New Year Celebration in Kazakhstan

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Hi GCC blog readers, in this blog we want to talk about Christmas and New Year’s celebration in Kazakhstan. Holidays like New Year and orthodox Christmas are the most favorite holidays in Kazakhstan. We have two dates of Celebration New Year and one date to celebrate Christmas. The first date is 31 December to 1 January and the second date of New Year’s celebration is 22 March.

The main attributes of these holidays in our country are Christmas tree and Santa Claus like in the US Also another aspects are food and beverages, especially Champagne. In Kazakhstan people call Santa Clause differently. Santa Klaus in Kazakhstan knocks the door and come in with a lot of gifts for the kids.

Orthodox Christmas is celebrated by Christians that is not the majority of population. They spend a night on Christmas day in church and celebrate it at home on the next day.

Also we have New Year celebration on March 22. This date is celebrated only by Muslims. 22 March is a day of Vernal Equinox. The tradition to celebrate New Year on Vernal Equinox is common for many eastern countries. Many Muslim countries celebrate this date similarly. They cook a lot of traditional food. And spend this day at home with all members of family.

So about how people prepare for New Year. They buy a lot of things include food. First of all, people buy gifts for family and friends. Food is principal for New Year’s days. People cook a lot and also buy food in markets. Right before New Year people go outside to make fireworks. After celebrating New Year people spend a lot of time at home, they watch movies or TV and eat a lot.

Celebrating those holidays is so important part of the year for people of our country, and especially it is important to celebrate it with friends and family.

– Zarina & Sabina

 

Pull Out The Plaid & Support Your Vendors and GCC Students!

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Turkey Day and Black Friday are just around the corner, and I’m sure you’re looking forward to it just as much as I am! However this year instead of Black Friday, why not try out Plaid Friday! This is an alternative to your typical Friday after Thanksgiving, a day in which consumers could and should support small local businesses, instead of the big box stores.

You may be wondering how Plaid Friday was born, and the answer is in Oakland, California in 2009 with gallery owner Kerri Johnson. She got fed up with the holiday shopping focus always being on big businesses, and she wanted to create a way for local and small businesses to “weave together” and create their own event and economic opportunity! This idea has since grown and is now known across the nation.

You can join this great event, and support the cause by wearing plaid and shopping the best sales on November 24th! No need to wake up at the crack of dawn! Sleep in! The deals will be there all day. Some of the participating local merchants in our community include:

  • Batavia Bootery: $10 off any shoe purchase
  • Batavia Marine: 5% off browning camo t-shirt
  • Batavia Stage Florist: 20% off one item
  • Charles Men’s Shop: $20 off $100 merchandise or gift certificate purchase
  • Hearth and Soul: 25% off select items
  • Lambert’s Design Jewelers: 5% off red ribbon clearance sale
  • Pudgie’s Lawn & Garden Center: 10% off gift cards, 50% off pottery, 30% off massarelli statuaries, 25% off wind chimes and more
  • R+D Outlet: 50% any item in the store
  • Steve’s Styles: $5 gift certificate for every purchase of a $20 gift certificate
  • Walking in The Woods Gifts: 20% off entire purchase
  • Welch & Craine Trading Post: 20% off one item
  • Wortzman Furniture: $100 off any purchase over $999.99
  • McKay’s Antiques & Curiosity Shoppe: see specials in stores
  • Ms. B-Haven Alpacas: bring in the ad and get 10% off
  • Country Cottage: receive a free candle if wearing plaid
  • Lake Street Florist & Gift Shoppe: 10% off Star Vine Gift Line
  • The Divine Tree: 20% off one item
  • Vintage & Vogue Shop: 20% off one item
  • Nor-Web Leasing, Inc.: 15% off excluding appliances

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Always ahead of the curve, Genesee Community College’s Fashion Design program created a plaid/tartan design several years ago. GCC’s plaid is registered with the Scottish Register of Tartan, National Archives of Scotland. The College’s official plaid is used by faculty, staff, clubs, and students at various events, particularly the College’s recent 50th Anniversary celebration where it helped to build the collegiate spirit.

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Genesee Community College is one of the very few community colleges in the nation that has our own plaid design, especially one registered in Scotland, designed by alumni with various  related projects managed by students! The plaid design has been used on men’s neck and bow ties, women’s silk scarves, as well vests, kilts, t-shirts (short and long sleeve), socks and stationary. New GCC plaid products will continue to provide students with merchandising opportunities.

If you are interested in purchasing GCC plaid products and supporting the Fashion Business program during this holiday season, visit www.gccfashion.live!

Our College Experience

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Hello readers of the GCC Blog,

Our names are Zarina and Sabina, we are two international students from Kazakhstan studying Digital Art at GCC.   We are not good in writing stories about ourselves. Thus we decided to write about GCC and Digital art major.

About GCC. We found this college on Internet while searching colleges with appropriate tuition, fees and location. In GCC we love that we can learn new things that we can apply in the future job. This college gives many opportunities to international students. There are many international events and many clubs that you can join.

About Digital Art. We like going to Digital Art classes, because we love creating new projects that we have never tried to do before. We can express our ideas and share them with other students. There are not many students who study Digital Art major here in GCC. The students help each other. We can practice and develop our skills while attending digital art classes.

About MarCom. We decided to work here because we would like to get new experience. I hope MarCom will give us good experience. We want to know the many sides of Marketing, how it works and decide in what field of future work we would love to work.

We are supposed to graduate in fall 2018. After graduation we hope that we will get a good job.

Who Needs More Sleep?

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Sleep. Nice healthy sleep. If you’re like me, you could use more of it! According to the CDC – the Centers for Disease Control – 35% of US adults aren’t getting enough! The recommended amount of sleep per night is 7-8 hours. What happens to our bodies when we don’t get that recommended amount? I know with finals coming up, this might be good to know in the event that you find yourself awake at night, stressing over your next exam.

  1. You get sick! Losing sleep can target your body’s ability to fight off illnesses. sick
  2. Your heart pays. Getting too little sleep (less than 5 hours) and getting too much (more than 9 hours) have been shown to have a negative impact on heart health. Your chances of developing coronary heart disease or having a stroke are greatly increased with less sleep.
  3. Risk for cancer increases. Too little sleep is welcoming to different types of cancers such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and also prostate cancer.
  4. You forget stuff and can’t think properly. Even missing just one night of sleep can mess with your cognitive function. Not only can it damage your thinking, it can also make your memory impaired as well. In other words, we need adequate sleep to lock in new information and commit it to memory.
  5. You pack on the pounds! Research shows that people who don’t get enough sleep are at a larger risk for obesity.
  6. Your appearance suffers. If all of these effects don’t do it and make you want to change for the better, then perhaps this one will! Having not enough sleep can cause premature wrinkles and dark circles. It can also cause uneven skin tone.

So, with all of this information, you must be ready and willing to make a change. How – do you ask? Here is a list of things you can do to get more sleep, in case you’re having trouble.

  1. Avoid caffeine at night time and also limit yourself during the day. Caffeine is only used to help people stay awake, therefore, if consumed at night, it’ll only worsen your ability to fall asleep at a decent time.
  2. No alcohol before bed! Yes, alcohol is a downer. However, it also keeps your mind going in an opposite direction as opposed to winding down before bed.
  3. Don’t sleep in on the weekends or when you have late class. Wake up close to the same time everyday so that your body and mind get used to the schedule.
  4. Try different decaf coffees or teas to help nurture yourself into sleeping. I know that when I drink something hot or warm at night, it instantly gives me all the warm and fuzzies and makes me feel comforted and ready for bed.
  5. Try working out during the day to wear yourself out! Being tired is half the battle, after all 🙂
  6. Put books and homework away at least 30 minutes before bedtime. When you’re stuck thinking about tomorrow’s exam that’s in store, it’s probably extremely hard to get sleepy!
  7. Listen to a meditation video on Youtube! Just go to Youtube.com and type in “meditation video” in the search bar, press play, close your eyes, and do what they say. You’ll be relaxed in no time!

 

Now that you have these tools, you should be good to go and able to catch up on your z’s! Good luck!

CEO Club Helps to Unite The World Through Compassionate Trade

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Each year GCC’s CEO Club (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization) picks a local business to work with throughout the academic year, and this year One World Projects was chosen. This company is located right here in Batavia, NY at 56 Harvester Avenue in the renowned micro-incubator building.  

The mission of One World Projects is to create worldwide economic alternatives for artisans and their families, as well as expand the reaches of ethical and fair trade to include compassionate trade. This company strongly prioritizes the welfare of their artisans. Their focus is on partnership, commitment, helping where it is needed, and ‘paying their pay’.B7987127-A6D6-4D7B-B8A4-163D5341B60F

Partnerships

The employees at One World like to consider all of their artisans to be partners, and they work with the artisans to provide educational and vocational training. The economic and social programs provided not only benefit the artisans but the entire community they live in.

Commitment

This group of community members is committed to their trading partners help establish and maintain a long-term relationship. They are also committed to addressing issues such as poverty, war, drug abuse, women’s and children’s rights, education, healthcare, environmental degradation, and promoting peace.

Helping Where It’s Needed

Each group that the One World Projects helps is unique. The trading partners individually create their organization to help the highly disadvantaged people in their communities. And sadly, many of the disadvantaged are abandoned and single women living in slums. However, through the One World Projects efforts and through fair trade, their partners are able to transform lives within their communities.

Paying Their Way

This company is not joking when they say that they prioritize their partners and try their best to give fair pay and practice fair trade. The company pays at least 50% of the cost of product orders in advance, interest-free. This provides essential finances artisans require in order to maintain production and enabling them to continue meeting their needs for the next order.

01F3D006-29E5-4ED9-AE0C-7071BB9AC9A1One World Projects is a great company that the CEO Club is thrilled to be collaborating with this year. Visit the One World website to see the variety of products offered by the partnering artisans!

As part of One World Projects outreach efforts, the company has participated in many GCC events including Homecoming and Ecofest. The company will be at GCC again this Thursday, November 9 in the Forum.

My Time at Genesee Community College

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Hello everyone, I am Helmsley a current sophomore student here in GCC. I am a native of Ghana West Africa but currently live in New York City with my Dad. I lived and played Soccer in Lyon France for one year were my mom currently reside and later moved to the united states in 2011 to pursue a career as a sports agent because back home in Ghana, the ability to play soccer is a big part of the culture.

Ever Since I moved to America, I have been able to stay focused academically which ranked me as one of the top students in my grade and also my college life at Genesee Community College. My time here in GCC has also been great. I have been able to meet outstanding roommates who set an great example In the college community.

The Professors also play a big role because their able to answer any questions I might have on my project and encourage me to stay focused academically. In GCC, I have been able to collaborate with individuals from different parts of the world. Some activities we have participated in, include training with the soccer team, having fun at the student union, playing video games etc.

As I enter my second year at the college, more and more great things have been occurring, including some hours at WGCC (the college’s radio station) as a sports caster and working in the MarCom (Marketing & Communications) Office. After GCC, I plan on transferring to Indiana State University in order to gain a scholarship to Edge Hill University in England and pursue my degree in Sport Management.

Making the Change to Clean Eating

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clean eatingEveryone wants to feel good; that’s no surprise. What if your fatigue and sub-par moods are being caused by the food you’re eating? Have you ever thought of the grease and fats from fast food being the cause of your discomfort? If so, I’m here to help.

Clean eating is defined as eating whole foods or “real foods” – those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. This is important to know so that you can base your diet around clean foods. For example, instead of going to Subway to get a turkey sub with turkey that’s been processed with salt and other unnatural flavors, consider making your own sub at home from a turkey you made in the oven. It costs sway less and its super good for you!

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Other ways you can make the transition are as follows; when you’re grocery shopping, stock up on fruits and vegetables! When it comes to eating them, most of us aren’t getting enough. fruits and veggies

Another way to eat clean is to eat whole grains. The cleanest whole grains are those that have been touched the least by processing. Think whole grains that look most like their just-harvested state- quinoa, wild rice, oats,… just to name a few. If you opt for cereal, look at the ingredients list! Whole grains should be the first on the list. When you swap out refined carbs (like white pasta, sugar, and white bread) for whole grains, you’ll get more fiber, anti-oxidants, and anti inflammatory phytonutrients.

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Eating less meat can help your diet as well! Al the fat that’s in meat is NOT good for you and can really take a toll on your heart. Instead of getting your protein from meat, try beans, yogurt, and plant based proteins instead.

Watch out for processed foods! I’ll be the first to admit that my happiness can be found in a box of au-gratin potatoes, but I feel so guilty afterwards! All the sodium and powders they use to make it sustainable for storing for long periods of time just make it not worth putting into my body.

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So there you have it folks! IF you’re concerned about how your next 50 years are going to go, take this advice, bite the bullet, and change your habits! I’ll be doing it right along with you, so this will be exciting. Good luck!