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Keuka College to Host Community Connection Town Hall Meeting May 10

Keuka College will host a Community Connection town hall meeting Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the meeting will be held at Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport. Light refreshments will be served.

Held in conjunction with the College’s Community Associates Board, participants at the meeting will learn more about Keuka College and will be able to network with both members of the College and the community. The Community Associates Board seeks to connect Keuka College with surrounding communities.

Questions may be directed to Kathy Waye, director of community relations and events at (315) 279-5602 or by email at [email protected].

Additional town hall meetings are set for Aug. 18 at Keuka College’s North Education and Conference Center; and Nov. 14 at the Elks Lodge.

Senior Art Show is All In Your Head

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.

by Nicole Miller '16

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.

by Marina Kilpatrick '16

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.”

by Mitchel Leet '16

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.”

Keuka College Scholarship lets Students get “Back to Business”

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.”

Haylee Bush Named Student Employee of the Year

Haylee Bush (third from right) was named Keuka College's 2016 Student Employee of the Year. With her are Sally Daggett, Molly McGuigan, and Mark Petrie.

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.

Student Employee of the Year Nominees include (from left): Kaitlyn Talbot, Genille Gordon, Haylee Bush, Myra Hoke, Katie Zawisa, 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 Elected as IACBE Chair

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.