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Keuka College to Host Community Connection Town Hall Meeting May 10

Keuka College will host a Community Connection town hall meeting Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the meeting will be held at Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport. Light refreshments will be served.

Held in conjunction with the College’s Community Associates Board, participants at the meeting will learn more about Keuka College and will be able to network with both members of the College and the community. The Community Associates Board seeks to connect Keuka College with surrounding communities.

Questions may be directed to Kathy Waye, director of community relations and events at (315) 279-5602 or by email at [email protected].

Additional town hall meetings are set for Aug. 18 at Keuka College’s North Education and Conference Center; and Nov. 14 at the Elks Lodge.

Senior Art Show is All In Your Head

By Mitchel Leet ’16

For many creators, art becomes more than a hobby—it becomes a deeply personal form of expression.

Case in point: All In Your Head, the senior art show headlined by three art and design majors. Opening Monday, April 25 in Lightner Library’s Lightner Gallery and featuring the creative work of classmates Nicole Miller, Marina Kilpatrick, and Mitchel Leet.

An artists’ reception, free and open to the public, is slated for Thursday, April 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Lightner Gallery. The show concludes Friday, May 20.

by Nicole Miller '16

Miller photographed an intimate series of painted portraits reflecting the thoughts of individuals on their own body image. Titled Uncovered, she will present her final images in a large format.

She discovered her passion for photography while attending Keuka College, and has a special appreciation for black and white images, as demonstrated by her exhibit. Having studied both digital and darkroom photography during her academic career, she chose portraits because “there’s more meaning, more emotion, and there’s so much beauty in people. I like giving my models a sense of how beautiful they are.”

Miller’s models, all friends and fellow students, have opened up and shared themselves with her through this work.

“I asked each model to give me one word they would use to describe how they felt about their body, and then I used that word as a guide to paint an expressive design on them,” she said.

The results are intense, bold prints that demand viewers’ attention.

by Marina Kilpatrick '16

Expression is also a critical part of Kilpatrick’s work. A dual major in English, she believes strongly in the power of symbolism. Her individual display, titled Disconnected, consists of three string and mixed media installations that exemplify emotions familiar to both artist and audience.

Using the medium of string to create her work, she encourages her audience to interact with each piece and reflect on when they’ve felt things such as depression, anger, and brokenness.

“These works embody how connected we are to our feelings, and hope to answer the questions of what is left behind when we feel something,” she said.

Her choice to develop 3D forms came from a desire to “do something unique, break away from paper, and explore how restraining it can be. I wanted to be able to work with my hands, and wrap it, and feel my work, while letting other people get involved as well. A lot of what I do is flat—books and words. This pops. This comes to life.”

by Mitchel Leet '16

Leet engages audiences with glimpses into his childhood as a whimsical series of recreations through Reimagined. Grade school art projects in numerous different mediums have resurfaced as his inspiration for bright, exciting work.

“I wanted to analyze just what it was that inspired me before there were barriers in my head, and also revisit the things I imagined when I was taking art simply because I had to.”

His work is also heavily symbolic and highly interactive. Greeted by a wall of original pieces that are numbered, the audience is encouraged to walk through Leet’s work more than once to match them up with his new creations.

He describes his work as “diverse in its creation and presentation, while all maintaining a degree of fun.”

In addition, Leet will display a series of hand built ceramic pieces he designed and created under the guidance of Faith Benedict, a local potter and adjunct professor of art.

Said Leet: “I enjoyed having the chance to work with both 2D and 3D art through this exhibition, but it definitely forced me to work harder.”

CSCY Celebrates 19 Years

By: Genille Gordon ’16

At St Luke's Episcopal Church & Parish House in Branchport Donna Gridley, site host, at left said: “This is the sixth time we've had volunteers come out on CSCY - the help is amazing. They always do a great job and it's fun to work with them. "

On Sunday, president Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, welcomed the 274 volunteers for the Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates (CSCY) day of service. CSCY is a collaborative between the Keuka College and Yates County Chamber of Commerce, with support from local merchants and business sponsors. For the 19th year, CSCY volunteers showed their dedication to their community by assisting non-profit agencies across Yates County. Each year, non-profits, including youth camps, community centers, churches, libraries, fire departments and more, gain a helping hand from Keuka students and members of Yates county community.

Across the county on Sunday, a number of volunteers and non-profit site hosts had good things to say about this annual service event. Here’s a taste of CSCY in their own words:


Michelle Jenkins ’16 at the Yates Co. Fairgrounds: “I chose to help today because it is a nice thing to help the people in the community where I have gone to school and lived for four years.”

Vincent Meccariello ‘19  at the Catholic Charities House – PYIRA:”I love doing community service because of the impact it has on the community. Anyone can donate their money but it helps when you spend time in the community, cleaning it up, and communicating with the members of the  community that really makes the experience valuable.”

Clay Kinyoun holds CSCY sign

Michele Griffin, one of the coordinators for the National Junior Honor Society of Penn Yan, which brought 45 (yes 45!) volunteers to CSCY, said about 13 students and four chaperones helped at the Branchport FD, while the rest of their group went to help with Outlet Trail cleanup between Elm Street and Cherry Street.

Clay Kinyoun, freshman, said: “It feels good to help out the fire department … and maybe they can do their job a little bit better because their fire department is a little cleaner now.”

Volunteers at Point Neamo

Leah Seager ’17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan:

“ It’s a great way to help the community. In my prospective field of social work I will need to know how to be versatile. Social work is all about helping others when they need it and before they need it. Applying that to community service helps me to understand that it’s best to help something or someone before it’s too late.”

Aubrey Clark

Sarah Hauser ‘17 at the Catholic Charities Cramer House “I volunteer because as a leader on Keuka College campus it’s a good thing to do. As a college student it is important to lead by example instead of implementing words. It’s much better to give your time than your money.”

Aubrey Clark ’16 at the Penn Yan Fire Department: “ I love seeing the joy of everyone’s face when we arrive to help them. It’s the right thing to do.”

Clarie Sandstrom in the brown sash

Jen & Bob Mosich, playground ambassadors, welcomed the CSCY volunteers from Keuka College International Club (KCIC) and the Penn Yan Brownie Troop 40801, to Vincents playground in Branchport and said it was the first time many of the international students had ever held a rake.

Claire Sandstrom of Penn Yan, one of the Brownies, age 7, said: “We’re cleaning the playground. We’re learning how to save the community by picking up garbage and cleaning it up. I’m having fun! We’re at a playground and she said maybe after we’re done we can play on it!”

KCIC master’s student Yen Hoang ‘16, “I feel I’m doing a good contribution for the community.”

KCIC student Linh Bui ’18 “It’s really cool. It’s the first time we’re out and helping people, not studying on campus. It’s a great opportunity. ”

By the time the afternoon of service was over, all three KCIC students had “earned” an honorary Brownies badge. They were delighted to pose for photos with their new friends in the local Brownie troop.

Mike Manahan of Penn Yan, a member of the KC Community Associates Board, working at the Bluff Point church, said:

“We’re just getting started here! This is the first time I’ve done CSCY in about 15 years. Back then, I planted trees up behind the Penn Yan Elementary School for almost five years, as I recall. I’m on the Community Associates Board. I heard about CSCY from Kathy Waye and Mike Linehan and I was glad to do it.”

Working at the American Legion, Kenna Kosinski ’18 said: “My friends and I wanted to give back to those in Yates County.”

The coordinators of this annual day of service thank the following local business merchants for helping to underwrite costs of this year’s CSCY event: Eastview Veterinary Clinic, Eaves Family Dental Group, Ferro Corporation, Five Star Bank, Friendly Dodge, Finger Lakes Health, Graphic Connections, Keuka College Office of Community Relations & Events, Keuka College Student Senate, Keuka College Office of Student Affairs, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Knapp and Schlappi, K-Ventures, Longs’ Cards & Books, Lyons National Bank, Penn Yan Moose Lodge #2030, Nothnagle Realtors – Hometown Choice, Penn Yan Community Health, Penn Yan Elks Lodge #1722, Radio Hill Raceway, Phelps Sungas, Tony Collins ’77 Golf Classic, and Stork Insurance Agency.


Keuka College Scholarship lets Students get “Back to Business”

When Nancy Cappola was considering returning to school, she was interested in obtaining an MBA. But the programs she was looking at ran from 18-24 months, were quite a distance away, and were expensive.

Enter Keuka College’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) program and the Back to Business scholarship. The College’s accelerated MSM program enables students to earn a graduate degree in business in 10 months of intensive, full-time study on the College’s Keuka Park campus.

“I have excellent work experience, and have taken a number of quantitative courses through the years, enabling me to consider a graduate program,” said Cappola. “I thought the MSM program could provide me with critical new skills and knowledge in global business. I am appreciative to have qualified for the scholarship.”

The scholarship aims to combat unemployment in Yates County and the counties surrounding the College, including Steuben, Schuyler, Seneca, Livingston, Ontario, Monroe, and Wayne. All accepted applicants to the College’s on-campus MSM program from these counties will automatically receive the scholarship, valued at $15,500.

And it was the combination of the short full-time program, Back to Business scholarship, and that it was offered close to home, which made Cappola’s decision to attend Keuka College easy.

“Being able to receive the scholarship turned a challenging time in my life to sheer joy in new learning,” said Cappola. “It has mitigated the financial burden of returning to college for an advanced degree, and really made it possible for me. Education is an elixir for what ails you, and takes your mind off the past and present, and forces you into the future—which is a good thing. Make the commitment to yourself for life-long learning and keep building upon your level of education.”

Cappola says Keuka College’s MSM program is “fortunate” to have excellent instructors with academic and business credentials.

“As a class, we have many favorite instructors and courses, including leadership, decision-making, business law, managerial accounting and finance, and business analytics,” she said. “We have had at least four courses that were quantitative in scope, directly and indirectly.”

In business law, Cappola said her cohort has read the foundation documents of several countries and global institutions.

“These documents provide insights on human rights issues and guidance for global companies operating in various cultures,” she said. “In managerial finance and management, and business analytics and simulation, we are learning to identify internal and external factors that affect business sustainability.”

Cappola adds that she is also learning the art of strategy in the context of a global business environment, and how to apply certain resources for competitive advantage.

“The class has gained a special appreciation for the complex environment in which multinational corporations compete, and strive to remain relevant in the face of continuous competition and technological change,” said Cappola. “In leadership, we gained an appreciation for the relationships between the leader and the follower, and the fluidity of these roles.”

For those considering returning to school, Cappola has some advice.

“If you are thinking about starting a degree, then do something,” she said. “The best time is always now, whenever now is. Take a course, find a certificate program, speak with admissions professionals, or enroll in a degree tract at a community college or a four-year institution. Spend time in their libraries. Try something you love or something of interest.”

Added Cappola: “Truly, my time here at Keuka College in the MSMIB program, and meeting and establishing friendships with my international classmates and professors, has been fulfilling and worthwhile, personally and professionally.”

Haylee Bush Named Student Employee of the Year

Haylee Bush (third from right) was named Keuka College's 2016 Student Employee of the Year. With her are Sally Daggett, Molly McGuigan, and Mark Petrie.

Senior Haylee Bush was named Keuka College’s 2016 Student Employee of the Year at the annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon held April 15.

She was nominated by Molly McGuigan, adventure program manager, and has worked as an outdoor recreation and adventure facilitator for three years.

Bush is responsible for planning and staffing all teambuilding and adventure programs—with nearly 300 by the end of the academic year. She trains her co-workers in experiential programming and challenge course protocol, conducts program assessment, and client outreach. She also helps maintain the challenge course grounds.

“Haylee goes out of her way to incorporate academia and best practices into our programming,” said McGuigan. “On multiple occasions, Haylee has approached me with ideologies she’s learning in her classes and actionable ways to use them in a manner that would benefit the program.”

In fact, McGuigan said Bush always shows up over-prepared, and goes out of her way to make sure her co-workers are also over-prepared.

“Haylee inspires those around her to take chances and gives them confidence to reach the potential they have, but don’t see,” said McGuigan. “If something goes wrong, Haylee holds herself accountable, because she’s dedicated so much time in shaping her fellow students and the teambuilding program. She takes the experience as a chance to work harder to improve her skills, and helps others use the mistake as an educational opportunity.”

In her four years as a supervisor—three as a facilitator—McGuigan said she has never seen a student who has capabilities close to Bush. Not only has Bush taken on more responsibilities than are required, “Haylee far exceeded the expectations of a facilitator long ago, and is consistently meeting the standards  I would have of an assistant manager with ease, and her work is of the utmost quality.”

And though McGuigan believes Bush would never admit it, she believes people look up to her.

“Every member on my staff looks to Haylee as the standard, the best of the best, and many view her not only as a role model, but as a second manager,” said McGuigan. “With all of the additional responsibilities I’ve taken on in the past four years, I don’t doubt the TeamWorks! program would have suffered a loss in quality if it weren’t for Haylee stepping up and taking on new responsibilities. Each year, my job became easier because of Haylee.”

The other student nominees were Genille Gordon, Myra Hoke, Katie Zawisa, Kaitlyn Talbot, and Karen Thompson.

Student Employee of the Year Nominees include (from left): Kaitlyn Talbot, Genille Gordon, Haylee Bush, Myra Hoke, Katie Zawisa, and Karen Thompson.

“All of our student employees are winners, but the six nominees are the cream of the crop,” said Sally Daggett, human resources manager. “I thank all of the nominators who took time to nominate your student employee. It sends a powerful message to those students, as it tells of the importance of them in your lives.”

Mike Sweet ’03 and member of the College’s Board of Trustees, said that by having a work-study position, the students are ahead of their peers.

“Prospective employers seek reliable and dependable employees, and it is the people in this room who will never have a problem getting a job,” he said. “Being nominated for the Student Employee of the Year is an attribute to you and all of the amazing things you have accomplished.”

Mark Petrie, vice president for enrollment management and student development, added that research shows that those who engage in a work-study program are more successful than those who don’t.

“Student employment is special,” he said, “as it fosters a sense of pride and belonging to the College, and encourages social integration. Watching you grow and learn new skills is wonderful for us.”

Each of the nominees was recognized at the luncheon by her nominator and presented with a gift. Bush’s name will be added to two separate plaques housed in the Center for Experiential Learning. The Student Employee of the Year plaque is hung up in the winner’s work-study location until the following year’s awards luncheon.