Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here is the program for the Finger Lakes Chorale concert at #FLCC

The Finger Lakes Chorale’s tradition of performing popular music each summer continues with a concert called “A Blast from the Past – Music of the 60s and 70s” on Aug. 2 and 3 at Finger Lakes Community College.

The show features medleys of songs by the Beach Boys and Queen, the band America’s classic tune “A Horse with No Name,” Simon and Garfunkel's “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the Beatles’ “Hey, Jude” and seven other selections.

Both concerts will be held in the FLCC auditorium on the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The concert on Saturday, Aug. 2, begins at 7 p.m.; the Sunday, Aug. 3, concert starts at 3 p.m.

The selections are a mix of chorale members’ favorites, widely recognized songs from the period and favorites of chorale director Dennis Maxfield. Maxfield himself wrote the arrangements for “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” popularized by the British band Herman's Hermits, and “The House of the Rising Sun,” recorded by the English rock group The Animals.

Here is the tentative order of the program:

Best of the Beach Boys
     I Get Around
     In My Room
     California Girls
     Fun, Fun, Fun

The Sound of Silence

A Horse With No Name

Both Sides Now

Eleanor Rigby

Come Saturday Morning

Hey Jude


I'm Henery VIII, I Am

Spinning Wheel

Bridge Over Troubled Water

The House of the Rising Sun 

A Tribute to Queen
     We Will Rock You
     Another One Bites the Dust
     Bohemian Rhapsody
     We Are the Champions

The Finger Lakes Chorale, based at Finger Lakes Community College, consists of 90 singers from 26 towns in the region. The group will welcome new members again in the fall; no prior choral experience is required.

Soloists are Peter Houghton, Jonathan Leet, Ian Kennedy, Mark Darling, Cody Miller, Richard Scott, Marcus Vail, Craig Follette and Kirby Weimer. They will be joined by instrumentalists Craig Snyder on lead guitar, Ronald C. Broida on bass guitar, Ryan McNealus on drums and Anthony D’Agostino on keyboard.

The concert is free and open to the public. A donation of $5 is requested for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for music and music recording students at FLCC.

For more information about the concert or the Finger Lakes Chorale, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027 or To get the monthly email newsletter listing FLCC events, contact

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

12 incoming students earn Gemini scholarships

Misconceptions about going to college after age 24 #FLCC

I won't fit in because everyone else is a teenager.
Fact: Older students are a minority but a sizable one. In fall 2013, 25 percent of all full-time FLCC students were 25 or older; 30 percent of all part-time students were 25 or older.

I don't have a high school diploma, only a GED.
Fact: A GED is a high school diploma and is treated equally when you enroll. It doesn't matter what your grades were. In fact, community college is a "second chance" for people whose high school work would make it hard to get into a four-year school.

My previous college work won't count.
Fact: Always tell admissions counselors about previous college work. If you have previous college credits, FLCC can check to see if they will transfer. And, FLCC only transfers credits, not grades, so you actually start over with a clean GPA slate.

Know someone who needs some encouragement? Or are you ready to learn more for yourself?  Keep reading...

Finger Lakes Community College will offer an Adult Learner Open House on Thursday, July 31, to help adults who want to go to college for the first time, get new job skills or resume their college education. 

The FLCC Victor Campus Center is just off
Route 251, west of the village of Victor.
The Adult Learner Open House runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251. Attendees are asked to register in advance at by July 29. More information is also available at (585) 785-1278.

The evening begins with an informal resources fair in which visitors can ask questions about career planning, getting a high school equivalency diploma, transferring credits from other colleges, short-term job training programs, online learning and other topics. Presentations by FLCC staff on degree programs, financial aid and the enrollment process begin at 6:30 p.m.

FLCC offers open enrollment to anyone with a high school or general equivalency diploma. The college offers courses at the main campus in Canandaigua and campus centers in Newark, Geneva and Victor. It also offers online courses and hybrid courses, which are a mix of online and in-person classes.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

FLCC Honors seminars examine sacred texts, spirit of exploration

The Finger Lakes Community College Honors Program will offer two seminars open to the public during the fall 2014 semester: one a study of sacred texts and another that delves into what drives the spirit of exploration.

Honors seminars are designed by FLCC faculty and offer an opportunity to explore a topic in depth from different points of view.

Exploring Sacred Texts (HON 200-02) examines a diverse selection of sacred texts that continue to inspire millions with their relevance to today’s world. These texts show how our ancestors viewed the mysteries of the cosmos, the problems of society, and the journey of the human race. They also empower contemporary readers to question the precepts behind current fears, prejudices and moral codes. This seminar runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 2 to Dec. 18, from 2 to 3:20 p.m. at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive.

Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration (HON 200-90) poses key essential and enduring questions about the human spirit, such as: Why do we seek and explore new frontiers? What sparks imagination and creativity and leads to originality? What innovations of thought have shaped the world? This seminar runs Tuesdays, Sept. 2 to Dec. 16, at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive.

The general public may take individual FLCC courses for credit or audit a class for personal enrichment without getting a grade or credit. In each case, the individual pays $167 in tuition and fees per credit or $501 for a standard three-credit course. However, local residents age 60 or above may audit FLCC courses without tuition, provided space is available.

For information on tuition, how to register or the senior citizen auditing option, visit, call (585) 785-1000 or email to

For information on the FLCC Honors Studies program, contact Curt Nehring Bliss at (585) 785-1367 or 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Do you know an FLCC high school equivalency graduate? Check names here

Here are some of the past year's graduates of the FLCC high school equivalency program. To see the photo album of the June ceremony, click here.

Finger Lakes Community College graduated 115 students with high school equivalency diplomas over the past year – the highest number ever.

Many students took part in the annual graduation ceremony held June 14 at the FLCC main campus in Canandaigua. Most received a GED, or general equivalency diploma, but that program ended in December 2013. It was replaced by the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC, in January. Some of June’s FLCC graduates had already passed the new TASC, which is based on the Common Core standards now used in K-12 schools.

Keynote speaker Patricia Malinowski congratulated the last group of graduates she will address before her retirement as chair of the FLCC Developmental Studies Department this summer.

She took the opportunity to give the graduates “one last homework assignment,” instructing them to pick up the notebook on their chairs and write: “Chapter One: Today I received my GED. Tomorrow I will …” She encouraged them to complete the sentence and continue to write down their accomplishments.

Several students spoke about the importance of getting their high school credentials.

“I turned my life around by getting my GED,” said Barbara Twist of Waterloo, who quit high school 28 years ago then found it hard to go back once she had children. After getting her GED last summer, she enrolled in FLCC and has finished her first year on the dean’s list.

She looks forward to getting her associate degree – not necessarily to help with employment. She and her husband own Community Car Care in Waterloo. Instead, she said, “I wanted something I could say was my own.”

Melinda Hamelink of Rochester struggled through medical issues and grief following the death of her brother to get her GED 12 years after enrolling in the program. “It’s been a long road for me,” she said, crediting her teacher Billie Rae Walker for encouraging her. “Thank you, so much, Billie Rae, for being in my corner.”

Juan Carlos Ramirez of Canandaigua read his speech in both Spanish and English, saying,
“I never thought I will be standing here.” Ramirez added that his improved English has enabled him to get a better job.

Vanessa Smith

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FLCC offers training for childcare providers

Finger Lakes Community College will soon offer a Child Development Associate Starter Course for childcare providers and those interested in the field.
The course is offered by FLCC’s Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education and provides 40 hours of classroom training for those interested in earning a credential for New York state.

To earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, a total of 120 classroom training hours plus additional work experience is required. Starter course participants will be presented with additional internship and volunteer opportunities to meet the criteria. A CDA is considered a qualified caregiver for children up to age 5 who works with parents and guardians to nurture physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 22 and 29 and Aug. 5, 12 and 14 at the FLCC Childcare Center, located on FLCC’s main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The $285 tuition includes all course materials. Participants must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or GED.

Topics covered in the course include: Planning a safe and healthy learning environment; advancing children’s physical and intellectual development; building productive relationships with families; managing an effective program operation; observing and recording children’s behavior. Participants will also be trained in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation through the American Heart Association.

Registration is required by calling (585) 785-1906. For more information on the starter course and credentialing, visit

Friday, June 27, 2014

804 named to FLCC’s spring 2014 dean’s list

A total of 804 full- and part-time students were named to the Finger Lakes Community College dean’s list for spring 2014.

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:

Delhi: Benjamin Gifford

Auburn: Lisa Austin, Sonia Dubovici, Richard Kulis Jr.
Cayuga: Nora Conneely, Janet Patterson
Moravia: Rebecca Donegan

Elmira: Emily Smith, Rachael Taylor
Horseheads: Nicholas Abbott, Justin Stowell

Norwich: Kyle Fleming
Walton: Jessica Wheeler

McGraw: Kailey Reddick
Preble: David Mosher

Alden: Leah Miller
East Amherst: Marc Peterson
Elma: Valois Feneziani
Orchard Park: Jordyn Smith