Five Genesee Faculty, Staff Members Honored by SUNY Chancellor

Five members of Genesee Community College's faculty and staff have received 2005 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence, the Board of Trustees learned this evening. Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado and Frank Mayo were honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; Joseph Bailey was honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service; Charley Boyd was honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service; and Kenneth Mead was honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.The Chancellor's Award for Excellence is presented annually to faculty and staff members throughout the State University of New York who demonstrate extraordinary skill and achievement in their roles and who make exceptional contributions to SUNY.•Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado serves as Assistant Professor in Chemistry, and joined the faculty in 2000. Professor Maldonado has gained a reputation for one-to-one service to students and the use of a variety of creative teaching techniques in the classroom and lab. He also mentors adjunct faculty members and serves as a student academic advisor.•Frank L. Mayo serves as Professor of Speech and Theatre Arts and joined the faculty in 1989. He has gained a reputation for instilling speaking skills in students who are often fearful of expressing themselves in public situations. He is known for high academic standards. Professor Mayo also founded the Readers Group, a student group that performs dramatic and literary readings at the College and in the community.•Joseph Bailey serves as Director of Financial Assistance and Veterans' Affairs, and has been a member of Genesee's staff since 1998. Mr. Bailey was nominated for the Chancellor's Award for his role in bringing new technology to the College's financial aid office and instituting quick turnaround on financial aid applications.•Charley A. Boyd serves as Professor of English and has been a member of the faculty since 1988. He is a 1993 recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has earned a reputation as a strong faculty leader, and has made numerous other contributions to the college community. He was one of the co-founders of the internationally recognized John Gardner Society and has represented Genesee on the Faculty Council for Community Colleges since 1998.•Kenneth J. Mead serves as Professor of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. He has been a member of the faculty since 1990 and is a 1996 recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Mead has led efforts to bring new instructional technology and equipment into the classrooms. He was also instrumental in securing funds twelve years ago to broaden Genesee's distance learning courses.Chancellor's Award recipients receive a medallion that can be worn during commencement ceremonies and other formal academic events.In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:•Heard Rev. Kenneth A. Dodd, Chair of the Nominating Committee, report that the Committee plans to recommend that the current officers be re-elected at the Board's July 18 annual meeting. Current officers are Anne M. Garlock, Chair; Marcia H. Noonan, Vice-Chair; and Laurie J. Miller, Secretary.•Named three recently retired faculty members as professors emeriti: Larry D. Barnes, Betty P. Lapp; and Augusta M. Rolfe. All three faculty members retired last month. Professor Barnes joined the faculty in 1968 and taught psychology. Professor Lapp had a variety of faculty responsibilities in the nursing program since 1974. She became director of the nursing program in 1994. Professor Rolfe joined the faculty in 1974 and taught accounting. The title "professor emeritus" is honorary, and is granted to long-serving faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the College. •Heard President Stuart Steiner report that three new instructors have been appointed to the faculty. Cheryl Cork will serve as Instructor of Accounting. She holds a B.S. degree from St. John Fisher College and a M.B.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. A certified public accountant, Ms. Cork has worked in industry and in public accounting, and has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of St. John Fisher College and Roberts Wesleyan College. Martin Kelly will serve as Instructor of Biology. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, a M.A. degree from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas. Dr. Kelly has served as a faculty member at SUNY College at Buffalo for seven years, and has taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Texas at Austin. He has also worked as a researcher and technician. Michelle Abdella will serve as Instructor of Mathematics. She holds an A.S. degree from Genesee Community College, and B.S. and M.A. degrees from SUNY College at Brockport. She has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Genesee and SUNY Brockport for several years.•Heard Vice President for Finance and Administration Patrick E. Richey report that work on the new Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union is "above ground." Foundation work has been completed, water line connections have been made, and the wall construction has begun. Erection of the steel walls has begun. •Heard President Stuart Steiner report that summer enrollments currently are up to 1,272, up 8% from registrations a year ago. Fall course registrations currently stand at 2,285, up 8.5% from registrations a year ago.•Heard Vice President for Student Services George W. Walker report that applications from prospective full-time students for the Fall 2005 semester totaled 2,203 as of May 25, up 11% from the 1,982 applications received a year ago that date.

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