The 50th anniversary commemorative book that will be released on Feb. 1 features reflections of FLCC’s first student, Kathy Trautman.
FLCC celebrates 50th anniversary with Feb. 1 event
FLCC will mark 50 years of classes on Thursday, Feb. 1, with the sealing of a time capsule, the release of a commemorative book, and a gallery exhibit of works by FLCC’s first art faculty members and their students.
Community College of the Finger Lakes, the college’s original name, began full-time credit-bearing classes on Feb. 1, 1968.
“FLCC was established to serve a dual role of preparing students for transfer to four-year schools and training the local workforce, and that is still our mission today,” said FLCC President Robert Nye. “Our 50th anniversary event is a great opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and how so many people have played such important roles in making our community college what it is today.”
The Feb. 1 celebration, called “From the Storefronts to Lincoln Hill: Celebrating 50 Years at FLCC,” is a series of events at the main campus between 2 and 6:30 p.m. All are free and open to the public. (If the college closes for winter weather, the event will be rescheduled for Feb. 8).The lineup is as follows:
2 p.m. – Exhibit opening and artists’ talk for “Mentors and Mentees: Celebrating 50 years,” Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34, first floor. FLCC retirees Thomas Insalaco and Wayne Williams, along with some of their first students, will discuss their work on display.
3 p.m. – FLCC Student Corporation Time Capsule Dedication: Student leaders will announce and display a new time capsule to be buried on FLCC grounds in May and opened in 2068.
3:15 p.m. – 50th Anniversary Memories: Faculty and staff from 1960s and 70s will share memories of the college’s early years.
Immediately following the ceremony, an opening reception for the gallery exhibit will begin with refreshments and live music and run until 6:30 p.m.
The event features the release of a full-color 50th anniversary commemorative book titled, “This Bold Decision: The Story of Finger Lakes Community College.” The limited-edition 50th anniversary book will be on sale for $18 per copy. Read more about it below.
For questions about the college’s 50th anniversary or the commemorative book, contact the Community Affairs Office at (585) 785-1623.
Book chronicles college’s history
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, FLCC will release a limited edition full-color book on the college’s history on Feb. 1.
The commemorative book’s title, “This Bold Decision: The Story of Finger Lakes Community College,” is a reference to the Ontario County Board of Supervisors’ decision to create the college and is taken from the inauguration speech of the college’s first president, Roy Satre.
The book focuses on the early history of the college and covers highlights through 2017.
With more than 300 photos, the book also includes more than 750 names of faculty, staff, students, trustees and county officials. Among those featured is Kathy Trautman, who was first line to sign up for classes. As a working mother, she took classes on and off until she had enough credits to get her degree in 1990. Trautman now lives in Georgia.
The book will go on sale for $18 during a special event at the main campus on Feb. 1. After the event, the book will be on sale in the FLCC bookstore while supplies last.
The 124-page book was written and designed by FLCC Community Affairs staff Sarah Butler of Canandaigua, Lenore Friend of South Bristol and Jessica Youngman of Newark. Friend, an FLCC employee since 2009, previously worked for Messenger Post Media and Johnson Newspaper Corporation. Youngman joined FLCC in 2013 after working for the town of Farmington, Messenger Post Media, the Finger Lakes Times and the Palmyra Courier-Journal. Butler worked at FLCC from 2010 through 2016 and is currently the gallery manager and graphic designer at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs.
FLCC was created during the community college movement of the mid-20th century as the space race and social change prompted demand for more higher education options.
As the authors note in the book’s acknowledgments, “Stories of pioneers in this American experiment played out towns and cities across the country. ‘This Bold Decision’ is a retelling of some of those stories with an intentional emphasis on the college’s early years and our own pioneers’ reflections.”
The College’s 124-page 50th anniversary book was researched, written and designed by, from left to right, Lenore Friend, director of community affairs at FLCC; Sarah Butler, manager of Main Street Arts gallery in Clifton Springs and former FLCC graphic desiger; and Jessica Youngman, public relations and events coordinator at FLCC.
Trump presidency is forum’s focus
The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote a bestselling book about the rise of Donald Trump and was thrust into the national spotlight when he reported on his undisclosed tax returns will take the stage at FLCC on Sunday, Jan. 28.
David Cay Johnston
David Cay Johnston, author of New York Times bestseller “The Making of Donald Trump,” is the final speaker in the 2017-18 George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum. The talk is titled “Trump: Day 365. What Just Happened?!?” It begins at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium at FLCC’s main campus.
The event will be moderated in the style of a TV talk show by Evan Dawson, author and host of the WXXI radio show, “Connections.” Audience members will have an opportunity to pose questions.
Copies of Johnston’s 2016 book, and his latest, “It’s Even Worse Than You Think. What the Trump Administration is Doing to America” will be available for purchase outside the auditorium starting at 3 p.m.
Johnston said “The Making of Donald Trump” grew from his frustration at the “utter failure” of his peers in journalism to tell voters about Trump’s “profitable, lifelong embrace of mobsters, violent felons, Russian oligarchs and the major cocaine trafficker who supplied his helicopters.”
Johnston covered Trump as a reporter for the New York Times and while covering the Atlantic City casino beat for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He met Trump in 1988 while working for the Inquirer. Nearly 30 years later, Johnston found himself the subject of one of the president’s fiery Tweets. It came in March 2017, hours after he reported on part of Trump’s previously undisclosed 2005 tax return on DCReport and then on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show. The White House subsequently confirmed the return’s authenticity.
Johnston resides in Brighton with his wife, Jennifer Leonard. He won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2001 for his investigative reports in The New York Times that exposed inequities and loopholes in U.S. tax code.
Author Kent Nerburn opened the Ewing Forum’s 2017-2018 season with a talk Oct. 15 titled “Seeing Through Others’ Eyes.” New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov gave a talk on Nov. 5 titled “Wine. Food. Who Could Ask for Anything More?”
Tickets are $25 each or free at the door with a current student ID. Tickets can be ordered by phone at (585) 430-8382 or purchased online at gmeforum.org. Forum organizers always welcome donor sponsors. Donors receive tickets, admission to special after-event receptions, and other benefits.
Tell the neighbors: The Financial Aid Office is hosting a series of workshops to help students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) through January and February. For details, click here. The workshops are open to all high schoolers, regardless of the colleges they have applied to attend. The FAFSA is necessary for any federal aid and state aid, including the Excelsior Scholarship.
Grants awarded: The College has been awarded five grants totaling $570,000 for workforce training and initiatives to improve outreach and educational programming. The awards for initiatives in 2018 include a $126,000 State University of New York (SUNY) Performance Improvement Fund grant and a $222,000 SUNY Diversity, Equity and Inclusion grant. Read more here.
Last call for Cowles exhibit: The exhibit by Rochester illustrator David Cowles will wraps up in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 at FLCC on Jan. 19. Called “The Art of David Cowles,” the show opened in November and features a collection of his works, including several celebrity caricatures, which have been included in some of biggest publications anywhere: Rolling Stone, Time, The New Yorker, and Entertainment Weekly, to name a few. Click here to read more about Cowles. Gallery hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Support the Foundation while shopping: Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the FLCC Foundation whenever you shop using AmazonSmile. Millions of items are eligible for a donation when purchased. In order to take advantage of the benefit, be sure to log in to the site through smile.amazon.com. Using Amazon Smile doesn’t affect the price of merchandise, your account or experience. Got questions? Contact Lisa Scott, alumni engagement coordinator, at (585) 785-1454.
Professional Development and Continuing Education
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. For examples, click here.
Certified Nurse Assistant training begins Jan. 16 in Rochester. 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 start in late January. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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