The Office of the President of Genesee Community College is pleased to announce this month's employee and student of significant recognition. Traci E. Phillips, a dedicated staff member of The BEST Center, Genesee's workforce development division, has been selected as the March Employee of the Month, while Renee Price has been chosen as the Student of the Month for March.
Traci E. Phillips - Employee of the Month
Traci Phillips has been an integral member of The BEST Center staff since November 2001. As a Business Training Specialist, she helps coordinate the training contracts with area businesses along with the development and implementation of the ongoing schedule of workshops and seminars. The continued growth and success of this area of The BEST Center's services, is due, in no small part, to Traci's attention to detail and the professional manner in which she consistently serves both internal and external customers. Traci earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo in 1991 and worked in a wide range of social service settings for several years. Outside her professional responsibilities for The BEST Center, Traci enjoys cooking, baking and reading-and making the most of "downtime," which can be a little hard to find with two young daughters under the age of five. With her husband, Steve, and their daughters Kirstin and Samantha, the Phillips family resides in Avon.
Renee D. Price - Student of the Month
As a member of Genesee Community College's Honors Program, Renee Price was a likely candidate for Student of the Month. She was nominated by two of her professors for this distinction, each commenting that she was among the most outstanding students they had ever worked with. Her work in the Honors Program was insightful and illuminating, particularly her efforts to develop a complete British literature course, which will be presented to the College's Academic Senate for review. For her Honor's mentorship project this semester, Renee helped create a children's library at Vive La Casa, a temporary shelter for refugees in Buffalo, NY. They donated over 390 books and established a complete library system and space for lasting positive impact. "Unmatched enthusiasm" and "tenacity" readily describes Renee's work ethic and dedication. She will be graduating with her Associate's degree in Teacher Education this May after successfully completing and exceeding her course requirements. She looks forward to transferring to SUNY Geneseo to continue her studies and earn dual certification, and she hopes to eventually earn her Master's degree and come back to teach at Genesee Community College. Beyond her academic pursuits, Renee runs her own flower shop, "Accents by Renee" as a side business, and volunteers her time as the assistant Den leader for her two sons' Boy Scout troop. With her husband, Robert, the Price family resides in Stafford, NY.