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Five Recognized by Board

The Board of Trustees recently promoted five faculty members:

The promotions are effective August 2008.

Harris joined the Keuka faculty in 1999 after serving as director of internal communications and employee relations at TRW in Cleveland, Ohio. She also headed corporate communications departments at Ryder System Inc., Merck & Co., and Xerox Corp. in addition to serving as a reporter for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and Syracuse Herald Journal/American.

During her tenure at Keuka, Harris has created several courses, including Communication Theory; served on various committees; and was adviser (Sam Walton Fellow) to the Students in Free Enterprise team. She received the Presidential Award for Sustained Outstanding Service in 2004.

She earned a Master of Science degree in corporate communications from Ithaca College in 1999 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication (1997) from KeukaCollege.

Klingensmith came to Keuka in 1996 as an adjunct faculty member and became an assistant professor the following year. Prior to that, she taught at Alfred University and was a research associate and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The recipient of the Faculty Development Committee’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, Klingensmith is a specialist in limnology (the study of fresh water) and has conducted extensive ecological research and published several professional articles. She has taken a lead role in many greening initiatives on campus including the Earth Day Celebration and Film Festival.

Klingensmith earned a doctorate in forest soils and a Master of Science in biological oceanography-limnology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Alfred University.

Santelli joined the College’s nursing faculty in 1994 and was named associate vice president for academic programs in 2007. That same year, she received the Keuka College Nursing Society’s Nancy D. Bailey Memorial Award and the Keuka College Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award.

In addition to her work at Keuka, Santelli is medical director at CampWhitman on Seneca Lake. She has given numerous invited seminars and lectures, published professional articles, and delivered poster presentations, including one at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics 16th Annual International Conference in Los Angeles, Calif.

Santelli earned a Doctor of Nursing Science degree from Widener University, a Master of Science degree in adult primary care, medical/surgical nursing and teaching from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Keuka College.

Wannall joined the Keuka faculty in 1994 as a clinical adjunct instructor and became an associate professor in 1997. She has served as academic fieldwork coordinator since 2004.

From 1993-97, Wannall was director of occupational therapy at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. She also served as director of activities at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, N.Y.; mental health specialist/occupational therapist at Riverbend Mental Health Facility in Florence, Ala.; and a counselor at the University of North Alabama. She devotes her time and talents to various organizations including Giving Inspiration for the Soul (G.I.F.T.S.) and Camp Good Day and Special Times.

She holds a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.

Weed, chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, came to Keuka in 1993 as an adjunct faculty member and became full-time in 1997. Prior to Keuka, she taught at Finger Lakes Community College.

She has published numerous articles in professional publications and delivered presentations as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Library Lecture Series, at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, and Annual Central New York Conference on Language and Literature. Weed chaired the Faculty Development Committee in 2003-04 and was involved in the Middle States Association reaccreditation process from 1999-2001.

Weed earned a doctorate and Master of Arts in English from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Goucher College.

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