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Keuka College to Host Candlelight Service Dec. 9

Rev. Eric Detar

Keuka College will host its annual Christmas Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Free and open to the public, the service begins at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

“The worship service will feature scripture lessons, carols, candle lighting, and special music from the Keuka College Chorale and members of the Wednesday Worship Service,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain. “The service includes lighting candles that represent the various characters in the nativity, which tell the Christmas story.”

The annual service will give those in attendance the opportunity to “participate in a celebration which remembers the Christmas story as told by those who celebrate in the Christian faith,” said Detar. “It is a beautiful service, telling a story through song and candlelight.”

Added Detar: “There is something profound and symbolic in a simple candle flame. It has the power to shatter darkness, and I think it is amazing what a little candle can do. I think that is a helpful image to consider in light of the darkness, pain, and tragedy that have hit our world. A little light can offer hope.”

Two Keuka College Alumni Named to Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 List

Two Keuka College alumni have been named to the Rochester Business Journal’s (RBJ) Forty Under 40 list.

Ryan Hallings M’12, vice president, commercial/agricultural loan officer at Lyons National Bank, and Lindsay Morrow-Lilly M’15, corporate communications officer at Canandaigua National Bank were recognized at an awards presentation today (Nov. 19).

“I am humbled to be included with the company of past and present recipients of this award,” said Hallings, who earned a master of management (MSM) degree from Keuka College. “I am appreciative that the RBJ and its panel chose to include me.”

With nominations from the community and selections by a committee of business leaders, the Forty Under 40 awards recognize 40 men and women under the age of 40 who have achieved professional success and made significant civic contributions to their communities.

Steve Griffin, CEO of Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, nominated Hallings to the list, while Robert Schick, president of Lyons National Bank and chair of Keuka College’s Board of Trustees, adds that Ryan, “a Penn Yan native and a real asset to the bank, came to us ‘work ready.’”

Ryan Hallings

As a commercial/agricultural loan officer at Lyons National Bank, Hallings’ primary role is to work closely with existing and prospective business customers to provide appropriate financial products to meet their capital and cash flow needs.

“I also participate in bank management meetings regarding operations and balance sheet performance, as well as co-chair the LNB culture committee comprised of leaders from each functional area,” said Hallings, who has been with the bank nearly four years.

And Hallings credits his Keuka College education for providing “unique scenarios and opportunities to practice and improve leadership skills, such as decision making, self-awareness, teamwork, and presentation skills, among others,” he said, adding this was perhaps the largest benefit of the program.

While Hallings considered other master’s in business administration and master’s in public administration programs in the area, he said Keuka College’s MSM coursework was a “good blend of the two degree programs and was competitively priced. The accelerated cohort format with evening classes was especially convenient, as I could complete the program in just 18 months while working full time.”

In addition, Hallings credits the course content, including accounting, macroeconomics, and marketing, as being “helpful in many ways.”

Lindsay Morrow-Lilly

Morrow-Lilly serves as vice president for corporate communications and shareholder relations manager at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (CNB), is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rochester, graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing & Management, and completed the McArdle Ramerman Leadership Agility Program.

“Being named to the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 is an incredible honor,” said Morrow-Lilly. “I am truly humbled to join such a prestigious group of leaders in the Rochester region. An honor such as this encourages me to continue to give back and support others in their efforts to make our communities a better place to live, work, and play.”

Steve Martin, senior vice president at CNB coordinated Morrow-Lilly’s nomination to the Forty Under 40 list.

“Lindsay is a special and universally respected individual whose work ethic is unquestioned,” said Martin. “Nominating her for the RBJ’s Forty Under 40 list was an easy choice from our point. With her enormous gift for communications, Lindsay has a bright future ahead of her, and it is truly my honor to call her my colleague.”

As corporate communications and shareholder relations manager, Morrow-Lilly’s primary responsibilities include serving CNB’s constituents—focusing specifically on internal and external communications. She is also responsible for events and community involvement, fostering a strong CNB brand and corporate culture, as well as establishing and managing a shareholder relations program.

“In the five years between receiving my undergraduate degree and entering the Keuka College program, a master’s degree seemed to become less of an ‘option’ and more of a necessity for those looking to excel corporately,” said Morrow-Lilly. “I didn’t want my lack of an advanced degree to hold me back in the future, and the breadth of Keuka College’s management program seemed a perfect fit at an ideal time in my life.

She chose Keuka College because “it is a local, well-regarded institution that offers an intensive, yet convenient option for an advanced degree program.”

“The cohort style of learning at Keuka College fostered lasting friendships and enhanced my professional network,” Morrow-Lilly added. “A master’s degree from Keuka College has been a true compliment to my professional experiences, nurturing a strategic and innovative vision and critical thinking skills. I have praised the program to others at every opportunity.”

Keuka College’s Dr. Victoria Record Named Chair of New York State Board of Nursing’s Licensure, Education and Examination Committee

Dr. Vicki Record

Dr. Victoria Record, assistant professor of nursing at Keuka College, has been elected as the chair of the New York State Board of Nursing’s Licensure, Education and Examination Committee.

Dr. Debra Gates, chair of the Division of Nursing and associate professor of nursing believes this is an invaluable role to the College.

“We are very excited that one of our Keuka College faculty members has been appointed for this important position,” said Dr. Gates. “Ensuring standards of excellence in the profession requires strong leadership that Vicki brings to her role.”

Dr. Record received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Keuka College, a master’s degree in nursing from St. John Fisher College, and a doctoral degree in higher education and adult learning from Walden University.

Dr. Record, who also serves as the dean of Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, was chosen for this role by Suzanne Sullivan, the executive secretary of the New York State Board of Nursing. She will serve as chair of the committee through 2017.

“The board looks for individuals who are interested and have experience on the board and content areas,” said Dr. Record, who has served the board in other capacities since 2008. “As chair, I will be responsible for leading a group of other board members to investigate, research and make recommendations on behalf of the board to other professional organization and to New York State Board of Regents.”

Record became involved with the board of nursing because of her passion for nursing’s scope of practice and education.

“I felt then—and still do—that this is such an important part of being a nurse and maintaining our number one priority, which is to protect the public through the regulation of nursing practice,” said Dr. Record. “Serving as a member of the New York State Board of Nursing is an honor.”

She adds that as a board member, she also reviews professional misconduct cases, and participates in the Professional Assistance Panel, reviewing cases from Buffalo to Syracuse monthly.

“Both of these opportunities are lifetime membership roles I have as an extended member of the board, so I will continue to serve after 2017 in that capacity,” said Dr. Record.

Dr. Gates says the College is “fortunate to have a leader in nursing such as Vicki on our faculty. This role will bring invaluable information to our students and faculty.”

This year, Dr. Record says her committee will focus on making a recommendation to change the process for Canadian-trained nurses in seeking licensure in New York state, as well as reviewing the new nurse practitioner regulations and the changes to the NCLEX, the national nursing licensure exam, targeted for April 2016.

Added Dr. Record: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to play a vital role in protecting the public and advancing the profession of nursing. It has been one of my most rewarding experiences and something of true personal and professional growth.”

Keuka College Marks Veterans Day with Ceremony

Daniel Esworthy '18

Keuka College honored veterans and active duty personnel with a Nov. 11 ceremony held in Norton Chapel. Stationed outside the chapel during the event was a World War II Jeep.

In front of an overflow crowd of students, faculty, and staff, the ceremony featured remarks by Chris Leahy, professor of history; New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano; New York State Senator Tom O’Mara; as well as Alison Hunt, deputy district director for U.S. Representative Tom Reed. Robert Heselton, a former machinist mate second class, and a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War, offered his perspective as a veteran.

Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain, offered a prayer of remembrance and played “America the Beautiful,” while Army veteran Daniel Esworthy ’18 and members of the Penn Yan VFW Honor Guard also took part. They sounded a rifle salute and played Taps at the end of the service.

Several other students were involved in the ceremony, including Siobhan Costain ’17, past president of the Keuka College Veterans Club, who presented the College’s donation to the Honor Flight Rochester. Its mission is to fly our heroes to Washington, DC to visit and reflect together at their memorials. Honor Flight is free to all World War II and Korean veterans and to veterans from any era who suffer a terminal illness.

Members of the College Chorale and QKAppella performed the National Anthem, “America, Of Thee I Sing,” and “God Bless America.”

The service included recognition of all veterans in attendance, as well as a presentation dedicated to those who could not attend.

The women’s field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams served as ushers and escorted veterans from their pews after the service, while the men’s basketball and lacrosse teams helped serve dinner to the veterans and their families. The dinner was compliments of AVI Fresh, the College’s food service provider.

Before the ceremony, 375 students, faculty, and staff members of the College community signed holiday cards. Part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, the College campaign was sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s (SAC) Events Committee. Those who took part were asked to write a short message and sign their name on a card. The cards will be distributed to veterans and active service men and women in the VA hospitals in Canandaigua and Bath.

More photos of the ceremony can be found here.

Keuka College’s 125th Anniversary Concert Series Continues Nov. 22 with Nine to Five




As Keuka College continues to celebrate its 125th year, it will host a series of concerts through April 2016.

Sponsored by Lyons National Bank, the Keuka College 125th Anniversary Concert Series continues with a performance Nov. 22 by the ensemble Nine to Five. Led by award-winning Eastman School of Music student Dominic Giardino, the concert begins at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

Giardino (clarinet) is joined by Dorothy (Dolly) Canevari (bassoon), David Belkovski (piano), and Noah Kay (oboe). All are students at the Eastman School of Music.

Giardino, is a senior at the Eastman School of Music studying with Jon Manasse. He has played with the Eastman Philharmonia Opera Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Harmonie, and the student group Ossia New Music Ensemble. Currently serving as principal clarinetist with Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band, Giardino’s passion for historical performance has lead him to explore early music at Brandeis University’s Early Clarinet Workshop, and to Ochsenhausen, Germany where he worked with the acclaimed period music orchestra Concerto Köln.

Canevari is a junior at the Eastman School of Music studying for a degree in bassoon performance from the studio of John Hunt. In addition, she is pursuing a degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Rochester. Canevari enjoys chamber music and has played in bassoon quartets, woodwind quintets and wind sextets.

Belkovski, a senior at the Eastman School of Music, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in piano performance under the instruction of Natalya Antonova. Born in Skopje, Macedonia into an exceptionally musical family, he has performed in master classes for esteemed pianists such as Boris Slutsky, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Christopher Taylor, and Frederic Chiu. Belkovski has performed at the Young Artist World Piano Competition in Cincinnati as well as Carnegie’s Weill Hall. He was most recently featured playing Mozart’s 17th Piano Concerto in collaboration with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. Along with his solo piano endeavors, Belkovski has worked extensively with piano trios.

Kay, a junior at the Eastman School of Music, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree under Richard Killmer. He began his studies on the oboe at the age of 15, and is involved in a variety of ensemble, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia, and Eastman Harmonie Octet, an auditioned ensemble specializing primarily in 18th century wind music. Over the summer, Kay was a featured musician in the Cape May Music Festival with his dad, Alan Kay, and members of the New York Chamber Ensemble. He has also attended Le Domaine Forget in Québec, Canada.

The Keuka College 125th Anniversary Concert Series continues in 2016 with a jazz trio from Ithaca College for a Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 14, a baroque-style concert featuring Publick Musick will perform March 20, and a series finale on April 17, 2016.

All concerts are free and open to the public, and held on Sundays at 3 p.m. at Keuka College’s Norton Chapel.