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CCC Alumni Awards 2007

DATE: 07-16-2007

Three graduates of Cayuga Community College have been honored by the college's Alumni Association as 2007 recipients of the annual Alumni Awards.

Roberta C. Bellnier of Moravia, a 1989 graduate, attended Cayuga while working there as a principal stenographer. After earning her degree in liberal arts, she continued her employment with the college until her retirement in 1995. Bellnier has served on the Alumni Association board of directors since 1998; currently she is also board secretary.

Bellnier co-edits the alumni newsletter and has served on and chaired several alumni committees. She helped launch the annual Antique Appraisal Fair at the Auburn campus and recently has been active in recruiting over 30 alumni ambassadors for future outreach and volunteer activities. A graduate of Holy Family High School, Bellnier joined her husband, Paul Bellnier, in co-chairing a Holy Family reunion committee whose successful fund-raiser led to an endowed Cayuga Community College scholarship for descendents of Holy Family alumni.

James J. Vivenzio of Auburn earned a degree from Cayuga in business administration in 1972, and a second degree in electrical technology in 1989. He also holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Empire State College and a Master's in Library Science from Syracuse University. An employee of the college since 1979, Vivenzio currently serves as coordinator of electronic media services. He oversees equipment, services and training for instructional technology used by Cayuga faculty and students, along with sound and telephone systems for the Auburn and Fulton campuses.

Vivenzio has served on the Syracuse University Central New York Alumni Club Board of Directors and as Central New York Regional Director for the SUNY Educational Technology Officer's Association. Volunteering in the community, he has designed websites for area churches and youth groups, and he directed the Saint Mary's CYO basketball and cheerleading programs from 1997 to 2005.

Edward F. (Ted) Herrling of Auburn earned a degree in liberal arts from Cayuga in 1972, followed by a bachelor's degree in human services from SUNY College at Brockport in 1974. He has served as the director of the Cayuga County Employment and Training Department since its inception in 1979. He assisted in launching the Cayuga Works Career Center, a multi-agency workforce development office that opened in 2003 in the James T. Walsh Regional Economic Center on the Cayuga Community College campus. This one-stop hub fosters economic development in Cayuga County by bringing together a variety of services to meet the needs of prospective employers and employees.

Herrling has served on the boards of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals, New York Employment and Training Institute, Cayuga County Youth Bureau, Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency, and Cayuga-Cortland Workforce Investment initiative.