FLCC marks 50 years with time capsule, book release

Finger Lakes Community College will mark 50 years of classes on Thursday, Feb. 1, with the announcement of a time capsule, the release of a commemorative book, and a gallery exhibit of works by FLCC’s first art faculty members and their students.

Community College of the Finger Lakes, the college’s original name, began full-time credit-bearing classes on Feb. 1, 1968.

“FLCC was established to serve a dual role of preparing students for transfer to four-year schools and training the local workforce, and that is still our mission today,” said FLCC President Robert Nye. “Our 50th anniversary event is a great opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and how so many people have played such important roles in making our community college what it is today.”

The February 1st celebration, called “From the Storefronts to Lincoln Hill: Celebrating 50 Years at FLCC,” is a series of events at the main campus between 2 and 6:30 p.m. All are free and open to the public. Visitors are asked to RSVP at (If the college closes for winter weather, the event will be rescheduled for February 8).

The event features the release of a full-color 50th anniversary commemorative book titled, “This Bold Decision: The Story of Finger Lakes Community College.” The title is a reference to the decision to create the college and is taken from the inauguration speech of the college’s first president, Roy Satre.

The limited-edition 124-page book will be on sale for $18 per copy. It was written and designed by FLCC Community Affairs staff Sarah Butler of Canandaigua, Lenore Friend of South Bristol and Jessica Youngman of Newark. The book focuses on the early history of the college and covers highlights through 2017.

On Saturday, February 3, the Canandaigua Business Improvement District will host a Wine Walk in downtown Canandaigua with stops at some of the buildings that previously served as FLCC offices and classrooms.

The Wine Walk runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the start of the tour at 143 Suoth Main Street.

For questions about the college’s 50th anniversary or the commemorative book, contact the Community Affairs Office at (585) 785-1623.