GCC 2016-2017 Annual Report

Genesee Community College has published its 2016-2017 Annual Report – available for the first-time ever completely online! In addition, the College adopted an agricultural theme for the report highlighting the surrounding community.

GCC’s 2016-2017 Annual Report was published on a special website, http://annualreport.genesee.edu/ to support the College’s sustainable business practices as well as to maximize accessibility to the information contained within the report. From the welcoming message on the report’s homepage to the photos recounting the past year’s dynamic stories, GCC demonstrates its commitment to a “Plant. Water. Harvest. Repeat.” theme.

“At its core, GCC plants seeds of knowledge, waters and cultivates the learning experience, recognizes and celebrates the harvest of contributions, and continuously refines and repeats the process to ensure our future,” President James M. Sunser, Ed.D. said in the report’s opening message. “We hope we have captured how our efforts echo the hard-work, innovation and dedication of the farming families and agribusinesses that have long made our community a strong and vibrant place to work, live and grow.”

A multitude of stories with accompanying photographs are celebrated in the report representing innovative programs that “Plant” seeds for student success. Events such as the Annual Tech Wars hosted by the Accelerated College Enrollment program, lectures by Multicultural Communications Club, volunteers working with Habitat for Humanity and many other stories reflect GCC “We plant” initiatives. The report’s “Water” chapter includes images from a plethora of community events such as Veterans Day, the Harvest Festival and the popular Cougar Crawl weekend. Perhaps, and most appropriately, the “Harvest” chapter of the report is the longest, highlighting all the ways students, faculty and staff contribute to the community through GCC’s Center for the Arts productions, the Scholars Symposium, the annual Fashion Show, commencement and so many meaningful efforts. It is through the annual repetition of GCC’s efforts that our communities continue to grow and succeed – which are highlighted in the report’s “Repeat” chapter. Finally, the “Supporters” tab of the report pays tribute by listing those whose donations to the College have helped ensure long-term success.

Everyone is encouraged to view the annual report at http://annualreport.genesee.edu/ and join in the celebration of the accomplishments of the past academic year.

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

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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 www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/.

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: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

5th Annual Creativity Conference

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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:  http://www.genesee.edu/home/events/creativity-conference/

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!

Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery Presents “Waterworks”

Ever contemplate the critical role water plays in our world? For years, sculptural artist, Jennifer Hecker has been fascinated by the potential for a worldwide water crisis in the 21st century.

From November 16 to December 15, 2017, the public is invited to view Hecker’s work in the “Waterworks Water Tables & Other Aquatic Accoutrements” exhibit, on display at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College. Come and meet Hecker in person at the artist lecture on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Receptions will follow at 1p.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, check out the full press release here: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2017/11/07/rosalie-roz-steiner-art-gallery-presents-waterworks

GCC and St. John Fisher College Share Pharmacy Dual Admissions Partnership

A new collaborative, dual enrollment program between Genesee Community College and St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, now provides two qualified GCC students each year with the opportunity to transfer into the highly regarded Wegmans School of Pharmacy. The partnership and program offers these students a direct path to earn a doctoral degree from the two highly-regarded institutions and in one of the fastest-growing and most rewarding career choices in healthcare.

“We are continuing to build strong bonds with area colleges that provide wonderful opportunities for our students to succeed,” Dr. James Sunser, GCC President said of the partnership. “This relationship exemplifies Genesee’s mission of seeking new avenues that help our students achieve their dreams.”

GCC students enrolled in any of the Natural Sciences concentrations would be eligible to apply to the pharmaceutical program. These include biology, chemistry, environmental biology and physics. With the fall semester beginning on August 21, 2017, now is the time to explore this opportunity given the limit of just two seats.

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher opened in 2006 and is one of only five of its kind in New York State. After an inaugural class of 55 students, nine faculty and two staff members, the School has grown to over 300 students and over 40 faculty and staff. The Pharm.D. program prepares students to practice in any professional setting by providing a strong foundation in the sciences, clinical skills and administration. The curriculum is designed to integrate information that builds upon one another, and encompasses both didactic and experiential learning.

Interested students need to apply through GCC’s Transfer Services Center and complete the pre-requisite courses as well as meet agreed upon guidelines. For further information, contact GCC transfer coordinator Kristen Hargrave at transfer@genesee.edu or call (585) 343-0055 ext. 6230.

GCC’s new Student Success Center has introduced “START” (Student Testing Advisement Registration Tuition) Days for new students to complete all their required enrollment processes in one day. Students can meet with one of the College’s new success coaches, who offer assistance every step of the way-right through graduation. (Anyone in need of assistance in filing for FAFSA should bring their 2015 tax information.)

START Days are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday through July 31, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m. at all GCC campus locations. To schedule an appointment, call the Student Success Center at (585) 345-6805 or the campus location nearest to you or visit the Success Center’s newly launched webpage at http://www.genesee.edu/ssc.

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/

Juried Exhibit in Art Gallery

The Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College is hosting its first-ever digital art and photography juried student exhibit, entitled “Vision: Digital Art and Photography Student Exhibition” from April 27 – May 21, 2017. The exhibition will recognize students and display their chosen work through the end of the spring semester. Gerald Mead, a well-known artist, collector and educator will select the work to be exhibited from submissions by students enrolled in Digital Art and Photography courses at the College. A series of prizes for the most distinguished work will also be awarded.

Mead is an award winning artist and educator and a former longtime curator at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo. He has organized over 200 historic and contemporary exhibitions, including a traveling exhibition of work by the internationally known photographer Milton Rogovin, and an exhibition chronicling the career of photographer Cindy Sherman, which was organized for the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. His own photo-collages are in the permanent collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction in Fort Worth, TX.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a juried exhibit for our Digital Art and Photography students under the distinguished eye, talents and experience of Mr. Mead,” Mary Jo Whitman, art gallery coordinator said. “It is a great learning experience for our students and it presents an opportunity for them to learn the process of a juried exhibit, and receive feedback about their work from a professional in the field.”

Gerald is also a noted art collector, and since 1987 he has assembled a private collection of over 950 pieces of artwork by artists associated with Western New York. Many thematic exhibitions from the Gerald Mead Collection have been presented at college and university galleries and other public venues, including Daemen College in Amherst and El Museo Gallery in Buffalo. He also sponsored the “Of Niagara” at GCC’s Roz Steiner Art Gallery in the fall of 2015. He currently teaches in the Design Department at SUNY Buffalo State, and is an independent curator.

The juried exhibit will be on display in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery beginning on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with an opening reception planned for April 27 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. and an additional reception planned for 5 – 7 p.m., when Mead will deliver a lecture beginning a 5 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to GCC students during the Thursday evening reception with donations from various GCC departments, including Student Activities, Fine Arts Committee, the Photo Club, the Marketing Communications Office and instructors Joe Ziolkowski and Pam Swarts. Go Art!, Karen’s Yarn and Paper Scissors are also contributing prizes.

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.

 

Food service hours

Good afternoon:

Subway will be open through this Friday, May 13th.
The main cafe will be open for the summer from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch will be served each day the College is open.

American Food is able to meet all your catering needs throughout the summer months.
If you have any question or concerns please contact Brian Mattice at x6499.

Kevin Hamilton
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Genesee Community College
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020-9704
(585) 343-0055 Ext. 6210
(585) 345-6819 (fax)
kphamilton@genesee.edu