March 2018

WHO: Top Chef Cookoff Calling Alumni Chili Lovers!

WHAT: We are seeking six alumni interested in showing off their culinary skills and competing in this fun event in collaboration with College Village and Career Services.

WHEN: April 23, 2018 5:00-7:00 

WHERE: Root in College Village

WHY: It's a fun way to support students

HOW: Contact the Alumni Office to volunteer
Alumnus Spotlight: Wesley Bedford 2006

Wesley Bedford

 Rising daily at 4:30 in the morning six days a week, Wesley Bedford, a dedicated father of two, began his career in banking in an entry-level call center employee. After taking a brief break from college, he returned full-time making the Dean's List and graduating with an Associate Degree in Sports Management from Genesee Community College in 2006. Since graduation, Bedford moved up the ranks at First Niagara Bank and then M& T Bank, learning as much as possible from each experience. He credits his education and professional experience to motivating him to return back to s chool to complete his associate degree in Business Administration at GCC.

When asked why he chose GCC for his education, Bedford states "I chose GCC because of its cost and location." An Orleans County native, Bedford said that he was "able to live at home and not have to pay dorm expenses, or make mom and dad pay for it. It is a challenge for young people graduating from high school, inexperienced and trying to figure out what to do with their lives. GCC offers a great environment to help guide individuals in the right direction."

He has been involved with GCC since graduation attending campus events including filling a table at Encore annually and is also the Capital Campaign chair for Orleans County. Bedford wishes to become more involved with GCC's Alumni Affairs moving forward. In addition to his commitment to the college, Bedford dedicates his time to his family and community by coaching youth football for Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA), in which his six-year-old son, Luke, participates.

His advice for students going into banking includes obtaining a degree in accounting or business finance; however, he acknowledged there are other avenues available to students these days. As technology changes, a strong IT background is becoming ever more important. In addition to a college degree, future employees should have work experience, and the ability to carry on a conversation with others, which sounds simple but good communication is a learned skill," added Bedford.

As Bedford continues to achieve his professional goals, he plans to finish his Business Administrative Degree, then complete a four-year degree to "continue to learn and get better," as he put it. As he strives forward he also works hard to keep a balance personally. When asked what his future plans are, he smiled and said, "I want to spend more time with my kids including going to my daughter, Olivia's dance recitals, playing golf with them, and coaching my son's football team."
His prior banking experience was helpful but he states "I would not have been eligible to move up in the company if I didn't have the initial associate's degree from GCC. The same doors wouldn't have been open." Bedford is often surrounded by people in meetings with various levels of education from associate's degrees to MBA's. Conversing with others he states, "I am proud to be a GCC Alumnus. I wouldn't be sitting where I am today without GCC. It has been a cool ride."

Gala at Batavia Downs to Benefit GCC Nursing Scholarships

The GCC Nursing Alumni Committee will host its first GCC Nursing Alumni Gala on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Batavia Downs to kick off 2018 National Nurses Week. Tickets to the gala cost $100 per person and all proceeds will go directly to the GCC Nursing Alumni Scholarship. The committee is also seeking volunteers and event sponsors.
For more information regarding GCC nursing scholarships or the GCC Nursing Alumni Gala, email or call Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 x 6265.


Deadline for applications is March 18, 2018.  For more information click here
2018 Athletic Hall of Fame
Have a nomination for the 2018 Athletic Hall of fame?  Download application  here

Save These Dates!

March 28, 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame

April 23, 2018 Top Chef at College Village

April 28, 2018 37th 'Ascendant' at the Richard C. Call Arena

May 4, 2018 Nursing Alumni Gala

May 20, 2018 Graduation

July 23, 2018 Cougar Golf Classic

September 21-22, 2018 Homecoming Weekend

Watch for The Forum  alumni newsletter arriving in your mailbox in the next few days! Please contact the Alumni Office if you need to update your information.

Alumni Discounts
GCC Alumni may receive a $2 discount for GCC events at Genesee Center for the Arts, all Forum Player performances, and fine Art/SGA sponsored performances. Non-GCC events such as GSO concerts and TANYS are excluded. Simply inform the Box Office of your alumni status, and your discount will be given!

Alumni can also sign up with the College's Barnes and Noble Bookstore to receive 25% off one item with logo. Get 25% off GCC Swag just for joining and receive additional discounts throughout the year!  Click here to Join our Alumni Loyalty Program!
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