April 30, 2009


Breast cancer fundraiser part of TC3 anniversary

College Showcase Saturday will feature daylong celebration of college’s 40 years

TC3Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Tompkins Cortland Community College freshman Regan Allen, a member of the college Entertainment Board, inspects the decorations of “Big Pink,” a see-saw to be used for an endurance event Friday and Saturday at TC3 to benefit breast cancer research.

Staff Reporter

DRYDEN — A pink wooden plank on a crossbar base is sitting inside the Student Life Center at Tompkins Cortland Community College this week, waiting for people to sit on it.
The long plank is one of two seesaws built by Ralph Shortell, director of student activities, to be ridden by teams of people for 24 hours Friday and Saturday as a fundraiser for breast cancer screening.
The Big Pink 24-Hour Seesaw Marathon will be one highlight of Saturday’s College Showcase, an all-day 40th anniversary celebration for the college.
TC3’s students will show what they study, college administrators will be dunked in water to raise money for a scholarship, and at 8 p.m., the seesaw marathon will wrap up and be followed by fireworks.
The student-run College Entertainment Board, which conceived Big Pink, aimed to raise $2,400 but had raised $5,000 as of Wednesday morning, said Robin Slocum, the group’s advisor.
The money will go to the New York State Cancer Services Program Partnership of Cortland and Tompkins counties. It will be used to provide breast cancer screening for those who are uninsured or underinsured in both counties.
“People have been sending money from California and Virginia as well as locally, to help out,” said Slocum, assistant director of student activities. “It’s come from people on campus, parents, grandparents. Word has spread among alumni. It’s unbelievable.”
There are 31 four-person teams lined up to ride the seesaws, starting at 8 p.m. Friday. One team is led by College President Carl Haynes. Another is composed of women’s softball players.
Each team had to raise $100 just to be eligible for the marathon.
The seesaws, which are slightly longer than playground “teeter-totter” seesaws, will be either outside or inside the Student Life Center, depending on the weather, Slocum said.
TC3 will have over 30 displays and activities for community members, showcasing what its students do. A barbecue and the dunking booth, which will raise money for the Power of the Penny Student Scholarship, will be afternoon highlights.
The Power of the Penny is a scholarship for students involved in campus activities. It grew from an effort in 2007 to launch the scholarship by having people cover the old gymnasium’s floor with coins, before the gym was removed to make way for the Lucille Baker Commons, the tutoring and research area below the library.
The college is exhibiting photographs from the fall of 1968, when the college opened. Taken by Gerald Barry, the images are displayed in the corridor behind the library.
A Groton newspaper columnist and musician, Barry documented the college’s first classes, staff meetings and ceremonies.
Barry was supposed to become the college’s first public relations director when he died in a car accident in October 1968. Groton resident John MacLean printed Barry’s negatives digitally and Barry’s daughter, Margaret Barry, arranged the images.
The displays and demonstrations will include DNA family portraits by the biotech program; short movie screenings, editing demonstrations and radio demonstrations by communication students; a crime scene analysis example by criminal justice students; a robotics demonstration by the electrical technology department; several displays from some of TC3’s international students and study abroad programs; and intercollegiate baseball and softball games.


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