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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.

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Local students make the dean's list at SUNY Buffalo State

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The following local students were named to the Spring 2013 dean's list at SUNY Buffalo State. To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Peter Badami, of Batavia, is majoring in Business Administration.
Katelyn Brownell, of Batavia, is majoring in Communication Studies.
Lindsay Carney, of Batavia, is majoring in Earth Sciences.
David Dupre, of Corfu, is majoring in Computer Information Systems.
Olivia Gimlin, of Batavia, is majoring in Childhood Education.
Valerie Klug, of Corfu, is majoring in Business Administration.
Kyle Maurer, of Corfu, is majoring in Communication Design.
Joseph Miano, of Corfu, is majoring in Media Production.
Brittany Moose, of Le Roy, is majoring in Fashion and Textile Technology.
Dakota Nicholson, of Batavia, is majoring in Individualized Studies.
Stacy Squire, of Batavia, is majoring in Childhood Education.
Craig Tiberio-Shepherd, of Batavia, is majoring in Biology.
Dana Wolbert, of Corfu, is majoring in Childhood Education.

SUNY Buffalo State, founded in 1871, offers 165 undergraduate majors in the arts, sciences, professions, and education. More than 9,000 undergraduates have chosen Buffalo State for its academic programs, applied learning opportunities, and affordable tuition.

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Elba student-athlete named a National Junior College Athletic Association academic award winner

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Press release:

Lauren Hughes, a resident of Elba, was among 10 student-athletes from Genesee Community College who were named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award winner for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors.The NJCAA has renamed its academic awards program to the following: NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale), NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale) and NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale).

Hughes, a member of the volleyball and swimming and diving teams at GCC, earned an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement honors.

Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Two local students earn degrees from Elmira College

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Elmira College held its 158th Commencement on Sunday, June 2nd at the First Arena in Elmira.

Alicia Hough, of Elba, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Megan Lowe, of Le Roy, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Adolescence Education: Mathematics.

Elmira College awarded three Associate degrees at this year's Commencement. There are 172 graduates who earned Bachelor of Science degrees, and 90 graduates who earned Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Keuka College Names Local Student to 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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

SUNY Geneseo announces Spring dean's list

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The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced its dean's list for the Spring semester 2013. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade-point average while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Students on the list from this area are:


Trevor Day
Olivia Engel
Steven Fisher
Christine Lauricella
Christina Mortellaro
Grey Musilli


Clarisse Birkby
Alaina Chapman


Mitchell Gillard

Le Roy

Kyle Snyder


Alyssa Cole


Kasey Cole
Nicole Embt

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate education and for its professional and master's level programs. The college combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning-centered environment.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Le Roy student to attend Clarkson University this fall

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James I. Hughes, of Le Roy, a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School, will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam as a member of the Class of 2017. Hughes, who will be majoring in Environmental Engineering, will begin studying at Clarkson in the fall.

"We look forward to having James join us on campus in August," said Dean of Admissions Brian T. Grant.

High school students can schedule a personalized visit to Clarkson, which includes a campus tour tailored to their interests, the opportunity to sit in on a class, a visit with an admissions counselor, and a one-on-one meeting with a professor. Just contact the Admissions Office at 800-527-6577 or [email protected].

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Elba student named to President's List at SUNY Geneseo

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Michael Ramsey, of Elba, was named to the President's List at The State University of New York at Geneseo for Spring 2013. To be on the list, a student must have achieved an A in all coursework (4.0 grade point average) while taking at least 12 credit hours.

SUNY Geneseo is a public liberal arts college recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate education and for its professional and master's level programs. The college combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning-centered environment.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

BHS student will be a National Youth Correspondent at media conference

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Courtney Smith, a student at Batavia High School, has been selected to represent Batavia as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. It will be held July 7-12.

Courtney joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. Smith was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers aspiring journalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The weeklong program will encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.


Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Three GCC students receive SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

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Press release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce three students have been named 2013 recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Samantha Callisher, Suzanne Smith, and Samantha Vogt were recognized at an awards ceremony in Albany. Each recipient received a framed certificate and a medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award.

Callisher, 20, is studying Fashion Merchandising Management with plans to further her education after GCC, eventually earning a master's degree in Business. The Batavia native chose GCC because of its fashion program. Her career goal is to become a fashion buyer for a successful retailer. At GCC, Samantha is involved in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). While compiling an impressive academic record, her community volunteerism also helped earn her the Chancellor's recognition. She gives of her time at Jackson Elementary School in Batavia, the Batavia Nursing Home and GCASA (Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse).

Smith, a native of Geneva, is pursuing her second degree at GCC, this time in Communications and Media Arts. She earned an associates degree in Hospitality and Tourism in May 2009 while raising a family and working full time. Shortly after graduating, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer. She credits her GCC family with helping her as she went through treatment. She has been in remission for two years. Her journey through cancer led Suzanne to self-publish a book about the experience, and she has become active in organizing cancer awareness and fundraising events at GCC and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, where she's also served as a cancer "coach" helping others deal with the diagnosis. Suzanne is an active member of radio club at GCC and serves as Vice President of Marketing for the Multicultural Communications Club (Toastmasters International).

Vogt, 20, is studying Fashion Merchandising Management at GCC. The West Seneca native earned the Chancellor's Award because she has excelled in all aspects of her work at GCC. A 4.0 student, she is project manager of the Fashion Program's annual Spring Fashion Show and contributes posts to the Fashion Program Blog. She served as a Resident Assistant in College Village, and is the student representative to GCC's Board of Trustees. Samantha is also president of the Business Forum Club, and active in SHAG (Student Health Awareness Group), Toastmaster's, Campus Activities Board and DECA. In addition, she works at M.A. Carr Bridal in Orchard Park and has produced five bridal fashion shows and a prom fashion show. Upon graduation, Samantha plans to continue her studies at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

"The GCC Campus Community is so proud of these exemplary students," said Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services said. "Not only are they preparing themselves for very bright and successful futures, but they're also setting a great example for other students. If you work hard, you really can achieve anything."

The three honorees were among 243 students from 63 SUNY campuses recognized for their remarkable achievements. Recipients of this year's award have an overall GPA of 3.8 and records of significant contributions to their campuses and communities.

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