ambassador - FLCC Foundation - Finger Lakes Community College



ambassador - FLCC Foundation - Finger Lakes Community College
G I V E . F LC C . E D U
A publication for Alumni and Friends of the College
Amy I. Pauley
Executive Director, FLCC Foundation
FLCC President Barbara Risser
to retire in spring 2016
Lenore L. Friend
Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs
Lisa L. Scott
Resource Development and Events Specialist
Finger Lakes Community College President Barbara Risser announced plans to retire at the end
of the 2015-16 academic year during a speech to faculty and staff just before the fall 2015 semester.
Jessica Youngman
Public Relations and Events Specialist
Sarah R. Butler
Graphic Designer
Rikki Van Camp
The Ambassador is produced by Alumni Relations
at Finger Lakes Community College.
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Finger Lakes Community College
Alumni Relations
Office of Resource Development
3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424
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I have come
to love this
college and
the incredible
people who
are FLCC.
Dr. Risser, the College’s fourth president, joined FLCC in August 2007 and presided over
the largest expansion of college facilities since the main campus was built in the mid-1970s.
The college added new degree and certificate programs, and enrollment rose 27 percent between
fall 2007 and fall 2014. In the December 7-21 edition of Community College Week, Finger Lakes
Community College is listed as the 8th fastest growing community college in the country for
fall 2013 to fall 2014 for the category of enrollments ranging between 5,000 and 9,999 students.
Since 2007, FLCC has expanded and modernized its main campus in Canandaigua, a project
that included a new Student Center with a state-of-the-art auditorium that has become the home
of the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, a chamber music series, and the George M. Ewing
Canandaigua Forum lecture series. The College added a Victor Campus Center in 2010,
and the redeveloped Geneva Campus Center opened on Jan. 25. The College also accepted
the donation of the East Hill Campus in Naples, a conservation field station adjacent to the
High Tor State Wildlife Management Area, in 2010 and opened the FLCC Viticulture and
Wine Center in Geneva in 2015.
New programs include culinary arts, the viticulture and wine technology program — the only
two-year degree of its kind in the Northeast — and instrumentation and control technologies,
which serves the growing advanced manufacturing industry.
Dr. Risser launched a strategic planning process and sought to build
stronger ties with the community, established an advisory committee
of K-12 superintendents and gave regular updates to a wide variety
of community groups. The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce
honored her with the ATHENA Award in 2011 and the College with
the Service Business of the Year Award in 2015.
“I have come to love this college and the incredible people who are
FLCC. You made me feel welcome from my very first day. And we
set about doing some things that needed to be done … together,”
she told faculty and staff.
Dr. Risser will be presented with the FLCC Foundation Award
on May 6 for her commitment to advancing FLCC and its mission.
A professional search firm, Isaacson, Miller, was selected to assist
with a national search for Dr. Risser’s successor. Trustees anticipate
that the next president of Finger Lakes Community College will
be appointed late this spring. For the presidential search overview
and updates, visit
The Impact of
Investing in FLCC
Each academic year donors support student
success. Throughout this publication, we
highlight some of our donors who recently
received a surprise visit from FLCC Alumni
Association President Kelly La Voie ’96
during an impromptu “Appreciation Tour.”
Thank you to all of our donors for their
generous support of FLCC’s educational
mission and for making a difference in the
lives of current and future students! You never
know when Kelly will be on tour again and
perhaps sneaking into one of your photos…
View our 2015 donor list using
your smartphone and this QR code
or at
Make a gift today.
Kelly sneaks into the shot as
Sheriff Phil Povero ’72,’74 and his helpers
gather presents the week before Christmas.
Not only supportive of FLCC, Sheriff Povero
helps coordinate a program to provide gifts
to children on behalf of incarcerated parents.
Use the enclosed envelope
or go online to
Vintners and Valentines
The Finger Lakes Community College Foundation will present
Vintners and Valentines, a fundraiser for the viticulture and wine
technology degree program at Finger Lakes Community College.
The event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2016 in the FLCC
Café. Intended as a winemaker’s dinner showcasing Finger Lakes
wineries, each table will be hosted by a local winery (winemaker or
assistant winemaker) or a student in the viticulture program, led by
Paul Brock. The winemaker will pair wines with a gourmet meal designed
and prepared by FLCC culinary arts students led by Jamie Rotter.
The evening begins with a
reception and silent auction.
One of the highlights of the
evening will be a wine pull
with a limited number of tickets
featuring library, cellar or gold
medal wines from local wineries, dignitaries and collectors.
A four-course meal will follow the reception. The second highlight
will be a live auction featuring several outstanding items. Following
the conclusion of the auction, guests will be treated to dancing
and four dessert stations, each featuring a different dessert wine.
Tickets are $125 per person. An online registration form is available
at Guests may select
one of the three mouthwatering menus described here:
Main Menu
Lenten Menu
Vegan Menu
First Course:
Butternut Squash Soup—
a creamy favorite of roasted
butternut squash with ginger,
cardamom, orange zest and
just a hint of cream.
First Course:
Butternut Squash Soup—
a creamy favorite of roasted
butternut squash with ginger,
cardamom, orange zest and
just a hint of cream.
First Course:
Butternut Squash Soup—
a creamy favorite of roasted
butternut squash with ginger,
cardamom, orange zest and
just a hint of almond milk.
Second Course:
Lobster Fritter—lump Maine
lobster paired with sweet corn
and roasted red peppers, fried
golden and finished with
a tomato leek fondue.
Second Course:
Lobster Fritter—lump Maine
lobster paired with sweet corn
and roasted red peppers, fried
golden and finished with
a tomato leek fondue.
Second Course:
Zucchini and Corn Fritter—
Zucchini paired with sweet
corn and roasted red peppers,
fried golden and finished
with a tomato leek fondue.
Third Course:
Jonah’s Salad—A favorite
featuring fresh spinach,
roasted shallots and beets,
chevre and toasted pumpkin
seeds tossed with an apple
cider vinaigrette.
Third Course:
Jonah’s Salad—A favorite
featuring fresh spinach,
roasted shallots and beets,
chevre and toasted pumpkin
seeds tossed with an apple
cider vinaigrette.
Third Course:
Jonah’s Salad—A favorite
featuring fresh spinach,
roasted shallots and beets,
tofu chevre and toasted
pumpkin seeds tossed with
an apple cider vinaigrette.
Fourth Course:
Trio of Duck—Pan seared
breast, shallot and apple
sausage with demi glace,
mushroom risotto with confit,
and dressed haricots verts.
Fourth Course:
Duet of Salmon—Pan seared
filet and herbed salmon
sausage with orange beurre
blanc, mushroom risotto,
and dressed haricots verts.
Fourth Course:
Veggie Duet—Braised seitan
and tofu sausage with a veggie
jus lie, risotto style farrow,
and dressed haricots.
Book Feast
Guests gathered on Oct. 17 for the reception and kickoff of the 4th Annual
Book Feast. A chance to network and share the messages from the featured
books was followed by everyone heading to their dinner locations.
The fundraiser is a one-night book club event featuring intriguing books,
delicious dinners at local homes and venues along with enlightening conversation
with authors or expert speakers. Proceeds support the work of the FLCC Foundation,
which provides connections and resources to the College. Check the College website
throughout the year as plans are made for the 2016 event.
Left to right: Author and moderator
Sonja Livingston, moderator and instructor
of conservation Maura Sullivan; Sean Sullivan
and professor emeritus Marty Dodge
Hosts Chuck Perfetti and
Tally Gwynn ’78
Thanks to our sponsors, hosts, book moderators,
and guests for making our event an amazing success.
FLCC Honors House and Humanities Department
Cohber Press
Sue and Steve Cunningham ’83,’94, Culinary History of the Finger Lakes
Anne & John Fayko and Sue & Steve Butler, Delicious!
Tally Gwynn ’78 and Chuck Perfetti, People of the Book
Debi Jones ’91, Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses
Steve and Ann Martin, All the Light We Cannot See
Marion Schwartz, What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
Lori Vail and Rebecca Hazard, Wolves & Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World
Rich Larkin, Culinary History of the Finger Lakes
Colleen Aiezza, Delicious!
Tom Reubens, People of the Book
Sonja Livingston, author of Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses
Natalie Walton, All the Light We Cannot See
Maureen Owens, What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
Maura Sullivan, Wolves & Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World
Founders Day Ceremony Marks Historic Vote
The College celebrated the 50th anniversary of the vote to create FLCC on Sept. 16 with a re-dedication
of the original cornerstone plaque to the main campus and a new plaque for the Student Center.
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors voted 17
to 2 (with 2 absent) on Sept. 16, 1965, to create
a community college.
The vote was a response to a report by a committee
of five supervisors and 10 citizens, led by South
Bristol Supervisor Arthur B. Hawkins.
The report, which came to be known as the Hawkins
Report, was the basis for “Resolution 163: Authorizing a Community College.”
Hawkins himself made the motion to adopt the resolution on Aug. 26, 1965.
Discussion followed about the process for creating the college and the economic
benefits to the community. Objections dealt largely with the cost of a college and
the philosophical argument about “the responsibility of the general public for the
education of individuals,” according to the meeting minutes. Hawkins asked that the
resolution be “laid over,” a procedural motion that delays voting to the next meeting.
At the Sept. 16 meeting, debate resumed and the board’s apparently sympathetic
clerk noted that: “A large number of people who were present at the meeting gave
brief comments on the need of a community college in this county, and gave many
fine reasons why the need was urgent.”
Edward Guinan,
a former Victor town
supervisor and the only
surviving supervisor who
cast the vote in 1965
that created FLCC (first
known as Community
College of the Finger
Lakes), attended the
Founders Day ceremony.
President Barbara Risser unveiled a new plaque for
the Student Center following the ceremony to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of the vote to create FLCC.
After the vote, George M. Ewing Sr., editor of The Daily Messenger praised the board:
“Throughout the long and distinguished history of Ontario County, few dates shine
forth more brilliantly than September 16, 1965—the date upon which the Board of
Supervisors voted overwhelmingly to establish an Ontario County community college.”
George Ewing had written many editorials in the 1960s calling for the creation
of a college. The Founder’s Day ceremony took place in the atrium named for Ewing,
who died in 2009 at age 87.
More than a year would pass before the first board of trustees would meet in November
1966. (The college did not have a name until March 27, 1967.) Non-credit classes began
From left, Jeanne Fagan ‘77, professor of business administration;
James Fisher, senior vice president of administration and finance;
Elaine Joseph of Bloomfield and Russell Hawkins of Victor take part in
a re-dedication of the plaque installed when the main campus opened in
1975. (The plaque is now in the hall opposite the board room.) Elaine Joseph
and Russell Hawkins are the daughter and son of Arthur B. Hawkins,
the South Bristol town supervisor in the 1960s who chaired the Board
of Supervisors committee that recommended the creation of a college.
Jeanne was among the first students to attend classes at the main campus.
in 1967 with the first for-credit, full-time students starting
on Feb. 1, 1968.
A series of events that began with a Founders picnic on
Sept. 10 will lead up to the “official” anniversary in 2018.
Anyone interested in getting involved in 50th anniversary
events can contact Amy Pauley, executive director of the
FLCC Foundation, at (585) 785-1541 or [email protected]
Did you know that CCFL/FLCC alumni can be found in
all 50 states? In celebration of the College’s 50th anniversary,
we have started a new blog to highlight the stories
of CCFL/FLCC alumni whose educational and career
paths have enabled them to explore new vistas throughout
the country.
Visit FLCC Connects at to read
the first two installments: Scott Williams ’81 in Tennessee
(pictured above on an ice fishing trip at Honeoye Lake) and
Lori Johnson ’88 in Massachusetts. If you’d like to share
your story, contact Alumni Relations at [email protected]
or 585-785-1454.
Kelly gets the scoop about a new scholarship
at FLCC, the IDEA Scholarship, as FLCC
employees Dawn Hess, Wendy Amidon,
and Jennie Erdle discuss the details.
Library director Sarah Moon ’02 is about
to discover that Kelly has come to thank
her for her support of scholarships and
programs at FLCC.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Honors Two in May 2016
The FLCC Alumni Association will present the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards to Dr. Gail O. Mellow,
who attended FLCC in 1974, and John (Jack) W. Moran Jr. ’79 at the Annual Awards Celebration on May 20.
Kelly hopes Rikk Foringer ’02,’07 will share
some BBQ secrets after he tells her all
about the new Shortsville Smokers Inc.
Scholarship at FLCC.
Since 2000, Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as the president of LaGuardia Community
College in Long Island City, Queens. LaGuardia serves over 50,000 students and is one
of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the U.S. Since Dr. Mellow joined LaGuardia,
the College was named one of the Top Three Large Community Colleges by the Community
College Survey of Student Engagement in 2003 and was awarded the prestigious 2006
MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award for Service to Underserved
Students. An expert on the history, development and future of the American community
college, Dr. Mellow co-authored Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the
American Community College. With over 30 years of experience in education, she is
frequently sought as a commentator on the changing landscape of higher education
and the important role community colleges play in growing America’s middle class
and strengthening the economy. She has been extensively quoted in publications, including The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Washington Post and has appeared on national radio and
television broadcasts on NPR, MSNBC and PBS. Dr. Mellow was invited to join President Barack Obama at the 2014
White House College Opportunity Day of Action, where she presented her work to a breakout session on college completion.
Dr. Mellow attended Finger Lakes Community College in the fall of 1974. She received an A.A. from
Jamestown Community College, a B.A. from SUNY Albany, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology
from George Washington University.
Have You Heard?
Jack Moran ’79 is the president/owner of Roseland Bowl Inc. He began
working at Roseland Bowl in 1966, when he was 18 years old. A couple years
later, the family that owned Roseland Bowl
made him the general manager. During
that time, he earned a degree in business
administration from FLCC (then CCFL).
In 1984, he purchased Roseland Bowl and
has directed staff in all phases of business ever
since, including renovating 18,000 square
feet of the facility into a family entertainment
complex in 2014. Since 1974, he has been an
adjunct faculty member at FLCC, teaching
the basic skills and techniques of the sport of
bowling. He has received awards recognizing
his contributions to the bowling and tourism industry, as well as his service
to the community. In 2013, he received the Bowling Proprietors Association
of America (BPAA) Victor Lerner Memorial Award and was inducted into
the BPAA National Hall of Fame. Dedicated to supporting his community,
he is a member of Canandaigua American Legion Post 256, Canandaigua
Elks Lodge 1844, Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, Canandaigua
Rotary Club, and the FLCC Association Board of Directors.
On Dec. 16, Congress passed the permanent extension of the IRA Charitable
Rollover tax provision. The provision allows individuals age 70½ or older to make
tax-free gifts totaling up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA account directly
to qualified charities such as the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation.
If your spouse has IRA accounts, you may each make gifts of up to $100,000 from
these accounts. While you cannot claim a charitable deduction for IRA gifts,
the distribution counts towards your minimum required distribution and
does NOT trigger income tax for you.
Unlike previous years, this extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover has no sunset
clause, meaning you can take advantage of this giving opportunity in 2016 and beyond.
To complete an IRA Charitable Rollover, please contact your IRA provider for exact
instructions. If you would like additional assistance, contact Amy Pauley, executive
director of the FLCC Foundation at (585) 785-1541.
Your gift to a qualified nonprofit like the Finger Lakes Community College
Foundation will:
• Not be included in your taxable income.
• Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year.
• Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions.
• Not be subject to the 50 percent limitation on charitable gifts.
Thank you for considering a gift to support Finger Lakes Community College
students and programs.
Alumni Association Honors Louise Mulvaney
with 2016 Exceptional Service Award
Louise Mulvaney will be honored at the Alumni
Award celebration on May 20, 2016, with the
Exceptional Service Award. The award recognizes
contributions to the campus experience
and commitment to students, development
of innovative programs, and involvement
with the CCFL/FLCC Alumni Association.
Louise Mulvaney was a professor of English
at Finger Lakes Community College from 1979
to 2011. She received the State University of New York
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995. Her work at the College was
also recognized in 1994 when she was presented with a Distinguished Service Award.
Alpha Beta Gamma, a business honor society which recognizes outstanding student
academic achievements, made Louise an honorary member in 2001.
From 1986 until her retirement from FLCC, she served as an advisor to Alpha Epsilon
Chi, FLCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. By keeping Alpha Epsilon
Chi active on the local, regional, and international level, she gave students the
opportunity to explore and enhance their skills in leadership, service, and fellowship.
She attended and accompanied students to Honors Institutes, International
Conventions, Regional Conventions, and Regional Leadership Workshops.
Additionally, she organized and hosted conventions and Honors Institutes throughout
New York. She received the Robert Giles Distinguished Advisor Award in 1988 and
the Continued Excellence Award for Advisors at Phi Theta Kappa International
Conventions in 2000, 2003, and 2005. To date, approximately 3,500 CCFL/FLCC
alumni have been members of Alpha Epsilon Chi, FLCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
Louise has also been instrumental in the success of the FLCC Foundation’s annual
Book Feast fundraiser. Since the event began in 2012, she has assisted with the process
of identifying books and moderators. In addition, she approached the members
of her department and asked them to collectively donate $2,500. In honor of her
retirement in December 2011, her coworkers agreed to this. The FLCC Humanities
Department and Honors House have provided financial support as the event presenter
for the past four years.
The Exceptional Service Award was created in 2005 at the time of the 40th anniversary
celebration of the charter for the College. Presented as a group award to all Storefront
Pioneers at that event, it has since honored Dr. Charles J. Meder, Dr. Connie Carpenter,
Bill Banaszewski, Marilyn Hurlbutt, Bruce Bridgman, Putt Moore, the Alumni Council,
John Socha, Wayne Williams, and Ethan Fogg ’00.
If you would like to receive an invitation to the event, please email [email protected]
or call (585)785-1454.
Celebrating Generosity
The FLCC Foundation will present two awards during a reception prior to the annual Spring Arts Festival
on Friday, May 6. Celebrating Generosity is the Foundation’s annual event to recognize outstanding
service and philanthropy in support of Finger Lakes Community College and the Foundation.
The Foundation Award will be presented to FLCC President Dr. Barbara Risser (see article on page 1).
The Benefactor Award will honor Nozomi Williams of Geneva. Her philanthropic
efforts have helped create the Serenity Garden, in addition to supporting FLCC’s
massage therapy program and the College endowment.
The Serenity Garden was dedicated
on Sept. 9, 2011, as part of FLCC’s
commemoration of the 10th anniversary
of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Just off Marvin Sands Drive, the garden
is open to students, FLCC employees
and the community. The garden was
designed by Nikkohl Luehm ’11 for the
spring 2011 Landscape Design II class
with horticulture instructor Rochelle Smith.
Stopping by Bully Hill Vineyards
to express appreciation, Kelly finds
some souvenirs at the gift stop.
Award recipients will receive a sculpture
designed by Wayne Williams, professor
emeritus of art.
Young Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Borrelli ’12
Just three years ago, Joseph Borrelli earned A.S. degrees from FLCCin both
music and music recording technology. Today, he is a tuning foreman at Parsons
Pipe Organ Builders in Bristol. In his position, he focuses on the tonal and mechanical
aspects of the pipe organ.
“Because of my education at FLCC, I was able to know how tonality works through
music theory and how acoustics work due to music recording technology,” he says.
“Physics of Sound with Len Ortenzi gave me the understanding of beats, cylindrical
sound waves, etc. This gave me the advantage when training at Parsons with some
of the most skilled people in the business. I am proud of my FLCC schooling and am
thankful for the jump start it has given me in the pipe organ industry.”
Kelly pops in to Heron Hill Winery
to say hello and thanks as she gets
ready to surprise tasting hall manager
Tambi Schweizer.
I am proud of
schooling and
am thankful
for the jump
start it has
given me…
Professor Ortenzi remembers his student well and comments, “Joe Borrelli was
always the ‘hands on’ guy when it came to science. It warms my heart that he is
involved in a career where he can put the knowledge he gained here at FLCC into
some ‘fiziks phun’ use.”
Joe is also a musician and currently plays for fun with friends in his spare time.
He says he has been singing for as long as he can remember. He also plays many
different instruments, including tuba (sousaphone), baritone, contra, guitar, bass
guitar, piano, and percussion.
Stand With SUNY
As a SUNY graduate, you are one of the 45 percent of adult New Yorkers who
hold a college degree. Nationally, that number is 39 percent, so New York is
doing well by comparison—but it’s still not good enough. By 2020, 70 percent
of jobs in New York will require college-level education or training.
SUNY is committed to increasing the number of degrees
awarded each year from 93,000 to 150,000. To help realize
this goal, the state invested in SUNY in a way it has never done
before, seeding the university’s groundbreaking Investment and
Performance Fund with $18 million that SUNY then leveraged
into $100 million by pooling other existing resources.
With this fund, SUNY is doing something completely
innovative: Chancellor Nancy Zimpher invited every one
of the SUNY system’s 64 schools to submit proposals on
how to bring to scale across the state the best evidence-based
approaches, programs, and practices that increase the quality
of education and help students complete their degrees.
In addition to growing the Investment and Performance Fund
in 2016, we also need to extend NYSUNY 2020, the legislation
that empowered SUNY to set a fair and predictable tuition policy.
In the five years that SUNY has had this ability, tuition remains
the lowest in the Northeast and in the lowest quartile in the
country. Students and their families have been able to plan for
the cost of their education, and the university has been
able to hold the state to its promise to maintain its base
support. Continuing this policy is critical to SUNY’s—
and our students’—success.
And of course, community college need the state to raise
base aid to pre-Great Recession levels. There is no more
critical funding than the dollars that allow us to keep the
lights on, doors open, and students learning. Base aid from
the state makes up the foundation upon which we can grow
all of our other successes. As costs increase, we need that
base aid to keep pace, particularly at community colleges.
How YOU can help:
Please visit and
sign onto the letter to the state Legislature telling members
that you Stand With SUNY. With your signature, you’re
showing New York state that you believe in making
evidence-based best practices available to every SUNY
student, today and tomorrow, for the betterment of our state.
Kelly stops by Belhurst Castle
to extend thanks to Nozomi Williams
(see article on page 11).
Class Notes
Administrative Assistant
Cindy Abraszek ’92 was named
confidential secretary to the county
administrator. She has worked for
the county since 1997.
Business Administration
Margaret Cooper ’00 has retired from her
longtime position of secretary to the
Ontario County administrator. For 39 years,
she served as confidential secretary to a
total of five Ontario County administrators.
After receiving her degree from FLCC, she
continued her education at Keuka College
and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2003. “It’s
never too late to go back to college,” she said.
During a training exercise, Tessa Lavery ’12,
a firefighter for Farmington Fire Association,
received a surprise marriage proposal from
fellow firefighter Dylan LaBrake.
John Quinlan ’96, owner of Quinlan’s
Pharmacy and Medical Supply, has recently
moved the company’s Canandaigua location
to the Lakeside Professional Park across
from Thompson Hospital. This new,
larger location is positioned for greater
convenience for patients and practitioners.
John joined his father, Thomas Quinlan,
in running the business in 1996.
Tammra Schiller ’13 is the branch manager
for Five Star Bank inCanandaigua. She was
nominated for a 2015 ATHENA Young
Professional Leadership Award.
Criminal Justice
John Stamp ’97 has written a crime
thriller titled “Brother’s Keeper,” which
was released by Solstice Publishing in
November. He has been a patrol officer,
narcotics investigator, and hostage negotiator
serving the Charleston Police Department
in South Carolina.
Matt Valenti ’99, a Geneva Police
Department lieutenant, was pictured in
a Finger Lakes Times article speaking to
Citizens Police Academy participants.
Wayne County Sheriff ’s Deputy
Matt Weber ’09 played a central role in
the rescue of three kayakers who fell into
the water in Aqueduct Park in Macedon.
Trevor Courneen ’09 is a
freelance writer and contributor
to Paste Magazine.
Engineering Sciences
Eric Frarey ’84, chief operating officer of
Heron Hill Winery, has joined two other
local alcohol producers in Macedon to
create ABV Craft Beverage, a beverage
pairing room designed to showcase spirits,
wines, and beers, as well as local food and
Lynn Freid ’08 is the regional director
of the Finger Lakes, Genesee area at the
Workforce Development Institute (WDI).
Environmental Science
Leif Love ’12 is a SUNY ESF graduate
and has worked seasonal positions with
The Nature Conservancy and New York
State Parks Department.
Hotel & Resort Management
Sarah Genecco ’07, the owner/operator
of Stella’s Florist, Canandaigua Lady and
Scoops Ice Cream, was nominated for a
2015 ATHENA Young Professional
Leadership Award.
Patrick Greer ’00 is employed with Genesee
Regional Bank in Rochester. His current
position is mortgage loan originator.
Cara Love ’05 is a Ph.D. student at the
University of Georgia’s Odum School
of Ecology studying the effects of
anthropogenic stressors on wildlife. Her
research includes effects of environmental
radiation contamination on wildlife in
the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Belarus
and the impacts of mercury exposure on
amphibian populations on the Savannah
River Site in South Carolina.
Andrea Rossman ’97 is a library clerk-typist
at Finger Lakes Community College.
In honor of his art and career in the arts,
Bill Santelli ’73 received the “Lifetime
Achievement Award” at the opening
reception for “Art Comes Alive (ACA)
2015” at Art Design Consultants Fine
Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bill was the jury
panel’s unanimous selection from more
than 600 artist entries. Lifetime Achievement
Awards are one of Art Comes Alive’s highest
honors. The award is meant to honor
outstanding creativity, persistence, and
achievement by an artist who has dedicated
his or her life to pursuing their passion
for fine art.
Alexa Wessie ’11 has been appointed the
new branch manager for Reliant Community
Credit Union’s Canandaigua branch.
She is currently pursuing a master’s degree
in management from Keuka College.
Music Recording Technology
Nash Bock ’06,’14 has been named executive
director of Habitat for Humanity of Ontario
County. Prior to his new position, he worked
at the agency for over three years. He has
also been an adjunct instructor at FLCC.
Natural Resources Conservation
Brett Bechtold ’03 was inducted into
Ticonderoga High School’s Hall of Fame.
He works for the NYS Department
of Environmental Conservation
in the Adirondacks.
Benjamin Williams ’13 is a groundskeeper
at Finger Lakes Community College.
Scott Williams ’81 trains water and
wastewater operators as a senior technical
assistance specialist for the United South
and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) based
in Nashville, Tenn. USET serves member
Native American tribes from Texas to
Florida to Maine. Read more about Scott
Ornamental Horticulture
In July, Dave Jewett ’89 won the all-around
title at the 56th Annual Lumberjack World
Championships in Wisconsin for a second
time, his first win was in 1995. He beat
longtime rival Jason Wynard, a New
Zealander who topped the international
competition for 16 straight years. Dave was
featured on an ABC television program in
October about the Stihl Timbersports Series
national championship in June, where he set
a new national record on the single buck by
sawing through a 19-inch log in 10.34 seconds.
Elizabeth Witt ’02 is the assistant
winemaker manages the tasting room
at Anthony Road Wine Co.
Physical Education Studies
Jeffrey Fosdick ’02 was promoted to major
in charge of the Wayne County Sheriff ’s
Office jail facility and court security at the
Hall of Justice in Lyons. A 25-year veteran
of the jail facility, he previously served as a
correction officer, sergeant and lieutenant.
Registered Nursing
Stephanie Friel ’01 and Ragan Stevens
’11 were members of the team responsible
for Thompson Hospital achieving Magnet®
recognition once again from the American
Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Dr. Lori Johnson ’88 is assistant professor
of nursing and simulation at Bunker Hill
Community College in Boston. She earned
her B.S.N. from Roberts Wesleyan College,
her M.S.N. in 2010 from Walden University,
and her Ed.D. from Walden in 2015. Her
dissertation focus was on the struggle of
nursing students with preparing and passing
the NCLEX-RN examination. Read more
about Lori at
During National Nurses Week in May,
Helen King ’80 was honored as a
Nurse of the Year by The Department
of Veterans Affairs.
Jennifer Anne Orcutt ’00 is a certified
nurse midwife at Canandaigua Medical
Group PC. She was nominated for
a 2015 Canandaigua ATHENA Award.
Kimberlie Rippey ’00 started as a nursing
instructor at FLCC’s Geneva campus this
year, after working as part of the adjunct
faculty since 2012. In addition to earning
an A.A.S. from FLCC, she earned a B.S. in
nursing from Keuka College, and a master’s
degree from Grand Canyon University. Kim
also gives clinical instruction at Thompson
Health and has a reiki practice along with
her instructor and nursing careers.
Rodney Haring, Ph.D., MSW ’94, a Roswell Park
Cancer Institute faculty member and researcher,
was named to a federal advisory panel that makes
recommendations on ways to reduce health disparities
among federally recognized American Indian and
Alaska native communities.
Also, as part of “Love Being a Laker Week,” alumni from the 2000’s joined
students for a luncheon to share the stories of their path from FLCC
to their current careers. Pictured from left to right: Rikk Foringer ’02,’07,
Elisha Everson ’02,’07, Thomas Lyon ’04, and Travis Money ’00.
Matt Smythe ’97 is a staff writer for Rochesterbased POST magazine and maintains a blog at He also joined Doug Forgue ’89
(center) and CCFL/FLCC Alumni Association
President Kelly LaVoie ’96 (right) for a luncheon
with students as part of “Love Being a Laker Week”
in December.
Viticulture and Wine Technology
Robert Deignan ’12 is the new chief cidermaker
for Empire Cider Company in Geneva. He is also
the assistant winemaker at Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars.
This fall the Alumni
Association sponsored
a drawing for alumni
who completed graduate
surveys. The winner
of the iPad was
Brianna Millis ’15
(pictured left).
Katrina Traster ’15
was the winner of
a $100 gas card.
After many months of planning, FLCC’s mascot was developed
and came to life for a special unveiling in December. As part
of “Love Being a Laker Week,” the Lake Monster toured
the campus, greeting students, faculty and staff.
In Memoriam
Stephen B. Browning ’81 on August 5, 2015
Penelope J. Debes ’86 on August 17, 2015
Christine Freeman ’76 on October 24, 2015
Rosemary Godrey ’86 August 2, 2015
Mark D. Hill ’74 on August 23, 2015
Shelly L. (Stowell) Hoyt ’96 on February 11, 2015
Brandon K. Kuhn ’06 on November 18, 2015
Rev. Ralph D. Locke ’86 on June 25, 2015
Charles F. McCann ’75 on August 24, 2015
Constance C. Morse ’77 on July 14, 2015
Donna J. Schwartzmeier ’85 on October 17, 2015
Kyle Clark Smith ’07 on September 5, 2015
Gerard R. Schmidt ’10 on September 7, 2015
James A. Smith ’83 on July 11, 2015
Amy M. Topping ’11 on December 22, 2013
John C. Wilbur ’73 on July 31, 2015. In 1990, John Wilbur was one of the first
inductees into CCFL/FLCC’s Athletic Hall of Fame. John was the all-time scoring
leader for the men’s basketball team. As a two-year starter, John averaged 24 points
a game and scored a total of 988 career points. After graduation from CCFL, John
went on to play for Eisenhower College. Later he coached for the boys and girls
basketball program and girls soccer program at Midlakes, as well as the JV girls
basketball program at Canandaigua Academy. He was a great ambassador for FLCC’s
athletic program and referred several student athletes to the College over the years.
Dominic French ’05 to Rachael Gardoski on July 26, 2014
Elena Fronczak ’08 to Clinton Holcomb (attended ’00-’02)
on September 18, 2015
Randy Kaufman ’02 to Michelle Bowman on September 6, 2015
Charlotte Cooper, Reference/Bibliographic librarian
Sandra Brown, professor of computing sciences
Sandra Camillo, associate professor of English
Corinne Canough, director of educational planning and career services
Jeanne Fagan ’77, professor of business administration
Joyce Hoppough ’00, principal account clerk
Cynthia Johnson, custodian
Norah Nolan-Cramer, coordinator for students with a disability
Catherine Petruccione, stenographer
Mary Jane Stoltz ’06, principal account clerk
Karen VanKeuren, director of grants development
Save the Date
Check the details and refer to scheduled home and away athletic competitions at
To see the complete schedule for the Honors House, visit
The Work of Kevin Murphy ’74
70th Northeast Collegiate Woodsmen Conclave
CCFL/FLCC Alumni Association Awards Celebration
Exhibit dates: Feb. 4 to March 11
Feb. 4: Artist Talk, 2 p.m.;
Opening Reception, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34
Canandaigua campus
April 23
Alfred State
Friday, May 20
5 to 7 p.m.
Student Center, Canandaigua Campus
Talk by author Sonja Livingston
March 15, 12:45 to 2 p.m.
FLCC Student Center Auditorium
$2 or free with current FLCC ID.
Sonja Livingston wrote the memoir
“Ghostbread” and, more recently,
“Queen of the Fall: Memoirs
of Gods and Goddesses.”
The Work of Anne Novado
Exhibit dates: March 31 to April 22
April 4: Artist Talk, 2 p.m.,
Opening Reception 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34
Canandaigua campus
Celebrating Generosity
FLCC Foundation Annual Golf Tournament
FLCC Foundation Award Event
Friday, May 6
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Student Center, Stage 14
Monday, June 27
Ravenwood Golf Club
Contact [email protected] for more info.
Spring Arts Festival
Constellation Brands 32nd Annual Scholarship Dinner
Friday, May 6
7 to 9 p.m.
Student Center, Canandaigua Campus
Tuesday, Sept. 13
5 p.m.
Student Center, Stage 14
Spring Arts Student Honors Art Exhibition
Book Feast
May 1 to 20
Opening: Friday, May 6, 7 p.m.
Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34
Reception and Awards: Friday, May 6, 9 p.m.
Student Center Lobby,
Canandaigua Campus
Saturday, Oct. 15
5:30 p.m.
Student Center, Canandaigua Campus,
followed by dinner at host locations
corresponding to selected book discussions
Event details subject to change. Check for updates.
Planned Giving to
the FLCC Foundation
The Storefront Pioneers Society
Planned gifts are gift arrangements that have specific
tax advantages and often include lifetime income to
a beneficiary or beneficiaries named by the donor.
A planned gift maximizes your giving potential and
can even allow you to ensure your future financial
security or that of a loved one.
The Storefront Pioneers Society recognizes alumni,
faculty, and friends who have designated Finger Lakes
Community College as the beneficiary of a bequest,
trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy, or who
have made other estate provisions benefitting the
College through the Foundation.
If you would like to join with them in helping to ensure the future of
Finger Lakes Community College, contact Amy Pauley, executive director,
at (585)785-1541 or by email at [email protected]
Count on the Alumni Association
for benefits for all degree
and certificate graduates
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