Behind the Curtain – What it Takes to Put on a Fashion Show

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It’s all-hands on deck for the fashion show committees, finalizing Marketing strategies, Front of House spray painting decorations, Back of House making hair and makeup schedules, Finance putting together basket raffles and Planning Committee organizing scenes! We are all very excited to show everyone what it’s really like to be Limitless!

Meet the Planning Committee!

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Planning is the largest department of them all, they have worked hard on organizing meetings, putting together the lineup and making sure every scene coordinator is keeping up with their looks! Pictured above (left to right) is Kali Nichols, Aleah Libori, Emma Prior, Kaeli LaFrance, Annika Staffo, Julia Karabinas and Kento Takayama. If you see them around ask them about their scene!

Finance Committee

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With coordinating colors, the finance committee is responsible for budgeting the entire show. The kept up with fundraising and put together the various themed baskets that will be raffled! They also counted money and had to organize the spreadsheets and finalizing the program! Meet the Finance Committee, Ayaka Yamanaka, Larry DeWitt and Becca Bishop.

Marketing Committee

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In today’s day in age figuring out social media is its own superpower! The Marketing Committee girls have been blasting and spamming your Instagram and Twitter feeds with updates and reminders on the show. Know the girls behind your screen- Nicole Favata has been taking over Instagram, Gianna Monti has been snapping on Snapchat, Hannah Donnelly writing the blog posts, and Jewel Watters has been tweeting away on Twitter! Not pictured is Emma Mckenna who went on WBTA to discuss Limitless and the fashion industry.  Make sure to follow all GCC Fashion accounts for more information and pictures!

Back of House

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They may be tiny but they are mighty! Hard to believe such an important committee only has two people but trust Ashley Barclay and Camilo Pernett with all of the duties! Ever watch a runway show and wonder how all of the models got their hair and makeup done in time for the walk? It’s all about scheduling- these two coordinated when and where each scene’s model gets their hair and makeup runway-ready!

Front of House

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Girls with such good taste must be a part of the Front of House Committee. Diamond Jones, Jordan Brown and Sarah Wescott are making the Arena look completely unrecognizable with their styles. They have worked hard outside of the classroom finding and booking entertainment, coordinating with a shuttle bus company and putting out a schedule to pick our attendees. They have also have been gathering decorations and getting the delicious reception food prepared!

 

Fashion Show Tickets – ON SALE NOW!

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GCC’s 38th annual fashion show, “Limitless” is on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Richard C. Call Arena. It will be a night of fashion, inspiration, innovation and inclusivity. There will be a vendor fair starting at 6 p.m. and continuing after the show with businesses from all over the GLOW region.  In addition, there will be pre-show entertainment and a reception after the show to meet the designers, models, and more!

Tickets to the show are just $5 for general admission and $25 for VIP – which includes SWAG bags and preferential seating.

The best part – tickets are now easier to get! Click here!

Or, visit www.dailynewstickets.com and search for Limitless!

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Carnival in Curaçao: A Spectacular Event

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By Navaily Petrona

GCC Student from Curaçao

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“Festival di Tumba” (pronounced Toom-ba)  is one of the most memorable parts of Curaçao’s Carnival. It is one of the biggest musical festivals in the Caribbean and has been going on for 49 years. Musicians compete to become “Rei/Reina di Tumba,” King or Queen of Tumba making their Tumba the anthem for this year’s carnival.

There are two competitions one for children and one for adults. Tumba festival for adults is a weeklong event; contestants participate from Monday to Wednesday and on Friday the 30 finalists are chosen and then the winner.

If you are not at the Festival center where Tumba is held in Curaçao, you are most likely home with your family gathered around the television. Tumba has many traditions, and most families come together and either bring a lot of snacks or BBQ. My first year at GCC we all gathered at College village, our dorm and enjoyed the festival in a small group. This year we came together at the Root with snacks and games to watch the festival. The festival started at 8 pm, but as per Curaçao time most of us showed up at 10 pm.

This year titles, such as “Bos di pueblo” (The people’s voice), “Pa kar’i mi mama” (By my mom’s face), “Artista, Pint’é” (artist paint it), “Kòrsou ta den su Gloria”(Curaçao in its glory) and “Bai piki”(pick it up)  kept us warm in the chilly WNY winter weather making us feel like we were not missing out. Watching the snow fall outside while listing to Tumba is quite different.  While we enjoyed the music, we also played Twister, Four in a Row and “Mens erger je niet,”a German board game that we play a lot in Curaçao.

shelter1“Festival di Tumba” is only the beginning of the Carnival season in Curaçao. For the actual carnival there are a total of seven parades. To enjoy the parade, families make shelters along the parade route where they can hide from the hot sun and enjoy the parade in the shade. They decorate the stands with their imagination that is out of this world, and it helps creating the amazing atmosphere.

The route for the parades is approximately 6 km (3.7 miles). The parades jump-starts on Sunday, February 17 with a parade exclusively for horses, riders get dressed up in costumes decorate their horses. The following Sunday February 24   is the first children’s parade, and then Friday, March 1 is the teen’s parade. The next day March 2, is the carnival of “Banda-abou” (takes place on the west side of the island), and on Sunday March 3 will be the grand parade. On Monday, March 4 there is the farewell parade for the children and at the end a fire breather sets  a massive scarecrow in a colorful costume filled with fireworks on fire. Tuesday the 5th is the grand farewell parade which takes place at night. The different participating groups put the spotlight on their member so their beautiful glittery costumes can sparkle even adding LED lights to the costumes. The grand parade must be lit at 12:00 midnight because this is when lent starts.

If you ever decide to visit Curaçao to experience Carnival do not for get your earplugs because Tumba will be blasting!

To see a video of the Koronashon Rei  di Tumba 2019, click here:  https://youtu.be/lGlmSWrN1bwTumba fest group1

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Fashion Program Announces 38th Annual Fashion Show – Limitless

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By Aleah Libordi

On November 7th, Kento Takayama and Hannah Donnelley announced the theme of the 38th annual Genesee Community College Fashion Show: Limitless. The boundaries to this show are without end. Focusing on the four seasons, each scene will resemble a different aspect of each season. This theme offers more freedom and diversity than ever before, allowing for creativity and expression to drive the show on May 4th, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Richard C. Call Arena on the Batavia Campus.

Questions can be sent to fashionshow@genesee.edu and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and the FBM (Fashion Business Merchandising) program blog at https://sunygcc.blog/category/academics/fashion/  for continual updates on the show.

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After this announcement, all fashion students took part in the annual color draping event. The practice of color draping was developed by Carol Jackson in her 1984 book, Color Me Beautiful. Each student was draped in different colored fabrics to determine the best suit for their skin tone, hair, and eye color. Personal color falls into 4 categories, cool toned winter or summer to warm toned spring or autumn. This is an admired event because it is personal and allows for students to put knowledge into practice. Students now know the colors that best compliment their unique personal color, and know which colors may help them look their best and feel their best. They will be well prepared in their best colors while at future interviews or when purchasing their power suit.

The color draping and fashion show theme reveal event is a much anticipated day for all students.  This day was paramount for fashion students, it ignited excitement and determination for the work ahead. The theme reveal is the first public announcement and official start to fashion show preparation. In the following weeks, students will be presenting their fashion show scene concepts to secure one of the coveted scene coordinator positions for Limitless.

Follow our fashion show journey on this blog as we announce scene coordinators, scene themes and fashion show updates.

GCC Cougar Weekend!

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I am excited to announce that GCC Cougar weekend will take place Friday and Saturday, September 21-22, 2018. Everyone is welcome. GCC is pleased to invite the entire community to join Cougar Crawl in Downtown Batavia on Friday, the 21st September, 2018 at 5pm. The Cougar crawl will begin at Ken’s Charcoal Pits at 5pm and features stop at The YNGodness (73 East Main Street), Valle Jewelers (21 Jackson Street), Pollyanna and Dot (202 East Main Street), Eli Fish Brewing Company (109 Main Street) and T-Shirts Etc. (37 Center Street).

The crawl ends at T.F. Brown’s Restaurant (214 Main Street) for the Cougar Crawl Bash including live DJ till 10pm, a buffet and prizes included. Cougar Crawl tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online or by contacting Jennifer Wakefield, GCC assistant director of Alumni Affairs, at 585-343-0055 ext. 6265 or by email at jgwakefield@genesee.edu

Cougar weekend event on Saturday, the 22nd September, 2018 will be held at GCC’s Batavia campus. GCC’s Batavia campus will host a full day activities, exhibits and more! It begins at 10am when the craft and vendor market opens in Richard C. Call Arena. You can also register for Annual Bike and Car Cruise. A chicken BBQ will be available for only $10. You can also view exhibits “Portraits in Trash” by Dion Hitchings in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery from 12 noon through 3pm and “Landscape Interaction/Intervention” photography exhibit on the display in the Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby.

Five new inductees will be welcomed in the Athletic Hall of Fame at 5pm in the Richard C. Call Arena. Alumni co-ed soccer game starts at 7pm on the campus Turf Field.

Finally, the Alumni bonfire will take place at GCC dorm “College Village” at 8pm. I hope you will join us to have fun!

Student Blogger Intro – Zerin Firoze

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I am a sophomore International student at GCC from Bangladesh. I am a scientifically literate individual and I am very passionate about science and secular activism. I love to advocate for science and secularism during my free time. I love the United States of America because of its advancement in science and technology, gender equality, secularism, democracy, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights and diversity. I hope to be a US citizen someday.

I am an introvert. I have always loved reading and writing. So, the position of being a blogger and news assistant at MarCom is perfect for me. I am honored to be a GCC blogger.

I’m really passionate about the science clubs, but also plan to explore all kinds of campus activities closely so that I can make great and accurate blog posts.

My Time Working For Marcom

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By: Mike Adamczak

For the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of being able to work with the wonderful people at the Marketing Communications (MarCom) Department of Genesee Community College, thanks to the Upward Bound Program. In these past few weeks I’ve learned some useful skills that could be used in a future career such as how to create the most professional portrait picture possible, create and collect data from a survey, as well as my most favorite of all, how to fly and take video with a drone. Check out this Awesome Video of the drone following me up the spine at GCC!

The drone was most valuable to me because it allowed me time to talk with Tim Lawton, Online Communications Specialist for GCC and Upward Bound Alumni. While assisting him as the Visual Observer, as well as helping teach three classes on how useful a drone is in advertising; we discussed the importance of why going to GCC would be a great choice to start off when going for a bachelor’s degree and what to look for the most when figuring out which college is the best fit for you.
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As well as assisting in drone flying, I was also given the task of performing a survey of my fellow Upward Bounders. Along with my work study partner Fermina Sanchez, we worked to present original questions on what social platforms are most used today by high school students and which would be best for GCC to advertise on. Our findings are blow!

As part of our work study duties, the Marketing Communications Department at Genesee Community College had us survey 51 of our fellow peers in the TRIO Upward Bound program. The purpose of this survey was to determine which social media platform would be most beneficial for marketing advertisements.

  • The average age demographic of our data set was 15 year olds, with a majority of the answers coming from female students (n=35) as opposed to the male students (n=16). When asked what social media platform was most often used for social interaction, we found the majority of students preferred snapchat (n=32).
  • We found that when browsing the internet, most people do not notice or pay attention to the online ads (n=20).
  • The data showed that the SUNY Website and College Board website were most commonly used for college research (n=19/19).
  • Something interesting that we noticed about the data would be that although a majority of students found themselves spending most of their time on snapchat, colleges would have the most success catering to students personally through emails (n=14).
  • Most students found that the cost of tuition is information that they would most want to be made readily available on a college’s social media profile (n=13).
  • When asked their opinion on whether or not there was a general stigma that community colleges are less rigorous and professional than four year colleges, most students said they agreed or strongly agreed (n=26) or remained neutral (n=22).
  • As expected, most students found that the greatest influence in their life when considering colleges would be their family (n=21), but to our surprise there was also a large amount of students who felt that they had no outside influence and they formed their opinions independently (n=20).
  • Finally, when asked what students found most important to have at a college when making their final decision, the majority said that the college would need a wide variety of academic programs (n=14) and that they would need to have quality instructors and professors (n=14).

For their participation in our survey, each participate was put into a raffle for a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble. During free time, we pulled a winner. Congratulations Karley Greenman and thank you everyone for helping us with our market research!

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