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Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

David Wolcott of Batavia initiated into prestigious Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Ithaca College

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that David Wolcott, of Batavia, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wolcott was initiated at Ithaca College.

Wolcott is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

4-H youth compete in regional Horse Extravaganza event

post by Billie Owens in 4-H, Milestones

Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H youth who competed in the 2015 Region II 4-H Horse Extravaganza at Mid Lakes High School in Phelps on Saturday, March 7!

4-H youth from across the region came together to compete in both "4-H Horse Quiz Bowl," in which youth compete as a team in answering horse knowledge based questions and "4-H Horse Hippology," a contest in which youth participate in a written exam, identification of items shown on slides, placing and/or ID of feedstuffs or feed tags, judging, ID stations, and team problems.

The results from participating Genesee County 4-H youth are as follows:
4-H Horse Bowl Event
Senior Category:
 Team placement 5th of 7; member: Elimy B.
Individual Ranking: Emily B. - 12th of Top 20
Junior Category: Team placement 3rd of 6; members: MacKenzie J., Elizabeth R., Gabriella R., Alexandria T.
Individual Rankings:
Gabriella R. – 1st of Top 14
Alexandria T. – 4th of Top 14
Elizabeth R. – 7th of Top 14
4-H Hippology Event
Senior Category:
Team placement 3rd of 8; member: Emily B.
Individual Rankings: Emily B. – 11th of Top 20
Junior Category: Team placement 1st of 6; members: Elizabeth R., Gabriella R., Alexandria T.
Individual Rankings:
Gabriella R. – 4th of Top 19
Alexandria T. – 6th of Top 19
Elizabeth R. – 13th of Top 19

For more information regarding local opportunities in 4-H Youth Development call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 585-343-3040, ext. 101, or e-mail [email protected]

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

GCC student Abby Wilcox earns honor from Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives

post by Billie Owens in Milestones

A Genesee Community College student has once again earned a prestigious honor from the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives (BNSME). Abby Wilcox received the Collegiate Sales and Marketing Award at the BNSME Sales & Marketing Awards Gala earlier this month at the Buffalo Hyatt. Wilcox, a native of Cooperstown, is a sophomore entrepreneurship student at GCC.

When she came to GCC in Fall 2013, Abby was already an entrepreneur. She had started her online, home-based cupcake catering business, aptly named "Coopcakes" after her hometown, in December 2012. She operates during the summer months, but bakes all year long. She came to college knowing she had a lot to learn.

"I went through the startup of my business kind of blind," she said. "I didn't really know what I was doing. That is one huge reason that I came here to GCC. I need to know how to effectively run my business."

Her success thus far contributed to her selection as the Collegiate Sales and Marketing Award winner.

As her Prof. Rick Dudkowski stated in nominating her for the award: "She has grown the business substantially over the past two years by implementing effective sales and marketing techniques. As a student involved in dozens of charitable organizations on campus, she has also provided her cupcakes at discounted prices for dozens of events."

At GCC, Abby has been active in founding the RAKtivists, which promotes Random Acts of Kindness on campus, particularly during RAK week in February. Abby is also a talented seamstress and will once again create a scene for the annual spring fashion show at GCC. The show, "Fata Morgana," is scheduled for April 25. She created a successful fashion show while a student at Cooperstown High School.

"This showed me that no matter what field of business I focused my energy in, I would always be successful due to my passion and drive for marketing and business," she wrote in her BNSME award essay.

Abby has served as vice president of GCC's Phi Theta Kappa honor society and been actively involved in the Business Forum, CEO and DECA clubs.

After graduating from GCC, Abby plans to pursue a pastry arts and management degree at the Culinary Institute of America after which she wants to open a French-American fusion bakery.

"I am extremely confident that Abby will do it," Dudkowski said. "Her product is delicious, she is extremely creative in her designs and customer service is very important in her business."

GCC congratulates Abby and looks forward to supporting her future success!

Abby's selection as BNSME Collegiate Sales & Marketing Award winner comes just two years after GCC graduate Samantha Vogt earned the award in 2013.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Two students earn academic recognition at Colgate University

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones

The following students have been recognized for their academic achievement during the Fall 2014 semester at Colgate University.

Richard Ely, a Computer Science major from Batavia, a graduate of Batavia High School.

Sydney Loria, a Chemistry-undeclared major from Batavia, a graduate of Batavia High School.

The Dean's Award for academic excellence is awarded to students with a 3.30 or higher term average while enrolled in 3.75 or more course hours.

Colgate offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university's 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Six GCC faculty members earn Excellence Awards from NISOD

post by Billie Owens in Darien, GCC, Milestones

Press release:

Six Genesee Community College faculty members are recipients of the 2015 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. Founded in 1978, NISOD is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. It is part of the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

The excellence award celebrates instructors who are given the critical task of serving well all students who enroll through the doors of 'open access'. They have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.

Genesee Community College's 2015 awardees include:

•    Deborah J. Thompson, of Lockport, who has been teaching at GCC since 2009. She is an instructor of health education at the Medina Campus Center.

•    Gil A. Stern, of Rochester; He joined GCC in 2000 and teaches public speaking at the Albion Campus Center. He is also an instructor for College Today, a program that helps high school students prepare for the rigors of college coursework.

•    Nancy G. White, of West Falls, has been teaching at GCC for 14 years. Nancy teaches Spanish at the Arcade Campus Center.

•    Janet E. Schmidt, of Buffalo, joined GCC after 37 years in the manufacturing industry. She teaches engineering in the Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) program at GCC's main campus in Batavia.

•    Carol Q. Welsh, of Darien, teaches at both the main campus in Batavia and GCC's Warsaw Campus Center. Carol started at the college in 1986 and returned to teach Biology in 1992.

•    Bruce W. Hilyard, Ph.D., has been officially retired since 2001, but has continued to teach online courses for GCC. Bruce came to the college in 1970 and taught Teacher Education at both the main campus in Batavia and through the College's inmate education program at the Attica Correctional Facility.

Recipients will be honored at the NISOD annual conference in Austin on Sunday, May 24. GCC will also recognize the winners during professional activity week in mid-August as a kick-off to the new academic year. Award winners receive a specially cast, pewter medallion.

"Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges' mission is something we look forward to doing each year," said Edward J. Leach, Ph.D., NISOD's director and a GCC alumnus.

He earned his associate degree in General Studies at GCC in 1985 and in the early 1990s returned to the college for two years to teach Physical Education and work as an athletic trainer for the GCC Cougars.

"The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work," Leach said. "We're honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements."

The NISOD Award for Excellence Web site is: http://www.nisod.org/?q=how-excellence-awards-recipients-are-celebrated

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Basom student performs in musical 'Xanadu' at The University of Findlay

post by Billie Owens in Basom, Milestones

Elizabeth Johnson-Walsh, of Basom, recently performed the role of LaVerne and served as a costume assistant for The University of Findlay's musical production of "Xanadu." Micheal F. Anders, Ph.D., was musical director for the production.

The original Universal Pictures screenplay was written by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel.

The University of Findlay is a comprehensive university with a hands-on approach to learning located in Findlay, Ohio, approximately 45 miles south of Toledo. For more information, visit www.findlay.edu.

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Le Roy man promoted in New York Army National Guard

post by Billie Owens in Le Roy, Milestones

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Douglas McClurg, from Le Roy, serving with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry is promoted to the rank of Private First Class.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Corfu students earns degree 'with great distinction' from Clarkson University

post by Billie Owens in corfu, Milestones

Katelynn M. Hackett, of Corfu, received a bachelor of science degree with great distinction in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University on Dec. 31, 2014.

Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues.

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm

UMMC hospitalist designated as Fellow by the Society of Hospital Medicine

post by Billie Owens in Milestones, UMMC

Press release:

We are pleased to congratulate Arnold Facklam III, NP, FHM, a hospitalist at United Memorial Medical Center, on his designation as Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) from the Society of Hospital Medicine.

To earn the FHM designation, a candidate must meet a set of diverse criteria including: working as a hospitalist for five years, demonstration of dedication to quality and process improvement, illustrating commitment to organizational teamwork and leadership, and active engagement in lifelong learning and education.

Facklam is one of 167 FHM to be in the elite class of 2015, which will be inducted on March 31, 2015 at HM15 in National Harbor, Md. The FHM designation gives hospitalists the opportunity to be recognized for their work and commitment to the practice of hospital medicine and the patients they serve.

Hospitalists are healthcare providers that specialize in the treatment of patients in the acute care (hospital) setting.

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