Chinese Valentine’s Day


The Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend and it reminds me the Valentine’s Day in China. It is also called Qi Xi Festival or Qi Qiao Festival in Chinese.

The date is July 7th in the lunar calendar and it is August 9th in 2016. July 7th means the “evening of seven” and the original meaning was from the stars in the sky – the Plough, since about 800 B.C. The original myth for the festival is about a couple in the ancient China, who can’t get together but only meet each other once a year, which is the Qi Xi Festival.

It has been a famous festival in China and some other countries in Asia and it is an especially important festival in the southern part of China. People make Chinese knottings with red color ropes and cut red papers into some specific patterns, because these decorations mean happiness and luckiness in ancient China. In some provinces from the south, girls do their nails in a beautiful and special way, because it was also lucky for girls in ancient China to meet their “Mr. Right”. They also put candles in a boat made of paper into the river, in order to pray for their coming relationship. In some other provinces, girls also make Chinese traditional cookies and beautiful dresses by themselves to show that they are not only modern independent women, but also good at the things women had to do for their families back to thousands years ago. I really want to watch the contests for girls to make cookies and design their own clothes during Qi Xi Festival. But unfortunately, the Qi Xi Festival is not a very popular festival in the area where I’m from. Qi Xi is more famous in the non-developing towns in south and in Thailand, Japan, and Korea. Here are some photos of what girls make and do on Qi Xi Festival.

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Fashion for All


The fashion program is gearing up for the upcoming fashion show, Fashion is… on April 30th and we would like to showcase what individuals who are not in the fashion program think fashion is. I asked people what they thought fashion is and these were their responses:

Fashion is personality. A portrayal of a person even if you conform or stand out. It describes how you feel and how you feel and how you choose to present yourself. -Olivia B.

Fashion is personality. -Annie H.

Fashion is clothing, but an extravagant piece or garment. It is not something you see everyday. Fashion is a statement piece. -Jovany J.

Fashion is expression. -Evie C.

Fashion is interpretive. -Bridget C.

Fashion is crocs, sweatpants, and some Bills gear. – Corey L.

Fashion is a person’s thought shown through material. -Grace K.

Fashion is culture. -Monica V.

Fashion is the way you dress yourself and how you present yourself. -Payton C.

Check back in the following weeks to see more updates on the fashion show and to see the unique definitions of what fashion is.


The Task Of Creating A Terrific Tartan!



Last year, the Fashion Business program initiated a student and alumni contest to design an official Genesee Community College plaid. The spectacular winning design was created by the talented alumnus Michael Moultrap, a resident of Batavia, who holds an Associate’s degree in Human Services (1999) as well as Digital Art (2011). Under the watchful eye of instructor extraordinaire Donna Ehrhart the unprecedented project blossomed into a range of silk scarves, neck ties, and bow ties.


These 100% silk products have been very well received since their inception! They featured at GCC’s first ever Dandy Day, a scholarly tribute to the stylish and eccentric gentleman, with special guest speaker Rose Callahan, author of the noted “I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman.” Several scarves and ties also travelled to NYC, as esteemed participants on the annual Fashion Program field trip. These meaningful and affordable accessories are now on sale for just $20 each by contacting GCC’s Fashion Business Office at 585-345-6830.


The story doesn’t stop there though! Recently Professor Ehrhart was the proud recipient of an Academic Innovation Award for $1,785. This incredible achievement enabled the funding of the next great stage of this groundbreaking project for the college. Upon securing this grant Professor Ehrhart set out to contact the Weaver’s Guild of Rochester to inquire about having someone hand weave the tartan, in able to have it officially registered by the Scottish Register of Tartans. This was a momentous undertaking.


Professional custom weaver Kathy Cairns Hendershott decided to take up the charge, and the planning process began! Located out of Warsaw Mrs. Hendershott is a regular vendor at the Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show, and likes to take on the unique challenge of weaving a stretch tartan every year, to keep in practice.

Tartans are slow and exacting tests of a weaver’s consistency, skill, and patience. A different shuttle has to be used for each color, which has to be put aside and changed every time the colors change, sometimes every four rows, sometimes every twenty eight rows. This makes the weaving speed significantly slower than a one-shuttle weave. The GCC tartan has to be constructed according to the exacting standards used by traditional tartan weavers- each color has to be an even number of threads in a traditional 2/2 twill. The colors need to come as close as possible to official Genesee Community College colors and still remain pleasing when combined in a tartan. A 5/2 Perle cotton is decided on for luster, strength, and density.


As a custom hand weaver Mrs. Hendershott sets a minimum of fifteen yards for a custom fabric order. This is because it takes about twenty hours or more, to “dress the loom”, whether it’s for one yard or a hundred yards. Between winding, spreading, beaming, threading, and tying, the total time put in before the actual weaving starts, is about thirty hours!


After the tartan is constructed on the loom it has to undergo a washing process. To account for take-up and shrinkage after the fabric is washed she must weave twenty yards in order to achieve the desired seventeen yards of finished fabric. Being washed in plenty of water allows the threads to shift and take their final place. It also removes the spinning oil used at the thread manufacturer, any dirt or oil on the weaver’s hands, and allows the thread to “bloom”- soften and enlarge to its final form.


To complete this project Mrs. Hendershott ultimately put in ninety hours of labor intensive work. Genesee Community College now has an official woven tartan! Now it’s up to the students in the Fashion Business program to make some beautiful garments with it! This weaving is part of the Fashion Design student project which will begin next year.

It all started with Donna Ehrhart’s commitment to excellence, and striving to take GCC’s Fashion Business program beyond expectations on all levels. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on one of these precious garments, especially after coming to understand the amount of time and craftsmanship that goes into the very threads of the fabric they will be cut from.

Food of the Chinese New Year


After I came to America, I noticed that everyone loves Chinese food, but there actually isn’t real Chinese food here. In New York City or some cities in California, there are some amazing restaurants with the real Chinese food there. Besides those, most Chinese food you can see here is not the real Chinese food. So I want to tell you a little common sense about Chinese food.

First, there are six characters of Chinese food, what Chinese people think while they’re cooking their own food or judging others’ food – colors, smell, taste, meaning, decoration, and nutrition. Second, there are many kinds of Chinese food. I heard the favorite food what people from outside of China like are Spring Rolls, dumplings, Chow Mein, Ma Po Tofu, and Sesame Chicken. There are so many kinds of food more that nobody can really put all Chinese food in a menu. Last, food is totally different again in different provinces and areas. The Chinese usually divide Chinese food into 8 main cuisines, which are Sichuan Cuisine, Confusion Cuisine, Cantonese Cuisine, Su Cuisine, Min Cuisine, Zhejiang Cuisine, Hui Cuisine, and Hunan Cuisine, are each of them is unique. Besides these 8 main cuisines, there are at least 12 more different cuisines. It is too much to be all shared, so today I’d like to only show you the traditional Chinese food for the Chinese New Year.

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Customs of the Chinese New Year



Monday, 8 February, 2016 is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. From February 7th to February 13th this year, people don’t go to school or work for a week, as an official holiday. In this coming week, I’d like to keep posting and sharing something about the Chinese New Year. For today, let me tell you what we do for the Chinese New Year.

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Dress For Success!


A lot of opportunities in life come down to, showing up, and looking the part. Resident Career Services Center work study student Jenna Curcio, recently created two posters (located in the hallway just next to the Career Services bulletin board) to help students dress for the positions they hope to achieve and the people they want to become.


Remember the old adage “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? Does it seem obsolete? It isn’t. Your clothing makes an immediate statement about who you are, and how you carry yourself, without you ever having to speak a word. You have to be conscious of that power, and master it. Make it work for you, not against you. Take it from Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s human resources chief, “If you like to dress up, dress up. Take pride in looking your best, and don’t worry about what your peers think of you,” she says. “At the end of the day, they’re not the ones handing out promotions.”

Fashionista Extraordinaire Jenna Curcio tumblr_o1gxrmOhJN1v4poxfo1_540

One poster is designed to educate about professional men’s attire, and the other focuses in on the professional woman. Jenna obtained many of these images, and  her initial inspiration from the successful blog Divine Caroline. This site contains a plethora of information not only regarding fashion, but entertainment, college life, and finance as well.



These boards offer up golden information. Now take it, and run with it.

About Taking Winter Classes



Welcome back college, everyone! I hope you just had a nice break and got ready for spring semester. In the first day of college, I’d like to share about my experience in winter taking classes online. I heard many students are afraid to take classes in a quick term online, so I wanted to tell you something about taking winter classes.

In order to graduate in May, I decided to take two classes in winter. They were Business Communications (BUS 106) and Female Role in Film (CIN 242). They’re both 3 credits courses. CIN 242 could be a class for your humanities class. Both of these two classes could be your elective class.

First of all, you are right to know there’s a lot of work for a winter class because most of the winter classes are still 3 credits classes. The time you will get to finish the winter classes is about 3 weeks, which means it is a lot of work. Therefore, the first suggestion I’d like to offer is “never procrastinate”. For my BUS 106 class, I had 4 homework assignments, 4 quizzes, and 1 project every week. For my CIN 242 class, I had about 4 homework assignments and 1 essay quiz every week, and 1 final project which we needed to work for it every week. Compared with a normal class in fall or spring semester, this is a lot more work. But you will also get a lot more time in winter. The second suggestion I’d like to share is “manage your time”. The homework is usually divided by weeks. In the beginning of the classes, I printed out the homework deadlines and hanged them up on the wall next to my desk. Checking the schedule out every day and following it well helped me out from these two classes very well. Also, the last suggestion I have is “communicate”. Professors are really nice to talk to, and they’re always there for you while you’re taking winter classes. You’ll also have the discussion board to ask any question to your classmates. As an international student, I worked this out well. So it shouldn’t be a problem for most people.

Talking about what classes to take, there are not many classes, but enough and useful. In Winter 2015, there were business administration, cinema, English, geography, health education, history, math, meteorology, music, and sociology. I chose BUS 106 as my additional elective class and CIN 242 for my humanities class. From what I’ve known, it would be a great idea to have ENG 101 as your English class, GEO 101 as your world civilization class, SOC 101 as your social science class, or some health education classes as your health/PE/ATH class. These are most likely required classes for many students, and it is not too difficult to take them online.

Hopefully, you feel not afraid of winter classes anymore and have some ideas about what to take next winter if you need to. You need to know what classes you have to take. How to check your classes: Login into Genesis – Banner Self-Service – Student Services – Registration Menu – DegreeWorks-Run a Degree Audit. You’ll see all the classes you’ve taken, future classes you have to take, and what classes you might want to take. Then, you can look up for your classes, and add or drop your classes online also under Registration Menu. All the classes you have to take are shown under your Degree Works. Just remember to check the requirement first and talk to your advisor always.

I hope this is helpful. Wish you a great semester! Lastly, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is a thief of time.