Community Partnerships Benefit Genesee's Arts Programs

Genesee Community College's numerous partnerships with community organizations are enriching the College's academic and community arts programs, the Board of Trustees heard this evening. Box Office Manager Patricia A. Hawley said that community groups frequently co-sponsor arts activities or help the College plan and produce arts-related programs.

Over the last several years, the College has formed arts-related partnerships with such organizations as Student Library Services of Genesee Valley BOCES, Genesee Region Teacher's Resource Center, Batavia-Genesee Senior Center, YWCA, Wyoming Arts Council, Genesee Repertoire Co., Images in Dance, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Victorian Manor. "These partnerships help us bring the arts to an increasing number of people," Ms. Hawley told the Board. She cited the College's partnership with the YWCA involving the upcoming Fall Fest as one example of a productive partnership. She also noted that several local business organizations are helping the Forum Players, the College's student dramatics club, produce The Nutcracker this year.

Partnerships also include grants awarded to Genesee Community College for arts programming, Ms. Hawley said. The College has received support from the Genesee Orleans Arts Council (GoArt), Rochester Area Community Foundation, Vocational and Technical Education Act Mentoring Equity Grant, New York State Council for the Humanities, and New York State Council on the Arts. "These grants bring valuable resources to the College and the wider community," Ms. Hawley said. "They help establish Genesee Community College as a vibrant center for arts education and service."

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Updated its policy on independent auditors. Under the policy, a board subcommittee formally recommends the engagement of outside auditors to the full board after reviewing proposals at least three months prior to the end of the fiscal year.
  • Approved a resolution of appreciation to Craig Yunker for his service as a member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Yunker served as a trustee since April 2000. He recently resigned due to other personal and professional commitments.
  • Heard Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems Kenneth Mead report that he had developed new courses for Genesee during his 2003-2004 sabbatical. These include Scripting, Operating Systems, Algebra 2 online, and Calculus 1 online. Professor Mead also developed and constructed a fully functional Linux Computer Lab at Genesee, now in full use.
  • Heard Assistant Professor of Photography Robert N. Cooper report on his activities during the 2002-2003 year he served his sabbatical leave. Professor Cooper became conversant with digital photography during his sabbatical leave, and created a variety of new work including photos of West Virginia, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, Vancouver, the Olympic Peninsula, and the Cascades. He also traveled extensively throughout the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region and created a photographic documentary of the area. Professor Cooper's photographs of the region will be displayed in a special exhibit at Genesee's Batavia Campus in February 2004.
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