Six Genesee Community College Faculty Members Receive SUNY Honors, Trustees Hear

Five members of Genesee Community College’s faculty and staff have been named 2007 recipients of the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and one member of the faculty has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, President Stuart Steiner reported to the College’s Board of Trustees Monday evening. The Board met at the Batavia Campus for its regular monthly meeting.

Carl M. Wahlstrom, Professor of Intermediate Studies and Sociology, has been recognized as a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, one of only six community college professors within the State University of New York to receive this honor. Professor Wahlstrom has been a member of the Genesee faculty since 1975. He has become one of the nation’s leading authorities on the First Year Experience movement, and was in the forefront of designing Genesee’s First Year Experience course. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and academic gatherings across the United States. Professor Wahlstrom is also the author or co-author of seven textbooks, and is currently working on an eighth.

Professor Wahlstrom was present at the Board of Trustees meeting when Dr. Steiner announced the honor. “Genesee Community College is rich in talent and scholarship,” he told trustees. “I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition.”
Last year, Professor of Sociology Ruth E. Andes was named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor. This means that of the six distinguished service professors within SUNY community colleges, two are members of Genesee Community College’s faculty.

Five members of the faculty and staff have been named recipients of the Chancellor’s Award, which recognizes exceptional service to the state university and to SUNY students. Recipients of the award are:

• Norman R. Gayford, Professor of English, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Professor Gayford has been a member of Genesee’s faculty since 1988, and this is the second time he has been recognized with a Chancellor’s Award; he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993. Throughout his 19 years of service at Genesee, he has been active in a variety of activities designed to boost student performance, creatively use technology in instruction, and develop new classes. In addition to his responsibilities at Genesee, Professor Gayford is active in the SUNY Council on Writing; the National Council of Teachers of English; the New York State Council of Teachers of English; and the Community College Humanities Association. He holds a B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University, and M.A. degrees from SUNY College at Brockport and Brown University, and resides in Warsaw, NY.

• Allen R. Kidder, Associate Dean of the Albion Campus Center, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Mr. Kidder has been a member of the College’s staff since 1996, first serving as Director of Grants Services and, since 2000, as leader of the Albion Center. Mr. Kidder was responsible for submitting grant proposals resulting in $5.2 million in college funding and for substantially increasing college services to residents of Orleans County. He was a founder of the Arts and Letters Luncheon series and arranged for the Albion Center to host the Orleans County Microenterprise Program. Mr. Kidder holds a B.A. degree from Purdue University and a M.A. degree from Indiana University, and resides in Akron, NY.

• Phillip T. Pickering, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Pickering has been a member of Genesee’s faculty since 1998. He has created and delivered a number of presentations on teaching and mathematics instruction, developed two new math courses (Discrete Mathematics and Calculus for Business), and was instrumental in developing online methods for teaching mathematics courses. Professor Pickering holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from SUNY College at Brockport, and resides in Rochester, NY.

• Garth P. Swanson, Instructor of History, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mr. Swanson has served in his present position since 2003. He also served Genesee as program specialist and director of the ACE (formerly Advanced Studies) program from 1995 to 2003 and inmate education coordinator from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Swanson has developed curricula for several courses, and was co-developer of several unique multi-disciplinary courses, including “History of Disease,” “Sports in America,” “Race and Society,” and “Growing Aware – Agribusiness.” He has developed service learning opportunities for students, made numerous academic presentations to academic organizations, and was a recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award in 1998. Mr. Swanson holds an A.A. degree from Jamestown Community College; a B.A. degree from St. Bonaventure University; and a M.A. degree from Ohio University. He resides in Stafford, NY.

• Timothy P. Tomczak, Associate Professor of Psychology, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Professor Tomczak has been a member of Genesee’s faculty since 1987. This is Professor Tomczak’s second SUNY Chancellor’s Award; he was recognized as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994. He was also recognized with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award in 1991. Professor Tomczak is the author or co-author of more than twenty professional articles and presentations, and the reviewer of many psychology textbooks. He is an associate member of the American Psychology Association and the Council of Undergraduate Teachers of Psychology. He holds a B.A. degree from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania and a M.A. degree from SUNY College at Geneseo, and resides in Elba, NY.

In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:
• Heard Melvin J. Wentland, Chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee, recommend that the current Board officers be re-elected for the 2007-2008 year. The slate, to be considered at the Board’s annual meeting in July, consists of Marcia H. Noonan, Chair; Laurie J. Miller, Vice Chair; and Charles M. Ruffino, Secretary.

• Accepted a donation of a LIDO exercise system from Parkland Physical Therapy of Orchard Park for use as a teaching tool in the College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program. The equipment is valued at $12,000.

• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that 23 international students are participating in the College’s new International Student Summer Program. Twenty of these students are from Japan, one is from Korea, and two are from Columbia. They are enrolled in summer courses and learning new language skills, Dr. Steiner said. As part of the program, College staff members are arranging “Friday visits” for the international students each week to scenic and cultural attractions throughout the region, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor told trustees. Friday visit locations include Letchworth State Park, Genesee Country Village and Museum, a Muckdogs baseball game and fireworks, Darien Lake, the Genesee County Fair, the Rochester area, and Niagara Falls. Students will also participate in a miniature golf outing and visit an area garage sale.

• Heard Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that 2,598 individuals have applied for admission to Genesee Community College as full-time students in the fall of 2007 as of May 31, up 4.4% from the 2,489 individuals who had applied one year earlier.

• Heard Dr. Kathleen M. Sinel, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that construction is underway at the site of the new Medina Campus Center. College staff members are working closely with the contractor this week to ensure that all mechanical systems necessary to support the unique multi-disciplinary science lab are in place, Dr. Sinel said. The floor will be poured this week, and framing should start within the next two weeks, she added. The new Center, located on Maple Ridge Road, just outside the village, will open in late summer. The Center will house classrooms, a computer lab, staff offices, and the multi-disciplinary science lab, which can be used to teach a variety of science courses.

• Heard Richard Ensman, Director of Development and External Affairs, report that construction at College Village is proceeding on schedule. Two new residential buildings and the reconfigured first floor of an existing building will be ready for student occupancy in late August. A new Commons Building will be ready for staff and student use in mid-September.
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