It was just a doctor’s visit, but seeing how to access her medical chart online gave Keuka College social work student Cyndy Bundy an idea: why couldn’t social workers consult online, too?
Now, the Eastwood resident is soaring to new heights, thanks to her proposal for social workers to use social media as a way to combat issues like sexting, cyber-bullying, and suicidal tendencies.
Bundy was invited to share her poster presentation at the national Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference (BPD), a competitive academic event, which will be held in March in Myrtle Beach, SC. She is the first Keuka social work student and first ASAP student to receive an invitation to present at a national conference. Bundy is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in social work through Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP). She attends classes at the Onondaga Community College site.
According to Assistant Professor of Social Work Vikki O’Conner, Bundy’s poster presentation demonstrates how social workers need to keep informed and up-to-date on social networking as a form of communication and relationship building in a technological age. (more…)
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profiles of new full-time faculty who have joined the Keuka community.
Nearly 35 years ago, Sam Ferrara left Clyde, a small town in Central New York, to head out to college for a degree and a career in big business. During his 20 years in sales and consulting, he worked in Albany; Charlotte, N.C; San Antonio, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and Melbourne, Australia. He then made a switch to education and now has another seven years in academia. Before coming to Keuka, Ferrara was an adjunct professor at Skidmore College.
Now making a daily trek from Clyde to Keuka Park, Ferrara instructs undergraduates as an assistant professor of management in the Division of Business and Management. This semester finds him teaching courses in advertising, training and development, and operations and production management. Part of the allure of this job was the opportunity to return to his roots.
“I enjoy working with students from small towns in this area and I’d like to make a contribution back to an area that’s pretty economically depressed right now: upstate New York in general and my hometown specifically,” he said.
Ferrara holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Brockport, an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College, and is completing his doctorate in organizational studies at University at Albany. His dissertation involves interdisciplinary study of organizations and Ferrara is honing in on the impact of CEO duality on firm performance in a post-financial crisis world.
Duality is the term given when the top executive is both CEO and chairman of the board, and while having one person in a dual role may make it easier to get projects done, questions arise whether that one person has too much power.
“I’m very interested in corporate governance, and who watches out for the shareholders,” Ferrara said, citing the high-risk decisions and outright malfeasance of some in the realms of high finance. “It doesn’t matter what level you’re at — it’s interesting how people with power will use the power in self-interest. Does power do that to a person, or does the person have that power?
My hypothesis is that it’s not the whole, it’s the few.”
Ferrara said his goal as a professor is to engage students in both utilitarian (practical) and intrinsic knowledge, and he hopes to be effective in helping students grow as individuals and professionals.
“I want to prepare them to work in an ethical way and keep community awareness in mind,” he said.