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Students, Community Residents Team Up to Make a Difference Through Celebrate Service… Celebrate Yates

By Desiree Ford ’13

Volunteers got their green thumbs together for the Community Garden

On Sunday, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jim Blackburn welcomed the 184 volunteers for the Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates (CSCY)  community service day  by sharing the new Keuka College mission statement:“To create exemplary citizens and leaders to serve the nation and the world of the 21st century.”

Dean Blackburn welcomes volunteers to the kickoff ceremony (Stephanie Lockhart '15)

For the 16th year, CSCY volunteers showed just how exemplary members of the College and community truly are by stepping up to serve 24 non-profit agencies across Yates County. Each year, non-profits, including youth camps, community centers, churches, libraries, fire departments and more gain a helping hand from area residents and Keuka students  who come together to pitch in on spring cleaning projects.

CSCY is a collaboration between the College and Yates County Chamber of Commerce, with support from local merchants and business sponsors.

Community service is nothing  new for Class of 2016 members Preston Vick, Jake Altman, and Rich Weit, who signed up for CSCY with other members of the Keuka men’s soccer team. While CSCY is not something the players are required to do, team members still volunteer for the day, Altman said. The trio worked with others to rake leaves  at Camp Cory on the east side of Keuka Lake,


Enactus Team a Runner-Up at Regionals

Keuka's team, from left: Brittany Gleason, Darrcy Matthews, Rich Matrassi, Marilyn Schoen, Desiree Ford and Tom Hoang.

Members of Keuka’s Enactus Team with Ferrara, left, present division chair Ann Tuttle, right with their trophy from regional competition.

Another competition trophy has joined the collection in the division of Business and Management on the second floor of Hegeman Hall, as the Keuka College Enactus team brought back a symbol of its performance at Friday’s (March 22) regional competition in Baltimore, Md.

Members of the presentation team, which included six student speakers, two alternates, and two audio-visual coordinators, presented Ann Tuttle, interim chair of the division, with a first runner-up trophy Monday morning.  Keuka finished behind the University of Virginia, York College, and Messiah College.

Enactus is an international, non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. The international organization formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) changed its name to Enactus this fall. (more…)

Enactus Team Heads for Regional Competition

Matrassi, Gleason, Matthews, Ford, alternate Josh Crummenauer, and Schoen, rehearsed the Enactus presentation Friday March 15

Imagination. Courage. Determination. Partnership. Accountability. Curiosity. Those six traits and four community service initiatives will be shared by six Keuka students at the regional Enactus competition  in Baltimore, Md. March 22.

Enactus is an international, non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. The international organization formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) changed its name to Enactus this fall.

Regional winners automatically receive an invitation to the national competition, which Keuka has done nine of the past 11 years. This year’s nationals will be held May 21-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

Enactus Team President Desiree Ford, a senior, describes the Pathstone project the team operates, originally launched through a grant from then-Senator Hillary Clinton

The Keuka team will deliver  a 17-minute presentation outlining four community service projects  it completed this year, Including:

At the close of practice, Enactus team members took questions on projects. From left, tech assistant Dan Stephens, Ford, Crummenauer and Schoen

Members of the presentation team include:

The team is coached by faculty adviser Sam Ferrara, assistant professor of management.

Feb. 21 Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Enactus Team

The Keuka College Enactus (formerly SIFE) team will sponsor a spaghetti dinner Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Penn Yan.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from Jordan Eaves, Enactus fundraiser coordinator, at; or Desiree Ford, Enactus president, at Tickets will also be sold at the door. Members of the College community may have dinners delivered to campus (in front of Ball Hall) at 6:15 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.

Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the team’s trip to Baltimore, Md. in March for the Enactus regional competition, which carries an invitation to the May 21-23 national competition in Kansas City, Mo. The Keuka Enactus team has qualified for nine national competitions in the past 11 years.

At the regional competition, the students will deliver a 17-minute presentation describing four community service projects they have completed this year, including a Campus Sustainability Initiative (CSI); One Piece a Week, which donates restored furniture to the Tompkins County Task Force for Battered Women to help improve living conditions; and entrepreneurial programs at  Penn Yan Academy and PathStone,  a private, not-for-profit regional community development and human service organization that provides services to farm workers, low-income families and economically depressed communities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Vermont, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.

For more information on the dinner, contact Eaves or Ford.

SIFE Out, Enactus In

SIFE, a familiar acronym on the Keuka College campus since the advent of the 21st century, no longer exists.

In a move designed to reaffirm its “long-standing commitment to using entrepreneurial action as a catalyst for progress,” the international organization Students in Free Enterprise has changed its name to Enactus.

“We needed a name that captured the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels everything we do,” said Alvin Rohrs, CEO. “We were also eager to create a name that reflected how global this organization has become.”

Some 57,000 students are members of Enactus clubs in 1,600 colleges and universities in 39 countries.

“Entrepreneurial action is not something that is relevant to a single culture or nationality,” said Rohrs. “What we do is just as powerful in Shanghai as it is in Sao Paulo, just as transformative whether we are in San Francisco or Sydney.”

Or in Keuka Park, N.Y., where the Keuka College SIFE  team has enhanced the quality of life in the region while qualifying for nine SIFE national competitions in the past 11 years. (more…)

Humane Society Collection a Purr-fect Success

In the sixth year of collecting donations for a community service project, Keuka College students raised approximately $130 worth of pet-supply goods to benefit the Humane Society of Yates County.

The “goodie bags” for dogs and cats were delivered just before Spring Break following a collection period that ran from March 1 -21. Student organizers – advocates of the Humane Society – had help from members of the Political Science and History Club and members of Rotaract, the college student division of Rotary International, who visit the local Humane Society each week.

Pictured left to right are junior Janelle Davidson, a biology major; senior Jennifer Bush, a secondary education, history and special education major; junior Molly Flanagan, who dual majors in marketing and organizational communication; and freshman Desiree Ford, an organizational communication major.

Harpursville Resident Desiree Ford Selected Experiential Learner of the Month

Desiree Ford, a resident of Harpursville and senior at Harpursville Central School, received Keuka College’s Experiential Learner of the Month Award for December.