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Keuka College Holds Bi-annual Community Day

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Keuka College President Amy Storey addresses members of the College community during Community Day. (photo Giorgio Varlaro)

Keuka College held its bi-annual Community Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

College President Amy Storey provided a brief history of the College, highlighting milestone events throughout the institution’s 129-year history, and provided an update to proposed changes to the College’s Vision Statement and values. Nearly 200 faculty, staff, and administrators of the College attended.

President Storey noted the College’s mission statement, “To create exemplary citizens and leaders to serve the nation and the world in the 21stcentury,” is not far from the College’s original mission.

“What I love is how this statement is connected to Keuka College’s founder, Rev. Dr. George Harvey Ball’s original mission, to bring help to humanity through higher education,” says President Storey. “It’s a point of pride for me.”

In addition, the audience received updates from areas across campus, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Admissions.

The gathering also allowed faculty and staff to reconnect, greet new employees, and honor those with milestone anniversaries. Also recognized were employees who earned degrees from the College within the last six months. Nearly 40 faculty and staff members were recognized for their service and dedication to the College. 

A 15-year service award was presented to Frank Queener, an assistant coach for athletics, and 20-year service awards were presented to Dr. Michael McKenzie, associate professor of philosophy and religion, and Jason Paige, head coach for men’s lacrosse.

Additional recognition was presented to those celebrating five years and 10 years of service to Keuka College. 

Also recognized were Dr. Kristen Bacon, assistant professor of occupational therapy; Barb Demjenac, laboratory coordinator; Kevin Frisch, director of communications and media relations; Brittany Murphy, human resources generalist; and Teri Spoor, administrative assistant student affairs; who each received an Acorn Award. This award recognizes noteworthy accomplishments throughout the year. 

Dr. Chris Alterio, chair of the Division of Occupational Therapy and associate professor of occupational therapy; Holly Brooks, manager of operations and admissions systems; Sue Groom, purchasing representative; and Tammy Warner, executive assistant to the president and board liaison; each received the Oak Award, which recognizes sustained collaborative efforts to further the mission of the College. 

Dr. Tim Sellers, associate provost, received the Legacy Award, which honors sustained outstanding achievement in harmony with the College’s values.

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