Keuka College will host its annual Christmas Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Free and open to the public, the service begins at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
“The worship service will feature scripture lessons, carols, candle lighting, and special music from the Keuka College Chorale and members of the Wednesday Worship Service,” said Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain. “The service includes lighting candles that represent the various characters in the nativity, which tell the Christmas story.”
The annual service will give those in attendance the opportunity to “participate in a celebration which remembers the Christmas story as told by those who celebrate in the Christian faith,” said Detar. “It is a beautiful service, telling a story through song and candlelight.”
Added Detar: “There is something profound and symbolic in a simple candle flame. It has the power to shatter darkness, and I think it is amazing what a little candle can do. I think that is a helpful image to consider in light of the darkness, pain, and tragedy that have hit our world. A little light can offer hope.”
Two Keuka College alumni have been named to the Rochester Business Journal’s (RBJ) Forty Under 40 list.
Ryan Hallings M’12, vice president, commercial/agricultural loan officer at Lyons National Bank, and Lindsay Morrow-Lilly M’15, corporate communications officer at Canandaigua National Bank were recognized at an awards presentation today (Nov. 19).
“I am humbled to be included with the company of past and present recipients of this award,” said Hallings, who earned a master of management (MSM) degree from Keuka College. “I am appreciative that the RBJ and its panel chose to include me.”
With nominations from the community and selections by a committee of business leaders, the Forty Under 40 awards recognize 40 men and women under the age of 40 who have achieved professional success and made significant civic contributions to their communities.
Steve Griffin, CEO of Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, nominated Hallings to the list, while Robert Schick, president of Lyons National Bank and chair of Keuka College’s Board of Trustees, adds that Ryan, “a Penn Yan native and a real asset to the bank, came to us ‘work ready.’”
As a commercial/agricultural loan officer at Lyons National Bank, Hallings’ primary role is to work closely with existing and prospective business customers to provide appropriate financial products to meet their capital and cash flow needs.
“I also participate in bank management meetings regarding operations and balance sheet performance, as well as co-chair the LNB culture committee comprised of leaders from each functional area,” said Hallings, who has been with the bank nearly four years.
And Hallings credits his Keuka College education for providing “unique scenarios and opportunities to practice and improve leadership skills, such as decision making, self-awareness, teamwork, and presentation skills, among others,” he said, adding this was perhaps the largest benefit of the program.
While Hallings considered other master’s in business administration and master’s in public administration programs in the area, he said Keuka College’s MSM coursework was a “good blend of the two degree programs and was competitively priced. The accelerated cohort format with evening classes was especially convenient, as I could complete the program in just 18 months while working full time.”
In addition, Hallings credits the course content, including accounting, macroeconomics, and marketing, as being “helpful in many ways.”
Morrow-Lilly serves as vice president for corporate communications and shareholder relations manager at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (CNB), is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rochester, graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing & Management, and completed the McArdle Ramerman Leadership Agility Program.
“Being named to the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 is an incredible honor,” said Morrow-Lilly. “I am truly humbled to join such a prestigious group of leaders in the Rochester region. An honor such as this encourages me to continue to give back and support others in their efforts to make our communities a better place to live, work, and play.”
Steve Martin, senior vice president at CNB coordinated Morrow-Lilly’s nomination to the Forty Under 40 list.
“Lindsay is a special and universally respected individual whose work ethic is unquestioned,” said Martin. “Nominating her for the RBJ’s Forty Under 40 list was an easy choice from our point. With her enormous gift for communications, Lindsay has a bright future ahead of her, and it is truly my honor to call her my colleague.”
As corporate communications and shareholder relations manager, Morrow-Lilly’s primary responsibilities include serving CNB’s constituents—focusing specifically on internal and external communications. She is also responsible for events and community involvement, fostering a strong CNB brand and corporate culture, as well as establishing and managing a shareholder relations program.
“In the five years between receiving my undergraduate degree and entering the Keuka College program, a master’s degree seemed to become less of an ‘option’ and more of a necessity for those looking to excel corporately,” said Morrow-Lilly. “I didn’t want my lack of an advanced degree to hold me back in the future, and the breadth of Keuka College’s management program seemed a perfect fit at an ideal time in my life.
She chose Keuka College because “it is a local, well-regarded institution that offers an intensive, yet convenient option for an advanced degree program.”
“The cohort style of learning at Keuka College fostered lasting friendships and enhanced my professional network,” Morrow-Lilly added. “A master’s degree from Keuka College has been a true compliment to my professional experiences, nurturing a strategic and innovative vision and critical thinking skills. I have praised the program to others at every opportunity.”
Keuka College honored veterans and active duty personnel with a Nov. 11 ceremony held in Norton Chapel. Stationed outside the chapel during the event was a World War II Jeep.
In front of an overflow crowd of students, faculty, and staff, the ceremony featured remarks by Chris Leahy, professor of history; New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano; New York State Senator Tom O’Mara; as well as Alison Hunt, deputy district director for U.S. Representative Tom Reed. Robert Heselton, a former machinist mate second class, and a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War, offered his perspective as a veteran.
Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain, offered a prayer of remembrance and played “America the Beautiful,” while Army veteran Daniel Esworthy ’18 and members of the Penn Yan VFW Honor Guard also took part. They sounded a rifle salute and played Taps at the end of the service.
Several other students were involved in the ceremony, including Siobhan Costain ’17, past president of the Keuka College Veterans Club, who presented the College’s donation to the Honor Flight Rochester. Its mission is to fly our heroes to Washington, DC to visit and reflect together at their memorials. Honor Flight is free to all World War II and Korean veterans and to veterans from any era who suffer a terminal illness.
Members of the College Chorale and QKAppella performed the National Anthem, “America, Of Thee I Sing,” and “God Bless America.”
The service included recognition of all veterans in attendance, as well as a presentation dedicated to those who could not attend.
The women’s field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams served as ushers and escorted veterans from their pews after the service, while the men’s basketball and lacrosse teams helped serve dinner to the veterans and their families. The dinner was compliments of AVI Fresh, the College’s food service provider.
Before the ceremony, 375 students, faculty, and staff members of the College community signed holiday cards. Part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, the College campaign was sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s (SAC) Events Committee. Those who took part were asked to write a short message and sign their name on a card. The cards will be distributed to veterans and active service men and women in the VA hospitals in Canandaigua and Bath.
More photos of the ceremony can be found here.
As Keuka College continues to celebrate its 125th year, it will host a series of concerts through April 2016.
Sponsored by Lyons National Bank, the Keuka College 125th Anniversary Concert Series continues with a performance Nov. 22 by the ensemble Nine to Five. Led by award-winning Eastman School of Music student Dominic Giardino, the concert begins at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
Giardino (clarinet) is joined by Dorothy (Dolly) Canevari (bassoon), David Belkovski (piano), and Noah Kay (oboe). All are students at the Eastman School of Music.
Giardino, is a senior at the Eastman School of Music studying with Jon Manasse. He has played with the Eastman Philharmonia Opera Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Harmonie, and the student group Ossia New Music Ensemble. Currently serving as principal clarinetist with Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band, Giardino’s passion for historical performance has lead him to explore early music at Brandeis University’s Early Clarinet Workshop, and to Ochsenhausen, Germany where he worked with the acclaimed period music orchestra Concerto Köln.
Canevari is a junior at the Eastman School of Music studying for a degree in bassoon performance from the studio of John Hunt. In addition, she is pursuing a degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Rochester. Canevari enjoys chamber music and has played in bassoon quartets, woodwind quintets and wind sextets.
Belkovski, a senior at the Eastman School of Music, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in piano performance under the instruction of Natalya Antonova. Born in Skopje, Macedonia into an exceptionally musical family, he has performed in master classes for esteemed pianists such as Boris Slutsky, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Christopher Taylor, and Frederic Chiu. Belkovski has performed at the Young Artist World Piano Competition in Cincinnati as well as Carnegie’s Weill Hall. He was most recently featured playing Mozart’s 17th Piano Concerto in collaboration with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. Along with his solo piano endeavors, Belkovski has worked extensively with piano trios.
Kay, a junior at the Eastman School of Music, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree under Richard Killmer. He began his studies on the oboe at the age of 15, and is involved in a variety of ensemble, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia, and Eastman Harmonie Octet, an auditioned ensemble specializing primarily in 18th century wind music. Over the summer, Kay was a featured musician in the Cape May Music Festival with his dad, Alan Kay, and members of the New York Chamber Ensemble. He has also attended Le Domaine Forget in Québec, Canada.
The Keuka College 125th Anniversary Concert Series continues in 2016 with a jazz trio from Ithaca College for a Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 14, a baroque-style concert featuring Publick Musick will perform March 20, and a series finale on April 17, 2016.
All concerts are free and open to the public, and held on Sundays at 3 p.m. at Keuka College’s Norton Chapel.
Comedian Matt Griffo will perform Nov. 19 at Keuka College.
Free and open to the public, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Barn Theater.
Griffo, a ukulele player who grew up in Rochester, plays original comedic songs on piano and ukulele. Now living in Chicago, Griffo is also an actor and comedian who writes songs about such topics as the environment, love, and zombies. He performs at festivals across the country, has opened for Reggie Watts, and is the composer for the Chicago smash hit Jersey Shore The Musical.
In creating his songs, Griffo says that sometimes it starts with an idea, or a melody, or “sometimes it starts with serious song lyrics that I think sound too serious, and then it becomes a comedy song.”
Griffo picked up the ukulele as a child, when he thought his hands were not big enough for a guitar.
“My dad is a drummer and guitar player, and I wanted to play guitar,” said Griffo. “I tried when he wasn’t looking and thought my hands were so small I’d never be able to playing guitar. I clearly did not realize they would grow. I looked up ‘small guitar’ online and ‘ukulele’ came up in the results,” and he’s been playing it since then.
Griffo taught himself to play the piano when he was 12 using a how-to-play-piano songbook.
“I wasn’t very good, but I practiced a lot,” said Griffo. “Years later when I was in Chicago, I was playing piano in between classes and Mike Descoteaux [head of the music program for Second City Training Center and resident music director of the ETC Stage] asked if I’d like to learn how to become an improv music director. I freaked out, and said ‘yes.’ I then practiced a lot and got by on my ear for the majority of my playing ability.”
Griffo now trains at the ACM School of Music in Chicago.
Among his favorite performers are Tom Lehrer, Tim Minchin, Flight of The Conchords, and Stephen Lynch, as well as Chicago-based comedians Boaz Reisman and Crassus.
For videos, and more information about Griffo, click here.