Finger Lakes Community College announces the dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester. A total of 445 students earned this honor.
To be eligible for the FLCC fall dean’s list, 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.
Below are the students listed by county and town:
Angelica: Cassidy Mountain
Belfast: Morgan Hamer
Belmont: David Holmes, Christian Stuck
Friendship: Rylea Comstock, Calum Ruxton
Wellsville: Samantha Bailey, Lacey Shuttleworth, Ashley Taylor
Finger Lakes Community College’s two art galleries – Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 and ArtSpace36 – will showcase the work of accomplished alumni in exhibits set to open later this month.
The Biennial Alumni Exhibition in Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 will showcase the work of artists Melissa Newcomb ’02 and Dee Westfall ’14, both members of the Keuka College art faculty. The exhibit will open Thursday, Jan. 30 with a 2 p.m. talk by the artists, followed by an appetizers reception sponsored by the FLCC Foundation from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Newcomb, associate professor of art at Keuka, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the State University of New York at Oswego and master’s degrees from Oswego and Rochester Institute of Technology. Her vast portfolio includes a six-by-eight foot pen-and-ink mural of the Rochester city skyline, created for the office of Marathon Engineering. She was honored by the college’s Alumni Association with the Outstanding Alumni Art Achievement Award in May 2013.
Westfall, adjunct instructor of ceramics at Keuka, earned a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics at RIT after completing her associate degree at FLCC. The owner of Westfall Ceramics, she has participated in numerous gallery exhibits and has created pieces for commercial facilities and private collections.
Three additional art alumni will be celebrated just a few miles away, at the College’s downtown gallery, ArtSpace36. Jessica Marianacci Valone ’08, Erica Bapst ’98 and Michelle Garlock ’87 will be featured in the exhibit, also set to open Thursday, Jan. 30. A free, public reception and talk by the artists is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
A seventh-generation farmer who penned a New York Times bestseller about his transformation to organic and sustainable operations will visit Finger Lakes Community College later this month to close out the ninth season of the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum speaker series.
Forrest Pritchard will give a talk titled “Sustainable Agriculture: Gaining Ground and Growing Tomorrow” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Student Center Auditorium at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.
Pritchard has authored three books. The first, “Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm,” made the New York Times Bestseller list, was named a top read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR’s “The Splendid Table.” His second book, “Growing Tomorrow,” offered a behind-the-scenes visit with 18 sustainable farmers from across the county. His latest book, “Start Your Farm,” was co-written with Ellen Polishuk.
“People often say that local, organic food is expensive, but never take the time to understand why conventional food is so cheap,” he said. “From New York family dairy farms, to our food system at large, we’re learning how our food choices have major consequences. We’ll discuss how local food impacts us all, and how to enact positive change.”
Emily O’Neill of Canandaigua, a Finger Lakes Community College student, has received a New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute award.
The Sheriffs’ Association grants a $250 award to one student at each New York community college who demonstrates academic excellence in the pursuit of a career in criminal justice.
O’Neill, a 2016 graduate of Canandaigua Academy, is in her second year and expects to graduate in the spring of 2020. She hopes to transfer to a four-year college, possibly SUNY Oneonta. She remains interested in criminal justice, but is considering expanding her studies to include nutrition and dietetics.
“After high school, I took two years off because I didn’t want to go to school not knowing what I wanted to do,” she said. “Receiving this award is very encouraging. I’m proud of it, and honored that my professors chose me. It’s going to be very helpful with school supplies and such.”
O’Neill was nominated for the award by her advisor, James Valenti, an attorney and associate professor of criminal justice. Valenti and FLCC President Robert K. Nye congratulated her during a visit to the main campus by Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson, a 1984 FLCC graduate, on Dec. 17. Also on hand were Joseph Mariconda, associate professor of criminal justice, and Jason Maitland, chief of campus police.
Emily O’Neill’s success is a result of perseverance, a value at the core of FLCC’s Strategic Plan.
The label chosen for the wine that Finger Lakes Community College students will bottle next spring pays homage to where it all began.
Second-year graphic design major Rachel Graf of Walworth designed the label and name for the college’s 2019 vintage wines. To be called “Foundation,” the wine label features antiqued blueprints of the college’s Viticulture and Wine Center, which opened in Geneva in early 2015.
The name and design symbolize the center’s opening and its role as a starting point – or foundation – for students enrolled in the program.
“I wanted to showcase the hard work of the viticulture students and pay homage to their studies and the center itself for creating these amazing opportunities for them,” said Graf, a 2018 graduate of Wayne Central High School in Ontario, Wayne County. “The blueprints represent the literal foundation for the center itself, and the center represents the educational foundation for the students.”
Graf and her classmates designed labels for a graphic design course taught by Liz Brownell of Victor, professor of graphic design. In what has become an annual tradition, the labels were revealed recently at a gallery-style reception at the Viticulture and Wine Center. The 14 student designers took turns pitching their concepts, touching on themes, color palettes, font choices, as well as what types of computer programs were used to create the designs.
“This project is a chance for the students to have the experience of working with actual clients,” said Brownell. “It’s a boots on the ground approach. In any discipline of study, the teacher can describe what it’s like to work in the field, but when students have the actual experience for themselves it’s a different level of learning.”
A Victor teenager who nearly lost his life from
vaping-related illnesses will visit Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday,
Nov. 21 to share his experiences as part of the Great American Smokeout.
Marino, 19, will give a free, public talk from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Lecture
Hall 2775 on the second floor of the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive,
Canandaigua. The event is part of FLCC’s efforts to promote the Great American
Smokeout, a national movement by the American Cancer Society to encourage
fall, Giovanni spent over a week at Thompson Hospital, including several days
in the intensive care unit. Months of vaping that began recreationally shortly
after he began his freshman year at the University of West Virginia had
severely damaged his lungs.
He said doctors told him he developed pneumonia as well as a syndrome that made his lungs look like “shattered glass.”
it was a culmination of everything – the doctors think my lungs were weakened
by the nicotine and they also think there was a potential of me having inhaled
cyanide,” he said.
The cyanide and
other noxious chemicals could have been contained in the vape cartridges – also
called “carts” – that Giovanni was buying illegally from the black market.
This event has been organized to coincide with the Great American Smokeout, a national cessation movement by the American Cancer Society. It embodies FLCC’s value of vitality as a means to bring awareness to a serious public health threat.
never got to ask her great-grandfathers about their military service in World
War II. Her knowledge of the war has come from her high school teachers, her
parents, and movies.
A recent trip
provided insight none of those sources could offer. Josiane, a high school
senior, went to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La. with a
veteran who endured the war. She was among a group of over 100 Midlakes
students, veterans and caretakers to make the expenses-paid trip with the
Soaring Valor program.
“It opened my
mind a lot more to what it was like to not only be in the war but also to be
living during that time period with everything that was going on all over the
world,” said Josiane. “My veteran,
Frank, told me that so many people he knew also went to war. It was on
everyone’s mind; they wanted to support their country.”
Josiane’s classmates and veterans who made the trip will share reflections at
the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Finger Lakes Community College. The free,
public event will be held in the Student Center Auditorium at the FLCC main
campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for parking; handicap spots are
available in the lot closest to the main entrance.
and their veteran travel companions have just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime
trip, and we’re honored they will join our ceremony to share their
experiences,” said Jennie Erdle, director of student life at FLCC. “This is
truly a wonderful opportunity to bring our communities together and recognize
Valor trip was made possible through a charitable effort by the Gary Sinise
Foundation and American Airlines. Sinise played the role of Lt. Dan in the
popular “Forrest Gump” movie. The actor started the foundation after meeting an
American serviceman severely injured during a bomb blast in Iraq.
This event highlights one of FLCC’s primary values, interconnectedness: It brings together community members with diverse life perspectives for a common goal – to celebrate those who served.