The Inauguration of
James M. Sunser, Ed. D
as President

Jim Sunser

Inauguration Week Events! "Beyond Expectations"
Monday, April 30th - Saturday, May 5th

Monday, April 30

  • Tibetan Monk Sand Mandala - Opening Ceremony

*open to public
10:00am
GCC Forum
Brief Welcome by Dr. James Sunser, GCC President, Introduction by Dr. Karin Kovach-Allen, Dean of Human Communications and Behavior
Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a 9x9 Mandala Sand Painting, culminating the year-long exploration of the Global Education theme, “The Circle of Life from a Global Perspective.” The Spring 2012 semester is dedicated to New Beginnings and Continuity.
Sponsored by GCC’s Global Education Committee, SGA and the Wellness Center

  • Tibetan Photography Exhibit

*open to public
All Day
Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby
By Josephine Kearney and Carl Wahlstrom

  • Display: Dr. James Sunser: GCC’s 4th President

*open to public
All Day
Alfred C. O’Connell Library

  • Mandala - World of the Mystic Circle, by Martin McGee

*open to public
7:00-9:00pm
T102
The Mandala, a universal motif, is explored on many levels. Tibetan Monks serve as your guides through interview and a month-long process, from constructing the first chalk lines drawn to the ritual dismantling ceremony and pouring the blessed sand into the rapids of Niagara Falls. The viewer will gain a cross-cultural overview of the mandala and an understanding of the meanings associated with mandalas. Martin McGee, producer, will Introduce the film and host a question/answer session following the film.
Sponsored by GCC’s Global Education Committee and SGA

Tuesday, May 1

  • Tibetan Monk Sand Mandala Construction

*open to public
All Day
GCC Forum
Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a 9x9 Mandala Sand Painting, culminating the year-long exploration of the Global Education theme, “The Circle of Life from a Global Perspective.” The Spring 2012 semester is dedicated to New Beginnings and Continuity.
Sponsored by GCC’s Global Education Committee, SGA and the Wellness Center

  • Community Mandala Building

*open to public
9:00am-6:00pm
GCC Forum Stage
The GCC Community and general public is invited to participate in the construction of a 3x3 Community Mandala on the Forum stage.

  • Tibetan Photography Exhibit

*open to public
All Day
Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby
By Josephine Kearney and Carl Wahlstrom

  • Display: Dr. James Sunser: GCC’s 4th President

*open to public
All Day
Alfred C. O’Connell Library

  • Mind Power: Using Creative Visualization to Achieve Your Best Life

*open to public
12:30-2:00pm
Stuart Steiner Theatre
By Lina LaMattina - GCC BEST Center
Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. So in essence the brain is getting trained for actual performance through the use of visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow - all relevant to achieving your best life! What are you waiting for? Join us! Then join us for some refreshments in the lobby after the session!
Sponsored by Inauguration Week Committee

  • Tibetan Photography Exhibit Reception

*open to public
1:30-3:00pm
Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby

  • American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

*open to public
3:00-9:00pm
Relay on exterior sidewalk around campus
Encampment on East Lawn
If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer, this event is for you. If you want to be a part of  something powerful, this event is for you. What Is Relay? It’s a relay-style event where teams of people camp around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event. There are food, games and activities to provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities! This is a family-friendly environment for the entire community. Because it’s a Relay, you’re not required to be there the entire time...but it’s so fun, you’ll probably find it hard to leave!
Co-sponsored by American Cancer Society, GCC Wellness Center and Student Health Awareness Group (SHAG)

  • Civil War - The Longstreets in War and Peace

*open to public
Free Admission
7:00-9:00pm
T102 of the Conable Technology Building at GCC Batavia Campus

The American Civil War affected families throughout the North and South for years after the fighting ended. This talk explores the impact of the war and its aftermath on a well-known and controversial Southern family, the Longstreets, focusing in particular on Confederate General James Longstreet, his second wife, Helen Dortch Longstreet, and his uncle, Judge Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, the author of Georgia Scenes. Please join us for the last of the Civil War lectures!
For more info, Contact GCC Historian Derek Maxfield at 585-343-0055 x6288.

Wednesday, May 2

  • Tibetan Monk Sand Mandala Construction

*open to public
All Day
GCC Forum
Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a 9x9 Mandala Sand Painting, culminating the year-long exploration of the Global Education theme, “The Circle of Life from a Global Perspective.” The Spring 2012 semester is dedicated to New Beginnings and Continuity.
Sponsored by GCC’s Global Education Committee, SGA, and the Wellness Center

  • Community Mandala Building

*open to public
9:00am-6:00pm
GCC Forum Stage
The GCC Community and general public are invited to participate in the construction of a 3x3 Community Mandala on the Forum stage.

  • Tibetan Photography Exhibit

*open to public
All Day
Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby
By Josephine Kearney and Carl Wahlstrom

  • Display: Dr. James Sunser: GCC’s 4th President

*open to public
All Day
Alfred C. O’Connell Library

  • 2nd Annual “Law Day”

*open to public
8:45-11:30am (Registration 8:45-9:00am)
Meet in T102
Theme: “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” Come participate in ice breakers, hear from a local guest speaker in the law field, and learn from a panel of local appellate attorneys!
Hosted by GCC’s Criminal Justice and ACE programs

  • Alumni Hall of Fame Induction

*open to public
4:00pm
T119
The College Foundation recognizes those graduates who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their profession, their community, or Genesee Community College.
Hosted by GCC Alumni Office

  • 9th Annual Math Poster Contest for Genesee County

4:30pm
T122
Contest open to all 6th-8th grade students in Genesee County, to help students better appreciate math and to view it as an enjoyable subject!
Hosted by GCC Math Club

  • GCC Men's Lacrosse Team - Region III Playoff Game

*open to public
7:00pm
GCC Turf Field

Thursday, May 3

  • Tibetan Monk Sand Mandala Construction

*open to public
All Day
GCC Forum
Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a 9x9 Mandala Sand Painting, culminating the year-long exploration of the Global Education theme, “The Circle of Life from a Global Perspective.” The Spring 2012 semester is dedicated to New Beginnings and Continuity.
Sponsored by GCC’s Global Education Committee, SGA and the Wellness Center

  • Community Mandala Building

*open to public
9:00am-6:00pm
GCC Forum Stage
The GCC Community and general public is invited to participate in the construction of a 3x3 Community Mandala on the Forum stage.

  • Tibetan Photography Exhibit

*open to public
All Day
Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby
By Josephine Kearney and Carl Wahlstrom

  • Display: Dr. James Sunser: GCC’s 4th President

*open to public
All Day
Alfred C. O’Connell Library

  • Livable Communities Forum

*open to public - Prior Registration and Fee is Required (Contact the Genesee County Office for the Aging, 585-343-1611, no later than April 23rd)
8:30am-12:30pm (*Registration begins at 8:00am)
T102
Please join us as Genesee County keynote speakers and panel members lead us in a discussion on creating sustainable communities for all ages.
Sponsored by Genesee County Office for the Aging, Genesee County Planning Dept., Livable Communities Vision Team, Genesee Community College, NY State Office for the Aging, NY Association on Independent Living, NY State Energy Research and Development Authority, NY State Department of State, AARP, NY State Builders Association, NY State Association of Counties, and the generous support of the Genesee County Legislature

  • Spring Fest and “Club Walk”

11:00am-2:00pm
East Lawn
Join us for a day of festivities to celebrate the end of the semester! Full lunch for only $1.00! Free Abbott’s ice cream and live DJ (playing President Sunser’s favorite music in honor of Inauguration Week)! Also check out the “Club Walk” to see what our 48+ GCC Clubs and Organizations are all about!
Sponsored by GCC’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Student Activities Office

  • Digital Arts Exhibition Reception

*open to public
1:00pm
Theatre Lobby
Digital Art Work by GCC Students
Sponsored by the Roz Steiner Art Gallery

  • Grand Opening Celebration: Honorary International Peace Garden

*open to public
Dusk
New Outdoor Courtyard by Conable Technology Building
Gardens have been planted throughout the world under the International Peace Garden endeavor spearheaded by Paula Savage, a GCC alum. GCC will join the ranks of Honorary Peace Gardens with a dedication ceremony on May 3rd at dusk. The garden is located in the T-Building annex. You are cordially invited to attend the ceremony and join in releasing Chinese paper lanterns and your wishes for world peace.

  • Open Mic Poetry and Music Night

*open to public
7:00-8:30pm

Student Union
Come join us by the fireplace for an evening of poetry and music! Come perform, or just listen to poets and musicians share their talents! Refreshments will be provided!
Co-sponsored by GCC’s Literary Club, Student Activities and College Village

Friday, May 4

  • Tibetan Monk Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony

*open to public
10:00am
GCC Forum
Deconstruction and distribution of sand from Mandala, followed by procession to walking bridge/Tonawanda Creek near Holland Land Office, East Main Street in Batavia
Sponsored by GCC’s Global Education Committee, SGA, the Wellness Center, and Inauguration Week Committee

  • Tree of Life Dedication Ceremony

*open to public
10:00am (part of Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony)
Conable Courtyard
Join us as we dedicate a new dogwood tree in honor of the Inauguration of Dr. James Sunser as GCC President. This will be in conjunction with the Tibetan Monk sand distribution ceremony, and Inspiration Stones will be given out to commemorate the ceremony.   
Sponsored by GCC’s Inauguration Week Committee and Art Club
The Inauguration Committee would like to thank the following for their generous support of this event: Scalia's Landscape (dogwood tree), Sign Language, Inc. (dedication plaque), GCC Art Club (inspiration stones), and Joshua Coughlin (watering vessel).

  • Nature Trail Walk

*open to public
Immediately following Tree of Life ceremony
GCC’s Nature Trail (meet Maureen Leupold in Conable Courtyard to join the walk)
Sponsored by GCC’s Earth Club

  • Tibetan Photography Exhibit

*open to public
All Day
Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby
By Josephine Kearney and Carl Wahlstrom

  • Display: Dr. James Sunser: GCC’s 4th President

*open to public
All Day
Alfred C. O’Connell Library

  • GCCA Child Care Center Pre-K Graduation

6:00pm
T119A&B
Eight children graduate from Pre-K and move on to their respective area schools.
Hosted by GCCA Child Care Center

  • GCC 23rd Annual Awards Banquet

5:30pm Reception
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Awards
GCC Forum
A special night for recognition of Genesee Community College student achievement. Tickets required for admission (Student Activities Office).
Sponsored by GCC’s Student Government Association (SGA)

Saturday, May 5

  • Tibetan Photography Exhibit

*open to public
All Day
Stuart Steiner Theatre Lobby
By Josephine Kearney and Carl Wahlstrom

  • Display: Dr. James Sunser: GCC’s 4th President

*open to public
All Day
Alfred C. O’Connell Library

  • Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. James M. Sunser as GCC President

*open to public
2:00pm Ceremony - Genesee Center for the Arts
3:30pm Reception - William W. Stuart Forum
For more info or to RSVP to attend: http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/inauguration/