Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the Ground Breaking Ceremony of its new Student Union on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 1:00 PM on the East Lawn of the Batavia Campus where a group of College leaders will be giving brief highlights of the project. A reception will occur in the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium immediately following the ground breaking ceremony. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are necessary.
The new 10,500 square foot Student Union is expected to be completed before the spring of 2006, and the project cost will be approximately $1.8 million. The facility will adjoin the northeast section of the existing Batavia Campus complex and will be used for a wide range of student activities essential for a complete education in the 21st century.
"There is so much happening at Genesee Community College that it is sometimes a challenge for students to find non-classroom space for clubs and student groups to meet. Even the Library is packed with students looking for quiet places to study," said Marcia Scott Roberts, president of Genesee's Student Government Association and a Criminal Justice major. "Since I am going to be attending Keuka College's Criminal Science program to earn my bachelor's degree that is conducted here at Genesee Community College in Batavia, I will be able to watch the construction progress of the Student Union. I am very excited to watch this project come full circle."
College Village, the growing student housing complex is within view of the new Student Union, allowing residential and commuting students to have readily available space for social events and exchanges, mixers, and gatherings that may occur outside normal classroom hours. The space will encourage the development of the College's growing student leadership programs, and for clubs and organizations to work on their service projects at different times of the week. The new Student Union also provides space for large group activities such as lectures, exhibits, and global education demonstrations, a game room, the Student Government Center, and a small cafÃ©.
"The Student Union Ground Breaking is not only an exciting time for students, faculty, staff and administrators to reflect on the College's progress and growth, but the general public is also invited to share this celebration," said John C. Dwyer, chair of the Build A Legacy initiative that has spearheaded the fundraising campaign for the new Student Union. "All members of the community benefit from the College's dynamic economic, cultural, academic and intellectual contribution to our four-county service area, and we look forward to continuing this contribution and expanding it long into the future."