A $660,000 fund raising initiative launched today by the Genesee Community College Foundation will provide the balance of funds needed to construct a new student union at the Batavia Campus, said John C. Dwyer, a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors and chair of the initiative.
Mr. Dwyer made the announcement during the groundbreaking ceremony held today for the 10,500 square foot building, to be constructed on the northeast side of the existing Batavia Campus complex.
The Foundation has been preparing for the fund raising initiative for many months, Mr. Dwyer said, and has already raised $487,881 toward the goal. In comments made to the 100+ guests gathered on the Batavia Campus East Lawn, Mr. Dwyer singled out civic leaders who are leading the effort to raise funds for the new student union. Among the many individuals he singled out were James L. Vincent, Chair, Leadership Gifts Division; Charles Cook, Chair, Major Gifts Division; and Marie Rose Credi, Chair, Special Gifts Division; and Lynn E. Browne, a member of the campaign cabinet.
Mr. Dwyer told guests at the groundbreaking that he looks forward to the dedication of the new student union. "We look forward to recognizing each and every person and organization that is making this important new building possible," he said.
Total cost of the student union will be approximately $1.82 million. The State University of New York Construction Fund has committed about $900,000 toward the project, and the Genesee County Legislature, sponsor of the College, has committed $400,000. The Genesee Community College Foundation will raise the balance through private donations.
The Genesee Community College Foundation was organized in the mid-1980s to provide philanthropic and volunteer support to Genesee Community College. Over the last twenty years, the Foundation has provided thousands of scholarships and need-based awards to Genesee Community College students. The Foundation was also instrumental in generating support for the Conable Technology Building, which opened in 2000. The Foundation is governed by a 30-member Board of Directors comprised of civic and business leaders in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region. Norbert J. Fuest currently serves as Foundation President.