August 20, 2018
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Jon Belec, assistant professor of music recording, organized a recording session with southern rock band Molly Hatchet and brought in students and alumni for the experience. Members of the band pose in FLCC baseball caps with lunch companions, from left front row: Brad Barry '11 of Walworth, keyboardist John Galvin, lead guitarist Bobby Ingram, FLCC Foundation Chair Debi Jones '91; second row: student James Gardella of Penfield, Emily Martens '17 of Jordan, bassist Tim Lindsey, and Timothy Van Slyke '17 of Portageville; back row: Nate Clark '15 of Spencerport, student Sam Belanger of New Haven, Conn., student Jake Skinkle of Elmira, Jeff Bailey '18 of Pittsford and Jon. 

Molly Hatchet shares subs, stories at FLCC
Michael Pinales at the House of Guitars in Rochester had a quick answer for Bobby Ingram, lead guitarist for southern rock band Molly Hatchet, who was searching  for a place to lay tracks for a new album in mid-August.

Pinales gave Ingram the number for his former professor, Jon Belec, and told him about FLCC's recording studios.

Within days, the band was sharing lunch with FLCC students and alumni as Jon, who has been a recording engineer for Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez and others, got the studio ready for a marathon session.

"We want to show you guys how we record old school," Bobby said over subs in a classroom across from the studio. "We're going to do some stacking, some tracking and have a lot of fun."

Nate Clark '15 laughs as members of the band tell stories.
Campus Climate survey
At its August meeting, the Board of Trustees approved hiring Rankin & Associates Consulting (RNA) of Howard, Pa., to conduct a survey to gauge the existing campus climate at it relates to gender, race and ethnicity. Of the $73,614 cost, $60,000 will be covered by a SUNY grant with the rest coming from the College's operating budget. 
Sim Covington Jr., chief diversity officer, and Debora Ortloff, chief planning officer, will oversee this initiative, identified by the original diversity taskforce and included in the College's diversity plan. 
"We are pleased to be working with RNA, in particular, because of their emphasis on equity and community building. RNA has been working with higher education institutions for the past 20 years. They have a rich history supporting educational and organizational program planners and policy makers in identifying successes and strengths, while providing best practices for addressing challenges," Sim said. Survey results will help the College set realistic, data-driven goals for improving campus climate, equity and inclusion.
To help guide the development of the survey instrument with RNA, a Presidential Diversity Council has been established to serve as a long-term advisory and leadership team for developing, overseeing and monitoring college-wide efforts to achieve FLCC's commitment to diversity as a core institutional and educational value. This group is diverse in its formation, including various representations of gender identity, sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, political affiliation and campus bargaining unit. 
Members are Sim (chair); Kate Burns '98, human resources compliance coordinator and Title IX co-coordinator; Vera Whisman, associate professor of sociology; Robert Brown, professor of history; Patrick Rae, instructor of culinary arts; Colleen Johnson, director of academic success and access programs;  Sara Iszard, director of community standards; Katia Chapman, admissions and financial aid counselor for special populations; Laura Helker '16, one stop specialist; Gabriel Marcano, president of AALANA; Nicole Dugan, data analyst;  Jason Maitland, campus safety director;   Dawn Hess, director of environmental health and safety and enterprise risk management; Joseph Mariconda, associate professor of criminal justice; Mary Ruehl, diversity coordinator, and an IT representative to be announced.
For more information, contact Sim or Debora.
Todd Sloane joins staff roster 
Todd Sloane started as assistant director of professional development and continuing education on July 30. His position was recently created to support the growth of programs in the department, often referred to as workforce development.

Todd Sloane
He received his bachelor's degree in human development from SUNY Empire State College and a master's degree in adult education from Elmira College. He additionally holds certificates of advanced studies in human resource development and "training of trainers."

Prior to joining FLCC, Todd worked as a career services advisor for RochesterWorks! and in leadership and workforce development for Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

He said he looks forward to "supporting the mission of FLCC, which has been a long-time goal, professionally," as well as "providing quality, relevant workforce learning for students at all stages of their lives and careers."

Todd is married and has a daughter in high school. He is a percussionist who enjoys a wide variety of music, especially jazz. He performs with the Perinton Concert Band and periodically with the Melody Masters Big Band and Pittsford Fire Department Marching Band.
Governance update
At its August meeting, the Board of Trustees  made the following faculty reappointments, effective Jan. 23, 2019: Nolana McKinstry , second year reappointment as an instructor for paralegal; Alyce Kenney , third-year reappointment as instructor of nursing; Mary Delmastro , fourth-year reappointment as instructor of art history; and Jacob Hartman , fourth-year reappointment as instructor of EMS-paramedic.

The board also approved in-state tuition for any students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands displaced by Hurricanes Maria or Irma as recommended by the SUNY Board of Trustees, approved hiring Bobbie L. Dillon '88 to provide leadership training and coaching at a cost not to exceed $25,000, and approved a lease with New York Kitchen for culinary course labs at a cost not to exceed $225 per hour per section.
FLCC quick takes
FLCC Days reminder: FLCC Days, also known as Opening Days, begins Monday, Aug. 27 with a continental breakfast in the lobby outside the auditorium from 8:30 to 9 a.m. It is followed by a welcome from President Robert Nye, employee awards presentations and a keynote address by Laura Rothstein, professor of law and former dean at the University of Louisville. Lunch will be served outside the main entrance from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops and presentations follow in the afternoon. Additional events - including a Town Hall meeting with cabinet on Tuesday - are planned throughout the week. Click here to see the full schedule. For more, see last week's eNews. 

Help guide students: Employees are needed to help students navigate the main campus during the first several days of classes. Sign up to volunteer in hour-long shifts at information tables by  clicking here. Tables will be set up in the atrium, library, and on the second and third floors.

Move-in day helpers needed: The FLCC Association housing office is looking for volunteers to help on move-in day at The Suites at Laker Landing on Friday, Aug. 31. Volunteers can sign up for the morning shift, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tasks include directing vehicle and pedestrian traffic, assisting with check-in and helping families move their student in. T-shirts and lunch will be provided. To sign up, email housing your shift preference, T-shirt size, and contact number.

Here they come:  Orientation for new students will begin today (Monday, Aug. 20) and run through Thursday, Aug. 23, as well as Saturday, Sept. 1. This is a week earlier than in the past. Orientation sessions will not be held the week of FLCC Days (with the exception of Saturday, for residential students). Click here to see a schedule.

Connections abound: Turns out, Gloria Dancause '86, adjunct faculty member, isn't the only member of the FLCC community involved in an art fundraiser project to benefit the Partnership for Ontario County In addition to Gloria, the following alumni have provided painted chairs or otherwise assisted with "The Empty Chair" project at the Rusty Brundage Memorial Gallery in the Cheshire Union Building:  Amber Romanowski '12, Maureen (Liberatore) McMahon (attended, '91), and Julie Bertram '85. Also participating is Madeline Corsaro, who took Gemini courses while she attended Bloomfield High School. And, yet another connection: The Cheshire Union (Company Store) is owned by Mary (Liza) Stenzel Barnum '07.

The 14 vintage student chairs have been decorated with messages hope and are up for bid in a silent auction that runs daily (during gallery hours) through Sept. 3.  For more, check out this recent article in the Daily Messenger

Media watch
Daily Messenger article about YEA program
Finger Lakes Times story on orientation for machining program

On tap at CMAC: The summer concert season at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center continues Friday, Aug. 24 with a concert by  Brett Eldredge. For a full schedule and ticket information,  click here. Some additional reminders about CMAC:
  • On concert days, CMAC will often close Marvin Sands Drive behind the amphitheater, preventing access to the main campus from East Lake Road (Route 364). Employees should make a point of using the Lakeshore Drive entrance on those days.
  • The College does not have a role in the selection of concerts, the dates for which concerts are scheduled, the operation of the concert or the sale of tickets.
Finger Lakes Hour events:
Daily: Indoor/outdoor mile walk, meet at bottom of the main stairwell, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Free yoga with Beth Johnson, 7:30 a.m., Room 3345
Friday: Group walk to the lake and back, meet at main entrance, 3:30 p.m. (see news items above for more)

Click here for a primer on the Finger Lakes Hour. What else is going on at FLCC? Check the website calendar for weekend and evening sports and cultural events. Other announcements are posted on the intranet all week long.

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