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: http://www.nystaa.org/transfer-scholarship/

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 NYSTAAScholarshipCommittee@gmail.com.

Contact Kristen Hargrave (klhargrave@genesee.edu) if you have questions.


Welcome to Spring 2018!

Spring 2018 classes start on Tuesday, January 16.

The college is closed on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Holiday. All buildings and offices will be closed.

Students needing assistance in registering for the Spring semester — selecting classes, paying tuition, or sorting out Financial Aid questions — should contact the Student Success Center. Visit the SSC web page here: https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/student-success-center/


New Tools Enabling GCC Student Success

In the past four years, nothing short of nine new digital opportunities have been introduced by Genesee Community College to help streamline the course registration process and assist students and/or their success coaches and advisors in creating the best possible academic schedule. The College’s Board of Trustees was given a demonstration of the latest online tool, College Scheduler on Monday night. GCC assistant registrar Tara Conrad showed the Trustees how the new software program can reduce a typical 45-minute registration process down to 15 minutes, and how it helps ensure students are following the best pathway for the most effective, timely degree completion.

College Scheduler joins a host of other empowering course registration utilities that have been introduced by GCC, such as Banner Mobile (2013), DegreeWorks (2014), Student Educational Planner and Axiom (2015), Student Outcome Tracking (2016), Student Advising Profile and Credentials Solution Transcripts Plus (2017). Together, this new technology or software programs have changed the way students can manage their academic progress.

“The days of standing in a long line to register for classes with a printed course catalog are long gone,” Conrad said. “College Scheduler is our ninth new element for student success.” An admitted ‘data and software junky,’ Conrad’s enthusiasm for the new program is compounded by its reporting structure and data collection capabilities. In the coming year, she is very excited about the new intelligence College Scheduler will reveal including term over term persistence rates.

Equally as impressive, however, is the user-friendly interface. Students can use the program independently without the oversight of a success coach, and they choose their own parameters-from campus location to term of enrollment, favorite instructors to preferred class times. College Scheduler also allows students to factor in their personal break time for things like athletic practice, work-study employment and even registering for a particular section to be with a friend. In Conrad’s five minute demonstration, the sample schedule started with more than 275 spring schedule options, but was quickly reduced down to less than six options as she clicked through a variety of preferences.

“By streamlining the entire registration process, we are enhancing the student and the success coach experience,” James M. Sunser, president of GCC said. “Reducing 45 minutes to 15 minutes is huge! Low value time gives way to engaging students in something more meaningful. Automation allows the success coaches to ask the students how things are going and talk about things that are much more important rather than of hunting and pecking for the right course.”

To watch a short, 1:21 minute video about College Scheduler go to https://youtu.be/rGvN7WobdC0.

Norton Writer’s Prize Competition for Students


The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017.

Competition for the Norton Writer’s Prize is open to undergraduates enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. Employees of Norton and their children are not eligible, nor are children of Norton authors. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for further eligibility requirements.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter on departmental stationery from a nominating instructor.  Electronic submissions must include an attached scanned cover letter of departmental stationary. Each instructor may nominate only one student essay. The nominating instructor must provide a one-paragraph summary of the essay’s merits and should type out his or her name, address, phone number, email address, and title.  Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Submissions may be made electronically or by mail.  Each student may submit only one essay.

Printed & Mailed Student Essays: must be printed out single-sided and double-spaced with all pages numbered. Entries should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. The student’s name should appear on a separate piece of paper and should not appear on any headers or footers. Students must provide a cover sheet with their name, permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), permanent phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2017, and sent to:

The Norton Writer’s Prize
Attn: Marilyn Moller
W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110

Multimedia, Electronic Submissions: must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.  Students must provide their name, with permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper in a separate email accompanying the document.  Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Electronic entries must be sent no later than June 15, 2017, with the subject line: Writer’s Prize Nomination and emailed to: NortonWritersPrize@wwnorton.com

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2018.

Norton reserves the right to publish submitted essays, but all students will own the copyright to their work.

I write to imagine things differently—
and in imagining things differently
perhaps the world will change.
—Terry Tempest Williams

There is more info available at: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/norton-writers-prize/

Plagiarism Workshops – April 24-28

The library is offering multiple sessions of a workshop on how to avoid committing plagiarism.  The workshop will be offered at 4 different days/times and will be held in room T104 (not in the library) on:

Monday April 24
1 – 2 pm

Tuesday April 25
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Wednesday April 26
5 – 6 pm

Thursday April 28
2 – 3 pm

The workshop will cover summarizing, paraphrasing, and MLA citation, though students are welcome to bring any questions they have about other citation styles.

Writing Club presents author Stephen Schottenfeld

Noted author Stephen Schottenfeld will present a reading on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College. Bluff City Pawn is Schottenfeld’s most recent work, published in 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. The story follows a Memphis, Tennessee pawnshop owner as he enlists his brother’s help in a scheme to acquire a valuable gun collection. Through the lives of three brothers, the book explores themes of class, family, race, ownership and loyalty during tough economic times where desperation and the drive to ahead dominant.

He also completed a story collection, Miss Ellen Jameson Is Not Deceased, and he is currently at work on his next novel. His stories have been published in various publications, including The Gettysburg Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and New England Review. His work has garnered a grant from the Michener/Copernicus Society of America, a Halls Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and special mentions in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

Schottenfeld holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, where he is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently is the James P. Wilmot assistant professor of English at the University of Rochester.

JoNelle Toriseva, Creative Writing Club co-advisor and director of English, Communications & Media Arts, invited Schottenfeld to campus to share his work and creative process with students and the local community.

For further information, Schottenfeld’s “Artie Gottlieb, Consulting Philosopher,” is available online at the Virginia Quarterly: http://www.vqronline.org/fiction/artie-gottlieb-consulting-philosopher

Additionally, Schottenfeld reads an excerpt from Bluff City Pawn at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference available at: http://www.nereview.com/2015/06/03/stephen-schottenfeld-reads-at-bread-loaf-approved/ and a 2015 interview on Fiction Writers Review is available here: http://fictionwritersreview.com/interview/an-interview-with-stephen-schottenfeld/

Transfer Scholarships Available

This is a reminder that the 2017 NYSTAA Scholarship is available on the NYSTAA website. Please visit: http://www.nystaa.org/transfer-scholarship/

The deadline is to apply is March 1, 2017. Please encourage eligible students to apply!

Here is the PDF version of the application:


Please let either Melissa Moore or me know of any questions you have.

Thank you!
Scholarship Co-chairs:

Melissa Moore, Bryant and Stratton College: mmoore@bryantstratton.edu
Rebecca Mack, Monroe Community College: rmack@monroecc.edu

Writing Tutor in the Library – Spring 2017 Hours

CAP and the Library are pleased to announce the schedule of writing assistance and tutoring available for Spring 2017.

A writing tutor is available in the library:

  • Monday 8:30am – 3:30pm; 4-7:30pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am – 2:30pm; 4-7:30pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Thursday 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • and starting Feb. 5 — Sunday:  12:30 – 5:30pm

Service is on a drop-in basis; no appointments are required.  Information is also posted on the library’s website under Help & Tutorials.

Regular M-F daytime tutoring is available at the CAP Tutoring Center, D207 .

Spring Classes start January 17!

If you have not yet registered for Spring, NOW is the time to do so.

There are a number of borderline-enrolled classes that may be cancelled if YOU do not register soon! Don’t miss out on the classes you need to earn your degree.

If you’re not sure what to register for, use our “Find an Advisor” list to contact the advisor nearest you (Batavia, a campus center or Online). Our advisors will be more than glad to meet with you to discuss your options.

The college is closed Monday, January 2, for the New Year’s holiday, and on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King holiday.

Hope to see you soon!

Plagiarism Workshops

The library is offering 3 Plagiarism workshops for students in October (additional sessions will be offered in November):

Thurs. Oct. 13 @ 12:30 – 1:30
Weds. Oct. 26 @ 1 – 2 pm
Fri. Oct. 28 @ 1 – 2 pm

The workshop will cover topics such as summarizing, paraphrasing, common knowledge, time management, in-text citations, and signal phrases.  Two hands-on activities will help participants practice these skills. The workshop will generally cover MLA citation style, but students are free to ask have questions about APA or Chicago style.

All workshops cover the same material, so students should attend the workshop that’s most convenient for their schedule.

The library is offering 2 Citation Help sessions in October (additional sessions will be offered in November):

Tues. Oct. 11 @ 12:30 – 1:30
Mon. Oct. 24 @ 1 – 2 pm

Librarians will review MLA, APA, & Chicago styles and take questions. Librarians *will not* be providing general writing assistance at these sessions.

The full schedule of workshops and help sessions is available at: http://guides.genesee.edu/copyright/plagiarism/workshops