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From Graduation to Grassroots Campaigning

Tom Drumm is off and running.

The Oswego native and and newly minted degree holder from Keuka College announced his candidacy for the 16th District seat on the Oswego County Legislature a few days before joining the College’s alumni ranks.

Drumm credits the education he received at Keuka College, both in the classroom and out, for preparing him for all the challenges a political campaign and holding public office offers.Among the Field Periods Drumm conducted were in the regional office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and with the New York State Democratic Committee.

In this interview on Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott on WFLR (Dundee, Finger Lakes Radio Network), Drumm also outlines his grassrooots campaign strategy and talks about his love of politics and why he believes “youthful leadership can shake up the status quo in local government.”

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Analyzing the GOP’s Big Win and a Look Ahead to 2016

With the recent defeat of incumbent Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, the Republican Party will hold 54 Senate seats–a net gain of nine–in the next Congress.The midterm elections also saw the Republicans increase their advantage in the House of Representatives and add to their lead in governorships.

What were the reasons behind the GOP’s dominating performance?

To answer that question and others, Doug Lippincott, executive director of grants, governmental relations, and compliance invited Associate Professor of History Chris Leahy to be his guest on the December edition of Keuka College Today, which airs on WFLR (Dundee).

Leahy,who regularly appears on the show, talks about the obvious and not so obvious reasons behind the GOP’s big win and what it could mean for President Obama’s final two years in the White House. He also opines on what impact the midterm elections will have on the Tea Party, and while he weighs in on a possible Clinton-Bush rematch in 2016 (Hillary and Jeb, that is), he also offers up a somewhat surprising prediction for the GOP standard-bearer in 2016.

 

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U.S. Rep. Reed Talks Campus Safety, Other Higher Education Issues

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-23rd District) is one 18 members of the House of Representatives championing the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Like the House, the bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by a bipartisan group of legislators. One of those leading the fight in the Senate is Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

In this Sept. 25 interview on Keuka College Today (WFLR), hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, Reed outlines the provisions of the bill, why it means so much to him on a personal level, and what students can do to make their campuses safer.

In addition, Reed tells why small, independent colleges such as Keuka College are so important to New York state and offers his take on the hot-button issue of the value of a college education.

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President Reflects on Past, Outlines Vision for the Future


Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera is now in his fourth year as president of Keuka College.

Doug Lippincott, executive director of grants, government relations, and compliance and host of Keuka College Today interviewed the president Thursday, Aug.28. In a wide-ranging discussion, the president recalled his early days on the job and how confident he is in the College’s ability to “create the liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century,” a goal he outlined in his May 4, 2012 inauguration.

The president also recapped a busy and successful summer, including the College earning a Start-Up NY designation and what it means for the College and Yates County. He discussed the College’s plans to build a Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics and create a ”college-town experience.” Lippincott also asked the College’s CEO about the future of the international program and Accelerated Studies for Adults Program.

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The Keuka College music program is on the move.

Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the Chorale, is starting a select choir that will perform at on-campus events and alumni gatherings, and travel for student recruitment.

“It will be a polished, professional group that will showcase the College and give students a high-quality music experience,” said Hamilton,

Hamilton, who has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other well-known groups, says the spring semester will also bring the formation of a jazz band, private instrumental lessons, and a concert with the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester.

In this interview with Doug Lippincott, executive director of communications and host of Keuka College Today on WFLR (Dundee), Hamilton discusses these initiatives and others, the increased interest in music among students, in particular athletes, and the future of the program.

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