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‘GIVE-ing’ to Those Less Fortunate

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of 2015 Field Period™ scholarship recipients. Sophomores Aysia Smith and Emma Barden each received a Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award. The award, named after the late 1963 Keuka College graduate, is supported by Brown’s family and the Class of ’63. It is designed to assist students who pursue a culturally-oriented Field Period™.

Aysia Smith

If there is a motto that rings true for sophomores Aysia Smith and Emma Barden, it might be ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.’

That’s because while these Keuka College classmates each had intentions to travel while they were still in college, they both wanted to wait until they believed they had more life experience.

For example, Smith originally intended to complete a cultural Field Period™ during her senior year.

“I thought I should wait until I had more college experience and time to raise money,” said the early childhood/special education major with a global concentration. “My plans shifted dramatically in July, when my 14-year-old little brother, Alex, was killed in a farming accident. This tragedy taught me that you should pursue experiences and make a difference whenever possible.”

Barden shares that thought, as she also experienced loss over the summer with the death of her grandmother.

“Many people, like my grandmother, don’t have the opportunity to travel, but wish they had,” said the art and design major. “Her life was taken from pancreatic cancer, and she never had the chance to travel and learn about different cultures.”

So when both young women saw the opportunity to travel, they took it. Smith and Barden will travel with Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) to the Southeastern Asian nations of Laos and Thailand. GIVE is a Seattle-based volunteer organization that unites international volunteering with adventure travel to create a meaningful volunteer experience abroad. Both Smith and Barden will assist the local communities by teaching English to children and help build sustainable infrastructures using recycled plastic bottles as bricks.

“When I enrolled at Keuka College, I knew I wanted to spend time volunteering in Asia,” said Smith. “I have always loved volunteering, and Southeast Asia’s culture of helping each other is fascinating.”

“I believe that the best learning comes from first hand experiences of life lessons and culture that cannot be created in a classroom,” she added. “As an educator, I want to understand how to teach students who are English-learners and learn how to create lessons that are culturally appropriate.”

Emma Barden

And while Smith creates those lesson plans, Barden will focus more on understanding why Buddhism means so much to her.

“Buddhism inspires me and I am excited to learn more about this religion,” said Barden. “Buddhists conduct their lives so peacefully, and I think about the way they live as a way to help me overcome my anxiety. This journey will bring me the opportunity to speak with the local monks during a Buddhist Alms ceremony.”

Barden will also volunteer at the Asiatic Black Bear Rescue Center where she will assist with landscaping and terracing.

“Not only will I be volunteering, but immersing myself into the local lifestyle and culture,” she said. “This is exciting because I have a strong desire for traveling and learning, and this experience will help fulfill my passions. I look forward to realizing my Field Period™ goals and objectives, bringing them to life during my journey.”

Smith agrees.

“Allowing myself to be submerged in a new culture will grant me the opportunity to learn about myself, and what I can do to be a more culturally rounded individual,” she said. “I will also learn to form connections with people who are different from me as I develop a deeper appreciation for the Asian culture. This will help me become a more knowledgeable educator and citizen, as this is critical in today’s world.”

Added Barden: “Volunteering abroad has always been my dream, and I am grateful to receive the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Fund Award and follow in her footsteps. This award will allow me to have a life-changing experience which I can share and encourage fellow students to do the same.”

Penguins, Monuments, Wine, and More

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of 2015 Field Period™ scholarship recipients. Junior Aksel Jensen received a Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award. The award, named after the late 1963 Keuka College graduate, is supported by Brown’s family and the Class of ’63. It is designed to assist students who pursue a culturally-oriented Field Period™.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca once said ‘travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.’ And new vigor is what junior Aksel Jensen intends to pursue during his Field Period™ to South Africa.

The management major will spend 12 days in the home of his friend and Keuka College senior Stuart Carmichael-Green and his family, including Stuart’s brother James, who is a sophomore at the College.

“The Carmichael-Green family has offered me a great opportunity with their willingness to show me the cultural activities of their homeland,” said Jensen.

One of the activities that will be familiar to Jensen is the opportunity to attend wine tours and see firsthand how their wine country compares to that of the Finger Lakes. According to Jensen, one of the biggest imports from South Africa to America is wine.

“Stuart and James’ father, Mark, is a wine maker,” said Jensen. “He has offered to show me the differences he sees in business between South Africa and America, as he takes trips to America for business. As a management major, this is what I am extremely excited about, as this will help me have a better understanding of international business.”

“This will allow me to discover different types of business activities and markets in another country such as the importation and exportation of different goods between South Africa and America,” Jensen added.

In addition, Jensen said the Carmichael-Green family will help him explore “attractions that regular travelers would see, but we will also tour the ‘real’ highlights of the area, such as the different historical monuments that commemorate the contributions slaves made to the city and the discrimination they faced.”

Jensen will also visit the beaches of Boulder’s Bay, which features South Africa’s largest penguin population, and try popular foods like biltong, a dried meat product similar to beef jerky.

Added Jensen: “I am extremely excited to immerse myself in a different culture for the first time.”

Hunter Heselton Creates ITS Work-Study Guide, Documents Each Konica Minolta Printer During Field Period™

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of 2015 Konica Minolta Scholarships for Graphic Arts and Print-related Field Period™ experiences. In support of academic excellence, Konica Minolta will offer $30,000 ($10,000 each year from 2014-2016) to be used as scholarship funding for internships or a Field Period™ that promotes the advancement of graphic and/or print-related studies. Amounts awarded will vary based on the expense needs of each recipient as determined by the committee.

Hunter Heselton receives congratulations from Tara Bloom, assistant director of Field Period™ and internships, during Honors Convocation (photo by Abigail Oderman '18)

The work sophomore Hunter Heselton completed during his Field Period™ with Keuka College’s Information Technology Services (ITS) will last long after he graduates.

That’s because the Penn Yan resident created an ITS work-study student training guide, which includes a combination of online activities, printed material, and video podcasts.

“With the partnership between Konica Minolta and Keuka College, the main role for my Field Period™ was to develop the guidelines and procedures that the students, faculty, and staff will utilize within the managed print environment,” said Heselton, an exploratory major. “I worked closely with the ITS staff to develop the procedures and guidelines that will be utilized as the basis for the ITS work-study student training guides.”

And if you ask him, Heselton can tell you the location of each of the 44 fleet printers and three production-based Konica Minolta devices across campus and the Center for Professional Studies. He spent “substantial” time dedicated toward the asset management and documentation of the not only the location of each Konica Minolta device, but it’s model number and serial number as well.

He also familiarized himself with the functionality and nomenclature of the 44 printers, including standard printing, copying, scanning, and faxing procedures.

“I also conducted an analysis of the wireless printing capabilities across campus utilizing the Konica Minolta Equitrac/PrinterOn solution to include all residence halls,” Heselton said. “Any problematic areas were documented within the IT Services call-tracking system.”

Heselton then coordinated the scheduling of, and presented, an Equitrac/PrinterOn printer training classes to all departments. It is a printing management system that provides tools to enforce student print quotas, charge for printed output and promote sustainability.

“I was thrilled to work with ITS, and learn about the latest technologies at Keuka College,” Heselton said of his Field Period™.

Mitchel Leet Looks to Expand Photography Skills During Summer Field Period™

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on the recipients of the 2015 Konica Minolta Scholarships for Graphic Arts and Print-related Field Period™ experiences. In support of academic excellence, Konica Minolta will offer $30,000 ($10,000 each year from 2014-2016) to be used as scholarship funding for internships or a Field Period™ that promotes the advancement of graphic and/or print-related studies. Amounts awarded will vary based on the expense needs of each recipient as determined by the committee.

Junior Mitchel Leet has received a wealth of experience with journalism-related photography, both as editor of his high school newspaper and as graphic designer for the Keukonian, Keuka College’s student newspaper. Leet admits he’s always been quick to use candid photographs, and take advantage of what is unfolding without consideration for lighting, posing, or editing after the shot. But he also understands photographs such as these often turn out un-printable.

So Leet is taking advantage of his summer Field Period™ to learn more about the nuances of photography, particularly in a professional studio. By the end of his Field Period™, Leet intends to have built a stronger portfolio, and learn what it takes to work as a professional photographer.

“Under Nathan Lashomb, photographer and owner of Forevermore Studio Photography, this Field Period™ experience will grant me the opportunity to observe the daily activities in a professional studio,” said Leet, an art and design major from Stanley.

“Lashomb specializes in commercial photography as well as senior, family, child, and wedding portraits,” added Leet. “I will have the opportunity to attend photo shoots and work with the same lighting and equipment that he uses on the job, serving as a hands-on assistant.”

And that is just what he wants.

“In addition to learning posing and lighting techniques, I will learn skills in digital programming, editing, and equipment use that make for better photographs,” said Leet. “I want to learn and understand how social media, websites, and marketing can increase business and expand my reach as a professional artist.”

“Throughout my Field Period™, I will be able to use what I learn on the job to shoot and edit my own photographs independently,” said Leet. “Using the skills I already have for optimizing print quality, I hope to build two forms of portfolios of my own work by the end of the summer—a digital one that can be connected to my LinkedIn account and digital Pressfolio, as well as a tangible print copy that I can bring with me to interviews and consultations in my future.”

Most importantly, Leet adds that this Field Period™ “will give me the opportunity to see how artistic passion can be turned into a professional career. Especially now as I am preparing to enter the workforce, and anticipating a career much different from the path of journalism, studio photography presents a whole new set of skills and challenges I want to face and learn—such as how to price, schedule, plan for, and execute my own successful photo shoots.”

Leet believes his summer Field Period™ will provide him with “an incredible opportunity to experience a new career possibility, and by the end, I’d like to have the knowledge to pursue a future in the same direction.”

All Business About Medical Service

If Jacob Banas is described as something of an over-achiever, it might be well-deserved. The graduating college senior from Delmar, N.Y., near Albany, decided in the spring of his sophomore year to add a second major —organizational communication—to the English degree he was already pursuing. That meant adding a couple of 18-credit semesters to meet requirements for both degrees.

Then he also decided to start training as an EMT so he could begin volunteering for the Branchport-Keuka Park Fire department. By October of 2013, Banas had started his 160-hours of EMT training, even staying on campus over Winter break to continue four-hour class trainings on Tuesday and Thursday nights, that ran through March 2014.

“My Tuesdays and Thursdays, I would get up for my 8 a.m. class, and not stop till 11 p.m. and maybe be up later with homework,” he recalled. “It’s a miracle I survived that semester.”

But by April 2014, Banas had passed the EMT course —which he dubbed a “First Aid class on steroids”— and could begin volunteering as a first responder on emergency calls. Soon after, Banas also joined the ambulance corps in Penn Yan. More training hours were required and Banas was recently awarded the 2014-15 Yates County award for the most individual training hours in EMT service by any medic for the year. According to Banas, the 185 training hours he logged between 2014 and 2015 does not include his 145 hours on duty or additional volunteer hours with the fire department.

“It’s a surreal moment of closure for me as I’m finishing my time here at Keuka College, to be recognized by so many friends I’ve made at both departments,” he said, calling the award “a really nice recognition.”

Banas now holds basic EMT certification, which means there are limits to what he can do or the medications he can administer. At basic certification level, EMT’s can manage fractures, head/neck or back injuries, motor vehicle accidents, cardiac issues, or allergic reactions. However, basic EMT’s are not licensed to carry narcotics or perform emergency intubations to manually open a patient’s airway as a certified paramedic would be licensed, he said.

Banas said he tries to maintain at least one to two shifts a week at the ambulance corps. “Every now and then, there’s an emergency near the College that the fire department will be called to and I respond in my free time,” he said.

EMT duties can also include driving the rig.

According to Asa Swick, director of operations for the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Banas is often the first on-scene when an emergency call comes in for an incident on the College campus.

“Often, Jake is already there and he’s been able to assess and start a needed treatment and he knows so many of the staff and students, he’s on a first-name basis with most, and has a good handle how to best help them,” Swick said.

“College students make great responders, they’re looking for stuff to do in a new school, it benefits the community— it’s a win-win all the way around. Students are wonderful to work with because they already want to learn. You’re just providing them another opportunity (for an activity) and a skill they can use for the rest of their lives,” Swick said, noting that Banas’s reputation is “outstanding.”

“Jake is a great medic, gets along with everybody, and fits in really well. He’s told us that if he can find a job in his current field, he’d love to stay and we’d love to see that too. I’d love to have 20 college students that are as active, involved and dedicated as Jake. If I could have 20 Jakes, this community would be in really awesome shape,” Swick said.

Banas snapped this Instagram photo while accompanying a news crew at Albany Medical Center.

And how does Banas see his EMT volunteer service fitting in with his unusual degree? It was just another step along his personal journey to discover his passions, he said. While he could see himself fitting into the medical field, patient care is not the strongest pull. When a friend’s mother suggested he consider hospital management, Banas began incorporating the suggestion into his required Field Period™ experiences.

In the winter of 2015, he conducted a Field Period™ in the PR department of the Albany Medical Center, writing press releases and updating a 60-page crisis communications plan, assisting staff who coordinated media interviews for the physicians and even going into the ER with a news crew to observe a patient’s deep-brain stimulation procedure. The news crew had been following the patient’s treatment for Parkinson’s disease so they were permitted in the operating room without violating patient privacy laws known as HIPPA laws.

Banas in the OR of Albany Medical Center, observing brain surgery.

Then, for spring semester 2015, Banas conducted his 80-hour senior practicum in the Community Services office of Finger Lakes Health in Geneva, so he could get a feel for similar work at a smaller hospital. He assisted staff on wellness programming to teach local schoolchildren better exercise and nutrition habits, ran the social media component of New Visions, an after-school program where high schoolers provide transport and food services to patients, and continued standard PR work writing press releases and maintaining a database of published media clips on Finger Lakes Health.

Between the two hands-on experiences, “it definitely confirmed for me that working in the hospital setting, but maybe not in patient care is where I’d see myself someday,” said Banas, who hopes to pursue a master’s in hospital administration in the future.

Jake Banas and his family celebrate his graduation.

Before graduating with his dual degrees May 23, he accepted a position as Marketing and Visitor Services Assistant at the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection in Canandaigua.

Dr. Anita Chirco, professor of communication, has served as Banas’s academic advisor and said he exemplifies the “can-do, hands-on spirit of a true Keukonian.”

“On top of the countless hours he has put in to succeed at the double majors in English and Organizational Communication, the hours of training and volunteer service he has invested in his EMT work in Keuka Park and Penn Yan have enriched our college and community immeasurably. I am so proud of him,” she said.