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Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Le Roy student inducted into prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa

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Elmira College inducted 15 new members to its Pi of New York Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa earlier this year. Megan Lowe, of Le Roy, was among them.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society, and is dedicated to fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Only 280 colleges and universities have been granted a charter for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Elmira College's chapter was established in 1940.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Corfu student initiated into prestigious honor society Phi Kappa Phi

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced earlier this year that Benjamin Keipper, of Corfu, was recently initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Nazareth College. Keipper is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on nearly 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi 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 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

GCC announces 10 faculty promotions

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Press release:

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees recently promoted 10 members of the faculty in recognition of their teaching and scholarly accomplishments.

Promoted to the rank of Professor from Associate Professor:

•    Cindy Francis, of Batavia, Collection Development Librarian, Alfred C. O'Connell Library

After earning her General Studies degree from GCC, Cindy went on to receive a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from Arizona State. She lived in many states before returning to Western New York and accepting a part-time position in the GCC Library in 1993. She earned her master's in Library Science at the University at Buffalo and joined the library staff full time in 2004. She received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Librarianship in 2009.

•    Garth Swanson, of Stafford, History

Garth has been with GCC for 21 years, starting as an adjunct instructor in 1992. Swanson initiated the World History curriculum at GCC and has developed a number of new course offerings, including New York State History and History of Sport in America. He has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and serves as vice president of the Holland Purchase Historical Society Board of Directors.

Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor from Assistant Professor:

•    Julie Jackson-Coe, of Snyder, Reading

Julie came to GCC in 1989 as it began to help students with different learning needs. She was a learning specialist in the Center for Academic Progress (CAP) and held that position for 10 years. In 1999, she took a nine-month position at Niagara University's learning center, returning to GCC two years later to teach reading full time. She is a 2013 SUNY Chancellor's Award winner for Excellence in Teaching.

Promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor from Instructor:

•    Deborah Carrasquillo, of Warsaw, Nursing

Deborah joined GCC five years ago, bringing with her nearly 30 years of professional nursing experience in clinical, administrative, and academic settings. She received a master's degree in Executive Leadership in Nursing and a post-master's certificate in Nursing Education from Daemen College. Deborah teaches fourth semester nursing students at GCC. She is active in nursing organizations and also serves on the Village of Warsaw Planning Board.

•    Amy Conley, of Middleport, Business and Accounting

Amy is a certified public accountant who has been with GCC for four years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Amy made the career shift into academics after 15 years of working in the public and private sector. At GCC, Amy is actively involved with students on campus as both the co-advisor of GCC's Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO Club) and as a leader of the school's Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

•    Michelle Eichelberger, of Rochester, Library

Michelle came to GCC in August 2009. She previously was a librarian at Finger Lakes Community College and Penn State's Altoona Campus. A native of the Rochester area, she's pleased to be part of the GCC community.

•    Gary Glaser, of Wheatfield, Biology

Gary has been a full-time faculty member at GCC for four years. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology in traditional, hybrid, and online courses. Gary also works as a professional photographer and photographs GCC's annual Spring Fashion Show.

•    Jodi Harvey, of Geneseo, Teacher Education

Jodi has taught courses in the Teacher Education Transfer Program at GCC for the last four years. She also serves as an academic advisor for the program and co-advisor for the Teacher Education Club. Prior to GCC, she was a Fine Arts teacher. She also taught Special Education, in a self-contained classroom and as a consultant.

•    Eileen Mathis, of Williamsville, Psychology

Eileen joined the GCC faculty in 2008, first as an adjunct and a year later as a full-time instructor. Prior to GCC, she was a diversion counselor and addictions therapist in Rochester. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology and has worked as an elementary teacher and a prison psychologist.

•    Derek Maxfield, of Churchville, History

A native of Dundee, Derek just completed his fourth year at GCC. A graduate of SUNY Cortland, he received a master's degree in History from Villanova and has completed all but his dissertation toward a doctorate from the University at Buffalo. Derek has been the central coordinator of GCC's ongoing Civil War Initiatives, which has included numerous lectures, exhibits, and two separate weekend-long Civil War Encampments involving several thousand visitors. He is a 2013 SUNY Chancellor's Award winner for Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Three local students make the dean's list at Clarkson University

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Three local students were named to Clarkson University dean's list for the Spring 2013 semester:

Patrick Flynn, of Batavia, a sophomore majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Jacob Muench, of Darien, a sophomore majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Casey Engle, of Byron, a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Dean's list students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours. Clarkson University is located in Potsdam.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Two local scholars earn distinction at Clarkson University

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Two local students were named Presidential Scholars for the Spring 2013 semester at Clarkson University:

Andrew Lichtenthal, of Batavia, a sophomore majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Kaley Johnson, of Bergen, a senior majoring in Engineering and Management.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Clarkson University, in Potsdam, offers 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.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Batavia student earns master's degree in accounting from Byrant University in Rhode Island

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Bryant University held its Graduate School Commencement on Thursday, May 17. Among the graduates is Sarah-Elizabeth Rindo, of Batavia, who earned a Master of Professional Accountancy degree.

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Founded in 1863 and recognizing its 150th anniversary in 2013.

On the Web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Sarah-Elizabeth-Rindo-Graduates-from-Br....

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Corfu student inducted into Golden Key International Honour Society

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SUNY Geneseo student Alaina Chapman, from Corfu, was recently inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society during an induction ceremony on campus. Juniors or seniors with a grade-point average that places them in the top 15 percent of their class are eligible for membership.

Golden Key International Honour Society provides academic recognition to top-performing college and university students as well as scholarships and awards, career and internship opportunities, networking, service and leadership development opportunities. The society has more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world.

On the Web: http://readabout.me/achievements/SUNY-Geneseo-Student-Alaina-Chapman-fro....

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Five local students set to graduate from SUNY Oswego

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Several local residents are scheduled to complete their baccalaureate studies this year at SUNY Oswego.

The following local residents (with their academic degrees in parentheses) are eligible to participate in ceremonies May 18 for the college's Commencement:

Samantha L. Yager, of Richmond Avenue in Batavia (History, cum laude)

Lindsey C. Glazier, of Caswell Road in Byron (Childhood Education)

Luigi A. Parlato, of Seven Day Road in Darien Center (Public Justice)

Nikki M. Parlato, of Seven Day Road in Darien Center (Public Justice, magna cum laude)

Samantha M. Kidder, of Oak Street in Oakfield (Sociology)

A student who graduates with honors is indicated by the traditional Latin phrases summa cum laude, with highest honor (grade averages of 3.8 to 4.0); magna cum laude, with great honor (grade averages of 3.6 to 3.79); and cum laude, with honor (grade averages of 3.30 to 3.59).

A 152-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

GCC associate professor of Psychology earns Paragon Award from Phi Theta Kappa

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Press release:

Genesee Community College Associate Professor of Psychology Elise Banfield has earned the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society's Paragon Award. The award recognizes advisors for significant contributions, service and advocacy. Banfield was one of just 30 persons from across the nation to receive the award.

Banfield has been advisor to GCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Iota Upsilon, since March 2011. GCC Chapter President Tom Wieszczyk accepted the award for Banfield at the Phi Theta Kappa Convention held in San Jose, Calif., in early April. Five of the six student officers from GCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter attended the convention.

"It's exciting and humbling to receive this award," Banfield said. "Serving as advisor to GCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter has been tremendously rewarding. It's an honor to celebrate our students' academic accomplishments and work with them to do positive things in our college community."

This academic year the chapter has been promoting Community College Completion Corps or C4, a program that encourages degree completion. The chapter also raised approximately $1,300 for breast cancer awareness/research through its "Walk for a Cure."

GCC's PTK officers nominated Banfield for the award without her knowledge. They submitted essays sharing her contributions to the chapter and the college. She received the award regionally and then was selected to be one of the 30 national winners.

Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 to recognize and encourage academic achievement of two year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. To be eligible for induction, GCC students must have earned12 hours of college credit with an overall minimum 3.6 GPA; thereafter students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3.

GCC inducted its first members into Phi Theta Kappa in February 1985. The chapter held its 57th induction on April 18. The chapter welcomed 45 new members and continues to accept additional qualified students.

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Two Elba Central School teachers celebrated for outstanding achievements

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Press release:

The administration, faculty and staff of Elba Central School celebrate as they recognize two colleagues Mr. Jeremy Rath and Mrs. Tammy Plucknette for their outstanding achievements.

Mr. Jeremy Rath, K-12 Vocal and General Music instructor, is honored to be the recipient of this year’s RPO Award for Outstanding Choral Music Educator. Mr. Rath has been teaching vocal music since 2007. Mr. Rath teaches K-12 General Music and directs the Elementary Chorus and a 4-6 grade vocal ensemble. He teaches voice lessons, music class for autistic students and a Junior High Music in Our Lives course. Mr. Rath also directs High School Glee Club and Choral Ensembles. Mr. Rath has also assisted with many musicals, assemblies, and productions at all grade levels. 

In addition to teaching at Elba Central, Mr. Rath has accompanied a number of All-County choirs in and surrounding Genesee County. This year he accompanied the Genesee-Wyoming High School All-County Chorus as well as the Erie Junior High All-County Chorus. This year will mark his third year of providing piano accompaniment for the Pembroke High School musical production.

Jeremy is a founding member and accompanist for the Kendall Community Chorus. He directs the choir at Kendall Concordia Lutheran Church. Additionally, he plays organ and directs the choir at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hilton. Jeremy also enjoys being a part of the music at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, where he sings in the Harmonics Society and offers informal recitals on historic instruments. Mr. Rath also instructs several students privately on organ and piano.

Jeremy received his bachelor of science degree in Music Education (Organ and Voice) from Roberts Wesleyan College. He continued his studies at Roberts and received a master's of Music in Music Education in 2012, graduating summa cum laude.

Mrs. Tammy Plucknette, fourth-grade teacher, was recently named by Learn Zillion as 2013 Top Teacher selected to nationwide “Dream Team."

More than 3,000 teachers, instructional coaches and administration from across the country applied, and only 200 were chosen to the highly selective Dream Team. These teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students.

As a member of the Dream Team, Tammy will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco in May for TeachFest, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Teachfest is an intensive professional development conference that kicks off the Dream Team experience.

After TeachFest, Dream Team teachers will capture their proven approaches and teaching methods in concise lessons that will then be made available for free to every student, teacher and parent through LearnZillion’s online platform at LeanZillon.com. More than 100, 000 teachers are registered for the free site as well as 1.5 million students. More than 400,000 teachers and students view LearnZillion lessons each month from hundreds of countries around the world. Throughout the process Mrs. Plucknette will be motivated by the concept of “scaling her impact” beyond the walls of her own classroom and of Elba Central School. By sharing her lessons online, all students can benefit from the expertise of the Dream Team teachers.

Congratulations Mr. Rath and Mrs. Plucknette! The Elba School Community is very proud of you both.

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