Genesee Enrollment Posts Record Gain During the First-Two Weeks of the Fall Semester

NEWS RELEASESeptember 17, 2004

Two weeks into the 2004-2005 academic year, Genesee Community College enrollment stands at 4,142, up from the 4,059 students enrolled on the same day one year ago, President Stuart Steiner reported to the Board of Trustees on Monday, September 13, 2004.

The record-high enrollment is due to three factors, Dr. Steiner said: quality and variety of programs, affordability, and convenience. The growing number of courses at the College's five campus centers - as well as the growing number of online courses - puts higher education within reach of virtually every resident of the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region, he told trustees.

Final fall enrollment numbers will be not available for another month, when registrations for the College's Advanced Studies program are complete. "By all indications, however, we will top 6,000 students this fall," Dr. Steiner said.

The record-breaking fall enrollment was preceded by an extraordinary number of applications, Vice President for Student Services George W. Walker told the Board of Trustees. Applications from prospective new full-time students for the Fall 2004 semester totaled 3,058, up 5.7% from the 2,891 applications for the Fall 2003 semester. This was the first year that applications topped the 3,000 mark. Eight hundred thirty prospective part-time students applied, up 12.5% from the 738 students who had applied last year.

What surprised many college officials was the large number of students who continued to apply - and enroll - even after classes began. Many students applied and enrolled late after they and their families began tallying the costs of out-of-area colleges and universities."On every measure of enrollment, we're taking about new records," President Stuart Steiner told the Board of Trustees.

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Discussed the need for streetlights on College Road. Trustees noted that traffic has increased significantly in recent years, and that lighting will increase safety on the largely rural road. Trustees will pursue opportunities for lighting with county officials.
  • Approved building charges for groups using the Batavia Campus on Sundays. The College has received occasional inquiries from groups wishing to conduct training programs on Sundays.
  • Heard President Steiner report that architects Joy, McCoola and Zilch have completed the first rendering of the planned student union building. The new building will be located on the northeast side of the existing Batavia Campus structures. The College hopes to begin construction by March 2005. Student Trustee Christina Marchese said that students are "very excited" about the new building. "This will be a great asset for student clubs, and will support many student activities," she said.
  • Heard Trustees Melvin J. Wentland and James H. Hume report that the reception honoring SUNY Chancellor's Award recipients was a great success. Honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching were Kathleen Kimber, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Patricia Pierson Schwartz, Instructor of Sociology. Honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service was Ruth E. Andes, Assistant Dean of Assessment and Special Projects and Professor of Sociology. Honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service was Tanya Lane-Martin, Director of Admissions. Honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities was Ann Reid, Assistant Professor of Music. Honored with the President's Distinguished Service Award was Raymond Strzelecki.
  • Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman report that 180 students, parents, and friends had attended the Discover the Stars reception held prior to the Board of Trustees meeting. The reception honored scholarship recipients. Mr. Ensman also reported that, during the 2003-2004 year, the Genesee Community College Foundation had awarded more than $400,000 in grants for College scholarship and capital needs.
  • Heard Mr. Ensman report that College Village is fully occupied, with 290 students in residence. Mr. Ensman said that all 75 College Village units are now equipped with cable television and wireless Internet access. College Village, operated by the Genesee Community College Foundation, is Genesee's student residence.
  • Heard President Steiner report that the Maryanne Arena will join the College's staff in October as Director of Fine and Performing Arts, replacing Marcia K. Morrison, who was recently appointed a dean at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. Ms. Arena currently serves as Director of Theatre Arts for Southwestern Michigan College. She has also worked as a professional actor, singer, dancer, director, and radio disk jockey. She is also a former member of the New York City Police Department and East Stroudsburgh (Pennsylvania) Police Department. While in New York City, she received the Department's Medal of Valor. Ms. Arena holds a B.A. degree from East Stroudsburgh University and a M.F.A. degree from Brooklyn College.
  • Heard Dr. Steiner report that Teresa Elam-Zwifka will join the College's staff as a Casework Facilitator in the Liberty Partnership program. Ms. Elam-Zwifka holds a B.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport.
  • Heard Mary Jane Shonn, Coordinator of Grants Services and faculty members Bernard Marcus and Maureen Leupold, report that the United States Department of Agriculture had funded "Growing Aware," an intensive five-week program for area high school juniors and seniors at Genesee this summer. Students earned six college credits, and participated in hands-on agricultural and life sciences activities, which included trips to such locations as the Genesee County Forest, Bergen Swamp, Noblehurst Farms, and USDA Agricultural Research Center at Geneva. Professor Marcus noted that the Buffalo Museum of Science curator provided students with a rare behind-the-scenes look at the museum's holdings and operations during a visit there.
  • Heard Ms. Shonn report that the College has recently received a highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation, providing $67,000 for each of the next four years to promote study in science-oriented fields. $60,300 of the each year's grant will be used to fund scholarships to students pursuing degrees in Mathematics, Engineering Science, Drafting, Multi-Media, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, and Computer Systems and Networking. "These are growing fields," Ms. Shonn said. "With the help of the National Science Foundation, we hope to bring more students into science and technically-oriented programs and careers."
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