Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Kristyna Jaquin has been named the March Student of the Month. Kristyna, daughter of Catherine Jaquin, is from Syracuse, NY. She graduated from Minoa Central High School in 2005 and came to Genesee Community College to get involved in the fashion industry. Kristyna says she’s been thrilled with the Fashion Merchandising Management curriculum so far and even made the President’s List for the Fall of 2011.
“GCC’s Fashion Merchandising program is astounding,” she said. “What you can achieve at such a small school really impresses me.” She said that the annual fashion show has been a great way for her to learn and experience how aspects of the modern fashion industry work. Kristyna is currently working as the project manager for the 30th anniversary show this year, demonstrating her leadership and organizational skills. Some of her responsibilities include securing the models for the show, coordinating the numerous scenes and selecting the music, props, decorations and a number of other tasks. The opportunity to be involved in such a large scale fashion show was actually a selling point that convinced her to come to GCC.
“Being in charge of such a large event differentiated Genesee from other schools,” she explained. After getting her AAS degree in Fashion Merchandising Management, she plans to move on to Buffalo State to complete her Bachelor’s degree in the same field. With her education she hopes to eventually be a visual merchandising director for a department store or brand.
Krystina also uses her leadership skills to benefit other causes as well. She’s helped facilitate the third annual Ducky Derby contest for United Way and was previously involved in a service project designing the new campus sleep lab. She is an officer for the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and has arranged and attended many meetings to make the organization productive. And amazingly enough, with all of her extracurricular activities, she still maintains an excellent academic record as well.
Krystina is impressed with the skills she is acquiring at GCC. “I like being a big fish in a smaller pond,” she said. “Going here really hones in on any leadership skills you have.”
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March Employee of the Month, David Meyers, came to work for Genesee Community College five years ago and has been a tremendous asset to the school, students and staff ever since. David is always lighthearted and approachable and solves many Computer Services related issues with his reasonable and clear ways of thinking.
As a Micro-PC specialist, David helps plan the implementation and installation of new and “trickled down” PC’s throughout the year, but his knowledge of technology doesn’t stop with computers. He has also become very adept in solving problems with all types of printers and maintaining and fixing problems with the new smart room equipment.
One of the biggest, most important tasks that he has taken on and continually improves upon is that of maintaining the Computer Services hardware inventory. Prior to David taking on this project, it would take weeks to gather a list of all computer-related hardware at the college and through his work it now takes minutes to do so. David has even increased his knowledge on what really makes a computer PC “tick” and he uses his skills to solve almost any issue or problem that comes up.
Dave and his wife, Pamela live in Batavia. They have three children, Jason (Kristen), Erica (Chad) and Matt (Michelle). David enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren, Camryn, Sophia and Landon and he is excited about the pending arrival of his fourth grandchild, Miles. In his spare time, David plays golf and works on landscaping and other projects around the home.
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