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OCC's Media Relations

We're happy to work with local and media outlets to promote our students and faculty, encourage community engagement, and answer questions

Media Contact

OCC's Communication Coordinator, Roger Mirabito, researches, writes, and distributes stories for all campus publications. He's also the media contact for press releases, TV stations, and newspapers.

Roger is always happy to facilitates media relations for inquiries, schedule interviews, and help with live event coverage.

To reach him, email [email protected] or call (315) 498-2054.

Roger Mirabito

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Onondaga Community College at a Glance

Onondaga Community College is a two-year college located on a 280-acre campus in Syracuse, NY. OCC operates under the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are available on campus through the Regional Higher Education Center. OCC is an Achieving the Dream college and has been named a “Military Friendly” school by G.I. Jobs Magazine for its service to student veterans. The College’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility has earned it recognition as one of “The 10 Best Green Schools in America” by The Knowledge Review, a “Green College” by the Princeton Review, a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club and a “Sustainable Campus” by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. A report titled “The Economic Value of Onondaga Community College” shows students enjoy an attractive 21.7% rate of return on their educational investment. For every dollar of support from state and local governments, taxpayers see a return of $3.90 on their investments. The annual average rate of return for taxpayers is 9.3%. OCC’s 17 athletics teams have won 16 national championships.

President: Dr. Casey Crabill

Location: Main Campus – 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse OCC @ Liverpool – Route 57, Liverpool.

Enrollment: More than 9,000 full-time and part-time students. Degree and Coursework: Nearly 50 associate degree and certificate programs in majors such as Mathematics & Science, Business Administration, Humanities and Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Mechanical Technology, Electrical Technology, and Nuclear Technology. Day, evening, weekend, online and extension courses are offered.

Transfer: OCC has dozens of transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities. Students can also pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on the Onondaga campus through the Regional Higher Education Center located in Mulroy Hall. The College has “2+2 Partnership” agreements with Keuka College, Le Moyne College, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Morrisville, and SUNY Potsdam. Student Services: Student Central (incorporating admissions, registration, advisement, counseling, financial aid and other core enrollment and student services in one location), career and transfer counseling, nationally accredited Children’s Learning Center, Career Center, Education Opportunity Program, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Office of Accessibility Resources, Office of Veterans’ Affairs, the Learning Center tutoring facility, and Community Care Hub which assists students with challenging life situations.

Student Life: Four state-of-the-art residence halls provide Living Learning Communities for more than 800 students. The “Lazer Line” shuttle service provides students transportation across campus. More than 25 student clubs and organizations include an award-winning chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Association. The on-campus Southwest YMCA provides student memberships at no additional cost with a valid LAZERCARD ID.

Athletics: OCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletics Association. The Lazers have won 16 national championships in Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Tennis and Men’s Basketball. The College’s 17 athletic teams include: Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball.

2019-20 Tuition (Onondaga County Residents):

Full-time: $2,495 per semester

Part-time: $208 per credit hour

Residence Hall Single: $7,270 per year

Double: $6,270 per year

Triple: $5,470 per year

Financial Aid: More than 85% of Onondaga students receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans or scholarships through the OCC Foundation. Aid may be available for students who carry at least six credit hours and are matriculated in a program of study.

Accreditation: OCC is accredited by the Middle State Commission of Higher Education and approved and registered with the New York State Department of Education.


Climate & Weather - Martin M. Martino 

(315) 498- 2476 I [email protected]

Professor Martino has taught Meteorology at Onondaga Community College since 2004. He holds a Master of Science in Meteorology from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. He spent 20 years in the United States Air Force where he worked as a Weather Officer, providing valuable weather information to service men and women in the field. He also taught meteorology to West Point Cadets at the United States Military Academy before coming to OCC. 

 

Computers & Internet Security - Sheila Sicilia 

(315) 498- 7218 I [email protected]

Sheila Sicilia began teaching at Onondaga Community College in 2002. She is a Professor of Computer Studies whose areas of expertise includes computers and internet security. Sicilia holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and a master’s from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked as a Computer Programmer, Web Developer, Systems Analyst, Tech Support and R&D analyst. She has interests in teaching Computer Literacy, Computer Concepts, IT Support, Computer Programming, Web Development and MIDI Applications. She has credentials as a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD); CompTIA A+ (tech support) Certification. 

 

Food Safety - Nancy Rissler 

[email protected] 

Professor Rissler has taught food safety classes at OCC since 2016. She is a ServSafe Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor with Allergen Certificate. She is also an expert in Restaurant OSHA Safety and is a Security Certified Instructor. She teaches food safety procedures to clients through her consulting business, Make Fresh Food. She earned a bachelor’s from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s from the University of Vermont and has done graduate coursework in nutrition and hospitality management at Syracuse University. Previously she instructed food science in the Nutrition and Hospitality Department at Syracuse University. After a decade of teaching, she retired from S.U. and worked on developing new products for New Hope Mills and their nationally-recognized ‘private label’ customers. 

 

Health Information Security - Karen Fabrizio 

(315) 498- 2176 I [email protected]

Karen Fabrizio has taught Health Information Technology and related courses at Onondaga Community College since 1988. She has industry experience as a Medical Record Administrator and HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer at Van Duyn Home and Hospital, and as a Medical Data Services Manager at Community General Hospital. She continues to serve as a medical consultant for facilities across the country and has published related books. Fabrizio earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from the SUNY Institute of Technology. 

 

Nuclear Industry - Woody Everett 

(315) 498- 2770 I [email protected]

Woody Everett began teaching students at Onondaga Community College in 2004. He is a Professor of Applied Engineering Technology and coordinator of the college’s Nuclear Technology degree program. Everett holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s from the University of Kentucky. Classes he has taught includes Introduction to Alternative Residential Energy Systems, Circuits, Digital Electronics, Introduction to Microprocessors, Mathematics for Technical Disciplines, Intermediate Algebra with Applications and Automotive Electronics. 

 

Odds of Winning the Lottery - Mike Oppedisano 

(315) 498- 2648 I [email protected]

Professor Oppedisano has taught Mathematics at Onondaga Community College since 2004. He teaches all levels of Mathematics. His primary focus is Calculus and Differential Equations. In 2012 he received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Rochester. Before coming to OCC he taught Mathematics at Morrisville State College for 12 years. 

 

Opioids & Addiction - Dr. Ednita M. Wright

(315) 498- 2648 I [email protected]

Dr. Wright has taught Human Services and teacher Education at Onondaga Community College since 2004. She is a licensed social worker and a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. She holds a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Interdisciplinary Social Science Program at Syracuse University. She obtained a master of social work from Syracuse University and a bachelor of science in human services from Empire State College. 

 

Politics & Government - Nina Tamrowski 

(315) 498- 2022 I [email protected]

Professor Tamrowski has taught Political Science at Onondaga Community College since 1993. She holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from SUNY Brockport. She has completed Ph.D. comprehensive exams at Syracuse University. She is active in the Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC), which represents SUNY’s community college faculty to the SUNY system. She served as president of the FCCC from 2015-19 and served as a SUNY Trustee for the same period. 

 

Sustainability - Sean Vormwald 

(315) 498- 2847 I [email protected]

Sean Vormwald is the Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health & Safety at Onondaga Community College, where he works on regulatory compliance and implementing sustainability-related programs throughout the College. Prior to coming to OCC in 2010 Sean provided sustainability consulting services for municipal, non-profit, and business clients through his company, Sustainable Transitions. He has also worked for several non-profit organizations where he managed environmentally-focused public outreach campaigns. Sean is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry studying environmental communication, where his research focuses on engaging students and employees with achieving campus sustainability goals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in communications at Ithaca College. 

 

Workforce, Labor & Manufacturing - Mike Metzgar 

(315) 498- 6061 I [email protected]

Mike Metzgar is Onondaga Community College’s Associate Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development. He oversees a variety of industry-designed job training programs including manufacturing, medical billing, phlebotomist, medical assistant, line cook and warehouse operator. He has nearly 20 years of experience in academics and workforce education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.