From Street to Wheat


Grass in the WindWalking around outside with my camera is something I love doing in my free time.  It’s a way for me to escape the pressures of work and fall into adventure. It also gives me time to recharge my social meter. Although I’m from the city, I’m no social butterfly. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being in crowded places unless I’m with a friend or two. In NYC you’re in a crowd of strangers on a daily basis. You could be on the train or standing in line at a café, and all of a sudden you’re trying to avoid eye contact with someone. That’s why I really appreciate living upstate. There are plenty of open fields for you to run through and scream in if you want to.

This past Father’s Day, God called me out on a stroll. I visited the meadow by the G.C.C.’s Nature Trail, where the Phi Theta Kappa bench sits, and the blackberry tree stands. I had a lens attached to my camera that could zoom out really far because I wanted to see a deer! But none pranced out as soon as I arrived so instead I enjoyed the little things. Like the blackberry tree, it looked magnificently out of place with bright red and purple beads of juice. I plucked the darkest looking one I could find and popped it in my mouth. So sweet!

Blackberry tree

I then noticed a pretty cool looking birdhouse near the edges of the woods. G.C.C. has tons of birdhouses around the campus. Have you ever spotted one? They’re here thanks to Joe Lullo, an Eagle Scout who donated his time to building them five years ago. (Thanks Joe!) But as I approached the birdhouse, I heard

A birdhouse by Genesee Community College

alarms go off. The gentle and almost unnoticeable chirping of the birds became sharper and louder. I knew then that I was being watched, and that all of the hidden animals were being warned of my presence. I made fluid and natural movements from there on out, nothing jerky or threatening. I relaxed and took the pictures you see posted here.

Before heading back home, without having seen a deer, I revisited the blackberry tree and decided to tear off a hand-sized branch for my roommates. The branches of the tree hung low to the ground, and I was underneath them as they canopied over. While enjoying another berry, I heard a little scratching noise behind me so I peered over my shoulder. There was a squirrel in the tree, not too far from where I stood. And if he wanted to run along the branch and jump on me he could have done it in seconds. While I was trying to see if that’s what he intended to do, he got closer. So I turned on one foot, ducked out from under the branches, and dashed a few feet away from the tree. And that was how my little adventure ended.

After heading back home and sharing blackberries with my roommates, I got an appetite for more fruit. A friend of mine told me about a fresh foods market within walking distance from the dorms. I’ll be writing about it after we take a visit, so stay tuned for the next blog!

Who is Iesha?



Hello everyone!

My name is Iesha DeLesline.  I am a 25 year old sophomore who comes from the Bronx, N.Y. My goal is to become a dentist and my major is general studies. After graduating, I’ll be transferring into Brockport University’s pre-dental program. I am also a resident assistant at College Village and a member of GCC’s Christian Dance Club, P.A.T.H.S.!

When I was 18, I went to Borough of Manhattan Community College but found out that I wasn’t ready for school. My maturity wasn’t where it needed to be, and I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do in life.

King's County Hospital

King’s County Hospital

Later on I joined a dental assisting program and I enjoyed learning about the oral cavity and dental procedures. When I began working at King’s County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, I met young dentists who were fresh out of dental school. We got along great and appreciated each other’s enthusiasm for dentistry. They helped me learn more, and encouraged me when I told them I was thinking about becoming a dentist. They made a big impact on my life.

I’m excited to be your new blogger! Stay tuned to learn what someone from New York City likes to do in Batavia!

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Three Things To Visit On Your Summer Break Near Batavia, NY


What: Jell-O Factory Museum

Where: Leroy, NY

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Original Advertising Art • Molds •Spoons • Toys •Collectibles • Recipe Books• Canadian Advertising Magazine Ads •  Package Inserts • Memorabilia

Why visit?

The Jell-O factory is a great place to learn about local history, and it is worth a visit to see what such a small town can hold.

What: Darien Lake Amusement Park

Where: Darien Center, NY

kWhy visit?

Darien Lake is full of fun rides and entertainment for all your summer needs and is a great way to fill up your day and get outdoors. They also host many concerts in the summer!

lWhat: Genesee Country Village and Museum

Where: Mumford, NY

Why visit?

Genesee Country Village & Museum features costumed interpreters in restored historic buildings, breathing life into an authentic 19th-Century Country Village. One of the largest living history museums in the country located just outside of Rochester, NY, in Mumford, it is also home to the John L. Wehle Gallery (following a major remodel) and a nature center. It’s a great way to get some interactive history knowledge



Hello, my name is Caroline Leake and #iamGCC.

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I started attending GCC as a freshmen in August 2012. I had previously graduated from a local high school, 30 minutes from GCC’s Batavia Campus, in June of 2012. I came to GCC because it was close to home. Also, I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to study. In January of 2014 I declared a major in Human Services. On May 17th 2015, I will be graduating with an Associates in Applied Science in Human Services.

My best experience at GCC would have to be my job as a work study in the Admissions Office. But this is not the only awesome experience that I’ve had at GCC. I also have loved having great professors that are willing to help you. Additionally, the professors have, or still are, working in their career; they know what they are talking about. They use their experience as a great aid, which makes a great learning environment for students.

A word of advice to those who looking into going to college. Don’t underestimate yourself. If you do underestimate yourself, you may fail. Take your college career one day at a time and do all you can to stay organized.

This semester I had classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am till 3pm. Then on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I had class from 9am till Noon. I squeezed in an internship and my job in between my classes. Along with non-school related activities, including kids group at church and doing things I enjoyed.

I hope in the future that I am doing something I love. At some point I would like to go back to school to get further education in a specific area of the Human Services field.

Upon Graduation from GCC, I will be attending Word Of Life Bible Institute in the fall. But GCC will forever be in my heart and has given me a great building block to build the rest of my education on. I cannot even imagine where my life would be now if I hadn’t attended GCC.

My Top Three Favorite Classes In The Travel & Hospitality Program


1. Geography

This class is definitely my favorite in the program! Professor Amy Slusser makes this class great by teaching about countries throughout the world. Her past experiences from traveling to 19 countries and the stories she has from these trips helps student understanding tremendously. Plus, you’ll definitely get a good laugh out of most of her stories. You will learn how to Study maps, capitals, attractions, and everything else interesting or critical to know about a country

2. Internship

An internship is required when studying in this program. There are so many opportunities to get an internship. I did my internship at a Country Inn and Suites in my hometown of Mt. Morris. It was a great experience. I was exposed to how a hotel works. Everything from housekeeping, front desk, kitchen, and laundry. It was very interesting to learn the specifics on how the room has to look and where you put the towels, to how you fold the pillow cases, and even how to check for bed bugs

3. Event Management

Every year the fashion program and the Travel & Hospitality program come together to form the annual fashion show and reception. The reception is organized by the Travel and Hospitality program’s Event Management class. From start to finish, this class prepares for the show that occurs at the end of April. There is a logistics team along with a design team that each possess their own duties on what needs to be accomplished.

This blog was contributed by Travel & Hospitality Management Student Marissa Truax.

A Legendary Show


This past Saturday, Genesee Community College hosted yet another incredibly successful fashion show. Fata Morgana proved to be one of the most exciting and creative fashion shows that GCC has ever seen. There was an afternoon show at 3:00 PM, and an evening show at 7:00 PM. Between those two shows, there were 1,640 people that attended.

Prior to the show, there was a great deal of preparation to be done by the Fashion and Event Planning students. Decorations, food preparation and rehearsals were all on the agenda Friday night. Many students worked late into the night to complete the final necessary touches.

Upon entering GCC to see the show, attendees had the option to purchase flower bouquets for any of the participants. Staying true to the theme, there were belly dancers who performed before the modeling began. After this ended, attendees had the opportunity to see firsthand what the GCC fashion students had been working on all semester.

Following the show, there was a reception for all attendees and models of the fashion show. This was put on by the Event Planning students. Everyone was able to enjoy the various foods, vendors and activities which were provided. Fata Morgana was a very well received and successful show. It was also an excellent opportunity for the students involved to learn skills which will be beneficial to them in the future.

This blog was contributed by GCC Student Emily Pelton



What is “Sandar”? Sandar is the Hindu word for beautiful; it was also the name of my scene in the 34th annual fashion show at GCC, Fata Morgana. My vision was that everyone comes from different backgrounds and we all have our own beauty. I chose a Hindu word because it links to me personally, as I was born in India. As you can see, this year I was lucky enough to have fourteen beautiful brides. I was originally generously given 17 dresses from Mary Ann Carr, owner of M.A Carr Bridal in Orchard Park.

Last year I was lucky enough to work with another student on the bridal scene. I thought that producing a scene on my own this year was going to be easy but, I was wrong. This year I originally had 24 models. Due to last minute complications with models I ended up with 14 girls and 5 guys. I was able to have a successful scene with the help of my intern, Maggie Gabalski.

I worked on choreography with the help of my paired couple models, who came up with cute poses to do with each other. I was never able get everything completely perfect due to models not showing up. My first rehearsal 9 out of my 24 models showed up. My second rehearsal I had 15 out of my 24 models there. I had friends step in for help as well as models walking a couple times. I also never had my models walk with their dresses on until Friday evening; even then we didn’t have everyone there. Thankfully my models that didn’t show up to all the rehearsals were able to learn the timing and walk on Friday’s rehearsals. I had to repeatedly extend my song to the point that it was almost a 6 minute scene.

The day of the show went a lot smoother than I expected. I started my day at 7 AM making my way to Dunkin Donuts to pick up two dozen bagels for my models. I had everyone but the guys show up at 8 AM for hair and makeup. Everyone looked like they were sleep-walking, models wore their hair in buns and were clad in sweatpants. Eventually everyone was in hair and makeup. Some models didn’t like their look, but no matter what they were going to match my vision whether they liked it or not. After lunch everyone was in a better mood.

By the time the three o’clock show started nerves were coming, not just for me, but everyone. We started the show a little later than we expected. I had my models and intern go backstage when we were called to go down while I waited for my other models from other scenes to come to our room to quickly get dressed. These three girls were literally run-away brides, running from the stage to the third floor back to the stage. We waited patiently for our scene to hit the runway. We finally were up. Everyone was still nervous and all I could say was “smile”. From the moment my first two models walked the stage I knew it was going to be an amazing scene. At the end of the scene I had my models walk out and then I followed. I remember last year I had a mini panic attack walking the stage but this year was so much easier. I remember seeing people I knew and waving at them from on stage.

After the three o’clock show I knew that the seven o’clock show would be just as great. I was right, this time I felt the show was even better. My models where a lot more relaxed, even though some of them didn’t do the most important thing, smile. I couldn’t be more proud of my models and myself. It was a long process but seeing my models on stage and having people congratulate me made it all worth it. “Sandar” could not have happened without M.A Carr Bridal, Jill Monroe, Charles Men’s shop, Mary Kay, my hair stylists, my intern, my models, and this school’s amazing fashion program.Untitled

This blog was contributed by Fashion Merchandising Student Lekha Anderson.