Batavia, NY- Whether you are an alumnus or friend of the College, a supporter, a spouse or current student, the overall local community eagerly anticipates Genesee Community College’s “Cougar Weekend!” The celebration of the College’s homecoming events and festivities are planned for the weekend of September 25 - 27, 2015 and ALL are welcome to join in the GCC Fall Fest that includes fun for everyone! The three-day schedule for the homecoming weekend of events follows.
Friday, September 25, 2015
New for 2015 is the “Cougar Crawl,” a walk about downtown Batavia with stops at local establishments for food and drink specials largely featuring GCC alumni businesses. The Cougar Crawl will kick off the weekend on Friday, September 25 at 5 p.m. commencing at City Slickers at 59 Main Street in Batavia. The “crawl” includes stops at Sweet Pea’s Cupcakery at 23 Jackson Street, Bourbon and Burger at 9 Jackson Street, Blue Pearl Yoga on the second level of 200 East Main Street, and concludes at T.F. Browns at 214 East Main Street, where the College’s radio station, WGCC 90.7 FM will cap off the night with its 30th Birthday Bash!
Cougar Crawl tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at T.F. Browns, City Slickers or the GCC Alumni Office. Purchase tickets by September 4 to receive a Cougar Crawl T-shirt.
“We are so excited about this new opportunity that highlights some of our alumni who work and own businesses in downtown Batavia,” Jackie Christenson, GCC alumni coordinator said. “It is important to note the event is not limited to those age 21 and over since there will be food specials, prizes, bowling, DJ’s and much more for “Cougar Crawlers” of all ages! Our grand prize is a Buffalo Bills basket, which includes game tickets and signed Bills memorabilia.”
The College also invites all graduates who played soccer at GCC to return to campus for the annual Alumni Soccer Game on Friday September, 25, 2015. The co-ed competition will take place at the turf field under the lights beginning at 7 p.m. Players receive a free t-shirt if they register online in advance at www.genesee.edu/gcc/alumnisoccer. After the game, the co-ed team will join up with the Cougar Crawlers at T.F.Brown’s.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
The fun continues on Saturday with continuation of the car cruise in GCC’s north parking. Deemed
“Rods and Rock,” classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will converge at 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. The first 100 cars receive gift bags and dash plaques, and a DJ will be playing good ole’ rock and roll.
The second annual Alumni Reunion Baseball starts at 11 a.m. and all interested players should contact baseball coach Skip Sherman at email@example.com. Meanwhile, inside GCC the “Cougar Den” will have all kinds of fun activities for children in the cafeteria, and a craft and vendor fair will be happening in the Forum. It is also the last day to view the “Impromptus” exhibit by Jonathon Langfield at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery.
The College’s Athletic Department will induct the fifth class into the Athletics Hall of Fame with a ceremony planned for 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. Members of this year’s induction class are Dale Pearce (’05, swimming and diving), Ryan Gugel (’07, baseball), Tracy O’Bonna (’05, volleyball) and the National Runner-Up 2010 Women’s Soccer Team. The ceremony will take place in room T119 of the Conable Technology Building and all are welcome to attend.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
A performance by the Genesee Symphony Orchestra will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. The Fall Festival will be conducted by S. Shade Zajac with guest piano soloist, 13-year-old Raymond Feng performing Greig’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Movement 1. Tickets range from are $7 to $15 and can be purchased at GCC’s Box Office, Roxy’s Music, GoArt!, Batavia Senior Center or Bank of Castile in LeRoy.
A complete list of Fall Fest and Cougar Weekend events can be found online at
http://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/fall-fest/. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Jackie Christenson at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6262, or via email: JKChristenson@genesee.edu.