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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.

British Isles Provide Opportunity to Explore Heritage and Expand Horizons

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of features on recipients of the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award. The award, named after the late 1963 Keuka 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™.

Jenna Soldaczewski

For junior Jenna Soldaczewski, traveling and exploring new cultures is something she and her family are passionate about. They have traveled to various locations in-and-out of the United States, which she said has allowed her to expand her horizons and grow culturally.

“My parents planned our family vacations to learn all that we could about the landmarks, local history, and culture [of the places we went],” said Soldaczewski, an occupational science major from Cheektowaga. “For example, while in Mexico we climbed the Mayan ruins in Coba, and visited Tulum. We have also explored the island of Aruba from end to end, admiring wild life and beautiful sea creatures.”

And thanks to receiving the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award, Soldaczewski has the opportunity to expand her travels as she will explore the British Isles for her summer Field Period™.

“This is an entirely new experience for me as I have never been across the Atlantic Ocean,” she said.

But she is not the only Keuka College student who will travel to the British Isles for her summer Field Period™. Sophomore Brianna Schlemmer, another recipient of the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award, is also embarking on her first trip across the Atlantic Ocean. She is particularly looking forward to visiting Ireland, and is intent on learning more about her family’s Irish heritage and kissing the Blarney Stone, something her grandfather and great-grandfather have done.

“My family has strong roots in Ireland, so this Field Period™ gives me the chance to explore my family’s Irish heritage,” said Schlemmer, an American Sign Language-English interpreting major from Rochester. “It also offers me experiences that will bring me deeper into the culture of Ireland.”

Schlemmer is particularly keen on exploring Dublin, where her great grandfather was “often” invited to visit his friend, President Eamon de Valera, third president of Ireland who served from June 1959-June 1973.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to make my own memories in Ireland and share them with my children and grandchildren,” said Schlemmer. “I want to gain a deeper appreciation for my heritage and where my family originated. This trip will help me expand my horizons and enrich my life.”

Soldaczewski also plans to create her own experiences and memories to share, particularly with future clients.

“My goal is to take in all I can about the culture, history, and geography of the British Isles and apply it to occupational therapy,” she said. “Dealing with all walks of life is a very large part of the role of an occupational therapist, and experiencing new cultures will give me some exposure to this. I will need to communicate with all different types of people in my career, and this trip will help prepare me for all of my future endeavors.”

Both Soldaczewski and Schlemmer intend to immerse themselves and share in the culture, land, food, lifestyles, and experiences of those who call the British Isles home. They both also believe travel is one of the greatest ways to “experience life outside of your hometown, state, and country,” said Schlemmer.

“The world was made for us to explore,” she added. “I want to try new food, music, clothing, and more. I want to enhance my cultural experience by trying everything and anything. If that means trying Ireland’s bangers and mash, or London’s deviled kidneys, then I’ll do it.”

Added Soldaczewski: “I have heard from my professors and peers that studying abroad changes you as a person. It enables you to look at things with a whole different perspective. This trip will forever change my life.”

College Garners $5K Grant to Replant Outlet Trail

Dr. Bill Brown and Emily Bower '18 will collaborate on a project to remove wild parsnip from the Yates County Outlet Trail.

From Penn Yan to Dresden, the 7-mile Outlet Trail beckons anyone wishing to enjoy the beauty of nature while walking, riding horseback, bicycling, hiking, or traversing mid-winter on snowshoes or cross-country skis. The scenic trail now popular with artists and photographers once served as an old right-of-way for a former railroad connecting Keuka and Seneca Lakes.

Despite its natural beauty, the trail harbors something unpleasant —an infestation of wild parsnip, which can blister human skin when sap from its leaves, stems, flowers or fruit is exposed to sunlight. So it’s ideal that Keuka College recently won a $4,999 grant to remove large patches of wild parsnip along the trail and replace it with two native flowering plant species —turtlehead and joe-pye weed.

Wild Parsnip, the plant which will be removed from the Outlet Trail through this project.

The project, which was funded through the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), headquartered at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will begin June 1 and will serve a dual purpose as a Keuka College Field Period™ research project for rising sophomore Emily Bower ’18. Under the guidance of Dr. Bill Brown, assistant professor of biology and environmental science at Keuka College and Emily Staychock, an invasive species educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County, Bower will dig out large sections of wild parsnip at the roots and then replant the same areas with the two native flowering species. To protect the new plants from disturbance by deer, they will be fenced with 6-foot high “page wire,” Brown said.

Emily Bower '18 and Dr. Bill Brown along the Outlet Trail

Digital learning is a new objective for Keuka College and is being woven into the curriculum and its signature Field Period™ program. As such, Bower’s Field Period™ will also contain a digital component: assisting Staychock in creation of a GPS-based map and database documenting locations of many invasive plant species along the trail including honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, spotted knapweed, Tree of Heaven, and common buckthorn. Bower and Staychock will use iMap to plot locations of the invasive plants for further monitoring or later removal by others.

“All my friends walk the trail and visit the waterfalls, so having the opportunity to help something we use all the time is wonderful and it’s also great to give back to the community,” Bower said. “I’ve always been interested in doing research and having a research project. My family has a small farm and they’ve had to deal with invasive plant species so gaining more experience in that area will help.”

Bower said she was eager to conduct her second Field Period™ this summer because she plans to conduct most within the medical field, to reach her goal of becoming a pediatrician. Since she plans to submit applications to grad schools such as UNC-Charlotte and Syracuse Upstate Medical University in her junior year, she wants to finish as many of her four required Field Period™ experiences before then as she can.

“This [one] was different,” she described, adding that the outdoor setting, summer housing and financial stipend to complete the Field Period™ project added to its appeal. “I couldn’t say no.”

Bower added that she’s hoping to glean as much as she can from working with Dr. Brown and also to confirm her choice to focus on a bio-medical concentration during her undergraduate years, versus going into research or another area, such as botany.

Joe-Pye Weed in flower, image courtesy WikiMedia

“The hands-on experience is really what interests me, and it’s where I learn the best,” Bower said. “110 percent of the reason why I came to Keuka is for the Field Period™ [program] and the small school atmosphere.”

As the wild parsnip is removed during the project, the three scientists will be studying whether the new plantings of turtlehead and joe-pye weed will “suppress future growth of wild parsnip, and we’ll see if they attract more pollinators, and therefore increase local butterfly populations,” Brown said.

The turtlehead plant, image courtesy WikiMedia

“I chose the turtlehead on purpose because the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly requires it for part of its life cycle. The adults will nectar on the flowers, eggs will hatch on the leaves, then the caterpillars will eat the leaves as they develop on the plant,” Brown said. Other butterflies that could be attracted to the new plants also include the Great Spangled Fritillary and the Silver-spotted Skipper, he said.

After Bower’s Field Period™ concludes, Brown and volunteer members of the Friends of the Outlet Trail organization will continue to monitor the new plantings to assess the long-term effect on the trail’s plant life and butterfly populations, “probably for the next few years,” he said.