April 27 – Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)

27 Feb

Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)
April 27 at 7pm at Catherine Cummings Theatre 

“FBI Under Siege”


Frank Montoya Jr. is a retired FBI special agent with extensive experience in national security matters, having recently served as the government’s top counterintelligence official under the Director of National Intelligence. In his 25-year career with the FBI, Mr. Montoya worked to counter violent crime, assisted in the Robert Hanssen spy case, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation and the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force. He served as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle and Honolulu field offices. His views are regularly sought out by major news networks and publications. Montoya received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Brigham Young University and served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. He lives with his wife in Utah.

Montoya is highly critical of politicians attacking the FBI in connection with the ongoing Russia collusion investigation, having recently told Washington Monthly, “The baseless, unsubstantiated assaults coming from the ultra-conservative wing of Congress not only risks undermining public trust, which the FBI is dependent upon to do its job, but puts the rule of law at risk.”


Comedy Improv Took the Stage at Cazenovia Forum Fundraiser

27 Oct
CAZENOVIA, NY -A comedy improv performance in the style of the popular television show Whose Line is it Anyway? was the centerpiece of the biennial fundraising gala for the Cazenovia Forum lecture series, held Saturday, November 11, at 7:30pm at the Hampton Inn in Cazenovia. The entertainment for the evening was provided by the long-running improv troupe“Eight is NEVER Enough,”comprising New York City performers and artists dedicated to captivating audiences through old-school improv comedy entertainment.

What Would an Early Warning System Look Like for the Great Lakes? Michael R. Twiss

19 Sep

What Would an Early Warning System Look Like for the Great Lakes?

Michael R. Twiss

Presented Friday, October 6, at 7:00pm

Michael Twiss

Michael R. Twiss, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Clarkson University, teaching classes in Limnology, Microbiology, Environmental Science of the Adirondacks, and Great Lakes Water Protection. He is a member of the Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology editorial board and has served on grant review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and other agencies.

Twiss is a limnologist (freshwater scientist) with expertise in the microbial plankton ecology of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system and interactions of plankton with trace elements in the water column. His research aims to understand the impact that microbes have on the geochemical fate of nutrients and metals in natural waters and how plankton respond to changes in their natural environment.

He is the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award by the Province of Ontario and the Chandler-Misener Award by the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and has been funded in the past five years by New York Sea Grant, the New York Power Authority, the NSF, the USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Twiss has over 50 peer-reviewed publications.”