“Life’s most persistent and urgent question,” said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “is ‘what are you doing for others?’”
Keuka College is providing an answer to that question for its students and community residents as it continues a tradition of service to the local community—one that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This year, the event is set for Monday, Jan. 18. On that day, millions of volunteers will come together to donate their time and talents to honor the legacy of Dr. King, and help fulfill his vision for a better America.
“The Office of Multicultural Affairs has organized a day of service in recognition of Dr. King’s birthday since 2009. This year will be no different,” said Chevanne DeVaney, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “Together, let’s make this a day on, not a day off.”
As part of Keuka College’s annual MLK Day of Service, members of the College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, with support from Deb Curbeau, girls varsity basketball coach at Penn Yan Academy, will conduct a free hoops clinic for children 5-12 years old at the Penn Yan Academy gym from noon-2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Other service opportunities that day include helping to paint the set for Penn Yan Middle School’s upcoming musical at the Penn Yan Middle School Auditorium from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers could also spend time with residents of Clinton Crest Manor from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and play board games, provide nail manicures, or read the Bible, among other activities.
Dr. King and Keuka College have a connection dating back more than 50 years. He delivered the baccalaureate address and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree June 16, 1963. He was accompanied to Keuka Park by his wife, Coretta Scott King.
To learn more about ways to get involved in this service event, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at email@example.com or call (315) 279-5225.
Less than six months after earning degrees in political science and organizational communication from Keuka College, Tom Drumm ’15 was elected to the 16th District seat on the Oswego County Legislature.
The 22-year-old recently discussed his experience as a candidate and what lies ahead on Keuka College Today, a monthly show aired on WFLR (96.9 and 101.9 FM, 1570 AM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network. The program is hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott.
Drumm credits his Keuka College education—primarily the teaching acumen of his professors and Field Period, including one with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer—for playing a major role in preparing him for the challenges of a political campaign and holding elected office.
The Keuka College influence did not end on graduation day, however. Drumm recalled that a few days before the election, Dr. Angela Narasimhan, assistant professor of political science, led a group of six students to Oswego County to volunteer for the Drumm campaign, most notably by going door-to-door in the 16th District.
Drumm said he is focused on doing his best for the people of Oswego County, but he may just have what it takes to be a voice on the statewide and national political scenes in the years ahead.
Thanks to the efforts of the student members of the Keuka College Veterans Club, a local veteran will be able to participate in an Honor Flight from Rochester to Washington, D.C. in the spring.
Honor Flight Rochester is one of 130 hubs in a national network which enables members of the military who served during WWII, the Korean, Vietnam or Cold Wars, to travel free of charge to Washington, D.C. to visit the monuments and memorials honoring their service. The non-profit program, coordinated by volunteers, funds trips entirely through the generosity of donors and sponsors. Veterans fly to D.C. accompanied by a “guardian” who assists them in navigating travel to and from the various sites.
The Keuka College Veterans Club conducted two fundraisers in the spring to raise $300 to donate toward the Honor Flight Program; a veteran’s trip is valued at $500. At this year’s Veterans’ Day ceremony in Norton Chapel, Siobhan Costain ‘17, president of the club, participated in a symbolic gesture of giving to a local veteran; a formal check presentation was made Dec. 17 on campus.
“A lot of times veterans are forgotten more than they should be,” said Costain, whose father and grandfather served in the military. “We are awed by the fact that these men and women have done so much for the country, and this is what we could do for them.”
P. Earle Gleason, former director of the Yates County Veterans Service Agency and an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, helps coordinate Honor Flight travel for Yates County veterans along with locals Norm Koek and Andy Swarthout. According to Gleason, some 23 veterans from throughout the county have taken Honor Flights to D.C. so far and another six to eight have applications in process for the coming year.
The Penn Yan volunteers help coordinate local contingents of Yates County veterans to travel together within one of the three honor flights offered from Rochester each fall or spring. Honor flights are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to veterans of the oldest eras first, then to those in more recent service eras suffering terminal illness.
Unlike other Honor Flights around the country, veterans who travel from Rochester enjoy a 36-hour trip, including an overnight stay at the Hilton Hotel at Baltimore-Washington International airport after a full Saturday of travel to D.C. memorials. A special banquet is hosted for the veterans that evening and according to Rich Stewart, president of Honor Flight Rochester, the time after the keynote speaker concludes can be “quite moving” as veterans begin to share their memories.
“A lot of them will open up and tell stories never told before, even with their families,” explained Stewart, who has made the trip a half dozen times as a guardian or bus leader. “People who’ve never publicly spoken in their lives will say ‘I need the microphone’ and it takes your breath away sometimes.”
Thanks to Honor Flight Rochester, 2,121 veterans have visited the military memorials since Rochester trips began in 2008, Stewart said, adding the vets are often greeted in D.C. by military and government officials. When veterans return to Rochester Sunday morning, they may find as many as 500 to 700 people to greet them, he said. In addition to friends and family, the airport welcome includes patriot guard riders bearing flags, a variety of community bands playing patriotic songs, and even members of the Knights of Columbus who create an archway of swords for veterans to pass under, Stewart described.
“It’s really a hero’s march, if ever there was one. It never gets old,” Stewart said. “Please thank the young folks down there for all they’re doing!”
Local veterans from WWII, the Korean War or ill veterans from the Vietnam or Cold War eras interested in applying for the next Yates County tour-within-a-tour are encouraged to contact Norm Koek at St. Mark’s Terrace or the Yates County Veterans Service Agency for an application to Honor Flight Rochester, Gleason advised. While applications can also be made directly online at www.honorflightrochester.com, online applicants may not be grouped with others from Yates County. The Yates County coordinators also work to defray travel costs for guardians.
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.”
Dr. Victoria Record, assistant professor of nursing at Keuka College, has been elected as the chair of the New York State Board of Nursing’s Licensure, Education and Examination Committee.
Dr. Debra Gates, chair of the Division of Nursing and associate professor of nursing believes this is an invaluable role to the College.
“We are very excited that one of our Keuka College faculty members has been appointed for this important position,” said Dr. Gates. “Ensuring standards of excellence in the profession requires strong leadership that Vicki brings to her role.”
Dr. Record received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Keuka College, a master’s degree in nursing from St. John Fisher College, and a doctoral degree in higher education and adult learning from Walden University.
Dr. Record, who also serves as the dean of Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, was chosen for this role by Suzanne Sullivan, the executive secretary of the New York State Board of Nursing. She will serve as chair of the committee through 2017.
“The board looks for individuals who are interested and have experience on the board and content areas,” said Dr. Record, who has served the board in other capacities since 2008. “As chair, I will be responsible for leading a group of other board members to investigate, research and make recommendations on behalf of the board to other professional organization and to New York State Board of Regents.”
Record became involved with the board of nursing because of her passion for nursing’s scope of practice and education.
“I felt then—and still do—that this is such an important part of being a nurse and maintaining our number one priority, which is to protect the public through the regulation of nursing practice,” said Dr. Record. “Serving as a member of the New York State Board of Nursing is an honor.”
She adds that as a board member, she also reviews professional misconduct cases, and participates in the Professional Assistance Panel, reviewing cases from Buffalo to Syracuse monthly.
“Both of these opportunities are lifetime membership roles I have as an extended member of the board, so I will continue to serve after 2017 in that capacity,” said Dr. Record.
Dr. Gates says the College is “fortunate to have a leader in nursing such as Vicki on our faculty. This role will bring invaluable information to our students and faculty.”
This year, Dr. Record says her committee will focus on making a recommendation to change the process for Canadian-trained nurses in seeking licensure in New York state, as well as reviewing the new nurse practitioner regulations and the changes to the NCLEX, the national nursing licensure exam, targeted for April 2016.
Added Dr. Record: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to play a vital role in protecting the public and advancing the profession of nursing. It has been one of my most rewarding experiences and something of true personal and professional growth.”