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Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

GCC creates new award -- Entrepreneur of the Month -- and OA grad is named for November

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Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of its students through a new Entrepreneur of the Month program. This month, 19-year old Arielle Thompson is being recognized. Arielle graduated with an Advanced Regents diploma from Oakfield-Alabama Central School in 2012 and started her business Photography by Arielle in October 2012. She is a Liberal Arts major at GCC.

Arielle has always had an interest in photography, but wasn't able to purchase the camera she needed until after high school.

"I took a basic course with a local photographer on how to use my camera and all of the settings, but other than that I am self-taught," she says. "I like to consider myself a portrait photographer because that is what I enjoy most. I enjoy being with people and being able to create something that makes them smile."

Arielle's business was born out of necessity. Her mother, Tonya Thompson, needed Arielle to take her brother Justin's senior pictures. Though she had limited experience and knowledge about taking a portrait, Arielle did it and found that everyone loved how they turned out.

"That is when I decided to try and turn that into something, because of how excited everyone seemed to have been when they saw them," she said.

While business was slow in the beginning months, Arielle saw a significant increase in interest when the weather warmed and has been surprised at the inquiries she's received.

"I never thought I would be having so many people call and ask me to take photos of their special moments," she says. "I was even given the opportunity this past June to take photos of a wedding."

Business professor Lauren Paisley is full of praise for her student.

"Arielle is an outstanding example of a student willing to do whatever it takes to succeed," Paisley said. "GCC's Entrepreneurship program, offering the option of an associate in applied science degree or certificate, is the perfect pathway for students of all ages to pursue their dream of owning their business or launching a new product or service. Arielle is a very focused student and we are supporting her efforts in every way possible."

A President's List full-time student, Arielle also has two part-time jobs in addition to her photography business.

"Many people do not understand how I am doing all of this, but photography is my stress reliever from work and school. Many people want to sit, relax and watch TV during their down time, but I would rather be taking photos," she says.

"Her commitment to success in all her endeavors is inspiring," Paisley said.

Arielle finds inspiration from the support of family and friends and the response she's received to her photographs.

"I have never received so much support for anything I have ever done like I do with my business," she says. "It is my driving force."

Arielle currently shoots on location only, but is looking for a space to set up a small indoor/outdoor studio. People interested in contacting her can find her on Facebook at Photography by Arielle.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Pavilion students earned academic honors at Decker School of Nursing

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Elizabeth R. Valento, of Pavilion, received academic honors from the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University by making the University's Dean's List for the Spring 2013 semester.

Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 15,000 students in programs leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

GCC athletic trainer named September Employee of the Month

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Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce that Athletic Trainer Eric Sandler has been named September 2013 Employee of the Month. Eric and his wife Jessica live in Gates and are the parents of a 3-year old daughter, Jenna.

Eric has been with GCC since September 2007. As head athletic trainer he provides all aspects of sports medicine to the college's sports teams, including injury evaluation, rehabilitation, and taping and wrapping. He also serves as the strength and conditioning coach.

"I am responsible for designing and implementing year-round training programs for injury prevention and increased sports performance," he said.

Eric also oversees the hiring of about 40 students per year to work in Athletics.

In addition, Eric serves as an adjunct instructor in Health and Physical Education, teaching the coursework for the Personal Trainer concentration in the Fitness and Recreation Management program.

"These courses culminate in students being eligible and qualified to take a certification exam in Personal Training," he said.

Eric is described as a "passionate and dedicated teacher." In naming him employee of the month, the college noted "Eric's expertise in the Personal Trainer concentration is of tremendous assistance to our students in guiding them to earn their certification." He has made noteworthy contributions to improve curriculum in the Fitness and Recreation Management program and always displays the highest level of professionalism and dedication to the institution and the students.

Prior to his work at GCC, Eric was an athletic trainer/sports performance coach at Agape Physical Therapy in Rochester. He also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University at Buffalo where he earned his Master's Degree in Exercise Science. He received a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the College at Brockport.

Eric is a member of the 2010 GCC Leadership Academy. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball and fantasy baseball/football. Of his work at the college Eric says his favorite part is "knowing that my daily actions have a direct impact on the students I teach/serve."

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Two local students receive awards from St. Michael's College

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The following local high school students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience:

Alex Kolberg, of Batavia, a student at Notre Dame High School.

Grace Mortellaro, of Elba, a student at Notre Dame High School.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vt., one of America's top 10 college towns, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.

About Saint Michael's:

At Saint Michael's College www.smcvt.edu students are challenged to do their best, find their niche, take on opportunities to grow, and immerse themselves in academic pursuits. Intellectual rigor, compassion, teamwork, caring-these characterize a Saint Michael's experience. A residential Catholic college, Saint Michael's is steeped in the social justice spirit of its founding priests, the Edmundites. Saint Michael's is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America's top 10 college towns.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Three local students make the dean's list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located in Troy, named three local students to the Spring 2013 dean's list for academic achievement. They are:

Austin Kubiniec, of Batavia

Rosalie Mortellaro, of Elba

Tyler Murtha, of East Bethany

Rensselaer is America's oldest technological research university, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in architecture, engineering, information technology and Web science, management, the sciences, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Batavia student earns degree from SUNY Oneonta

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Satoko Iwashita, of Batavia, is among the 998 students who graduated from SUNY Oneonta following the Spring 2013 semester.

Satoko earned a BS degree in Statistics.

Established as a state normal school in 1889 and incorporated as a founding member of the state university system in 1948, the college is well known for its outstanding faculty, strong academic programs, educational technology, community service and character-building activities, and scenic campus.

Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Alexander student earns degree in Sports Management from Ithaca College

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Kyle Woodruff, a resident of Alexander, graduated from Ithaca College's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance with a major in Sport Management. The degree was awarded in May.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York's Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Le Roy student will help welcome freshmen at Nazareth College

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Nazareth College in Rochester has named Brogan O'Halloran, of Le Roy, to its Orientation Staff that will help welcome the Class of 2017 to campus in August. O'Halloran's position is New Orientation Leader.

Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Batavia student makes the dean's list at Ithaca College

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Melanie Case, a resident of Batavia and a Music Education major in the Class of 2016, was named to the dean's list in Ithaca College's School of Music for the Spring 2013 semester.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York's Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

GCC announces local students who made the dean's list in the spring

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Genesee Community College proudly announces the following students are among 570 full- and part-time students who were named to the dean's list for the Spring 2013 semester. These students earned a quality point index of 3.50-3.74.


John Winiecki, a full-time student

Emily Raines, a full-time student

Dayne Burroughs, a full-time student

Troy Shelnut, a full-time student

Courtney Dart, a full-time student


Kassondra Conrad, a full-time student


Karen Odell, a part-time student

Ashley Johnson, a part-time student

Hannah Feary, a part-time student

Marcel Afice, a part-time student

Tess Garland, a part-time student

Joy Hammond, a part-time student

Cory Warner, a part-time student

Jacob Burg, a part-time student

Angela Brodie, a part-time student

Pamela Goodrich, a part-time student

Joshua Stendts, a part-time student

Paolo Hoang, a part-time student

Chelsea Gerace, a part-time student

Margery Fitzsimmons, a part-time student

Rachel Berardini, a part-time student

Monet Smith, a part-time student

Eleni Green, a part-time student

Richard Biegasiewicz, a part-time student

Natalie Lewis, a part-time student

Melissa Plath, a part-time student

Vashti Love, a part-time student

Jennifer Wagner, a part-time student

Tina Hartgrove, a part-time student

Tony Martyn, a part-time student

Janelle Larsen, a part-time student

Deirdre Viscuso, a part-time student

Kimberly Sunderland, a part-time student

Sarah Richardson, a part-time student

Alexandra Mruczek, a part-time student

William Smith, a part-time student

Jennifer Nuwer, a part-time student

Racheal Cook, a full-time student

Kari Campbell, a full-time student

Amber Sharick, a full-time student

Jamie Whitmore, a full-time student

Neil Santillan, a full-time student

Andrea Pursel, a full-time student

Robert Macklem, a full-time student

Sarah Bosa, a full-time student

Rachael Blackshear, a full-time student

Janelle Marble, a full-time student

Raychel Sanfratello, a full-time student

Theresa Warner, a full-time student

Emma Peirick, a full-time student

Rebecca Gouger, a full-time student

Robert Barnard, a full-time student

Darlene Ogozaly, a full-time student

Lindsay Mckenzie, a full-time student

Ryan Palone, a full-time student.

Abebe Mekonnen, a full-time student.

Ashlee Brisley, a full-time student

Alex Brasky, a full-time student

Lauren Stansberry, a full-time student

Jennifer Williams, a full-time student

Brianna Hofert, a full-time student

Rebecca Kruger, a full-time student

Sureda Drue, a full-time student


Luke Stacy, a full-time student

Briana Strassner, a full-time student

Brittany Schmitt, a full-time student

Kayla Gunther, a full-time student

Jillian Sczepanski, a part-time student

Tori Robinson, a part-time student

Daniel McCarthy, a part-time student

Stacy White, a part-time student

Lana Clark, a part-time student

Autumn Piletz, a part-time student

Elizabeth Jarnot, a part-time student


Serena Hiscutt, a full-time student

Sheena Dilcher, a full-time student

Cassidy Longhini, a full-time student

Valerie Bezon, a part-time student

Jonita Warren, a part-time student

Marissa Brennan, a part-time student

Kelly DiMatteo, a part-time student

Kelsey Boyd, a part-time student

Stacy Maskell, a part-time student


Jessica Klug, a part-time student

Robert Bucci, a part-time student

Shannon Goodman, a part-time student

Laurie Pearse, a part-time student

Theresa Reynolds, a full-time student

Dustin Pratt, a full-time student

Laura Holovics, a full-time student

Alana Norman, a full-time student

Angel Alexander,  a full-time student

Rachel Doktor,a full-time student

Darien Center

Rachel Walker, a full-time student

Ethan Reger, a full-time student

Cody Tybor, a full-time student

East Bethany

Autumn Atkinson, a part-time student

Morgan Sicheri, a part-time student

Michelle Miller, a part-time student


Samantha Reed, a full-time student

Kimberly O'Halloran, a full-time student

Le Roy

Rebecca Spezzano, a part-time student

Joeylyn Berl, a part-time student

Jeremy Tiede, a part-time student

Jacob Sullivan, a part-time student

Melissa Saunders, a part-time student

Mark McAvoy, a part-time student

Jennifer Beherns, a part-time student

Eric Hayes, a part-time student

Michele Rast, a full-time student

Debra McKnight, a full-time student

Ashley Russo, a full-time student

Brenda Sheflin, a full-time student

Kristi Miller, a full-time student

Alan Worthington, a full-time student

Shelbi O'Geen, a full-time student

Doane McCulley, a full-time student


Tammy Morgan, a part-time student

Della Balduf, a part-time student

Lindsay Chatt, a part-time student

Barry McCracken, a part-time student

Christian Parker, a full-time student

Jennifer Harris, a full-time student

Lisa Clark, a full-time student


Lydia Zwierzynski, a part-time student

Emilie Bouchard, a part-time student

Peter Sherman, a part-time student

Jason Everett, a part-time student

Crystal Baggatta, a part-time student

Jennifer Wright, a full-time student

Tim VonSanden, a full-time student

Taylor Lafferty, a full-time student

Anthony Misisco, a full-time student

Maxwell Sallade, a full-time student

Brian DeFisher, a full-time student


Jennifer Cone, a full-time student

Katrina Kretschmer, a part-time student

Mark Williams, a part-time student

South Byron

Halle Davalos, a part-time student

Genesee Community College offers more than 60 academic programs and certificates, including a new Supply Chain Management concentration available exclusively through the College's eLearning programs this fall. GCC also offers the region's only Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technology Program, as well as highly regarded programs in Digital Arts and Office Technology and Support. 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.'

Fall classes begin Aug. 26. For further information go to: www.genesee.edu.

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