Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of 2015 Konica Minolta Scholarships for Graphic Arts and Print-related Field Period™ experiences. In support of academic excellence, Konica Minolta will offer $30,000 ($10,000 each year from 2014-2016) to be used as scholarship funding for internships or a Field Period™ that promotes the advancement of graphic and/or print-related studies. Amounts awarded will vary based on the expense needs of each recipient as determined by the committee.
The work sophomore Hunter Heselton completed during his Field Period™ with Keuka College’s Information Technology Services (ITS) will last long after he graduates.
That’s because the Penn Yan resident created an ITS work-study student training guide, which includes a combination of online activities, printed material, and video podcasts.
“With the partnership between Konica Minolta and Keuka College, the main role for my Field Period™ was to develop the guidelines and procedures that the students, faculty, and staff will utilize within the managed print environment,” said Heselton, an exploratory major. “I worked closely with the ITS staff to develop the procedures and guidelines that will be utilized as the basis for the ITS work-study student training guides.”
And if you ask him, Heselton can tell you the location of each of the 44 fleet printers and three production-based Konica Minolta devices across campus and the Center for Professional Studies. He spent “substantial” time dedicated toward the asset management and documentation of the not only the location of each Konica Minolta device, but it’s model number and serial number as well.
He also familiarized himself with the functionality and nomenclature of the 44 printers, including standard printing, copying, scanning, and faxing procedures.
“I also conducted an analysis of the wireless printing capabilities across campus utilizing the Konica Minolta Equitrac/PrinterOn solution to include all residence halls,” Heselton said. “Any problematic areas were documented within the IT Services call-tracking system.”
Heselton then coordinated the scheduling of, and presented, an Equitrac/PrinterOn printer training classes to all departments. It is a printing management system that provides tools to enforce student print quotas, charge for printed output and promote sustainability.
“I was thrilled to work with ITS, and learn about the latest technologies at Keuka College,” Heselton said of his Field Period™.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on the recipients of the 2015 Konica Minolta Scholarships for Graphic Arts and Print-related Field Period™ experiences. In support of academic excellence, Konica Minolta will offer $30,000 ($10,000 each year from 2014-2016) to be used as scholarship funding for internships or a Field Period™ that promotes the advancement of graphic and/or print-related studies. Amounts awarded will vary based on the expense needs of each recipient as determined by the committee.
Junior Mitchel Leet has received a wealth of experience with journalism-related photography, both as editor of his high school newspaper and as graphic designer for the Keukonian, Keuka College’s student newspaper. Leet admits he’s always been quick to use candid photographs, and take advantage of what is unfolding without consideration for lighting, posing, or editing after the shot. But he also understands photographs such as these often turn out un-printable.
So Leet is taking advantage of his summer Field Period™ to learn more about the nuances of photography, particularly in a professional studio. By the end of his Field Period™, Leet intends to have built a stronger portfolio, and learn what it takes to work as a professional photographer.
“Under Nathan Lashomb, photographer and owner of Forevermore Studio Photography, this Field Period™ experience will grant me the opportunity to observe the daily activities in a professional studio,” said Leet, an art and design major from Stanley.
“Lashomb specializes in commercial photography as well as senior, family, child, and wedding portraits,” added Leet. “I will have the opportunity to attend photo shoots and work with the same lighting and equipment that he uses on the job, serving as a hands-on assistant.”
And that is just what he wants.
“In addition to learning posing and lighting techniques, I will learn skills in digital programming, editing, and equipment use that make for better photographs,” said Leet. “I want to learn and understand how social media, websites, and marketing can increase business and expand my reach as a professional artist.”
“Throughout my Field Period™, I will be able to use what I learn on the job to shoot and edit my own photographs independently,” said Leet. “Using the skills I already have for optimizing print quality, I hope to build two forms of portfolios of my own work by the end of the summer—a digital one that can be connected to my LinkedIn account and digital Pressfolio, as well as a tangible print copy that I can bring with me to interviews and consultations in my future.”
Most importantly, Leet adds that this Field Period™ “will give me the opportunity to see how artistic passion can be turned into a professional career. Especially now as I am preparing to enter the workforce, and anticipating a career much different from the path of journalism, studio photography presents a whole new set of skills and challenges I want to face and learn—such as how to price, schedule, plan for, and execute my own successful photo shoots.”
Leet believes his summer Field Period™ will provide him with “an incredible opportunity to experience a new career possibility, and by the end, I’d like to have the knowledge to pursue a future in the same direction.”
If Jacob Banas is described as something of an over-achiever, it might be well-deserved. The graduating college senior from Delmar, N.Y., near Albany, decided in the spring of his sophomore year to add a second major —organizational communication—to the English degree he was already pursuing. That meant adding a couple of 18-credit semesters to meet requirements for both degrees.
Then he also decided to start training as an EMT so he could begin volunteering for the Branchport-Keuka Park Fire department. By October of 2013, Banas had started his 160-hours of EMT training, even staying on campus over Winter break to continue four-hour class trainings on Tuesday and Thursday nights, that ran through March 2014.
“My Tuesdays and Thursdays, I would get up for my 8 a.m. class, and not stop till 11 p.m. and maybe be up later with homework,” he recalled. “It’s a miracle I survived that semester.”
But by April 2014, Banas had passed the EMT course —which he dubbed a “First Aid class on steroids”— and could begin volunteering as a first responder on emergency calls. Soon after, Banas also joined the ambulance corps in Penn Yan. More training hours were required and Banas was recently awarded the 2014-15 Yates County award for the most individual training hours in EMT service by any medic for the year. According to Banas, the 185 training hours he logged between 2014 and 2015 does not include his 145 hours on duty or additional volunteer hours with the fire department.
“It’s a surreal moment of closure for me as I’m finishing my time here at Keuka College, to be recognized by so many friends I’ve made at both departments,” he said, calling the award “a really nice recognition.”
Banas now holds basic EMT certification, which means there are limits to what he can do or the medications he can administer. At basic certification level, EMT’s can manage fractures, head/neck or back injuries, motor vehicle accidents, cardiac issues, or allergic reactions. However, basic EMT’s are not licensed to carry narcotics or perform emergency intubations to manually open a patient’s airway as a certified paramedic would be licensed, he said.
Banas said he tries to maintain at least one to two shifts a week at the ambulance corps. “Every now and then, there’s an emergency near the College that the fire department will be called to and I respond in my free time,” he said.
According to Asa Swick, director of operations for the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Banas is often the first on-scene when an emergency call comes in for an incident on the College campus.
“Often, Jake is already there and he’s been able to assess and start a needed treatment and he knows so many of the staff and students, he’s on a first-name basis with most, and has a good handle how to best help them,” Swick said.
“College students make great responders, they’re looking for stuff to do in a new school, it benefits the community— it’s a win-win all the way around. Students are wonderful to work with because they already want to learn. You’re just providing them another opportunity (for an activity) and a skill they can use for the rest of their lives,” Swick said, noting that Banas’s reputation is “outstanding.”
“Jake is a great medic, gets along with everybody, and fits in really well. He’s told us that if he can find a job in his current field, he’d love to stay and we’d love to see that too. I’d love to have 20 college students that are as active, involved and dedicated as Jake. If I could have 20 Jakes, this community would be in really awesome shape,” Swick said.
And how does Banas see his EMT volunteer service fitting in with his unusual degree? It was just another step along his personal journey to discover his passions, he said. While he could see himself fitting into the medical field, patient care is not the strongest pull. When a friend’s mother suggested he consider hospital management, Banas began incorporating the suggestion into his required Field Period™ experiences.
In the winter of 2015, he conducted a Field Period™ in the PR department of the Albany Medical Center, writing press releases and updating a 60-page crisis communications plan, assisting staff who coordinated media interviews for the physicians and even going into the ER with a news crew to observe a patient’s deep-brain stimulation procedure. The news crew had been following the patient’s treatment for Parkinson’s disease so they were permitted in the operating room without violating patient privacy laws known as HIPPA laws.
Then, for spring semester 2015, Banas conducted his 80-hour senior practicum in the Community Services office of Finger Lakes Health in Geneva, so he could get a feel for similar work at a smaller hospital. He assisted staff on wellness programming to teach local schoolchildren better exercise and nutrition habits, ran the social media component of New Visions, an after-school program where high schoolers provide transport and food services to patients, and continued standard PR work writing press releases and maintaining a database of published media clips on Finger Lakes Health.
Between the two hands-on experiences, “it definitely confirmed for me that working in the hospital setting, but maybe not in patient care is where I’d see myself someday,” said Banas, who hopes to pursue a master’s in hospital administration in the future.
Before graduating with his dual degrees May 23, he accepted a position as Marketing and Visitor Services Assistant at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection in Canandaigua.
Dr. Anita Chirco, professor of communication, has served as Banas’s academic advisor and said he exemplifies the “can-do, hands-on spirit of a true Keukonian.”
“On top of the countless hours he has put in to succeed at the double majors in English and Organizational Communication, the hours of training and volunteer service he has invested in his EMT work in Keuka Park and Penn Yan have enriched our college and community immeasurably. I am so proud of him,” she said.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of features on recipients of the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award. The award, named after the late 1963 Keuka graduate, is supported by Brown’s family and the Class of ’63. It is designed to assist students who pursue a culturally-oriented Field Period™.
Like many people, sophomore Joshua Sporyz has a bucket list. In particular, he has one for Washington, D.C., and he will have the chance to cross off many of the items on his list as he completes a Field Period™ in our nation’s capital.
“My bucket list has some of the big things, such as visiting the Washington Monument,” said Sporyz, a political science and history major from Buffalo. “It also has the small ones, like experiencing the day-to-day life of the city by riding the subway, exploring different neighborhoods, talking to people who work and live there, trying new kinds of foods, and people-watching.”
But he is not the only Keuka College student who will travel to Washington, D.C. for his summer Field Period™. Juniors Ryan Enright and Tyler Vest, and senior Alex Pollinger, three other recipients of the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award, have set their own goals for the trip.
“This Field Period™ will serve as a valuable learning experience for me,” said Pollinger, a sociology major from Arkport. “Attending the trip to Washington D.C. will help mold my aspirations of using a graduate degree in public policy to influence change to benefit the nation and the world. This trip will also help facilitate a cultural learning opportunity that will be beneficial as a student and professional.”
Enight believes his Field Period™ will benefit him with pertinent first-hand experience and practice in real life historical investigation and application.
“My career goals are to become a high school social studies teacher, and eventually a professor of history,” said Enright, an adolescent social studies/special education major from Churchville. “The more experiences I can receive firsthand will help me achieve and develop my own philosophies of education, personal development, and civic involvement and responsibility.”
And taking civic responsibility is something to which Sproyz can relate.
“When I arrived on campus in August 2013, I had very specific plans for my four years at Keuka College,” said Sporyz, “including looking for a career path that would allow me to make a positive contribution to the world. I originally thought that criminal justice would be the right major for me, but it was my minor in sociology that really opened my eyes to how our social world operates. I realized that the social world is greatly shaped by the distribution of power and resources among citizens and the rules that govern them.”
And as politicians influence and distribute power, Enright intends to do the same in his future classroom.
“Through the medium of teaching, I fully plan to influence future generations of students to become more enlightened persons, said Enright. “As a future educator, I find immense value in cherishing every opportunity to learn, experience, and grow from such encounters.”
Vest, a resident of Naples, also expects to meet his goals of expanding his knowledge of the nation’s capital.
“Judith Oliver Brown used Keuka College’s Field Period™ as an opportunity to explore not only a site for possible future employment, but to immerse herself in a city full of learning opportunities and priceless first-hand experience,” said Vest. “I share the same goals, and by attending this trip to Washington D.C. I will educate myself on how this city operates, and whether it is a place that I can aspire to one day live and work.”
“Spending 10 days in Washington, D.C. will serve as an excellent opportunity to experience the history, politics, and diverse culture of the nation’s capital,” said Pollinger. “I admire and identify with Judith Oliver Brown’s enthusiasm to travel and explore other cultures. These experiences provide an excellent opportunity to become a well-rounded student, and gain a broader understanding of the world, which allows me to be a lifelong learner.”
As a future teacher, Enright appreciates that philosophy as he believes that being a lifelong learner is one of the most important tools he will bring to his classroom.
“This Field Period™ is truly crucial to my own personal goals and pursuit of developing independence and pertinent experience,” said Enright. “The fact that this trip’s destination is to one of our nation’s most historically significant cities simply makes it that much more enticing.”
And Vest believes he will rely on his experiences during this Field Period™, should he find himself living in Washington, D.C. one day.
“Being a political science and history major, Washington D.C. offers the ultimate experience for a person looking to view a city containing some of the world’s most powerful and influential people,” said Vest. “This Field Period™ is also especially meaningful to me because it will be my first time going to Washington D.C.—something I have looked forward to since my interest in politics blossomed in my sophomore year of high school.”
Added Sporyz: “As someone who feels as if he has finally started to find his way in the world, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to experience the social and political forces that shape this country firsthand, and immerse myself in the culture of the nations capital.”
Buoyed by high spirits and sunny skies, the 488 members of the Keuka College Class of 2015 and marched forward into the future, inspired by words of advice and encouragement from two high achievers. Saturday marked the 107th Commencement Exercises for Keuka College.
Both U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D- N.Y.), and Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. relayed personal stories of overcoming adversity, offering advice to the graduates how to turn challenges into stepping stones.
While pursuing his first degree in electrical engineering, Dr. Hurwitz had no tutors, interpreters or note-takers, and had to rely entirely upon lip-reading. In one especially challenging electronics course, he had the option to take an F as his grade and repeat the course, or take a D and move on. After careful consideration, Hurwitz chose the F “because failing meant that I had another chance,” he told graduates.
“After the second time around, I got an A,” he said. “As you embark on your careers or post-graduate studies, remember that failure is not the end. Failing at something does not mean that you are a failure. It simply offers you an opportunity to learn and grow and do better the next time.”
Indeed, Dr. Hurwitz’s own story showcases his drive to overcome the many challenges and barriers he faced growing up as a deaf child in Sioux City, Iowa, before eventually rising through the ranks at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology to become its president. After a 40-year career at NTID, Dr. Hurwitz went on to become president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., which, similar to NTID, serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
In a similar way, Sen. Schumer also made the most of a challenge faced after earning his bachelor’s degree. After missing an opportunity to travel the world for one year on an all-expense paid scholarship, Schumer stopped moping, dusted himself off, graduated law school and went on to earn his first seat as a NYS Assemblyman at the age of 23.
“The fact that you’ve gotten this great education at Keuka College and the fact that you are the first generation to grow up amidst this new technology so it’s almost instinct to you means one thing: If there was ever a time to figure out what your dream is and reach high for it, even if it seems hard to get to, now is that time,” Schumer told graduates in a surprise visit to the stage. “Reach deep down inside yourself. See what you’re made of. See if you can achieve that dream. My advice to the Class of 2015 is very simple: Go for it!”
“It’s not only my hope, not only my prayer, but indeed it is my confidence that you will succeed with flying colors and achieve your dreams,” Schumer said.
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