In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, members of the Keuka College community will gather to participate in a traditional afternoon tea Wednesday, March 6.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Office of Alumni and Family Relations, the event will run from 4-5 p.m. in the Brezinsky Room.
In addition to sipping tea, attendees will hear a talk by Iva Deutchman, professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith (HWS) Colleges. She will discuss “Women in Politics: Past, Present and Future.”
“Iva is an expert in her field and a dynamic individual,” said Chevy DeVaney, director of multicultural affairs. “Attendees should expect to be engaged, educated, and have a good time.”
Deutchman holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University. At HWS, she has served as the co-director of the media and society program; chaired the Committee on Academic Affairs and the political science department; and served as coordinator of the women’s studies program.
“The afternoon tea is symbolic as we use it to bring together women and men from across campus to talk about shared experiences, individual stories and most importantly spending time in the presence of other women,” said DeVaney.
But the tea is not just for women. According to Kathy Waye, director of alumni and family relations, “men are invited, and I think this provides an opportunity for men to better understand women’s issues.”
A day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women, “International Women’s Day is important because it celebrates the economic, political and social achievement of women,” said DeVaney. “It also draws attention to the gender inequalities that still exist. This day reminds us that there’s still work to be done, and provides a forum for women around the world to unite their voices on issues that affect us.”
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Editor’s Note: This is the second of six profiles of nominees for the 2012 Student Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the Annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 16.
According to Kathy Waye, executive director of alumni and family relations, the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at any college or university plays an important part in the success of the institution.
So it is “vital” that the students who work in that office are great ambassadors for Keuka, she said.
There is no doubt in her mind that senior Ron Burd fits the criteria. That’s why she—along with Terry Finger, office manager for the Office of Alumni and Family Relations and Eva Moberg-Sarver, admissions event coordinator—nominated Burd for the Student Employee of the Year award.
Burd, a political science/history major from Penn Yan, has worked for the alumni and family relations office for two years.
“Our alumni, families, and community members really enjoy their interaction with Ron,” said Waye. “He is great at multi-tasking projects which is necessary in our office. He always gives 110 percent to any project that he is given.”
Burd is responsible for answering questions, running reports, typing, filing, planning and working special events, and contacting alumni, families, and community members.
“When his projects are complete, he doesn’t hesitate to see if someone else in the office needs assistance, a true sign of a team player,” said Waye.
“What makes Ron even more special is he also works for admissions,” said Moberg-Sarver. “Ron originally started working for admissions over his January break in 2010 as a student ambassador, helping us with special events, and evening and weekend visits. During that time he became far more than an employee for six weeks. He was hired as a summer employee last year and has been asked to return again this year.”
While working in admissions, Burd’s primary responsibilities include answering questions, making phone calls, giving tours, and sending mailings. But most importantly, says Moberg-Sarver, he helps students feel comfortable during their campus visits.
“He is always willing to help in any way that he can,” said Moberg-Sarver. “He is a dependable and wonderful resource for students who are looking at Keuka.”
Fingar says she “can’t emphasize enough that Ron is a congenial and reliable person. He wants to make a difference with his life, and you can sense his confidence and genuine expectation to succeed.”
“He is committed and willing to give his best in everything in which he participates,” she said. “He shows great drive and initiative, he delights in the work he does, and he completes the work in a highly professional manner.”
According to Moberg-Sarver, Burd is considered a valuable member of both staffs.
“Not only is he remarkably prompt and reliable in performing his various duties as a student assistant and student ambassador, he goes beyond his job descriptions in many ways,” she said. “He doesn’t hesitate to make suggestions to make the projects in each office a success.”
Waye says Burd takes challenging courses and excels in them.
“He has made the Dean’s List, and values learning for learning’s sake,” she said. “He is an excellent student who is always willing to help a classmate when needed. His demeanor makes him very approachable.”
In addition to his academics and work-study positions, Burd is active in several extracurricular activities including Student Senate, the Political Science and History Club, and the Multicultural Student Association (MSA), which he serves as vice president. He is a starter on the men’s soccer team and is a member of the Health and Fitness Club, Intramural Advisory Board, and the Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice Club.
Added Waye: “Ron is one of those students that you know will make a difference in the world. We are excited to see what he achieves. The sky is the limit for this young man.”
Three months after receiving the Rotary Club of Penn Yan’s Service Above Self award, Executive Director of Alumni and Family Relations Kathy Waye was again honored for her community service commitment.
Waye received the Robert Maxwell Memorial Director of the Year Award at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Jan. 28 at the Dresden Hotel. She is a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Maxwell, who was president of the former Security Trust bank in Penn Yan, served on the Chamber board and is credited with helping create StarShine, Penn Yan’s annual holiday celebration.
“Bob believed in Penn Yan the way few people do, and this award goes to a person who goes above and beyond for the Chamber,” said Chamber President Mike Linehan in a Jan. 30 Finger Lakes Times story. “Kathy has done that. She has been a doer for the Chamber. If something needs to be done, she will do it.”
Two other area residents with Keuka College connections were honored as well. Taylor Fitch, chairman of the Yates County Legislature, received the Norman Snow Jr. Memorial Award while Jim Long, owner of Longs’ Card & Books in Penn Yan, received the Emily Seager Memorial Pride Award.
Fitch and Long were recipients of the College’s Donald and Corrine Stork Award for Community Service. Fitch and wife Linda were honored in 1995 while Long and wife Gloria, were recognized in 2011.
Executive Director of Alumni and Family Relations Kathy Waye was one of six area residents to receive the Rotary Club of Penn Yan’s Service Above Self award.
Waye and the other recipients, including 1988 Keuka graduate Joanne Drewno of Keuka Comfort Care Home, were honored at a dinner Oct. 25 at the Dresden Hotel.
The award “celebrates those who excel at serving others and aspire to high ethical standards.” Those honored make “outstanding” contributions on the job and are “valuable members of the community.”
The other recipients of the first annual award were Kelly Smith (Community Bank N.A.), Sandy Mashewske (Silgan Plastics), Michele Swarthout (Lyons National Bank), and Lisa Conley (5-Star Bank).