President Robert K. Nye welcomes members of the FLCC community to a gathering celebrating the 50th anniversary of the naming of Community College of the Finger Lakes (check out more photos on our Facebook page)
LakeMusic Festival welcomes famed pianist
The Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival has again partnered with FLCC for a summer concert series that includes performances by Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, the Avalon String Quartet and other renowned musicians.
The festival is centered on four chamber concerts in FLCC's auditorium over two weekends: Friday and Sunday, July 14 and 16, and Friday and Sunday, July 21 and 23. It also includes the "Classical Blue Jeans" barbecue concert at Bristol Harbour Resort in South Bristol on Wednesday, July 19.
Additional "pop-up" concerts, including a children's concert at Wood Library on July 20, are being planned and will be free and open to the public. "Master key" tickets for all four FLCC shows are $100 for general admission and $160 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $10 for students and $28 for general admission.
"For our 13th season we're celebrating vitality and diversity in the world of classical music today," said violinist Kevin Kumar, who serves as a co-artistic director of the festival with cellist Amy Sue Barston. "In keeping with tradition, we're bringing back some festival mainstays like harpist Bridget Kibbey, but also introducing new performers like Ieva Jokubaviciute."
Alan Braun of Canandaigua has been named executive director of the festival, taking the reins from its longtime leader, Aimee Ward. He sings with the Finger Lakes Camerata, an ensemble based at FLCC that joined the festival for one of its four centerpiece concerts in the college's Student Center Auditorium last July. For more, click here.
Community invited to CD release concert
Elena Ryck and David McGuire are among the performers this Friday in a concert celebrating the release of a CD of original compositions.
Members of the college music faculty will hold a free concert to celebrate the completion of a CD featuring the compositions of professor David McGuire on Friday, April 14.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium and features FLCC faculty and their colleagues in the Rochester area. Faculty and students in the culinary arts department will prepare a reception immediately following the event.
McGuire, a pianist, wrote the music over the last several years, gradually building up a collection for a CD titled "Year of the Rooster." Copies will be available for sale with proceeds donated to the FLCC Foundation, the nonprofit that supports the College through scholarships and funding for equipment purchases, capital projects and professional development.
Besides McGuire, performers include violinist Elena Ryck; guitarist Robert Kulik; Kristen Shiner McGuire, Nazareth College music faculty and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra percussionist; Justin Rister '06 bassist, percussionist and FLCC adjunct faculty member; saxophonist Bill Tiberio; and Geoff Smith, bassist and FLCC professor of music. Robert Potter '85, FLCC recording studio manager, will provide sound engineering.
The event is one of several concerts planned for the weeks ahead. Others include:
Choral Concert featuring the College Singers and vocal jazz ensemble, April 29, 7 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua, free
Honors Recital, April 27, 7 p.m., FLCC Student Center Auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, free
Celtic musicians The Dady Brothers, May 3, 5 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. concert, Stage 14, FLCC Student Center, workshop is free, concert is $2 for general public
Spring Arts Festival (read more below), May 5, 6:30 p.m., FLCC Student Center Auditorium, free
Finger Lakes Chorale, May 6, 7:30 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua; also, same location on May 7 at 3 p.m., free admissions, donations requested for student scholarship fund
Jazz ensembles, May 8 and 9, 7 p.m., FLCC Student Center Auditorium, free
Finger Lakes Camerata, May 12, 7:30 p.m., The United Church of Canandaigua, 11 Gibson St.; also May 13, 7:30 p.m., St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 151 Genesee St., Geneva
Music Recording Showcase, May 15, 7 p.m., Stage 14, FLCC Student Center, free
Battling the Emerald Ash Borer on campus
The tell-tale markings of an infestation, revealed in a tree where numerous woodpecker holes were found.
Members of FLCC's Facilities and Grounds and Environmental Conservation departments have teamed up with Ontario County crews in a project to thwart the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. The insect was discovered on the FLCC main campus recently by conservation technician Ryan Staychock.
Over the last several weeks, crews have been removing infested trees to slow the beetle's advancement. Removing and chipping diseased trees in cold weather will kill the borer in its larval stage before they emerge as adults and fly to other ash trees in May and June.
This tiny Asian beetle - named for its green color - was first discovered in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002 and has quickly spread, threatening all native ash trees. To read more about the undertaking at FLCC and how it is being used to educate conservation students, click here.
FLCC quick takes
LAST CALL: The Arts Faculty Biennial Exhibition continues in FLCC's Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 through this Friday, April 14. To learn more about the exhibit, click here. Check out photos from the opening reception on FLCC's Flickr page.
National Poetry Month: The 15th Annual Campus Authors Reading, hosted by professor and writer Curt Nehring Bliss, is scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, April 12) at 7 p.m. at the Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive, across from the FLCC main campus. Entry is free. For more information, click here.
Heroin forum: The College will host a community forum on the heroin epidemic on Tuesday, April 18. The free, public event will be held at 7 p.m. in Stage 14 at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Jim Wesley, a forensic and clinical chemist with the Monroe County Crime Laboratory, will discuss the prevalence of the drug in Ontario County and share ways to help combat the crisis. Resources will be available for parents and other community stakeholders. The event is sponsored by The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc. and The Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes. For more information, click here.
Check us out: The FLCC main campus in Canandaigua will host an open house on Saturday, April 29, for high schoolers and their families who want to learn more about FLCC programs and financial aid. The day starts with a 9 a.m. information session on the new Excelsior Scholarship, which covers the gap between state and federal grants and full-tuition. Click here for more information and to register.
Holocaust Remembrance: Samuel Rind, a Brighton resident who survived the Holocaust as a child, will talk about his experiences on Thursday, May 4, at 12:45 p.m. in the FLCC Student Center Auditorium. Entry is free and open to all. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to allow for parking as classes are in session.
Born in Poland in 1937, Rind was just a toddler when World War II started, and his family spent the war in forced labor camps and ghettos. During that time, his father was killed and he witnessed a Nazi guard beat his little brother, Nathan, to death because he was crying with hunger. Rind and his mother were freed when Soviet troops liberated the Zhmerinka ghetto in the Ukraine. He eventually made his way to the U.S. where he became an optician.
Spring Arts Festival: FLCC celebrates the talents of its students in art, music and theater with the annual Spring Arts Festival, scheduled for Friday, May 5 at the main campus. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a theatrical performance of "Masterpiece," written by student Nathan Metcalf, followed by an awards presentation and opening reception for the Student Honors Art Exhibition in the nearby Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34. Performances by the College Singers, and vocal, jazz, guitar and percussion ensembles are also planned. For more, contact (585) 785-1369.
New degree: FLCC has recently received state approval to offer an associate degree in nutrition and dietetics, starting fall 2017. Nutrition and dietetics addresses the rising need for preventative health care and treatment of diet-related illnesses. The state Labor Department forecasts faster than average job growth within the field over the next several years. This two-year program prepares students for transfer into related bachelor's degree programs. Course titles include Nutrition in the Life Cycle, Sports Nutrition and a Culinary Fundamentals lab. Click here for more or call the FLCC One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000.
Coming up on Finger Lakes TV:The next installment of "On the Road with Finger Lakes TV" is "Reinventions: Visual Literacy and Graphic Narratives," a talk by Andrew Perry, senior lecturer at RIT, given at Wood Library. Broadcasts are scheduled for April 14 at 9 a.m., April 15 at 6 p.m., April 21 at 9 a.m. and April 22 at 6 p.m.
Finger Lakes TV has also launched a new show called "Canandaigua Conversations," which features different aspects of city government Mondays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Finger Lakes TV is the public access station for the Finger Lakes on Channel 12 or digital cable 5.12. Programming is simultaneously broadcast online at fingerlakestv.org/live.
Professional Development and Continuing Education
Dominic Ortiz, 19, a 2015 Newark Central School graduate, and 11 others recently completed the FLCC-G.W. Lisk Advanced Manufacturing Machinist program, a six-month course in how to use precision machine tools. Dominic worked evenings as a janitor while training for job with greater earnings and advancement potential. Read more here.
Scholarships for youth up to age 29 are available for the next class, which opens in September. More information is available by calling the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1660 or by emailing Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Here are additional job training and professional development opportunities:
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.
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 April 18 in Clifton Springs, April 24 in Rochester, May 3 in Webster and May 15 in Greece. 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 training requires prospective students to attend an orientation session before enrolling. To be notified when a class is scheduled or for more information, call (585) 785-1660 or click here.
Mechatronic technology is a 12-week program that runs weekdays starting Sept. 25 at the FLCC Victor Campus. Students learn the mechanical and electrical fundamentals common to many high-tech manufacturers in the Rochester area. For more information and to sign up for the mandatory orientation planned for July 18, call the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1660 or email Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Advanced manufacturing machinist is a six-month program that runs weekdays starting Sept. 11 at G.W. Lisk in Clifton Springs. Students learn how to use machine tools to make precision components in aerospace, medical, automotive and other industries. For more information and to sign up for the mandatory orientation on July 13, call the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1660 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: A preparatory course for those interested in becoming a notary public will be held in the weeks ahead at the FLCC main campus. The cost is $75 and preregistration is required. To be notified when the next class is scheduled, call (585) 785-1906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.