Genesee Community College's 40th Anniversary Task Force Announces May 3 Convocation

Genesee Community College’s 40th Anniversary Task Force has announced a 40th Anniversary Convocation, scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2007. The College’s former presidents and retired faculty and staff members will be honored guests at the event, said Marcia Noonan, Chair of the Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees and Co-chair of the Anniversary Task Force. Dr. Risa Palm, Provost of the State University of New York, will deliver the convocation address, Ms. Noonan reported.

Convocation is a formal academic ceremony marking a special event or milestone in the life of a college or university. Genesee’s last convocation was held in 1991 to mark the opening of the Genesee Center for the Arts.

The event will be open to Genesee Community College faculty, staff, and students, special guests, and the general community. Invitations to the event will be sent in late February or early March, according to Richard Ensman, Director of Development and External Affairs.

The 40th Anniversary Task Force, co-chaired by Ms. Noonan and Michael S. Stoll, Dean of Math, Science and Career Education, plans to unveil a calendar of anniversary-related activities within the next month, Mr. Ensman told trustees.

The Task Force has divided itself into three subcommittees – a convocation subcommittee, a student/alumni activities subcommittee, and a community events subcommittee. Each subcommittee is planning events and activities to commemorate the anniversary and involve the College’s many constituencies in anniversary events, Mr. Ensman said.

Genesee Community College was authorized by a Genesee County voter referendum in November 1965. Genesee was one of only two voter-established community colleges in New York State. The College was officially founded in 1966, and the first students arrived at Genesee – in temporary quarters on West Main Street Road – in September 1967.

“The 40th anniversary of Genesee Community College is a time of special celebration,” Mr. Ensman suggested to trustees. “It certainly is a time to reflect on the College’s many accomplishments and to celebrate all the great things that have happened over the last 40 years,” he said. “But it is also a time for the entire region to come together to celebrate this milestone and prepare for an even brighter and more extraordinary future.”

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