Pathways Speakers Program
When it comes to academics and today's global job market, there are many pathways that students can explore. To help navigate this process, our Pathways Speakers Program at FLCC offers expert knowledge from professionals in a variety of fields. Through this program, FLCC faculty, staff, and retirees will share their expertise with students in our service area, and they will discuss the steps they took to establish their careers.
Topics and Speakers
Our Pathways Speakers Program is dedicated to encouraging youth at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to enroll in and complete a college degree or certificate. We offer a variety of guest speaker presentations at local schools. Our knowledgeable speakers will bring relevance to their professional field, and they will help students understand the important role education plays in creating a successful career path.
Patty Thompson, Instructor, Environmental Conservation & Horticulture
As a scientist by training, Patty Thompson has been keeping bees for approximately 10 years as a hobby. In her presentation, Patty will explain how a hive works, and she will utilize equipment to show how a hive operates through interactive instruction and captivating photos.
Day in the Life: An Introvert Gets Involved
Jennie Erdle, Director of Student Life
Jennie Erdle and a current FLCC student will discuss how becoming a student leader and getting involved at college helped in finding balance in all aspects of transitioning as a student.
Developing Skills for Success through Athletics
Robert Lowden, Director of Athletics
Robert Lowden will discuss his background in athletics, and he will share with the audience what he has learned in this field and how it has helped him excel in education and in his career. Robert will also explore the types of skills students can acquire in athletics that may not be obtainable in the classroom.
Expanding your Pathway and Mindset with International Travel
Michael VanEtten, Assistant Professor, Humanities Department
Travel, language, and cultural studies can be used to strengthen any career path. Enhancing yourself in these areas can set you apart from other students in academic programs, transfer schools, and employment. Michael VanEtten will share his field experience and study abroad excursions in his topic presentation, and he will share how adding travel, language, and cultural studies to any program can increase your marketability in the workplace.
How Academic Writing & Thinking Might Matter in the Non-Academic World
Derrick Gentry, Instructor, Humanities Department
Derrick Gentry will discuss how the standards and conventions of academic discourse might offer a model for how to conduct civil and productive communication in the public sphere (in political deliberation, in the non-academic workplace, etc.). He will convey to students that you don't have to be an aspiring scholar in order to value this mode of thought and communication.
How a Student Athlete Became an ESPN Analyst
Richard Walsh, Assistant Professor, Business Department
Coordinator, Sport Studies Program
Richard Walsh played Division 1 basketball and has served as an assistant coach and head coach. Currently, he's an assistant professor in FLCC's Business Department and a college basketball analyst for ESPN. As he is uniquely qualified to discuss and inspire success in the classroom and on the court, program attendees will gain a strong understanding of time management, group dynamics, the NCAA recruitment process, and how the broadcasting of sports works behind the scenes.
If you are doing it wrong, you are doing it right!
Lori Vail, Assistant Professor, Humanities Department
Lori Vail will talk with students about the "real-life" and academic importance of asking lots of questions, making lots of mistakes, and gathering and using information effectively. Included in this presentation will be the story of her success at failing out of college and what the ensuing years taught her about pursuing education. Lori will emphasize how important it is to be wrong (a lot!).
Letting Go While Holding On. A Quick Guide For Families.
Sarah Whiffen, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Sarah Whiffen will focus her presentation on how to prepare students and families for the shift they will endure when transitioning to a college environment. She will help families understand the basic enrollment processes of a college, introduce them to some of the common "lingo" that is used, and provide an overview of how to maximize the services on a college campus to help the student succeed.
Managing Risk and the Importance of Education
Dawn Hess, Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Environmental, Health and Safety
Currently working toward completing her doctorate in education, Dawn Hess is a student, life-long learner, and scholar practitioner. In her presentation, Dawn will discuss how education can transform lives, and she will also emphasize the importance of allowing your career to develop and be transformed by opportunities.
Mechanical Technology – What is it and what do they do?
Jack Riley, Instructor, Science/Technology
This presentation covers the different career paths that a person with a two-year vocational degree might be employed in. As a first generation college student, I studied and received a certificate in drafting from Hudson Valley Community College. While working at a local company, I was encouraged to start attending college in the evening to obtain my engineering degree.
Not Just Stories - Why We Identify with Hobbits and Harry Potter
Trista Merrill, Professor, Humanities Department, Director of Honors Studies
This talk is an exploration of these popular characters and why they linger with us long after we've finished the book or the movie. There is a reason why we connect with these characters and the reasons are buried deep in our classic mythology, our hero stories, and in our psyches.
Overcoming Adversity Through Curiosity and Self-Empowerment
Professor, Humanities Department
Director of Honors Studies
Everyone faces trauma and adversity; sometimes the results and impact of such things are outside our control. Trista Merrill's talk focuses on how people can use their own passions to control what they CAN control to find happiness and satisfaction in a post-trauma and post-adversity life.
Paid Co-ops Leading to Careers in Regional High-Tech Ecosystem
Sam Samanta, Professor, Science/Technology
This presentation covers high-tech careers in the local high-tech ecosystem (through a listing of over 50 high-tech businesses). Attendees will be shown how to approach mathematics, and they will be introduced to Microsoft Excel and other visual software. An overview of FLCC's Instrumentation and Control Technologies degree program will be provided, along with scheduling options for completing this program. Attendees can also expect to learn about transfer degree options in this field.
The Engineering Profession
Selim Araci, Professor, Science/Technology
In this brief talk, Selim Araci will provide an overview of the engineering profession and its different disciplines using examples from personal and real life stories. He will also discuss the details of an engineering education and the wide range of career opportunities it provides.
Today in a Vineyard
Paul Brock, Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation and Horticulture
Grape growing in the Finger Lakes dates back to the early 1800s. This presentation will be tailored to the audience and time of year to discuss what is going on in the vineyards around the Finger Lakes region today (in this season). Topics covered will include vine training, phenology, and disease and nutrient management. A vines need for sun and water will be discussed as they relate to soil and weather.
Viticulture and Wine Technology within the Finger Lakes
Gina Lee, Viticulture/Wine Technology Assistant Coordinator
Throughout her topic of discussion, Gina Lee will explore FLCC's Viticulture and Wine Technology degree program and how it relates to and provides skilled labor to the Finger Lakes region and beyond.
What Good is Art History in the Real World?
Mary Delmastro, Instructor, Visual & Performing Arts
This presentation covers Mary Delmastro’s background in engineering, and it explains how a study abroad trip and other experiences led her to a new career in art history. Through interactive observation exercises, Mary will demonstrate how studying art makes us more informed and attentive viewers of the multitude of images we are confronted with every day.
What is a Population Ecologist?
Clinton Krager, Associate Professor, Science/Technology
In his topic of discussion, Clinton Krager will describe what a population ecologist is, what they do, and why they are important. He will also provide several examples of various organisms that he has worked with.
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