Things To Do On A Rainy Summer Day



blogpostSummer is here, but that does not mean a thing to MotherNature. We will have some days these next few months which may be chillier, cloudier or rainy, and on those days all we want to do is stay inside. Fear not, instead of wasting your summer sitting inside on a less than sunny day, here are a few ideas for what you could do instead of cuddling up on your couch for the day.

See A New Movie

No matter where you live, there is a movie theater somewhere near you which is why this is the perfect thing to do on a rainy day. It’s great for all ages, whether you’re a teen, an adult with children, or babysitting–there are so many viewing options at the theater! There are theaters in Batavia, Brockport, and Rochester! A great comedy to see would be BayWatch. A movie for the kids could be Cars 3, and a scary movie for date-night might be The Mummy. There’s so many new releases this summer to see, take your pick!


This is a great place for all ages as well. You could meet up with a group of friends, take the kids you’re babysitting, or even go on a date-night to a trampoline park! The tickets for a day pass are quite affordable and it’s a super fun way to get active without being outside! You have the choice to just jump around, jump into the foam pit, or play trampoline basketball or dodgeball! You can visit the skyzone website to purchase a ticket and fill out the waiver in order to skip the line.

Game Day

And lastly, have a game day! It’s simple, free, fun and great for any ages. Invite some friends or family over, make some snacks, dust off your favorite board games and have some competitive fun! A personal favorite that keeps you distracted for a long time is Monopoly. Monopoly has always been one of my favorite games and never gets old. Game days are simple and easy to put together so why not make some memories during a rainy day.

There are three simple, fun and affordable activities to do when Mother Nature just isn’t on your side. Forget your stressors, and have a fun summer!

Congratulations Graduates!


Dear GCC Graduates,

Congratulations! You made it!

Your hard work, hundreds of dollars spent on coffee, and thousands of hours spent taking tests, doing homework and studying all paid off when you walked across the stage to receive your diploma. Even when your courses got hard or times got rough and you weren’t sure if you could do it—you persevered and you did it!


As you congratulate yourself, it is important to thank your family, friends and professors who supported you throughout your journey here at GCC. Reminisce about your many memories, the people you’ve met, the new life-long friends you might have made, and all the opportunities and experiences you gained while learning, studying and growing here. Go to GCC’s Facebook page to see the 2017 commencement photos. Or maybe you missed some of Bill Kauffman’s great keynote address. You can read it online. Never forget where you started.

Now that you’ve graduated, good luck! Whether you are going into the working world or continuing your education, whatever your next adventure is—embrace it with hard work and determination to be the best you can be. Never doubt yourself, remembering all of the hard work you’ve gone through to get to where you are now.

Thank you for choosing GCC! Whether you chose it to get your associate degree and begin working, or if you did it to save money before transferring to a four year college or university, you made a great decision to make GCC your home for these past few years. GCC’s faculty and students will miss you, but know that your greatness will shine on.


You are now alumni and a member of the GCC Class of 2017. We can’t wait to hear your stories. Send updates of your achievements and successes to be published in the bi-annually produced Forum Alumni Newsletter via Jennifer Zambito, assistant director of Alumni Affairs,

Wishing you the all the best of luck graduates,

Danielle Lauricella & Genesee Community College

“What feels like the end is often the beginning.”

A Fantastic Year


To all my fellow fashion majors,

Most of us are nearing the end of our journey here at Genesee Community College and we all have different plans of what we would like to do after we graduate. Some of us will be going to a different state for schooling, some of us will be going to New York City, and some of us are still not sure what lies ahead.

I am still not sure what my future holds, but what I do know now is how much each and every one of you has inspired me. I am so grateful that I decided to come to school here and join the Fashion Merchandising program and I am so thankful for all of the wonderful friendships I have made over the past 2 years and for all of the amazing opportunities that I have been given.

Not only have the students, my peers, inspired me, but my incredible professors, Professor Dudkowski and Professor Ehrhart, have also had an enormous impact on me. When I first came to college, I was very shy and didn’t speak up in class or talk to anyone, but these two professors were able to make me feel very comfortable talking in front of the class; they made me feel welcomed and like I belonged. They were always motivating me and everyone else to be the very best we can be and they taught all of us how to take charge.

It’s been 8 days since the fashion show and I can’t help but feel a tinge of sadness amongst the settling excitement we felt then. While this was an exciting moment for all of us, the thought that this is the last project we all worked on together saddens me.  We have all been working extremely hard on this since the fall semester, and I have enjoyed every single minute. With that being said, we gave it 110% and had a record breaking show!  Congratulations everyone.

Author: Bailey Johnson

Instagram: baileyyyroseee

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My Freshman Year In Review


In high school I never thought I would end up at GCC. I always thought I would know what I wanted to do, and go to a 4 year school where I would dorm and get the ‘normal’ college experience. But senior year rolled around, and so did decision making. At the time I had ideas about what I wanted to major in, but never certain. Due to that fact alone, I decided on GCC. It was inexpensive, close to home which meant I didn’t have to spend money on room and board, and it gave me the opportunity to test the waters.

My first semester was Fall 2016. During this semester I didn’t really know how college worked, I was just figuring things out. At the time I was taking some core classes I would need no matter what I majored in, as well as some electives to figure out what I wanted to study. I was taking an English, math and history course as my core classes, ASL (American Sign Language) and Sociology as my electives. All was great and I enjoyed my classes, but come winter break I still was not sold on any specific program of study.

Starting in the Spring 2017 semester, my counselor help me decide to take a different route. I took 5 classes as usual. Another required English class, and I also signed up for CEP which is Career Educational Planning—my first online class. I also signed up for communications, biology, and a human services class. These classes served the sole purpose of helping me figure out which of the three majors I was considering would be right for me. It took just one class to figure it out! In my first day of Intro to Communications with Val Bello, and I was instantly fascinated.

However, I knew I didn’t want to be a radio host or TV personality, but rather I wanted to work with social media in the business aspect. From there I examined what majors GCC offered, and found that Business Administration: Social Media and Marketing was the perfect fit for me. While I still had time I dropped the biology and human services courses, and picked up classes in Professional Sales and Marketing. This reinforced what I wanted to study.

This semester, I had the pleasure of getting to know Professor Dudkowski, who also happened to be my professional sales teacher. He not only taught me everything I needed to know about sales and being a successful salesperson, but he also taught me a million life lessons, so I felt it was necessary to mention him as he was a pivotal influence on my outlook on life. He taught me the importance of confidence as well as perseverance. He taught me to never look upon life negatively, as everything is an opportunity to learn or grow. Not only did he teach me, but he gave me so many opportunities I wouldn’t have taken myself. Through his class, I supported the United Way and sold ducks for the Ducky Derby.  He also encouraged that we help with the Fashion Show, although I was hesitant, I eventually landed a position in a scene for Elysium, the 36th Annual Fashion Show, which I walked in this past weekend.

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I also got the opportunity to join the MarCom (Marketing & Communication) team at GCC as a student blogger. This has given me the opportunity to grow my personal blogging skills, as well as learn skills that will help me in so many ways in the future. Thanks to MarCom I also took a part in the Faces of GCC Photoshoot, where my photo (see image) may be used for various promotional purposes—including this blog! Through MarCom I have made friends and gained experience, which is all I could ask for.


Overall, I have had a very humbling freshman year of college. I am looking forward to following semesters I will have at GCC, and the opportunities that will arise. I encourage you to embrace your time here, learn from the people you meet, and take every opportunity that comes your way. You won’t regret it.

“Great things never came from comfort zones.”

-Joyell Johnson



50 Years Of GCC, Let’s Celebrate!


To celebrate 50 years of GCC join us on Thursday, May 4th at 12:30p.m. on the East Lawn (by the playground) where we will form a human number ‘50’ and there will be video and photos taken on the ground & from the air from a drone! Not only do you get to be a part of GCC history, but you also get a free t-shirt that will be worn for the human ‘50’, just for participating and having a good time!


In 1963, the Batavia Jaycees established a committee that stressed the need for a community college in Genesee County. In November of 1965 the public voted yes by a margin of over 1400 to the proposition of establishing a community college. Thus, Genesee Community College, our home, was born! Since then, we have also established 6 campus centers throughout Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming, and Orleans County!

GCC now focuses on being student success focused, and celebrating student excellence often. Genesee Community College has been a home to students for 50 years, and will continue to do the same for the youth for years to come.

As my freshman year comes to a close I have to realize just how much GCC has to offer. I always thought college would be too hard, but with the help of advisors and the great professors and staff I have been able to prosper. I am so glad that I get to be a part of GCC’s history, and GCC will be apart of my future.

We hope to see you May 4th to celebrate our amazing school!

Nutrition 101: Fruit smoothies


It’s no secret that fruits and veggies are good for your overall health. Packed with nutrients and flavor, they add a bold freshness to our lives that is a feeling that is hard to mimic. Since we oftentimes look past the abundance of variety, we are stuck eating the same Granny Smith apples or naval oranges all the time! Just like we enjoy different types of music, our bodies enjoy different types of food. To make this a tad bit simple, I’ve constructed this blog to be about smoothies to get you through Summer break.

Smoothies are delicious, colorful, and easy to make. You’d be surprised about the enormous variation of different foods that can go into a smoothie. Yogurt, seeds and nuts are just a few of the optional ingredients to mix in with some fresh or frozen fruits and/or veggies.fruit-veg-rainbow

When making a smoothie, it’s a good idea to pack it full of nutritious ingredients. To make your smoothies, you’ll need a blender. Hamilton Beach makes a good one! It’s just the right size; not too big, and small enough to keep out on your counter for impromptu smoothie nights!blender

When choosing your ingredients, do it in parts. Juice, thickener, fruit, extras. Choosing your juice shouldn’t be too difficult. Just choose one you like and buy a bottle of it to keep in the fridge. I like pomegranate juice because I like the antioxidants. Plus, it gives a nice flavor to the smoothie…almost like cranberry juice. Another juice I like a lot is aloe vera juice. It aids your digestive system… which is good for this because fruit has pulp that is hard for your body to break down. I feel like I’m doing my body a favor. Coconut milk or water is good to as well as orange, apple and pineapple.

greek-yogurt-should-you-be-eating-full-fat-yogurtA thickener is important to have in your smoothie too. It adds a heavier texture than would be if you had not used it. Greek yogurt is my favorite. It also provides a good amount of protein to make you feel full. If you don’t like the flavor of yogurt, you really won’t even be able to tell it’s in there. The fruit masks the flavor. If you’re still reluctant, try ricotta cheese! Bananas are also really good, as well as peanut butter.

Fruit is the star when it comes to making a great smoothie. Choose what you like and don’t be afraid to get creative! Whatever is in season is perfect. Peaches, mangos, blueberries and strawberries are all good… you name it! Get colorful and see what tastes good together.

980xNuts and seeds are considered to be extras. As well as different oils and powders. Even supplements! Sunflower and pumpkin seeds grind up nicely when mixed with everything else and the texture is nice too. A little crunchy, so just add a small handful. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and don’t really have a taste. They expand in liquid though… So your small handful will turn into a bigger handful when added to the smoothie. Try putting some oils into your smoothies as well. Coconut and avocado oils are great. So are flax seeds or just the oil!

Below are some recipes to get you started:

Strawberry Banana Smoothiestrawberry banana

½ C strawberries

1 Banana

½ C Pomegranate juice

½ C Aloe juice

1 C Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla

1 Tbsp chia seeds


Blend until smooth.


Mango Blueberry smoothieblueberries-and-mangoes

1 mango

½ C blueberries

½ C Orange juice

½ C coconut water

1 C Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp avocado/coconut oil



Pineapple Strawberry Grapefruit smoothie

1 C pineapple

½ C strawberries

½ of a grapefruit

½ C pineapple juice

½ C coconut milk

Small handful of unsalted sunflower seeds


Blend until smooth.


So everybody, stay on track this Summer and cool down with a fruit smoothie! You ‘ll wish you had started this sooner, but that’s okay. Better late than never! J

Need Help? Visit The GCC Student Success Coaches!


As the spring semester comes to a close, it is time to start preparing for fall. It may seem a bit extreme to be preparing for fall semester now, however doing it now is your best option. You’ll get scheduling your classes out of the way so you don’t forget over your super fun summer break, as well as you get better class options to create the perfect schedule for your life.

If you will be taking classes during the summer session here at GCC, they will also be available for any assistance that you may need! The first session starts June 5th. If you do plan to take classes during the summer session I would recommend seeing one of Success Coaches due to the fact that the summer session differs from the traditional fall and spring semesters.

The GCC Success Coaches are here for you. Their goal is to help students from the first stages of admissions, through advisement, enrollment and registration, financial aid, and also assist students all the way through to graduation and commencement. Here at GCC you don’t have to feel confused or alone, we have all of the resources you could need to make college easy!

If you are looking for some academic assistance here are some upcoming dates when you can visit them for some support:

Tuesday, April 25th

Thursday, April 27th

Tuesday, May 2nd

Thursday, May 4th

On all of the days listed above the Success Coaches will be available during common hours (12:30-2:00p.m.) in rooms T205 and T207.


The Student Success Center in progress!

Looking forward, as the construction workers continue to work efficiently on the new building located at the Batavia campus, this will soon be the Student Success Center, and a home to the Student Success Coaches, soon enough this will be your one-stop shop for all advisement needs!


Say goodbye to stress, and hello to your Success Coach! Call 585-345-6805 or email to set up an appointment or just stop in!