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Moving Mountains By Climbing One

Like most people, Troy Cusson, instructional design manager in Keuka’s Center for Professional Studies, knows someone who has faced the challenges that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

He has seen friends and relatives fight with every last ounce of energy in an effort to defeat the disease. Some succeeded. Others have not.

Cusson found a way to fight alongside those facing the ultimate challenge. He decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – the tallest free-standing mountain on earth – as part of a February 2013 expedition known as “Journeys of Inspiration” that raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. The Journeys of Inspiration program  provides access to professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration. Through it, the American Cancer Society helps striving athletes achieve their personal goal of climbing a mountain and changing the course of cancer forever. The victories change athletes’ lives, but the finish line is just the beginning.

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Tempus Fugit: Why We Turn to the Obits

By Sander A. Diamond, professor of history

The order in which we read the newspaper tells us much about ourselves, our age and the times we live in. Of course, when there is a major event with banner headlines, this is what most people read first. But on the average mundane days of our lives, people first turn to what interests them, their favorite sections. The news junkies gravitate to the top story and then turn to the editorial page and op eds, often to arm themselves with comments to send on Twitter. Others turn to the business section, read the often dismal news, and call their brokers. The sports section commands a huge audience. But there are a special group of readers who turn to the obituary page, some out of an interest in how people lived their lives, others doing the mathematics of their own lives and quietly calculating how much time may be left. It is on this page where the profiles of the newly departed remind us of the inevitable outcome of life.

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If Students are Bored, Unengaged, or Apathetic, Try PBL

By: Peter Talty, Professor of Occupational Therapy

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) can be an excellent way to engage students in subjects from art history to zoology (A to Z), and just about every discipline in between. PBL was initially implemented in medical schools and has become a mainstay of instruction for schools of nursing, social work, engineering, veterinary medicine, business, law, dentistry,  education, and numerous others.

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Hitler Still Commands Our Attention and Interest

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Adolf Hitler was born in the small provincial town of Braunau on the Inn River in the most westerly part of the Austrian Empire, the Viertelwald. Ten days after his 56th birthday, he committed suicide in the Führerbunker deep under the war-torn streets of Berlin.

A week later, German surrendered unconditionally. In the course of his lifetime, he accelerated the pace of historical change more than any other individual in the 20th century and almost single-handedly willed the coming of the greatest and most destructive war in history.

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TAP Key to Economic Turnaround

Gov. David Paterson has proposed a $45 million cut in TAP in his 2009-10 spending plan.

A good deal of the savings would come from an increase in the number of credit hours a student must take to qualify for a full TAP award. Currently, students must take 12 credit hours per semester to qualify for the full award; the Executive Budget calls for an increase to 15 credits. TAP awards for students taking 10 to 14 credits would be pro-rated.

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Governor Takes Bold Step

Governor Paterson recently revealed his 2009-10 budget proposal to deal with “the greatest economic and fiscal challenge of our lifetimes.”

Recognizing that a statewide economic resurgence is highly dependent on a well-educated work force, the governor has taken a bold step. Based on the recommendations of the New York State Commission on Higher Education, the Executive Budget would establish the New York Higher Education Loan Program (NY HELPs). This proposal would provide a minimum of $350 million a year in loans to 45,000 resident students enrolled in degree-granting programs at public and private campuses in New York state.

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What is Good for Detroit is Good for America

For an older generation of Americans—those who remember the days when imports were rare—it is inconceivable that the Big Three could go under. But we live in very difficult times. History tells us that once the consumers sense that a major company may go under, their products are avoided. No one wants an orphan car.

As we learned with Packard and Studebaker, the announcement of bankruptcy is tantamount to a death notice in the media. When GM pulled the 100-year-old Oldsmobile brand, it went unnoticed by most of us. Few realized what it represented, perhaps the beginning of the end of a company whose name is so closely associated with American industrial muscle and inventiveness. In retrospect, the death of Olds was equal to the extraction of Lehman Brothers on Wall Street, the symbolic transformation of our economy, the start of hard times.

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World Slump: Fear of a Depression

A worldwide recession now appears inevitable. Economic news from the European Union and former Soviet bloc nations does little to inspire confidence. Poland, Latvia and Hungary have been hard hit. On the other side of the world, in Asia, the fate of the furniture market is a case study of what can go wrong when a sector of the economy in a distant place collapses, in this case, the U.S. housing market. Demand for furniture has dropped by more than 25 percent and several major American outlets have closed their doors.

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Is the Past Prologue: A Global Depression?

For the first time in eight years there is talk of a global recession or worse, a depression. It is a word that sends shivers down the spines of even the most hearty and confident among us. It conjures up images of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Its opening date was in October 1929 with the Great Crash on Wall Street.

Within a few short years, the world economy went into a freefall, what was called in those days “The World Slump.” Collective efforts by the great industrial powers came too little. What followed still haunts us and is reinforced by countless programs on The History Channel, epic-making films, shelves of books, and references to the chain of events that followed the slump: mass unemployment, breadlines, the appeal of fascism and communism as alternatives to capitalism, Hitler in Germany and Japanese aggression in Asia, and the coming of the Second World War.

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For the Love of Reading

Editor’s Note: Following is the speech given by 2007-08 Professor of the Year Anne Weed, professor of English and chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, at academic convocation Aug. 26.

Anne Weed

Thank you, Dr. Coombs, for your generous introduction, and thank you Dr. Burke, faculty, students, and members of the Board of Trustees.

I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the 2007-2008 Professor of the Year. I am pleased to welcome our returning students and grateful for the opportunity to extend a special welcome to our newest students, this year’s transfer students and the Class of 2012. I am also grateful to my colleagues in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts for their wisdom and advice. They and others at Keuka have served as exemplary role models, and I have learned a great deal from them. I would also like to thank my family: my husband Jim; children Kate, Jon, and Tom; my parents; and my in-laws for their unflagging support.

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