Partnering with Our Community

Keuka College for the Community

As one of the largest organizations in Yates County, Keuka College works to actively support our neighbors and local businesses. We work to provide career and educational opportunities to county residents; fun—and intellectually stimulating—events and activities; and donate time, talent, and treasure to projects across the region. We're proud to call Yates County our home!

The College is a major economic presence, and it’s definitely a mutually beneficial one. We actively work to support local businesses and contractors in our purchasing, construction, and renovation projects. And, according to the Commission of Independent Colleges & Universities, Keuka College’s total annual economic impact in the Finger Lakes region is an estimated $108 million.

If you're interested in learning more about how you can partner with Keuka College, or how you can take advantage of some of the services we provide, contact the Office of Community Relations and Events at (315) 279-5602 or [email protected]

Campus & Facilities

Athletics Center

The JMW Recreation and Athletics Center (RAC) offers community gym memberships,which provides access to the weight room, cardio room, gymnasium, and locker rooms during normal hours of operation.

The Jephson Community Athletics Complex is also available to groups interesting in using the College's fields. The Department of Athletics and Recreation can assist you if you're interested in renting space.

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Point Neamo

Point Neamo is the College's private, lifeguarded waterfront. There's no fee to use the Point, and community members are welcome to swim during posted hours of operation. Those who have a fishing license are welcome to fish at the Point or off one of our many docks at any time. 

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Rental Properties

The College owns a host of houses and apartments available for private rental. Some properties are leased as year-round residences, while others are available for short-term stays and vacations. Contact the Office of Conference Services at (315) 279-5289 to see what's available and for more information. 

Exciting, Enriching Events

Green & Gold Celebration Weekend

Green & Gold is Keuka College's annual homecoming, spirit weekend, and reunion. Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and community members come together for a fun-filled weekend of activities, games, athletic events, workshops, music, and fireworks. Mark your calendars for the 2016 Green & Gold Celebration Weekend, Oct. 14-16, 2016.

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Carl & Fanny Fribolin Lecture

Each year, the Fribolin Lecture brings high-profile speakers to Norton Chapel to discuss a wide range of topics in front of an audience of area residents, the campus community, and friends of the College. Speakers have included Scott Simon, Arthur Ashe, Cokie Roberts, Dr. Mae Jemison, Dr. Carl Sagan, Helen Thomas, Merv Levy, Steve Sasson, and Jim Boeheim.

Community Luncheon Series

This popular series brings area residents to campus to discuss a variety of programs and activities, including trips, publications, businesses, and research interests. Proceeds go to the Penn Yan Keuka Club Scholarship Fund, which provides an annual scholarship to a local student attending the College.

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[email protected] the musical experience of a lifetime! KeukaCollege partners with the world-renowned Eastman School of Music to deliver a two-week-long summer camp for students in grades 6-9 who have a passion for making music (either classical or jazz) and a desire to connect with students from all over the world.

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Keuka Golf Classic

The 18-hole scramble event is held every July at Lakeside Country Club in Penn Yan. The tournament benefits the KeukaCollegeScholarship Fund. Over the past 16 years, the tournament has raised more than $198,000 for the scholarship fund, awarded annually to KeukaCollegestudents from the region.

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Lectures by the Lake

This stimulating summer series brings together the best, brightest, and most experienced experts that the area has to offer with community members to talk about far-ranging topics that enlighten and entertain.

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Partnering for a Better Yates County

For more than 100 years, service has been one of the hallmarks of the Keuka College philosophy, and it plays a major role in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff. To us, service means more than just volunteer hours—it also means dedicating resources and creating programs that help those in our community advance their education and lives of purpose and accomplishment.

D.R.I.V.E. Program

The D.R.I.V.E. (Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential Learning) program provides a unique service for developmentally-delayed 18 to 21-year-old special education students. The program is a collaboration between the Penn Yan Central School District, Arc of Yates County, and Keuka College. 

In the program, Keuka College students serve as peer mentors to young adults with developmental disabilities as they assimilate into the College environment and explore their personal goals. D.R.I.V.E. students attend college classes, participate in campus activities and events, have jobs on campus, and can receive a Certificate of Higher Education at Keuka College's commencement exercises.

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Workforce Investment Board

Keuka College has been an active partner with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) throughout the years, partnering on initiatives for businesses and job-seekers.

The College participates in FLWIB career fairs, provides supervision and direction to participants in the Youth Work Experience programs, and faculty and staff provide expertise to a number programs designed to enhance Finger Lakes employment opportunities.

To help combat regional unemployment, the College funds a $15,500 "Back to Business" scholarship to any student from the Finger Lakes region accepted into the full-time, on-campus master of science in management (MSM) program. 

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Volunteerism

Since 2006, Keuka College has been recognized by the White House for the number of community service hours conducted by students, faculty, and staff each year. The College is a lead sponsor of Celebrate Service... Celebrate Yates (CSCY), the annual day of service in Yates County, actively assists neighbors in disaster recovery efforts, and comes together to help local families throughout the year.

Students, faculty, and staff alike serve as mentors to area youth, serve on regional planning committees and boards of directors, and volunteer at camps, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and organizations such as Milly's Pantry, The Living Well, the United Way, the Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium, and Literacy Volunteers of Yates County.

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Community Associates Board

The Community Associates Board (CAB) was created in the late 1980s, to increase community involvement in programs and utilization of the facilities of Keuka College.

Members of the CAB help publicize College activities, facilities, and events of interest within the local community.  Board members are also encouraged to be the voice of the community, providing feedback on community interests and needs for educational programs. Overall, the board strives in achieving a positive relationship with the community through involvement. Members include:

  • Mike Linehan – Chair
  • Laurie Adams ’83 – college representative
  • Brie Deacon ’06, M’15 – college representative
  • Denise Duby – college representative
  • Valerie Gardner
  • Callie Hopkins ’63
  • Joyce Hunt
  • Billy Jo Jayne ’10 – college representative
  • Linda Jackson
  • Mike Manahan
  • Lynn Overgaard
  • Mary Anne Rogers
  • Dana Schillinger
  • Helen Schillinger
  • Neil Simmons
  • Matt Tette
  • Marian Walrath
  • Kathy Waye P’12 – college representative
  • Wanda Wood
  • Bob Worden
  • Carol Worden
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