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Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Local student's team finished second in National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

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Elisha Myers, of Batavia, was part of a team of State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) students that finished second in the regional qualifying round of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

It's the largest competition of its kind in the United States. Students in SUNYIT's Network and Computer Security Club faced off against teams from all over the Northeast March 8-10 at the competition at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

"What's remarkable is that it's the first year our students have competed, and they advanced to the regional event and finished second -- an outstanding effort," said John Marsh, associate professor of computer science at SUNYIT. "We're looking forwarding to building on this effort next year."

The annual competition, according to its organizers, "focuses on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing 'commercial' network infrastructure . . . students get a chance to test their knowledge in an operational environment . . . and is a unique opportunity for students and industry professionals to interact and discuss many of the security and operational challenges the students will soon face as they enter the job market."

SUNYIT offers a bachelor of science in network and computer security (NCS) and recently announced that a master's degree program in NCS will be offered starting in the fall semester. For more information, visit sunyit.edu.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm

GCC Fashion Business major earns sale and marketing award

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Press release:

Genesee Community College Fashion Business major Samantha Vogt has received the Collegiate Sales and Marketing Award from the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives. The West Seneca native was recognized with other winners at the annual Sales and Marketing Awards Gala at Salvatore's Italian Gardens on March 4.

Samantha, a 4.0 student, serves as student representative on the GCC Board of Trustees, is president of the Business Forum Club, and participates actively in Toastmasters, Campus Activities Board and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). In addition, she works at M.A.Carr Bridal in Orchard Park and has produced five bridal fashion shows and a prom fashion show. At GCC, she actively contributes to the Fashion program blog and is project manager for the committee planning the annual Spring Fashion Show.

"GCC has given me all the tools to produce an outstanding fashion show and has shown me how to communicate effectively with others in order to sell a product," Samantha wrote in application for the award. She plans to further her education in direct marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

"Samantha excels in everything she does," said business, marketing and fashion Professor Rick Dudkowski, who nominated her for the award. "She is organized, professional, pays great attention to detail, gets along well with others and goes the proverbial 'extra mile' in all of her assignments." He calls working with her "absolutely amazing."

Samantha is busy preparing for the 32nd annual GCC Spring Fashion Show, the largest in Western New York. The show, "Fashion Forward," will have two performances on Saturday, April 27 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are available for $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased by calling 585-345-6830. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

To stay current on details and information about this year's show, check out the GCC student blog http://gcccampusblog.wordpress.com/category/fashion/ and for a review of last year's "Soiree" Fashion Show go to http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/fashionshow/2012/.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Five young women named to dean's list at Elmira College

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Elmira College has released its dean's list for Academic Acievement for the Fall 2012 term. The dean's list recognizes students that have a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher.

Alicia Hough ('13) of Elba, is majoring in Business Administration.

Megan Lowe ('13), of Le Roy, is majoring in Adolescence Education: Mathematics.

Jessica Pcionek ('15), of Oakfield, is majoring in Childhood Education and Foreign Languages French.

Amy Schmidt ('15), of Batavia, is majoring in International Studies.

Brittany Schmidt ('15), of Corfu, is majoring in History and Classical Studies.

Elmira College, located in the Finger Lakes Region of beautiful, historic Upstate New York, is one of the great small colleges of the nation. To learn more about what Elmira College has to offer, navigate to www.elmira.edu or call 800-935-6472 to schedule your visit to Elmira College.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Stafford student on the dean's list at Gettysburg College

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Erin O'Connor, of Stafford, has been placed on the Gettysburg College dean's honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2012 semester.

Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester's work are placed on the College's dean's honor list.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Local students named to dean's list at Roberts Wesleyan College

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Roberts Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the following local students were named to the dean's list for outstanding performance for the Fall 2012 semester:

Anna Dominick, of Corfu, received High Honors.

Karissa Guiste, of Batavia, received Honors.

Kelsey Hill, of Bergen, received Highest Honors.

Katherine Kovatch, of Le Roy, received High Honors.

Angela Larmon, of Oakfield, received High Honors.

Alicia Maniace, of Batavia, received Honors.

Emily Maniace, of Batavia, received Highest Honors.

Bethany Miller, of Le Roy, received High Honors.

Kimberly Mills, of Basom, received Highest Honors.

James Nichols, of Pavilion, received Honors.

Tyler Pratt, of Bergen, received Honors.

Lisa Redband, of Batavia, received Highest Honors.

Bethany Roth, of Le Roy, received Honors.

Katherine Schrenker, of Bergen, received High Honors.

Mark Zoccali, of Le Roy, received Honors.

Honors require a grade-point average ranging from 3.5 to 3.69. Higher honors require a grade-point average ranging from 3.7 to 3.89. Highest honors require a grade-point average ranging from 3.9 to 4.0.

About Roberts Wesleyan College

With an enrollment of nearly 1,800 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts and professional studies colleges with a Christian worldview. Striving for higher learning with a higher purpose, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate programs for taught by high-quality, caring faculty and graduate programs in business, education, health administration, healthcare informatics administration, marketing, nursing, school counseling and school psychology, and social work.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Batavia man promoted in the NY Army National Guard

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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.

Devonte Rolle, of Batavia, serving with the 152nd Engineer Support Company, 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.

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Two local students earn degrees from RIT

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The following local residents graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in the Fall 2012 quarter:

•     Brittany Boyce, of Oakfield, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Accounting from RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

•     Brett Squire, of Batavia, earned a Master of Science degree in Health Systems Administration from RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Keuka College Dean's List

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Keuka Park, NY - Erica Culver, daughter of David and Tammy Culver of Oakfield NY, has been named to the Dean's List at Keuka College in Keuka Park. Culver, a sophomore, is studying Psychology. At Keuka College students must earn at least a 3.50 grade-point- average for a minimum of 12 semester credit hours to be eligible for the dean's list. The national leader in experiential, hands-on learning, Keuka is a private, co-educational college offering 31 majors. Located in the Finger Lakes region near Penn Yan, Keuka was founded in 1890 and today has an enrollment of 1,873.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

GCC's Multicultural Communications Club is abuzz with accomplishments

Press release:

The Genesee Community College Multicultural Communications Club, a Toastmasters International Club, is generating a lot of buzz for its significant accomplishments. Five members of the mostly student group have received Toastmasters International certification in communication and four of those five earned leadership certification as well.

Earning the communication certification is no small feat. Members must give 10 presentations from the Toastmasters International Competent Communication Manual. Each one focuses on a specific area. Among them:

*    Introducing oneself

*    Getting to the point

*    Organizing a speech

*    Using body language

*    Using visual aids

*    Giving a persuasive speech

*    Giving an inspirational speech

In addition, the Leadership Certification involves 10 projects completed at meetings. Members may act as Toastmaster, timer, grammarian or may bring someone new to the club. Serving in different club roles gives them practical leadership experience in using people skills, being decisive and authentic, and moving the club forward.

"Earning the certifications takes a high level of commitment from both the students and the faculty advisors," said Club Co-advisor Jacqueline Di Bella, adjunct professor of Humanities at GCC. "The students we have are so motivated and committed to the discipline of communication and leadership. We are happy to support their efforts."

Di Bella also serves as the club's vice president of education.

The Toastmasters Club started in March 2011 and currently has 22 members. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit education organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. At meetings, members act as evaluators, offering feedback on speeches to help other members improve.

"It's known as the 'feedback sandwich'," Di Bella said. "First you praise, then you recommend how the speaker can improve and you finish with praise. It's a very supportive environment that generates great results."

"To have these students achieve this designation so early in their academic and professional lives is amazing," Di Bella said. "It will open many doors for them in the future."

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

GCC announces employee and student of the month for February

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Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Kirsten Tedesco has been named February 2013 Employee of the Month. Kirsten is a Business Training specialist in The BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center, managing grant-funded training programs and ensuring client expectations are met.

Her job involves everything from scheduling to invoicing and lots of trouble-shooting in between – prompting her to describe her position as "professional juggler." She manages a heavy workload with organization, a positive attitude, and an ever-present smile. She also serves on GCC's Diversity and Creativity Committees.

Tedesco joined GCC two and a half years ago with a wide range of experience. She's been a financial consultant, a legal assistant and a teacher. She earned her business degree from SUNY Empire State College and an MBA from New York Institute of Technology.

There are many things she enjoys about her position at GCC, mostly the team she works with at The BEST Center, which she says provides "non-stop support and encouragement." She also notes, "GCC encourages employees to serve together on committees, making them a part of a larger group beyond their normal team. I love working in an environment that matches my passion for providing workforce development and training services to adult learners."

A resident of Amherst, Tedesco is passionate about her family outside of work. She is engaged to David Regan, has two daughters and two future stepdaughters who she enjoys spending as much time with as possible.

Genesee Community College is also pleased to announce Samantha Callisher has been named the February 2013 Student of the Month. Samantha, 20, is the daughter of Arthur and Pamela Callisher and sister to Jessica. She hails from Batavia and graduated from Batavia High School in 2011.

Callisher is studying Fashion Merchandising Management. A recipient of the President's Scholarship, she chose GCC because of its fashion program. Once she completes her studies here, she plans to go on to a university fashion program and eventually earn a master's degree in business. Her ultimate career goal is to become a fashion buyer for a successful retailer.

She can't say enough about what she's learning at GCC. "[Professor Rick] Dudkowski...has given me so many great opportunities and I have gained many lifelong connections from him that are going to make me into that successful buyer."

Currently, Callisher has a mentorship with NYC merchandiser Maria Pesin and is active on campus in Phi Theta Kappa and the DECA Club. She also gives back to her community by volunteering at Jackson Elementary School, the Batavia Nursing Home, and GCASA (Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse).

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