What:GCC Alumni Hall of Fame Inducts Three New Members Today
When:Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 4:30 pm
Where:Genesee Community College / Conable Technology Building
Who:Family, Friends and College Officials of Benjamin J. Bonarigo Esq., Jacquelyn Dwyer, and Matthew B. Locker
Genesee Community College will induct three new members to its Alumni Hall of Fame today in the Conable Technology Building, North Lobby and T119 at the Batavia Campus. The 2011 Genesee Community College Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are:
•Jacquelyn Dwyer, Class of 1976 – Mrs. Dwyer received her Associate’s degree from Genesee in Nursing but had previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Xavier University. She later went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Education at SUNY Brockport. She began her nursing career at Batavia City Schools as a school nurse and then became an instructor of Human Services and Health Careers at Genesee Valley BOCES. She has dedicated her life not only to the education and health care fields, but has volunteered in dozens of local community groups including Go Art, American Red Cross, Community Mental Health Services and the Richmond Library. She currently active in the UMMC League, Friends of the Library, YWCA My Sister’s Closet, and Resurrection Parish.
•Benjamin J. Bonarigo Esq., Class of 1977 began his education at Genesee with a degree in Business Administration and earned his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Buffalo. He is a practicing lawyer for the past 25 years, was appointed to the NYS Bar Association House of Delegates, NYS Appellate Division Grievance Committee for the Fourth Department, Secretary of the Genesee County Bar Association and a former Independent Judicial Qualification Commission Member. He serves the local community through the Batavia Youth Football League, and was recently honored with the Notre Dame Service and Volunteer Award for his extensive support. Mr. Bonarigo has also supported organizations such as UMMC, Go Art, United Way, GCASA, CASA and the Holland Land Office.
•Matthew B. Locker, Class of 1988- Matt Locker came to Genesee by way of the US Virgin Islands, and focused his talents on WGCC, the College’s new radio station back in 1985. His successful radio career includes being the managing editor/anchor of "The Staten Island News Center,” as well as an anchor and program director on news stations in New Jersey. He has appeared in motion pictures, television programs, commercials and live stage theatre performances. His dedication to WGCC continues today as he donated his time, talent and several pieces of audio processing equipment to help rebuild the WGCC-AM training station, which has been out of commission for some time due to a faulty fuse and power system. He also donated two High Definition fluorescent lamp lighting fixtures to the WGCC studios from Winbeam Light Labs, a firm he founded. Matt also currently works as a freelance voiceover artist. A photo of Matt Locker taken today with his old mentor, now retired GCC instructor and WGCC Station Manager, Chuck Platt.
The GCC Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on the community. For more information regarding the Alumni Hall of Fame, please contact Jackie Christenson, Alumni Affairs Coordinator, at 585-343-0055 x6265.
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