Twenty-two faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to Keuka College at Community Day Aug. 19.
Five-year service awards were presented to: Dianne Trickey-Rokenbrod, assistant professor of occupational therapy; Lynne Heath, academic records specialist; Troy Cusson, instructional design manager, Wertman Office of Distance Education; Michele “Mikki” Sheldon, administrative assistant for the Office of Academic Affairs; Jessica Dunkelberger, director of program administration and student services; Christen Accardi, assistant director of marketing; Teresa Ripley, administrative assistant for the Division of Humanities and Fine Art; Eric Detar, College chaplain; Timothy White; resident director and assistant director of housing and residence life; Alex Perryman, assistant professor of finance; Melissa Newcomb, assistant professor of art; and Jennie Joiner, chair, Division of Humanities and Fine Art and assistant professor of English.
Ten-year service awards were presented to: Kristen Harter, assistant director of admissions, traditional; Janet Lanphear, data entry coordinator; and Carmela Battaglia, professor of occupational therapy.
Fifteen-year service awards were presented to: Mike McKenzie, assistant professor of philosophy and religion; Jason Paige, head men’s lacrosse coach; and Deb Jensen, accounting assistant, payroll.
A 20-year service award was presented to Gary Smith, professor of management.
Merit awards were presented to Rebecca Capek, resident director and success advocate; and Dunkelberger.
Presidential Awards for Sustained Outstanding Achievement were presented to: Ann Tuttle, professor of management; Detar; and Sandra Devaux, graphic designer.
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) met with Keuka College students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex Thursday afternoon to talk about a pressing and serious issue: domestic violence and sexual assault.
According to the National Institute of Justice, one in five women experiences sexual assault during her college years, a figure that Reed hopes to reduce not only through proposed legislation, but by personally educating college students in his district through visits similar to Thursday’s.
Reed told the story of how his 18-year-old niece was sexually assaulted during a high school prom. “This topic is personal to me …. she was the victim of a horrific crime, and it tore our family apart,” he said.
Reed shared his first-hand experience with the impact sexual assault and domestic violence has on women and their families to a captive audience, many of whom were student-athletes and mentors to new students.
Reed said seeing his niece’s pain devastated him, but that he was proud of her for “standing up [in court], facing her attackers, looking them in the eye, and saying what they did was not okay.
“I decided to use my office as a means to bring awareness to these issues, and together, we’re going to say ‘no more’ to sexual assault and domestic violence,” Reed told the crowd, referencing the national campaign he and his staff are involved with. NO MORE seeks to raise awareness of, and bring an end to, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Reed also talked about the recently introduced Campus Accountability and Safety Act, a piece of bipartisan legislation he and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are together championing along with more than a dozen other lawmakers.
“I’m a republican and she’s a democrat, but that doesn’t matter,” he said. “We need to come together as a nation and say enough is enough.”
The proposed legislation requires, among other things, training for college personnel and gives students access to confidential advisors on campus, two things Keuka College’s policies already require. The bill would also increase accountability and cooperation with law enforcement at all of the nation’s colleges and universities.
Sophomore Kelly Bailey, an adolescent mathematics education major from Avon and member of the women’s volleyball team, said she is encouraged that elected leaders such as Reed and Gillibrand are doing everything they can to raise awareness of these issues.
“I thought it was a great message and brings a lot to our campus,” she said. “I’m training to be a high school math teacher, and this is a big issue in high schools, too.”
When asked how students can help, Reed replied by saying they should share his message.
“Talk about it. Talk about what it’s like to be in a healthy relationship. And when you see something wrong, step up and say something. Do something. I know each and every one of you will know it when you see it,” Reed said.
Reed’s message aligns perfectly with Keuka College’s commitment to threading social responsibility throughout its curriculum.
“To have the congressman talk so openly and honestly about this was surprising to many, but I don’t think it’s something our students will forget, and that’s a good thing,” said Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. “Keuka College is one of the safest campuses in the country, but we can never lower our guard. We must talk about these topics openly and honestly to prevent anything from happening.”
“We want our students to be citizens and leaders who serve their communities, the nation, and the world. Sharing stories such as Congressman Reed’s is one powerful way they can do that.”
Tom Reed (R-NY), the 23rd Congressional District representative, will be at Keuka College Thursday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Jephson Athletic Fields.
Congressman Reed will be on campus to deliver some brief remarks and meet members of the College and local communities.
The former mayor of his hometown of Corning, Congressman Reed, whose district includes Yates County, serves on the Committee on Ways and Means. The committee has broad jurisdiction over issues including tax policy, trade, health care, and Social Security. He serves on the Human Resources, Oversight, and Select Revenue Measures subcommittees of Ways and Means.
Reed is part a 10-member bipartisan coalition that is championing the Campus Accountability and Safety Act in the House of Representatives. U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and a bi-partisan group of her colleagues recently introduced the legislature in the Senate.
Currently, Reed co-chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus and Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, and is vice chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. He has also served on the Rules, Judiciary, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in Hegeman Hall 109.
Miracle worker. A joy and a blessing. Compassionate and professional.
These are among the adjectives people have used to describe Penn Yan resident Sandy Carlson, who will receive the 2014 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service Tuesday, Aug. 12.
The award will be presented at a noon luncheon in the Geiser Refectory in Dahlstrom Student Center 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.
Described as one of the first people to bring a meal to someone in need, Carlson volunteers her time and talents to such organizations as the Once Again Shoppe, Keuka Comfort Care Home, CROP Walk, and the Yates County Public Health Medical Reserve Corps. A volunteer with the Red Cross, Carlson worked in New York City after 9/11 and in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
A graduate of the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing, Carlson worked at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s emergency room for more than 30 years and now serves as a substitute nurse in the Penn Yan Central School District.
A deacon, elder, youth leader and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, Carlson also serves on the session and is a member of the kitchen and sanctuary committees. An active member of the church’s women’s group for more than 40 years, she serves as the chair of both of the church fall and spring rummage sales.
A board member for the Yates County Christmas for the Needy, Carlson buys toys and stores gently used clothing year-round so that they can be distributed as needed. She also collaborates with her daughter in New Jersey to collect donations from her community for Penn Yan. In addition, she works with various stores which offer discounted items for the needy.
Tickets for the luncheon are $12. 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, Aug. 6.
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Rochester Music Hall of Famer Bat McGrath will perform a benefit concert at Keuka College Saturday, June 7.
The concert will support the Penn Yan Relief Fund, and begins at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel. Tickets are $20 and are available at area Wegmans stores, Long’s Cards and Books in Penn Yan, and may be available at the door.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Penn Yan Relief Fund, a charity set up last month to take requests and provide aid to local residents whose flood-related damages from severe mid-May storms were not covered by other sources, like flood insurance.
McGrath, whose five-decade career has included work in folk, jazz, and country music, lives in Nashville, Tenn. But in the late 1970s, McGrath lived in Branchport, playing gigs throughout the area and writing songs for his album From the Blue Eagle, released by Amherst Records in 1976. He and his wife, actress Trisha Cast, who has played “Nina” on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless for 15 years, visited Penn Yan last year.
McGrath ran a well-known Rochester bar/coffeehouse where, after hours, he and partner Don Potter held jam sessions with the likes of Chuck Mangione, Stanley Watson, and Tony Levine. He has written songs for such artists as Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, the Judds, and Cecily Wright.
In addition to From the Blue Eagle, his discography contains 11 other albums including No Reverb, Perfectly Flawed, Communicate, and So Do I.
Cast will also be at the concert to sign autographs.