Genesee Community College Student Receives Lions Club Scholarship

Laura Diemer knows a hit when she hears one. During her high school years the Darien Center native listened to Genesee’s radio station, WGCC-FM, and dreamed of being a disc jockey. After visiting the college’s website and discovering that if she were a student at Genesee she could actually be a DJ at the college radio station, Laura downloaded the admissions form that very night and enrolled at Genesee Community College.

Now, after completing her first year at the college, Laura has received the Batavia Lions Club Award in Communications. The award is presented annually by the Lions Club in memory of two former members who were legends in the local media: Paul Bostwick, Managing Editor of the Batavia Daily News, and James H. Gerrety, News Director for WBTA.

Laura’s enthusiasm for radio and her energy, drive, and leadership potential got the attention of Melody Nardone, WGCC-FM Station Manager. Melody started training Laura as her replacement at the beginning of the Spring 2007 semester.

“I loved the prospect of being Station Manager,” Laura said. “Once I set my sights on something, nothing can deter me.”

Laura is thoroughly enjoying her new role as Station Manager at WGCC-FM. She and three other radio station members represented WGCC-FM at the annual college radio station convention held this past March in New York City. Laura is in the process of implementing some of the recommendations she learned at the convention, including promoting local groups and playing music by independent record companies.

In addition, Laura is coordinating efforts to have Journalism students present newscasts on the college’s AM training radio station. She is already working on this year’s Rockfest, the annual rock concert held each November in the college’s forum. The event, which Laura feels will be her biggest challenge, usually attracts 400 to 500 people.

Laura’s talent includes art; she loves to draw faces and favors the realism form of art. Her portraits and other drawings will be on display at an upcoming show in the lobby of the Genesee Center for the Arts this Fall. She was the recipient of the Virginia Carr Mumford Arts Scholarship and has received an additional award from the Batavia Society of Artists. Laura Diemer topped the charts as this year’s recipient of the Batavia Lions Club Award in Communications.