441 Area Residents to Shape Genesee Community College Programs as Advisory Council Members

NEWS RELEASEGenesee Community CollegeOne College Road, Batavia, NY 14020-9704Office of Development and External Affairs

Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications 585-343-0055 Ext. 6616

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees appointed 441 area residents to the College's 26 advisory councils for the 2005 year last Monday. The advisory councils help guide many of Genesee's programs and services.Advisory councils ensure strong links between the College and the community, noted Trustee Melvin J. Wentland. "Advisory councils involve the community in the life of the College," he said. The number of advisory council members has reached a new record, according to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia Moore.Advisory council members help faculty and staff members set program priorities, review curricula, develop internship opportunities for students, and assess programs. "In simple terms, the advisory councils are one of the ways we keep our academic programs and our campus centers responsiveness to the needs of area employers and to the community at large," Dr. Moore said.Members were appointed to the following advisory councils: Athletics, Physical Education, and Sport Management; The BEST Center; Business Administration/Accounting; College Tech Prep; Communications/ Media Arts; Computer Technology; Criminal Justice; Digital Art; Drafting; Genesee Advanced Studies; Genesee Campus Center at Arcade; Genesee Campus Center at Dansville; Genesee Campus Center at Lakeville; Genesee Campus Center at Orleans; Genesee Campus Center at Warsaw; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Life Increases Future Experiences; Nursing; Office Technology; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Paralegal; Perkins III Grant; Physical Therapist Assistant; Respiratory Care; and Retail and Fashion Merchandising.[Editor's Note: A list of all advisory council members sorted by city/township is attached to this email. If you are interested in a hard copy, please contact Genesee's Marketing Communications Office at 585-343-0055 x 6616.]In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

•Approved the awarding of 207 degrees and certificates to Genesee students in January, pending satisfactory completion of their studies this semester. Six students will receive Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees; 123 students will receive Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; 55 students will receive Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and 23 students will receive certificates.

•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Deborah Elliott will join the staff as Technical Assistant / Academic Support Assistant for Math, Science and Career Education. Ms. Elliott holds more than 20 years experience in business, and holds a B.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport.

•Heard Vice President for Student Services George W. Walker report that early application activity for the 2005-2006 year suggests that enrollment may be up again next year. The College anticipated that 200 prospective students would attend the annual Veterans Day Open House, Dr. Walker said, but well over 300 individuals showed up. One hundred thirty five students in 12 area school districts have already applied online to Genesee during high school visits by admissions office staff members.

•Heard Director of Financial Assistance Joseph Bailey report that 79% of all Genesee Community College students receive some type of financial assistance. Mr. Bailey also noted that so far this year, 76% of Genesee students applied for financial assistance online - a streamlined way to apply for and confirm assistance. Mr. Bailey also provided trustees with an overview of the financial aid process, and an explanation of federal PELL grants and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants.

•Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman and Web Site Coordinator Patrick Collette describe recent innovations in the College's Web site. The site - www.genesee.edu - features enhanced design, improved navigation opportunities, more information on the home page, and search technology powered by Googleâ„¢. The site, containing more than 1,600 pages, is used by students, prospective students, and community residents seeking information about the College. The site also contains interactive features that allow individuals to conduct college-related business, Mr. Ensman said.