Phi Theta Kappa Hosts Special Events in October

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is about 1 in 8 (12%). The Genesee Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for the two-year college, is doing its part to help raise awareness about breast cancer by sponsoring a free information session on Tuesday, October 16.

The session, titled Breast Cancer: Guide to Early Detection, takes place in room T-102 at 12:30 pm and will cover facts and statistics about breast cancer, risk factors, early detection, and other women’s cancer concerns. Lisa Franclemont, the women’s health grant writer at United Memorial Medical Center, will be the featured speaker. Franclemont will also be interviewed on WGCC, 90.7 fm, on Friday, October 5 at 2:00 pm; she will outline some of the early detection procedures available to all women through United Memorial Medical Center.

“This was one way for us to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October,” said Kevin Nadrowski, vice president of Phi Theta Kappa at Genesee. “It is an important health issue and hopefully this information session will be very helpful to those who attend.”

In addition to sponsoring the free information session, Phi Theta Kappa will be having a bake sale on Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Forum. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit breast cancer research.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming. Genesee Community College’s chapter continues its community-oriented activities on Wednesday, October 17, when they host a showing of the PBS Frontline film Is Wal-Mart Good for America? from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Is Wal-Mart Good for America? provides a provocative examination of the impact Wal-Mart has had on the U.S. economy. The documentary highlights the changing relationship between manufacturers and the so-called "big-box" retailers, exemplified by Wal-Mart, which has contributed to the bankruptcy of some American businesses and a growing unemployment rate. While Wal-Mart supporters tout the advantages of one-stop, low-cost shopping, others are alarmed at both the outsourcing that has made these low prices possible and how large retailers affect smaller, local businesses.

Phi Theta Kappa is also continuing collection of old cell phones through the month of October as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Wipe Out Wireless Waste project, which aims to recycle old wireless phones in an attempt to reduce the amount of waste in local landfills. Old phones may be dropped off at the Business Office on the first floor at the Batavia campus, the Math/Science Suite on the third floor (D Building), or at the Marketing Communications office (D-110). Please be sure to deactivate service and clear all personal information from your wireless phone before recycling it.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa’s activities contact Kevin Nadrowski at