Seventeen faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to Keuka College at Community Day Jan. 28.
Five-year service awards were presented to: Wendy Gaylord, dean for China programs; Penny Webber, office manager for Academic Success at Keuka (ASK); Katie Marcella, head women’s basketball coach; Vicki O’Connor, assistant professor of social work; and Dennis Hoins, general manager of facilities.
Ten-year service awards were presented to: Linda Park, librarian and director of Lightner Library; Pam Jennings, academic skills counselor for ASK; and Jan Enos, coordinator of international student services.
A 20-year service award was presented to Jackie Robinson, secretary of the Division of Basic and Applied Social Sciences.
Merit awards were presented to John Boccacino, sports information director; Eva Robbins, director of student activities; Tim Sellers, associate vice president for academic programs; Deb Gates, associate professor of nursing and chair, Division of Nursing; Carol Grover, controller; and Andy Hogan, manager of information and classroom technology.
Presidential Awards for Sustained Outstanding Achievement were presented to Anne Killen, associate vice president of Center for Professional Studies; and Jason Paige, head men’s lacrosse coach.
Batman and Robin might be the dynamic duo of superheroes, but on the Keuka College women’s basketball team, seniors Jessica Bandrowski and Danielle Gravel are the dynamic playmakers who have led the Storm to some of the highest heights this rich program has ever known.
In their four seasons playing for the Storm, Keuka has posted a 69-19 overall record (.784 winning percentage), including compiling a 55-8 mark (.873 winning percentage) in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Keuka has captured two NEAC postseason championships and earned a pair of NCAA Division III tournament appearances in both the 2010-11 and 11-12 seasons, the first time the Storm have ever earned back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament.
It’s only fitting, then, that Keuka’s dynamic duo joined an exclusive club together during their final season on campus.
Bandrowski and Gravel became the 11th and 12th women in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points, with Bandrowski accomplishing the feat during a 78-74 home loss to SUNYIT Dec. 7, and Gravel surpassing the century club during Wednesday night’s 72-56 road win over SUNY Cobleskill.
Bandrowski scored 19 points and added 6 assists and 5 steals, stuffing the stat sheet as she has done for most of her stellar career.
Bandrowski, a two-time, first-team All-NEAC guard, scored her 1,000th career point on a layup with 11:27 remaining in the opening half as the Storm took a 16-10 lead. A timeout was called on the floor and the fans stood up and applauded Bandrowski for eclipsing the milestone.
“It felt great to score my 1,000th point,” said Bandrowski, who currently ranks sixth all-time in school history for points (1,066) and is second in steals (250), third in made ‘3s’ (128) and fifth in assists (304).
“When I first got here, I didn’t think I’d get to this point, but I am happy that I did, and the fact that I’m not the only one to reach 1,000 points is great. I was glad I had my teammates and friends, everybody around to see it and celebrate this with me. For those few seconds, it was a great feeling and I got to cherish it.”
Gravel reached the milestone when she buried a ‘3’ with 14:48 remaining in the second half to put the Storm up 49-34. Gravel, a two-time first-team All-NEAC guard, scored seven of Keuka’s first 15 points as the Storm surged out to a 15-2 lead in the first four minutes and 20 seconds.
After Gravel surpassed the 1,000 point mark, the game was stopped, an announcement was read on the court and Gravel received a round of applause from the fans.
“It was very exciting to get to 1,000 points,” said Gravel, who ranks 11th in career points (1,000) and is second in made 3-pointers (157).
“I knew everyone expected me to hit a ‘3’ to get to 1,000 points and I was so excited when it went in. I was very nervous about the game, my family came to watch so that put more pressure on me to get there while they were watching. It’s been a lot of fun playing basketball for Keuka and that was definitely a great moment for me.”
With their personal milestones accomplished, both Gravel and Bandrowski are looking forward and are hoping to lead the Storm on another late-season run.
“Now we’re getting on the right track,” Gravel said. “This win (over Cobleskill) boosted our self-esteem and confidence, and hopefully this will help us win from here on out as we get ready for more NEAC competition. We’ve had some tough losses this year, but we all know how talented we are and there’s still a lot of the season left to play.”
“I just love the game and use my heart and hustle to do whatever I can to help this team win,” Bandrowski added. “We’ve built up such a great program during our time here. We have so much talent on this team, we’re all excited to see what we can do the rest of the season.”
The Storm return home to face Morrisville State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Keuka handed Morrisville State a 65-42 setback Nov. 26.
Breeanna Rothenburg, a resident of Cato and senior at Cato-Meridian High School, is the January recipient of Keuka College’s George H. Ball Community Achievement Award.
She joins Dakota Skinner, Bethany Derleth, Victoria Anderson, and Taylor McIntyre as recipients of the $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually), which recognizes strong academic and community service records. The College will award one more scholarship for 2013-14.
The award honors Rev. Dr. George Harvey Ball, founder and first president of Keuka College.
Rothenburg was nominated for the award by Sally Lebro, family and consumer science teacher at Cato-Meridian.
“I can’t imagine anyone who is more deserving of this award than Breeanna,” said Lebro. “She is No. 1 at helping anyone at anytime, regardless of what their needs are, and does this totally without regard for her own wants and needs.”
Rothenburg works with elementary students in after-school programs and is a peer tutor. In addition, she serves as a volunteer teaching assistant who“has earned great respect from the students she assists,” said Lebro. “She helped orchestrate a benefit for a patient with health problems and volunteers to help our local PTO whenever it needs assistance.”
She has helped organize numerous events at school and “spent countless hours cleaning and reorganizing the classrooms of teachers who need her help,” said Lebro.
Rothenburg assists senior citizens at the grocery store; shovels snow for people who can’t do it themselves; participated in the 5K Run for Respect race, a fundraiser for Special Olympics; and helped run a local kiddie carnival.
“She is a self-starter and doesn’t wait to be asked before pitching in,” said Lebro. “She just does it, and then sticks with it until everything is taken care of.”
Skinner was nominated by Steven Gillule, a guidance counselor at Tioga Central.
“Community service has always been an integral part of my life,” said Skinner. “I continue to be active in programs and organizations that have a focus of helping individuals improve their quality of life.”
At school, he has been involved in numerous organizations, including SADD, the band, student council, and National Honor Society while engaging in a host of service activities such as American Red Cross blood drives and roadside clean-ups, among others.
The consummate student-athlete, Skinner has played varsity baseball since his freshman year and captained the varsity basketball team as a junior. He also serves as videographer for the football team.
Skinner donates his time and talents to numerous youth programs offered by his church, including vacation Bible school and Children’s Chat. He is also involved with various creative ministries, such as assisting with the choreography of hand puppet shows at nursing and retirement homes and singing Christmas carols for shut-ins.
His commitment to social responsibility is also evidenced by his work with Operation Christmas Child, participation in food drives for the local pantry, and assisting coaches at youth baseball clinics.
Derleth, a resident of Rochester and senior at Greece Athena High School, was nominated for the award by Sarah Culp, associate pastor of the Greece Baptist Church.
“Bethany is involved in many aspects of community service, both within and outside the church,” said Culp, who is responsible for youth programming. “Always ready to lend a hand, Bethany is especially good with children, often assisting with their classes and volunteering in the nursery Sunday morning.”
Derleth spends many of her vacations and school breaks in service of others. Since seventh grade, she has spent spring break at Flower City Work Camp, helping low income homeowners with needed repairs. She also traveled to New Orleans, La., to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward.
She also donated her time and talents in Washington, D.C., planting trees, clearing a walkway, and cleaning up litter in an urban park, as well performing various tasks to prepare for the opening of a new school.
“Over the summer months, Bethany can be found at Cameron Community Ministries, assisting children with reading and math as well as helping out in the clothing closet and soup kitchen,” said Culp.
Anderson, a resident of Glenville and student in the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, was nominated for the award by Helen Hagen, director/principal of Hudson Valley Educational Consortium, “a collaborative effort among SUNY Orange, Ulster, Rockland, and Sullivan community colleges to create broader access to academic programs and workforce training throughout the four-county region.”
“Victoria is a one-in-a-million, shining-light person,” said Hagen. “She brings her optimistic, enthusiastic, diligent, respectful charm to all she does. The trait I find most astounding in Victoria is her bone-deep kindness and empathy.”
Here are just a few examples of how Anderson has made a difference in her school, community, and world:
“Victoria is making the world a better place one day at a time,” said Hagen. “She has the skills and determination to make big things happen.”
McIntyre, a resident of Trumansburg and senior at Watkins Glen High School, was nominated for the award by Tammy Lotocky, an instructor in the criminal justice program at The Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES.
“Taylor has helped her community and made a difference to the people around her,” said Lotocky. “This consistent willingness to go above and beyond best describes her.”
For more information on the George H. Ball Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to: http://www.keuka.edu/community/
By Dr. Sander Diamond, professor of history
When al-Assid used poison gas against his people in Syria, President Obama threatened to remove the stockpiles by force. Instead, he opted for diplomacy. al-Assid “promised” to permit the removal of the gas stockpiles from his territory, which most observers believe was unworkable in the middle of a violent civil war. It was here that Washington, Moscow, and Tehran found common ground. The last thing any of them wanted was for poison gas to fall into the hands of al-Qaeda, which is freely operating in Syria. The upshot of these back door talks was the opening of a portal for further talks.
This coincided with the end of the presidential term of Iran’s belligerent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who many Iranians viewed as an embarrassment. He was replaced by Hassan Rouhani, who the West viewed as ‘moderate’ within the context of Iranian life. His international debut came at the United Nations, and rather than a tirade of Holocaust denials, calls for the destruction of Israel, and strident anti-Americanism, his remarks suggested that Tehran may be open to talks with Washington.
From Iran’s vantage point, they saw in Obama a president who may give diplomacy a chance, as well as a slight cooling in Washington’s relationship with Tel-Aviv. From Obama’s point of view, the time had arrived to test the waters with Iran after 34 years of isolation.
In November, Secretary of State Kerry and representatives of our Western allies met with their Iranian counterparts in Geneva. A six-month agreement was cobbled together: in exchange for Iran applying some braking power on the production of fissionable material in its far-flung facilities and re-opening these sites to outside inspectors, some of the most pressing sanctions will be lifted and Tehran will gain access to some of its frozen cash assets.
For those who applauded the agreement, it represented a major diplomatic success which transcends the details. President Obama expressed the hope that diplomacy could help turn the tide in the turbulent Middle East
Elsewhere, the Geneva Accord was greeted with anger and bitterness. The Israelis and Saudis saw the Accord as a concession to Iran that will tilt the balance of power in its favor. Both believe that Obama cannot be trusted and that his actions are not borne out of a lack of experience but a concerted effort to redirect U.S. foreign policy. Many in Obama’s party were also dismayed, as were members of the Republican Party. They were in complete agreement with Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, who said that now Iran “is a turn of a screwdriver away” from having WMDs.
For those with long memories, the Geneva Accord could not have been more poorly timed. September 2013 marked the 75th anniversary of the Munich Agreement, which added the word “appeasement” to the lexicon of diplomatic mistakes. For Iran’s most strident detractors, those who call the shots in Tehran are the sons of Hitler who will in time strike Israel and expand their theocratic vision to the entire Middle East. Obama and some in the West see it differently. They are well aware that the Supreme Leader calls the shots, but working with President Rouhani may lead to internal changes inside Iran and it is time to give diplomacy a chance. And testing the waters for six months hardly rises to the level of appeasement.
The Geneva Accord may come to little in six months. If the chatter out of Tehran can be believed, the Supreme Leader is not happy with the direction the new president has taken. And if Israeli intelligence is accurate, Iran will have atomic weapons by spring. Once again, the shifting sands of the Middle East are at work and talk of war is in the air. Obama knows that a massive strike against Iran by either the U.S. or Israel will trigger a major regional war. He believes that diplomacy can arrest a march toward war. As we prepare to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we can only hope he is right.
Social responsibility has long been part of the Keuka College fabric, particularly as it pertains to the local community.
For example, Keuka students, staff, and faculty participate in Make a Difference Day, the Angel Tree Project, and Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates. Members of the College community also volunteer their time and talents at Milly’s Pantry, the Humane Society of Yates County, and Clinton Crest Manor, among others.
Five years ago, Keuka began a new tradition of service to the local community—one that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As part of this year’s MLK Day of Service, members of Keuka College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will conduct a free hoop clinic for children 5-12 years old at the Penn Yan Academy gym from noon-2:30 p.m.
In addition, volunteers will help paint the set for the Penn Yan Middle School’s upcoming play, The Music Man, from 9 a.m.-noon, or noon-2 p.m.
Lunch will be provided for basketball clinic participants as well as those painting the sets.
Chevanne DeVaney, Keuka College’s director of multicultural affairs and director of the Women’s Center, will participate in the Community Conversation series held at Milly’s Pantry and Pinwheel Market at 2 p.m. DeVaney will join community members Dr. Henry Thomas, Freeman T. Freeman, Edith Mann, and Jim Wilson to discuss “Race, Justice, and Access to Your Own Healthcare.”
The panelists will talk about how physical, emotional, and spiritual health are important, and how different groups may experience different issues around access and treatment in various health settings. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Community Conversation series provides continuing discussion on how people in the community access support, and what barriers they may face for their healthcare needs.
The fifth annual event at Keuka comes three months before Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates, a day of community service organized by Keuka students and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. It has helped dozens of non-profit organizations and agencies enhance the quality of life in the region for the past 16 years.
Dr. King and Keuka College have a connection dating back 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 volunteer for the MLK Day of Service, or for more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at email@example.com or (315) 279-5225.
Faculty members who teach in the Division of Business and Management bring significant, real-world experience to the classroom.
For example, take Rita Gow, associate professor of accounting, who came to Keuka College in 2005 after a distinguished career at Ernst & Young, a public accounting firm in Boston, Mass. She also worked for a Fortune 500 company, not-for-profit organizations including the Susan B. Anthony House (a national historic landmark), and a family-run insurance agency.
“Teaching is a different culture than I was used to, but I did what I tell everyone—persevere,” said Gow, who retired after the 2013 fall semester. “It’s OK to try new things, to take a chance and do something different. Change can be invigorating.”
In fact, change was the focus of the speech she delivered at academic convocation—her reward for being named Professor of the Year in 2011.
Gow said change “pushes us outside our comfort zone.
“But it’s good to step outside that box,” she said at the ceremony. “We all feel a bit of anxiety at some point—this is not necessarily a bad thing. It can motivate you.”
And motivation is what can help students who may be struggling in their classes.
“If a student is simply willing to try, work hard and persevere, they will succeed,” said Gow. “The College has had some fantastic success stories, including those who work for one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms or have done well in graduate school. We have had students work at both Ernst & Young and KPMG, and many have found success at both large and small accounting firms.”
Reflecting on her years at Keuka, Gow said “there are a lot of hard-working people [here] and I’ve been lucky to work with some really great students, like Joe DeBarr ‘12. He came to Keuka, while his twin brother went to SUNY Albany. Both were accounting majors. Every so often, I’d ask Joe how he liked it here and if he was considering transferring to Albany. Each time, he said ‘no’ [to the second part of the question]. While he enjoyed visiting his brother, the culture at Keuka was a perfect fit for him.”
After graduation, both brothers applied—and were accepted—to Syracuse University for graduate school.
“To me, this is a great success story,” said Gow. “It says that even though Keuka has a small accounting major, we have proven over and over that it is still rigorous enough to compete with a larger program.”
Gow said ”it’s been fun to see the students come in as freshmen and evolve into seniors. I like that I may have had a part in helping students grow, even if they are not accounting majors. I like that about my job.
“Sometimes, I’ll get a note, or card, or Facebook message from a former student thanking me for teaching them. It’s not always obvious to them at the time that they will use what they have learned here. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard ‘I wish I’d paid more attention in accounting…’”
If she had collected those nickels, she might have saved them and used them to visit her daughter, who will move to Capetown, South Africa.
“My husband and I might use Capetown as a jumping off point to travel some more,” said Gow. “We will also visit my son and his wife in Virginia, who have three daughters, including twins. They are all under 3-years-old.”
And while Gow plans to travel, Keuka Lake will always be home.
“We live on Keuka Lake and we love it here, so we plan to stay,” said Gow. “I am active in the community, including serving as treasurer for the Keuka Housing Council, and the board of the Yates Community Endowment Fund. I may also teach Accounting for Managers, a course I have taught before, in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).”
Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a talk by a former nuclear engineer who has written a novel about the assassination of President Kennedy.
Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business and management, will discuss “Did Oswald Act Alone? Author Believes He Did, but His Book Tells a Different Story,” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.
Wilczek is convinced Oswald acted alone Nov. 22, 1963, but his novel, Last Witness, is filled—as the jacket of the book describes—with “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies.”
“I love writing fiction,” said Wilczek, “because I can write whatever I want.”
He has published three other mystery thrillers: The Kept Secret, The Soma Man, and Death’s Revenge.
Wilczek spent 30 years in the nuclear and utility industry, the last third as vice president and corporate officer. He earned an associate degree in engineering science from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from SUNY Buffalo, an MBA from Syracuse University, and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Tickets for the luncheon are $12.75, $2.50 of which goes to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund. The fund provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending Keuka College. Seating is limited, so 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. Reservations may also be made online at http://events.keuka.edu. The reservation deadline is Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keuka College staff, faculty, and students had a little fun with ugly sweaters, festive props, and lots of friends for a holiday photo and video shoot.
Candid Microphone was a popular radio show hosted by the late Allen Funt, who asked ordinary people oddball questions, not knowing they were being recorded. When they gave bizarre and funny answers, the audience collapsed into laughter when Funt told them they were on national radio. It was a formula that worked and ABC picked up the show for TV, employing a hidden camera. It was renamed Candid Camera, which debuted Aug. 10, 1948, and ran on and off for 56 years. Funt’s catch phrase— “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera”—caught on and is still heard today at the conclusion of well-timed practical jokes.
In reality, Candid Camera is a metaphor for what is happening today, namely, we are all on candid cameras. Cameras are pervasive—in stores, streets, airports, toll booths, and police cars—embedded everywhere we go in the name of security. To be sure, we are still navigating our way through the early years of the Age of Terrorism and a rising epidemic of domestic violence. However uncomfortable we might be with these intrusions into our lives, and while we might not smile about being on one of these candid cameras, most Americans are willing to let security trump privacy. On the eve of the New York City Marathon, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly revealed that the NYPD had mounted free-standing cameras, 2,100 in all, along the 26-mile route. After what happened at the Boston Marathon in April, when images of the bombers were captured by a camera mounted on a department store, no one was complaining.
But the collection of data about the American people goes much further than capturing our images. No different than the use of cameras, the collection of massive amounts of data is part of a concerted effort to afford us greater security. The National Security Agency (NSA) is vacuuming every scrap of information about us, our opponents, and friends overseas. It is one thing for the NSA to spy on those living outside of our borders. Spying has been going on since the dawn of civilization. But it is a far different story when it comes to the NSA’s collection of data about ordinary citizens. The NSA is vacuuming all of our communications— phone calls, Web searches, Facebook and Twitter messaging—in essence, everything we send out and receive.
When we contracted with purveyors of computer websites, Google and others, we never imagined that our searches and all sorts of electronic communications, more often than not the minutiae of our lives, would be of any interest to the government. This being said, it is in this minutiae where the NSA hopes to find key words, nuggets so-to-speak, which when connected with other data will lead not to our doorstep but to the doorstep of those who plan to do harm.
A Congressional committee has recommended limitations on this surveillance and we have been assured that the government is not opening our mail or listening to our calls. We are still protected by the Fourth Amendment and a long list of legal decisions that protect us from unreasonable searches without probable cause. Still, some argue that in time, we will move in the direction of a quasi-totalitarian society as the collection of our data accelerates. Such allegations have been aired before. However, while many people were shocked to learn what the NSA has been doing, it has not coalesced into a tidal wave of protest, with most of us believing it just may be necessary in this new environment where we have come to learn security remains conditional.
It’s Candid Camera on an epic scale, and we can only hope that we can smile about our long cherished desire for privacy being preserved.
With Keuka College’s fall Chorale and Band concert in the books, Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the Chorale, has her sights set on the future of the music program.
And the future starts during the spring 2014 semester, when Hamilton will hold auditions for students who want to join a select choir.
Hamilton envisions the select choir performing at on-campus events, alumni gatherings, and traveling for student recruitment.
“It will be a polished, professional group that will showcase the College and give Keuka students a high-quality music experience,” said Hamilton, who plans to have the choir accompanied by live instrumentalists.
Hamilton, who has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and other well-known groups, “likes to sing a lot of different genres, and I want to incorporate those genres into the choir.”
With that variety in mind, Hamilton anticipates the choir will sing “mostly pop, R&B, jazz, and Broadway, as well as present some a cappella pieces.”
Chorale member Jakiem Brown ’15, an educational studies major from Rochester, would seem to be a logical candidate for the select choir.
“Many of my best singers and musicians are athletes, and Jakiem is a member of both the men’s volleyball and tennis teams,” said Hamilton. “He plays the saxophone and ukulele, sings, and beat-boxes. He performed a solo during the concert, and is just a great kid who is hungry for more.”
Another athlete who would seem to a logical select choir candidate is Stephanie Havens ’14. The adolescent English major from Unadilla is a forward/midfielder for the women’s soccer team, and has been “singing and playing the trumpet for a long time.
“I liked that I could join Chorale or Band and have private voice lessons,” said Havens. “There is a Mozart piece I am working on that I am excited about, but is nothing I’d have ever considered if not for the voice lessons. I am not afraid to get up and sing in front of people anymore.”
As the select choir works through its formative stages, the popularity of the Chorale is growing, as evidenced by Kelsea Flynn ’17, a psychology major from Penn Yan. She sang a duet at the concert and “is excited to participate in Chorale next semester.”
“There are a lot of new students registered for Chorale next semester, and I’m excited,” said Hamilton. “There will be some challenges, though. I have several Chinese students registered, and a lot of students can’t read music. But, I hope to incorporate more popular songs into the concerts, and to one day partner with the Arion Players Drama Club and perform a musical.”
Next semester will also bring the formation of a jazz band, private instrumental lessons, and a possible concert with the Chinese Choral Society of Rochester.
“There are many Chinese students in the Keuka College Chorale and I wanted to find an authentic experience for them,” said Hamilton.
Also on tap for next semester will be new music opportunities in the classroom. Hamilton will teach a class on American Music Traditions, which will explore the history of American popular and classical music, including colonial folk music, blues, jazz, Broadway, rap, and hip hop, among others.
Added Hamilton: “One of the things I hope to do is partner with [Assistant Professor of Art] Melissa Newcomb’s students in her digital photography class and have them design album covers for my students.”
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