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February 4, 2016 - 1:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, 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 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:; Call 585-343-6969; E-mail [email protected];

February 3, 2016 - 3:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, fashion show, batavia.

Press release:

Community members of all ages should save the date for Genesee Community College's 35th Annual Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, April 30. This year's show is entitled "Fashion Is..." and will represent an edgy, reinvented program that features the work, energy and creative endeavors of students in both the Fashion Merchandising Management and the Fashion Design programs at GCC.

The theme, "Fashion Is..." gives students the opportunity to not only express their creativity and own personal styles, but touches on how fashion influences every aspect of our culture -- from clothing designs released on Parisian runways to the latest cars unveiled in Detroit, from today's thematic weddings to presidential campaigns.

GCC students want the people of Western New York to appreciate the significant role fashion plays in our culture and its multibillion dollar impact on business throughout the world. A short slide show video created by GCC sophomore Lauren Countryman illustrates the opportunities and ideas and the endless possibilities of today's fashion industry.

"Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It is movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we'd like to be," according to the character Blair Waldorf, from "Gossip Girl."

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the program, the event continues to offer two complete shows scheduled on April 30 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum of GCC's Batavia Campus. Tickets for the show are available for $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased by calling 585-345-6830. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Sponsors for the production are currently being solicited and accepted. Business donations of $10 or personal donations of $5 are available. To extend appreciation, the business or personal name will be included in the souvenir program and the fashion show's Web site. If writing a check please make checks payable to GCCA. To schedule a time for pick up or to make special arrangements for your donation, please contact Cheryl Young, 585-345-6830.

January 30, 2016 - 3:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, elba, business.

Photo provided by Maxine (Palmer) Koberg taken early on the job in 1969 as a Civil Service clerical worker for Genesee Community College.

In October, 1969, Maxine Koberg (nee Palmer), was excited to start her new job as a clerical worker at the fledgling Genesee Community College.

The Batavia native had graduated from high school five years earlier and worked steadily since turning 18. When she found an opportunity to take a Civil Service test, she didn't hesitate and was subsequently delighted to learn she'd passed the clerical exam and was eligible for employment. After landing a job at the college, she said she liked it and was capable of performing the duties and she planned to stick with it.

And stick with it, she did, for more than 46 years.

"You don't think about it," Koberg said. "The years go by. You know you'll retire someday, but you don't really think about it. And now here I am."

It dawned on her recently that the familiar route commuting to and from the college and her home in Elba would no longer be part of her daily itinerary after Friday, which was her last day.

The original route was different in the beginning of her employment at GCC.

The campus at One College Road off Stephen R. Hawley Drive in the Town of Batavia did not yet exist.

The college was chartered in 1966 and its first digs were in 56,000 square feet of space in the "Valu Tech Center" on West Main Street in Batavia, which was home to the Valu department store. The first class of 378 full-time and 243 part-time students began their studies the following fall semester. 

"In the beginning, I was working with students," Koberg said. "You tried to be helpful and they were fun and polite and you got to stay with them a couple of years. There were plenty 'please' and 'thank-yous'."

Koberg recalled the library was in front and there were a couple of offices in the back. Her department consisted of two clerks, including herself, a secretary and a Librarian David Brewster. Things were not computerized then. Keeping track of orders, payments, inventory, book loans, etc., was done manually.

In 1972, The Big Move to the new campus came. Boxing up the books and hauling them to the new location and organizing them -- "It was quite a big job," Koberg said. Staff supervised college students in the work/study program who did the bulk of the heavy lifting.

"When we first went to the new building, I was at the circulation desk. That's where you signed out books, reserved materials for students, and supervised the work/study students. And you greet everybody."

There was a growing population of international students, who could sometimes be difficult to understand because of the language barrier, Koberg said, but throughout the years, the 'please' and 'thank-yous' were abundantly offered. Although, as always, she noted some students have better manners than others. A noticeable difference campus-wide, of course, is the proliferation of electronic gadgets that students appear glued to.

At some point, she was asked if she wanted to leave the front desk and the students, and work on library's clerical staff ordering books and doing related tasks. She decided to take the challenge, which eventually included learning daunting new computer skills and paying bills.

"There was never a time when I didn't like working with books. I knew my programs and how to get books ordered and get them on the shelf. As courses changed, books changed -- like for our Allied Health Program -- but it's all office work."

Which means paying attention to details.

"Be careful about what you're doing, get the right books ordered, received and processed. Get the bills paid, in the right amount. Live within your budget. We have a good system and we work together."

After more than four decades on the job, her coworkers were like a second family and the workplace, a sort of home away from home. She says her colleagues held down the fort while she took two maternity leaves, helped her through some rough patches on the road of life, and she has appreciated their supportiveness, assistance and the camaraderie along the way.

The staff meshed at the Alfred C. O'Connell Library, named after the college's first president.

"We did work well together."

As for her newly retired status, it'll take some getting used to. No big plans afoot. No vacation in the works.

"I'm just going to take it day by day and see how it goes," Koberg said.

January 28, 2016 - 2:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC.

Press release:

At this month's Board of Trustees meeting, Chair Diane Torcello opened the meeting by first welcoming Genesee Community College's new Genesee County Legislative Liaison, Marianne Clattenberg, who represents District 8 and Wards 1 and 6. 

Kathleen Schiefen, Ed.D., GCC provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs, continued her ongoing reports to the Board of Trustees regarding the review and modifications of academic programs in alignment with the State University of New York's seamless transfer initiative. The latest programs to undergo careful review and subsequent minor program adjustments include: 

o Communications and Media Arts, AS 

o Computer Repair Technology Certificate

o Computer Support and Operations AAS

o Criminal Justice AAS and AS

o Help Desk Certificate 

o Musical Theatre Certificate

In other matters, the Board of Trustees: 

Approved the renewal of continuing appointments for the following GCC employees: Shawn Adamson, assistant professor of English (Batavia); Meredith Altman, professor of Mathematics (Churchville); Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts (Le Roy); Vicky Aubert, technical assistant, Warsaw Campus Center (Warsaw); Valerie Bello, assistant professor of Communications and Media Arts (Lancaster); Christine Belongia, professor of Teacher Education (Oakfield); Marjorie Blondell, associate professor of Nursing (Buffalo); Charley Boyd, professor of English (Batavia); Bill Brewer, assistant professor of Economics (Castile); Jeannie Burdick, counselor (Corfu); Chris Caputi, associate professor / clinical education coordinator (Tonawanda); Jean Chenu, associate professor of Office Technology (Cheektowaga); Kris Dassinger, assistant professor of English (Batavia); Rick Dudkowski, professor of Fashion Merchandising Management (Williamsville); Cindy Francis, professor / collection development librarian (Batavia); Patti Furness, technical assistant, GCC at Albion (Kent); Barry Garigen, professor of Criminal Justice (LeRoy); Norm Gayford, professor of English (Warsaw); Kathy Gurak, associate professor of Health and Physical Education (Groveland); Jim Habermas, professor of Computer Information Systems (Rochester); Ed Hallborg, theater technician (Cowlesville); Tim Hinz, associate professor of Computer Information Systems (Batavia); Heather Jones, assistant professor of Art (Conesus); Josephine Kearney, assistant professor of Sociology / Human Services (Lockport); Mary Knappen, professor of Mathematics (Rochester); Amy Masters, technical specialist, Financial Aid (Batavia); Christie McGee-Ross, technical assistant, Women's Basketball / Intramural Programming (Cheektowaga) Kathy Palumbo, director of Nursing (Corfu); Susan Ryan, technical specialist, Admissions (Batavia); Amy Schnettler-Zak, assistant professor of Nursing (Alden); Charles Scruggs, associate professor of History / Political Science; Amy Slusser, professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Warsaw); Catherine Wall, assistant professor of Nursing (Hilton); Nina Warren, director of Library Services (Churchville) and Karen Wicka, assistant professor of Criminal Justice (Hamburg).

Approved the initial continuing appointment of the following GCC employees: Lourdes Abaunza, technical specialist, Student Financial Services (Batavia); Debbie Allen, technical assistant, GCC at Dansville (Avon); Rachel Blecha, technical specialist for Enrollment Services (East Bethany); Michele Bokman, director of Operations, GCC at Albion and Medina (Medina); Debbie Dunlevy, director, Career Pathways (Batavia); Melissa Dussault, technical specialist, GCC at Lima (Lima); Josh Escudero, director of Respiratory Care / assistant professor (Victor); Maxine Fearrington, instructor of Nursing (Attica); Becky Green, technical specialist, Recruitment Publications (Stafford); Cindy Hagelberger, instructor / reference services librarian (Darien Center); Jessica Hibbard, technical specialist, GCC at Warsaw (Castile); Bruce Ingersoll, instructor of Veterinary Technology (Rochester); John McGowan, director of Business and Employee Skills Training (Batavia); Paul Schwartz, instructor of Chemistry / Mathematics (Webster); Robert Swinarski, instructor of Computer Systems / Network Technology (Batavia); Tim Tomczak, director of Social Sciences / professor and Joe Ziolkowski, instructor of Photography and Art (Batavia).

January 28, 2016 - 1:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, creativity conference.

Press release:

Enhance your creativity and creative problem solving skills with insightful and inspiring presentations at the third annual Creativity Conference at Genesee Community College. Save the date for this one-day only event on Wednesday, April 13, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day features a keynote speaker and numerous 50-minute workshops. Cost is $99 which includes lunch. Registration is available online at

Under the continued leadership of GCC Director of Business Programs Dr. Lina LaMattina is coordinating the successful conference again this year. The featured keynote address will be given by Sandra Turner, CEO of Viggi Kids, a business dedicated to the "whole child approach" that is based on design thinking in the creation of stimulating play environments.

Anyone who attended GCC's Creativity Conferences in the past shouldn't hesitate to enroll again, particularly for professional development engagements.

"Creativity is a skill that needs to be continually nurtured and developed," LaMattina, Ph.D., said. "This year, we will have three specific creativity tracks for participants to explore and engage in: Community, Business and Education (kindergarten through higher education)."

Planning is under way for the dynamic workshops that are offered throughout the day, and proposals for 50-minute presentations that broadly or specifically teach and reinforce design thinking and creativity/creative problem solving are being accepted through March 25. To submit a proposal online go to:

"To successfully compete in the 21st century, we all need to enhance our ability to think and solve difficult problems creatively. Design thinking helps us all to deliberately focus on our end user, our customer, our patient, our client, those individuals that we are most trying to reach and impact. Design thinking builds on creative thinking and adds power to our work." LaMattina said. "Don't miss this chance to get out of the office and recharge your creative battery so you can you be more deliberately creative in all aspects of your life!"

January 27, 2016 - 2:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Etta May, comedy, Announcements.

Press release:

"An Evening of Comedy with Etta May" will have you laughing in your seat on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Learn the true meaning of LOL (laughing out loud) with an evening featuring the "Queen of Southern Sass" who is also the winner of American Comedy Awards' "Stand-Up Comic of the Year."

Etta May is a Kentucky woman and comedy icon! Hailed as the "Polyester Princess," May delivers a high powered take-no-prisoners performance full of truth, irony, humor and wisdom. This trailer park goddess has appeared on Oprah, Showtime, CMT, CBS SundayMorning, ABC, Columbia Pictures and NBC. She headlines the hugely successful Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour and touts a huge fan base on SiriusXM comedy channels. Etta May is a seasoned performer with national appeal!

Tickets to "An Evening of Comedy with Etta May" are $8 for adults, $5 for GCC faculty/staff and senior citizens, $3 for GCC students. Alumni with ID receive $2 off the full ticket price. Tickets are available through the GCC box office at (585) 345-6814 or via e-mail [email protected].

For videos, press photos and further information on Etta May, visit

January 20, 2016 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, education, scholars symposium.

Press release:

GCC students and faculty accomplish great things throughout the year. In an effort to recognize the great work and bright minds that the College has to offer, the Genesee Community College Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA) Committee invites the entire college community to the first Scholars' Symposium – a celebration of inquiry and scholarship – on Tuesday, March 29.

Students, faculty, staff, community leaders and friends, some from afar, will be sharing and demonstrating scholarly achievements in all disciplines through presentations, poster exhibits and performances.

"The Scholars Symposium is the opportunity to expand horizons, hone presentation skills and engage the collective brain power of Genesee Community College for all to enjoy and to appreciate," said JoNelle Toriseva, director of GCC's English, Communications and Media Arts, who is organizing the first-ever event.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals to present their original work at the Scholars Symposium to the CURCA committee. The Scholar' Symposium Web site provides complete details along with an online submission opportunity. Go to:

Areas of presentation include the following 12 different options:

Research - 15 minute oral presentation; 30 minute oral presentation

Research Poster - Presenters prepare a 2-3 minute talk about their topic to share with interested parties. Presenters must stand/sit near poster for 60 minute session.

Panel Discussion - 30 or 60 minutes

Presentation of Experiential Education, Internships, Field Work, Travel - 15 minute descriptive oral presentation includes Q&A; or a poster/portfolio presentation

Reading of Creative Work - 15 minute reading of poetry, prose, fiction or hybrid work

Work in Progress Reading of Creative Work - 5 minute reading

Studio/Visual Art - 15 minute oral presentation or poster

Theatrical Performance

Music Composition - 20 minute performance

Dance Choreography - 20 minute performance

Film Production/Theatrical Script - 20 minute performance

PechaKucha - 7 minute oral presentation (20 PowerPoint slides for 20 seconds each)

All students must have a faculty or staff mentor, but sponsors are not required to co-present. All abstracts describing students' scholarly and/or creative projects must be submitted by Feb. 1. The Committee will review submissions Feb. 1 – March 7 and the schedule of presentations will be released on March 8.

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Columbia University professor, and historian Eric Foner, Ph.D, will deliver the event's keynote address. Regarded as the leading contemporary historian of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, Foner is the recipient of many awards for history writing, and has written more than 20 books on the topic, including his newest "Gateway to Freedom, The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad."

This premiere Scholarship Symposium at GCC, which is to be held annually, is sponsored, in part, by a President's Innovation Award (PIA) which provides funding for innovative activities and projects that promote community involvement in the life of the College, stimulate student and community pride, or help establish pilot programs and initiatives with the potential for positive, long-term impact.

"We are excited that this initiative touches on all parts of the PIA program, and we believe the Scholar's Symposium will become a dynamic, sought-after and vibrant component to the College's annual academic activities," Toriseva said.

For specific information about the Scholars' Symposium contact Director of English, Communications and Media Arts JoNelle Toriseva. Her e-mail address is: [email protected], and her telephone: 585-343-0055, ext. 6627.

January 19, 2016 - 5:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee Community College, GCC.

Press release:

"Construction documents are almost complete and everything is on schedule," Kristin G. Schmitt, AIA, principal of JMZ Architects and Planners told Genesee Community College Board of Trustees at last week's monthly meeting. "It has been a smooth process, which is a testament to the College."

The construction bid packages with all the necessary documents for contractors to submit their cost estimates for the project are anticipated to be ready for review on Monday, Feb. 8. The proposed deadline for the College to receive the publicly opened bids is Tuesday, March 8. JMZ anticipates five different bid packages for Site Work, General Contracting, Electrical, Plumbing/Fire Protection, and Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC).

As stipulated by the Board of Trustees during the early planning process, JMZ is carefully crafting the bid packages to attract as many local contractors as possible. The two separate facilities, the 18,500-square-foot Student Success Center and the 56,000-square-foot College and Community Events Center, are being built on parallel construction schedules allowing contractors to bid on both projects or individual projects. 

"We anticipate good participation from the local construction community and will be reaching out to them," Schmitt said.

The project will also be announced in area media outlets and the Dodge Report. Once the bidding and project award process is complete, construction will begin in April with a formal ground-breaking ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

The College and Community Event Center located at the far west side of the Batavia campus near the turf field will begin first so as to not interrupt College's activities and spring semester traffic flow. The Student Success Center will begin after the Commencement ceremony on May 22. Project completion for both buildings is expected the following Summer in 2017. 

In addition to reviewing the construction schedule, Schmitt presented six different schematic presentation boards that illustrated both buildings employing state-of-the-art graphics that combine photographs of the existing facilities blended with the new architectural renderings. A dramatic Student Success Center is shown at night with the lights from the large glass foray reflecting out onto the Clock Tower Plaza. Viewers can also appreciate how the Student Success Center will connect with the Conable Technology Building through the second level bridge. Interior illustrations reveal an open lobby and lounge with two-story glass windows, an open staircase and a fireplace. 

"This will be the new front door to the whole campus," GCC President James Sunser, Ed.D. said. "The new facility is exciting, but more exciting is how it will allow us to reinvent how we support our students in being successful. Like a case manager, our new student success coaches will know what students need and proactively help them through the process." 

Interior and exterior renderings of the College and Community Events Center were also reviewed illustrating the dual facility. The sizable arena, which will be the largest open floor space in the GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties), is accented by a long, glassed-in arcade leading to the central entrance and lobby that connects the two buildings. The smaller building provides classrooms, locker rooms, coaches' offices, the fitness center, meeting rooms and a press box overlooking the existing turf field.

The large arena will not only accommodate an array of athletic competitions, but the open space will allow all kinds of civic, community, trade, industry as well as college events-from farm, boat and tractor shows to commencement ceremonies where a whole family can sit together. The new facility is expected to draw as many as 500,000 visitors to the campus each year. 

Both presentation boards included samples of different flooring, brickwork, ceiling and wall tiles, window mullions, paint, stair treads and countertops. Combined, the two projects will provide an additional 74,000 square feet of new indoor space at GCC, allowing the College to repurpose some of the existing space for labs and classrooms accommodating new academic programs such as Nanotechnology AAS. The overall building project follows GCC's Facilities Master Plan, which was approved by the Board and SUNY (State University of New York) more than two years ago.

December 1, 2015 - 7:21am
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, The Hour of Code, computer science, education.

Press release:

Computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields according to the latest employment projections released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet while computers are everywhere, fewer schools are teaching computer science than 10 years ago. In addition, girls, women and minorities are underrepresented in the computer industry. 

To address this concern, the STEM Enrichment program at Genesee Community College (GCC) is hosting a local site for "The Hour of Code" on Saturday, Dec. 12. GCC is joining the worldwide Hour of Code initiative where Computer Science has been posted on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. More than 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

GCC has invited all of its STEM enrichment students, as well as their friends and family members to join the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code. The week-long event is being held across the globe from Dec. 7 through 13.

Founded in 2013, The Hour of Code is a nonprofit organization with more than 100 partners – all focused on helping today's generation of students be ready to learn critical skills for 21st Century success. Go to for more details, including a Ted Talk featuring founder Hadi Partovi. 

Participating GCC students will gather in the College's state-of-the-art computer classrooms on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12. They will have an engaging overview of computer science career opportunities, and complete one hour of hands-on computer programming. 

GCC's STEM enrichment program is operated by the College's ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) Office, and provides a variety of opportunities for students in grades seven – 12 to connect with STEM through non-credit and college credit courses at GCC.

For more information contact: Karlyn M. Finucane, ACE program specialist, 585-343-0055, ext. 6320

November 27, 2015 - 5:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, encore, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Press release:

The Genesee Community College Foundation invites the community to enjoy the holiday season at Encore with the theme: "Nature's Bounty: Roots to Bloom."

The annual gala on Tuesday, Dec. 15, features seasonal music from the two-time Grammy Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders. Encore raises funds for GCC student scholarships and will be chaired this year by Robert ('74) and Lori Bennett of Le Roy. Robert currently serves on the GCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Reservations for Encore: Nature's Bounty: Roots to Bloom are requested by Nov. 30. Questions can be directed to the GCC Foundation at (585) 345-6809 or via e-mail [email protected].

Proceeds from Encore support the GCC Foundation Scholarship Fund. Five Star Bank has again generously signed on to be the event's Benefactor Sponsor. Sponsorship support is available at the following levels:

•    Conductor's Circle - $1,000 entitles donor to six tickets for the event, including a prelude reception at 5 p.m. with BPO Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders;

•    Golden Baton Society - $600 and four tickets, including prelude reception;

•    Inner Circle - $300 and two tickets, including prelude reception;

•    Patron - $100 per ticket.

The event begins with a prelude sponsor reception at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Conductor Sanders, who is making his first appearance at Genesee Community College's Encore Gala, and also artist, curator and collector Gerald Mead.

Guests can explore Mead's exhibition on display in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery which is entitled, "Of Niagara: Works from The Gerald Mead Collection." The exhibit features the work of 62 artists from Niagara County covering all media including an early 20th Century watercolor by Raphael Beck, designer of the seal for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, and a 2014 digital photograph by Joe Ziolkowski, current instructor of Photography at GCC.

At 6 p.m., guests will move into the William W. Stuart Forum for a dinner reception with sensational food selections and a cash bar. After dinner, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra takes the Stuart Steiner Theatre stage for a holiday pops concert lead by Conductor Sanders beginning at 8 p.m. The evening concludes with an exquisite dessert nightcap at 9:30 to be held in the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union.

Sanders is an imaginative musician, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. He holds the Montante Family Endowed Associate Conductor Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he leads performances on the Classical and Popular series, as well as Education and Family concerts. In addition, Sanders is the new music director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra.

He has collaborated with an array of distinguished guest artists and orchestras including engagements with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Virginia Symphony, Symphoria (Syracuse), Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic, and four Texas companies -- San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, as well as the Round Top International Festival Institute. Sanders makes his European debut with the Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska in Olsztyn, Poland, this season.

Prior to his conducting career, Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, performing as a soloist in North America, Asia and Europe, and was a member of the BPO's trombone section for seven seasons. He was invited by Sir Elton John to play in the orchestra for his Radio City Music Hall concerts in 2004, which was recorded for the Bravo Television Network.

He began his formal conducting studies at the University of Texas at Austin, studying as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School.

November 14, 2015 - 2:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, nanotechnology.

Press release:

"Timing is everything" according to pundits, politicians and song writers, and also from the officials at the New York State Education Department, who just approved Genesee Community College's Nanotechnology associate in Applied Science degree.

The approval of the new two-year degree continues the community-wide excitement following Governor Andrew Cuomo's visit to GCC's Batavia campus last month, and his announcement of the anchor tenant, 1366 Technologies for the new WNY Science and Technology Manufacturing Park (STAMP) projected to open in 2017 in Alabama.

Nanotechnology is the fascinating microscopic world seen at the atomic level and applied to an enormous variety of industries and new career opportunities. From biopharmaceuticals to biotechnology, electronics to semiconductor fabrication, material and environmental sciences to biochemistry, as well as information storage, medicine, security, and so much more -- today's nanotech students are at the cutting-edge of tomorrow's high-end careers.

GCC is not alone in preparing tomorrow's nanotechnology workforce. The four-semester Nanotechnology AAS program includes the first three semesters at GCC, and the fourth and final semester will be taken at Erie Community College's North Campus through a new GCC-ECC partnership that underscores the SUNY (State University of New York) seamless transfer initiative.

In addition, officials at area high schools are already excited about the prospects for their students, and in fact, a special Open House and announcement is planned on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the WNY Tech Academy at the Byron-Bergen Junior and Senior High School at 6917 W. Bergen Road in Bergen. (Contact [email protected] for details.)

GCC's Nanotechnology students will study electronic device and circuit behavior, basic chemistry, biology and physics, as well as the fabrication techniques used to create micron and submicron scale structures. Techniques covered include reactive ion etching, metallization, thick and thin film deposition and photolithography. This skill set will lead nanotech graduates to jobs as technologists in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medical and clinical laboratories, and information technology.

They will have the option of working in private industry, public government agencies, the military, and aggressive young start-up companies. It is no surprise that 9,000 new jobs are estimated over the next 20 years at the new STAMP facility in Alabama.

"Rapid growth in nanotechnology is creating a strong demand for technicians with training in microscopic fabrication techniques with experience using clean room procedures. We will provide our students with necessary experience to succeed in this burgeoning new industry, and be ready for the new jobs that are nearly in our own backyards," said Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Ph.D., dean of GCC's Math, Science and Career Education. "And of course, any student who wants to continue his or her education to the next level will have a globally recognized and highly transferrable SUNY degree."

October 29, 2015 - 7:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, fashion.


Throughout time, in all cultures, there have been men, Rose Callahan told a group of GCC students and faculty yesterday, who might be called "peacocks."

They like to dress with flare, some might even say extravagance, but always with style.

A photographer by trade, Callahan started a project a few years ago to document such men wherever she might find them, pretty much all over the world. The result is a book titled, "The Dandy Portraits: The Lives of Exquisite Gentlemen Today."

"Dandies are more dressed up, more formal, they like wearing suits, ties, cufflinks, hats. It's a little bit of a throwback to earlier times when men cared more about how they dressed. Everybody, in general, cared more about how they dressed."

And dandies care about appearance all of the time. Dandies would never run to the supermarket in sweatpants and a faded Buffalo Bills T-shirt, or stop by Tim Horton's in cargo shorts and flip-flops. But there was a time in American culture when men nearly always wore slacks, a pressed shirt, and a coat or jacket, and usually a hat. Callahan thinks something was lost when we let slip away the need to care about our public image.

"I think when you dress well, you treat people well," Callahan said. "When you dress well, you care more about yourself and when you take care of yourself, you're more often kind to people. It doesn't always go hand-in-hand, but I think it's a start. I think a lot of the men I've profiled and come across know that image is very important in our culture.

"There's a quote, 'dress well and succeed' and I think a lot of men are realizing that now. They dress well for where they want to be. They dress for the job they want to get. They dress to try and better themselves. I think that's important."

While dandyism remains the purview of the eccentric and eclectic, Callahan is cheered by the observation that more and more, men today do seem to take the time, to put in the effort to dress well, with, perhaps a sense of fashion if not style and taste. There has sprung up in the past few years a whole industry aimed at helping men with fashion, providing them lessons in decorum and etiquette, guiding them toward leading more rounded lives, such as "The Art of Manliness," "Alpha M" and "Real Men, Real Style."

Some of that may be necessary, Callahan said, because the art of gentlemanliness skipped a generation or two, and if there was no father to teach a son these life skills, where will a young man learn it?

"It is possible for a man, even if he's not dressed up like a dandy, to care about those things," Callahan said. "Like a dandy, they want to act in a more gentlemanly way. There's the fashion, but there's also the manners, and that's what the 'Art of Manliless' talks about, being a Renaissance man, taking care of yourself, being a connoisseur and being independent." 

The difference for dandies, of course, is they take all this art of being a gentleman to an extreme. Callahan calls it an obsession.

"Few of the dandies I met call themselves dandies," Callahan said. "To them, dandy means perfection. Beau Brummell, Oscar Wilde, to them, they were the perfect dandies, and they're not there yet. They haven't reached that level of perfection."

There are a lot of misconceptions about dandies, Callahan said, but none of them are true. Perhaps the biggest misconception is that dandies are gay, but that is not usually the case. Most are straight, many are married. They're also not all white, nor are they all rich.

In fact, it's quite possible to be a dandy on a budget. You just have to know where to shop, how to shop, and pay attention to every detail.

"It all depends on how you wear it," Callahan said.

And while most dandies reject seeing themselves as part of a cohort, a clique, a trend, a group of commonality of any kind, they do appreciate the attention Callahan's book is bringing to them. All of the subjects of the book were thrilled to be a part of it, she said, and now when she tours, she meets many more dandies who are excited to go to a public event where they will be appreciated.

"I don't think most people care or realize what an effort dandies put into their appearance when they see them walking down the street," Callahan said. "They might think, 'oh, that's a great look,' but they don't see the details that went into it. These guys care about the details a lot."

While Callahan has no expectation that her book will inspire new dandies, she does hope it serves as one more inspiration for today's men to care more about their overall image and appearance. 

"Not everybody wants to dress like that, but you can look at it and get some inspiration and hopefully take on some of those ideas," she said.




Eleven people who attended the lecture entered the dandy contest for a chance to win an autographed copy of Callahan's book.




Here's a video Callahan shared about one of the dandies in her book, Dandy Wellington.

October 27, 2015 - 9:23pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in sports, GCC, soccer.
For the fifth straight season the Genesee Community College men's soccer team will play for a Region III title after the No. 1 nationally-ranked Cougars rolled Mohawk Valley CC in the regional semifinals on Tuesday night, 8-0. A pair of hat tricks sparked the No. 1 seed, which is now just three goals away from tying the all-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) single season mark for goals in a season (134). Ricard Fernandez-Sarro and William Stone each scored three times for Genesee, with Fernandez-Sarro getting tallies in the 2nd, 5th and 49th minutes and Stone scoring in the 32nd, 41st and 48th minutes. The Cougars' defense provided another strong effort, holding the Hawks to just two shots on goal. Connor Halsted and Lee Payne split time in net and made one save apiece. Victor Obetta-Chinenye added two second half goals for the Cougars, in the 75th and 77th minutes respectively. Stone also had two assists in the game and Fernandez-Sarro, Rafael Godoi, Sam King and Joao Falco each had an assist apiece. The win, Genesee's 18th of the season, is the new school record for most wins in a single season. The Cougars will play the winner of No. 4 SUNY Broome and No. 12 Niagara County CC (Oct. 28) in the regional finals on Saturday at noon at Herkimer College.
October 27, 2015 - 9:22pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in sports, GCC, soccer.
The Genesee Community College women's soccer team bowed out of the Region III Championships, falling to Tompkins-Cortland Community College on Tuesday night, 2-1. TC3, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, scored less than four minutes into the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Genesee, the No. 4 seed, dominated time of possession for the majority of the opening period and sent three shots on net but could not get the equalizer. The Panthers extended their lead in the 54th minute when Kristin Dake scored to make it 2-0. The Cougars finally broke through in the 68th minute when Carly Stefani finished a pass from Brianna VanAmeron to cut the TC3 lead down to one. Genesee had a chance to tie in the 72nd minute when a red card assessed to TC3 resulted in a penalty kick. Kayla Doyle's shot was turned aside by the Panthers' goalkeeper and the score remained 2-1. GCC managed four shots down the stretch during the final 10-minutes of play, but could not find the back of the net and ends the season with an 11-6 record. TC3 advances to the Region III Finals, which will take place at Herkimer College on Sunday.
October 26, 2015 - 4:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, Announcements, history.

In honor of New York State History Month, which is celebrated the entire month of November, the Genesee County Federation of Historical Agencies, Western New York Association of Historic Agencies (WNYAHA) and the Genesee Community College History Club are teaming up to sponsor "History Day" at GCC on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the College Forum.

The aim of the event is to promote awareness of all of the historical assets in Genesee County and is free and open to the public.

Museums and historical agencies from all over Genesee County will set up booths for visitors to explore. In addition, there will be local history books on sale, craft demonstrations, reenactors from different periods in history, firing demonstrations and much more.

The GCC History Club will also provide a photo booth where attendees can have their picture taken with impressionists of Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

"I am very excited about History Day!" Derek Maxfield, GCC's associate professor of History said. "We did this a few years ago and it was very well received. It is a great way for the public to learn about what our county has to offer in museums, historical societies and historical assets."

New York State History Month was created by the New York State legislature in 1997 and represents an opportunity for historians to assert the vital importance of preserving and learning about our state's history. It is also a time to engage with the public through programs and learning opportunities about the history of New York State and the ways in which we can help preserve our history.

October 26, 2015 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in education, Announcements, GCC.

Press release:

GCC will host a continuing education seminar for licensed veterinary technicians and teterinarians from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31.

It is sponsored by the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians (NYSAVT) and will take place in the Conable Technology Building.

Cost is $150 for NYSAVT and NYS Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS) members for the day, which includes breakfast snacks and lunch at Subway. Advance registration is strongly encouraged by going to or calling 518-779-0775. Sessions will end by 3:15, so participants will be home in time for Trick-or-Treating!

This is the second year GCC has hosted the seminar. New York State requires 24 hours of continuing education through each three year period for LVTs to continue to maintain their license, and 45 hours for veterinarians over a three year period. Six hours of CE credit will be offered through the following 11 different sessions that participants can choose from.

•    The Changing Face of Shelter Medicine, Kathleen Makolinski, DVM

•    TNVR: A Strategy to Humanely Manage Community Cats, Kathleen Makolinski, DVM

•    Ready, Set, Stop! Establishing and Implementing Checklists and Timeouts, Karen Basher, LVT

•    Patient Monitors: Friend, Foe or Something In Between, Karen Basher, LVT

•    Communication, Stress and Compassion Fatigue, Aggie Kiefer, LVT

•    Your Dog Ate What? Common Pet Poisons You Need to Know, Carrie Caccamise, DVM

•    The flu's plight to "get you my pretty and your little dog, too!" Canine Influenza, Heidi Pecoraro, DVM

•    Nutrition: A Cornerstone of Pet Health, Cynthia Farrell, DVM

•    An Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Therapies and Their Use in Vet Medicine,

Richard Mathis, DVM

•    Avian Influenza: Why Are My Eggs So Expensive?, Cricket Johnson, DVM

•    Basic Nutrition and Clinical Tool, Veronica Whiteside, DVM

October 21, 2015 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Halloween, GCC, Star Wars, trick-or-treat.

Press release:

Ready to get a head start on your trick-or-treating this year? Can't wait to show off your costume? Join 90.7FM (WGCC) on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Genesee Community College for Batavia's best family Halloween event, the fourth annual Play, Eat and Trick-or-Treat! The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. in the GCC Forum.

New this year, youngsters will have a chance to meet and have their photo taken with their favorite Star Wars characters! The event will also feature bounce houses, face painting, movies on the big screen, games, snacks and more! Pizza and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $3 per trick-or-treater and adults and infants are admitted FREE.

A number of big baskets will be raffled off throughout the day. Try your luck at a chance to win one of a number of big prizes featuring items such as an autographed Buffalo Sabres jersey, tickets to the Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets game on Jan. 3, gift certificates and more!

Developed by 90.7FM (WGCC), Play, Eat and Trick-or-Treat serves as the station's largest fundraiser and money raised helps send students to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Conference in New York City. It also supports the cost of new equipment and new programming opportunities.

"It's a really fun event and supports a great cause," Valerie Bello, 90.7FM faculty advisor, said. "Each year we look forward to reaching out to the community we serve. We can't wait for another fun and successful day of doing just that!" she said.

90.7FM is a not for profit, non-commercial radio station run by the students, faculty and staff of Genesee Community College. On the air since 1985, the station is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and has become a well-loved part of the Batavia and GCC alumni community.

Hi-Temp Fabrication is sponsoring this year's event, with other sponsors including Buffalo's Albright Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center and Pearl Street Grill and Brewery.

October 17, 2015 - 4:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC.

Press release:

Genesee Community College will offer two open house events this fall at the Main Campus in Batavia, allowing perspective students and their families to explore the many opportunities the College has to offer. Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register at or by calling 866-CALL-GCC.

The first event is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 - 11 a.m. The admissions, financial aid and advisement staff will be available to answer questions, and enjoy complete tours of the Batavia Campus, College Village and the College's Nursing labs and classrooms located across the street in the Med Tech Building.

The College will also hold its annual Veterans Day Academic Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. As the biggest recruitment event of the year, visitors have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with professors and instructors at the Academic Fair which runs from 9 to 9:45 a.m., gaining inside knowledge about GCC's many majors and some long-term career projections. In addition, representatives from several four-year colleges will be on hand to talk about transfer options from GCC. If you want a comprehensive look at academics, admissions and the overall GCC experience, don't miss this event!

Genesee Community College 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 in GCC's four-county service area, including Lima and Dansville in Livingston County, Albion and Medina in Orleans County, and Arcade and Warsaw in Wyoming County. GCC also has a robust online learning program with more than 100 online courses offered each semester and 15 degrees can be earned fully online.

Establishing new degrees, certificates and concentrations that are focused on careers and jobs of the future has always been a priority for GCC. Among the newest programs are Food Processing Technology AAS, Polysomnographic Technology, AAS, (the study of sleep disorders), Supply Chain Management Concentration and Economic Crime Investigation as two concentrations within the Business Administration program, and GCC recently realigned the science programs into four Natural Science concentrations, specifically Physics, Environmental Biology, Biology and Chemistry.

"I have been at GCC for nearly 20 years and I continue to be impressed by the diversity of our student body," Tanya Lane-Martin, assistant dean for Enrollment Services and director of Admissions said. "While we enjoy our traditional aged students who come from high school, I'm also delighted by our growing number of international students, parents and some grandparents who are attending classes with their children, students from Downstate who love our rural community, and the displaced workers who want to retrain and get back into the workforce ASAP. Serving the needs of all these students and helping them achieve their success is what makes GCC such a special place."

For those interested in upcoming courses, a complete listing of GCC's Winterim, Spring and Summer 2016 course schedules can be viewed here:

October 15, 2015 - 5:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, agriculture, schools, education.


Hundreds of high school students from throughout the GLOW region particpated today in Genesee Community College's Fourth Annual Harvest Festival and Farmer's Market, which culiminated in a "Campus Crunch," with participants all simultaniously taking a big bite out of a locally grown apple.

The day's events included samplings of local products and presentations by local farmers and others who are part of the GLOW region agri-business community.

(Photo by Alex Feig, of our news partner WBTA.)

October 15, 2015 - 10:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, RTS Genesee, batavia.

Press release:

RTS Genesee announced today that it will begin testing a pilot bus route in January that will connect Genesee Community College’s (GCC) College Village to the business district. The pilot route will also connect the Walden Estates and Woodstock Gardens apartment complexes to businesses on the west side of town. RTS Genesee has aligned this service with local business hours to connect customers with retail, entertainment and dining destinations.

The pilot route will operate approximately from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday that GCC is in session, between Jan. 22 and May 13. The pilot route will not be in service when GCC students are on break. The standard fare of $1 for a one-way ride will apply.

“This pilot route is a result of input from our customers and conversations with GCC and the business improvement district,” said James Mott, regional manager of RTS Genesee. “GCC and the people of Genesee County have been valued partners of RTS for many years and it’s our hope this pilot route becomes popular enough to make it a permanent addition.”

More information, including the pilot route schedule will be available later this year.

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