Many students covet the opportunity to travel internationally during their college experience, and Keuka College students are no exception. Thanks to a $20,000 gift from Dr. Michael Hwang, administrative chancellor for Keuka College China Campuses, Keuka College students may find travelling to China within easier reach.
Hwang, who also serves as professor of career management and experiential education for Keuka China Program, gave the gift in honor of his late colleague, Dr. Anne Marie Guthrie. Guthrie and Hwang worked closely together during the creation of Keuka College’s China programs, and continued their friendship and professional partnership until Guthrie’s passing.
Guthrie, who served 12 years as dean of Keuka College’s Center for Experiential Learning, was an exceptional leader, and a strong advocate for Field Period™. She passed away Oct. 29, 2013 after an eight-year battle with breast cancer.
Hwang will donate $4,000 each year for five years to a Keuka College student who will travel and learn more about experiential learning in China. The student will spend several months at one of Keuka College’s partner universities and either take courses, or complete a research project, on experiential learning while in China.
Students will complete an application and proposal to be considered for the scholarship. The proposal and application must include a specific plan, what the student intends to do with the learning experience, extracurricular activities, and academic performance, among other criteria. While no minimum grade-point-average is required, the applicant should be an upperclassman.
Applications and proposals will be reviewed and selected by Dr. Anne Weed, vice president for academic affairs.
Keuka College’s Community Associates Board is seeking nominations for the 2014 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service.
The College established the award to recognize individuals who exemplify its historic commitment to the value and benefit of using individual initiative for the common good. It was named after the first recipients (1991) of the award, Penn Yan resident Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork.
Nominations may be sent to the Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College, 141 Central Ave., Keuka Park, N.Y., 14478 or email@example.com by Friday, April 4.
The 2014 award will be presented Tuesday, Aug. 12, at noon in the Geiser Refectory, Dahlstrom Student Center.
Dr. Aram deKoven, associate professor of education studies at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, will discuss “Subconsciously Held Bias: Exposing the Myth of Racial Colorblindness” Monday, March 17.
The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Hegeman Hall 109. The presentation, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Social Work, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Social Work Club.
deKoven holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and music from State University of New York at Oswego and a master’s degree in human resources management from Mercy College. He earned a second master’s degree in education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Cornell University.
deKoven began teaching in after school programs and working with at-risk youth. Later, he taught in Cornell University’s teacher education program and served as visiting assistant professor of education at SUNY Cortland.
“Aram’s message applies across a broad range of bias and is generally geared toward educators,” said Gretchen Rymarchyk, assistant professor of social work. “Teachers might be an obvious target [of those who have bias], but we are all to blame. It happens to adults as well as kids. We don’t mean to do it, but it’s there.”
But Rymarchyk says those in other majors, such as nursing, social work, and occupational therapy, will also benefit from this presentation.
“These students will one day be in a position of power with their client, patient, or student,” said Rymarchyk, “so if they are exercising bias, than they are not getting the outcomes that they should.”
Bias and racism are learned, not inherent, according to Rymarchyk.
“We have bias because we are raised in a society that has on-going oppression,” she added. “I don’t think I have a particular hatred toward others, but I do have bias and I try to pay attention to it. My friends and family have it. I know it’s unintentional, and we don’t mean to have bias, but I see it all around me.”
Added Rymarchyk: “I hope the audience comes to the presentation with a truly open mind, and walks out with ideas on how they can uncover their own bias.”
Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR, will deliver the 26th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Tuesday, May 6, at Keuka College.
Simon will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.
The lecture series carries the names of Geneva resident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife.
In addition to Weekend Edition Saturday, which has an audience of 4.2 million listeners, Simon hosts the PBS television series Backstage With … that features his conversations with some of the biggest names in theater, including Tom Hanks, Patricia Heaton, and Katie Holmes. He also hosts Need to Know on PBS.
Simon narrated the documentary film Lincoln of Illinois for PBS, and was blown up by Martians in the Grammy Award-nominated 50th anniversary remake of The War of the Worlds (co-starring Jason Robards).
Simon has reported from all 50 states and every continent. He has covered 10 wars, hundreds of campaigns, sieges, famines, hurricanes, earthquakes, civil wars, scandals, state funerals, and opening nights. He has interviewed and profiled some of the most interesting personalities of the times, from Mother Teresa, Ariel Sharon, and Wyclef Jean, to roving street kids in Rio, and refugees in Kosovo, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Simon has received numerous honors for his reporting, including a special 1989 George Foster Peabody Award for his weekly essays. He was awarded the Studs Terkel Media Award in 2009 and is the only journalist to serve on the National Institute on Civil Discourse (other members of the Institute include Colin Powell and Bill Clinton). He is also on the board of the Hemingway Collection at the JFK Presidential Library.
Simon has written for The New York Times Book Review and op-ed pages, The Wall Street Journal opinion and book page, The Los Angeles Times, Friends Journal, and Gourmet Magazine (his article on “Conflict Cuisine” won the James Beard Award for Best Food Writing, as well as the International Culinary Professionals Award).
Simon’s book, Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan, was published in the spring of 2000 by Hyperion. It topped The Los Angeles Times nonfiction best-seller list, and was cited as one of the best books of the year in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, and several other publications. His second book, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, kicked off the prestigious Wiley Turning Points series in September of 2002, and was the Barnes and Noble Sports Book of the Year.
His most recent book, Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, is a memoir about the subject of adoption and made the extended best-seller list.
In 2005, Simon published Pretty Birds, his novel about teenage girls during the siege of Sarajevo. Acclaimed as “the start of a brilliant new career,” it is now in its 13th printing. His most recent novel, the best-selling, political comedy Windy City, was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008. Simon is working on a memoir about the life and death of his mother, tentatively titled Unforgettable (2015, Flat Iron Books).
A lover of ballet, Simon has appeared as Mother Ginger in the Ballet Austin production of The Nutcracker.
Breeanna Rothenburg, a resident of Cato and senior at Cato-Meridian High School, is the January recipient of Keuka College’s George H. Ball Community Achievement Award.
She joins Dakota Skinner, Bethany Derleth, Victoria Anderson, and Taylor McIntyre as recipients of the $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually), which recognizes strong academic and community service records. The College will award one more scholarship for 2013-14.
The award honors Rev. Dr. George Harvey Ball, founder and first president of Keuka College.
Rothenburg was nominated for the award by Sally Lebro, family and consumer science teacher at Cato-Meridian.
“I can’t imagine anyone who is more deserving of this award than Breeanna,” said Lebro. “She is No. 1 at helping anyone at anytime, regardless of what their needs are, and does this totally without regard for her own wants and needs.”
Rothenburg works with elementary students in after-school programs and is a peer tutor. In addition, she serves as a volunteer teaching assistant who“has earned great respect from the students she assists,” said Lebro. “She helped orchestrate a benefit for a patient with health problems and volunteers to help our local PTO whenever it needs assistance.”
She has helped organize numerous events at school and “spent countless hours cleaning and reorganizing the classrooms of teachers who need her help,” said Lebro.
Rothenburg assists senior citizens at the grocery store; shovels snow for people who can’t do it themselves; participated in the 5K Run for Respect race, a fundraiser for Special Olympics; and helped run a local kiddie carnival.
“She is a self-starter and doesn’t wait to be asked before pitching in,” said Lebro. “She just does it, and then sticks with it until everything is taken care of.”
Skinner was nominated by Steven Gillule, a guidance counselor at Tioga Central.
“Community service has always been an integral part of my life,” said Skinner. “I continue to be active in programs and organizations that have a focus of helping individuals improve their quality of life.”
At school, he has been involved in numerous organizations, including SADD, the band, student council, and National Honor Society while engaging in a host of service activities such as American Red Cross blood drives and roadside clean-ups, among others.
The consummate student-athlete, Skinner has played varsity baseball since his freshman year and captained the varsity basketball team as a junior. He also serves as videographer for the football team.
Skinner donates his time and talents to numerous youth programs offered by his church, including vacation Bible school and Children’s Chat. He is also involved with various creative ministries, such as assisting with the choreography of hand puppet shows at nursing and retirement homes and singing Christmas carols for shut-ins.
His commitment to social responsibility is also evidenced by his work with Operation Christmas Child, participation in food drives for the local pantry, and assisting coaches at youth baseball clinics.
Derleth, a resident of Rochester and senior at Greece Athena High School, was nominated for the award by Sarah Culp, associate pastor of the Greece Baptist Church.
“Bethany is involved in many aspects of community service, both within and outside the church,” said Culp, who is responsible for youth programming. “Always ready to lend a hand, Bethany is especially good with children, often assisting with their classes and volunteering in the nursery Sunday morning.”
Derleth spends many of her vacations and school breaks in service of others. Since seventh grade, she has spent spring break at Flower City Work Camp, helping low income homeowners with needed repairs. She also traveled to New Orleans, La., to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward.
She also donated her time and talents in Washington, D.C., planting trees, clearing a walkway, and cleaning up litter in an urban park, as well performing various tasks to prepare for the opening of a new school.
“Over the summer months, Bethany can be found at Cameron Community Ministries, assisting children with reading and math as well as helping out in the clothing closet and soup kitchen,” said Culp.
Anderson, a resident of Glenville and student in the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, was nominated for the award by Helen Hagen, director/principal of Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, “a collaborative effort among SUNY Orange, Ulster, Rockland, and Sullivan community colleges to create broader access to academic programs and workforce training throughout the four-county region.”
“Victoria is a one-in-a-million, shining-light person,” said Hagen. “She brings her optimistic, enthusiastic, diligent, respectful charm to all she does. The trait I find most astounding in Victoria is her bone-deep kindness and empathy.”
Here are just a few examples of how Anderson has made a difference in her school, community, and world:
“Victoria is making the world a better place one day at a time,” said Hagen. “She has the skills and determination to make big things happen.”
McIntyre, a resident of Trumansburg and senior at Watkins Glen High School, was nominated for the award by Tammy Lotocky, an instructor in the criminal justice program at The Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES.
“Taylor has helped her community and made a difference to the people around her,” said Lotocky. “This consistent willingness to go above and beyond best describes her.”
For more information on the George H. Ball Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to: http://www.keuka.edu/community/
Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a talk by a former nuclear engineer who has written a novel about the assassination of President Kennedy.
Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business and management, will discuss “Did Oswald Act Alone? Author Believes He Did, but His Book Tells a Different Story,” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.
Wilczek is convinced Oswald acted alone Nov. 22, 1963, but his novel, Last Witness, is filled—as the jacket of the book describes—with “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies.”
“I love writing fiction,” said Wilczek, “because I can write whatever I want.”
He has published three other mystery thrillers: The Kept Secret, The Soma Man, and Death’s Revenge.
Wilczek spent 30 years in the nuclear and utility industry, the last third as vice president and corporate officer. He earned an associate degree in engineering science from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from SUNY Buffalo, an MBA from Syracuse University, and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Tickets for the luncheon are $12.75, $2.50 of which goes to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund. The fund provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending Keuka College. Seating is limited, so reservations are advised.
Make checks payable to Keuka College and mail to: Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478. Reservations may also be made online at http://events.keuka.edu. The reservation deadline is Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keuka College staff, faculty, and students had a little fun with ugly sweaters, festive props, and lots of friends for a holiday photo and video shoot.
With Keuka College’s fall Chorale and Band concert in the books, Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the Chorale, has her sights set on the future of the music program.
And the future starts during the spring 2014 semester, when Hamilton will hold auditions for students who want to join a select choir.
Hamilton envisions the select choir performing at on-campus events, alumni gatherings, and traveling for student recruitment.
“It will be a polished, professional group that will showcase the College and give Keuka students a high-quality music experience,” said Hamilton, who plans to have the choir accompanied by live instrumentalists.
Hamilton, who has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and other well-known groups, “likes to sing a lot of different genres, and I want to incorporate those genres into the choir.”
With that variety in mind, Hamilton anticipates the choir will sing “mostly pop, R&B, jazz, and Broadway, as well as present some a cappella pieces.”
Chorale member Jakiem Brown ’15, an educational studies major from Rochester, would seem to be a logical candidate for the select choir.
“Many of my best singers and musicians are athletes, and Jakiem is a member of both the men’s volleyball and tennis teams,” said Hamilton. “He plays the saxophone and ukulele, sings, and beat-boxes. He performed a solo during the concert, and is just a great kid who is hungry for more.”
Another athlete who would seem to a logical select choir candidate is Stephanie Havens ’14. The adolescent English major from Unadilla is a forward/midfielder for the women’s soccer team, and has been “singing and playing the trumpet for a long time.
“I liked that I could join Chorale or Band and have private voice lessons,” said Havens. “There is a Mozart piece I am working on that I am excited about, but is nothing I’d have ever considered if not for the voice lessons. I am not afraid to get up and sing in front of people anymore.”
As the select choir works through its formative stages, the popularity of the Chorale is growing, as evidenced by Kelsea Flynn ’17, a psychology major from Penn Yan. She sang a duet at the concert and “is excited to participate in Chorale next semester.”
“There are a lot of new students registered for Chorale next semester, and I’m excited,” said Hamilton. “There will be some challenges, though. I have several Chinese students registered, and a lot of students can’t read music. But, I hope to incorporate more popular songs into the concerts, and to one day partner with the Arion Players Drama Club and perform a musical.”
Next semester will also bring the formation of a jazz band, private instrumental lessons, and a possible concert with the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester.
“There are many Chinese students in the Keuka College Chorale and I wanted to find an authentic experience for them,” said Hamilton.
Also on tap for next semester will be new music opportunities in the classroom. Hamilton will teach a class on American Music Traditions, which will explore the history of American popular and classical music, including colonial folk music, blues, jazz, Broadway, rap, and hip hop, among others.
Added Hamilton: “One of the things I hope to do is partner with [Assistant Professor of Art] Melissa Newcomb’s students in her digital photography class and have them design album covers for my students.”
Keuka College has received a gift from Donald and Christine Wertman of Hall, N.Y., to help establish the Keuka College Center for Business Analytics & Health Informatics.
Donald Wertman is COO of Seedway LLC, vice president of the Keuka College Board of Trustees, and sits on the Finger Lakes Health (FLH) Board of Directors.
The Wertmans are supporting the Center because of their interest in health care, in particular student wellness.
“While we support all areas of the College’s Long Range Strategic Plan, we are financially supporting the component of the plan that deals with student wellness in all forms—physical, mental, and spiritual,” said Donald Wertman. “Wellness is critically important to student success.”
FLH plans to partner with the College on the project because “we believe it has the potential to improve the struggling economy of Yates County while enhancing the region’s health education opportunities and access to health care services,” said Dr. Jose Acevedo, president and CEO of FLH.
Keuka College President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera agrees.
“The Center will leverage the College’s existing health care expertise and programs through its highly rated nursing and occupational therapy programs,” said Díaz-Herrera.
Keuka offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at sites around New York state through its Accelerated Studies for Adults (ASAP) program, as well as a bachelor’s degree in occupational science and master’s degree in occupational therapy on its home campus in Keuka Park.
Pending approval by the New York State Education Department, the College and FLH will jointly offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing beginning in fall 2014.
Díaz-Herrera expects the Center to anchor a new college-town development—called for in the strategic plan— that will become the hub for Yates County entrepreneurial programs and research.
Part of that college-town development could include a health clinic—perhaps managed by FLH—that would serve the needs of students and the community, according to Wertman.
While a health clinic remains only a possibility for now, there is no doubt that the Center for Business Analytics & Health Informatics would be a boon to Yates County in terms of jobs.
“The Center will provide the required infrastructure for expanding business opportunities and job creation in the region,” said Acevedo.
Díaz-Herrera said the Center will “create construction, high-tech, health sciences, and education jobs in addition to helping our region’s fastest growing employment sector train and retain a highly educated work force.
“The Center will help the county and region support the need for new high-tech industry development while providing health care workers with specific health informatics training,” said the president. “It is a perfect fit for our Digital Learning@Keuka initiative.”
“It’s clear,” said Wertman, “that the Center and partnership between Keuka College and FLH will not only be a win-win for both entities, but for our entire community. We trust that our gift will inspire others to evaluate how they might share resources in support of Keuka College’s strategic plan.”
When they were youngsters, students who took part in the mid-year conferral of degrees Sunday, Dec. 8 at Keuka College, learned their ABCs.
Prior to receiving their diplomas, they learned their five Ps.
“My goal today is to encourage you to live by a plethora of Ps: perspective, preparation, persistence, passion, and principles,” said Dr. Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College (MCC), the featured speaker at the ceremony.
Perspective, said Kress, “is what helps you see the huge wave about to overtake you is made up of small drops of water, each easily deflected. It’s what allows you to keep a sense of humor when things get stressful, to prioritize when the piles of work look like canyon walls all around you.”
Preparation, she explained, is what opens the door to opportunity; it’s what turns potential into reality. “We prepare not by talking and rushing but by researching, reviewing, reflecting, and listening.”
Persistence, according to Kress, “is how you get up time and time again until you cross the finish line. As the great philosopher, Bond, James Bond, once said, ‘I don’t stop when I am tired; I stop when I am done.’”
Passion is the ‘P’ that lights the fire, she explained. “Community colleges are my passion; they’re in my blood, heart, and soul. Keep your passion. It will warm you and reward you; it is invaluable.”
Kress said principles are hard won. “If you haven’t already, you will come to a day when you need to make a choice between doing the right thing and doing something quite different. Remember that such a choice won’t just impact you, it reverberates and it rebounds. Make sure you have non-negotiables, articulate them to those around you, and keep them safe and secure.”
Tina Fey, stated Kress, “claims the worst question in the world to ask a working mother is: ‘How do you juggle it all?’ I’ll extend it: it’s the worst question to ask anyone. During your time at Keuka, you’ve had to juggle too many balls and sadly, I’m here to tell you that won’t change even after today. With perspective, preparation, persistence, passion, and principles—and your outstanding Keuka education—you have more than enough power to keep the most important balls speeding through the air successfully.”
Rochester resident Lakesha Carter, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management through Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), also spoke at the ceremony. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Keuka College chapter of Alpha Lambda Sigma, the national honor society for adult students.
A wife and mother, Carter said “the driving force behind my success as a Keuka College student is the many competitions I have with myself and the message I am sending to my children by continuing my education.
“I grew up in the projects in Rochester,” she added. ”I am the youngest of seven children. I am the only the second person in my family to graduate from high school and the first one to go to college. I wanted to give my family something to be proud of. I want to be able to show my children that I don’t just talk the talk; I walk the walk.”
Another highlight was the presentation of the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award to Karen Reid, who has taught in the Division of Social Work since 2007 and served as a cohort adviser since 2010. She was nominated by Ed Silverman, director of the ASAP social work program.
“Karen has been instrumental in the growth and excellent quality of the social work program in the Syracuse/Auburn region,” said Silverman. “She has gained the respect of her students and colleagues alike with her honest and straightforward approach to student teaching and helps each student achieve personal and professional growth, and academic success.”
Silverman said Reid “challenges students to get out of their comfort zone and encourages each of them to trust in their own potential and strength. Her success in reaching students has its foundation in her own modeling of high quality and competent social work. Students appreciate her ability to bring real-world connection to concepts covered in the classroom.”
Added Silverman: “Karen is of the mindset that if she does a good job, then she knows that the students will go out into the world and truly make a difference in the life of someone who is hurting or in need.”
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