Genesee Community College Announces December Employee and Student of the Month

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Ebony Ross has been selected as Employee of the Month for December . Ebony is a dedicated employee who loves to meet people and recruit students for Genesee.

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Ebony Ross has been selected as Employee of the Month for December. Ebony is a dedicated employee who loves to meet people and recruit students for Genesee. She is an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions who works primarily with the nursing students and students who are from the New York City area. During the winter months, she spends time meeting with prospective nursing students and reviewing folders for the program. Her organizational skills, intelligence, and professionalism have helped Genesee’s admission processes go much smoother. Ebony has developed a great knowledge and understanding of the unique admissions requirements for nursing, especially with LPN admissions, and her work is a valuable asset to both the Admissions Office and to the Nursing program. She has an infectious smile and positive attitude that everyone who works with her enjoys and appreciates.

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Ebony has been with Genesee for two years. Previously, she worked as a program assistant for the GEAR UP program. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a program that encourages participation of students in urban high schools to attend college. The program works with students beginning in the sixth grade and follows them throughout their high school career. When Ebony started with GEAR UP she worked at Houghton Academy School #69 in Buffalo and then finished at South Park High School, also located in Buffalo.

Ebony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina and a Master of Science degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College. In her spare time she enjoys shopping and is a member of the Community Action Organization of Erie County Education Taskforce which encourages, recruits and assists students with exploring post-secondary education options and to provide Educational Scholarships for students who attend Buffalo Public and Charter Schools.

“My favorite aspect of working at Genesee Community College is my relationship I have developed and maintained with some students especially from New York City, Ebony noted. “To know that I played a part in their development and success at Genesee Community College is very fulfilling and rewarding.”

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Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Aiwen Yang has been chosen as Student of the Month for December. Aiwen is an international student originally from the Zhejiang Province in China. She moved to Madrid, Spain when she was ten years old and graduated from Art High School in Madrid in 2004. She pursued a Fashion Design degree while in Madrid. She selected Genesee Community College after researching the SUNY system, and found that Genesee was a perfect fit for her to start her education in the United States.

Aiwen is an exceptional international student who embraced Genesee and all that it has to offer upon her arrival. In return, she has given so much back of herself and her natural talents. She has reached out to help both international students as well as the entire College community through her volunteer work. She volunteered to offer free Mandarin Chinese lessons to continue what was started in the spring. She worked with the dean and constructed a sound and interesting series of lessons that she has been offering twice a week to a solid following of approximately 15 students.

As president of the International Student Organization, she has been working diligently to get her international peers involved in the Genesee community and she has already planned two very successful events this year. She started a new program called “The English Corner” as an avenue for international students to practice their conversational English. She shows great leadership abilities and extreme patience and poise in working with others. She does all of this, in addition to serving on the Student Government Association, the Global Education Committee, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and as a resident assistant at College Village, all while maintaining an excellent academic record.

Aiwen, 24, is a General Studies major and hopes to transfer to a four-year school to pursue a degree in International Relations. Her dream job would be working in the international arena where she could travel around the world and help people who are in need.

“I enjoy Genesee Community College in all its aspects,” Aiwen said. “I like the unique environment that the College provides to international students as well as the attention they are paying to help them to better adjust to their college life. The faculty members are so friendly and helpful that I never feel homesick!”

Editor’s Note:
A photograph of December Employee of the Month Ebony Ross (left) alongside GCC president Dr. Stuart Steiner (middle) and December Student of the Month Aiwen Yang (right), is available at