Genesee Community College Seeks Nominations For Honorary Associate Degree Recipients

Honorary Associate Degrees would be conferred at the College’s forty-ninth Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2017

Batavia, New York —The Board of Trustees announced last Monday evening that Genesee Community College is accepting nominations for Honorary Associate Degrees that would be conferred at the College’s forty-ninth Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2017.  Any person is welcome to make nominations.


Nominees should be associated with the College and have achieved business, professional, civic and scholarly accomplishments; made extraordinary contributions to the life and the growth of the College; or notable leaders in the academic disciplines taught at the College. Recipients of honorary degrees are individuals whose accomplishments, contributions or leadership are well beyond ordinary standards, and serve as an inspiration to members of the College community and as role models for students and citizens of the region. All nominations are due by February 1, 2017. 


Previous Honorary Degree recipients include Alfred C. O’Connell, Neil Burns, William W. Stuart (posthumously) in 2007; Anthony T. Zambito (posthumously) in 2008;  Eva L. Bohn in 2011, and John C. Dwyer in 2014.


For Honorary Degree guidelines and the nomination form go to: Associate Degree Nomination2017.pdf


The completed forms should be submitted by February 1, 2017 to: Cathy Costello, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For further information, please call Cathy at 585-345-6812 or email:


In other business, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved the granting of degrees and certificates to 269 students for January 2017 pending the successful completion of academic requirements. GCC anticipates awarding 105 Associate in Applied Science degrees (AAS), 136 Associate in Science degrees (AS), three Associate in Arts degrees (AA), and 25 certificates.
  • Approved Policy #5017 for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard Compliance to meet the latest data security standards issued by PCI. The new policy follows strict authorization, data storage and processing regulations to protect against any security breaches and subsequent consequences related to sensitive data and financial transactions using credit cards.
  • Approved the curriculum adjustments to GCC’s Veterinary Technology program to separate classroom lectures and labs into distinct courses while not changing the content or the credit hour values. As Dr. Kathleen Schiefen, provost/executive vice president for Academic Affairs explained. the separation makes it easier to track teaching and learning activities and creates a more meaningful audit trail. This not only enables improved course and laboratory scheduling, but also simplifies the payroll process for faculty. As an example, VET 112 and 113, Animal Anatomy and Physiology I and II, are both currently four credit courses and include the lecture and lab together. Once the adjustment is approved by the State University of New York (SUNY), the lectures will each be three credit courses, VET112/VET113 respectively, and the related labs will be one credit LB1 and LB2.

“Veterinary Technology continues to be a very popular program with our students,” Dr. Schiefen said. “Students visit many external sites to study large and small animals, exotics, birds and many other species.” 

  • Heard Kevin Hamilton, vice president of Finance and Operations provide a project progress report on the construction of the Student Success Center and the Richard C. Call Arena. Both projects continue on schedule for substantial completion in June and occupancy in July 2017. There continues to be no reports of any accidents, injuries or incidents of safety being compromised. The dual project encompasses a combined new space of over 52,000 square feet and is valued at approximately $25 million.
  • Heard Stephen Wise, director of Campus Safety & Peace Officer describe the latest Clery Act Report that was recently posted on GCC’s website at under the Crime Prevention and Reports tab. With numerous new mandates required under the Clery Act including several new crime reporting categories, GCC’s Campus Safety team now tracks 23 different crimes statistics covering all seven of GCC’s campus locations as well as College Village. On pages 28 through 51 of the Annual Security Report, accurate statistics for calendar years 2013, 2014 and 2015 are reported.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act was a landmark federal law passed in 1990 after Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered by a fellow student in her dorm room in 1986. Her parents believe that their daughter would have been more cautious if she had known about the other crimes committed on the Lehigh University campus. Today, and particularly with the most recent additions to the statistical reporting, the Clery Act allows students and their families to review college campus criminal records in order to make careful comparisons and informed decisions about attending an institution of higher education.    

•  Heard Reid Smalley, executive director of Workforce Development/The BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills Training) report that GCC’s amended plan for Start-Up New York was fully approved and now includes 28 properties in two counties, Genesee and Livingston. Like other SUNY institutions, GCC has designated space for potential Start-Up New York projects with the goal of helping create new jobs and opportunities that are associated with the College’s academic curriculum.

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