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Students from China, Vietnam Join Alumni Ranks

President Díaz-Herrera speaks to members of the Class of 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The College’s 105th commencement began May 26 in Keuka Park, resumed at four locations in China in mid-June, and concluded June 22 in Hanoi, Vietnam

“There are very few students anywhere in the world today who, like yourselves, will earn separate undergraduate degrees from two great academic institutions, from two different nations, two far apart continents, and in two very different languages,” said President Jorge Díaz-Herrera to graduates of the Keuka China Program (KCP) at Jimei University in Xiamen June 19. 

KCP marked its 10th anniversary in 2013 and prior to Jimei, the president officiated at KCP ceremonies at Keuka’s three other partner universities in China: Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, and Wenzhou University.

 “Global learning and exploration is a reality and we at Keuka College have had first-hand experience for more than a decade and our offerings are expanding,” said the president. “Keuka is now a global leader in the fields of career development, experiential education, and international business and management.”

The president credited Administrative Chancellor for China Campuses Dr. Michael Hwang for successfully bringing Keuka’s Field Period model to China “with his extensive knowledge and writing in career management.

“He helped us successfully export the experiential learning model to China, which together with career management, offers major benefits to our students in building successful careers, living productive lives, and contributing to society. This has allowed us to become a global leader in experiential learning.”

Some of the 31 students who received Keuka diplomas in Hanoi.

 On June 22, 31 Keuka degree were awarded to 31 gradautes at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. Although one can find many things that separates those who received their degrees by the shore of Keuka Lake and those who did likewise in the capital of Vietnam—such as language and culture— there is one thing that unites them.

You will always be a part of Keuka College’s “extended family of graduates—a network that extends all over the world,” said Díaz-Herrera.

The president urged the graduates to “invent your future—and make sure you have an impact. However, “while moving into the future, remember that your time in the Keuka-Vietnam program is not ending, but continuing in a different form.

 “Use that network but also become an active part of it; we expect to hear of your accomplishments and look forward to your continued involvement with Keuka College,” he added. “You are, for now and always, an important part of the Keuka family, your alma mater.”

Back in Town

Alumni are coming back to campus from near and far this weekend (June 7-9) for Reunion 2013.

Whether it has been five years or 75 years since graduation, there are several events scheduled for alumni to catch up and reconnect with classmates and other Keukonians from different classes.

Highlights of the weekend include an all-class reunion party, wine tours, boat cruises, recognition of Alumni Association award winners, and more. Fireworks are also on the Saturday evening schedule.

For a schedule of events, click http://alumni.keuka.edu/files/2010/02/ALUMNI_2013-Reunion-Brochure.pdf

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Midlakes Senior Earns Community Achievement Award

Samantha Peacock, a resident of Phelps and senior at Midlakes High School, is the November recipient of Keuka College’s Community Achievement Award.

Peacock will receive a $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually) in recognition of her strong academic and community service record.

The College will select five monthly winners during the 2012-13 academic year. Emma Karaman of Sherburne was the September recipient while Emily Good of Lockport was honored in October.

Peacock was nominated for the award by Chris Tillman ’97, a school counselor at Midlakes.

“Samantha is an active member of our school and community and works tirelessly to help make our area a better place to live and learn,” said Tillman. “The impact of her presence on our community is too deep to measure, and there clearly will be void next year when she’s away at college.”

Peacock, who plays soccer and lacrosse for the Screaming Eagles, shares her talent and passion for athletics with youngsters in the Little Dribblers basketball program. She is also a Spanish mentor at Midlakes Primary School.

She has volunteered at a local animal shelter since she was a middle school student and helped make the Ontario County Fun at the Farm day “a success by helping with the preparation and implementation of the event,” said Tillman.

Peacock, who also lends her time and talents to her church, has spent many hours helping raise funds for school organizations. She volunteered at the school’s open house, served as volunteer manager for the wrestling team, and worked the Breakfast with Santa event.

“You don’t typically see someone Samantha’s age that is so selfless with a desire to help others,” said Tillman.

Said Peacock: “Nothing but good comes from volunteering. It’s rewarding to see how appreciative people are.”

For more information on the Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to: http://www.keuka.edu/community/

JCC President to Speak at Mid-Year Commencement

Dr. Carole A. McCoy

Dr. Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College (JCC), will deliver the address at Keuka College’s mid-year conferral of degrees Sunday, Dec. 9.

The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in the Weed Physical Arts Center gymnasium.

McCoy was appointed the fifth CEO of JCC Feb. 1, 2007. Since then, she has led the campus through the development of a new strategic plan, the facilities master plan, and feasibility study for the implementation of student residence halls while maintaining an emphasis on enrollment growth.

In addition, she played a key role in bringing bachelor’s degree completion programs to the North Country through Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program.

McCoy donates her time and talents to several community organizations, including the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce, WPBS, Victim’s Assistance Center, and Watertown Rotary Club. She is also a member and secretary of the New York Community College Presidents Association.

Prior to assuming the presidency of JCC, McCoy held three posts at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md.: vice president for learner support services, vice president for learning systems and technology, and chief of learning systems and technology.

She was also director of research computing at The Children’s Hospital of Boston, Mass., and manager of technical services and manager of applications for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

McCoy earned her Doctorate of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore, Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and Bachelor of Arts in economics from Framingham (Mass.) State College.

Palmyra resident Randy Kuhn, who will receive a Master of Science degree in criminal justice administration, will also speak at the ceremony. He is an officer with the Newark Police Department and a 2010 Keuka graduate (B.S., criminal justice systems).  Another highlight will be the presentation of the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.

 

Eight Inducted into Adult Student Honor Society

Two 2012 graduates and six students from Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) were recently inducted into Chi Alpha Lambda, the College’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL), the national honor society for adult students.

ASL recognizes the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. It is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career.

The inductees included:

Inducted as honorary ASL members were:

Anne Killen (center), associate vice president, Center for Professional Studies, is flanked by inductee Ed Silverman (left) and Dr. Gary Smith, vice president for enrollment management, marketing, and international relations.

Receiving special recognition at the ceremony was Jack Maher, who retired earlier this year after a distinguished teaching career in ASAP.

Schick New Board of Trustees Chair

Geneva resident Robert Schick, president and chief executive officer of The Lyons National Bank, was elected chairman of the Keuka College Board of Trustees at its recent spring meeting.

Robert Schick

Schick, who joined the Board in 2005, replaces Dr. Melissa Brown ’72 (Flourtown, Pa.), who chaired the Board since 2010 and was a member of the governing body for 19 of the past 20 years.

“Lissa Brown was the very first person I met—associated with Keuka College—during the ‘airport’ interview process [of the presidential search],” said Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, president of the College. “I felt immediately connected with her personality and drive. Her enthusiasm for the College made me feel very, very good about the job and this was immensely responsible for me accepting the offer. I was not wrong, and she will always be my first Board of Trustees chair.

The president said Schick “was the first person from the Keuka College board with whom I had a long conversation over dinner, right after I was selected president. We immediately struck a chord and have had a lot of respect for each other ever since. I think of Bob as a close adviser; he has a wealth of wisdom and experience that will benefit the College moving forward.”

In addition to Schick, the officers for 2012-13 include Vice Chairman Don Wertman (Hall), Secretary Nancy Feinstein (Hammondsport), and Treasurer William Goodrich (Fairport).

In other Board news, four new members were elected to three-year terms, including Sally Kuehl (Rochester, N.Y.), Jill Martin ’77 (Hamden, Conn.), David Miller (Williamsburg, Va.), and The Rev. Marlowe Washington (Rochester, N.Y.), while a fifth, Nick Scherer ’13 (Oneida), was elected to a two-year term.

Kuehl retired from Eastman Kodak Co. after a 30-year career in information systems development and production management. After retirement, she started a craft business and served as a part-time visitor information specialist at the Greater Rochester Visitors Association.

Kuehl lends her time and talents to the Rochester Knitting Guild, Bethany Presbyterian Church, and Palatine Settlement Society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University, where she was a member of the Big Red fencing team that captured the national championship in 1967.

Martin, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Keuka, is professor and chair of the legal studies department at Quinnipiac University, where she earned the prestigious James Marshall Award for Outstanding Service to the Quinnipiac Community.

She is also active in her community, serving as a kitchen volunteer at the St. Thomas More soup kitchen at her church and as an International Special Olympics volunteer, among others. Martin, who earned a master’s degree in history from Yale University and a juris doctorate from Albany Law School, received the Keuka College Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award in 2009.

Miller was general sales manager for Duke Power Company/Duke Energy Corporation from 1994 to 2006, when he retired. He also held various posts at Schlumberger Industries from 1973 to 1994, including vice president for systems and service. He was a transmission and distribution engineer at Rochester Gas & Electric from 1968 to 1973.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Union College. His civic affiliations include Leadership Charlotte, Class 22; United Way of Central Carolinas; and Child Care Resources, a United Way agency.

A social justice and human rights advocate, Washington is pastor of Christ Community Church in Rochester. He serves on 10 boards, including the YMCA, The Center for Youth, Community Place of Greater Rochester, and the Roberts Wesleyan College School of Social Work. He is former chairman of the Rochester Education and Literacy Commission and teaches church leadership and urban ministry as an adjunct faculty member at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Washington earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, but received a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Scherer, an occupational science major, will serve as one of two student members of Keuka’s governing body.

The following trustees were re-elected to three terms: A. Paul Bradley Jr. (Lake George), Elizabeth Bueschel ’65 (Wilmette, Ill.), Feinstein, Wanda Polisseni (Fairport), Robert Taisey (New York City), Katherine Wilhelm ’67 (Carmel, Ind.), and Barbara “Bebette” Yunis (Syracuse).

Returning to the Board after a leave of absence are Susan Bolman (Stamford, Conn.) and Rev. William Carlsen (Fayetteville).

Weed Concludes Commencement “Tour” in Hanoi

Some folks travel many miles to attend or take part in college commencements.

Dr. Anne Weed, vice president for academic affairs

Then there’s Dr. Anne Weed, vice president for academic affairs at Keuka College, who added some 20,000 miles to her frequent flyer account.

That’s the Keuka College of the 21st century.

Weed took part in six Keuka commencements, beginning with the one in Keuka Park May 27. She followed that up with four ceremonies in China: Tianjin University of Science and Technology (TUST) May 30,Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (YUFE) in Kunming June 1, Jimei University’s Chengyi College (June 5) and Jimei ‘s Overseas Education College (June 6) in Xiamen. Then it was off to Vietnam National University in Hanoi, where she delivered the commencement address June 10.

“Although the languages, cultures, and ceremonies differ in so many respects, the excitement and joy of the graduates were wonderfully identical,” said Weed. “It is so inspiring to share the stage with our newest alumni, in the place that they call home.”

Fifty-four students received Keuka degrees at the Hanoi commencement.

Farewell to the Class of 2012

Joyce Cohen, a 1967 Keuka College graduate, didn’t deliver the typical, run-of-the mill commencement speech at her alma mater today (Sunday, May 27).

Indeed, members of the Class of 2012 should have taken notes because Cohen offered sound, practical advice that could help them land their first job after graduation or their dream job later on.

After reflecting fondly on her undergraduate years at Keuka, the Huntington, Conn., resident offered practical job search tips developed during her career as a leading figure in the field of career development and life planning. (more…)

College Well Represented at Graduate Student Research Conference

OT grad students Megan McGowan (left) and Melissa Schlegel.

Three alumni of Keuka College’s Master of Science degree program in criminal justice administration and two students pursuing master’s degrees in occupational therapy (OT) were selected to present papers at the SUNY Brockport Graduate Student Research Conference Saturday, April 14.

Class of 2011 members Danielle T. Harrington and Sherry L. Hunter will present their Action Research Projects (ARP) at the conference, which will showcase the work of master’s level students from colleges and universities in Upstate New York and southern Ontario, Canada. Another member of the Class of 2011, Stephanie Caloren, was selected to present but is unable to attend. Also scheduled to present papers are fifth-year OT students Melissa Schlegel and Megan McGowan.

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The Ethical Fork in the Road

Dr. Albert J. Simone.

Referring to the “constant parade of stories describing violations of individual and institutional integrity,” former RIT President Dr. Albert J. Simone today (Dec. 11) said the individuals involved “took the wrong branch when they came to their ethical fork in the road.”

“I am sure there are many more individuals who took the proper branch; unfortunately, we do not hear very much about these individuals,” added Simone, who spoke at Keuka College’s mid-year conferral of degrees. “The individuals who took the wrong branch are newsworthy and that is what the media tend to highlight.”

Simone assumed the graduates had come to this fork in the road “several times already” and during the course of their lives and careers will come to it “numerous times. (more…)