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Cayuga Community College announces the addition of two employees

DATE: 03-18-2011

Cayuga Community College recently hired new faculty member and experiential learning coordinator, Sheila Myers of Skaneateles, and public relations director, Margaret Spillett of Fulton.

Sheila Myers accepted the new faculty position of coordinator of experiential learning initiatives at Cayuga Community College in Auburn.

In this role, Myers oversees the college's efforts to enhance and expand on current programs and activities for service learning, internships, and other experiential learning initiatives. She also works with faculty members on infusing experiential learning techniques into the curriculum and on establishing benchmarks and assessment practices. Myers will seek grants and special funding opportunities to support faculty efforts in curriculum development as well as student internships. Eventually, Myers will teach courses related to experiential learning.

"I look forward to working with various faculty and community partners to encourage community partnerships, where Cayuga students are viewed as a community resource," Myers said. "I hope to encourage a culture, in which students seek learning opportunities that correspond with their studies here at Cayuga and in the communities where they live - be that Auburn, Fulton or New York City."

Before joining Cayuga, Myers served for five years as the education coordinator Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute. In that role, she ran the professional development programs for science teachers in the 14-county Finger Lakes region, and also managed the Environmental Ambassadors and the Science on Seneca programs. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, N.Y., and as an educator at the Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus, N.Y.

She earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland and an M.S. at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Margaret Spillett joined Cayuga as its director of public relations and institutional communications.

As part of the executive team, Spillett works closely with the president and campus leaders to strategize and promote the college to all of its audiences. She oversees all external communications, including development, community partnerships, media relations, and social media, as well as serving as the college spokesperson.

For the past five years, she served as the communications director at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, where she oversaw e-communications and generated news releases, the bi-annual school newsletter, recruitment and marketing collaterals, development materials, and a variety of multimedia and printed materials. She served as the co-chair of the iSchool Board of Advisors Branding Subcommittee and represented the iSchool on the international iCaucus Communications/Marketing Committee.

Spillett held positions as an associate editor in the Syracuse University Office of Publications and a staff writer for SU Magazine, and she worked as a newspaper reporter at the Star-Gazette newspaper in Elmira, N.Y.

She earned a B.A. in English from Yale University and is enrolled in the M.S. in Library and Information Science program at Syracuse University.