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New Faculty, Staff Join Cayuga CC in Auburn, Fulton

DATE: 07-21-2010

Cayuga Community College is welcoming several new faculty and staff members to its Auburn and Fulton campuses to replace recent retirees and meet rising enrollment demands.

  • Philip J. Addabbo, CPA, of Marcellus, is an instructor of business and accounting for the Fulton campus. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY College at Buffalo and a master's degree in accounting from Syracuse University. Addabbo has served as controller or chief financial officer for several Syracuse-based companies, and has taught accounting and business as an adjunct instructor for Cayuga.
  • Nicole Z. Adsitt of Syracuse, coordinator of developmental studies, has a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology from Nazareth College and a master's degree in higher education from Syracuse University. Before this appointment, Adsitt was director of academic support services for Le Moyne College. Her prior experience includes supervision of learning communities and residence halls in higher education settings.
  • Ngoc Anna P. Huynh, Ph.D., of Chicago, is an instructor of psychology for the Auburn campus. She earned both her doctorate in experimental social cultural psychology and her master's degree in experimental psychology from DePaul University, and holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from SUNY College at Oswego. She has been an adjunct instructor of psychology at DePaul, teaching introductory, developmental, social, cultural, experiential and multicultural courses.
  • Melissa R. Johnson of Manlius, instructor of art for the Auburn campus, holds a BFA and an MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in rural sociology from Cornell University. She has been an adjunct instructor in several studio art disciplines for area colleges including Cayuga, has exhibited widely, and has served on thesis review panels for Wells College and Syracuse University.
  • Patrick L. McPeak of Syracuse, director of student development, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Le Moyne College and a master's degree in counselor education from Syracuse University. His employment background in higher education includes student events and organizations, student conduct, judicial affairs and intercollegiate athletics.
  • Vita Marie Racko of LaFayette, student development counselor for the Fulton campus, has a bachelor's degree in psychology and French from Le Moyne College and a master's degree in community counseling from the University of Scranton. Racko has provided academic advising as well as personal, career and transfer counseling in university and community college settings.
  • Nathaniel R. Thomas of Harrisburg, Pa., psychology instructor for the Fulton campus, received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Coastal Carolina University and a master's degree in experimental psychology from Syracuse University. He has been a lecturer in statistics and behavioral, comparative and developmental psychology at Syracuse University and a graduate teaching assistant in the psychology laboratories.
  • Amy Valente of Victor, instructor of business for the Auburn campus, earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY University at Albany and her MBA from St. John Fisher College. In the private sector, Valente has been involved in software engineering and online business development. As an adjunct instructor for Finger Lakes Community College, she has taught business courses on-campus and online.