By Mitchel Leet ’16
For many creators, art becomes more than a hobby—it becomes a deeply personal form of expression.
Case in point: All In Your Head, the senior art show headlined by three art and design majors. Opening Monday, April 25 in Lightner Library’s Lightner Gallery and featuring the creative work of classmates Nicole Miller, Marina Kilpatrick, and Mitchel Leet.
An artists’ reception, free and open to the public, is slated for Thursday, April 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Lightner Gallery. The show concludes Friday, May 20.
Miller photographed an intimate series of painted portraits reflecting the thoughts of individuals on their own body image. Titled Uncovered, she will present her final images in a large format.
She discovered her passion for photography while attending Keuka College, and has a special appreciation for black and white images, as demonstrated by her exhibit. Having studied both digital and darkroom photography during her academic career, she chose portraits because “there’s more meaning, more emotion, and there’s so much beauty in people. I like giving my models a sense of how beautiful they are.”
Miller’s models, all friends and fellow students, have opened up and shared themselves with her through this work.
“I asked each model to give me one word they would use to describe how they felt about their body, and then I used that word as a guide to paint an expressive design on them,” she said.
The results are intense, bold prints that demand viewers’ attention.
Expression is also a critical part of Kilpatrick’s work. A dual major in English, she believes strongly in the power of symbolism. Her individual display, titled Disconnected, consists of three string and mixed media installations that exemplify emotions familiar to both artist and audience.
Using the medium of string to create her work, she encourages her audience to interact with each piece and reflect on when they’ve felt things such as depression, anger, and brokenness.
“These works embody how connected we are to our feelings, and hope to answer the questions of what is left behind when we feel something,” she said.
Her choice to develop 3D forms came from a desire to “do something unique, break away from paper, and explore how restraining it can be. I wanted to be able to work with my hands, and wrap it, and feel my work, while letting other people get involved as well. A lot of what I do is flat—books and words. This pops. This comes to life.”
Leet engages audiences with glimpses into his childhood as a whimsical series of recreations through Reimagined. Grade school art projects in numerous different mediums have resurfaced as his inspiration for bright, exciting work.
“I wanted to analyze just what it was that inspired me before there were barriers in my head, and also revisit the things I imagined when I was taking art simply because I had to.”
His work is also heavily symbolic and highly interactive. Greeted by a wall of original pieces that are numbered, the audience is encouraged to walk through Leet’s work more than once to match them up with his new creations.
He describes his work as “diverse in its creation and presentation, while all maintaining a degree of fun.”
In addition, Leet will display a series of hand built ceramic pieces he designed and created under the guidance of Faith Benedict, a local potter and adjunct professor of art.
Said Leet: “I enjoyed having the chance to work with both 2D and 3D art through this exhibition, but it definitely forced me to work harder.”
When Nancy Cappola was considering returning to school, she was interested in obtaining an MBA. But the programs she was looking at ran from 18-24 months, were quite a distance away, and were expensive.
Enter Keuka College’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) program and the Back to Business scholarship. The College’s accelerated MSM program enables students to earn a graduate degree in business in 10 months of intensive, full-time study on the College’s Keuka Park campus.
“I have excellent work experience, and have taken a number of quantitative courses through the years, enabling me to consider a graduate program,” said Cappola. “I thought the MSM program could provide me with critical new skills and knowledge in global business. I am appreciative to have qualified for the scholarship.”
The scholarship aims to combat unemployment in Yates County and the counties surrounding the College, including Steuben, Schuyler, Seneca, Livingston, Ontario, Monroe, and Wayne. All accepted applicants to the College’s on-campus MSM program from these counties will automatically receive the scholarship, valued at $15,500.
And it was the combination of the short full-time program, Back to Business scholarship, and that it was offered close to home, which made Cappola’s decision to attend Keuka College easy.
“Being able to receive the scholarship turned a challenging time in my life to sheer joy in new learning,” said Cappola. “It has mitigated the financial burden of returning to college for an advanced degree, and really made it possible for me. Education is an elixir for what ails you, and takes your mind off the past and present, and forces you into the future—which is a good thing. Make the commitment to yourself for life-long learning and keep building upon your level of education.”
Cappola says Keuka College’s MSM program is “fortunate” to have excellent instructors with academic and business credentials.
“As a class, we have many favorite instructors and courses, including leadership, decision-making, business law, managerial accounting and finance, and business analytics,” she said. “We have had at least four courses that were quantitative in scope, directly and indirectly.”
In business law, Cappola said her cohort has read the foundation documents of several countries and global institutions.
“These documents provide insights on human rights issues and guidance for global companies operating in various cultures,” she said. “In managerial finance and management, and business analytics and simulation, we are learning to identify internal and external factors that affect business sustainability.”
Cappola adds that she is also learning the art of strategy in the context of a global business environment, and how to apply certain resources for competitive advantage.
“The class has gained a special appreciation for the complex environment in which multinational corporations compete, and strive to remain relevant in the face of continuous competition and technological change,” said Cappola. “In leadership, we gained an appreciation for the relationships between the leader and the follower, and the fluidity of these roles.”
For those considering returning to school, Cappola has some advice.
“If you are thinking about starting a degree, then do something,” she said. “The best time is always now, whenever now is. Take a course, find a certificate program, speak with admissions professionals, or enroll in a degree tract at a community college or a four-year institution. Spend time in their libraries. Try something you love or something of interest.”
Added Cappola: “Truly, my time here at Keuka College in the MSMIB program, and meeting and establishing friendships with my international classmates and professors, has been fulfilling and worthwhile, personally and professionally.”
Senior Haylee Bush was named Keuka College’s 2016 Student Employee of the Year at the annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon held April 15.
She was nominated by Molly McGuigan, adventure program manager, and has worked as an outdoor recreation and adventure facilitator for three years.
Bush is responsible for planning and staffing all teambuilding and adventure programs—with nearly 300 by the end of the academic year. She trains her co-workers in experiential programming and challenge course protocol, conducts program assessment, and client outreach. She also helps maintain the challenge course grounds.
“Haylee goes out of her way to incorporate academia and best practices into our programming,” said McGuigan. “On multiple occasions, Haylee has approached me with ideologies she’s learning in her classes and actionable ways to use them in a manner that would benefit the program.”
In fact, McGuigan said Bush always shows up over-prepared, and goes out of her way to make sure her co-workers are also over-prepared.
“Haylee inspires those around her to take chances and gives them confidence to reach the potential they have, but don’t see,” said McGuigan. “If something goes wrong, Haylee holds herself accountable, because she’s dedicated so much time in shaping her fellow students and the teambuilding program. She takes the experience as a chance to work harder to improve her skills, and helps others use the mistake as an educational opportunity.”
In her four years as a supervisor—three as a facilitator—McGuigan said she has never seen a student who has capabilities close to Bush. Not only has Bush taken on more responsibilities than are required, “Haylee far exceeded the expectations of a facilitator long ago, and is consistently meeting the standards I would have of an assistant manager with ease, and her work is of the utmost quality.”
And though McGuigan believes Bush would never admit it, she believes people look up to her.
“Every member on my staff looks to Haylee as the standard, the best of the best, and many view her not only as a role model, but as a second manager,” said McGuigan. “With all of the additional responsibilities I’ve taken on in the past four years, I don’t doubt the TeamWorks! program would have suffered a loss in quality if it weren’t for Haylee stepping up and taking on new responsibilities. Each year, my job became easier because of Haylee.”
The other student nominees were Genille Gordon, Myra Hoke, Katie Zawisa, Kaitlyn Talbot, and Karen Thompson.
“All of our student employees are winners, but the six nominees are the cream of the crop,” said Sally Daggett, human resources manager. “I thank all of the nominators who took time to nominate your student employee. It sends a powerful message to those students, as it tells of the importance of them in your lives.”
Mike Sweet ’03 and member of the College’s Board of Trustees, said that by having a work-study position, the students are ahead of their peers.
“Prospective employers seek reliable and dependable employees, and it is the people in this room who will never have a problem getting a job,” he said. “Being nominated for the Student Employee of the Year is an attribute to you and all of the amazing things you have accomplished.”
Mark Petrie, vice president for enrollment management and student development, added that research shows that those who engage in a work-study program are more successful than those who don’t.
“Student employment is special,” he said, “as it fosters a sense of pride and belonging to the College, and encourages social integration. Watching you grow and learn new skills is wonderful for us.”
Each of the nominees was recognized at the luncheon by her nominator and presented with a gift. Bush’s name will be added to two separate plaques housed in the Center for Experiential Learning. The Student Employee of the Year plaque is hung up in the winner’s work-study location until the following year’s awards luncheon.
Ann Tuttle, professor of management, was elected as chair and member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
Tuttle was elected to the post during the IACBE’s 2016 Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting, held in Memphis, Tenn. earlier this month. She previously served as vice chair in 2009 and again in 2015, and has served as an at-large member of the board.
The Board of Directors is the governing and policy-making body of the IACBE, and is responsible for the general oversight of the organization’s operations and activities. It is composed of the five officers of the board, an elected board member from each of the Regional Assemblies as defined by the Board of Directors, and two academic business unit members-at-large. The Board of Directors also includes up to seven public members.
IACBE is the premier business accrediting body for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities throughout the world. In addition to Keuka College’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through IACBE.
Founded in 1997, IACBE is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.
The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,200 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.
Tuttle, who joined the Keuka College faculty in 1998, was selected the 2006-07 Professor of the Year.
One definition of social justice is justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. Examples include access to education and health care, homelessness, welfare, and environmental protection, among myriad others.
These are among the topics to be discussed at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Teaching Symposium set for Monday, April 25. Sponsored by Keuka College and Finger Lakes Health, it is open to the public, and runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Geneva. Register online here.
The symposium will raise awareness concerning social justice, identify variables, and develop strategies. It will be a day of learning and empowerment as we discuss social justice in the world today. It is directed towards healthcare professionals, community members, those in academia and business, and political representatives.
“The day is meant to inform, inspire, and incite action,” said Dr. Carolyn Christie-McAuliffe, associate professor of nursing at Keuka College, who will open the symposium. “Participants will gain a deeper appreciation for current injustices, as well as gain insight into strategies for facilitating change.”
Arun Gandhi, peacekeeper and grandson of India’s legendary leader Mahatma Gandhi, will offer the invocation. Arun served as the baccalaureate speaker at Keuka College last year. He will speak on poverty alleviation through education, as well as community-building for those suffering social injustice.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Peggy L. Chinn, a registered nurse and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), who serves as professor emerita of nursing at the University of Connecticut. She will discuss “Emancipatory Call to Action.”
Participants will also hear from James Breslin, chair of the City of Auburn-Cayuga County Homeless Task Force and founder of the Auburn Rescue Mission; Mary Zelazny, CEO of Finger Lakes Community Health; Dr. Heather Trobert, a psychologist from Philadelphia, Penn., and Monika Taylor, director of Chemical Dependency Treatment Services at Crouse Hospital.
“The speakers will provide illustration from local, state, national, and even international examples to demonstrate need, challenge, and opportunity for collaboration, innovation, and positive action,” said Dr. Christie-McAuliffe.
Dr. Chinn earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah. The editor of Advances in Nursing Science, Dr. Chinn is the author of several books and journal articles focusing on such topics as feminism and nursing, nursing education, and LGBTQ health.
Co-founder and web manager for LavenderHealth and several community groups, Dr. Chinn is a regular contributor to such blogs as Peace & Power, Advances in Nursing Science, and the Nurse Manifest Project. She currently teaches doctoral level courses for the University of Connecticut, Florida Atlantic University, and Louisiana State University.
Breslin was valedictorian of his law school class at Oklahoma City University, but stepped away from his law career to pursue what he considers his true calling—human services. He played a key role in founding the Auburn Rescue Mission, which serves families and women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. He believes that taking quick action to provide these families with comprehensive support can help them find permanent homes and achieve healthy, stable lives. He has also worked with the Binghamton Rescue Mission and Ithaca Rescue Mission, and has served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Zelazny earned a bachelor’s degree from The College at Brockport State University Of New York and an MBA from New England College. She began her career at FLCH as a community health worker, serving migrant and seasonal farm workers.
Her focus has always been to ensure the provision of culturally appropriate, quality healthcare services to underserved communities. During her tenure at FLCH, Zelazny led a major expansion effort to provide access to healthcare services throughout the Finger Lakes region, including the development of enhanced programs and services designed to reach out to the many culturally diverse communities it serves.
Under her guidance, FLCH has opened seven additional health center sites, as well as expansion of FLCH’s Migrant Voucher Program into 42 counties of New York state. As the leader of an organization with PCMH Level III recognition, Zelazny has promoted the incorporation of a high level of cultural competency of staff, as well as integrating care coordination and technology into primary care that has created new collaborative relationships.
Dr. Trobert is a Bryn Mawr College-based psychotherapist, specializing in treating eating disorders, sexual and medical trauma, and women’s issues. She is dedicated to healing difficult-to-treat conditions, and provides consultation and education to medical schools, students, and professionals about the importance of providing trauma-informed care in medical settings.
Emerging out of her passion for providing trauma-informed care, Dr. Trobert recently started Nalani, the first eating disorder residential treatment center emphasizing innovative treatment approaches incorporating trauma-informed care, as well as wellness-based healing. Nalani, which is Hawaiian for ‘serene heavens,’ is planned to open in the fall of 2016.
Taylor serves on the board of directors of the New York State Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, which supports individuals, groups and organizations that prevent and alleviate the consequences of substance abuse in the state. A member of Syracuse’s Domestic Violence Coalition, Taylor has received an award from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and has attended the annual scientific meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.
The cost of the symposium is $50 for students and $75 for general admission, and includes continental breakfast and lunch buffet. Discounted hotel rooms are available for this event, which qualifies for continuing education credits (CEU). All profits will be donated to the Rescue Mission of Syracuse.