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


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


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.


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!

CEO Club Helps to Unite The World Through Compassionate Trade


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


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.


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.

Get Connected in The New Laptop Zone


As college students, and with so much being online now, laptops are essential to almost all students. Genesee Community College has stepped up their game, and now offers a new place where students may go to charge up their computer or tablet, and print wirelessly!

This is called the Laptop Zone and it is located on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building in room T207.

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The main purpose for this new and improved space is to power up your electronic devices, connect to the school Wi-Fi, print documents for free, and have USB ports readily available for your use! Lab Assistants are always on site ready to answer any questions or problems you may encounter.

The Laptop Zone is open 6 days a week with approximately 14 “seats” available. The Laptop Zone’s hours are as listed:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Make sure to stop in and see all they have to offer!

Could Cyber Security Be Your Career? Come Find Out!


Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Well, it is, and Genesee Community College has partnered with Delta College to offer a free webinar focused on the growing career opportunities in the cyber security industry. The webinar will be taking place on Thursday, October 12th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Fun fact: the rate of growth for jobs in information security analysis is projected at 18% through 2022, meaning it is much faster than the average for all other occupations.

During the webinar there will be three panelist discussing trends, opportunities and challenges those in cyber security careers face.  The panelists you can expect to hear from are:

Joshua George, the instructor of Criminal Justice at Delta College, with over 12 years in federal law enforcement with focus in computer forensics and digital evidence.

Mike Tarcan currently works as the information security manager at Ellucian. Tarcan focuses on security incident and threat management for a ‘global cloud company’.

Kristopher Howery, an associate professor of Computer Science and Info Tech at Delta College. Howery is also the founder of the Cyber Defense Club that provides students with hands-on network defense experience. He also designed a multipurpose lab to teach security and network classes.

Even though cyber security isn’t necessarily my cup of tea, these sound like some great panelist that even I would like to hear from. All of the panelists will share how they started their journey in the field, as well as discuss what their security roles entail and answer any questions participants may have.

This event is open to both students and community members, and your attendance is welcomed and encouraged! The webinar will be broadcasted in room T102 in the Conable Technology Building on the GCC Batavia Campus. Anyone attending the event is encouraged to arrive 10-15 minutes early to ensure seating.

This is a great opportunity to learn more on how to keep yourself safe in the cyber world, and maybe even learn about your next career!

We hope to see you there!

Everyone Has A Hidden Agenda. Except Me!


If you’ve read my previous blog posts on the GCC site, then you know that I thoroughly enjoy sharing my tips with you to be successful academically and otherwise. You also know that I love organizing my school materials, especially in such a way that helps catalyze academic success. My planner is basically my life written down! Everything about my school, work, and social life goes in this little book that follows me everywhere, and it is amazing!

I used a planner throughout high school, but I kept it quite simple. I just wrote down homework and anything school related I didn’t want to forget. However, when I entered college I really needed to step up my planner game.

Not only do I recommend that you have and use a planner, but I’m also going to share some tips to use it the most effective way!

To start I’ll share with you what planner I use, mine is by the brand Ban.do. This is the second “agenda” I’ve purchased through this ‘girl boss’ company and I love it! There are stickers and illustrations among other things that make organizing fun and aesthetically pleasing to look at. If you aren’t about the glitz and glam, or the higher price there are tons of options that can suit anyone! Agendas can be found at any store that carries school supplies or online.

Note: I recommend an agenda with weekly layouts, and a monthly calendar view.

Daily Organization: 

As for daily organization, I recommend highlighters and pens in multiple colors. I personally write everything down in black pen, but another technique that would prove extremely helpful would be to get an assortment of pens, and dedicate a color to each class; then write each classes assignments in that respective color. Another extremely useful technique I use is to use highlighters for due dates. On the day that an assignment is due or I have an exam, I write on the top of that day what is due or exam is scheduled and highlight it bright yellow. This allows easy scanning to see what is coming up.

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A peak inside my agenda! This is a old weekly layout.

As I mentioned before, I recommend writing down all of your homework or reminders for classes in the weekly spread, and to keep track of what has been done, what you didn’t get to, and what you partially completed. I use a checkmark (finished), an ‘X’ (still needs to be done), and a check mark with a dash through it (partially finished). I then carry whatever I didn’t get to or didn’t finish to the next day’s box to be completed.

Monthly Organization:

The monthly view in my agenda wasn’t something I used at all throughout high school or even my freshman year of college, but as my life has gotten crazier so has my agenda. I have far more to write down and keep track off, so the monthly view has proven extremely useful.

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Another look at my agenda! This is my monthly view that I had set up for August.

This is another section of your agenda that I would recommend an assortment of highlighters or colored pens for. Similar to the weekly spread you dedicate a color to each event, and again this will make it super easy to know what you have going on throughout the month or on a particular week.

My monthly spread usually tracks appointments, my work schedule, and any social events. I would also recommend crossing off days that have already passed in the monthly view so when you give it a quick glance there is no confusion from extra data on the page.

Overall, my agenda has become my sidekick and my life would most likely be in shambles if I were not so extremely organized which is why I highly recommend you take the time to purchase and set up an agenda using these tips to help use it to its fullest capability.

There are tons of different ways to help organize your thoughts in agenda, but these are just some of the ways I’ve found most effective!

Being organized is being in control, so take control of your life now.


Come Learn & Grow With The CEO Club


September 28th is a very exciting day, and the first of many more to come. The CEO Club will be hosting a “Year of Entrepreneurship”, and our first event will be a next Thursday in the Forum 12:30-2PM, lunch will be provided however you must RSVP with Amy Conley via email (avconley@genesee.edu) in order to be served lunch however anyone may attend 1-2PM without RSVP.


Our first speaker for this event is Nicole Manapol, the director of Letchworth Gateway Villages (LGV) Initiative. Manapol’s greatest concern is to help increase economic growth, including new tourism-related marketing efforts for communities that serve as a ‘gateway’ to Letchworth State Park. The USDA-funded collaboration works to stimulate economic growth and regional cooperation through the use of network building, technical assistance, and research and awareness building. Among many other things, recently they launched a blog that will highlight innovations and efforts throughout nearby communities. You can visit the site at:  https://www.letchworthgatewayvillages.org/.

You may or may not know that Dr. LaMattina and Professor Conley are the advisors for the CEO Club, and Dr. LaMattina shared her thoughts about the upcoming event. She says she is excited to have Nicole coming to GCC to help us kickoff our “Year of Entrepreneurship”. She also says the Nicole’s travels, experiences, academic degrees, career endeavors, and the energy she projects and embodies is the exact entrepreneurial spirit that GCC tries to foster.

Dr. LaMattina is also excited for the collaborative partnership with multiple local organizations throughout the “Year of Entrepreneurship”, all of which are going to even further “help nurture business ideas, plans, concepts, and an entrepreneurial spirit in the region”.

The next event in GCC’s “Year of Entrepreneurship” is October 26th, for the first annual Agri-Tourism Symposium. It will be hosted by GCC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management Program.  The goal of this event is to inspire entrepreneurial agri-tourism throughout the GLOW region with another feature keynote speaker as well as panelists and a Meet, Greet and Eat reception.

Make sure to RSVP with Professor Conley if you are interested in eating lunch prior to the event next Thursday, and if not then we will see you at 1PM to hear what Nicole Manapol has to say!

Myself and the CEO Club hope to see you there!

Stay inspired…


How to Take Control of Your Busy Life


Being a college student, working, staying involved on campus, amongst other things sounds great; and you probably came into this semester thinking it would be great. But 3 weeks in you’re probably feeling super overwhelmed, and realizing it’s easier said than done. With the millions of opportunities in and out of school, it’s actually quite normal to have a busy lifestyle. I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have allowed me to enjoy my crazy life a bit more, and I thought I’d share them with you!


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At this point in my life, I never thought I’d have such a massive list of to-do’s every single day, but the reality is that I do. And the even bigger reality is that most likely half of it won’t get done in 1 day. The key is to figure out what is most important, for example homework and work, then go from there. Do whatever must be done first, and try to figure out what can wait.


Note: I love writing assignment due dates in my agenda and highlighting it, so I can take a quick glance and see what’s coming up and what can wait.


Plan Your Day


You most likely read this tip and thought “well, duh”, but I don’t mean just write a long list of everything going on throughout your day, I mean sit down and thoroughly plan it out. What you have going on, and when you’re going to do. It’s like a class schedule but instead of times blocked off for classes, it’s blocked off for your tasks. It doesn’t have to be exact, just a guess-timate in order to formulate some sort of plan.


Take a Break


Learn when to relax. Yes it is important to take care of your homework, go to work, and do your daily tasks; however, you and your sanity should come first. Know when you’ve reached your limit, and take some time to relax or do something you enjoy.


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Another tip is to use the site Tomato Timer, which sets a 25 minute timer in which you work on your homework or a task, when time is up you get 5-10 minutes to relax and do whatever you want. Then back to 25 minutes of your task, and so on. You repeat the loop until you’re done!


I also like that Tomato Timer gives you the option of a short (5 minutes) or long break (10 minutes).


Most Importantly: Take Care of Yourself


When life gets crazy, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves, and begin to skip out on basic necessities. Unhealthy eating and a lack of sleep will sooner than later, catch up to you. A night or two of staying up late is normal in college, but it is important to not let it become a habit. Unhealthy eating is another thing that can easily become a habit, but you have to fight the urge. It can be easy to pick up fast food at first, but you’ll regret it when you tack on the ‘freshman 15’, which will take much longer to lose than it would have for you to make a home cooked meal.


Your mental and physical health conquers everything else. Take care of yourself, love yourself, and never let anything distract you either of those tasks.


If you take these tips and use them, I know you’ll rock out this semester, and hopefully with a little less stress.


“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.”

-Joe Girard


F.A.M.E. Bringing Artists Together to Benefit All


No need to head to New York City or Toronto for a major film fest… it’s all here at Genesee Community College with WNY F.A.M.E. (Film, Art and Music Event)! Take a break from studying on September 15-17, 2017 to enjoy more than 75 movies, music videos and short films, live music competitions, game show, raffles, workshops, and more at the upcoming F.A.M.E. Event! Entry is free before 5 p.m., after 5 o’clock tickets are $10 for a single block and $25 for the VIP Festival Pass. You can visit www.wnyfame.com to view dates and times, as well as purchase your ticket ahead of time.



F.A.M.E. is run under Beaver Alley Studios, a nonprofit organization. It was created by Rhonda Parker, a former GCC student, and her husband Mark. The organization was established for the purpose of production, promotion, distribution, exhibition and celebration of all art forms especially those from a female perspective. Their main goal is “helping people to follow their dreams.” 


I got the opportunity to speak with Rhonda and learn more about her, and her organization. Rhonda is an award winning writer and director, and her love for the arts is what led her to Beaver Alley Studios, her goal being to “bring artists together to benefit all.”

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Beaver Alley Studios was formed in 2014. Originally it was called Kaleidoscopic Productions, but it was changed to its in 2015, they felt Beaver Alley’s Production was easy to spell and more memorable. They chose the name because of the “ironic undertones of female empowerment,” and Rhonda says in every project they create there is at least one scene on the brick road of Albion’s Beaver Alley. Rhonda says her favorite part about working within her own company is being able to follow their visions, and all of the people she has met along the way. She says they have taught her so much both directly and indirectly, and she loves being able to create with the variety of people she’s met during her time with Beaver Alley Studios.


Rhonda studied at GCC from 2012-2015, she began as a Paralegal major, with the main goal of being able to help her family with civil rights violations, however her paralegal knowledge also helped her with paperwork when creating her nonprofit organization. However after meeting Barry Chow in a scuba diving class, she learned of all of the different courses GCC has to offer. This led to her interest in film. She later added a second major studying Communications-Media Art. Rhonda says her love for art was not all that spontaneous, it actually started as a child. She has always loved drawing and writing. She wrote her first script in high school, and even turned some of her scripts into films for school projects. It was the inspiration in her early adulthood years that led to her taking script writing more seriously.


‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Date Friends” was written as a “somewhat autobiographical version of events at a time when I hung out in coffee shops writing poetry,” says Rhonda. The talent she met while directing “Friends Don’t Let Friends Date Friends,” eventually led to her experimentation with short film. Her second feature was with Lonely Bananas where she was given the opportunity to work with over 30 of the best area actors, writers and entertainers. She stepped out of her comfort zone for her third feature, “Message in a Bottle,” which premiered on September 15, in Movie Block 4.


Next Rhonda hopes to embark on uncharted waters with the psychological thriller “Lifeboat.” Through her work with Beaver Alley Studios she continues to work to grow the audience base for local artists. Her hopes for this year’s event are to increase public participation, and to create a more relaxed environment for attendees.

Don’t forget the event is free before 5 p.m., so why not stop by and see all that Rhonda Parker and her Beaver Alley Studios team has to offer. Also make sure to purchase your movie block, or VIP Festival Pass ahead of time, and join the fun!


Time to Retire The Swimsuits & Break Out The Books


Welcome back! Whether you’re a returning student or a freshman, I welcome you with open arms to an all new academic year as well as a fresh start.

I can imagine that for those of you who are freshman felt a bit overwhelmed on the first day. It can be a lot to have a new building to find your way around, new teachers, and a whole lot of new faces. But Monday is over my friends, and it’s time to throw away the fear and anxieties and enjoy your time here.

Don’t be fooled, I was a scared freshman just a year ago. If you know me personally you know I really like being in control, so it was difficult not knowing where I was going, who was teaching me, or even the people sitting next to me. I promise you, you get through it faster than you think. With something as consuming as college you’ll find yourself becoming very comfortable with the campus, your professors, and I’m sure you’ll make a lot of friends along the way!

If I could only pick two words to say to an incoming freshman it would be; ‘be fearless.’ That truly is the best way to get the most out of your college experience. I dove head first into college with excitement for something new. You’re paying so much to attend college so why not have a good time, gather all of the experiences you can, just enjoy your time in general; you won’t be this young forever.


Madison & I blogging away!


I participated in a few super fun things last year, and I recommend you do too! I sold ducks to promote the 9th Annual Ducky Derby. I played a part in the Fashion Show, and it was a blast! I joined the great team down at MarCom as a student blogger, work study is a great option to add dynamic to your resume and stay involved on campus and with faculty members.




Lastly, I participated in the Faces of GCC photo shoot, which is an opportunity to have a head shot taken by MarCom’s staff photographer and photo shop wizard, and it will be used in Genesee Community College advertisements. The best part is that the photo is personally edited to fit your future goals and/or hobbies, so it’s personal to you! Contact MarCom (marcom@genesee.edu) by email if you are interested!

Moral of the story: stay active on campus it’s a great way to meet people, and it can be so much fun!

Get to know your professors; they can give you advice that is so inspiring that  you have a glimpse of doubt if they saw it on Facebook. GCC’s professors are great mentors, they are here to motivate you and help you in any way possible. However you can’t expect them to reach out to you, that is your job now as an adult. I was lucky enough to take a class with Professor Dudkowski prior to him leaving GCC, and he was one of the greatest teachers I’ve ever had. He was inspiring beyond words, and he pushed his students to do their absolute best, and was always willing to give a learning opportunity to any student willing to put in the work.

As for surviving your classes, you can take a look at the Student Tips on GCC’s Pinterest which I also work on! I will be writing tons of articles on tips and tricks for doing well in school, so keep an eye out for those posts in the future. For now my biggest piece of advice is to stay motivated and remember your goals, and don’t let anything stand between you and your education.

I wish you the best of luck during the 2017-2018 academic year, I have confidence that you will put your best foot forward every day and do great things!

“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”

-Margaret Mead

-Danielle Lauricella

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!