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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

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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:

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.