Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Sports, softball, GCC, Perry, Attica.

Press release:

The Genesee Community College softball program announced several additions to its recruiting class, signing seven local student athletes to letters of intent.

Grace Zandrowicz (Attica), Tatiana Draper (Elba), Mikayla Bush (Perry), Kennedy Lampart (Batavia), Samantha Tatarski (Pembroke), Katie Haefele (Pembroke) and Jaclyn Guzdek (Oakfield) will all join the Cougars beginning in the fall after recently committing to Genesee.

Tatarski earned a place on this spring's All-Genesee Region All-Star team and helped lead the Pembroke High School softball team to the sectional semifinals. She won 11 games on the mound and batted over .400 for the Dragons. Fellow Dragon Haefele will add to Genesee's corner infield, joining the Cougars as a third baseman after a season that garnered her All-GR Honorable Mention.

Guzdek, Draper and Zandrowicz were also named All-GR Honorable mention and will bolster the GCC offense and defense. Guzdek, also committed to the Genesee CC women's soccer program, played shortstop for Oakfield-Alabama High School on the diamond and goalkeeper on the pitch. Draper joins the Cougars outfield after playing right field for Elba's sectional championship team this spring and Zandrowicz, who was a member of the Attica High School volleyball team, played third base for the Blue Devils.

Bush was selected an All-Livingston County Athletic Association (LCAA) Division III All-Star as a catcher for Perry High School and also participated in the Exceptional Senior girls soccer game. Fellow catcher Kennedy Lampart will join GCC after helping the Batavia High School softball team to the sectional finals and 12 wins this spring.

Genesee graduates five sophomores from a team that advanced to the Region III-A Finals series this spring. The Cougars won 19 games and set the school record for most home runs (23) in a season and tied the mark for most doubles (66).

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

For further information and pictures go to Genesee's Athletic webpage, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee's overall athletic program.  http://www.geneseeathletics.com.

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Billie Owens in adult education opportunity center, GCC, Warsaw.

Submitted photo and press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Katherine (Kate) Trombley as the new director of the Adult Education Opportunity Center (AEOC).

Trombley joins GCC with a wealth of experience and is excited to work with and support adults in Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties as they begin, resume or continue their educational objectives, goals and dreams.

"I am extremely passionate about education and learning," Trombley said. "Through this position, I will be able to assist adults who would like to attend college, obtain vocational training or change careers through the support of the services that AEOC offers to the region.

"I am very excited to share the resources and opportunities with potential students from Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Allegheny and Livingston counties."

The AEOC at GCC strives to assist adult students in connection with the appropriate resources that will help them to meet their individual goals.

With locations in Batavia, Arcade, Albion, Geneseo, Warsaw, Belmont and Basom, adults receive assistance with the admissions and financial aid forms and processing, as well exploring academic and career options, scholarships, and sorting through different academic scheduling that can include evening, weekend and online learning opportunities.

Trombley's prior position was with Western New York Independent Living in Buffalo where she served as director of outreach and community engagement and as the director of the Medicaid Application Assistance Program since 2012. At Western New York Independent Living, she was responsible for community engagement, education and outreach efforts.

These included community presentations, training about Medicaid, and community events to broaden the general understanding about programs and services which assist individuals with disabilities to achieve goals surrounding education, employment, housing, or other personal and professional growth through the Independent Living Center.

Trombley also taught Business Technology as an adjunct instructor at Bryant and Stratton College from 2012 – 2015, and was an adult educator of Strategic Planning/Business/Marketing at ITT Technical Institute in 2010.

She earned a master's degree in Executive Leadership and Change from Daemen College, a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education and a bachelor's degree in Public Communications from the University at Buffalo. She is a resident of Lockport.

For further information on the AEOC, including available resources, locations, and contact information, visit the Center's website at http://www.genesee.edu/home/resources/adult-educational-opportunity-center/ or contact Kate Trombley directly by calling 585-345-6836 or emailing kbtrombley@genesee.edu.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Warsaw, agriculture, GCC, education, schools, news, Business.


Press release:

"What is the biggest challenge you face in your business?" is a question often asked by the Agri-Business Academy students during tours of local agriculture businesses. The answer is almost always the same. "Labor."

The challenge of finding dependable, hardworking individuals for stable, well-paying careers in agriculture has been a constant battle for agriculturalists for years. As the instructor of the Agri-Business Academy, I've spoken with local agribusiness people from more than 100 local agribusinesses and the need for good employees is a common thread.

The common misconception is that these are not careers, but physically demanding jobs that do not require a college degree and involve a way of life that many would not willingly choose. Today, agribusinesses are usually seeking applicants with college degrees, technology and management experience, and business and communication skills. What is most important is that the compensation aligns with these requirements. In addition, the benefits and satisfaction that comes from working in the agriculture industry is unlike any other.

Agriculture continues to be the number one industry in Genesee County and the driving force of the local economy. When students of the Agri-Business Academy toured Torrey Farms, among the largest agribusinesses in New York state, they heard Maureen Torrey Marshall explain that Torrey Farms does not simply employ a few people in the surrounding community. She described the multiplier effect, which means that other businesses, such as trucking companies, mechanic shops, equipment dealerships, transportation hubs, technology, fuel and fertilizer suppliers, and many others are all part of the agribusiness economy.

Most people do not recognize the many different aspects of agriculture and the need for individuals with a broad array of interests and expertise. Animal and plant systems, food products and processing, agricultural mechanics, precision agriculture, agribusiness networks, international trade, environmental and conservation systems, and energy use are just a few of the trades under umbrella of agriculture.

To ensure that the agriculture community has the employees they need to thrive, and to continue to be the bedrock of our community the Agri-Business Academy is again seeking high school seniors to learn about careers in all aspects of agriculture. The Agri-Business Academy is a one-year partnership program between the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and Genesee Community College.

Through this program, the students earn 15 college credits through the ACE program at Genesee Community College. They spend half the school day in the Agri-Business Academy enrolled in the following five college courses: Western New York Agriculture, Career and Educational Planning, Principles of Business, Principles of Biology and Public Speaking.

Throughout the year students tour area agribusinesses to learn and experience these businesses, job shadow professional producers and at the end of the year each student participates in a two-week internship. This year's Agri-business Academy students are working at their internships experiencing many different aspects of agribusiness -- from robotic and organic dairies to maple syrup and crop management and much more.

The following locations throughout Western New York are currently sponsoring student internships: DeLaval Dairy Services in Corfu, WBB Farm in Alden, Beaver Meadows Audubon Center in North Java, Merle Maple Farm in Attica, Cottonwood Farms in Pavilion, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wyoming County, Schierberdale Holsteins, Perry and WNY Crop Management in Warsaw.

If you know of a current junior or underclassman who is interested in business or agriculture, or is unsure of a career path, please encourage them to apply for the Agri-Business Academy at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. Through the Agri-Business Academy, students explore the plethora of wonderful careers available to them -- locally, internationally or often it is a dynamic blend of both.

Whether they like working inside or outside, with their hands or crunching numbers, handling heavy equipment or studying the nuances of soil (agronomy), tending to livestock or discovering how technology can help feed the world -- the "Ag Academy" is a career starter.

Jack Klapper, an Agri-Business Academy graduate and Cornell University assistant men's basketball coach said, "I would recommend this academy to anyone, whether they are pursuing a career in agriculture or not. The life skills I developed in this program are some of the best skills I have ever learned."

Applications are available at http://www.genesee.edu/home/ace/career-pathways/agri-business-academy/. The first 20 students to submit their application will receive a free Genesee Community College flash drive wristband. Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact me at 585-344-7783 or kirchardson3@gvboces.org. Check out the Agri-Business Academy on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Agri-Business-Academy-680673051998953/

Top photo: Agri-business Academy student Cherie Glosser of Warsaw High School with calf at Post Dairy Farms.


Agri-business Academy students at Torrey Farms, in Elba.


Agri-business Academy students at Porter Farms in Elba.


Agri-business Academy students at SJ Starowitz Farm, in Byron.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, history, GCC.


GCC Associate Professor of History and History Club Advisor Derek Maxfield presents a $250 check dotated by the History Club to Attica Historical Society President Dean June.

Press release, photo submitted:

In response to the recent flood at the Attica Historical Society Museum, the Genesee Community College (GCC) History Club is sponsoring a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 called Historians for Attica Historical Society. The event will feature five one-hour history programs and will take place on the lawn of the Attica Historical Society, Main Street, Attica. Guests may purchase tickets to individual programs for $5 each or purchase an all-day pass for $20. Young people under 14 years old get into all programs free. All proceeds benefit the Attica Historical Society and Museum.

Back in February, Dean June, the president of the society, looked down toward the basement door when he was entering the museum and noticed a lot of water coming from under the door. He pushed it open to find more than two feet of water standing in the basement. He does not know exactly how long it had been like that. The sump pump and other safety mechanisms had failed.

As a result, boxes of artifacts including many books were under water. Mold had already set in on the walls and boxes. The society had to discard many artifacts and books that were irreplaceable. Moreover, they had to spend almost $10,000 to clean up, cut out and replace walls, and to seal the basement.

The daylong event will feature:

    • 9 to 10 a.m. -- "History and Politics in 140 Characters or Less: Considering Andrew Jackson in the Age of Trump.” Speaker, Danny Hamner, Adjunct Instructor of History, GCC;

    • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. -- "Upstate New York State Suffragists and Radical Reform.” Speaker, Melinda Grube, Ph.D, Adjunct Instructor of History, Cayuga Community College.

    • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Panel discussion: "Living Living History: Becoming Someone Else.” Moderated by Derek Maxfield, associate professor of History, GCC. Panel includes: Melinda Grube, who portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Tom Schobert, who portrays Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Al Parker, great-grandnephew and portrayer of Eli Parker, aide-de-camp of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant;

    • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch;

    • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- 19th century stories and music by David Armitage and Dona LaValle;

    • 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. -- Civil War Demo/Lecture;

The sounds system for the event is being provided courtesy of Kirk McWhorter of Penny Whiskey.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from the historical society and available at the door on the day of the event. To purchase tickets or for more information call (585) 591-2161.For more information about the individual programs, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu

Parking is available behind the Stevens Memorial Library, at the historical society, or in the Presbyterian Church parking lot across the street.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcement, education, GCC, Warsaw, Arcade.

Press release:

What would you like Genesee Community College of 2067 to know about the world we live in today? If you could leave a message for those of the future, what would that message be? The college and its 50th Anniversary Steering Committee would like your input for memories and messages to include in a special Time Capsule. The capsule will be housed in the new Richard C. Call Arena that is currently under construction at the Batavia campus.

The arena is due to be completed this summer and within the new facility will be a 50 Year Time Capsule containing a variety of GCC memorabilia and numerous items of interest. 

Items under consideration include:

    • GCC clothing: T-shirt, hat, hoodie;

    • Current media: blu ray disc, jump drive and a cellular "smart phone”;

    • Postage stamp;

    • Various GCC publications;

    • GCC text book;

    • An academic course syllabus;

    • A currently popular children's toy;

    • Television listing;

    • Circular advertisement for new cars, foods and just released movies.

"It will be interesting to see how much of what we use and consider fashionable today is still relevant in 50 years when the College celebrates its century milestone," said Rick Dudkowski, GCC professor and co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee. "This is an exciting opportunity to share a message or a memory with the future!"

Committee members say the most interesting items are sure to be the messages from today’s students, faculty, alumni and general community, when they are read when the time capsule is opened in 2067.

What would you tell the GCC students, faculty, alumni or local citizens 50 years from now? How has GCC impacted your life and the community, what does GCC mean to you?

If you or someone you know is interested in submitting a message for the Time Capsule, answer one or both questions in 200 words or less with the option to include a photo(s) or other media. All materials must be smaller than 12 inches by 12 inches.

The committee will select the top submissions to be included in the time capsule considering space restrictions and the number of submissions. All submissions will be displayed at the Alfred C. O'Connell Library during the week of Convocation, Sept. 10 through 23. 

There are three ways to submit materials:

    • Send through regular mail or drop off the submission to: GCC Marketing Communications Office, D110, One College Road, Batavia, 14020;

    •  Email essay and/or photos to marcom@genesee.edu; or

    •  Go to the 50th Anniversary website and Online Scrapbook: http://sunygcc50.genesee.edu/contact.

"Time Capsule" should be marked on all document or materials. No materials will be returned. The submission deadline is March 20.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, Arcade, GCC, education.

Press release:

Over the past 10 years, nearly 35 outstanding graduates of Genesee Community College (GCC) have been inducted into GCC's Alumni Hall of Fame. The College Foundation knows there are many more outstanding graduates who've made a lasting impact on their communities and invites nominations for the 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame. Submissions are due by Dec. 31.

Candidates nominated for the Alumni Hall of Fame should be individuals who've contributed significantly to their profession and have provided distinguished service to the community and/or service to GCC. Nominees must have completed their GCC degree at least 10 years prior to nomination. Past inductees have represented a wide variety of career fields, from law enforcement to economic development.

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee or by friends, family, work associates or other colleagues who are familiar with the nominee. Nomination forms can be downloaded from GCC's alumni website and emailed or sent to the Alumni office.

A selection committee will choose honorees. New inductees will be honored at a reception in March, and their photo and a short biography will be featured on a plaque displayed in the Alumni Hall of Fame, located on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building.

"I am just beginning to appreciate the many amazing accomplishments of GCC alumni both within our local community and beyond," said GCC Alumni Affairs Office Assistant Director Jennifer Zambito. "I am excited to meet, greet and promote so many kind and generous members of the GCC Cougar family.

For the full list of previously inducted Alumni Hall of Fame members visit http://www.genesee.edu/offices/alumni/hall-of-fame/.

For more information, contact Jennifer Zambito at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6265, or jmzambito@genesee.edu.

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11:42 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, events, Warsaw, Arcade, GCC.

Press release:

Genesee Community College (GCC) welcomes perspective students and their families to visit the campus during two open house events this fall in Batavia. Interested visitors can explore the many opportunities the College has to offer. Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register at www.genesee.edu/OpenHouse or call 866-CALL-GCC.

The first event, Express Open House is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 15). A full campus tour will be available, including the opportunity to see the housing at College Village. Additionally, representatives will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, career and transfer services, student activities, the Center for Academic Progress, athletics and more.

The College will also hold its annual Veterans Day Open House – Faculty Connect – from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 11. Representatives from nearly every academic major will be on hand to speak with students, providing an opportunity to talk one-on-one with professors and instructors at the Academic Fair, which runs from 9 to 9:45 a.m.. Representatives from several four-year colleges will also be on hand to talk about transfer options from GCC. 

GCC provides a variety of convenient learning options for students of all ages. Students can take classes at the main campus in Batavia or at one of six campus centers including Lima and Dansville in Livingston County, Albion and Medina in Orleans County, and Arcade and Warsaw in Wyoming County. GCC also has an expanding online learning program with more than 100 online courses offered each semester and 15 degrees that can be earned fully online.

Among the new programs offered at the College is Nanotechnology. Additionally, GCC's new concentration in Marketing and Social Media is part of the Business Administration program. The Food Processing Technology degree is available for those seeking a career in the food and beverage industries.

For a complete listing of GCC's winterim, spring and summer 2017 course schedules click here.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 5:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcement, Warsaw, Arcade, GCC.

Press release

Genesee Community College (GCC) continues to demonstrate a commitment to student success and community connections. More than 25 of the area's top healthcare employers and four-year universities will attend the ninth annual Fall Nursing Job & Transfer Fair to explore career and educational opportunities. 

The event is open to the public, and will be held at GCC’s Batavia Campus from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 in the Forum. 

This event is designed to introduce potential new employees and/or transferring students to four year nursing colleges or a future employer, and also provides healthcare businesses an opportunity to present their trade and services to the local community. 

As of Oct. 6, the following employers and universities represented will include:

    • ArnotHealth, Elmira;

    • Elderwood, and Kaleida Health, both in Williamsville;

    • Nursefinders, Inc., The Arc of Monroe County, Visiting Nurses of Rochester, Jewish Home of Rochester, Campanion Care, Medical Staffing Network, Highland Hospital, Rochester Psychiatric Center, Lifetime Care, all in Rochester;

    • GreenField Health & Rehab Center, Lancaster;

    • Guthrie Healthcare System, Sayre, Pa.;

    • Livingston County Center for Nursing, Mt. Morris;

    • Newfane Rehab & Health Care, Newfane;

    • Air Force;

    • HomeCare & Hospice, Warsaw;

    • Chamberlain-College of Nursing;

    • The College at Brockport;

    • D'Youville College-School of Nursing;

    • Grand Canyon University;

    • Keuka College;

    • Nazareth College-Nursing Department;

    • St. John Fisher College - Wegman's School of Nursing;

    • Roberts Wesleyan College;

    • SUNY Alfred State;

    • SUNY Delhi School of Nursing; and

    • Trocaire College.

Participants are encouraged to dress prepared for an interview and to bring their resume. Students will have the opportunity to access real jobs, promote themselves and get their “foot in the door” at several local health centered organizations. This is also an opportunity to get information about furthering education to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing degree. For a full list of attendees, visit www.genesee.edu/career and log into and/or create an account with Purple Briefcase.

Parking and attendance are free. For directions and additional details, contact the Career Services office at (585) 345-6888.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:19 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, GCC, Arcade, Warsaw.


Press release, file photo.

High school students from the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) will converge on Genesee Community College (GCC) Oct. 20 for the fifth annual Harvest Festival and Farmers Market. Locally produced products from maple syrup to freshly grown fruits and vegetables will once again be available to purchase from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum. The Harvest Festival is free and open to the public at the GCC Batavia campus.

Students can also explore the many local career opportunities available in agribusiness in the Conable Technology Building. Agribusiness professionals from the GLOW area begin the day with 20-minute, mini presentations running concurrently from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 12:45 p.m. The presentations focus on food processing, technology and the many career opportunities. 

Presenters include:

    • Gina Lee, from Finger Lakes Community College Wine Technology Program;

    • Todd Hofheins, from Maple Moon, Attica;

    • Jeremy Liles, from Oliver's Chocolates, Batavia;

    • Holly Partridge, from Farm to Table, Genesee Valley Education Partnership, Batavia Campus; and

    • Peter Metzler, from Porter Farms CSA, Elba.

Finger Lakes Community College, Cornell University and SUNY (State University of New York) Alfred State will also be on hand to offer guidance for completing a degree in an agribusiness related field.

The GCC Veterinary Technology Club is hosting a small petting zoo on the east lawn of the campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All attendees are also invited to participate in a collective campus "Crunch" at 12:45 p.m. in the Forum. Across the state, a number of private and public colleges and universities participate in the "New York Campus Crunch." Together, they will bite into an apple simultaneously to affirm their commitment to food that is healthy for people and the planet. Additionally, it celebrates New York being the second-largest apple-producing state in the United States. A free apple will be provided for those who wish to take part.

"With so much going on, Harvest Fest has something for everyone," said Festival co-coordinator and GCC Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Programs assistant Lindsay Carney. "In addition to local artisan food, drink and products, visitors can learn about careers in agribusiness, which include marketing, social media, accounting and technology. Much more than traditional farming field positions. Of course, at this time of year, we again excited to welcome another great group of vendors who will offer some of the very best local products," Carney said. 

Vendors who plan to attend include:

    • Harrington's, Batavia – vegetables and fruits;

    • Harper Hill Farms, Darien – goat milk soaps;

    • Hill 'n' Hollow, Pavilion – chutneys and vinegars;

    • Maple Moon Farms, Attica – maple syrup;

    • Once Again Nut Butter, Nunda – butters and honey; and

    • Mama Bucks, Dansville – brittles.

New to the fest this year will be exhibits by Genesee County Park, BCA Ag Technologies, CY Farms, Provitello, and USDA-NRCS. They will join a host of other local businesses that will have displays, including Cornell Cooperative Extension, Genesee County Soil and Water, Oxbo International, Perry's Ice Cream, and Upstate Niagara Milk Cooperative.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, Arcade, GCC.

Press release:

For the next 50 days, students in the GCC Veterinary Technology Club will be challenged to take a total of 5,000 pictures in an effort to raise money for two spring experiential learning trips planned for March.

Beginning on Sunday, Sept.11, and continuing until Sunday, Oct. 30, Vet Tech students will take pictures that have both a veterinary technician and an animal in them, posting their candid's to the GCC Vet Tech Facebook page for the public to view and follow along. All pictures must be taken and posted to the Facebook page within the 50-day period in order to count toward the fundraising effort.

Students will solicit and collect pledges much like you would do for a walk-a-thon or bike-a-thon, but the pledge will be per picture with a maximum of 5,000 pictures. For example, a one cent per photo pledge would equal a $50 donation, or a half-cent per photo pledge, would equal a $25 donation. Those who pledge will support the GCC Vet Tech Club as a whole, and all of the posted pictures have the intrinsic value of showing GCC's Vet Tech students doing what they love -- working and being with animals.

"The fun idea benefits students in a multitude of ways," Carrie Caccamise, director of GCC's Veterinary Technology Program, said. "We will continue to accept pledges through the 50-day period, but are starting to solicit pledges now. All pledges will be collected at the end of the Photo-thon. We hope everyone enjoys following along on our Facebook page and will consider pledging!"

Funds raised through the photo-thon effort will support Vet Tech students in one of two trips currently in the planning stages for the College's spring break in March. Both trips will provide important experience in veterinary medicine in a different setting than is not currently available at the College or the surrounding field visits in Western New York.

The first possible destination is the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla., where seniors in the Vet Tech program visited this past spring for the first time. While at the Zoo, the students observed exams and treatments on many exotic animals including a penguin, a two-toed sloth, a spur fowl, white and black rhinos, a pig, tortoises, a screech owl and elephants, as well as armadillos, tortoises and pythons.

The exams involved anesthesia, radiographs, ultrasound exams and blood draws. Since these animals are not as friendly as most dogs and cats, the students were able to observe the different techniques for handling and administration of anesthesia during the examinations. The other Vet Tech student trip being explored for spring break is to an Indian reservation in Arizona that does not offer regular veterinary care.

Anyone wishing to pledge or follow along for the 50-day photo-thon can visit the GCC Vet Tech Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GCCVetTechGO/ for more information. Those wishing to pledge by check can make checks payable to GCC Vet Tech Club and send them to: GCC Vet Tech Program – D309, Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 11:30 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, art, GCC, announcements.

Press release

In conjunction with Genesee Community College's 50th Anniversary, the Rosalie "Roz" Steiner Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition featuring artwork of GCC alumni. The exhibition will be on display August 2017 through September 2017, with receptions planned for homecoming weekend.

The Art Gallery Selection Committee will review submitted proposals and select artists to participate in the exhibition. Guidelines for submissions are as follows:

    • Artist is an alumni of Genesee Community College, having graduated prior to 2015;

    • All artwork submitted is to have been completed beyond graduation;

    • Artwork should aesthetically show professional quality skills and techniques; and

    • Artwork should conceptually show originality and creativity.

The Roz Steiner Gallery opened in Spring 2011 and offers 1,700 square feet of exhibit space. It features 25-foot walls, moveable island walls, bamboo flooring, and multimedia capabilities. See more at the Gallery's Facebook page.

Alumni interested in being considered for the exhibition can submit proposals through the gallery's website at http://www.genesee.edu/home/campus-life/arts/gallery/submissions/. The deadline for submissions is April 1.

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:06 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Warsaw, GCC.

Press release:

When Genesee Community College Board of Trustees initiated the Genesee Promise Plus (GPP) summer scholarship program in 2008 its goal was to remove financial barriers that often prohibit high school graduates in the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties from attending college. Trustees also felt the scholarship program would help families of the graduates recognize that a college degree is perhaps the most valuable investment for their future. 

The GPP report provided by Virginia (Ginny) Taylor, Ph.D., GCC's vice president for Student and Enrollment Services at last week's Board of Trustees meeting, illustrated the importance of the summer scholarship program and how its growth continues to positively impact families in the GLOW region. 

Through the past eight years, college officials have expanded GPP beyond its original scope of providing a scholarship for one or two summer GCC classes to just graduating high school seniors. Today, high school juniors, GED recipients, homeschooled students, as well adults who have never attended college before can also apply and receive a GPP scholarship for one or two classes. 

Interestingly, it is high school juniors that have shown the most substantial growth between 2015 and 2016. As of last Monday, there was an 82-percent increase over last year in the number of juniors who had applied for GPP scholarships. Batavia High, Elba and Pembroke Central were the schools showing the most growth, and homeschooled students jumped from 19 to 37 students. High school seniors increased by 17 percent. The number of adult students applying for GPP is small but also growing. Last year five adults applied, while this year the College welcomed 14 adult applicants. 

"Summer enrollment in Genesee Promise Plus continues to be a powerful opportunity for residents in our GLOW community, and we are excited to have another strong summer session this year, which starts July 5th," Taylor said. "It's not too late register."

There are more than 60 courses offered by GCC in Summer Session II with classes at all seven campus locations and online. From ceramics to chemistry, algebra to accounting, history to hip hop culture-GCC courses all offer SUNY transferable credit.

One more week to register! GPP application deadline is Friday, June 24.

To apply online go to: http://www.genesee.edu/home/academics/genesee-promise-plus/

You can also stop in at any of GCC's seven campus locations:

• GCC at Albion – 456 West Avenue (Rte. 31), Albion, NY 14411- (585) 589-4936

• GCC at Arcade – 25 Edward Street, Arcade, NY 14009 - (585) 492-5265

• GCC at Batavia – 1 College Road, Batavia, NY 14202 – (585) 345-6800

• GCC at Dansville – 31 Clara Barton Street (as of July 2, 2012), Dansville, NY 14437 – (585) 335-7820

• GCC at Lima – 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY 14485 – (585) 582-1226

• GCC at Medina – 11470 Maple Ridge Road (Rte. 31A), Medina, NY 14103 – (585) 798-1688

• GCC at Warsaw – 115 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, NY 14569 – (585) 786-301

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, GCC, Warsaw, Arcade.

Press release:

Although the Genesee Community College (GCC) Board boosted tuition $25 per semester, tuition remains under $2000 per student. 

Full-time GCC students will pay $1,975 tuition per semester during the 2016-2017 year, under the budget approved by the GCC Board of Trustees at their recent meeting.

Trustees also approved the 2016-2017 operating budget totaling $40.537 million, up 1.53 percent from the current $39.927 million budget. The net increase in the budget, however, is much less. Nearly half of the increase simply reflects an accounting change that creates $275,000 in non-cash revenue and non-cash expense.

The 2016-2017 budget is a maintenance-of-effort budget, according to President James M. Sunser.

Staffing levels for 2016-2017 are nearly identical to current year staffing. The budget, however, provides for a student success position responsible for the organization and leadership of success coaching initiatives in the Student Success Center opening in the Fall 2017 semester. Key non-classroom student services will be consolidated in the new Center, and success coaches based in the Center will guide students through their academic careers. College leaders believe that the success coaching initiative will help boost students' academic success and career potential.

On the revenue side of the budget, the college will receive $100 more in partially-restored New York State aid per full-time equivalent student. While the increase is welcome, Sunser said, state aid still lags behind historical levels.

The new Nanotechnology program, offered in collaboration with Erie Community College, will be in full swing next year. The College also hopes to launch more educational programs geared toward the needs of the local agriculture industry.

The 2016-2017 academic year will see the construction of two new buildings on the Batavia Campus. The 18,748 square foot Student Success Center will be located adjacent to the Conable Technology Building. The 56,614-square-foot Richard C. Call Arena will be located at the northwest end of the parking lot. The Arena will house the largest expanse of flexible, open floor space in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming County region.

The College anticipates that both buildings will be completed in early summer 2017.

The budget now goes to the Genesee County Legislature's Ways and Means Committee, which will review the spending plan before presenting it to the full Legislature.

Sunser noted that declining numbers of high school graduates have led to enrollment declines among younger students at many colleges, while a robust economy has led many older students to remain in the workforce rather than seek retraining. 

"Many community colleges across New York State and across the nation have experienced significant enrollment declines," Sunser said. "At Genesee, we have experienced a slight dip in the number of students, but our enrollment remains very strong, and our financial position very stable.

"Business leaders know that we provide a very rigorous education and prepare students quite well for the local workforce. On the national level, the last three presidents of the United States have spoken very positively and forcefully about the value and importance of a community college education. But most significantly, our own GCC students spread the word about the education we provide, and our 24,000 alumni are living examples of the value that GCC brings to our local communities."

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, GCC, Arcade, events.

Press release:

Like most libraries, the Alfred C. O'Connell Library at Genesee Community College (GCC) has books on shelves, computer workstations quietly humming, and people absorbed in their studies, projects and research. But, April 14, GCC's library gave life to written prose through the 15th annual Student Poetry Contest Award Ceremony.

The First Prize -- Body of Work winner is Catherine McCabe-Strong. The Rochester resident is studying in GCC's Paralegal Studies program. She has a novel, Julius Constantine Chang, available through Amazon. And later this month, a very short piece of her prose, "Teatime," will be published by The Flash Fiction Press on their Web site, theflashfictionpress.org. Her poems are "Clementine," "Clovelly Beach" and "Night."

Second Prize winner for her poem "Fly" is Amanda Sterzick. She is a self-described late blooming artist. The Batavia resident is a Digital Art major. She has artwork that she has created to accompany this poem - a mixed media canvas.

Third-place winner for her poem "Delayed Ambition" is Maureen Moriarty, an Administrative Assistant major at GCC. Maureen resides in Medina.

Honorable Mention honors go to Jennifer Hanson, a student from Arcade. Her poem is entitled "Open Road." A Fine Arts major, her favorite courses have been painting classes taught by Heather Jones. 

Winning poems are posted on the library Web page: http://www.genesee.edu/library/about-the-library/poetry-contests/.

Judges for this year's contest were: Mary Jane Heider, Sarah Karas, Bob Knipe, Michelle Salvia, Jim Simon and Nina Warren. More than 50 poems were submitted this year. Winners were awarded prizes of gift cards, poetry anthologies and blank journals.

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, GCC, robotics.

Press release:

More than 600 students will “commandeer” Genesee Community College (GCC) this week during Tech Wars. Youth from 18 regional middle and high schools will go head-to-head in the competition hosted at GCC’s Batavia campus. 

From the Regatta held in the swimming pool to the SUMO Bots, Catapults and Bridge Designs in the Forum; the Robotic Tractor Pull in the gym; the Rube Goldberg competition in the cafeteria; and the Sculpture event in the Student Union.

The ninth annual challenge happens Thursday, with students arriving at the campus at 8:30 a.m. and competitions running from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony luncheon. The event is hosted by the GCC’s ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) program for students in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) region. Generally in teams of two or more, the competition allows students to work collaboratively to demonstrate their technical expertise through innovative, mind-expanding competitions.

New this year is VEX Robotics Company (VRC) providing a demonstration in tandem VRC Tournament, a global competition involving students from colleges and universities around the world.

"Each year, organizers try to introduce new technology and new problem solving challenges, and this year is no different," said GCC Career Pathways Director Debbie Dunlevy. "We are definitely covering some new ground by giving students the broadest perspective for their interests and efforts. Tech Wars help students understand what it takes to collaborate successfully and also sheds light on the types of careers paths they might pursue in the not too distant future."

With 30 different events, students will be challenged in an array of technologies. The 2016 middle school events include: bridge design, catapult design, CO2 car and truck race, the walk-in design challenge, Tech Wars logo design, mousetrap car, mystery project, and Rube Goldberg and Sculpture event designing an amusement ride. The high school events include: bridge design; architectural design in CAD (computer aided design); CO2 car and truck challenge; DDP (Design and Drawing for Productions) manual drafting; king of the hill; logo; mystery project; on-site CAD project; regatta; reverse engineered CAD drawing; robotic tractor pull; sculpture event; SUMO bots; and trebuchet, which must launch a projectile at a given target 40 feet away.

For the rules and details on all these competitions, go to http://www.techwarsgcc.org/.

The event is sponsored by: Amada Machine Tools America, Inc., Graham Corporation, and Liberty Pumps and Northeast Technologies, Inc., all of whom donated $500 or more. Other sponsors include DWB Enterprises, Inc., Lee Schuknecht & Sons, and the Varysburg Lions Club.

"The support of these businesses is essential to creating a successful event for all participants," Dunlevy said. "We thank them for their investment, and for supporting what could be their future employees."

The ACE Program's Career Pathways helps students explore career options and make a smooth transition from high school to college and ultimately to professional careers. Tech Wars is among several dynamic programs giving students the opportunity to learn hands-on, often in business settings and with industry professionals.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Warsaw, education.

Press release:

If you enjoy movies and watching the upcoming Academy Awards, why not learn what it takes to be a screenwriter? Or understand how the weather is predicted? Or acquire the latest tricks of the digital photography trade? You can learn all of these things and more with late-start, 12-week courses at GCC. Register now for the session which begins Feb. 16.

Students over the age of 60 can audit a course for free with space availability.

Among the dozens of GCC classes available online or onsite during the 12-week session include: (Online courses are indicated.)

  • Writing for Stage and Screen (CIN214): Learn the basic techniques of writing for the stage and screen with emphasis on structure, storytelling through dialogue and dramatic action. (Batavia Campus)
  • Introduction to Meteorology (MET101): Stop blaming the weatherman and learn for yourself how to read weather maps and charts; how to observe, study and predict storm systems; and how fronts develop, as well as thunderstorms and tornadoes. (Online)
  • Introduction to Digital Photography (PHO 118): Learn the fundamentals of digital imaging using cameras, scanners and new media while understanding the subject, form and interpretation of all images. (Online)
  • History Courses: From World Civilizations to U.S. History – there are five sections of history classes offered in the 12-week session, online and at Batavia and Warsaw campus locations.

To apply for classes at any of Genesee Community College's seven campus locations, new students should go to http://www.genesee.edu/Admissions or call the Admissions office at 585-345-6800.

GCC is also ready to help new or continuing students with financial aid. Two GCC campus centers are offering FREE financial aid assistance on Thursday, Feb. 11, at Warsaw Campus Center, and Tuesday, March 29, at Dansville Campus Center, from 4 - 8 p.m. at each location. Anyone interested in setting up a personal appointment with GCC's Financial Aid Office in Batavia can also call 585-345-6900. Everyone is also invited to check out GCC at an upcoming Open House or Friday Visit Day at the Batavia Campus:

Batavia Campus Open Houses *

Wed., March 9, 5 - 7 p.m.

Sat., April 23, 9 a.m.- noon

Friday Visit Days

Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – noon

March 4, 9 a.m. – noon

March 11, 9 a.m. – noon

April 8, 9 a.m. – noon

April 29, 9 a.m. – noon

At GCC's Batavia Open Houses, representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid and College Village are all available to answer questions covering everything from scholarships to athletics, testing to Student Support Services, student life to studying abroad. A full Batavia campus tour is available.* Friday Visit Days are less formal but more up-tempo alternatives to Open Houses offering an introduction to admissions, details about applying to GCC and getting financial aid. You can also sit in on a First Year Experience (FYE) college class at any Friday Visit Day.

GCC campus centers are often open evenings to assist students, and welcome visitors for tours. Please check with your local campus center for hours. To contact any of GCC's seven campus locations and or the Online Office:

• Albion: 456 West Avenue / 585-589-4936

• Arcade: 25 Edward Street / 585-492-5265

• Batavia: 1 College Road / 585-345-6800

• Dansville: 31 Clara Barton St. / 585-335-7820

• Lima: 7285 Gale Road (at Route 15A) / 585-582-1226

• Medina: 11470 Maple Ridge Road / 585-798-1688

• Warsaw: 115 Linwood Ave. / 585-786-3010

• Online: www.genesee.edu/offices/online/; Call 585-343-6969; E-mail online@genesee.edu;

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, GCC, Arcade, Warsaw.

Press release:

Since 2007, nearly 30 outstanding graduates of Genesee Community College (GCC) have been inducted into GCC's Alumni Hall of Fame. The College Foundation is seeking nomination for their 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame. Submissions are due by Dec. 31.

Candidates nominated for the Alumni Hall of Fame should be individuals who've contributed significantly to their profession and have provided distinguished service to the community and/or service to GCC. Additionally, nominees must have completed their GCC degree at least 10 years prior to nomination. Past inductees have represented a variety of career fields – from law enforcement to economic development.

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee or by friends, family, work associates or other colleagues who are familiar with the nominee. The forms can be downloaded from  www.genesee.edu/alumni/HallofFame/ and emailed or sent to the college's Alumni Office.

New inductees will be honored at a reception in March, and their photo and a short biography will be featured on a plaque displayed in the Alumni Hall of Fame, located on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building.

"The success of these graduates serves as an inspiration to all of us here at the college and the community at large," said GCC Alumni coordinator Jackie Christenson. "We encourage those who know outstanding graduates to nominate them now."

Prior GCC Alumni Hall of Fame inductees include:

    • 2015: Dr. Roger J. Klatt '82 and Renee A. Garrett '93;

    • 2014: Lawrence Saupe '89 and Stephen Tarbell '78;

    • 2013: Jeffrey M. Newland '87, Shannon R. Sauro '93, Christopher J. Suozzi '84, and Andrew J. Young '89;

    • 2012: John H. DeWitt '69, Cynthia M. Howe '84, and Daniel P. Ireland '92;

    • 2011: Jacquelyn Dwyer '76, Benjamin J. Bonarigo Esq '79, and Matthew B. Locker '88;

    • 2010: James David Fraser '73, Cecilia A. Stearns '80, and Dorothy A. Wentland '91;

    • 2009: Wanda Frank '99, Ellen Ryan '76, Paula J. Miller Schaefer '79, and George E. Schaefer III '79;

    • 2008: Ann Bell '88, Gary Maha '76, and Steven Hyde '82; and

    • 2007: Joseph Bell '79, Paula Savage '76, Monica Hale Dawson '72, Lori Stupp '89, Jerry Reinhart '71, and Margaret (Peggy) Weissend '99 '01.

For details about their community contribution visit  www.genesee.edu/Alumni/HallofFame.

For more information, contact Alumni coordinator Jackie Christenson at (585) 343-0055, ext. 6265 or jkchristenson@genesee.edu

Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9:56 am
posted by Lucie Griffis in GCC, Attica.
Event Date and Time: 
September 14, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

News from Genesee Community College

For more information contact: Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications 585.343.0055 Ext. 6616

Successful Alumni, Scholarship Recipients and Generous Donors Share GCC's Annual Discover the Stars Reception


Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, announcements, GCC.

Press release:

The annual Discover the Stars celebration which brings together Genesee Community College scholarship recipients, donors and notable alumni, is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14,  from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre of GCC's Batavia campus. Members of the College Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors, College administrators, staff members, current students and community guests are all welcome.

As in year's past, two notable members of GCC's alumni base, now numbering more than 24,000 strong, will be the keynote speakers of the event. This year, Renee Cain Garrett, superintendent of Forestville Central School District, and Attica native Marcie Lyons, currently a surgical nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital, will share a bit about their background and how their experiences at GCC helped launch their successful careers.

Garrett graduated from GCC's teacher education program in 1993. She went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from SUNY Geneseo and an administrative degree from the College at Brockport. Starting her career in the Attica Central School District first as a teacher and then elementary school principal, she became the superintendent of schools in Mount Morris and then Wayne Central school districts, and in January 2015 became superintendent of the Forestville Central School District in Chautauqua County. She was inducted into GCC's Alumni Hall of Fame this past March.

As superintendent, Garrett is known as an innovator and top-level communicator and is committed to the value of lifelong learning for students, staff and stakeholders. She has been active in community organizations, including Rotary and Kiwanis, and is a member of a number of professional organizations. She lives in Forestville with her husband, Mike, and their rescue dog, Tess.

Lyons earned two degrees from GCC, Travel and Tourism, AAS in 2000 and she returned to the College to earn a Nursing AAS Degree in 2012. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, and she recalls former instructors Roxanne Holthaus and Eleanor Nixon of Nursing, and Dr. Jane Westin of Anatomy and Physiology as some of her favorite professors during her time at the College.

Lyons has lived in various places along the east coast over the last 15 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales in 2002, which took her to Orlando, Fla., where she worked for Disney and then for Darden Restaurants for eight years in the hospitality industry. Deciding to switch careers, Lyons felt it was important to be near family while heading back to school for nursing. GCC was the leading program when deciding where to attend nursing school. After earning her AAS degree from GCC, she went on to earn her BS in Nursing from SUNY Brockport.

Monday, July 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Genesee Community College (GCC) recently announced students who were named to the Dean's List for the spring 2015 semester. Students honored on the Dean's List have earned a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74.

Dean's List honorees include:

    • Cody Egner, Jacquelyn Schwab, Courtney Westberg, Amanda Fuller, Michelle Martin-Kaiser, Melinda Murcin, Laura Neri, and Amy Snyder, all of Arcade;

    • John Burek, Hannah Dominesey, Marilyn-Lacy Leto, Amandarae Ricker, Zachary Snyder, Lavon Cox, Brittany Jutze, Michael Manusia, Ashley Pickard, Christina Schuster, Jenna Wojdan, and Danielle Wilshire, all of Attica;

    • Tori Cartwright and Lori Crandall, both of Bliss;

    • Jamie Pankow, of Castile;

    • Wesley Erhardt and Krystle Kasprzak, both of Java Center;

    • Aleiah Brunner and Jessica Jurewicz, both of North Java;

    • Meghan Putney, Albert Bussiere, Margarita Roblero-Salinas, and Elizabeth Rice, all of Perry;

    • Kari Devitt, of Silver Springs;

    • Brandon Daly, of Strykersville;

    • Tristin Christie, Brittany Copeland, Christine Lee, Chelsea Miller, and Christopher Presuto, Emmaline Johnson, Kara O'Neil, Anthony Ricotta, Josephine Shaffer, Jennifer Wright, all of Warsaw; and

    • Dawn Conti, of Wyoming.

GCC offers more than 60 degree programs and certificates. GCC is accessible through seven campus locations and its online learning program. College housing is available at College Village, Batavia Campus. For more information visit www.genesee.edu.


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