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Award-Winner a Difference Maker

Taylor McIntyre, a resident of Trumansburg and senior at Watkins Glen High School, is the September recipient of Keuka College’s George H. Ball Community Achievement Award.

McIntyre will receive a $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually) in recognition of her strong academic and community service record.

The award honors Rev. Dr. George Harvey Ball, founder and first president of Keuka College.

McIntyre was nominated for the award by Tammy Lotocky, an instructor in the criminal justice program at The Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES.

“Taylor has helped her community and made a difference to the people around her,” said Lotocky. “This consistent willingness to go above and beyond best describes her.”

Here are just a few examples of how McIntryre has made a difference in her school and community:

McIntyre will major in criminology and criminal justice at Keuka and has prepped for her college career in the criminal justice program at GST BOCES. She was selected to serve on the Bush Campus CSI Team, a three-person group that competes in forensic science knowledge and skills on the state and regional level. The team captured second place in a regional competition and this year she will lead the team and train new members for competitions in March and April.

In addition, she was selected by her peers and instructors to serve an eight-week stint as class lieutenant— the highest rank—and was responsible for peer academic support and classroom discipline.

For more information on the George H. Ball Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to:


Belize Beckons Brown Recipient

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of features on recipients of the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award. The award, named after the late 1963 Keuka graduate, is supported by Brown’s family and the Class of ’63. It is designed to assist students pursuing culturally-oriented Field Periods.

Junior Meghan Houlihan believes that choosing to pursue a major in criminology or law enforcement means you will deal directly with large cross sections of a diverse and global population.

She also believes that true multicultural experiences can only come from multicultural exposure.

To that end, Houlihan is completing her Field Period at Gallon Jug Community School/Casey Community School in Belize City, Belize.

“I have had the opportunity to travel before, and I believe my understanding of people in general has been broadened by cultural exposure,” said Houlihan, a criminology/criminal justice major from Elysian, Minn. “If you are entering the criminology or criminal justice profession, one important thing that you have to have in your back pocket is effective communication styles and skills.”

By having the opportunity to pursue a Field Period in a Third World nation, Houlihan intends to add to her communication skills, which she intends to rely on throughout her career.

“Few colleges have taken active interest in developing countries, so a Field Period like this puts Keuka in select company,” said Houlihan prior to her departure. “Developing an understanding for the underprivileged will allow me to stand out as I pursue my career.”

One of her goals while at Gallon Jug School is to study the socialization of youth in middle school, with a special focus on how teachers and school staff promote student success and respond to student misbehavior or deviance.

“With today’s increased mobility and the emergence of a global economy, a world view of educational systems is essential,” she said. “During my Field Period, I will work with children and adolescents who have diverse life challenges. I expect to gain insight into the basis for some of these difficulties.”

According to Houlihan, the country of Belize is “struggling economically, but filled with highly motivated people hoping to improve conditions there. It is my goal to use knowledge I have gained in my classes to help the kids and families I will meet.”

Graduates of CJ Systems Program Take Part in JCC Commencement Ceremony

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Weed is flanked by newly minted Keuka degree holders Valerie Chapman (left) and Sherry Williams.

There was a different twist to the commencement ceremony at Jefferson Community College (JCC) in Watertown Friday (May 18).

For the first time, students earning Keuka College bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice systems through the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) participated in the ceremony.

Receiving degrees were Valerie Chapman (Watertown), Amber Hammitt (Calcium), Brittney Kiblin-Raymundo (Woodville), Lacey Northrup (Glenfield), Heather Patterson (Mannsville), and Sherry Williams (Watertown). (more…)

A Degree 29 Years in the Making

Joyce Richardson’s path to a Keuka College degree began in 1983.

It will end Sunday, when the Stanley resident receives her Bachelor of Science degree in criminology/criminal justice.

And while it took the mother of two and grandmother of four nearly three decades to do what her classmates did in four years, she is the envy of some of her fellow members of the Class of 2012.

“A couple of weeks ago, I was offered a job as an investigator with the Ontario County Public Defender’s Office, where I completed my senior internship,” said Richardson. “That is what makes Keuka so great. Instead of a 20-minute job interview, I had the chance to have a four-month interview. I would not have gotten this job without my senior internship.”


College Well Represented at Graduate Student Research Conference

OT grad students Megan McGowan (left) and Melissa Schlegel.

Three alumni of Keuka College’s Master of Science degree program in criminal justice administration and two students pursuing master’s degrees in occupational therapy (OT) were selected to present papers at the SUNY Brockport Graduate Student Research Conference Saturday, April 14.

Class of 2011 members Danielle T. Harrington and Sherry L. Hunter will present their Action Research Projects (ARP) at the conference, which will showcase the work of master’s level students from colleges and universities in Upstate New York and southern Ontario, Canada. Another member of the Class of 2011, Stephanie Caloren, was selected to present but is unable to attend. Also scheduled to present papers are fifth-year OT students Melissa Schlegel and Megan McGowan.


What’s New: ASAP Faculty

Richard Martin is keenly aware of the challenges adult students face.

Director of the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) criminal justice program and assistant professor, he is only six years removed from these same challenges himself. Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice systems from Keuka in 2005.

“When I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree, I began to see the possibility of entering the teaching profession,” said Martin, who served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division as an active duty infantry team leader through Operation Desert Storm. He also served in the Army Reserves (drill sergeant), and National Guard, (transportation platoon sergeant).

Martin began his police career with the Village of Fredonia, moved to the Newark Police Department, where he worked with undercover narcotics and fire investigations, and then joined the Rochester Police Department (RPD).

Meet New Faculty: Frank Colaprete

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of profiles on new, full-time faculty members.

Frank Colaprete became familiar with Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) while serving with the Rochester Police Department (RPD).

In fact, he referred several of his officers to ASAP to complete their undergraduate degrees.

“I am a firm believer in the lifelong learning concept, and have been a student longer than I have been a teacher,” said Colaprete, associate professor of criminal justice in ASAP. “I know what it’s like from both sides of the podium, and I still actively seek opportunities to learn as well as transfer that codified and experiential knowledge to others.”

So, Keuka’s ASAP and model of experiential education was a “perfectly natural extension of that for me,” said Colaprete. “As a trainer for more than 24 years, all of my students were continuing education adult professionals working to advance their knowledge and careers.”

Colaprete sees a reflection of himself in his adult students.

“With a background and terminal degree in adult education, I fully understand the needs of adult learners and the nature of how theory and application can be delivered in the classroom,” said Colaprete, who holds bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, and a doctoral degree from Fischler Graduate School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. He is also a Certified Litigation Specialist (CLS) in the law enforcement field.

Colaprete was member of the RPD from 1985-2005 and was assigned to patrol, research, training, administration, internal affairs, background investigations, investigative supervision, and investigative support.

Colaprete joined the ASAP faculty part-time in 2005 and served as a visiting associate professor.

In addition to teaching at Keuka, Colaprete is the owner and lead consultant of Justice Systems Solutions LLC, an independent consulting firm that works with law enforcement and public safety organizations.

Colaprete’s research interests are in police science and operational issues, the criminal and administrative investigation processes, police training techniques, program evaluation methodologies, mentoring, and knowledge management.

Colaprete developed a love for teaching early in his police career and began training other police officers in 1987.

“That passion grew through continuing my education and entering the higher education field,” said Colaprete. “I teach mostly graduate studies in criminal justice research, statistics, leadership, administration, and human resources.”

In addition to Keuka, Colaprete has served as a faculty member, instructor, and consultant for such institutions as Norwich University, New England College, Nova Southeastern University, Walden University, Roger Williams University’s Justice and Training Research Institute, Performance Institute, and the Civic Institute at Mercyhurst College.

He is co-author of Internal Investigations: A Practitioner’s Approach and Mentoring in the Criminal Justice Professions: Conveyance of the Craft. He has published several peer- reviewed and professional journal articles in the areas of criminal and internal investigation, as well as police training techniques.

He earned a Top 10 finalist award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has been featured in the National League of Cities database for successful municipal programs. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2009 from Norwich University’s School of Graduate Studies.

Debits, Credits, and Crime

By Nikki Treleaven ’11

Editor’s Note: This is the 6th in a series of stories saluting members of the Class of 2011. We asked division chairs for story ideas and they in turn contacted faculty members for ideas. We believe they came up with some terrific profiles.

Riccio gets a hug from Prof. Neil Siebenhar at Honors Convocation, after being named Outstanding Business Student with the highest GPA.

When Sara Riccio was younger, she liked reading books about serial killers.

“Crime really interested me,” she said.

The Queensberry resident will graduate with a double major in criminology and criminal justice and accounting.

“I chose to have a major in accounting because I wanted something practical, but criminal justice is my passion,” she said. (more…)

Experiential Learners of the Year Named

Senior Emmalee Pearce receives the upperclass Experiential Learner of the Year Award from Sally Daggett, associate director of the Center for Experiential Learning.

A bike trip that turned into elementary school lessons and daily observations of state troopers’ work, including undercover work garnered the top awards in experiential learning for senior Emmalee Pearce and freshman Caroline Lennon at the annual Honors Convocation ceremony May 7 at Keuka College.

Pearce, a unified childhood/special education major from Wilson, N.Y., biked some 4,000 miles roundtrip along the East Coast of the U.S. through 13 states in the summer of 2010 and converted her experiences into a specialty elementary instructional plan. Dubbed “Read Across America,” Pearce’s curriculum was crafted to teach students engaging math, science or social studies lessons based on the places she visited along the way.



Leonard has Sought Challenging Experiences

By Nikki Treleaven ’11

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a 10-part series on the 2011 Experiential Learner of the Year Award nominees. Nominees for the upperclass and freshman awards will be honored at a luncheon May 6; the winners will be revealed at Honors Convocation May 7.

Brett Leonard“During his time at Keuka, Brett has demonstrated an eagerness to pursue challenging, original experiences to enhance his academic, professional, and personal development,” said Janine Bower.

For example, for his final Field Period in January, he teamed with fellow senior and criminology and criminal justice major Rory Conheady to investigate cases of vandalism on campus.

Under the supervision of Tracy McFarland, associate dean of students, Leonard developed a research agenda, collected data, and offered recommendations. (more…)