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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.