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 ( 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:

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 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.


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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 ( 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!

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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