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Cayuga Community College Hosts Free 50th Birthday Party

DATE: 09-11-2003

The public is invited to a free picnic on Saturday evening, September 20, with live music, fun doings for kids, and a fireworks show, on the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College.

Picknickers can munch on free hot dogs to the tunes of Soda Ash Six, while kids enjoy face painting and a jumping tent. The fireworks show at dusk will be presented by Auburn/Telstar Display Fireworks of Auburn.

The celebration will kick off the college's 50th anniversary, and mark the first of a series of events planned to celebrate its landmark 2003?4 year. Cayuga was founded in 1953 as Auburn Community College. Sixty-nine students formed the freshman class in a former elementary school on James Street, the college's home until 1959.

With a record enrollment of 3,000 students, an extension center in Fulton, and a newly opened building on the Franklin Street campus this year, “There's a lot to celebrate,” said Vicki Condie, director of the college's nursing program and chair of the 50th anniversary committee. Plans for the year include the commissioning of a sculpture for the main building entrance and a gala dinner dance at commencement time in May.

Already unveiled is a crossword puzzle contest on the college's website (, quizzing entrants on Cayuga history and trivia. The prize, a one-year, full-tuition scholarship, was funded by the college's alumni association and proceeds of an employee golf tournament. The contest winner will be announced at the kickoff picnic, but need not be present to win.