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Nu Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta Gains Three

Holding their certificates are newly inducted Lambda Pi Eta members Savannah Gibson, Anna Kramer, and Morgan Bruno. Behind them are Kathryn Zawisa, Amanda Markessinis, and Victoria Davis.

Three new members were recently inducted into the Nu Mu chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association.

In a Sept. 29 ceremony, Savannah Gibson, Anna Kramer, and Morgan Bruno, all junior organizational communication majors, added their names to the official Lambda Pi Eta roster. Gibson hails from Rochester; Kramer from Boonville; and Bruno from Seneca Falls.

The other members of the College’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta include seniors Victoria Davis (president), Amanda Markessinis, (vice president), and (Kathryn Zawisa), treasurer.

To be eligible for Lambda Pi Eta membership, a communication studies major or minor must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and 12 credits in communication studies courses, a GPA in communication studies courses of at least 3.25, and a GPA of at least 3.0.

Matt Tantalo Coaches 100th Win for Keuka College

The Keuka College men’s soccer team defeated Gallaudet University Sunday, Oct. 4 for their eighth win of the season. The win also marked the 100th in the 11-season career for Head Coach Matt Tantalo.

“Matt Tantalo is one of those coaches/teachers you want to learn from,” said Director of Athletics David Sweet. “He lives and breathes soccer. He is recognized as one of the top soccer coaches in the area and reaching the milestone of 100 wins is just one more testament to his coaching and teaching ability.”

Tantalo joined Keuka College prior to the 2005 season following a successful season as an assistant coach at Syracuse University. He has led Keuka College to nine winning seasons and the 2007 North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship.

So far this season, Tantalo has guided the Wolfpack to its best start in program history. At 8-0-2, Keuka College is one of 10 programs across NCAA Division III, 415 teams, that remains unbeaten.

Keuka College will return to the field Saturday, Oct. 10 when they host the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Kickoff in this North Eastern Athletic Conference matchup is set for 1 p.m.

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Keuka College will Offer RN to B.S. Degree at Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus

Cayuga Community College's Fulton campus

Keuka College will expand its adult degree completion courses to include its first RN to B.S. nursing cohort at Cayuga Community College’s (CCC) Fulton campus.

Formatted through Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), classes for the RN to B.S. nursing curriculum begin in February 2016. Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite requirements for this program. Apply now to ensure you meet the Oct. 16 deadline for prerequisite registration.

“Cayuga Community College welcomes Keuka College to our Fulton campus,” said Janet Nelson, director of adult learning at CCC. “Already a long-standing University Center partner on Cayuga’s Auburn campus, Keuka College’s presence in Fulton will further enhance local access to degree pathways that are convenient for busy working adults.”

Nelson added that Linda Alfieri, director of nursing at CCC, also supports this new collaboration as one that will help Cayuga RN alumni in the Oswego County area advance their career opportunities by achieving a bachelor’s degree.

Designed for registered nurses (RNs) who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree, the RN to B.S. program consists of 13 courses and 34 credit hours. Using the cohort model, students complete the program  with the same group from start to finish. Classes meet one night each week for four hours, with additional time outside of class to complete assignments, case studies, projects, online discussions, and group work.

During Keuka College’s RN to B.S. program, students complete coursework in nursing research and evidence based practice, population health, prevention and health promotion, technology integration, inter-professional collaboration, and leadership. Students also participate in a Field Period™ experience which provides practical application outside of the classroom.

Upon graduation, Keuka College students are prepared to specialize in a variety of areas, including community health, school health, home care, leadership and management, or specialty services. A bachelor’s degree in nursing also paves the way—and is required—for acceptance into graduate-level nursing programs and advanced nursing practice.

To apply for Keuka College’s RN to B.S. program, visit or contact Laura Alfieris, assistant director of admissions for ASAP, at (315) 694-0573.

Seven Keuka College Nurses, Professor Nominated in 2015 “Nurse of the Year” Awards

Seven Keuka College nurses and one nurse education professor have been nominated for the Fifth Annual March of Dimes  “Nurse of the Year” awards gala. The Keuka College nurses will be among the nominees to be recognized Friday, Sept. 18 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The event honors outstanding nurses from across upstate New York and throughout the Finger Lakes region who have been nominated for their service in some 22 different categories. In past years, the gala has raised more than $75,000 for the March of Dimes, a long-standing, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the health of mothers and babies, prevent birth defects and premature birth and reduce infant mortality.

The following Keuka College nurses have been nominated across several categories:

Nurses can be nominated for the March of Dimes awards by patients, coworkers, friends, family or other health professionals. Last year, five nurses, including Witter, and Dr. Vicki Record, assistant professor of nursing, also received nominations.

“The Nursing Division at Keuka College congratulates the nominees and are proud of their tremendous accomplishments,” said Dr. Debra Gates, chair of the division. “Keuka College nurses are certainly having an impact regionally and seeing nominations each year for these prestigious awards is testament to that. It’s really wonderful that the March of Dimes takes the time to celebrate nurses and the difference they make. We salute all these leaders in the field of nursing.”   

Rethinking First Impressions

American history is full of examples of people whose appearance, background, religion, sex, or race caused other people to discount them at the beginning, but who overcame that underestimation to make important contributions.

So said Dr. Christopher Leahy, professor of history and the 2014-15 Professor of the Year at Keuka College, in his keynote address Tuesday at academic convocation, which marks the official opening of the 2015-16 academic year. The ceremony includes a colorful processional with upperclassman bearing flags from around the world and faculty in regalia lining the sidewalk to Norton Chapel and applauding new students as they enter. This year, a record-setting number of new students experienced this symbolic rite of passage.

In Dr. Leahy’s address, the eight-year faculty veteran challenged students to resist the temptation to discount what someone else might teach them because of “superficial attributes.” He gave two examples from American history of individuals initially underestimated who defied expectations to make an undeniable mark: Al Smith, a NY State Assemblyman and four-term governor, and Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist and one-time Congressional candidate from Mississippi.

New members of the Keuka College Class of 2019.

“People underestimated both Al Smith and Fannie Lou Hamer,” Dr. Leahy contended. “In Smith’s case, his colleagues in the NY State Assembly believed they had nothing to learn from a Bowery Irishman whose accent and (Catholic) religion were suspect. In Hamer’s case, her impoverished background, her race—and her sex—led white Mississippians to doubt her resolve and ability to effect change… Enough people doubted them, or told them they could not succeed, that they might have started to believe it themselves. Yet they did not.”

According to Dr. Leahy, Smith’s lack of formal education and Catholic background garnered condescension from Ivy League-educated legislators from elsewhere in the state, when he first won his Assembly seat in 1903. Yet Smith fought to prove himself, committing legislative bills to memory, sponsoring bills of his own, and leading the commission investigating the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. Ultimately, Smith was elected governor of New York in 1917, served four terms and became the first Catholic to earn the Democratic nomination for U.S. President in 1928.

The granddaughter of slaves and child to sharecropper parents, Hamer became a vocal activist in the civil rights movement, literally singing hymns to scores of African-Americans riding buses to voter registration stations throughout the state. Famous for the line “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Hamer endured an arrest, jail beating and other persecutions to rally African-Americans and white students in the North to support civil rights. Her work helped bring national attention to the Civil Rights Bill championed by Pres. Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In addition to a run for Congress, Hamer also fought to win seats for African-American delegates of the Mississippi Freedom Party at the Democratic National Convention; stymied in 1964, she succeeded by 1968.

Dr. Leahy even shared a personal instance of underestimation: as a high school sophomore in Baltimore, Leahy complained to a friend after just one class that his new European history teacher, Dr. Dan Allen, was a boring government bureaucrat with a funny accent. But Leahy learned quite a lesson as Dr. Allen—who’d overheard the complaints —dismantled every presumption Leahy made, in the next class and over the course of the year.

Professor of the Year Dr. Christopher Leahy, right, with President Díaz-Herrera.

An embarrassed Leahy was surprised to learn that Dr. Allen had a background in military intelligence with the U.S. Air Force, and spent four years working as the American embassy’s military expert in Czechoslovakia. Further, Dr. Allen was a friend of Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick, the Georgetown University professor who helped shape American policy during the Cold War as Pres. Ronald Reagan’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Dr. Allen eventually became one of Leahy’s favorite teachers and inspired him to pursue a doctorate of his own.

Dr. Leahy closed with a 1910 quote from President Theodore Roosevelt that advocates credit be given to the individual who “strives valiantly,” in spite of coming short, “spends himself in a worthy cause;” and who ultimately experiences either the enthusiasms and devotions of high achievement or who “at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.’”

Brief remarks to welcome new students were also shared Tuesday by College President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera and Alan Ziegler, vice-chair of the Board of Trustees. The president encouraged students that the College will prepare them for the journey of their professional life, particularly through developing individuals who know how to apply digital technology within the context of their respective professions. The College’s Digital Learning@Keuka College (DL@KC) initiative includes a digital studies minor and incorporates digital literacy throughout the curriculum.

“My advice to you, Class of 2019, is to learn as much about this as you can. Learn to read and write code, the new literacy,” Dr. Díaz-Herrera challenged, posing questions aspects of DL@KC could answer within a number of academic majors. “You will learn that you have the power to do amazing things. When you graduate from Keuka College you will have that thread of digital literacy woven through all aspects of your education.”

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