Three Retired Genesee Community College Faculty Members Named Professor Emeriti

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees named three recently retired members of Genesee's faculty as professors emeriti.

Receiving the honor were Charlene M. Ellsworth and Andrea P. Pernick, both retired professors of Nursing, and Paul H. Schulte, retired professor of Political Science.

Trustees conferred the designation of professor emeritus on the three former faculty members in recognition of their long and distinguished service to the College. This honor is only bestowed on individuals who have completed at least twenty years of teaching, who have demonstrated outstanding performance and service over the years, and who have held the rank of full professor. Trustees confer the honor only upon the recommendation of a special faculty review committee and the college president.

Professor Schulte retired at the end of the Spring 2004 semester. He joined the faculty in 1968 just a year after the newly formed Genesee Community College began admitting students. Genesee became a household word in the Schulte family, with Paul volunteering for numerous college activities and committees, and Paul's children successfully graduating from Genesee over the years.

Professor Ellsworth retired in 2002. She joined the faculty in 1978, although she was a member of the College's adjunct faculty prior to that date. She became a full professor in 1988 and was responsible for teaching maternity care to nursing students.

Professor Pernick retired at the end of the Spring 2004 semester. She came to Genesee in 1983, and became a full professor in 1989. The title "professor emeritus" is an honorary designation. Although the individuals honored have no official College duties, they are invited to participate in many academic and community events at the College. They may also choose to teach classes from time to time. The names of professors emeriti are also listed in the college catalog and other official publications.

"These three individuals showed a passion for teaching and a deep commitment to students," said Dr. Stuart Steiner, President. "It was through the efforts of people like Charlene, Andrea, and Paul that Genesee achieved its outstanding reputation. We look forward to their continued association with Genesee during their retirement, and we are proud that they each will carry the title of professor emeritus."In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Heard President Stuart Steiner and Vice President for Finance and Operations Patrick E. Richey report on recent buildings and grounds projects. Mr. Richey said that beautification work - addition of mulch and shrubbery - had been completed around the Batavia Campus signs and that ivy had been planted at the base of the clock tower. Dr. Steiner reported that the Glens Falls architectural firm of Joy, McCoola and Zilch has provided a next-to-final schematic of the planned student union building. The building will contain student meeting, recreational, and gathering space, and groundbreaking is scheduled for March 2005.

  • Heard Board of Trustees Chair Anne M. Garlock appoint various board committees for the 2004-2005 year. Appointed to the Buildings and Grounds Committee were Ms. Garlock (Chair), Kenneth A. Dodd, and Laurie J. Miller. Appointed to the Personnel Committee were Melvin J. Wentland (Chair), Marcia H. Noonan, and Glenn R. Morton. Appointed to the Policy Committee were James H. Hume (Chair), Maureen T. Marshall, and Charles R. Ruffino. Dr. Wentland was appointed to serve as the Board's representative to the Association of Community College Trustees and to the New York State Community College Trustees Association. Mr. Ruffino and Ms. Noonan were appointed as trustee representatives on the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Foundation. Ms. Noonan was appointed as a trustee representative on the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Association.

  • Heard Vice President for Student Services George W. Walker report that applications from prospective full-time students for the fall semester totaled 2,561 as of July 30, 2004, up 1.6% from the 2,519 applications received July 30, 2003. Applications from prospective part-time students are up 37.9%, from 356 a year ago July 30 to 491 on July 30, 2004. Overall enrollment as of August 6, 2004 stood at 3,514, up 15.4% from the 3,046 students enrolled at this time last year as the College prepared to set its all-time high fall enrollment record. Current enrollment numbers suggest that Genesee will see another enrollment increase this fall, President Stuart Steiner told the Board of Trustees. He also expressed pleasure at the rise in campus center enrollments, noting that each of the five centers is showing enrollment increases of 9% or more. Campus center enrollment comprises 21% of overall Genesee enrollment, Dr. Steiner noted.

  • Approved the awarding of 135 degrees and certificates to students completing course work this month, pending satisfactory grades. Seventy-five students will be awarded the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. Thirty-nine students will be awarded the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Twenty-one students will be awarded certificates.
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