Genesee Community College's Alumni Challenge is in Full Swing

Todd Bender of Batavia, President of Pakhound Parcel, a 1989 graduate of Genesee Community College and Chair of the Alumni Division of the Genesee Community College Foundation campaign drive announced that the Alumni Campaign is now in full swing and coming on strong. Pledges and gifts have been received for nearly two thirds of the $10,000 goal, and the alumni are urged to return their pledge cards right away.

Genesee Community College alumni, who now number over 15,000 and literally are located around the globe, received a mailing recently highlighting the many benefits the College continuously provides. This list included the life-long value higher education brings into a family, improved employment opportunities, the confidence and success inherent with a college degree, lasting friendships, recreational and cultural opportunities and more. With the assistance of Todd Bender, alumni are being asked by one of their own to assist the next generation of students in obtaining a degree from Genesee Community College.

Mr. Bender said that alumni are being reminded to support the campaign by several teams of volunteer telephone callers. "It has been a joy for the volunteers to talk to the wide variety of alumni and learn of their careers, families, and successes." Alumni who are leading the teams are:

-Brian Daviau of Batavia, Class of 1981, Controller, Lapp Insulators -Paul Doyle of Basom, Class of 1982, President, Professional Drivers Institute, -Gina Giese of Batavia, Class of 1991, Assistant Vice President, M & T Bank-Curtis Heatherman of LeRoy, Class of 1986, CPA, Freed Maxick and Battaglia-Mickey Hyde of LeRoy, Class of 1987, Office Manager, The Bank of Castile -Barbara Shine of Corfu, Class of 1970, Director, Workforce Development, Genesee Community College-Staci Weidner of LeRoy, Class of 2003, SUNY Geneseo transfer student -Mary K. Yunker of Batavia, Class of 1970, Executive Assistant, P.W. Minor

"The campaign," Mr. Bender said, "supports excellence in the classroom through scholarship incentives to students with the potential for high academic achievement, and makes a higher education available to all area residents who are capable, regardless of their ability to pay, and supports training of our local workforce in key jobs, strengthening our local economy."

The Genesee Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service and support to Genesee Community College. It is led by a thirty member board of directors comprised of local business and civic leaders. The Foundation formed in the mid-eighties to provide philanthropic support to the College, and last year provided 512 scholarships to Genesee students totaling $234,567. Alumni and friends may send their gifts to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For further information call (585) 345-6809 or to

Please note: A digital photograph of Todd Bender, President of Pakhound Parcel, Genesee Class of 1989, and Chair of the Alumni Division of the Genesee Community College Foundation campaign drive is available at: Bender.jpg