Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series of Q&As with new, full-time faculty members. Today, meet three of Keuka’s new additions.
Dr. David Pak Leon, assistant professor of political science, teaches International Relations, Political Development in Asia, and Globalization.
Last book read: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson.
Favorite quote: “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,” by George Orwell.
If you could be a fictional character, who would be and why? I can’t really think of a fictional character that I would like to be.
What makes teaching fun? It is always fun and interesting when I see students grow in knowledge throughout a semester. I enjoy lively discussions in and outside the classroom when different perspectives are presented. It is also nice when students tell me what they are learning and reading on their own, or when they bring in relevant outside materials or their own experiences that enrich our collective understanding of different issues. Seeing eager and engaged students makes teaching rewarding.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy listening to music and reading (politics, history, architecture, economics, and finance). I like browsing bookstores and antique shops, and biking.
Sunny Winstead of Burdett, N.Y., assistant professor of occupational therapy, is teaching classes in occupational therapy assessment and intervention for older adults.
Last book read: Other than a textbook? Maybe a Ruth Rendell mystery, but unfortunately it’s been awhile!
Favorite quote: You’ll never be sorry for taking the high road.
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why? Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books. She’s smart, inventive, and brave. Plus, I’d love to have a Time-Turner so I could be in two places at once!
What makes teaching fun? Collaborating with students and seeing their confidence grow as they move toward clinical practice.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, gardening, and hiking.
Dr. Jason McKinney of Penfield, assistant professor of social work, is teaching a number of classes this year, including Youth Services Delivery, Research Methods, Ethics and Diversity, and Field Practicum.
Last book read: Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, by Scott Jurek.
Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Mahatma Gandhi
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why?:Cookie Monster. I wish I could eat junk food all day and never gain a pound!
What makes teaching fun? Students make teaching fun! I love the interactive part of teaching, such as class discussion or learning activities designed to connect theory and practice.
What do you do for fun? I play guitar, ukulele, and percussion. I run, garden, lift weights, and study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Coming Monday: Three more Q&A profiles of new, full-time faculty members.
Keuka College will celebrate International Education Week (Nov. 18-23) with a variety of events.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Keuka College International Club (KCIC), International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Celebrated across the country, the week also promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
According to Allison Schultz, international student adviser, International Education Week “is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the importance of international education here at home, as well as overseas.
“Whether it’s getting to know our international students better, or encouraging our domestic students to travel abroad,” said Schultz, “International Education Week is a wonderful way to remind students, staff, and faculty that though we may come from different places, we are united by our desire to learn more about the world around us, be it by arts, crafts, food, music, or general conversation.”
International Education Week ”provides an opportunity to learn more about each other in fun and interesting ways,” said Chevanne DeVaney director of multicultural affairs and direstor of the Women’s Center. ”We are hopeful that these events will encourage more students to expand their worldview by venturing outside of the U.S.”
Among the events to mark the week at Keuka include an African drumming presentation Wednesday, Nov. 20, by Wacheva, a multicultural dance and drumming group from Syracuse. The group will perform “Rhythms of African Drumming” from 5-6 p.m. in the Weed Physical Arts Center’s auxiliary gym. The name Wacheva comes from the language of the Gouro people, an ethnic group in West Ivory Coast, West Africa, and means ‘unity.’
Another highlight of the week’s events include KCIC’s Mr. and Miss Keuka Pageant fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8-10 p.m. in Geiser Dining Hall, Dahlstrom Student Center. Admission is $2 per person.
“We have 12 contests in the pageant—six males and six females—and contestants have been asked to showcase their heritage, share cultural norms in their native countries, and answer questions such as ‘what would be a typical outfit for a first date?’” said Schultz.
In addition, 14 students have entered pictures from all over the world in a photo competition. Students can cast a vote for their favorite photos, and three winners will be awarded prizes: 1st place $75, 2nd place $50, and 3rd place $25. All of the photos will be on display in the Geiser Refectory entrance walkway throughout the week.
Other International Education Week events include:
All are free and open to the public.
Keuka enrolls 74 international students representing 14 countries, including Nepal, India, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Lebanon, China, South Africa, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Japan, and Uganda.
Keuka College honored veterans and active duty personnel with a Nov. 11 ceremony held in Hegeman 109 and on the lawn near the World War II memorial.
The ceremony featured remarks by College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera; Chris Leahy, associate professor of history; Sander Diamond, professor of history; and Linda Park, director of Lightner Library. Eric Detar, College chaplain, offered a prayer of remembrance, and members of the Penn Yan VFW Honor Guard also took part.
Before the ceremony, members of the College and area community signed some 580 holiday cards that will be sent to veterans and active-duty service personnel across America and abroad.
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, co-chaired by Paulette Willemsen, secretary for the Division of Education and Division of Social Work, and BJ Hill, office manager for student affairs.
“Writing cards to our service men and women is a good way to spread holiday cheer and make them feel appreciated,” said Willemsen.
Vicki Tobias, database administrator and committee member, agrees.
“I had four brothers, a sister, and now a niece and nephew serve in the military, and I appreciate what they have done and continue to do,” she said.
Committee member Judy Gilmartin, administrative programmer, said writing her name on the cards “makes a more personal contact with a veteran, and I believe everyone should think about all of those in the service, not just those we know.”
Senior Caroline Arancio, an organizational communication major from Clinton, took time to sign a card because her best friend just returned from basic training, and “I want him to know that I am proud of him and support him.”
Olivia Hudson, a junior occupational science major from Adams, “doesn’t think the people in the military get enough credit for all they do,” while Bryan Chaffee, a sophomore criminal justice/criminology major from Keuka Park, wanted to “thank those who fight for our freedom.”
Aubrey Clark, a sophomore occupational science major from Fillmore; Dani Alred, a junior organizational communication major from Horseheads; Emily Grecco, a sophomore psychology major from Waverly; Jakiem Brown, a junior educational studies major from Rochester; Nicole Naidoo, a sophomore accounting major from Durban, South Africa; and Melissa Whipple, a sophomore psychology major from Victor all wanted to sign a card to show their appreciation for the service our military personnel provides.
Those who took part were asked to write a short message and sign their name on a card. In addition to writing messages and signing their names, many members of the campus and local community donated cards, including students at Keuka Lake School and Prattsburgh Central School, residents of Clinton Crest Manor, and participants in College’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Works by Mozart, Rhianna, Van Morrison, and Leonard Bernstein will be among those performed by the Keuka College Chorale and Band at their annual winter concert Sunday, Nov. 17.
The performance, free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
Under the direction of Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the chorale, and David Hamilton, adjunct instructor and director of band, the program features a “prism style of music, which means the chorale and band will perform continuously as the concert goes on,” said Kelley Hamilton.
The chorale and band will perform a wide variety of selections, including Hashivenu, a Hebrew folk song; Johnny has Gone for a Soldier, an Irish folk song; Overture from the Magic Flute, by Mozart; Moondance, by Van Morrison; Stay, by Rhianna; Gone and Cups Mash-up, by Anna Kendrick and Phil Phillips; Rhythm of Love, by the Plain White T’s; Please Come Home for Christmas, by Charles Brown; Jubilate Deo, by Jay Althouse; and selections from the musicals Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked, and West Side Story.
The grand finale will be Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, performed by both the chorale and band. Members of the audience are welcome to participate.
Several soloists will featured, including Ariel Scott, a senior organizational communication major from Unadilla; Jonathan Moore, a sophomore political science/history major from Nichols; Trevor Irby, a sophomore exploratory major from Romulus; Ian Wentzel, a junior criminology/criminal justice major from Naples; Arek Olson, a sophomore management major from Wellsville; and Chung “Johnny” Nguyen, a senior management major from Hanoi, Vietnam.
“While the chorale and band are small groups, the students are eager and ready to go, and I think we have an ambitious program,” said Kelley Hamilton. “There are only a few students in the band, so they really have to take ownership of their music and their parts. I am excited for this concert because the students are excited.”
According to Kelley Hamilton, future plans for the music program include “having select vocal and instrumental groups, with eight to 10 students each, which could perform at College events.”
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.
Senior Dylan Campbell received a $500 scholarship from the Upstate New York Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) at its recent student night in Rochester.
An accounting major from Rockville, Md., Campbell was nominated for the scholarship by Professor of Management and Chair of the Division of Business and Management Ann Tuttle. The scholarship recognizes students who excel in academics, service, and leadership, and who have vast business experience.
“This is a scholarship that often goes to MBA students,” said Tuttle. “It’s a big deal to win one of TMA’s scholarships because Keuka students are competing with students from all over Western New York—many from SUNY schools.”
“It was a tremendous honor to receive this scholarship from such a prestigious organization,” said Campbell. “I will use the scholarship money to help offset graduate school application fees. It feels good to be recognized for all of my hard work at Keuka. I think my Field Period experiences helped me earn the award as well.”
“He has had opportunities at a minor league baseball team, an accounting firm, as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission,” said Tuttle. “These Field Periods have supported his in-classroom learning and put him at the top.”
Campbell competed against students from St. John Fisher, SUNY Brockport, Ithaca College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Buffalo School of Law. He is the second Keuka student to receive the award; the first was Laura Williams in 2007.
The annual TMA student night was sponsored by JC Jones & Associates and serves as a networking event, according to Tuttle.
“Typically, the TMA has members from accounting, management, banking, and law, as well as industrial auctioneers,” said Tuttle, who has been taking students to TMA’s student night since 2005. “Students are able to meet with these business professionals and discuss potential opportunities and industry changes.”
Other students from Keuka who were at the meeting included Jeremy Pyszczynski, a senior accounting major from Alden; Stuart Gardner, a senior management major from Durban, South Africa; Brittany Griffiths, a senior accounting major from Keuka Park; and Brittany Gleason, a junior mathematics major from Carthage.
The TMA is the only international non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 49 chapters, including 32 in North America.
Keuka College will mark Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, with a 4 p.m. ceremony at the World War II memorial near Lightner Library. (In case of inclement weather, it will be held in Hegeman Hall 109.)
College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera will deliver remarks along with Chris Leahy, associate professor of history; Sander Diamond, professor of history; and Linda Park, director of Lightner Library. Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain, will offer a prayer of remembrance, and members of the Penn Yan VFW Honor Guard are expected to take part.
After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in Lightner Library.
Erected by members of the Political Science and History Club in 2005, the memorial commemorates the 60th anniversary of V-E Day, honors World War II veterans, and recognizes the contributions Keuka College nurses made during the war.
The creativity of the College community was on display Oct. 31 as students and staff took part in the annual Halloween costume contest.
Communications Manager Gretchen Parsells snapped photos of the winners and others who spiced up the lunch hour in Geiser Refectory.
Award-winning fiction author Tessa Mellas will read from her works Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of Keuka College’s Spotlight Series.
Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Corning Room of Dahlstrom Student Center.
Mellas received the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her debut story collection Lungs Full of Noise. The book features 12 “magically realistic” stories that explore women’s issues, culture, society, and psychology.
A native New Yorker, Mellas earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She is pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches composition and creative writing. She will serve as a distinguished visiting writer at Bowling Green State University this spring.
Mellas’ stories have appeared in such magazines as Crazyhorse; Gulf Coast; Hayden’s Ferry Review; Story Quarterly; Light Speed; and Washington Square Review. She has also been published in the anthologies 40 Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial; Apocalypse Now: Prose and Poetry from the End of Days; and Girls on Fire.
A former theater director, the Cincinnati resident has competed nationally in synchronized figure skating.
Several members of the Keuka College community were seen streaking across campus today (Friday, Oct. 25).
Streaking their hair, that is.
And it was for a good cause. The Keuka Against Cancer Club and Women’s Center dedicated the week of Oct. 21-25 to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The highlight of the week was a friendly staff and faculty competition to see who could raise the most money to be donated to the American Cancer Society. The faculty or staff member who raised the most was asked to streak his or her hair pink.
Jim Blackburn, vice president for student development, raised the most money—$81—and not only streaked his hair pink, but also part of his beard.
In addition to Blackburn, who received breast cancer pins, bracelets, and a t-shirt for his fundraising efforts, other members of the College community donated money to streak their hair pink ($1), or blue, purple, or green ($.50).
“The money we raised, nearly $200, will be sent to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for breast cancer,” said Rebecca Capek, resident director of Saunders Hall and a Success Advocate. Capek also serves as adviser to the Keuka Against Cancer Club.
Other activities included ‘painting’ the campus pink by tying pink ribbons around trees; breast cancer Jeopardy!; a bra toss game; lunch with a breast cancer survivor; breast cancer t-shirt sales; and various give-aways and prizes.
The 2013 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service was presented to Penn Yan residents George and Carolyn Schaeffer at a noon luncheon Oct. 15.
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.
Among the organizations that have benefitted from the Schaeffers’ time and talents are Milly’s Pantry, Food for the Needy, Christmas for the Needy, Yates County Democratic Committee, and Branchport Elementary School.
The Schaeffers also teach social ballroom dance lessons for free through the Penn Yan Adult Education Program.
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