History students at Genesee Community College are kicking off the New Year with a semester-long project focusing on the history of New York State. Of particular interest is how Genesee Community College has played a role in the development of the four-county service area including Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The students enrolled in the new course entitled, New York State History (HIS 211) are taught by Garth Swanson, and together they are requesting community input for their project. Of particular interest are any photographs showing Genesee Community College’s six locations at any point during its 40-year history.
Authorized by a Genesee County voter referendum in November 1965, chartered in 1966, and open with its first campus location in Batavia in 1967, Genesee Community College is one of only two voter-established community colleges in New York State. After setting up the Batavia Campus, Genesee Community College expanded into neighboring counties with the first campus center opening in Albion in 1990, a second in Warsaw in 1991, then Lakeville in 1992, Arcade in 1995 and Dansville in 2002. A seventh Campus Center will be opening in Medina this summer.
“This project is a great way to get the students thinking about the important role their College has played in local history and we are intentionally incorporating a service learning component that will have a dynamic impact,” Swanson said. “It is something immediately relevant to their own lives and it shows them how local history fits into the bigger picture.”
Anyone with relevant photographs or information is asked to contact Garth Swanson, Instructor of History, at (585) 343-0055 x6291 or firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2, 2007. Images will be promptly scanned and returned to the contributors, who will be collectively recognized in the project’s final program at the end of the semester.
Materials may be mailed to:
Genesee Community College, Attn: Garth Swanson, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020