Upward Bound Scholar’s Fair and Cook Off

The Upward Bound students and staff cordially invite you to

Upward Bound Scholar’s Fair and Cook Off
Tuesday, July 26
10:15 am – 11 :30 am

Come see the student displays and taste test the various Cook Off delights.
VOTE for your favorite dish. Prizes are awarded to the winners!

The $5 Gift Card Raffle tickets will also be on SALE.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Barb Sadden
TRIO Upward Bound Director

New: Veterans Services at GCC

BATAVIA, NY (07/19/2016)(readMedia)– Being a veteran or military aligned student (Active Duty, Veteran, Guard, Reserve or family) presents a unique set of opportunities, benefits and challenges when it comes to earning an education. GCC’s Office of Veterans Services stveteranservicesrives to guide veterans and military affiliated students through this critical process of returning to school. There are three new members in GCC’s Veteran’s Office.
They are available this summer to help new or returning students understand and most effectively utilize benefits that they have honorably earned. They assist with financial aid, admissions, advisement and anything else required throughout their educational journey. The Veterans Office staff includes three veterans, Steven Fink, Steven Bunch, and Patrick Mandia, all military veterans themselves who have navigated the higher education process, earned degrees, and are excited to help their co-veteran colleagues.

“We are here to help the military aligned student in any way we can,” Fink said, who is a three time U.S. Army combat veteran. “We are here to serve as a main point of contact and a liaison between the military aligned student and the College.”

Steven Fink served eight years in the U.S. Army, primarily as an infantryman and a scout-sniper in the 1st Infantry Division, 172nd Infantry Brigade, and the 1st Cavalry Division. As a former active duty soldier, National Guard soldier and recent college graduate, Steven is intimate with what it takes to be successful both on and off the battle field. He earned a B.S. in Business Management and is working toward his M.B.A. from D’Youville College. Steven lives in Pembroke with his wife and two children. He is available this summer at the Batavia campus on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Steven Bunch served more than 28 years and is a veteran of naval expeditionary operations during the Cold War, Korean Defense Service, Gulf War I (Iraq), and Gulf War II (Afghanistan) with over 11 years of Foreign Service. He began as a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy and culminated in the U.S. Army while with the 10th Mountain Division and Army Material Command at Fort Drum, New York. Steve holds a B.A. in History, an M.A. in Humanities and a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. He currently works at the GCC Medina and Albion Campus Centers in the morning and is available by appointment.

Patrick Mandia served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 12 years as a combat engineer with the 98th Division, based out of Rochester. While in the military, Patrick was a certified Army drill instructor and worked specifically with new soldiers who were completing basic training and/or the 12 Bravo – Engineer School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Patrick also earned an A.A.S. in Business Administration from GCC. He is assigned as a veterans affairs outreach specialist at the Batavia campus and is available Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Services and resources available to military aligned students are vast. They include the dedicated Veteran’s Lounge open during normal campus hours (approximately 100 hours per week) which provides free coffee/tea, television, computer, scanner/printer and Wi-Fi use. In addition, GCC offers free tutoring, free campus parking, free online application, and free career and academic advising. Other advantages that veterans have available to them are earning credit toward a college degree for prior service, education or experience, financial aid assistance, and the option to register for classes one week early. The Batavia campus also has the NYS certified, on-campus Child Care Center for infants six weeks old to preschool age. Veterans may inquire about additional resources and accommodations such as student housing at College Village.

“It is our mission to educate these students on their benefits and the best way to utilize them to ensure success,” Fink noted. “We are here to advocate for, provide outreach to, and educate the veteran population on the many benefits of earning a degree in higher education. I believe it is our responsibility to create a veteran friendly culture throughout the College,” Fink added. “The College staff has been nothing but helpful so far, they have gotten behind many veteran friendly initiatives and are working closely with the Veteran’s Office to make our military students as successful as possible.”

For further information on Veterans Services at GCC, visit the recently-redesigned Veterans Services webpage at www.genesee.edu/home/adult-learners/veterans-services/. To schedule an appointment to meet with someone in the Veteran’s Office, email us at veterans@genesee.edu.

“We will be honored to serve you, and help you get started on your educational journey this fall,” Fink concluded. “Don’t hesitate to come in and chat.” The fall semester starts August 22, 2016 making this the perfect time to consider enrolling-whether it is just one class or a full semester.


Blackboard Mobile App Maintenance

Please be aware that Blackboard has announced scheduled maintenance for Blackboard MobBlackboardlogoile Learn and Bb Student mobile apps beginning Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 12:01AM up to Sunday July 24th at 2:00AM Eastern time.

Other affected Blackboard products are Bb Grader mobile app and the Blackboard Mobile Web Services Building Block.

Students in summer courses who use the mobile apps for accessing courses need to be aware of this outage.

Questions? Send an email to helpdesk@genesee.edu


Road Work – Batavia Campus

To the Campus Community,

Site development continues on our roadways and parking lots for the construction project.  Starting Wednesday (July 13) work begins on the West-end driveway near the 90-degree bend that turns towards the college, across the back north parking lot and into the service driveway.  Blacktop is being removed and resurfacing will take place.  This may result in some delays along the West driveway and service entrance driveway.  Work will go through Friday and possibly into Monday.

Traffic may be delayed entering and leaving the service area and there will be short periods of time where traffic cannot get through.  Large deliveries should be scheduled to avoid this time or expect delays in getting to the loading dock.

Thank you for your continued understanding and assistance.

Stephen Wise
Director of Campus Safety
SUNY Genesee Community College
1 College Road
Batavia, NY, 14020
585- 343-0055 ext 6847
Fax: 585-345-6883

Parking Lot Closures – July 7

To the Campus Community:

Site work continues on the Batavia Campus with further project work being done in the parking lots this week.  The Tech parking lot will be closed for sealing on Thursday, July 7, 2016 and will reopen on Friday, July 8, 2016.

The east driveway (opposite the Med-Tech Center and adjacent to the Tech Lot) will also be closed for striping on Thursday, but will re-open by noon.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Michael R. Donalty
Assistant Director, Campus Safety

More Parking Lot Work – June 29, 30

To the Campus Community:

Site work continues on the Batavia Campus with further project work being done in the parking lots this week.

The north parking lot will be closed for milling and patching on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 and will reopen on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

The south (center) lot will be closed for milling and patchwork on Thursday, June 30, 2016 and will reopen on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Stephen Wise
Director of Campus Safety
SUNY Genesee Community College
1 College Road
Batavia, NY, 14020
585- 343-0055 ext 6847
Fax: 585-345-6883

Sidewalk closures — June 28th

To the Campus Community,

Site work continues on the parking lots and sidewalk renovations at the Batavia Campus.  On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, it will be necessary to close the center plaza area to install new curbing.

There will be no pedestrian traffic available to the:

  • south Art Center slider doors
  • Main entrance doors north of the clock tower and
  • to the north Conable Technology slider doors.

Pedestrian traffic can access the buildings by using the doors along the north side of the Art Center (loading dock side) and the south slider doors in the Conable Technology building.  Both of the aforementioned entrances are ADA accessible.  We expect that the plaza will reopen by noon on the 28th.

Stephen Wise
Director of Campus Safety

Parking Lot Changes

To the Campus Community:

Beginning Friday, June 10, 2016, site work in the North Art Center parking lot will begin.  For safety reasons, it will be necessary to section off the front of the north parking lot, which will directly affect the availability of handicap parking in the North Art Center lot.  Barriers will be placed to the west of the existing double row of handicap parking spaces.

To accommodate handicap parking needs, we will make available temporary handicap parking spaces by putting them in the first double row of parking to the west of the area being sectioned off.  Our intent is to provide pedestrians safe access to the main entrances while the site work is ongoing.  There may be brief periods where pedestrian traffic may need to be rerouted due to increased construction traffic.  Prior to these periods, Campus Safety will make every effort to provide the campus community with advance notice.

If the extra distance a person will need to travel while utilizing the handicap spaces in the North Art Center parking lot creates a hardship, please feel free to contact me directly at 585- 343-0055, ext 6847.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you.

Stephen Wise
Director of Campus Safety

Testing Center Holiday Hours

The Batavia Testing Center will be closed on the following dates due to the upcoming holidays. Please plan ahead for the summer sessions. I hope everyone gets a chance to get outside and enjoy some sunshine!

Memorial Day

  • Saturday, May 28th
  • Monday, May 30th

Independence Day

  • Saturday, July 2nd
  • Monday, July 4th


Tia Kennedy
Testing and Transition Coordinator