Student Union Interior Now Enclosed, Genesee Community College Board Hears

The new Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union is now mostly enclosed, Vice President for Finance and Operations Patrick E. Richey reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening. The Board met at the Batavia Campus for its regular August meeting.

Construction of the new 10,500 square foot building is on schedule, Mr. Richey said. In addition to the exterior work, much of the plumbing and mechanical work is also complete. Brick work on the exterior recently began. Windows will be fabricated on site once the brick work has proceeded further.

College officials are discussing the design and color of selected furnishings within the new building with staff of Joy, McCoola and Zilch architects, designers of the student union. Architects will also provide advice on planters and other objects within the student union's large multi-purpose area, according to Mr. Richey. "Items such as planters will provide transitions within the common areas," he told the Board.

Anne M. Garlock and Kenneth A. Dodd, both members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, toured the site last week. (A photograph of them touring the new Student Union is available at the link listed below.)

If work remains on schedule, the building will be largely complete just before Thanksgiving, Mr. Richey said.The new student union will provide space for a wide variety of non-classroom activities at Genesee.

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

•Approved the awarding of 116 degrees and certificates, subject to students satisfactorily completing their courses of study in August. The College plans to grant 74 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees, 31 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, and eleven certificates.

•Approved a "Resolution of Appreciation" for James H. Hume, Jr., who retired from the Board of Trustees in early July. Mr. Hume served as a trustee since 1987. Trustees named Mr. Hume a trustee emeritus.

•Heard Board Chair Anne M. Garlock appoint trustees to various committees and assignments for the 2005-2006 year. Mrs. Garlock appointed herself, Kenneth A. Dodd and Laurie J. Miller to the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Mrs. Garlock will chair that committee. Dr. Melvin J. Wentland will serve as chair of the Personnel Committee. Other members will be Marcia H. Noonan and Glenn R. Morton. Charles Ruffino will chair the Policy Committee, and other members will be Maureen Marshall and Diane D. Torcello. Dr. Wentland will serve as trustee representative to the Association of Community College Trustees and the Association of New York Community College Trustees. Mrs. Noonan and Mr. Ruffino will serve as trustee members of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Foundation. Mrs. Noonan will serve as trustee member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Association, the College's faculty-student association.

•Heard Vice President for Student Services George W. Walker report that 1,300 individuals had applied for admission as new full-time students this fall as of August 4, up 2.5% from the 1,268 prospective students who had applied a year ago on that date. Space is still available, and students can still register for classes which begin August 29. "There's lots of activity on campus," President Stuart Steiner said.

Editor's Note: A photograph of the Student Union tour with Genesee Community College Board of Trustees Buildings and Grounds Committee members Rev. Kenneth A. Dodd (middle left) and Anne M. Garlock (middle right) reviewing the progress on the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union with George Green (right), architect for Joy, McCoola & Zilch, and Tim Jones (left) project manager from Ciminelli-Cowper is available at: Union Tour.jpg