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Drumm Sticks to Keuka College Lessons, Experience to Win Oswego County Seat

Less than six months after earning degrees in political science and organizational communication from Keuka College, Tom Drumm ’15 was elected to the 16th District seat on the Oswego County Legislature.

The 22-year-old recently discussed his experience as a candidate and what lies ahead on Keuka College Today, a monthly show aired on WFLR (96.9 and 101.9 FM, 1570 AM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network. The program is hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott.

Drumm credits his Keuka College education—primarily the teaching acumen of his professors and Field Period, including one with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer—for playing a major role in preparing him for the challenges of a political campaign and holding elected office.

The Keuka College influence did not end on graduation day, however. Drumm recalled that a few days before the election, Dr. Angela Narasimhan, assistant professor of political science, led a group of six students to Oswego County to volunteer for the Drumm campaign, most notably by going door-to-door in the 16th District.

Drumm said he is focused on doing his best for the people of Oswego County, but he may just have what it takes to be a voice on the statewide and national political scenes in the years ahead.

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New York’s State of Education

Phil Palmesano is in his third term in the New York State Assembly. He represents the 132nd District, which includes Keuka College.

Recently, Palmesano was a guest on Keuka College Today, a monthly show hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott and aired on WFLR (96.9 and 101.9 FM, 1570 AM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network.

Palmesano discussed the state of higher education in New York, addressing such key issues as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and STEM Incentive Program. He also offered his take on START-UP NY and how to improve the business climate in the Empire State.

While proud to be a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, the assemblyman was quick to mention that his wife, Laura, is a graduate of Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program  (ASAP), and detailed why small private colleges are so important to the health and vitality of our region and state.

Palmesano also looked ahead to the upcoming legislative session.

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Hillary, The Donald, and Joe

To say the race for the White House has been wild and wacky is an understatement.

It wasn’t that long ago that pundits were predicting a Clinton-Bush rematch—this time Hillary and Jeb. Yes, Hillary is leading the Democratic polls but it’s been a rollercoaster ride for the former U.S. senator and secretary of state. And who knows what will happen after the Benghazi hearing? Who would have guessed her primary challenger would Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont. And Bernie is big, as his portrayal by Larry David on Saturday Light Live attests.

On the other side, Jeb has tumbled in the polls thanks to two insurgents—billionaire Donald Trump, whose bombastic style and views on immigration have drawn admiration and disgust, and Dr. Ben Carson, the soft-spoken surgeon who spoke at Keuka College in 2010.

What better person to make sense of all this than Dr. Chris Leahy, professor of history and political analyst. Leahy analyzed all the political maneuverings on the October edition of Keuka College Today, which airs on WFLR (1570 AM, 96. 9/101.9 FM, Finger Lakes Radio Network).

Adding intrigue to the show, hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, was that it aired live a day after Joe Biden announced he would not run for president.

Leahy, a regular guest on the show, will offer his analysis during the primary season, after the conventions, and right before Americans go to the polls next November.

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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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Our Senator Offers His Take on Higher Education and More

Tom O’Mara is in his third term in the New York State Senate. He represents the 58th District, which includes Keuka College.

Recently, O’Mara was a guest on Keuka College Today, a monthly show hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott and aired on WFLR (96.9 and 101.9 FM, 1570 AM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network.
O’Mara offered his opinion on the state of higher education in the Empire State and discussed the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), STEM Incentive Program, and START-UP NY.
A graduate of Catholic University of America and Syracuse Law School, the senator explained why small, private schools such as Keuka College are important to our region and state, and how higher education shaped his life.

O’Mara also commented on the last legislative session, which saw both the Senate and Assembly leaders arrested on corruption charges.

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