Friday, April 29, 2016

#FLCC’s Spring Arts Festival showcases theatre, music, art

FLCC student actors Darine Emmanuel of Brooklyn, Dakota Earl of Inlet and Ali Henderson of Williamson are shown during a recent performance of “Miss Electricity” at the college’s childcare center.
An upcoming event at Finger Lakes Community College will showcase the musical, artistic and theatrical talents of its students.

The annual Spring Arts Festival is scheduled for Friday, May 6, and starts with the FLCC theatre department’s performance of the short play “Miss Electricity” in the Student Center Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

“Miss Electricity” will be followed by the presentation of awards for the Student Honors Art Exhibition at 7:15 p.m. in the George M. Ewing Sr. Atrium; the group then heads to the nearby Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 to view displayed works. Then, at 8 p.m., visitors will return to the auditorium for performances by the College Singers and Vocal Jazz, Guitar and Percussion ensembles.

The auditorium and gallery at located on the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The festival is free and open to the public.

“Miss Electricity” tells the story of a 10-year-old named Violet who is determined to show the world – especially the cool kids at school – how special she is. With the help of her assistant, Freddy, she sets out to break a world record but accidentally becomes extraordinary when lightning strikes give her the ability to control electricity.

The ensemble piece features student actors Keonna Archer of New York City, Sean Britton-Milligan of Geneva, Dakota Earl of Inlet, Darine Emmanuel of Brooklyn, Ali Henderson of Williamson, Terrell Johnson Jr. of Geneva, Lester Mayers of the Bronx, William Pulver of Newark and Sydney Stell of Macedon.

“While the play is designed for an elementary school audience, the fun script and universal themes make this a fun play for all,” said Beth Johnson, professor of theatre at FLCC.

The College Singers will present a “world music” program featuring several American pieces interspersed with Hebrew, Arabic and Hungarian songs. The guitar ensemble will perform works by Vivaldi, South American dance music and a piece from Australia. The percussion ensemble will perform a piece for basketballs, a Super Mario Bros. medley, a Dave Matthews transcription and more.

The Student Honors Art Exhibition runs through Saturday, May 21. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact gallery interim director Lacey McKinney at (585) 785-1368 or

The Spring Arts Festival is presented by the FLCC Visual and Performing Arts Department, which offers degrees in communication, new media, fine arts, graphic design, music and music recording technology and a theater arts concentration.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

139 students join #FLCC honor society chapter

See more photos at the FLCC Connects Flickr site.

One hundred and thirty-nine Finger Lakes Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, during a ceremony March 31.

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:

Albany: Peter Jones

Bronx: Ashley Brown-Gordon

Cato: Ryan Haskins
Moravia: Kirk Swan

Horeseheads: Josh Stowell

New Berlin: Jared Hanslmaier

Cheektowaga: Patrick Kearney

Stafford: John Woodworth

Conesus: Elizabeth Gunner
Hemlock: Jordan Vieira
Geneseo: Kaisa Rosas
Lima: Alexandrea Livings
Nunda: Alex Wampole, Ariel Wood

Fairport: Grayson Kent, Kristen Moore
Gates: Lorraine Bryan
Henrietta: Khadesha Bryant
Honeoye Falls: George Beinetti, Amelia Vallone, Abigail Werner
Penfield: Marete Seymour
Pittsford: Tory Davenport, Aidan Fischer, Connor Tubiolo
Rochester: Christopher Herbert Rochester, Jenna Infantino, Reilly O'Brien
Webster: Zane Knight

Wilson: Colin Delgado

Clay: Pamela Smith

Bloomfield: Kayla Ferris, Laura Helker, Shanli Jerome, Alyssa Porter
Canandaigua: Bonnie Barbour, Joshuah Barry, Starbuck Beagley, Jonathan Caves, Sonata Gill, Megan Godlewski, Mia Harper, Brendan McWilliams, Curt Nehring-Bliss, Quyen Nguyen, Michelle Nicodemus, Alexander Pisarek, Noah Tantillo-Estrella, Abigail Zenteno
Clifton Springs: Rita Fullerton, Bonnie Shaffer
Farmington: Jeffrey Babcock, Christian Johnson, Nicholas Kloos, Susanna Lamarti, James Lilly, Autumn Lux, William Shaw, Stanley Sigl
Geneva: Mitchel Burnell, Patrick Climie, Joshua Dutcher, Anna Laurenza, David Mitchell, Cameron Roll, Matthew Thomas
Honeoye: Meghan Mulley
Manchester: Taylor Harris, Morgan Vandermallie
Naples: Rachel Golding, Kathryn Swank, Jessica Witherow,
Phelps:  Anna Frere, Austin Jensen, Mariah Spacher
Port Gibson: Eliza Mead
Shortsville: Colin Clark, McKenzie Henry, Lindsay Johnsen, Nathaniel Murad, Cassandra Wallace
Stanley:  Alan Goda Jr., Jesse Rosato, Nathaniel Smith
Victor:  Anna Bright, Patricia Loiacono, Matthew Roeder, Kyleigh Tice, Mark Years

Lacona: Alina Quintana

Rosedale: Kevin James

Scotia: Matthew Thompson

Interlaken: Pamela Bower, Cierra Hand, Joseph Porter, Caitlyn Smith
Ovid: Keziah Reigle
Seneca Falls: Marianne Allen, Kassandra Gibbons, Anthony Siccardi
Waterloo: Christopher Mitchell, Amanda Webb

Prattsburgh: Evan Dlugos
Savona:  Amanda Boughan

Macedon: Judith Allen, Jonathan Coyle, Felicia Kunzer, Oran Morton, Stephen Ross, Kailee Smith,
Tamarah Swarthout, Joshua Thorp
Newark: Starr Cole, Amanda Danforth, Caleb Lead, Jenna Sharlow,
North Rose: Valerie Cray
Ontario: Adam Badura, Holly Kashmer,
Palmyra: Tracy Geldorf, Kathryn Hill, Marina Hurlburt, Ashleigh Slater,
Rushville: Abbey Brown, Stacy Hilts, Karen Luong
Sodus: Mikaela Correia
Walworth: Richard Harrison, Lane Howard
Williamson: Jennifer Meyn, Kristina Tunley
Wolcott: Elizabeth Ticconi

Perry: Jacob Kelly

Branchport: Marcus Nesbitt
Penn Yan: Sarah Alexander, Jodi Moran, Courtney Starkweather, Ashley Walker

Lake Elsinore, Calif: Stefan Subotic
Sugar Grove, Pa.: Ariana Inman

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What is ‘metrology’? Find out at FLCC Victor

Metrology, the science of measurement fundamental to many high-tech industries, is the topic of a presentation by Finger Lakes Community College alumnus Chris Raw on Monday, April 25, at 5 p.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251. The talk, titled "Automation in Metrology," is free and open to the public.

Raw, who graduated from FLCC in 2013 with a degree in instrumentation and control technologies, is an applications engineer at RAM Optical Instruments in Rochester. RAM Optical provides high quality, easy-to-use dimensional measurement systems and accompanying software for manufacturing quality control.

Raw will give an overview of the basics of multisensory measurement and talk about how his experience in the field relates to his FLCC degree. A RAM metrology machine will be available for demonstrations prior to the presentation.

For more information, contact Sam Samanta, professor of physics, at or follow his Twitter handle, @DrSamSamanta.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Three FLCC students receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

FLCC Chancellor's Award recipients Taylor Rose Perez (top),
Kellie Damann (middle) and Kristen Karam are flanked by
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Jennie Erdle,
FLCC director of student life.

Three Finger Lakes Community College students Kellie Damann, Kristen Karam and Taylor Rose Perez received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Albany earlier this month.

“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and 
SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “The 248 students we honor with this year’s award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.”

Kellie Damann of Canandaigua, who will graduate in May with an associate degree in horticulture, has served as a student orientation leader and taken part in the FLCC Women’s Initiative on Leadership. President of the FLCC Horticulture Club, she has given presentations on plant safety with pets and volunteered to plant trees and shrubs at the Ganondagan State Historic Site’s new Seneca Art and Culture Center. She has also worked as a part-time technician in plant pathology at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.

Kristen Karam of Corning will graduate in May with an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences. A member of the Campus Activities Board, she helped plan and run events for students, including FLCC’s Comicon and Study-a-Thon. Karam has also served as an FLCC orientation leader, a youth swim lesson instructor and summer camp counselor. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, she has taken part in service projects with adopt-a-highway and Habitat for Humanity.

Taylor Rose Perez of Horseheads serves as vice president of the FLCC Student Corporation and works as a resident assistant at the Suites at Laker Landing, a student residence run by the college’s nonprofit affiliate. She also led a Rock the Vote event on campus where 86 new voters were registered and has taken part in two Habitat for Humanity projects. Her internship in video production with the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center led to an opportunity to join a crew filming a concert in Madison Square Garden. She will graduate in May with an associate degree in new media.

Monday, April 18, 2016

#FLCC gives free screening of ‘Schindler’s List’ April 26

In commemoration of Jewish Heritage Month, Finger Lakes Community College will present a screening of the Oscar-Award winning film “Schindler's List” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.

The free, public event will be held in the Student Center Auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Jewish Heritage Month is marked each May; Robert Brown, professor of history at FLCC, decided to hold the screening earlier to give more students an opportunity to attend, as the semester wraps up early next month.

Based on a true story, “Schindler’s List” was released in 1993 and directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars actor Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who appears a Nazi supporter, but secretly works to save his Jewish workforce from death camps.

The film is over three hours long. Brown will introduce it and offer some insights on the Holocaust.

Friday, April 15, 2016

#FLCC Honors House hosts one-night art exhibit

Artist Alexander Fals of Naples works on a canvas in Colombia, where he spent six months mining natural pigments he used as paints.
Artwork created by a former student during a recent stay in South America will be on display during a one-night exhibit at the Finger Lakes Community College Honors House on Friday, April 29. 

The event, “Painting on Canvas, Colors of Clay,” will showcase 14 pieces created by Alexander Fals of Naples while he was in Colombia. It will held from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes a catered reception and live music by Fals, fellow former FLCC student Aaron Lipp and Bryan Davis, a percussionist from Ithaca. Admission is $2 or free with a valid FLCC student ID. The Honors House is located across from the main campus at 4340 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua.

Fals has been living and painting in Colombia since this past November. He created his own paints using pigments collected from the earth. The colors were dried and mixed with water and a clear adherent. In reverence to the tones and hues of earth, no artificial color was added.

Fals spent his senior year of high school in Colombia, and his father hails from the city of Popayan in its southwestern reaches.

“Time is a reoccurring theme in my work,” said Fals. “As life can sometimes be reflected strangely in dreams, my experience is sometimes reflected strangely through my work. Connection, however simple or ironic, is also a favored theme in my paintings.”

He has his own line of silkscreen t-shirts and creates posters and t-shirt for bands and music festivals.

Fals is also a musician and is expected to play the kora, a 21-string lute bridge harp, at the event. Fellow Naples native and artistic collaborator Lipp is a singer and songwriter who has been a member of numerous musical collaborations including stints with Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, The Cabin Killers, and the Robert Randolph Family Band. He’s now the bandleader for the Outland County. Davis plays with Mosaic Foundation and many other ensembles.

For the latest on the event, visit the FLCC Honors House Facebook page

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#FLCC celebrates the written word with readings April 20

Faculty member Maureen Maas-Feary presides at a past Campus Authors Reading. The event this year moves from the Honors House to Stage 14 at the main campus this year. 
To commemorate National Poetry Month, FLCC will hold its 14th Annual Campus Authors Reading on Wednesday, April 20.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in Stage 14 at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

The event celebrates the literary accomplishments of the FLCC faculty and staff. The reading is offered each year in recognition of National Poetry Month, though all literary genres are represented. The following are some of the writers and readers who will be featured:

· Curt Nehring Bliss of Middlesex, professor of English and coordinator of The Gladys M. Snyder Center for Teaching and Learning

· Nani Nehring Bliss of Middlesex, manager of FLCC’s All Write project

· Maureen Owens of Seneca Falls, student support specialist/online learning

· Charlotte Cline of Rochester, assistant professor of English and chair of the Humanities Department

· Trista Merrill of Canandaigua, professor of English

· Sam Samanta of Canandaigua, professor of physics

· Greg Stoyles of Canandaigua, adjunct instructor of philosophy

· Maureen Maas-Feary of Rochester, professor of English

· Nick Aiezza of Hammondsport, adjunct faculty member, humanities and developmental studies

· Jon Palzer of Victor professor of English

· Barbara Murphy of Brighton, professor of English

· David McGuire of Rochester, professor of music

· Amanda Ferguson of Rochester, assistant editor of The Finger magazine

For more information, contact organizer and emcee Curt Nehring Bliss at (585) 785-1367 or at