The Keuka College Chorale and the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester (CCSR) will be featured in a concert Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
The concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and will be followed by a reception in the Alumni Lounge in Ball Hall. Authentic Chinese food will be served.
“The Chorale is two-thirds Chinese and Vietnamese students, and I was thinking about how hard they have to work to learn, understand, and sing in English,” said Hamilton. “I wondered how our American students would fare learning a piece of music in Chinese.”
Enter CCSR, which promotes the appreciation of Chinese culture through chorus practices and concert performances. The group has been invited to perform in Ottawa, Toronto, and New York City, and has received grants from the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.
“I contacted the choral society and wanted to know if they would come for a combined concert,” said Hamilton. “David Chin, the conductor and music director, thought it was a great idea.”
According to Hamilton, the Chorale will sing three selections, and she will perform a solo. Then, CCSR will take the stage. Their performance will feature Chinese soprano soloist, Ai-Ze Wang. The concert will end with both groups combining on two Chinese pieces—“Moon” and “Rasa Sayang,” conducted by Chin, and the final musical selection “Blessing,” sung in English and conducted by Hamilton.
A native of Beijing, China, Wang received her bachelor’s degree from Coe College, a master’s degree in voice from Kansas State University, and a master’s degree in opera from Temple University. She taught voice at Coe College, performed with the Coe Baroque Ensemble, and has studied and performed in Italy. A recording artist, Wang has sung with the Central Opera House of China in Beijing and performed leading roles with the Opera Theatre of Rochester.
Chin serves as adjunct professor of music at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he is the director of choral activities and conducts the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in choral and piano performance from Liberty University and was awarded both Outstanding Music Student and Keyboard Student of the Year in 2010. He earned his master of music degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and completed his Piano Associate Diploma (ATCL) at Trinity College in London. Chin was awarded the Charles W. Kennett Scholarship and the Herman Genhart Choral Conducting Scholar Award by the Eastman School of Music.
Chin has served as the guest conductor of the International Christian Choral Conductor Society, and conducted the opening concerts of the new Eastman School Bach Cantata Series and the Hong Kong Bach Cantata Lecture Concert. He taught at the World Sacred Music Conferences in Auckland, New Zealand and Medan, Indonesia, and was selected to attend the Sarteano Chamber Music Workshop in Italy and Helmuth Rilling’s Masterclass in Hong Kong.
Recent highlights include conducting performances of Bach’s St. John Passion; Handel’s Messiah; Vivaldi’s Gloria; and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G, among others. He has also conducted selections by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Duruflé, Sibelius, and Samuel Barber; and recently performed piano works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy.
Currently a member of the renowned Christ Church Schola Cantorum in Rochester, Chin also sings with the Voices ensemble, Eastman Chorale, and Eastman-Rochester Chorus. He has conducted the Eastman Repertory Singers and Eastman Chorale, and served as the accompanist of the Eastman Women’s Chorus.
While the concert is free, donations will be accepted for purchase of new music, instruments, and other items needed for the advancement of the music program.
Many students covet the opportunity to travel internationally during their college experience, and Keuka College students are no exception. Thanks to a $20,000 gift from Dr. Michael Hwang, administrative chancellor for Keuka College China Campuses, Keuka College students may find travelling to China within easier reach.
Hwang, who also serves as professor of career management and experiential education for Keuka China Program, gave the gift in honor of his late colleague, Dr. Anne Marie Guthrie. Guthrie and Hwang worked closely together during the creation of Keuka College’s China programs, and continued their friendship and professional partnership until Guthrie’s passing.
Guthrie, who served 12 years as dean of Keuka College’s Center for Experiential Learning, was an exceptional leader, and a strong advocate for Field Period™. She passed away Oct. 29, 2013 after an eight-year battle with breast cancer.
Hwang will donate $4,000 each year for five years to a Keuka College student who will travel and learn more about experiential learning in China. The student will spend several months at one of Keuka College’s partner universities and either take courses, or complete a research project, on experiential learning while in China.
Students will complete an application and proposal to be considered for the scholarship. The proposal and application must include a specific plan, what the student intends to do with the learning experience, extracurricular activities, and academic performance, among other criteria. While no minimum grade-point-average is required, the applicant should be an upperclassman.
Applications and proposals will be reviewed and selected by Dr. Anne Weed, vice president for academic affairs.
Keuka College’s Community Associates Board is seeking nominations for the 2014 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service.
The College established the award to recognize individuals who exemplify its historic commitment to the value and benefit of using individual initiative for the common good. It was named after the first recipients (1991) of the award, Penn Yan resident Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork.
Nominations may be sent to the Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College, 141 Central Ave., Keuka Park, N.Y., 14478 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 4.
The 2014 award will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 12, at noon in the Geiser Refectory, Dahlstrom Student Center.
Dr. Aram deKoven, associate professor of education studies at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, will discuss “Subconsciously Held Bias: Exposing the Myth of Racial Colorblindness” Monday, March 17.
The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Hegeman Hall 109. The presentation, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Social Work, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Social Work Club.
deKoven holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and music from State University of New York at Oswego and a master’s degree in human resources management from Mercy College. He earned a second master’s degree in education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Cornell University.
deKoven began teaching in after school programs and working with at-risk youth. Later, he taught in Cornell University’s teacher education program and served as visiting assistant professor of education at SUNY Cortland.
“Aram’s message applies across a broad range of bias and is generally geared toward educators,” said Gretchen Rymarchyk, assistant professor of social work. “Teachers might be an obvious target [of those who have bias], but we are all to blame. It happens to adults as well as kids. We don’t mean to do it, but it’s there.”
But Rymarchyk says those in other majors, such as nursing, social work, and occupational therapy, will also benefit from this presentation.
“These students will one day be in a position of power with their client, patient, or student,” said Rymarchyk, “so if they are exercising bias, than they are not getting the outcomes that they should.”
Bias and racism are learned, not inherent, according to Rymarchyk.
“We have bias because we are raised in a society that has on-going oppression,” she added. “I don’t think I have a particular hatred toward others, but I do have bias and I try to pay attention to it. My friends and family have it. I know it’s unintentional, and we don’t mean to have bias, but I see it all around me.”
Added Rymarchyk: “I hope the audience comes to the presentation with a truly open mind, and walks out with ideas on how they can uncover their own bias.”
Inequality for All, the award-winning documentary featuring former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, will be screened Thursday, Feb. 20, at Keuka College.
The film will be shown at 5 p.m. in Jephson 104 and will be followed by a national webcast in which Reich will participate. It is free and open to the public.
Inequality for All “does for income disparity what An Inconvenient Truth did for climate change, according to Variety. It won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film is an intimate portrait of Reich, who has overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each of us.
“I want to help people understand the economic truth because they are stressed, angry, and frustrated, and the tide is only rising on that front,” said Reich. “Their debt obligations are staggering, yet—if lucky enough to have a job—they’re working harder and longer than ever before. People need to understand what’s happening to them, because from their perspective, the picture looks pretty bleak.”
Founding editor of American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause, Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. The author of 13 books, including the best-sellers “Aftershock” and “The Work of Nations,” Reich’s latest, “Beyond Outrage,” is now in paperback. Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century.
“This movie is critically important,” said Reich, “[as it] exposes the heart of our economic problem. I’ve spent most of my working life concerned about what’s happening to American workers—their jobs, their wages, their hopes and fears.
“We’re in the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression,” added Reich, “and we can’t seem to get out of it. Why? Because, exactly as in the 1920s, so much of the nation’s income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn’t have the purchasing power to keep the economy going.”
Added Reich: “One of the best ways to help people understand the challenges we face is with a movie that can grab an audience and move them to action. And this movie will do exactly that.”
Seventeen faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to Keuka College at Community Day Jan. 28.
Five-year service awards were presented to: Wendy Gaylord, dean for China programs; Penny Webber, office manager for Academic Success at Keuka (ASK); Katie Marcella, head women’s basketball coach; Vicki O’Connor, assistant professor of social work; and Dennis Hoins, general manager of facilities.
Ten-year service awards were presented to: Linda Park, librarian and director of Lightner Library; Pam Jennings, academic skills counselor for ASK; and Jan Enos, coordinator of international student services.
A 20-year service award was presented to Jackie Robinson, secretary of the Division of Basic and Applied Social Sciences.
Merit awards were presented to John Boccacino, sports information director; Eva Robbins, director of student activities; Tim Sellers, associate vice president for academic programs; Deb Gates, associate professor of nursing and chair, Division of Nursing; Carol Grover, controller; and Andy Hogan, manager of information and classroom technology.
Presidential Awards for Sustained Outstanding Achievement were presented to Anne Killen, associate vice president of Center for Professional Studies; and Jason Paige, head men’s lacrosse coach.
Social responsibility has long been part of the Keuka College fabric, particularly as it pertains to the local community.
For example, Keuka students, staff, and faculty participate in Make a Difference Day, the Angel Tree Project, and Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates. Members of the College community also volunteer their time and talents at Milly’s Pantry, the Humane Society of Yates County, and Clinton Crest Manor, among others.
Five years ago, Keuka began a new tradition of service to the local community—one that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As part of this year’s MLK Day of Service, members of Keuka College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will conduct a free hoop clinic for children 5-12 years old at the Penn Yan Academy gym from noon-2:30 p.m.
In addition, volunteers will help paint the set for the Penn Yan Middle School’s upcoming play, The Music Man, from 9 a.m.-noon, or noon-2 p.m.
Lunch will be provided for basketball clinic participants as well as those painting the sets.
Chevanne DeVaney, Keuka College’s director of multicultural affairs and director of the Women’s Center, will participate in the Community Conversation series held at Milly’s Pantry and Pinwheel Market at 2 p.m. DeVaney will join community members Dr. Henry Thomas, Freeman T. Freeman, Edith Mann, and Jim Wilson to discuss “Race, Justice, and Access to Your Own Healthcare.”
The panelists will talk about how physical, emotional, and spiritual health are important, and how different groups may experience different issues around access and treatment in various health settings. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Community Conversation series provides continuing discussion on how people in the community access support, and what barriers they may face for their healthcare needs.
The fifth annual event at Keuka comes three months before Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates, a day of community service organized by Keuka students and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. It has helped dozens of non-profit organizations and agencies enhance the quality of life in the region for the past 16 years.
Dr. King and Keuka College have a connection dating back 50 years. He delivered the baccalaureate address and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree June 16, 1963. He was accompanied to Keuka Park by his wife, Coretta Scott King.
To volunteer for the MLK Day of Service, or for more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at email@example.com or (315) 279-5225.
Faculty members who teach in the Division of Business and Management bring significant, real-world experience to the classroom.
For example, take Rita Gow, associate professor of accounting, who came to Keuka College in 2005 after a distinguished career at Ernst & Young, a public accounting firm in Boston, Mass. She also worked for a Fortune 500 company, not-for-profit organizations including the Susan B. Anthony House (a national historic landmark), and a family-run insurance agency.
“Teaching is a different culture than I was used to, but I did what I tell everyone—persevere,” said Gow, who retired after the 2013 fall semester. “It’s OK to try new things, to take a chance and do something different. Change can be invigorating.”
In fact, change was the focus of the speech she delivered at academic convocation—her reward for being named Professor of the Year in 2011.
Gow said change “pushes us outside our comfort zone.
“But it’s good to step outside that box,” she said at the ceremony. “We all feel a bit of anxiety at some point—this is not necessarily a bad thing. It can motivate you.”
And motivation is what can help students who may be struggling in their classes.
“If a student is simply willing to try, work hard and persevere, they will succeed,” said Gow. “The College has had some fantastic success stories, including those who work for one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms or have done well in graduate school. We have had students work at both Ernst & Young and KPMG, and many have found success at both large and small accounting firms.”
Reflecting on her years at Keuka, Gow said “there are a lot of hard-working people [here] and I’ve been lucky to work with some really great students, like Joe DeBarr ‘12. He came to Keuka, while his twin brother went to SUNY Albany. Both were accounting majors. Every so often, I’d ask Joe how he liked it here and if he was considering transferring to Albany. Each time, he said ‘no’ [to the second part of the question]. While he enjoyed visiting his brother, the culture at Keuka was a perfect fit for him.”
After graduation, both brothers applied—and were accepted—to Syracuse University for graduate school.
“To me, this is a great success story,” said Gow. “It says that even though Keuka has a small accounting major, we have proven over and over that it is still rigorous enough to compete with a larger program.”
Gow said ”it’s been fun to see the students come in as freshmen and evolve into seniors. I like that I may have had a part in helping students grow, even if they are not accounting majors. I like that about my job.
“Sometimes, I’ll get a note, or card, or Facebook message from a former student thanking me for teaching them. It’s not always obvious to them at the time that they will use what they have learned here. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard ‘I wish I’d paid more attention in accounting…’”
If she had collected those nickels, she might have saved them and used them to visit her daughter, who will move to Capetown, South Africa.
“My husband and I might use Capetown as a jumping off point to travel some more,” said Gow. “We will also visit my son and his wife in Virginia, who have three daughters, including twins. They are all under 3-years-old.”
And while Gow plans to travel, Keuka Lake will always be home.
“We live on Keuka Lake and we love it here, so we plan to stay,” said Gow. “I am active in the community, including serving as treasurer for the Keuka Housing Council, and the board of the Yates Community Endowment Fund. I may also teach Accounting for Managers, a course I have taught before, in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).”
Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a talk by a former nuclear engineer who has written a novel about the assassination of President Kennedy.
Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business and management, will discuss “Did Oswald Act Alone? Author Believes He Did, but His Book Tells a Different Story,” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.
Wilczek is convinced Oswald acted alone Nov. 22, 1963, but his novel, Last Witness, is filled—as the jacket of the book describes—with “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies.”
“I love writing fiction,” said Wilczek, “because I can write whatever I want.”
He has published three other mystery thrillers: The Kept Secret, The Soma Man, and Death’s Revenge.
Wilczek spent 30 years in the nuclear and utility industry, the last third as vice president and corporate officer. He earned an associate degree in engineering science from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from SUNY Buffalo, an MBA from Syracuse University, and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Tickets for the luncheon are $12.75, $2.50 of which goes to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund. The fund provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending Keuka College. Seating is limited, so reservations are advised.
Make checks payable to Keuka College and mail to: Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478. Reservations may also be made online at http://events.keuka.edu. The reservation deadline is Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keuka College staff, faculty, and students had a little fun with ugly sweaters, festive props, and lots of friends for a holiday photo and video shoot.
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