Two Keuka College alumni have been named to the Rochester Business Journal’s (RBJ) Forty Under 40 list.
Ryan Hallings M’12, vice president, commercial/agricultural loan officer at Lyons National Bank, and Lindsay Morrow-Lilly M’15, corporate communications officer at Canandaigua National Bank were recognized at an awards presentation today (Nov. 19).
“I am humbled to be included with the company of past and present recipients of this award,” said Hallings, who earned a master of management (MSM) degree from Keuka College. “I am appreciative that the RBJ and its panel chose to include me.”
With nominations from the community and selections by a committee of business leaders, the Forty Under 40 awards recognize 40 men and women under the age of 40 who have achieved professional success and made significant civic contributions to their communities.
Steve Griffin, CEO of Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, nominated Hallings to the list, while Robert Schick, president of Lyons National Bank and chair of Keuka College’s Board of Trustees, adds that Ryan, “a Penn Yan native and a real asset to the bank, came to us ‘work ready.’”
As a commercial/agricultural loan officer at Lyons National Bank, Hallings’ primary role is to work closely with existing and prospective business customers to provide appropriate financial products to meet their capital and cash flow needs.
“I also participate in bank management meetings regarding operations and balance sheet performance, as well as co-chair the LNB culture committee comprised of leaders from each functional area,” said Hallings, who has been with the bank nearly four years.
And Hallings credits his Keuka College education for providing “unique scenarios and opportunities to practice and improve leadership skills, such as decision making, self-awareness, teamwork, and presentation skills, among others,” he said, adding this was perhaps the largest benefit of the program.
While Hallings considered other master’s in business administration and master’s in public administration programs in the area, he said Keuka College’s MSM coursework was a “good blend of the two degree programs and was competitively priced. The accelerated cohort format with evening classes was especially convenient, as I could complete the program in just 18 months while working full time.”
In addition, Hallings credits the course content, including accounting, macroeconomics, and marketing, as being “helpful in many ways.”
Morrow-Lilly serves as vice president for corporate communications and shareholder relations manager at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (CNB), is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rochester, graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing & Management, and completed the McArdle Ramerman Leadership Agility Program.
“Being named to the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 is an incredible honor,” said Morrow-Lilly. “I am truly humbled to join such a prestigious group of leaders in the Rochester region. An honor such as this encourages me to continue to give back and support others in their efforts to make our communities a better place to live, work, and play.”
Steve Martin, senior vice president at CNB coordinated Morrow-Lilly’s nomination to the Forty Under 40 list.
“Lindsay is a special and universally respected individual whose work ethic is unquestioned,” said Martin. “Nominating her for the RBJ’s Forty Under 40 list was an easy choice from our point. With her enormous gift for communications, Lindsay has a bright future ahead of her, and it is truly my honor to call her my colleague.”
As corporate communications and shareholder relations manager, Morrow-Lilly’s primary responsibilities include serving CNB’s constituents—focusing specifically on internal and external communications. She is also responsible for events and community involvement, fostering a strong CNB brand and corporate culture, as well as establishing and managing a shareholder relations program.
“In the five years between receiving my undergraduate degree and entering the Keuka College program, a master’s degree seemed to become less of an ‘option’ and more of a necessity for those looking to excel corporately,” said Morrow-Lilly. “I didn’t want my lack of an advanced degree to hold me back in the future, and the breadth of Keuka College’s management program seemed a perfect fit at an ideal time in my life.
She chose Keuka College because “it is a local, well-regarded institution that offers an intensive, yet convenient option for an advanced degree program.”
“The cohort style of learning at Keuka College fostered lasting friendships and enhanced my professional network,” Morrow-Lilly added. “A master’s degree from Keuka College has been a true compliment to my professional experiences, nurturing a strategic and innovative vision and critical thinking skills. I have praised the program to others at every opportunity.”
Keuka College will expand its adult degree completion courses to include its first RN to B.S. nursing cohort at Cayuga Community College’s (CCC) Fulton campus.
Formatted through Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), classes for the RN to B.S. nursing curriculum begin in February 2016. Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite requirements for this program. Apply now to ensure you meet the Oct. 16 deadline for prerequisite registration.
“Cayuga Community College welcomes Keuka College to our Fulton campus,” said Janet Nelson, director of adult learning at CCC. “Already a long-standing University Center partner on Cayuga’s Auburn campus, Keuka College’s presence in Fulton will further enhance local access to degree pathways that are convenient for busy working adults.”
Nelson added that Linda Alfieri, director of nursing at CCC, also supports this new collaboration as one that will help Cayuga RN alumni in the Oswego County area advance their career opportunities by achieving a bachelor’s degree.
Designed for registered nurses (RNs) who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree, the RN to B.S. program consists of 13 courses and 34 credit hours. Using the cohort model, students complete the program with the same group from start to finish. Classes meet one night each week for four hours, with additional time outside of class to complete assignments, case studies, projects, online discussions, and group work.
During Keuka College’s RN to B.S. program, students complete coursework in nursing research and evidence based practice, population health, prevention and health promotion, technology integration, inter-professional collaboration, and leadership. Students also participate in a Field Period™ experience which provides practical application outside of the classroom.
Upon graduation, Keuka College students are prepared to specialize in a variety of areas, including community health, school health, home care, leadership and management, or specialty services. A bachelor’s degree in nursing also paves the way—and is required—for acceptance into graduate-level nursing programs and advanced nursing practice.
To apply for Keuka College’s RN to B.S. program, visit www.keuka.edu/asap or contact Laura Alfieris, assistant director of admissions for ASAP, at (315) 694-0573.
Editor’s Note: For adults interested in fitting a bachelor’s or master’s degree program around an already-busy work and home life, the Keuka College Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) may offer the shortest route to reach their goal. Here, five of our graduates describe the primary benefits of pursuing their respective degrees at sites across Western New York near where they live and work, and the steps they are taking into the future.
Why she pursued her degree through our ASAP program: Getting a master’s degree was one of my life goals. After a recent promotion into management at work, I knew that I needed to prioritize that. As a full-time professional, I needed a program that would fit my schedule, while providing a fantastic education. The Keuka College ASAP MSM program offered me exactly what I needed to achieve my goals.
Notable highlights of her KC degree program: Seeing my hard work come together into a data-driven paper for the Action Research Project (ARP) was a form of personal validation that I had not experienced before. I am also passionate about my job so having a project that contributed to what I do each day motivated me.
Personal benefits? The course work exposed me to ethics, leadership, and business law, which I have been able to translate into my personal life. I use the theory discussed in the leadership course almost every day, both at work and at home.
Next steps: I will continue in the same position, but through completing my degree, I see lots of opportunity for growth in my career.
Why he pursued his degree through our ASAP program: I have been an active instructor at the police academy since 2008, and thoroughly enjoy teaching. The next logical step was to obtain my master’s degree. Another reason I returned to college was the personal satisfaction of achievement, and the hope to inspire my five daughters to never settle or make excuses against hard work.
Notable highlights during the program: I received the 2015 Rochester Area Colleges’ Continuing Education (RACCE) Outstanding Adult Student Award. My Action Research Project (ARP) directly related to work I do instructing in defensive tactics and helped me to better understand and explain portions of the police recruit training curriculum.
Next steps: I am looking for positions as an adjunct professor at local colleges and also looking for a Ph.D. program.
Why she pursued a Keuka College degree through the ASAP program: This lifelong desire had been derailed by life’s challenges.
Notable highlights of her KC degree program: I have a higher standard in my personal work ethic now. Having six of my grandchildren at my graduation was another highlight. My grandson watched in awe. After the ceremony he told his mother he “came from a family of hard workers.” We now have a family benchmark: everyone has to have at least a bachelors’ degree.
What she most valued in her Keuka College education?: I had a stroke two months prior to starting the program so this was a challenge because my speech and mental capacity had been affected. Having supportive teachers who were willing to work with me after hours when needed was a huge benefit and it contributed to my success.
Why she pursued her degree through the ASAP program: After accepting a new position at work, I believed an advanced degree would help me excel and achieve future professional goals. I have always been interested in nursing education, and the Keuka College ASAP program offered that component which many other online and hybrid programs did not.
Notable highlights of her KC degree program: My Field Period™ allowed me to put to use many of the techniques and concepts we had learned in class. I learned a lot about the nursing academia field, and I made connections with experienced nursing instructors who were eager and willing to share their experiences and be a resource for me both in and outside of the classroom.
I was also inducted as a Nurse Leader to Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society
What she most valued in her KC education? The experience and professionalism of all the professors. They are all masters of their content areas and approachable, so I felt that I truly was learning from the best of the best. I also value the relationships forged with my cohort. I love that we all stay in touch and continue to support one another personally and professionally!
Personal benefits? The location and class times were easy for me to accommodate while working full-time and having a newborn at home.
Next steps: I have accepted a full-time position at Corning Community College as a clinical instructor and am very excited to start in the fall! The Field Period™ really helped me to realize that this setting was where I excelled. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity so soon after completing my degree.
Why she pursued her degree through our ASAP program: As a stay-at-home mother of three young children, I was motivated to brighten the future of our family and be a role model in continuing education.
Notable parts of her KC degree program: The social work values taught throughout the program were extremely valuable. Returning to school as an adult and a parent felt like a daunting task, but the ASAP program made it practical.
What she most valued in her KC education? Flexibility, awareness of working adults and family along with some wonderful professors.
Next steps: I recently completed my MSW in an advanced standing program and currently work at the University of Rochester as a psychiatric therapist.
Newark resident Johnathan Murray, assistant director of the One Stop department at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua, received the Keuka College/FLCC Joint Presidential Scholarship at a May 1 reception attended by his FLCC colleagues and representatives from Keuka College.
The Joint Presidential Scholarship gives an FLCC employee the opportunity to pursue a Keuka College degree tuition-free through an Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) cohort meeting for weekly evening classes at FLCC. When one employee completes the major requirements of his or her degree program, another can apply. Murray will begin a program to earn a Master of Science degree in management (MSM) Aug. 27.
He was selected for the award by Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, president of Keuka College, and Dr. Barbara Risser, president of FLCC. Both were on hand during the presentation, when Murray received a standing ovation.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected for the Keuka College/FLCC Joint Presidential Scholarship, and touched by all the support I have received from my friends and colleagues,” said Murray. “Thank you!”
Keuka College partners with several community colleges across upstate New York to offer ASAP courses at each host campus; some of the partner schools also offer the Joint Presidential Scholarship to their employees. At FLCC, the most recent recipient was Jon VanBlargan, a financial aid counselor who received his Keuka College MSM in 2014. Lynn Freid, director of workforce development for FLCC, received the Joint Presidential Scholarship to pursue a Keuka College bachelor’s degree in organizational management, graduating in 2012. In addition, Mike Fisher, registrar/director of the One Stop department and Murray’s supervisor, received his Keuka College MSM in 2010.
Murray got his start at FLCC as a student aide at the Wayne County Campus Center in 2003. After earning his associate degree from FLCC in 2005 he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2005, he also became the evening coordinator of FLCC’s Newark facility. He became a One Stop department specialist for FLCC five years ago, and since December 2011, he has served as the One Stop assistant director. In his free time he enjoys bird-watching, digital photography, cooking and baking with friends.
“My work is an important piece of my life,” said Murray. “I enjoy working in higher education and watching students mature and find their passion. The MSM program at Keuka will permit me to improve upon our service to our students and came highly recommended from my peers who have completed the program before me.”
Leadership and service are core components of Keuka College’s MSM program, which was recently ranked as one of the top 50 MSM programs in the country by The Financial Engineer. Candidates are evaluated for admission based on, among other things, their prior academic experience, volunteer and community service history, and leadership potential.
Keuka College’s MSM program is offered at nearly a dozen partner locations across western New York, including GCC’s Batavia campus. The program features a rigorous accelerated format designed for working professionals, allowing them to earn their degree in 18 months. For more information, visit http://asap.keuka.edu/.
Two format options will prepare nursing students to take national exams for Adult/ Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification.
Continuing on a 72-year tradition of graduating the very best that nursing has to offer, Keuka College is proud to announce the launch of its Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program, and will begin admitting its first group of students at the Keuka Park campus this September 2015.
Recently approved by the New York State Higher Education Office of the Professions, the Keuka College program will be offered in two formats. The first is a 42-credit master’s degree program designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) holding a bachelor’s degree. The second is a 19-credit post-master’s degree certification program designed for RNs already holding a master’s degree in nursing. Both formats prepare students for entry into advanced practice as an Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) and both qualify graduates to take one of two national certification exams for NP certification.
Adult/Gerontology primary care NPs serve as primary health care providers in many settings. Keuka College’s program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver primary health care to all ages of adults. Classroom sessions are held one night a week, one course at a time, and the program consists of face-to-face and online instruction as well as 500 hours of clinical practicum.
Keuka College’s addition of the program is a reflection of the ever-increasing need for nurses and advanced-practice nurses in an era of aging populations and the changes in health care delivery under the Affordable Care Act. According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Forestell, the current and future demand for Adult/Gerontolgy NPs is expanding rapidly and dramatically.
“Keuka College’s long record of excellence in educating nurses gives us confidence that we can help meet this need with outstanding graduates of our program,” he said. “The program combines a dynamic, world-class group of doctorally-prepared faculty; an innovative curriculum that will meet the needs of our students; and an extensive network of professional practice relationships that will enhance our students’ access to real-world experience.”
According to Dr. Debra Gates, a nurse practitioner herself and chair of the Keuka College Division of Nursing, organizations such as the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) further suggest a three-fold approach dubbed “Triple Aim” to address current health care needs. The IHI advises a need for professionals who will improve quality patient care and satisfaction, improve the health of populations and reduce per capita costs of health care. The new Keuka College NP program will ready nurses to meet these challenges, she said.
“Our faculty members are very excited to offer this program. It’s been a long-time dream and we’re hopeful to meet the anticipated need for nurse practitioners in the communities we serve,” Dr. Gates said, adding that the College is eager to build on existing partnerships with regional health systems, especially those in rural areas serving these populations.
Providing an edge to the Keuka College degree is the depth of experience among the faculty, including eight of nine core instructors and another 15 adjunct professors all certified NPs. This means in addition to an education rooted in theory, students will glean hands-on experience from seasoned professionals.
Praising the potential in the College’s baccalaureate and master’s degree students, Dr. Gates added: “When they finish our R.N/B.S. or M.S.N. program, they already have tremendous capacity and expertise in so many clinical areas, we know they would be excellent candidates as nurse practitioners. We look forward to working with them.”
Applications are now being accepted, with a submission deadline of July 1, 2015. For more information on how to apply, please contact Admissions Counselor Patricia White at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 317-8455.