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Lieutenant Governor Honored by Commencement Invitation

New York State Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the College’s 106th commencement this Sunday (May 25).

Duffy has been in the news recently after announcing that he will not seek re-election with Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall.

Doug Lippincott caught up with the former mayor and police chief of Rochester a few days after he revealed that decision and in this interview, taped May 13 and aired May 22 on WFLR’s (Dundee) Keuka College Today, Duffy discussed his decision not to run for a second term.

Clearly honored by Keuka’s invitation to address the Class of 2014, Duffy tells us what receiving an honorary degree from the College means to him. He also discusses the state of higher education in New York, why small colleges such as Keuka are a key to the economic vitality of the Empire State, and more.

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President Serves as Editor of ‘Computing Handbook’

Computing Handbook, Third EditionPart of the Keuka College educational model provides students with the genuine understanding of not only how to make computer technology and the digital tools of the age work for them, but how to think in computational as well as conceptual terms.

But that thinking and understanding is not limited to students. Case in point: Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, who is one of four editors of the recently published Computing Handbook, Third Edition (previously the Computer Science Handbook).

Music by the Lake

Keuka College was the site of a summer music camp conducted by the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, July 14-26.

The camp, designed for middle and high school students, featured a range of classes, as well as master classes, small and large ensembles, and individual instructon in jazz, strings, voice, and guitar. Each program was led by distinguished faculty from the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Community School. Free and open to the public concerts were also staged during the camp. (There is one scheduled Friday, July 26, at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel),

In this interview on WFLR, Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott interviewed students Ciara McCarthy from Stanley, a senior-to-be at Marcus Whitman Central School; Pittsford resident Owen Goettler, a freshman-to-be at Pittsford Sutherland High School; and faculty member Doug Stone.

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Effervescent Esther: An Interview with the 1960 Graduate and Commencement Speaker

Esther Yoder, a 1960 Keuka College graduate and former chair of the Board of Trustees, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the College’s 105th commencement May 26.

Yoder, owner of Subway EAY Stores Inc. in Gainesville, Fla., was a member of Keuka’s governing board for the better part of the last 20 years, serving as chair in 2006-07 and vice chair from 2001 to 2006. She is now an emeritus member of the Board.

She chaired the Shaping the Future: One Graduate at a Time campaign, the most prolific fundraising campaign in Keuka history. She is one of only six people in Keuka history to receive the Norton-Blyley Presidential Medallion, which recognizes service to the College “above and beyond an extraordinary high standard,” and is a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service to Keuka Award.

In this interview with Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott, Yoder discusses a number of topics, such as what it means to her to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree, what campus life was like in the mid- and late-1950s, why she gives back to her alma mater in myriad ways, and how a Christian education major became a successful businesswoman.

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College, Eastman School of Music Join Forces

Keuka College will be the site of a summer music camp conducted by the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

The camp, designed for middle and high school students, will run July 14-26 and feature a range of classes, including theory, eurhythmics, technology, and improvisation, as well as master classes, small and large ensembles, and individual instruction in jazz, strings, voice, and guitar.

Two free and open to the public concerts will be presented July 25 and 26 at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

In this interview, Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott previews Eastman@Keuka with faculty members Kathleen Kemp (director of the strings program), Cecile Saine (director of the voice program), and Howard Potter (associate dean for community and continuing education).

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