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Three Faculty Promoted, Granted Tenure

Three faculty members were promoted and granted tenure by the Board of Trustees at its recent winter meeting.

Promoted from assistant to associate professor (effective August 2013) and granted tenure (effective August 2014) were Dr. Patricia Mattingly, Jennifer Mealey, and Dr. Andrew Robak.

Patricia Mattingly

Mattingly, a resident of Aurora, also serves as curriculum coordinator in the baccalaureate nursing program. She is a member of the Faculty Liaison Committee, College Advisory Council, and chairs the Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Upsilon Governance Committee. She served on the Nursing Faculty Search Committee, Presidential Inauguration Committee, and Diversity Task Force.

She came to Keuka in 2007 after serving as a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant at Northeast Pediatrics in Ithaca.

Mattingly is a member of the Onondaga Community College and Cayuga Community College School of Nursing advisory boards, and the Cayuga County Department of Health’s Utilization Review Board. She is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and is a member of the New York State Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

A consultant in homeopathy, Mattingly delivered a presentation last March at Driving the Future 12: Kent State University Annual Nursing Conference. She also presented at the September 2011 Sigma Theta Tau Consortium Research Event, and the October 2010 National League for Nursing Education Summit.

She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Robert Morris University, Master of Science in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Bachelor of Science in nursing from George Mason University.

Jennifer Mealey

Mealey, field director for the social work program, served as an adjunct instructor of social work before joining the full-time faculty in 2007. She is also a therapist for Educational Resource Associates.

Formerly a clinical supervisor at Hillside Children’s Center, Mealey was a clinical supervisor and diagnostic clinical social worker at KidsPeace, Seneca Woods Campus, and a shelter/hotline domestic violence counselor at Alternatives for Battered Women.

In addition to her teaching duties, Mealey is a member of the Curriculum Committee, Spiritual Life Advisory Board, serves as a faculty coach, leads the College’s Veterans Initiative, and advises the Association of Future Social Workers club. A member of the Middle States Working Group from 2010-12, she was a member and team leader of the Native American Traditions Ad-Hoc Committee.

She earned a Master of Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program and a Bachelor of Science in social work from Keuka College.

Mealey resides in Farmington with her husband, Geoff, and daughter, Saige.

Andy Robak

Robak, who resides in Penn Yan, joined the Keuka faculty in 2007.  He teaches Organic Chemistry and lab sections, is the General Chemistry lab instructor, teaches the eight-week experiential learning course, and Science in Popular Culture.

Chair of the Faculty Development Committee in 2009-10, he serves as Chemistry Club adviser, pre-health adviser, and research adviser in the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Education.

In September 2011, Robak presented on The Art of Chemistry—an independent study by Kat Andonucci ’14 that he directed—at the Corning Section of the American Chemical Society meeting. Showcasing spectacular photographs of chemistry experiments, the project garnered coverage in Chemical and Engineering News, a national publication, and was featured in a Lightner Gallery exhibit.

Robak also developed green chemistry experiments for home-schooled high school students.

He holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in chemistry from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry/environmental chemistry from RIT.

Meet New Faculty: Samuel Bateman

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of profiles of new, full-time faculty who have recently joined the Keuka community.

New to the Keuka faculty this fall in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) is Samuel Bateman, who is teaching classes in managerial accounting, managerial finances and decision-making to students in both the bachelor’s and master’s degree management programs.

The Colorado transplant is completing a transition to full-time academia after spending nearly 30 years in software sales, business development and international sales and marketing. Starting in 2005, Bateman began teaching part-time at North Carolina Wesleyan College and Wake-Forest University. He next taught online and international business courses for Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, as well as some international business classes for the undergraduate program at Walden University, which operates online programs from headquarters in Minnesota.

Bateman, now a Rochester resident, holds two master’s degrees – one in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from North Carolina State University.

“I’ll be able to relate to the ASAP students because I obtained both of my master’s degrees while working full-time,” Bateman said. (more…)

“Fired Up” President Outlines Vision at Inauguration

Saying that “we are obliged to reconsider a liberal arts education in a digital, connected world,” Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera today (May 4) set  the College on a path to become “the cradle for the next generation of scientists and humanists.”

In remarks after being invested as the College’s 19th president, Dr. Díaz-Herrera encouraged the faculty of this “great institution to create the liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century.

See what President Díaz-Herrera had to say about his inauguration.

“What if we were to integrate computational methods seamlessly across the curriculum?” said the president, a native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. “What if we were to produce criminal justice experts who solved cybercrime, nurses proficient in medical informatics, and English majors fluent in digital storytelling?”

Reaffirming the College’s historical commitment to the liberal arts, the president disagreed with those who question the value of a liberal arts education because graduates can’t find jobs.

Watch the full inauguration

“A liberal arts education provides its own rewards and combined with our Field Period innovation is a superb preparation for the world of work and service,” he said. “A liberal arts foundation is good for the economy and for democracy.”

Even highly technical jobs require a high degree of intellectual skills and contextual understanding, said the president, who pointed to Google, which is hiring 6,000 new employees this year, 5,000 from the liberal arts or humanities.

Dr. Melissa Brown '72, chair of the Board of Trustees, invests Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera as the 19th president of Keuka College.

“As the late Steve Jobs said, ‘Technical skills are not enough,’” said Díaz-Herrera, contrasting what Daniel Pink, chief speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore, calls conceptual workers vs. knowledge workers. “Conceptual workers are anchored in the liberal arts—strong in science, math, and humanities, plus technology.”

An education with a liberal arts base “allows us to be able to address difficult, global, complex issues by allowing us to place this knowledge in context without compartmentalization,” said Díaz-Herrera. “This is an education that unique places like Keuka can provide, and it’s one of the reasons that drew me to the job.”

Although the president has spent a good deal of time “ascertaining the hopes, dreams, and concerns” of the College community, he also spearheaded a campus-wide, long-range strategic planning effort. One of the first outcomes of that work is a new mission statement:

Keuka College exists to create citizens and leaders to serve the world in the 21st century.

Among the many topics being discussed during the on-going strategic planning process is the arts.

“We must bring the arts back to Keuka College,” said the president. “Conversations are under way with the Eastman School of Music to see what we can do together. Another exciting project is the potential reviving of the Sampson Theatre in downtown Penn Yan. We should be part of this effort and also participate wholeheartedly in the Penn Yan 20/20 planning effort. The Finger Lakes Museum is another project that plays in this arena.”

Díaz-Herrera pledged to “enthusiastically give my full dedication to the College in the only way I know: with passion and firmness. You can be sure that I will put my heart and soul toward moving this institution to the next level.”

But the president said a team effort is required to reach that level.

“Resilient academic institutions succeed because their faculty, staff, students, and friends are strongly committed to them,” he said. “I will need your total commitment, and I will work hard on building confidence and trust to achieve the solidarity needed to address difficult and changing times.”

In the discussions he has had with members of the College community during his 10 months on the job, Díaz-Herrera said one thing resonates loud and clear.


“Our community is passionate about this place,” he said, “and I must confess that the enthusiasm is contagious. I am fired up!”

To view a brief album of photos from the Inauguration, click HERE.

English Professor Wins Professional Development Award

Just because you’ve got a Ph.D. doesn’t mean you stop learning.

That’s the perspective of Jennie Joiner, assistant professor of English, and winner of the 2010-11 Excellence in Academic Achievement award, given by the College’s Office of Academic Affairs. The award recognizes Keuka faculty members who have demonstrated to their colleagues an exceptional commitment to advance the knowledge base of their academic or professional field.

Within the realm of literature, Joiner’s interest includes depictions of masculinity, with a focus on the writings of William Faulkner. Her doctorate, from the University of Kansas, focused on the subject of marriage and masculinity in Faulkner’s fiction.  Here at Keuka, Joiner created a senior seminar course last spring focusing on the fiction of Faulkner and Toni Morrison. The course followed the presentation of her paper, “William Faulkner’s Hearth and Toni Morrison’s Oven: The Slow Burn of Masculinity in Go Down, Moses and Paradise,” in October 2010 at a scholarly conference on Faulkner and Morrison held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Not only was the class well-received by students, but a longer version of Joiner’s paper was solicited by an editor of the Faulkner Journal and published in August of this year. Another paper of hers, “Constructing Black Sons: Faulkner’s ‘Barn Burning’ and O’Connor’s ‘The Artificial Nigger,” was solicited by the Flannery O’Connor Review last year and published in the 2010 volume. She is already at work on a new manuscript that examines Faulkner’s sexual geographies, or the relationship between place, cultural institutions and sexuality.

“I don’t think students always recognize we have our own research agendas as well. Part of being a faculty member is continuing to be a student and continuing my own education. It doesn’t stop with a Ph.D.,” she said. “What you learn with a Ph.D. is how to keep doing your own research.” (more…)

Fabulous Forty

Forty faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to Keuka College at Community Day Aug. 22.

Five-year employees.

Five-year service awards were presented to: Lois Austen, program coordinator of multidisciplinary studies, Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP); Julia Bies, assistant registrar; Pete Bekisz, webmaster; Janine Bower, assistant professor of criminology, criminal justice, and sociology; Debra Dyer, assistant professor of education; Joanne Jacobs, secretary, Center for Experiential Learning; Sharon Staehle, assistant professor of American Sign Language; and Stan Wilczek, assistant professor of organizational management, ASAP.

Miss the Community Day Events?

You can download Professor and President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera’s opening remarks, Continued Progress and New Beginnings.

Ten-year service awards were presented to Catherine Abbott, professor of mathematics; Mary Ellen Griffiths, director of student accounts; Anne Marie Guthrie, dean of the Center for Experiential Learning; Anne Killen, director of administrative services, ASAP; Mark Palmieri, director of institutional research; Karen Mann, director of conference services; and Dorothy Wilkins, professor of American Sign Language.

Fifteen-year service awards were presented to Hilda Mannato, librarian; and Pat Pulver, professor of education.

Twenty-year employees.

Twenty-year service awards were presented to Anita Chirco, professor of communication studies; Marie Markham, maintenance and housekeeping; David Romm, associate professor of management; and Mark Wenderlich, associate professor of theater.

A 25-year service award was presented to Linda Fleischman, registrar.

College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera (left) presents Professor of Psychology Mike Rogoff with a Presidential Award for Sustained Outstanding Achievement.

A 40-year service award was presented to Michael Rogoff, professor of psychology.

Merit awards were presented to: Chirco; Frank Coleprete, visiting associate professor of criminal justice; Sara DeFilipps, assistant manager of human resources; Margeaux DePrez, resident director; Chevy DeVaney, director of multicultural affairs; Kim Fenton, interlibrary loan/reference administrative assistant; Anita Gaston, registered nurse; BJ Jayne, director of development; and Marge Multer, admissions administrative assistant.

Merit awards were also presented to members of the College’s information technology services (ITS) department including: Rick Edlemann, senior technology support technician; Judy Gilmartin, administrative programmer analyst assistant; Andy Hogan, manager of information and classroom technology support; Casey Kendall, senior systems administrator; Ed Wallace, manager of information systems; Chris Pilarski, technology support technician; Diana Rockwell-Wetmore, administrative assistant; and Vicki Tobias, database administrator, ITS.

Presidential Awards for Sustained Outstanding Achievement were presented to Rogoff and Lisa Marciniak, assistant director of international admissions.

Check out more photos from Community Day.

Difference Makers Honored

Sixteen photos say it all.

The 16 staff or faculty members honored recently at the Third Annual Student Appreciation Dinner sported grins, smiles and often, an arm slung around the shoulders of the student or students who nominated them for making a difference in their lives.

The event was started in 2008 by juniors Molly Flanagan and Allie Waye-Walker as a way for students to show appreciation to the College professors and staffers who have had a positive impact on them, and provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to mingle outside the classroom. (more…)

ASAP Instructor Makes Top 40

By day, Kurt Koczent oversees numerous business aspects of a medical practice affiliated with Finger Lakes Health system. By night, he teaches leadership and business planning classes to adult students in the bachelor’s and master’s degree nursing programs at Keuka.

The day job would seem to keep him busy enough. Koczent, 37, is chief administrative officer at FLH Medical P.C., a private, multi-specialty physician practice that provides several medical and surgical health services for patients of Finger Lakes Health at offices in three counties and a Geneva urgent care center. He joined FLH Medical in 2009 after previously overseeing five physician practices and seven medical service units with the F.F. Thompson Health system. And at night, with a family active in sports and the community, it would seem a wonder Koczent also teaches four health care business leadership classes in Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).

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Toyota’s Troubles: The Brake Shoes on the Other Foot

Now that the automotive icons of Japan Inc. have run into trouble, one can  only imagine what is being  said behind closed doors in the board rooms of  Toyota’s and Honda’s competitors: the Big Three here    at home, VW in  Wolfsburg, Mercedes in Stuttgart, and BMW in Munich. Of course, few in  Detroit would  admit to a certain amount of what the Germans call Schadenfeude, a malicious enjoyment of the    misfortunes of others. One  suspects that there had to be some Japanese who also      experienced Schadenfeude when GM told the world it was bankrupt and came  hat-in-hand to  Washington for a bailout. Now, after decades of being  depreciated by some American consumers and  trying to catch up with  Japan’s yardstick for quality, the tables are turned—for the moment.
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Employees Honored at Community Day

President Burke (center) with Presidential Award for Sustained Outstanding Achievement recipients Jen Robinson (l) and Sue Losey.

Twenty-four faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to Keuka College at Community Day Feb. 2.

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Keuka’s White Knight

This year has been deja vu all over again for Professor of Biology Jim White. When White first arrived on the Keuka College campus in 1962, the Millspaugh building was brand-new, and faculty members were still unpacking boxes, searching for equipment and teaching materials.

Now, 38 years later, with the $3.1 million renovation of the Millspaugh Science Center  recently completed, faculty members are again unpacking boxes.White, along with Professor of Chemistry Gary Hickernell and Associate Professor of Biology Tom Dickinson, worked directly with the architectural firm, SWBR Architects of Rochester, N.Y. , and LeChase Construction, also of Rochester, to plan the Millspaugh renovation. He also supervised the move and personally carried much of the lab equipment back and forth.

“He was a human dynamo,” said President Joseph Burke. “His performance during this renovation will be long remembered by faculty and students.”

“He’s the father of this building,” said Professor of Biology Joan Magnusen, adding
that White has been known to crawl up into the ceiling to repair ductwork himself. “Not
only does Jim decide what needs to be done, but he does it.”

“He’s always been the essence of Millspaugh,” agreed Kathleen Dougherty, manager of prospect research, and a 1997 Keuka College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in a student-initiated major in biological illustration and a minor in chemistry. “He has always felt responsible for the building.”

“He has a tremendous role in keeping the place up,” said Hickernell.
Of course, White’s role at Keuka extends far beyond building maintenance
and planning. White, who teaches Anatomy and Physiology and co-teaches Organisms in
the Environment with Assistant Professor of Biology Kasey Klingensmith, ” is one
of the most knowledgeable in his field that I have come upon,” Magnusen said.

“He knows seven terms for every structure and can explain the derivation
of every term.” White is extremely knowledgeable about anatomy and physiology, she said, adding that “his patience makes him willing to state things over and over.”

“He’ll do anything he can for the students,” Hickernell said. Magnusen said that when she came to Keuka for her initial interview before being offered a faculty position, she met with
students and asked them what courses they liked most to take. The answer: “Anything Jim White teaches.”

“He’s got a mind like a steel trap. He knows faculty and students going way back and remembers them,” Hickernell said.

“He has an enormous capacity for remembering details,” Magnusen agreed. “Much of the lore of this division is in Jim’s head.”

In fact, White can produce a photograph of the science majors in the Class of 1964 and  describe what kind of student each one was at the time, and what she went on to do after graduation. White grew up in Punxsutawney, a small town in rural Pennsylvania. He from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and a Ph.D. in zoology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. While in graduate school, he met and married his wife, Cynthia. After
spending a year teaching at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, White then joined the Keuka faculty. Part of what attracted him to Keuka College was the location.

“By training, I’m a vertebrate ecologist, so l wanted to be out in a rural area where I could do ecological work, and it was closer to our families,” he explained.
What made him stay was the community atmosphere.

“I enjoyed the place. My wife and I decided this would be a good place to raise a family,”  said  White, whose daughters Wendy and Anne were born in 1965 and 1967. “Of the faculty here most of them were very much dedicated to the institution,” White said, adding that most faculty members lived close to campus. ” It was a whole community. There were a lot more social events.”

White specifically recalls that when the Lightner Library was built in 1972, each faculty and staff member pitched in to carry a box of books from the former Strong Library to the new building. Being a part of that community often meant becoming involved in extracurricular activities. White served as a faculty representative on the Student Senate and was Keuka Park fire chief off an on from 1968 to 1993.

“We passed it back and forth,” he said, adding that he’s still an adviser to the Keuka Park Fire Department. White served as chair of the biology department for almost 30 years
before passing the baton to Hickernell in 1997. Magnusen then became chair in 1999.
Having gone from a single-sex atmosphere at Rutgers University to teaching at the coeducational Parsons College, White said he enjoyed returning to a single-sex  environment when he first arrived at Keuka.

“I enjoyed working with the young women,” he said. “They were all a pretty dedicated group. They didn’t all have TVs, all these other things that distract people from doing their work.” white recalled that students would study in the Millspaugh building at night, and, because there was no real athletic facility at the time, they would often gather and do aerobic exercises in the hallways. While the turbulent political climate of the 1960s had some impact on the College, it did little to distract students from their real purpose.

“They had some marches and demonstrations, but that was a minor part of what was going on,”White said. “The attitude wasn’t anti-establishment at that point. They were protesting politically, but not what was going on at the College. They were here to get their  education.”

In the 38 years he’s been at Keuka College, much has changed, not only in student life and politics, but also within the realm of science. In particular, White noted the miniaturization of scientific instrumentation. “Microscopes have many more gadgets,” he said, adding that ” one of the difficulties at a place like Keuka is trying to keep up with the changes in instrumentation.”

Another change has been in the focus on environmental issues. “They were still doing nuclear tests when I first came here,” White said, but since the first Earth Day was held in
1970, the public has become more environmentally conscious.

“That’s when they began to push public awareness,” he said. But one thing hasn’t changed:
Jim White’s commitment to the College. “He’s been an anchor throughout
the time he’s been here,” Magnusen said. “He gives–and has given–not just
his mind but his heart and soul to this division.”