Capping the first year of quarterly staff recognition awards, Vickie Tobias of Bath emerged as the 2013-14 Staff Member of the Year for Keuka College.
According to co-workers, Tobias has touched the lives of students and the careers of colleagues throughout Keuka College in a real and palpable way. As the database administrator in the Information Technology Services department, she helps keep the entire college plugged in, so to speak, and ensures day-to-day network demands continue functioning for optimal productivity.
Tobias was named the inaugural staffer of the year during Commencement May 25. The staff recognition award, given by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), was set up to identify and celebrate staff members like Tobias who consistently go above and beyond the duties of their job and make outstanding contributions to Keuka College. The award recognizes four staff members each year, with one selected as the overall winner for the year. This year’s other quarterly winners included Brett Williams, digital media producer in the Office of Marketing and Communications, McKala Accetura, judicial coordinator and resident director of Strong Apartments, and Merrie Heins, assistant director of financial aid. Each quarterly winner receives a desk nameplate and reserved parking place for three months, following their award.
According to Casey Kendall, senior systems administrator in ITS, Tobias is “the most dedicated and professional employee with whom I have ever worked.” In a nomination letter, Kendall detailed how Tobias “puts in long hours and never asks for compensation, helping her peers succeed without ever asking for anything in return.” (more…)
It’s spring 2014.
What better time to talk about the 2016 presidential election.
It’s about 19 months before the first primary and more than two years before the electorate will cast its vote to determine President Obama’s successor. However, things are heating up already.
Will Hillary Clinton seek the Democratic nomination? What about Joe Biden? Are there other contenders?
And what about the Republicans? Can Chris Christie overcome his troubles? Will the GOP cast their lot with Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or someone else.
Meanwhile, in the Empire State, Gov. Cuomo is up for re-election this November. The Republicans have not fielded a strong contender since George Pataki. Will they this time around?
And then there’s the mid-term elections. Can the GOP take the Senate?
Associate Professor of History Chris Leahy sorts it all out in this interview with Doug Lippincott, which aired recently on WFLR’s Keuka College Today.
Keuka College is located in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country so it should come as no surprise that an enterprising member of the College staff came up with a novel way to extend the lives of empty wine bottles.
And when she involved her co-workers in the project, a newly established scholarship received a boost.
Communications Specialist Rachel Dewey turns the bottles, which once contained red or white wine, into decorative holiday lamps that contain white or multi-colored lights.
“When I first made some samples about a year ago, and displayed them in our front office, we got a lot of compliments on them, so I’ve been trying to think of how we could leverage that interest,” said Dewey.
Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott suggested the lamps be sold, with proceeds going to the Fred L. Hoyle Endowed Scholarship. Hoyle, associate vice president for admissions, died in October.
“We all miss Fred; he was not just a colleague but a friend,” said Lippincott. “I am certain that he would be delighted to learn that we turned Rachel’s creativity into a project that will help future students realize their dreams of earning a Keuka degree.”
“Fred was into wines and gourmet foods and all the culinary arts,” said Dewey, “so I believe a wine bottle lamp is quite fitting.”
The Office of Communications got word to the College community about the wine lamp sale in early December and recently turned over $565 to the development office for the Hoyle Scholarship.
“We were heartened by the response of the College community to this fund-raiser,” said Lippincott. “It’s a tribute to Fred and the many lives he touched at the College.”
Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of profiles on new, full-time faculty members.
Case in point: Stan Wilczek, assistant professor of organizational management.
He is a 30-year veteran of Niagara Mohawk, a Fortune 500 company, where he held down key managerial posts, including vice president of nuclear support and vice president of customer service.
“I feel an obligation to give back to society,” said Wilczek of his desire to teach the next generation of business leaders. “I am lucky to have experienced what I have.”
Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott, a former Wilczek student, said Wilczek’s “real-world experience meshed well with what he was teaching in the classroom. That combination was invaluable. Many things I learned in Stan’s classes I was able to put into practice in my job.”
“One of the thoughts I always try to leave students with is that they are not just ‘spending time in the classroom,’ but that they should soak up all of the learning that they can and apply what they are learning in their current jobs,” said Wilczek “If students go through the program with the goal of just earning a degree, it will not take a future boss long to figure out that he or she does not have the skills needed in today’s workplace, such as problem-solving, decision-making, working on teams, and technical/professional writing.”
Wilczek, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from SUNY Buffalo and a MBA from Syracuse University, has been a part of ASAP for five years. In addition to Keuka, he has taught at SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College, and Bryant and Stratton. He has taught traditional and older students and enjoys doing both, and adjusts his teaching style to meet the needs of each group.
“Non-traditional students have more knowledge and experience from which to work,” he said. “A 21-year-old doesn’t know as much as someone 55 to 60 years old.”
In addition to his business acumen, Wilczek brings a lot more to the classroom.
“He is the most prepared teacher I ever had,” said Lippincott, who earned a master’s degree in management from Keuka in May.
Wilczek subscribes to dozens of magazines so that he is as up-to-date as he can be. In his Strategic Management course he engaged his students in a discussion about Apple, in particular how the company would fare after the death of Steve Jobs.
Wilczek is also the author of two novels: The Kept Secret was published in 2006, followed by The Soma Man in 2008. His third book is currently in the works.
“He shared what he went through writing books, most notably the importance of conducting quality research,” said Lippincott. “That inspired me to conduct solid research for my Action Research Project.”
Despite a budding writing career, Wilczek has no plans to give up teaching.
“I enjoy being in a classroom,” he says. “I’m at the point in my career where I only do things for fun.”
Keuka College Today, the Office of Communications’ new Web site, debuts today and the “one-stop shopping” for news and information this site provides should appeal to members of the College community and others who frequent the College Web site.