A ceremonial ground-breaking for the coming Keuka Commons building —the first new construction on the Keuka College campus in more than 40 years —was held Oct. 17. The ceremony was staged at the corners of Central and Assembly Avenues where the new building will be erected; actual construction is not slated to begin until November.
President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera was joined by Board of Trustees Chair Bob Schick, Vice President for Finance and Administration Jerry Hiller, Trustee Bebette Yunis and two members of the Krog Corp. of Buffalo for the ceremonial dig.
Chairman Schick welcomed members of the Board of Trustees, along with alumni and College employees to the morning ceremony, which took place during Green & Gold Celebration Weekend. This year’s festivities also marked the College’s 125th anniversary.
Schick announced that the two-story, 28,000- square foot building will house the College’s bookstore, cafe, health center, Center for Professional Studies (CPS), Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics (CBAHI), and provide additional retail space that can be used for new ventures.
“Since 1890, the leaders of Keuka College have been committed to enhancing the education and experience of local residents,” Schick said, adding that the joint-venture project with Krog Corp. will improve amenities for students and community neighbors. “As the leaders of Keuka College, We Believe in What We Can Do Together with and for our local residents and campus community,” he concluded.
President Díaz-Herrera added his enthusiasm for the new project, indicating the return of CPS staff to the main campus will unify adult student programs with traditional ones on campus, and that watching CBAHI programs harnessing the tools of technology and data analytics in partnership with emerging businesses will be exciting.
According to Dr. Díaz-Herrera, the construction of Keuka Commons will help carry forward the new vision for the school, which builds upon the one established by founder Dr. George Harvey Ball 125 years ago. In the 1880s, Díaz-Herrera said, Dr. Ball envisioned an educational institution that would meet the needs of the region’s youth with an emphasis on academic achievement, community service and practical trades.
“Since then, our College has remained focused on preparing students for success through rigorous academics, professional practice, community service and personal transformation,” Díaz-Herrera said. “I’m so excited to be part of the continued vision of George Harvey Ball and to be part of Keuka College at this time in history when we are building and growing for a bright future. Let’s dig in!”
Robert Schick, chair of the Keuka College Board of Trustees and president of the Lyons National Bank, will accept a $168,351 check on behalf of the College for energy and conversation measures undertaken in campus facilities. He will accept the check during the College’s June 24 Board of Trustees meeting.
The measures are part of a $4 million campus-wide modernization project that will reduce Keuka College’s environmental impact while increasing the productivity and comfort of students, faculty, staff, and guests to the campus. The upgrades will leverage new technology, including LED lighting and adaptive energy management strategies, and ultimately reduce Keuka College’s operational expenses by more than $6 million over 20 years.
As a result of the project’s plans, the College has earned the $168,351 efficiency rebate provided by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
“Environmental sustainability is an important component of Keuka College’s long-range strategic plan,” said Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, president of Keuka College. “We are committed to investments in sustainable technologies, and this project will reduce the main campus’ carbon footprint by more than 14 percent each year.”
“The 14 percent reduction is equivalent to 709 metric tons of CO2, the same emitted by more than 79,700 gallons of gasoline,” added Jerry Hiller, vice president for finance and administration.
Keuka College’s leadership team evaluated numerous investment options, ultimately selecting the best blend of financial and technical performance. Funding for the project was obtained through a financing program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development assistance program.
The project will be delivered by Trane and includes new natural gas-fired heating plants to service 12 buildings, several high-efficiency heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) systems, exterior LED lighting, complete renovation of Harrington Hall’s comfort systems and a comprehensive, web-based energy management platform to maximize performance and efficiency.
Twenty-seven faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to Keuka College at Community Day Jan. 29.
Five-year service awards were presented to: Laura Alfieris, assistant director of admissions, Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP); Matthew Lafler, grounds; Sue Morse, housekeeping; Sandra Teague, administrative assistant for the Division of Occupational Therapy; Carolyn Teter, assistant professor of occupational therapy; and Patricia White, assistant director of admissions, ASAP.
Ten-year service awards were presented to: Andrew Beigel, professor of graduate education; Jerry Hiller, vice president for finance and administration; Billy Jo Jayne, director of development; and Sandra Miller, instructional resource coordinator in the Wertman Office of Distance Learning, ASAP.
Fifteen-year service awards were presented to: Monica Maddox, transfer student admissions counselor; and Patricia Strong, student accounts representative.
A 20-year service award was presented to: Phyllis Bailey, housekeeping.
Merit awards were presented to Eric Detar, chaplain; Jen Mealey, assistant professor of social work; and Kim Morgan, director of admissions, ASAP, as well as members of the Office of Information Technology Services staff: Andy Hogan, manager of information systems and classroom technology; Ed Wallace, manager of information systems; Vickie Tobias, database administrator; Brad Turner, technical support technician; Casey Kendall, senior systems administrator; Rick Edelmann, senior technical support technician; Judy Gilmartin, administrative programmer; Diana Wetmore, administrative assistant; Justin Krog, program developer; Josh Middleton, senior technical support technician; and Josh Ficks, project manager/business analyst.
A Presidential Award for Sustained Outstanding Achievement was presented to Lisa Starkey-Wood, assistant director of admissions.