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Keuka College’s Values and Ethics Series Will Focus on Jemima Wilkinson

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Values and Ethics Series continues Tuesday, April 5 with a presentation by Paul Moyer, associate professor of history at The College at Brockport (SUNY).

The presentation, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Hegeman Hall, room 109. Moyer will discuss his recently published book, The Public Universal Friend: Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America.

Revolutionary America was fertile ground for political innovation, social transformation, and religious upheaval, as self-proclaimed visionaries and prophets established new religious sects throughout the emerging nation.

Among the most influential and controversial of these figures was Jemima Wilkinson. Born in 1752 and raised in a Quaker household in Cumberland, Rhode Island, Wilkinson began her ministry dramatically in 1776 when, in the midst of an illness, she announced her own death and reincarnation as the Public Universal Friend, a heaven-sent prophet who was neither female nor male.

In The Public Universal Friend, Moyer tells the story of Wilkinson and her remarkable church, the Society of Universal Friends, and its eventual establishment in the Town of Jerusalem in Yates County. Moyer has a particular focus on the intersection of gender, religion, and frontier settlement during the era of the American Revolution.

A recipient of SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Moyer earned both a doctoral and master’s degree from The College of William & Mary, and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College.

In addition to his book on Wilkinson, Moyer is the author of Wild Yankees: The Struggle for Independence along Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary Frontier, as well as numerous articles discussing early American history.

Student Art Show Opens March 14

Editor’s Note: The annual Student Art Show begins Monday, March 14, and showcases the artistic works of underclassmen and non-art majors to the campus and community. Here we meet five of the artists who will have their work in the show, which runs though April 16 in Lightner Gallery. An opening reception will be held March 17 from 4:30 -6 p.m. in Lightner Gallery.

Jadine Buddingh
Class year: Sophomore
Major: Art and design, with a concentration in studio arts and graphic design
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
About my art: The mediums used in my pieces are graphite and charcoal, acrylic paint, spray paint, found objects, and the sculpture is stainless steel.
Favorite quote: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” ­—Thomas Merton



Darian Staufer
Class year:
Major: Art and design
Hometown: Greece, N.Y.
About my art: Professor Newcomb selected my work “Broken,” which was done in the visual design course. The project was to create an emotion using line. I was quite nervous at first, as I had never done anything like this before, and had recently changed my major to art and design. I think this is a great opportunity for me, especially as a freshman, to show my work to others on campus. The fact that my work has been chosen for the show allows me to feel more confident about my work and will push me to work harder on each project.


Braedon Rothenburg
Class year: Sophomore
Major: Art and design, with a theatre concentration and creative arts minor
About my art: Chicken wire, insulation foam, paint, bamboo skewers, paper mache
Favorite quote: “Fear is an idea-crippling, experience-crushing, success stalling inhibitor inflicted by only yourself”—Stephanie Melish


Arianna Brown
Class year: Freshman
Major: Art and design
Hometown: East Irondequoit, N.Y.
About my art: It is a gestalt rose printed on luster paper. The work was a challenge, but it made me realize that just because something is hard, doesn’t mean that it is impossible.




Emily Radler
Class Year
: Junior
Major: Art and design
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
About my art: It’s an amazing opportunity to be showcased in the student art show because your peers can see what you have been working on. I also believe when your artwork is chosen, you have a strong piece and are proud after the countless hours you spent on it. Also, you never know who may like your artwork, and you could get some amazing opportunities from having your artwork shown.

Keuka College’s Spotlight Series Continues March 8

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Tuesday, March 8 with a poetry reading by Christina Kubasta.

The reading, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

A Wisconsin native, Kubasta earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Wells College and a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches composition, creative writing, literature, and cultural studies at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Her poetry regularly appears in journals, and she writes reviews and columns about teaching, writing, and reading. Her chapbook, A Lovely Box won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize.

Kubasta experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices, and her work has been called claustrophobic and unflinching. Her poetry has appeared in So To Speak, Stand, The Notre Dame Review, Tinderbox Poetry Review and Lemon Hound, among others. In addition, her quarterly column “Dear Literary Citizens” is available at The Rain, Party & Disaster Society.

Her first book, All Beautiful & Useless, was published in 2015.

Rochester Native Matt Griffo will Perform Nov. 19 at Keuka College

Comedian Matt Griffo will perform Nov. 19 at Keuka College.

Free and open to the public, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Barn Theater.

Griffo, a ukulele player who grew up in Rochester, plays original comedic songs on piano and ukulele. Now living in Chicago, Griffo is also an actor and comedian who writes songs about such topics as the environment, love, and zombies. He performs at festivals across the country, has opened for Reggie Watts, and is the composer for the Chicago smash hit Jersey Shore The Musical.

In creating his songs, Griffo says that sometimes it starts with an idea, or a melody, or “sometimes it starts with serious song lyrics that I think sound too serious, and then it becomes a comedy song.”

Griffo picked up the ukulele as a child, when he thought his hands were not big enough for a guitar.

“My dad is a drummer and guitar player, and I wanted to play guitar,” said Griffo. “I tried when he wasn’t looking and thought my hands were so small I’d never be able to playing guitar. I clearly did not realize they would grow. I looked up ‘small guitar’ online and ‘ukulele’ came up in the results,” and he’s been playing it since then.

Griffo taught himself to play the piano when he was 12 using a how-to-play-piano songbook.

“I wasn’t very good, but I practiced a lot,” said Griffo. “Years later when I was in Chicago, I was playing piano in between classes and Mike Descoteaux [head of the music program for Second City Training Center and resident music director of the ETC Stage] asked if I’d like to learn how to become an improv music director. I freaked out, and said ‘yes.’ I then practiced a lot and got by on my ear for the majority of my playing ability.”

Griffo now trains at the ACM School of Music in Chicago.

Among his favorite performers are Tom Lehrer, Tim Minchin, Flight of The Conchords, and Stephen Lynch, as well as Chicago-based comedians Boaz Reisman and Crassus.

For videos, and more information about Griffo, click here.

Nu Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta Gains Three

Holding their certificates are newly inducted Lambda Pi Eta members Savannah Gibson, Anna Kramer, and Morgan Bruno. Behind them are Kathryn Zawisa, Amanda Markessinis, and Victoria Davis.

Three new members were recently inducted into the Nu Mu chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association.

In a Sept. 29 ceremony, Savannah Gibson, Anna Kramer, and Morgan Bruno, all junior organizational communication majors, added their names to the official Lambda Pi Eta roster. Gibson hails from Rochester; Kramer from Boonville; and Bruno from Seneca Falls.

The other members of the College’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta include seniors Victoria Davis (president), Amanda Markessinis, (vice president), and (Kathryn Zawisa), treasurer.

To be eligible for Lambda Pi Eta membership, a communication studies major or minor must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and 12 credits in communication studies courses, a GPA in communication studies courses of at least 3.25, and a GPA of at least 3.0.