I’m Back!

Well, I was really never gone… just didn’t post a lot! Or at all for the last year.

For 2017, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to post something weekly… there’s things to say or announce or just marvel at… so I’m going to remember to share.

If you have topics you want me to talk about, do leave me a note! I’d love to write something you’d like to read.

Otherwise, I’m just going to talk about things I think you maybe should know more about. Whether you knew you were interested in that topic or not!

I’m looking forward to starting up again!

End of Semester Things to Do

Just a list of things — in no particular order — you should think about doing before you leave for the summer…

  • If you’re sticking around this summer — to work on campus or to take a summer class — or coming back for classes next Fall, go into Genesis and use that blue “Reset Your Password” button to update your password. If you last reset your password in January, it will expire about June-ish and by deliberately resetting it, you reset that counter.
  • If you’re graduating and going on to another college in the Fall, don’t forget to ask for transcripts to be sent. You can set up the request now and when Spring grades are turned in, your transcript(s) will be sent. Go to this page for more information: http://www.genesee.edu/academics/transcripts.cfm
  • Taking an online class? There’s still time to do your course evaluation. Log into Genesis, go to the My Courses page, look for the link on the right to “Course Surveys”
  • Looking to sell back books? The bookstore in Batavia will buy back books at up to 50% of what you paid for them. You need to bring a student ID to sell back your books. If you’re at a Campus Center, ask the folk in the office when a Book Store rep will be at the campus to buy back books. More information here: http://geneseecc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBSellBackTextbookView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=33556
  • Did you rent a textbook? Don’t forget that it must be returned by the last day of exams, which is May 13. More information in the Rental FAQ.
  • Coming back next Fall? If you haven’t, register now for Fall classes. Not sure what courses you should take, see one of our many advisors: http://www.genesee.edu/depts/advisement/advisors/
  • Still looking for a summer job? Check out the Job Bulletin sponsored by the Career Services office. See what’s available: http://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/career/job-bulletin/ New jobs posted regularly! Check it out!
  • Need help with a resume? The Career Services office can help you with that, too! Check out the services: http://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/career/

Have a great summer, no matter what your plans are!


Computer System Maintenance – Monday, February 16 – 8 am to 4 pm

On February 17 in history*:

  • 1876 – Sardines first canned (Julius Wolff – Eastport, Maine)
  • 1933 – US Senate accepts Blaine Ace: ending prohibition
  • 1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • 1967 – Beatles release “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields”
  • 1983 – Netherlands adopts constitution
  • 1996 – Garry Kasparov defeats Deep Blue 4-2 in chess
  • 1998 – USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal

And joining all those illustrious events:

Monday, February 16th, 2015 – Computer Services performs all day system maintenance; all systems unavailable

Yup! Another glorious day in history, where all electronic systems will be off line between 8 am and 4 pm. This includes: Blackboard, Web, Library, Faculty/Staff email, Banner. If you get connected during this time, you may be disconnected without warning.

And don’t even think about trying to sneak on campus to try to get some work done; we’re going to be rebooting internal systems which means office areas will be disconnected from the network as we reboot those devices.

Questions? You know where I live!

–Mary Jane Heider

Subway Now Open on Batavia Campus!

On Tuesday, December 2, American Food and Vending opened the Subway franchise in the student union.  Subway will be open each week as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday  10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday   10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday  noon-  6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday  noon-  3:00 p.m.

The Subway franchise carries a full line of Subway products (except for breakfast items).  All promotions that you see advertised nationally are honored here at Genesee.  Subway points, on Subway cards, can be accumulated and redeemed here at Genesee.

Students who have purchased a meal plan can use Subway as an option for their meal plan.  A Subway meal includes a six inch sub, drink, and chips or two cookies.  Subs that are eligible for the meal plan are those shown on the first two screens of the menu panels behind the serving line.

One Week Down!

It’s finally Friday of the first week of classes… it’s been a month this week!

TiredAlthough, it’s been a relatively decent week. Couple of little things have gone bump in the night, but usually there have been more students needing help with usernames and passwords or more faculty looking for Blackboard assistance.

The “Reset My Password” button in Genesis has been a big hit, once we get anyone to use it. Using the button allows everyone to reset both their Genesis *and* their computer logins at the same time.

Faculty have made more use of Blackboard this semester. We’ve set up a lot of courses for/with folk and look forward to helping everyone use new tools down the road.

The good news is that this will be a 3-day weekend! Yay for holidays. I’ll be online watching for problems, but I will also get to sleep in, visit with some family and relax for a couple of days.

Enjoy the weekend!


Happy New Year!


Where the heck did 2013 go?

Time for some new resolutions, new plans and a fresh start. There’s always a lot of anticipation that goes with a new year. It’s kind of like getting up early on a Saturday or a vacation day. Everything stretches out in front of you and the possibilities are endless.

I’ve done some themes for years, this year is going to be a teeny bit selfish. I’m going to declare that the theme for 2014 is: “Sometimes, It Really Is About Me!”

There are times I need to say “no” and not feel bad about it. Or to really indulge in something I’ve wanted to do/learn/have… just for me.  Doesn’t mean I can or will be selfish about everything… there really is a fine line between self-indulgence and piggy-ness. Hopefully, I won’t come to close to that line.

But every once in a while…  🙂

Here’s to a good 2014 for you and your family!

Technology Updates Galore!

It's Wednesday!

Been a while, so I thought we could use some updates!

The two coolest things we did this summer was update Genesis and synchronize student passwords!

The new Genesis was an ‘about time’ sort of thing. It’s been the same old thing for a bunch of years now and it seriously needed some updating. Doing the Genesis update also allowed us to update student email to a single sign on (i.e. once you’re in Genesis, you don’t need a password for email). Students have no excuse about not being able to get to their Genesee email anymore!

The password synchronization has also been cool. One username has been the practice, but students could have 3 separate passwords before this. Using the “Password Reset” option inside Genesis means that students can synch the computer/library login and the Genesis password to the same thing.

It’s been a great boon to everyone, making access to all electronic resources easier. On the help desk alone, we’ve seen over 400 fewer help desk calls in August — the busiest month of the year for the help desk — with the synchronization and single sign on. I’ll do more details later, but the password self-reset for students will drop the need to call the help desk even more!

Welcome back to the Fall 2013 semester!