National Novel Writing Month

nanowrimo-2November is National Novel Writing Month — or NaNoWriMo for short.

The goal is to write a ‘novel’ — defined as 50,000 words — during the month of November. It won’t be a good novel, you don’t have time to edit, but having done the writing is generally a lot further than most folk get to. December and January are for editing!

Okay, to be honest, I’m not going to get 50,000 words done. Like, I have a day job and something that resembles a life. But I really, really hope to get about 25,000 words done. It’s a fun thing and having a goal like this in a group setting helps everyone.

Genesee is doing its own NaNo meet-ups. The idea is that there’s some moral support and dedicated writing time happening. We’ve set up the following events, they’re all drop-in and low-key. Come when you can, ask for help / inspiration / whatever, and leave when you have to.

  • Friday, November 1 – Open writing lab – 12:30 – 2:00 pm – T205
  • Monday, November 4 – Open writing meet up – 1:30 – 2:30 pm – S103
  • Thursday, November 7 – Read from your WIP (WORK IN PROGRESS) at Open Mic in the Student Union at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 8 – Open writing lab – 12:30 – 2:00 pm – T205
  • Monday, November 11 – Open Writing meet up – 1:30 – 3:00 – T219
  • Friday, November 15 – Open writing lab – 12:30 – 2:00 pm – T205
  • Monday, November 18 – Open Writing meet up – 1:30 – 3:00 – T219
  • Friday, November 22 – Open writing lab – 12:30 – 2:00 pm – T205
  • Monday, November 25 – NaNoWrimo meet up and writing session – 1:30 – 2:30 pm – S103
  • Thursday, December 5 – Read from your NANOWRIMO work (or poetry, etc.)  at Open Mic in the Student Union at 7:30 pm

Sessions in T205 means a computer lab; use our computer or bring your own. All other locations won’t have computers and you need to bring your laptop. The sessions in T219 provide plenty of electrical outlets, for those who may need it.

Come, write, inspire… it’s a blast!

The Women of Genesee


March is International Women’s month.

To celebrate, through a GCC Diversity Council initiative, Joanna Barefoot in Student Actvities has gather together facts about many of the women at Genesee. Interests, hobbies, and skills you would never suspect from most of them.

So we do want you to guess… guess who matches up with the facts listed and maybe even win a prize!

Try your luck… the list is available here as a Word document: GCC Women Matching Game-March 2013 as well as a PDF document: GCC Women Matching Game-March 2013 (they are both the same, use whichever works better for you!)

Take your best guess at the matches and submit your entry to Joanna either by email ( or get it to her in the student activities office.


  • In person – Wednesday, March 28 at 4:30 pm
    • If you put it in the campus mail, make sure you do it so it arrives on time!
  • Email – Wednesday, March 28 at midnight

The winner and the answers will be posted here after the event closes! Good luck and have fun!

Garfinkle Essay Contest

The Garfinkel Essay Contest of the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York is open to students, from all academic disciplines, registered in CUNY and SUNY community colleges for the fall semester of 2011 and the spring semester of 2012 –

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and in honor of Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Francis M. Finch, author of the reconciliation poem The Blue and the Gray, this year’s contest topic is The Blue and the Gray: New York During the Civil War.

The contest will award a $1,500 First Prize, a $1,000 Second Prize and a $750 Third Prize. The winners will be honored at the Law Day Ceremony in May, 2012. The Ceremony is presided by The Chief Judge of the State of New York and attended by the Governor, the Attorney General and the Bench and Bar of New York.

The essay submission deadline is April 2, 2012. Visit for resources and the contest rules. 2012GarfinkelContestPoster (PDF file).

So. What’s Going On?

Busy. Busy. Busy. Bored.

You’ve been going to class and studying hard and now your brain is so full that it’s going to burst if you cram one more fact into it. You need a break.

But there’s nothing to do!

Pshaw! You aren’t looking at all… there’s lots to do, you just have to know where to look for it.


Well, if you’re reading me, you read blogs. Let me recommend a couple more:

  • — this was originally the home of the student newsletter and now Karen and Sara are adding event information for us.
  • — Jordon Shelton and Genevieve Sholl are writing about being a student at Genesee. So it’s not strictly about events or what’s happening but they will most likely write about things they are involved in.

Web Site

The college web site ( has multiple places for campus events.

  • Calendar – The college calendar has more than you ever wanted to know. It’s not only events, it has college dates and deadlines in it. So there’s almost too much information. But worth looking at once in a while.
  • Student Activities – this is the calendar you’re most likely want to watch. It has club events, campus wide activities aimed at students, and just fun things.
  • Cliff’s Notes – this is the Student Activities Newsletter. It comes out monthly and is written by the Student Activities group. It’s a PDF file you can download so you can take it with you. It lists the events in the Student Union in Batavia.
    • On this page is a link to open hours in the gym, fitness center and student union.
  • Saturday Getaways – now this is only for folk who live in College Village, so they aren’t open to everyone. But if you’re in the Village, it’s something else to do.

At a Campus Center? Look around! All the campus centers have some kind of an activity board and they have their own events (some of which don’t make the master calendars).

If you can’t find something you like on the calendars, then check out the list of clubs and organizations on campus. If something there looks interesting, contact the club (the advisor’s name is on the web page) to see when the next meeting might be.

Don’t see a club you think Genesee should have? Have at least 4 more friend who think the same thing? Contact Cliff Scutella ( and he’ll be glad to help walk you through the process so you can create a new club.

Orientations Galore!

Sometimes it is about figuring out where the bathrooms are! 🙂

If you’re new to college or new to online classes or new to Genesee or just confused, there are a series of Orientations and help options already set up to make the start of the semester go better.


There’s an Orientation for new students in Arcade on Wednesday, January 11 and another in Batavia on Friday, January 13 (hey! Friday the 13th falls on a Friday this month! cool!)  You should register for the Batavia session so we know you’re coming.

We were in Dansville last Saturday so, sorry, you missed us there, but if you’re going to any campus center for classes and have any questions, stop in and the staff there is more than willing to help.

There’s a point-to-point technical orientation on January 14 starting at 9:00 am in Medina where we will be able to answer questions about almost anything also… read down for the Tech Orientation info.

Technical Orientations

There’s a Webinar on Tuesday, January 10 at 11 am (more info here) that you can also join in person in T203.

There’s a morning worth of Orientation on Saturday, January 14 starting at 9:00 am in T219. Carl Wahlstrom will be doing a session on “How to be a Successful Distance Learning Student” — and DL includes online, hybrid and face to face! — and then we’ll be doing a hands-on session about logging into your class, how to find your syllabus and how to use Blackboard.

If you need help with usernames / passwords you can call the Help Desk at 1-866-614-5004 or if you’re in Batavia, you can stop by T207 and we’ll be glad to help you there.

One Stop

The folk from Advisement, Financial Aid, Business Office and Food Service will be in the Forum of the Batavia Campus on January 12, 13, 17 and 18 (Thursday through Wednesday) to help with any questions about registration, paying bills, signing up for meal plans and books. Phew.


Veteran’s Day Salute!

Our annual Veterans Day salute will be held on November 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm in the Lobby of the Technology Building.  We are proud to acknowledge the Genesee County Joint Veterans Honor Guard who will salute the U.S. flag at 1 pm at the Clock Tower. 

We will again present a wall of honor displaying photos of veterans and the men and women who currently serve in the Armed Services of our students – both current and alumni, faculty and staff members, and their family. 

Photos are to be delivered to Mike Perry in Media Services  or emailed at: by 12 noon on Friday, November 4th.  Please be certain to include the name, but you may also include the rank, branch, years of service, and where currently serving.   All photos submitted will be returned (you may pick up after the event) and any photo digitally sent will be deleted at the end of the day, if desired.  Photos submitted in previous years will continue to be displayed.

Two computers will be set up in the Technology Building Lobby to send a message to our Troops!

Walk for a Cure – October 1

Mark your calendars, and “Walk for a Cure” on October 1st!

On October 1st, Phi Theta Kappa is proudly hosting “Walk for a Cure,” a fundraising event for breast cancer*. Come and join the Genesee Community and walk our beautiful Nature Trail.  After the walk, we’ll convene in the Forum for coffee, pizza, and to listen to two guest speakers. We’ll also be raffling off generous donations from local businesses in Genesee County. Be sure that you keep your registration tickets, as you’ll want to trade them in for a free treat during our Bake Sale on October 25th!

Registration for the event is at 8:oo a.m. at the Nature Trail. The walk will begin promptly at 9:oo a.m. We’ll also have registration forms available at the Information Fair Tuesday, the 13th if you’d like to stop down! Registration is $1.oo with a GCC Student ID. The $1.oo donation will be waived with the purchase of a $5.oo PTK Cares shirt. Registration for non-GCC students is $5.oo, and a $9.oo donation includes a PTK Cares shirt. Shirts without participation are $5.oo.  *All proceeds will go to help those who cannot obtain proper screening/ medical treatment for breast cancer.

For general information, feel free to contact Elise Banfield or Michelle Abdella, or consult with any of the Phi Theta Kappa Officers (Devon Kleinbach, KC Svensen, Michael Anauo, Michelle McDonald, and Tom Wieszczyk). We look forward to seeing you there!