Spring 2018

There’s a lot of science happening in a 125-gallon tank in the aquaculture lab at Morrisville State College. Eight adolescent seahorses - four males and four females - arrived in November and are making themselves at home in the six-foot-wide aquarium in Bicknell Hall.
The colorful clusters of red and yellow tulips outside of Mary Cleere’s kitchen window are more than a harbinger of summer. They represent her new life. Cleere planted the bulbs herself in the fall, a triumph for the 55-year-old Cazenovia resident whose mobility was once so severely limited by cancer and a spinal disorder, she had to give up her nursing career and green thumb. 
Energy, enthusiasm and a desire to learn and give back are well ingrained in Morrisville graduate Luke Martin. Since earning his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business development, Martin, 24, has been making his imprint with GROWMARK, Inc., a regional agricultural cooperative that operates in more than 40 states.
In his classic song, Sir Duke, iconic musician Stevie Wonder sings: “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity, for all to sing, dance and clap their hands.”
Morrisville freshman Jacob Ax has taken a chance meeting with a man injured in an accident and turned it into an opportunity to advocate for better accessibility in the farm workplace. Back in 2010, Ax was new to the Stockbridge Valley Central School in Munnsville, New York, when he met a friendly custodian named Randy Mennig. Ax noticed Mennig’s limp, stemming from a motorcycle accident some years before in which he lost a leg. Menning’s dreams of working on a farm were challenged.
Mollie Carter, ’14, remembers the first time she saw the steel sculpture of The Mustang, rearing back on its brick-and-mortar base in front of the Whipple Administration Building. “It was one of the first symbols that grabbed my eye when I started at MSC in August of 2010,” she said. The sculpture made the small-town girl feel “a little bit more like, ‘Hey, I can do this.’"
Phil Picard remembers the moment he caught the automotive racing bug.