Catherine Agar has been at Keuka College since 2012, when she worked as a writing specialist in the Adult and Online Education program. She has a BA in English with a minor in religious studies from St. John Fisher College and a MA in English from the University of Rochester, where her master’s thesis was about auditory reception in English poet John Milton’s Paradise Lost. She was a nontraditional, first generation student who earned her BA and MA as an adult with three children, so she has a special place in her heart for students who come to college and find themselves confused by the expectations and/or overwhelmed by the responsibilities. Catherine’s passion is to help students over the bumps in their road to success.
I'm Geoff Lee, Writing Specialist and AOE Writing Support Coordinator. I've been at Keuka since the fall of 2011, teaching writing and coaching students on their writing. In my time here I've seen so many students take great strides with their writing. It's an exciting process to watch and participate in, and I look forward to lending you a hand as you take that journey yourself.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
After obtaining a B.A. in criminal justice, Dr. McKenzie’s educational path turned toward comparative religion, and after graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary he obtained a M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies and social ethics from the University of Southern California. At USC, he was selected to be a teaching assistant in the prestigious honors program, and according to department rumors he was also the only doctoral student to complete his Ph.D. in four years.
His academic interests remain centered around ethics, philosophy, and religion, the three subject areas he covers at Keuka College. Besides authoring over thirty articles and book chapters, many on religion’s influence in New York’s “Burned-over District,” Dr. McKenzie is putting the finishing touches on his latest book: the experiences of the Methodist Church in the Pacific Northwest. This book breaks new ground and explains how the Northwest’s unique geography helped stymie what was then the largest and most powerful religion in the United States.
Dr. McKenzie is one of the most popular professors at Keuka, a fact he attributes to the fact that he empathizes with students. “I well remember the challenges I faced in college, so I understand some of what they’re going through.”
Although Mike is from the Pacific Northwest, he finds a lot of similarities between Yates County and where he grew up. “There were orchards and vineyards everywhere in the Yakima Valley, and it’s nice to see so many of those around here,” he says. Mike has taught at Keuka College since 1999.
Ethics (theoretical and applied), comparative religions, North American religions, growth of modern religions
Melissa Newcomb is a professor and leader of the Art and Design program at Keuka College, where she teaches painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, and design. Also at the college, she coordinates exhibits in the Lightner Art Gallery and leads an advisory board composed of local professionals and artists in support of the program, student growth, and experiential learning.
Melissa received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007; a Master of Arts Degree in photography and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of Oswego. Melissa also attended Finger Lakes Community College where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art. Melissa currently lives in Farmington, NY. She is highly involved with the arts and the community and was one of five artists that participated with a Mural on Coach Street (located on the side of Crown jewelers) in downtown Canandaigua. She also has worked displayed at the UR Medicine Breast Imaging and Birthing Center at F.F Thompson Hospital.
Melissa is very passionate about the arts and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She also finds pleasure in traveling, baking, learning new things, spending time with family, shopping, coffee, and the change of seasons. Much of her inspiration comes from her students or when she is exploring new places with her camera or sketchbook.
I’m Cathy Reed, Writing Specialist and instructor for the HFA department at Keuka College. I enjoy teaching and learning from KCSI students, international students, and graduate students in addition to traditional students. I am proud to have been a part of this beautiful place on the lake since 2014. Please visit me in the Writing Center!