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Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Genesee women's soccer ranked in the preseason top-ten

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, soccer, sports

The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team is ranked No. 10 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) preseason top-10 poll, which was released by the association on Wednesday.

(Ready to roll: Mariah Niemiec (white) will be one of nine returning players for the No. 10 GCC women's soccer team)


Second-year head coach Jeff Reyngoudt returns after a trip to the regional finals and a 13-4-1 campaign during his first season at the helm in 2013. The Cougars were ranked as high as fifth in the NJCAA National Poll last season and Reyngoudt was named the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) Coach of the Year.

GCC will return nine starters including 2013 second team All-American goalkeeper Maddie Potter (Oakfield, NY) and All-Region selections Ashley Makowski (Kendall, NY) and Sarah Loranty (Alexander, NY). Potter made 15 starts in goal last fall and allowed an average of just 0.94 goals per game. She totaled seven shutouts and had a save percentage of better than 85 percent. Makowski was second on last year’s squad in goals scored (12) and tallied 28 points during her freshman season. Loranty helped anchor a defense that allowed an average of 1.37 goals per game and totaled eight shutout wins.

Genesee will begin its 2014 season on Aug. 28 at home against NJCAA Division I Mercyhurst North East. It will be the first of seven scheduled home games this fall for the Cougars and one of six contests scheduled against WNYAC opponents.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

GC assistant athletic director named Distinguished Person of the Year by WNY peers

post by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones, sports

For the second year in a row, Genesee Community College Assistant to the Athletic Director Ron Spiotta has been named the Western New York Athletic Conference Distinguished Person of the Year Award recipient. The award is given to an individual who has outstanding accomplishments or has made significant contributions to a sport or athletics in general.

"Ron has been a great asset to the Genesee Athletic department for the last 28 years," said GCC Athletic Director Kristen Schuth. "He does a great job communicating with the community as well as his peers. This award is very well deserved for the second year in a row."

Spiotta has been with the College since 1981. He currently coordinates athletic eligibility, scheduling, charter traveling and assists the athletics director on day-to-day operations. In addition to his duties as a staff member, Spiotta was the head coach of the baseball program at Genesee from 1986-1999 and currently sits on the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee at the College.

Spiotta is a 1978 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a degree in Recreation and Leisure. He resides in Batavia with his wife, Deborah, and has two children, Lauren and Michael.

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.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 5:45 am

Adult students encouraged to try GCC, new ad features Batavia mother of three

post by Billie Owens in GCC

Press release:

Over the past 35 years, Ann Watts raised three sons as a single mother, worked as a waitress to pay the bills and thought about going back to college. When her youngest son reached adulthood, she did it. In December, Ann will earn her associates in science degree from Genesee Community College. Her experience at GCC is featured in a new television ad now being aired on cable and network stations. It can also be viewed on YouTube or GCC's new Adult Learner's Web page:


"Everyone I have encountered at GCC every step of the way has made me feel like my success matters to them," she says in the commercial. "GCC is so much more than I expected."

The new television commercial complements GCC's recently conducted survey focusing on the needs and interests of adult students.

"After the survey, we asked our faculty if they had any students in their classes who might be interested in helping with our new adult learners' TV ad. Ann was recommended by Dr. Thomas Priester, our professor of Transitional Studies," said Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing and Communications said.

"Ann's story personifies the experience of so many of GCC's adult students. We hope she will inspire other adults who've long thought about returning to college and have hesitated for many reasons."

Ann last took a college class at age 17. At that time, she was a high school student in Junction City, Kan., and enrolled in a course through Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.. Her father, retired Major General Ronald Watts, was the commanding officer at Fort Riley Army Base near Junction City.

After high school Ann, now 56, did not pursue further college classwork. She began working as a waitress and started a family. She has three sons, Zach Watts, 29, of Batavia; Taylor Tompkins, 25, of Macon, Ga; and Nicholas Gaudy, 22, of Batavia. She worked for 10 years at Alex's Place Restaurant and now works at Larry's Steakhouse, both in Batavia.

When she returned to school, Ann initially thought she'd pursue a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management as she'd worked in that industry for so many years. A year into the program she changed her mind.

"I went back to school to get OUT of that business," she said.

She's now pursuing a General Studies degree with an emphasis on Human Services and hopes to work with soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

At GCC, Ann ended up in Career Education Planning (CEP) class with her son Zach.

"It was actually pretty fun," she said. "Once everyone knew I was his mom, all the kids in class starting calling me mom, which was a lot of fun for me and made it a lot easier."

Zach is pursuing a business degree and anticipates graduating in May 2015. Ann's dad, now 80, plans to be in the audience at Commencement. Coincidentally, Zach's fiancée, Sarah Sanchez-Anderson is also attending GCC and was in the same CEP class as well. Ironically, the couple's 2-year old son Carson, Ann's grandson, attends GCC's Daycare Center.

"Attending GCC is almost a family affair for Ann! When Dr. Priester welcomed us into his class for the TV photo shoot, it was truly a live, teaching-learning experience," Sutherland added. "But even without family members in the same class, we learned through our survey that the vast majority of our adult students -- 92 percent in fact, are satisfied with their college experience here."

Once she completes her degree, Ann hopes to land a job at Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley. That's not the only reason she wants to move back to Kansas. Three years ago she went to her Junction City High School reunion and reconnected with Hal Wilson, with whom she'd had a close friendship in high school. They've been seeing each other ever since.

"Ann's story proves it's never too late to go back to school and pursue your dreams," Sutherland said. "We're ready and waiting here at GCC to help adult students turn those dreams into a reality."

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Company that made financial aid info video for GCC wins Bronze Telly Award

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GCC

Press release:

A video providing information to prospective students about financial aid at Genesee Community College has earned a prestigious Telly Award. Forest Productions & Photography, Inc., of Buffalo, with whom the College worked on the project, was recognized as a Bronze Winner in the 35th annual contest.

Nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries competed for Tellys, the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs; the finest video and film productions; and online commercial video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.

The two-minute financial aid video utilizes animation and clever graphics to guide students through all the possible sources of financial assistance and how to pursue them. Michael Mandolfo of Forest Productions & Photography, Inc., began discussing ideas for the video with the College in December 2012. The video, created through a computer and audio recorder, was completed in May 2013.

"GCC challenged us with creating a nontraditional video that would appeal to young people," Mandolfo said. "They wanted a hip and attractive way to get this information across. We thought the animation would help the viewer navigate through the information using techniques like graphics, symbols, color, texture and music."

Working with director of Student Financial Assistance Joe Bailey and admissions staff, Mandolfo crafted a script, narrated by GCC graduate Samantha Vogt ('13), that takes a direct, yet playful, approach to sharing the information.

For example, in one section, the narrator states, "The Federal Pell Grant is free money that you don't have to repay. That's the best kind!" The video advises students on applying for everything from grants to loans, filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student AID) and TAP (NY Tuition Assistance Program), "It's really easy," the narrator offers in a supportive tone.

"Everyone dreads filling out these forms," Bailey said. "We wanted to reduce the intimidation factor through this video." Bailey's name is featured on a "Hello, my name is Joe" name tag in the video as the narrator describes "friendly staff ready to help answer your financial aid questions."

The complete video can be seen here: http://www.genesee.edu/offices/finaid/.

GCC has worked with Mandolfo's Forest Productions & Photography, Inc., on numerous projects through the past 10 years. "GCC allows me to be creative and explore new ways to convey information," Mandolfo said. "I am proud to share this award with GCC."

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards are judged by more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other but are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10 percent of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor. Approximately 25 percent of entries are chosen as Bronze Telly winners.

"The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. "Forest Productions' accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production."

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

College board elects new officers, welcomes two new members

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GCC

Press release:

This week, Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees elected Diane D. Torcello as chair for the 2014-2015 year. The Board also elected Laura J. Bohm as vice chair and Donna M. Ferry as secretary.

Torcello, of Pavilion, is a Bank of Castile executive. Bohm, of Batavia, is a retired housing administrator. Ferry, of Darien, is secretary/treasurer of S.J.F. Construction, Inc.

In other business, the Board of Trustees:

•    Approved a technical amendment to the College's 2014-2015 operating budget, reducing anticipated sponsor support by $250,000 and increasing fund balance support by the same amount.
•    Welcomed two new members of the Board of Trustees: Robert L. Boyce and Jacalyn F. Whiting, both of Le Roy. Boyce was appointed by the Genesee County Legislature and Whiting was appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Both members will serve seven-year terms. The 10-member volunteer Board of Trustees is the governing body of Genesee Community College.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Turbo Thursdays at all GCC campuses offer a one-stop registration opportunity for fall classes

post by Billie Owens in announcements, GCC

Press release:

Need a boost to reach your education goals? Here's your chance to rev things up: Turbo Thursdays at Genesee Community College! Every Thursday through Aug. 21 Genesee Community College gives you a chance to register for fall classes in just one stop. GCC's Fall Semester begins Aug. 25.

Turbo Thursdays will be held at GCC's main campus in Batavia, as well as all six of its campus centers in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw. Turbo Thursdays offer extended hours at each campus location from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: July 17*, July 24, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21.

Thursday, July 17* is also Food Processing Technology (FPT) Info Day with extended hours to 9 p.m. at all campus locations. The day-long opportunity gives all interested citizens ample time to explore GCC's newest degree as well as the $500 FPT scholarship available for the first class, Introduction to Food Processing.

At Turbo Thursday you can:

•    Complete your free application (bring an ID, high school graduation documents and tax forms)

•    Receive free financial aid advisement or set up an appointment

•    Receive free academic advisement

•    Learn about GCC's 60+ academic programs

•    Learn how easily GCC credits transfer to many other schools

"We invite prospective students of all ages to sit down with one of our experienced and knowledgeable counselors and chart their futures," said Tanya Lane-Martin, GCC's admissions director. "With more than 60 academic programs, there's something for everyone, at every stage in life, to choose from. And with online courses and degrees, GCC helps students even with the busiest schedules."

The Enrollment Check List helps guide students through each step of the enrollment process. To review the Check List go to: http://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/admissions/checklist/

Turbo Thursdays will be held at all seven GCC locations:

•    Batavia (main campus) – One College Road / (585) 343-0055

•    Albion – 456 West Ave. / (585) 589-4936

•    Arcade – 25 Edward St. / (585) 492-5265

•    Dansville – 31 Clara Barton St. / (585) 335-7820

•    Lima – 7285 Gale Road / (585) 582-1226

•    Medina – 11470 Maple Ridge Road / (585) 798-1688

•    Warsaw – 115 Linwood Ave. / (585) 786-3010

To learn more about all that GCC has to offer, visit the college Web site: www.genesee.edu/

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Food processing technology information day is tomorrow at all GCC campuses

post by Billie Owens in food technology, GCC

Press release:

Food Processing Technology Info Day

Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ~ All seven GCC Campus Locations

Who: Anyone interested in training for a great new career

This is a great opportunity to learn about a great new career opportunity and win fun prizes. Food Processing Technology Info Day runs from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. at all seven campus locations -- Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw.

Test your knowledge of food trivia in the Fun Food Facts Game and be entered to win a grand prize worth more than $100 that includes many local food products and a Wegmans gift card. Besides the grand prize basket, correct answers can earn you a new ice cream scoop or a "cheesy" note pad.

GCC is now enrolling students in its new Food Processing Technology degree program with classes beginning this fall. Students who complete the two-year, 63-credit program earn an associate in applied science degree and will be qualified for many of the positions currently available at food manufacturing facilities in Western New York.

"We have a thriving food processing industry in this region and our goal is to provide these businesses with the skilled workforce they need," said Professor Maureen Leupold, GCC's director of Science. "These are terrific jobs that pay well and offer delicious benefits!"

To accommodate adult, non-traditional students, the first introductory class, Food Processing Technology (FPT101), starts on Tuesday, Sept. 23 with the 12-week session. It runs from 3:30 – 7 p.m. at the Batavia Campus.

Students who register and complete FPT 101 (Introduction to Food Processing Technology) are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship to cover the cost of the 3-credit course. The scholarship is open to all students and there are no prerequisites to enroll in FPT 101. Those interested are asked to submit the Academic Program Scholarship Worksheet as soon as possible, but no later than the Aug. 4 deadline.

"This is going to be a fun day where you can explore fantastic opportunities that will 'Feed Your Future,' " Leupold said.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

GCC student named WNY Athletic Conference Freshman Female Athlete of the Year

post by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones, sports

Genesee Community College student-athlete Ashley Makowski (Kendall, NY) was recently recognized by the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) as the Freshman Female Athlete of the Year for 2013-2014.

Makowski is a two-sport athlete at GCC as a member of the women's soccer and women's lacrosse programs. She was an All-Region first team selection in both sports this year.

Makowski played in all 18 games last fall for the women's soccer team and scored 12 goals, including four game-winners. Her 12 goals were second most on the team and she also added 12 assists, tallying 28 total points. She led the women's lacrosse team in assists with 12 and was second on the team in goals (20) and total points (32). She played in and started all 10 games this Spring, collecting 27 ground balls and causing 14 turnovers. She was also selected to the women's lacrosse WNYAC All-Conference first team.

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.

For further information and pictures go to Genesee's Athletic Web page, which is updated regularly with game results, team rosters, photographs and information about Genesee's overall athletic program. http://www.geneseeathletics.com

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

GCC Start-Up NY Campus Plan introduced to Board of Trustees

post by Billie Owens in GCC, Start-Up New York

Press release:

The Genesee Community College Board of Trustees has reviewed the State University of New York (SUNY) Start-Up New York Campus Plan, along with the criteria that will help guide the College's review and evaluation process of potential project proposals seeking the tax-free designation. The multi-page plan includes designation of two key locations within or in close proximity of GCC's current campuses which present ideal development opportunity.

Specifically cited were approximately 30 acres of flat land within the Upstate New York Medical Tech Park across from the Batavia Campus, and 30,000 square feet of classroom and office space available at the Dansville Campus Center located within the old middle school at 31 Clara Barton St. In addition, 14 other locations were listed as potential sites including eight in Orleans County and three in Wyoming County.

If the Board approves the plan, a 30-day public review process would begin. Copies of the plan would be mailed directly to the legislators and economic development agencies of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well as the various union and student leadership organizations.

Upon their review and approval, the College will then submit the Plan to SUNY for further review, and finally to the Empire State Development for final approval.

Start-Up New York Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate NY program is a statewide initiative introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year to encourage potential developments on or within one mile of each of SUNY's 64 campuses by offering tax-free status to both the company and new employees for up to 10 years. Each SUNY institution can designate up to 200,000 square feet of space for Start-Up New York projects to create new jobs associated with the academic curriculum offered by the connected campus.

"This effort does not supersede the other processes currently in place [with county industrial or economic development agencies]," College President James Sunser said to the trustees. "We will rely on those other processes. For those companies who want to work with us, the first filter the business must meet is an alignment with our academic programs."

The Campus Plan cites GCC's mission and lists the following 11 academic programs that would align with many different business proposals: Business Administration, Biotechnology, Computer Information Services, Computer Support and Operations, Computer Systems and Network Technology, Web Design, Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Food Processing, Healthcare and Supply Chain Management.

For further information about Start-Up NY go to: http://startup-ny.com/

In other business, the Board of Trustees:

•    Heard Kevin Hamilton, vice president of Finance and Operations, report on the results from the request for proposals for the College's food and vending services. After careful committee review and with Board of Trustee approval, American Dining Creations will be GCC's new food service contractor starting July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2017 with an option for additional two one-year periods. Among the new opportunities students and staff will enjoy in the coming years are: a Batavia Campus Subway; increased use of locally grown produce; online ordering and payment of catering services; a smartphone app featuring nutritional guidelines; and the creation of a Campus Dining Advisory Board.

•    Heard Kathleen Schiefen, GCC provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs report that 10 more academic programs have been carefully reviewed against the SUNY Seamless Transfer criteria and will now meet the 64 credit hour limit. Fine Arts AS, Administrative Assistant AAS, Individualized Studies AAS, Computerized Drafting and Design AAS, Computer Support and Operations AAS, Fashion Business AAS, Polysomnographic Technology AAS, Tourism and Hospitality Management AAS and Entrepreneurship AAS now meet the credit hour limit largely through minor adjustments with the number of electives or physical education credit requirements. Schiefen also explained that GCC's Economic Crime Investigation AS degree has altered its focus and has shifted from the Criminal Justice to the Business and Commerce cluster of programs. The new Economic Crime Investigation degree concentrates more on accounting procedures and financial forensics such as deciphering inconsistencies in record and inventory, insurance fraud, data collection and inappropriate business practices.

•    Heard the following employee appointments:

Michele McKay, joins GCC's nursing faculty after teaching LPN to RN transition course as a GCC adjunct faculty member last fall. Previously, she taught pediatrics, maternal-child health, and peri-operative nursing at Niagara County Community College. She also worked at Starpoint and Clarence Central school districts as the school nurse, the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, nursing homes and she has experience as a clinical research nurse. She earned her Nursing M.S. from California State University Sacramento and her B.S. from SUNY Binghamton. She resides in Clarence Center.

Amy Churchfield is now the permanent, full-time associate dean at the Dansville Campus Center after serving as the interim dean since last August. She joined GCC in 2004 as a technical assistant and was promoted in 2010 to technical specialist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Education from Elmira College and a master's degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She began her career as director of Student Activities at Medaille College. She resides in Groveland.

Diane Palmer has shifted from the Albion Campus Center where she has been a part-time associate since 2008, to the Batavia Campus where she will now serve as a technical assistant and academic advisor. She will also continue teaching as an adjunct faculty member. She earned her M.A. from The SUNY College at Brockport, and her B.A. from Houghton College. She resides in Albion.

Monday, June 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

GCC pair finishes top-40 at golf nationals

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, golf, sports


Adam Baumeister (Lancaster, NY) and Chris Mandia (Highland, NY) capped off the 2014 golf season at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Golf National Championships held at the Chautauqua Golf Club last week and both golfers finished in the top-40.

Baumeister ended the four-round tournament in 11th place and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. He shot a combined +15 (303), which was 18-strokes off the lead. He began the week shooting a 78, followed with a 74 on day two, shot a 78 on day three and fired his low round of 73 on day four.

Mandia shot +35 with rounds of 82, 79, 82 and 80 (323). He finished tied for 38th place.

The 76 player field was paced by Nick Thompson of Sandhills Community College (N.C.), who finished the tournament at three-under par (285). Sandhills CC won the team title.


Full tournament results: http://bit.ly/1oNsc3S

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