You know that old saying, right?
“There’s something for everyone.”
Seldom is it true, but in the case of Keuka College’s Green & Gold Celebration Weekend, it’s impossible to find fault with that description.
The College has assembled a stellar lineup of events Oct. 16-18, ranging from a look at former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s impact on the College to a performance by Nik and the Nice Guys, North America’s No. 1 party band. Also on the agenda are a carnival and fun zone, theatre production, Athletics Hall of Fame induction, fireworks display, and plenty more.
The big weekend was the focus of the September edition of Keuka College Today, which airs on WFLR (1570 AM, 96.9/101.9 FM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network. Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott talked with the dynamic duo from the Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Kathy Waye (executive director) and Laurie Adams (assistant director), about the upcoming fall spectacular.
Tom O’Mara is in his third term in the New York State Senate. He represents the 58th District, which includes Keuka College.
O’Mara also commented the last legislative session, which saw both the Senate and Assembly leaders arrested on corruption charges.
Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh, a 1995 Keuka College graduate and teacher at Campbell-Savona Central, has authored two books based on her love of teaching: Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced World: A Teacher’s Journey and Celebrate Nature! Activities for Every Season.
Her third book, published recently by Skyhorse Publishing, is not based on her affection for the teaching profession, but there is much to be learned from Angela’s Decision: Outsmarting My Cancer Genes and Determining My Fate.
The genesis for the book came in 2009 when she had a routine pap smear, but there was nothing routine after that. She tested positive for BRCA1, which means she had an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer and a 44 percent chance of contracting ovarian cancer.
In this interview on Keuka College Today, aired on WFLR (1570 AM/96.9 and 101.9 FM, Finger Lakes News Network) in Dundee and hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, Fishbaugh discusses the emotions she dealt with after her positive test, the choices she was confronted with, and the toughest decision she ever made.
Tom Drumm is off and running.
The Oswego native and and newly minted degree holder from Keuka College announced his candidacy for the 16th District seat on the Oswego County Legislature a few days before joining the College’s alumni ranks.
Drumm credits the education he received at Keuka College, both in the classroom and out, for preparing him for all the challenges a political campaign and holding public office offers.Among the Field Periods Drumm conducted were in the regional office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and with the New York State Democratic Committee.
In this interview on Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott on WFLR (Dundee, Finger Lakes Radio Network), Drumm also outlines his grassrooots campaign strategy and talks about his love of politics and why he believes “youthful leadership can shake up the status quo in local government.”
Advocacy is defined as “the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy.”
And no one did it better than four Keuka College seniors who traveled to Albany last week for New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.
Dee Metzger, Erin Scott, Shadayvia Wallace, and Tom Drumm are passionate about Keuka College and the aid that will make it possible for them to join the College’s alumni ranks this May.
Metzger and Wallace shared that passion with a large crowd of students and others gathered in the Well of the Legislative Office Building. The storytelling continued when all four students met with a staffer in State Sen. Tom O’Mara’s office. They extolled the virtues of TAP and HEOP and reinforced the need to keep those and other student aid programs vibrant for students who will follow their path to Keuka College and other schools in the Empire State.
How good were these students at advocating for student aid?
“If you didn’t believe student aid was a just cause,” said Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, “you would after listening to Dee, Erin, Shadayvia, and Tom. Their personal stories were captivating and their knowledge of the issues impressive.”
The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of colleges and universities and other stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs in New York State.