Members of the FLCC Logging Sports Team Ellie Peterson of Frewsburg, left, and Emily Dobbs of Horseheads compete in the annual fall meet, hosted at the main campus on Oct. 14. Check out more photos on our Flickr page.
Korean War veteran to give Veterans Day talk
A local man who has tirelessly advocated for fellow veterans and has been lauded for his effort to save the Canandaigua VA Medical Center more than a decade ago will be the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day ceremony at the FLCC main campus.
Korean War veteran Ralph Calabrese of Canandaigua will speak at the 1 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10 in the Student Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Calabrese served in the Army for two years with the 2nd Infantry Division. In August 1952 he was wounded when his bunker was struck by artillery. His service was recognized with a number of decorations, including a Bronze Service Star, the Korean Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.
When the Department of Veterans Affairs revealed a plan to close the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in 2003, Calabrese launched a massive grassroots effort to save the facility, which then served about 16,000 veterans and employed more than 700 people. The closure would have relocated about 200 inpatients and thousands more to VA hospitals in Batavia, Bath, Buffalo, and Syracuse.
As part of his advocacy Calabrese hosted a show he called “VA and Veteran Update” for several years on the public access channel Finger Lakes Television, which is based at FLCC. He recorded his final show in October 2016. Click here to watch it.
The ceremony is part of a week of veterans events at FLCC. A formal dinner and dance will be held in the main campus Student Center on Friday, Nov. 10; a limited number of tickets may remain and will be available for $35 each on a first-come, first-served basis by calling (585) 785-1263.
Illustrations spotlighted in new gallery exhibit
Most every day, David Cowles takes to social media with birthday greetings to famous musicians, actors and politicians. Each post includes a caricature by Cowles of the celeb; on Oct. 31, he paid homage to journalist Dan Rather, ’90s pop icon Vanilla Ice and the late movie star John Candy.
David Cowles created this caricature of The Beatles for
The Instagram and Twitter posts have become something of a hobby that come with the perk of self-promotion. Not that Cowles needs the help: His illustrations has been in some of the biggest publications anywhere: Rolling Stone, Time, The New Yorker, and Entertainment Weekly, to name a few. Clients for his animation work include the alternative rock group They Might Be Giants, PBS kids’ mainstay “Sesame Street,” and, closer to home, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
A collection of Cowles’ work will be featured in an exhibit in Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34. Called “The Art of David Cowles,” the show opens on Thursday, Nov. 16. Cowles will talk about his work at 1 p.m., and an appetizers reception will follow from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
He said his first big break came in the mid-1980s, when he was contacted by Robert Newman, art director at The Village Voice. “The publication was read by all the other art directors in New York City, so having my work inside led to several other illustration opportunities with other publications,” he said.
The FLCC Visual and Performing Arts Department will give three performances of the play “Prodigal Son” on Nov. 17 and 18. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. The performances will be held in the FLCC Student Center Auditorium.
Tickets will be available at the FLCC box office just before each show. Admission is $8 for general admission, $5 for non-FLCC students and seniors, or free with a current FLCC ID.
“Prodigal Son” tells the story of a 17-year-old named Jim Quinn, played by FLCC student Jerrett Laskett of Batavia. From the Bronx, Jim suddenly finds himself in a private, all-boys Catholic school in New Hampshire. He is equal parts violent, alienated, lonely and gifted.
The play was written by John Patrick Shanley, who has claimed a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and an Academy Award. It debuted in New York City under his direction just over a year ago. It’s considered mostly autobiographical, as much of it mirrors Shanley’s own experiences as a young man.
Laskett, who is studying theatre at FLCC, said he can relate to his character. “He comes from a city,” he said. “We have the same things in common: he is a rowdy kid, but he means well and wants to be a great man. He’s just not interpreted the way he should be.”
Check us out: The College will host a Fall Visit Day for prospective students and their families on Saturday, Nov. 11. This open house will showcase academic degree programs, student support services and facilities. The event will begin with an Academic and Student Services Fair. This will be followed by short sessions and tours offered throughout the morning. To register by Nov. 9, click here. For a copy of the day’s schedule, click here.
Financial aid help: FLCC will offer a series of financial aid workshops over the next few months to help current and prospective college students and their parents understand the process and fill out forms. Evening workshops run from 6 to 8 p.m. Upcoming events are as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 15: Newark Campus Center, 1100 Technology Drive, Newark
Monday, Dec. 4: Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway
Following a brief overview, an FLCC representative will lead participants through completion of the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Aid Payment Application on college computers. Entry is free but registration, on a first-come, first-served basis, is required online at calendar.flcc.edu.
Seats left at the table: The Book Feast-meets-Dinner at Julia fundraiser for FLCC wraps up with a discussion moderated by Clinton Krager, associate professor of biology, on Friday, Dec. 1.
The discussion will focus on the book, “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change” by Elizabeth Kolbert. The environmental classic developed out of an award-winning, three-part series in “The New Yorker” in 2006.
Participants will be served the gourmet Dinner at Julia meal in a private room at 6 p.m., following a reception featuring wine produced by students in the viticulture and wine technology program. Tickets are $75. When ready, Julia menus are posted on the website: click here. To register or for more information, click here.
Next up at Muller: The Speaking of Nature lecture series at the Muller Field Station continues with a talk by Geneseo Middle School science teacher Randy French on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Titled, “The Antarctic Peninsula; Land of Ice and Penguins,” the event is free and open to all. Reservations are requested due to space limitations; contact Nancy Lawson at (585) 785-1257.
Save the dates: Holiday concert time is near. The following is a list of concerts planned in the weeks ahead (all are free and open to the public):
Finger Lakes Camerata Holiday Concert: Go Tell Everyone
3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26 at the First Congregational Church, 58 N. Main St., Canandaigua
3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8, Farmington
Free, donations accepted for scholarship funds for FLCC music and music recording students, (585) 396-0027.
Finger Lakes Chorale Holiday Concert: In the Bleak Midwinter
Dantes Standardized Subject Tests offer people with life experience a chance to get college credit for what they already know at a fraction of the cost of a college course. For more information, visit www.flcc.edu/dsst. For questions, call (585) 785-1660 or email email@example.com.
Child Development Associate (CDA) certification prepares people for work in preschools and is required for positions in daycare centers. Payment for modules can be offset by the Education Incentive Program. For information, including upcoming class dates, contact Andréa Badger at (585) 785-1906 or Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Customized Training: Businesses and county workforce development offices can receive customized training for current and potential employees. Courses are designed to the organization’s specifications and needs. For information, call (585) 785-1906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For examples, click here.
Certified Nurse Assistant training begins Nov. 20 in Rochester and Nov. 27 in Canandaigua and Clifton Springs. Prospective students must attend an orientation session, held the first Wednesday of each month, before enrolling. For information, call (585) 785-1660 and click here.
Home Health Aide classes will be held starting Nov. 27 in Rochester. Prospective students must attend an orientation session before enrolling. To sign up or for more information, call (585) 785-1660 or click here.
Mechatronic technology is a 12-week program that runs weekdays at the FLCC Victor Campus Center. Students learn the mechanical and electrical fundamentals common to many high-tech manufacturers in the Rochester area. A mandatory orientation for the next session will be held at the FLCC Victor Campus Center on Jan. 11. To register, or for more information, call the Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1906 or email Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Advanced manufacturing machinist is a six-month program in which students learn how to use machine tools to make precision components in aerospace, medical, automotive and other industries. A mandatory orientation for the next session will be held Jan. 9 in Seneca Falls. To register, or for more information, call the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1906 or email Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Online Training: FLCC’s Professional Development and Continuing Education office has partnered with nationally-recognized providers to offer up-to-date and in-demand courses in a convenient online format. Providers include Career WebSchool, Ed2Go, Gatlin Education Services, and eLearning. For more information, click here.
Notary Public prep course: To be notified when the next prep course to become a notary public will be available, call (585) 785-1906 or email email@example.com.
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