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Outsmarting Her Cancer Genes

Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh, a 1995 Keuka College graduate and teacher at Campbell-Savona Central, has authored two books based on her love of teaching: Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced World: A Teacher’s Journey and Celebrate Nature! Activities for Every Season.

Her third book, published recently by Skyhorse Publishing, is not based on her affection for the teaching profession, but there is much to be learned from Angela’s Decision: Outsmarting My Cancer Genes and Determining My Fate.

The genesis for the book came in 2009 when she had a routine pap smear, but there was nothing routine after that. She tested positive for BRCA1, which means she had an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer and a 44 percent chance of contracting ovarian cancer.

In this interview on Keuka College Today, aired on WFLR (1570 AM/96.9 and 101.9 FM, Finger Lakes News Network) in Dundee and hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, Fishbaugh discusses the emotions she dealt with after her positive test, the choices she was confronted with, and the toughest decision she ever made.

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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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Congressional Candidate Martha Robertson Talks Higher Education

Martha Robertson is the Democratic Party’s candidate for New York State’s 23rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A graduate of Cornell University and a former kindergarten teacher, Robertson recently took time from her hectic campaign schedule to speak with Executive Director of Grants, Governmental  Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, host of Keuka College Today on WFLR (Dundee).

Robertson, who has served in the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002, addressed a number of key higher education issues, including the Campus Accountability and Safety Act and a topic that is generating a lot of debate these days: the value of a college education. She also discussed why small, private colleges such as Keuka College are so important to the Empire State, and the most important, non-academic thing she learned in college.

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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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