Three Cayuga Community College Staff Members Named ‘Campus Angels’ by On Point for College for their Commitment to Low-Income and First Generation Students

Cayuga Community College is pleased to announce the selection of three staff members as “Campus Angels” by On Point for College. Nicole Adsitt, coordinator of transitional studies, Judith Miladin, recently-retired financial aid director, and Jeffrey Rosenthal, Cayuga’s vice president for student affairs, were honored as a top-three team from the organization’s network of 216 universities and colleges for their dedication and service to low-income and first generation students.

On Point for College Founder and Executive Director Ginny Donohue commends Adsitt, Miladin and Rosenthal for their service to and compassion for these underserved students, saying they “have been a consistent and dedicated liaison to On Point’s counseling staff, helping to resolve issues that impede the success of students.”

On Point for College was founded in 1999 from the trunk of Donohue’s car with the objectives of opening the door to higher education for the inner city youth; breaking down the barriers that hinder potential students from entering college; and providing support that empowers them to succeed. Today, the organization has 22 employees and 188 volunteers and counts more than 5,000 students among its clients — 2,254 of those are currently enrolled in college.

“The foundation of community colleges is the commitment to access for all students who wish to pursue an education and expand their career possibilities,” said Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque, Cayuga’s interim president. “That commitment aligns with the mission of On Point for College, and I am pleased this invaluable community organization has recognized three of our staff members for their collaborative efforts and support of students who wish to better their quality of life.”

On Point helps youth to get into college, stay there and succeed afterwards. Staff and volunteers help students complete forms and secure financial aid. They transport them to college, visit them as needed to help keep them on track, attend their graduations and assist with job searches. Campus Angels help On Point representatives to effectively assist these students as they work to overcome obstacles to obtain higher education.

Tiffany Rush, an On Point program director, describe the Cayuga team as being “instrumental in removing barriers that may be in place for these students and always lending extra effort to help work out the challenges our students face.”

Adsitt, Miladin and Rosenthal will receive their award at On Point’s 2014 Celebration on May 2 in Syracuse, N.Y.