Prepared by FLCC staff, the limited-edition publication is packed with photos dating back to 1968

HOPEWELL — Fifty years of memories of Finger Lakes Community College — from the first students to the 2017 inauguration of its fifth president — are packed into a new commemorative book celebrating the college's golden anniversary.

The full-page, limited-edition book will be released on Feb. 1 — 50 years to the day when the college began offering full-time, credit-bearing classes.

The book, “This Bold Decision: The Story of Finger Lakes Community College,” gets it title from an excerpt of the inauguration speech of Roy Satre, the college's first president, and refers to the Ontario County Board of Supervisors' vote to create the college.

It focuses on the early history of the college, originally called Community College of the Finger Lakes, and covers highlights through 2017.

More than 750 faculty, staff, students, trustees and county officials are mentioned, quoted or shown in the 124 pages and more than 300 photos.

Among those featured is Kathy Trautman of Georgia, who was first in line to sign up for classes. A working mother, she took classes on and off until she had enough credits to get her degree in 1990.

The book will go on sale for $18 at a special Feb. 1 event from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the main campus, after which it will be available at the FLCC bookstore while supplies last and online at Copies will also be available in downtown Canandaigua at the Chamber of Commerce, 113 S. Main St.; American Made, 143 S. Main St.; and Mobile Music, 163 S. Main St.

The book was written and designed by FLCC Community Affairs staff Sarah Butler of Canandaigua, Lenore Friend of South Bristol and Jessica Youngman of Newark.

Friend, an FLCC employee since 2009, previously worked for Messenger Post Media and Johnson Newspaper Corp.

Youngman joined FLCC in 2013 after working for the town of Farmington, Messenger Post Media, the Finger Lakes Times and the Palmyra Courier-Journal.

Butler, gallery manager and graphic designer at Main Streets Arts in Clifton Springs, worked at FLCC from 2010 through 2016.

FLCC was created during the community college movement of the mid-20th century as the space race and social change prompted demand for more higher education options.

“Stories of pioneers in this American experiment played out in towns and cities across the country,” the authors note in the book’s acknowledgments. “‘This Bold Decision’ is a retelling of some of those stories with an intentional emphasis on the college’s early years and our own pioneers’ reflections.”