Hall of Fame 2011
Jacquelyn Dwyer, Class of 1976
Jacquelyn “Jacquie” Dwyer received her Associate’s degree from Genesee in Nursing in 1976. Prior to that she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Xavier University and later went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Education at SUNY Brockport. She began her career in education and became a registered nurse in 1976 after attending classes at Genesee as a non-traditional aged student. She began her nursing career at Batavia City Schools as a school nurse and then became an instructor of Human Services and Health Careers at Genesee Valley BOCES. She has dedicated her life to not only the education and health care fields, but has also dedicated much of her time to volunteer in dozens of local community groups. From Go Art to the American Red Cross, to Community Mental Health Services to the Richmond Library, Jacquelyn has made volunteering an important commitment in her life. She currently remains active in the UMMC League, Friends of the Library, YWCA My Sister’s Closet, and Resurrection Parish. Jacquelyn and her husband John have supported Genesee for several years and have participated in Encore, various capital projects and the GCC Foundation’s Annual Fund. Jacquelyn and John had nine children together and currently reside in Batavia, NY.
Benjamin J. Bonarigo Esq., Class of 1977
Benjamin Bonarigo, a first generation college graduate, began his education at Genesee with a degree in Business Administration and later went on to the University of Buffalo where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Bonarigo has been a practicing lawyer in the local community for over 25 years. He has been appointed a member of the NYS Bar Association House of Delegates, NYS Appellate Division Grievance Committee for the Fourth Department, Secretary of the Genesee County Bar Association and a former Independent Judicial Qualification Commission Member. He has served the local community including the Batavia Youth Football League where he has been a board member for over 20 years and was recently honored with the Notre Dame Service and Volunteer Award for having served in various positions on the Notre Dame High School Board of Trustees for ten years. Mr. Bonarigo has also supported many vital organizations such as UMMC, Go Art, United Way, GCASA, CASA and the Holland Land Office. Mr. Bonarigo currently lives in Batavia with his wife Diane and they have three children, Benjamin, Justine and Elizabeth.
Matthew B. Locker, Class of 1988
Matt Locker came to Genesee by way of the US Virgin Islands, and focused his talents on WGCC, the College’s brand new radio station in 1985. He dedicated his years at GCC to developing the station and even having a highly successful radio program. He coined the phrase “This is the Music FM, WGCC in Batavia, New York” and created the first logo WGCC ever had. His work on the radio has led Matt to be successful over the air waves as well as in front and behind of the camera. Matt has in the past worked as the managing editor/ anchor of "The Staten Island NewsCenter” in Staten Island, NY, as well as an anchor and program director on news stations in New Jersey. He has appeared in motion pictures, television programs, commercials and live stage theatre performances. Matt’s commitment to the College has been remarkable and his efforts were the driving force behind the great alumni turnout for the first Homecoming celebration back in October 2010. He continues to help out with the student radio station and currently updates the WGCC Alumni Facebook page to continue to connect with Communications and Media Arts alumni. Matt currently works as a freelance voiceover artist, and is president of Winbeam Light Labs, the company he founded upon developing the world's first High Definition fluorescent lamp. Matthew resides in Wanaque, New Jersey.