Timeline

Featuring an array of dynamic events from the past, please enjoy GCC’s True-Blue Timeline!

1954-1955
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Jerry Moburg initiates his personal campaign to create a tri-county community college.

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1964
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Batavia Jaycees adopt establishing a community college as a priority project. Citizens Committee formed.

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Nov. 12. 1965
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Election Day- Genesee County citizens vote “YES” to establish a Genesee Community College

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April 15, 1966
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State University of New York (SUNY) officially recognizes the wishes of Genesee County to establish a community college.

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June 1966
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The first Board of Trustees is appointed

Pictured with SUNY representative, Dr. John Mears, in the front row second from left is joined by Martha Jenks (to the left of him) then Robert Fussell and Almeta George.  In the second row from left to right, William Setchel, Francis Robinson, Neil Burns, Michael Ryan, Warren Dayton, and Anthony Zambito.

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October 1966
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Dr. Alfred O’Connell was chosen by the Board of Trustees as GCC’s first president.

From more than 30 candidates, Dr. Alfred O’Connell was chosen by the Board of Trustees as GCC’s first president.

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Sept. 28, 1967
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Doors open at GCC first location

Doors open at GCC first location on West Main Street with 378 full-time and 243 part-time students, three times the number of students than expected.
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Spring 1968
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Stuart Steiner hired as the first Dean of Students

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May 1969
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Class of 1969 graduates – GCC’s first class.

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September 1969

GCC’s First International Student

Dr. Steiner welcomed Auli Mikkola of Lahti, Finland to GCC on September 16, 1969.

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1970
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Dr. Cornelius Robbins becomes GCC’s second president

Dr. O’Connell resigns and Dr. Cornelius Robbins becomes GCC’s second president

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Fall 1971
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GCC enrolls 1,720 students

GCC enrolls 1,720 students, and introduces Police Science program (now called Criminal Justice).

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1971
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GCC Bowling Team Wins National Championship

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1971
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GCC breaks ground on its permanent home

With unprecedented enrollment growth, GCC breaks ground on its permanent home. Construction cost $11.6 million for the 260,000 SF facility.

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January 1972
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New, permanent home of GCC opens on “College Road”

New, permanent home of GCC opens on “College Road”now Stephen Hawley Drive 

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1973
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GCC School of Nursing Graduates its First Class

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1975
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Dr. Stuart Steiner becomes GCC’s third president.

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1981
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First GCC Fashion Show produced.

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February 15, 1985
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Alpha Iota Upsilon

Alpha Iota Upsilon, the local GCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, was chartered. Members must earn a GPA of at least 3.6 and adhere to the school conduct code and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.

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Fall 1987
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First online “telecourse” taught at GCC.

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1990
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GCC Opens its first Campus Center in Albion, NY.

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1991
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Genesee Center for the Arts with the Stuart Steiner Theatre Opens

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1991
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Warsaw Campus Center Opens

Originally opening in 1991, The Warsaw Campus Center relocates to its current location (shown above) in 2002.

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1992
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Lakeville Campus Center Opens

Originally opening in 1992, in Lakeville, the Campus Center relocates to the town of Lima in 2009.

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1995
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Arcade Campus Center Opens

Originally opening in 1995, The Arcade Campus Center relocates to its current location (shown above) in 2001.

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2000
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Conable Technology Building is constructed and opened

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August 31, 2001
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Genesee Community College Foundation established.

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2002
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Dansville Campus Center Opens

Originally opening in 2002, The Dansville Campus Center relocates to its current location (shown above) in 2012.

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Fall 2005
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First online degree offered by GCC

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January 2006
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Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union Opens

Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union Opens honoring the distinguished leadership and support of one of the community’s foremost leaders.

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2007
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Medina Campus Center Opens

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2009
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Lima Campus Center Opens

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August 20, 2010
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Dr. Bruce Holm Upstate MedTech Centre Grand Opening

Dr. Bruce Holm Upstate MedTech Centre Grand Opening which houses GCC’s School of Nursing

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April 15, 2011
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Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery Opens

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May 5, 2012
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Dr. James M. Sunser inaugurated as GCC’s fourth president

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April 28, 2016
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Groundbreaking Ceremony for the construction of the Student Success Center and Event Center

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June, 2016
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50 Years of Athletics - Breeding Champions!

Life to date, all of our athletic teams have contributed to our list of Championship Titles, which include:
  • 2 NJCAA National Titles
  • 40 Regional Titles
  • 57 Conference Titles
In addition, 83 GCC athletes have earned All-American Honors!
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