GCC’s Albion and Medina Campus Centers Honor Students and Instructors of the Fall Semester

Albion and Medina, NY- The Albion and Medina Campus Centers of Genesee Community College are pleased to announce the Fall 2015 Students and Instructors of the Semester. Each semester, one student and one instructor at each campus center are awarded the honor for outstanding academic or teaching performance.

Albion Campus Center

David Jehle has been selected as the Instructor of the Semester at the Albion Campus for the Fall 2015 semester. He teaches Math and Statistics at the Albion Campus, and also teaches at Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology. David attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He then went on to SUNY Buffalo for his M.A., and then to RIT for his M.B.A. David resides in Fairport, NY.

When asked about teaching at GCC, David said, “While the technology, facilities and course offerings are excellent, the students make the college.” Keeping to the lighter side of life, he cites the funniest excuse he’s ever heard from a student. “I couldn’t do my online homework because my father hit the cable with the lawnmower.”

He was nominated by a number of students with some of them noting, “Mr. Jehle does a great job ensuring every possible opportunity is given to allow his students to understand what is being presented. He is also the most effective at time management out of all my instructors.” Also, “Mr. Jehle is always trying to help! He uses every day examples so his students can understand better.”

David is married and has three stepsons, two grandchildren, a cat and a dog. His hobbies are cross-country skiing, cycling, hiking, and camping and his favorite books are the “Odd Thomas” series of books by Dean Koontz.

Bailey Papaj has been selected as the Student of the Semester at the Albion Campus for the Fall 2015 semester. Bailey is a full-time student, majoring in Human Services. She plans to graduate in 2017 and would like to go on The College at Brockport to earn her Master’s degree.

The instructor that nominated Bailey shared that, “Bailey is a hard working student. Not only is her work completed on time, it is completed ahead of time. Bailey is quick with a kind word or words of support, to others. Some students have given speeches that have been emotional, and Bailey has been there to support them and let them know how well they have done.”

Bailey notes that the major influences in her life are her high school guidance counselor, who pushed her to keep going, and her mother, who has helped her to “keep my ducks in a row.” She currently volunteers at the community center in her town and she participates in some of the local charities in Buffalo. Her long term goals include earning her degree, obtaining a successful job and eventually having a family. Bailey resides in Holley, NY.

Medina Campus Center

Karen Jones has been selected as the Instructor of the semester at the Medina Campus for the fall 2015 semester. She teaches English at GCC’s Medina Campus Center, and also at Medina High School. Karen received a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh, and at the completion of her program was selected as a fellow of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project through the National Writing Project.

Karen felt most rewarded as a teacher when she had a student who had dropped out of school come back to tell her that she had inspired her to get her GED. The student continued on and attended GCC. When asked what she likes about working at GCC, Karen replied, “GCC Medina is like a small family… you very, very quickly feel that these are your people.” Her advice to new instructors is to enjoy the students because they have so much to teach us.

She was nominated by multiple students that promote her as an outstanding teacher with creative ideas and awesome activities. Said one student, “She really goes out of her way to make sure students understand the methods of writing.” The students were very sad to hear that this is her last semester teaching at GCC. They will miss her greatly, as will the entire Medina Campus Center staff.

In her personal time, Karen enjoys gardening and writing. She shares that the best book she ever read was “The Name of The Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss. She also enjoys watching the television series “The West Wing.” She has a wonderful husband, three children and a dog named Marley. As residents of Medina, Karen and her husband are the founders of the website www.OneStopMedina.com offering an online resource for all things Medina from events to lodging, places of worship to government agencies and much more. (See sidebar story).

Christine Chennell has been selected as the Student of the Semester at the Medina Campus Center for the fall 2015 semester. Christine is a non-traditional student, who decided to attend college because she wanted to change her career path and incorporate her love for animals. She is a Veterinary Technology major with a 4.0 GPA and will graduate in May 2017. She plans to get a job at a shelter clinic or a small animal practice.

The instructor that nominated Christine revealed that she “Has excelled in every assignment she has been given and elevates everyone else in the class. Christine has done this not only by contributing to class discussions and encouraging debates, but also by offering her assistance outside of class with studying and being a sounding board for paper and presentation topics.” Christine has been asked to speak at GCC’s Advisory Council and Board meetings on behalf of the local campus centers and is an active participant in student activities.

Her long term goals are to eventually specialize in behavior or surgery. Christine credits her parents and daughter as being major influences in her life. She has enjoyed her time here at GCC and loves learning and meeting new people. Christine resides in Albion, NY.

In her personal time, Christine enjoys reading and running. She also volunteers at Paws Animal Shelter. Christine’s advice for new college students is to try new things and get involved. She reminds students to, “Always ask for help when you need it!”

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Sidebar Story: Connecting through Comparative College Composition

In her unending efforts to create meaningful learning opportunities for her students, Karen Jones, who teaches English at GCC’s Medina Campus Center, gave her students a unique writing assignment this semester. With the objective to deepen students’ understanding of their subject matter and increase their appreciation of the wisdom and perspectives of elder citizens, Karen recently organized a group interview session at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina.

There, GCC students held quiet, one-on-one interviews with nine local senior citizens, resulting in not only moving and motivating compositions, but also a dynamic process of developing comparative English writing skills. But perhaps most importantly, the assignment helped build a bond and appreciation among different generations. The students selected their own topics varying from personnel relationships to war, raising children and the secret to happiness.

In addition, the outcome of the assignment is available for all to enjoy online at the One Stop Medina website, www.OneStopMedina.com which is a Medina-area news outlet. More than a dozen photographs of the students with their interview partner are featured, and the students’ written compositions are also available to read in their entirety. A few excerpts include:

“I really enjoyed talking to Mr. Dale and appreciated the time and advice he was able to give. It was nice seeing how similar our values were, despite our age difference. It just goes to show that some values can withstand the test of time and some traditions will never go out of style.”

“After talking to Miss Upton and overhearing some of the other conversations, I realized that there is so much wisdom out there in this community. I enjoyed hearing what Medina seniors had to say about our topics. I enjoyed learning hands-on, as it’s definitely a different experience. To say the least, that evening was very interesting and time well spent.”

“Recently, my college composition teacher tasked the class with embarking on a journey in which we would do a one-on-one interview with someone older and then take what we learned from that and compare our own beliefs. Despite all the knowledge of the day-to-day life between smart phones, Internet and TV, we often forget what we can learn from just talking and learning from down to earth, real people.”

For a nice bit of holiday reading, check out the students’ complete compositions at the folllowing webpage http://www.onestopmedina.com/news/files/GCCMedinaStudentInterviews.pdf. It will be time well spent, and you will not be surprised that Karen Jones was recently recognized by her students as the Instructor of the Semester at GCC’s Medina Campus Center.

For further information, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, GCC’s associate director of Marketing Communications at 585-343-0055 x6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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