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Genesee Community College

August 27, 2013 - 1:40pm
Event Date and Time: 
September 27, 2013 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Nik and the Nice Guys & Dead Trees!

Genesee Community College, 1 College Road, Batavia

Friday Sept. 27

Dead Trees take the stage at 7 p.m. Members include adjunct faculty and alumni of GCC.

Nik and the Nice Guys at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.

July 23, 2013 - 3:05pm

Location: Genesee Community College, Main Campus in Batavia, NY.
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February 18, 2013 - 2:12pm
posted by karen reisdorf in Genesee Community College, yoga, Blue Pearl Yoga, philosophy.
Event Date and Time: 
February 19, 2013 - 12:30pm to February 20, 2013 - 1:30pm

Talk on the Philosophy of Yoga
with Karen Reisdorf
from Blue Pearl Yoga

at Genesee Community College
Room: T102
Free and open to the public

December 15, 2012 - 10:45am

Jim Lachman likes to tell people that in 1968 he went to Vietnam to kill Vietnamese, but in 2012 he went to paint their nails.

Lachman, of Brockport, is a 2010 graduate of Genesee Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Social Work at the College at Brockport. 

A Vietnam veteran, Lachman had the opportunity to return to the battleground this past year -- not as a soldier, but as a guest. Through Brockport's Vietnam Program, he earned 15 college credits studying Vietnamese culture and completed many hours of community service in the city of Danang. He chronicled his experience in a blog called "Danang again." (There's a link at the end of the article.)

On Nov. 13, he contrasted his two experiences in Vietnam in a speech titled "A Forty-Year Journey from Vietnam to Vietnam," which was held at his alma mater, GCC. We invited him to sit down with us and share some of his insights for readers of The Batavian.

Lachman and his wife, Bernie -- who joined him for part of his stay in Vietnam -- were interviewed at Coffee Culture in Batavia last week.

What did you do in the Vietnam War?

Jim: I was part of the C-130 Squadron in the Marines. I worked on large airplanes called VMGR 152s. We were stationed in Okinawa, but we had a sub-unit in Danang. I was there for three months, then I went back to Okinawa. Then I spent three months with the flight crew as a plane mechanic, so I was in and out of Vietnam, Thailand, and up and down different airstrips. We flew cargo and troops back and forth. Most of the missions I flew were flight-refueling operations.

So you didn't see any combat, correct?

Jim: No. I was one of the lucky few who weren't exposed to any of that.

How did you get involved in Brockport's Vietnam Program?

Jim: I was in a U.S. History class at GCC in 2010, and there was a little Asian woman sitting next to me. I asked her where she was from, and she said Vietnam. We developed a friendship -- I asked questions. She told me about a study abroad program in Vietnam at Brockport, and I said "Oh, okay..."

What exactly did you do while studying abroad in Vietnam?

Jim: I probably got about 100 hours of community service while I was in Vietnam.  There was a large community service component.

Each week we spent an hour and a half in a nursing home with ladies in their 80s and 90s (there were some men, too). We helped them pick mulberries and peanuts, and they loved to have their nails trimmed and painted.

Then we did an hour and a half a week at Agent Orange group home, and we also did home visits to kids who were too sick to come to the group home.  

Bernie: We know the effects of agent orange on American soldiers, but we don't know about the effect it had on the people who live in Vietnam. It has affected three generations with birth defects, mental sickness, (etc.) 

Jim: The way I like to put it is, we put poison in their backyard and it's still there.

We also did English instruction two nights a week and delivered food and medical supplies to a leper village. Then we got 15 credit hours studying Vietnamese history, politics, culture and language.

What was the big difference between your first visit and your second?

Jim: I contributed to the death of two million Vietnamese people by being part of the war. By contrast, in 2012 I learned about the culture and the people, and I connected with them on a human level. And I fell in love with them.

A former Viet Cong chairman who now writes for "Da Nang Today" (a Danang newspaper) interviewed me for an article on a "former invader who was coming back to do good." He asked me questions, and he was very curious. But if we had met 40 years ago, someone would have been taken prisoner.

Today, Vietnam is a wonderful vacation spot. You see people there from China, Australia, Russia...They have wonderful and very cheap accommodations, beautiful beaches...and the Vietnamese people don't like the sun, so we'd have the beach almost to ourselves (during the day).

Bernie: I came to visit Jim for a month. It was a two thousand dollar round trip by airplane, and that was the most money I spent the whole time.

I shopped at the tailor stores, which are family owned businesses. The Vietnamese are known through much of the world for their tailor-made clothes.

As a woman in Danang, I could walk safely at night. I couldn't do that in Batavia.  All the stores (in Danang) are street-level. (Store owners) got to know me, and I knew that if anyone ever tried to molest me in the street, they'd be all over them.

I went into a bookstore once, and no one there knew English. So they went two stores down and found someone who did. That's what they want -- they want to communicate.

And they revere the elderly. One time we went into a coffee shop, and one of the first questions they asked before seating us was, "How old are you?" Because we're over 40, we were always in the most honored spot.

Jim: And (accepting that courtesy) was part of my being a guest, part of accepting the culture as it was. One of the things the Vietnam Program page on the Brockport Web site says is that as students, we are guests of the Vietnamese government. So that's how I conducted myself. The last thing I wanted was to be an "ugly American."

At every other place I had served (in the Marines), I had the opportunity to connect with the people and the culture. Going back to Vietnam, it was like I had a second chance, you know?

Even if I didn't like an experience, I would try to write about it in a positive way on my blog. At the exit dinner (held at the end of the program), one of the chairmen said, "We've been enjoying your blog" -- "we" meaning the Communist Party.  When I told my son about that, he said: "Well, did you think they wouldn't?"  Honestly, I never thought about it -- I just wrote from the heart.

What would you want people today to know about the Vietnam War?

The man who taught my politics class was in charge of the Liberation Front (the enemy) in Danang back in '68. He said Vietnam has a "market economy with a socialist orientation." It seems to me that their government works as well for them as ours does for us. I often wonder what would have happened if the U.S. had allowed the Vietnamese to have their elections the way they had planned. When the U.S. got involved, it went from 1956-1975 until (the Vietnamese) could unify their country.

Bernie: People our age will ask us, "Did you go to North Vietnam or South Vietnam?" It's just Vietnam now.

Jim: I can think of two men in history who wanted to preserve national union: Abraham Lincoln and Ho Chi Minh. They both wanted the same thing.

After doing some research, I found out that what I was taught about Communism and Ho Chi Minh growing up might not have been the truth.

So then you would say that the Vietnam War was not worth it in the end?

Jim: In humanistic terms, I would have to say no. It wasn't worth all that death.

What I was told when I went over was that I was being sent to stop Communism.  After I came home, I discovered the real reason: The U.S. military was serving as the hired guns of capitalism. The reason (for the war) was that the capitalists in charge of the U.S. government wanted to control all trade in and out of Southeast Asia.

We would have been better off staying out of the whole thing and allowing the Vietnamese to have their elections and be the government they were going to be. It would have saved a lot of lives.

As an American military man in Vietnam, how were you treated when you returned home?

Jim: When I came back in July of 1969, I had heard the stories. So when I came into Travis Air Force Base in California, I put on civilian clothes in the bathroom. I made the choice not to call any attention to myself. Even today, I choose not to wear (my Marines hat), because I just got used to that.

Bernie: When I was a sergeant instructor in the Reserves (in the 1970s and 1980s), we were taught not to wear our uniforms when travelling on a civilian conveyance. Then when the Vietnam veterans insisted that the Desert Storm soldiers be honored, the culture changed. It went from "we're against the war" to "we support our troops."

What led you to speak about your experience at GCC on Nov. 13?

Jim: I was there because of Josephine Kerney, who was my sociology professor (at GCC). She does a lot of study abroad stuff, so in association with the Vietnam Program I'd run into her at fairs and such. I talked about the contrast between my first trip to Vietnam and my second, and it fascinated her. She wondered if I would come in and talk to her class about it, and that led to it being a larger event where anyone could come.

Do you have any thoughts on the current war in Afghanistan?

What I learned from my Vietnam experience was that I can't trust the government. I wonder what my government is lying to me about now. Is (the war in Afghanistan) about money? Is it about pharmaceutical interest in what we can extract from the poppy that grows there?

I've heard it said that "Afghanistan is where empires go to die." Alexander the Great tried (to invade), the Russians tried it, and now it's us.

A Kodak retiree, Lachman returned to school in 2008 out of a desire to become a counselor for military veterans. Currently in his junior year at Brockport, he plans to go on for a master's degree so that he can counsel veterans "who saw things that no one should have to see."

For more information on his experience, go to

December 8, 2012 - 12:01pm
posted by jason reese in batavia, Genesee Community College, RTS, Bline, Ny..

The city of Batavia, ny and Genesee Community College  need top addres the issue of public transportation. It is a saftey and finacial issue.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50am

The first day of classes for the fall semester is August 27, 2012 — just three-weeks away — but there is still time to enroll at Genesee Community College to launch or boost a career in any one of 67 different degree and certificate programs. Scholarships and grants are still available for students who qualify, and the admissions staff can help with the application process.

GCC offers a wide range of flexible class options to fit an individual’s time, interests and location. Students can attend classes full-time, part-time, online or on Sunday. Visit online to check out all the options.

GCC also has seven campus centers to make programs even more accessible:
  • Albion – 456 West Ave. (585) 589-4936 
  • Arcade – 25 Edward St. (585) 492-5265 
  • Batavia – One College Rd. (585) 343-0055 
  • Dansville – 31 Clara Barton St. (585) 335-7820 
  • Lima – 7285 Gale Rd (585) 582-1226 
  • Medina – 11470 Maple Ridge Rd. (585) 798-9765 
  • Warsaw – 115 Linwood Ave. (585) 786-3010
The main campus in Batavia also offers on-site child care, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, student housing, a new art gallery, theater space and an outstanding library that also provides online access to more than 86,000 volumes, ebooks, reference materials and electronic resources.
GCC offers small class sizes to allow for greater interaction with instructors and more than 40 clubs and organizations providing excellent opportunities for real-world experience in a variety of interests from animation to human services, adventure club to veterans.
With everything GCC has to offer, plus student completion rates that are among the highest in the country for similar schools, there’s no time like the present to lay the foundation for a solid future by enrolling in GCC before fall classes begin.
May 18, 2012 - 2:58pm


Join us for Geocaching 101 at The BEST Center at Genesee Community College!  Everyone is welcome!

Today, more than 1.75 million geocaches have been hidden, and found by more than 5 million people worldwide.

Want to learn more about geocaching?

Don’t just hear about it - EXPERIENCE it! 

Register NOW and get your cache on!

Bring the family - Geocaching is a family-oriented hobby/sport!

GPS units will be provided (or bring your own!) and each person will get a free geocaching swag item!

Geocaching 101


Wednesday, May 23 • 6:00PM - 9:00PM • Batavia Campus

Geocaching. Geo-what?? Jee-oh-kash-ing. In this course, you will learn what this high-tech treasure hunt is all about and its history. By the end of this introductory course, you will have created a Geocaching profile, gone out and made your first geocache find, and successfully log it on If you want to learn how to use a GPSr, love the outdoors and enjoy a challenge, Geocaching is for you! GPSr units will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own unit, whether it be hand-held, dash, or an app on your phone! Dress appropriately, as geocaching is an outdoor adventure! So, join us - and let's go Geocaching!

Presented by Elizabeth Downie (Geocaching ID: authorized users)

3 Hours / 1 Session
Fee: $15

May 5, 2012 - 7:21pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in SUNY, Genesee Community College, education.

Today was the inauguration of Genesee Community College's fourth president, James M. Sunser, Ed.D. He replaces Stuart Steiner, who recently retired after serving as the college's president for 37 years.

Sunser is pictured up front and center in the above photo, along with the distinguished guests -- including GCC officials, members of the Genesee and Orleans county legislatures, officials from the SUNY system, private colleges and some representatives from the state government.

The fact that GCC has only had four presidents in the nearly 45 years of its existence made this a particularly significant event. Mary Pat Hancock, chair of the Genesee County Legislature and the third speaker at the ceremony, lauded the college's thorough and careful selection process during this "crucial transition."

In his speech, Sunser expressed his enthusiasm for the job.

"It is my honor and privilege to stand before you to reflect on this significant and special day," he said. "I am humbled and honored by the confidence you have shown in me, and I assure you that I will aspire toward the highest standard of excellence, for which this college is known."

He also said that he was proud to be part of a college with such a legacy of "resourcefulness, dedication and faith in the future," pointing out the ordinary citizens who "banded together against conventional wisdom and the community's expectations" to found GCC 45 years ago.

Sunser believes that not only meeting, but exceeding expectations is the challenge of education and anyone who wants to make a lasting difference in the world.

As examples of people who have done this, he talked about key historical figures like Albert Einstein (who grew up with a speech impediment) and Rosa Parks, as well as the aforementioned citizens who pushed for GCC's foundation and the pioneers who first came to this region 200 years ago, "pushing beyond expectations."

"I promise to meet and exceed your expectations at GCC," he said. "I believe there is no more powerful, no more enduring gift than education. (At GCC), we will develop programs and curricula that will bring the best to our work force and help shape the vibrant economic prosperity of the region."

Toward the end of his speech, Sunser also encouraged his partners in the community and ordinary citizens to make a difference.

"Each of us can help change our community," he said. "Let us leave a legacy that makes those who follow us proud."

Sunser is an alumnus of Onondaga Community College (OCC), Syracuse University, SUNY Brockport and the University of Rochester. Before coming to GCC, he worked at OCC for 22 years -- first as bursar, then as vice president of finance, and finally as vice president for continuing and extended learning.

OCC president Debbie L. Sydow, who was one of the greeters at today's ceremony, spoke of Sunser's passion for education and dedication to the service of others.

"He always puts the students' interests first (at OCC)," Sydow said.

She described Sunser as "no-nonsense yet good-natured, smart yet down-to-earth."

For more information on President Sunser, see his biographical page on GCC's website.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Carlson.

March 7, 2012 - 4:07pm

Join us for the Geocaching 101 and Advanced Geocaching Courses at The BEST Center at Genesee Community College!  Everyone is welcome!

Today, more than 1.6 million geocaches have been hidden, and found by more than 5 million people worldwide. On this past Leap Day alone, over 79,450 people logged a cache or an event, which is more than double the amount from four years ago!

Want to learn more about geocaching?

Don’t just hear about it - EXPERIENCE it! 

Register NOW and get your cache on!

GPS units will be provided (or bring your own!) and each person will get a free geocaching swag item!

Geocaching 101

Saturday, April 14 • 9:00AM - 12:00PM • Batavia Campus

Wednesday, May 23 • 6:00PM - 9:00PM • Batavia Campus

Geocaching. Geo-what?? Jee-oh-kash-ing. In this course, you will learn what this high-tech treasure hunt is all about and its history. By the end of this introductory course, you will have created a Geocaching profile, gone out and made your first geocache find, and successfully log it on If you want to learn how to use a GPSr, love the outdoors and enjoy a challenge, Geocaching is for you! GPSr units will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own unit, whether it be hand-held, dash, or an app on your phone! Dress appropriately, as geocaching is an outdoor adventure! So, join us - and let's go Geocaching!

Presented by Elizabeth Downie (Geocaching ID: authorized users)

3 Hours / 1 Session
Fee: $15

Advanced Geocaching

Saturday, July 14 • 10:00AM - 3:00PM • Batavia Campus/Genesee County Park

Go beyond the basics of Geocaching! Are you a Premium Member at Have you experienced the fascinating world of Pocket Queries, statistics, and maps! Do you know how to manage your finds with tools like GSAK? Would you like to be introduced to the relatives of geocaching: Waypointing, Benchmarking, Letterboxing, Wherigo, and CITO? In this course, we will explore all of these topics, prepare our equipment and then go out caching with some of the local geocaching greats, like Sabrefan7, BarbershopDru, ElbaPatch, HFJohn, Cski and more! So, bring your GPSr and get your cache on!

Presented by Elizabeth Downie (Geocaching ID: authorized users)

4 Hours / 1 Session
Fee: $18
March 1, 2012 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Genesee Community College.

Press release:

Genesee Community College's Sunday courses, second session, start mid-March and are ideal for adults juggling work and family obligations. For some, Sunday is the only day of the week free of work schedules, family commitments and other activities -- allowing time to focus on college courses.

GCC continues its successful Sunday hybrid course schedule through the Spring 2012 semester with a second eight-week session starting March 19. There is still time to register.

Hybrid courses are taught partially online and partially in the classroom and include coursework in the arts and humanities, English, history, science, math and business. The hybrid courses meet regularly in a lab or classroom for instruction, assessments or laboratories, and students also work online each week.

There are three Sunday time slots (9 to 11:45 a.m., 12 to 2:45 p.m., and 3 to 5:45 p.m.) providing an opportunity to complete several courses per semester in the Sunday-hybrid format.

Sunday courses being offered at GCC/Batavia beginning on March 19 include:

•    BUS110: Personal Money Management

•    SPA101: Elementary Spanish 1

•    MAT102: Algebra 2

•    ART 103: Western Art History 1

•    ENG102: Composition in the Natural and Social Sciences

•    HIS102: World Civilizations 2

New students can apply for free online by going to:

For a comprehensive listing of all GCC's class and scheduling options visit:

For further information about Sunday courses or online learning, please contact Judith Littlejohn at 343-0055, ext. 6158, or [email protected].

January 5, 2012 - 4:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee Community College, The BEST Center.

Press release:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's priorities for the State University of New York are good news for SUNY's 64 campuses and for New York State taxpayers, Genesee Community College President James M. Sunser said today.

Gov. Cuomo, in his 2012 legislative address delivered yesterday at Daemen College in Amherst, called the state university system a "precious New York asset" and a "great equalizer for the middle class." The governor said that his new SUNY2020 plan will spur economic development and job creation. SUNY2020 will provide seed money for innovation and economic development initiatives.

President Sunser noted that the governor's plans will further support SUNY's role in spurring business and job growth across the state.

"Our state university system provides a net positive return to New York State residents," Sunser said. "SUNY graduates provide the backbone of many of our critical and emerging industries, and pay state and local taxes far in excess of the investment that taxpayers make in their education.

"Also, SUNY campuses across the state work directly with business organizations, bringing training and knowledge resources that help business leaders build productivity, profit and jobs."

Sunser noted that last year an independent research firm found that Genesee Community College alone has an economic impact of $126 million on the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region.

Sunser said that last year, The BEST Center, Genesee's highly acclaimed business training division, helped more than 650 business organizations.

"We at Genesee Community College, and the other 63 SUNY campuses, are a driving force for economic stability and growth," he said. "Gov. Cuomo recognizes the critical role that SUNY plays in our statewide economy."

January 4, 2012 - 1:19pm
Event Date and Time: 
March 27, 2012 - 9:00am to March 29, 2012 - 3:00pm

GCC Center for the Arts and the Fine Arts Committee join in the celebration of Art Awareness Month with a Two-Day Arts Workshop Festival

Free and open to the public in the Forum at Genesee Community College Batavia Campus

January 4, 2012 - 11:10am
Event Date and Time: 
April 20, 2012 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Genesee Community College;s Forum Players Children’s Theatre performance of The Princess and the Goblin by Stuart Paterson, open to the public on Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm (Daytime school performances April 18-20 for local schools by invitation only)

A magical tale of young Princess Irene finding the strength to take on the world; packed with fun and adventure! A rich and magical play for the entire family!

January 4, 2012 - 10:50am
Event Date and Time: 
March 29, 2012 - 7:30pm to April 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

Genesee Community College's Forum Players present God’s Favorite a comedy play by Neil Simon, Thursday-Saturday March 29-31 at 7:30pm and a Sunday Matinee, April 1 at 2:00pm

January 4, 2012 - 10:35am
Event Date and Time: 
February 19, 2012 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Ramblin’ Lou’s Family Band at Genesee Community College Sunday, February 19 3:00pm

Hailed as “WNY’s Father of Country Music,” Ramblin’ Lou brings his family band to the Genesee Center for the Arts for an afternoon of classic country music.

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 high students with valid ID and $2 discount for GCC Alumni with Alumni Card.

No children under the age of 5 permitted, please. Appropriate for 12+

Length: 1 hour

January 4, 2012 - 10:29am
Event Date and Time: 
February 16, 2012 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

The Aegis Project  “Extremities”by William Mastrosimone, performed by the Aegis Project of Buffalo, NY Thursday, February 16 7:30pm

The Aegis Project is an initiative to raise rape awareness through theatrical productions on college campuses throughout the region.

Tickets: $3 all ages. Proceeds to go directly back to the Aegis Project for rape awareness projects.

Age appropriate for 16+

November 29, 2011 - 2:53pm
Event Date and Time: 
December 7, 2011 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Theatre Workshop: Viewpoints by Sara Vacin

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2011

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College

Viewpoints “A New Acting Technique” By Sara Vacin December 7 at 1pm in the Stuart Steiner Theatre

“Improvisation-based technique that provides actors with a tool box and vocabulary for exploring a play through movement and gesture”

Free and Open to the Public!

November 15, 2011 - 1:00pm
Event Date and Time: 
November 18, 2011 - 9:00am to November 20, 2011 - 4:00pm
Theatre Association of New York State - TANYS
Friday, Nov 18 - Sunday, Nov 20, 2011
Stuart Steiner Theatre
The primary voice of community and educational theatre in the Empire State, TANYS returns to Genesee for their annual theatre festival of workshops, demonstrations and performances.

Forum Players Club members as well as Theatre and Technical Theater Majors participate in this yearly seminar! Great fun and experiences!!

November 15, 2011 - 12:50pm
Event Date and Time: 
December 7, 2011 - 6:00pm to December 8, 2011 - 6:00pm
OPEN AUDITIONS: Come Try out for the Spring 2012 Theatre Performances: Stuart Steiner Theatre

HOLD THE DATE Dec 7th and Dec 8th 6pm

Auditions Scheduled Now for the Spring 2012 Performances

Auditions will consist of monologue reading!!  All are welcome! Open to the Public

Seeking actors portraying a wide variety of characters for the March 2012 "God's Favorite", a Neil Simon play and the April 2012 Children's Theatre:  "The Princess and the Goblin", by Stuart Patterson!

August 19, 2011 - 1:33pm
Event Date and Time: 
October 28, 2011 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

From En Garde to Encore: Theatrical Swordplay Workshop for GCC Students and Local Theatre Community Members

M,W,F October 24, 26 & 28 6pm-8pm E214 Studio & a final workshop production for both groups will take place on Friday, October 28th at 8pm, on stage at the Stuart Steiner Theatre

Fee Free BUT must register by October 17th – Space is Limited to 26 Students




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