New Student Orientation

In Batavia, New Student Orientation is scheduled for Friday, August 17.

This day will be a chance to meet students in your program, ask questions that you have not gotten answered, learn about student clubs, and generally get the feel of the campus.

Information about the Batavia Orientation will be sent to your Genesee email, later in the summer. Keep an eye on that email to make sure you get a chance to sign up to participate.

Campus Centers may or may not have individual orientation sessions. If you will be attending classes primarily at a campus center, contact the staff to see if there will be a session offered at that location.




Summer Child Care Available

If you you are considering attending classes in Batavia this summer, be aware that child care is available during the day. Qualified staff will watch your child(ren) while you attend class, and even while you work in the library!

The Child Care Center accepts pre-school children and has space for children of all ages for the summer program.

Information on rates and the application form are available on the web:

Contact the Day Care Center directly, if you have any questions.


Open Computer Lab Hours – Summer Session 1

The Open Computer Lab is found in room T207 of the Batavia Campus.

In that space are computers and printers for students to be able to complete assignments needed for classes. The computers have Office, internet access and all software required by instructors.

The Open Lab is also home of the “Laptop Zone” — where anyone with a laptop is welcome to use the space. There is plenty of desk space to spread out on and there are electrical and USB outlets to help charge any device. There is also wireless printing capabilities.

Hours for the Open Computer Lab for summer session 1 — May 29 through June 29

  • Monday through Friday — 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday – closed

The Open Computer Lab will be closed July 2 through July 6 (July 4 is the observed holiday and College buildings will be closed).

Questions about the Open Computer Lab can be sent to Jennifer Ross (

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 (

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.

Spring 2018 RCC Fitness Center Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 8am – 10am
  • 11:15am – 1:15pm
  • 2:30pm – 9pm

Tuesday & Thursday

  • 12:30pm – 5pm***
  • 6pm – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday

  • 12pm – 4pm


Spring 2018 RCC Arena Walking/Running Hours

  • (Track Usage Only)
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 12:30pm – 2pm

***Though the RCC Fitness Center will be closed from 5pm-6pm to students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Faculty/Staff will be permitted to stay and work out during this hour if they so choose***

Hours are subject to change. Please watch for postings in the Fitness Center or in other locations.