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Three Cayuga Alums Win Awards at Commencement

DATE: 05-21-2003

They all picked up their diplomas decades ago. But three graduates of Cayuga Community College had prominent roles in this year’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

The trio were called onstage before this year’s graduating seniors, their families, and college faculty and staff to receive 2003 Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association Awards. Each honoree had been selected through a weeks-long nominating process focusing on noteworthy career achievements and community leadership.

Anthony R. Gucciardi ’61 of Auburn went on to earn a bachelor of science degree from SUNY Cortland in 1963. He served for years in the Auburn school system, first as a teacher and later as a principal. Now the director of employment for Unity House in Auburn, he pursues a commitment to assist the mentally and developmentally disabled. As a community volunteer, he has served on the boards of the Cayuga Home for Children, TomatoFest, Pop Warner, RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program), Tyburn Academy, Sacred Heart Parish Council, YMCA, and Martin Point Home Association. He also provides volunteer assistance for ACC/CCC Alumni Association events.

Gucciardi recently received the 2003 L. Robert Ciota Employee of the Year Award, in the category of mental retardation and development services. The prestigious New York State achievement award was presented by Governor Pataki.

Lloyd E. Hoskins ’74 of Auburn, executive director of the Cayuga County Youth Bureau, uses his daily contact with young people and his many civic committee memberships to promote education in general and his first alma mater in particular. Hoskins has received the Services to Youth Award of the New York State Division for Youth, and the Outstanding Youth Services Award of the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus.

Continuing his own education at the State University of New York at Oswego, Hoskins earned a bachelor’s degree in public justice, a master’s degree in management, and an MBA. His volunteer activities have benefited the Aurelius Fire Department, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Cayuga County Stop DWI, Cayuga Country Traffic Safety, New York State Defenders Association, Assigned Counsel Program, Cayuga County Services Coalition, Youth Court, and Auburn Drug Treatment Court.

Michael K. Trapani ’76 of Auburn, president of The Jacobs Press, a printing company in Auburn, serves on the boards of trustees of Auburn Memorial Hospital, the Cayuga County Industrial Development Foundation, and the Cayuga Museum. He has also served on the boards of organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Leadership Cayuga, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Auburn.

A long-time supporter of Cayuga Community College and its alumni association and foundation, Trapani went on after Cayuga to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Le Moyne College. He is a certified graphic arts executive with the National Association for Printing Leadership. He received the first Mayor’s Award for Business Excellence in Auburn in 1995. A year later, he was given the Sam Walton Business Leader Award by the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce.