Genesee Community College, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, Quality Milk Production Services of Geneseo, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County have joined forces to increase educational opportunities within the dairy industry through the Wyoming County Dairy Institute, William Maddison, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, told the College’s Board of Trustees Monday evening.
Leaders of all four organizations have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” committing their organizations to the Dairy Institute.
The four organizations, through the Institute, will provide continuing education to managers and employees of dairy producers and other agribusinesses, and work to develop college-level educational opportunities that prepare students to work in the dairy industry. Continuing education classes will begin this fall.
Eventually, Mr. Maddison said, the Dairy Institute could be a forum for the development of a college degree program in the dairy field, offered cooperatively by Alfred and Genesee.
Wyoming County is the #1 dairy-producing county in New York State. While Institute activities will be based in Wyoming County, they will be open to dairy producers in neighboring counties, Mr. Maddison said.
The Institute is being supported by a $67,000 two-year grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute, he said.
Mr. Maddison has been working with all four organizations for almost a year to develop the Institute and better meet the educational needs of the area dairy industry. “This is an important industry in our region, and a unique niche for these four organizations to serve,” he told trustees. “We should all be pleased with the high degree of cooperation and collaboration among these four organizations in making the Institute possible.”
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
• Heard Board Chair Marcia Noonan open the Board meeting with a tribute to founding trustee Almeta George, who died in Tennessee last week. Mrs. Noonan praised the late Mrs. George as a citizen and trustee who never sought the limelight but worked diligently to ensure the success of the College. Mrs. George served as a trustee from 1966 to 1973 and prior to her death was the last surviving member of the original Board of Trustees.
• Accepted a gift of pulmonary function testing equipment from Catholic Health System of Buffalo. The equipment will be used in the College’s Respiratory Care lab to teach students how to assess lung disease and impairment. “This gift is an excellent addition to what is already one of the most highly equipped respiratory care labs in New York State,” Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia Moore told trustees.
• Approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Batavia Regional Recreation Corporation and the Genesee County Baseball Club committing the three parties to a new partnership. Under the partnership, Dwyer Stadium will become home field for Genesee Cougars baseball, and Genesee Community College students will have the opportunity to participate in internships with the Batavia Muckdogs.
• Heard Dr. Kathleen Sinel, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that wallpaper and ceiling tiles have been installed in the new Medina Campus Center and that contractors are currently installing carpeting. The Center is scheduled to open October 1.
• Heard Richard Ensman, Director of Development and External Affairs and Executive Director of the College Foundation, report that one new residential building and the renovated Building “B” at College Village opened August 24. The second residential building was still under construction as of that date, and the 32 occupants have been housed at the Comfort Inn of Batavia, Mr. Ensman said. The second building was completed September 7, and students moved in September 9, he said. The Commons Building, which will house staff offices and student space, will be complete later this month. Almost $500,000 in new furniture, appliances, and carpeting were installed at College Village over the summer, Mr. Ensman told trustees.
• Heard Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that 1,048 new full-time students began study at Genesee this fall, up from the 1,012 new full-time students who began study a year ago. Overall enrollment as of September 10 is slightly down from enrollment one year ago, President Stuart Steiner said, but the final numbers are not in yet. The College is offering more eight-week and twelve-week courses this fall that have not yet begun, and registration for Genesee Community College courses offered in area high schools will not be complete until October. Dr. Steiner noted that 149 students are currently registered for courses at the new Medina Campus Center. These courses are being offered at Medina High School and BOCES until the new Center opens in early October.
• Heard that Dr. Kathleen Sinel, Vice President for Finance and Operations, will leave Genesee next month for a new position as Vice President for Finance and Operations at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.