Successful Alumni Return for Annual Discover the Stars Scholarship Celebration

Over 200 Genesee Community College Students Recognized

Genesee Community College Foundation scholarship recipients and their families and Foundation donors gathered in the Conable Technology Building at the Batavia Campus, on Monday evening, September 14, 2009 to meet, greet, and share stories of student achievements and career aspirations. The evening’s event included a special presentation from two successful Genesee alumni who shared their stories and experiences at Genesee which guided them on their road to success. Distinguished alumni, Paula M. Savage, ’76 and James D. Hunt, ’89 were the featured speakers for the evening.

Paula Savage, a resident of Batavia, is the director of Tourism Sales for Visit Rochester (formerly the Greater Rochester Visitors Association). She is a Certified Travel Councilor and has received the Merits of Two Worlds award from the Robert Schumann Foundation in 2000, as well as the Supplier Member of Distinction by the (OMCA) Ontario Motor Coach Association. She serves as a trustee for the OMCA Education Fund. She was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the US Department of Commerce in 2000 for development of Underground Railroad Tours. In 1990, she organized the first International Peace Garden, which led to the creation of the International Peace Garden Foundation that now spans five continents. The International Peace Garden Foundation is a nonprofit organization, established to advance global friendship and international understanding through the creation of peace gardens and cultural exchange programs. She graduated with an Associate’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management and was named to Genesee’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007.

James Hunt is a 13 year veteran of the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) and serves in Wyoming County with his K-9 partner Matz. Hunt received an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Genesee in 1989 and continued on to the University at Buffalo for a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. Currently residing in Wyoming County, James grew up in Orchard Park and started his career with the DEC in Long Island. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservation Officer of the Year by the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chief’s Association and was awarded, along with K-9 partner Matz, the 2008 Public Servant of the Year by the Erie County Conservation Society. He married to his wife Darlene and has two sons, Josh (6) and Nathanial (4).

This year, nine new scholarships were awarded to Genesee students. The new scholarships included the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Scholarship, the NYS Federation of Home Bureaus in honor of Gay Tidd, the Kristine Burkhardt ’03 Memorial Nursing Scholarship, the M.P. Lyon ’02 Scholarship, the Albert J. Brightenfield ’78 Scholarship, the Claire Gsell 2009-2010 Scholarship, the Gioiosa Family Scholarship, the Town of Batavia Volunteer Firefighter Scholarship and the Benjamin Franklin Volunteer Firefighter and EMT Scholarship.

For the full list of scholarship winners please visit

For more information regarding Discover the Stars Scholarship Reception, please contact the foundation office at 585-345-6809 or .

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Editor’s Note:

A photograph of Officer James Hunt with scholarship winners Shane Hale (left) and Dillon Hale (right), along with K-9 Officer Matz is available at

A photograph from the Discover the Stars reception is available at (From left to right are: Academic Advisor Mary Jo Dumuhosky, scholarship winner Jolene Sherman, guest alumni speaker Paula Savage and Academic Advisor Dolores Chiocco)