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Ten local students enrolled at UB honors college

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The following students are enrolled in the University at Buffalo Honors College for the 2023-24 academic year:

  • Aaron Bacon of Basom
  • Richard Denson of Bergen
  • Lydia Evans of Batavia
  • Katarina Luker of Alexander
  • Erik Maier of Oakfield
  • Ella Mattice of Le Roy
  • Morgan Reimer of Batavia
  • Elli Schelemanow of Byron
  • Auburn Schwartzmeyer of Bergen
  • Alexandria Tarbell of Corfu

University at Buffalo is New York State's flagship and the largest and most comprehensive institution in the State University of New York system.

The University at Buffalo Honors College supports and challenges academically gifted students to strengthen their studies and explore their interests across the disciplines.

Currently, 1,661 of UB's 19,118 undergraduate students are enrolled in the Honors College. The college welcomed 587 first-year students for fall 2023 - the largest and most diverse Honors class yet.

"The Honors College's enriching and individualized curriculum spans a student's undergraduate career and offers a small college experience within a large research university," Honors College Academic Director Patrick McDevitt says. "We foster leadership, independence, creativity, undergraduate research, global perspectives and civic engagement."

Honors scholars enjoy many benefits designed to foster academic and personal success - including personalized advisement, faculty mentorship, priority registration, access to unique funding opportunities, specialized living communities and a network of global honors alumni.

Honors scholars must maintain a 3.300 undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) during the first year and at least a 3.500 undergraduate GPA in each successive year to graduate with an overall GPA of 3.500.

Elmira College recognizes annual key award recipients

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Elmira College recently announced this year's recipients of its annual Key Award. This year's award was given to 783 students in 16 states. A tradition that goes back to 1935, the Key Award is presented to outstanding students in their junior year of high school or preparatory school.

This year's recipients included:

  • Bethany Gracie of Bergen
  • Brennan Royce of Pavilion
  • Isabella Walsh of Batavia
  • Loretta Sorochty of Batavia
  • Kaidance Kimble of Byron
  • Riannon Newbould of Oakfield
  • Austin Pangrazio of Oakfield
  • Ava Chatt of Oakfield
  • Corina Dunn of Le Roy
  • Ella Radley of Batavia

"This award is given to students with the potential to excel academically, serve as leaders, and go on to enjoy success in life," said Charles Lindsay, president of Elmira College. "We hope they will choose to make Elmira College their place."

SUNY Morrisville Dean's List

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SUNY Morrisville recently announced those students who were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must achieve a 3.0 to 3.99 grade-point average for the semester and complete 12 credit hours.

Cameron Clark of Batavia

Braeden Zimmerman of Bergen 

Eva Rhoads of Le Roy

Jack Doemling of Le Roy

Jason Doemling of Le Roy 

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2022 issue and earned additional recognition in several categories, including Top Public College (North), Best Value, Social Mobility and Best College for Veterans.


Clarkson University Presidential Scholars

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The following students have been named Presidential Scholars for the Fall 2021 semester at Clarkson University:

Jacob Perez Gangi of Elba, NY, a senior majoring in civil engineering, and Ben Edward Slenker of Alexander, NY, a senior majoring in chemical engineering.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.


Clarkson University Dean's List

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Students have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester at Clarkson University.

The following students have been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2021 semester at Clarkson University:

 Logan M Cadieux of Oakfield, NY, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Lucy R Coniber of Corfu, NY, a freshman majoring in biology.

Matt Grover of Batavia, NY, a junior majoring in aeronautical engineering / mechanical engineering.

Paige Elizabeth Haile of Batavia, NY, a junior majoring in biology.

Colby Martin Leggo of Bergen, NY, a junior majoring in electrical engineering.

Cooper Douglas Mattice of Batavia, NY, a junior majoring in civil engineering / environmental engineering.

Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Alexander Dean, of Bergen, named to Mansfield University's Dean's List

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Alexander Dean of Bergen, NY has been named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List at Mansfield University.

Alexander is a student in the Bachelor of Science - Business Administration: Management program.

A total of 348 students were named to the list this semester.

To be named to the Dean's List, a student must be attending the university full-time and attain at least a 3.5 GPA for the semester.

Mansfield University is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). For more information visit

Local Nazareth College students named to Fall 2021 Dean's List

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Nazareth students named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List:

Kimberly Davis of Pavilion, NY (14525).

Lauren Reding of Oakfield, NY (14125).

Sydney Vanderhoof of Le Roy, NY (14482).

Ryann Stefaniak of Batavia, NY (14020).

Emily Overacker of Le Roy, NY (14482).

Lauren Eddy of Batavia, NY (14020).

A student's grade point average must be at least 3.5 or above, and they must complete 12 credit hours of graded work that semester in order to be included on the dean's list at Nazareth.

Local students named to Buffalo State's Fall 2021 Dean's List

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 Buffalo State College is pleased to recognize the following students who have been named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List. In general, students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and who have attained a GPA of 3.5 or higher qualify for the Buffalo State dean's list. Full criteria and grade-type exceptions can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Alyssa Cook of Batavia (14020)

Neve Georgia of Batavia (14020)

Megan Gilman of Basom (14013)

Stephanie Gilman of Basom (14013)

Lacey Hamill of Batavia (14020)

Morgan Harrington of Elba (14058)

Brendon Kendall of South Byron (14557)

Mckenna Moran of Darien Center (14040)

Bethany Pfennig of Corfu (14036)

Connor Rohan of Oakfield (14125)

Robert Stabler of Elba (14058)

Lindsey Turrell of Batavia (14020)

Buffalo State is a State University of New York (SUNY) college located in Buffalo, New York. The college offers 79 undergraduate majors as well as many minors and certificate programs. Every year, thousands of students benefit from Buffalo State's community engagement, hands-on learning opportunities, and affordable SUNY tuition. Buffalo State also offers more than 60 graduate programs.


Local SUNY Potsdam students named to President's List

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The State University of New York at Potsdam recently named 887 students to the President's List, in recognition of their academic excellence in the Fall 2021 semester.

To achieve the honor of being on the President's List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

The students included:


  • Lydia Geiger of Batavia, NY, whose major is Music Education


  • Harmony Parker of Pavilion, NY, whose major is Archaeological Studies


  • Paola Perez Matos of Oakfield, NY, whose major is Psychology


  • Joshua Phelps of Bergen, NY, whose major is Arts Management


  • Megan Privatera of Le Roy, NY, whose major is Music Education


GCC to host open house of new Technical Training/Solar Lab

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Genesee Community College has officially opened enrollment into its newest offering- the Solar Electric Technician Certificate for the Spring 2022 semester. Requiring a total of just 15 credit hours, this program is designed to be completed in as little as one semester. In addition, students can continue study as a concentration within an Associate in Applied Science degree in Individualized Studies. 

On Friday, January 7, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. GCC will host an Open House of the new state-of-the-art Technical Training/Solar Lab in room E119 of the Stuart Steiner Theatre building. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with instructors, tour the lab, and enjoy coffee and refreshments. The new lab will fully prepare Solar Electric Technician students to meet the huge demand for workers in the photovoltaic field.

"Genesee Community College is thrilled to enter a new era of diversifying our educational offerings to include applied technologies. The new technology training lab will serve the solar industry and other workforce development programs such as facilities maintenance and electric motor control technicians. These additional educational opportunities will meet the needs of our regional employers, improve access to training that leads directly to employment and ensure a sustainable workforce for our future." said Dr. Kate Schiefen, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Upon graduation, GCC students are positioned to enter high-demand and lucrative solar-related employment opportunities, including residential and commercial solar panel installer, solar sales, solar electric maintenance and recreational vehicle solar package installer.

For more information or to RSVP, please email

Further details on the Solar Electric Technician program can be found at

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for FREE online at to call (585) 343-6800 or 1-866-CALL-GCC, or email

A photograph of a solar electric technician, courtesy of GCC

FAFSA and Fries

By Anita Strollo

TRIO Adult Educational Opportunity Center and East Side McDonald's are hosting another FAFSA and Fries from 12-7 on March 25.  Students and parents are invited to drop in to complete college financial aid applications, college applications, career and scholarship searches.


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Photos: GCC's 50th Anniversary homecoming weekend and Golden Gala

By Howard B. Owens

This weekend GCC celebrated its 50th anniversary with the Cougar Crawl (visiting downtown businesses), homecoming activities, including a kids zone, a car cruise, and campus tour, and a Golden Gala capped by a performance of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra.

Photos Courtesy of Genesee Community College.

GCC celebrates half-century of education by forming a 50 to be seen from up high

By Howard B. Owens

Some of the students and staff at Genesee Community College came together today on the lawn outside the north side of the forum for an aerial photo of them forming a human number 50 as part of the college's year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Photos courtesy Genesee Community College.

Morgan Eastlack, owner of Morgan Joanna Films in Albion, was the drone operator for the event.

Cindy Hegelberger, assistant professor and reference services librarian, was a participant.

With the GCC Cougar, Kristen Murk, student activities and organizer of the event, and Cliff Scutella, director of student activities.

SUNY Cobleskill

By Amy Vlack

Rebecca Vlack, daughter of Ed and Amy Vlack of Elba, has been named to the President's List for the Fall 2014 semester at SUNY Cobleskill.  Matriculated students achieving a semester average of 4.0 are named to the President's List.

Rebecca is a Freshman at Cobleskill studying Plant Science and Horticulture. 

The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill has a rich academic tradition that spans nearly 100 years. Today, over 2,500 students are enrolled in the 52 associate and baccalaureate degree programs offered through The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources and The School of Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Photos: GCC women's softball

By Howard B. Owens

While I was up at GCC for the Eco-Fest, I noticed both the women's softball team and men's baseball team had games going.

This post contains a few shots from the softball games and I'll have a post later with the baseball photos along with more information about the 2011 men's team.

The Cougars split their double-header with Hudson Valley CC 2-5 and 10-5. The women's team is 4-9 overall on the season and 3-0 in its conference.

More pictures after the jump:


Young go-getters wanted for college program

By Billie Owens

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is searching for the next generation of CEOs. Students interested in creating their own business, product or non-profit organization still have time to apply for the YEA! Class of 2009-2010 at the University of Rochester and SUNY Geneseo locations.

Applications will be accepted until Aug. 21, or until such time as the class cap is achieved. The nine-month program teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own business or social movement.

YEA! class meets weekly from 4 to 7 p.m. this October  through June 2010. Tuition includes all books, field trips and events. Scholarships are available. No prior business experience is required only the drive and desire to succeed! To apply, visit  or call YEA! at 585-272-3535.


By Chelsea O'Brien

I work for a college, it'll remain unnamed. In the office where I work our students are primarily adults. We offer different degree options, and full-time status so that our students qualify for financial aid. On top of my normal office duties, I also tutor students in writing.

I attended a traditional (private) four-year instutition in New York State. I have a BA and I consider myself pretty intelligent. I could probably teach some social studies courses and have a healthy experience teaching high school, if I so desired.

I'm attending graduate school to get my Master's in Educational Leadership, I want to work with college students, specifically (eventually) adult students at a traditional 4-year institution.

Through these experiences I am always amazed at the lack of reading and writing comprhension. Even at the Master-level, students do not read or comprehend the reading. They do not engage with the reading. They have no questions or comments about the reading. It's sad. The students I work with have no idea how to form an academic argument or even write the traditional 5-paragraph essays.

Here on the boards I'm amazed at what is considered fact and reliable. It's not that there are "bad" sources out there (well, there are, but pretend for a moment there aren't any) but what we use to back up our arguments here on the internet (all over the internet) would never be accepted academically. They wouldn't be accepted in the high school curriculum in NYS. But, my main point is, here on the internet are "real" people, those that actually exist in this world without the help of an academic sitting on their shoulder. It amazes me how our education system has failed so many people.


Here's an article that really sums up my feelings, and frustrations, as a student and educational leader (you may or may not be able to read the whole thing, I'm at work so I'm not sure what's private on the site). (and I realize this post might make me sound high-and-mighty, but it's really just about observations I've had through my experiences)

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