It was part kick-off to the new semester, part celebration as Keuka College’s staff and faculty gathered for the bi-annual Community Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, inside the Gesier Dining Commons of Dahlstrom Student Center. The event allowed faculty and staff to reconnect before the College begins on-campus instruction on Monday, Jan. 29.
“I’m so glad to see you and I am thrilled you are here,” said College President Amy Storey, who emceed the event. “Community is one of our shared values and that makes us different from many other places. It is also an important part of who we are and it’s important to acknowledge our colleagues for their amazing accomplishments.”
President Storey welcomed new employees, reiterated the College’s mission, vision, and values, and provided brief financial and admissions updates.
In addition, two new College-wide initiatives, the Keuka Wellness Institute and Wellness Weekend, were introduced. The Institute would incorporate aspects of lifestyle medicine, hospitality, the environment, and experiential education, taking advantage of the College’s academic programming, location, and resources. Wellness Weekend, hosted in conjunction with the National Health Association, will feature a diverse range of educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and interactive panel discussions.
President Story also offered several points of pride, including the new Honors Program, Memorandums of Understanding with four universities in the Philippines, the volleyball team’s successful season, and the College’s two new commercials, among others.
The event also allowed the Keuka College community to celebrate colleagues with milestone anniversaries and acknowledge sustained and noteworthy accomplishments to the College.
Five-year service awards were presented to:
· Vice President for Finance and Administration Bob Baumet.
· Controller Phil Catalano.
· Assistant Director of Institutional Research Bob Cilino.
· Assistant Director of Imaging Center Chrissy Deane.
· Digital Imaging Center and Mailroom Coordinator Maureen Manning.
· Project Manager Kassondra Kreppein.
· Student Support Specialist Sierra Webster.
A 10-year service award was presented to Senior Financial Aid Counselor Denise Duby; a 15-year service award was presented to Professor of Social Work Dr. Vikki O'Connor; and a 20-year service award was presented to Assistant Registrar Jan Enos.
Several faculty and staff members were honored with the College’s Acorn Award, which recognizes noteworthy accomplishments throughout the year:
· Social Media Specialist Stuart Carmichael-Green.
· Academic Success Coach Angie Champagne.
· Associate Athletic Trainer Geena Flickner.
· Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design Carrie Kehoe.
· Associate Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Director Dr. Phil Miller.
· Women's Field Hockey Head Coach Erika Profenno.
· Instructional Designer Deb Rasmussen.
· Interim Division Chair of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor of English Anne Weed.
Additionally, four members of the College’s staff were honored with the Oak Award, which recognizes sustained collaborative efforts to further the mission of the College:
· Director of Client & Conference Services Abigail Dinan.
· Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Dr. Cassie Hey.
· Payroll Administrator Julie Micnerski.
· Associate Vice President Marketing and Communications Tammy Swales.
Andrew Force, technical solutions developer, received the Legacy Award, which honors sustained outstanding achievement in harmony with the College’s values.