Genesee Students Raise Record Amounts for American Cancer Society with Daffodil Sales

Public Speaking Students Create ‘A Hope for A Cure’ Video for Campaign
The economy maybe in a slump, but the generosity of Genesee Community College staff and students is blooming. The 2009 American Cancer Society (ACS) Daffodil Days Sale at Genesee has raised $1550, over three times more than the previous average of $450. In an effort to increase awareness and raise money for the campaign, students in Genesee’s Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication classes created a video, “A Hope for a Cure”, that features current and past students speaking about how cancer has affected their lives.

Students involved in the video project were Jacob Swanson, Shannon Antonetty, Kristina Holland, Laura Fagner, Wes Marean and Keli Bradt. Keli Brandt was a student in instructor Jackie DiBella’s fall 2007 Public Speaking class. When she gave her self-introduction speech it was entitled, "Don't Judge a Book by its Cover" and she went on to explain that to look at her you would not have known that she was the caretaker and nurturer of her mother when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was such a powerful speech that she was asked if she would participate in the video as it would be a great experience for her and perfect fit for the “Hope for a Cure” video.

“My goal in having the communication students speak is helping them find their ‘voice’ to gain more confidence and enhance their professional and personal goals,” Public Speaking instructor Jackie DiBella said. “There is no other course of study, as public speaking, that offers the extraordinarily useful skills that can lead to greater confidence and satisfaction in life.”

Other students that contributed much of their own time and effort in order to make the Daffodil Days Sale a huge success were Khilna Samat, Wes Marean, Janieka Torres and Alexis Williams. Students ran tables in the Forum at the Batavia Campus to sell daffodils and also worked for hours at a time tallying sales and organizing information to be sent to the American Cancer Society.

The ACS Daffodil Days Sale was coordinated by a committee of Genesee staff consisting of Berneda Scoins clerk/typist in the Humanities department, Valerie Hale executive secretary in the Office of the Vice President of Human Resources and Planning, and Jackie DiBella instructor in the Humanities department. The sale ran throughout February and ended March 13. Daffodils ordered during the sale will be delivered during the week of March 30.

“The outcome of the sale would not have been possible without the enthusiasm, commitment, support and sales persuasion of the students involved.” DiBella said. “The sales figures and video really goes to show ‘the stuff’ that Genesee students are made of.”

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Editor’s Note:
A link to the “A Hope for a Cure” Daffodils Days Sale video is available on under Genesee’s Official YouTube page: