GCC Ski & Snowboard Club – Holiday Valley discounted season passes

The GCC Ski Club is skiing on Monday nights this season. We will travel as a group to Holiday Valley on Mondays starting in the Spring semester.

Our season passes cost $135 (if ordered by November 1st), include 8 free lessons, and are valid beginning in December. Many local students find opportunities to use their passes over the winter break.

If you are a skier or snowboarder, and would like to take advantage of the college season pass rate, let me know. The savings over buying passes on your own is considerable. I will be putting our club order in on Thursday or Friday of this week to take advantage of early-bird pricing. You can still get passes after November 1st, but the cost is a little higher. Some of the season pass options are:

Monday nights $135
Tuesday nights $135
Wednesday nights $140
Thursday nights $140
Friday nights $185
Saturday nights $185
Sunday nights $160
Ultimate night college season pass (7 nights) $199
Ultimate college season pass (7 nights and weekdays) $299

It is going to be a cold winter…. Make the best of it, and hope to see you on the slopes!

Christopher Kemp
Director of Mathematics and Engineering Science
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Genesee Community College
(585) 343-0055 x6392


Historical Horizons History Initiative

I wanted to share with everyone the news that GCC will be hosting a new history initiative – Historical Horizons.  Sponsored by the History Club, the central piece (and only piece at present) will be a new lecture series that will take up a wide array of historical topics.  Tonight we inaugurate the new lecture series with a lecture entitled “The Alamo – The Myth, the Reality…and John Wayne.”  Our first speaker is Tom Schobert, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel and more recently one of the most respected Gen. Robert E. Lee impressionists.

Historical Horizons lectures in Batavia are held the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in T102 and are FREE and open to the public.  It is our hope to expand the lectures to the campus centers in the near future.  The calendar of lectures for the fall semester follows.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Professor Maxfield at anytime.  Thank you.

FALL 2015

7 October 

“Hell’s Half-Acre: The Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania”
Kris White, co-author of A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

4 November

“The Philosophy of History: What does it Matter?
Jim Simon, GCC Associate Dean of Orleans County Campus Centers

2 December

“Recalling Reconstruction: The Ugly Story of a Splendid Failure”
Prof. Derek Maxfield, GCC Associate Professor of History


Derek D. Maxfield
Associate Professor of History


Hike with the Outdoor Adventure Club

This Saturday I went hiking at Letchworth State Park with members of the Outdoor Adventure Club. I have been going to Letchworth since I was a kid–not too long ago, but it’s starting to feel that way–and I try to take advantage of any opportunity to hike around Letchworth. Especially when it’s free! Seven of us went, including our guide, Pat Green.

With temperatures around 70 degrees and the rain holding off in the afternoon, it was a perfect day for hiking and exploring the woods. It was muddy in the lower parts of the trail, but there were few, if any, bugs. The hike lasted a few hours, and at such a leisurely pace, it was possible to observe plants and animals that I normally just pass by. And with an experienced guide with the group, I could finally have some of my questions answered.

Such as, what is the name of that bird making that annoying call? It sounded like a mewling cat, and it’s a call I’ve heard many, many times before when I’ve been walking in the woods. Pat pointed out that it was a Gray Catbird.

A cute little bird, but what an irritating chirp!

Earlier in the hike, Pat pointed to these low-lying, fern-like plants and asked us what we thought it was. I had no idea. It was dark green and its leaves drooped like an umbrella. The plants were growing together in a small stand. “Mayapple,” he finally said. He informed us that people use the fruit of the mayapple to make jams, jellies, and pies, but the rest of the plant is said to be poisonous.

I learned a lot about the flora and fauna of Letchworth State Park during the hike. One of the members also found a geocache. (If you want to know more about geocaching, contact Elizabeth Downie at OAC@genesee.edu.) There’s an upcoming whitewater rafting trip at Letchworth on June 11, so if you’re interested, contact the OAC! It will be a lot of fun.

~Tom Kinsey

News Update from the Outdoor Adventure Club

We had a BLAST white water rafting at Letchworth State Park last weekend!!  After rafting, a few of us went to the Charcoal Corral for some yummy eats and then did some geocaching!  Thanks to all that joined us!!  We hope to see you again in June!

June 11 White Water Rafting Trip!

If you missed the April 30 trip, make sure you sign up for the June 11 trip!  All you have to do is email us (OAC@genesee.edu) or stop by Elizabeth Downie’s office (D259) to register!  The cost is $15 per GCC student* or $30 for non-GCC students*!  Please note that registration will close on Fri. 6/3 and monies will be due by Wed. 6/ 8!

We can take up to 20 students, so registration is first come, first served!  Sign up NOW!!

Guided Nature Hike

  Can’t wait until June to get outdoors??  Join us for FREE on May 14!  We are going to Letchworth State Park for a guided hike with Certified Nature Guide, Pat Green!  He is full of knowledge and fast facts!  Did you know that he went to PA to study the effect of wind turbines on bats?  How cool!  I had the pleasure of picking his brain on our rafting trip and he really knows his stuff!  So, email or stop by to register – did I mention it is FREE*??!!  There is no limit to how many people we can take, so invite your friends and family!  Let’s go hiking!

OAC Meetings

  There are no more OAC meetings for the Spring 2011 semester, so stay tuned for the schedule for Fall 2011! We have some GREAT ideas for fall: geocaching, haunted underground cave tours, sleigh rides, hiking, ropes course, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, horseback trial riding, and more! If you have any ideas, email us at OAC@genesee.edu or come to our meetings in the fall.

*There is an $8 per carload admittance fee, which is not covered by the OAC.