Local Student and University Announcements

Youngstown State University students named to Dean’s List

YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Youngstown State University students have been named to the Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2020. Local students being recognized include:

Jonathan Wilson, Civil Engineering major of Westfield (14787)

Megan Levan, Theatre Studies major of Dunkirk (14048)

Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.


Jonathan Wilson of Westfield named to President’s List at Youngstown State University

YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Jonathan Wilson, Civil Engineering major from Westfield, has been named to the President’s List for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the Spring Semester 2020.

To be eligible for the President’s List, honorees must be full-time undergraduate students with a 4.0 GPA for least 12 semester hours of classes.

Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.


CC Announces New and Refreshed Programs Info for Fall 2020!

BATAVIA, NY – “Socially distanced but strategically focused,” that is how administrators at Genesee Community College are describing the Fall 2020 semester which introduces new micro-credentials and some important curriculum changes all aimed at helping students secure or create long-term careers to sustain success in these uncertain and uncharted times ahead.

Professional Sales Micro-Credential

Careers in professional sales are evolving with new tools and strategies to reach ever-more sophisticated consumers and many new marketplaces. Professional sales careers offer the benefit of high earning potential, job security, scheduling flexibility, unlimited industry options and the joy of applying both the entrepreneurial spirit with basic business skills. In just three business courses or nine credit hours, the Professional Sales Micro-credential at GCC provides up and coming, as well as seasoned sales professionals across industry lines with a skill set that launches or actively advances sales careers. This program can be completed in one semester and is offered via GCC’s HyFlex learning modality which provides students the ultimate convenience of learning anywhere, anytime, on any device – including a classroom. To discuss the Professional Sales Micro-credential opportunity, contact Dr. Lina LaMattina, GCC assistant professor and director of business and commerce at LMLamattina@genesee.edu, or call 585-343-0055, extension 6319.

Computer Repair Certificate

Since March, millions of people worldwide have relied on their computers and the internet to work from home, maintain an income, place online orders for groceries and other essentials, complete academic coursework and even engage in religious worship and socializing. The reliance on technology has increased the demand for people who can maintain computers, laptops and other electronic devices that are now our lifeline. With that in mind, GCC refreshed the Computer Repair Certificate program which introduces computer hardware and various software and operating system components. Students will learn hardware installation, configuration, repair, systematic troubleshooting, internal operation, peripheral devices, operating system installation and system tools. Students will also gain invaluable experience during lab work that includes computer assembly and real-time repair projects.

Individualized Studies Associate in Applied Science

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the average individual experiences a half dozen careers in a lifetime. Everyday new businesses are being created and people are inventing entirely new careers born of innovation, creativity and the desire to satisfy and address new needs, opportunities and trends. GCC’s Individualized Studies Associate in Applied Science degree has been meticulously redesigned to encourage students of all ages to select courses and program parameters that align with individual goals and interests while meeting core learning requirements. It is a degree that supports unique dreams, aspirations and budding business plans.

“The faculty at Genesee Community College are focused on their students in a way that most people don’t realize,” Dr. Kathleen M. Schiefen, GCC provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs said. “They are not just teaching students day-to-day and meticulously following their progress through a course. They are also staying abreast of industry trends, technology changes and job forecasts. This information becomes the foundation for curriculum and programmatic changes. Every program is carefully reviewed and scrutinized every five years with the help of several hundred industry professionals who make up GCC’s broad network of academic advisory councils. GCC students receive an education based on the latest data, research and a close evaluation of best practices and future forecasts.”

This scrutiny can lead to grants that may bring in new equipment or a new adjunct faculty member, or small adjustments such as eliminating a three-credit language requirement. Collectively, it means GCC students waste no time in securing the education, experience and often the connections that lead to success.

Anyone one who is currently working, but looking to add a skill set or change a career path; out of work and wanting to try something new; or just graduating from high school or a GED program and looking for the next steps toward a college degree, now is the time to apply. The Fall 2020 semester starts Monday, August 31, 2020. Most courses are available online offering maximum flexibility and the comfort and safety of learning from home.

Contact a GCC student success coach by calling 585-345-6805 or email ssc@genesee.edu, or start your free application online at https://genesee.edu/offices/admissions/apply/.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.


Postponement Decision Aligns with NJCAA Plan

BATAVIA, NY- Following the announcement and guidelines released yesterday by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Genesee Community College will shift its Fall 2020 athletic season and combine it with the Spring 2021 season in light of the challenges and safety concerns created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

GCC men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, swimming and diving, and women’s volleyball competitions will be rescheduled from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021, in line with the NJCAA and the majority of Region III team decisions. GCC coaches are communicating this news to their teams while planning for the College’s student-athletes to experience safe athletic training and conditioning activities this fall.

GCC’s new athletic facility, the Richard C. Call Arena which features an indoor field house, state-of-the-art Fitness Center and Human Performance Lab, classrooms and coaches’ offices, and a press box overlooking the turf field opened in 2017. The new Call Arena joined the original Anthony B. Zambito Gymnasium which supports basketball and volleyball, and the College’s unique second-story swimming pool. These combined facilities make GCC well-positioned to manage the dual scheduling challenges ahead.

“Our athletic complex is among the finest in the region and I am confident we will rise to the challenge of giving our Cougar athletes the best experience possible,” Kristen Schuth, GCC’s assistant vice president of Student Engagement & Inclusion and athletic director said. “I am sure that the 2020-2021 season will be one to remember, but I’m also confident that with a lot of strategic planning and scheduling, we will move forward during this difficult time and give our student-athletes every opportunity for success.”

All of GCC sport-specific updates will be shared as they become available at www.geneseeathletics.com. GCC posts the latest updates and information on the College’s COVID19 webpage that is available from the College’s homepage on its main website, www.genesee.edu.

For further information, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, marketing director at dsutherland@genesee.edu.


Soccer, Basketball, Swimming & Diving, and Women’s Volleyball Impacted

BATAVIA, NY- Genesee Community College has made the decision to suspend its fall athletic season to protect the health and safety of the students and community in light of the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision will affect men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, swimming and diving, and women’s volleyball, which is in line with the majority of Region III decisions. GCC coaches have communicated this news to their teams, and are maintaining continual engagement with the College’s student-athletes, as well as providing opportunities for safe athletic conditioning activities where possible.

“This decision, although not without its disappointments, is the best path for us to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and training staff,” said Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement & Inclusion, Kristen Schuth. “While we are eager to move forward with such an important part of the student and campus experience, the landscape of this semester just does not allow us to do so in a method that would have been convincingly without associated risks. I look forward to the day when it is safe for the fields and floors of GCC to hold competitions again.”

GCC will honor all signed scholarship agreements for incoming student-athletes and for those returning. At this time, the length of the fall sports suspension is unknown, and decisions regarding winter and spring sports have not yet been made. Sport-specific updates will be shared as they become available at geneseeathletics.com.

GCC posts the latest updates and information on the College’s COVID19 webpage that is available from the College’s homepage on its main website, http://www.genesee.edu.

For further information, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, marketing director at dsutherland@genesee.edu.

View Online: http://genesee.meritpages.com/news/Genesee-Community-College-Suspends-Fall-2020-Athletic-Season/16373


GCC Recognized by CASE for Overall Performance in Educational Fundraising Category

GCC’s First-Time Honor by the International Organization

BATAVIA, NY – Officials at Genesee Community College were to delighted to learn this month that the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has named GCC among the first-time honorees in the association’s Educational Fundraising Awards which annually recognizes exemplary development programs in public, private and independent colleges, universities and schools.

The winners in the following four categories were determined through a blind review of data submitted by member institutions over three years to the CASE AMAtlas Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey:

  • Overall Performance: For colleges and universities that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.
  • Overall Improvement: For colleges and universities that demonstrate significant program growth across the three years of data.
  • Award of Excellence: For independent schools that demonstrate solid program growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indicators of an exemplary fundraising program.
  • Sustained Excellence: Recognize institutions that have demonstrated consistent fundraising success over a five-year period. Institutions that have been recognized with an overall performance, overall improvement or award for excellence in three out of the past five years also receive this award designation.

GCC was among 32 institutions to be a first-time honoree in the Overall Performance Category, and also one of just seven community colleges recognized. Winners are not selected solely on total funds raised. Rather, a committee of experienced fundraisers review hundreds of pages of data from the VSE survey and consider a number of factors and variables, including:

  • Patterns of growth in total support
  • Evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure
  • Overall breadth of fundraising
  • Patterns of growth in gifts from sources including alumni and other individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support
  • Giving to areas such as current operations, endowment and property/buildings
  • Amount raised per student
  • Amount raised relative to expenditures
  • Alumni participation

“GCC is excited and thankful to receive this wonderful honor from CASE. This award is a testament to all of our donors who make our work possible through their generous support of our students and programs. Our staff, our college leadership and our foundation leadership sincerely appreciate this recognition. Adding another level of importance for us, this honor was made possible as well by the leadership of our late colleague, Rick Ensman. Rick was a seasoned fundraiser who had nearly thirty years of experience at GCC when he passed away last year,” Justin M. Johnston, GCC’s vice president of Development and External Affairs and the executive director of the GCC Foundation said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to spotlight the contributions of so many devoted donors, staff members, and volunteers of the College and the Foundation, who work to collectively support our students.”

CASE member institutions that have participated in the VSE for the past three years are considered for the honor. To learn more or to see the full list of CASE winners go to: https://www.case.org/awards/2020/2020-educational-fundraising-award-winners.

CASE is a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions with a mission to help develop communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, advancement services, communications, fundraising, government relations, marketing and student recruitment. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world. It has offices in Washington, D.C., London, Singapore and Mexico City. Member institutions include more than 3,600 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 82 countries and serves more than 90,000 practitioners. For more information about CASE, visit http://www.case.org.

For further information contact Donna Rae Sutherland, GCC marketing director at dsutherland@genesee.edu.


Casey Surma of Dunkirk named to spring Deans’ List at Nebraska

LINCOLN, NE — Casey Thomas Surma of Dunkirk has been named to the Deans’ List at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year.

Surma, a senior sports media and communication major, was named to the Dean’s List for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Nearly 7,500 students at Nebraska have been named to the Deans’ List for the spring semester.

Qualification for the Deans’ List varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Explore Center. Listed below are the minimum requirements for each entity and the name of its respective dean or director. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a four-point scale and a minimum number of graded semester hours, which varied by college during the spring semester. Students can be on the Deans’ List for more than one college.

  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 3.75; Dean Tiffany Heng-Moss.
  • College of Architecture, top 10% of students in the college; Dean Katherine S. Ankerson.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, 3.7; Dean Mark E. Button.
  • College of Business, 3.6; Dean Kathy Farrell.
  • College of Education and Human Sciences, 3.75; Dean Sherri Jones.
  • College of Engineering, 3.5; Dean Lance C. Perez.
  • College of Journalism and Mass Communications, 3.7; Interim Dean Amy Struthers.
  • Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, 3.7; Dean Charles O’Connor.
  • Explore Center for undeclared, pre-engineering, pre-health and pre-law students, 3.6; Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Education Amy Goodburn.

For the full Deans’ List, visit https://go.unl.edu/deanslist-spring20.


Ilse Ghent of Fredonia named to Harding University dean’s list

SEARCY, AR– Ilse Ghent, Senior political science major, is among more than 1,500 Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the Spring 2020 semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Marty Spears, University provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

Harding University is a private Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body is made up of students representing 49 states and 55 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral level as well as numerous international study offerings including locations in Australia, Latin America, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.