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Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Three basketball players and a volleyball coach named to GCC's Athletics Hall of Fame

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Press release:

The coach who took the women's volleyball team to conference championships and launched the men's volleyball program, two exceptional women's basketball players, and a hoops star who now coaches the Genesee Community College Cougars were inducted into the GCC Athletics Hall of Fame during the third annual Homecoming celebration.

The following outstanding athletes were inducted:

•    Volleyball Coach Ben Guiliano, a native of Spencerport, led GCC's women's volleyball squad from 1978-1987, amassing three conference championships and one regional title. He also launched the men's team and coached softball during his tenure at GCC. His coaching skills also helped build strong volleyball teams at Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Creighton University and Pfeiffer University. He currently guides the Keuka College Women's Volleyball Team, and over a 30-year career, Guiliano's teams have earned an overall record of 546 wins and 396 losses. He lives in Branchport.

•    Basketball standout Mary Loree, from Arkport, excelled for the GCC Lady Cougars in 1978-79 on several sports teams, notably as a two-year starter for the basketball, field hockey and softball teams. Loree was named to the1978 women's hoops squad at the Empire State Games, and helped lead her GCC teammates to the NJCAA National Tournament. She also served for 20 years in the Army, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 2009. Her duties included providing worldwide communications for the White House during the administrations of presidents William Clinton and George W. Bush, which earned her the Presidential Service Badge. Loree now makes her home in Alexandria, Va.

•    Lynn (Jensen) Northup, Class of 1993, is an Attica native who excelled as a shooting guard for the GCC Lady Cougar's basketball program in the early 1990s. Her career highlights include five games during which she scored more than 30 points in a single game, and five three-point baskets in a single game. Northup attended Houghton College and is a physical therapist for the Avon Central School District. She resides in Churchville with her husband and three children.

•    Class of 2003 basketball star Terry George has come full-circle at GCC. The Batavia resident was a two-time All-American and Region III Player of the Year for the men's team, and was an integral member of the 2002-2003 squad inducted into the Genesee Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He still holds the college record for career points, with 1,370 over his two-year playing career with the Cougars, and was on the first GCC squad to earn an NJCAA National Tournament berth. George continued playing hoops at the College of St. Rose, and returned to GCC in 2007 as assistant coach for the men's basketball team. In 2011, he was named interim head coach, and this year, took over the reins as permanent head coach.

To learn more about GCC's outstanding athletics programs, visit: http://www.genesee.edu/athletics/.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Mark Masse, senior VP at GCEDC, honored by Buffalo Business First

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Mark Masse, senior vice pesident of operations of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, was recently selected by Buffalo Business First as a "40 Under 40" honoree for 2012.

An independent panel of professionals identified Masse as one of Western New York's outstanding young leaders. Masse's professional success with the GCEDC and his community involvement made him a logical choice for this top award.

Masse is a graduate of Le Roy High School and Nazareth College of Rochester with a degree in accounting, and is a certified public accountant in New York State. He had been with Freed, Maxick & Battaglia for 15 years before joining the GCEDC.

He specialized in small business issues that deal with corporations, subchapter S corporations, partnerships and individuals.

At the GCEDC, Mark's key roles and responsibilities cover program management of all its real estate development and infrastructure projects, overseeing office operations, and engaging in sales and community development.

Read his full biography here:


Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Batavia student attends St. Lawrence University

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St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, welcomes Sarah M. DiBacco, of Batavia, as a member of the Class of 2016. DiBacco graduated from Batavia High School.

Each first-year student participates in St. Lawrence University's innovative First-Year Program, an introduction to the liberal arts curriculum taught in residence halls by faculty teams. Clear writing and speaking skills are stressed, and careful advising is provided for all students.

Some 669 first-year students from 34 states, as well as 56 international students, have joined the St. Lawrence student body.

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,300 students, founded in 1856. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet.

Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

On the Web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Sarah-M-DiBacco-of-Batavia-Enrolled-at-....

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm

GCC board chairman honored by state community college trustees

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Press release:

In recognition of his long service and deep commitment to Genesee Community College, Board of Trustees Chairman Charles R. Ruffino received the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Service on Sept. 22, at the annual conference of the New York Community College Trustees Association.

The award was established by the New York State Community College Trustees Association in 1986 to acknowledge longstanding and exemplary trustee service. Mr. Ruffino's affiliation with GCC dates back to 2002, when he was appointed by the governor as a GCC trustee.

During his tenure, Mr. Ruffino served as a board liaison to the College Foundation Board of Trustees and served on numerous committees that address student housing, the foundation's risk-management program, and new academic program development. He also participated in numerous presentations delivered at national conferences.

As chairman of the board for the past three years, Mr. Ruffino stayed abreast of the key financial issues that impact higher education to ensure the college meets its goals without compromising the quality of its programs and services.

He has been instrumental in nurturing key relationships with the college's sponsor, the Genesee County Legislature, and with various community partnerships, including the Genesee County Economic Development Center and local school districts.

He spearheaded the construction of the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at the Batavia Campus Center and the successful lease of the former Dansville Middle School for the recent relocation of the Dansville Campus Center. Mr. Ruffino also guided the board and the institution through the successful search for a new college president.

"Most times, trustees serve for two years, but Mr. Ruffino was elected to a third year term as chairman because of the high regard and respect the other trustees have for him and his leadership," GCC President James Sunser said in nominating Mr. Ruffino for the Rapp Award and highlighting his service to the college.

Mr. Ruffino is a retired administrator for the NYS School for the Blind and current member of the school's Board of Visitors. He actively served the community as a member of the Batavia School District Board of Education, as a city councilman, and as a Genesee County legislator. He and his his wife, Janet, reside in Batavia, where they enjoy spending time with their son, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Upon completion of his term on the board at the end of June of this year, the Genesee Board of Trustees unanimously named Mr. Ruffino a Trustee Emeritus in honor of his outstanding service and commitment to the college and students.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

GCC Spring 2012 Dean's List honorees

Genesee Community College named 633 students to Spring 2012 Dean's List. Students earned a quality point index of 3.50-3.74.

This year's honorees, with their hometowns, are listed below:


Staci Casper
Andrew Greene


Ashley Spangenburg
Jason Birch
Luke Stacy
Amanda-Kay Sands
Jeanette Menzie
Garrett MacDonald


Reed Olmstead
Morgan Midwick
McKenna Downey
Charlotte Donahue


Laura Holovics

Darien Center

Michelle Waldo
James Odell


Lauren Hughes

Le Roy

Corrie Doeller
Debra McKnight
Rachael Panepento


Alyssa Esola
Cady Glor
Zaneb Silmi
Katie Engle


Jamie Haentges
Taylor Lafferty
Sydney Case
Sarah Nugent

Genesee Community College offers more than 60 academic programs and certificates, including the brand new Veterinary Technology A.A.S. degree and Polysomnographic Technology A.A.S. degree, (the study of sleep disorders).

Genesee is accessible through seven campus locations throughout Western New York in Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina, and Warsaw, as well as through online classes in the Distance Learning program.

College housing is available at College Village, just a three minute walk from the Batavia Campus. With small class sizes and state-of-the-art technology both inside and outside of the classroom, Genesee Community College is known for being 'high-tech' and 'high-touch'. Find out more at www.genesee.edu.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Citizen soldier from Byron extends service to state and nation

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Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the adjutant general, announced the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Staff Sergeant Charles Jensen, of Byron, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Managing attorney for Batavia law office reelected as president of banking association

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Deborah Gallo, the managing attorney of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates Western New York Office in Batavia, has been reelected president of the Western New York Banking and Credit Association (WNYMBCA) for a sixth term.

She has earned the important distinction of serving as president for the most number of terms in the history of this organization.

Members of the WNYMBCA include bankers, servicers, brokers, vendors, attorneys and other prominent community professionals. The WNYMBCA provides education, legislative information, and networking opportunities in the Western New York region including the areas of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

As the longest-serving president in the history of the WNYMBCA, Gallo has amassed an impressive number of achievements and a solid record of service for the organization and the Western New York area.

As a junior partner and the managing attorney of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., Gallo has helped facilitate numerous volunteer opportunities for the law firm's staff members to give back to the Batavia, Buffalo are Rochester communities.

Since 2004, Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates have coordinated an annual gala to benefit the Hunter’s Hope Foundation and raise money for Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies. Gallo and her staff members not only plan the annual fundraiser but also serve as event staff throughout the evening.

In addition to her dedication to the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, she also established teams of employees from the Batavia Office of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates to participate in the walkathon to benefit multiple sclerosis and The Buffalo News Kids Day. For the latter, RR&A staff members sold special edition newspapers to benefit Variety, the Children’s Charity, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Robert Warner MD Center for Children with Special Needs and Children’s Charities of Western New York.

Gallo is a graduate of Pace University School of Law in White Plains, and she received her undergraduate degree from Iona College in New Rochelle. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, and Erie County Bar Association.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Byron citizen soldier reenlists in NY Army National Guard

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Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the adjutant general of the New York Army National Guard, announced that Staff Sergeant Charles Jensen, from Byron, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry.

"Over the past three years, the New York Army National Guard has come from far below authorized strength to 100-percent strength," Murphy said. "Our priority is to provide ready forces for both state and federal missions and readiness starts with maintaining our strength."

"We have more than 16,000 men and women in the Army and Air National Guard with each individual member having an important role."

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

On the Web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Charles-Jensen-Reenlists-for-Continued-....

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

'Chuck' Ruffino named Italian-American of the Year

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Press release:

Batavia Downs officials are proud to announce that Charles R. Ruffino has been named the Italian-American of the Year. Mr. Ruffino will be honored with a special trackside ceremony on Friday, Aug. 31th, between the seventh and eighth harness race of the evening.

Charles Ruffino was born in Batavia and grew up on the Southside in the tight-knit community surrounding St. Anthony's Church. Within this neighborhood is where he developed a strong work ethic and commitment to community service.

Chuck attended St. Anthony's School, graduating from Batavia High School in 1957. He completed his education with a master’s degree from Buffalo State and began work as a teacher for the visually handicapped at the New York State School for the Blind. From teaching, Chuck entered into administration and transferred to the State Education Department as a regional associate and back to the State School as the assistant superintendent.

Along the way Chuck also served on the Batavia School Board of Education, as a councilman-at-large for the City of Batavia, as a legislator for Genesee County, on the Board of Visitors (currently chairman) for the State School for the Blind, as coordinator for US TOO, a cancer-support group and most recently a trustee for Genesee Community College.

It should be noted that next month he will be presented with the Charles Rapp Award as the outstanding college trustee by the New York State Community College Trustee Association in Albany.

On a personal level, Chuck’s family has always come first. He and his wife, Janet, celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. They raised three accomplished children and now enjoy the accomplishments of their four grandchildren.

Friends and family wishing to join Chuck Ruffino are asked to call Mary Bucceri at 343-3750, ext. 468, to make a clubhouse reservation.

Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

Six local students named to Dean's List at Buffalo State

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The following students were named to the Spring 2012 Dean's List at Buffalo State University.

  • Valerie Klug, a business administration major, from Corfu


  • David Dupre, a business studies major, from Corfu


  • Kimberly Schildwaster, a career and technical education major, Oakfield


  • Brittany Moose, a fashion and textile technology major, from Le Roy


  • Rachel Pettys, a hospitality administration major, from Darien Center


  • Stephanie Esten, a hospitality administration major, from Oakfield

To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Founded in 1871, Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system offering more than 165 undergraduate and 62 graduate programs in the arts, sciences, professions, and education.

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