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July 1, 2019 - 3:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Gary Scott Scholarship, Milestones.

LE ROY -- The Gary Scott Scholarship has been awarded for 50 years in memory of alumnus Gary Scott, Class of 1963, at Le Roy High School. Lt. Scott was killed in 1968 while serving in Vietnam.

Scott’s friends and fellow classmates from Syracuse University, established the scholarship to recognize a Le Roy student who embodies the traits of Gary Scott: being able to overcome hardships, show leadership and encourage community participation.

This year, the $8,000 scholarship was awarded to new graduate Farryn Kennedy, whose grade-point average is 94.8 and who is preparing to major in Engineering at Clarkson University in the fall.

Kennedy was selected because of her dedication to the Knights Tech Desk, which helps students and community members navigate technology.

As part of the Emerging Knights Leadership Team, she created a student recognition program, which selects monthly winners of the Knowledgeable Knights award. 

Above is a photo of Scott’s friends who created the scholarship and manage donations, his family members with the winner.

Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship fund to assure its continuance can send contributions to: Gary Scott Scholarship Fund, ℅ Le Roy High School, 9300 South Street Road, Le Roy, NY 14482.

July 1, 2019 - 2:36pm

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Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr. and his staff were honored last Wednesday at a meeting of the Genesee County Legislature for having achieved re-accreditation of the Sheriff’s Civil Office and the County 9-1-1 Emergency Services Dispatch Center from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.  

Peter Kehoe, executive director of the association, pointed out that only 25 of the state’s 62 counties have been able to achieve accreditation of their civil office, and only 15 counties maintain an accredited communications center.

“To earn accreditation,” Kehoe said, “the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office had to demonstrate that it adheres to a strict set of standards and best practices established by experts in the fields of both civil process and emergency communications.”

The Sheriff’s Office has also received accreditation of the Sheriff’s Road Patrol from the New York State Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council.

“Each of these accreditations, standing alone, is a significant achievement, and taken together, they clearly demonstrate the commitment of the Sheriff and his staff to excellence in their profession,” Kehoe said.

“You have an outstanding Sheriff and Sheriff’s Office, which are very well respected locally, but also throughout the state. The citizens of Genesee County, and this Genesee County Legislature, should be very proud of their Sheriff’s Office.”

Sheriff Sheron thanked his deputies and staff for all their hard work for the citizens of the Genesee County, and for their efforts in achieving accreditation.

Special recognition was given to Deborah Shea, principal financial clerk in the Sheriff’s Civil Office, and to Robert Tripp, senior emergency services dispatcher, for their work in guiding the re-accreditation effort in their respective divisions.

Sheriff Sheron also acknowledged County Legislator Gary Maha, former Genesee County Sheriff, for his efforts in starting the original accreditation programs during his tenure as Sheriff.

Sheriff Sheron and his staff have worked diligently to continue meeting the accreditation standards, as they are periodically updated, in order to earn the reaccreditation which was awarded at the meeting Wednesday.

Accreditation is for a five-year period and may be renewed indefinitely, as long as the agency continues to meet the established standards.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, headquartered in Albany, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, which assists the sheriffs of New York to effectively and efficiently deliver services to the public. Sheriff Sheron serves as a Trustee and member of the Association’s Executive Committee.

Top photo: 9-1-1 Emergency Services Dispatch Center (from left): Executive Director Peter Kehoe; NYS Sheriffs' Association Director of Emergency Communications Steven C. Sharpe; Senior Emergency Services Dispatcher Robert H. Tripp; Assistant Director of Emergency Communications Frank A. Riccobono; GC Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr.

Above photo -- Civil Division (from left): Executive Director Peter Kehoe; NYS Sheriffs' Association Sergeant Thomas A. Sanfratello; Principal Financial Clerk Deborah A. Shea; Financial/Records Clerk Tracy L. Ranney; and GC Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr.

June 26, 2019 - 4:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, east bethany, NY National Guard.

LATHAM -- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Sergeant Beth Britton from East Bethany reenlisted to continue service with the Company C, 1-171st Aviation Regiment.

"It's great to see soldiers staying in the Army and continuing to serve their State and Nation in the New York Army National Guard," Shields said. "The most important Army asset we have is the individual soldier. The dedication, skills, and leadership traits they bring to our community and their employers are invaluable.

"By choosing to stay in the Army National Guard they directly contribute to our nation's security and to the governor's ability to respond to disasters, all while building a bright future for their family through the Guard's retirement, education, and health insurance programs."

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.

June 26, 2019 - 4:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia, alexander, corfu, south byron, Oakfield.

BUFFALO -- Buffalo State College is pleased to recognize the following students who have been named to the Spring 2019 dean's list:

Kaylee Cassidy, of Batavia (14020)

Hannah Dunlap, of Batavia (14020)

Holly Grayson, of Oakfield (14125)

Brendon Kendall, of South Byron (14557)

Dylah Pantlin, of Batavia (14020)

Miranda Schiller, of Alexander (14005)

Matthew Stroka, of Corfu (14036)

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.

Buffalo State is a State University of New York (SUNY) college located in Buffalo. 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.

June 21, 2019 - 2:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Milestones, American Legion, Boys State.

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The New York State American Legion Boys State program will be held June 27th to July 2nd at Morrisville State College, Morrisville.

The American Legion Boys State is a unique summertime educational program for boys entering their senior year of high school.

The program focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of state government while providing training in practical citizenship, leadership and character through a non-partisan lens. 

The American Legion Boys State program consists of classroom work, lectures and hands-on activities that promote learning by doing. Each participant is known as a “citizen” and becomes an integral part of the process assuming specific responsibilities as an elected or appointed official.

The American Legion Posts, local businesses, or other civic organizations pay the delegates' enrollment fees. 

The Genesee County American Legion Committee is proud to be sponsoring the following 2019 Boys State delegates:

  • Zachary Anderson -- Batavia High School
  • Zeshan Armstrong -- Batavia High School
  • Aiden Cornelius -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Grantham Gilligan -- Le Roy High School
  • Zachary Hannon -- Byron Bergen High School
  • Jake Hill -- Le Roy High School
  • Ryan Manges -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Alexander Pratz -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Dylan Rykert -- Oakfield-Alabama High School
  • Gavin Schmidt -- Batavia High School
  • Cameron Smith -- Le Roy High School
  • Keith Szczepanski -- Notre Dame High School
  • Charles Urbanczyk -- Pavilion High School

About The American Legion 

The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

June 21, 2019 - 2:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones, Le Roy, elba, east pembroke, east bethany.

AMHERST -- Daemen College Dean Michael Brogan, Ph.D., announces the following Genesee County students achieved dean’s list status for the Spring 2019 semester. A matriculated undergraduate student who attains a grade-point average of 3.30 or better in any one semester is eligible for dean’s list status.
 
* Patrick Wrobel of Batavia (14020)

* Jeffrey Redband of Batavia (14020)

* Kristyn Mott of Batavia (14020)

* Stephanie Hoy of Batavia (14020)

* Briana Janes of Batavia (14020)

* Katie Underhill of Batavia (14020)

* Christine James of Batavia (14020)

* Jordyn Atkinson of East Bethany (14054)

* Mikaila Mault of East Pembroke (14056)

* Emily Kreutter of Elba (14058)

* Emily Graham of Le Roy (14482)

* Brianna Hill of Le Roy (14482)

June 21, 2019 - 1:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

Katie Kesler accepting the award with BU Sargent College Dean Chris Moore. Photo by Katherine Taylor for Boston University Photography.

Katie Kesler, of Batavia, received the Twiness Award from Boston University (BU) College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College at the annual Senior Awards Reception on May 17.

The Twiness Award is presented to graduating seniors who exemplify the ideals of service, loyalty, thoughtfulness, and excellence of scholarship.

An alumna of Batavia High School, Kesler graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in behavior and health on May 19.

Student leadership taught me how to utilize my passion for disability advocacy to start meaningful dialogues surrounding perception of disability,” Kesler said. “I am a proud sibling of an individual with Down syndrome, and I am a vocal advocate for inclusion and the destigmatization of intellectual disability.”

While at BU, Kesler served as vice president of BU Student Volunteers for Special Needs, a Camp PALS counselor, and a peer mentor for Partners for Youth with Disabilities.

She was a member of the Navigators Christian Fellowship leadership team at BU, a member of the BU Student Occupational Therapy Association, a Sargent College peer mentor, and an assistant teacher at the BU Children’s Center.

Kesler was a Dean Elsbeth Melville Scholarship recipient, awarded for academic and extracurricular excellence as well as demonstrated promise in future fields. She was also inducted into the Sargent College Honor Society and received the Pamela Posen Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

“Katie is empathic and insightful and looks out for fellow students -- she is bright, dedicated, and hardworking,” said Clinical Assistant Professor Anne Sullivan-Soydan.

“Most importantly, Katie is, quite simply, a good person, with high moral character and personal integrity. I believe she has excellent potential to make significant contributions in her chosen field; indeed, I believe she will be a leader.”

After graduation, Kesler will pursue her doctor of occupational therapy degree at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

About Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Sargent College:

It is an institution of higher education which fosters critical and innovative thinking to best serve the health care needs of society through academics, research, and clinical practice. As reported by U.S. News and World Report, its graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Physical Therapy rank in the top 6% of programs while Occupational Therapy is #1 in the nation.

The College has more than 25 on-campus research facilities and clinical centers and offers degree programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, language and hearing sciences, health science, athletic training, human physiology, behavior and health, and nutrition. For more information, visit bu.edu/sargent.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

June 19, 2019 - 4:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, alexander, batavia, corfu, Stafford, bergen, byron, Le Roy, Pavilion, bosom.

A total of 247 students from Genesee Community College were named to the dean's list for the Spring 2019 semester, and 41 of them live in Genesee County. Students honored on the dean's list have maintained full or part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74.

Genesee County Spring 2019 dean's list students at GCC:

Caylin Walton of Alexander, NY (14005)

Ryli Crego of Alexander, NY (14005)

Scott Logan of Basom, NY (14013)

Thomas Claffey of Batavia, NY (14020)

Conner Schmit of Batavia, NY (14020)

Amanda Rodriguez of Batavia, NY (14020)

Rachel Flint of Batavia, NY (14020)

Madison Schady of Batavia, NY (14020)

Adam Dixson of Batavia, NY (14020)

Kelly Butler of Batavia, NY (14020)

Daysha Mast of Batavia, NY (14020)

Ashley Schiefer of Batavia, NY (14020)

Evan Bellavia of Batavia, NY (14020)

Amber Snyder of Batavia, NY (14020)

Danielle Joyce of Batavia, NY (14020)

Tyler Prospero of Batavia, NY (14020)

Austin Davis of Batavia, NY (14020)

Jessica Newton of Batavia, NY (14020)

Micheal Van Dorn of Batavia, NY (14020)

Kristen Saeva of Batavia, NY (14020)

Bailey Gavenda of Batavia, NY (14020)

Kitana Maher of Bergen, NY (14416)

Hayley Hoehn of Bergen, NY (14416)

Julia Menzie of Bergen, NY (14416)

Grace Campbell of Byron, NY (14422)

Kaeli LaFrance of Byron, NY (14422)

Jamie Maskell of Byron, NY (14422)

Brandon Kowalski of Corfu, NY (14036)

Ashlee Gilchrist of Corfu, NY (14036)

Jenna Salim of Corfu, NY (14036)

Mackenzie Simpson of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Morgan Luce of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Magnum Kibler of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Eva Rhoads of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Madison Brandes of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Sarah Glor of Oakfield, NY (14125)

Katelyn Barnes of Pavilion, NY (14525)

Kirsten Edwards of Pavilion, NY (14525)

Josilynn Russo of Pavilion, NY (14525)

Caleb Busch of Stafford, NY (14143)

Julie Carasone of Stafford, NY (14143)

Genesee Community College serves approximately 6,000 students per semester through more than 70 academic programs and certificates, including the Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program, and the new Nanotechnology degree with ECC. On a microscopic scale, nanotech focuses on careers in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine and photovoltaics. 

GCC's Student Success Center makes admissions, financial aid and enrollment a simple and efficient process. The college has earned three national sports titles The athletics program, housed in the state-of-the-art Richard C. Call Arena hosts more than a dozen intercollegiate men's and women's teams.

Highly convenient, GCC operates seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as a significant online learning program. College housing is available at College Village, just a three minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes and state-of-the-art technology both inside and out of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being "high tech" and "high touch."

June 18, 2019 - 3:06pm

A total of 223 students from Genesee Community College are named to Provost's List for the Spring 2019 semester; 41 live in Genesee County.

Students honored on the Provost's List have maintained part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

The 41 Genesee County students named to the Provost's List are (in their community's alphabetic order):

Cassandra Koepp of Alexander, NY (14005)

Naomi LaDuke of Alexander, NY (14005)

Jessica Lennon of Alexander, NY (14005)

Jennamarie Schiller of Alexander, NY (14005)

Alexis Balduf of Batavia, NY (14020)

JoAnne Clemm of Batavia, NY (14020)

Mallory Gilbraith of Batavia, NY (14020)

Tammy Kingdollar of Batavia, NY (14020)

Tessa Lynn of Batavia, NY (14020)

Kali Nichols of Batavia, NY (14020)

Jessica O'Neil of Batavia, NY (14020)

Cleghon Rolle of Batavia, NY (14020)

Cameron Sanzo of Batavia, NY (14020)

Margaret Smith of Batavia, NY (14020)

Ashley Stone of Batavia, NY (14020)

Julia Streeter of Batavia, NY (14020)

Robert Tripp of Batavia, NY (14020)

Megan West of Batavia, NY (14020)

Stephanie Wolfe of Batavia, NY (14020)

Grace Morrill of Bergen, NY (14416)

Sheena Dilcher of Byron, NY (14422)

Teagan Mathes of Byron, NY (14422)

Nicole Franclemont of Corfu, NY (14036)

Alexandria Tarbell of Corfu, NY (14036)

Edward Foeller of Darien Center, NY (14040)

Jillian Hartwig of Darien Center, NY (14040)

Lewis Ryan of Darien Center, NY (14040)

Dustin Wheeler of Darien Center, NY (14040)

Angelique Newton of East Bethany, NY (14054)

Caroline Pelton of East Bethany, NY (14054)

Bailey Delelys of Elba, NY (14058)

Samantha Nickerson of Elba, NY (14058)

John Boyle of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Kristin Johnston of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Kathryn Krautwurst of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Cheryl McGee of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Zach Sovocool of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Megan Webb of Le Roy, NY (14482)

Colin Graham of Oakfield, NY (14125)

Jacqueline Thompson of Oakfield, NY (14125)

Jessica Ruiz of Pavilion, NY (14525)

Genesee Community College serves approximately 6,000 students per semester through more than 70 academic programs and certificates, including Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program, and Nanotechnology degree with ECC. On a microscopic scale, nanotech focuses on careers in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine and photovoltaics. 

GCC's new Student Success Center makes admissions, financial aid and enrollment a simple and efficient process. The college has earned three national sports titles. The athletics program, housed in the new, state-of-the-art Richard C. Call Arena hosts more than a dozen intercollegiate men's and women's teams.

Highly convenient, GCC operates seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as a significant online learning program. Student housing is available at College Village, just a three minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes and state-of-the-art technology both inside and out of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being "high tech" and "high-touch."

June 18, 2019 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in alexander, batavia, Milestones, NY Army National Guard.

Major General Ray Shields, the adjutant general for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Miles Dietzman, from Batavia, assigned to the 105th Military Police Company, received a promotion to the rank of Private.

Elizabeth Taylor, from Alexander, assigned to the Headquarters, 153rd troop Command (Brigade) received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.

June 18, 2019 - 1:02pm

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The Batavia Business & Professional Womens Club Inc. 2019 Scholarship Committee, has awarded scholarships to seven Genesee County high school students, two Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP) students, and one Genesee Community College student is pending.

The clubs Committee Co-chairpersons Peggy Johnson and Bobbi Norton presented the awards for the evening.

The High School Student recipients are as follows: Brianna Bromley (Batavia), Lindsey Coniber (Le Roy), Joshua Kelsey (Alexander), Mary Kochmanski (Alexander), Garrett Sinemus (Elba), Jadan Torcello (Batavia), Taya Townley (Alexander).

Each received a $1,000 check to support their educational and career goals.

These scholarships are open to Genesee County high schools seniors (male or female).

Each student maintained an 85 percent average or higher, completed a one-page application with a letter of recommendation from a school staff member and submitted a personal essay discussing their achievements and future goals as well as an essay from a parent.

The finalists were interviewed by the BBPWC Inc. Scholarship Committee in May and notified.

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP) recipients are as follows: Emily Boldt (Pavilion) and Anna O’Geen (Warsaw). Each received a $500 scholarship award. These students were selected through the GVEP, Student Services Committee.

The Genesee Community College (GCC) adult student will receive a $500 scholarship award. The selection process for the GCC award is completed by the Genesee Community College Foundation and is pending selection of a candidate.

All of the award winners were invited to the Batavia Business & Professional Womens Inc. June Banquet, which was held June 6 at Dibble Family Center, Batavia.

Additionally, the BBPWC Inc. members voted at their May Meeting on the Service Awards to be distributed and this year. Six $500 checks were awarded.

To be considered for the service award a letter written on appropriate letterhead was sent to the BBPW requesting consideration.

The following service organizations received monetary awards at the banquet: All Babies Cherished, Bethany Fire Department, Care-A-Van Ministries, Crossroads House, The Warrior House and Habitat for Humanity.

To find out more about BBPW scholarships and service awards visit our webpage: https://bataviabpw.wordpress.com/.

The BBPWC Inc. also voted at their May meeting for Women of the Year. This year's recipient is Michelle Gillard, the club's treasurer who joined the organization in 2015. She was looking for a way to give back to her community and the group was a great fit for her. Gillard credits her ability to do what she does to all the wonderful members within the organization.

Please support our next fundraising event by joining us for our Meat Raffle on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Notre Dame High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and first spin will be at 6:45 p.m. All proceeds from this event benefit Genesee County scholarships and the service organizations.

Tickets will be available to purchase from any member beginning in August. Please contact Michelle at 585-297-0779 or send an email to [email protected].

Top photo -- scholarship recipients -- from left: Joshua Kelsey (Alexander), Brianna Bromley (Batavia), Mary Kochmanski (Alexander), Garrett Sinemus (Elba), Jadan Torcello (Batavia), Lindsey Coniber (Le Roy), Anna O’Geen (Warsaw), Taya Townley (Alexander).

Bottom photo -- service award winners -- from left: Sue Sherman -- All Babies Cherished; Nancy Ewert -- The Warrior House; Bridget Ohlson -- Care-A-Van Ministries; Mel Davis – Bethany Volunteer Fire Department; Marie Scofield -- Habitat for Humanity; Peg Patterson-Case – Crossroads House.

June 15, 2019 - 12:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in byron, Milestones.

NORTHFIELD, Vt.  – Garrett Lee Chapell, of Byron, received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Norwich University at the May 11 commencement ceremony held in NU’s Shapiro Field House.

Norwich University celebrated commencement during its 200th year of educating citizen soldiers in service to the nation with a ceremony in which 444 students graduated from 32 undergraduate programs and one master’s program.

The New York Times best-selling author and historian Alex Kershaw, who penned “Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University,” gave the commencement address to the Class of 2019 in Norwich’s bicentennial year.

Graduates include future military officers, law enforcement officers, and many who will go on to graduate school, jobs in the federal government, athletic training, construction management, and numerous sectors of public service. The Class of 2019 was comprised of 159 civilian students and 285 students in the Corps of Cadets.

Kershaw, who is a graduate of Oxford University, highlighted standout alumni, such as Norwich engineers who built the United States in the 19th century. A World War II historian and British native, Kershaw highlighted specifically a 1944 graduate, Private Richard Austin, who “jumped into the darkness above Normandy, one of the legendary Screaming Eagles,” to liberate Europe. He lauded Norwich’s many "firsts" particularly the first eight women who in 1974 became the first female members of the Corps of Cadets.

Kershaw concluded his remarks to the Norwich University Class of 2019 with this: “You are lucky…This place…provided a great platform for [Norwich alumni] success, a launching pad. Norwich gave a distinct, a rigorous and importantly a disciplined and moral education, and that basis will serve all of you very well as you go forward.”

The ceremony also included remarks from an enactment of Founder Captain Alden Partridge reflecting on how Norwich has grown and succeeded 200 years after its founding.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

June 15, 2019 - 12:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones.

KINGSTON, RI -- The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 dean's list. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and countries.

To be included on the dean's list, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Emily Fischer, of Batavia, was named to the dean's list.

The University of Rhode Island's pioneering research extends the University's influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2019, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 700 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.

June 11, 2019 - 5:28pm

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The Genesee County Office of Emergency Management Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Patnode (inset photo, left) as Training Technician for Genesee County effective July 8, filling the position vacated by James Bouton after seven years of service.

Patnode brings with him more 20 years of experiences as a volunteer firefighter with the Town of Alabama, including 10 years as Alabama fire chief.

Additionally, he serves as a New York State fire instructor, a Certified New York State fire investigator and EMT-basic.

He is HazMat Team leader for the Genesee County Emergency Support Unit (ESU) and the deputy fire coordinator of the West Battalion (GM4) assisting Alabama, Corfu, Darien, East Pembroke, and Pembroke fire departments.

The Office of Emergency Management Services is also pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Coffey (inset photo, right) as the deputy fire coordinator for the Center Battalion (GM3) as this position was also left open upon Bouton’s departure after almost 15 years as serving the Center Battalion.

Coffey brings 18 years of fire service experience to the position. He is currently serving as the fire chief of the Town of Batavia Fire Department, a New York State fire instructor and a member of the Genesee County Emergency Support Unit (ESU) as well as a member of the Genesee County Fire Investigation Team.

He is also a career sergeant for the City of Batavia Police Department.

As deputy fire coordinator of the Center Battalion, Coffey will provide assistant to Alexander, City and Town of Batavia, Bethany, Elba and Oakfield fire departments.

The county Office of Emergency Management Services looks forward to the knowledge, experience and positive impact these two men will bring to their respective positions.

On behalf of the fire and EMS service of Genesee County, we extend our appreciation to Jim Bouton for his years of service and dedication to the citizens of the county, and our best wishes to him in his future endeavors.

June 9, 2019 - 5:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, chancellor's award, news, education, Milestones.

GCC's 2019 SUNY Chancellor's Award winners -- Front row, from left: Derek Maxfield, Kristen Mruk, John Molyneaux, Maureen Goodsell. Back row, from left: JoNelle Toriseva, Lori Kubik, Kathleen Kimber.

Submitted photo and press release:

As Genesee Community College celebrated an all-encompassing and momentous commencement weekend for its students last month, the College administration, staff and faculty took a few hours to acknowledge and celebrate each other's accomplishments and dedication that go "beyond expectations."

"In the spirit of commencement & the hard work of our students, GCC recognizes the dedication of our faculty and staff who go beyond expectations in helping our students succeed," said GCC President James Sunser. "And so, for a few hours, we close non-essential offices and celebrate our successes as a team."

Perhaps the most prestigious honors recognized at this ceremony were the 2019 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Awards for Excellence bestowed upon seven of GCC's finest.

  • Receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, which recognizes consistently superior service contributions of teaching faculty over multiple years, was Professor of Spanish, Kathleen A. Kimber. Kimber became a member of GCC's faculty in 1997 and immediately got directly involved with the campus and community. Regularly using her Spanish fluency, Kimber goes above and beyond her duties as a professor to assist in translations, donating countless hours over the years. On multiple occasions, she has served as a medical translator in Honduras -- an experience Kimber shares in the classroom providing real-life learning opportunities to her students. Kimber has chaired and co-chaired many initiatives on campus, collaborated and contributed to grant writing opportunities and campus governance topics, student and faculty mentoring relationships, consistently and clearly demonstrating her commitment to service. Kimber was also the recipient of a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2011 and for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. Kimber earned her Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Integration from Pennsylvania State University Online, her M.A. from Indiana University, and her B.A. in Spanish from SUNY Potsdam. Kimber resides in Naples.
  • Recognizing consistently superior professional achievement, the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service was awarded to Student Activities Specialist, Kristen E. Mruk. Mruk, of Lancaster, joined the GCC professional services team in 2013 and since then has completely transformed GCC's Leadership Certificate Program into an online program making it more accessible and relevant to today's students. Additionally, Mruk revised the Student Orientation process to improve new student experiences, and has supported students transition to college through supplemental online programs and working closely with GCC's six campus centers. All of these efforts and Mruk's countless hours analyzing data, collaborating with colleagues and implementing new tools have allowed her to execute ideas to improve student participation and satisfaction. She is also actively involved with the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the College Student Personnel Association of New York State (CSPA-NYS) currently serving as its President Elect, and has been serving as a volunteer with SABAH (Spirited Athletes Bold at Heart) in Buffalo for 20 years. Mruk earned her M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College and her B.A. in Communication from SUNY Buffalo.
  • For Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, Director of Humanities JoNelle R. Toriseva received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Toriseva's passion for scholarship and creativity have been evident through all she has accomplished since joining GCC in 2011. The highlight of Toriseva's career so far was her work in spearheading the development of GCC's Scholarship Symposium. Now an annual signature event for the College, it not only presents the accomplishments of our students and employees by demonstrating and celebrating their creative achievements, but it supports and encourages a culture of research, academic excellence, and innovation as well. Toriseva has presented at various national, state, and local conferences and published award-winning writing. She brings to the classroom a lifetime of interesting accomplishments and experiences and continues to research and develop collaborative efforts within the college and local community to enhance scholarship and creativity opportunities for all. Toriseva received her M.F.A. in English, Creative Writing from Mills College, her M.A. in English and her B.S. in Spanish Education from Bemidji State University, and her B.A. in Spanish & Speech Communication from Concordia College. Toriseva resides in Rochester.
  • Receiving the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level of the highest quality was Associate Professor of History Derek D. Maxfield. Since his hire in 2009, Maxfield has been actively involved in GCC's campus community and dedicated to providing students with an exceptional learning experience. Described by many as a gifted storyteller, Maxfield has a way of reaching students in the classroom that is memorable. He incorporates applied learning, which gets his students beyond the classroom and experiencing the preservation of history on the ground, has created unique and engaging assignments, created new courses, and coordinates the GCC History Club's Historical Horizons Lecture Series. Maxfield's first book, "Hellmira: The Union's Most Infamous POW Camp of the Civil War" is being published this fall. Maxfield holds an M.A. in History from Villanova University and a B.A. in History from SUNY Cortland. He currently resides in Churchville.
  • The SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level of the highest quality. Receiving this award were adjunct instructors Lori E. Kubik and John R. Molyneux.

Kubik, who lives in Attica, has been a member of GCC's adjunct faculty since 2012 teaching several Grammar and English courses. In addition, she has been teaching in GCC's Advanced Learning Program since its inception in 2015. Kubik creates and uses various educational techniques to ensure she reaches all students' learning styles. Kubik is not only known for her unique ways to engage students, but also for her dedication to go above and beyond her duties as an adjunct teacher. Her breadth of knowledge, commitment to intellectual rigor dazzles students and faculty alike. It is very evident by all she does that she is truly invested in our college, community, and most importantly, our students. Kubik earned her M.S. and B.A. in Secondary English Education from the State University College at Buffalo.

Molyneux has been a member of GCC's adjunct faculty since 2002 and has taught a variety of courses in English, Literature and Speech. He is a veteran teacher with almost 50 years of teaching experience and is well known for his ability to connect with students. Molyneux is creative, innovative and passionate about educating. His dedication and motivation is an inspiration for all who cross his path. Molyneux is an exceptional instructor who is dedicated to bringing literacy instruction from the library to the classroom and beyond. As a result, his class offerings are in high demand. Molyneux holds a B.A. in English from St. Francis University. He currently resides in Henrietta.

  • The final SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence was presented to Maureen P. Goodsell, Admissions Data Entry Operator for Excellence in Classified Service. This award is a system-level award established to give recognition for superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the Classified Service. These awards demonstrate SUNY's commitment to individuals who provide superior service to its students and the community at large. Maureen came to GCC in 1999 and has been dedicated to mastering her role and has accomplished a great deal of work beyond the outline of her position description. Goodsell is a wealth of knowledge, a valuable resource for students and staff, and possess extraordinary customer service skills. She is a creative thinker, always flexible with the ever-changing times, and enthusiastic about all she does. Goodsell continually strives to fulfill and exceed all the expectations of her position in an effort to better herself and GCC. She is a role model when it comes to work ethic and a great leader. Goodsell earned her A.A.S in Business Administration from Genesee Community College. She currently resides in Batavia.

The entire employee celebration also included longevity service awards for employees having served GCC for up to 30 years as well as the College's own unique award category, the Cougar Awards, for which recipients are nominated by fellow employees.

"This was our second annual celebration and I'm already hearing reports of some of the amazing work we will be celebrating next year!" President Sunser said, "There is a lot to celebrate here at GCC."

June 9, 2019 - 5:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Pavilion.

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's largest-ever graduating class (5,248) received degrees during four spring commencement ceremonies May 9 and 11. Iowa State awarded 4,439 undergraduate degrees, 527 master's degrees, 132 doctor of philosophy degrees and 150 veterinary medicine degrees.

Brian Dukelow, of Pavilion, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business.

Robert Easter, president emeritus and professor emeritus of Animal Science at the University of Illinois; and Simon Estes, Iowa State's F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, addressed the undergraduates during morning and afternoon ceremonies, respectively.

Debra Stewart, a senior fellow at NORC and president emerita of the Council of Graduate Schools, delivered the Graduate College commencement address. Iowa State alumnus and veterinary pathologist Vincent Meador spoke at the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ceremony.

June 9, 2019 - 5:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia.

POTSDAM -- Lily Hamill, of Batavia, was recently named to the President's List at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Hamill, whose major is Literature/Writing, was among 909 SUNY Potsdam students who were honored for academic excellence in the Spring 2019 semester. College President Kristin G. Esterberg, Ph.D., recognized the students for earning top marks.

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.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges -- and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence.

The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu.

June 9, 2019 - 5:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Oakfield, corfu, alexander.

POTSDAM -- The following local students have been named Presidential Scholars for the spring 2019 semester at Clarkson University:

John Igoe, of Oakfield, majoring in Aeronautical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering.

Samantha Salim, of Corfu, majoring in Chemistry.

Ben Slenker, of Alexander, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

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

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues.

Through more than 95 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, science, and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations, and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

June 9, 2019 - 5:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Basom, elba, Oakfield, batavia, darien center.

POTSDAM -- The following local students have been named to the dean's list for the spring 2019 semester at Clarkson University:

Kristian Bank, of Darien Center, a Mechanical Engineering major.

Hannah Bowen, of Batavia, a Psychology major.

Logan Cadieux, of Oakfield, a Mechanical Engineering major.

Zachary Dusky, of Basom, a Mechanical Engineering major.

Jacob Perez Gangi, of Elba, a Civil Engineering major.

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

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues.

Through more than 95 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, science, and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations, and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

June 9, 2019 - 5:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Milestones.

ONEONTA -- Ciera Baker, of Oakfield, was among 196 SUNY Oneonta students who earned Provost's List honors for the spring 2019 semester.

To qualify for the Provost's List, a student must earn a perfect 4.0 grade-point average while carrying a course load of 12 hours or more.

Baker is studying International Studies at SUNY Oneonta.

SUNY Oneonta is a public, four-year college in Central New York, enrolling about 6,000 students in a wide variety of bachelor's degree programs and several graduate certificate and degree programs.

The college is known as both an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, and a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Visit https://suny.oneonta.edu/

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