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July 29, 2011 - 4:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, darien center, Milestones.

Two local students were named to the Deans' List for the Spring 2011 semester at Wells College in Aurora.

They are:

Chelsea Czechowski <http://readabout.me/Chelsea-Czechowski/XGVM>, Class of 2012, a resident of Darien Center.

Alexandra Lauer <http://readabout.me/Alexandra-Lauer/XGRG>, Class of 2011, a resident of Corfu

To be eligible for Dean's List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).

Wells College is a nationally recognized private liberal arts college located on the shores of beautiful Cayuga Lake. Founded in 1868 and coeducational since 2005, Wells provides an academically rigorous and relationship-based educational experience strengthened by the college's small size, residential atmosphere, and dedication to experiential learning.

July 29, 2011 - 4:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Jennifer J. DeMarco, of Leroy, has earned an Associate in Science in Nursing degree from Excelsior College.

Excelsior College (www.excelsior.edu) is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals.

Excelsior's unique strength is its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.

July 29, 2011 - 4:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones.

Jillian Hunt, of Corfu, has been named to the School of Education Spring 2011 Deans' List at Buffalo State College. Hunt is the daughter of Ron and Pamela Burdinaro.

To qualify, students must earn a minimum term GPA of 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Founded in 1871, Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system. It offers more than 165 undergraduate and 62 graduate programs in the arts, sciences, professions, and education. Each year nearly 12,000 students choose Buffalo State for its superb academic programs, applied learning opportunities, affordable tuition, and metropolitan location.


July 29, 2011 - 4:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones.

The College at Brockport, State University of New York, recently honored local students who excelled academically in the Spring 2011 semester.

To be on the President's List, a student must earn a GPA of 4.0. Students who earn a GPA of 3.70–3.99 are named to the Deans' List with Honors, while students who achieve a 3.40–3.69 GPA are named to the Deans' List.

The honorees are:


Hillary Bates, Deans' List


Justin Amesbury, Deans' List

Nicholas Bonin, Deans' List

Rebecca Smith, Deans' List

Caleb Stacy, Deans' List

Patricia Van Buren, Deans' List

*Shane Chatham, Deans' List with Honors

*Emily Drzewiecki, Deans' List with Honors

*Carson Hassett, Deans' List with Honors

**Brian Burgay, President's List

**Joanna Menzie, President's List


Jeff Appis, Deans' List

Stephen Digregorio, Deans' List

Patricia Johnston, Deans' List

*Tammy Fuller, Deans' List with Honors

*Darren Kwiatkowski, Deans' List with Honors


Jessica Hackett, Deans' List

Melinda Kreter, Deans' List

**Jennifer Lazarony, President's List


*Eric Meyer, Deans' List with Honors

Darien Center

*David Hecht, Deans' List with Honors

East Pembroke

*Renae Jurek, Deans' List with Honors

*Josh Macgregor, Deans' List with Honors


Bronson Cole, Deans' List

*Carly Crnkovich, Deans' List with Honors

Le Roy

Dylan Ashley, Deans' List

Katlyn Brooks, Deans' List

Katelyn Doud, Deans' List

Garrett Jordan, Deans' List

Danielle Merica, Deans' List

Abby Murray, Deans' List

Joseph Patton, Deans' List

Joel Pitts, Deans' List

Lindsey Sullivan, Deans' List

Danielle Wojtaszczyk, Deans' List

*Gena Korn, Deans' List with Honors

*Antonio Madau, Deans' List with Honors

*Kara Miller, Deans' List with Honors

*Lynn Weldon, Deans' List with Honors

*Jeffery White, Deans' List with Honors

*Erin Whiting, Deans' List with Honors

**Natalie Haas, President's List

**Lyman Rhodes, President's List

**Melinda Stedman, President's List

**Maureen Weinman, President's List


Kristen Casper, Deans' List

Bridget Chartraw, Deans' List

Daniel Zambito, Deans' List

**Brittany Bills, President's List


Kathryn Davis, Deans' List

Sarah Merritt, Deans' List

Kelsey Wright, Deans' List

South Byron

Kallee Stein, Deans' List


James Mignano, Deans' List

The College at Brockport is a comprehensive four-year public college, offering 50 undergraduate majors, more than 40 graduate programs as well as 24 teacher certification programs.

July 29, 2011 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones.

Tyler J. Scoins, of Hartshorn Road in Corfu, has reserved a place as a transfer student at SUNY Oswego. Fall classes will begin Aug. 29. He last studied at Genesee Community College.

A 150-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls more than 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

July 21, 2011 - 3:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Stafford, Milestones.

Three local residents were named to the Deans' List at SUNY Cortland for the Spring 2011 semester:

Amanda Mignano <http://readabout.me/Amanda-Mignano/BL8V>, a junior Art major from Stafford.

Michael Humphrey <http://readabout.me/Michael-Humphrey/BL1S>, a junior Physical Education major from Le Roy.

Meghan Olsowski <http://readabout.me/Meghan-Olsowski/9D4>, a senior Sociology major from Le Roy.

Honorees must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale, while completing 12 or more credit hours of classes during the semester.

SUNY Cortland was ranked by Kiplinger's among its Top 100 Best Value Colleges and Universities in the United States for a fifth consecutive year. SUNY Cortland is also home to the largest undergraduate teacher education program in the Northeast.

July 21, 2011 - 3:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, Milestones.

The Board of Directors of the YWCA of Genesee County has announced the appointment of Jeanne M. Walton to the position of executive director. The board along with the Selection Committee was very impressed with her enthusiasm and sincere dedication to the
mission of the YWCA.

She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and brings more than 20 years of small business management expertise to the facility. Walton has a broad-spectrum background that yields a complete understanding of the needs of the community and how to implement processes and programs to serve the community in a new and progressive fashion

Walton says she's excited to use new and innovative means to enhance the image of the YWCA while creating programs that are designed to serve women, children and businesses in the region.

“The YWCA of Genesee County has the potential to be a premier facility in this area," Walton said.  "I will work hand-in-hand with the staff, volunteers and board of directors to accomplish this in a new and fresh way.”

Walton resides in the Town of Batavia with her two children.

For more information on the YWCA of Genesee County, its mission, and community involvement opportunities, please contact the YWCA at 343-5808; email us at [email protected] or visit our website www.ywcagenesee.org

July 21, 2011 - 3:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Milestones, BEST Center.

Press release:

The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the first class of Building Leadership Excellence students have completed their 12-week leadership course.

Building Leadership Excellence is an intensive, hands-on program designed to develop the proven skills needed to manage, influence, create, inspire and lead organizations. Participants learn to think and act strategically, resulting in enhanced management performance and improved organizational skills in decision making, coaching, innovative problem solving and conflict resolution.

The program is designed for managers, supervisors, team leaders and future leaders. Each session is filled with real-life examples and practical techniques for achieving results. Topics covered include communicating effectively, understanding personal styles, mentoring, creative problem solving, building strong teams and several other key management issues.

"Building Leadership Excellence is a great opportunity for managers from all walks of life and industries to come together and work in an engaging and dynamic team environment," said Lina LaMattina, director at The BEST Center. "Today's organizations are looking for innovative leadership and this program offers that knowledge and skills set to the participants."

Congratulations to our first graduating class! We know these leaders are doing great things in their organizations:

Joyce Kingdom, Genesee ARC, Batavia

Paul Saskowski, Genesee ARC, Batavia

Joanna Barefoot, GCC

Laura Keenan, GCC

Judy Welch, Livingston/Wyoming ARC

Mary Pat Hancock, Genesee County Legislature

Matt Slezak, Texas Brine

Joseph Demmer Jr., Willow Group

June Redden, Willow Group

Robyn Brookhart, Liberty Pumps

Dave Williams, Liberty Pumps

Erica Southwood, Livingston/Wyoming ARC

The next Building Leadership Excellence program will begin in August with a full-day kick off session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Participants will attend 10 half-day sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 25, Sept. 8, 15 and 22, Oct. 6, 13 and 20, and Nov. 3 and 10.

A graduation celebration, that includes final project presentations to participants' supervisors, will take place in a full-day session on Nov. 17. This intensive, skill-building program also incorporates 10 hours of one-on-one coaching for each participant in an effort to enhance his or her ability to apply new skills in the workplace.

Genesee Community College's BEST Center (focused on Business and Employee Skills Training) is a local provider of business consulting, community training and workshops for companies of all sizes and in all industries.

It offers a variety of tailored programs on-location at businesses across the GLOW region, or at any of Genesee Community College's seven campus locations (Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw).

For further information on The BEST Center, please contact Lina LaMattina, director, at 343-0055, ext. 6299, or visit The BEST Center online at www.bestcenter.org

July 21, 2011 - 2:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Sarah Plath, of Le Roy, has been named to the Spring 2011 School of Arts and Humanities Deans' List at Buffalo State College. She is the daughter of Al and Deborah Plath.

To qualify, students must earn a minimum term GPA of 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Founded in 1871, Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system.

July 12, 2011 - 2:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in Pavilion, Milestones.

Amy White <http://readabout.me/Amy-White/FRQ0>, of Pavilion, has been named to the Spring  President's List at Mansfield University.

To be named to the President's List, a student must be attending the university full-time and attain a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester.

Mansfield University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). For more information visit mansfield.edu <http://mansfield.edu>.

June 25, 2011 - 3:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Milestones.

Oakfield resident Jacob E. Crawford, who is majoring in Health Studies, made the Spring 2011 High Honors List at Utica College with a grade-point average of 4.00 on a scale of 4.00.

June 25, 2011 - 3:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Claudia Germuga, a Batavia High School senior, has won a $5,000 Student of Integrity Scholarship from the Upstate New York Better Business Bureau.

She is a very accomplished dancer and art student who has received lots of recognition from her school. She is described as a student with strong convictions who is determined to set a good example for her peers.

June 25, 2011 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones.

Matthew-Sausner, of Corfu, a student at Notre Dame High School was named the 2011 recipient of the Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vt., was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Sausner was presented the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author.

June 23, 2011 - 2:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Milestones, University of Vermont.

Christopher F. Bucceri, of Oakfield, has been named to the Deans' List for the Spring 2011 semester at the University of Vermont. Bucceri is a junior Business Administration major in the School of Business Administration.

To be named to the Deans' List, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class.

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. As a small, comprehensive university, it blends the academic heritage of a private university with service missions in the land-grant tradition.

June 23, 2011 - 1:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Le Roy, Milestones.

The following students were named to the University at Albany's Spring 2011 Deans' List for outstanding academic achievement:

Nicholas Chiruck, of Le Roy <http://readabout.me/Nicholas-Chiruck/DK4G

Molly Eadie, of Le Roy <http://readabout.me/Molly-Eadie/BUJG>

Rachel Shamp, of Oakfield <http://readabout.me/Rachel-Shamp/IESA

June 20, 2011 - 6:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones.

A Genesee County resident has been awarded a $1,000 "Russo Family Scholarship" to attend Alfred State College.

Kathryn J. Worth, of Corfu, is slated to graduate from Pembroke Central School and intends to enroll in the college's digital media and animation program.

The scholarship is based on academic achievement and is made possible through the generosity of the Russo Family Foundation.

Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Alfred State offers 52 associate degrees, 19 baccalaureate degree programs, and three certificate programs.

June 16, 2011 - 4:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones.

Brianna Olsen, of Le Roy, is among the 1,422 students who earned Deans' List honors for the spring 2011 semester at SUNY Oneonta. To qualify, undergraduates must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a course load of 12 semester hours or more.

A liberal arts college focusing on teaching and learning, SUNY Oneonta was established as a state normal school in 1889 and incorporated as a founding member of the state university system in 1948. The college is well known for its outstanding faculty, strong academic programs, educational technology, community service and character-building activities and scenic campus.

June 12, 2011 - 3:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in Basom, corfu, Milestones.

Two Genesee County students earned diplomas as part of the Wells College Class of 2011.

Kylan Hallett, of Basom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sundown, received a bachelor's degree. Kylan majored in History.

Alexandra Lauer, of Corfu, daughter of Ms. Sandra Lauer, received a bachelor's degree. Alexandra majored in English, with a concentration in Literature, and minored in Secondary Education, graduating summa cum laude with distinction. She received Wells' William Liberi '05 Memorial Prize for TLGBQ Activism and Scholarship.

Wells College is a nationally recognized, private liberal arts college located on the shores of beautiful Cayuga Lake. Founded in 1868 and coeducational since 2005, Wells provides an academically rigorous and relationship-based educational experience strengthened by the college's small size, residential atmosphere, and dedication to experiential learning.


June 7, 2011 - 5:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, byron, alexander, pembroke, Le Roy, Pavilion, Milestones.

Four Genesee County students were the finalists for Outstanding Scholar Awards in Genesee Community College's Advanced Studies program. The awardees were honored at a ceremony and reception on Wednesday, June 1, in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus.

Advanced Studies is part of the college's ACE program, or Accelerated College Enrollment, and allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit from Genesee while attending class within their high school. High school teachers approved as Genesee adjunct faculty teach all Advanced Studies courses. Some of the most enterprising young students earn enough transferable Advanced Studies credit to enter their first year of college as sophomores.

"We're pleased we could make this a special evening for our Advanced Studies students and their families," said Ed Levinstein, associate dean of the ACE program. "The students honored are some of the best and brightest students in our local region."

A total of 21 finalists were selected from 163 nominations in the five subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, foreign language and English. As in years past, a committee of academic professionals from Genesee Community College selected the award winners, listed by subject area and high school:

  • English -- Alaina Chapman, Pembroke
  • Foreign Language -- Paige Radney, Pavilion
  • Mathematics -- Russell Marchese, Notre Dame
  • Science -- Paige Radney, Pavilion
  • Social Science -- Christina Mortellaro, Batavia

In addition to the students being honored for their academic achievements, 18 faculty members were honored for having 10 years of service teaching in the ACE program. Listed below are the eight Genesee County teacher honorees and their high schools:

  • Mike Silivestro Monroe, #1 BOCES  
  • Neal Jones Monroe, #2 BOCES
  • John Tomidy, Byron-Bergen
  • Barbara Harkness, Oakfield-Alabama
  • Jane Neff, Pembroke
  • Karen LaDuke, Alexander
  • Robert Mullen, Batavia
  • Olga Babich, Notre Dame

For more information about the Advanced Studies program at Genesee Community College, call 345-6801 or go to <http://www.genesee.edu/ACE.>

June 7, 2011 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in schools, education, elba, Milestones.


News release from Jason Smith:

The Elba Central School Class of 2011 was honored to welcome Lt. Col. Paul Birch and 1992 Elba graduate as their guest speaker for the Sixth Annual Top Ten Dinner on June 6.

The event is held annually for the top 10 graduating students from Elba and their families to recognize their academic achievements.

Lt. Col. Birch was the guest speaker and shared with the students the importance of staying true to their values and never forgetting their hometown roots in Elba.

In his speech, he encouraged the students to apply all they learned and use their small-town values as an advantage in life.

The Elba Student Council graciously sponsored the event.

Principal Jason Smith awarded each student an honor pin in recognition of their top 10 status.

Lt. Col. Birch is an evaluator pilot with more than 1,200 combined hours in the F-15SE and was promoted to the rank of Lt. Col. on March 1, 2010.

His military decorations include the Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

On June 1, Lt. Col Birch took command of the 4th Operation Support Squadron.

Past  speakers at the annual banquet have included Maureen Torrey-Marshall, Dorothy Coughlin, Samuel Giansante, Colleen Contant and Charles Zambito.

The top 10 students this year (second row, from left): Jarad Kogut, Phil Casper, Lt. Col. Paul Birch; (first row, from left) Elizabeth White, Jenna Bird, Kelsey Scott, Crosby Lamont, Molly Geissler, Jessica Pcionek, Ashley Crnkovich. Megan Schwartzmeyer was absent.

Below, with Paul Birch and Jason Smith, is Class of 2011 President Phil Casper.


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