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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.

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.

 

Renewable Fuels and Aviation Focus of Next Community Luncheon

The use of renewable fuels and aviation will be the focus of Keuka College’s next Community Luncheon Series presentation Thursday, April 25, at noon in the lower level of Lightner Library.

Suzanne Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards and founder and president of Hunt Green LLC, is the featured speaker. Hunt Green pro­vides strate­gic advis­ing for decision-makers in busi­ness, gov­ern­ment, and not-for-profit are­nas on a range of renew­able energy, sus­tain­able mobil­ity, agri­cul­ture, and green design chal­lenges.

Hunt, who also serves as senior adviser at the Carbon War Room, earned a bachelor’s degree in envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence from Penn State and a dual master’s degree in international affairs and nat­ural resource man­age­ment from Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity and the UN’s Uni­ver­sity for Peace in Costa Rica.

The Carbon War Room seeks to accelerate profitable, entrepreneurial solutions which reduce carbon emissions. It focuses on the market barriers that reinforce the status quo and prevent capital from flowing to sustainable solutions with compelling returns.

She has worked with such clients as the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy,  National Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion, Inter-American Devel­op­ment Bank, Nat­ural Resources Defense Coun­cil,
Wolfen­sohn & Co.,  Global Bio-en­ergy Part­ner­ship,  UN Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion, and a num­ber of clean tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, among others.

Her most recent initiatives include work on the role of agriculture in climate change, renewable energy, and green building in South America.

At Hunt Coun­try Vine­yards, Hunt assists with the ongo­ing imple­men­ta­tion of sus­tain­abil­ity practices including biodiesel production and use.

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, April 19.

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.

Mennonite Neighbors: Different, but Similar

Mennonite hat and bonnets, waiting for wear.

A common affection for Yates County, despite differences in cultural ways of life, was shared Thursday, July 26, by the more than 100 people who turned out for a recent Community Luncheon Series presentation at Keuka College featuring Mennonite Ivan Martin.

Martin, one of the first members of the Old Order, Groffdale Conference of Mennonites to settle in Yates County, came to this area in 1977. Back then, just 25 other Groffdale families lived locally; today, numbers have swelled to 525 families utilizing eight churches, 32 schoolhouses, and maintaining some 95 percent of the county’s dairy farms. (more…)