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March 5, 2020 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC Nursing Program, news.

From information provided by Genesee Community College:

A fatal car accident last week tragically took the life of 38-year-old Reneé M. (Strain) Morris of Portageville, and gave rise to a wake of heartfelt intentions as a group of Genesee Community College nursing students rally around each other in grief and sadness.

They are also thinking of their special classmate and her family of four young daughters.

Morris was an honor's student at GCC, and was just two and a half months from completing her Nursing degree.

Described as "kind-hearted," "passionate" and "unforgettable," by her peers, Morris was also described as "truly genuine," and she would have made a perfect nurse, according to the instructors who are also grieving the loss of one of their top students.

In a group gathering, students and faculty alike recalled her innate desire to help people regardless who they were or what they needed.

"Renee was a very special person and an excellent student in the Nursing Program," said Ruth A. Gliss, GCC professor of Nursing. "Her classmates have done a wonderful job of supporting Renee's family and each other at this very difficult time.

"On behalf of the nursing faculty and the nursing program, our condolences are extended to everyone who knew and loved Renee." 

In less than one week, the GoFundMe website that was established by friend and classmate Amanda Linderman, has raised nearly $38,500 --approximately 95 percent of the $40,000 goal.

In addition, a special T-Shirt was created honoring Reneé's life and passion, which generated more than $3,900 that will go directly to the care of the Morris daughters.

In an effort to also provide emotional comfort, Morris's classmates and friends are also collecting pink flowers, which they plan to present to family during next week's Spring Break because "pink was Reneé's favorite color." 

Morris was a devout Christian, and would likely be touched by the multifaceted effort led by her fellow classmates to support her young family.

A Celebration of Life is planned at her parish this weekend.

To help the Nursing Program students' efforts, T-shirts are available at: www.customink.com/fundraising/remembering-renee-morris and donations are welcomed at the GoFundMe page called "The Morris Daughters."

Members of the GCC community have been encouraged to contact the College's Counseling Services for assistance in managing their sadness and grief, if needed.

Photo of Morris from Eaton Watson Funeral Home.

(Editor's note: This post has been edited per the wishes of the family and GCC.)

April 10, 2019 - 12:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, GCC, luau, GCC Nursing Program, education.

The Alumni Affairs Office at Genesee Community College has invited the entire community to a Luau being held on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. in the College's Richard C. Call Arena.

The Luau is being thrown by GCC's Nursing Program Alumni Committee and all proceeds from the event will go to GCC's Nursing Alumni Scholarship, which helps to eliminate financial obstacles ensuring every qualified Nursing Program student can and will succeed.

Tickets to the Luau cost just $30 per person and include appetizers, dancing and chances to win big with door prizes and a cash raffle! A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are only on sale until May 3 -- so contact the Alumni Affairs Office at [email protected] today. You can also get your tickets and RSVP online here

Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest tropical attire for a chance to win Best Costume, which will be awarded at the end of the evening. Emceeing the event will be Scott Gardner, GCC Class of '98 Alumni Hall of Fame inductee who will introduce guest speakers Shari McDonald, GCC Class of '79, current vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and Claire Gardner, future GCC Class of '19 and Presidential Scholarship recipient.

In addition to attending the luau, there are opportunities to sponsor the scholarship at a number of levels. The sponsorship opportunity detail is available here and includes commitments of $100 - $3,000 and includes in-kind support for those wishing to customize their sponsorship. All sponsorship levels include a variety of benefits from free advertising to photos, and GCC Foundation recognition.

All sponsorships must be submitted by April 20 for full recognition.

"Without the support of these community members, so many students would not have the opportunity to reach their educational goals," said Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield. "These scholarships mean the difference between going to college or not for some of these students." 

The Nursing Program Alumni Committee is honored to receive scholarship support from:

Our Silver Level Sponsor:

  • Corfu Veterinary Clinic

Our Titanium Sponsors:

  • Advanced Auto Collision
  • Michelle and Karl Grohs

Our Bronze Sponsors:

  • Hart's Insurance Agency
  • Trini Kuzmicki
  • Sinclair Pharmacy
  • Summit Family Dental, Warsaw

Our In-kind Supporters and Donors:

  • Amber Lantern
  • Alyssa Cutcliff, LMT
  • Assessment Tech Institute
  • Barb's Barber Shop, Warsaw
  • Bud's Deli
  • Dr. Dale Deahn
  • Daniels Family Chiropractric
  • East Hill Creamery
  • Envision Salon
  • First Choice Travel
  • Genesis Salon, Warsaw
  • Harrington's Produce and Market Café
  • Healing Hands Massage and Spa Warsaw
  • Jeffery E. Erickson Law Firm
  • Laurel Sanger
  • Lindsay Gerhart
  • Laurie's Restaurant
  • Michael Tomaszewski
  • Morluski's Polish and Italian Cuisine
  • Perry Shopper
  • Revival Salon
  • Stellar Spirits and Wines
  • Tompkins Bank of Castile, Warsaw
  • Tops Friendly Market, Warsaw
  • Vertical Café, Warsaw
  • Warsaw Penny Saver
  • WCJW Radio
  • WGCC Radio
  • Yancey's Fancy
  • Yummies
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