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Eleanor, Nik, and So Much More

You know that old saying, right?

“There’s something for everyone.”

Seldom is it true, but in the case of Keuka College’s Green & Gold Celebration Weekend, it’s impossible to find fault with that description.

The College has assembled a stellar lineup of events Oct. 16-18, ranging from a look at former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s impact on the College to a performance by Nik and the Nice Guys, North America’s No. 1 party band. Also on the agenda are a carnival and fun zone, theatre production, Athletics Hall of Fame induction, fireworks display, and plenty more.

The big weekend was the focus of the September edition of Keuka College Today, which airs on WFLR (1570 AM, 96.9/101.9 FM), part of the Finger Lakes Radio Network. Executive Director of Grants, Government Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott  talked with the dynamic duo from the  Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Kathy Waye (executive director) and Laurie Adams (assistant director), about the upcoming fall spectacular.

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Bill Turner Receives Stork Award

Posing with Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera (l) Bill Turner, the 2015 Stork Award recipient, accepts a clock from Corinne Stork

The 2015 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service was presented to Penn Yan resident Bill Turner at a noon luncheon on August 11.

Keuka College established the award to recognize those individuals who exemplify its historic commitment to the value and benefit of using individual initiative for the common good.

The award was named after the first recipients of the award, Penn Yan residents Corinne Stork and the late Donald Stork, in 1991.

Turner also received a proclamation written by New York State Senator Tom O’Mara and New York State Assemblyman Philip Palmesano, and presented by Yates County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Linehan. On behalf of the New York State Legislature, the proclamation acknowledged Turner’s service to his community.

Among the Yates County organizations that have benefitted from Turner’s time and talents are the Presbyterian Church, Penn Yan Racquet Club, Lions Club, Christmas for the Needy, Keuka Care Comfort Home, the Once Again Shoppe, Penn Yan Area Council of Churches Community Action Program, the Back to School Program, and the Elks Club.

Click for more photos from the luncheon.

It’s All About Connections

Steve Mitchell '08 talks to students during the spring Backpack to Briefcase event April 4.

Students networked with alumni such as Steve Mitchell ’08 during the Spring Backpack to Briefcase Alumni Networking Fair today (April 4).

Mitchell majored in criminology/criminal justice as an undergraduate, and serves as a police officer with the Rochester Police Department.

Sponsored by the Alumni Association, Office of Alumni and Family Relations, and the Center for Experiential Learning, Backpack to Briefcase is a series of events to help students achieve their career goals.

Alumni are also in town to meet members of the Class of 2014 at the annual Rising Stars event. A networking opportunity for seniors to discuss “Life after Keuka,” they will met graduates working in a variety of career fields, as well Alumni Association Executive Council members.

Students also had the opportunity to have professional photographs taken.

More photos from Backpack to Briefcase.

More photos from Rising Stars.

Renewable Fuels and Aviation Focus of Next Community Luncheon

The use of renewable fuels and aviation will be the focus of Keuka College’s next Community Luncheon Series presentation Thursday, April 25, at noon in the lower level of Lightner Library.

Suzanne Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards and founder and president of Hunt Green LLC, is the featured speaker. Hunt Green pro­vides strate­gic advis­ing for decision-makers in busi­ness, gov­ern­ment, and not-for-profit are­nas on a range of renew­able energy, sus­tain­able mobil­ity, agri­cul­ture, and green design chal­lenges.

Hunt, who also serves as senior adviser at the Carbon War Room, earned a bachelor’s degree in envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence from Penn State and a dual master’s degree in international affairs and nat­ural resource man­age­ment from Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity and the UN’s Uni­ver­sity for Peace in Costa Rica.

The Carbon War Room seeks to accelerate profitable, entrepreneurial solutions which reduce carbon emissions. It focuses on the market barriers that reinforce the status quo and prevent capital from flowing to sustainable solutions with compelling returns.

She has worked with such clients as the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy,  National Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion, Inter-American Devel­op­ment Bank, Nat­ural Resources Defense Coun­cil,
Wolfen­sohn & Co.,  Global Bio-en­ergy Part­ner­ship,  UN Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion, and a num­ber of clean tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, among others.

Her most recent initiatives include work on the role of agriculture in climate change, renewable energy, and green building in South America.

At Hunt Coun­try Vine­yards, Hunt assists with the ongo­ing imple­men­ta­tion of sus­tain­abil­ity practices including biodiesel production and use.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12.75, $2.50 of which goes to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund. The fund provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending Keuka College. Seating is limited, so reservations are advised.

Make checks payable to Keuka College and mail to: Office of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478. Reservations may also be made online at reservation deadline is Friday, April 19.

For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or e-mail [email protected].

What’s for Dinner?

By Ryan Nichols ’12

Freelance culinary and travel writer Karen Deyle, restaurant critic for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and author of Rochester Eats: 15 Years of Craves and Faves, will speak at Keuka College Thursday, Dec. 15.

Deyle will deliver the next Community Luncheon Series presentation at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

A food writer for more than 15 years, she reviews restaurants in her Democrat & Chronicle column titled “First Bite.” She is also travel editor and contributing writer for Travel Host of Rochester and the Finger Lakes.

Rochester Eats is a tribute to the independent restaurants and restaurateurs who have “fed us well over the past 75 years,” said Deyle.  “In talking to patrons and owners with first-hand stories, the collection developed into more of a ‘scrapbook’ effort that shares copies of menus and secret recipes.”

The book profiles more than 100 local and regional restaurants, specialty food purveyors, and casual dining spots.

“There are glimpses of downtown dining spots like Sibley’s Tower and McCurdy’s Garden Room, Eddie’s Chop House, and everyone’s nostalgic favorite, The Manhattan,” said Deyle. “There are pictures and stories from casual locales like Vic n Irv’s and Don and Bob’s, located at Seabreeze in an area once know as ‘Hot Dog Row.’ There are Sunday drive locations in places like Ionia, Naples, and Canandaigua.”

Deyle also serves as communications manager at Cameron Community Ministries, a non-profit soup kitchen that serves nearly 50,000 hot meals a year as well as free dinners five nights a week for children through Foodlink’s Kids Cafe program.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12.75, with $2.50 going to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund, which provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending Keuka College.

Reservations are required, and must be made no later than Friday, Dec. 9.  To make a reservation or for more information, contact Keuka’s Office of Alumni and Family Relations at (315) 279-5238 or [email protected].  You may also register online at