College Village Residents Prepare Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Students

Residents in College Village have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. Beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24, the Resident Assistants (RA) and College Village staff at Genesee Community College will prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for students in the Village Hall of College Village. The meal is free to residents and will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and of course, pumpkin pie.

On average, 100 to 150 students attend the annual dinner. For many, this will be their only Thanksgiving celebration. And for international students, this may be the first time they’ve experienced the holiday or tasted the traditional fare. Resident Assistants spend most of the day preparing the meal, working around their classes, activities and other school functions. College Village staff is kept busy by running to and from apartments double checking on the cooking, especially the turkey.

“This year we have many new Resident Assistants who have never cooked for a Thanksgiving Dinner before,” said Ellen Brokaw, Assistant Director of Residence Life at College Village. “There’s going to be a lot of training involved, but the RA staff this year is fantastic and I’m sure this year will be a great success. The RA Thanksgiving dinner always ensures a very busy but fun day!”

Prior to the meal, Lauren Paisley, Instructor of Business and advisor for the International Student Organization, will present a Cross-Cultural Student Development Series on the history and traditions associated with Thanksgiving. The International Student Organization assists Genesee's international students in making the transition into a new environment. The group promotes cultural awareness, while serving as a support network for the educational and social development of foreign students. The presentation will begin at 5:00PM with the Thanksgiving meal immediately following.

This is the fifth year that College Village has provided a free Thanksgiving dinner to students.

For further information, please contact Ellen Brokaw, Assistant Director of Residence Life at Genesee’s College Village at 585-343-0163 or by email