Dwyer Stadium to Become Home Field for Genesee Community College Baseball

Under a new partnership planned by Genesee Community College, the Genesee County Baseball Club, and the Batavia Muckdogs, Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium will become the home field for Genesee Cougars baseball next season, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia Taylor and Genesee County Baseball Club President Brian Paris announced to the Board of Trustees this evening.

The new partnership will bring Genesee Community College and the Muckdogs organization closer together for the mutual benefit of both organizations, Mr. Paris told trustees. “By sharing our assets and strengths, we will benefit students, community baseball here in Batavia, and the entire region,” he said.

In addition to designating Dwyer Stadium as home field, the Batavia Muckdogs will begin offering internships to Genesee students, Dr. Taylor said. Internships are anticipated in media relations, merchandising, office support, sports management, and Web support, she said. “Student internships bring great value to both the College and the Muckdogs,” Dr. Taylor told trustees. “The Muckdogs receive the services of some very talented and motivated college students, while the students receive valuable hands-on experience in the field of their choosing.”

Genesee will use Dwyer Stadium for games, as well as many practices. No adjustments need to be made to the Muckdogs schedule, since the college season and the New York-Penn League season operate on different calendars.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the community,” Mr. Paris said. “We are looking forward to this new cooperative venture, and to the many benefits it will bring to the Muckdogs organization, the College, and our community.”

Baseball Coach Skip Sherman said that over the next five to ten years, the partnership will be a “tremendous recruiting tool” for students.

More partnership activities could occur in the future, Mr. Paris and Dr. Taylor told trustees.

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved the granting of 124 degrees and certificates this month, pending satisfactory completion of course work by students. Genesee plans to award one Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree; 44 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; 66 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and 13 certificates.

• Heard Board of Trustees Secretary Charles Ruffino announce Board Chair Marcia Noonan’s committee assignments for the 2007-2008 year. The Buildings and Grounds Committee will consist of Anne Garlock (Chair), Kenneth Dodd, and Laurie Miller. The Personnel Committee will consist of Melvin Wentland (Chair), Marcia Noonan, and Glenn Morton. The Policy Committee will consist of Charles Ruffino (Chair), Maureen Marshall, and Diane Torcello. Melvin Wentland will serve as Board liaison to the Association of Community College Trustees and the New York State Community College Trustees Association. Marcia Noonan and Charles Ruffino will serve as trustee representatives on the Genesee Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Laurie Miller will serve as trustee representative on the Genesee Community College Association Board of Directors.

• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Kathleen Gurak will join the faculty as temporary Instructor of Health and Physical Education. Ms. Gurak has served as an adjunct instructor at Genesee. She has 20 years experience in public schools, serving as a teacher, coach, and administrator. She holds B.S. and M.S.Ed. degrees from SUNY Brockport.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Rebecca Dziekan has been appointed Director/Instructor of Health and Physical Education. Ms. Dziekan has served as Genesee’s athletic trainer since 1996. She holds a B.S. degree from SUNY Brockport and a M.S. degree from Indiana State University.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Corinne Pellegrini will join the College’s staff as Technical Assistant for Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Sports Information Specialist. Since 2005, she has been Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Rochester. She has also served as a high school science teacher in Maine. She holds a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College, and is expected to receive her M.S. degree from the University of Rochester this month.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Ellen Gilmour will join the faculty as Instructor of English/English as a Second Language. Ms. Gilmour most recently was a teacher at Starpoint High School in Lockport and a member of the adjunct faculty of the University at Buffalo. She holds a B.A. degree from SUNY Potsdam and a M.Ed. from the University at Buffalo.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Marc Bayer will join Genesee as Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian. Mr. Bayer comes to Genesee from D’Youville College. He holds a B.A. degree from Fordham University, a M.A. degree from the University at Buffalo, and a M.L.S. degree from SUNY at Buffalo.

• Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia Taylor report that Genesee had received 3,135 applications from prospective students for full-time study in the Fall 2007 semester as of July 27, up 4.8% from the 2,991 students received exactly one year earlier.

• Heard Trustee Anne Garlock report that the College hosted 40th anniversary commemorative events for the Batavia Area Jaycees July 27 and 28, as well as a Car Cruise at the Batavia Campus. The Batavia Area Jaycees were heavily involved in the efforts to create Genesee Community College more than 40 years ago. As part of the festivities, the College dedicated a bench and boulder to the Jaycees. “These events were very successful,” Mrs. Garlock said. “The Jaycees were very impressed with the College and very appreciative of this recognition.”

• Heard Vice President for Finance and Operations Kathleen Sinel report that work is progressing well on the new Medina Campus Center. The roof is on, windows and doors are installed, and the exterior is largely completed, Dr. Sinel said. The building, located on Maple Ridge Road in Medina, will be completed in the weeks ahead, and furniture and equipment will be moved in between mid and late September. Classes will be offered in the new Medina Campus Center beginning October 1, and a grand opening celebration is scheduled October 10.

• Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman report that construction work is progressing well at College Village. One of the two new residential buildings and the reconfigured “B” building are expected to be completed within days. The second residential building will be completed within the next several weeks, and the Commons Building will be completed by the third week of September. College Village administrators have backup plans for housing students should the last building be unavailable when classes begin, Mr. Ensman said.

• Heard Mr. Ensman report that the 2007 Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life will focus on governmental consolidation and collaboration. Featuring former U. S. Congressman William Hudnut III, a nationally recognized expert on governmental consolidation, the Symposium will explore ways that municipal governments, school districts, and quasi-governmental organizations can consolidate and share services, and ultimately reduce the cost of government. The symposium is scheduled September 17.

• Heard Mr. Ensman report that 70 guests attended a reception in honor of the first six inductees to Genesee Community College’s new Alumni Hall of Fame, located on the second floor of the Conable Technology Building. The first six inductees included Joseph H. Bell, Monica H. Dawson, Jerry L. Reinhart, Paula Savage, Lori H. Stupp, and Margaret W. Weissand.