Canandaigua student receives $1K HLA scholarship

Canandaigua Academy senior Sherry Gilman recently received a $1,000 scholarship from Hearing Loss Association of America Rochester Chapter.

Established in 1996 with a grant by Mr. and Mrs. J. Stuart MacDonald, 120 recipients have been awarded $104,500.

This year’s scholarships were made possible by a donation from the MacDonald Fund at Rochester Area Community Foundation.


Local students receive Delta Kappa Gamma scholarships

The Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently awarded $750 scholarships to five area seniors planning to pursue an education degree: Alexandra Blazey and Skylar Guest, of Canandaigua Academy; Paige Boor, of Geneva High School; Kayli Krossber, of Marcus Whitman High School; and Anna Socha, of Phelps-Clifton Springs High School.

Blazey is enrolled in primary/elementary childhood education and special education at St. John Fisher College.

At Finger Lakes Community College, Boor is enrolled in the childhood education, special education and transfer program; Guest is enrolled in the transfer and art education program; and Krossber is enrolled in the early childhood education and transfer program.

Socha is enrolled in early childhood and special education at Daemen College.


FLCC honors outstanding alumni

Finger Lakes Community College Alumni Association recently recognized 12 alumni: Katy Berke-Henthorne, Liza-Jan Bobseine, Michelle Broderick, Elly Disbrow, Rodney Haring, Calvin Hobbs, Richard Jones, Christina Knopf, Henry Roenke III, Jason Schenandoah, Jennifer Tellier and Patrick Tellier.

Berke-Henthorne ’91, of Phoenix, received the FLCC Distinguished Alumni Award. After receiving an associate degree in liberal arts with a specialization in broadcast communication, Berke-Henthorne earned a bachelor’s degree at Emerson College. In 1997, she and her husband, David, founded The Crew Company, a global production services agency whose production credits include the BET Awards, the Grammy Awards, “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

Bobseine, ’02, of Philmont, received the Outstanding Conservation Alumni Achievement Award. She studied environmental studies and conservation law and was captain of the woodsmen’s team at FLCC. She went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. She became an environmental conservation officer in 2007, and was promoted to lieutenant in New York City. Bobseine transferred to DEC Region 4 in 2016.

Broderick, ’16, of Canandaigua, received the Scholar Athlete Award for the 2015-16 academic year. The award is given annually to recognize an athlete who achieved the highest GPA while participating on an intercollegiate athletic team. Broderick played women’s basketball and majored in human services. She started in 47 basketball games in her two seasons, scoring 263 points for the Lakers. She will continue her education at SUNY Brockport to become an elementary school teacher.

Disbrow, ’10, of Bluff Point; and Jones, of Clifton Springs, were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Disbrow maintained a 4.0 GPA while competing in soccer, basketball and softball. She took the soccer team to the regional championship games for two years, and was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team and the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association’s team. Disbrow helped lead the basketball team to a 24-6 record with 146 assists and 60 steals. Her batting averages on the softball team were .3 and .391. She was named first team academic all-region and first team NJCAA academic all-American in 2010. She was also named an FLCC Scholar Athlete. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Keuka College.

Jones just ended his 15th season as the head men’s basketball coach as the most winning coach in Lakers history with 284 wins. The Lakers have played nine championship games. Jones led the Lakers to their first-ever men’s basketball regional championship victory in 2006, the same year he was named New York State Junior College Coach of the Year. Jones was named Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

Haring ’95, of Irving, received the FLCC Distinguished Alumni Award. After attending FLCC, he went on to receive a doctorate in social work and social welfare from University at Buffalo. His was named a National Congress of American Indians scholar, past fellow of the Spirit of Eagles program at the Mayo Clinic and a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections grantee. He served as a participant on an expert panel to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Haring is a member of the research faculty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an adjunct faculty member at University of Arizona’s Native American Research and Training Center.

Hobbs, ’15, of Farmington, was honored posthumously with the Outstanding Nursing Alumni Achievement Award. After graduating high school in 1993, Hobbs became a licensed practical nurse and started a position at DeMay Living Center in Newark in 1997. He started work at Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005, where he was one of four from 300 applicants to receive a full-tuition scholarship through the VA Nursing Education for Employees Program. The scholarship allowed him to complete his nursing degree at FLCC.

Knopf, ’98, of Colton, received the Outstanding Humanities Alumni Achievement Award. She enrolled at FLCC before transferring to SUNY New Paltz to study public relations and journalism. She started graduate studies in political communication at University at Albany,. She worked as a teaching assistant and adjunct instructor while completing a doctorate in political communication and cultural sociology. She taught speech, media and political communication courses at University at Albany, College of St. Rose, Genesee Community College and Monroe Community College before she started as a full-time faculty member at SUNY Potsdam in 2006.

Roenke, ’73, of Geneva, received the CCFL/FLCC Exceptional Service Award. After earning his associate degree in natural resources conservation from Community College of the Finger Lakes, he earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College. He worked as a conservation specialist at FLCC in 1974-2001 and developed and managed Geneva’s Loomis Woods Nature Trail. Roenke received the conservation department’s Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in 1992. He served as a member of the Alumni Association Council and on the FLCC Association board of directors for 10 years. He has overseen the fundraising and recipient selection through the FLCC Foundation for the CCFL Storefront Pioneers Scholarship since 2004.

Schenandoah, ’08, of Chicago, received the Outstanding Horticulture Alumni Achievement Award. He pursued a career as a landscaper before deciding to continue his education at FLCC in environmental conservation and ornamental horticulture. He graduated with honors from University of Colorado. Schenandoah recently started a position as an environmental engineer at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he looks for facilities that are polluting beyond the limits set forth by permits.

Patrick Tellier and Jennifer Tellier, ’03, of Waterloo, received the Outstanding Art Alumni Achievement Award. They attended FLCC to study graphic design. In 2005, Patrick Tellier and Jennifer Tellier purchased an old barbershop in Waterloo, remodeled it and opened their photography business, Tellier Studios. They specialize in photojournalistic photography.