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Seven Keuka College Nurses, Professor Nominated in 2015 “Nurse of the Year” Awards

Seven Keuka College nurses and one nurse education professor have been nominated for the Fifth Annual March of Dimes  “Nurse of the Year” awards gala. The Keuka College nurses will be among the nominees to be recognized Friday, Sept. 18 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The event honors outstanding nurses from across upstate New York and throughout the Finger Lakes region who have been nominated for their service in some 22 different categories. In past years, the gala has raised more than $75,000 for the March of Dimes, a long-standing, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the health of mothers and babies, prevent birth defects and premature birth and reduce infant mortality.

The following Keuka College nurses have been nominated across several categories:

Nurses can be nominated for the March of Dimes awards by patients, coworkers, friends, family or other health professionals. Last year, five nurses, including Witter, and Dr. Vicki Record, assistant professor of nursing, also received nominations.

“The Nursing Division at Keuka College congratulates the nominees and are proud of their tremendous accomplishments,” said Dr. Debra Gates, chair of the division. “Keuka College nurses are certainly having an impact regionally and seeing nominations each year for these prestigious awards is testament to that. It’s really wonderful that the March of Dimes takes the time to celebrate nurses and the difference they make. We salute all these leaders in the field of nursing.”   

Blink and (Don’t) Miss It

Kurt Brownell in Lightner Gallery

Like many artists, Kurt Bownell has to balance the commercial with the personal.

The Victor resident is a commercial photographer with a Rochester studio and a client list that includes such corporations as Wegmans, Constellation Brands, Democrat and Chronicle, Unity Health and several universities. The clients commission Brownell for everything from beauty shots of growers, produce and culinary arts to corporate executives in their workplace environments.

His day job keeps him so busy that his personal photographic love – outdoor landscapes – often happens on the fly, such as when he snapped shots of the rolling hills of Cohocton on a pit stop as his family returned from a vacation.

Cohocton Cloud Shadows, courtesy Kurt Brownell

Perhaps that’s why Brownell’s new exhibit at Keuka College, “Up Close and Far Away-Landscapes,” is such a treat for him. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, with an artist reception Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Lightner Gallery inside Lightner Library. The exhibit is open to the public; library hours vary and can be found online at:

Ford Street Sunset, courtesy Kurt Brownell

“This is what I like to do when I’m not being told what to photograph,” he said. “This is what I gravitate toward naturally. I can go without any agenda and shoot what I feel, what I like, what I find.”

Many of his images, which he refers to as “interpretive landscapes,” are “stitched” composites of 10-20 different shots, melded together to create one final, full panorama for the viewer.

A Kurt Brownell panorama


Rochester Firm Commissions Newcomb Mural

Newcomb spent almost two months creating this mural. (Portrait by Brett Williams)

When viewing the pen-and-ink mural that Melissa Newcomb created of the Rochester city skyline and the arched bridge spanning the Genesee River, you might need to take a few steps back.

That’s because the canvas is approximately 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide, perhaps a salute to the visual dominance the bridge itself maintains against the city’s skyscrapers and corporate construction. But the work also invites one to step closer to examine the intricacy of the lines, columns, window panes, and step back again to take it all in.

The piece captures a view of the city skyline as seen from a spot southwest of the Frederick Douglass – Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge (formerly the Troup-Howell bridge), along the Genesee. It is already getting attention from clients who visit the offices of Marathon Engineering at 39 Cascade Drive, said John Stapleton, business manager.

“We had a back wall that was pretty bare and thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have something to put up?’” he said.

Snapshot of a Graduate: Scott Welch

Where can a Keuka degree take you? This is the fifth in a series of snapshot profiles on members of Keuka’s Class of 2012.

Scott Welch of Palmyra

Scott Welch ’12 graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry and has been accepted to the doctoral program at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

“The plan is to graduate in four years with my Doctor of Pharmacy,” Welch said.

On a personal level, Welch said he enjoyed Keuka’s beautiful location and the ability to play lacrosse, in part because of the smaller size of the school. Keuka’s men’s lacrosse team went 11-4 this year in Division III play, capturing its second-straight NEAC (North Eastern Athletic Conference) post-season championship. Welch competed all four years with the team as a defender. He was named the Keuka College Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year (2012) in May for academic achievement, community service, athletic dedication and sportsmanship.

He said he built many friendships with fellow students while attending and also enjoyed the community they formed.

Ultimately, however, “the thing that I valued most at Keuka was the professors and their willingness to go out of their way to help students,” he said.

To explore what might be in your future with a Keuka degree, request more information.

SIFE Team Helps Businesses Get “Smart”

Kyle Stephens, SIFE member, in training for Google Places. (Photo by Hung Do Le '12)

“Spend-ready” customers are the ones business owners most desire.

Now, a dozen members of Keuka’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team are ready-and-available to assist local Chamber of Commerce members from Rochester to Ithaca better market their businesses with Google Places.

A web tool from the online search-engine giant, Google Places merges the basics of Google Maps and the phone book with a simple business listing. But everything from hours of operation, photos, videos, payment options, customer reviews and more can be added to the basic listing to create a web search tool powerful enough to tempt say, a thirsty traveler with a GPS-enabled smartphone, anxious to satisfy a caffeine craving at the nearest coffee shop.

Dan Stephens of Montour Falls studies a Google Places listing. (Photo by Hung Do Le '12)

That’s how it works for Dan Stephens, sophomore English education major from Montour Falls.

“Anytime I go someplace I’m not familiar with, such as when I go to the Adirondacks in the summer, or go out to eat or go shopping, [I] go on Google [with my phone] and type in ‘local pizza parlors,’ and find 10 different [listings.]” (more…)