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Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

GCC names January's Employee of the Month

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Genesee Community College has named Carla Guiste as the January Employee of the Month.

Guiste is said to provide outstanding service in the Copy Center to faculty and staff. She processes duplicating jobs with ease and professionalism and is continually willing to run rush jobs for faculty, particularly at the beginning of the semester when extra copies may be needed due to increased enrollments.

Her turnaround time for work is phenomenal, regardless of the complexity of the job at hand. She does what she can to accommodate requests and does so with a friendly, positive attitude and a smile.

Guiste has worked at the college for more than five years, six months of which were at part-time status. Before coming to Genesee, she worked at Kauffman Footwear for 15 years. After Kauffman's' closed, she worked at a greenhouse and at a gym for women.

At her current position at Genesee's Copy Center, she performs printing and copying for all seven campus locations, including simple printing, brochures, pamphlets, bound books and much more.

"I love so many aspects of working at GCC," Guiste said. "I love the people here, my job and the whole atmosphere here. What a great place to work!"

Guiste is a graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School and lives in Oakfield with her husband, Jerry Guiste. She has two children Justin Ball (Patty) and Ashley Ball. Outside of work, Carla enjoys gardening, cross-country skiing, walking, spending time with her family and with her dogs that are her pride and joy.

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Former Byron student makes Dean's List

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David  Kenward, a sophmore from Byron, made the Dean's List at Lycoming College for the fall 2010 semester.

The distinction recognizes superior scholarship. Students make the Dean's List if they complete at least four letter-graded courses and earn a minimum grade point average of 3.50 for the semester.

Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

College offers new Toastmaster Club for everyone

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Here's a news release from GCC:

When employers speak, Genesee Community College listens!

Recent studies indicate that employers want schools to hone in on "soft skills" such as communication, teamwork and leadership. Communication is a premium 21st Century aptitude and individuals who excel in public communication readily secure leadership roles in today's complex organizations.

At least 90 percent of GCC students are required to take a public speaking course, but the college realizes that the 15-week course does not give ample time to make all individuals great public speakers. The best way to improve public speaking is to keep speaking to the public!

To that end, and beginning, the college's Career Services Center and Student Activities is sponsoring a new GCC Toastmasters International Club.

The first meeting is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2 in room T102 (Technology Building).

As a community club, it is open not only to students, staff and faculty, but also to anyone from the greater Western New York area interested in making new friends and participating in activities, taking chances on new experiences and having fun in the world of communication.

Participants learn how to give impromptu speeches, present prepared speeches and to improve communication skills in a supportive environment. Toastmasters helps remove the fear of public speaking and teaches the skills that help members be more successful in whatever life path they select. The Toastmasters format works in tandem with GCC's public speaking course.

The Toastmasters Club is not a college, trade school or other formal course in public speaking. No one is graded and no tests are administered. Members learn by studying the manuals, practicing and helping one another in a safe club environment. Club meetings are workshops where attendees study and practice communication and leadership skills with others who are there for the same reasons. Research indicates that club members learn by doing and by watching.

During club meetings, members will build "quick thinking" skills, learn how to introduce speakers, conduct meetings and perform other roles that will give plenty of practice in a variety of communication experiences.

GCC invites all community members to mark on their calendars and consider bringing along a friend to this new club. Genesee Community College is located at 1 College Road, Batavia.

For more information contact: John McGowan, Career Services coordinator at 343-0055, ext 6383, <http://[email protected]> or Jackie DiBella, instructor, at 278-8851, <http://[email protected]>.

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

GCC names local students on fall 2010 President's List

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Genesee Community College has announced the names of Genesee County students who were named to the President's List for the 2010 fall semester.

Students honored on the President's List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

The honorees are:

From Alexander

Charles Kwasniewski
Chelsey Brinkman
James Blanchard
Marissa Laney
Tammy Rebmann

From Basom

Brian Pillo
Daniel Schmigel
Kimberly Mills
Xiaoling Sliker

From Batavia

Alicia Gray
Amanda Florian
Angela Puccio
Anne Kleinbach
Ashley Gerace
Cady Hume
Chad Richards
Chelsea Carrubba-Benson
Christopher Cummings
Cody Mulcahy
Corey Kocent
Dana Torcello
Daniel Dawson
David DiSalvo

David Dupre
Deanna Johnston
Derquile Qualcen
Devon Kleinbach
Elizabeth Geuss
Emily Davis
Emily Middlemiss
Erika Johnston
Erin Kruppner
Heidi Dempsey
Jaclyn Giuliani

Jamie Borkholder
Janelle Larsen
Jason DiMartino
Jennifer Curry
Jennifer Dorf
Jennifer Merle
Joshua Stendts
Julia Cole
Karen Crane

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Former hostage Terry Anderson to talk about Middle East peace at chamber dinner

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Former hostage Terry Anderson will discuss peace in the Middle East at Terry Hills Restaurant on Friday, Feb. 18.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is hosting this dinner and presentation to benefit the War of 1812 Peace Garden being established here in Batavia. There will also be a silent auction.

Seating is limited so people are encouraged to buy tickets early. Cost per ticket is $25 and includes a full course dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber, located at 210 E. Main St. or the Stagecoach Florist in Batavia City Centre.

Social hour is 5 to 6 p.m. with dinner and presentation to follow.

Groundbreaking for the garden is planned for September. It will be part of a trail of Peace Gardens commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Batavia became instrumental in the war after Buffalo burned, playing a major role in holding back the British, according to historians.

The Peace Garden will commemorate the past and play an active part in the future of Batavia and Genesee County. The hope is that in sharing what makes us uniquely human, we'll strengthen our understanding of one another and forge a bond of peace that will never be broken, according to supporters.

For more information contact Barb Toal at 344-2458.

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

10th annual Winter Guard Competition at Batavia High School

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There will be a Winter Guard Competition at Batavia High School Gymnasium from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Tickets are $6; $5 for seniors.

Eighteen winter guards will be competing from Western New York and Canada in this 10th annual "Fantastic Visions."

It is hosted by the Batavia Winter Guard and Batavia Band Boosters.

The school is located at 260 State St. in the City of Batavia.

Friday, January 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Blood drive at UMMC

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United Memorial Medical Center has scheduled a Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 in Cary Hall, 211 E. Main St., Batavia.

Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be made by calling Mary Canterbury, UMMC’s Blood Bank coordinator, at 344-5474.

Each presenting donor will receive a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee!

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Three local students make President's List at SUNY Canton

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SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and the college's deans recently recognized students who excelled academically during the Fall 2010 semester.

"It is impressive to see the diversity of students who have succeeded at SUNY Canton," Kennedy said. "Students from all of the over the world and here in New York are represented on the college's honor rolls. Each of these students has demonstrated that they are committed to getting the most out of their career-driven education."

To receive President's List honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade-point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Dean's List, full-time students must receive a GPA of 3.25. Part-Time Honors are awarded to students earning at least a 3.25 GPA on six to 11 credit hours.

These local students made the President's List at SUNY Canton:

  • Stacy E. Holley, of  Bergen, a Criminal Investigation major. Holley is a 2008 graduate of Byron-Bergen Jr.-Sr. High School.
  • Alicia L. Morgan, of  Alexander, a Criminal Investigation major. Morgan is a 2008 graduate of Alexander Central School.
  • Justin A. Richardson, of Pavilion, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major. Richardson is a 2009 graduate of Pavilion Central School.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor's, associate and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton's new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 150 courses online each semester.

The college's athletic teams belong to the NAIA's Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction of the college's new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center nicknamed "Roos House" is nearing completion, while the new apartment-style residence hall, featuring 305 single-occupancy rooms, is under construction and will open in August.

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Vendors wanted for spring home show

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The Batavia Area Jaycees are planning now for the 58th Annual Home, Garden & Trade Show at Batavia Downs.

They are seeking vendors for the event, which is March 19 and 20.

Space is available for $325 per booth until Jan. 31. Thereafter it will cost $375 to reserve a booth.

Download an application form at www.jci.cc/batavia, then going to the download section. Or contact Cathy via e-mail at [email protected].

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Seven local students make the Deans' List at SUNY Oswego

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Seven Genesee County residents were named to the Deans' List for the fall semester at SUNY Oswego. Showing this academic achievement, with their major in parentheses, are:

Samantha L. Yager, of Richmond Avenue, Batavia, a junior (history);

Lindsey C. Glazier, of Caswell Road, Byron, a junior (elementary education);

Jennifer L. Aylsworth, of Scribner Road, Corfu, a senior (accounting);

Emily C. Mahaney, of Indian Falls Road, Corfu, a sophomore (journalism);

Nikki M. Parlato, of Seven Day Road, Darien Center, a sophomore (public justice);

Sarah E. Olear, of North Street, Le Roy, a senior (zoology);

Vincent S. Kovach, of Keeney Road, Le Roy, a freshman (wellness management).

To be included on the Deans' List, students must have a semester grade-point average of 3.30 to 3.79, on a 4.0 scale.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News & World Report named the college among the Top Regional Universities in the North for 2011 and includes it in its annual guidebook "America's Best Colleges." The Princeton Review counts Oswego among "The Best Northeastern Colleges."

A 149-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls more than 8,300 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

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