Tuesday, November 25, 2014

December is concert season at FLCC

FLCC adjunct faculty member Mark Arnold

Four Finger Lakes Community College student ensembles will give instrumental and vocal performances at the Winter Festival on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the college’s auditorium.

The concert is one of several by FLCC student musicians in the weeks ahead.
Entry is free. The auditorium is on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

The Guitar Ensemble, directed by Mark Arnold, will perform works by Brazilian composer Celso Machado. The percussion ensemble, directed by Jillian Pritchard Fiandach, will play “African Sketches, Movement 1,” by J. Kent Williams, “Reverie,” by Claude Debussy, arranged by Michael Boo, and  “Bound for Marakesh,” by Chris Brooks.

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Maria Gillard, will sing several Christmas tunes, including Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and The Real Group's "The World for Christmas." Accompanied by Bob Barbuto on piano, the group is comprised of four sopranos, three altos, five basses and seven tenors. Soloists include Sydney Stell, Evan Miller-Watelet, Spencer McGowan, and Sean Britton-Milligan.

The College Singers, directed by Ines Draskovic, will also perform a selection of carols with accompanist Hae-Yeun Jeun.

Other free holiday concerts are as follows:

  • The College Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. The event will feature a mix of jazz, holiday tunes and Eastern Orthodox and traditional Christmas music.
  • On Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 8 and 9, the college’s jazz ensembles will perform in the FLCC Student Center Auditorium. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.; different ensembles will perform each night.
  • On Thursday, Dec. 11 – the same day as the Winter Festival – a performance class at FLCC will offer a concert featuring the music of the 1980s band The Cars, and other groups, in Stage 14 in FLCC’s Student Center. The event begins at 12:30 p.m.; visitors should plan to arrive early for parking.
  • The Finger Lakes Chorale will perform Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, in the college’s auditorium. The group’s traditional holiday music concerts are free and will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Donations will be accepted for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for FLCC music and music recording students.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Get ahead on credits at FLCC winter session

Current students as well as those home on break from other colleges can get ahead on earning credits by enrolling in Finger Lakes Community College’s winter session courses.

Registration for winter session is now under way, continuing until classes begin. Most online classes run from Dec. 29 to Feb. 6 and most in-seat classes run from Dec. 29 to Jan. 16. The cost is $167 per credit hour; online classes cost $182 per credit hour.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Finger Lakes Camerata goes on the road for two holiday concerts

The Finger Lakes Camerata, a choral group based at Finger Lakes Community College, will hit the road for two community holiday concerts.

The first concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Salvation Army, 110 Saltonstall St., Canandaigua. It will help the organization’s annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign.

The second concert will be held a week later, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield, 10 South Ave., Bloomfield.

Both concerts are called “We Need a Little Christmas,” and will feature secular and sacred music of the holidays.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Do you know a new FLCC honor society member?

Christopher Beeney, left, administers the Phi Theta Kappa honor society pledge during an induction ceremony Oct. 30. At right is new member Cynthia Meyer.

Sixty-one Finger Lakes Community College students have joined the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society for two-year students this semester.

The college held a swearing-in ceremony and reception for students and their families on Oct. 30 at the main campus. Membership requires completion of 15 hours of associate degree coursework and a GPA of 3.5.

Samantha Beeney ’13, FLCC graduate and alumni coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa, introduced keynote speaker Amy Fenwick, assistant professor of biology, crediting her teacher for encouraging her in math. “If it was not for her, I might not have graduated,” Beeney said.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

FLCC to stage ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

FLCC student cast members, from left, Sean Britton-Milligan of Geneva, Alexa Bushart of Newark, and Dorren Allen-Carr of Canandaigua, are shown during a recent dress rehearsal for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
The Finger Lakes Community College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present its first musical in 30 years with three performances of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ” on Nov. 21 and 22.

Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. The performances will be held in the FLCC Student Center Auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. 

Tickets will be $8 for students and seniors, $10 for general admission, or free with a current FLCC ID, at the box office just before each show. This play is designed for mature audiences due to some of the comedy references.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

G.I. Jobs names FLCC a Military Friendly School

A website that provides resources to help members of the armed services transition to the civilian workplace has named Finger Lakes Community College a Military Friendly School for the assistance it provides veteran students.
“I believe it is a wonderful achievement that FLCC has been named a Military Friendly School, so that when students are trying to identify where they belong, they will know that they will be provided support at FLCC,” said Erin Militello, a licensed clinical social worker at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center who works with the college on veterans issues.

“Being Military Friendly doesn’t change what we do to support veterans on campus, but it does tell people outside of campus that we are doing it,” she added.

G.I. Jobs is a website run by Victory Media, a veteran-owned Pennsylvania-based business that connects the military and civilian communities. The site invites colleges and universities to take a detailed survey about the services they provide for veterans, such as mentoring specifically for veterans and programs that help faculty understand veterans’ needs. 

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Vietnam veteran to speak at FLCC Veterans Day ceremony

A retired Marine Corps officer will give the keynote address at the Finger Lakes Community College Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the main campus auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.

Lt. Col. Win Harper served as a battery commander in Vietnam and has been honored with the Legion of Merit medal and the Purple Heart, among others. His keynote address will be preceded by remarks from FLCC President Barbara Risser, and Lt. Col. John Sheppard, retired from the Air Force, who is also the Seneca town supervisor and a member of the FLCC Board of Trustees.

Heman Sweet, who is retired from the Air Force and currently an adjunct professor of anthropology and history, will also speak. Sweet is faculty advisor to the FLCC Veterans Club and a member of the college’s Veterans Advocacy Council.

The College Singers – Alyssa Trahan of East Rochester, Victoria Polla of Bloomfield, Elijah Flynn of Rochester and Spencer McGowan of East Aurora – will perform the national anthem and “God Bless America” under the direction of adjunct music instructor Maria Gillard of Canandaigua.

The Canandaigua American Legion Honor Guard will post and retire the colors. A dessert reception sponsored by FLCC Student Corporation and the Office of Student Life follows the ceremony.