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Ann Tuttle Reprises Role as IACBE Vice Chair

Ann Tuttle, professor of management, was elected as vice chair and member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Tuttle, a resident of Watkins Glen, was elected to the post during the IACBE’s 2015 Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting, held in Baltimore, Md. last month.  She previously served as vice chair in 2009, 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.

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, 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 faculty in 1998, was selected the 2006-07 Professor of the Year.

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Rochester Experts Headline Student Panel Discussion

Taking advantage of the opportunity to pick the brains of two of the top business minds from the Rochester region, Keuka College students turned out in force for a May 1 discussion panel on campus.

Sasson and Rosenberger speak before a packed hall of students May 1.

Rochester residents Steve Sasson, a 35-year Kodak veteran and inventor of the digital camera, along with Geoffrey Rosenberger, a charter school proponent and investment expert met with students prior to the evening’s Fribolin Lecture series at Norton Chapel, a 27-year College tradition where both were featured speakers.

After introductions, M.C. and moderator, College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera opened the floor to questions. And question the students did. The discussion was peppered with students seeking answers to everything from advice on how to ensure future financial security, to what signs indicate an entrepreneurial project is worthy of capital investment, to what factors impact student success at charter schools. Questions on innovation and forecasting technological outcomes were also part of the conversation.

Sasson received several questions surrounding the invention of digital camera technology at Eastman Kodak in the 1970s and whether he ever predicted digital cameras would one day be held in the palm of people’s hands as part of their mobile devices. Sasson drew laughter from students replying that given personal computers had not even been invented when he built the first digital camera at Kodak, no, he had no idea what would ultimately result. In a similar manner, Sasson told students he was also at a loss when asked if he could forecast what invention might replace the digital camera in coming years.

Steve Sasson fields a question from the president.

Sasson outlined the questions and criticisms his invention received in early years and encouraged those in the room that if inventing, they should continue to focus on their project and to plan on hearing naysayers as a matter of routine. In addition, he advised, other inventions will be underway in other parts of the country or world and innovators may later discover an intersection between their invention and someone else’s that makes a giant technological leap forward possible.

Rosenberger replies to a student question.

A staunch advocate of charter schools, with board member service at both Uncommon Schools and True North, Rosenberger ably fielded questions on charter schools. When questioned by an education major how charter renewal cycles could make job security unknown for a teacher, Rosenberger had a quick reply. He far preferred to see that student, as a teacher, with the confidence in her teaching abilities such that she would not fear whether she would still have a job a few years later. Student outcomes fare better when teachers are confident in their work and devoted to the students, he stated firmly.

A student waits to ask a question of the speakers.

Career advice was also factored into the discussion. Sasson urged students to pursue careers that feed their personal passions. Rosenberger described how he hated Friday nights but welcomed Monday mornings and knew when that emotion ceased, it was time to change the work he did. Rosenberger also shared a story of debating his first two job offers as a new college graduate and that he ultimately accepted a lower-paying job where the risk and potential was greater.

Following the panel discussion, Sini Ngobese '15 snaps a selfie with the president using today's digital camera technology., first invented by speaker Steve Sasson.

Following the panel, Sasson and Rosenberger were hosted at a reception at the President’s home and later took the stage at Norton Chapel for individual lectures. The theme of the evening was “Challenging Assumptions: Technology, Education and Innovation.” 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, Fanny.

The RAACE to the Top

Three Keuka College students were recognized by RAACE last month. From left: Maria Velazquez, Matthew Carpenter, and Andrea Cicero

Three adult students enrolled in Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) degree programs earned Outstanding Adult Student awards during the 32nd annual awards ceremony of the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education (RACCE) network last month.

The Outstanding Adult Student award recognizes adult students who have excelled academically while successfully combining their college education with other commitments to family, job, career, and the community.

The three Keuka College recipients are Victor resident Matthew Carpenter, Andrea Cicero of Perry, and Maria Velazquez, who lives in Rochester. They will be among those in caps and gowns at the College’s 107th Commencement set for Saturday, May 23.

“Matthew is pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice administration program and will graduate later this month with an impressive 3.72 GPA,” said Lindsay McGloon, student services manager for ASAP and the College’s RAACE representative.

Carpenter, who attends classes at Monroe Community College, works as a police officer for the Rochester Police Department. He volunteers with the Police Activities League, which helps create stronger bonds between children in the community and the local police force.

“By continuing his education, Matthew hopes to better train, mentor, and coach other police officers,” said McGloon. He also aspires to serve as an adjunct instructor for the field.”

Cicero, whose classes were at Genesee Community College, recently completed her organizational management program and will graduate with a 3.98 GPA.

“With more than 10 years experience in learning and project management, Andrea has used her Keuka College education to enhance her career,” said McGloon. “Andrea, who will earn her bachelor’s degree, works closely with organizations in her community that promote healthy and positive self esteem in young girls. Her personal and professional goals include being a mentor to other women who have faced challenges, as well as being the best role model for her daughters and to always instill in them love, confidence, and independence.”

Velazquez is pursing her bachelor’s degree in social work program earning a 3.92 GPA.

“For more than 20 years, Maria has worked her way up the ranks at Unity Health System,” said McGloon. “Maria’s life has not been without adversity, but with the support of her children and grandchildren, she has been able to reach her goal of completing her bachelor’s degree.”

McGloon adds that Valezquez spends her free time advocating for the homeless, working with the HIV population, and giving back to those less fortunate. She also plans to earn a master’s degree and “continue her love of learning and making a difference in the lives of others,” said McGloon.

The RACCE consortium of area colleges promotes and advocates for continuing education to adult and other non-traditional students in the greater Rochester area. RACCE’s extensive network of college administrators provides information about educational programs to students and fosters collaboration and professional development opportunities among its membership.

Including Keuka College, this year’s recipients come from 11 Rochester-area colleges including University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, Empire State College, The College at Brockport, Genesee Community College, Monroe Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Roberts Wesleyan College.

Maasai Warrior to Speak at Keuka College May 6

Isaac Kasura, a highly respected Maasai warrior, will speak twice at Keuka College Wednesday, May 6.

His first presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. in the College’s Women’s Center in Allen House. It is a round-table brown bag lunch discussion. His second talk begins at 4:30 p.m. in Hegeman Hall 109. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Both presentations, free and open to the public, will include stories, photos from safaris, and a slide show of life in Kenya.

Kasura lives in Narok, Kenya with his wife, son, and daughter. In addition to being a Massai warrior, he is a safari guide in the Maasai Mara of Kenya. As a Maasai warrior, Kasura has killed a lion, and as a safari guide, he is able to identify 150 species of birds just by their sound.

Keuka College Board of Trustees member Dave Paddock first met Kasura in 2010 when he and his wife, Terry, traveled to Kenya. They were visiting a school built by Paddock’s former colleague.

“This is his second visit to America, and he again is making presentations in several area schools,” said Paddock. “His ability to connect with American students is amazing.”

While in Kenya, Kasura guided the Paddocks on a safari on the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people and their description of the area when looked at from afar. “Mara,” which means “spotted,” is an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.

Kasura also led the Paddocks on a journey into remote Kenya and the Mbaka Oromo School in rural Masseno.

The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best-known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress. The Maasai speak Maa, a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family that is related to Dinka and Nuer. They are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili and English.

Keuka College to Commemorate V-E Day May 8

Headline in England's Daily Mail in May 1945

Keuka College will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) Friday, May 8.

The ceremony, free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. at the College’s World War II Monument, located near Lightner Library.

College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera will deliver remarks along with New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Dr. Mike McKenzie, associate professor of philosophy and religion. Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain, will offer a prayer of remembrance, and Rabbi Ann Landown of Temple Beth-El will recite the Jewish Prayer for the Dead, the Kaddish. Members of the Penn Yan VFW Honor Guard will also take part.

After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in Lightner Library.

V-E Day is celebrated each May 9. It was on this day when the Allies accepted Germany’s Unconditional Surrender in a destroyed Berlin, the German capital. It had been decided at the Casablanca Conference in 1943 that nothing less than the Unconditional Surrender of our foes would be accepted. On May 7, 1945, the Germans surrendered unconditionally at Rheims at the headquarters of the Supreme Allied High Commander, General Dwight Eisenhower.

And Keuka College has a strong connection to the events in Europe nearly 4,000 miles from its idyllic lakeside campus.

When the United States entered the First World War in 1917 two years after the sinking of the Lusitania, some of the young men at Keuka College left school and signed up. Some served stateside while others served on the Western Front or in the Navy. Germany was defeated and signed the Armistice on November 11, 1918. In the 1950s, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day and every year since the erection of the College’s World War II Monument in May 2005, the College has gathered around our monument to salute all who served in past and current wars.

Dr. Sander Diamond

“On the 50th anniversary of V-E Day in 1995, the students of the Political Science and History Club decided to commemorate this day,” said Dr. Sander A. Diamond, professor of history. “A brass plaque and an oak tree recall that stellar day which included a fly-over by the U.S. Air Force out of Syracuse.”

“Ten years later, the Club erected the World War II Monument on the 60th anniversary of V-E Day,” Dr. Diamond added. “It is well used each Veterans Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Memorial Day. On one side of the Monument, the names of all of the theaters of war are listed; on the other, a salute to our Nursing Cadet Program, setting in stone the connective link between the war and our institutional history. As we did in 1995 and 2005, we honor ‘The Greatest Generation.’”

Twenty-four years after the First World War ended, America was again at war. While Keuka College began its 125-year-old journey as a coeducational institution, it emerged from the First World War as a women’s college. Early in the war, Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of the President, visited our campus and suggested to our president ways the College could contribute to the massive war effort. With so many of the young men from this rural area in uniform, it was suggested that the students could help with the harvests.

New York City's Times Square on V-E Day, May 8, 1945

It was also suggested that the College start a Nursing Cadet Corps Program. Within two years, many of our nursing graduates found themselves in the various theaters of war and some served in the Occupations of Germany and Japan after the war.

“Both the Field Period™ and the nursing program are rooted in the war years, and today are among the central constellations of this fine institution,” said Dr. Diamond.

And according to Dr. Diamond, Keuka College will not be alone in our commemoration.

“World leaders have gathered to commemorate V-E Day and there will be celebrations in Washington, Paris, Brussels, Ottawa, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen,” he said, “We can pride ourselves as an institution that we too have taken time to remember, making another intergenerational transfer of values, which cement the connective links between nations.”