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Students from Orleans make President’s List at GCC

Staff Reports Posted 20 June 2018 at 10:47 pm

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College has named 280 students to the President’s List. Students honored on the President’s List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

• from Albion – Nicholas Johnson, Jessica Kincaid, Kastriot Bela, Kelsi Nice, Angela Westlund, Richard Vanderwedge, Alex De Smit, Lauren Becht, Trisha Brooks, Aleah Foos and Owen Foos.

• from Holley – Shannon Parsons, Madeline Rowley, Cassandra McCormack, Cameron Bennage, Nicholas Merlau, Kirsten Newbould, Heather Ramsey, Jessica Scott and Starlyt Knight.

• from Kent – Emily Boyle.

• from Kendall – Robert Cook and Richard Wolf.

• from Knowlesville – Chase McAdoo.

• from Lyndonville – Steven Boring, Abigeil Rodriguez and Gina Hagerty.

• from Medina – Arden Zavitz, Dawn Laskey, Dustin Wells, Tiffany Petry, Ace Strickland, Emma Ambrose, Corinne Johnson and Emma Wilson.

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GCC’s Spring Provost’s List includes students from Orleans

Staff Reports Posted 20 June 2018 at 10:25 pm

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College named 192 students to the Provost’s List. Students honored on the Provost’s List have maintained part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly equivalent to an A) or better.

The following from Orleans are on the Provost’s List:

• from Albion – Jennifer Benz, Katlin Pieniaszek, Mikel Dysard, Hailey Bader and William Gregoire.

• from Holley – Rachel Stern, Bethany Bentivegna, Kassidy Wetherwax, Mary Buggie-Hunt, Michael Kimble and Amy Greenman.

• from Kent – Nicholas Brusso.

• from Lyndonville – Stacy Heideman, Danell Gibson and Lisa Boyce.

• from Medina – Rosemarie Albone, Chantel Montalvo, Brian Schultz, Deanna Cameron, Theresa Gray, Adam Dunn and Taylor Warner.

• from Waterport – Sherika Coke and Justin Chaplin.

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Many from Orleans make Dean’s List at GCC

Staff Reports Posted 20 June 2018 at 10:14 pm

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College named 282 students to the Dean’s List this past semester, including many from Orleans County. Students honored on the Dean’s List have maintained full or part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74.

The following made the Dean’s List:

• from Albion – Brittany LaMantia, Morgan Haak, Kaitlyn VanSkiver, Jacoby Miller, Lindsay Poole, Ta’keem Johnson, Samantha Hollenbeck, Summer Moore, Ivy Blair, Destini Hurlbert and Jacques Gregoire.

• from Holley – Johnathen Affronti and Tiara Meade.

• from Kendall – Jonathan Fox and Angela McFarlane.

• from Kent – Kayla Yannatone.

• from Lyndonville – Kenneth Kalson and Samantha Raduns.

• from Medina – Jamie Fulwell, Devin Swader, Brennen Harris, Carlin Sanders, Alyson Cameron, Heather Burd, Sara Flansburg, Taylor Warner, Emily Kams, Olivia Hill and Andrew McKee.

• from Waterport – Brianna Paniccia, Sierra Chudy and Samantha Burkhardt.

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2 from Orleans make Dean’s List at Cazenovia College

Staff Reports Posted 20 June 2018 at 9:44 pm

CAZENOVIA – Cazenovia College recognizes students for their academic achievement during the Spring 2018 semester. Those named to the Dean’s List have achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average and include Jenna Doran of Lyndonville and Gabriell Struble of Albion.

Cazenovia College is an independent, co-educational college near Syracuse, offering bachelor degree programs in the liberal arts and professional studies in an exceptional community environment, with academic and co-curricular programs devoted to developing leaders in their fields.

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Sheriff Bower honored at national conference

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 June 2018 at 4:43 pm

Provided photo: Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower was presented with a MAGNUS Leadership Award in New Orleans on Sunday.

NEW ORLEANS – Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower received a leadership award from a national organization on Sunday for his work to implement several new initiatives in the county, including expanded substance abuse and mental health services for inmates in the Orleans County Jail.

The sheriff also has reached out to the faith community and several local pastors agreed to be mentors for people battling addictions who are transitioning from the jail. That initiative is called the Sheriff’s CARE program for Community Addiction Rehabilitation Education.

Bower says the county can’t solve the opioid crisis solely through arrests and using Narcan. The mentors act as recovery coaches, who help people fighting addiction make their appointments and also provide a listening ear.

Bower has been at the National Sheriffs’ Association Conference in New Orleans this week. On Sunday he was presented with a MAGNUS Leadership Award “in recognition of your tireless work implementing bold initiatives that have created synergy and trust between the citizens of your community and your agency,” according to a letter from Mitch Javidi, chancellor of National Command & Staff College and CEO and president of International Academy of Public Safety.

Bower’s award comes from the National Command & Staff College which stresses a strong moral compass for law enforcement officers and that they are all leaders within their communities.

Bower received the MAGNUS Leadership Award “in recognition of your tireless work implementing bold initiatives that have created synergy and trust between the citizens of your community and your agency.”

The Sheriff’s Office has led a number of outreach and public safety events in the county, including several at local schools. Bower said he is pleased deputies are taking the initiative in organizing the events, including a new one on Sunday at the Albion Walmart from noon to 2 p.m.

That event includes a child restraint check, DWI/Distracted Driving Simulator, Marine Safety, K9 demonstration with “Otto,” hot dog cookout and Operation Safe Child.

“We’re trying to do right by the people and give them everything we can,” Bower said by phone this afternoon.

He praised the deputies and other members of the Sheriff’s Office for embracing the outreach efforts and a more compassionate approach to criminal justice services, including the added programs to help inmates in the jail.

Other agencies and local pastors have all stepped forward to assist people, especially those with addictions.

“Everybody is helping,” Bower said. “If you reach out, they’ll help. They just need to be asked.”

Bower has been active with Orleans Hope, a multi-pronged effort by the community to fight the opioid crisis. Churches have stepped up their efforts, welcoming addicts instead of shunning them. Several churches have Celebrate Recovery programs.

Orleans Hope also welcomed Scott Caraboolad and a group of stunt bike riders for a few days in October. The Ride4Life visited local schools and had community events, including at the Fairgrounds. The lead rider, Caraboolad, is a recovering addict. He shared how he overcame his drug addiction.

The sheriff was one of the early supporters for the Ride4Life, which brought Scott Caraboolad and other stunt riders to Orleans County in October. Caraboolad does a stunt on Oct. 5 in front of the student body at Lyndonville Central School.

Bower embraced Caraboolad’s presentations, wanting to connect with people battling addictions and urge them to seek help. Bower also wanted students to hear a Caraboolad’s message, to not seek comfort from drugs and alcohol, and how drug use can escalate and take over – and end – lives.

Bower has welcomed addiction services for inmates in the county jail, connecting them to treatment programs, health insurance and Vivitrol, a shot that helps stave off drug urges. The county has pushed to have a transition from the jail to GCASA or another treatment program.

Bower in his 2 1/2 years as sheriff has expanded mental health and substance abuse services for inmates in the Orleans County jail in Albion.

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Caitlin Trembley named to the Empire 8 Conference President’s List

Staff Reports Posted 18 June 2018 at 10:19 am

ELMIRA – Caitlin Trembley of Albion was one of 71 student-athletes named to the Empire 8 Conference President’s List in recognition of their outstanding work in the classroom. Trembley is a member of the Women’s Cross Country team at Elmira College.

To be considered an E8 All-Academic Team, a squad must maintain a grade-point average of 3.20 or higher during the spring semester. Among the 11 EC teams that garnered the honor this spring, women’s cross country led the way with an impressive 3.69 GPA, followed by women’s basketball with a 3.50. Also qualified for the award were: men’s and women’s ice hockey, field hockey, women’s volleyball, softball, women’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse.

Recipients of the President’s List distinction must be enrolled full-time at their respective institution and carry a minimum GPA of 3.75 while participating in a conference-sponsored sport and displaying positive conduct on-and-off campus. As the Empire 8 states, “Its commitment to serve the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of the Empire 8.” With 71 honorees, Elmira increased the number of President’s List award winners by a dozen when compared to the spring of 2017.

GCC announces instructors and students of semester at Albion, Medina

Posted 12 June 2018 at 12:31 pm

Press Release, GCC

The Spring of 2018 Instructors and Students of the Semester for both the Albion and Medina Campus Centers of Genesee Community College have been named. Nominations from fellow teachers, students and colleagues were collected at each campus center during the semester. The selection committee, led by James Simon – Associate Dean of the Campus Centers in Albion and Medina – reviewed each nomination and selected the winning instructors and students.

Albion Campus Center

Peggy Feary-Pray

Peggy Feary-Pray has been selected as the Spring 2018 Instructor of the Semester at GCC’s Albion Campus Center. She taught classes in Human Relations and Human Services in GCC’s Albion Campus Center this semester.

In a nomination, one of her students expressed appreciation that Ms. Feary-Pray took an interest in her and gave her opportunities to grow within her field of study stating, “She develops and creates hands-on activities that generate group discussions and realistic role-plays.”

In the course of her career she has been a clinical therapist, foster care caseworker and rape crisis coordinator. Reflecting on her varied career path, Peggy said, “I would change nothing…I am always amazed by the twists my career has taken.”

Her sage advice for new instructors: “Be prepared with more than you need for class, and make your students use their brains. You might be surprised by what they say.” She added, “Rise to the challenge, you might surprise yourself!”

Peggy shared that her most rewarding experience has been seeing her students’ ability to write a great paragraph response at the end of the semester!

Peggy graduated from Alexander Central School and continued her education at SUNY College at Brockport and University at Albany. She holds Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Welfare degrees. She lives in Corfu with her husband, three children, dog and two cats. When she isn’t in the classroom, Peggy enjoys camping and playing her flute. She is active in her community, serving on the Missions and Ministry Committee at Alexander UMC.

Summer Moore is pictured with Jim Simon, dean of the campus centers in Albion and Medina.

Summer Moore was named Spring 2018 Student of the Semester at the Albion Campus Center. An Albion native, Summer attends classes at GCC part time in pursuit of her Criminal Justice AAS degree with a concentration in Corrections Counseling.

Summer says that what she loves most about college is meeting new people and learning new things. She believes that one of her strengths as a student is her dedication to working hard and making herself accountable for her own efforts. Agreeing, her instructor said “Summer has clearly worked hard, and as a result, her writing has consistently improved throughout the semester.”

Summer offered some words of wisdom to new college students, “things may seem scary and overwhelming at first, but it gets better as long as you try!” She cites her parents as the major influences in her life, saying that they’ve always pushed her to try her hardest, and they never gave up on her.

Upon graduation from GCC, Summer plans to look for a good job that will allow her to live near a beach in Virginia. When she isn’t studying, Summer enjoys drawing, listening to music and walking nature trails. Summer resides in Albion.

Medina Campus Center

Amy Crockford

The selection committee has named Amy Crockford as the Spring 2018 Instructor of the Semester at the Medina Campus Center. Amy joined Genesee Community College as an adjunct instructor of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture in 2017. In addition to Medina, she currently teaches at GCC’s Batavia campus, The SUNY College at Brockport, Buffalo State College and Erie Community College.

Amy has her BS degree in Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology and her MS degree in Student Affairs Administration from the University at Buffalo.

Students who nominated Amy this semester collectively shared that she makes learning ASL enjoyable and relatable. One student stated that if it were not for Amy’s class, the student would have dropped out of school. Amy recalls her most rewarding teaching experience – receiving a nomination for the Presidential Academic Excellence in Teaching Award. She added that GCC’s Medina Campus Center staff have been wonderful assets to her and the college by encouraging students.

When asked for one piece of advice to a new instructor, Amy said, “Be patient with your students and it will be reflected in their work, class participation and eagerness to learn.

Married and raising two sons, Amy finds time to be an active Scout mom in Akron Cub Scouts Pack 531 and Boy Scout Troop 559. She also belongs to Deaf Access Services, The American Sign Language Teacher’s Association and the American Sign Language National Honor Society. The Crockford family resides in Lockport.

Dustin Wells

Dustin Wells of Medina has been named the Spring 2018 Student of the Semester at the Medina Campus Center. Dustin will earn his Liberal Arts & Science: General Studies AS degree and graduate from GCC in the Fall 2018. He plans to transfer to a four-year institution to play collegiate baseball and to pursue a degree in architecture.

One of the nominations stated that “Dustin regularly demonstrates not only effort, but also insight and excellence. Dustin stands out. Many people are happy with doing what is required, but few challenge themselves to be the best that they can personally be, as he does.”

Dustin was quick to cite his mother and father as the major influences in his life and education. He said his mother always strives for success in college and life and his father works hard and stays focused – no matter what. Dustin wanted new students to know that, “College is much easier if you don’t procrastinate and actually study.”

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Top 10 grads praised for excellence in high school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 June 2018 at 1:14 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

HOLLEY – Brandon Dillenbeck, a top 10 graduate for Holley, accepts congratulations and citations on Monday from Lynne Johnson (left), chairwoman of the Orleans County Legislature, and Eileen Banker, representing Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club hosted the 32nd annual Academic Excellence Awards Dinner on Monday, when the top 10 graduates from Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina were recognized. (Albion has its own honors convocation for students with cumulative GPAs of 90 or higher.)

Students were praised for their academic achievements, and urged to keep working hard in college and in their careers.

Jacob Bensley, a top 10 student at Medina, heads to the podium to be presented with a medallion and citations.

Tim Bow, a 2005 Lyndonville graduate, served as keynote speaker. He works as a lawyer in Chicago for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Miami School of Law in 2013, after attaining a bachelor’s in political science and bachelor’s of music in saxophone from Northwestern University in 2010.

Bow said the local students are fortunate to have been raised in a small town where the relationships are more authentic.

“Growing up in Orleans County is an asset,” he said.

Their career path likely won’t be a straight line. He advised the top 10 grads to keep moving forward in the face of setbacks and adversity.

Kierstyn Christensen of Kendall earned a top 10 rank for the Class of 2018.

Mercedes Benedict is recognized as one of Lyndonville’s top graduates.

Raine Oakley of Kendall gets a hug and congratulations from Julie Christensen, the school district superintendent.

Dr. Aaron Slack, principal of Lyndonville High School, recognized the top 10 students. These three include from left: Cassie Maynard, Taylor Paniccia and Kennedy Smelski.

Shelby Green of Medina is congratulated by Mark Kruzynski (center), the district superintendent, and David Sevenski, president of the Board of Education.

Mark Kruzynski, Medina Central School superintendent has a hearty handshake for Toby Kiebala, one of Medina’s top 10 grads.

The top 10 students include:

Holley: Hannah Bailey, Matthew DeSimone, Nina DiLella, Brandon Dillenbeck, Alexander Lane, Melody Purtell, Jessica Sedore, Dakota Thompson, Dalton Thurley and Hanna Waterman.

Kendall: Kierstyn Christensen, Michela Hanlon, Megan Hardenbrook, Caleb Henion, Sadie Howes, Archer Knapp, Raine Oakley, Adriana Passarell, Allen Tonas and Lyndsay Wright.

Lyndonville: Mercedes Benedict, Brody Brown, Heaven Flood, Paige Gardner, Mariah Grabowski, Skyler Lear, Miranda Lembcke, Cassie Maynard, Taylor Paniccia and Kennedy Smelski.

Medina: Jacob Bensley, Alyssa Beyer, Andrew Fuller, Shelby Green, Jack Hill, Ian Joseph, Brigid Keller, Madison Kenward, Tobias Kiebala and Hannah Sones.

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Adam Hoot graduates from Marietta College

Staff Reports Posted 1 June 2018 at 10:16 am

MARIETTA, OHIO – Adam Hoot of Medina was among more than 250 students who received diplomas at Marietta College’s 181st graduation ceremony on May 6. Hoot completed requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students.

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