Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hole-in-one contest: Win a Buick

The FLCC Foundation will host its second annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Finger Lakes Community College programs on Monday, June 27, at noon at Ravenwood Golf Club, 929 Lynaugh Road, Victor.
The event features a hole-in-one contest on a par-3 hole for a 2011 Buick Regal CXL from the Randall Buick GMC Cadillac dealership on Route 332 in Canandaigua. Hole-in-one contests will also be held on three additional par-3 holes, with prizes to be announced that day.

The entry fee is $125 for individuals. A special package for four players, which includes extra publicity and eligibility for prizes, is $600. All participants will get a $50 certificate to Callaway, a golf equipment and apparel retailer, that can be activated by taking a test drive at Randall Buick GMC Cadillac.
For more information or to sign up, call (585) 785-1541 or e-mail to foundation@flcc.edu.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Meet some outstanding alumni

From left, Mark T. Watkins Sr., Richard J. Rebar, Alexandra V. Cleveland, Michelle Garlock, Elly Disbrow and John E. Hume Jr.  For more photos, visit the FLCC Connects Flickr site by clicking here.

A senior executive from the MeadWestvaco paper and packaging company and a botanist with the U.S Forest Service were among the six Finger Lakes Community College alumni honored in a ceremony on May 20 at the main campus.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony is an annual event on the eve of commencement to celebrate the accomplishments of past FLCC graduates. The honorees are detailed below.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

FLCC, Moser Baer to launch cleanroom technician training program

David A. Newman, vice president of Moser Baer Technologies in Canandaigua, explains the features of a cleanroom suit.

The Skills2Compete-New York Campaign has predicted a massive shortage in workers needed to fill a projected 996,190 “middle-skill” job openings in New York state between now and 2018. In the Greater Rochester-Finger Lakes region alone, state Labor Department officials project the number of middle-skill job openings to be 47,700 — more than the 47,500 projected highly skilled job openings.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Employees, students receive SUNY’s highest honor

Front row, from left: Matthew Brown, Student Corporation president; Bryan Ingham, assistant professor of mathematics. Back row: Susan McCarthy, associate professor of nursing; Kirsten Hicks, Student Corporation vice president; Chuck Woods, Web services coordinator; and Kathy Bollen, human resources assistant.
At its commencement ceremony on May 21, Finger Lakes Community College recognized two students and four employees who received the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, the highest honor in the SUNY system. The recipients are as follows:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FLCC and FL Works: Helping people get ahead

FLCC student Jeuel Bradley of Geneva at work at Charlie Riedel’s restaurant.

The public can learn more about Finger Lakes Works job preparation and search services and how they link with Finger Lakes Community College programs at open houses throughout the region on Thursday, May 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Finger Lakes Works helps youth and displaced workers prepare for and conduct a job search at its five One Stop Centers in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The agency also helps local residents enroll in educational programs that lead to job opportunities.
Open house locations are as follows:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

FLCC to graduate largest class ever

Kristi Greibner
With more than 950 anticipated graduates — the largest class ever – Finger Lakes Community College will hold its 43rd commencement on Saturday, May 21, at 1:45 p.m. at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center on the college grounds.
Erland Kailbourne
The commencement speaker is Erland “Erkie” Kailbourne, a former vice chairman of the SUNY board of trustees and chairman of Albany International Inc., a global advanced textiles and materials processing company.
He retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet National Bank (New York state region) and served as chairman of Financial Institutions Inc. and Five Star Bank from 2006-2010. He is also a director of the New York Independent System Operator, Rand Capital Corporation and the Farash Corporation.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

109 join Phi Theta Kappa honor society

One hundred and nine students from Finger Lakes Community College were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, during the spring semester.
The FLCC Alpha Epsilon Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, chartered in 1981, serves the community through programs such as the Holiday Angel Tree Project. Scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship are the hallmarks of the international organization. To qualify for membership, students must have accumulated 15 or more credit hours and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average.
Inductees by county and town are as follows:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Free electronics recycling at FLCC on May 13

Finger Lakes Community College will host a public electronics recycling drive Friday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.
Household electronics will be collected in the pavilion adjacent to the College Suites residence hall off Laker Lane (first left after turning onto the main campus road). Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R) of Victor will accept the following:

Honor students recognize inspiring teachers

The Finger Lakes Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society held a ceremony May 10 to honor educators in high school and college who had inspired and encouraged them.
This first-ever event honored one high school educator in each of the four counties served by FLCC (Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates) and one FLCC faculty member.
“If you take a moment and look back over your academic life, there is always one particular person who touched you or taught you something that you will never forget.  It might be that really hard teacher who drilled the chemistry periodic table of elements into your head … or it could just be a teacher who took the time to get to know you, encouraging you to reach for and attain your highest aspirations,” said Elizabeth Schultz-Pfaff, president of Alpha Epsilon Chi, the FLCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Friday, May 6, 2011

SUNY focused on economic development

FLCC President Barbara Risser says she is pleased to see the governor’s office move forward with the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program to boost funding for the State University of New York’s four university centers in Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton and Stony Brook.
The NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program will initially consist of $35 million in capital funding per school. To be eligible, each must put forth a plan to show how it will leverage private sector resources to improve the regional economy.
 “Since many Finger Lakes Community College students transfer to SUNY four-year schools, we are encouraged by efforts to enhance those facilities,” said Risser.
The 2020 plan is among many ways SUNY schools can support economic growth, she added.
Later this month, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be in Canandaigua for a forum on how community college partnerships with industry are helping prepare the local workforce for emerging jobs.
Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College and Monroe Community College will take part in the May 24 event at the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (formerly Infotonics) in Canandaigua.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wine Classes: Riesling Expert, Wine 101, more

Finger Lakes Community College and the New York Wine and Culinary Center have partnered to offer five single-session wine education classes in May.
Classes vary by topic, duration and price and are held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St. as follows:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

State OKs new paralegal certificate

The state Education Department has approved a new paralegal certificate program at Finger Lakes Community College that will allow those who already have college degrees to move into the profession more quickly.
Starting in fall 2011, eligible students can begin the 33-credit program, which can be completed with night classes in as little as a year. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

FLCC woodmen are champions again

The FLCC men’s first team placed first at the SUNY Cobleskill woodsmen competition April 29 and 30, clinching its 18th championship title with a score of 1,442 points.
 The Paul Smith’s College first team placed second with 1,279 points; third and fourth places, 1,263 points and 1,241 points fell to the Paul Smith’s College second team and the SUNY College of Environmental Forestry first team. Thirty-seven teams from the northeastern United States competed in 17 events over two days.
The FLCC men’s team of Ethan Thoms of Canandaigua,  Dakota Robarge of Naples, Kyle Spry of Walworth, Seth McClory of Franklynville, Brenton Austin of Pine Valley and Steven Johns of Endicott placed first in the team canoe relay, the team crosscut and the team pulp toss.

Summer science, sports camps for kids

Finger Lakes Community College will host summer science camps for children at its Victor Campus Center and sports camps at the main campus in Hopewell.
A new partnership between FLCC and the Rochester Museum & Science Center kicks off this summer with day camps (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for children from ages 6 to 11 at the Victor Campus Center that include field trips to the museum. Camps are $245 per week with options for before- and after-camp care.
July 11-15: Wizard’s Magic, ages 6-8. Find out how you can use chemical reactions, optical illusions and physics to make wizard magic.
July 11-15: Science Wonders, ages 9-11. Engineering, chemistry, physics, astronomy and biology – discover the world of science in this sampler camp.
July 18-22: It’s All About Life, ages 6-8: Learn about biology and biodiversity. Explore how cells work together to allow life to function.
July 18-22: Forensic Science, ages 9-11:  Learn how to investigate witnesses, collect crime scene data and stake out criminals.
For more information or to register, visit the RMSC Web site here.
College and high-school coaches teach a series of camps from late June through mid-August with an emphasis on comprehensive skill development in soccer, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, bowling and volleyball. With a ratio of 6 campers to 1 staff member, the camps provide plenty of individual attention.
Prices range from $150 to $250 for weekend camps that run Friday to Sunday and $250 to $395 for weekday camps that run Sunday to Thursday. All camps have day, commuter and resident camp options, with overnight accommodations in the air-conditioned College Suites residence hall adjacent to the FLCC main campus.
For more information, visit www.supercampsandclinics.com, call (585) 394-4299 or e-mail to supercamps@frontier.com.
The camp schedule is as follows:

Students to give free concert

Several Finger Lakes Community College student ensembles will perform an array of music on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main Street.  The concert is free and open to the public.
The evening will feature the Guitar, Percussion and Jazz Vocal ensembles along with the College Singers.
Music will include bebop and 1940s tunes, “The Pink Panther” theme, a twist on the classic “William Tell Overture,” Hungarian folk songs, the Irish air “Danny Boy” and other selections.
For more information, contact Eleanor Rideout at (585) 785-1416 or rideouea@flcc.edu.

Get the latest on GI Bill changes

Finger Lakes Community College will host an information session on services for veterans and their families as well as upcoming changes to the GI Bill on Thursday, May 5, from  4 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.
Several provisions of the GI Bill are scheduled to change as of Aug. 1, 2011. For example, a new provision will allow students taking all online courses to get a living stipend equal to half the national average. Currently veterans taking only online courses do not qualify for a stipend.
Other changes affect tuition payments and interval, or break, pay which is given to cover living expenses between fall and spring semesters.