Keuka College’s Director of Counseling Services Mary Martini-Hauser is among the five nominees for this year’s Geneva ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.
Established in 2007, the award is for an emerging woman leader, 40 years of age or younger, who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession; provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community; and clearly serves as a role model for young women, both professionally and personally.
“I am honored to be among this incredible group of women,” said Martini-Hauser, who was nominated by her husband, Justin Hauser. “Hearing what they have done for our community is inspiring, and it makes me want to do even more.”
Martini-Hauser’s husband works with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, and “knows some past recipients,” she said. “He thought about what I do for the community and decided to nominate me. He believed my hard work needed to be highlighted, and his nomination of me was a complete surprise.”
In her role at Keuka College, the Geneva resident provides Keuka College students with professional counseling services and works alongside the College to enrich student lives, both physically and mentally.
“My office offers confidential individual counseling, couples and roommate counseling, and group counseling,” said Martini-Hauser. “We offer stress relief tips, provide alcohol screening, and participate in One Walk, which raises awareness to help prevent suicide.”
She also is involved in resident assistant (RA) training, and speaks with all new students in their wellness classes.
“I hope after I talk with them, they see me as a trusted person they can talk with,” said Martini-Hauser, who strives to be a positive role model to the students.
Martini-Hauser serves as an ambassador for the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, where she volunteers at such events as the annual golf tournament, membership barbeques, and Cork & Fork, a popular two-day event that offers participants an opportunity to sample and buy locally-made products from area farms, wineries, chefs, restaurants and other food producers.
In addition, she is a founding member of Finger Lakes Young Professionals, a group that offers networking forums, professional development, and volunteer opportunities to young professionals of the Greater Finger Lakes Region. She also is an active volunteer at St. Mary’s Church in Waterloo.
Added Martini-Hauser: “If I receive the award, it will push me to be sure I am doing the best I can.”
The winner will be announced Sept. 18 at the 10th annual ATHENA Awards dinner at Ventosa Vineyards in Fayette.
Twenty-two faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to Keuka College at Community Day Aug. 19.
Five-year service awards were presented to: Dianne Trickey-Rokenbrod, assistant professor of occupational therapy; Lynne Heath, academic records specialist; Troy Cusson, instructional design manager, Wertman Office of Distance Education; Michele “Mikki” Sheldon, administrative assistant for the Office of Academic Affairs; Jessica Dunkelberger, director of program administration and student services; Christen Accardi, assistant director of marketing; Teresa Ripley, administrative assistant for the Division of Humanities and Fine Art; Eric Detar, College chaplain; Timothy White; resident director and assistant director of housing and residence life; Alex Perryman, assistant professor of finance; Melissa Newcomb, assistant professor of art; and Jennie Joiner, chair, Division of Humanities and Fine Art and assistant professor of English.
Ten-year service awards were presented to: Kristen Harter, assistant director of admissions, traditional; Janet Lanphear, data entry coordinator; and Carmela Battaglia, professor of occupational therapy.
Fifteen-year service awards were presented to: Mike McKenzie, assistant professor of philosophy and religion; Jason Paige, head men’s lacrosse coach; and Deb Jensen, accounting assistant, payroll.
A 20-year service award was presented to Gary Smith, professor of management.
Merit awards were presented to Rebecca Capek, resident director and success advocate; and Dunkelberger.
Presidential Awards for Sustained Outstanding Achievement were presented to: Ann Tuttle, professor of management; Detar; and Sandra Devaux, graphic designer.
Keuka College welcomes its new students to campus Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Returning students, faculty, and staff were on hand to welcome the newest members of the Keuka College family, answer questions, and assist moving the students into their rooms.
All new students will participate in the Transition Week program, which includes sessions addressing new student issues, academics, team-building, social activities, and preparation for the first day of classes. The week’s activities mark the transition to college life and give newcomers the opportunity to prepare for their new role as Keuka College students.
Classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.
Tom Reed (R-NY), the 23rd Congressional District representative, will be at Keuka College Thursday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Jephson Athletic Fields.
Congressman Reed will be on campus to deliver some brief remarks and meet members of the College and local communities.
The former mayor of his hometown of Corning, Congressman Reed, whose district includes Yates County, serves on the Committee on Ways and Means. The committee has broad jurisdiction over issues including tax policy, trade, health care, and Social Security. He serves on the Human Resources, Oversight, and Select Revenue Measures subcommittees of Ways and Means.
Reed is part a 10-member bipartisan coalition that is championing the Campus Accountability and Safety Act in the House of Representatives. U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and a bi-partisan group of her colleagues recently introduced the legislature in the Senate.
Currently, Reed co-chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus and Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, and is vice chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. He has also served on the Rules, Judiciary, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in Hegeman Hall 109.
The 2014 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service was presented to Penn Yan resident Sandy Carlson at a noon luncheon today (Aug. 12).
Keuka College established the award to recognize those individuals who exemplify its historic commitment to the value and benefit of using individual initiative for the common good.
The award was named after the first recipients of the award, Penn Yan residents Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork, in 1991.
Carlson also received a proclamation written by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara and New York State Assemblyman Philip Palmesano which was presented by Keuka College’s Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs Amy Storey. On behalf of the New York State Legislature, the proclamation acknowledged Carlson’s service to her community.
Among the Yates County organizations that have benefitted from Carlson’s time and talents are the Once Again Shoppe, Keuka Comfort Care Home, the American Red Cross, and the First Presbyterian Church.
A graduate of the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing, Carlson worked at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s emergency room for more than 30 years and now serves as a substitute nurse in the Penn Yan Central School District.
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