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Milestones include engagement, wedding and birth announcements as well as job promotions, military service and similar personal accomplishments of you and your family that you wish to share with the community.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Citizen Soldier from Pavilion extends service to state and nation

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Major General Patrick A. Murphy, the Adjutant General, announced the recent reenlistment of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Sergeant First Class Owen Guile, from Pavilion, has reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 642nd Support Battalion.

"The New York Army National Guard has sustained our force at or above 100 percent strength for the better part of five years now," Murphy said. "Keeping those ready forces in our ranks mean that New York is ready to provide forces for state missions here at home, as we saw during Hurricane Sandy or for the federal missions supporting our nation around the country and around the world."

"Each of our 16,000 men and women serving in the Army and Air National Guard as an important role and I'm pleased that so many continue to reenlist and remain part of our New York National Guard family."

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov or www.1800goguard.com.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

GCC announces three award recipients

post by Billie Owens in GCC, Milestones

Press release:

Genesee Community College Board of Trustees learned at the August monthly meeting that two members of their own, as well as a long-term GCC faculty member, have been selected to receive awards recognizing their dedication, leadership and service.

GCC Trustee Maureen Torrey Marshall has been selected to receive the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service by the New York Community College Trustees. Mrs. Marshall began her service as a GCC trustee in 2003, and just concluded her two-year term as chairman last month. She is a lifelong resident of Genesee County and co-owner of the 10,000 acre Torrey Farms, Inc. She serves on several agricultural associations at the state and national levels.

Current Board of Trustee Chairman Diane D. Torcello has been selected to receive the 2014 Donald M. Mawhinney Trustee Leadership Award. Appointed to GCC's Board of Trustees in 2005, Mrs. Torcello is vice president Community Banking manager for Tompkins Bank of Castile, former chair of the Presidential Search committee for GCC, former chair of Genesee County United Way, and she continues to serve as a member of the Board and the Campaign Cabinet. She also serves on the Mary Immaculate Church Finance Committee and she is the Treasurer of the Pavilion Republican Committee. Diane was also named to the Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40.

Both honors will be recognized at the 60th Annual NYCCT Conference entitled "Celebrating 60 Years of Trustee Education and Leadership" on Saturday Sept. 20 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs.

GCC's Professor of Business M. Richard (Rick) Dudkowski has been selected to receive the Northeast ACCT Faculty Member Award at the Winds of Change Leadership Congress '14 this October in Chicago, sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees. This award honors excellence in teaching through innovative programming, special initiatives, problem solving and leadership within two-year postsecondary institutions as well as the local community.

Throughout his 30 year tenure at GCC, Mr. Dudkowski or "Mr. D.," as his students are fond of calling him, has been an exceptional contributor to the college community as a dedicated professor, mentor, success coach, colleague, civic leader and friend. He teaches 10 different courses in the business division and is the lead faculty member of the Fashion Merchandising Management program that produces the annual Fashion Show, which will enjoy its 34th annual production in 2015. He is a "go-to" staff member volunteering for many additional assignments, such as serving on the planning committees for the College's 40th anniversary, the retirement reception celebrating Stuart Steiner's 37 years as president and the inauguration of James Sunser, GCC president in 2011.

Mr. Dudkowski is a two-time recipient of the State University of New York New Chancellor's Award for Excellence, first in 2002 for Excellence in Teaching and in 2008 for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He also was recently inducted into Susan Makai's Personal Best Model and Talent Agency Hall of Fame for Marketing Individual Excellence in a Competitive World.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Two Batavians among winners at Erie County Fair Poultry Show

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Milestones

The results are in for the Erie County Fair Poultry winners, two of whom are from Genesee County. The show was held Thursday in Hamburg and featured 21 exhibitors showing more than 260 birds.

They are:

Kelsey Ferguson, Batavia -- Best in Heavy Weight Ducks

                                               Best in Medium Weight Ducks

                                               Best in Heavy Weight Geese

                                               Best in Light Weight Geese

                                               Reserve Grand Champion Waterfowl

                                               Grand Champion Goose    

Jackie Ferguson, Batavia -- Best in Medium Weight Geese

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Alexandrea D. Zoccali of Le Roy to attend SUNY Oswego this fall

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Alexandrea D. Zoccali, of Le Roy, will attend SUNY Oswego, among more than 675 transfer students who have reserved places at the college for Fall 2014 classes that begin Aug. 25. She last studied at Genesee Community College, and intends to major in Zoology at Oswego.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2014, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2014 college guidebook "The Best Northeastern Colleges," as well as its 2014 list of "best value" colleges and universities nationally.

A 153-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.

Visit oswego.edu for more information.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Shelby O'Neill, of Corfu, makes dean's list at Colby College in Maine

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Shelby F. O'Neill was named to the dean's list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for his outstanding academic achievement during the Spring semester of the 2013-14 year. O'Neill, a member of the Class of 2015, is the son of Philip O'Neill and MaryAnn Wiater, of Corfu, and attended Pembroke Central School.

Students whose grade-point averages were 3.7 or higher were named to the dean's list.

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Colby provides a rigorous academic program that fosters transformational relationships between students and faculty. Graduates emerge as leaders ready to make an impact on their world. Colby is committed to making the full experience accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their ability to pay. The college enrolls 1,825 students.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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

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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 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Timothy Redband makes the dean's list at Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University

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Timothy M. Redband, of Batavia, received academic honors from the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University by making the dean's list for the Spring 2014 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.
 

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Engagement: Stacey Marie Yasses to wed Christopher Arthur Cohen next summer

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Mrs. Sharon Yasses-Dobbs is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Stacey Marie Yasses to Christopher Arthur Cohen, son of Mr. and Mr. John Cohen Sr. of Cary, N.C.

The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy and a 2001 graduate of Cazenovia College with a AS in Human Services. She is employed as an operations manager for an electrical contractor in Raleigh, N.C.

The future groom is 1993 graduate of Apex High School and a 1997 graduate of East Carolina
University with a BA in Business Administration. He is now co-owner of an Insurance Restoration Company based in Apex, N.C.

The couple reside in Cary, N.C., and plan to wed the summer of 2015 in Gasport, NY.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Six Batavia students earn degrees from SUNY Buffalo

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The following students, all from Batavia, graduated from SUNY Buffalo State in May 2014:

Frederick Rarick received a bachelor's degree in History.

Peter Badami received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Ariana March received a bachelor's degree in Childhood Education.

Dakota Nicholson received a bachelor's degree in Individualized Studies.

Amanda Harding received a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.

Melissa Maxwell received a master's degree in Speech-language Pathology.

Buffalo State offers 169 undergraduate programs and 65 graduate programs. For more information, please visit suny.buffalostate.edu.

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