Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FLCC hosts Commodore Cup high school hoops charity event

For the third year in a row, Finger Lakes Community College will host basketball games between high school rivals Canandaigua and Victor to benefit local charities.

The third Commodore Cup will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, in the gym at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The girls team plays at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot up the hill and behind the main building for a shorter walk to the gym.

The event is named for its sponsor, Commodore Plastics, a foam products company in East Bloomfield. Brad Braddon, president of Commodore Plastics, has children in Victor schools and his siblings, Jeff and Anne, have children in the Canandaigua district.

The Victor and Canandaigua booster clubs organized the inaugural event in 2012 with the help of Frank Clark, the then-boys basketball coach in Victor; Mike Broderick, the boys basketball coach in Canandaigua; and Bob Lowden, FLCC athletic director. More than $4,000 has been raised to benefit the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard and the Canandaigua Churches in Action food pantry.

Entry is $5 general admission or $3 with student ID. Funds will also be raised with 50/50 raffles.

Several FLCC athletes and coaches will help run the event.

“This event furthers our mission of developing our student athletes into good citizens and servant leaders,” said Lowden. “We’re pleased to help support these worthwhile charities.”

Doug Emblidge, anchor at 13WHAM news in Rochester, will emcee an awards ceremony following the games, while the public address system will be manned by Pete “The Mayor” Kennedy, host of the morning show on Rochester radio station 100.5 The Drive.

The Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard and the Canandaigua Churches in Action food pantry each serve about 400 households per month.

Monday, December 15, 2014

First students graduate from FLCC mechatronics program

Christopher Godfrey inspects his work in a mechatronic technology lab in November. He graduated a month later with two job offers.
The first students graduated from the new Finger Lakes Community College Mechatronics Technology program on Dec. 12, a few with multiple job offers.

FLCC launched the 12-week program in September after two years of working with local advanced manufacturers to establish a course in the mechanical and electronic fundamentals common to their businesses. Training included three nationally recognized industry certifications in soldering and safety.

“Thank you for stepping up to the plate and graduating from this program. There are a lot of companies out there that are desperately seeking workers with the skills and certifications that you now have,” Joe Hamm, regional director for the New York State Department of Labor, told the graduates during a ceremony at the Technical Career Training Institute (TCTI) on Route 251.

Graduates are, from Monroe County: Zachary Berardi of Rochester and Christopher Godfrey of Spencerport; from Ontario County: Scott Rose of Bloomfield, Matthew Bognaski of Canandaigua, Darlene Keating of Farmington and Joseph D’Amico of Geneva; and from Wayne County: Thomas DiPasquale of Macedon, Frederick Van Cassele and Nicholas Howes of Marion, James Lieber of Ontario and Connor Brown of Walworth.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FLCC theatre students to give end-of-semester shows

Finger Lakes Community College theatre students will present a 10-Minute Play Festival on Friday, Dec. 12 and a Mime Show on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Both are free and open to the public.

The Mime Show is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 12:45 p.m. in room B240 on the second floor of the main classroom building at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

The 10-Minute Play Festival, featuring two comedies and two dramas, will be held on Friday, Dec. 12, at 12:05 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center.

The plays are written, directed and performed by students in the Introduction to Theatre course.

Visitors should arrive early to allow for parking. Handicap parking is located in front of the building. For more information, call (585) 785-1623.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

These are a few of your favorite songs: Check the Finger Lakes Chorale holiday concert program for Dec. 13-14

The Finger Lakes Chorale will perform its annual Holiday Concert on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, in the Finger Lakes Community College auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.

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.

The Chorale is directed by Dennis Maxfield, adjunct faculty member at FLCC, and the accompanist is Ines Draskovic, FLCC associate professor of music.

For questions about the Chorale, which welcomes new members twice a year, contact Maxfield at 396-0027.

Here is the full program:

White Christmas   Arranged by Don Marsh

Christmas Is A-Comin’     Arranged by Jack Halloran

Baby, It’s Cold Outside        Arranged by Kirby Shaw

Santa Baby   Arranged by Mac Huff

Winter Wonderland   Arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram

Throw The Yule Long On, Uncle John   P.D.Q. Bach (1807 – 1742)?


I Wonder As I Wander              John Jacob Niles /Kirby Weimer, tenor

Still, Still, Still  Arranged by Mac Wilberg

See Amid The Winter’s Snow      Nicholas White

The First Nowell      Arranged by Mac Wilberg

What Is This Lovely Fragrance?    Arranged by Healey Willian

Guard Him, Joseph       Sally DeFord

Gloria      Randol Alan Bass

“Hallelujah!” from Messiah    Georg Fredrich Handel

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.