Genesee Community College Featured In Two National Publications

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the College has been featured in two nationally distributed publications. The first, Walmart World features an article on visiting international students from Japan. The second, College Planning and Management features an article on the newly formed Student Safety Patrol.

Walmart World is Walmart’s nationally published community and employee magazine. ‘Speaking the Language of Service’ was an article that featured four of Genesee’s international students from Japan and a local Walmart employee who took the extra time to help them adjust to their new environment in the United States. The four students had made a stop at the Batavia, NY Walmart to pick up dorm room basics and school supplies. After going through each aisle, overwhelmed with the language barrier, Ed Steeves, an employee at the Walmart, made the students feel at home by helping them translate and assist them with all their shopping needs. Steeves, an Air Force veteran who was stationed in Japan from 1988-1991, speaks Japanese fluently and was a tremendous help to the students. Since that initial visit the students have returned and have become more comfortable with their language skills.

Ed Steeves wasn’t the only Walmart associate helping the Japanese students, his wife Tokuko, an employee at the Albion, NY store, has become somewhat of a surrogate mom for some of the female students. She helps out the young women when they are feeling homesick or need information about the area.

The second publication, College Planning and Management is a nationally published magazine that featured Genesee in the March 2009 issue, in a side-bar story about safety on college campuses. The story entitled, ‘Genesee Community College Introduces Student Safety Patrol’, details the new program that was developed at the Batavia Campus. The article describes the new program, its functions and its goals. Professor of Criminal Justice Barry Garigen was quoted as saying “With the increase in incidents on college campuses, we thought a Student Safety Patrol would be most beneficial. The students gain valuable experience in working these details and enjoy providing volunteer service to the College.”

For copies of these articles, please contact Donna Rae Sutherland at or 585-343-0055 x6616.