Monday, October 31, 2011

FLCC woodsmen improve on the road

The FLCC woodsmen team competed at two competitions this fall, making gains between their home meet in South Bristol on Oct. 2 and a road-trip to Paul Smith's on Oct. 22.

Eighteen teams representing six New York state colleges participated at FLCC’s home meet at Cumming Nature Center in South Bristol. Paul Smith’s College men earned first place in the men’s division followed by SUNY ESF, Alfred State, and FLCC respectively.

Kyle Spry of Walworth took first place in both the pole climb and a two-person sawing event with teammate Seth McClory of Franklinville. Both the FLCC women and Jack and Jill teams finished in fourth place.

“We learned what we’re up against this year and each competitor needed to practice as much as possible before our next competition,” FLCC coach Ryan Staychock said of the first meet.

Practice paid off a few weeks later when FLCC departed for the Paul Smith’s competition, which featured a total of 26 teams. The FLCC men’s first team earned 2nd place behind Paul Smith’s. The SUNY ESF men finished a close third.

My excellent New Zealand adventure

Sarah Meyer
Sarah Meyer, community outreach coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute, will give a presentation on New Zealand on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Finger Lakes Community College Muller Field Station, 6455 County Road 36, Canadice.
 
Meyer spent two weeks traveling throughout the north and south islands of New Zealand with her sister in 2009. This presentation will provide a visual journal of their experiences horseback riding in Te Anau, cruising Milford Sound, admiring botanical gardens in Auckland and Christchurch, cycling on Waiheke Island, sailing in Lake Taupo, hiking in the Fiordland National  Park and exploring the icy Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers. With only one hotel night stay, the adventuresome sisters experienced all this while living out of a Subaru Forester.
Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact Nancy Lawson at (585) 785-1257 or lawsonnk@flcc.edu.
This event is co-sponsored by Finger Lakes Community College and the Honeoye Valley Association.

Friday, October 28, 2011

FLCC to host one-woman diversity show Nov. 3


In “The New Faces of America” a single actor from the Will & Company theater ensemble plays seven characters, including a female veteran and a migrant worker.


A not-for-profit theater group will stage “The New Faces of America,” a show that tackles diversity and social topics, at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, Nov. 3.
The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in Stage 13 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua. It is free and open to the public. Visitors should arrive early to allow for parking.
Based on interviews from real people as well as historical facts, the show tells the stories of seven college students from extremely different backgrounds and how they live and thrive in a multicultural America. 
“New Faces” is a one-woman show that incorporates video presentations. An actor plays all seven characters: a female biracial college student, a Southern gay minister, a young female veteran from the Iraq War, a Native American teenager, a young migrant worker, an Appalachian college student and a deaf African-American.
After the performance, the actor will engage the audience in a discussion. “The New Faces of America” is a production of Will & Company (www.willandcompany.com), a not-for-profit theater ensemble based in Los Angeles that tours the nation.
For information, call (585) 785-1623. Campus maps and directions can be found at www.FLCCconnects.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

'It's Only a Medium' opens Friday at Phelps Arts Center

Liz Brownell with work titled "Free"

"ReBirth" sculpture by Barron Naegel

“It’s Only a Medium,” an exhibit by Barron Naegel and Liz Brownell, professors at Finger Lakes Community College, opens at the Phelps Arts Center Friday, Oct. 28.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Phelps Arts Center, 15 Church St., Phelps. The event is free and open to the public.
“It’s Only a Medium” is composed of work in different mediums: clay, representing the ancient and digital art, the modern. The artists have found parallels in visual communication between former and current times. The exhibit is intended to illuminate the relationship between the earth element of clay and the digital realm.
“We are so grateful to have this opportunity to share with the community the art and ideology of the past and present, making connections where people might otherwise not find them,” says Brownell, an associate professor of graphic design. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Learn about college close to home at the FLCC Wayne County Campus Center


Finger Lakes Community College will host a free information session for prospective students Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Wayne County Campus Center, 1100 Technology Parkway in Newark.
Reservations are required by Nov. 2 and can be made by online at www.flcc.edu/offices/admissions or by calling the FLCC Admissions Office at (585) 785-1279.
This session is meant for first-time students and those returning to college with an emphasis on the courses offered at the Wayne County Campus Center. Day, evening and online classes are available in traditional transfer courses. The center in Newark is also home to the college’s newest biology lab, meaning students no longer need to travel to the main campus to complete lab assignments.
Information on FLCC’s 54 degree and certificate programs, financial aid, transfer services, career counseling and tutoring will also be available.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

61 FLCC students join Phi Theta Kappa honor society

Sixty-one students from Finger Lakes Community College were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, on Oct. 23.
The organization seeks to foster scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. FLCC’s Alpha Epsilon Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, chartered in 1981, provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills through conferences and projects. The chapter also serves the community through programs such as the Holiday Angel Tree Project, which collects gifts for needy children.
To advance scholarship, FLCC’s chapter will host a weekend Honors Institute Nov. 11-13 at the Holiday Inn in Waterloo for Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout New York. The meeting will feature presentations on “glocalization,” a new term that refers to moderating the effects of globalization to reflect local needs and customs.
To qualify for membership, students must have accumulated 15 or more credit hours and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. New members by county and town are as follows:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Classical, jazz and a bit of Halloween

A mix of music from Brahms to Chick Corea – even a Halloween-themed piece written by a faculty member – will be part of a free concert at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in B355, on the third floor of FLCC’s main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The public is welcome to attend.
The evening will highlight faculty from the college’s music department performing an eclectic repertoire of music encompassing jazz, classical and indie. The performance will include special guest Kristen Shiner-McGuire, coordinator of percussion studies at Nazareth College.
Selections include the following:
  • Brett Long on trumpet, accompanied by Ines Draskovic on piano, performing: “Slavonic Fantasy” by Carl Hohne and “Solus” by Stanley Friedman.
  • EunMi Ko on piano and guest Timothy Baker on violin, performing: “Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor” by Johannes Brahms.
  • Craig Snyder and Leo Medler on guitars, Nash Bock on piano and Geoff Smith on bass, performing “Time Remembered” by Bill Evans.
  • Bob Barbuto on piano and Geoff Smith on bass, performing: “You Don't Know What Love Is” by Don Raye and Gene DePaul.
  • David McGuire on piano, Geoff Smith on bass and guest Kristen Shiner-McGuire on vibes, performing “What Game Shall We Play Today” by Chick Corea.
  • David McGuire, composer, will play a Halloween-themed piece of electronic music titled “Day of the Dead.”
For more information, contact David McGuire, associate professor of music, (585) 785-1385, mcguirdr@flcc.edu.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

16 students join business honor society

Sixteen Finger Lakes Community College students were inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma,  the international business honor society for two-year college students on Oct. 14 at the main campus.
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a business curriculum in a two-year accredited program, have completed at least 12 credit hours toward a degree and have at least a 3.0 grade point average overall and in business courses.
Established in 1970, Alpha Beta Gamma recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students in business programs. It also provides leadership opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas.
FLCC’s new members of Alpha Beta Gamma, by county and town are as follows:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FLCC to host adult student information session

Finger Lakes Community College will host a free information session for prospective adult students on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, off Lakeshore Drive.
Reservations are required by Oct. 26 and can be made by online at www.flcc.edu/offices/admissions or by calling the FLCC Admissions Office at (585) 785-1279.
This session is meant for first-time students and those returning to college with an emphasis on programs geared for adults, such as on-line and evening courses. Information on FLCC’s 54 degree and certificate programs, financial aid, transfer services, career counseling and tutoring will also be available.

Monday, October 17, 2011

FLCC to host clinic for basketball coaches

The Finger Lakes Community College men's basketball program will offer its 9th annual fall basketball coaching clinic on Saturday, Oct. 22, in the FLCC gymnasium.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch provided. This year's speakers and topics include:
  • Chris Cardon of Irondequoit High School: "Building a Basketball Program"
  • Bill Beilen of Niagara Community College: "Improving Individual Offensive Skills"
  • Richard Jones of  FLCC: "Half Court Offense with Four Perimeter Players"
  • Charlie Bridge of Jefferson Community College: "Man-to-Man Defense"
  • Ron Ceravolo, former head coach at Newark High School: "Full Court Offense & Defense"

The cost of the clinic is $50 at the door or $45 preregistered. Call Richard Jones at (585) 747-5537 to register.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Native American poets visit FLCC Oct. 20

Native American poets Susan Deer Cloud and Lance Henson will share verse inspired by their heritage and lives Thursday, Oct. 20, at Finger Lakes Community College.
The poetry reading will be held at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive at the corner of Routes 5 and 20 in Canandaigua. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Learn about college close to home at the FLCC Victor Campus Center


Finger Lakes Community College will host a free information session for prospective students Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251.
Reservations are required by Oct. 18 and can be made by online at www.flcc.edu/offices/admissions or by calling the FLCC Admissions Office at (585) 785-1279.
This session is meant for first-time students and those returning to college with an emphasis on the courses offered at the Victor Campus Center. Day, evening and online classes are available in traditional transfer and career degree courses. The Victor center is also the home base for FLCC’s technology programs, including the two-year instrumentation and control technologies degree, which trains students for jobs in advanced manufacturing enterprises.
Information on FLCC’s 54 degree and certificate programs, financial aid, transfer services, career counseling and tutoring will also be available.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

FLCC launches cleanroom training program

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence and Finger Lakes Community College have established an innovative education and training program that will help build the highly skilled nanotechnology workforce critical to driving high-tech economic growth in Western New York.

FLCC has begun accepting applications for the two-week cleanroom operator training program, scheduled to begin in January, with classroom education at the FLCC Victor Campus Center and cleanroom tours and activities at the Smart Technology Center in Canandaigua.

Students who complete the program will be prepared for entry-level work in high-tech research, development and manufacturing facilities that require environments free of pollutants to produce precision components, including those used in products ranging from smart phones, laptops and televisions to medical devices, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and weaponry and protective gear for the military.

In developing the course, FLCC and the Smart Technology Center worked with Moser Baer Technologies, which began operations at the center in May 2010. The company is engaged in the business of designing and installing a manufacturing pilot line for OLED (organic light emitting diode) lighting panels, as well as other activities relative to advanced solid-state lighting technology. 

“As CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center continues to build its high-tech capabilities and deploy them to attract new jobs and companies to the Greater Rochester region, it is critical to have a highly skilled, highly trained workforce in place to support and enable technological and economic growth,” said Paul Tolley, CNSE vice president for disruptive technologies and executive director of the Smart Technology Center. “We look forward to working with Finger Lakes Community College and Moser Baer Technologies to ensure that this program provides innovative education and training through which residents can build exciting and productive careers in the growing nanotechnology industry.”

“Statistics show a demand for middle-skill jobs, those that require more than high school but less than a four-year degree,” said Lynn Freid, manager of business development and training at FLCC. “We’re starting to see that now in the region, and FLCC’s programs can provide the training for people to get the skills that match emerging jobs.”

"Moser Baer Technologies anticipates hiring three trained qualified cleanroom operators beginning in the first quarter of 2012,” said David Newman, vice president of Moser Baer. “Over the next two years, as we ramp up our pilot line activities, we anticipate the need to hire additional qualified cleanroom operators and other staff.”

Cleanroom operators must know how to properly prepare themselves and dress to work in a cleanroom environment; how to monitor and adjust expensive equipment that is highly sensitive; and how to adhere to environmental and occupational health and safety standards, among other responsibilities.

To be eligible for the program, students must be legally authorized to work in the United States and be 18 or older with a driver's license and a high school diploma or GED. Tuition is $780, including all course materials. Tuition assistance may be available through programs for dislocated or unemployed workers and low-income youth.

Entry into the program also requires completion of one of the orientation sessions, scheduled for Oct. 18 and 25 and Nov. 1 and 8, at 9 a.m. at the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education, Room B128, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua.

Space in the class is limited. To register for orientation, contact Colleen Aiezza at FLCC at (585) 785-1906 or aiezzaca@flcc.edu.