Dr. Anne M. Kress, president of Monroe Community College (MCC), will deliver the address at Keuka College’s mid-year conferral of degrees Sunday, Dec. 8.
More than 100 traditional and Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) students will receive degrees at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
Since beginning her tenure at MCC in 2009, Kress has elevated the college’s role in several key areas—readiness for college, college completion, workforce development, diversity and sustainability—to better serve the needs of students and the community.
New initiatives launched under her leadership include an enhanced Honors Institute, which provides the most academically prepared students with a comprehensive program of study that includes undergraduate research, and more meaningful collaborations with area school districts in strengthening the K-12 pipeline and improving college completion rates.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Kress earned a doctoral degree in higher education administration, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in finance, all from the University of Florida.
Her career spans more than 20 years as an administrator and educator in higher education. Kress is a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives; the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development; and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues. She also serves as a member of a State University of New York Innovation Team focused on advancing the “Seamless Education Pipeline” initiative in SUNY’s strategic plan.
In 2011, Kress was named a member of the Regional Economic Development Council by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Locally, she is a board member of the Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the United Way of Greater Rochester.
Other highlights of the ceremony include the presentation of the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award and a speech by Lakesha Carter, a Rochester resident who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management. College President Dr. Jorge Díaz-Herrera, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Robert Schick, and President of the Keuka College Alumni Association Jeremy Hourihan ’08 will also address the graduates.
THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
On June 11, 1963, Vivian Malone Jones became one of two African-American students to enroll at the University of Alabama after first being barred at the door by the defiant governor, George Wallace.
Five days later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the baccalaureate address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Keuka College.
The College will mark the 50th anniversary of those two events with a lecture by Dr. Sharon Malone, the younger sister of Vivian, Monday, April 22.
Malone will discuss “From Emancipation to Obama: An American Family” at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the political science and history program, it is free and open to the public.
“The courageous action of Vivian Malone and James Hood was a seminal moment in the civil right movement,” said Chris Leahy, associate professor of history. “Alabama was the last southern state to comply with the Warren Court’s instruction to integrate public schools ‘with all deliberate speed.’ Gov. Wallace, determined to take a stand against the federal government, defied a court order allowing Malone and Hood to register for classes at the state’s flagship university in Tuscaloosa. His ‘stand in the schoolhouse door’ and televised exchanged with Nicholas Katzenbach, President Kennedy’s deputy attorney general, not only made national news but remains one of the most remembered events in American history.”
In 1965, Vivian Malone became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Alabama. She died in 2005.
Sharon Malone regularly gives public lectures on her sister, the civil rights movement, and African American history. She was featured on the 2012 PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” and is the wife of Eric Holder, attorney general of the United States.
Malone is a partner with Foxhall Ob/Gyn and is consistently recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of “Washington’s Best Doctors.”
She serves on the boards of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the regional panel for the selection of White House Fellows Program and was recently appointed to the selection committee for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction awarded by the University of Alabama School of Law.
Malone graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard University in 1981 and received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988.
Esther Yoder, a 1960 Keuka College graduate and former chair of the Board of Trustees, will return to her alma mater May 26 to deliver the commencement address.
The Gainesville, Fla., resident will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Yoder, owner of Subway EAY Stores Inc. in Gainesville, was a member of the Board of Trustees for the better part of the last 20 years, serving as chair in 2006-07 and vice chair from 2001 to 2006. She is now an emeritus member of Keuka’s governing board.
Yoder chaired the Saving the Future: One Graduate at a Time campaign, the most prolific fund-raising drive in Keuka history.
She is one of only six people in Keuka history to receive the Norton Blyley Presidential Medallion, which recognizes service to the College “above and beyond an extraordinary high standard,” and is a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service to Keuka College Award.
Yoder is an active member of the Gainesville community, donating her time and talents to Trinity United Methodist Church, NEFL State Mental Health Hospital Advisory Board, Gainesville Sports Commission Executive Committee; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and other organizations.
Dr. Andrew Delbanco, recipient of the 2011 National Humanities Medal, will deliver the 25th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Friday, May 3, at Keuka College.
One of the highlights of May Day Weekend, Delbanco will discuss “What is College For?” at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.
The lecture series carries the names ofGenevaresident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife.
Delbanco is Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He was awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama “for his writing that spans the literature of Melville and Emerson to contemporary issues in higher education.”
In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as “America’s Best Social Critic.” In 2003, he was named New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities. In 2006, he received the “Great Teacher Award” from the Society of Columbia Graduates.
Delbanco is the author of many books, including, most recently, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be, and The Abolitionist Imagination. Melville: His World and Work was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and appeared on “best books” lists in the Washington Post, Independent (London), Dallas Morning News, and TLS. It was awarded the Lionel Trilling Award byColumbiaUniversity.
Delbanco’s essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, New Republic, New York Times Magazine, and other journals. His topics range from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education.
Delbanco has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Director of Instructional Design John Locke doesn’t teach Internet Marketing, he preaches it.
Former co-owner of an internet marketing company, Locke leveraged new media to help many businesses and not-for-profits raise awareness, increase brand recognition, and convert prospects into loyal customers.
“However, Keuka students are taught to be critical thinkers and the first question they should ask is whether the results I delivered were typical or an exception? Can those results be duplicated, and if so, how? After all, I have been out of ‘the game’ for over five years— that’s a lifetime on the Web.”
Enter actor, producer, and marketing consultant Jodie Bentley by way of Keuka’s Information Technology Services (ITS) and the video conferencing application Adobe Connect. A project to wire Jephson 104 for video was completed just in time to transport Bentley from her Manhattan office to Locke’s 8 a.m. class.
“Jodie has a connection to our area,” said Locke. “She appeared on stage at Bristol Valley Theater in Naples when she was starting out some years back.”
Since then, Bentley has appeared in nationally televised commercials for Eggland’s Best, HBO, Carmax, and Ritz Crackers, to name a few. She also had a role in the daytime drama As the World Turns and the popular Web series Happy Cancer Chick.
As an actor, she cultivated years of experience in targeted branding, successful sales tactics, and outside-the-box marketing strategies in order to compete with the saturated film and theatrical market in Manhattan. As a result, Bentley branched out to build her own highly successful sales and marketing company, The Savvy Actor, from the ground up.
“Through her company, she leverages success in the business of acting, and her keen eye and savvy gift for helping other actors achieve their own goals,” said Locke. “In just five years, The Savvy Actor has worked with more than 1,000 clients across the country and internationally who have booked Broadway shows, national commercials and print campaigns, signed with agents and gotten through otherwise shut doors over and over again.”
Bentley’s company regularly leads seminars and workshops for universities and professional acting schools including New York University, Baldwin Wallace, University of California— Irvine, The York Theatre, Pace University, The Network, and Weist Barron, as well as the Actor’s Equity Association and Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG).
“Her latest venture,” said Locke, “provides another excellent example of the power of internet marketing. The Program is a science fiction script that Bentley and writer Nathan Reid are producing as a short film. They have already signed on some big names, including stunt coordinator Matthew Lorenceau, who won a SAG award for his work on Spiderman 4; David Holden, the music composer from Transformers; and Jason Montgomery, associate casting director on X-Men, First Class, and 127 Hours.”
Their primary goal, according to their Kickstarter.com fundraising page, “is for [this film] to be used as a marketing tool to get the filmmakers access and recognition at all the top movie studios and production companies.”
“Judging by Jodie’s marketing track record and the quality of Nathan’s work to date,” said Locke, “there is little doubt they will succeed, and my students will someday be able to say, ‘I remember when she talked to our class.’”
Bentley took it a step further, commenting after a Q&A session with the students: “With the intelligent questions this Keuka College class asked, I expect some great marketers to emerge.”
Perhaps one of them will market one of Bentley’s future Hollywood projects.