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U.S. Representative Tom Reed at Keuka College Thursday, Aug. 21

Tom Reed (R-NY), the 23rd Congressional District representative, will be at Keuka College Thursday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Jephson Athletic Fields.

Congressman Reed will be on campus to deliver some brief remarks and meet members of the College and local communities.

The former mayor of his hometown of Corning, Congressman Reed, whose district includes Yates County, serves on the Committee on Ways and Means. The committee has broad jurisdiction over issues including tax policy, trade, health care, and Social Security. He serves on the Human Resources, Oversight, and Select Revenue Measures subcommittees of Ways and Means.

Reed is part a 10-member bipartisan coalition that is championing the Campus Accountability and Safety Act in the House of Representatives. U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and a bi-partisan group of her colleagues recently introduced the legislature in the Senate.

Currently, Reed co-chairs the House Manufacturing Caucus and Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, and is vice chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. He has also served on the Rules, Judiciary, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in Hegeman Hall 109.

Women’s Volleyball Earns Academic Award

The Keuka College women’s volleyball team earned a share of the North Eastern Athletic Conference’s (NEAC) regular-season championship during the 2013-14 season, finishing 23-7 overall and 9-1 in NEAC play.

The successes of the team were not limited to the court.

Under head coach Ben Guiliano, the 20 student-athletes on the women’s volleyball team excelled in the classroom, maintaining a 3.30 team grade point average.

That mark earned the team an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for academic success.

The AVCA Team Academic Award, which originated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale, or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

“I’m very proud of our team winning this award,” said Guiliano, who enters his fourth season leading the volleyball program.

“We have a bunch of academically and goal-oriented young women in our program who are well-rounded and balanced. When it comes to their academics, they’re serious about what they’re doing. While we expect that kind of academic success, it’s a tribute to each of the individuals that worked hard to accomplish their academic goals. These are accountable and responsible student-athletes that get the job done on the court and in the classroom.”

Keuka College is one of 129 NCAA Division III women’s team recipients for the 2013-14 season, and one of three NEAC programs to earn the honor, along with the College of St. Elizabeth (N.J.) and Gallaudet University (D.C.).

“This is a big accomplishment and it’s an expectation that is set for the future student-athletes,” Guiliano added. “We know we can be successful athletes and successful students at the same time, and here’s the proof.”

The AVCA set a new record with 684 teams being honored this school year, exceeding last year’s mark of 623.

Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to 684. Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program’s 22-year history, with 6,126 awards been given out in total.

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Sandy Carlson Receives Stork Award

Sandy Carlson (left), the 2014 Stork Award recipient, accepts a clock from Corinne Stork, recipient of the first award in 1991.

The 2014 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service was presented to Penn Yan resident Sandy Carlson at a noon luncheon today (Aug. 12).

Keuka College established the award to recognize those individuals who exemplify its historic commitment to the value and benefit of using individual initiative for the common good.

The award was named after the first recipients of the award, Penn Yan residents Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork, in 1991.

Sandy Carlson holds the proclamation she earned for her dedication to serving her community.

Carlson also received a proclamation written by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara and New York State Assemblyman Philip Palmesano which was presented by Keuka College’s Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs Amy Storey.  On behalf of the New York State Legislature, the proclamation acknowledged Carlson’s service to her community.

Among the Yates County organizations that have benefitted from Carlson’s time and talents are the Once Again Shoppe, Keuka Comfort Care Home, the American Red Cross, and the First Presbyterian Church.

A graduate of the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing, Carlson worked at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s emergency room for more than 30 years and now serves as a substitute nurse in the Penn Yan Central School District.

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Keuka College to Present a Brief History of Wine Aug. 15

Few places love wine as much as the Finger Lakes region does. But have you ever wondered just how much you actually know about what you drink? The first in Keuka College’s Lectures by the Lake series will be a wine workshop held Friday, Aug. 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Geiser Refectory.

 The workshop will feature a presentation by Associate Professor of Management David Romm.

Prof. Romm will tell the story of wine and what it means to us, how it’s been made, fought over, and appreciated from 4000 BCE to the present day. Prof. Romm’s presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception featuring musicians from the Eastman School of Music.

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Prof. Romm is uniquely qualified to speak on the subject. His corporate experience spans prestigious brands and venues such as the World Trade Center in New York and the Vista International Hotel in Washington D.C.

While at the World Trade Center, Prof. Romm had sole management responsibility for 23 different food service and catering operations located in every part of the complex. His operations served a wide variety of markets, ranging from vending machines to fine-dining restaurants and employed more than 400 people, earned annual revenues in excess of $12 million and served more than 20,000 people every day.

During Prof. Romm’s tenure at the World Trade Center, he worked with Kevin Zraly, the world-famous sommelier and wine educator. Zraly was wine director at the World Trade Center’s Windows on the World, which was widely hailed as one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the U.S.

In Washington D.C., Prof. Romm organized a wine school that attracted leading California winemakers. Throughout his career, he has also served as a consultant for such organizations as Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Corporation, Gallop Inc., Nestle Inc. and Hilton International. Prof. Romm has presented management seminars in England, Italy, Spain and Indonesia. He has also consulted for Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M. and The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck.

Prof. Romm began teaching at Keuka College in 1991 and currently teaches several courses including Food and Society, which focuses on the complex and significant role food plays in all aspects of our lives.

Tickets for the workshop are $15. Seating is limited, so advanced reservations are advised. Click Here to RSVP Now.

Keuka College’s new Lectures by the Lake series is designed for community members to learn about topics of regional interest from some of the College’s most revered subject-matter experts.

For more information call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail

Stork Award to Sandy Carlson

Miracle worker. A joy and a blessing. Compassionate and professional.

These are among the adjectives people have used to describe Penn Yan resident Sandy Carlson, who will receive the 2014 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The award will be presented at a noon luncheon in the Geiser Refectory in Dahlstrom Student Center at Keuka College.

The Stork Award was established by Keuka College to recognize outstanding individuals who exemplify the College’s commitment of valuing individual initiative for the common good. The award was named after the first recipients of the award, Penn Yan residents Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork, in 1991.

Described as one of the first people to bring a meal to someone in need, Carlson volunteers her time and talents to such organizations as the Once Again Shoppe, Keuka Comfort Care Home, CROP Walk, and the Yates County Public Health Medical Reserve Corps. A volunteer with the Red Cross, Carlson worked in New York City after 9/11 and in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

A graduate of the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing, Carlson worked at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s emergency room for more than 30 years and now serves as a substitute nurse in the Penn Yan Central School District.

A deacon, elder, youth leader and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, Carlson also serves on the session and is a member of the kitchen and sanctuary committees. An active member of the church’s women’s group for more than 40 years, she serves as the chair of both of the church fall and spring rummage sales.

A board member for the Yates County Christmas for the Needy, Carlson buys toys and stores gently used clothing year-round so that they can be distributed as needed. She also collaborates with her daughter in New Jersey to collect donations from her community for Penn Yan. In addition, she works with various stores which offer discounted items for the needy.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12. Seating is limited, so advanced reservations are advised. Make checks payable to Keuka College and mail to: Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478, or reservations may be made online at The reservation deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 6.

For more information call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail