Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Talk focuses on recent studies of Honeoye Lake

Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation at FLCC, is shown during a 2014 zebra mussel study on Honeoye Lake. He was assisted by students from The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future internship program.
The findings of recent research projects on Honeoye Lake will be shared during a talk at Finger Lakes Community College’s Muller Field Station on Wednesday, April 1.

Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation at FLCC, will present “The Nature of Our Lake,” with Terry Gronwall, chairman of the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force. The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. The Muller Field Station is located at 6455 County Road 36, Canadice.

In the summer of 2014 Gilman and Gronwall led research projects on the lake on submerged aquatic plant communities and the invasive zebra mussel population, which lake property owners said appeared to be dwindling.

The recent studies have been compared to data collected from the lake in 2004, 1994 and 1984.

The talk is co-sponsored by FLCC and the Honeoye Valley Association. Reservations are requested by contacting Nancy Lawson at (585) 785-1257 or by email, Nancy.Lawson@flcc.edu.

Jobs await FLCC-G.W. Lisk’s 13 machinist graduates

Thirteen students graduated March 19 from the FLCC-G.W. Lisk Co. advanced manufacturing machinist program in a ceremony at Warfield’s Restaurant in Clifton Springs. The graduates, who have all been hired full-time, are from left: James Sinicropi, Wayne Ellison, Benjamin Twitchell, Thomas Grasek, Joshua Jensen, Chad Maggi, Kyle Lemley, Jeffrey Chase, John Gundell, Daniel Alden, Andrew Power, Jacob Brixen and Jameson Case.
All 13 students who completed the Finger Lakes Community College-G.W. Lisk Co. advanced manufacturing machinist training program had full-time jobs or employment offers before the graduation ceremony on March 19.

The training program is a partnership between the college and the Clifton Springs manufacturer to build an advanced manufacturing workforce. The expansion of advanced manufacturing – which uses computers to produce high-precision components – in the Rochester region has led to a shortage of skilled workers in recent years.

FLCC and G.W. Lisk launched the project in 2011 as a six-month, non-credit training program. Now, however, students are able to get college credit applicable to the precision machining and tooling certificate and degree programs at Monroe Community College.

Graduates are as follows:

Clifton Springs: Dan Alden, John Gundell, Benjamin Twitchell

Geneva: Jacob Brixen, Wayne Ellison

Rushville: Jameson Case

Newark: Jeffrey Chase

Phelps: Joshua Jensen, Chad Maggi

Rochester: Kyle Lemley, Andrew Jason Power

Romulus: Thomas Grasek

Seneca Falls: James Sinicropi

Students in the advanced manufacturing machinist program learn through classroom and hands-on instruction how to use machine tools to make precision components for the automotive, aerospace, medical and other industries.

“These are partnerships that work: Industry, education and workforce development offices collaborating to fill skills needs in the local economy and change lives,” said Lynn Freid, director of workforce development at FLCC. “Today, this partnership extends beyond the classroom and includes local members of the machining industry.”

G.W. Lisk Co. President Ed Maier praised the program participants for their tenacity. One of the graduates, Kyle Lemley, arrived at Lisk each morning after completing overnight shifts at a Rochester hospital. “He looked pretty tired, but he never missed a day,” said Maier.

Kristen Fragnoli, provost at FLCC, praised the graduates and the partnerships. “These kinds of programs really do put people to work,” she said, noting that the college has recently expanded the program by partnering with ITT Goulds Pumps for a six-month advanced manufacturing machinist program, the first of which began March 16.

Joe Sempolinski, a member of Congressman Tom Reed’s staff, also attended to congratulate the graduates for their accomplishment and FLCC and G.W. Lisk Co. for the partnership.

The next session will run September 2015 through March 2016. Tuition is charged and includes all materials. Tuition assistance may be available through programs for dislocated or unemployed workers and low-income youth. Attendance at an orientation session is required before enrolling. For more information or to be notified when the next orientation is scheduled, contact Andréa Badger at FLCC at (585) 785-1906 or Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Exhibit features artwork of FLCC alumnus Neal McDannel

This pastel, “The Ninth Daughter of Mnemosyne,” will be among the pieces displayed in Neal McDannel’s exhibition at Finger Lakes Community College.
The artwork of Finger Lakes Community College alumnus Neal McDannel will be featured in an exhibition that opens in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34.

The exhibition, called “A Panoptic Survey,” will include diptych and triptych pieces, black and white lithographic drawings, pastels and more. The exhibition opens Thursday, March 26, to be followed by a free public reception sponsored by the FLCC Foundation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

Also on April 2, McDannel will give a talk from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gallery, located at FLCC’s main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

McDannel, of Hilton, earned his associate in applied science in graphic arts and advertising technology from the then Community College of the Finger Lakes in 1981. He went on to earn a bachelor’s of fine arts in printmaking from Buffalo State College, followed by a master’s in fine arts in printmaking from the University of Cincinnati.

McDannel has taught at the University of Cincinnati, while a student, Rochester Institute of Technology, and as an adjunct faculty member at FLCC, where he also served as a visiting artist in conjunction with a solo exhibition.

The son of two public school art teachers, McDannel at first pursued a career in commercial art but decided to return to college to study fine arts. Between 1990 and 1996 he was chosen to take part in five international, 27 national and three regional juried exhibitions. He won six jurors’ awards, including one “best of show.” He also had five solo exhibitions, and his work is in seven permanent collections.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dady Brothers give workshop, concert at FLCC March 26

John, left, and Joe Dady will be at FLCC on March 26
Celtic musicians The Dady Brothers will give a workshop and concert at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, March 26.

The workshop begins at 5 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Several  student performers will open the show.

The Dady Brothers are a widely acclaimed folk duo and have performed their special brand of Irish music throughout the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. They use a variety of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, pennywhistle, bodhran, harmonica, banjo, and uilleann pipes. Special musical guests are also expected to perform.

Both programs are open to the public. Entry to the 7 p.m. concert is $2 for the general public and free with an FLCC ID. The FLCC cafe will be open until 8 p.m. the day of the concert.
This program is sponsored by the FLCC Student Corporation and the FLCC Social Science Department. For additional information, contact Joshua Heller, chair of the social science department, at (585) 785-1335 or Joshua.heller@flcc.edu.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

McQuaid Jesuit, Allendale Columbia students score at FLCC engineering competition

The McQuaid Jesuit team, from left: teacher Bix DeBaise
and students Tim McAninch, John Lawless, John-Paul
Crosby,  Luke Kusmierz,  Alex Fasino-Bush and Sam Hallgren.

Students from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester won an engineering competition held at the Finger Lakes Community College Victor Campus Center on March 14. The team won for the 11th and 12th grade category while students from Allendale Columbia in Pittsford won in the ninth and 10th grade category.

The event was called TEAMS, which stands for Tests of Engineering Aptitude Mathematics and Science, and it pitted six teams from five schools in a competition to come up with a solution to an engineering problem.  Other participating schools were Irondequoit (two teams), the Albany Academies, and UB Step, a science and technology enrichment program provided to Buffalo schools by SUNY University at Buffalo.

David Roberts,
vice president of the Monroe Professional Engineers Society and an FLCC adjunct faculty member, led the organization of the event. TEAMS is a project of the Technology Student Association, tsaweb.org, that focuses on a different theme each year. 

The 2015 event explored the relationship between energy and engineering. Students were given scenarios related to topics such as biofuel, electricity, and nuclear and solar energy, and asked to come up with an engineering solution. The program is designed to develop knowledge of engineering principles as well as collaboration and analytical thinking.

While David led the event organization, Selim Araci, FLCC professor of engineering science, arranged for Sawyer Elliott ’12 to talk about his experience in FLCC’s engineering science program and in Rochester Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering program. Sawyer is currently deciding where to pursue a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering; he has been accepted at Cornell University and University of Colorado at Boulder.
Sawyer Elliott, a 2012 FLCC engineering science
graduate, shares advice with high schoolers.

Friday, March 13, 2015

FLCC offers free workshops for teachers

In observance of World Water Day this month, Finger Lakes Community College is partnering with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for two educator workshops.

On Friday, March 20, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be held at FLCC’s Muller Field Station, 6455 County Road 36, Canadice. Comprised of water-related activities, games and classroom lessons, it will be led by Betsy Ukeritis, an educator with the DEC. Participants get a free curriculum and activity guide.

On Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., area science teachers are invited to the Finger Lakes Institute, 601 S. Main St., Geneva for a workshop led by aquatic biologist Pete Lent. Lunch will be provided; registration is required by March 18.

For more information or to sign up for the workshops, email Nadia Harvieux, conservation educator for the Muller Field Station, at Nadia.Harvieux@flcc.edu.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

‘Caught on Camera’ talk reveals wildlife habits

A member of Finger Lakes Community College’s conservation faculty will share the findings of a trail camera study during a free community talk scheduled for Tuesday, March 10.

Nadia Harvieux, conservation educator at FLCC’s Muller Field Station, will lead the 7 p.m. talk called “Caught on Camera.” It will be open to the public and held at the field station, which is located at 6455 County Road 36.

Harvieux’s talk is part of Muller’s Speaking of Nature guest lecture series. She will discuss the findings so far of the ongoing study of wildlife at the field station as captured by trail cameras. Images have revealed which animals are most commonly found on the property, as well as interesting data on habitat preferences and seasonal activity.

Some of Harvieux’s favorite pictures show black bear, river otters playing on the shore of the Honeoye Inlet, and white-tail deer in the autumn. The cameras also captured watershed flooding in the spring of 2014. 

Space is limited and registration is required by calling Nancy Lawson at (585) 785-1257 or emailing Nancy.Lawson@flcc.edu.