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Keuka College’s Dr. Victoria Record Named Chair of New York State Board of Nursing’s Licensure, Education and Examination Committee

Dr. Vicki Record

Dr. Victoria Record, assistant professor of nursing at Keuka College, has been elected as the chair of the New York State Board of Nursing’s Licensure, Education and Examination Committee.

Dr. Debra Gates, chair of the Division of Nursing and associate professor of nursing believes this is an invaluable role to the College.

“We are very excited that one of our Keuka College faculty members has been appointed for this important position,” said Dr. Gates. “Ensuring standards of excellence in the profession requires strong leadership that Vicki brings to her role.”

Dr. Record received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Keuka College, a master’s degree in nursing from St. John Fisher College, and a doctoral degree in higher education and adult learning from Walden University.

Dr. Record, who also serves as the dean of Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, was chosen for this role by Suzanne Sullivan, the executive secretary of the New York State Board of Nursing. She will serve as chair of the committee through 2017.

“The board looks for individuals who are interested and have experience on the board and content areas,” said Dr. Record, who has served the board in other capacities since 2008. “As chair, I will be responsible for leading a group of other board members to investigate, research and make recommendations on behalf of the board to other professional organization and to New York State Board of Regents.”

Record became involved with the board of nursing because of her passion for nursing’s scope of practice and education.

“I felt then—and still do—that this is such an important part of being a nurse and maintaining our number one priority, which is to protect the public through the regulation of nursing practice,” said Dr. Record. “Serving as a member of the New York State Board of Nursing is an honor.”

She adds that as a board member, she also reviews professional misconduct cases, and participates in the Professional Assistance Panel, reviewing cases from Buffalo to Syracuse monthly.

“Both of these opportunities are lifetime membership roles I have as an extended member of the board, so I will continue to serve after 2017 in that capacity,” said Dr. Record.

Dr. Gates says the College is “fortunate to have a leader in nursing such as Vicki on our faculty. This role will bring invaluable information to our students and faculty.”

This year, Dr. Record says her committee will focus on making a recommendation to change the process for Canadian-trained nurses in seeking licensure in New York state, as well as reviewing the new nurse practitioner regulations and the changes to the NCLEX, the national nursing licensure exam, targeted for April 2016.

Added Dr. Record: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to play a vital role in protecting the public and advancing the profession of nursing. It has been one of my most rewarding experiences and something of true personal and professional growth.”

Meet New Faculty: Social Work, Spanish and Nursing

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of Q&As with full-time faculty members who recently came aboard at Keuka College. Today, meet three of our professors.

Dr. Margaret “Malia” Spofford-Xavier, assistant professor of Spanish and intercultural studies, currently teaches all Spanish classes as well as ENG 207 (Latin American literature and society) and INS301R (Intercultural Studies). She joined the faculty at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

Last book read: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Favorite quote: “Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.” (Author unknown)

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why:  The Little Prince has always charmed me with his optimism and creativity.

What makes teaching fun:  I enjoy getting to know students as they transform their dreams into reality through critical thinking and hard work.

What do you do for fun?  I like to jog, kayak, and garden. I spend time with my husband Bruno and two children, Nicholas and Olivia. We enjoy cooking, being outdoors, swimming, and visiting the library.

Christopher Clinton, assistant professor of social work, directs the BSW field placement program for the Division of Social Work. Currently, he teaches Social Work Practice I, SW Policy II and Senior Practicum.

Last book read: Joseph Campbell “The Power of Myth”

Favorite quote: “I have the world’s largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the beaches of the world … perhaps you’ve seen it,” by Steven Wright.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why: The Cat in the Hat, the greatest of iconoclasts, challenger of authority all the while awakening the mind and spirit to a new world of possibilities that would have otherwise remained hidden.  Be careful what you wish for children, this cat will surely take you to the edge of your comfort zone, hang you by your feet staring down at the abyss of new possibilities and consequences and then throw you back on your comfy-cushy couch begging for more….and once that iconoclastic kitty-cat leaves, you will never be satisfied with your once-accepted status quo. Best of all, after all that mayhem and unadulterated fun, you don’t have to lift a finger to clean up. Let’s not forget that he also banished Dick and Jane to the bookshelves of the humdrum and uninspired: ”What would you do if your mother asked you?”

What makes teaching fun:  When the effort and consciousness of teaching dissolves and we are effortlessly learning, consumed by the moment and collectively transformed by the experience. Spontaneous forays into role plays all the while making new connections between seemingly disparate concepts that fold into one another as if they were puzzle pieces effortlessly falling into place before our very eyes. How did that happen?

What do you do for fun? Hiking or hiking and hunting for mushrooms, listening to and playing music, tennis and kayaking.

Dr. Darlene Del Prato, professor of nursing, teaches Philosophy and Theories of Teaching and Learning, Nursing Theory and Research, Teaching and Learning Environments and Governance, Health Care Policy, Teaching and Learning Methods. She joined the faculty in early 2015.

Last book read: Parker Palmer’s “The Heart of Higher Eduction: A Call to Renewal”

Favorite quote: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”  Vince Lombardi

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why: Hmm, I don’t typically read fiction.

What makes teaching fun: The energy and exchange of ideas!

What do you do for fun? I enjoy being on the water, long walks in nature, gardening, and spending time with family and good friends.


Meet New Faculty: Finance, Biology and Occupational Therapy

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Q&As with full-time faculty members who recently came aboard at Keuka College. Today, meet three of Keuka’s new additions.

Dr. Lee-Hsien (Ken) Pan, assistant professor of finance, is teaching classes in international finance and intermediate accounting this semester.

Last book read: “My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore’s Billingual Journey” by Lee Kuan Yew.

Favorite quote: Fight to the death; never give up!

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why: Bruce Lee. He is a strong man not only physically but also spiritually.

What makes teaching fun: Exchanging thoughts and experiences with students are the happiest thing in the world.

What do you do for fun? Play tennis, listen to music, and watch YouTube videos.

Dr. Luciana Cursino-Parent (aka “Dr. C”), assistant professor of biology, is teaching BIO102 “Science of Life” and BIO 135 “Cells and Organisms” this semester.

Last book read: “The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning” by James E. Zull

Favorite quote: none.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why: Little Lulu Moppet because she reminds of myself as a little girl with my two brothers, based on a description of the character: “She is a very good little girl, and rarely initiates a battle with the boys; she just takes them on when they bother her or the other girls. Lulu is very imaginative, and she tells stories to Alvin to divert him from mischief and teach him a lesson. She also records some of her adventures in “Lulu’s Diary”

What makes teaching fun: Watching my students have fun and experiencing the “I get it” moment.

What do you do for fun? Outdoor activities: in summer and fall  - swimming and fishing; in the winter – snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Cassie Hey MSM, OTR/L, is assistant professor of occupational therapy and joined the faculty in 2014. She is currently teaching classes in mental health application and mental health community application.

Last book read: “Log Hotel” by Anne Schreiber. It is always the last book I read, as it is my 7-year old son’s favorite bedtime story.

Favorite quote: “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better” – Abraham Lincoln

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why:  Eowyn from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, due to her strength, compassion and courage.

What makes teaching fun: Seeing students gain passion and making connections

What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my family and children, golfing and working on our “hobby farm.”


Keuka College Establishes the Wertman Office of Digital Education

Christine and Donald Wertman

In 2008, Donald and Christine Wertman established the Wertman Office of Distance Education (WODE) to help Keuka College make its mark online. Initially, it geared its distance education offerings toward students who needed to add elective credits pursuing bachelor’s degrees through the College’s Center for Professional Studies (CPS) and Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).

Since then, students taking classes in social work, nursing, criminal justice systems, and organizational management have benefitted from the Wertmans’ generosity. In a 2008 Keuka College magazine article, Don said he and Chris “examined a number of new initiatives, and elected to support the creation of an Office of Distance Education.”

And now the Wertmans have again examined a new initiative, and at an Oct. 15 ceremony, the Wertman Office of Distance Education was renamed the Wertman Office of Digital Education.

“The name change reflects the evolution of higher education and the initiatives of Keuka College,” said Dr. Tim Sellers, associate provost for academic innovation. “WODE will lead the way in digital education across the instruction spectrum, from face-to-face classroom educational technology to online distance education.”

The once traditional boundaries of classroom and online learning are eroding in higher education, added Dr. Sellers, which means that how students learn and collaborate is changing.

College President Jorge Díaz-Herrera (l) and Don Wertman at the Digital Learning Commons ribbon cutting ceremony

“Digital technologies have become the interface between students and their academic content and skills,” said Dr. Sellers. “The new WODE positions itself to not only meet, but be a leader in, advancing these digital academic initiatives. WODE will continue to serve the distance education needs of CPS programs while also providing expertise in technology-based classroom and hybrid pedagogy.”

The WODE staff will work in conjunction with faculty across the College, including Digital Learning experts and information technology professionals to ensure technology is advancing learning and student success.

Over the past decade, the Wertmans have contributed frequently to Keuka College students’ well being, including supporting the Keuka Fund, the Katharine F. Wilhelm Scholarship, the Campaign to Save Ball Hall, the renovation of the College’s Phillips Lounge in the Dahlstrom Student Center, and the Adopt-A-Student campaign. They have also commissioned several sculptures created by Professor Emeritus Dexter Benedict.

“None of these could have been completed without their dedication to our institution,” said Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera.

And the Wertmans’ dedication to Keuka College continues with not only the new WODE, but with a gift to help establish the Keuka College Center for Business Analytics & Health Informatics, which will be housed in the new Keuka Commons building.

“The new department and degree program will keep students one step ahead of the ever-changing world of information and technology while simultaneously creating jobs and preparing future students for a world that needs savvy information users,” said Dr. Díaz-Herrera. “Don and Chris hope that their gift will inspire others to evaluate how they might share their resources in support of our Long Range Strategic Plan, and have an impact that will reach far beyond campus borders.”

Don Wertman

And Chris and Don—who served as the former vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees—have a long history of philanthropy with Keuka College. The former COO of Seedway LLC, Don is member of the Finger Lakes Health (FLH) Board of Directors, while Chris currently teaches in the Waterloo Central School District.

And the passion and altruism the Wertmans have is not limited to Keuka College, as is reflected in their extensive philanthropic endeavors and generous financial support of Finger Lakes Health, the American Cancer Society, the Bach Choir, the Smithsonian, Geneva Concerts Inc., and Sisters of Saint Joseph.

Keuka College to Mark Veterans Day Nov. 11

Duran Allen, a member of the Class of 2018, speaks at last year's Veterans Day Ceremony

Keuka College will mark Veterans Day Wednesday, Nov. 11 with a 4:15 p.m. ceremony in Norton Chapel.

Local veterans, their families, and friends are invited to join the College community in the ceremony honoring veterans who have served our country.

The ceremony will include patriotic music, guest speakers, and special recognition of all veterans in attendance. Those veterans who cannot attend will also be honored by students, faculty, and staff if their name is in the program. The ceremony will conclude in front of the chapel with a gun salute and the playing of Taps by members of the Penn Yan V.F.W. Color Guard.

After the service, local veterans are invited to have dinner in the Geiser Dining Hall in the College’s Dahlstrom Student Center. The first 50 veterans who register will receive their dinner compliments of AVI Fresh, the College’s food service provider. Meals can be purchased by other guests at the door.

Community members interested in honoring a veteran during the College’s ceremony, or need more information, can contact Laurie Adams, assistant director of alumni and family relations, at (315) 279-5653. The deadline for including a veteran’s name in the program is Monday, Nov. 2.