Thursday, July 2, 2015

#FLCC taking names for job training program at 785-1906

Finger Lakes Community College is taking applications for the six-month advanced manufacturing machinist training program that starts in September at G.W. Lisk Co. in Clifton Springs.

“There is still a significant demand for trained machinists in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. All students of the past four sessions have had job offers, while most had secured employment by graduation,” said Lynn Freid, FLCC director of workforce development.

Anyone interested in the program should contact the college at (585) 785-1906 to reserve a seat for the information session on Wednesday, July 22, at 8:45 a.m. at G.W. Lisk, 2 South St.

The class runs Sept. 14 through March 18, 2016. A high school diploma or equivalency diploma and a valid driver’s license are required. No prior experience is necessary. “Our students have ranged from high school graduates to older workers looking for a more stable career,” Freid added.

FLCC started the program in partnership with G.W. Lisk Co. in 2011 in response to the rising need for machinists among advanced manufacturing firms. It has since expanded to ITT Goulds Pumps in Seneca Falls, where the classes run March to September. Holding the classes at a manufacturing firm ensures that students will understand current workplace equipment and procedures, Freid says.

Local authors sign onto FLCC’s Book Feast fundraiser

Author Sonja Livingston will moderate the discussion about her book, "Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses" during this year's Book Feast fundraiser for FLCC.
Sonja Livingston is one of two authors who will moderate discussions about their nonfiction books during the fourth annual Book Feast fundraiser for Finger Lakes Community College.

Livingston will lead the talk about her recently released “Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses,” during the event on Saturday, Oct. 17. Likewise, author Laura Winter Falk will help steer the conversation about her nonfiction book, “Culinary History of the Finger Lakes: From Three Sisters to Riesling.”

“Queen of the Fall” and “Culinary History” are among 12 books selected for inclusion in this year’s Book Feast. Participants sign up to read one of the works then share a gourmet dinner and conversation with others who’ve read the same book. Discussion is led by moderators that, in addition to Livingston and Falk, will include FLCC faculty and staff and friends of the college.

Book Feast starts with a 5:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres reception for all participants in the
college’s Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The group then breaks up to head off to various host locations. The deadline to make a reservation is Friday, Sept. 18.

“We’re thrilled to have two authors taking part this year,” said event coordinator Lisa Scott, resource development and events specialist at FLCC. “Both of their works have received critical praise, and the backdrops will be very familiar to our local readers.”

Livingston’s “Queen of the Fall” explores the lives of women through her own experiences and with interactions with real and fictional icons like Susan B. Anthony and the 1990s television show title character Ally McBeal. Her first book, “Ghostbread,” recalls her childhood in poverty in Rochester and other homes across western New York.

Writers and Books recently selected “Queen of the Fall” for its 2016 “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book” program that encourages reading with a spotlight on a single book. It includes local talks and other events with the authors. Livingston will visit FLCC for a free public talk at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 – two days before Book Feast – in Stage 14 at the main campus.

Livingston currently splits her time between Rochester and Tennessee, where she is an assistant professor at the University of Memphis.

Falk’s 2014 “Culinary History of the Finger Lakes” celebrates the food and wine bounty of
the Finger Lakes, where she and husband Alan Falk run a tour company, Experience! The Finger Lakes.

The book is chronological, starting with the region’s first inhabitants, the Iroquois. Falk follows with subsequent periods, like the 1700s that celebrated the apple, and the 1800s when the grape industry began. The chapters are infused with related recipes prepared by local chefs and paired with Finger Lakes wines.

The $100 Book Feast ticket price per person includes the hors d’oeuvres reception, gourmet dinner and moderator-led discussion. Proceeds benefit the FLCC Foundation, which supports the college with funding for capital projects, equipment, scholarships and professional development.

The reception is sponsored by the honors program and humanities department at FLCC.

Anyone interested in taking part in Book Feast can call or email the Foundation: (585) 785-1454 or Additional information is at

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FLCC takes top honors for promotional efforts

Joseph Nairn, FLCC chief advancement officer; Heidi Marcin, director of marketing; and Bill Pealer, media production specialist attended the Rochester Pinnacle Award ceremony at which Finger Lakes Community College won an award for a TV commercial produced entirely in-house.
Finger Lakes Community College has been honored for its promotional efforts by the American Marketing Association and the State University of New York.

The regional chapter of the American Marketing Association awarded FLCC with two of its coveted Pinnacle Awards at a gala at the Harro East Ballroom in Rochester May 21. The winning entries were in the “Logo” and “Video Spot” categories.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Married in music: Acclaimed pair launch LakeMusic season at FLCC

Ines Draskovic, professor of music at FLCC, will open the first of four LakeMusic concerts at the college Friday, July 17. She'll take the stage with her husband, acclaimed guitarist Petar Kodzas. Photo by Michele Kisly.
Ines Draskovic met Petar Kodzas while they were attending the same music-focused high school in their native Serbia in the late 1980s. 

In the choir, she was a soprano, while he was a bass. In the traveling Baroque orchestra, he was a lutist, while she played the harpsichord. “I asked his friend about him, and we ended up going out,” said Draskovic.

They stayed together, moving across the globe to the Finger Lakes, in the early 1990s to continue their music studies, first at Ithaca College, then at the Eastman School of Music. They married and established successful careers as prize-winning classical musicians and educators. Kodzas teaches at Eastman, while Draskovic is a professor of music at Finger Lakes Community College.

Petar Kodzas
On Friday, July 17, they will take the stage together for a rare pairing of piano and guitar – not to mention husband and wife, opening the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival at FLCC.

The concert, titled “An Evening in Madrid,” begins with an artists' chat at 7:15 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. 

It is one of four LakeMusic concerts to be held at FLCC; others are scheduled for Sunday, July 19 and Friday and Sunday, July 24 and 26. 

In addition to the FLCC performances, LakeMusic also includes a series of community concerts, including a July 20 concert at Geva Theatre in Rochester, and a less formal "Classical Blue Jeans" and barbecue concert at Bristol Harbour Resort in South Bristol on July 22.

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 new 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.

The festival’s aim is dear to Draskovic. She has served on LakeMusic’s Board of Directors for several years, but has never taken the stage for one of its concerts. Nor has her husband, Kodzas.

“Throughout the years we have played many times together,” he said, “but piano and guitar is a difficult combination for many reasons.”

Few pieces have been written to accommodate both instruments, he explained, as both are harmonic and therefore usually accompany other instruments. “Basically Ines has to work hard to make her instrument softer, and I have to work hard to make my instrument louder,” he added.

Draskovic and Kodzas will be joined by violinists Kevin Kumar and Patricia Sunwoo, as well as Victoria Miskolszy on the viola and Amy Sue Barston on the cello. Kumar, of California, and Barston, of New York City, are LakeMusic’s co-artistic directors.

The July 19 concert, “And the Band Played On,” will feature the Rochester Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet. The July 24 concert, “Audrey Andrist and Friends” spotlights the title’s prize-winning pianist who will perform pieces by Brahms and Schubert, among others. The season finale, “A Late Quartet,” brings several performers together for Edvard Grieg’s “Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op 45 for Violin and Piano” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quartet, Op. 131.”

"Master key" tickets for all four FLCC shows are $120 for general admission and $180 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $15 for those 18 and under and students with ID, $35 for general admission and $60 for patrons. All tickets to the Geva show are $25. The Blue Jeans concert includes dinner and costs $50, or $35 for those under 12.

Additional "pop-up" concerts are free and open to the public. They are scheduled as follows:

· Saturday, July 18, noon, Wegmans, 354 Eastern Boulevard, Canandaigua

· Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m., Ferris Hills at West Lake, 1 Ferris Hills, Canandaigua

· Thursday, July 23, 10:30 a.m., Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua (for children)

· Thursday, July 23, 6:30 p.m., United Church of Canandaigua, 11 Gibson St., Canandaigua (public invited to observe Master Class in which Andrist will give instruction to local high school and college musicians after they perform selected works)

For more information about the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival or to purchase tickets, contact Aimee Ward, executive director, at (585) 690-1220 or visit

Machine tool distributor backs FLCC-ITT Goulds Pumps training program with $82K donation

A local distributor of advanced machine tools has donated equipment valued at $82,500 for use in the Finger Lakes Community College advanced manufacturing machinist training program at ITT Goulds Pumps in Seneca Falls.

Hyundai F400 CNC Vertical
Machining Center
Excel Machine Technologies Inc. of Rochester donated a three-axis CNC vertical machining center. The computer numerically controlled machine is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in machine shops today.

“As the current machining workforce nears retirement, training the next generation of skilled machinists is the future of the advanced manufacturing industry. We are proud to support the effort by FLCC and ITT Goulds Pumps to fill this need,” said Jeremy Shamp, vice president of Excel.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Congratulate #FLCC's 2015 high school equivalency grads

Graduates who attended the June 11 ceremony at FLCC:
Front row, from left: Hannah Pulver, Kelly Thacker, Melodie Webb, Felicity Nardozzi, Teah Lee.

Second row, from left: Cassandra Scott, Evee Rivaldo, Kachina Jordan, Abigail Pick, Sara Lamb
Back row, from left: Kanea Grady, Maria Gonzalez, Alicia Ellersick, Mikenna Coons, Selena Maldonado

Forty-nine students have earned a high school equivalency diploma after preparing at Finger Lakes Community College for the new state exam.

The state program previously known as the general equivalency diploma, or GED, was phased out more than a year ago and replaced with the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC. The new exam is based on the Common Core standards at use in K-12 schools.

Monday, June 15, 2015

693 named to FLCC’s spring 2015 dean’s list

A total of 693 full- and part-time students were named to the Finger Lakes Community College dean’s list for spring 2015.

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:


Fillmore: Meagan Voss

Hinsdale: Kacy Ferguson

Wellsville: Mark Bolander


Bronx: Ashley Brown, Lester Mayers, Alexis Rosas