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.”
Keuka College honored veterans and active duty personnel with a Nov. 11 ceremony held in Norton Chapel. Stationed outside the chapel during the event was a World War II Jeep.
In front of an overflow crowd of students, faculty, and staff, the ceremony featured remarks by Chris Leahy, professor of history; New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano; New York State Senator Tom O’Mara; as well as Alison Hunt, deputy district director for U.S. Representative Tom Reed. Robert Heselton, a former machinist mate second class, and a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War, offered his perspective as a veteran.
Rev. Eric Detar, College chaplain, offered a prayer of remembrance and played “America the Beautiful,” while Army veteran Daniel Esworthy ’18 and members of the Penn Yan VFW Honor Guard also took part. They sounded a rifle salute and played Taps at the end of the service.
Several other students were involved in the ceremony, including Siobhan Costain ’17, past president of the Keuka College Veterans Club, who presented the College’s donation to the Honor Flight Rochester. Its mission is to fly our heroes to Washington, DC to visit and reflect together at their memorials. Honor Flight is free to all World War II and Korean veterans and to veterans from any era who suffer a terminal illness.
Members of the College Chorale and QKAppella performed the National Anthem, “America, Of Thee I Sing,” and “God Bless America.”
The service included recognition of all veterans in attendance, as well as a presentation dedicated to those who could not attend.
The women’s field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams served as ushers and escorted veterans from their pews after the service, while the men’s basketball and lacrosse teams helped serve dinner to the veterans and their families. The dinner was compliments of AVI Fresh, the College’s food service provider.
Before the ceremony, 375 students, faculty, and staff members of the College community signed holiday cards. Part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, the College campaign was sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s (SAC) Events Committee. Those who took part were asked to write a short message and sign their name on a card. The cards will be distributed to veterans and active service men and women in the VA hospitals in Canandaigua and Bath.
More photos of the ceremony can be found here.
Election Day 2015 was a stellar success for two Keuka College graduates. Aileen McNabb-Coleman ’00 and Tom Drumm ’15 both won seats in the Cayuga and Oswego county legislatures, respectively.
Running on the Democrat, Independent and Working Family lines, Mc-Nabb-Coleman defeated opponent Joseph Runkle, to win a four-year term in Cayuga’s 6th District seat. Meanwhile, Drumm, who ran on the Democratic and Women’s Equality lines for Oswego’s 16thDistrict seat, defeated Republican opponent James Scanlon and will serve a two-year term. At Keuka College, McNabb-Coleman earned a degree in unified childhood/special education while Drumm earned degrees in political science and history and organizational communication.
“I believe strongly in engagement and participation in local government,” said McNabb-Coleman “Due to the climate of the national stage of politics, I find that citizens are disengaged; couple that with having busy careers and family life, and it is difficult to increase awareness.”
So she did something about it.
“When I finally decided to run for county legislator, what drove me was the idea of setting our county on a new fiscally responsible path so that my children could enjoy the fruits of our labor—and representing women on a 15-member, all male, county legislature,” said McNabb-Coleman, who used the phrase “Run Like a Girl” in her campaign signs to reinforce her position.
Drumm said he ran on a message of “new energy and new blood” at the county level. He started getting that message out about six months ago when he launched his campaign and sticking to it proved effective, he said.
“I think those in the county are craving new leadership,” Drumm said. “I discussed that we seem to have become stagnant, whether in social issues or some economic areas as well.”
Drumm’s campaign got a boost the Sunday before Election Day from six political science and history majors at Keuka College who traveled to Oswego with Dr. Angela Narasimhan, assistant professor of political science and history. After convening briefly at the union hall for Oswego’s UA Local 73 to hear from Drumm about his platform, the group picked up campaign literature and set out to help Drumm make door-to-door visits.
“It was huge how that team helped me cover my entire district in a day,” Drumm said. “My opponent was a lifelong resident in the city, raised a family and he’s lived here probably 45 years, and sometimes that works to people’s advantage. I’m fresh out of college and it can take a lot to establish a coalition. The big thing is the final push – you have to turn out the vote. To get a push like that from students who traveled two hours to Oswego to help knock on doors for a campaign like mine – I’m in debt to them. I’m so grateful.”
According to Dr. Narasimhan, three of the students had never met Tom and several were interested in getting involved politically back home so they were eager to hear his story and his advice.
“He used each Field Period™ experience and his major to explore different avenues, and was able to tell my students about the connections he made and how he found an office to run for,” Dr. Narasimhan said, describing how Drumm learned from local party leaders the strategy they envisioned for him to win an open seat. The canvassing experience “absolutely” aligned with the College’s focus on experiential learning, she added.
During his time as a student, Drumm conducted separate Field Period™ experiences with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) and the NYS Democratic Committee. He also completed his senior practicum with Doug Lippincott, Keuka College’s executive director of grants, government relations and compliance. Some of the individuals he met became mentors, Drumm said.
“It’s very rewarding to see it all pay off – it’s exciting, and honestly, it’s a little overwhelming,” Drumm said, attributing his win to “not only how much I’ve learned but the amazing people I met during college —professors like Drs. Narasimhan, Chris Leahy, David Leon—who gave me the confidence and knowledge to be able to make a political run at 22.”
Both Drumm and McNabb-Coleman will be sworn into their new offices in early January.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Q&As with full-time faculty members who recently came aboard at Keuka College. Today, meet three of Keuka’s new additions.
Dr. Lee-Hsien (Ken) Pan, assistant professor of finance, is teaching classes in international finance and intermediate accounting this semester.
Last book read: “My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore’s Billingual Journey” by Lee Kuan Yew.
Favorite quote: Fight to the death; never give up!
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why: Bruce Lee. He is a strong man not only physically but also spiritually.
What makes teaching fun: Exchanging thoughts and experiences with students are the happiest thing in the world.
What do you do for fun? Play tennis, listen to music, and watch YouTube videos.
Dr. Luciana Cursino-Parent (aka “Dr. C”), assistant professor of biology, is teaching BIO102 “Science of Life” and BIO 135 “Cells and Organisms” this semester.
Last book read: “The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning” by James E. Zull
Favorite quote: none.
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why: Little Lulu Moppet because she reminds of myself as a little girl with my two brothers, based on a description of the character: “She is a very good little girl, and rarely initiates a battle with the boys; she just takes them on when they bother her or the other girls. Lulu is very imaginative, and she tells stories to Alvin to divert him from mischief and teach him a lesson. She also records some of her adventures in “Lulu’s Diary”
What makes teaching fun: Watching my students have fun and experiencing the “I get it” moment.
What do you do for fun? Outdoor activities: in summer and fall - swimming and fishing; in the winter – snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Cassie Hey MSM, OTR/L, is assistant professor of occupational therapy and joined the faculty in 2014. She is currently teaching classes in mental health application and mental health community application.
Last book read: “Log Hotel” by Anne Schreiber. It is always the last book I read, as it is my 7-year old son’s favorite bedtime story.
Favorite quote: “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better” – Abraham Lincoln
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be, and why: Eowyn from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, due to her strength, compassion and courage.
What makes teaching fun: Seeing students gain passion and making connections
What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my family and children, golfing and working on our “hobby farm.”