Monday, June 27, 2016

Pegasus Early Music opens LakeMusic Festival at #FLCC


Lutenist Deborah Fox of Pegasus Early Music will join this year's Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival at Finger Lakes Community College. She'll be joined by soprano Laura Heimes.
The Rochester-based ensemble Pegasus Early Music will present works from England’s Golden Age during the opening night of the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival at Finger Lakes Community College.

Pegasus Early Music will perform pieces by lutenist and composer John Dowland at the Friday, July 15 concert in FLCC’s Student Center Auditorium. It’s a festival debut for the ensemble, which performs a series of concerts showcasing music from the medieval to romantic era on period instruments.

Lutenist Deborah Fox will be joined by soprano Laura Heimes. Their LakeMusic program includes the light-hearted “Fine Knacks for Ladies,” the love commentaries “Come Again” and “I Must Complain” and the darker toned “Sorrow Stay,” among others.

“Each song is a gem, a mixture of poetry and melody,” said Fox, who serves as the ensemble’s artistic director. “They vary greatly in mood and affect, and the texts reveal the courtly rhetoric of the times as well as the full emotional range of human experience.”

Also taking the stage opening night is revered pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who took part in LakeMusic during its 2014 season. He’ll perform Schubert’s “Four Impromptus Opus 90.”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. It is the first of the festival’s four centerpiece concerts held at FLCC. Subsequent shows are planned as follows:

Sunday, July 17: “Jon Nakamatsu and Friends” features Nakamatsu on piano with co-artistic directors Kevin Kumar on violin and Amy Sue Barston on cello for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. The Finger Lakes Camerata, directed by FLCC adjunct music instructor Dennis Maxfield, will also take the stage.

Friday, July 22: “Giants of the Romantic Era” features Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major for piano and violin as well as Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor.

Sunday, July 24: “Season Finale – Audrey Andrist and Friends” is named for its centerpiece, pianist Andrist, who is back for her third season with the festival.

“Master Key” tickets for all four FLCC shows are $100 for general admission and $160 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $10 for students and $28 for general admission.

Additional free “pop-up” concerts are planned in Canandaigua for Monday, July 18, at 1 p.m. at Ferris Hills at West Lake; Tuesday, July 19, at noon at Wegmans, and then at 3:30 p.m. at Canandaigua Inn on the Lake; and on Thursday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Wood Library.

The festival’s annual Classical Blue Jeans concert at Bristol Harbour Resort in South Bristol is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. The casual concert will feature a wide range, from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Edgar “Yip” Harburg and Harold Arlen. Tickets, which include a barbecue dinner with the artists, are $50 for general admission, $30 for students under 18 or with a college ID, and $25 for children under 12.

Launched in 2005, LakeMusic began as a series of concerts in area churches. In 2012 festival organizers partnered with FLCC and relocated the festival’s four formal main performances to the auditorium in the college’s Student Center. LakeMusic’s organizers strive to make chamber music accessible to those who may have had little exposure. From the stage, musicians introduce themselves and each piece, explaining why it was selected and offering background on the composer.

Tickets and more information are available on the festival’s website, www.canandaigualakemusic.org by email at info@canandaigualakemusic.org or by calling Aimee Ward at (585) 412-6353.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

750 named to #FLCC’s spring 2016 dean’s list


To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a 3.5 grade point average and meet other criteria as follows:

Full-time students are eligible if they are matriculated – meaning enrolled in a degree program – and achieve a 3.5 grade point average for the semester (12 or more hours of earned credit) with no grade below passing and no incompletes.

Part-time students are eligible if they are matriculated, have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at FLCC, earn a combined total of at least six credit hours for a given year and achieve a 3.5 grade point average with no grade below passing and no incompletes. The student must be part-time for both semesters. The dean's list for part-time students is compiled at the end of the spring term only.

Below are students by county and town:

ALBANY COUNTY
Cohoes: Peter Jones
Stamford: Adam Van Glad

ALLEGANY COUNTY
Alma: Alyssa Matteson
Andover: Abigail Miller
Frewsburg: Benjamin Leichner

BRONX COUNTY
Bronx: Ashley Brown-Gordon, Celines Flores

BROOME COUNTY
Binghamton: Nicole Kilburn

CATTARAUGUS COUNTY
Franklinville: James Isaacson

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Nursing students honored in #FLCC ceremony

Sophia Goluses of Fairport, recipient of the Daisy Award for
Finger Lakes Community College nursing graduates,
presents the Marilyn Hurlbutt Award to fellow graduate
Terri-Lynn O’Gara of Pittsford.
Ten Finger Lakes Community College nursing graduates and one continuing student were honored at the college’s Nursing Advancement Ceremony, held the morning of commencement in May.

The annual tradition celebrates not only those who have completed the two-year degree, but also the students who have completed their first year. FLCC graduated 52 nursing students this year, and 73 moved up to the sophomore level.

The following awards were presented:
  • The Marilyn Hurlbutt Award for clinical ability, compassion, perseverance and dedication to the profession of nursing was presented to graduate Terri-Lynn O’Gara of Pittsford.
  • The Margaret M. Brady Award for scholarship, leadership and clinical excellence was presented to graduates Elizabeth Cushman of Canandaigua and Sarah Traughber of Ionia.
  • The Daisy Award honoring great clinical skill and strong patient care and compassion was presented to graduate Sophia Goluses of Fairport and sophomore Mindi Lewis of Lima.
  • The Jean D’Abbracci Award for empathy, motivation, knowledge, perseverance, dedication, compassion, and spreading joy and laughter was presented to graduate Samantha Brown of Rochester.
  • The Kathleen McCarthy Award for a student who demonstrates clinical excellence in patient advocacy was presented to graduates Anna Bennett of Naples, Charlotte Haws of Williamson, Jennifer Taylor of Honeoye Falls, Maureen Schmidt of Penfield, and  Tuyet Truong of Rochester.

The following were recognized as nursing scholarship recipients:
  • Frances F. MacLeod Memorial Scholarship: Alyssa Caito of Prattsburgh, Elizabeth Cushman of Canandaigua, Jillian Pitkin of Canandaigua and Hunter Wasdin of Victor
  • Thompson Health Nursing Scholarship: Dana Abbott of Canandaigua
  • Jane Milne Mills Memorial Scholarship: Sophia Goluses of Fairport
  • Mr. and Mrs. Elwood A. Garner Award: Rianna Prine of Locke
  • Mary E. Moynihan Memorial Scholarship: Maureen Tese of Penn Yan


The Finger Lakes Community College nursing program prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. For more about nursing studies at FLCC, call the One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000 or email to onestop@flcc.edu.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

#FLCC honors Geneva resident, retiring president

The Finger Lakes Community College Foundation honored Geneva resident Nozomi Hirayama Williams and retiring President Barbara Risser for their philanthropic support of the college during a ceremony in May.

Barbara Risser
Williams was named Benefactor of the Year for philanthropic efforts at FLCC over several decades. Her early gifts to the FLCC Foundation supported the needs of the college shortly after its founding in the late 1960s. Her contributions to the massage therapy program date back to the program’s inception in 2001 and have funded program enhancements, capital improvements, equipment purchases and professional development for the massage therapy faculty.

Williams has also supported the development and maintenance for the main campus Serenity Garden, dedicated on September 9, 2011, as part of FLCC programming to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Nozomi Williams
Williams is the widow of former Finger Lakes Times publisher and owner Samuel Burbank Williams II, founded the Williams Family Foundation in honor of her husband and their two deceased sons. Born in Japan, she met her future husband in Tokyo in 1964. They married in Mito, Japan, in 1965, and returned to his hometown of Geneva.

FLCC President Barbara Risser was honored with the Foundation Award for her service to the college. She has presided over the largest expansion of college facilities since the main campus was built in the mid-1970s.

Since 2007, FLCC has expanded and modernized its main campus in Canandaigua, a project that included a new Student Center building with a state-of-the-art auditorium that has become the home of the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival and the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum. The college has added a Victor Campus Center and recently opened the new Geneva Campus Center. The college also accepted the donation of the East Hill Campus in Naples, a conservation field station adjacent to the High-Tor State Wildlife Management Area, and opened the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva.

New programs include culinary arts, the viticulture and wine technology program—the only two-year degree of its kind in the Northeast—and instrumentation and control technologies, which serves the growing advanced manufacturing industry.

Risser will retire from FLCC this summer; the college has hired Robert Nye, vice president for academic affairs at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pa., to succeed her as of July 1.


The FLCC Foundation is a nonprofit that supports the college by raising funds from the private sector for professional development, equipment, capital projects and scholarships. Local residents can support the Foundation through direct contributions or participation in events such as the June 27 golf tournament and silent auction at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor or Book Feast, a one-night book discussion over a gourmet dinner scheduled for Oct. 15. For more information about the Foundation or these events, call (585) 785-1541 or email foundation@flcc.edu.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Piano virtuoso returns for LakeMusic Festival at #FLCC

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu performs during the first weekend of the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, July 15 and 17. Tickets are on sale now at www.canandaigualakemusic.org.

The Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival has again partnered with Finger Lakes Community College for a summer concert series that includes performances by pianist Jon Nakamatsu and other world renowned musicians.

The festival is centered on four chamber concerts in FLCC’s auditorium over two weekends: Friday and Sunday, July 15 and 17, and Friday and Sunday, July 22 and 24. It also includes a series of community concerts, including a less formal “Classical Blue Jeans” and barbecue concert at Bristol Harbour Resort in South Bristol on Wednesday, July 20.

Tickets and more information are available on the festival’s website, www.canandaigualakemusic.org. Additional “pop-up” concerts, including a children’s concert at Wood Library, are being planned and will be free and open to the public. “Master Key” tickets for all four FLCC shows are $100 for general admission and $160 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $10 for students and $28 for general admission. The Classical Blue Jeans concert includes dinner and costs $50 for general admission, $30 for students under 18 or with a college ID, and $25 for children under 12.

“This is our 12th season presenting amazing classical music in the Finger Lakes region,” said Kevin Kumar, the festival’s co-artistic director. “We’re bringing back a few familiar faces, introducing some new ones, and we’re partnering for the first time with two local music ensembles.”

The ensembles, Rochester-based Pegasus Early Music, and the FLCC-based Finger Lakes Camerata, will also perform on the same nights with Nakamatsu, July 15 and July 17, respectively.

Pegasus Early Music presents an annual series of concerts encompassing over 400 years of music, from medieval to romantic, played on period instruments. The Finger Lakes Camerata, directed by adjunct instructor of music Dennis Maxfield, is a select choral group comprised of community members and FLCC students.

Nakamatsu will perform Impromptus by Schubert in a solo recital on Friday, and on Sunday he’ll be joined on stage by festival mainstays and co-artistic directors Kumar on violin and Amy Sue Barston on cello for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio.

Nakamatsu gained international attention in 1997 when he was named gold medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has performed widely in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. His tours throughout the U.S. and Europe have featured appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan. He has also performed at a White House concert hosted by the Clintons.

His all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F rose to number three on Billboard’s classical music charts.

The third LakeMusic concert, on July 22, is titled “Giants of the Romantic Era” and will feature Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major for piano and violin as well as Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor. The final concert, on July 24, “Audrey Andrist and Friends,” is named for its centerpiece, pianist Andrist, who is back for her third season with the festival.

Andrist will perform audience favorites by George Gershwin and the Symphonic Etudes by Robert Schumann. She is a prize winner at such competitions as the Mozart International, the San Antonio International, Eckhardt-Gramatte and the Julliard Concerto. She has performed in some of the country’s most prestigious venues and has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings for established record labels. She is also a member of Strata, a trio with her husband, violinist James Stern, and clarinetist Nathan Williams. To close the festival, Kumar and Barston will be joined by Los Angeles-based musicians Maia Jasper on violin and Meredith Crawford on viola for a stirring rendition of one of the last pieces Beethoven composed, the String Quartet in A minor, Op 132.

Launched in 2005, LakeMusic began as a series of concerts in area churches. In 2012 festival organizers partnered with FLCC and relocated the festival’s four formal main performances to the auditorium in the college’s Student Center.

LakeMusic’s organizers strive to make chamber music accessible to those who may have had little exposure. From the stage, musicians introduce themselves and each piece, explaining why it was selected and offering background on the composer.

For more information about Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.canandaigualakemusic.org, or contact Aimee Ward at (585) 412-6353 or email info@canandaigualakemusic.org. For the latest updates, watch social media at facebook.com/lakemusic and twitter.com/LakeMusicFest.

SUNY recognizes #FLCC employees for excellence

Recipients of SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence at FLCC are shown above, from left to right: student Kellie Damann; Mary Coriale, professor of nursing; Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental science; James Hewlett, professor of biology; Karen Hopkins, executive secretary to the president; and students Taylor Rose Perez and Kristen Karam.
Five Finger Lakes Community College employees were recognized during commencement on May 21 as recipients of SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. Recipients were as follows:

Karen Hopkins of Camillus, executive secretary for President Barbara Risser, was honored for excellence in classified service. She joined FLCC in September 2007, having served the same role at Onondaga Community College. She built a comprehensive system of electronic files and records, while managing the president’s complex calendar and preparing her for meetings and events. In a dual role as the assistant secretary to the FLCC Board of Trustees, Hopkins posts notice of the meetings, prepares meeting packets for trustees and takes minutes at meetings. Working closely with the president, she created a manual of college policies. She has served as co-chair of FLCC’s Diversity Committee for several years, facilitated a SUNY-wide group of college president assistants and has helped organize a holiday shop of donated gifts for children at the FLCC Child Care Center.

Mary Coriale of Penn Yan, professor of nursing and chair of the department, was honored for excellence in teaching. With FLCC for 16 years, she has taught and developed a number of courses, some of which forged connections with other disciplines such as mathematics and philosophy. She strives to give students real world learning experiences with the program’s two simulation manikins. Her nursing seminar was the first online course offered by her department, and its success led her to develop two additional online courses. Coriale advised the college’s Nursing Club for 13 years, and, until 2016, she coordinated the Nursing Advancement Ceremony that celebrates graduates in the nursing program. She sits on advisory boards for area colleges as well as UR Home Care, Ontario County Public Health, and the Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Bruce Gilman of Middlesex, professor of environmental conservation, was honored for excellence in teaching. With FLCC for 40 years, he serves as director of the environmental studies program and oversees the college’s Muller Field Station in Canadice. He has taught courses in aquatic ecology, field botany, glacial geology and environmental science. He provides students valuable lessons in the field, whether researching aquatic vegetation in the Finger Lakes or exploring the Florida Everglades. Lake ecosystems are of particular interest – he has conducted and authored research projects, publications and presentations. Additionally, he curates the Finger Lakes Herbarium, an extensive collection of plants representative of western New York. He shares his botanical knowledge through walks and lectures sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, The Finger Lakes Land Trust, the Canandaigua Botanical Society, Ontario Pathways, and the Rochester Academy of Science and the college. He is a scientific advisor to the Honeoye Lake Watershed Taskforce, a trustee on the Central and Western New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and serves on the Ontario County Water Resources Council.

Robert Lowden of Farmington, director of athletics, was honored for excellence in professional service. At FLCC for 28 years, he is credited with expanding athletic and recreational opportunities for students, instituting policies and programs to increase the retention and completion rates of student athletes and creating a culture in the department that promotes the character development of student athletes. Additionally, he developed and continues to implement the first athletics strategic plan, which includes the “Winning with Character” program. Over the years he has assumed leadership roles within the college, serving on governing committees, the FLCC Association Board of Directors, and the Academic Standards Committee, to name a few. He has also served on several search committees, including one convened in 2015 to find a successor to retiring President Barbara Risser. He has also received honors for his years coaching the FLCC men’s baseball team; he was named coach of the year by the Mid-State Athletic Conference in 2005 and earned the same honor two times each for the NJCAA Region III and NJCAA District.

James Hewlett of Webster, professor of biology, was honored for excellence in scholarship and creative activities. In addition to teaching at FLCC, he serves as the executive director of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI), a national program the National Science Foundation has supported with $5.7 million in grants. He is the New York hub director of the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2) and is the president and CEO of STEMsolutions, LLC, a consulting firm for STEM curriculum reform efforts. Hewlett serves on the editorial and advisory boards for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University of Buffalo, The American Society of Cell Biology’s CBE Life Sciences Education journal, and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology. Hewlett has authored publications and curriculum materials and served on scientific panels. His scientific research interests include the study of molecular indicators of stress in corals and the use of biomarkers for the early detection of symbiotic breakdown.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New #FLCC workforce director, new round of job training classes

Finger Lakes Community College has promoted Marcia Lynch to director of workforce development and continuing education, overseeing all of the college’s short-term training programs.

Marcy Lynch
Lynch has been with FLCC since 2009, working as a custom training specialist focusing on health care, leadership development and soft skills training. Lynch had primary responsibility for the college’s certified nurse assistant (CNA) training program, which has recently graduated its 1,000th student.

Lynch, a Canandaigua resident, has a doctorate in higher education leadership and management from Capella University. She succeeds Lynn Freid, who is now the regional director for the Workforce Development Institute in Rochester.

“FLCC is fortunate to have such a strong workforce team that we were able to promote from within. Marcy’s extensive knowledge of the region and best practices in job training will continue to ensure that our graduates are well-prepared to meet local employers’ needs,” said Joseph Nairn, FLCC’s chief advancement officer.

“This is a great time to work with some pretty phenomenal people throughout our region – my team and FLCC, the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, the county workforce and economic development offices, the Workforce Development Institute, employers such as G.W. Lisk Co. and ITT Goulds Pumps, Thompson Health – there are so many and all so invested in improving the well-being of our communities on all economic fronts,” Lynch added.

Lynch’s duties will now include oversight of all the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education offerings, including its advanced manufacturing programs. The college is now taking reservations for information sessions about its 12-week mechatronic technology and six-month advanced manufacturing machinist programs.

The information and orientation session for the advanced manufacturing machinist program is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, at 9 a.m. at G.W. Lisk Co., 39 Pearl St., Clifton Springs. Call (585) 785-1906 to reserve a seat. The classes run Sept. 12 to March 17.

The information and orientation session for the mechatronic technology program is Thursday, July 28, at 9 a.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, off Route 251. Call (585) 785-1906 to reserve a seat. The classes start Sept. 26.

Meanwhile orientation sessions for the CNA program continue to be held on the first Wednesday of every month. Anyone interested in attending should call (585) 785-1660.