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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…)

Mennonite Culture Focus of Next Community Luncheon

The Mennonite culture will be the focus of Keuka College’s next Community Luncheon Series presentation Thursday, July 26, at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library

Ivan Martin, who owns and operates a custom molding, architectural mill work, and hardwood floor business in Yates County, is the featured speaker.

Martin and his family, members of the Mennonite horse and buggy community, are longtime residents of Yates County.

According to Martin, the Mennonite culture is often mistaken to be a “green culture,” when in fact, it is a religious movement. Martin and his family are biblical literalists and their culture is deeply rooted in their religious beliefs.

Martin’s interests include social, science, religious, and historical matters, and he enjoys reading in his home library stocked with more than 1,000 volumes. He and his wife, Anna, have 13 children.

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.

Registration is at capacity for this event. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please contact the Office of Alumni and Family Relations.

For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail spevents@keuka.edu.

What’s for Dinner?

By Ryan Nichols ’12

Freelance culinary and travel writer Karen Deyle, restaurant critic for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and author of Rochester Eats: 15 Years of Craves and Faves, will speak at Keuka College Thursday, Dec. 15.

Deyle will deliver the next Community Luncheon Series presentation at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

A food writer for more than 15 years, she reviews restaurants in her Democrat & Chronicle column titled “First Bite.” She is also travel editor and contributing writer for Travel Host of Rochester and the Finger Lakes.

Rochester Eats is a tribute to the independent restaurants and restaurateurs who have “fed us well over the past 75 years,” said Deyle.  “In talking to patrons and owners with first-hand stories, the collection developed into more of a ‘scrapbook’ effort that shares copies of menus and secret recipes.”

The book profiles more than 100 local and regional restaurants, specialty food purveyors, and casual dining spots.

“There are glimpses of downtown dining spots like Sibley’s Tower and McCurdy’s Garden Room, Eddie’s Chop House, and everyone’s nostalgic favorite, The Manhattan,” said Deyle. “There are pictures and stories from casual locales like Vic n Irv’s and Don and Bob’s, located at Seabreeze in an area once know as ‘Hot Dog Row.’ There are Sunday drive locations in places like Ionia, Naples, and Canandaigua.”

Deyle also serves as communications manager at Cameron Community Ministries, a non-profit soup kitchen that serves nearly 50,000 hot meals a year as well as free dinners five nights a week for children through Foodlink’s Kids Cafe program.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12.75, with $2.50 going to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund, which provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending Keuka College.

Reservations are required, and must be made no later than Friday, Dec. 9.  To make a reservation or for more information, contact Keuka’s Office of Alumni and Family Relations at (315) 279-5238 or spevents@keuka.edu.  You may also register online at http://events.keuka.edu

 

 

H.E.R.O. Worship

From left: H.E.R.O. group members Ryan Hearton, Emily White, Allie Peterson, Daina Mottler, Rachel Giordano, and Brandon Grace.

Six members of the Helping Everyone Respect Others (H.E.R.O.) organization at Penn Yan Academy (PYA) brought their respecting others and anti-bullying messages to Keuka College Oct. 20.

PYA seniors Allie Peterson and Daina Mottler, co-founders of the group, said they started the organization because they were upset at the way some students were treating each other.

“Our goal is to help people learn to respect and stop judging others,” said Mottler. “The more people realize what they say and do hurts others, the less likely they are to do so in the future.”

Peterson shared her personal story of abuse and neglect, and spoke on the group’s four main principles: what can we do for our community, what can we do for our school, what can we do for each other, and what can we do for ourselves.

Members of the group have spoken at Dundee Central School, the Harley School, Keuka Arts Festival, and Penn Yan Fireman’s carnival, among others.

Joining Mottler and Peterson were Ryan Hearton, Emily White, Rachel Giordano, and Brandon Grace.

After the presentation, those attending the luncheon were invited to sign a pledge to respect other and receive a H.E.R.O. bracelet.

More photos from the luncheon.

H.E.R.O. Group Focus of Community Luncheon

The Helping Everyone Respect Others (H.E.R.O.) group will be the focus of the next Community Luncheon Series Thursday, Oct. 20 at Keuka College.

Allie Peterson, co-founder of H.E.R.O. at Penn Yan Academy.

Allie Peterson, co-founder of H.E.R.O.  and a senior at Penn Yan Academy (PYA), will speak at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

H.E.R.O., an anti-bullying organization, promotes the act of respecting one another.

After attending a Youth Speak Out event at the College in March—which focused on bullying—Peterson and other PYA students were inspired to start H.E.R.O. Youth Speak Out helps students become aware of the choices they can make in self-exploration by using their own interpretation and evaluation of the world around them.

At a Community Service Day event at PYA, Peterson spoke on “I Bet You Didn’t Know,” where she shared her personal story of abuse and neglect. Other students were motivated to share their own “I Bet You Didn’t Know” stories. After the presentation, students were given the opportunity to pledge respect to others and receive a H.E.R.O. bracelet.

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. The reservation deadline is Thursday, Oct. 13.

For more information call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail spevents@keuka.edu. Reservations may be made online at http://events.keuka.edu.

Economic Development Focus of Presentation

Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Thursday, April 14 with a talk by Mike Linehan, president and chief operating officer of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce and Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC).

Linehan and Griffin will discuss “Economic Development in Yates County” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

After moving to Penn Yan more than two decades ago, Linehan became involved in the hospitality and tourism industries. He holds degrees from St. John Fisher College, Corning Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, and University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Organizational Management.

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