Monday, July 30, 2012

It's not a car, it's a new way to go to college ...

New FLCC hybrid degree combines classroom, online work
The state Education Department has approved a new Finger Lakes Community College hybrid degree in business administration, which combines online work and face-to-face instruction to make it more convenient for students with family and job responsibilities to get ahead.
Hybrid courses are increasingly common as technology makes it possible for students to stay in touch with teachers and classmates electronically. The FLCC program takes the concept a step further to organize an entire course of study around the hybrid model.
“This is the first associate degree program of its kind in the region,” said Larry Dugan, FLCC’s director of online learning.

“We developed the program in response to changing educational needs in our service area. Adults are finding it to their advantage to go back to school. This program provides flexibility so they can fit higher education into their lives,” Dugan added.

Students enrolled in the program would attend class one evening per week at the FLCC Victor Campus Center off Route 251. Other coursework can be completed online.

“The combination of face-to-face time and online work provides students with a personal connection to their instructors while fitting much of the work around their other responsibilities, be it a job or caring for children or an aging parent,” Dugan said.
Christine Dean of Middlesex took an FLCC hybrid business communications course in spring 2012. An adult student who works from home, she said the format worked for her.
The class met only four times during the semester, and the professor used those face-to-face opportunities to go over the most difficult material. Dean said she found the online discussions that ran throughout the semester equally important. “We talked to each other and learned from each other,” she said, referring to her hybrid course classmates.
The FLCC associate in science in business administration is a two-year degree designed to allow for transfer to a four-year program. It will also be useful for someone seeking an entry-level management position.
Enrollment is full-time which gives students greater access to financial aid. Students can expect to complete the program in two years or less, particularly if they are able to transfer previously earned course or military service credit.
“Typically, adults going back to school would have to attend part-time, taking several years to get a degree. To be sure, this hybrid program is rigorous, but students in the hybrid program can move along as quickly as traditional students without abandoning daytime responsibilities,” Dugan added.
Instead of taking five courses at once, students enrolled in the hybrid program will take classes as follows:
  • Two eight-week courses for the first half of the semester, meeting with instructors on alternate weeks.
  • Two eight-week courses for the second half of the semester, again meeting with instructors on alternate week.
  • A single online or traditional course spread over the semester.
This model allows students to focus on just three courses at a time. The program is flexible and some courses can be taken through traditional classroom instruction or completed entirely online.
An information session on the hybrid business administration degree is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251. (For a map, click here.
For more information, call (585) 785-1733.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

3-week culinary training class starts Aug. 13

Registration is under way for the next session of a three-week culinary preparation course at Wayne Table Works in Lyons.

The course, which begins Monday, Aug. 13, is a partnership with Finger Lakes Community College.

Recent graduates have been hired at BoneFish Grill, The New York Wine and Culinary Center, the IEC Electronics Corp. cafeteria and Wayne ARC.

This one-of-a kind program offers three certifications in safe food handling, customer service and sustainable cooking practices. Classes run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lyons Community Center, 9 Manhattan St. Limited scholarships are available to cover costs.

For further information or to register, contact Marcia Wyse, Wayne Table Works coordinator, at (315) 521-8837 or Wayne Table Works is administered by the Wayne County Action Program.

Finger Lakes Chorale to sing in Canandaigua, East Bloomfield

Dennis Maxfield of Canandaigua directs the tenors and basses as they rehearse “House of the Rising Sun.”

Front row, from left, Robin Stein of Pittsford, Alexandra Dietz of Pittsford, and Evelyn Fleming of Rushville rehearse for the Finger Lakes Chorale summer concerts.
 The Finger Lakes Chorale, a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College, will perform “A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit of Rock,” featuring songs from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, on Aug. 4 and 5.

The Saturday, Aug. 4, concert will begin at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua. The Sunday, Aug. 5, concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield, 10 South Ave. The public is welcome to attend the free performances.

Under the direction of FLCC adjunct faculty member Dennis Maxfield, the Chorale will sing country and rock hits and signature songs, including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” “Annie’s Song” by John Denver, Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” and “A Horse with No Name” by the band America.

Sarah Lootens '07
of Canandaigua

Among the 100 singers from 35 communities are two Finger Lakes Community College alumni, Sarah Lootens ’07 and Craig Follette ’84.

“I love being in the Chorale,” says Sarah Lootens of Canandaigua, who has sung with the group for five years. “I was in the Chorale when I was a student at FLCC. Since I graduated, I’ve sung summers. It’s a lot of fun and Dennis is a great director.”

Craig Follette '84 of Oaks Corners

Craig Follette of Oaks Corners first joined the Chorale in 1973, his first year at FLCC. The following year he went into the Army. A few years after his military service, Follette returned to FLCC and the Chorale.

“I was very comfortable right from the beginning with Dr. Walker and the Chorale,” Follette remembers. “After I graduated, I continued singing until Dr. Walker retired.”

Dr. A. John Walker, FLCC professor emeritus, led the Finger Lakes Chorale for almost 30 years.

“When Dennis started directing the Chorale, I came back,” says Follette. “My wife, Cathy, and I have sung with the Chorale for several years now.”

Jo Ann Lampman of Webster, right, has sung with the Finger Lakes Chorale during the summer since 1996. The rest of the year she sings with the Rochester Oratorio Society. “Singing with the Chorale is a nice change,” Lampman says. “After singing classical music with the ROS, it’s a lot of fun to sing country and rock songs.”

Donations will be accepted at the door for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award given to FLCC music and music recording students.

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


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New veterans benefit helps pay for retraining

A new benefit for unemployed American military veterans can help them cover living expenses while completing a two-year degree or certificate program.

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program provides a housing allowance of $1,473 for up to 12 months for unemployed veterans who are not eligible for other Veterans Administration education benefits.

For Robert LaPrade of Seneca Falls, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program will make it easier for him to complete his two-year information technology degree at Finger Lakes Community College.

LaPrade, 42, served in the Army from 1988 to 1993 and an additional four years in the Army Reserves. After active duty, LaPrade attended Finger Lakes Community College and then worked 12 years for an aerospace manufacturer in Phelps until it moved operations to Mexico in 2008.

Monday, July 23, 2012

FLCC honors seminar open to the public

For information on how to register, visit, call (585) 785-1000 or email to

Thursday, July 5, 2012

One-night book club and gourmet dinner to benefit FLCC

Trista Merrill will moderate a discussion on “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

A new Finger Lakes Community College fundraiser is designed to satisfy a taste for good food and good books. 

In July, the FLCC Foundation will begin taking reservations for Book Feast, an event in which participants sign up to read a particular book then share a gourmet dinner and conversation with others who have read the same book. 

Donors will host dinners at homes and other sites in Ontario County. Discussion will be led by FLCC faculty, alumni and friends of the college. 

Curt Nehring Bliss, associate professor of English, chose to moderate Sonja Livingston’s award-winning memoir “Ghostbread” for its local appeal – she describes her childhood in western New York – and its literary qualities.

“This is one of the most well-crafted memoirs I’ve ever read; it deserves a wide readership. I’ve used ‘Ghostbread’ as a text to teach memoir writing because it deftly employs qualities of the genre at its best: a deeply personal narrative that resonates emotionally without being sentimental,” he said.

All Book Feast dinners are held on Saturday, Sept. 29. The evening starts with an hors d’oeuvres reception at 5 p.m. for all participants in the new FLCC Student Center at the main campus in Canandaigua. The group then breaks up to head off to various host locations. The deadline to make a reservation is Sept. 6. 

Marty Dodge will moderate “Dark Green Religion”

The $125 ticket price per person includes the hors d’oeuvres reception, gourmet dinner and moderator-led discussion. Proceeds benefit the FLCC Foundation, which supports the college with funding for capital projects, equipment, scholarships and professional development.

Anyone interested in taking part in Book Feast can call or email the Foundation: (585) 785-1398 or

Book selections are listed below:

“Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton

“Ghostbread” by Sonja Livingston
“Dark Green Religion: Nature, Spirituality and the Planetary Future” by Bron Taylor
“Different Hours” by Stephen Dunn
“Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger” by Kevin Flynn ’79
“Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes” by Evan Dawson
“Warrior Poet: The Biography of Audre Lorde” by  Alexis de Veaux
“Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War” by Harry S. Stout
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot 

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Steig Larsson
“The Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Below is a list with summaries and the names of moderators:

“Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” 
Author: Gabrielle Hamilton
Moderator: Richard Larkin, FLCC associate professor of hotel/resort management
This memoir details the author’s experiences with food and family. Written with a passion for cooking and the comfort food brings, the book culminates in the opening of her New York City restaurant, Prune.

“Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger”
Author: Kevin Flynn ’79
Moderator: Kevin Flynn ’79
A true story of what happened to an ad executive and amateur mountain climber during his days at the top of the world. Take the journey with Kevin. It’s like being there – without all that pesky danger.

“Dark Green Religion: Nature, Spirituality and the Planetary Future”
Author: Bron Taylor
Moderator: Marty Dodge, retired professor of environmental conservation and horticulture
The author examines "green religions," a reference to spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred. Taylor explores how those who reject traditional religion have combined their environmentalism and spirituality into a religious experience that can be uplifting and inspiring, but at times, misleading.

“Different Hours”
Author: Stephen Dunn
Moderator: Jon Palzer, associate professor of English and chair of the FLCC Department
of Humanities
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Dunn’s work is an inventive voyage of discovery through the rituals of daily living. He is a poetic everyman of middle-class life in late 20th-century America, casting light on its comforts and tribulations.

Author: Sonja Livingston
Moderator: Curtis Nehring Bliss, FLCC associate professor of English and director of
honors studies
This book tells the story of how shifting homes and unending hunger shape the life of a girl growing up in poverty in rural New York state in the 1970s. Livingston reflects on the harsh realities her family encounters as well as small moments of beauty that somehow keep them going.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Author: Steig Larsson
Moderator: Stephanie Olsen, FLCC technical specialist for developmental studies
This international bestseller set in Sweden combines murder mystery, family saga, love story and financial intrigue. An aging Henrik Vanger hires journalist Mikael Bloomquist to write a family history as a cover for determining the truth behind the disappearance of his great niece 40 years before. 

“The Girl with the Pearl Earring”
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Moderator: Liz Brownell, FLCC associate professor of graphic design
This novel tells the story of a 16-year-old Dutch girl named Griet, hired as a maid for the household of painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm, perceptive manner attracts the painter’s attention. As Griet becomes part of her master's work, their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy within the ordered household and ripples in the world beyond.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
Author: J.K. Rowling
Moderator: Trista Merrill, FLCC associate professor of English
Harry Potter’s story continues midway through his training as a wizard. At age 14, Harry is trapped into participating in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament, in which one wizard from each of three magical schools competes in a trio of challenges. Harry’s skills and relationships are tested through a year of ordeals both of the typical teenage and magical variety.

“The Hunger Games”
Author: Suzanne Collins
Moderator: Mary Ferris, children’s librarian at Wood Library
This bestseller and popular movie takes place amid the ruins of a dystopian North America. The 74th annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death played out on live TV, finds 16-year-old Katniss Everdee facing her own death with choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
Author: Rebecca Skloot
Moderator: Jim Hewlett, FLCC professor of biology
This bestseller is the extraordinary tale of a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and have been extensively cultured without her permission. The story of the Lacks family explores the drama of scientific discovery and the human consequences. 

“Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes”
Author: Evan Dawson
Moderator: Evan Dawson
This book portrays the diversity of the country’s fastest-growing wine region through the engaging narratives of 13 winemakers – from German immigrants to young, technically trained connoisseurs.

“Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War”
Author: Harry S. Stout
Moderator: Henry Maus, FLCC professor emeritus
A Yale religious historian shows how the Union and Confederacy justified slaughter on and off the battlefield. Both groups' claims that they had God on their side fueled the ferocity of the conflict and its enduring legacy today.

“Warrior Poet: The Biography of Audre Lorde”
Author: Alexis de Veaux
Moderator: Jessica MacNamara ’01
In this award-winning biography, de Veaux draws from the private archives of the poet’s estate, personal journals and interviews with friends and family to chart Lorde’s life from her childhood to her emergence as an outspoken black feminist lesbian poet.

Monday, July 2, 2012

An inside look at the Hill Cumorah Pageant

Local residents can get an inside look at the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant at a free seminar on Wednesday, July 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Finger Lakes Community College.

The pageant is an outdoor theatrical presentation depicting selected stories from the Book of Mormon and the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Performances begin at 9:15 p.m. on July 13, 14, and 17 to 21 at the pageant grounds on Route 21 in the town of Manchester, just north of the Thruway.

Visitors are welcome to attend all or part of the FLCC seminar, to be held in Stage 14 on the second floor of the FLCC Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The agenda is as follows:
  • 4 to 4:50 p.m.: “Putting on the Hill Cumorah Pageant.” Dwight Schwendiman, president of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, and pageant director Brent Hanson of St. George, Utah, will explain the logistics of putting on a show with 750 participants from throughout the world with a one-week preparation period.
  • 5 to 5:50 p.m.: “Why Participate in a Pageant?” Members of the cast will take part in a panel discussion about their experiences playing important figures in the church’s story.
  • 5:50 to 6:10 p.m.: Dinner break. The Finger Lakes CafĂ©, adjacent to Stage 14, will be open until 7 p.m. Food may be purchased and brought back to Stage 14.
  • 6:10 to 7 p.m.: “Why a Pageant in Palmyra, N.Y.?” Jack Christianson, president of the Rochester Mission, will give an overview of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
All seminar attendees will receive passes to VIP seating at the July 18 pageant. The free Hill Cumorah seminar is a partnership of the pageant, FLCC and the FLCC Association. The Association is a not-for-profit organization that operates student services at FLCC, including the 356-bed College Suites residence hall. About 160 members of the Hill Cumorah cast and crew from outside the region will stay at College Suites this summer.