When they were youngsters, students who took part in the mid-year conferral of degrees today (Sunday, Dec. 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.”
Dr. Anne M. Kress, president of Monroe Community College (MCC), will deliver the address at Keuka College’s mid-year conferral of degrees Sunday, Dec. 8.
More than 100 traditional and Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) students will receive degrees at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
Since beginning her tenure at MCC in 2009, Kress has elevated the college’s role in several key areas—readiness for college, college completion, workforce development, diversity and sustainability—to better serve the needs of students and the community.
New initiatives launched under her leadership include an enhanced Honors Institute, which provides the most academically prepared students with a comprehensive program of study that includes undergraduate research, and more meaningful collaborations with area school districts in strengthening the K-12 pipeline and improving college completion rates.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Kress earned a doctoral degree in higher education administration, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in finance, all from the University of Florida.
Her career spans more than 20 years as an administrator and educator in higher education. Kress is a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives; the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development; and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues. She also serves as a member of a State University of New York Innovation Team focused on advancing the “Seamless Education Pipeline” initiative in SUNY’s strategic plan.
In 2011, Kress was named a member of the Regional Economic Development Council by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Locally, she is a board member of the Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the United Way of Greater Rochester.
Other highlights of the ceremony include the presentation of the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award and a speech by Lakesha Carter, a Rochester resident who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management. College President Dr. Jorge Díaz-Herrera, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Robert Schick, and President of the Keuka College Alumni Association Jeremy Hourihan ’08 will also address the graduates.
Occam, a 14th century logician and Franciscan friar, and the Warren Commission would have you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
Occam contends that when there are two competing theories, or explanations for something, the simpler one is better than the complex one.
It’s called Occam’s Razor and Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of management in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), believes it makes perfect sense, especially when applied to the tragic events that played out 50 years ago in Dallas, Texas. (more…)
Vanessa Coy was “devastated” when she learned about the powerful typhoon that struck her native Philippines last week.
Her first concern was for her relatives—aunts, uncles, and others—who lived in towns and cities that felt the brutal force of Typhoon Haiyan, which brought sustained 147 mile-per-hour winds, 45-foot waves, and more than 15 inches of rain to some areas.
“Everyone is OK,” said Coy, a senior adolescent education major from Wellsville who came to the United States at a young age.
Coy was born in Olangapo City, a city located in the province of Zambales, northwest of the Philippine capital of Manila.
“My relatives in Zambales were not hit, but my family in Manila was,” said Coy. “I recently found out they lost their beach homes, farm animals, everything. They are relying on U.S. troops to supply first aid, food, and water.”
That information came from a cousin in Japan, according to Coy.
“We have not been able to get through [to our relatives],” said Coy, who last visited the Philippines in 2012. “We have sent money, but don’t know if they received it.”
Officials estimate that at least 4, 200 people were killed and three million displaced. Nearly 500,000 homes were damaged.
The Center for Spiritual Life is leading a Keuka College drive to raise funds for the Philippines through ShelterBox USA (http://shelterboxusa.org). ShelterBox is an international organization that “responds instantly after natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.”
A complete box costs $1,000 “but we will donate whatever funds we raise,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain.
Donations (cash or check) may be dropped off in the Center for Spiritual Life (Dahlstrom 13). Checks should be made payable to “Keuka College” (indicate Shelter Box – Philippines in the memo line).
“In the past, our community has come together to support those around the world who have been devastated through natural disasters,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain. “We responded when the earthquake crippled Haiti and the tsunami hit Japan. Today, we have the opportunity to come alongside the people of the Philippines, who were hit so hard by Typhoon Haiyan.”
Coy is appreciative of the College’s ShelterBox initiative and said there is one other thing people can do to help.
“The Filipino people have a very religious background,” she explained, ”and they need every prayer they can get because it is going to take years to rebuild the country.”
Keuka College will mark Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, with a 4 p.m. ceremony at the World War II memorial near Lightner Library. (In case of inclement weather, it will be held in Hegeman Hall 109.)
College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera will deliver remarks along with Chris Leahy, associate professor of history; Sander Diamond, professor of history; and Linda Park, director of Lightner Library. Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain, will offer a prayer of remembrance, and members of the Penn Yan VFW Honor Guard are expected to take part.
After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in Lightner Library.
Erected by members of the Political Science and History Club in 2005, the memorial commemorates the 60th anniversary of V-E Day, honors World War II veterans, and recognizes the contributions Keuka College nurses made during the war.
The creativity of the College community was on display Oct. 31 as students and staff took part in the annual Halloween costume contest.
Communications Manager Gretchen Parsells snapped photos of the winners and others who spiced up the lunch hour in Geiser Refectory.
The accreditation of Keuka College’s social work program has again been reaffirmed by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Keuka offers a bachelor’s degree in social work in its traditional program on the Keuka Park campus and at sites across New York state through the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).
One reason why CSWE accreditation is critical is that social workers seeking licensure from the National Association of Social Workers must hold a master’s degree from an accredited social work program, according to Stephanie Craig, professor and chair of the Division of Social Work.
“Being accredited by CSWE also allows us to provide a program that is accepted across the United States and permits students to apply for admission to master’s degree programs at an accredited school,” said Craig.
CSWE is a national association that “preserves and enhances the quality of social work education for practice that promotes the goals of individual and community well-being and social justice.” CSWE pursues this mission through setting and maintaining policy and program standards, accrediting bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in social work, promoting research and faculty development, and advocating for social work education.
The CSWE conducted a site visit and review of Keuka’s program earlier this year, but the College spent “two to three years” preparing for it, according to Craig.
“It was much more arduous this time because we added a social work degree through ASAP in 2007,” said Craig. “In addition to conducting a self-study, we rewrote the syllabus, developed assessments, and analyzed how the program fits within the College.”
Social work has been part of the Keuka College curriculum since 1950 and became fully accredited by the CSWE in 1982.
“Our traditional social work program has earned the respect of human service providers across New York state, from Watertown to Binghamton and in between through the service of our students and faculty, as well as the employment of our graduates,” said Craig.
Craig said that “with the addition of the innovative ASAP delivery model—resulting in an increase of 50 to some 300 students—Keuka has provided access to secondary education that would otherwise be unobtainable.”
The University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra (URCO), under the baton of Dr. David Harman, will present a concert at Keuka College Wednesday, Oct. 23.
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel and is free and open to the public.
Joining the orchestra will be two soloists:
The program will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.
URCO, a select group of 40 graduate and undergraduate students from the University’s River Campus, presents four free concerts each year in the Henry Alvah Strong Auditorium. It also performs in satellite locations throughout the Rochester community and tours in the United States and internationally.
In addition to directing URCO, Harman is professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the River Campus. For the past 18 years, he has also served as conductor and music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Penn Yan residents George and Carolyn Schaeffer will receive the 2013 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The award will be presented at a noon luncheon in the Geiser Refectory at Keuka College.
The Stork Award was established by Keuka College to recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify the College’s commitment of valuing individual initiative for the common good. The award was named after the first recipients of the award, Penn Yan residents Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork, in 1991.
The Schaeffers have been involved in their community—be it on Long Island, in Massachusetts, or Penn Yan—for some 50 years, and children have been at the heart of their commitment to social responsibility.
Since moving to Penn Yan 12 years ago, a particular focus of the Schaeffers is the Weekend Backpack Program, part of Milly’s Pantry. The Weekend Backpack Program addresses food insecurity among school-age Yates County children, and helps distribute educational materials and information about other community programs that help families become self-sufficient.
Carolyn sits on Milly’s Pantry Board of Directors, where she volunteers at its market, supervises the building maintenance, and co-chairs the Milly’s Pantry School Supplies Program. She tutors elementary school students, serves as chair of the Yates County Democratic Committee, and volunteers at the Branchport Elementary School and Head Start, which is “a natural continuation of my career as a Montessori upper elementary school teacher,” she said.
The Schaeffers are active in both the Food for the Needy and Christmas for the Needy organizations. George started as a box-mover and soon became treasurer of both organizations, positions he held until 2012. The former president of the Milly’s Pantry Board of Directors, George currently serves as volunteer executive director and is a member of the general building maintenance team.
The Schaeffers also teach social ballroom dance lessons for free through the Penn Yan Adult Education Program.
The Schaeffers began their commitment to community service in the 1960s when Carolyn tutored the children of migrant workers on Long Island and volunteered in the anti-poverty Upward Bound Program for at-risk youth. In the 1970s, George and Carolyn opened their home as a safe haven for runaway teens as part of the New York State Sanctuary Program.
Carolyn served as co-chair and youth director of the League of Women’s Voters and sat on the Smithtown Youth Board until their move to Massachusetts, where George became a youth soccer coach and referee, as well as an organizer of a local teen group and tutor for middle school and GED students.
At the Massachusetts Council for Children, Carolyn organized teen suicide prevention programs in local high schools and was a hot-line volunteer. A software engineer, George taught computer skills to first-sixth graders at the Shrewsbury Montessori School. They also began an after-school chess club which went on to win state-level team tournaments.
Tickets for the luncheon are $10. Seating is limited, so advanced 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, or reservations may be made online at events.keuka.edu. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 9.
For more information call (315) 279-5238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the Storks, other recipients of the award include:
1992: M. Camille Bloomquist, Keuka Park.
1993: Richard and the late Ruth Brow, Dresden.
1994: The late Bruce Hansen, Penn Yan.
1995: Taylor H. III and Linda Fitch (Keuka College Class of 1969), Bluff Point.
1996: Evelyn and the late Norman Worth, Penn Yan.
1997: The late Cheryl Turner (Keuka College Class of 1963 and 2004), Keuka Park.
1998: The late Thelma and Robert Flynn, Penn Yan.
1999: Gene F. Pierce, Dundee.
2000: The late Edith Calvin (Keuka College Class of 1934), Penn Yan.
2001: The late Edwin H. Worden, Penn Yan.
2002: Doug and Penne Marchionda, Penn Yan.
2003: The late Chester Culver, Bluff Point.
2004: The late Lucia Wheeler, Penn Yan.
2005: William and Delores Sutherland, Penn Yan.
2006: The late William Crain, Keuka Park.
2007: Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan.
2008: Les and Wanda Wood, Penn Yan.
2009: Helen Stewart, Penn Yan.
2010: Keuka College President Emeritus Joseph G. Burke and Professor Emerita Diane Burke, Keuka Park.
2011: Jim and Gloria Long, Penn Yan.
2012: Harry Swarthout, Branchport.
At the time the U.S. Constitution was drafted, little was said about the idea of an administrative state due to the Framers’ distrust in centralized power and the type of bureaucracy existent in Britain at the time.
“But it has evolved in the U.S. as a uniquely American enterprise; it is still quite small, in relation to the bureaucracies of other industrialized democracies, and arguably more responsive than many of them,” said Dr. Angela Narasimhan, assistant professor of political science.
Narasimhan marked Constitution Day (Sept. 17) in her Public Policy (POL 331) course with a discussion of “Public Administrative Theory and the Separation of Powers,” published in 1983 by David H. Rosenbloom.
“Rosenbloom’s work explores the interaction between the three federal branches of government in the implementation and evaluation of public policy and serves as a useful reminder of how public agencies, unlike private corporations, are constrained by their role as democratic institutions,” she said. “This work was important in that it was part of the new public administration movement that challenged the notion that public administration could be neutral and efficiency-driven like organizations in the private sector.”
That view, outlined in the scientific management paradigm, was articulated in the early 1900s by such scholars as Max Weber and Luther Gulick “in the hopes that bureaucracy could be cleansed of corrupting political influences and made more efficient,” she explained.
“As Gulick noted, a hierarchical organization would help achieve these goals, and underlying that hierarchy is a clear chain of command, with bureaucrats only ‘serving one master’ in order to clarify responsibility and promote accountability.”
However, explained Narasimhan, new public administration theorists like Rosenbloom contend that public agencies have more than one master: they answer not only to the top level of management, including the head of the agency and the president, but also have direct relationships with Congress, who makes the policy that they implement; the Judiciary, which reviews their actions and can challenge implementation; as well as the public, as their consumers.
“We reject the scientific management paradigm,” said Narasimhan, “because we now know that public administration is inherently political; it operates under the democratic structure of the Constitution.”
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