Monday, April 30, 2012

FLCC named one of the top 120 community colleges in the country

The Aspen Institute has named Finger Lakes Community College one the nation’s 120 top community colleges, making it eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization, identified the 120 community colleges – 10 percent of all institutions across the nation – using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes. 
These colleges will now compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which was established to identify and replicate practices that significantly improve college student outcomes. The winner receives $600,000; other finalists receive smaller amounts.
Five other New York community colleges were named to the Aspen Institute list: Broome Community College, Binghamton; Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn; Genesee Community College, Batavia; Hudson Valley Community College, Troy; and Jefferson Community College, Watertown.
FLCC ranks second of 29 upstate New York community colleges for “successful outcomes” as measured by the State University of New York. SUNY defines successful outcomes as graduating, transferring or continuing to pursue higher education after six semesters.
Some seven million students – youth and adult learners – enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year.
“The success of our nation’s community colleges is more important than ever before,” said Josh Wyner, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program executive director. “At a time when a college degree is essential to entering the middle class, community colleges like FLCC offer the most promising path to education and employment for literally millions of Americans.”
A full list of the 120 community colleges is available at Prize winners will be announced in March 2013.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Free end-of-semester concerts at FLCC

Four end-of-semester concerts at Finger Lakes Community College will highlight the musical talents of its students.

All performances will begin at 7 p.m. in room B355 on the third floor of FLCC’s main building, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua. They are free and open to the public.

April 26: The Honors Recital will feature performances by FLCC’s top student musicians. Participants are nominated by their instructors and audition before a panel of music faculty members.

May 7 and May 8: Jazz concerts will spotlight different student ensembles each evening as they perform a spectrum of jazz music.

May 10: Composers Forum will provide an outlet for FLCC students, faculty, alumni and community members to present their original musical inspirations during this 90-minute recital.

For more information, call (585) 785-1416.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free college education for qualifying people currently out of work

The state has awarded the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board a grant to provide full scholarships for up to 266 unemployed workers in the Rochester area willing to train for a career in advanced manufacturing.

The scholarships will provide up to $8,500 for tuition, fees and books for eligible students who enroll in two-year programs at Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College or Monroe Community College.

The funding comes from a federal initiative to train American workers in high-growth jobs that employers are currently filling with foreign workers through a visa program. The funding is channeled through the state Department of Labor, which awards grants to programs across New York that can meet this goal.

Monday, April 23, 2012

FLCC to offer paramedic academy in fall 2012

Finger Lakes Community College will begin a nine-month paramedic academy in September 2012 to enable students to complete training more rapidly and help meet the need for emergency workers.

“We’ve had several requests to do this over the years,” said Donna Spink, FLCC coordinator of emergency medical services.

FLCC’s current paramedic certificate program consists of evening classes held over 17 months, from January through May of the next year.

The new paramedic academy would run from September 2012 through May 2013; classes would initially be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over time, class days drop from three days per week to two and then one as students switch focus to clinical practice. All classes are held at the FLCC Geneva Campus Center at 63 Pulteney St.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mark National Poetry Month with FLCC

To commemorate National Poetry Month, Finger Lakes Community College will hold its 10th Annual Campus Authors Reading on Thursday, April 26.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua. The event is free and open to the public.

The Campus Authors Reading celebrates the literary accomplishments of the FLCC faculty and staff. Now completing a decade, 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 performers who will be featured:

· Charlotte Cline of Geneva, instructor of English

· Trista Merrill of Canandaigua, associate professor of English

· Todd Natti of Fairport, adjunct faculty member in the humanities

· Curt Nehring Bliss, associate professor of English and director of honors studies, and Diane “Nani” Nehring Bliss, Write Place tutor, both of Middlesex

· Maureen Owens of Seneca Falls, adjunct faculty member in humanities and massage therapy

· Jon Palzer of Canandaigua, associate professor of English and chair of the humanities department

For more information, contact Jon Palzer at (585) 785-1224 or at

Thursday, April 19, 2012

FLCC honor society welcomes 78 students, recognizes teachers

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony
Seventy-eight Finger Lakes Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, during a ceremony on March 29.

As part of the ceremony, Phi Theta Kappa also recognized a high school teacher from each of the four counties in the FLCC service area – Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates – and one FLCC faculty member for their dedication to students.

Members of the honor society nominated high school teachers who affected them profoundly, challenged or nurtured them, and pushed them to do their best work. In addition, Phi Theta Kappa alumni were asked to nominate an FLCC faculty member. A committee of honor society members reviewed the nominations and recommended the following for 2012 Distinguished Educator Awards:

Richard Larkin, associate professor of hotel/resort management, has taught at FLCC for 24 years. Recipient of the Student Choice Employee of the Year Award in 1999, Larkin was nominated by FLCC alumnus Edward VanStine, who wrote: “There are so many words to describe Richard Larkin: educator, mentor, enthusiast, entrepreneur, leader, loyal, passionate, courteous and friend are just a few that come to mind.”

Ann S. Paige, a chemistry teacher at Penn Yan Academy for 23 years, was honored for her ability to connect with her students. FLCC student Jacqueline Stryker, who nominated Paige, wrote: “She was always doing experiments that taught us the material; it was fun and entertaining.”

Karen Fahy teaches ninth grade English and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition in the Geneva City School District. In her 14 years at the district, she has also taught FLCC Gemini courses, which allow high school students to get college credit. FLCC student Maddie D’Amico nominated Fahy, writing: “She cared about each and every student and wanted us to succeed.”

Molly Fleckenstein, a middle and high school English teacher for the Newark School District for the last 23 years, was nominated by FLCC student Rebecca Deline. “Even if I wanted to work to be ‘good enough,’ she always prompted far more. Mrs. Fleckenstein was wonderful in more ways than one,” Deline wrote.

Kimberly Hunt, who currently teaches sixth grade science at Waterloo Middle School, previously taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). FLCC student Gaoping Lin nominted Hunt, noting that she not only helped him learn the language but American culture as well. “Ms. Hunt made a lasting impression on me since I arrived in the United States,” he wrote.

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:

Finger Lakes Chorale and Camerata to perform spring concerts

Finger Lakes Chorale with Dennis Maxfield directing
Two community choral groups based at Finger Lakes Community College, the Finger Lakes Chorale and the Finger Lakes Camerata, have scheduled spring concerts in late April and early May.

All concerts are free; however, donations will be accepted for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for FLCC music and music recording students.

For more information, contact Dennis Maxfield, director of the choral groups, at (585) 396-0027 or

Finger Lakes Chorale

The Finger Lakes Chorale will perform works by two early 20th century classical British composers: Sir Edward Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands” and Gustav Holst’s “King Estmere.”

Concerts will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St. in Canandaigua on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m.

Director Dennis Maxfield, an FLCC music adjunct faculty member, said the chorus performed the music by Elgar several years ago.

“Some of the people in the group, including myself, thought it would be fun to sing it again,” he said. “As for Holst, I was looking for a work to complement the Elgar piece, something from about the same time period. I had never heard ‘King Estmere’ until I was searching online. I fell in love with it.”

Maxfield adds that “King Estmere” is a new experience for the Chorale. “In contrast to the Elgar, which is in five movements, the Holst is like nothing the group has ever done before,” he said. “It is very romantic sounding, like a cross between Brahms and Wagner. Also it is all in one movement. Once it starts, it doesn't stop until it's finished.”

A 30-piece orchestra comprised of area musicians will accompany the 60 Chorale singers who are from four surrounding counties.

Finger Lakes Camerata

The 23-member Finger Lakes Camerata will perform “Slices of Americana II,” Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at St John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St. in Canandaigua and Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Church, 12 Church St. in Phelps.

Director Dennis Maxfield, an FLCC music adjunct faculty member, said the concert will feature works by 18th, 19th and 20th century American composers.

Among the selections are “Modern Musik” by 18th century composer William Billings; “The Vacant Chair,” composed by George Root during the American Civil War; and 20th century favorites “At the River” by Aaron Copland and the music of George M. Cohan.

Monday, April 16, 2012

FLCC to host Earth Day electronics recycling drop-off

Local residents can recycle old electronics on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, by dropping them off in the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center parking lot, off East Lake Road, on the Finger Lakes Community College campus.

Electronics will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by representatives of Sunnking, which specializes in collecting, refurbishing, reselling, and recycling equipment and electronic products. Sunnking, which has facilities in Buffalo, Rochester and Brockport, keeps more than 10 million pounds of discarded electronics out of landfills annually.

Acceptable materials include computers, printers, ink cartridges, computer accessories, copies, pagers, GPS units, MP3 players, televisions and microwave ovens. A full list is available at

Sunnking will not accept refrigerators, air conditioners, electronics or equipment containing liquid, large appliances or gas-powered equipment, among other items.

For more information, call (585) 391-1010.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Former boxer: Don't ignore concussions

Ray Ciancaglini, a former middleweight boxer struggling with a neurological disorder caused by blows to the head, will give a talk on the danger of concussions to athletes at Finger Lakes Community College on Tuesday, April 17.

His talk begins at 11 a.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Entry is free.

Ciancaglini, of Geneva, was an aspiring middleweight boxer in 1966-72 who showed promise of a successful career. Today he suffers from dementia pugilistica – also known as chronic traumatic encepahalopathy, pugilistic Parkinson’s syndrome, boxer's syndrome and punch drunk syndrome. It is a neurological disorder that affects career boxers and others who receive multiple blows to the head.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

FLCC's next ballroom dance session is in downtown Canandaigua

Finger Lakes Community College will offer a six-week ballroom dance class on Saturdays, starting April 21 at the Jazzercise studio at 177 S. Main St. in downtown Canandaigua.

Participants will learn the foxtrot, rumba, swing and waltz in sessions that run from 11 to 11:55 a.m. on Saturdays, April 21, to June 2, 2012. There is no class on May 26, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The cost is $72 per person.

The instructor is Michelle Madore, the 2002 Professional World Exhibition Ballroom Dance Champion. She has a master’s degree in fine arts in dance and choreography and a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. For more information, go to

To register for the class, contact Colleen Aiezza in the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1906 or

Monday, April 9, 2012

FLCC launches new summer sports camps for kids

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Congrats to Jade Myers

Jade Myers
 Jade Myers of Canandaigua, a student at Finger Lakes Community College, was among the 257 students across New York state who were awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence on April 4.

Myers will graduate in May with associate degrees in chemical dependency counseling and liberal arts. She plans to continue her education by transferring to a four-year college.

A member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, Myers has also received two scholarships at FLCC: the Alumni Association Adult Student of Excellence Scholarship and the Charlotte Cowie Memorial Scholarship.

Myers thanked her professors for their encouragement. “I have been so influenced by several of my teachers. They support your own growth and creativity, and I love that. FLCC is just an amazing, supportive environment,” she said.

Myers founded an organization called Ravensgrin Commons,, to organize classes, events and exhibits that showcase local musicians, dancers and visual artists. She is a former member of the Silent Rhythm Dance Troupe and currently performs with the Tin Cup Gypsies.

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have combined academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, community service, participation in the arts, or an athletic or career achievement.

Friday, April 6, 2012

FLCC to host workshop on supporting deaf students

Finger Lakes Community College will sponsor a free workshop Tuesday, April 17, to offer strategies for supporting deaf students’ literacy development at all ages.

Susan Lane-Outlaw, assistant professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will lead the workshop. It starts at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments followed by the program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room B440 on the fourth floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. An interpreter will be available.

During this workshop, participants will explore the relationship between language and literacy development. A majority of the time will be spent looking at hands-on strategies and activities that will support deaf students’ literacy development in any class.

Susan Lane-Outlaw has more than 15 years of K-12 deaf education experience. Her research focuses on language and literacy use in classrooms with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Her visit is sponsored by the FLCC Department of Developmental Studies.

For information, call (585) 785-1389.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

FLCC speaker: What environmental damage means for children and future generations

FLCC to stage ‘The Laramie Project’ April 13 and 14

FLCC students question fellow cast member Warren White, assistant professor of communications, in a scene from “The Laramie Project.”
Finger Lakes Community College will present three performances of “The Laramie Project,” a play that explores how the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard affected the town of Laramie, Wyoming, on April 13 and 14.

Shows are Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua.

Advance tickets are $3 and may be purchased in the Student Life Office on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center. Tickets will be $5 for students and seniors and $7 for general admission at the door.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

FLCC announces wine classes for April

Finger Lakes Community College and the New York Wine and Culinary Center have partnered to offer five single-session wine education classes in April.

Classes vary by topic, duration and price and are held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St. as follows:

April 7, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seasonal Chef Demo with Wine Pairing. Participants watch as a chef creates a recipe from seasonal New York state ingredients and receive a lunch-sized portion paired with two different wines. Cost: $30.

April 7, 3 to 5 p.m., Riesling Expert. Participants taste the best quality examples of New York Riesling and learn how to match Riesling with food. The class includes a tasting of eight wines and a food sampling plate. Cost $40.

April 21, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wine and Cheese Pairing. Participants sample three New York artisan cheeses paired with three styles of New York wine. Cost: $20.

April 21, 3 to 5 p.m., Wine 101. This class provides “need to know” information about wine, including profiles of major grape varieties and wine styles, how to store and serve wine, detecting common faults, reading labels and ordering in a restaurant. Ten wines are tasted with a small cheese plate. Cost: $40.

April 28, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Seasonal Chef Demo with Wine Pairing. Participants watch as a chef creates a recipe from seasonal New York state ingredients and receive a lunch-sized portion paired with two different wines. Cost: $30.

Register at the New York Wine and Culinary Center website at

For information, contact Colleen Aiezza in the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education office, at or (585) 785-1906.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

State budget includes funds for FLCC Viticulture Center in Geneva

The recently approved 2012-13 New York State budget includes the full $3.3 million cost for construction of a Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture Center at the Cornell Agricultural and Food Technology Park in Geneva.

State Sen. Michael Nozzolio and state Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb advocated for the Viticulture Center, which will provide hands-on training to students in the college’s viticulture and wine technology two-year degree program.

Due to the highly specialized nature of vineyard management and winemaking, dedicated facilities will give students experience that they would be unable to get in a traditional classroom or laboratory, said Paul Brock, FLCC instructor of viticulture. 

FLCC, G.W. Lisk to hold certified soldering instructor training

Finger Lakes Community College and G. W. Lisk Co. will host a training class for certified soldering instructors May 21 to 25 at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway.
Companies can reduce their soldering certification and recertification costs by having an employee trained as a certified IPC-A-610 trainer. This four-day course is designed to qualify the successful candidate to teach co-workers the appropriate accept/reject criteria for soldered electrical and electronic assemblies. Students will be certified by IPC and given the instructional materials to conduct IPC-610 worker proficiency training.
The class runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Registration and an application fee of $1,300  are due by April 27, at 4 p.m. The early bird registration fee of $1,250 is due by April 20 at 4 p.m. Call (585) 785-1906 to register or email to
For details about the course curriculum call, Dave Phillips (315) 462-4342 or visit

Monday, April 2, 2012

‘Tales Told out of School’ comes to FLCC

“Tales Told out of School,” a Readers Theater program, will be presented by Stephanie Olsen and Becky Bloomquist Holder at Finger Lakes Community College Wednesday, April 11.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua.

“Tales Told out of School" is made up of teachers’ stories about teaching: the moments that made them glad they had chosen the profession and the moments they wished they had become florists. It’s funny, thought-provoking and we hope inspirational,” says Olsen, FLCC Geneva Campus Center specialist and psychology adjunct instructor.