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Audio Feature: A Program of Note, and Notes

The Keuka College music program is on the move.

Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the Chorale, is starting a select choir that will perform at on-campus events and alumni gatherings, and travel for student recruitment.

“It will be a polished, professional group that will showcase the College and give students a high-quality music experience,” said Hamilton,

Hamilton, who has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other well-known groups, says the spring semester will also bring the formation of a jazz band, private instrumental lessons, and a concert with the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester.

In this interview with Doug Lippincott, executive director of communications and host of Keuka College Today on WFLR (Dundee), Hamilton discusses these initiatives and others, the increased interest in music among students, in particular athletes, and the future of the program.

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Audio Feature: A Novel Look at the JFK Assassination

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?

Fifty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, this question is still debated and probably will be for 50 more years.

Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business management in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), subscribes to the lone-gunman theory but that did not stop him from writing a novel about the assassination that is filled with  “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies,” according to the jacket of the book.

Last Witness opens Nov. 22, 1963, with 4-year-old Reece Landis and his father anxiously anticipating a glimpse of the president as his motorcade moves toward them in downtown Dallas.  They are just 20-feet from Kennedy’s limousine when shots ring out. Fast forward to present day and Landis is a 54-year-old faculty member at Syracuse University “who is still haunted and obsessed with what he saw in Dealey Plaza that day,” said Wilczek.

In this latest installment of Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott on WFLR, Wilczek tells what inspired him to write the book, his fourth mystery-thriller. The former nuclear engineer also shares some plot tidbits and a few facts he uncovered about Oswald.

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Pets, Students Inspire 2002 Graduate to Pen Children’s Book

Stephanie Meindl Dikey, a 2002 graduate of Keuka College, recently published  The Adventures of Phoenix & Tucson: The Great Rescue, a children’s book that focuses on her pet dog (Phoenix) and cat (Tucson).

Both were rescued animals and the book is about their rescue and the special bond they created. The book includes a section targeted toward teachers and features several lesson ideas.

In this interview with Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott, Dikey, who teaches third grade in Webster, N.Y., tells how she was inspired to write the book by her pets and her students. She also outlines how Keuka College prepared her for a teaching and writing career, why teaching is at the core of the book, and her plans to turn The Adventures of Phoenix and Tucson into a series.

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Effervescent Esther: An Interview with the 1960 Graduate and Commencement Speaker

Esther Yoder, a 1960 Keuka College graduate and former chair of the Board of Trustees, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the College’s 105th commencement May 26.

Yoder, owner of Subway EAY Stores Inc. in Gainesville, Fla., was a member of Keuka’s governing board for the better part of the last 20 years, serving as chair in 2006-07 and vice chair from 2001 to 2006. She is now an emeritus member of the Board.

She chaired the Shaping the Future: One Graduate at a Time campaign, the most prolific fundraising campaign in Keuka history. She is one of only six people in Keuka history to receive the Norton-Blyley Presidential Medallion, which recognizes service to the College “above and beyond an extraordinary high standard,” and is a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service to Keuka Award.

In this interview with Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott, Yoder discusses a number of topics, such as what it means to her to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree, what campus life was like in the mid- and late-1950s, why she gives back to her alma mater in myriad ways, and how a Christian education major became a successful businesswoman.

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College, Eastman School of Music Join Forces

Keuka College will be the site of a summer music camp conducted by the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

The camp, designed for middle and high school students, will run July 14-26 and feature a range of classes, including theory, eurhythmics, technology, and improvisation, as well as master classes, small and large ensembles, and individual instruction in jazz, strings, voice, and guitar.

Two free and open to the public concerts will be presented July 25 and 26 at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

In this interview, Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott previews Eastman@Keuka with faculty members Kathleen Kemp (director of the strings program), Cecile Saine (director of the voice program), and Howard Potter (associate dean for community and continuing education).

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I Want to be Elected!

Rocker Alice Cooper proclaimed those words in his 1970s hit Elected.

Some 40 years later, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are saying the same thing–in many ways to many people because the 2012 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the closest in history.

Given the expected razor-thin margin of victory that Obama or Romney will come away with Nov. 6, a lot of attention has been focused on 270: the number of electoral votes needed to win the White House.

Some people have called for abolishing the Electoral College and having the popular vote determine the election. Other contend it is the fairest way to elect the president.

Chris Leahy, associate professor of history, has been tracking the swing states, electoral votes, and other issues surrounding the Obama vs. Romney race. In this interview with Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott, aired recently on WFLR in Dundee, Leahy discusses the history of the Electoral College, previous close races, the possibility of an electoral vote tie, the chances of the popular vote winner losing the electoral vote, and more.

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Keuka College Today airs the fourth Thursday of every month from 8:30 – 9 a.m. on WFLR (1570 AM and 96.9 FM).

Yates County a Key Part of The Burned Over District

During much of the 1800s, wave after wave of new religious movements spread across Central and Western New York, earning it the title The Burned Over District.

The region became the birthplace (Palmyra) of Mormonism, while Jemima Wilkinson, an evangelist and one of the first American-born women to found a religious movement, eventually settled in what is now the Town of Jerusalem near the Keuka College campus. And while Methodism wasn’t founded in Western New York, it certainly thrived.

“At one time there were 19 Methodist churches in Yates County,” said Mike McKenzie, associate professor of philosophy and religion.

McKenzie combined his writing and research skills with the videography and editing talents of Troy Cusson, instructional design manager in the Wertman Office of Distance Education (WODE) to create a 60-minute DVD that takes viewers on a tour of many of the exact spots where these religions either go their start or caught fire.

The Burned Over District: Religions of Central New York doesn’t cover the entire district–McKenzie and Cusson traveled throughout Yates County and into Wayne and Seneca counties–but uncovered plenty of material nonetheless.

They discussed the video with Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott on WFLR in Dundee.

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Keuka College Today airs the fourth Thursday of every month from 8:30 – 9 a.m. on WFLR (1570 AM and 96.9 FM).

 

Sports of All Sorts

The women’s softball team capped a stellar spring sports season for Keuka College by earning a sixth straight berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Coach Jamie Burke’s team played three, one-run games at the Amherst, Mass., regional, going 1-2 to further enhance the Storm’s reputation as one of the top Division III programs in the East.

The men’s lacrosse team also garnered plenty of headlines this spring, winning the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship while the women laxers came up just short in their bid for conference gold.

In this interview, Sports Information Director John Boccacino recaps the spring season and other sports highlights from 2011-12 including the women’s basketball team’s heart-stopping run to an NEAC title and NCAA berth. He also discusses what lies ahead for Keuka athletics in the wake of Athletic Director Dave Sweet’s decision to step down as women’s hoop boss and the addition of men’s volleyball to the College’s intercollegiate athletics offerings in 2012-13.

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Up Next: The Middle East

Keuka College is a major educational player in the Pacific Rim.

With nearly 3,000 Chinese students pursuing degrees at four partner universities in China, Keuka boasts the largest enrollment of any American college or university operating in that country. Some 475 Vietnamese students are doing likewise at two universities in Vietnam, and the College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Universiti Utara Malaysia with an eye toward making a Keuka degree available to students in that country.

Now comes word that the College is looking to extend its educational influence to the Middle East. Keuka President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera and Madame Hiam Sakr, president of the American University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Beirut, Lebanon, recently signed a MOU that could lead to collaboration between the two schools

In this interview, Dr. Gary Smith, vice president for professional studies and international programs, explains that the College is looking to start a program at AUST as early as this fall. He also discusses other international aspirations as well as the success of the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).

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Mountain Man

One thing about Troy Cusson, instructional design manager in the Center for Professional Studies: he isn’t afraid of challenges.

In February 2013, Cusson will climb Mt. Kiliminjaro while taking a swing at an even bigger adversary.

Cusson will scale the tallest free-standing mountain on earth as part of an expedition known as Journeys of Inspiration, which raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.

In this interview, Cusson tells us why he decided to embark on this grand adventure, how “getting in shape” has benefited him and inspired others to do the same, and how you can support this worthy cause.

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Keuka College Today airs the fourth Thursday of every month from 8:30 – 9 a.m. on WFLR (1570 AM and 96.9 FM).