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June 21, 2012 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, elba, Milestones.

A community project aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure and building relationships has earned kudos for a learning specialist at Genesee Community College.

Sue Chiddy, of Elba, was honored recently by the Nioga Library System for her efforts to engage GCC with the public library initiative called "A Tale for Three Counties." The outreach project encourages people to read a chosen book, discuss it with friends and neighbors at local libraries or in chance meetings on the street, and then meet the author at the conclusion of the program.

It was launched by public libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties nine years ago, and Chiddy brought the college onboard in 2005. Her efforts earned her Nioga's Outreach Award, which was given to her during the Nioga Board of Trustee's annual dinner last month at Terry Hills Banquet Facility in Batavia.

Chiddy helps GCC students embrace reading for pleasure through the college's developmental reading classes. She says "A Tale for Three Counties" is a dynamic and motivating program that she hopes instills the value of reading in her students, and motivates them to build relationships by discussing what they've read with classmates and neighbors.

"I am honored to receive the award, but I feel honored every time I notice students, faculty and staff reading the year's selected 'Tale for Three Counties' book," Chiddy said. "It's a pleasure to see the college community participating in the community at large."

The award, which includes a $75 honorarium to be used for the purchase of library materials to further outreach goals, is granted to nominees who show a commitment to providing library services to populations that have limited access to such services.

This past year, GCC's participation included the reading of Yannick Murphy's "The Call," which details the life of a small town veterinarian. Instructors in 21 of GCC's classes used the book as a learning resource and the library distributed more than 400 copies.

June 20, 2012 - 3:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, Milestones.

Erin O'Connor, of Stafford, has been placed on the Gettysburg College Deans' Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in Spring 2012.

Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester's work are placed on the Deans' Honor List.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

June 20, 2012 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

This was submitted by a private citizen.

Jason D. Reese, of 332 W. Main St., #4, Batavia, made the Dean' List at Genesee Community College for the Spring 2012 semester.

Reese is a Physical Education major and very proud of his accomplishment.

"I showed up on time, did all assignments, passed the exams, I earned this feat," said Reese, who will turn 50 on June 25.

He says being a minority in Batavia is tough business.

"There are all sorts of people who want me to be a criminal statistic -- sorry to bust your bubble -- they are not that good plus you're going to have to raise your game to keep up with me," Reese said.

He graduated from Pavilion Central in 1982 and received an associate degree from GCC in 1988.

"I was immature back then. I will make up for that time now. I am a late bloomer, but I am not stopping now, my best years are yet to come," says Reese.

June 20, 2012 - 2:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, elba, Oakfield, Le Roy, Bethany, Milestones, bergen.

Several student-athletes from Genesee Community College were named to the NJCAA Academic All-Region List for the 2011-2012 athletic seasons. Students honored on the NJCAA Academic All-Region List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a grade point average of 3.5 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

Those who made the list include:

  • Summer Bliss, of Bethany, a member of the women's soccer team;
  • Lauren Hughes, of Elba, a member of the volleyball and swimming and diving teams;
  • Cody Niccloy, of Le Roy, a member of the men's soccer team;
  • Emily Mott, of Oakfield, a member of the swimming and diving team;
  • Lindsay Chatt, of Oakfield, a member of the softball team;
  • Amanda Brown, of Bergen, a member of the women's soccer team.

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 Web page, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee's overall athletic program.

June 15, 2012 - 10:11am
posted by The Batavian in batavia, Milestones.

Left to right: Col Jack Ozer, Cadet Rachel Hyatt, Cadet Meghan Duell, Captain Diana Hyatt, 1Lt Valerie Duell, Cadet Derek O'Sullivan and Cadet Shaun Coburn. Kneeling is National Legislative Officer Lt Col Larry Brinker.


Batavia, NY - Several members of the Batavia Composite Squadron were recently recognized at the New York Conference held in Lake George, NY for their participation in Civil Air Patrol's Legislative Day in early March.

Each year as part of the Winter meeting of the Civil Air Patrol in the Washington, DC area, members of each wing meet with their Congress Representatives and Senators on Legislative Day.

During the meetings members of CAP discuss the 3 missions of CAP, what events and missions CAP had supported in their Representatives area and what the impact it was. In 2011, members of NYW support Hurricane Ike and Irene.

CAP members also discuss the budget impacts and other topics of interest. It also a chance for the members to thank the representative for support to CAP members. This includes nominations to Armed Forces Academies for Cadets.

As with last year, one of the topics was the Congressional Gold Medal for the original members of CAP.  Representatives were asked to support this Bill to help recognize our members with this Medal.

For the last few years members of the Batavia Squadron having been participating with the New York Wing staff at Legislative Day.

This year, Cadets Derek O'Sullivan and Shaun Coburn walked around with Wing Commander Jack Ozer, while cadets Rachel Hyatt and Megan Duell joined National Legislative Officer Lt Col Larry Brinker on meetings.

Senior member Captain Diana Hyatt, and 1LT Valerie Duell also participated in meetings with various Representatives.

Local representatives met with included: Congressman Timothy Reed, Congresswomen Louise Slaughter, Congresswomen Kathy Huchel and Senator Jillian Gilderbrand.

For the remaining time in Washington, the cadets attended the National Cadet Advisory Council meetings, visited museums and toured Washington.

June 13, 2012 - 12:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Lt. Col. Scott C. Woodward was installed as the Battalion Commander of the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment in ceremonies held recently at Ft. Riley, Kan.

The ceremony included a reenactment of the Calvary Charge and the firing of canons. A reception was held at the Custer House, which was the home of General George Armstrong Custer and one of the oldest buildings on Ft. Riley.

Lt. Col. Woodward is a 1989 graduate of Batavia High School and also a graduate SUNY Brockport and the Army Command and General Staff College. He is the son of Tim and Maria Woodward, of Batavia, who attended the ceremony.

His military assignments include three overseas tours: as Battalion Assistant S3 to Bosnia-Herzegovina; he commanded E Troop, 9th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq 2003; and he was Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor deployed to Mahmudiyah, Iraq.

His most recent assignment was Armor Colonels Assignment Officer, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, Washington, D.C.

Lt. Col. Woodward’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device; the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award); Meritorious Service Medal (4th award); Army Commendation Medal (3rd award); Army Achievement Medal (2nd award); the Combat Action Badge; the Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

He is married to the former Judith Herring and they have two daughters, Sydney and Savannah.

June 8, 2012 - 4:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Milestones, john dwyer.

Press release:

Prominent local businessman and Army veteran John Dwyer, who has served Genesee Community College for many years in various leadership roles, was honored recently with GCC's Alpha Medal of Service Award.

Individuals honored with an Alpha Award are selected for their extraordinary philanthropic support of GCC programs and goals, and serve as an inspiration not only to students, but to the greater community, according to Rick Ensman, GCC's head of development and external affairs.

"John's commitment and enthusiasm is inspiring," Ensman said. "He believes deeply in the mission and programs of the college, and never misses an opportunity to tell GCC's story and advocate for our students."

Among his many accomplishments at the college, Dwyer served as president of the GCC Foundation for four, one-year terms and worked tirelessly on all foundation committees, chaired the campaign that supported construction of the Student Union and helped steer the fundraising campaign for the Conable Technology Building, which serves the business community through The BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills).

Dwyer's commitment to service also reaches deeply into the broader community. During the past 40 years, he has served on numerous economic development committees, including the GLOW Workforce Investment Board and the Genesee County Local Development Corporation; he has volunteered his time and expertise to guide the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency and the Batavia Associated Retailers Board; and he has shared his knowledge and civic pride with a number of public, school and religious associations, including the Children's Home Association, Notre Dame High School, and the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

A Batavia resident, Dwyer retired as president of Thomas & Dwyer, Inc., Retail Shoe Stores and executive director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency in recent years. The Alpha Medal of Service was bestowed during GCC commencement ceremonies on May 20.

June 7, 2012 - 2:19pm

Press release:

The best and brightest sixth-grade math and science minds in the GLOW region were honored during an awards breakfast at Genesee Community College today.

In February, school districts across the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming county region nominated 70 students for the inaugural cohort of the Math Science Preparatory Program at GCC. Embedded within the competitive application process was an opportunity for two students to earn a full scholarship to Math Science Preparatory Program at GCC for their first year in the program.

Two students were selected from among 21 Scholar of the Year finalists to win the first-ever award, and all the finalists were recognized today (May 29, 2012). The scholarship winners and 2012 Inaugural Math Science Scholars of the Year are Triton Adamski of Pembroke Central School, and Kiera Gross of Pavilion Central School.

Triton earned the highest score in the competition by performing exceptionally well on the competitive placement examination (placing into college-level mathematics). Combined with his excellent classroom grades in math and science, a thoughtful essay on the role of LEGOS ® in the better understanding of math and science, and an educational Powerpoint presentation, Triton clearly earned top honors. Triton also received awards for reading and character, and has been asked to tutor younger students in reading and math. He is an active member in team sports, his school's band, and the SADD club at Pembroke. Triton's mother, Denise Adamski, told the ACE program that he is looking forward to a wonderful and challenging experience at Genesee Community College.

Kiera demonstrated an exceptional understanding of the scientific method with her essay about the use of crash-test dummies in safety experiments. An active sixth grader at Pavilion Central School, Kiera is a member of PageTurners, as well as Sixth-Grade Band and Chorus. Kiera is also a black stripe belt at Cain's Taekwondo Academy, where she is a member of SMAC Competition Team and GOLD (Guidance on Leadership Development) Team. She also helps run craft activities for kids in grades one through four in Kids Count Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at Akron Free Methodist Church. She is a Cadette Girl Scout and a member of 4-H. She enjoys caring for animals, camping, and making her own science experiments.

ACE program specialist Karlyn M. Finucane says she and other members of the GCC ACE team are looking forward to working with all of the students who were nominated for the Math Science Preparatory Award throughout the next several years.

"While the inaugural cohort was limited to 48 students, the overall quality of the applicants and overwhelming interest expressed by the community for this type of program has prompted the research and development of several additional math and science enrichment opportunities to meet the educational needs of our region's top performing students," says Finucane.

In alphabetical order, students nominated by their school districts in Genesee County for the Math Science Preparatory Program include:

•    Triton Adamski, Pembroke Central School *◦§

•    Landon Bish, Oakfield-Alabama Middle School *

•    Logan Cadieux, Oakfield-Alabama Middle School *◦§

•    Kim Davis, Pavilion Central School ◦

•    Cassandra DeLelys, Elba Central School ◦

•    Trevor Fitzgibbon, Alexander Central School *◦§

•    Samantha Gibbs, Alexander Central School

•    Cassidy Graham, Alexander Central School ◦

•    Kiera Gross, Pavilion Central School *◦§

•    Cameron Hausfelder, Alexander Central School *

•    Gabrielle Havens, Batavia Middle School *

•    Kelsey Hilburger, Elba Central School ◦ *

•    Madison Hoerbelt, Batavia Middle School

•    Lauren Hume, Alexander Central School ◦

•    Ethan Hutchins, Batavia Middle School *◦§

•    Tara Jagodzinski, Pavilion Central School *◦§

•    Logan Kellogg, Oakfield-Alabama Middle School

•    Jora Kusmierski, Alexander Central School

•    Jay Lewis, Batavia Middle School *

•    Nathan Loria, Batavia Middle School ◦ *

•    Michal Lullo, Batavia Middle School *

•    Joseph Marchese, Batavia Middle School

•    Aaron Michalak, Batavia Middle School *◦§

•    Christa Moscicki, Batavia Middle School

•    Madison Murray, Batavia Middle School ◦

•    Jason Normandin, Pavilion Central School ◦ *

•    Callee Norton, Elba Central School ◦

•    Anand Patel, Batavia Middle School *

•    Benjamin Pflaumer, Elba Central School ◦

•    Justina Pruski, Oakfield-Alabama Middle School ◦ *

•    Lauren Reding, Oakfield-Alabama Middle School ◦ *

•    Erik Scharlau, Alexander Central School

•    Kylie Schlagenhauf, Oakfield-Alabama Middle School ◦

•    Jordyn Schmidt, Batavia Middle School

•    Trevor Schoonover, Pavilion Central School ◦

•    Chloe Schrier, Pavilion Central School ◦

•    Edward Skalny, Batavia Middle School *◦§

•    Benjamin Slenker, Alexander Central School *◦§

•    Job Smith, Alexander Central School ◦

•    Ethan Stone, Pembroke Central School *◦§

•    Nicholas Ventola, St. Joseph's School *◦§

•    Grace Vogler, Pembroke Central School *◦§

•    Moira Werner, St. Joseph's School ◦

•    Emma Whalen, Pavilion Central School ◦

•    Claire Zickl, Batavia Middle School *◦§

•    Bethany Zwolinski, Pembroke Central School ◦


* Accepted for Math Science Preparatory Program

◦ Nominated for Math Science Scholar of the Year Award

◦§ Award Finalist

June 6, 2012 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

On Sunday, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership New York West Seminar concluded its three-day program, naming Adam Weaver, a sophomore from Batavia High School, an Outstanding Future Leader. As part of this recognition, Weaver received a $1,000 scholarship to be used at the college of his choice. Weaver was one of only two students awarded with this honor.

From June 1-3, 120 high school sophomores from across the western region of New York state attended New York’s premier youth leadership program – Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership New York West Seminar or HOBY (pronounced ho-bee) – at the University of Rochester.

Now in its 29th year, the primary focus of this year’s seminar was to shed light on bullying in light of the tragic regional and national events that unfolded over the past year, garnering significant attention at the local, state and federal levels. Over the course of the three-day seminar, students learned critical life skills and underwent intensive panels, workshops, speakers and community service activities.

On Friday, students had the opportunity to listen to the Rodemeyer family (from Williamsville) share their story in memory of their son Jamey who took his life in 2011 due to bullying. Weaver was chosen to receive this honor based on personal essays, surveys and interviews in addition to her participation over the weekend.

“As alumni of the program, we understand and believe in the lasting difference that this program makes in both the life of a young person – like Adam – and in their community,” said Jeremy Gerevics, HOBY New York West co-chair. “This interactive and encouraging environment allows participants to develop leadership skills and to begin thinking critically about the issues that will impact their futures. By giving them the tools they need to be empowered to go back to their schools and communities with skills and the confidence to make a difference, they do take on new initiatives to be leaders in their communities. Congratulations to Adam and all of our ambassadors – the HOBY New York West Class of 2012. We welcome them to our HOBY family.”

June 6, 2012 - 1:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in Basom, Milestones.

Andrew Lipnicky, of Basom, was named to the Deans' List at Florida Institute of Technology for the spring semester, which ended in May. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

To be included on the Deans' List, a student must complete 12 or more graded credits in a semester with a semester grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.4.

Florida Institute of Technology was founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958. It is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast.

June 6, 2012 - 1:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, bergen.

Michael Slack, son of Jane Slack, of Bergen, has enrolled for Fall 2012 admission at Rochester Institute of Technology. He will study Film and Animation in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and is a 2010 graduate of Byron-Bergen High School.

Slack has been awarded an RIT Trustee Scholarship and an RIT Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

June 5, 2012 - 2:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Milestones.

Batavia Business and Professional Women’s Club (BBPW), 2011-2012 Scholarship Committee, has awarded scholarships to eight local students.

High School Award winners are: Anna Dombrowski (Alexander), Emily Doherty (Pavilion), Jenna Bauer and Melanie Case (Batavia), and Sarah Hill (Pembroke). Each is receiving a $700 check to support their educational and career goals.

These scholarships are open annually to Genesee County high schools seniors (male or female). Each student maintained an 85-percent average, completed a one-page BPW application with a letter of recommendation from a school staff member. Each student submitted a personal essay discussing their achievements and future goals as well as an essay from a parent. The finalists were interviewed by the BPW Scholarship Committee in late April and were notified by one of the scholarship committee members.

The Genesee Community College $500 Scholarship Award is being presented to Rachel Berardini, (Batavia), who is an adult student, majoring in Business. The selection process for the GCC award is completed by the Genesee Community College Foundation.

Our Genesee Valley BOCES $250 Scholarship Award winners are Gina Caccamise (Le Roy), from the Health Careers Academy program and Charles Eggebrecht (Batavia), from the Legal Careers Academy program. Both were selected through the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Student Services Committee.

All of the award winners are invited to the BPW June Banquet, which is being held, Thursday, June 7 at Bohn’s Restaurant.

Additionally, BBPW club members voted at their May meeting on the service awards to be distributed and this year five $300 checks were awarded to: The Salvation Army; Genesee Cancer Assistance; Genesee Veterans Support Network; Crossroads House; and Justice for Children GLOW Foundation, Inc.

To be considered for the service award a letter with appropriate letterhead was sent to the BPW requesting consideration. To find out more about BPW scholarships and service awards visit our Web page:

The Batavia Business and Professional Women’s Club have two annual events to raise money for our scholarships and service awards, a Fall Live Basket Auction and December Cookie Auction.

Please support the next fundraising event by joining us for our Oct. 6 Live Basket Auction and Brunch being held at Batavia Downs and Gaming starting at 10 a.m. for browsing, brunch at 11:30 a.m. and live auction at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $20, contact Brenda Miller at 356-3720 or email your ticket requests to All proceeds benefit Genesee County scholarships and service organizations!

More information on the Batavia Business and Professional Women’s Club Live Basket Auction and Brunch can be found at:

June 1, 2012 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Le Roy, Stafford, corfu, Milestones.

The following local residents graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in winter 2011–2012 quarter:

•     Jamie Braswell, of Le Roy, earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from RIT's College of Science.

•     Andrew Darling, of Stafford, earned a master of science degree in Bioinformatics from RIT's College of Science.

•     Kathryn Shaver, of Corfu, earned a bachelor of science degree in ASL-English Interpretation from RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

•     Christine Snell, of Le Roy, earned an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Project Management from RIT's Center for Multidisciplinary Studies.

•     Kyle Stacy, of Elba, earned a bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering Technology from RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology.

•     Benjamin Stauber, of Le Roy, earned a bachelor of science degree in Biotechnology from RIT's College of Science.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

June 1, 2012 - 1:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, GCC, Milestones.

Press release:

The Genesee Community College Board of Trustees recognized the extraordinary service and contributions of the late Lynn E. Browne by dedicating the college's Library Instruction Classroom in his honor.

Browne served as a member of the Genesee Community College Foundation Board of Directors from 1997 to 2010, including nine years of service as treasurer. He was deeply involved in the fund raising initiatives that led to the expansion of the college's scholarship programs, and the construction of the Conable Technology Building and the Humphrey Student Union. He was a member of the committee that facilitated the foundation's acquisition of the former College Meadows, renamed College Village.

A native of Batavia, Brown was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business. After serving as an Army officer during World War II, he married Phyllis Shiekman, of Philadelphia, and relocated there. For many years, he owned and operated one of the nation's leading button distribution businesses. After the death of his wife in the 1980s, Browne returned to his hometown and immersed himself in community activities.

He was the first recipient of the Alpha Medal of Honor (2006), bestowed on area citizens during commencement ceremonies in recognition of outstanding philanthropic and volunteer support of Genesee Community College. His family returned his Alpha Medal to the college after his death, and it will be displayed in or near the Library classroom.

Browne contributed funds to assist in the renovation of the college's Alfred C. O'Connell Library during 1999-2000, and asked that the plaque recognizing his contribution be displayed outside the Library Instruction Classroom. The classroom is often used by students learning how to use library resources and conduct research, and it had a special meaning to Browne, according to Foundation Executive Director Richard Ensman.

Board Chair Charles R. Ruffino called Browne an extraordinary citizen who "poured his heart and soul into Genesee Community College."

The college foundation will host a public dedication event honoring Mr. Browne and the naming of the Library Classroom in the near future.

June 1, 2012 - 1:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in darien center, Milestones.

Wells College recently awarded the Academic and Student Life awards at the annual Honors Awards Dinner ceremony. Prizes are given out each year to students that show exceptional work, commitment, or leadership in a specific area, or those that demonstrate skill or specialization within their field. These prizes are announced by faculty, staff, and student leaders at a special dinner for the campus community.

Chelsea Czechowski, class of 2012, a biological and chemical sciences: biochemistry and molecular biology major from Darien Center, earned the Nancy Ann Reed Chemistry Prize, awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in chemistry.

Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Established in 1868, Wells has remained committed to providing a quality education to students through small, interactive classes in multiple disciplines and engaging coursework relevant to life in a changing world.

June 1, 2012 - 1:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Le Roy, Pavilion, corfu, darien center, Milestones.

The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced its Deans' List for the spring semester. To be on the list, a student must have achieved a 3.5 grade-point average while taking at least 12 credit hours.

Students on the list from this area are:

Clarisse Birkby, from Corfu

Rebecca Barber from Darien Center

Alyssa Cole from Oakfield

Briana Pangrazio from Le Roy

Kasey Cole from Pavilion

Jennifer Davis from Pavilion

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate education and for its professional and master's level programs. The college combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning-centered environment.

May 31, 2012 - 9:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in Stafford, Milestones.

Rory O’Connor, of Stafford, was recently awarded the Elsie Spissman Mills Scholarship the 2012 Conservatory Honors Celebration.

This scholarship has been established by Frederick S. Mills to honor the memory of his mother, Elsie Spissman Mills. Mrs. Mills studied the organ while attending Baldwin-Wallace College and it is the donor’s wish that this scholarship be used to provide financial assistance to organ students in the Conservatory of Music.

O’Connor is a senior at Baldwin-Wallace College majoring in music history. A 2008 graduate of LeRoy Junior/Senior High School, O’Connor is the child of Chris and Colleen O’Connor.

The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace is an artistic community within a liberal arts college, in which the lives of students of all ages are transformed in pursuit of personal and professional excellence through the humanizing discipline of music study, creation, performance and pedagogy.

Baldwin-Wallace College, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational college of 4,500 students, B-W offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 50 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, B-W offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area. For more information, visit

May 31, 2012 - 9:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, Milestones.

Nicole Shufelt, of Elba, received a master of science degree in Geology within the Graduate College during May commencement ceremonies at the University of Vermont.

Chartered in 1791, UVM was the first college or university in the United States that did not give preference to a religious sect in its charter and the first to allow women to join Phi Beta Kappa. As a small, comprehensive university, it blends the academic heritage of a private university with services missions in the land-grant tradition.

May 30, 2012 - 12:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Milestones, RSVP of Genesee County.

RSVP of Genesee County held its 27th Annual Recognition Event earlier this month. The following winners attended:

Gold Award Winners (500+ Hours)

Edward Corcoran -- 1,932

Donna Rhodes -- 1,239

Emerson Campbell -- 956

Diane Baker -- 826

Maureen Adams -- 803

Beverly Corcoran -- 796

Judith Ridley -- 792

Ray Luzier -- 779

William Parker -- 701

Vernon Rupert -- 605

Rita Hartrick -- 576

Silver Award Winners (250-499 Hours)

Carolyn Dain -- 449

Betty Luperino -- 430

Caroline Weber -- 414

Merrill Weber -- 404

William Haubrick -- 374

Sharon Ziomek -- 373

Anita Rynkowski -- 369

Timothy Richter -- 336

Joanne Muller -- 331

MaryAnn Silvernail -- 314

Pamela Ware -- 284

Vicki Becker -- 284

Joan Wood -- 281

Jennie Starowitz -- 280

Lucille Haubrick -- 275

Robert Eick -- 272

Anne Rupert -- 266

Bronze Award Winners (100-249 Hours)

Sylvia Traxler -- 246

Wayne Judkins -- 243

Loren Adams -- 239

Joan Fluker -- 238

Anne Barone -- 235

MaryFran Pietrzykowski -- 233

Florence Ziarko -- 233

Wallace Kornow -- 205

Kathleen Martin -- 201

Kathryn Wickson -- 190

Edna Wenhold -- 186

Jeanette DiSanto -- 185

Anita Dziekan -- 166

Allan Grehlinger -- 163

Regina Abdella -- 156

Genevieve Mahoney -- 148

Jeanne Graber -- 148

Helen Heale -- 138

Catherine Judkins -- 132

Marjorie Morse -- 129

Opal Phelps -- 128

Tina Kornow -- 128

Jane Grehlinger -- 122

Rita Sidari -- 117

Richard Neth -- 117

Agnes Redinger -- 115

Richard vonBergen -- 113

Janet Luzier -- 110

Terry Weber -- 103

May 30, 2012 - 12:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, alexander, Milestones.

Melanie H. Mosher, of Batavia, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society, the national academic honor society at a ceremony May 18 at Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Ind.
Mosher was graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University in December 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in History and German. She also excelled in the academically challenging curriculum of Christ College, Valparaiso University’s honors college, graduating with its top honors distinction.

Mosher is a 2007 graduate of Alexander High School where she was salutatorian of her class. She studied for two years at Hamburg and Reutlingen, Germany. Mosher is the daughter of Roger and Sherry Mosher, of Batavia.

According to the society, "Only about 1 percent of the arts and sciences graduates in the United States are elected to Phi Beta Kappa membership.” The society added, “The ideal Phi Beta Kappa has demonstrated intellectual integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests.”

Since inception, 17 U.S. Presidents, 37 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 1 NFL MVP, 1 Heisman Trophy winner, and 136 Nobel Laureates have been inducted members.

Its mission is to "celebrate and advocate excellence in the liberal arts and sciences" and induct "the most outstanding students of arts and sciences at America’s leading colleges and universities." Founded at The College of William and Mary on Dec. 5, 1776, as the first collegiate Greek-letter fraternity, it is also the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences and among the oldest undergraduate societies in the United States.




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