Genesee Community College Trustees Note Upcoming 40th College Anniversary

Genesee Community College Trustees Note Upcoming 40th College Anniversary
With the 40th anniversary of Genesee Community College’s founding coming up, President Stuart Steiner announced that anniversary observances would kick off this fall, and that anniversary convocation would be held in early spring 2007.

Two trustees – Anne M. Garlock and Diane D. Torcello – will serve on a College-wide anniversary committee charged with planning the convocation and other anniversary activities. A convocation is a solemn academic celebration that commemorates an event or milestone in the life of a college. Genesee Community College has had only four convocations in its history. The last convocation was in 1991 and commemorated the opening of the Arts Center.

Genesee Community College was established by voter referendum in November 1965. The College was officially founded in 1966, and the first students arrived in September 1967.

The College’s living founders, as well as former trustees, faculty, and staff members will be invited to participate in the spring convocation. The event will feature addresses and historical reflections, as well as a post-convocation reception.

The 40th anniversary is both a time to celebrate and a time to look forward, said President Stuart Steiner.  “We are proud of the reputation that Genesee Community College has built over the years, and the entire community has reason to celebrate this,” he said. “The 40th anniversary is also a time for us to encourage every resident of our region to be aware of the services that this College offers and to take advantage of them.”

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved the awarding of 125 degrees and certificates to students completing their studies this month, subject to their satisfactory completion of courses. The College plans to award three Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees; sixty-eight Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; forty-two Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and twelve certificates.

  • Approved technical changes to professional position titles as required annually by the State University of New York.

  • Authorized the College to award honorary associate’s degrees, a right granted to community college boards of trustees under new legislation enacted last month. Board Chair Marcia Noonan said that she will form a committee to establish criteria for the honorary associate’s degrees.

  • Heard Board Chair Marcia H. Noonan name members to Board of Trustees committees for the 2006-2007 year. Named to the Buildings and Grounds Committee were Anne M. Garlock (Chair), Kenneth A. Dodd, and Laurie J. Miller. Named to the Personnel Committee were Melvin J. Wentland (Chair), Glenn R. Morton, and Ms. Noonan. Named to the Policy Committee were Charles R. Ruffino (Chair), Maureen T. Marshall, and Diane D. Torcello. Melvin J. Wentland was named as the Board’s representative to the Association of Community College Trustees and the New York Community College Trustees Association. Ms. Noonan named herself and Mr. Ruffino as trustee members of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Foundation. Ms. Noonan named Ms. Miller as trustee member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Association.

  • Heard Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that applications from prospective new full-time students for the fall semester are running about even with last year’s applications. As of August 4, the College had received 1,283 applications, compared to 1,300 applications one year earlier. Applications from prospective part-time students totaled 428, compared to 357 one year earlier.

  • Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman and Mary Jane Heider, Manager of Academic Computing, report on the use of the College’s Web site ( Mr. Ensman told trustees that site information is primarily organized by constituency, making retrieval of information fast and easy. Also, he noted that the site’s search engine is provided by Google, the world’s leading Web-based search system. Ms. Heider provided trustees with an overview of GenESIS, the College’s Web-based student services tool. GenESIS provides up-to-the-minute information on College activities to faculty, staff, and students, and allows students to conduct college business – ranging from bill paying to checking grades and messages from faculty members – on the Web. “We increasingly live and work in a digital world,” Mr. Ensman told the Board. “Our Web site and GenESIS give our students, faculty, and staff the ability to exchange information and complete a wide variety of transactions quickly and simply – another hallmark of a technologically sophisticated college.”

  • Heard Mr. Ensman report that substantial progress has been made on the summer College Village capital improvement project. By the end of the month, all College Village units will have been equipped with new tankless hot water units, two new roofs will be installed, and about 60 old windows replaced with new energy-efficient windows. A new fire suppression sprinkler system is being installed, and it will become operational toward the end of the upcoming semester.

  • Heard Mr. Ensman report that an Alumni “Hall of Fame” will be constructed in the second floor corridor connecting the Conable Technology Building and the main building. Once each year a selection committee will consider nominations of outstanding Genesee Community College alumni, and select several alumni for inclusion in the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame display will include the name, class year, photograph, and a brief one- or two-line description of each honoree’s achievements.

  • Heard Dr. Steiner report that a new Chancellor’s Award recognition wall will be constructed in the William W. Stuart Forum to recognize the numerous faculty and staff members who have been honored over the years with the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Service. The Chancellor’s Award is conferred upon faculty and staff members who have exhibited academic and professional distinction, and exemplary service to the State University of New York.

  • Heard Dr. Steiner report that Dr. David Kaiser will join the faculty as Instructor of Psychology this fall.  Dr. Kaiser was a member of the faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2006, and held a faculty position at the University of California at Los Angeles prior to that. He is also the co-founder of the Steman-Kaiser Imaging Lab, Inc., a company that produces EEG imaging software and hardware. Dr. Kaiser holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a M.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, a M.F.A. degree from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

  • Heard Dr. Steiner report that Tara Donohue will join the staff as Language Lab Coordinator. Ms. Donohue has taught at Canisius High School and Naples High School. She holds a B.A. degree from SUNY College at New Paltz and a M.A. degree from SUNY at Buffalo.

  • Heard Dr. Steiner report that Cherie Chatt, who has worked part-time in the Academic Advisement Office since 2000, has been appointed Technical Assistant for Admissions. Ms. Chatt holds an A.A.S. degree and Accounting certificate from Genesee Community College.

  • Heard Director of Fine and Performing Arts Maryanne Arena report that 26 area middle school students participated in the College’s Summer Theatre Arts Camp. The camp provided youngsters with an introduction to all facets of theatre, and gave participants the opportunity to display their skills for family members and friends.  “Students learned how to listen and speak,” Ms. Arena said.  Response to the camp was enthusiastic, and young people and parents are clamoring for a similar program next year, according to Ms. Arena.