College students make a difference around Cazenovia

Cazenovia College continues to play a significant role in the local community. During the recent Holiday Walk and Tree Lighting, Cazenovia's students, staff and faculty members were among the shoppers, and the college opened the doors of two of its village venues to community members.

Jen Pepper, director of the Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall, said the gallery had a successful night during the Christmas Walk.

"On Dec. 4, the streets in the village were all a-buzz. We had extended hours in the gallery that evening and served hot chocolate to more than 20 community visitors, as well as members of the Cazenovia High School Choir, led by the Choral Director Teresa Campbell. They were fantastic," Pepper said, "and if I may add, the gallery has dynamite acoustics!"

Cazenovia College's John Lehmann, speaking on behalf of the Cazenovia Grill, said, "Our elf (Ray Purdy) walked up and down the street talking to people about the Grill and giving out certificates for a free child's meal with the purchase of an adult meal, to families with small children. The children also received a free candy cane, and we invited them in for cocoa and cookies, sponsored by the Grill and the college. It was truly a wonderful evening."

Students in Cazenovia College's clubs and organizations, and student-athletes are involved in philanthropic activities throughout the academic year, but during the holiday season their civic spirit shines even more brightly.

Mary Handley, associate professor and director of the college's Human Services Program reports that students in the Human Services Club, of which she is the advisor, participated in a number of community activities in November and December. The club was recognized on campus with the Student Legacy Council's inaugural Philanthropy Day Award for outstanding service to the campus and the community.

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