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Faculty Member, Author will Discuss His Novel Look at the Kennedy Assassination

Keuka College’s Community Luncheon Series will continue Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a talk by a former nuclear engineer who has written a novel about the assassination of President Kennedy.

Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business and management, will discuss “Did Oswald Act Alone? Author Believes He Did, but His Book Tells a Different Story,” at noon in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

Wilczek is convinced Oswald acted alone Nov. 22, 1963, but his novel, Last Witness, is filled—as the jacket of the book describes—with “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies.”

“I love writing fiction,” said Wilczek, “because I can write whatever I want.”

He has published three other mystery thrillers: The Kept Secret, The Soma Man, and Death’s Revenge.

Wilczek spent 30 years in the nuclear and utility industry, the last third as vice president and corporate officer. He earned an associate degree in engineering science from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from SUNY Buffalo, an MBA from Syracuse University, and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

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 http://events.keuka.edu. The reservation deadline is Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

For more information, call (315) 279-5238 or email spevents@keuka.edu.

Audio Feature: A Novel Look at the JFK Assassination

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?

Fifty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, this question is still debated and probably will be for 50 more years.

Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of business management in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), subscribes to the lone-gunman theory but that did not stop him from writing a novel about the assassination that is filled with  “secrets, seductions, sex, lies, cover-ups, and conspiracies,” according to the jacket of the book.

Last Witness opens Nov. 22, 1963, with 4-year-old Reece Landis and his father anxiously anticipating a glimpse of the president as his motorcade moves toward them in downtown Dallas.  They are just 20-feet from Kennedy’s limousine when shots ring out. Fast forward to present day and Landis is a 54-year-old faculty member at Syracuse University “who is still haunted and obsessed with what he saw in Dealey Plaza that day,” said Wilczek.

In this latest installment of Keuka College Today, hosted by Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott on WFLR, Wilczek tells what inspired him to write the book, his fourth mystery-thriller. The former nuclear engineer also shares some plot tidbits and a few facts he uncovered about Oswald.

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Wilczek’s Imagination on Display in New Novel about JFK Assassination

Occam, a 14th century logician and Franciscan friar, and the Warren Commission would have you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Occam contends that when there are two competing theories, or explanations for something, the simpler one is better than the complex one.

It’s called Occam’s Razor and Stan Wilczek Jr., assistant professor of management in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), believes it makes perfect sense, especially when applied to the tragic events that played out 50 years ago in Dallas, Texas. (more…)

Meet New Faculty: Stan Wilczek

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of profiles on new, full-time faculty members.

One of the strengths of Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) is the hands-on experience that faculty members bring to the classroom.

Case in point: Stan Wilczek, assistant professor of organizational management.

He is a 30-year veteran of Niagara Mohawk, a Fortune 500 company, where he held down key managerial posts, including vice president of nuclear support and vice president of customer service.

“I feel an obligation to give back to society,” said Wilczek of his desire to teach the next generation of business leaders. “I am lucky to have experienced what I have.”

Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott, a former Wilczek student, said Wilczek’s “real-world experience meshed well with what he was teaching in the classroom. That combination was invaluable. Many things I learned in Stan’s classes I was able to put into practice in my job.”

“One of the thoughts I always try to leave students with is that they are not just ‘spending time in the classroom,’ but that they should soak up all of the learning that they can and apply what they are learning in their current jobs,” said Wilczek   “If students go through the program with the goal of just earning a degree, it will not take a future boss long to figure out that he or she does not have the skills needed in today’s workplace, such as problem-solving, decision-making, working  on teams, and technical/professional writing.”

Wilczek, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from SUNY Buffalo and a  MBA from Syracuse University, has been a part of ASAP for five years. In addition to Keuka, he has taught at SUNY Oswego, Le Moyne College, and Bryant and Stratton.  He has taught traditional and older students and enjoys doing both, and adjusts his teaching style to meet the needs of each group.

“Non-traditional students have more knowledge and experience from which to work,” he said.  “A 21-year-old doesn’t know as much as someone 55 to 60 years old.”

In addition to his business acumen, Wilczek brings a lot more to the classroom.

“He is the most prepared teacher I ever had,” said Lippincott, who earned a master’s degree in management from Keuka in May.

Wilczek subscribes to dozens of magazines so that he is as up-to-date as he can be.  In his Strategic Management course he engaged his students in a discussion about Apple, in particular how the company would fare after the death of Steve Jobs.

Wilczek is also the author of two novels: The Kept Secret was published in 2006, followed by The Soma Man in 2008. His third book is currently in the works.

“He shared what he went through writing books, most notably the importance of conducting quality research,” said Lippincott. “That inspired me to conduct solid research for my Action Research Project.”

Despite a budding writing career, Wilczek has no plans to give up teaching.

“I enjoy being in a classroom,” he says.  “I’m at the point in my career where I only do things for fun.”