Genesee Community College Foundation Passes $7.5 million Fundraising Mark

The Genesee Community College Foundation has raised $7.78 million since its founding in 1986, Richard Ensman, Director of Development and External Affairs reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening. Donations have been used to provide student scholarships, assist in the construction of new buildings, and create named endowment funds which provide permanent support to the College. Over the last 20 years, 5,933 different individuals and organizations made 17,294 gifts, Mr. Ensman said.

Of the $7.78 million in donations, $2.43 million was offered as general and scholarship support; $2.66 million for facilities, primarily to aid in the construction of the Conable Technology Building and Humphrey Student Union; and $2.04 million to create endowment funds. Another $649,000 was donated to fund special program-based and need-based scholarships.

Community leaders established the Genesee Community College Foundation in 1986 to provide volunteer and philanthropic support to the College. The Foundation is governed by a 30-member volunteer Board of Directors comprised of many of the region’s leading civic and business leaders. The Foundation’s success is due to the deep commitment of the Foundation’s board members and the thousands of supporters who believe in Genesee’s mission, Mr. Ensman told trustees. “At the end of the day, the Genesee Community College Foundation is about increasing access to higher education and helping Genesee reach ever-new standards of excellence,” he said. “All of our board members and supporters can be rightfully proud of what they have accomplished over the years.”

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved the granting of 200 degrees and certificates in January 2008, subject to students’ satisfactorily completing their academic requirements. The College anticipates awarding four Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees; 117 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; sixty Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and nineteen certificates.

• Approved a new policy on Risk Management. Under the policy, the College will establish a program aimed at identifying and managing financial, legal, and other risks potentially affecting the College.

• Approved a new policy on Purchasing. Under the policy, the College will advertise for sealed bids for commodities costing $10,000 or more. Quotations will be solicited for purchases under $10,000.

• Approved a new policy on Alcohol Use. Under the policy, alcohol will only be served at public events by caterers carrying appropriate insurance.

• Approved a new policy on Petty Cash. The policy formalizes the practice of establishing small petty cash funds used to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses, and authorizes the president to develop procedures for disbursing and reconciling funds.

• Appointed 352 members of 25 community advisory committees for one-year terms. Advisory committees provide guidance on curriculum, workforce needs, and internships. Most of the College’s career programs have advisory councils, as do campus centers and some grant-funded programs.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Ebony Ross will join the College’s staff as a Technical Assistant in the Admissions Office. Ms. Ross comes to Genesee from the GEAR UP program at South Park High School in Buffalo. She holds a B.A. degree from Livingstone College (North Carolina) and a M.S. degree from Buffalo State College.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Andrew M. Kloc will serve as Systems and Electronic Services Librarian for the next six months. Mr. Kloc currently serves as a part-time reference librarian. He holds a B.A. degree from Colgate University and a M.L.S. degree from The University at Buffalo.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Edward Levinstein has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean of Accelerated College Enrollment Programs (ACE). Mr. Levinstein has been an ACE staff member since 2002, and has been serving as Acting Director since June 2007. He is a former Boy Scouts of America District Executive. He holds a B.A. degree from SUNY Oswego and a M.A. degree from SUNY Brockport.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Tara Bradman will join the staff as Records Information Specialist. She comes to Genesee from Tufts University, where she served as a major gifts staff assistant. She holds a B.S.B.A. degree from Merrimack College and a M.S.Ed. degree from SUNY Brockport.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Tonya Passamonte will join the faculty as Instructor of Nursing next month. Ms. Passamonte currently serves as a charge nurse at Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. She holds two A.A.S. degrees from Genesee Community College; a B.S.N. degree from SUNY Brockport; and she is completing her M.S.N. degree from Roberts Wesleyan College this month.

• Heard Dr. Steiner report that Catherine Wall will join the faculty as Instructor of Nursing next month. Ms. Wall currently serves as a nurse practitioner at Strong Memorial Hospital. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Jamestown Community College; a B.S.N. degree from SUNY Brockport; and a M.S.N. degree from the University of Rochester.

• Heard Board Chair Marcia Noonan announce that the College is soliciting nominations for honorary associate degrees. Honorary associate degrees can be conferred by the Board of Trustees on individuals associated with the College who have distinguished themselves, contributed to their professions or the community, or demonstrated exemplary support for the College. Mrs. Noonan noted that she, along with trustees Maureen Marshall and Diane Torcello will serve on a committee to review nominations.

• Heard Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that 590 prospective full-time students have applied for admission to Genesee for the Spring 2008 semester, up 14% from the 517 prospective students who had applied exactly one year ago. Three hundred thirty eight prospective part-time students have applied for admission, down slightly from the 316 prospective part-time students who had applied a year ago. Dr. Steiner told trustees that 3025 students had registered for Spring semester classes as of this morning, up 2.6% from the 2949 students who had registered for Spring semester classes exactly one year ago.

• Heard Dr. Larene Hoelcle, Vice President for Human Resources and Planning, report that the Medina Campus Center is operating smoothly after two months of operation. Dr. Hoelcle said that the new multi-disciplinary science lab is expected to be available for students in January.