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Enwright wins SUNY award for excellence

140417_enwright_jamie_0002cJamie Enwright’s more than two decades of service to SUNY Oswego as a member of the college’s University Police staff has been recognized with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Enwright said she was “overwhelmed” by the honor when college President Deborah F. Stanley called to tell her of the award.

University Police Chief John Rossi nominated Enwright for the Chancellor’s Award.

“She has always possessed an excellent work ethic, taking on far more tasks than originally assigned to her,” he wrote.

Enwright joined the department in 1993 as a part-time clerical employee. She received national recognition in 1997 for her handling of a medical call that resulted in saving a student’s life.

Woman’s World magazine featured the story: “Jamie Enwright knew she was the only person who could save the girl struggling to speak to her over the phone. But first, she had to find her,” it began.

The SUNY Chiefs of Police Association honored Enwright with an Acts of Professionalism Award.

In 1998 Enwright became the department’s first campus public safety officer, Rossi said, which put her in the role of desk officer, responsible for communications services and dispatching.

In 2002 she added the responsibilities of administrative assistant to her duties, essentially doing the work of two people, the chief said.

She works with the chief to administer the department’s compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act as well as to compile the department’s annual report to the college community.

Enwright also serves the college as a member of the Employee Recognition Committee and as her department’s representative for the State Employees Federated Appeal.

“Jamie possesses top-notch people skills whether in person or on the phone,” Rossi said.

The chief added that she boosts the morale of the department with her ever-present smile and by regularly bringing in homemade baked goods and making arrangements for social events.

Enwright is a graduate of Morrisville State College.

She will formally receive the medal for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service at SUNY Oswego’s December commencement ceremony.

 

SUNY Oswego names new extended learning dean

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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.

Evan Michael Taylor joins the world

Name: Evan Michael Taylor4-19_MILEtaylorbaby

Birthdate: April 8, 2014

Gender: Boy

Mother: Caitlin Cordner

Father: Michael Taylor

Statistics: 8 pounds 4 ounces, 20 inches long

Hometown: Oswego

Born in: Oswego Hospital

Grandparents: (Mom’s side) Stephanie Goutremout and Jeff Aflreds (from Onondaga County) and (Dad’s side) Jonathan and Geneen Taylor of Fulton

Sheats, Burns join insurance firm

Cheryl Sheats
Cheryl Sheats, personal lines account manager

Cheryl Sheats was hired recently as a personal lines account manager and Carol Burns was hired as a commercial lines account manager at Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.

Sheats will be based in ESA’s North Syracuse office and Burns will be in the Camden office.

“We are so pleased to welcome Carol and Cheryl to ESA,” said President Martha Murray. “In fact, in Cheryl’s case it’s welcome back. She worked at our Fulton and Oswego offices in the late 90s.”

Sheats has worked in the insurance industry for more than 24 years for firms in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson counties. She holds the Accredited Customer Service Representative certification and resides in Mexico with a son, 5, and a daughter, 14.

Carol Burns
Carol Burns, commercial lines account manager

Burns has more than 29 years in the insurance industry and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) certification. She has worked exclusively in commercial lines for agencies in Oneida and Rome, and she is a member and former vice president and secretary for the Utica CPCU chapter. She is also a member of the Insurance Professionals of the Mohawk Valley.

She resides in Lee with her husband, Tom. She has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is a Trusted Choice® agency and employee stock owned company. ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boat, farm, recreational vehicle, workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial planning and risk management services.

Eastern Shore Associates Insurance has offices in Fulton, Pulaski, Phoenix, Camden, Waterloo, Rochester, North Syracuse and Walworth. Call the Fulton office at 598-6000.

Gagas named to Pathfinder Bank board

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Adam C. Gagas

Adam C. Gagas has been elected to the board of directors of Pathfinder Bank, said  Chris R. Burritt, chairman of the board.

The election was effective as of the March 17 Pathfinder Bank board meeting.

Gagas is founder and chief executive officer of Breakwall Asset Management, LLC, a New York State registered investment advisor located in Oswego, New York.

“We are very pleased to announce the election of Adam to our Board of Directors,” said Burritt. “He provides our board with more than 15 years of experience in global financial markets, as well as expertise in asset management and property development.”

“Adam and the Gagas Family have been instrumental in the growth of Pathfinder Bank for decades, and we value the commitment they have always maintained for our Bank’s mission and strategic direction,” Burritt said.

Adam’s father, Chris Gagas, previously served as the bank’s president and CEO, as well as chairman of the board for 18 years.

Prior to establishing Breakwall Asset Management, Gagas was an analyst on teams managing multi-billion dollar portfolios at Skandia Asset Management and Principal Global Investors in New York City.

He was awarded an Alfa Fellowship and completed a yearlong professional placement as an institutional investment analyst at Alfa Capital in Moscow, Russia. He is also the owner/operator of Gagas Realty Corp., a multi-property commercial real estate holding company.

In addition, he is an adjunct instructor of corporate finance in the SUNY Oswego School of Business.

Gagas, who resides in Oswego, earned a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College with majors in economics and Russian studies, and a master’s of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

His extensive community involvement includes serving as treasurer of Oswego Health, chair of that organization’s audit and investment committees, and as a member of the executive committee.

Gagas is also a board member of Oswego’s historic Riverside Cemetery, and has previously held leadership positions with the Oswego YMCA and Oswego Opera Theater.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc. The bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square and Cicero.

2 join Child Advocacy Center

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Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, said Jennifer Delles and Jamie Butler have been accepted as interns at the CAC.

Delles, a graduate student at SUNY Oswego, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nazareth College and is pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling and certification in play therapy.

Butler, also a graduate student at SUNY Oswego, earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from SUNY Brockport and is studying for her master’s degree in mental health counseling and certification in trauma studies.

For Delles, her love of children made the CAC an easy choice for an internship.

“I always enjoyed working with children. I like everything about them; their energy, their enthusiasm, and the fact that they are so resilient. When my professor recommended the CAC for an internship I knew it would be a good fit for me,” said Delles.

While at Nazareth College Delles also served as an intern at the EquiCenter, a therapeutic horseback riding facility in Rochester.

At the EquiCenter, she worked with children with developmental delays and physical disabilities through the use of horses in a therapeutic setting.

“It was interesting to see them interact with the horses. I worked with them on grooming the horses, basic riding and horsemanship skills, games and other activities,” she said.

“It was cool to watch their progress and to see them transition from the ground to the horse. Once they were on the horse they sat up straight and lit right up, they loved being with the horses!” said Delles.

For Butler, her love of art and her concern for children came together quite naturally.

While working as an Ameri-Corps member at a school in Arizona, Butler was involved in program planning and events for children and their families. One of the experiences she had at the school had a significant impact on her.

“One young girl I worked with had several disabilities and found it difficult to connect with other people. When one of the other teachers realized this girl and I both shared a love of art she began sending her to my room,” Butler said.

“ She was very shy and had only drawn with pencils. I brought her some cool stuff to use and a sketchbook and we began spending time drawing together.  She eventually warmed up to me and spoke to me about her family,” she said.

“I really enjoyed working with her and it inspired me to go into the mental health field. I hope to incorporate art into what I do and eventually be certified in art therapy,” said Butler.

As interns at the CAC, Delles and Butler are involved with intakes and will be working closely with children, siblings and their parents.

They will assist in providing therapeutic intervention regarding all types of child abuse and their effects, safety and prevention education, and support to children during their recovery from the experience.

The opportunity to work with entire family unit is as an aspect of the CAC that greatly appealed both of them.

Delles and Butler began their practicum in January and will continue with their internships through the next three semesters.  Damm added the pair are a welcome addition as each brings with them their own unique strengths and talents.

“We are happy that Jennifer and Jamie will be serving their internship with us.  Their past experiences, their willingness to learn, and the compassion they have for the children and families we work with will serve them well,” said Damm.

Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County provides a wide range of free services to children who have been physically or sexually abused and provides a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

For more information on the CAC you may contact them at 315-592-4453, visit their website at www.oswegocac.org, or follow them on Facebook.

Burritt Motors hires Backus

3-22_MILEbackusMorgan Backus joined Burritt Motors recently as a service lane coordinator, said business owner Chris Burritt.

“We’re delighted to add Morgan to our growing service team,” said Burritt. “This newly created position is going to pamper our customers by giving them and their vehicles the utmost personal attention right from the moment they drive into our service department.”

Backus will be in charge of greeting customers, inspecting their vehicles and giving them an overall “wow” experience by being extremely attentive and helpful, Burritt said.

Backus, from Mexico, has two years experience in the automotive industry. She  previously worked as a delivery specialist, certified tech expert and car and leasing salesperson.

Burritt Motors’ history dates back to 1955 in Hannibal when Chris’ grandfather, Elmer O. Burritt, purchased a Chevrolet franchise that he operated until 1963.

To expand in a larger market, Chris’ father, Richard, purchased the assets of a Chevrolet dealership that had been located on Oswego’s East Third Street. About a year later, he built the present dealership on Route 104, which underwent a $2.5 million expansion and renovation last year.

The dealership celebrates its 58th anniversary this year and can be reached at 343-8948, www.burrittmotors.com or www.themechanixgarage.com.

Cato man reenlists in military

Specialist Christopher Kulis from Cato has reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 102nd Military Police Battalion in the New York Army National Guard.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announced the recent reenlistment an commended Kulis on his continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.