Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union Receives American Institute of Architects Award

The Eastern New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has conferred an AIA (American Institute of Architects) design award on Genesee Community College’s Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union, which opened a year ago.
Robert Joy, President of Joy, McCoola & Zilch, the Glens Falls architectural firm that designed the building, brought news of the award to the College’s Board of Trustees this evening and presented Board Chair Marcia H. Noonan with a framed AIA certificate (photo link below).

As is the custom with AIA awards, the building’s specifications and photographs were submitted without identifying information to an AIA panel outside of the region – in this case, in the Minnesota area. A “blind” panel of architects recommended the award on the basis of the building’s functionality and innovation in design.
The 10,500 square foot Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union opened January 18, 2006. It provides meeting space for student clubs and organizations, as well as flexible space that can be used for student programs and informal student gatherings.

This is the second architectural award a Genesee Community College building has received in recent years. The American Institute of Architects also conferred a design award on the Conable Technology Building, which opened in 2000 and was also designed by Joy, McCoola & Zilch.

In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved continuing (four-year) appointments for 13 members of the current faculty and staff. Named to continuing appointments were Ramon Chaya, Director, Business and Employee Skills Training; Marirose Ethington, Professor of Biology; Tracy Ford, Assistant Professor of English; Anne Heale, Campus Center Associate; Scott Hemer, Student Achievement Coordinator and Head Women’s Basketball Coach; Jacquelyn MacKay, Campus Center Associate; Santina Marsceill, Technical Assistant, The BEST Center; Kenneth Mead, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems; Judith Sikora, Professor and Librarian; Timothy Tomczak, Associate Professor of Psychology; Michael von Schiller, Instructor of Physical Education and Men’s Basketball Coach; Garth Swanson, Instructor of History; Carl Wahlstrom, Professor of Intermediate Studies and Sociology.
• Approved guidelines for the awarding of honorary associate degrees. Under state legislation enacted last year, community colleges may award honorary associate degrees at the discretion of boards of trustees. Under the new guidelines, up to three honorary associate degrees may be awarded annually at Genesee.
• Approved a request for proposals for audit services for the College. The College plans to solicit competitive proposals from accounting firms, and at least three proposals will be submitted to the Board, said Dr. Kathleen Sinel, Vice President for Finance and Operations.
• Heard Dr. Ruth Andes, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Special Projects, report on local findings of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The survey tracks student and faculty perceptions about active and collaborative learning, and benchmarks local results against national norms. Eight hundred twenty seven Genesee students completed the survey, as did 135 full- and part-time faculty members. “Active and collaborative learning” refers to instructional activities that involve student participation, such as class discussions, class presentations, projects completed inside or outside of class, and community service. Students rated collaborative learning at Genesee slightly below the national mean (average). Dr. Andes noted that student and faculty perceptions differed on the amount of memorization required for courses and performance of new skills. These differences will be the basis for faculty initiatives in the year ahead, and Dr. Andes will study the results of the next CCSSE survey to identify and track changes in collaborative learning perceptions.
• Heard Amy Bowles, Instructor of Tourism and Hospitality Management report that she and a colleague from Monroe Community College presented the first annual Tourism and Hospitality Professional Development Series for tourism and hospitality students at both colleges. The October 27 event featured speakers who discussed a wide range of industry-specific subjects, including ethics, customer service trends, etiquette, dress, and change management. Fifty-nine full-time students are currently enrolled in Genesee’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program, Ms. Bowles said.

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Editor’s Note: A photograph of the AIA Award with Genesee Community College President Stuart Steiner (left), Board Chairperson Marcia H. Noonan Marcia Noonan (center), and Robert Joy (right), President of Joy, McCoola & Zilch, the Glens Falls architectural firm that designed award winning Wolcott J. Humphrey Student Union is available at:
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