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Suicide Terrorism and Power Politics Focus of Community Luncheon

Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 with a talk by Dr. David Pak Leon, assistant professor of political science at the College.

Dr. Leon will discuss “Suicide Terrorism and Power Politics: A Global Perspective” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

“In the past 15 years, the world has seen a drastic rise in terrorist attacks, especially suicide terrorist attacks, which tend to be more lethal and harder to deter,” said Dr. Pak Leon, who began teaching at Keuka College in 2013. “This presentation goes beyond the daily headlines and looks at suicide terrorism’s causes, effects, and trends around the world over the past 20 years. I will also discuss its relationship to oil, security policies, and power politics.”

Dr. Pak Leon’s teaching interests and research projects focus on international security and economic relations, globalization, U.S. foreign policy, China and the Asia-Pacific, international relations theory, and the philosophy of social science. Prior to joining Keuka College, he taught at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota, where he received both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics and a minor in economics from the University of Maryland.

Tickets for the luncheon are $13, a portion 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 be made online at http://keuka.edu/go/luncheon

For more information call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail [email protected].

Entrepreneurship in the Finger Lakes Focus of Community Luncheon

Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Wednesday, March 25, with a talk by Dundee native Ray Spencer, who, along with his wife Sandi, owns Water Street Wines & Spirits and the newly opened Water Street Wine Bar, both in Penn Yan.

Spencer will discuss “My Entrepreneurial Journey” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library. He has created or opened multiple businesses in the Finger Lakes region, including a bed and breakfast and his own winery.

After growing up in Dundee and attending the town’s schools, Spencer earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Buffalo. Shortly after graduating from college, Spencer was hired by Glenora Wine Cellars in 1977,  the year of the winery’s inaugural harvest. Just a year later, he became the general manager and held a number of positions—including wine maker—before retiring as vice president of operations in 2003.

“They joke that I was their first employee,” said Spencer. “The New York Farm Winery Act of 1976 had recently been established and it was a catalyst for new wineries to come. Coca-Cola purchased the Taylor Winery and as it is a worldwide company, it realized that it could buy grapes from across the world, not just locally.”

That left local growers without a market for their grapes. Thanks to the Farm Winery Act, it allowed grape growers in New York to establish wineries and sell directly to the public.

“Because I grew up in the area, I was familiar with, and interested in, the Finger Lakes region,” said Spencer, for whom all of his businesses have had wine as a common theme.

Spencer’s latest business, the Water Street Wine Bar, opened January 7, and is the “crown jewel of my career,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to operate a wine bar, and this is the culmination of all I’ve done.”

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 KeukaCollege. 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 Friday, March 20.

For more information call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

 

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 [email protected].