyed the contest immensely and the Friends of Fulton Parks succeeded in its goal to get people out to visit all the city’s parks and see what they have to offer.

“I’ve lived in Fulton my whole life,” said Avery, who is very familiar with Voorhees Park near her house. “But Patrick, Lincoln and Quirk parks, I never knew they existed. Now I know where all the park are.”

She took in so much while searching in the parks that she called Weaver to discuss issues she believes should be addressed at various sites.

“I might even get involved” with the parks group, Avery said.

She will receive her prize — a check for $250 from The Valley News — at a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 at Recreation Park. She receives $250 because she is a Valley News subscriber.

If she had not been a subscriber, she would have won $150.

Even though the medallion has been found, the other park contest continues through today.

People visit the Park of the Day (find out which one by visiting valleynewsonline.com) each day to find colorful stones with the park name on them.

People should collect one stone from each of the 10 parks and bring their collection to the ceremony April 22 at Recreation Park. People with the most complete collections will receive smaller prizes.

Avery said she also has been collecting stones and will be back out in the parks to complete her stone collection.

Medallion contest clues explained

April 9, Clue 1: Swingers will be thrilled to play here!

Swingers refer both to the tennis players swinging their rackets, and people swinging on the swingsets.

April 12, Clue 2: Go for a joy ride with three friends or go alone down the slippery slope.

There is a 4-seated bouncer at the park, to “go for a joy ride with 3 friends,” and the “slippery slope” is the slide.

April 16, Clue 3: Have a picnic or a celebration, come rain or shine.

The pavilion provides a place to picnic or have a celebration, with shelter from rain and sun.

April 19, Clue 4: Tennis anyone? Keep your feet on the ground, and look to the trees.

Van Buren Park is the only park with tennis courts. The medallion was tied to a small tree, within easy reach of the ground.

 

Fulton Park of the Day — Saturday, April 19

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Rowlee Beach Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones —  one from each of the 10 parks. Bring the 10 stones to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Today is the last day of the contest.

Fulton Park of the Day — Friday, April 18

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Patrick Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones — one from each park. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park to win a small prize.

Fulton Park of the Day — Thursday, April 17

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Twenty stones looking like this one are hidden in Quirk Park.

Find one and begin your collection of stones from the various parks in Fulton. Each day a different park will be highlighted on this Valley News website — find out what the park of the day is and go there to find a stone.

By April 19, folks should have collected 10 stones. Bring them to a ceremony at 4 p.m. April 22 in Recreation Park and people who have collected the most stones (one from each park for a total of 10) will win a small prize.