Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tickets remain for Michael Park on April 1

Tickets remain for an appearance by Broadway and TV actor Michael Park at Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m.

Park will talk about his career with John Haldoupis, artistic director at Blackfriars Theatre in Rochester, and take questions from the audience.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (585) 785-1386 or online at They will also be available at the door. Single event tickets are $29 to $39, depending on seating.

A native of Canandaigua, Michael Park played Jack Snyder in “As the World Turns,” winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2010, and again in 2011.

Park has appeared in numerous stage productions, both on and off Broadway, including the Grammy-winning “Smokey Joe’s CafĂ©.” He currently plays Bert Bratt, the personnel manager of the World Wide Wicket Company, in the Broadway revival of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” The musical comedy follows the ambitious young J. Pierrepont Finch, played by Nick Jonas, as he climbs the corporate ladder.

Park is the third speaker in the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum, a new series that brings expert and high-profile speakers to Canandaigua three times a year.

Open house at the FLCC Muller Field Station

The Finger Lakes Community College Muller Field Station at the south end of Honeoye Lake will hold a spring open house on Saturday, April 7, to offer guided nature hikes as well as updates on the walleye spawning season and college research.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Muller Field Station, 6455 County Road 36. It is free and open to the public.

FLCC’s fisheries technology faculty and students will provide an update on the 2012 walleye spawning season from 10 to 11 a.m.

Visitors can join nature hikes led by FLCC students along the Honeoye Lake inlet at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

Bruce Gilman, Muller Field Station director, will give a presentation on “The Life and Legend of Emil Muller” at 11:30 a.m. The field station previously served as recreational property for the late Emil Muller, whose wife donated it to the FLCC Foundation in 2000.

FLCC faculty and staff will give informal presentations on college research projects and the history of Muller Field Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A “touch table” with animal pelts and other items will be set up to help children learn about animals living in western New York.

For information, call the FLCC Department of Environmental Conservation and Horticulture at (585) 785-1257.

Monday, March 26, 2012

FLCC music faculty in the spotlight

From left, David McGuire, Kristen Shriner-McGuire and Geoff Smith
The spotlight will be on Finger Lakes Community College music faculty as they share their instrumental and vocal expertise at the spring Faculty Recital Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m.
The concert will be held in room B355 on the third floor of the FLCC main building, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The event is free and open to the public. The closest parking is off Laker Lane, at the top of the hill behind the main building.
FLCC music faculty will be joined by alumni and guests Kristen Shriner-McGuire, head of percussion studies at Nazareth College, and Tom Nanni, a freelance musician and attorney from Rochester.
The following are a few of the evening’s performances:
  • An ensemble comprised of music faculty members David McGuire on piano, Geoff Smith on bass and Jillian Pritchard-Fiandach on percussion along with guests Kristen Shriner-McGuire on percussion and Tom Nanni on the tabla drum will perform an improvisational piece, “In the Temple of Hajradim” by John Zorn. 
  • Faculty member, guitarist and alumnus Craig Snyder ’84 and fellow alumni Steve Copeland ’85 on piano, Josh Heckathorn ’09 on bass, and Jason Burns ’08 on drums will play two selections, “April Joy” by Pat Metheny and an original composition by Snyder titled “Earthbound.”
  • David McGuire on piano and Kristen Shiner-McGuire on vibraphone/vibes will perform Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.”
For more information, contact David McGuire, associate professor of music, (585) 785-1385,

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A night for guitar fans at FLCC

Kinloch Nelson
Mark Arnold
Fingerstyle guitarists Mark Arnold and Kinloch Nelson will perform at the Finger Lakes Community College Honors House “Seventh Annual Words and Music” Wednesday, March 28.

The evening of music and discussion will begin at 7 p.m. at the Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua.

Arnold’s and Nelson’s solo performances will highlight the guitarists’ artistry and dexterity as they play a variety of music styles, including American folk, classics from Spain, Japanese folk modern guitar and many other genres.

“We are pleased to feature two remarkable fingerstyle guitarists,” says Curt Nehring Bliss, associate professor of English and director of honors studies.

Mark Arnold, one of the first student musicians I met when I started teaching here in 1999, has been developing and nurturing a style of playing that features a tender tone with technical expertise.
“We paired Mark up with Kinloch Nelson, an extraordinarily diverse master guitarist who has been impressing listeners with his renditions and original compositions for nearly 40 years. For guitar lovers this is a performance not to miss," Nehring Bliss adds.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

FLCC-G.W. Lisk machinist students graduate to waiting jobs

Rob Montemorano, left, and Mike Ford in the G.W. Lisk shop
“It’s exciting to get into a program like this. This has opportunity,” said Rob Montemorano of Geneva, who has a new full-time job with G.W. Lisk Co.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alumni donate painting with link to FLCC history

Two Finger Lakes Community College alumni have given the college a rare painting by an early 20th century artist whose son would later become the first chairman of the FLCC Board of Trustees.

Brett Utter ’97, owner of Brett Utter Fine Arts and Antiques, and his wife, Sarah ’81, of Middlesex, donated the 5-foot-tall oil painting of a floral arrangement after acquiring it from a local collection.

“While it would make a wonderful addition to any art collector's inventory, I believe that it should be enjoyed by the public,” Brett Utter said. “More importantly I feel Finger Lakes Community College would make a wonderful home and community display due to the connection to its founder. “

The artist, Fletcher H. Carpenter (1878-1954), taught at East High School in Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. His son was the late Dr. Collins “Connie” Carpenter, an oral surgeon who served on the FLCC Board of Trustees from 1966 to ’78 and as chairman from 1966 to ’69 and again from 1975 to ’76. The FLCC boardroom is named after Dr. Carpenter.

Fletcher Carpenter was an accomplished artist and his paintings are rare and highly sought after today,” Brett said. “Both my wife, Sarah, and I are alumni of FLCC and we would be honored to be able to give back to our alma mater in this small way.”

“We are grateful to Brett and Sarah Utter for their generous donation of Fletcher Carpenter’s beautiful painting to FLCC, and we will display it with great pride,” said FLCC President Barbara Risser. “Connie Carpenter was instrumental in the founding of the college, and I am sure he would have been delighted to have his father’s work on view at FLCC for students, staff and visitors to enjoy.”

Due to the construction and renovation on the main campus, a site to display the painting will be chosen later this spring.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rochester’s Arena Art Group to exhibit abstract work at FLCC

The Arena Art Group Exhibition of abstract and exploratory art forms will be on display at Finger Lakes Community College from March 22 to April 20.

The exhibit opens at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, followed by an informal artist talk from 2 to 3 p.m. featuring three Arena Art Group artists and their work: abstract painter Sophia Amm and watercolorists Stu Chait and Charlotte Barnard.

An opening reception will be held Friday, March 23, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with many of the artists attending.

Both events are free and open to the public. They will be in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 on the first floor of the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Visitors should use the entrance by the flag pole.

Manipulation in Red by Stu Chait

Blue Room by Dan Neuberger

Geometry in Motion by Sophia Amm

Interior Landscape by Jeanne Beck

The exhibit will feature diverse works made from a variety of media by 15 of the Arena Art Group’s 44 artists. These include a textile collage by Lynne Feldman, a Dan Neuberger photograph and a handmade ceramic sculpture by Nancy Valle.

“The Arena Art Group is a juried membership organization of accomplished artists that cultivates diversity in both mediums and ideas. One example of this is painter Zanne Brunner, one of the artists in this exhibition, who is a great lover of trees and interprets their unique spirits in her paintings,” says Jeanne Beck, Arena Art Group president.

Founded in 1951, the Arena Art Group was the first group of artists in Rochester to promote the work of contemporary artists. The organization is named after Rochester’s old Arena Theater where the original group met. Since then, the group has showcased many of the region's most respected and accomplished artists and continues to promote the visual arts through exhibitions, artist talks and arts programming partnerships.

“Through the 60-plus years of its existence, the Arena Group has consistently held to the overall mission of supporting and promoting abstract art. I look forward to having this special group show their work outside of the Rochester area,” says Barron Naegel, assistant professor of art and director of the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday/Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Barron Naegel at (585) 785-1369 or To learn more about the Arena Art Group, visit

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Roc the Day funded scholarship for FLCC student

Katie Rice, left, of Canandaigua, picks up her textbooks at the FLCC College Store. Her books were covered by a scholarship raised during the Roc the Day campaign in December.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Broadway, TV actor Michael Park to visit FLCC

Michael Park
Broadway and TV actor Michael Park, best known for his Emmy-winning role on “As the World Turns,” will talk about his career at Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m.

Park is the third speaker in the new George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum, which brings expert and high-profile speakers to Canandaigua three times a year. John Haldoupis, artistic director at Blackfriars Theatre in Rochester, will interview Michael Park in a talk-show style format.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (585) 785-1386 or online at They will also be available at the door. Single event tickets are $29 to $39, depending on seating.

A native of Canandaigua, Michael Park played Jack Snyder in “As the World Turns,” winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2010, and again in 2011.

Monday, March 5, 2012

ATHENA Connections canceled

“ATHENA Connections-Characteristics of a Leader,” a panel discussion with former Canandaigua ATHENA recipients, scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, at Finger Lakes Community College has been canceled. A new date has not been scheduled.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Dady Brothers bring Celtic tunes to FLCC March 8

John and Joe Dady

The Dady Brothers will share Celtic music and a bit of blarney at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, March 8.

The brothers will conduct an informal workshop at 5 p.m., followed by a concert at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. They will be held in the cafeteria annex on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

During the hour-long Celtic music workshop, John and Joe Dady will demonstrate their unique instruments and discuss their musical influences and styles. Then, in concert, the duo’s performance will include a bit of Irish wit and a Celtic musical repertoire.

Originally from Rochester, the Dady Brothers are a widely acclaimed folk duo and have performed their special brand of Irish music throughout the U.S., Canada and Ireland. They use a variety of instruments, including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, penny whistle, bodhran, harmonica, banjo and uilleann pipes.

For additional information, contact Joshua Heller, professor of sociology, at (585) 785-1335 or

Friday, March 2, 2012

ATHENA recipients to share leadership insights at FLCC

Canandaigua ATHENA Award recipients will share insights about leadership during “ATHENA Connections-Characteristics of a Leader” at Finger Lakes Community College, Tuesday, March 6.

Hosted by the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce and FLCC, the event begins at 12:45 p.m. at the college, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, in room A102, just to the right of the main entrance. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors should arrive early to allow for parking.

Speakers are ATHENA recipients Barbara Risser, president of Finger Lakes Community College; Lauren Dixon, CEO and owner of Dixon Schwabl Advertising, Inc.; and Janet Tenreiro, owner of The Pharmacy Shop/The Animal Pharmacy, as they share personal accounts of their experiences as leaders.

In 1985 the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce held the first ATHENA Award program in New York state. It continues to host the annual award to distinguish an area woman for her accomplishments, business and professional excellence, community leadership and commitment and assistance to women.

ATHENA International awards are presented each year in over 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The award identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy, celebration and joy.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Want to volunteer? Need volunteers? This service is for you

Finger Lakes Community College has launched a new community service to help local agencies fill volunteer openings – and to help would-be volunteers find opportunities that suit their interests.
Local residents looking for volunteer opportunities can visit the FLCC social media site,, and click on a button at the lower right on the home page for the FLCC Connects Volunteers database.
“There are a lot of organizations that do great work in the Finger Lakes and a lot of people with talent to spare. FLCC Connects Volunteers is a way for them to find one another,” said Bob Matson, director of community affairs.
A total of 68 agencies spanning five counties are already listed, including the West Ontario Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“Life can change in an instant, and when it does, American Red Cross volunteers are there. We are always seeking new volunteers, and we hope the FLCC site will help us connect with more people willing to help,” said Wendy Nowak, volunteer service specialist.