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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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Yates County a Key Part of The Burned Over District

During much of the 1800s, wave after wave of new religious movements spread across Central and Western New York, earning it the title The Burned Over District.

The region became the birthplace (Palmyra) of Mormonism, while Jemima Wilkinson, an evangelist and one of the first American-born women to found a religious movement, eventually settled in what is now the Town of Jerusalem near the Keuka College campus. And while Methodism wasn’t founded in Western New York, it certainly thrived.

“At one time there were 19 Methodist churches in Yates County,” said Mike McKenzie, associate professor of philosophy and religion.

McKenzie combined his writing and research skills with the videography and editing talents of Troy Cusson, instructional design manager in the Wertman Office of Distance Education (WODE) to create a 60-minute DVD that takes viewers on a tour of many of the exact spots where these religions either go their start or caught fire.

The Burned Over District: Religions of Central New York doesn’t cover the entire district–McKenzie and Cusson traveled throughout Yates County and into Wayne and Seneca counties–but uncovered plenty of material nonetheless.

They discussed the video with Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott on WFLR in Dundee.

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Sports of All Sorts

The women’s softball team capped a stellar spring sports season for Keuka College by earning a sixth straight berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Coach Jamie Burke’s team played three, one-run games at the Amherst, Mass., regional, going 1-2 to further enhance the Storm’s reputation as one of the top Division III programs in the East.

The men’s lacrosse team also garnered plenty of headlines this spring, winning the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship while the women laxers came up just short in their bid for conference gold.

In this interview, Sports Information Director John Boccacino recaps the spring season and other sports highlights from 2011-12 including the women’s basketball team’s heart-stopping run to an NEAC title and NCAA berth. He also discusses what lies ahead for Keuka athletics in the wake of Athletic Director Dave Sweet’s decision to step down as women’s hoop boss and the addition of men’s volleyball to the College’s intercollegiate athletics offerings in 2012-13.

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Up Next: The Middle East

Keuka College is a major educational player in the Pacific Rim.

With nearly 3,000 Chinese students pursuing degrees at four partner universities in China, Keuka boasts the largest enrollment of any American college or university operating in that country. Some 475 Vietnamese students are doing likewise at two universities in Vietnam, and the College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Universiti Utara Malaysia with an eye toward making a Keuka degree available to students in that country.

Now comes word that the College is looking to extend its educational influence to the Middle East. Keuka President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera and Madame Hiam Sakr, president of the American University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Beirut, Lebanon, recently signed a MOU that could lead to collaboration between the two schools

In this interview, Dr. Gary Smith, vice president for professional studies and international programs, explains that the College is looking to start a program at AUST as early as this fall. He also discusses other international aspirations as well as the success of the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).

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Everette Davis Passes Away

Everette Davis, a 2011 Keuka graduate and student adviser in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), passed away in his sleep last night.

A prayer vigil for him will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11:45 a.m. in Norton Chapel. There are no calling hours but a memorial service has been scheduled Sunday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. in Norton Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Monica Maddox, senior admissions counselor in ASAP, or posted in the comments section below.

 

Mountain Man

One thing about Troy Cusson, instructional design manager in the Center for Professional Studies: he isn’t afraid of challenges.

In February 2013, Cusson will climb Mt. Kiliminjaro while taking a swing at an even bigger adversary.

Cusson will scale the tallest free-standing mountain on earth as part of an expedition known as Journeys of Inspiration, which raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.

In this interview, Cusson tells us why he decided to embark on this grand adventure, how “getting in shape” has benefited him and inspired others to do the same, and how you can support this worthy cause.

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Education by Nature

Dundee resident and 1994 Keuka College graduate Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh says it’s time for children to get outdoors.

“With rising childhood obesity rates and children’s heavy use of electronics, the need for quality time in nature is greater than ever,” says Fishbaugh.

With that in mind, Fishbaugh, a teacher at Campbell-Savona Central School, has written a book that encourages teachers and children to put away gadgets, turn off screens, and discover all that the natural word has to offer.

Celebrate Nature! Activities for Every Season is filled with hands-on activities designed to revive children’s connections with nature. Each seasonal section—autumn, winter, spring, and summer—introduces seven themes with a variety of ways to integrate nature into the classroom.

In this interview, Fishbaugh talks about the book and how her education at Keuka influenced her teaching and writing careers.

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Keuka College Celebrates Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to sign the document they had created, the United States Constitution.

We commemorate this historic moment annually on September 17, designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The National Archives offers the full text of the U.S. Constitution as well as a discussion of its history and significance.

This year, Professor of Political Science Dr. John Piczak will be giving a lecture on the Constitution in his American Government classes Sept. 15.