Genesee Community College Foundation Volunteers Raise Over $278,500

Russell Romano of Batavia, Manager of Nothnagle Realtors Batavia Office and General Chair of the 2004-2005 Genesee Community College Foundation annual campaign recently announced that the campaign has raised $278,500 surpassing its goal of $274,500.

Mr. Romano said that the success was due to the teamwork of the campaign chairs who led each division:

Beverly Mancuso of Batavia, class of 1984, newly appointed executive director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Batavia Office - Alumni Division

Virginia Taylor, dean of Enrollment Management at Genesee - Faculty and Staff Division

Thomas Turnbull of Batavia, publisher, The Daily News - Genesee County Division

Toni Ann Moore of Leicester, senior clerk of Surrogate Court - Livingston County Division

Meg Pearson of Hamlin, assistant vice president, Bank of America, Albion Office - Orleans County Division

Marty Griffith of Arcade, senior vice president Retail Banking, Wyoming County Bank - Wyoming County Division

Patricia Burns of Batavia, retired Genesee business faculty - Associates Division

"This year was an incredible success," Romano continued. "Every person volunteering on the campaign and each generous gift to the campaign helped to put us over the top." He added that for the past academic year the Foundation awarded 508 scholarships to both attract and retain worthy and deserving students and, in doing so, expended $232,185 for scholarships, grants and programs.

It is widely recognized that scholarships from Genesee Community College Foundation encourage bright students to attend Genesee and to raise the level of instruction in the classroom; provide access to higher education by worthy and deserving students in need; and encourage students to remain in the region upon graduation, thereby, sustaining the local workforce.

The following ten new named scholarships were established this year with the generosity of supporters from all over the region:

The Hawley Family ScholarshipThe Allan H. Smith Scholarship for Single Mothers Jerry and Lee Kozlowski Business Scholarship Michael J. and Ellen M. Ryan ScholarshipRita Slade Memorial ScholarshipRamon and Patricia Chaya ScholarshipTourism and Hospitality Management ScholarshipAttica Rodeo & Show Association ScholarshipPhi Theta Kappa ScholarshipCatherine Anne Barnes Nursing Scholarship

Anyone interested in further information on scholarships should go to the College's web site: or contact the Financial Aid office, or any of College's five campus centers in Arcade, Dansville, Lakeville, Orleans / Albion and Warsaw.

The 2005-2006 campaign is already underway with a goal of $285,500. Contributions may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 345-6809 or

A photograph of two current scholarship recipients from the Discover the Stars reception in September standing with supporters of Genesee Community College Foundation is located at the following Internet address:

Standing left to right are: Alexander High School Principal Kathleen (Kitty) E. Maerten '75; Vice President and Trust Officer, M & T Bank, Rochester Lynn M. Carleton '79; student Rachel Bailey of Shortsville, NY ; and student D. Benjamin Start of Honeoye Falls.