Board of Trustees Appoints 385 Members to Next Year's Community Advisory Councils

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees appointed 385 area residents to membership on 25 community advisory councils for the 2003 year this evening. The Board met at the Batavia Campus for its regular monthly meeting.

Community advisory councils are formed for many of the College's career-oriented academic programs, as well as for campus centers and special College programs. Members of the councils provide guidance to College faculty and staff members on business and community needs, curricula, internships and cooperative education, and trends in a variety of fields.

Advisory councils are an important link between the College and the community, explained Dr. Claudia Moore, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Genesee Community College exists to serve our region, and the majority of our graduates remain in Western New York," she said. "For those reasons alone, community advisory councils help us keep our academic programs highly relevant to local needs. But just as important, the members of the advisory councils bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the College."

Trustees appointed members to the following advisory councils: Athletics, Physical Education, and Sport Management; Business Administration/Accounting; College Tech Prep; Communications/Media Arts; Computer Technology; Criminal Justice; Digital Art; Drafting; Genesee Community College at Arcade Campus Center; Genesee Community College at Dansville Campus Center; Genesee Community College at Lakeville Campus Center; Genesee Community College at Orleans Campus Center; Genesee Community College at Warsaw Campus Center; Human Services; LIFE (Life Increases Future Experiences) Program; Nursing; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Office Technology; Paralegal; Perkins III Grant; Physical Therapist Assistant; Respiratory Care; Retail and Fashion Merchandising Management; Tourism; and Workforce Development.

Advisory councils meet throughout the year. Many members of the councils participate in academic events and make guest classroom presentations as well.

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved the awarding of 229 degrees and certificates in January to Genesee students completing their course work this month, subject to students' satisfactory completion of course requirements. The College plans to award one Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree; 124 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; 74 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.); and 30 certificates.

• Approved a new policy on plagiarism, upon the recommendation of the Academic Senate. The Board authorized the College President to establish procedures related to plagiarism, and authorized disciplinary action that can include failing grades, removal of students from class, or expulsion from the College. Plagiarism is the dual act of presenting and claiming the words, ideas, data, or creations of others as one's own. Plagiarism may be intentional - as in a false claim of authorship - or unintentional - as in a failure to document information sources using MLA, APA, CBE, or other style sheets or manuals adopted by instructors in the College. Presenting ideas in the exact or nearly exact wording as found in primary or secondary sources constitutes plagiarism, as does patching together paraphrased statements without in-text citation.

• Heard that Jean Arlauckas has joined the College's staff as Technical Specialist/Coordinator of Clinical Education for Respiratory Care. Ms. Arlauckas holds an A.A.S. degree from Erie Community College and is a licensed registered respiratory therapist. She also holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from California College for Health Science. Ms. Arlauckas has served as a member of the staffs of the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and Sisters of Charity and Our Lady of Victory Hospital. She has also served as a member of Genesee's adjunct faculty, teaching in the respiratory care program.

• Heard Vice President for Student Services George W. Walker report that applications from prospective full-time students for Spring 2003 semester study totaled 432 as of November 26, up 45% from the 297 applications received November 26, 2001. Applications from prospective part-time students for Spring 2003 totaled 185, up 35% from the 137 applications received November 26, 2001. Applications from students abroad totaled 54, up from the 35 applications received a year ago.

• Saw a demonstration of the College's new Web for Faculty/Advisors computer software, part of the Campus Pipeline products being introduced at Genesee. Web for Faculty/Advisors gives faculty members and student advisors quick, computer-based access to a variety of student information, including "what-if" degree audit data. "What-if" data allows advisors to analyze the applicability of past courses to students' proposed new degree programs. "This is a tremendous tool," said Virginia Taylor, Dean of Enrollment Management. "Since many students change their degree programs or think about changing them, we can analyze their new degree requirements very quickly." The new software eliminates manual clerical work, and frees up faculty and advisor time for more student guidance, she said.