Genesee Community College’s new Medina Campus Center, located on Maple Ridge Road in Medina, is largely complete, Associate Dean James Simon reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening. Final cleaning of the new building is being done, furniture is now being installed, and contractors are completing the driveway, sidewalks, and parking area, he said.
The new Center will house classrooms, a technology lab, and a unique multi-disciplinary science lab. Twenty-two courses will be offered at the Center this semester, and the Center will also be a focal point for a variety of services for students and the entire community.
Classes will begin in the new Center within the next several weeks, Dean Simon said. Currently, Medina-area classes are being housed at Medina High School and BOCES.
A grand opening celebration and open house is set for Wednesday, October 10, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Dean Simon said. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are not required.
The new Center will increase access to higher education for residents living in the region. “A college education is increasingly important in today’s world,” Dean Simon told trustees. “With this new Center, I believe we will provide far more opportunities than ever before for area residents to build their skills and improve their lives.”
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
• Adopted a resolution of appreciation for the life of Almeta George, a founding trustee of Genesee Community College who died last month. The resolution recalls Mrs. George’s involvement with the citizen’s coalition that helped found the College, as well as her commitment to the hiring of extraordinary faculty members.
• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that enrollment of new first-time, full-time students is up 3% this fall. Part-time students are now enrolling for Genesee Community College courses offered in area high schools, and registrations for distance learning courses are up 1.5% this semester, Dr. Steiner also noted. Final fall enrollment statistics will be available next month.
• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Rebecca Day is joining Genesee’s staff as Technical Assistant in the College’s Upward Bound program. Ms. Day is an alumnus of Upward Bound (class of 2001). She holds an A.S. degree from Genesee Community College and a B.A. degree from SUNY Cortland.
• Heard Richard Ensman, Director of Development and External Affairs, report that finishing touches are being made on the College Village commons building. The building houses staff offices, meeting space, and a student gathering area. Students and staff should be able to use the building within the next two weeks, Mr. Ensman said. Two new residential buildings and a renovated third building recently opened, increasing College Village capacity from about 300 students to 379 students. A College Village open house is set for October 30, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
• Visited the College’s recently upgraded lab space. Using a combination of funding from the College’s budget, external grants, Genesee County, and New York State, a new nursing lab has been created in space that was used for computer repair classes. New equipment includes computer probes, flat screen monitors, and “simulated patients.” The College now has eight “simulated patients, or “sims” for short – six adults, one child, and one infant. These computerized mannequins are used to teach principles of nursing care. The computer repair lab was combined with the CISCO networking lab. The chemistry lab underwent its first upgrade since it was built in the early 1970s, and was funded with capital assistance from New York State and Genesee County, sponsor of the College. The upgraded lab has new hoods (units that isolate chemical experiments and demonstrations) and an ADA-compliant workstation.
• Heard Board Chair Marcia Noonan and trustees Melvin Wentland and Kenneth Dodd report on the recent Association of Community College Trustees conference. Mrs. Noonan said that the conference provided “amazing opportunities for conferences and seminars on topics that concern us.” Mrs. Noonan, for example, attended seminars on virtual social networking, ethics, low-income/low-skilled adult learners, and conflict resolution. President Stuart Steiner and three trustees – Glenn Morton, Charles Ruffino, and Melvin Wentland – presented a workshop on community partnerships through advisory committees. Sixty-two community college trustees across the nation attended the workshop. Genesee has been a leader in the creation of community advisory committees, and currently over 350 area residents are members of Genesee advisory committees.
• Heard Director of Computer Services John Reina report that e-mail use at the College is expanding. Between June 2006 and June 2007, the College received 18.9 million incoming e-mail messages. However, about 15.4 million of these messages were “spam” and were removed by the College’s security software.