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Three Faculty Promoted, Granted Tenure

Three faculty members were promoted and granted tenure by the Board of Trustees at its recent winter meeting.

Promoted from assistant to associate professor (effective August 2013) and granted tenure (effective August 2014) were Dr. Patricia Mattingly, Jennifer Mealey, and Dr. Andrew Robak.

Patricia Mattingly

Mattingly, a resident of Aurora, also serves as curriculum coordinator in the baccalaureate nursing program. She is a member of the Faculty Liaison Committee, College Advisory Council, and chairs the Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Upsilon Governance Committee. She served on the Nursing Faculty Search Committee, Presidential Inauguration Committee, and Diversity Task Force.

She came to Keuka in 2007 after serving as a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant at Northeast Pediatrics in Ithaca.

Mattingly is a member of the Onondaga Community College and Cayuga Community College School of Nursing advisory boards, and the Cayuga County Department of Health’s Utilization Review Board. She is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and is a member of the New York State Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

A consultant in homeopathy, Mattingly delivered a presentation last March at Driving the Future 12: Kent State University Annual Nursing Conference. She also presented at the September 2011 Sigma Theta Tau Consortium Research Event, and the October 2010 National League for Nursing Education Summit.

She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Robert Morris University, Master of Science in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Bachelor of Science in nursing from George Mason University.

Jennifer Mealey

Mealey, field director for the social work program, served as an adjunct instructor of social work before joining the full-time faculty in 2007. She is also a therapist for Educational Resource Associates.

Formerly a clinical supervisor at Hillside Children’s Center, Mealey was a clinical supervisor and diagnostic clinical social worker at KidsPeace, Seneca Woods Campus, and a shelter/hotline domestic violence counselor at Alternatives for Battered Women.

In addition to her teaching duties, Mealey is a member of the Curriculum Committee, Spiritual Life Advisory Board, serves as a faculty coach, leads the College’s Veterans Initiative, and advises the Association of Future Social Workers club. A member of the Middle States Working Group from 2010-12, she was a member and team leader of the Native American Traditions Ad-Hoc Committee.

She earned a Master of Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program and a Bachelor of Science in social work from Keuka College.

Mealey resides in Farmington with her husband, Geoff, and daughter, Saige.

Andy Robak

Robak, who resides in Penn Yan, joined the Keuka faculty in 2007.  He teaches Organic Chemistry and lab sections, is the General Chemistry lab instructor, teaches the eight-week experiential learning course, and Science in Popular Culture.

Chair of the Faculty Development Committee in 2009-10, he serves as Chemistry Club adviser, pre-health adviser, and research adviser in the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Education.

In September 2011, Robak presented on The Art of Chemistry—an independent study by Kat Andonucci ’14 that he directed—at the Corning Section of the American Chemical Society meeting. Showcasing spectacular photographs of chemistry experiments, the project garnered coverage in Chemical and Engineering News, a national publication, and was featured in a Lightner Gallery exhibit.

Robak also developed green chemistry experiments for home-schooled high school students.

He holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in chemistry from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry/environmental chemistry from RIT.

Esther Yoder ’60 to Deliver Commencement Address

Esther Yoder, a 1960 Keuka College graduate and former chair of the Board of Trustees, will return to her alma mater May 26 to deliver the commencement address.

The Gainesville, Fla., resident will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Yoder, owner of Subway EAY Stores Inc. in Gainesville, was a member of the Board of Trustees for the better part of the last 20 years, serving as chair in 2006-07 and vice chair from 2001 to 2006. She is now an emeritus member of Keuka’s governing board.

Yoder chaired the Saving the Future: One Graduate at a Time campaign, the most prolific fund-raising drive in Keuka history.

She is one of only six people in Keuka history to receive the Norton Blyley Presidential Medallion, which recognizes service to the College “above and beyond an extraordinary high standard,” and is a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service to Keuka College Award.

Yoder is an active member of the Gainesville community, donating her time and talents to Trinity United Methodist Church, NEFL State Mental Health Hospital Advisory Board, Gainesville Sports Commission Executive Committee; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and other organizations.

Ziegler, Palumbos Join Board of Trustees

Two Rochester businessmen are the newest members of the Keuka College Board of Trustees.

Alan Ziegler

Alan R. Ziegler, president and COO of Futures Funding Corp. and Martin F. Palumbos, founder of the financial services firm PS&E Plan to Prosper, were introduced at the recent fall Board meeting.

“I am looking forward using my skills, talents, background, and experience to further the mission of this exciting, visionary, Finger Lakes, gem of a college,” said Ziegler.

Ziegler is past president of the local and national chapter of the Society of FSP (Financial Service Professionals) and is past president of the Estate Planning Council of Rochester and Highland Hospital Foundation, as well as past chair of the Episcopal Senior Life Committee.

He is a member of the Rochester Area Community Foundation Advancement Committee, founder and president of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation, and chair of the Brighton Schools Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Committee. He is also a member of Spiritus Christi Church and Genesee Valley Club.

Ziegler is a member of the Compeer Hall of Fame and recipient of the Rosner Award. He also received the YMCA’s Pathway to Empowerment Award.

An alumnus of Dartmouth College, he holds a master’s degree from American College.

Martin Palumbos

Palumbos, a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., said he was looking forward to “working with the Board and administration to further the significant contribution Keuka College makes to our community. As the reach of the College now literally spans the globe, I welcome the challenge and view my opportunity to serve as a true honor.”

Formerly a fifth grade teacher in the Rochester City School District, Palumbos also worked for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, where he helped establish youth ministry programs in parishes in the 12-county diocese region.

Palumbos is a member of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation is founding chairman of the Rochester Business Ethics Award (ETHIE). He is vice chair of the Catholic Family Center (CFC) Board and chairs the Fund Raising and Marketing Committee. He is also a member of the United Way of Rochester Professional Advisory Council.

In 2008 he received  the LFA American Award, the highest award given by Lincoln Financial Advisors, in recognition of his extensive service to the company. The Million Dollar Round Table awarded him its Quality of Life Award in 1995 for his service to the Norman Howard School in Rochester and again in 2010 for his work with the CFC Refugee Resettlement Project.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College and a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport.

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).

Marcus Whitman’s Mary Leet Selected Top Experiential Learner

Mary Leet, a resident of Stanley and senior at Marcus Whitman Central School, is the recipient of Keuka College’s Experiential Learner of the Year Award for 2011-12.

Leet, who will receive a full academic fellowship to Keuka, was presented the award during a meeting of the Keuka College Board of Trustees Feb. 24.

Since September, the College has presented Experiential Learner of the Month Awards to high school students from across New York state. The five recipients, who all received partial academic fellowships to the College, qualified for the Experiential Learner of the Year Award. The four other monthly winners were also honored at the meeting.

Keuka, the national leader in experiential, hands-on learning, established the program to honor high school students whose commitment to experiential, hands-on learning has made a difference in their communities.

Leet was nominated for the award by Michael J. Sullivan, a school counselor at Marcus Whitman.

“I am extremely proud of the tremendous growth Mary has exhibited during high school,” said Sullivan. “She is a confident young woman who knows herself and is concerned about making the world around her better.”

Leet has made her mark at Marcus Whitman in myriad areas, including the performing arts. She was selected to the All-County Chorus this year and is a member of Marcus Whitman’s Women’s Ensemble, Drama Club, Art Club, Cartooning Club, and Creative Writers Club.

A talented writer, she is student editor of The Whitman Word. Leet’s January 2011 article, “Uglies Makes Readers Question Common Labels,” was selected for inclusion in The National Edition, “a weekly collection of stories highlighting the most interesting and relevant work done by teen journalists” and published by My High School Journalism (

Leet is organizing a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) group at Marcus Whitman.

“Never one to do things halfway, Mary has consulted with other LGBT organizations throughout our region and has reached out to professional advocates in seeking benchmark organizations,” said Sullivan.

Also active in her community, Leet volunteers at the United Methodist Church, where she is member of the choir, and the Friendship House in Middlesex. She has performed various volunteer work as a member of the Girl Scouts and lends her time and talents to the Gorham Rotary Club and Boy Scouts.

The Experiential Learner of the Month Award-winner is featured on television stations throughout central, western, and northern New York state, as well as the Southern Tier.

The participating stations include WTVH, Channel 5, Syracuse (CBS); WHAM, Channel 13, Rochester (ABC); WWNY, Channel 7, Watertown (CBS); and WBNG, Channel 12, Binghamton (CBS).

Following is a list of the monthly winners: