Tuesday, February 2, 2016

See who you know on the #FLCC fall dean's list

Finger Lakes Community College announces the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester. A total of 510 students earned this honor.

To be eligible for the FLCC fall dean’s list, full-time students enrolled in a degree or certificate program must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have completed 12 or more credit hours.

Below are the students listed by county and town:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#FLCC hosts talk on attraction of Harry Potter, hobbits

Trista Merrill, a Finger Lakes Community College English professor, will give a public talk about the fascination with Harry Potter and the “Lord of the Rings” characters on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the college.

Trista Merrill
Merrill’s talk begins at 12:45 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors should arrive early to allow for parking.

In her talk, titled “Not Just Stories: Why We Identify with Hobbits and Harry Potter,” Merrill will explore why these characters seem familiar and the connections between these stories and our lives today. 

“These characters have been around for as long as humans have been telling stories,” she observes, noting that “the only things that have changed are the complexity of those stories and the way in which we share them.”

Merrill, a Canandaigua resident, teaches honors English classes in composition and literature and a Perspectives on Tolkien course, among other classes at FLCC. She earned a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2003 following completion of her dissertation on the Harry Potter books.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alumnus returns to #FLCC for watercolors exhibit

Kevin Murphy '74 seldom shares his artwork, which is mostly watercolors with nautical or historical scenes. 
Kevin Murphy ’74 got his start taking drawing and painting classes in downtown Canandaigua storefront classrooms before the then-Community College of the Finger Lakes had a permanent campus.

Now the accomplished artist and retired senior exhibit designer at The Strong National Museum of Play is preparing to return to his alma mater for an exhibit of his works in the art gallery named after two of his former professors, Wayne Williams and Thomas Insalaco.

The exhibit, “The Work of Kevin Murphy,” opens in Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 on Thursday, Feb. 4. Murphy will discuss his work at 2 p.m., and a reception sponsored by the FLCC Foundation follows from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located at the main campus of Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

Murphy’s preferred medium is one he taught himself, watercolor. His favorite subjects – ships, the sea and history – may be inspired by his childhood.

“I was encouraged by my parents in art from an early age, and inspired to travel by my adventurous father, a World War II royal naval officer, and both parents, who met and fell in love on the Queen of Bermuda in 1950,” he said.

After graduating from the then-CCFL, he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from SUNY Oswego, where he also took courses in history and museum studies. In 2011 he retired from a 30-year career at The Strong in Rochester, where he met his wife, Lorena, who worked in the museum’s education department. The pair recently built their home on the hills above Canandaigua Lake, and enjoy traveling in retirement.

Murphy started working in watercolors in the mid-1980s, and has seldom shared his work.

“For me, I paint simply for the pleasure of painting, the joy of ‘returning’ to favorite places and times, and to relax in my studio,” he explained, adding that his wife has encouraged him to present his work from time to time. “It is a great honor to be able to display some of my work in this gallery, named after beloved professors, and in the college to which I owe so much. If not for the benefits that a good education provided, I would not have enjoyed the remarkable opportunities that an education opened up to me.”

Murphy returned to FLCC in May 2015 to receive the FLCC Alumni Association’s Outstanding Art Alumni Achievement Award.

The exhibit continues through March 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For information, contact interim gallery director Lacey McKinney at gallery34@flcc.edu or (585) 785-1368.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Geneva nonprofit endows scholarships at #FLCC

A local nonprofit has established a scholarship fund at Finger Lakes Community College in memory of the late Edward Cuony, a beloved Geneva educator and coach, and his wife, Gerry.

The scholarship fund at FLCC will replace the private E.R. Cuony Tribute and Scholarship Fund, established in 2004 to help students from Geneva and DeSales high schools and FLCC pay for college.

Officers of the private fund have decided to divide it between FLCC and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Click here for more on the HWS scholarship.). The FLCC fund will continue to cover two, $1,000 scholarships per year, one for a student from Geneva and one for a student in the FLCC Honors Program.

Gerry and Ed Cuony
“We are grateful to all those who have given to the E.R. Cuony Tribute and Scholarship Fund over the years. Each scholarship award is a reminder of everything Ed and Gerry did for the community,” said Brian Bell, longtime friend of the Cuonys and secretary of the E.R. Cuony Tribute and Scholarship Fund. “The time has come to turn the funds over to institutions that can manage them well into the future. We encourage our supporters to continue making gifts directly to the colleges.”

Gifts to the Ed and Gerry Cuony Endowed Scholarships at FLCC can be sent to the FLCC Foundation, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424.

Born in New York City to French-speaking immigrants from Switzerland, Ed Cuony graduated from Syracuse University in 1937 and took a job teaching at Geneva High School. With the start of World War II, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1941. He served the duration of the war, at one point commanding a combat vessel in the South Pacific.

Mr. Cuony returned to his teaching post in Geneva where he also coached football, track and swimming and started Geneva High’s wrestling program, taking the team to a Section V championship in 1950. Mr. Cuony was promoted to principal of the high school before leaving in the 1960s to serve as a professor of education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Throughout a career of academic distinction – he held a doctorate in education – and professional accomplishment, Mr. Cuony was affectionately known as “Butch” to students, colleagues and friends. His connection to FLCC began early as he was the 1970 commencement speaker.

Gerry Brennan Cuony, a graduate of DeSales High School and William Smith College, taught Geneva elementary students for more than 40 years. She served as an advisor and role model to many young women who were members of the popular O.Q. Club, a community service organization.

Mr. Cuony’s former students established the Ed and Gerry Cuony Scholarships in 2004, delighting the longtime educator by including his beloved wife’s name in the award. He responded to news of the fund by saying, "I am so happy and grateful that the scholarship will bear our names together. Together is always the way we wanted to be remembered." 

Scholarship eligibility reflected attributes the Cuonys’ valued, including scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.

Mrs. Cuony passed away in 2005; Mr. Cuony died at age 94 in 2010.

Priority for the scholarships in their memory will be given to Geneva or former Geneva residents and those who intend to enter the teaching profession. FLCC students can learn more about the Cuony and other scholarships online at flcc.edu/scholarships.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chorale based at #FLCC wants to add your voice

The Finger Lakes Chorale, hosted by Finger Lakes Community College, is seeking singers for its spring performances of Daniel Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.”

All voices are welcome, but tenors and basses in particular are encouraged to join this community chorus for concerts on May 14 and 15 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua.

Under the direction of adjunct professor Dennis Maxfield, the Finger Lakes Chorale rehearses on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 26, at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, room 3275 on the third floor. Previous choral singing experience is preferred but not required.

Daniel Forrest is a young composer from Elmira whose 2013 work “Requiem for the Living,” was so popular that it was performed more than 100 times worldwide in the year after its release.

Donations collected at chorale concerts fund scholarships for FLCC students. In the last year, the singers have raised nearly $5,000.

Registration will be held prior to rehearsal on Jan. 26 through Feb. 9. A $5 non-credit fee is payable at that time. Singers should arrive early to complete registration.

Participants may also earn one college credit, which requires registering and paying tuition. 

To register for class credit, contact the FLCC One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000.

For more information about the group, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027.

Monday, January 18, 2016

12 weeks to a new career? Yes, come to #FLCC Victor Center Jan. 27

Finger Lakes Community College will begin a new session of its 12-week mechatronic technology job training program in February.

This hands-on program teaches the basic electrical and mechanical fundamentals common to many local businesses. Students get certified in soldering and safety. The course was designed with extensive input from local employers, and nearly all graduates are offered jobs before the program ends.

Anyone interested must attend an information session at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251. The class runs Feb. 29 to May 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the Victor Campus Center.

Those who are currently unemployed may qualify for a grant to cover tuition and related expenses through the Finger Lakes Hired program.

Reserve a seat at the information session by contacting Andrea Badger, custom training specialist, at (585) 785-1906 or Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.

Friday, January 15, 2016

#FLCC offers summer Jazz Recording Academy to high schoolers

Geoff Smith, professor of music, is shown at a recent FLCC student jazz ensemble concert. He's among the faculty who'll instruct high school students this summer during the college's first ever Jazz Recording Academy.
Applications are now being accepted for a four-day Jazz Recording Academy to be offered at Finger Lakes Community College this summer to the area’s top high school instrumental and vocal musicians.

The first-ever Jazz Recording Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 5 to 8. Each of the four days of instruction will include three hours of musical training and three hours of lessons in FLCC’s new world-class music recording studios. Participant will leave with CDs of their work.

The selective program is open to students who will be entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2016. Participants should have higher-level music skills and be able to sight-read music and improvise.

Instruction will be provided by FLCC faculty, including Geoff Smith and Jonathan Belec.

Jonathan Belec, assistant professor
of music at FLCC, shows alumni,
 musicians and other guests the new
recording studios. Read more here.
Smith, professor of music, earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance at SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree in jazz and contemporary media at the Eastman School of Music. He has performed with legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Chuck Mangione, and with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Belec, assistant professor of music, has a bachelor of science in sound recording technology from SUNY Fredonia and a master of science in law from Champlain College. A classically trained trombonist and professional bassist, Belec has engineered for artists including Dream Theater, Jennifer Lopez, Matchbox Twenty and Kanye West.

“This is an incredible opportunity for high school musicians to get hands-on experience with professional musicians and recording engineers in a college setting,” said Eleanor Rideout, coordinator of the FLCC music program. “They’ll be working in our new recording studios, which are equipped with state-of-the-art consoles found in major studios in New York, L.A. and Nashville.”

The $250 Jazz Recording Academy tuition includes daily lunch. Students must provide their own daily transportation. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a music teacher and are available online at http://flcc.edu/jazz. The submission deadline is March 15. Questions can be directed to Rideout at (585) 785-1416, or Eleanor.Rideout@flcc.edu.

A limited number of seats are available; accepted students will be notified by April 15. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is due by May 1 with the balance due by June 15. 

FLCC offers an associate in science in music and music recording technology. To learn more about the degree program, visit http://www.flcc.edu/academics/areas.cfm.