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National Champions 

Onondaga’s men’s lacrosse team completed another record-breaking season when it defeated Nassau Community College 15-11 to win the NJCAA National Championship. It was Onondaga’s fifth consecutive title and seventh in the last eight years. The championship game victory was Onondaga’s 70th win in a row, the longest winning streak in the history of college lacrosse at any level. Since starting lacrosse in 2002, Onondaga’s overall record is 205 wins and only 17 losses.

consecutive national titles

7 national titles in 8 years

70 straight wins
and counting...

205 wins

17 losses
since program inception in 2002




  • General EllisHistory on Campus 

General Ellis Cemetery has been restored and preserved by Onondaga Community College with the help of generous donors. The cemetery is located on a hillside above Onondaga Road, across the street from Mulroy Hall, as indicated by a blue historical marker on the shoulder of the road. A ceremony commemorating the cemetery’s restoration was held in June.

The cemetery is named after General John Ellis, who moved to Onondaga Hill when it was a wilderness. He was a Revolutionary War veteran who came here in the 1780s from Massachusetts. The first burial in the cemetery was recorded in 1798.

The headstones were removed, repaired, and restored by Sweet-Woods Memorials of Phoenix, NY. Before and after pictures show how deteriorated and damaged the headstones were. Other site restoration included repairing ground cover and correcting erosion, removing and pruning trees, and restoring the black wrought iron fencing that surrounds the cemetery to its original look.

Several groups collaborated on the restoration project including the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution and its local chapters: Betsy Baldwin Chapter, District O-Central New York Roundtable, Fayettevile-Owahgena Chapter, General Asa Danforth Chapter; Onondaga staff; Sons of the American Revolution Oriskany Battle and Syracuse Chapters; and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.




Celebrating Success 

Onondaga’s 2012 and 2013 “Alumni Faces” were honored for their achievements and contributions to the community at an event titled “A Celebration of Success.” The event was held inside the SRC Arena and Events Center. The 2012 honorees included:

Sandra L. Baker ’80

Director of Business Development at Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. in Baldwinsville. Former Baldwinsville Village Trustee and Onondaga County Legislator.


Deraux Branch '88

President, Branch’s Driving School, Inc.


Kathleen N. Lagrow ’79

CEO/Owner, Learn As You Grown Child Care Centers.


Arthur H. Rees ’78

Former Vice President, Business Services, National Grid.


Marcia Rees Conrad ’72

President, MConrad Architect.


Nikolas Tamurian ’05

Sports Anchor and Reporter at the television stations of CNY Central.





2013 honorees included:


Miles M. Bottrill, '82

Director of Development at Syracuse University’s College of Law.


Samuel D. Roberts, '00 and '01

New York State Assemblyman representing the 128th District.


Dolores “Lor” A. Speach, ’67

Retired educator, counselor and administrator.




Alumni Faces 





Student Profile: Dave Corbett '13 - Fire Protection Technology

Dave Corbett

"I got my college
and turned 62
in the same year."

Life keeps getting better for retired Syracuse firefighter David Corbett, who achieved two significant milestones within a three day span in the month of May. “I got my college diploma on the and turned 62 in the same year. How many people can say that,” said Corbett.

Corbett is a 62-year-old retired Syracuse Fire Department Lieutenant whose long road to a degree actually began in 1969 when he started taking classes at Onondaga. Life events derailed full-time pursuit of his education, but through the years he kept taking a class here and a class there.

In 2008 Corbett retired from the fire department and focused on getting his college degree. He selected a major he had spent his professional career in: Fire Protection Technology. The Department Chair, Doug Whittaker, is also a retired firefighter. Whittaker remembered meeting Corbett when Whittaker was a rookie and how Corbett always talked to him about safety on the job. “It must have worked,” Whittaker said. “I’m still here today!”






Students from 57 different countries are among the college's nearly 13,000 students.

Students from 57 different countries 




Proud American

Proud to be a New American 

Patriotism and pride filled Storer Auditorium when 63 people from 34 countries were sworn-in as American citizens. Three Onondaga students were among them: Ibrahim Samuka Aliyou Sirleaf Haidara from Liberia, Lasan Aboulayee Kenneh from Liberia, and Mawata Kenneh from Cote D’Ivoire. A 2012 Onondaga alumna, Judith Yap from Jamaica, was also sworn-in. New York State Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak presided over the ceremony. Vocalist Courtney Beaton, an Onondaga alumna and graduate of East Syracuse Minoa High School, along with her father, guitarist Alec Beaton, performed patriotic songs at the event. The November ceremony was one of the highlights of International Education Week festivities on campus. Onondaga’s student body has a very diverse and global composition. Among the College’s nearly 13,000 students are representatives of 57 different countries.




Student with Sculpture

Arts Across Campus 

The annual Arts Across Campus calendar was highlighted by the installation of two new sculptures on campus: “Reticulum” and “Signature.”

“Reticulum” is the creation of 2007 Onondaga alum Jason Roth. His one ton sculpture is made of corten steel, is 31 feet long, and stands 9 feet 9 inches high. “Reticulum” is located in between the Gordon Student Center, the SRC Arena and Event Center, and the Whitney Applied Technology Center.

“Signature” is made by Rainer Maria Wehner, an artist from Munich, Germany. It stands at the west end of the Whitney Applied Technology Center near the bridge over the gorge.

The addition of “Reticulum” and “Signature” brought the list of sculptures on campus to 14, all of which can be viewed at

The Arts Across Campus series of high quality cultural and arts programming included numerous music performances and art shows. The highlight of the annual Legends of Jazz Series was a concert by the Pat Metheny Unity Band.




  • Athletic SuccessAthletics Success 

Championship Teams

  • Men’s Cross Country – Finished 4th in Region III, qualified for the national championship meet and finished 11th overall.
  • Women’s Cross Country – Finished 5th in Region III.
  • Men’s Soccer – Qualified for the Region III tournament for the second season in a row.
  • Men’s Basketball – Qualified for the post-season for the 13th consecutive season and earned the #9 seed in the Region III tournament.
  • Women’s Basketball – Won both the Mid-State Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships and finished the season ranked #7 nationally. The team has won 60 consecutive home games over four seasons.
  • Men’s Baseball – Qualified for post-season play for the second year in a row.
  • Men’s Golf – Won its 2nd Mid-State Athletic Conference championship in three seasons.
  • Men’s Lacrosse – Won its 5th straight national championship, 7th overall, and set a national college lacrosse record with its 70th win in a row.
  • Women’s Lacrosse – Advanced to the national semifinals and finished the season with a 12-3 record.
  • Women’s Softball – Qualified for the Region III championships for the second year in a row and tied a school record with 26 wins in a season.
  • Men’s Tennis – Won the Region III championship for the 3rd consecutive season and 6th of the last 7. The team advanced to the national championship tournament where it finished 6th.

Championship Student-Athletes

  • Sophie-Louise Jackson (women’s soccer and softball) from Marcellus was named a recipient of the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence after achieving a cumulative 4.0 grade point average.
  • The following student-athletes earned the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement for achieving a grade point average greater than 3.8: Jessica Emanuelli (cross country) from West Genesee, Ryan Gavin (men’s basketball) from Onondaga Central, Jenna Johnson (women’s basketball) from Tully, Lincoln Liesemeyer (men’s lacrosse) from Punahou, Garrett Sisson (men’s basketball) from Mohonasen, and Krystal Tyrrell (women’s soccer) from Faith Heritage.
  • Joanna Armstrong (cross country) from Fayetteville-Manlius was named a recipient of the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement after achieving a cumulative grade point average of greater than a 3.6.

The following student-athletes were selected to the Region III All Region Academic Team for completing a minimum of 45 credit hours with a minimum 3.5 GPA: 

  • Joanna Armstrong (cross country) of Fayetteville-Manlius
  • Kathryne Burke (women’s lacrosse) of Baldwinsville
  • Austin Chandler (men’s golf) of Camden
  • Jessica Emanuelli (cross country) of West Genesee
  • Ryan Gavin (men’s basketball) of Onondaga Central
  • Sophie-Louise Jackson (women’s soccer & softball) of Marcellus
  • Jenna Johnson (women’s basketball) of Tully
  • Lincoln Liesemeyer (men’s lacrosse) of Punahou
  • Katherine O’Hara (women’s lacrosse of Bishop Ludden
  • Garrett Sisson (men’s basketball) of Mohonasen
  • Krystal Tyrrell (women’s soccer) of Faith Heritage
  • Brett Williams (men’s lacrosse) of Fulton
  • Ryan Van Patten (baseball) of Christian Brothers Academy.