A new president, a new athletic conference, and new instructional space.
These are just a few of the highlights that made 2019 a memorable year for Keuka College.
A look back over the past 12 months found plenty to toast as year came to a close – and much to look forward to in 2020. Here are some of the top Keuka College stories from the past year worth celebrating:
Amy Storey Takes the Reins
Keuka College named Amy Storey as the 20th person – and third woman – to lead the institution. Plans are now underway for President Storey’s formal inauguration in 2020.
Another Exciting Appointment
The College also named Dr. Bradley Fuster as its Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Like President Storey, Dr. Fuster had previously been serving in an acting capacity.
Keuka College’s Field Hockey team won its third straight North Eastern Athletic Conference championship. The Wolves shellacked Wells College 12-0 at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex to capture the title.
KC Wedding Bells Toll Nationally
The Keuka College Family is well aware that Norton Chapel is a fantastic and popular wedding location. Now, the rest of the country is, too. The Atlantic magazine showcased the College’s unique sideline in October.
And Speaking of Bells …
Four Keuka College students rang the opening bell on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange in New York City after winning a global investment competition.
And Speaking of National Recognition …
Keuka College was recognized by both by U.S. News & World Report and The Chronicle of Higher Education for the success of its academic programs. The former named the College No.40 in the Northeast for graduating students eligible for Pell Grants (and improving their social mobility) and the latter ranked the College No. 11 nationally granting the most bachelor's degrees for foreign languages (specifically, in American Sign Language).
A New Era for KC Athletics
Keuka College announced plans to join the Empire 8 Conference. The Central New York-based athletics conference will create new regional rivalries and reduce travel time for the College’s student-athletes, who have competed in the multi-state North Eastern Athletic Conference. The big move takes place in August.
Green and Gold and Men in Blue
Keuka College alumnus La’Ron Singletary ’06 was named the Rochester Police Department’s Chief of Police. He succeeded another Keuka College alum, Mark Simmons ’10 M’15.
Friendly Rivalries, Pt. 1
The College raised more than $180,000 during its first Green vs. Gold Challenge during the annual Day of Giving. The challenge pitted graduates from even-numbered years (Green) against those from odd-numbered years (Gold) to see who could generate the most support. (Green won.)
Friendly Rivalries, Pt. 2
The College also held its first Green vs. Gold Snowball Fight, organized by the College’s Future Alumni Network (KC FAN). Leading the Gold Team was Dorisanne Weimert Osborn ’51. (No surprise, then: Gold won.)
Successes On and Off the Field
Keuka College led the North Eastern Athletic Conference with 116 Scholar-Athletes. That’s 116 student-athletes who maintained a 3.4 GPA or better for the entire year.
Renovations and Relocations
The College upgraded and expanded several key instructional spaces in 2019, creating a new center for the American Sign Language/ASL-English Interpreting programs, new lab space for the burgeoning Nursing programs, and a new greenhouse for natural science study.