The Finger Lakes Community College Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in August honoring departing member Barbara Hamlin, who has served the College for more than a decade.
The board acknowledged her role in offering guidance based on her experience as a community leader and for her support of new initiatives at the College.
“It has been a distinct privilege to serve with Trustee Barbara Hamlin,” said FLCC President Robert Nye. “Her vision, drive and desire to learn about and support our faculty, staff and students was truly inspiring, and we will miss her presence at FLCC.”
“Barb was a conscientious and insightful board member,” added Joan Geise, current chair of the FLCC Board of Trustees. “She has helped enrich the FLCC community with her unwavering support of the College. Thank you, Barb.”
Hamlin served as board secretary for two years (2014-15 and 2018-19) and vice chair for three years (2015-2018). She also served on the board of the FLCC Association, the nonprofit that provides auxiliary services, including housing and childcare.
“I think the Suites are a huge bright spot for FLCC,” she said, referring to the Suites at Laker Landing, a 350-bed residence hall.
Hamlin also worked on fundraising initiatives for the FLCC Child Care Center, open to FLCC employees and students as well as the general public.
She was pleased by the launch of Dinner at Julia restaurant nights, a series of Fridays during the fall semester when the public can enjoy gourmet meals prepared by culinary arts students. “Julia is a wonderful initiative. It has helped FLCC become better known in the greater Canandaigua community,” she added.
Hamlin developed her knowledge of the Canandaigua community and its needs during 12 years on the Canandaigua City Council from January 1976 through December 1987. During her tenure, the city developed the five-year capital spending plan, developed a street and sidewalk replacement program, and obtained a federal Housing and Urban Development grant to redevelop the central business district.
Hamlin was the first-ever development director for Bristol Valley Productions’ summer theatre, where she secured the organization’s first grant from the state Council on the Arts and increased membership and annual revenue. Her success led to local positions in fundraising for the Arts for Greater Rochester and WXXI Public Broadcasting, followed by a move out of the area to work for the Metropolitan Opera Association, National Audubon Society and the PBS’ flagship television station in New York City, WNET.
Returning to Canandaigua in 2002, Hamlin served nine years on the Wood Library Board of Trustees. During her tenure, she was president of the board and served as co-chair of the $4 million campaign to renovate and expand the library, enabling it to serve more patrons and expand programs.
In 2012, Hamlin joined the FLCC Board of Trustees. During her tenure, the college redeveloped the Geneva Campus Center and opened the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva and the Sands Family Center for Allied Health in Canandaigua.
Finger Lakes Community College has launched a program to train people for a new State University of New York direct support professional microcredential that can also be applied toward a two-year FLCC human services degree.
Direct support professionals work with people who have physical or developmental disabilities, assisting them with everyday tasks and integration into the community.
The direct support professional program at FLCC begins on Sept. 26 and consists of three eight-week courses that lead to national certification in the field of developmental disabilities. FLCC’s program is part of a statewide initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan, a COVID relief legislation. The funding will cover tuition and materials for new students.
Classes will be held online in real-time two evening per week to make it easier for those already working to attend.
Those who successfully complete all three courses will also earn nine credits toward the FLCC human services two-year degree program.
Anyone interested in the program may call (585) 785-1670 or fill out an online form at http://bit.ly/flcc-dsp.
The program was developed in partnership with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to recognize the distinct skills and competencies required of today’s direct support professionals.
As part of his online walk and jog class, Professor Eric Marsh asks students to send in photos from wherever they are walking and jogging.
Those photos often have fascinating backstories.
This is the case for Anthony Marrero, 34, an online computer science major, who moved to La Trinidad in the Benguet province of the Philippines to marry his wife, Jane, who is originally from the Finger Lakes area.
“We have 3 kids (two are twins) and one baby on the way in October. I returned to school last fall as a computer science major to switch to a career in AI programming,” Anthony explains. “We have been processing our visas for two years now and hopefully will be able to come back to the Finger Lakes next year.”
The photo he took for his class shows a part of La Trinidad called Alapang, where roses are grown to supply all of the Philippines. This mountainous environment is the only place with the right climate.
“I definitely recommend visiting the Philippines to any American,” he said. “Filipinos are very friendly toward us. There are also tons of running and biking associations and events. The trail running is probably the best. Also, if you like riding motorcycles, the mountain roads are some of the best in the world for cruising and enjoying the views.”
The show features students from Finger Lakes Community College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges interacting with mental health professionals, leaders from K-12 schools, and staff from the Partnership for Ontario County.
“My hope for this series is to eliminate the stigma around mental health and raise awareness of the wide variety of training, services, and supports available for young people in our region,” said Joseph Fantigrossi, founder and former coordinator of Seneca County Community Schools and current regional community schools coordinator for Monroe 2-Orleans Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).
Community school associations provide training and technical assistance to improve the ability of K-12 schools to serve students struggling with poverty, mental health and other challenges. Fantigrossi took part in episodes about Youth Mental Health First Aid and resilience.
“I hope that individuals who view this learn more about mental health and the impacts of trauma,” added Ashley Lewis, vice president of operations for Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes. “I would love to see individuals empowered to seek out mental health supports and to know they are not alone. The more we discuss mental health, the more we dismantle the stigma associated with it.”
Lewis served as the expert for episodes on mental health counseling and trauma.
The series also features Hennessey Lustica, community schools mental health director at the Seneca Falls Central School District and assistant professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.
The episodes will run on Finger Lakes Television, the public broadcasting network based at FLCC. Finger Lakes TV is available four ways:
Episode 1: Mental Health Counseling, Part I: The Basics, Sept. 10
Zachary Shirley and Terrance “Dom” Dominguez-Hover, president and vice president, respectively of the FLCC Student Veterans Organization in 2022-23, interview Hennessey Lustica about the basics of mental health counseling with a focus on middle and high schoolers.
Episode 2: Mental Health Counseling, Part II: Tough Questions, Sept. 24
Shirley and Dominguez-Hover ask Ashley Lewis of Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, about what happens when counseling doesn’t seem to be working. This episode addresses both youth and adults.
Episode 3: Mental Health: Who are the Players? Oct. 8
Shirley and Dominguez-Hover meet with Lustica to talk about the different types of professionals who work in mental health, including social workers, with a focus on those who work in K-12 districts.
Episode 4: Mental Health First Aid, Oct. 22
Joseph D. Fantigrossi of Monroe County and Seneca County Community Schools, meets with a community member and Hobart and William Smith Colleges student who trained in youth mental health first aid. Terrence Rodgers, a youth advocate and job coach for Finger Lakes Community Schools, and Colleen McElduff, an HWS master’s degree student, explain why they took the course and what they learned.
Episode 5: Community Resources, Nov. 5
Shirley learns about mental health programming available from the Partnership for Ontario County. Tracey Dello Stritto, the executive director, and Ashley Tomassini, program coordinator, explain recent initiatives: Ontario Cares, an online resource, and Lock and Talk, a suicide prevention project to reduce the availability of guns and medications.
Episode 6: What is Trauma? Nov. 19
Shirley and Dominguez-Hover ask Ashley Lewis to explain trauma, reactions to trauma, and how people can get past the trauma in their lives.
Episode 7: What is Resilience? Dec. 3
Blythe Hodgson, an FLCC student, asks Joseph Fantigrossi how individuals of all ages build resilience to get past the tough times in life.
“We had a great group representing a wide range of people from the Finger Lakes region,” said Lenore Friend, director of public relations and communications for FLCC. “We made a TV series to explore topics in depth. For example, advice to get counseling sounds simple, but students had a lot of questions about what that really means for people of different ages.”
Friend worked on the project with staff members Jay Gillotti, creative director and editor, and Hugh Laird, videographer. Funding for the series comes in part from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, COVID relief legislation.
The wines are produced by FLCC students under faculty instruction as part of their work toward a viticulture and wine technology degree or certificate.
Medals are as follows:
Gold Medal: Empire White Bland Gold Medal: Empire Red Blend Gold Medal: Rose, Blaufrankisch Silver Medal: Chardonnay Silver Medal: Riesling Bronze Medal: Cabernet Franc
The New York Wine Classic, an annual competition organized by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, included 749 entries from 108 wineries from across the state. Judges awarded 10 Platinum, 320 Gold, 294 Silver, and 81 Bronze medals. Full information is available at newyorkwines.org. FLCC has received medals in every New York Wine Classic since 2016.
Students in the viticulture and wine technology two-year degree and one-year certificate programs produce commercial wines that are available at Ryan’s Wine and Spirits in Canandaigua and Pedulla’s Wine and Liquor in Geneva. Orders can also be arranged via online form on the FLCC website at flcc.edu/viticulture-center.
The Synthesis label was created by Emer O’Brien, a 2023 graphic design graduate. Every fall graphic design students present designs in a competition to select a label for the wine that will be bottled the following spring. Graphic design students present their work during an event at the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva to viticulture and wine technology students, who vote to select a winner. The winemaking and label design are part of the college’s emphasis on hands-on learning that aligns with current industry practices.
For more information about the viticulture and wine technology program, visit flcc.edu/wine.
Finger Lakes Community College has begun offering free GED classes at the Seneca County Office Building at 1 DiPronio Drive in Waterloo.
FLCC’s program allows students to work at their own pace with an instructor to prepare for the four exams necessary to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Students take in-person assessments in math and reading to gauge their skill levels.
Students meet with their instructor in the Seneca County Division of Human Services office on the second floor.
Other community services will support the GED program: Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County is available to provide additional assistance, and the Seneca County Office Building is on the RTS bus route.
Details about FLCC’s GED and English as a Second Language programs are available at flcc.edu/abe, (585) 785-1431, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with questions can also call Seneca County at (315) 539-1904.
Classes are also offered in Ontario, Wayne, and Yates counties at FLCC locations, libraries and the Yates County Workforce Development office.
A total of 512 full- and part-time students were named to the Finger Lakes Community College dean’s list for spring 2023.
To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a 3.5 grade point average and meet other criteria as follows:
Full-time students are eligible if they are matriculated – meaning enrolled in a degree program – and achieve a 3.5 grade point average for the semester (12 or more hours of earned credit) with no grade below passing and no incompletes.
Part-time students are eligible if they are matriculated, have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at FLCC, earn a combined total of at least 12 credit hours for a given year and achieve a 3.5 grade point average with no grade below passing and no incompletes. The student must be part-time for both semesters. The dean’s list for part-time students is compiled at the end of the spring term only.
Below are students by county and town in New York State. Out-of-state and international students are at the end of the list.
Garett Lester graduated on May 20 with an associate degree in smart systems technologies from Finger Lakes Community College and plans to transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology.
And today (June 23), he will graduate from Bloomfield High School.
No, that is not the typical order, but knowing it was possible to finish two years of college before high school graduation motivated Garett to take some extra classes over the last year.
Garett and another student completed associate degree requirements before finishing high school this year, but each took a different path. Garett attended the PTECH program while Ava Rodriguez of Pittsford took college classes through the FLCC Early College Scholars program, starting at age 14. Her high school graduation is tomorrow (June 24). A third student, Lily Hall of Dundee, joined this club using another strategy: a mix of Early College Scholar and Gemini credits. Gemini, also called concurrent enrollment, is a program that allows students to take classes in their home districts that satisfy both high school and college requirements. Lily’s graduation from Dundee High School on Thursday, June 22 made her a high school and college graduate at the same time.*
Garett Lester: PTECH
Short for Pathways in Technology, PTECH allows students from 25 school districts to enroll in an alternate high school at the FLCC Newark Campus Center and earn a mix of high school and college credits, starting in ninth grade. Most PTECH students finish high school and then spend another year or two at FLCC. Through careful planning with a counselor, Garett realized he could finish degree requirements before completing 12th grade.
“I thought not many people get an opportunity to do that, so that helped to motivate me a lot,” he said. “There were definitely times where I was thinking, ‘This is a lot to be doing,’ but it’s one year then it’s done, and I accomplished something.”
Garett was drawn to technology in eighth grade after taking Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) classes, in which students learn to use computer-aided design (CAD) software and programs like Audodesk Inventor. He attended a presentation on PTECH at Bloomfield and decided to enroll. Ninth-graders in PTECH take a class that introduces them to technology programs and careers with a grant covering the tuition costs for the college program they select.
Garett was a couple classes ahead when he started, having taken algebra and Living Environment in eighth grade. When he got his driver’s license, he was able to take additional classes at the FLCC Victor Campus Center off Route 251. He credits his PTECH and FLCC instructors, in particular physics professor Sam Samanta, for giving him the flexibility to complete his classes, while working part-time. Samanta coordinates the smart systems technologies degree, which integrates electrical, mechanical and computer skills.
“He’s always willing to help you and make sure you’re following along with class but you’re not getting piled up on homework,” Garett said. “I’d have to say PTECH is very similar in that they’re trying to be as open-minded and understanding of your situation to make sure you’re getting the help you need to learn.”
Beyond the instructors, he said fellow students provide a sense of community.
“We’re all new to it. We’re all looking for someone to talk to and by the first quarter of your freshman year, you have made friends,” Garett began. “It’s a great community. You’re not going to feel out of place because everyone’s in the same boat, everyone’s there for you. We’re all rooting for each other. You really don’t get the separate cliques, it’s one big group.”
Garett’s program required a co-op experience, and in November 2022, he was placed at Addex in Newark, which makes blown film equipment for applications like bags, wraps and shrink films.
After his co-op, Addex hired him part-time. His work consists of building mechanical and electrical assemblies and working on circuit boards. He also enjoys the challenge of troubleshooting a mechanical or electrical problem under the guidance of his mentor, Bill Wilck, mechanical and technical services engineer at Addex.
“You get to work with your hands. It’s rewarding at the end of the day being able to go in with something that doesn’t work and being in that role where you can make everything fit together and work out right.”
Dan Poehlein, technical specialist for the smart systems program, has known Garett since he joined Ptech.
“Despite his obvious skills as a student, I believe that his greatest attributes are in the area of kindness, compassion and curiosity,” Dan said. “Garett is the first student from the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES to complete the required college course of study by the end of his 12th grade year. This accomplishment has laid the foundation for future students to follow his path toward success.”
Garett, who will turn 18 in July, will transfer to RIT this fall. He is deciding between electrical and mechanical engineering with long-term plans to work in the railroad industry. He recommends that students who are looking for a different kind of high school experience consider PTECH. “If you decide you don’t like the programs, you always do have the option to go back to your district, so I would tell them: ‘If you’re interested, go for it and keep your friends back home, but make new friends when you get to PTECH.’”
Ava Rodriguez: Early College Scholars
Ava Rodriguez had watched as her older sister got ahead on college credit by taking community college classes, so at age 14, Ava enrolled in two art history classes through the FLCC Early College Scholars program.
Then, she kept going, completing her high school homework during lunches and study halls at Pittsford-Mendon then switching gears to college work in the afternoon and evening.
In August 2022, Ava and her mother, Zenah, reviewed her credits and confirmed that, with the right courses, she could finish work toward her liberal arts associate degree before completing high school. After the Pittsford-Mendon High School graduation on Saturday, June 24, she will be both a high school and college graduate.
“My mom is my biggest supporter. I really couldn’t have done it without her,” Ava said. “She wanted both of us to have a head start and graduate college earlier.”
Ava is starting this fall at St. John Fisher University’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy. It is typically a six-year program, but Ava’s associate degree means she can finish in four.
“I really like science. I like being in the lab,” she said. “Then, I was doing my own research one day, and I came across pharmacy, and the whole career sounded really interesting to me.”
Ava took most of her FLCC courses online with some in-person classes. In addition to her mom, she received guidance from Laura Jamieson, assistant director of concurrent enrollment, in navigating the college. Laura oversees FLCC classes taught in high schools in the College’s service area as well as Early College Scholars, which gives students in high school and homeschool settings the ability to take FLCC classes with reduced tuition.
Ava particularly enjoyed biology with Professor Kelli Prior, chemistry with technical specialist and instructor Jennifer Zink, and physics with adjunct instructor Thomas Henderson.
“They were easy going. If you were having trouble with the material or an issue came up in your personal life, they’re more than willing to work around it,” she said. “I think my favorite professor was Dr. Henderson. You know those teachers that really have a passion for teaching, and they try to make it as enjoyable for the student. He was all-around one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.”
Ava found time among her high school and college coursework to pursue a range of visual art media, from oil pastels to watercolors to charcoal. She often paints scenes from nature but has earned two commissions drawing characters from movie and TV series.
Ava found her combined high school and college schedule a challenge at times and credits her mother for keeping her on track. She also says the work became easier the more she understood about herself.
“Really take the time to learn about you. What I mean by that is, ‘How do I learn? How do I retain information the best?’ because you can manage your time better and make room for other classes.”
Lily Hall: Gemini and Early College Scholars
Lily Hall took some online classes directly through FLCC as an Early College Scholar and earned other credits by taking Gemini classes at Dundee High School. She built up enough credits for an associate degree in liberal arts by the last day of high school classes this month.
“I’ve always enjoyed setting high goals for myself and this certainly played a role in my decision to pursue my associate degree before I finished high school, but the bigger motivation for me was that I knew that it would be the wisest way for me to use my time,” Lily began.
“Going into senior year, most kids expect to take the bare minimum of classes and coast through the year. As nice as that may sound, I am so glad I decided to maximize my time by pursuing this path. It surely makes the summer more enjoyable knowing I already have two years of college, and a degree, under my belt.”
Lily and her mother learned about the Early College Scholars program with the help of a former high school counselor, Sarah Baker, who put them in touch with Laura Jamieson.
Lily credits Laura with helping her balance her course load.
“She helped me to develop a plan for the courses I would be taking during each semester to earn my associate upon graduation from high school,” Lily explained. “She advised me with care and wanted to keep me from being too overwhelmed by my courses. She also kept me updated on how to go about the details of enrollment and graduation. She played one of the most key roles in my success and I am extremely thankful for her.”
Lily said she learned more than new content in her college classes.
“I learned how to communicate with my professors. I learned how to stand up for myself when it came to my grades, I learned how to learn about things I did not enjoy and find meaning in them, and I even learned about how important time management is,” she said. “The ups and downs that I have faced in college so far have helped me grow as a person and that is what made my FLCC experience positive.”
Lily’s favorite classes were art history and American Sign Language. She is currently pursuing a certification from Google in cybersecurity
Learn more about PTECH here or contact your high school counseling office.
*There is a minor technicality here. Enrolling at FLCC requires a high school diploma, so Garett, Ava and Lily will turn in their high school transcripts, whereupon their credits will be immediately applied to their degree programs and their college degrees issued.
Seven Finger Lakes Community College employees and students have received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, which acknowledges individuals across the SUNY system for notable achievement. They are as follows:
Hannah Hoffman of Cameron, Steuben County, a business administration major, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. She has served in three roles on the Student Corporation: executive secretary, executive treasurer and president, and was a member of the softball team. Hoffman joined the Phi Theta Kappa honors society in 2022.
Zachary Shirley of Phelps, Ontario County, a May 2023 liberal arts and sciences graduate, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Shirley served from 2016 to 2021 in Army intelligence and currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserves. While president of the Student Veterans Organization for two years, he led Veterans Week, a series of events to honor veterans in November. He was master of ceremonies for the 2022 FLCC Veterans Day Ceremony.
Wendy Bacon of Canandaigua, Ontario County, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. She is the senior clerk for the FLCC Office of Instruction where she oversees the scheduling of classes and events and has filled in as assistant to the provost, managing administration of faculty teaching assignments. She is credited with helping manage many adaptations necessary to keep classes running during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Melissa Soules of Canandaigua, Ontario County, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She is the disability services coordinator with the FLCC Academic Success and Access Programs Office. Soules works with more than 300 students each semester arranging accommodations and is credited with advocating for improved inclusivity across the college. She is often an informal academic counselor and personal advocate and coach for students.
Kathleen Fuchs of Geneva, Ontario County, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. An FLCC adjunct instructor for more than 12 years, Fuchs has taught Composition I and II and Children’s Literature. Her nomination included colleague and student testimonies. Students wrote they felt welcomed, supported and respected in her classes and grew in critical thinking skills. Over the past 25 years, Fuchs has been a member of the Geneva Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and is a recipient of the Geneva 2008 Martin Luther King Educator Award.
Maureen Maas-Feary of Rochester, Monroe County, professor of humanities, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She led the Humanities Department through the COVID-19 pandemic and the restructuring of developmental English that streamlined the pathway for students to complete composition courses. She also co-chaired the effort to prepare an extensive report for the College to maintain its accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Lisa McAnn of Middlesex, Yates County, associate professor of nursing, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has taught at FLCC for 15 years and played an important role in revising the nursing curriculum to align with contemporary nursing practice. McAnn developed two case studies for Wolters Kluwer, a Dutch health care and research company, for its upcoming medical-surgical textbook and received a national award for implementing successful strategies in assessing students’ readiness for the national nursing exam.
For more information about the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards, visit suny.edu and search for “chancellor’s awards.”
Finger Lakes Community College celebrated its first phlebotomy class graduation in May, following a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fourteen students from across the region completed the nine-week course, which trains participants to work in blood draw stations in medical settings.
Those interested in taking any of the College’s healthcare training programs, which also includes certified nurse assistant and home health aide, can fill out a form at flcc.edu/reimagine or email email@example.com.
Grant funding is available to cover costs for these in-demand programs; all 14 of the most recent phlebotomy graduates received assistance from government workforce grants.
Below are graduates by town:
Canandaigua: Emma MacDonald
Fairport: Jacquelyn Geihs
Geneva: Jasmine Hoffman, Sarah Pesta, Emily Ubiles
Phelps: Azure Wing
Rochester: Patricia Hollins, Octavia Overton, and Desha Snow