Genesee Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program celebrated 20 years of successful graduates on Saturday, September 25 at the Batavia Campus. Alumni and friends were welcomed back for a reception, dinner, a Genesee-themed scavenger hunt and the chance to share their memories of their days at Genesee. Approximately 60 people attended the reunion with 16 classes of graduates represented.
The evening started with a ‘meet and greet’ in the PTA lab and continued with a campus tour and mini GCC memorabilia scavenger hunt. At 6:00, PTA alumni and their families gathered in the Forum for a dinner. Alumni shared stories of their days in the PTA lab, their funniest memories and mingled with past professors and classmates. Special guest speakers included Michael Stoll, associate vice president of Math, Science and Career Education, Dr. Eunice Bellinger, vice president for Academic Affairs and Peggy Kerr, director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
“The reunion felt like one big family getting back together again, the stories the former students shared really brought me back,” Peggy Kerr reflected. “It seems like yesterday that our first class was graduating back in 1992. The reunion was an overall success and I think the graduates had a wonderful time reflecting on their years at Genesee.”
PTA graduates sat at tables according to their graduation year and a representative from each year stood up and shared their funniest memory with the rest of the reunion attendees. Several graduates shared their comical stories of role-playing in the PTA lab. Alumni and their families stayed well after the event to mingle with classmates and share memories of years past. Alumni shared their appreciation for PTA program director Peggy Kerr, who has been dedicated to the program since its inception, and gave her a standing ovation during the evening.
The class of 1992 had the highest percentage of students represented at the reunion. Prizes were awarded to alumni who traveled the farthest to come to the reunion, which included an alum from Louisiana and another from Long Island.
With the success of the PTA 20th Anniversary Reunion, the College is prepping for another alumni-centered weekend this coming weekend, which will feature the first-ever GCC Homecoming celebration. The two-day celebration includes alumni soccer games, GCC soccer games, a brunch with the ‘Prez and Profs,’ various class reunions, the inaugural Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and at the culmination of Homecoming, an all-class Cougar Reunion/Mixer on Saturday evening. All Genesee alumni, their families and community members are invited to celebrate 40 years of GCC and over 20,000 alumni. For the full event schedule visit: www.genesee.edu/Alumni/Homecoming .
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Editor’s Note: A group photograph of GCC’s PTA 20th Anniversary celebration is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/PTA_Anniversary.jpg