Cougar Week at Genesee Community College Celebrates Alumni

All Classes Welcomed to Celebrate at Batavia Campus
Alumni of Genesee Community College should mark their calendars for Cougar Week, March 23-28, 2009. Whether they graduated in 1977 or 2007, alumni will be celebrated at Genesee’s Batavia campus with a variety of exciting activities.

Kicking off Cougar Week on Monday, March 23 is an art exhibit in the Lobby Art Gallery of the Stuart Steiner theatre of works of art by Genesee’s Fine Arts students. On Tuesday March 24, the Lobby Art Gallery will feature Firmament: An Exhibit by Virginia Martin. This exhibit will run all through Cougar Week and ends its run on April 24.

Wednesday, March 25 will feature the Alumni Hall of Fame 2009 Induction and Reception. The induction and reception will take place in the Conable Technology Building at 4:30 PM. This year’s inductees are: Wanda Frank ’97, Ellen Ryan ’76, George Schaefer ’76, and Paula (Miller) Schaefer ’79. Thursday, March 26 starts off with the Genesee’s men’s lacrosse team facing Broome County Community College at 4:00 PM on the lacrosse field. The focal point of the evening is the second annual Experience Genesee, an all-ages open house filled with mini workshops and entertainment throughout the night. Events will run 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM all over the Batavia Campus. Alumni are encouraged to visit their alma mater and see the growth and opportunities available at Genesee. This event is FREE and open to the general public.

On Friday, March 27 a theatre performance entitled, The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria will begin at 7:30 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. This performance is a modern children’s fable with audience participation. Advance tickets are encouraged, and can be purchased at the Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814 or by email

Rounding out Cougar Week is The Cougar Convention, an alumni all-class reunion on Saturday, March 28 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the William W. Stuart Forum. Alumni from any graduating year are welcomed to celebrate with a cash bar, refreshments, music and memories. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (585) 343-0055 x6265, or by email After the Cougar Convention, alumni are encouraged to attend the Stone Row concert in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at 8:00 PM. Weaving a rich tapestry of Celtic and World music, Stone Row presents a unique style of old classics and captivating originals, by blending traditional and contemporary genres. Advance tickets are encouraged and can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814 or by email at

For further information on any alumni activities during Cougar Week, please contact Patti Pacino, Alumni Coordinator at (585) 343-0055 x6265, or at
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Editor’s Note:
A photograph of the Alumni Cougar Convention planning committee is available at:

Pictured from left: (seated) Patti Waite Nicosia and Natalie Blackshear Russo. (standing) Elizabeth Wimbush, GDub, Michael Moore, Peggy Waite Weissend, Laura Ranalli, LeeAnn Dimick Brewster, Mary Innes, Rhiannon Mason Eurin, Richard Tiede, Annette DeFedercis Blanchard, and Erik Anderson.