Resume Writing Contest

Write it Right: 7th Annual Resume Writing Contest

Resumes Due: April 19th

To Enter:

  • Create a resume
  • Email your resume to or submit in person to Career Services in the Student Success Center

Resume Writing Help:

  • Pick up a Guide to Resume Writing in the Student Success Center
  • Call Career Services (585-345-6888) to schedule an appointment


  • 1st Place = iPad Mini
  • 2nd Place = $50 cash
  • 3rd Place = $30 cash

Co-sponsored by: Student Activities and the Business Forum Club


Apply to be an Orientation Leader!

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are current students who work over the summer at the Batavia Campus as GCC ambassadors assisting with summer orientation programs for first-time or transfer students, and their parents & family members.  OLs continue to serve throughout the year as mentors and share their experience as successful students to aid in the transition process for incoming students.

Interested in applying?

Eligible students must be a positive role model, have a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher, in good judicial standing, and be registered for Fall 2018 courses.  Please find the application attached with additional information including pay rate and selection process.

Orientation Leader Information and Application Summer 2018 (PDF form)

Applications are due by Friday, March 23 at 4:30pm in the Student Activities office (S115)

Questions? Contact Kristen Mruk (

NYSTAA Scholarship deadline is March 15, 2018

This is a reminder that the 2018 NYSTAA Scholarship deadline is March 15, 2018.  Each year NYSTAA awards four scholarships to transfer students valued at $2,000 each!  Students can access the online scholarship here:

Please note that two-year college graduates must attend a NYSTAA member institution in order to receive the scholarship. A listing of NYSTAA members is included on the scholarship website page.

Eligible students are encouraged to apply!

Details and the application are included below:


  • Have completed an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science by August 2018 from an active NYSTAA two-year member college
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5
  • Apply and plan on attending a current four-year NYSTAA member institution

Application Materials:

  • Online scholarship application, including essay and uploaded unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended and courses in progress
  • One letter of recommendation from a college administrator or faculty member, emailed as a Word or .pdf attachment, to

Contact Kristen Hargrave ( if you have questions.

Job Search Workshop, Tuesday, March 6

Job Search Workshop

Tuesday, March 6th


G200, Student Success Center, Batavia Campus

Not all available job openings are easy to find; therefore, you need to know how to take advantage of all available resources. In this workshop, you will learn strategies regarding navigating the web, networking, utilizing social media, reading newspapers, accessing government agencies and more!

ATTEND VIRTUALLY: Use Blackboard Collaborate!

Use the following link to join our session from your mobile phone or computer:

Supported by: Phi Theta Kappa
Register through: Purple Briefcase


Leadership Certificate Program

Genesee Community College, through the Student Activities Office, offers a Leadership Certificate Program that helps to prepare students for leadership roles on and off campus as well as into the future.  This program, for the first time, is now available in a fully online format in Blackboard!

Interested in participating?  Check out our website to read up on the specifics of the program as well as to enroll.  Once the enrollment form is completed, you will be added to the organization in Blackboard and you will have the opportunity to complete the program at your own pace.

Students who complete the program requirements will receive a framed certificate as well as a notation on their academic transcript!

We look forward to having you in the program!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Contact Kristen Mruk at

Fashion Business Speaker Series

On March 7, 2018, Kristine McCarthy will be part of Genesee Community College’s Fashion Business Speaker Series sharing her inspiring story of dedication, hard work and success. McCarthy currently serves as a senior vice president, operations lead at P.W. Minor. P.W. Minor has been making shoes in America since 1867 and operates the second oldest shoe factory in the country.

Christine McCarthyMcCarthy’s presentation will take place in room T102 of GCC’s Conable Technology Building at the Batavia Campus from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; however seating is limited. Those wishing to attend can RSVP by calling (585)345-6830 in advance. If you are unable to attend the event, McCarthy’s presentation will also be streamed live at

For the past decade McCarthy has led product development teams at Coach, Inc. and Ann, Inc. working with and managing the development process from design conceptualization to supply chain management and product profitability. McCarthy’s learning and experience has taken her to New York City and China, and she now enjoys working in her hometown of Batavia, NY.

McCarthy said, “Believing that anything is possible and not backing down from any challenge, I have delivered consistent results throughout my career on a global scale and I am proud of the work I do every day.”

McCarthy graduated from GCC in 2001 with an Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising and then transferred to Buffalo State College to earn her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Textile Technology in 2003. After 12 years in NYC, McCarthy currently lives in Batavia with her husband Brian McCarthy (also a 2001 GCC graduate) and their two sons, Jack and Ronan.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email:

5th Annual Creativity Conference


Please join us for our 5th Annual Creativity Conference on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 from 8:15-2:30pm.

This year the theme is “Creativity and Entrepreneurship….” where we will hear inspiring stories from numerous entrepreneurs in industries ranging from special effects, chocolates, photography, tattoos, and hospitality to name just a few.

Please encourage students to attend as well so they can glimpse the opportunity in fields they may have an interest in.

Keynote Speaker:       Erica Swiatek, President of Innovate Faster

Innovative entrepreneur, educator, and consultant Erica Swiatek talk about how she has applied Creative Thinking in building her business – and run an Escape Room experience on campus!

We will also have numerous workshops led by innovative entrepreneurs throughout the GLOW region: 

  • Rashaad Santiago: Special Effects/Makeup Artist and Winner of 2011 reality show “Face Off”
  • Trace George: President/CEO of VSP Graphic Group that designs logos for the Buffalo Bills & Buffalo Sabres, and a GCC Alum
  • Sue Fuller: Owner of Della’s Chocolates in Medina
  • Shawn Ramsey: Tattoo artist and Owner of Canalside Tattoo in Medina
  • Leslie Zink Ward & Geoff Dale: Owners of Lovin Cup & Three Heads will co-lead a session
  • Maureen Spindler:  Owner of The Village Photographer and our own MarCom photographer
  • Rhonda Parker: Writer/Director and Owner of Beaver Alley Studios Inc.
  • And many more!

Please look for additional details at:

Conference cost for all GCC faculty, staff and students is $25.  There is an additional cost of $15 to participate in The Escape Room breakout.

To Register: 

  • Supervisor Approval is required for faculty and staff to attend, using the attached form.  This completed form must be submitted to The BEST Center.
  • Students should register in the MSCE office.


Don’t miss this event!  Leo will be there to celebrate his 566th birthday with us!

Scholar Symposium — Seeking Proposals

Scholar Symposium logoShare your ideas in a presentation, poster, reading, art or performance.

Submit your abstract at:  Abstracts are due February 19.

Categories include:

  • Fast Pitch (5-6 minute presentation of your business model to a panel of judges)
  • Reading of Creative Work (15 minute reading of poetry, prose, fiction, or hybrid work)
  • Research (15 minute oral presentation; 30 minute oral presentation)
  • Research (Poster) (Presenters must prepare a 2-3 minute talk about their topic to share with interested parties. Presenters must stand/sit near poster for 60 minute session.)
  • Panel Discussion (30 or 60 minute)
  • Presentation of Experiential Education Experiences, Internships, Field Work, Travel (15 minute descriptive oral presentation includes Q&A; or a poster/portfolio presentation)
  • Work in Progress Reading of Creative Work (WIP) (5 minute reading)
  • Studio/Visual Art (Show a collection or piece of art)
  • Theatrical Performance Music Composition (20 minute performance)
  • Dance Choreography (20 minute performance)
  • Film Production/Theatrical Script (20 minute performance)
  • Pecha Kucha (7 minute oral presentation: 20 PowerPoint slides for 20 seconds each)

We look forward to seeing your work or seeing you in the audience on March 29th, 2018!

The Scholars Symposium is your opportunity to expand horizons, hone presentation skills and engage in our collective brain power for all to enjoy and to appreciate.

For further information go to:

If you have questions, please contact JoNelle Toriseva 585-343-0055 ext. 6627; Karen Huffman-Kelly, 585-343-0055ext 6148; or Garth Swanson, 585-343-0055 ext. 6291 for more information.

37th Annual Fashion Show – April 28

GCCFashionShow1aThe Fashion Program students at Genesee Community College are proud to announce the 37th Annual Fashion Show to take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited to save this date now!

The theme this year is “Ascendant” which carries two separate but equally important definitions. First, “Ascendant” speaks to the rising power GCC has in communicating fashion. This show is the culmination of student learning and it truly delivers the message that fashion is not only thoughtful, but impactful.

Secondly, the term ascendant represents the very first moment of a new day when the sun’s path crests the eastern horizon. It typically describes a person’s rising sign – the exact moment of one’s birth, dictating by calendar, the astrological sign under which a person is born. Astrological signs have been used to describe character traits of those born under each sign; just one way in which groups of people differ from one another. The “Ascendant” theme moves beyond recognizing these differences and to use fashion to make statements about moving to appreciate those differences as potential contributions to creative teamwork.

“Ascendant” promises to be a bigger production than ever! It will take place on the 24,000 square foot indoor field house in the brand new Richard C. Call Arena which will be transformed into a dreamlike area by the Fashion Program students. With plenty of space and accommodations for 2,000 guests, the students will be putting on one huge production. The only show will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. so make sure to get your seats today!

Tickets to attend the show are available in advance for $5 per person until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. After that, tickets will be available at the door for $8 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, email today.

Interested in an opportunity to show your support for the Fashion Show? GCC’s fashion program students are currently soliciting and accepting production sponsors. Business donation opportunities of $10 and personal donation opportunities of $5 are still available. Sponsors will be included in the Fashion Show Program as well as on the Fashion Show website. Contact Debbie Mancuso at (585) 345-6830 or via email at to schedule a donation pick up or to make special arrangements for your donation. Checks should be made payable to GCCA and can be mailed to Genesee Community College, Fashion Show, One College Road, Batavia NY 14020-9704.

To get an inside look at the 37th Annual Fashion Show, Ascendant, follow @trendygcc_ on Instagram and @trendygcc on Twitter. Students will be sharing details about the show and more!

The Fashion Program at GCC has always been a flagship program for the college. The knowledge and experience of the program faculty and the dedication to their students has produced quality and professional workplace candidates and well-prepared transfer students since the program’s inception 40 years ago. Recently, GCC resigned its articulation agreement with LIM for students in the Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. program. Students who complete the track and degree can seamlessly transfer to LIM to complete their B.B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing or Management. In addition, GCC is very excited to announce a new articulation agreement with Cazenovia College. This agreement provides a seamless transfer opportunity for GCC’s Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. students to Cazenovia’s Fashion Merchandising B.P.S. and for GCC’s Fashion Business: Fashion Design A.A.S. students to Cazenovia’s Fashion Design B.F.A. degree program. Anyone interested in taking advantage of these transfer opportunities through GCC is encouraged to contact GCC’s Student Success Center at (585) 345-6805 or via email at

Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer – Presentations February 16 & 17

Originally scheduled for mid-January, the Holland Land Office Museum and Genesee Community College History Club have rescheduled the presentation and book signing event with Dr. David Fitzpatrick, author of Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer, for Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Holland Land Office Museum, and the follow-up Panel Discussion will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. at GCC.

Emory Upton book cover

Dr. Fitzpatrick is faculty president and professor of History at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was also a history instructor. He has authored several military journal articles and essays. His current work is one of the definitive texts on the life of Upton and his post-war contributions to reforming the U.S. Army.

Saturday’s panel discussion will be moderated by GCC history professor Derek Maxfield in the Conable Technology Building, Room T102. Panelists will include Dr. Fitzpatrick; Don Burkel – president of HLOM; Michael Eula; Genesee County historian; and Dan Davis, former National Park Service historian at Spotsylvania National Military Park and an editor of the Emerging Civil War. Discussion will focus on the various aspects of General Upton’s character and life. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Derek Maxfield at or Holland Land Office Museum at 585-343-4727 or or go to: