Choosing GCC was a very interesting experience because I knew it was the school for me when I was introduced to it. I played AAU basketball the summer before graduating high school. I played in many showcases and tournaments is to be seen by many colleges. One day my dad told me that I had gotten an email from a college coach that seen me play in a recent tournament that I was in. I thought it was cool to have a college coach recognize me for the way I was playing. My dad and I looked online at the school website and found it to be very pleasing. Things where easy to find and they had a great Veterinary Technology program that I caught my eye on. That day I emailed the coach back and told her I was interested.
I was going to my last showcase which she said she would attend. After I finished playing my first game I finally met Coach Christie McGee-Ross. Reading her bio was very compelling, she was nice and polite and I could tell that she was a very accomplished coach. That made me figure that she came from a school with other polite people. I also met the assistant coach, Dena. Coach McGee-Ross even introduced me to her 11 year old daughter. I wanted to go somewhere to where I knew I could create a family, and meeting the coaches made me feel a family vibe.
From then on I stayed in contact with the coach to set up a visit. I was hoping that the campus was really nice, and upon my arrival to Genesee Community College the campus I wasn’t let down. When I was going to meet the coach, a former player gave me a tour of the entire school. It was very fun. Once again everyone that I met was very polite and I even met another recruit while visiting, and she seemed extremely nice as well. That made me more excited about GCC and even more ready to commit myself to this school. In weeks time I was signing a letter of intent to be a Genesee Cougar!
This blog post contributed by Amber Coan, Fashion Design student
GCC’s Fashion Design students are thrilled about a recent donation of two brand new dress forms from PGM Incorporated representative, Andrea Quintana! If you walk into the sewing room, you’ll find about eleven handmade dress forms in a wide variety of sizes from 2 through 24. The forms are a huge part of our design and draping class, one of the most significant classes for fashion design majors. While some of us strive to master the creation of plus-size garments, there are many, myself included, who would rather work with smaller sizes; to fit this demand, we were absolutely in need of more narrow-bodied mannequins–I speak for all of the design majors when I say that we are very thankful for Andrea and PGM’s donation!
Outside of class, many students use the PGM dress forms for our own personal projects for clients, to build our portfolio, and to aid in creating garments for GCC’s annual fashion show–which is now the largest in Western New York!
PGM dress form with student draping
I, personally, am using one of the forms to fit an evening gown of my own design for next year’s fashion show. The dress will consist of a black leotard base and a very long flowing skirt. My inspiration for my scene proposal next year is fierce, dark, and strong–contrasting this year’s “Ethereal” theme. Bringing my inspiration to life has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is the blank canvases that Andrea Quintana and PGM so generously donated to us.
I would highly recommend that design majors–or anyone interested in pursuing fashion design–check out the wide range of beautiful, top-of-the-line dress forms (including customizable and colored!!!) at PGM’s website, http://www.pgmdressform.com.
Once again, I’d like to publicly thank Andrea and PGM for their contribution to our fashion program!!
The Tale for Three Counties Committee has worked to invite award winning author Karen Thompson Walker to GCC to speak about her newest book, The Age of Miracles. After her talk, she will be available to sign copies of her book.
Thursday, March 20
T102 – Batavia Campus
Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, whereThe Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at UCLA, where she wrote for the UCLA Daily Bruin. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to attend the Columbia University MFA program.
A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work, sometimes while riding the subway.
She is the recipient of the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
There will also be four book discussions at GCC before Karen’s talk:
Tuesday, March 18 – 11am in T119
Tuesday March 18 – 12:30pm in T123
Wednesday, March 19 – 10:15am in T119
Wednesday, March 19 – 11:15am in T119
All GCC students are eligible to enter an essay contest to win lunch with Karen! Two prizes will be awarded. Entrants: read the Participation Agreement for more details.
Batavia NY is much different from my hometown in East Asia. Even thought they have about same population size, they have a quite different characteristics.
At first, a climate between two towns was killing me! My hometown belongs to the Temperate Zone, so I never experienced such a crazy snow and freezing temperature until I spent a winter in Batavia. Otherwise, summer weather in Batavia is very enjoyable, but my hometown is not because of its humidity and seriously high temperatures.
Another difference is the topographical factor. There is no ocean in Batavia, but it is located right next to two large lakes; Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Plus, it is a flat field suitable for farming corn and dairy farms. My hometown has both mountain range and inland sea, and prospers oyster farming while making use of the terrain.
Without having my own automobile in Batavia, the limited transportation reduces range of activities I can participate in. The B-line Bus Service and taxis are the only ways you move in Batavia without a car. Those services are not enough for people who do not have an automobile. My hometown has bus, taxi, train, and bullet train. The train is very expedient for communing to downtown, and bullet train is the easiest way for traveling to all around an area.
The difference between living in these two towns gives is challenging to adjust to.
I was nervous about starting Genesee Community College. As an adult I felt that I was a little out of place. I figured the students would make fun of me because I’m old enough to be their parent. I have grown a lot because of my experience returning to school as an adult.
Returning to school had me a little frightened due to not knowing how much academic work was expected of me. When I went to college the first time I didn’t have to study that hard because I was able to retain a lot of information without writing anything down. I didn’t know what to expect 20 years later. Half of the time I can’t remember my own husband’s name. How was I going to retain class lectures plus homework information?
Now that I’ve been at Genesee Community College for a year, I’ve learned that I’m smarter than I thought. The kids in my class like me and some admire me. I’ve learned that there are many different ways for me to study. The method that works for me is using flash cards as well as taking notes during class. I often set aside time on the weekends to study the flash cards or read ahead to have all the weeks reading assignments completed or at least attempted. These techniques have helped me assimilate to being a college student. These methods have also helped in my acquiring Dean’s List status every semester so far.
To conclude, the experiences that I’ve learned here at GCC as an adult student has prepared me to further my education. One thing that would help this school be more marketable to adult students is separate areas for 25 and older to hang out. Sometimes it’s frustrating sitting in the student union with younger students and not knowing where I fit in. If there was a designated area for adults than at least we could feel a sense of belonging.
- Yolanda Ransom
The Career Services Department is hosting an Employer STEM Networking Event for students interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math on Thursday, March 6 from 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm in the Forum!
Register for this event to network with multiple employers, including:
- Genesee Community College (IT & Media)
- Liberty Pumps
- Town of Batavia
- Morton Salt
- Genesee County Soil & Water
- Five Star Bank
- Lapp Insulator
- Oxbo Corp.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension
- EMA Design
Dress to impress, and have your questions ready to ask employers about their career path, future internship and employment opportunities, and anything else you can think of!