SUNY Corning Book Club

glass ceilingJoin our virtual book club for SUNY Corning Community College alumni, faculty, staff and friends! You will be able to connect with each other while enjoying books ranging on a wide variety of topics.

Our meetings will be held via Google Meet in order to provide everyone with an enjoyable and safe way to discuss our selected book. Upon filling out the Book Club Membership Form, you will be sent a welcome email containing invitation links to the upcoming meetings. Our next meeting date is:

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2022 at 12:00pm

There is no cost to join, and you may participate as much or as little as you wish — you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy!

Current Selection

Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars

by Col. Eileen Collins, USAF-Ret


col. eileen collinsEileen M. Collins, USAF (Retired), retired from the Air Force in 2005 and from NASA in 2006, having logged more than 6,751 hours in thirty different types of aircraft and spent 872 hours in space. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, among many other honors. Since retiring, she has traveled the world as a motivational speaker. Col. Collins serves as an advisor to the National Space Council and is a board member of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. She is married, with two children, and lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Eileen Collins was an aviation pioneer her entire career, from her crowning achievements as the first woman to command an American space mission as well as the first to pilot the space shuttle to her early years as one of the Air Force’s first female pilots. She was in the first class of women to earn pilot’s wings at Vance Air Force Base and was their first female instructor pilot. She was only the second woman pilot admitted to the Air Force’s elite Test Pilot Program at Edwards Air Force Base. NASA had such confidence in her skills as a leader and pilot that she was entrusted to command the first shuttle mission after the Columbia disaster, returning the US to spaceflight after a two-year hiatus. Since retiring from the Air Force and NASA, she has served on numerous corporate boards and is an inspirational speaker about space exploration and leadership.
Eileen Collins is among the most recognized and admired women in the world, yet this is the first time she has told her story in a book. It is a story not only of achievement and overcoming obstacles but of profound personal transformation. The shy, quiet child of an alcoholic father and struggling single mother, who grew up in modest circumstances and was an unremarkable student, she had few prospects when she graduated from high school, but she changed her life to pursue her secret dream of becoming an astronaut. She shares her leadership and life lessons throughout the book with the aim of inspiring and passing on her legacy to a new generation.

Col. Collins will be available for a book-signing on April 26, 2022 as we celebrate the re-opening of the Digital Dome on the SUNY Corning Spencer Hill Campus


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