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Cayuga CC Alumni Association Honors Four

DATE: 05-25-2010

At an Alumni Awards brunch held in Auburn on May 23, three Cayuga Community College graduates and a long-time member of the college community were honored by the college's Alumni Association. Later that day, the four were recognized at the college Commencement ceremony. The 2010 Alumni Awards went to Carol A. MacKenzie of Weedsport, Cathleen C. McColgin of Skaneateles and John C. Rossi of Auburn. The association's Distinguished Service Award was given to Daniel Labeille of Skaneateles.

A 1974 graduate, MacKenzie returned to Cayuga as an employee in 1996. She has served since then as administrative assistant with the Cayuga Community College Foundation. MacKenzie coordinates Foundation responsibilities including receipt of all donations in support of college programs and services, administering the college endowment and publishing the annual report, distributing 300 scholarships annually to Cayuga students, supporting cultural and civic programming on the campus, and conducting fund-raising campaigns to benefit the college. In 2006 and in 2009, MacKenzie received the college's Educational Support Professionals Excellence Award.

McColgin has been provost and senior vice president of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse since 2008. A 1986 graduate of Cayuga's nursing program, she completed her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Syracuse University. In 1988 McColgin returned to Cayuga as coordinator of the nursing laboratory. During her 20 years of employment with the college, she served in a series of instructional and administrative roles, becoming a nursing professor and later the provost of the Fulton campus, as it evolved into a SUNY-designated branch campus offering complete degree programs. In 2005 McColgin received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Rossi, a 1958 graduate, maintains a private law practice in Auburn and has served since 2007 as corporation counsel for the City of Auburn. In 1964 he earned his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University, was admitted to the New York State bar and founded his current practice. In the local and statewide public sector, he has served as attorney for the Auburn Urban Renewal Agency, assistant district attorney for Cayuga County, associate counsel to joint legislative committees of the New York State Senate and Assembly, and first associate counsel to the speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Labeille came to Auburn Community College in 1966 as an instructor of French. He later founded the theatre and radio/television programs, went on to serve as full professor and chair and was instrumental in developing the college's annual London theatre program. In 1982, Labeille helped create the Cayuga Community College Foundation to cultivate donor support for the college. He would later serve for 17 years as the Foundation's executive director and for six years on its Board of Directors. In 1997 the Foundation established the Daniel C. Labeille Artist in Residence grant program to honor his service.

About the awards: Since 1993, the Alumni Association has presented annual awards for outstanding contributions in vocational or artistic achievement, volunteer or public service, or assistance to the college.