Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lacrosse team to hold clinic for boys in K-6

Finger Lakes Community College will hold a lacrosse clinic for boys in grades K-6 on Saturday, April 23, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the practice fields of the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.  Players will be taught skills specific to their positions by FLCC players and coaches.
The cost is $40. Advance registration is encouraged, but players may also register on the morning of the clinic. All players receive an FLCC lacrosse T-shirt. Players should have their own equipment, but some equipment will be available for those who have a need.
Participants can pre-register by sending $40 (check payable to FLCC Men’s Lacrosse), contact information and child’s shirt size in youth or adult size to FLCC Men’s Lacrosse Office, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424. For more information or to request a registration form, contact David Stein, head men’s lacrosse coach, at (585) 683-7063 or e-mail to steindj@flcc.edu
Boys who attend the clinic can also stay for the FLCC match against Genesee Community College at 1 p.m.

An in-depth look at hydrofracking

Two Finger Lakes Community College student clubs and a Canandaigua Lake protection group have partnered to present an in-depth look at hydrofracking over four evenings on April 1, 5, 7 and 8 at the FLCC main campus.
The 2011 Hydrofracking Symposium will feature films and speakers, including representatives from the oil and gas industry and from the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, which opposes the procedure.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What it's like to live with Tourette Syndrome

Nikole Blowers, 17, of Canandaigua, who was featured on an ABC News documentary, will talk about her life with Tourette syndrome on Tuesday, April 5, at Finger Lakes Community College.

The presentation begins at 12:30 p.m. in Stage 13 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr. Parking is available in the lot in front of the main campus and in the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center parking lot. Handicap parking is available directly in front of the main building. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Art faculty share works in new show

Poster by Elaine Verstraete, adjunct art faculty member. To see more art samples, click here.

Finger Lakes Community College art faculty will exhibit a wide variety of works from digital illustrations to ceramics to furniture at the Faculty Art Exhibition, opening Friday, April 1.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 1, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34, on the first floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the main lot. Handicap accessible parking is directly in front of the building.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How Conesus Lake gets its walleye

The Finger Lakes Community College Muller Field Station on Honeoye Lake will hold an open house Saturday, April 9, so the public can watch the walleye culturing operations there.
The 7th annual Walleye Weekend runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the field station, 6455 County Road 36, at the south end of Honeoye Lake. This event is free and open to the public.
At FLCC's Fish Culture and Aquatic Research Center, college faculty, staff and students catch adult walleye from Honeoye Lake then remove and combine the eggs and milt.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Camerata, local talent perform Broadway hits

Sixteen singers will join the Finger Lakes Camerata in performing Broadway songs of the ’40s and ’50s on Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Steamboat Landing, 205 Lakeshore Drive.

The event is a fundraiser for the Ontario County Arts Council as well as the Finger Lakes Chorale, a choral group based at Finger Lakes Community College. The event features entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and coffee for $25 per person. There will also be a cash bar. 

Tickets may be purchased at the Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame, 175 S. Main St., Canandaigua, or by calling (585) 394-5986. Advance tickets are recommended, but tickets will also be available at the door. 

The program includes the following:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Report cites FLCC's 'exemplary' new degree

A report released today on job-training needs in New York cites a new Finger Lakes Community College degree as a prime example of the programs that will build a competitive workforce.
The report by the National Skills Coalition estimates that nearly one million “middle-skill” job openings — positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree — are projected for the state by 2018.
“New York’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs” notes that “a number of exemplary education and training initiatives” are under way, including FLCC’s Instrumentation and Control Technologies (IC Tech) program.
“This unique, high-tech, hands-on degree program offers students an opportunity to learn the tools and techniques of emerging technologies which are crucial for designing, testing, manufacturing and quality control in industrial, commercial, medical and other settings,” the report states. (To read the report -- FLCC reference on page 23 -- click here.)
FLCC will host an information session on the IC Tech program for youths looking for a career path and adults seeking retraining on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Finger Lakes Technologies Group Multi-Purpose Room at the Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251.
Sam Samanta, professor of physics, will explain the IC Tech degree, and a panel of local employers will discuss their needs for skilled workers. More than 15 employers will provide internships of 270 hours each and mentor students to be potential employees. Many of these employers have worked with the college to develop the IC Tech degree.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bring your cans, bottles in on March 12

The Finger Lakes Community College men’s lacrosse team will hold a returnable can and bottle drive on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Residents are welcome to drop cans off in a trailer near the gym at the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Hopewell.
Members of the lacrosse team will also be going around the community collecting bottles and cans.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

'Customer Satisfaction 101' for retail managers

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

GrassRoots Festival favorite at FLCC

Mary B. Lorson, a favorite of the annual Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, will bring her band to Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, March 24.

In addition to the concert by Mary B. Lorson and the Soubrettes, FLCC student David Charles Berger and alumna Marissa Longstreet, ’10, both of Clifton Springs, will perform a mix storytelling, theatrics and music.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive at the corner with Routes 5 and 20. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Honors House.

Monday, March 7, 2011

FLCC contingent to leave for France

Barbara Kruger, associate professor of modern languages, and six students will leave this week (March 9) for Rennes, France, as part of an exchange program Barbara established in 2007 with the Institut Catholique de Rennes, a private college in northwestern France.
Two of the French students from Rennes who visited FLCC in February 2010 will be among the hosts during the 10-day trip.
The students, Tracy Gage of Naples, Paige Essler of Nunda, Natasha Fontillas of Palmyra, Mollie Lipp of Prattsburgh, Tiffanny Rawlins of Canandaigua and Abby Simmons of Bellona, have varying degrees of experience with French language and culture. Barbara has arranged for them to tutor one another in what to expect on the trip. For example, Tracy Gage, who has in interest in art, will guide her classmates during the visit to the Louvre museum in Paris.
Another student with an interest in history will take the lead during the trip to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy. Students who are stronger in French will teach the others some basic “survival French.”

Praise for FLCC Child Care Center

FLCC Child Care Center UPK students, from left, Hayley, Gia and Taylor make up movements to go with songs they sing in the multi-purpose room.

The FLCC Child Care Center recently got high marks for its universal pre-kindergarten program (UPK) from the Canandaigua City School District.

After his January site visit, Jeff Linn, principal of Canandaigua Primary School, wrote a letter to Heidi Bliss, director of the center, praising the program.

“When I visited your site, as usual, I saw a model UPK classroom. … Children appeared actively engaged and happy as they learned. The commitment to the children and the obvious joy that they and you take in your job and your work with young children was obvious,” Linn wrote.

The FLCC center became a UPK provider three years ago with funding for four slots. The center staff then adapted the curriculum for the entire class of pre-schoolers for the 2.5 hours of the program.

Heidi, in turn, gives credit to the teachers, Adrienne Pullen and Ashley Stitt, both of whom are FLCC grads, and Tammy Stitt. (Tammy and Ashley are mother and daughter, respectively.)

The child care center serves children from 18 months to pre-school age year-round. It primarily serves FLCC students and staff, but community members are welcome to enroll children as well, space permitting. The FLCC Child Care Center also provides flexible schedule summer care to school age children under age 8. For more information about summer care, contact Heidi Bliss at (585) 394-6666 or blissh@flcc.edu.

The Power of the Happiness Factor

Last week, a group of folks from Finger Lakes Community College were fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Shawn Achor, author of the book The Happiness Advantage. I had read the book, but Shawn's genuine passion for his research in the field of positive psychology was fascinating. His basic premise is that most of us think about how a person achieves happiness in a backwards way. We think that if we work hard, move ahead in our careers and achieve success, then we will be happy. Shawn's research shows a very different picture. His message is that people who are positive thinkers are significantly more likely to experience career success. In other words, the optimistic outlook is a driver of success...so happiness leads to success, rather than success being the factor that makes us happy.

The other very interesting component of Shawn's message is that people who do not seem naturally inclined to be positive thinkers can actually - through a change in their habits - cultivate an optimistic point of view. He had a number of specific suggestions of small things a person can do every day that, over time, will lead to a change in outlook. While I had certainly heard about some of these things before, the new twist is that Shawn actually has the research findings to back up the power of incorporating these changes into a daily routine. He suggested several strategies, all of which are effective. Of course, it isn't necessary to do all of them - adding one or two will make a big difference over time. Here are some of the strategies Shawn suggested:

1. Take just a few minutes to write down every day three things that are positive in your life - three things for which you are grateful. It should be more than "I'm grateful for my cat" - more like "I'm grateful that my cat likes to sit on my lap every night and purr because it makes me feel calm and relaxed."

2. When you pull out your computer for the day, go right to your email and send a brief positive message to a friend or co-worker, or pick up the phone and call. Your social network is very important, so take the time to reach out to those who support you.

3. Exercise every day. It is a great stress reliever and, over time, will help build a positive outlook.

4. Start a journal. Every day take just a few minutes to think about one thing that happened over the last 24 hours that was a positive experience. Then write in your journal about just that one event - but do it in great detail. Include a description of the setting, what you were wearing, what was said, what you saw, how you felt, etc.

I tend to have a pretty positive outlook, and I always thought it was just my natural inclination. One of the most interesting things about what I heard in last week's lecture was that I already do three of these things every day, and have for most of my life.

It's odd how in life sometimes you get the feeling that someone is trying to send you a message and you better pay attention. I had an experience like that this weekend. While I still was percolating about the happiness advantage lecture, over the weekend I visited my mother in Syracuse. We were going through some of my dad's papers that she hadn't been able to sort through since he passed away more than a year ago. I came upon a random piece of paper, clearly ripped out of a spiral notebook. On one side, my dad had made a "to do" list for a day in 1988. But the message was on the other side of the paper. He must have ripped a paper out of a notebook where he had written down things he wanted to remember from when he took the Dale Carnegie course - The Power of Positive Thinking. Here's what he had written down:

The habit of postive thinking... A replacement of negative thoughts with thoughts of confidence, courage and inner peace, achieved by mental discipline and constant training. Seek new friendships, think positive thoughts, avoid emotional stress, yearn for spiritual understanding, open your mind to new ideas, utilize your natural talents, take frequent walks, find a new interest, understand your limitations, lubricate your life with enthusiasm.

My dad took that course in the 1950s, and I was struck by how similar the message was to the now research-based work of Shawn Achor. A positive approach to life is a powerful thing, and this week that message came to me loud and clear.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Winning with Character scores

New results from the value-judgment survey FLCC athletes take suggest the 3-year-old Winning with Character program has gotten students thinking about the choices they make on and off the field.
As part of Winning with Character, athletes attend a mandatory character education session once a week during college hour.  Bob Lowden, athletic director, teaches the class, which consists of discussion about ethical dilemmas, including real-life incidents from professional and college sports.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Local women bring belly dance to FLCC

Ontario County women who are part of the Silent Rhythm Dance Troupe will share one of the oldest forms of dance – belly dancing – on Thursday, March 10, at Finger Lakes Community College.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Stage 13 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. Parking is available in the lot in front of the building or the parking lot at the top of the hill behind the building. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Eastman flutist to perform 'Hibakusha'

Catherine Branch, a flutist who has cerebral palsy, will perform and discuss disability awareness at Finger Lakes Community College on Monday, March 7.

The concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. in B355 on the third floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr.  Parking is available in the lot in front of the main building or in the Constellation Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center parking lot. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will begin with Branch and Ines Draskovic, assistant professor of music, playing “Three Romances” for flute and piano written by Robert Schumann. Branch will talk about Schumann’s disability during a brief overview of his life.

One of the solo pieces Branch will play is "Hibakusha" by Aaron Alon. The title refers to the Japanese name for those who survived the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War II. The survivors experienced an extreme kind of post-traumatic stress.