•As Genesee Community College approaches its 40th Anniversary, more than 16,000 people consider themselves alumni of the institution-a population larger than the City of Batavia.
•Genesee Community College recently opened its new Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union, which while honoring a dedicated public servant and supporter of the College, the bright, airy, active space encourages students to pursue not only academic goals, but also becoming contributing citizens to the community.
•Genesee Community College continues to expand its economic significance to the region with last year's estimated economic impact totaling more than $78 million.
•The College now offers Men's Intercollegiate Lacrosse; the Baseball team captured its first WNY Athletic Conference Championship; and the Lady Cougars Basketball team ranked #2 in the nation's Division II at the time of release of this press information.
For these reasons and many more-the alumni of Genesee Community College are proud of their alma mater and want to reconnect. On Saturday, February 25, 2006 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, the College will host the first-ever Class Reunion in the new Student Union. The organizing committee wanted this inaugural reunion to be a fun, festive occasion, and decided a tropical theme featuring light-hearted good times and good tunes of Jimmy Buffett would be appropriate.
The "Jimmy Buffett Bash to Remember" is free and open to all alumni and friends who pre-register by Tuesday, Feb. 21. The event will include: D.J. sounds and music by Frank Gioia Jr.; a reflection of photographs and images of the College through the years; hors d'oeuvres and beverages; prizes; and lots of opportunity to socialize.
"This first Genesee alumni event should be fun and allow alumni and friends the maximum opportunity to reconnect with their old classmates. We wanted to avoid long speeches and tight programming to give everyone a chance to catch up," Steve Hyde '82, chairman of the Alumni Event Planning Committee and chief executive officer of Genesee County Economic Development Center. "It's the opportunity to leave the kids at home, check in with some old friends, and check out your alma mater."
In addition to socializing, participants in the Big Bash Raffle will have a chance to win either a $2000 Genesee Community College Scholarship Award or a trip for two to Key West, Florida. A number of other prizes, including one for the most imaginative tropical attire will also be awarded.
All alumni and friends interested in attending Genesee's "Jimmy Buffett Bash to Remember" or Big Bash Raffle tickets should contact the College's Alumni Relations Office by February 21st in one of three ways:
"Whether recently graduated or recently retired, this event will be fun for anyone who is an alumnus of Genesee Community College," Hyde added. "There really is so much we have to be proud of with our institution. The College is really moving and shaking, and on February 25th all the alumni can move and shake too."
Members of the Alumni Event Planning Committee, who will be meeting again this Friday, February 3, 2006 at 8:15 AM in the new Student Union, include:
•Erin Ficarella '80•Scott German '85•Steven Hyde '82, chairman •Mickey Hyde '87•Nancy Hale '77•Valerie Hale '84•Sandra Licata '94•Thomas Klotzbach '89•Beverly Mancuso '84•Ro Monachino '74•Carol Siembida '91•Andrew Young '89•Edward Zehler '79