SUNY Oswego names new extended learning dean

Pippin
Pippin

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.”

 

Hannibal Democrats plan chicken barbecue

The Hannibal Democratic Committee’s annual chicken barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone) Sunday May 4  at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. Take outs are available. Advance sale tickets are available and recommended. For information or tickets call: 564-5658 or 564-5630. Preparing for the upcoming chicken barbecue in Hannibal are, pictured from left to right, standing Dan Mahaney, town highway superintendent and Gordon Prosser, committee chair;  seated Rita Hooper, Judy Prosser and Becky Corvick.
The Hannibal Democratic Committee’s annual chicken barbecue will be held from noon to 3 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone) Sunday May 4 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal. Take outs are available. Advance sale tickets are available and recommended. For information or tickets call: 564-5658 or 564-5630. Preparing for the upcoming chicken barbecue in Hannibal are, pictured from left to right, standing Dan Mahaney, town highway superintendent and Gordon Prosser, committee chair; seated Rita Hooper, Judy Prosser and Becky Corvick.

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.

Maroun Elementary students help make Easter baskets

Galena Ojiem, of Phoenix, founder of Hikers for the Homeless, shows off some of the toiletry items and other merchandise collected to fill Easter baskets made by third-graders from Maroun Elementary in Phoenix. The baskets will be given at shelters and to homeless in Syracuse on Easter morning.
Galena Ojiem, of Phoenix, founder of Hikers for the Homeless, shows off some of the toiletry items and other merchandise collected to fill Easter baskets made by third-graders from Maroun Elementary in Phoenix. The baskets will be given at shelters and to homeless in Syracuse on Easter morning.

Hikers for the Homeless has partnered with Maroun Elementary in Phoenix and Catholic Charities in Syracuse to brighten Easter for some of Syracuse’s poorest residents with an Easter basket giveaway.

The third-graders at Maroun Elementary made paper Easter baskets and also collected items to be placed in the baskets.

Hikers for the Homeless will fill the baskets with washcloths, soap, shampoo, lotion, wipes/tissues, chapstick, toothbrushes, toothpaste and, of course, candy and Easter treats.

The 123 baskets will be passed out on Easter morning at two Catholic Charities shelters in Syracuse – one that houses women and one for women and children.

The 76 residents here will also be receiving multicolor carnations. The remaining baskets will be given to John Tomino with In My Father’s Kitchen to be passed out when he distributes lunches to those living under bridges in Syracuse.

Any remaining will be given to refugees during his April 26 giveaway.

Sponsors of the event are Guignard’s Flowers, Adirondackmama.com blog and Sandy Pratt Photography.

Maroun Elementary collected more than 1,200 items pictured below and Hikers collected $365 in donations from 12 individual donors, which was used to purchase additional supplies for the baskets.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars to have pulled pork barbecue dinner

Kathy Gilbert, Sue Bartoszewski and Louis Gilbert prepare for barbecue to raise money for the Hannibal Dollars for Scholars
Kathy Gilbert, Sue Bartoszewski and Louis Gilbert prepare for the barbecue to raise money for the Hannibal Dollars for Scholars
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is hosting a pulled pork barbecue from noon to 3:30 p.m. (or until sold out) Saturday May 10 at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street in Hannibal.  
The barbecue will include pulled pork with a kaiser roll, cole slaw, salt potatoes, baked beans and dessert.  Take-out dinners will be available.  Pre-sale tickets are available. Visit the chapter website at hannibal.dollarsforscholars.org and email one of the chapter contacts, or phone 564-5630.
 
All proceeds from the dinner will be used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Hannibal High School.  In 2013 the chapter provided thirteen scholarships of $500 each to Hannibal students.  
 
Hannibal Dollars for Scholars is a chapter of the national organization Dollars for Scholars. Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, is a national umbrella program that includes over 1,100 locally-based, volunteer-driven chapters in nearly 3,500 communities across the United States. Dollars for Scholars partners with nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools to help maximize the impact of financial aid from our organization.  Many have matching fund agreements, allowing our locally raised dollars to be doubled for students attending these schools.

 

 

In And Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

The Hannibal Sports Boosters is conducting a lottery ticket drawing to raise funds to support the Hannibal athletics program.

The group anticipates selling 1,000 tickets. Each ticket sold will then be eligible to win $50 a day for the month of May using the New York State daily lottery number drawn each evening.

An individual who purchases a $5 ticket will have 31 chances of winning during the month of May.

Their will be four bonus days — Wednesdays during May. The winning ticket on those days will receive an additional bonus of $50.

Only those over 18 are permitted to sell the tickets. Tickets will be sold at the IGA/Village Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Mark Lafurney at 374-8806 or email: mark.lafurney@eaglebev.com

April 21 at 4 p.m. is the deadline to submit petitions to run by the Hannibal Board of Education.

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon.  The center opens at 10 for those who like to work on puzzles, read the paper or just have a chat over coffee.

The center is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, April 21 —  Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, vegetable blend, juice, pudding.

Wednesday — Turkey sloppy Joe, baked beans, cole slaw, mixed fruit

Friday — Chicken breast with mushroom sauce, rice pilaf, vegetable blend, cookie

Activities: Monday — Wii bowling and other games; Wednesday — games, bingo after lunch; Friday — shuffleboard, games

Voting for the Hannibal Free Library trustees will take place April 21 during the day and prior to the library’s annual meeting at 6:15 p.m. April 21. There are three trustee seats open on the library board.

Hannibal Elderberries, Hannibal’s première Senior Citizen group, will meet at 6 p.m. this Tuesday at the Community Center (Library) on Oswego Street for a covered dish dinner. They expect to see an influx of snowbirds!  Please bring your own table service and dish to pass.  If you’ve never been before, this just might be the time.

Speaking of snowbirds, I imagine the Jammers will be starting up soon…haven’t heard an exact date yet, but my guess will be the first Monday in May at the Legion.  As soon as I know, I’ll confirm the date!

Music Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the high school library.

The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary will be holding their last Breakfast Buffet until September from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27 at the Hannibal Fire House, Oswego Street.

There will be a Community-wide Yard Sale in the Hannibal area beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

Last year we had 27 sales – all offering many bargains! If you wish to participate and would like your sale placed on the master list, call 564-6410 and provide your street address and phone number by Sunday, April 27.

If you will have ‘special’ sale content like tools, antiques, sports equipment, or if multiple-families are participating, please note that also. (There is no need to provide your name.) Multiple copies of the master list will be available for the buying public at the Community Center (library) at 8 a.m. the day of the sale.

Presbyterian Women of Cayuga-Syracuse will meet at 9:45 a.m. May 3 at First United Church in Fulton. Rita Hooper will be presenting a program on her Mission trip to Appalachia last year. In the afternoon there will be a ‘hands on’ project for the gals to work on while viewing a CD on the Brethren Center including SERVV and Church World Service. For luncheon reservations, call 706-3564.

The Oswego Association of American Baptist Women will meetifor dinner May 5 at the Baptist Church in Pulaski. Registration is 6:15, dinner at 6:30. For reservations, call Colleen at 298-5265 by May 1.

Home and School will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 6 at Fairley School room 30.

From 1 to 3 p.m. May 10, North Volley Methodist Church, (corner of County Routes 4 and 6 in Volney) will host a gospel concert featuring the Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass. They will also have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a plant sale, bake sale and lunch will be available too! The concert is free; a free will offering will be received to pay the musicians.

The public hearing for the 2014-15 Hannibal school board will be at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the board room in the high school.

The Friends of the Library have a new drawing basket called Just Frogin’ Around, all things frog. Includes a fountain, garden ornament, calculator, wrapping paper and more. The drawing is May 13.

Rita Hooper  706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

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

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