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Rochester Experts Headline Student Panel Discussion

Taking advantage of the opportunity to pick the brains of two of the top business minds from the Rochester region, Keuka College students turned out in force for a May 1 discussion panel on campus.

Sasson and Rosenberger speak before a packed hall of students May 1.

Rochester residents Steve Sasson, a 35-year Kodak veteran and inventor of the digital camera, along with Geoffrey Rosenberger, a charter school proponent and investment expert met with students prior to the evening’s Fribolin Lecture series at Norton Chapel, a 27-year College tradition where both were featured speakers.

After introductions, M.C. and moderator, College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera opened the floor to questions. And question the students did. The discussion was peppered with students seeking answers to everything from advice on how to ensure future financial security, to what signs indicate an entrepreneurial project is worthy of capital investment, to what factors impact student success at charter schools. Questions on innovation and forecasting technological outcomes were also part of the conversation.

Sasson received several questions surrounding the invention of digital camera technology at Eastman Kodak in the 1970s and whether he ever predicted digital cameras would one day be held in the palm of people’s hands as part of their mobile devices. Sasson drew laughter from students replying that given personal computers had not even been invented when he built the first digital camera at Kodak, no, he had no idea what would ultimately result. In a similar manner, Sasson told students he was also at a loss when asked if he could forecast what invention might replace the digital camera in coming years.

Steve Sasson fields a question from the president.

Sasson outlined the questions and criticisms his invention received in early years and encouraged those in the room that if inventing, they should continue to focus on their project and to plan on hearing naysayers as a matter of routine. In addition, he advised, other inventions will be underway in other parts of the country or world and innovators may later discover an intersection between their invention and someone else’s that makes a giant technological leap forward possible.

Rosenberger replies to a student question.

A staunch advocate of charter schools, with board member service at both Uncommon Schools and True North, Rosenberger ably fielded questions on charter schools. When questioned by an education major how charter renewal cycles could make job security unknown for a teacher, Rosenberger had a quick reply. He far preferred to see that student, as a teacher, with the confidence in her teaching abilities such that she would not fear whether she would still have a job a few years later. Student outcomes fare better when teachers are confident in their work and devoted to the students, he stated firmly.

A student waits to ask a question of the speakers.

Career advice was also factored into the discussion. Sasson urged students to pursue careers that feed their personal passions. Rosenberger described how he hated Friday nights but welcomed Monday mornings and knew when that emotion ceased, it was time to change the work he did. Rosenberger also shared a story of debating his first two job offers as a new college graduate and that he ultimately accepted a lower-paying job where the risk and potential was greater.

Following the panel discussion, Sini Ngobese '15 snaps a selfie with the president using today's digital camera technology., first invented by speaker Steve Sasson.

Following the panel, Sasson and Rosenberger were hosted at a reception at the President’s home and later took the stage at Norton Chapel for individual lectures. The theme of the evening was “Challenging Assumptions: Technology, Education and Innovation.” The lecture series carries the names of Geneva resident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife, Fanny.

Geoffrey Rosenberger, Steven J. Sasson to Deliver 27th Annual Fribolin Lecture at Keuka College

Geoffrey Rosenberger (photo by Tammy Swales)

Geoffrey Rosenberger, charter school proponent and managing member of Lily Pond Ventures LLC, and Steven J. Sasson, 35-year Kodak veteran and inventor of the digital camera, will deliver the 27th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Friday, May 1 at Keuka College.

Rosenberger will speak from 6:30-7:15 p.m. while Sasson will deliver his remarks from 7:15-8 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture series carries the names of Geneva resident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife, Fanny.

Rosenberger began his career in 1976 as a security analyst and portfolio manager for Manning & Napier Advisors Inc.

In 1984, he co-founded and was managing director of Clover Capital Management, Inc. until his retirement in 2004. The investment management firm which, subsequent to its 2008 sale to Federated Investors, is now known as Federated Clover Investment Advisors.

Rosenberger earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Kentucky, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), which he received from the CFA Institute, formerly Association for Investment Management & Research (AIMR).

Rosenberger serves on several boards of directors in the Rochester area including the Broadstone Net Lease (REIT), where he also serves as lead independent director; Broadtree Homes; SiMPore Inc.; Vnomics Corp.; True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School; Greater Rochester Health Foundation; Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; and is an advisory board member for the Greater Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Rosenberger also serves as chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Gatton College of Business & Economics at the University of Kentucky. In 1996, Rosenberger was a congressional candidate for New York state’s 28th Congressional District.

Steven J. Sasson (photo by Tammy Swales)

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Sasson served in a variety of positions, including development manager of output systems for Kodak’s Professional Products organization, which developed and introduced a number of groundbreaking products—including two families of thermal printers that provided the output engines for large kiosk placements. He also served as the chief engineer on the “Colorease” printer project, which produced Kodak’s first high volume page size thermal printer, and the development manager for the emerging thermal printing platform within Kodak.

In 2001, he transitioned to the position of R&D development manager for the Retail Photofinishing Platform. Three years later, Sasson moved to Corporate Commercial Affairs (CCA) where he served as the project manager for a major intellectual property litigation, and testified at a number of International Trade Commission litigation hearings on behalf of Kodak. He continued to work in the Intellectual Property Transactions (IPT) group at Kodak until his retirement in February 2009.

Sasson graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He has been publicized in “Thirty Years of Digital Photography Development at Eastman Kodak Company,” from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) International Symposium on Technologies for Digital Fulfillment in 2007.

He has earned numerous awards including the Eastman Innovation Award; Progress Award from the Photographic Society of America; Visionary Award from the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association; the Economist Magazine Consumer Products Innovation Award; Professional Photographers Association (PPA) Technology Impact Award; George R. Stibitz Computer & Communications Pioneer Award (American Computer Museum); and the Stevens Institute of Technology Honor Award.

Sasson has also received recognition from around the globe, including praise from England’s Royal Photographic Society, earning both the Progress Medal and Hurter and Driffield Lecture Medal. He has also earned the Distinguished Scholar, School of Journalism & Communication from Peking University (China), Culture Award of the Photographic Society of Germany; as well as His Highness Sheikh Salem Al Ali Sabah Informatics Badge of Honor from the State of Kuwait.

Sasson has received honorary degrees from the University of Rochester and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has been inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hall of Fame, Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Imaging Science Hall of Fame, and the Brooklyn Technical High School Hall of Fame.

He is also the recipient of the Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association Distinguished Inventor of the Year, and earned the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Currently, Sasson is an independent intellectual property consultant in the field of digital imaging.

Delbanco to Deliver Fribolin Lecture

Dr. Andrew Delbanco, recipient of the 2011 National Humanities Medal, will deliver the 25th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Friday, May 3, at Keuka College.

One of the highlights of May Day Weekend, Delbanco will discuss “What is College For?” at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture series carries the names ofGenevaresident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife.

Delbanco is Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.  He was awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama “for his writing that spans the literature of Melville and Emerson to contemporary issues in higher education.”

In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as “America’s Best Social Critic.” In 2003, he was named New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities. In 2006, he received the “Great Teacher Award” from the Society of Columbia Graduates.

Delbanco is the author of many books, including, most recently, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be, and The Abolitionist Imagination. Melville: His World and Work was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and appeared on “best books” lists in the Washington Post, Independent (London), Dallas Morning News, and TLS.  It was awarded the Lionel Trilling Award byColumbiaUniversity.

Delbanco’s essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, New Republic, New York Times Magazine, and other journals. His topics range from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education.

Delbanco has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

National Medal of Science Recipient to Deliver Fribolin Lecture

Dr. Richard A. Tapia, recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers, will deliver the 24th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Friday, May 4 at Keuka College.

One of the highlights of May Day Weekend, Tapia will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture series carries the names of Geneva resident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife.

“Richard is very well known for his major academic achievements and contributions to the advancement of mathematics, particularly computational math, but he is also a giant in diversifying these academic fields, that are notoriously lacking in this regard,” said Keuka President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. “He is credited with bringing ethnic minorities and women into computing and related fields in substantial numbers and with great successes at the Ph.D. level. Wide dissemination of successful efforts to address under-representation is featured at his bi-annual conference, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, which focuses on showcasing work of excellence in mathematics and computing by minority researchers.”

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TIME Magazine Editor will Deliver Fribolin Talk on Friday

Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME, will deliver the 23rd Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Friday, May 6 at Keuka College.

One of the highlights of May Day Weekend, Halperin will discuss “The Road to 2012” at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture series carries the names of Geneva resident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife.

Halperin covers politics, elections and government for the magazine and TIME.com. He is also the creator and author of TIME.com’s “The Page,” a news and analysis tip sheet that gathers and edits the latest political stories, campaign ads, TV clips, videos and campaign reactions from every news source, along with Halperin’s own analysis. In addition, Halperin is senior political analyst for MSNBC, where he appears regularly on Morning Joe and other programs on the cable channel.

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