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New HWS president ‘soaking it all in’

While attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Greg Vincent was already sharply focused on his future. “I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted to do,” said Vincent, the new president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as he sat in his new office at Coxe Hall, a place that just... more

Cayuga Community College gets $10,000 grant to help recruiting

Cayuga Community College was recently given $10,000 to further its recruiting efforts. Jeffrey Rosenthal, vice president of student affairs, said at a board of trustees meeting Wednesday, that the money, which came from the SUNY system, will be directed at CCC's instant admission days. That's a program in which potential students can arrive at the Auburn or Fulton campus and... more

Midlakes’ superintendent search down to two finalists

The search for a new superintendent to take over leadership of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District (Midlakes) is down to two final candidates, both of whom began their careers as social studies teachers. All-day interviews with multiple stakeholders will be conducted in the district Monday with Jeramy Clingerman, the current superintendent of Marcus Whitman Central School (Gorham-Middlesex CSD), and... more

Parents ask for Wayne Central School Board member’s resignation following body shaming post

A lack of response from Wayne Central School Board members has some residents baffled. A few weeks ago, School Board Vice President Philip McTigue caused an uproar in his hometown of Ontario when he posted on his personal Facebook page harsh words criticizing obese people. The post reads: “Listen, we are all Americans which means most of us have 10-120... more

New HWS Colleges president begins Monday

Gregory Vincent will take the helm as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday. Vincent comes most recently from the University of Texas at Austin where he was vice president for Diversity and Community Engagement, W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community College Leadership and Professor of Law. Vincent is a member of the Colleges’ class of 1983 and... more

Victor Senior High adds third assistant principal

Amy Shannon of Fairport is joining the Victor Central School District as an assistant principal at the Senior High School. In the newly created position, she joins existing Assistant Principals Brian Siesto and Carrie Goodell, serving Principal Yvonne O’Shea. “I am really excited to join the Victor Central School District team and contribute to the positive culture at the high... more

Victor Schools take action after controversial book

The superintendent of the Victor Central School District says administrators are working on a plan to involve training and new curriculum following a book of poems published by high school students. “We need to ingrain in or students as part of being a productive citizen that you have a responsibility to society,” said Superintendent Dawn Santiago-Marullo. Many considered the book... more

Penn Yan, Dundee Schools set joint meeting

With fluctuating issues like declining enrollment, unpredictable funding streams, changing state and federal requirements, and uncertainty about the supply of future educators, building a foundation to provide an education that will be meaningful in the coming decades is becoming more and more difficult, especially in small rural districts like Penn Yan and Dundee. That’s why the boards of education of... more

Cuomo signs bill at Cornell to boost industrial hemp

The race to become the United States’ leader in industrial hemp is underway, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday took steps to aid New York in the race. Cuomo visited the biotechnology building at Cornell University to sign a bill categorizing industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, which gives it the same protections as any other crop. “One of our... more

Cato-Meridian school board picks Lees for president, Bratt for vice president

The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education appointed its leadership going into the upcoming school year at a board re-organizational meeting at the district conference room Monday night. Michael Lees was re-elected as board president, while Kathleen Bratt was made the new vice president following the board resignation of L. Lee Epprecht — who previously held the position —... more

Syracuse University gets $4M to help recruit STEM students

Syracuse University is getting $4 million in federal money to help recruit minority students interested in science and math. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the National Science Foundation funding on Monday. It will be used to attract and retain students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math — subject areas commonly known as STEM. Read more from... more

State steps up efforts to make colleges more responsive to sexual assault allegations

Trauma can affect a person in many ways — including how a victim of sexual assault remembers what happened. That issue will be explored at a training session — held Tuesday and Wednesday at Monroe Community College — for professionals who respond to those kinds of cases. “Changing the approach and understanding that just because the victim doesn’t remember all... more

TST BOCES auto body class students restoring 1946 Chevy truck

Career and Technical Education students in the Auto Body class at TST BOCES have been given the exciting opportunity to take part in the restoration of a vintage 1946 Chevy pickup truck. The truck belongs to Buzz and Linda Padgett. Linda was a member of the board at TST BOCES from 1993-2003 and served as board president for 16 years... more

Now-closed St. Mary’s School in Waterloo seeks takers for old trophies

Nearly 100 trophies earned by boys and girls basketball teams over the years at the now-closed St. Mary’s School are looking for a new home. Kathy Peters, an active member of St. Frances-St. Clare Parish in Waterloo and Seneca Falls, has set up the trophies on folding tables in the hallway of the former school, which closed in 2004. “We... more

Auburn school board re-elects McCole, Rhodes for president, vice president

The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education has finalized its leadership for the next year — and the names may look familiar. Michael McCole and Kathleen Rhodes — who have served as the board’s president and vice president, respectively, for the last few years — were nominated and re-elected to those respective positions at the board’s re-organizational meeting... more

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES enters summer with unclear leadership future

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ chief operating officer said the institution is looking ahead to the coming school year despite not being sure what comes next for the district after the departure of its superintendent last spring. In an interview last week, Mark Vivacqua said a survey that is part of the state Education Department’s process in determining if a BOCES needs to... more

Back to the roots: Local students return for apple rootstock research

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree … or the ground. A recent wave of agriculture uses rootstock from disease-resistant dwarf apple trees to increase production, decrease the need for sprays, and eliminate the danger of ladders. Branches or buds are grafted into dwarf tree roots to create apple trees planted by millions today. In these orchards, the trees... more

FLCC names Robinson professor emeritus

The Finger Lakes Community College Board of Trustees has named Gorham resident and retired professor Ann P. Robinson professor emeritus, a honor for longtime college employees who have achieved distinction during their tenure. Robinson was professor of nursing and coordinator of academic assessment when she retired in June 2013 following a 26-year career at FLCC. At FLCC, she led the... more
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