Friday, October 10, 2014

Bestselling sci-fi writer is second speaker in forum at FLCC

Toronto-based science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer will visit FLCC as the second speaker in the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum on Nov. 2. Learn more about him here.
Robert J. Sawyer, the science fiction author whose novel "Flashforward” was the basis for a television miniseries by the same name, will visit Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday, Nov. 2, as part of the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum.

Sawyer is the second of three speakers in the 2014-15 series. The Toronto-based author has received top honors, including the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has published 22 novels, most of which were penned in part in Canandaigua where his family had a vacation home until 2006.

“Canandaigua was long my second home,” said Sawyer, “and I am so thrilled to be returning. I vividly remember writing the climax of ‘Flashforward’ sitting on the shore of Canandaigua Lake.”

Sawyer's talk, titled “So Bright it Glows: The Wonderful Future Ahead,” begins at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Tickets are $15 each or free with a current student ID. They can be purchased by phone at (585) 785-1541, email at gmeforum@flcc.edu, or online at gmeforum.org.

The series began Sept. 28 with a talk by metals sculptor Albert Paley. The third speaker, author, journalist and "Connections" radio show host Evan Dawson, is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2015. The speakers are joined by moderators who pose questions in the style of a TV talk show. Audience members have an opportunity to submit questions as well.

Calvin Uzelmeier, director of education at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, will moderate Sawyer’s talk. Sawyer said he’ll seek to explain “why the present is better than the past, and extrapolating forward those sociological and technological trends, why it's clear that the future will be even better than the present.”

Dubbed the “dean of Canadian science fiction” by the Ottawa Citizen and “the best science fiction writer out there” by the Denver Rocky Mountain News, Sawyer’s works are often top-10 national mainstream bestsellers in Canada. They have also hit No. 1 on both the Amazon.com science fiction and technothriller bestseller lists.

Sawyer is one of only eight writers to win all three of the science fiction’s top honors for best novel of the year. The Hugo Award, from the World Science Fiction Society, was awarded in 2003 for his novel “Hominids.” Three years later he won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for “Mindscan,” and, he earned the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1996 for the novel “The Terminal Experiment.”

“The Terminal Experiment” and a second Sawyer novel, “WWW:Wake,” have been selected for a community read through Canandaigua’s Wood Library. The latter novel is for participating middle and high school students. The read is open to the public and will culminate with a presentation by the author at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the library, 134. N. Main St. For more, visit http://woodlibrary.org/sawyer. The read is sponsored by Lyons National Bank, the principal underwriter for Sawyer’s visit.

The public has a third opportunity to interact with Sawyer during his visit to Canandaigua. At 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, he’ll give a talk in Stage 14 at FLCC’s main campus. He will read from one of his works and discuss his evolution as a writer and his artistic process. The free event is open to the public and sponsored by FLCC's Humanities Department and Charles J. Meder Library.

Launched in 2011, the George M. Ewing forum is funded in part with an endowment from the Ewing family as well as support from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and FLCC. Ferris Hills at West Lake is the series underwriter.

Forum organizers always welcome sponsors. Donors receive tickets, admission to a reception with each speaker and other benefits. For more information, contact Caroline Delavan at (585) 394-0896.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Do you know an FLCC scholarship recipient? Check names here

Thomas Topping, left, and Deborah Lester

Finger Lakes Community College recognized dozens of student scholarship winners and their benefactors during the 30th Annual Constellation Brands Honors Dinner in September.

More than 100 students received a total of $107,685 in private scholarships this year through the FLCC Foundation, a private not-for-profit that supports college activities. Roughly half of them were able to attend in person and meet with the scholarship donors.

Among the newest scholarships is the Dr. Thomas Topping Scholarship for Adult Returning Students and the Found Word Scholarship. The former is named for FLCC’s recently retired vice president for academic and student affairs. The latter was created by Trista Merrill, professor of English at FLCC, through an online fundraising campaign.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Free WILD program for K-12 teachers

FLCC will offer free Project Aquatic WILD professional development for K-12 teachers on Friday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at the FLCC Muller Field Station. Teachers can get ideas for class projects involving wildlife and a certificate for four hours of professional development. For details, click here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FLCC again hosts Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Finger Lakes Community College has once again joined the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce and the Canandaigua City School District to host a Young Entrepreneurs Academy, meant to teach teens the basics of starting a business.

Students in grades 6 to 12 who are admitted into the program take a three-hour class once a week at the college from November to June. They brainstorm ideas and write business plans. They will even have a chance to pitch their business ideas to potential investors. The program teaches them how to register with government agencies - all the way to actually launching and running their businesses or nonprofits.

Students throughout the region are welcome to apply. Children and grandchildren of FLCC faculty and staff receive a tuition deduction of $50. Applications are online and will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a maximum of 24 students. Click here for the application.

For more, call the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, at (585)394-4400, Ext. 202 or email chamber@canandaiguachamber.com.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a national program that sponsoring communities set up and run. Learn more about it here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FLCC’s ‘ComiCon’ celebrates comics, pop-culture

A display of graphic novels has gone up in FLCC's Charles J. Meder Library in preparation for ComiCon on Oct. 7.
Finger Lakes Community College will host a day-long event in celebration of comic books, graphic novels, films and all things pop-culture on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The event, called ComiCon, is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Admission is $5 or free with an FLCC ID. Activities will take place in the Charles J. Meder Library, except for a 4 p.m. screening of the film “Captain America: Winter Soldier” in Stage 14.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with “Coffee and Superheroes” featuring a display of graphic novels, posters, masks and more. Then, at 9:15 a.m., faculty in the college’s Humanities Department will lead a panel discussion on the influence of comic books and graphic novels in their lives and teachings. At 11 a.m., William Pealer, media production specialist at FLCC, will give a talk on “cosplay,” short for costume-play.

The day also includes a noon presentation by Jacob Amidon, associate vice president of academic initiatives at FLCC, called “The Marvel Universe: Concepts, Reflections and Organization.” At 2 p.m., comics scholar Adrielle Mitchell will talk about non-fiction works by Craig Thompson and Josh Neufeld.

The festivities will wrap up with the film. Tickets will be available in the library on a first-come, first-served basis. Free popcorn will be served.

ComiCon visitors are encouraged to wear costumes, as prizes will be awarded for various categories, including “best villain” and “best superhero.” Entrants to the contest must register in the library by 2:15 p.m.

The day’s activities will also include raffles and crafts. Vendors will be on hand selling a variety of items such as comic books, graphic novels, games and posters.

FLCC’s ComiCon is inspired by Comic-Con International, a days-long annual convention in San Diego, Calif., that draws superheroes, storm troopers, and other costumed characters to celebrate pop culture and entertainment.

Those who plan to attend ComiCon are asked to register by calling (585) 785-1375 or visiting http://libguides.flcc.edu/FLCCcomicon.

Friday, September 26, 2014

FLCC exhibit features life-sized drawings of apes

Ten pieces from Juan Perdiguero's "Simios" collection are on display in FLCC's Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34.
When artist Juan Perdiguero was asked to create a site-specific installation for an old liquor factory-turned gallery in Spain, he set out to create life-sized images of apes that might prompt some introspect among viewers.

Using a unique technique of etching ink on prepared photographic paper, Perdiguero created 25 drawings of apes that were hung on the giant brewing containers. He named the exhibit “Simios,” the Spanish word for apes.

“The simios are a metaphor,” he explained. “When I am drawing the apes, I am thinking about people, about human emotions. …I like the images to function as mirrors.”

Ten pieces from the collection are featured in an exhibit at Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 at Finger Lakes Community College. “Simios: The Work of Juan Perdiguero,” opens Thursday, Sept. 25. The public is invited to an opening with the artist from 1 to 3 p.m. and reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. Perdiguero will give a talk about his work at 2 p.m. the same day.

The opening and reception will be held in the gallery on the first floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The 2 p.m. talk will take place in room C404.

Perdiguero is a drawing professor in SUNY Oswego’s department of visual arts. He splits his time between upstate New York and his native Madrid, Spain. He first came to the U.S. in his early 20s, on a scholarship for a master’s degree at SUNY Buffalo. He has been awarded grants and fellowships, has been invited to international artist residencies and has lectured extensively about his profession.

Perdiguero’s pieces have been exhibited in national and international galleries and museums, including Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery. And, his work is part of many public and private collections, including that of prolific rocker David Bowie.

“I usually draw from photographs – sometimes I take pictures, sometimes I download pictures I find interesting, and other times I get donations from photographers,” he said of his work, which has mainly focused on animals over the past several years.

“Simios” was created about three years ago. Each drawing took about 12 hours from start to finish and had to be completed in one sitting because the ink he uses dries quickly.

“If I am not able to accomplish the drawing, then I have to throw it away and start over,” he said. “I have to plan my working days with very few interruptions. I pretty much know by the fifth or sixth hour if it will work. It’s very stressful but once I’m there it’s like being in a state of meditation for hours and hours. Once a drawing takes place, it’s magic.”

Before the drawing begins, though, Perdiguero processes the photographic paper in a darkroom. Using chemicals, he creates unique markings for each piece.

Another exhibition of his work, “Loop,” has recently opened in a gallery in Madrid. It’s a mural-sized series of birds and monkeys.

FLCC’s Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (585) 785-1369 or email gallery34@flcc.edu.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Restaurant's open

The FLCC Culinary Arts Program will resume restaurant nights on Sept. 26, offering low-cost, five-course fine dining to the community several Fridays each semester at the main campus.

Gary Parmelee at last year's Dinner at Julia

Called Dinner at Julia – in honor of Julia Child – the restaurant night gives students hands-on experience under the supervision of their instructors. Diners have a choice of two menus, each with a soup, appetizer, salad, entrĂ©e and dessert and coffee. The cost of $35 per person, including tax and tip, covers food and supplies for the program.

Dinners are served in Stage 14 on the second floor of the Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. Following the Sept. 26 opening, restaurant nights will also be held on Oct. 3, 10, 24 and 31 and Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Seating is limited. Reservations are required at (585) 785-1444 for arrival times between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wine is available at an extra charge.

“We encourage members of the community to come out and see the great work students are doing,” said Jamie Rotter, FLCC instructor of culinary arts. Rotter supervises cooking in FLCC’s cafeteria kitchen while Paula Knight, adjunct instructor, oversees the dining room.

Menu options are different for each event. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice. Additional information and menus are posted on the FLCC website at www.flcc.edu/restaurant.

FLCC launched the culinary arts program in fall 2011 with lectures in college facilities and hands-on learning in the teaching kitchen of the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua.