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History of Genesee Community College Highlighted in New Facebook ‘Timeline’

March 19, 2012

A photo of an ad for the 1974 concert at GCC featuring Aerosmith, James Montgomery Blues Band, Edmonds and Curley and Don Crawford from "Sur Esprit," the former college newspaper.

Batavia, New York — By the end of March 2012, the social networking site Facebook will require businesses to convert their pages to the new “Timeline” format. Genesee Community College has already made the switch, with some interesting highlights from the school’s history.

In addition to the current college news and activities visitors have come to expect, the new Timeline format offers a look back at some of the unusual and noteworthy events that helped shaped the institution since its founding in 1966.

With a click on the decade links on the right side of the page, visitors are taken back in time to read about events such as the 1974 concert by current mega-band Aerosmith, when students could see the show for just $1, or check out pictures of the College’s original Batavia campus at the site of the former Valu Discount Store on West Main Street.

“The new Timeline format provides us with the opportunity to tell the College’s story in a very visual and interactive format,” said Kevin Manne, GCC’s new media specialist. “Thanks to the Genesee Community College Archives, we were able to take some key moments from GCC’s rich 45-plus year history out of a room in the Alfred C. O’Connell Library and share it with the world.”

Other noteworthy events on the Timeline include the iconic Batavia Campus clock tower being installed with cranes in 2001, construction of the College Road campus in 1972 and all the campus center openings in the 1990’s and 2000’s.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to share their photos from past GCC events on the page to be included as a part of its Timeline. To view it and share your memories, visit and click the “Like” button at the top of the page. You’ll also receive college news, events, photos and videos right in your Facebook news feed.

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