Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Finger Lakes Chorale to perform April 26, 27 at FLCC

The Finger Lakes Chorale will give two community concerts at Finger Lakes Community College on April 26 and 27.

The chorale, directed by FLCC adjunct instructor Dennis Maxfield, will perform on Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the main campus auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.

The program highlights are Charles Sanford's “Songs of the Fleet,” featuring baritone Joe Finetti and Arthur Sullivan's "Te Deum,” featuring soprano Angela Calabrese.

Entry is free; donations will be accepted for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for FLCC music and music recording students.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Elmira hospital partners with FLCC to give paramedics college credit

Finger Lakes Community College has launched a partnership with Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira to provide college credit to its paramedic students.

“Arnot Ogden Medical Center’s interest in an affiliation with FLCC shows its confidence in our program and a commitment to the medical center’s students, who will benefit from getting college credit for their hard work,” said Donna Spink, EMS programs director for Finger Lakes Community College.

FLCC provides a wide range of emergency medical service training, from basic EMT classes to its two-year paramedic degree, to 200 new and returning students every year. The college sponsors an EMS regional conference with national speakers that draws 300 attendees per year.

Arnot Ogden Medical Center, part of Arnot Health, currently trains 20 to 30 students per year in its nine-month, non-credit paramedic program. The agreement with the Ontario County college means those who complete the medical center program will automatically receive a one-year, 32-credit certificate from FLCC and be eligible to transfer into its two-year paramedic degree program.

Monday, April 21, 2014

See the April 24 career expo workshop schedule, employer exhibit list

The "Why I Love the Finger Lakes" Career Expo on Thursday, April 24, at Finger Lakes Community College features employer exhibits (see a list at the bottom of this post) as well as workshops to help job seekers. The career expo runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the FLCC main campus. Here is the workshop schedule:


1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
Room B238
Why Think about a Career in Tourism?
By: Jeanne Fagan, Professor at Finger Lakes Community College
This workshop will be a brief glimpse into one of the largest, fastest growing, misunderstood industries. We will overview exactly what makes up the Tourism Industry, why it is growing and what types of jobs are available.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Report at College Suites under investigation

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who reportedly had what appeared to be a handgun while inside the College Suites dormitory on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College late Thursday night.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported. The incident happened at about 10 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a white male wearing a red winter-style cap and a grey sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to call 911. FLCC’s Campus Safety officers are continuing to work closely with deputies on the matter.

Campus Safety notified members of the college community via a SUNY Alert message to cell phones, landlines and email accounts at approximately 1 a.m. The incident was first reported to authorities about an hour earlier, the sheriff's office said. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Former boxer gives talk at FLCC on dangers of concussion

A resilient and determined young athlete, Ray Ciancaglini ignored his headaches, confusion and fatigue – hallmark symptoms of concussions – and went round after round in the boxing ring.

Now, decades later, he’s paying for it. The Geneva native suffers from dementia pugilistica and Parkinson’s syndrome, both progressive disorders doctors believe are linked to the neglected head trauma back in the 1960s and 70s.

Over the past several years, Ciancaglini has traveled to hundreds of schools and colleges near and far advocating for concussion awareness and management.
Ray Ciancaglini

On Thursday, April 24, he’ll bring his message to Finger Lakes Community College, in a talk scheduled for 10 a.m.

Titled “The Invisible Opponent,” the event is free and open to the public. It will be held in room B440 on the fourth floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

“The main message is one of honesty,” said Ciancaglini, who lives with his wife, Patti, in Varick, Seneca County. “It’s about immediately reporting and being totally honest about any symptoms of concussion, along with strictly adhering to your school’s concussion protocol, and the instructions of your doctor and trainer. You will come back another day if you allow a concussion to heal properly. If you challenge a concussion, you will get beat.”

Ciancaglini was forced to retire from boxing at 22. He went to college in hopes of becoming a physical education teacher, but said he was held back by his “foggy” mind. His conditions cause symptoms of dementia, Parkinson’s-like tremors and difficulty with coordination.

Ciancaglini founded The Second Impact, an organization that strives to educate athletes, coaches and parents about the possible after-effects of concussions. His audiences have ranged from National Football League players to lawmakers.

He was instrumental in the state’s adoption in 2011 of the Concussion Management and Awareness Act, which, among other things, requires student athletes suspected of suffering from a concussion to receive medical clearance before returning to play. ABC’s “Good Morning America” featured Ciancaglini in an April 2012 segment.

Nowadays, Ciancaglini struggles to write his own name and sometimes doesn’t recognize lifelong friends.

“There are good days and bad days,” he said. “You take it as they come.”

He added, “It’s all because in our day we didn’t have the education we have today about concussions. I had this injury and I was trying to battle through it. I was probably getting one concussion on top of another, unhealed concussion.”

The talk is being coordinated by FLCC’s Athletics Department. For more information, contact Bethany Schlegel, assistant director of athletics, at (585) 785-1518 or

For more on Second Impact, visit

Monday, April 14, 2014

FLCC honor society welcomes 85 students

Genny Hale of Honeoye, president of the Finger Lakes Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, congratulates new member Geoffrey Erdeli of Palmyra during a ceremony at the main campus in Canandaigua on March 27.

Click here to see more photos on the FLCC Connects Flickr site
Eighty-five Finger Lakes Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, during a ceremony March 27.

Eric Duchess of Geneva, FLCC instructor of history, gave the keynote address, encouraging students to live what President Theodore Roosevelt referred to as “the strenuous life.”

“We can all draw inspiration from the way he approached frontiers,” Duchess said of Roosevelt, whose colorful life included service as the New York City police commissioner, fighting in the Spanish American War and searching for the headwaters of the Amazon River. “Frontiers are meant to be explored, meant to be revealed, and this is the essence of progress.”

He encouraged students to view obstacles they encounter as their own frontiers to be crossed. “Obstacles and setbacks are not defeats until we quit,” Duchess said.

Phi Theta Kappa’s hallmarks are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. FLCC’s chapter, Alpha Epsilon Chi, was chartered in 1981 and provides leadership, service and scholarship opportunities for members. Membership requires completion of 15 hours of associate degree coursework and a GPA of 3.5. Phi Theta Kappa members also serve as campus ambassadors.

New members are as follows, listed by county and town:

Friday, April 11, 2014

FLCC classes now free to students in local high schools

Starting in fall 2014, Finger Lakes Community College will no longer charge high-school students tuition for taking FLCC courses at their home districts through the college’s Gemini program.

"I would highly
recommend it,"
says Red Jacket
junior Colin Clark
The policy change will make it easier for high school students to prepare for college and start earning college credits.

FLCC’s Gemini program offers 53 courses, ranging from English 101 to environmental science, at 26 school districts. Students who pass these courses earn FLCC credit that they can apply directly to an FLCC degree after high school or transfer to another college.

“We hope more students will consider taking these rigorous courses while still in high school.  It will prepare them for full-time college studies and save money for their families,” said FLCC President Barbara Risser.

FLCC’s new policy is part of its recently adopted strategic plan to help improve the transitions from high school to college to careers.

“The importance of preparing our young people for college and careers has been getting a lot of attention lately. This is one way FLCC can be part of the solution,” Risser said.