CCC Alumni Association Presents Annual Awards

Four graduates of Auburn/Cayuga Community College have been honored by the College’s Alumni Association at the College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 22. The 2016 Alumni Award recipients are John E. Walsh ’65, Col. Thomas J. Powell, USAF (Retired) ’66, Dr. Brian J. Kelly ’95 and Lori A. Cochran ’05.

Alumni Award winner John Walsh’s most visible work, America’s Most Wanted, has helped to capture 1,200 suspects, including individuals on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Lists during its 25-year run. In 2014, he became the host of a documentary-style investigation series, The Hunt with John Walsh, where he details stories of ongoing cases involving fugitives with the intent of expanding searches outside the United State. His work as an advocate and activist in Washington and across the nation address the issues related to missing children, and his advocacy work was key to the passage of the Missing Children’s Act that was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. In 1987 he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Boards and Councils of the Two-Year Colleges of the State University of New York. Walsh has received recognition by the American Legion, the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime, the Federal Bureau of Investigations with the highest civilian award, and the National Parent Teacher’s Association to name a few.

Colonel Thomas Powell, USAF, Retired, served with distinction throughout a 28 year career in the Air Force in the roles of Military Representative to Department of Defense – Explosive Safety Board, Chief – Maintenance Inspection Division, Commander in the Air Force Combat Ammunitions Center and Logistics Officer, to name a few. He spearheaded efforts in Korea, Taiwan, Germany, the Pentagon and bases in the U.S. to streamline logistics activities to ensure the security and availability of munitions and other materiel. These effective logistics delivered men and materiel at the right time under the most difficult, high-stakes situations, which include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also led numerous efforts at home and abroad to coordinate theater-wide logistics activities, reduced vulnerabilities and improved training and operational procedures. His experience includes areas of Project Management, Logistics, Quality Assurance, Safety Analysis and Training and Development. Col. Powell holds a BA from SUNY Albany and an MPA from Southwest Texas University.

Recipient Brian J. Kelly, PhD is a NYS Licensed Psychologist employed by a local nonprofit service agency. He received his Bachelors’ of Science Degree in Health Science from SUNY Cortland, a Master’s Degrees in Health Science and Human Performance from Ithaca College; a Master’s Degree in General Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy – Counseling Psychology from Walden University in Minnesota. Dr. Kelly has provided assistance in multitude of environments including developmental disability, substance abuse, and the mental health field. He has provided geriatric services in nursing homes and for several years has provided a multitude of autism services in three counties. Brian’s strength, determination, and knowledge in the mental health field continues to offer hope to many as he spends countless hours implementing plans, developing treatments and completing the strenuous process of psychological evaluations. He is the recipient of Walden Universities Presidential Fellowship Award and received a research support grant from The Myers-Briggs Foundation.

Lori Cochran was selected as an Alumni Award winner for her civic and volunteer services, as well as her achievements. She has received many academic achievements awards including a Certificates of Merit for her volunteer work. Lori was very active while attending Cayuga Community College where she remained on the Dean’s List from 2002 until graduation and participated with many Student Services including PTK and Academic Support. Lori was named Who’s Who Among Student in American Junior Colleges in 2004. Past services include Cayuga- Oswego Lakes Historical Society, Habitat for Humanities and the ACC/CCC Alumni Association Board of Directors for 10 years, where she chaired the Travel Committee and served as Secretary for one year. She is currently serving on the VFW Post 7127 and the American Red Cross. Lori is the Director of Powers Public Library in Moravia where she has developed an outreach computer program for local seniors, as well as satellite libraries for seniors and homebound patrons.

Established in 1993, Alumni Awards are presented annually to Auburn/Cayuga graduates who have made outstanding contributions in vocational or artistic achievement, volunteer or public service, or assistance to the college. The CCC Alumni Association is proud to add these individuals to the roster of Alumni Award recipients.