Genesee Foundation Tops $5 Million in Cumulative Contributions, Board of Trustees Hears

Last week, the Genesee Community College Foundation had received $5,001,674 in contributions since its formation in the mid-1980s, Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides volunteer and philanthropic support to Genesee Community College. The Foundation's scholarship programs provided more than 500 scholarships and need-based grants last year. Four years ago, the Foundation sponsored the Investing in Our Future capital campaign, which raised funds in support of the new Conable Technology Building and other Batavia Campus improvements. In August 2001, the Foundation purchased the former College Meadows Apartments adjacent to the Batavia Campus, renamed the facility "College Village," and opened a new student residence for Genesee students.

Over the last seventeen years, according to Mr. Ensman, the Genesee Community College Foundation has:

• Received 12,218 contributions from 4,656 supporters.

• Seen contributions grow from $3,010 in the Foundation's first year (1985-1986) to $598,672 last year.

• Been supported by all of the College's constituencies. Over the last fifteen years, for example, members of the College's Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of the Foundation have contributed $320,869 toward Foundation programs. Faculty and staff members have contributed $263,118.

• Received $1,077,219 in gifts toward permanent endowment and $1,739,430 in capital gifts.

More important than the dollars raised is the impact of the dollars on the College and on students, Mr. Ensman said. "Contributed dollars help promote excellence at Genesee, make higher education possible for students who could otherwise not afford it, promote economic vitality and community involvement in the College. The Foundation continually strives to meet these goals."

The Foundation's success is due to an outstanding Board of Directors, many loyal and committed volunteers, and the generosity of thousands of supporters, according to Mr. Ensman. "From its inception, the Genesee Community College Foundation has been a volunteer-driven organization," he said. "Every year volunteers plan Foundation activities, raise and allocate funds, and manage the Foundation's diverse programs. The Foundation's success is a testament to the many wonderful people who make all this possible."

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Promoted four members of the faculty. Kenneth Mead, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems, was named to the rank of professor. Nina Warren, Librarian and Associate Professor, was named to the rank of professor. Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Instructor of Chemistry, was named Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Tracy Ford, Instructor of English, was named Assistant Professor of English.

• Heard Dr. George W. Walker, Vice President for Student Services, report that applications for admission for the Fall 2003 semester from prospective full-time students totaled 1,358 as of April 2, up 18% from the 1,143 applications received exactly one year ago on that date.

• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Abbey LaMay will be joining the staff as Technical Specialist in the Upward Bound program. Ms. LaMay most recently served as Learn 2 Earn Project Manager with the Rochester-based AmeriCorps program. She holds a B.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport. President Steiner also reported that Cindy Francis, a part-time library assistant at Genesee, will serve as Technical Specialist and assist in the implementation of the new library management system. Ms. Francis holds a B.S. degree from Arizona State University.

• Heard Dr. Warren Marcus, a member of Genesee's adjunct faculty, report on activities of the NASA Solar Ambassador program. Dr. Marcus is one of 295 volunteer ambassadors throughout the United States. He and other volunteers make presentations to student, church, civic, and business groups about space program and aerospace issues. "Space exploration and the development of space-related industry is very much part of ur lives today," he told the Board. "And we're only seeing the beginning. There is no going back."