Almost one in four college-bound students graduating from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming county high schools in June 2005 are attending Genesee this fall, Dr. Larene Hoelcle, Vice President for Human Resources and Planning reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.
Of the 1,926 graduates who indicated that they planned to pursue higher education, 456, or 23.7%, are enrolled at Genesee - 433 on a full-time basis and 23 on a part-time basis.
Genesee is especially popular with students in some area high schools. Of the 150 college-bound graduates from Batavia High School, for example, 61 students, or 40.7%, are now attending Genesee. Of the 75 college-bound graduates from Pembroke High School, 32, or 42.7%, are attending Genesee. Large percentages of college-bound students from such districts as Attica (36 students, 39.1%) and Warsaw (22 students, 34.4%) are attending Genesee.
Genesee's growing popularity is also evidenced by the number of Genesee's Advanced Studies students choosing to enroll in Genesee. Advanced Studies, part of the College's Accelerated College Enrollment program, provides college courses to students enrolled in area high schools. This semester, 282 students who were enrolled in the Advanced Studies program last year are now continuing their studies at Genesee, 269 on a full-time basis and 13 on a part-time basis.
The numbers confirm what College trustees and administrators already know, said Dr. Hoelcle: "With each passing year, Genesee Community College is becoming the college of choice for a growing number of area high school graduates. Many of these students could attend colleges or universities anywhere in the nation, but they choose Genesee because of the personal, family-like atmosphere, the College's superb technology, and its affordability."
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that final opening day enrollment at Genesee was 4,437, up 7.8% from enrollment the year before. Although final fall enrollment numbers will not be available until October, the College is predicting that final enrollment will exceed 6,300 students, a new record.
•Heard Meryll A. Pentz, a member of the College's Admissions staff, report that 53 new international students have enrolled at Genesee this fall, bringing Genesee's total international student enrollment to 101. Karl Shallowhorn, Director of Advisement, said the students from abroad choose Genesee because of the close-knit atmosphere and personal attention they receive. "These students would probably not get the same attention at a bigger school," he said. Mr. Shallowhorn told trustees that Genesee sponsors an international student club and provides an intensive orientation program for international students. This orientation includes trips to area stores, placement testing, advising, and presentations from public safety, health, student activities, and technology staff. Orientation also includes presentations from area banks and Department of Motor Vehicles staff. "International students bring a great economic impact to the community," said President Stuart Steiner, "but it's a great experience for our local students to get to know students from all over the world."
•Heard Director of Student Activities Cliff Scutella and Joanna Barefoot, Student Activities Associate, report that "WOW Week" - "Week of Welcome" is underway. During this week, students get to know each other and the College through a variety of activities, including Taste of Batavia, a salsa dance, information fair on student clubs and community organizations, movie night, and the annual Fall Fest. A new student newsletter - dubbed "Cliff Notes" - now brings information on college activities to students throughout the year. The Fall semester opening "has been one of the smoothest and most upbeat openings I have ever seen," Mr. Scutella said.
•Heard John Sisson, Director of College Village, report that 293 students are currently residing on campus. During the first two weeks of the semester, residents have participated in College Village activities 669 times. Activities have ranged from a foam dance to a Batavia Muckdogs game. College Village has a new outdoor recreation area that includes sand volleyball and basketball courts. Almost one-third of the housing units were painted and upgraded this summer, and new natural gas heating units are now being installed. Last year, College Village added cable television and wireless Internet access for students. This year, College Village has a new Internet-based telephone system giving residents the ability to make calls throughout the continental U. S. and Canada at no charge.
•Heard Patrick E. Richey, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that student union construction remains on schedule. Most of the exterior brick is now installed and work is beginning on the window installations. Work located above the ceilings is scheduled to be completed by September 28.
•Heard Board Chair Anne M. Garlock report that Genesee faculty and staff members who received the SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence last month had 68 years of combined service to Genesee. Vice Chair Marcia H. Noonan told trustees that she felt "it was an honor and a privilege" to participate in the awards ceremony.
•Heard President Steiner report that Patricia Kendall-Cargill is joining Genesee's faculty as Instructor of Nursing. Ms. Kendall-Cargill has 15 years of nursing experience, and has most recently served as Charge Nurse of Strong Memorial Hospital's birthing center. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Middlesex County College, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Rochester. Also joining Genesee's staff is Nina Mortellaro, who will serve as Technical Assistant to the Dean of Human Communications and Behavior. Ms. Mortellaro holds an A.A.S. degree from Genesee Community College. Melissa Underwood will serve as Campus Center Associate at Genesee Community College at Lakeville. Ms. Underwood holds a B.A. degree from SUNY Brockport.