139 FLCC students receive $177K in private scholarships

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Mara Jankowski of Palmyra is a mathematics major and 2019 graduate of Midlakes High School. She received the Brenda S. Brockman Beck Memorial Scholarship for a full-time female student studying mathematics or computer science.
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Michael Hiller of Penn Yan is the 2021 recipient of the Monty Stamp Memorial Scholarship for viticulture and wine technology. The scholarship was named for Charles LaMont “Monty” Stamp, founder of Lakewood Vineyards Winery.










The Finger Lakes Community College Foundation awarded 139 students a total of $177,680 in scholarships funded by local families, business and organizations during 2021.

The Foundation manages more than 100 scholarship funds. Amounts vary from $400 to one-year of tuition, currently $4,968. To view the scholarships and criteria, visit flcc.edu/scholarships. Check back in late January for the link to the 2022 application.

All students who apply to FLCC by March 1 and submit a high school transcript are automatically considered for scholarships based on general criteria, such as a field of study. Students who apply after March 1 or may be eligible due to special criteria, such as status as a veteran or a family member of a veteran, should fill out the application.

The following new scholarships were added in 2021:

  • The Biddle/Merrill Veterans Scholarship was launched by Bud and Debbi Biddle and Gary and Sharron Merrill of Canandaigua to support a student who is a military veteran or a family member of a veteran. Bud and Gary are Navy and Army veterans, respectively.
  • The Olivia Lynn Calabrese Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Olivia by her parents, Chris and Amy Calabrese, for a student pursuing an art degree. Amy is a former member of the FLCC Foundation Board of Directors.
  • The Geneva City School District Alumni Scholarship was created by FLCC Trustee Santa Abraham and her husband, Matt, to support graduates of the Geneva City School District who attend FLCC.
  • The Kathryn Kingsley Wunder Memorial Scholarship was created by Nicole Kingsley Brunner and her husband, Adam, in memory of her grandmother, Kathryn Kingsley Wunder. Kathryn began attending FLCC at age 40 while a single mother of six children. This scholarship recognizes a non-traditional student pursuing a nursing degree.
  • The Nancy Schopf Memorial Scholarship was created by the Seventh district of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State in memory of member Nancy Schopf, to support a student majoring in horticulture.
  • The Niagara Label Graphic Arts Award was created by the Niagara Label Company for the winner of the annual wine label design competition.
  • The Bill White Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends of the late Bill White, a manager of instructional technology at FLCC who died in a car accident in 2020. It is awarded to a student majoring in information technology.

Below are the 2021 recipients by county and town.

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464 FLCC students named to fall 2021 dean’s list

Finger Lakes Community College announces the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester. A total of 464 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:

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Global organization recognizes FLCC faculty member

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Associate Professor Jonathan Weissman developed a class in 2012 to teach students IPv6, which stands for Internet Protocol version 6, the system which assigns an address to internet connected computers and devices.

Jonathan Weissman of Brighton, Finger Lakes Community College associate professor of computing sciences, has been inducted into the New Internet IPv6 Hall of Fame as an IPv6 Evangelist.

IPv6 stands for Internet Protocol version 6, which provides an identification and location, through an IP address, for computers and devices so they can find each other and communicate over the internet (This is how you can use your phone to pay your credit card bill from a trail in the Adirondacks).

It is designed to replace IPv4, the almost 40-year-old address system that has failed to keep up with the proliferation of Internet‑connected devices. This includes mobile devices and the Internet of Things, a reference to devices that communicate with other devices, for example, those found in wireless sensor networks, control systems, and smart homes.

IPv4 addresses consist of four numbers between 0 and 255, separated by periods. (Example: North America ran out of IPv4 addresses in 2015, and other parts of the world have run out of IPv4 addresses as well.

IPv6 addresses are four times the length of IPv4 addresses and consist of up to 32 numbers, with groups of four digits separated by colons. (Example: 2001:0db8:000f:0052:0000:0000:0000:1337).

A worldwide consortium called the IPv6 Forum created the evangelist honor to recognize efforts of individuals to get industry, research, education and government to switch from IPv4 to IPv6 to protect business continuity and security.

Weissman, who is also the coordinator of the FLCC associate degree in networking and cybersecurity, developed and taught what he believes is the first college course dedicated to IPv6 anywhere, for FLCC in the summer of 2012. He continues to teach CSC 206 as a summer course; registration has recently opened for summer 2022. In addition to college credit, the class leads to a certification that shows the students are knowledgeable and have hands-on skills in the new protocol.

The evangelist honor, Weissman said, “allows my future CSC 206 students to understand how connected I am to the new protocol.”

For information on the FLCC networking and cybersecurity program, contact the One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000 or onestop@flcc.edu. Follow Weissman on Twitter and Instagram: @CSCProf.

Wine label win caps fast-paced semester

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Emer O’Brien of Geneva, a Canandaigua Academy graduate, presents her Synthesis No. 10 wine label design for the next series of Finger Lakes Community College wines. Of 11 submissions, viticulture students voted to select O’Brien’s design in the annual competition, which gives students the experience of designing for clients. Photo by Rikki Van Camp

The fall semester was already going well for Emer O’Brien, a graphic design student at Finger Lakes Community College.

She and her volleyball teammates captured the regional championship on Halloween with a win over Fulton Montgomery Community College, earning a trip to the national competition in Minnesota.

A few weeks later, the viticulture and wine technology students selected her proposed design for the next label of the College’s 2021 vintages.

“It’s a huge honor,” she said of knowing 1,700 bottles will be wrapped with her Synthesis No. 10 label. She offered a simple design with the name bisecting a circle on a solid color background, a deep green for the whites and a burgundy for the reds.

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