Wayne Williams, the college’s first art faculty member, gives a talk during a special gallery exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of FLCC. Gallery Director Barron Naegel is shown on the left. For more on the festivities, see the story below.
College’s 50th marked with events, book release
Marty Dodge, retired conservation professor; Bob Lowden, athletic director, and Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation and horticulture, share a laugh at the College’s 50th anniversary celebration.
FLCC marked 50 years of classes on Feb. 1, with a time capsule announcement, 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.
The exhibit, titled “Mentors and Mentees: Celebrating 50 years” in the College’s Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 remains open through March 9. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
The anniversary celebration also featured 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 was written and designed by FLCC Community Affairs staff Sarah Butler of Canandaigua, Lenore Friend of South Bristol and Jessica Youngman of Newark. It includes more than 700 names of faculty, staff, students and community members (click here to see if you or someone you know is on the list).
The book is now on sale for $18 per copy. Copies are available as follows
FLCC Bookstore at the main campus
Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, 113 S. Main St.
American Made, 143 S. Main St.
Mobile Music, 163 S. Main St.
Wegmans, Canandaigua. Books can also be ordered online by clicking here.
FLCC team studies impact of hurricanes on coral reefs
Jim Hewlett, professor of biology, is shown kneeling on the left, with members of a team of recent college graduates (including FLCC’s Morgan Anderson, third from left) who recently studied the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria on Caribbean coral reefs.
Jim Hewlett, FLCC professor of biology, led a team of recent college graduates to assess the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria on Caribbean coral reefs.
Jim and the research team began their work on Jan. 13, and spent their first six days assessing damage in St. Kitts and Nevis, which were in Irma’s path of destruction early last September. The final leg of the trip was in Dominica, which was struck by Maria roughly two weeks after Irma. Both hurricanes were ranked Category 5.
“This very unique data set will be used not only to inform the international community about the damage that was done, but also to establish baseline data for future research focused on understanding the recovery of those reefs,” said Jim, who is executive director of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI). “The bottom line is that this was an amazing opportunity.”
Morgan Anderson of Fairport, who earned her associate degree from FLCC in December, was among those on the trip. The team also included representatives from two CCURI partner schools and Gregor Hodgson, founder and executive director of Reef Check, an international organization that strives to save reefs with research, management plans and partnerships.
Morgan was among the small group of students who accompanied Jim and his annual Global Ecosystems travel course on a trip to St. Kitts and Nevis this past June, weeks before the hurricanes hit. She majored in environmental conservation at FLCC and will transfer to New England University to study marine science next fall.
Click here to read a blog written prior to their trip. To see a report compiled after their return, click here.
See what we’re all about on Feb. 19
Next Monday, Feb. 19, is Winter Visit Day for fall 2018 prospective students and their families.
Last year, the College welcomed 230 visitors to the main campus to learn more about FLCC, including degree program offerings and support services, and to meet faculty and staff. The New York Wine and Culinary Center, Viticulture and Wine Center, and Victor Campus Center are also part of Winter Visit Day.
Winter Visit Day is one of two open houses during the spring semester and provides a key opportunity to emphasize what distinguishes FLCC from other two- and four-year colleges.
The other is Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 14.
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FLCC quick takes
Full house: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston (right) wrapped up the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum on Jan. 28 with a sold-out talk on the Trump presidency in the Student Center Auditorium. Evan Dawson, host of WXXI’s “Connections,” moderated.
Save the date: The FLCC Spring Faculty Recital will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in the main campus auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. The event is free and open to the public. Come early to check out a new gallery exhibit featuring the works of artist Len Brondum, a Canandaigua resident known for her vibrant silk canvases. The exhibit features a free, public reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the first floor. For more on these and other upcoming events, call (585) 785-1623.
Tell the neighbors: Financial Aid Office is hosting a series of workshops to help students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) through 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.
Student Logan Dague helps show off one of the fundraising benches.
Benches for sale: Work study students in the environmental conservation and horticulture department created several wooden benches that are now up for sale as a fundraiser. The benches are $75 each and benefit a student emergency fund. They are called “Leopold benches” because they are modeled after a simple design by Aldo Leopold who is considered by many as the “father of wildlife management,” said Ryan Staychock ’96, instructional specialist and head coach of the logging sports team. Members of the logging sports team assisted the work study students in the project. Ryan said it gave them valuable experience working with the College’s recently acquired portable sawmill and also made use of lumber from ash trees that have been removed from the main campus to manage the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer. Interested in buying a bench? Contact Ryan at (585) 785-1574.
Give them a high five: A total of 523 students have been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list. To be eligible, full-time students enrolled in a degree or certificate program must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have completed 12 or more credit hours. Part-time students are included in the spring dean’s list. Click here to see the fill list of students by county and town.
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 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 Feb. 26 in Rochester, March 5 in Mount Morris, April 2 in Greece and April 9 in 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 are offered throughout the year. 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. Orientation for the next session will be held at the FLCC Victor Campus Center on March 29. 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 email@example.com.
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