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Faculty Member, Author will Discuss His Novel Look at the Kennedy Assassination

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 spevents@keuka.edu.

George and Carolyn Schaeffer Receive Stork Award

Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera (left) and Corinne Stork (second from left) present Carolyn and George Schaeffer with a clock at the annual luncheon.


The 2013 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service was presented to Penn Yan residents George and Carolyn Schaeffer at a noon luncheon Oct. 15.

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.

Among the organizations that have benefitted from the Schaeffers’ time and talents are Milly’s Pantry, Food for the Needy, Christmas for the Needy, Yates County Democratic Committee, and Branchport Elementary School.

The Schaeffers also teach social ballroom dance lessons for free through the Penn Yan Adult Education Program.

More photos from the luncheon.

2002 Graduate to Sign Copies of Children’s Book

Stephanie Meindl Dikey, a 2002 graduate of Keuka College, will sign copies of her debut children’s book, The Adventures of Phoenix & Tucson: The Great Rescue, Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Longs’ Cards and Books in Penn Yan.

Dikey’s pet dog (Phoenix) and cat (Tucson) were rescued animals and the book is about their rescue and the special bond they created, according to Dikey.

The book includes a section targeted toward teachers and features several lesson ideas.

“Teaching is at the core of these stories,” said Dikey, who teaches third grade in Webster, “and I want kids to get excited about reading and writing.”

Dikey plans to turn The Adventures of Phoenix and Tucson into a series.

Finger Lakes Museum Focus of Community Luncheon

Mike Sullivan

Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Wednesday, July 31, with a talk by Penn Yan native Mike Sullivan, education director at the Finger Lakes Museum.

Sullivan will discuss “Risk is not a Four-Letter Word: Adventure, Youth Development, and the Finger Lakes Museum” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

After growing up on Keuka Lake and attending Penn Yan schools, Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Amherst College and a master’s in public anthropology from American University.

Hired by the Finger Lakes Museum in January, Sullivan previously served as program director and exhibit developer at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, taught fourth grade in Honduras, and middle school math and science in Washington, D.C. He has mentored and taught high school students for a job-training initiative that focused on green design, sustainable planning, and youth development.

After receiving his advanced degree, Sullivan moved his family to New Mexico, where he spent the last five years leading a wilderness education program for youth from around the world.

Sullivan is married to another Penn Yan native, Sidsel Overgaard, and has two daughters, ages 4 and 2.

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 attendingKeukaCollege. 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 be made online at http://events.keuka.edu. The reservation deadline is Thursday, July 25.

For more information call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail spevents@keuka.edu.

 

The Burned Over District Focus of Community Luncheon Series Presentation Dec. 6

Starkey Methodist Church

During much of the 1800s, wave after wave of new religious movements spread across Central and Western New York, earning it the title The Burned Over District.

The Burned Over District will be the focus of Keuka College’s next Community Luncheon Series presentation Thursday, Dec. 6.

Led by Michael McKenzie, associate professor of philosophy and religion, and Troy Cusson, instructional design manager in the Wertman Office of Distance Education (WODE), the presentation begins at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

McKenzie combined his writing and research skills with the videography and editing talents of Cusson to create a 60-minute DVD that takes viewers on a tour of many of the exact spots where these religions either got their start or caught fire.

The DVD, three years in the making, doesn’t cover the entire Burned Over District—McKenzie and Cusson traveled throughout Yates County and into Wayne and Seneca counties—but uncovered plenty of material nonetheless.

McKenzie and Cusson traveled to such places as the house of Jemima Wilkinson, the Sacred Grove where Joseph Smith claimed to have had his visions that launched the Mormon Church, and many of the actual sites of the vibrant and explosive Methodist denomination.

Mike McKenzie, associate professor of philosophy and religion.

“It’s hard to believe, because Yates County seems so quiet these days, but once it was a hotbed of religious and spiritual activity,” said McKenzie. “It was fertile ground, and not just for potatoes and carrots. And that’s the reason for the DVD. We want students and others to understand that what it is isn’t what it used to be. This county had its day, and it had a story to tell.”

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 Monday, Dec. 3.

For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail spevents@keuka.edu.

Hats Off to Harry

Corinne Stork, second from right, presents the 2012 Stork Award to Harry Swarthout. Also shown are College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera and Harry's wife, Michele.

The 2012 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service was presented to Branchport resident Harry Swarthout at a noon luncheon Oct. 9).

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 resident Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork, in 1991.

Among the organizations that have benefitted from Swarthout’s time and talents are the Branchport/Keuka Park Fire Department, Yates County Fire Service, Branchport Cemetery, 4-H, and the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, where he serves as grounds supervisor.

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Welcome to Keuka

Keuka College welcomed its new students to campus Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Returning students, faculty, and staff were on hand to welcome the newest members of the Keuka College family, answer questions, and assist students moving into their new rooms.

All new students participate in the Transition Week program, which includes sessions addressing academics, team-building, social activities, new student issues, and preparation for the first day of classes. The week’s activities mark the transition to college life and give newcomers the opportunity to prepare for their new role as Keuka College students.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.

Check out more Transition Week photos.

Golf Classic Storyline Unchanged

Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera (left) and Executive Director of Alumni and Family Relations Kathy Waye (right) pose with Josh Robinson, Scott Jensen, Roger Jensen, and Kyle Reagan.

For the fifth time in six years, the team of Kyle Reagan ’05, Roger Jensen, Scott Jensen ’07, and Josh Robinson ’09 won the Keuka College Golf Classic.

The team returned a 17-under 55 to capture the 13th annual scramble event held July 16 at Lakeside Country Club in Penn Yan.

The foursome of Mike and Jenn Sweet, Mike Heib, and Bryan Lanahan captured the mixed team division while the senior title was claimed by Dana Schillinger, Gordon Bascom, Ed Perry, and Andy Bascom.

The tournament, which drew 124 golfers, benefits the Deb Manahan Golf Classic Scholarship, named for the late Penn Yan resident, avid golfer and Keuka College benefactor. In its first 12 years, the tournament raised some $149,000 for the scholarship, awarded annually to Keuka students from the Finger Lakes region.

Check out more photos from the tournament.

Mennonite Culture Focus of Next Community Luncheon

The Mennonite culture will be the focus of Keuka College’s next Community Luncheon Series presentation Thursday, July 26, at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library

Ivan Martin, who owns and operates a custom molding, architectural mill work, and hardwood floor business in Yates County, is the featured speaker.

Martin and his family, members of the Mennonite horse and buggy community, are longtime residents of Yates County.

According to Martin, the Mennonite culture is often mistaken to be a “green culture,” when in fact, it is a religious movement. Martin and his family are biblical literalists and their culture is deeply rooted in their religious beliefs.

Martin’s interests include social, science, religious, and historical matters, and he enjoys reading in his home library stocked with more than 1,000 volumes. He and his wife, Anna, have 13 children.

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.

Registration is at capacity for this event. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please contact the Office of Alumni and Family Relations.

For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail spevents@keuka.edu.

H.E.R.O. Worship

From left: H.E.R.O. group members Ryan Hearton, Emily White, Allie Peterson, Daina Mottler, Rachel Giordano, and Brandon Grace.

Six members of the Helping Everyone Respect Others (H.E.R.O.) organization at Penn Yan Academy (PYA) brought their respecting others and anti-bullying messages to Keuka College Oct. 20.

PYA seniors Allie Peterson and Daina Mottler, co-founders of the group, said they started the organization because they were upset at the way some students were treating each other.

“Our goal is to help people learn to respect and stop judging others,” said Mottler. “The more people realize what they say and do hurts others, the less likely they are to do so in the future.”

Peterson shared her personal story of abuse and neglect, and spoke on the group’s four main principles: what can we do for our community, what can we do for our school, what can we do for each other, and what can we do for ourselves.

Members of the group have spoken at Dundee Central School, the Harley School, Keuka Arts Festival, and Penn Yan Fireman’s carnival, among others.

Joining Mottler and Peterson were Ryan Hearton, Emily White, Rachel Giordano, and Brandon Grace.

After the presentation, those attending the luncheon were invited to sign a pledge to respect other and receive a H.E.R.O. bracelet.

More photos from the luncheon.