Genesee Community College Trustees Review Preliminary Student Center Plans

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees received preliminary sketches of the new student union at its regular monthly meeting this evening.

Robert Joy, President of Joy, McCoola and Zilch, an architectural firm based in Glens Falls, New York said that the new 10,000+ square foot building will help Genesee respond effectively to growing enrollment, the increased number of residential students, and new trends in non-classroom programs.

The new student union will be located on the northeast side of the existing Batavia Campus structure. It will be linked to the existing complex by a connector corridor leading off the current student lounge area. The new building will feature what Mr. Joy described as "brightly colored, informal vibrant space designed specifically for students."

The building will house a large group area, social and game room, student activities offices, student government offices, a small café, and multi-purpose meeting rooms.

The College hopes to begin construction about March 1, 2005.

"As architects, we spend most of our lives living in the future," Mr. Joy told the Board. "Hopefully, a year from now, we'll be here taking you for a tour of the newly-completed student union."

Joy, McCoola and Zilch designed the award-winning Conable Technology Building. Mr. Joy told the Board that he walked through the Conable Building upon his arrival at Genesee yesterday. "It looked brand new," he said. "You do an outstanding job maintaining your facilities, and you consistently outperform your peers in caring for your buildings."In other business yesterday evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman report that 260 business and professional leaders participated in the second annual Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life. Participants heard a panel discussion on business success featuring local business leaders, as well as a keynote address by Paychex CEO B. Thomas Golisano. The Symposium was created by family and friends as a permanent memorial to the late Mr. Humphrey who served as Chair of the College's Board of Trustees at the time of his death.
  • Heard President Stuart Steiner report that registration of part-time students for the Fall 2004 semester continues to run ahead of Fall 2003 registrations. Dr. Steiner said that he anticipates overall enrollment of full- and part-time students to top 6,000 this semester for the first time in the College's history.
  • Heard President Steiner report that Governor George Pataki had notified the College that he had appointed Trustee Charles Ruffino to a new seven-year term on the College's Board of Trustees.
  • Heard Vice President for Finance and Administration Patrick E. Richey report on several buildings and grounds projects. Mr. Richey said that the College plans to light the Batavia Campus flagpole at night; install wireless computer capability on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building, probably within the next month; and place number signs on all Batavia Campus exterior doors to improve convenience for visitors.
  • Heard Trustees Melvin J. Wentland report that the Association of Community College Trustees presented an award to Jerry A. Kozlowski, Dean of The BEST Center. Dean Kozlowski made a presentation on The BEST Center and its outreach to the business community at the recent ACCT conference.
  • Heard Barbara Sadden, Director of Genesee's Upward Bound program, report that tutoring is now mandatory for all students in the program who have grade averages under 85. Ms. Sadden also said that Upward Bound students are now participating in community service initiatives, and that students raised more than $1,000 as part of the recent "Windmill Walk" in Wyoming County. Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that prepares high school students in four Wyoming County school districts for college success.

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