Dawn Penson was sworn-in as the new Student Trustee during the Board of Trustees first meeting of the academic year. The meeting was held Tuesday, October 1 in the Whitney Applied Technology Center. Penson is a 41-year-old mother of three who is blind. She owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average and will be inducted into the College's chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa later this semester. Penson is a Human Services major and will earn her degree next May. Her swearing-in was featured in a story reported on by WSYR TV Newschannel 9's Jeff Kulikowsky and videographer Tom Cunningham, '09. You can view their story by clicking on this link.
Other highlights from the Board of Trustees meeting included presentations about four of the new majors being developed: Sound Recording A.A.S., Electromechanical: Drone Technology A.S., Health Sciences A.S., and Geospatial Science and Technology A.A.S. The board endorsed feasibility studies for six more majors including: Data Sciences, Cyber Security, Electromechanical, Fire Protection Systems, Spanish, and Social Sciences.
There were a few athletics-related highlights as well. Trustees voted to name the home team dugout at OCC's baseball stadium in honor of long-time baseball manager Joe Antonio. It will be known as "Joe Antonio Dugout." Also, national championship rings were handed out to three student-athletes who won individual titles in May:
- Jerome Luckey won the High Jump at the NJCAA Track & Field Championships, clearing 6'7". Luckey is from Monticello High School.
- Men's Tennis player Jeremy Attrill won two individual national championships for both 2nd singles and 1st doubles. Attrill is from Australia.
- Men's Tennis player Ezequiel Martin won a national championship for 3rd singles.