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Keuka College’s Spotlight Series Continues Oct. 8

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Thursday, Oct. 8 with a poetry reading by Joan Murray.

The reading, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Hegeman Hall room 109.

A repeat guest on NPR’s Morning Edition, Murray is a poet, writer, and playwright, whose books include Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015, Looking for the Parade, Dancing on the Edge, Queen of the Mist, and The Same Water. 

She has contributed poetry, fiction, and essays to such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Nation, The New York Times, the Paris Review, Poetry, the Sun, the Village Voice, and anthologies including The Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize.

Murray is a National Poetry Series Winner, a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship Winner, a Wesleyan New Poets Series Winner, and Winner of Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Award.

The editor of The Pushcart Book of Poetry and the Poems to Live By anthologies, Murray was commissioned by Broadway’s Jujamcyn Theatres, and invited by L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum, to develop Queen of the Mist for the stage. Murray has served as poet-in-residence at the New York State Writers Institute, and has given readings and workshops at myriad universities and cultural centers, including the Chautauqua Institution, the International Poetry Forum, and the Lark Theatre in Manhattan.

Eleanor, Nik, and So Much More

You know that old saying, right?

“There’s something for everyone.”

Seldom is it true, but in the case of Keuka College’s Green & Gold Celebration Weekend, it’s impossible to find fault with that description.

The College has assembled a stellar lineup of events Oct. 16-18, ranging from a look at former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s impact on the College to a performance by Nik and the Nice Guys, North America’s No. 1 party band. Also on the agenda are a carnival and fun zone, theatre production, Athletics Hall of Fame induction, fireworks display, and plenty more.

The big weekend was the focus of the September edition of Keuka College Today, which airs on WFLR (1570 AM, 96.9/101.9 FM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network. Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott  talked with the dynamic duo from the  Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Kathy Waye (executive director) and Laurie Adams (assistant director), about the upcoming fall spectacular.

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Keuka College will Offer RN to B.S. Degree at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus

Cayuga Community College's Fulton campus

Keuka College will expand its adult degree completion courses to include its first RN to B.S. nursing cohort at Cayuga Community College’s (CCC) Fulton campus.

Formatted through Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), classes for the RN to B.S. nursing curriculum begin in February 2016. Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite requirements for this program. Apply now to ensure you meet the Oct. 16 deadline for prerequisite registration.

“Cayuga Community College welcomes Keuka College to our Fulton campus,” said Janet Nelson, director of adult learning at CCC. “Already a long-standing University Center partner on Cayuga’s Auburn campus, Keuka College’s presence in Fulton will further enhance local access to degree pathways that are convenient for busy working adults.”

Nelson added that Linda Alfieri, director of nursing at CCC, also supports this new collaboration as one that will help Cayuga RN alumni in the Oswego County area advance their career opportunities by achieving a bachelor’s degree.

Designed for registered nurses (RNs) who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree, the RN to B.S. program consists of 13 courses and 34 credit hours. Using the cohort model, students complete the program  with the same group from start to finish. Classes meet one night each week for four hours, with additional time outside of class to complete assignments, case studies, projects, online discussions, and group work.

During Keuka College’s RN to B.S. program, students complete coursework in nursing research and evidence based practice, population health, prevention and health promotion, technology integration, inter-professional collaboration, and leadership. Students also participate in a Field Period™ experience which provides practical application outside of the classroom.

Upon graduation, Keuka College students are prepared to specialize in a variety of areas, including community health, school health, home care, leadership and management, or specialty services. A bachelor’s degree in nursing also paves the way—and is required—for acceptance into graduate-level nursing programs and advanced nursing practice.

To apply for Keuka College’s RN to B.S. program, visit or contact Laura Alfieris, assistant director of admissions for ASAP, at (315) 694-0573.

Keuka College to Offer Master’s Degrees in Management, Nursing at ElderWood Community

Keuka College will expand its adult degree completion courses to include a master of science in management as well as a master of science in nursing curriculums at ElderWood Community in Waverly.

Formatted through Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), classes for both programs begin in February 2016.

“We’re pleased to partner with ElderWood to offer these programs in the Waverly area as Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program continues to grow,” said Patricia White, assistant director of ASAP admissions.

“ElderWood is honored to have such an exceptional faculty and programs offered on our Waverly campus. We look forward to an exciting and long term relationship with Keuka College,” added Maria K. Landy, executive director.

Using the cohort model, you’ll complete their degree in about 18 months with the same group from start to finish. Throughout the program, you’ll apply class concepts directly to the workplace and to their respective organizations.

According to White, the ElderWood site will serve students from the Corning, Elmira, Binghamton, Vestal, and Johnson City areas, among others. This increases the potential for a more diverse cohort population in regard to the industries and businesses represented by the students, she added.

In response to student feedback, White says the MSM program has a new format that includes several online courses.

“This offers the best of both worlds,” she said, “with a cohort for support and dynamic classroom discussions. At the same time, the reduction in actual hours of face-to-face class time will result in a savings for students of time and money. You’ll know your classmates rather than being part of a completely ‘virtual’ experience.”

Whether you work in health care, manufacturing, retail, banking and financial services, education, law enforcement, food service, operations, research and development, or project management, you’ll learn the transferable skills needed to become a successful manager and to develop your personal leadership style.

The program culminates with an Action Research Project (ARP), a three-part course where students will observe a workplace issue and then develop a solution to put into practice. The ARP helps you learn about project management and helps build value for your employer.

Keuka College’s MSN program has an educator track to prepare students to be nurse educators, and is designed to produce future nursing educators in order to address the ongoing nursing faculty shortage.

Throughout the program, you will participate in an internship designed by you, and in collaboration with the nursing faculty advisor. This begins with educator-track specialty courses and culminates in a capstone professional seminar course.

As a Keuka College nursing student, you’ll examine learning theories and methods as well as the necessary skills for a dynamic role of a nurse educator. The Keuka College MSN program will prepare you for positions in nursing education and advancement into professional and leadership roles. Our graduates work in schools of nursing at community colleges, universities hospitals, and in health care agency education offices and patient-care areas.

The MSM curriculum consists of 12 courses and 36 credit hours, while the MSN curriculum consists of 12 courses and 37 credit hours. For both programs, classes meet one night each week for four hours, with additional time outside of class to complete readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

Recently, the Financial Engineer ranked Keuka College’s MSM program as one of the top 50 MSM programs in the nation.

“The Financial Engineer Master of Management rankings are the most comprehensive rankings for graduate management programs in the United States,” said White. “We are proud to have been ranked alongside the other prestigious institutions listed. In addition, our nursing program was just awarded a Best Nursing School designation from”

To apply for Keuka College’s MSM or MSN programs at ElderWood, visit or contact Pat White, assistant director of ASAP admissions, at (315) 317-8455 or

Poet Ben Howard is Next in the Spotlight

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Tuesday, Sept. 29 with a poetry reading by Ben Howard.

The reading, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

Howard taught literature, writing, classical guitar, and Buddhist meditation at Alfred University before his retirement in 2006. He earned both a doctoral degree and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He also studied English literature at Leeds University in Leeds, England.

Howard, who is also an essayist , is the author of 10 books, most recently Firewood and Ashes: New and Selected Poems, The Backward Step: Essays on Zen Practice, Entering Zen, and Leaf, Sunlight, Asphalt. He is also the author of the Pressed Melodeon, a book of criticism on modern Irish literature. 

From 1973-2000 he was a regular reviewer for Poetry. For the past four decades he has contributed poems, essays, articles, and reviews to the Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Ireland Review, Agenda, Buddhadharma, among others, both in the United States and abroad.Since 1998, Howard has led the Falling Leaf Sangha, a Zen practice group in Alfred, New York. “One Time, One Meeting,” his monthly column, explores aspects of Zen practice.

His work has been included in such anthologies as the Book of Irish American Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, The Poetry Anthology: 1912-2002, A Green Place: Modern Poems, and Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Form.

Howard has received myriad awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award, the Fred H. Gertz Chair in Writing, and the Hagar Chair in the Humanities, all from Alfred University. He was also presented the NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing, Milton Dorfman Prize in Poetry, Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, Alan Collins Fellowship in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 1982 and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for 1966-67.