Thursday, June 28, 2012

Finger Lakes Camerata to give summer performances

The Finger Lakes Camerata, a 20-member choral ensemble based at Finger Lakes Community College, will perform “Slices of Americana II” on July 13 in Canandaigua and July 15 in Naples.

The Friday, July 13, concert will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 95 N. Main St. in Canandaigua.

The Sunday, July 15, concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Trinity Federated Church, 123 N. Main St. in Naples. 

The concert will feature popular songs from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. The repertoire includes “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.

Dennis Maxfield, an adjunct professor at FLCC, directs the Finger Lakes Camerata, a group of accomplished singers who perform for the enrichment and enjoyment of the community.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. Donations may be given at the door to the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award, which benefits Finger Lakes Community College music and music recording students.

For more information, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027 or

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Melissa Ingram earned GED despite difficulties

 Melissa Ingram
“It wasn’t easy. It was hard,” says Melissa Ingram of Geneva, about earning her general equivalency diploma, or GED.

She was one of 76 graduates who received their GED through Finger Lakes Community College during the 2011-12 academic year. Ingram was a student speaker at the June 10 GED graduation ceremony at the main campus.
Ingram attended high school in Rochester. Due to an unstable environment, she had to move frequently, which made it difficult for her to attend school and keep up with the work. Eventually she left school.
Months later Ingram moved to Geneva to live with her boyfriend. She no longer had to worry whether she’d end up living in a shelter. Her life was finally stable, so she began to look at the future. “I felt bad I didn’t finish high school,” says Ingram. “I realized I couldn’t get anywhere in life without a high school diploma or a GED.”
Ingram enrolled in the Finger Lakes Community College adult basic education program. “I had to learn things all over again,” she says. “I was always doing homework, and it made a difference. It helped me get my GED faster.”
While preparing for the GED exam, Ingram started working nights at McDonald’s. “I’d get out of work at 5 a.m. and have to be in class at 9 a.m., but I kept going to classes,” she says.
Eleven months after starting the FLCC program, Ingram took the GED exam. “I didn’t think I’d pass. I’m so happy I did. I’ve wanted to go to cosmetology school for a while, but I needed a GED. I’d like to work in a salon and maybe have my own salon someday,” she says.
For information about the FLCC GED classes, visit

Friday, June 15, 2012

FLCC honors 76 GED grads

Barbara Risser, president of Finger Lakes Community College, shakes hands with Calvin Bostic of Lyons as he receives his general equivalency diploma, or GED, during a ceremony June 10 at the main campus.
Seventy-six students earned their general equivalency diploma, or GED, through Finger Lakes Community College during the 2011-12 academic year. The college recognized the students at a graduation ceremony Sunday, June 10, at the main campus.

Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni gave the keynote address and encouraged the graduates to be proud of what they had accomplished. “As you leave here today hold up your diploma. Let people know you scored. That piece of paper in your hands presents an opportunity – your chance!”

Cycling speaker series at FLCC

As part of its USA Cycling summer camp for 14- to 22-year-old racers, Legaci Cycling will hold a speaker series open to the public from July 5 to 7 at Finger Lakes Community College.

Experts will discuss nutrition, weight training, yoga and other topics in Stage 14 on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The fee is $25 per event. The schedule is as follows:

· July 5, 4 to 5:30 p.m.: Dr. Craig Mattern will discuss sports nutrition fundamentals.

· July 6, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Harvey Newton, a former U.S. national weight-lifting coach, will present resistance training and weight-lifting principles for young athletes.

· July 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Leslee
Trzcinski, former professional racer and owner of Tune Yoga, will discuss yoga and cycling.

· July 7, 4 to 5 p.m., Gordon Singleton, multiple national champion, Olympian, world record holder and world champion, will discuss his path from local cyclist to world-class athlete.

Advance registration is required. Contact Todd Scheske of Legaci Cycling Productions, at or (585) 455-2338.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer camps: Amusement park physics, 'gross science' and more ...

The Rochester Museum and Science Center has scheduled four full-day, summer science camps for 6-to- 11-year-olds at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, located off Route 251, just east of Eastview Mall.
Camps are as follows:
July 30 to Aug 3
Ages 6 to 8: The Amusement Park Science camp allows children to explore the physics behind rides, design carnival games and make amusement park food. The camp includes a trip to Seabreeze Amusement Park.
Ages 9 to 11: The Physics of Flight camp teaches children how birds and planes use lift to fly. Students perform experiments, drop eggs off a tower, make kites and planes and even launch rockets. 
August 6 to 10
Ages 6 to 8: In Gross Science camp, children make icky and sticky substances and hunt for bugs, worms and other critters.
Ages 9 to 11: Animation camp teaches children how to create their own cartoons and about the role of CGI, or computer generated imaging, in making modern movies.
Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $245 per week. Each camp includes a field trip to the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Campers should bring a lunch. Extended care is available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. for an additional $20 per week for the morning or afternoon session.
To register by phone, call (585) 697-1942.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Student trustee Andrew Henry joins FLCC board

Andrew Henry
Andrew Henry of Canandaigua, a student at Finger Lakes Community College, was sworn in on Wednesday, June 6, as the student representative on the FLCC Board of Trustees for the 2012-13 academic year.

Monday, June 11, 2012

FLCC website to be offline for maintenance

The Finger Lakes Community College website at will be unavailable for a few hours in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 12, due to planned college network maintenance.
Access to student records and other enrollment services will be unavailable after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to the One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000 if they will be on campus at that time.

Friday, June 8, 2012

819 named to FLCC’s spring 2012 dean’s list

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Canaseraga student receives theater award

Jessica Ames
Jessica Ames of Canaseraga, a 2012 Finger Lakes Community College graduate, was honored at the May 4 FLCC Spring Arts Festival for her contribution to the college theater program.

She graduated from FLCC on May 19 with an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration in theater arts. Ames has had roles in the FLCC productions of "The Misanthrope" in 2011 and "The Laramie Project" in 2012. Ames is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Ames plans to transfer to SUNY Fredonia and continue to study theater arts.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

FLTV to air interviews with 27th Congressional District candidates

Finger Lakes Television (FLTV) taped interviews today with the two Republicans running in the June 26 primary for the newly redrawn 27th Congressional District.
The interviews with Iraq War veteran David Bellavia and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins will be aired on FLTV, Channel 12 on the Time Warner cable system, on the following dates and times:
· Monday, June 11, 5 p.m.

· Tuesday, June 12, 5 p.m.

· Thursday, June 14, 5 p.m.

· Friday, June 15, 5 p.m.

· Saturday, June 16, 3:30 p.m.

FLTV is a public access channel available to Time Warner cable TV subscribers in all or parts of five counties (Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates and Cayuga).

The winner of the June 26 primary is expected to face incumbent Rep. Kathleen Hochul,a Democrat from Amherst, Erie County.

The 27th Congressional District runs from Erie County to the western half of Ontario County. It includes the following:

· Ontario County towns of Bristol, South Bristol, Canadice, East Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, Richmond, Farmington, Victor; the town and city of Canandaigua; and the town of Naples west of Route 21. (The east side of Route 21 in the town of Naples is in the 29th Congressional District, currently represented by Tom Reed.)

· All of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston counties.

· Most of Niagara County.

· Several Erie County suburbs.

The 27th Congressional District map can be found online at:

FLCC student wins statewide scholarship

Monday, June 4, 2012

12 high school seniors awarded FLCC Gemini Scholarships

Twelve graduating high school seniors have been awarded the competitive Gemini Student Scholarship, which covers half of one year’s tuition to Finger Lakes Community College.

The Gemini Student Scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to enroll at FLCC, with a preference given to those who have completed at least 6 credit hours through FLCC’s Gemini program.

Gemini allows eligible high school students to complete FLCC courses prior to high school graduation. Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously. FLCC credit can apply toward a degree at FLCC or transfer to another institution.

FLCC received about 50 applications for 2012-13. The 12 scholarship recipients, their high schools and majors are listed below.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Meet some outstanding alumni

Bob Lowden, athletic director, congratulates Matthew Hill ’92, the Finger Lakes Community College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee at the FLCC Alumni Association Awards Celebration on May 18. Hill is a secondary math teacher and coach in the Bath Central School District.

Erica Koch Bapst ’98, left, owner of Adorn Jewelry and Accessories in downtown Canandaigua, received the Outstanding Art Alumni Achievement Award. Liz Brownell, right, associate professor of graphic design, presented the award.

Click here for more photos of the Alumni Awards Celebration
The Finger Lakes Community College Alumni Association recognized the following outstanding alumni with a ceremony on May 18, the evening before commencement.

Matthew J. Hill ’92 of Bath was inducted into the FLCC Athletic Hall of Fame. During his sophomore year at FLCC, he was a captain on the soccer team and led the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III in goals. He played for the baseball team that went to the NJCAA World Series where the Lakers finished fourth in the country. Hill, now a math teacher in the Bath Central School District, has been both an assistant coach and head coach at the junior high, JV and varsity levels for track, baseball, basketball and soccer. He also helped establish youth soccer programs in the Bath area.

Erica Koch Bapst ’98, owner of Adorn Jewelry and Accessories in downtown Canandaigua, received the Outstanding Art Alumni Achievement Award. The Professional Women of the Finger Lakes recognized her as Entrepreneur of the Year Award in February 2012. Bapst has established a fund to provide art supplies to FLCC students and has donated proceeds from the sale of her exhibited works to the fund.

Justin S. Stevenson ’97 of Los Lunas, N.M., was recognized with the Outstanding Conservation Alumni Achievement Award. Stevenson owns RD Wildlife Management, a consulting service he opened after a decade as a wildlife disease biologist in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and New Mexico. He specializes in invasive feral hog problems and is an advocate for bat conservation.

David K. Swarthout ’77, president of Brighton Landscape Service in West Henrietta, was recognized with the Outstanding Horticulture Alumni Achievement Award. Swarthout got his start by joining his father’s landscaping business and later expanded its services to specialize in courtyard design and building.

Ethan Fogg ’00, left, president of the Finger Lakes Community College Alumni Association, poses with award recipients during the Alumni Association Awards Celebration at the college on May 18. Next to Fogg, from left, are Donna Smith ’81, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic; state Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb; Matthew Hill ’92, math teacher and coach in the Bath Central School District; and Erica Bapst ’98, owner of Adorn Jewelry and Accessories in downtown Canandaigua.

Sarah J. Brown ’11 of Williamson was named the FLCC Outstanding Scholar Athlete for the 2010-2011 academic year. She played two soccer seasons for the Lakers and was named Academic All-American and Distinguished All-American. She graduated with a 3.93 grade point average and now attends Liberty University in Virginia.

Donna P. Smith ’81, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, received the Outstanding Nursing Alumni Achievement Award. Smith supports nursing education by providing clinical placements for FLCC nursing students and by facilitating advanced nursing classes at the hospital.

Brian M. Kolb, state Assembly minority leader, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to FLCC and the community. Kolb served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2000. He was a director on the FLCC Foundation Board from 1995 to 2001, serving as the elected chair from 1999 to 2001. A strong supporter of the Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts, Kolb became a member of the Heritage Society when he designated the college in his will. He was presented with the FLCC Foundation Award in 2003.

The 2012 Alumni Association Exceptional Service Award recognized all graduates who served on Alumni Association governing boards throughout the history of the college, to thank them for volunteering their time and for supporting FLCC students. Arlene Rudat Morley ’71, the first president of the Alumni Association in 1974-75, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

Donna P. Smith ’81, right, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, received the Outstanding Nursing Alumni Achievement Award. Here, she celebrates with, from left, alumna Jan Plumb ’92; Nancy Clarkson, chair of the FLCC nursing department; Marie Shelansky, a former nursing faculty member; and current faculty members Susan McCarthy and Ann Robinson.