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Four Honored by Cayuga CC Alumni Association

DATE: 05-22-2006

At Sunday's 52nd commencement ceremony, four past graduates of Cayuga Community College received 2006 Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association Awards. Their names will be added to a perpetual plaque in the main lobby of the college's Auburn campus.

Frederick P. Falsey ?76 followed his associate's degree in math and science from the then Auburn Community College with a bachelor of science degree from SUNY College at Geneseo, and is employed as a sanitary chemist with the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection. Now in his 10th year on the college's alumni association board of directors, Falsey is involved in long-range planning and has served as president, chair and member of various committees. He has assisted in several popular charter trips offered by the association to the public. He is an active volunteer with Eagle Scout program of the Boy Scouts of America and with the Captain Myles Keogh Great Race held annually in Auburn.

Karen E. Merritt ?77 holds an associate's degree in criminal justice from Cayuga and a bachelor of arts degree from SUNY Oswego. As part-time career services assistant at Cayuga, she serves as that office's liaison with area employers. Now in her 12th year of service on the alumni association board of directors, Merritt has served as president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, and has participated in numerous administrative and event committees.

Since 1993, Merritt has been a director of Unity House of Cayuga County, a human service agency, including terms as board president and chair of the Special Incident Review committee. Unity House elected her the 1995 Board Member of the Year and in 2002 gave her the Silver Anniversary Award for exemplary service.

Deborah L. Purcell ?98 holds liberal arts degrees from Cayuga in mathematics and science and in humanities and social sciences. She has been employed at the college since 1999 as secretary in the alumni affairs office, and also assists in other administrative and public-contact areas on campus.

Purcell's volunteer activities for the alumni association have spanned athletic events, the holiday open house, Adopt-A-Highway, holiday craft fair, and Memorial Day events. Together with her family, she is active in the community's annual Halloween-season charity fundraising.

Jason J. Roche ?88 followed his telecommunications and liberal arts degrees from Cayuga with bachelor's and master's degrees from SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University. Formerly with the WSYR-TV news team in Syracuse, Roche has taught broadcasting courses at Cayuga and is now an assistant professor of English/Communication at Le Moyne College.

Roche won the Le Moyne College 2003 Dean's Award for Educating for Justice in the Arts and Sciences Classroom. He produced an award-winning half-hour video documentary used by the American Cancer Society to promote Relay for Life events in Central New York. While with WSYR, he received the 2000 Edward R. Murrow National Award for Overall Excellence and several Telly awards, including one in 2001 for coverage of the Empire State Games.