Genesee Symphony-Genesee Community College Partnership Unique in State, Board Hears

The four-year old partnership between the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and Genesee Community College – under which the GSO is “orchestra in residence” at the College – is believed to be unique among community colleges in New York State, Dean of Learning Technologies Robert Knipe reported to the College’s Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Marjorie Fulmer, current president of the Genesee Symphony Board, told trustees that the partnership is working well. The GSO holds its four regular concerts at the College each year, and recent concerts have been near sellouts, Ms. Fulmer said. “We love being here,” she added.

The Genesee Symphony is now in its 61st season. Students also have the opportunity to participate in some Symphony activities. “This GSO partnership is a statement that this college supports the arts,” Dean Knipe said.
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved renewals of 24 four-year continuing faculty and staff appointments. Reappointed were: Rafael Alicea-Moldando, Associate Professor, Chemistry; Meredith Altman, Professor, Mathematics; Vicky Aubert, Technical Assistant, Warsaw Campus Center; Charles Boyd, Professor, English; William Brewer, Assistant Professor, Economics; Jeannie Burdick, Counselor/Assistant Professor; Marina Cappellino, Assistant Professor, Computer Systems and Network Technologies; Jean Chenu, Associate Professor, Office Technology; Kristine Dassinger, Assistant Professor, English; M. Richard Dudkowski, Professor, Fashion Merchandising Management; Patti Furness, Technical Assistant, Albion Campus Center; Barry Garigen, Professor, Criminal Justice; Michael Garrett, Technical Specialist, Marketing Communications; Norman Gayford, Professor, English; James Habermas, Professor, Computer Information Systems; Timothy Hinz, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems; Mary Knappen, Associate Professor, Mathematics; Shawn Krest, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Information Systems; Maureen Leupold, Assistant Professor, Biology; Terence Reding, Technical Specialist, Records; Susan Ryan, Technical Specialist, Admissions; Patricia Pierson Schwartz, Associate Professor, Sociology; Dennis Shine, Associate Professor, Drafting; and Joan Zummo, Associate Professor, Biology.

• Approved ten first-time four-year continuing faculty and staff appointments. Appointed were: Maryanne Arena, Director of Fine and Performing Arts; Joanna Barefoot, Technical Specialist, Student Activities; Marjorie Blondell, Instructor, Nursing; Amy Bowles, Instructor, Tourism and Hospitality Management; Amy Churchfield, Technical Assistant, Dansville Campus Center; Cindy Francis, Librarian; Lina LaMattina, Director, Business Skills Training; Carol Marriott, Director, Institutional Research; Barbara Shine, Instructor, Business; Nina Warren, Director of Library Services.

• Heard Rural Jail Postsecondary Transition Grant Director Raymond Walker report that the College’s Rural Postsecondary Transition grant program is now serving 27 individuals incarcerated in five area county jails. Under the program, the College provides “learning modules” on computer discs which inmates use to master college-level curriculum. Although the courses are offered on a non-credit basis, the content is equivalent to credit-based college courses, and prepares inmates to successfully complete CLEP (College Level Examination Program) examinations, which can confer college credit to students who master course content outside of traditional college settings. The program is funded through a highly competitive federal grant that Genesee received in 2006.

• Heard Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that 459 individuals had applied for admission as full-time students for the Spring 2008 semester as of January 4, up 22% from the 374 individuals who had applied exactly one year earlier. President Stuart Steiner predicted that overall Spring 2008 registrations would exceed Spring 2007 registrations. Classes begin January 22.

• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Christopher Caputi will join the College’s faculty this month as Temporary Instructor/Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Mr. Caputi has practiced physical therapy for more than a decade, and specializes in orthopedic therapy and sports medicine. He has served as a member of Genesee’s adjunct faculty as well as D’Youville College’s Physical Therapy program faculty. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from D’Youville College.

• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that TaShonda Gerald is joining the College’s staff this month as Temporary Career Program Coordinator for the College’s Perkins Grant program. She has served as a graduate assistant for SUNY Brockport and worked for the Urban League of Rochester as a program coordinator and caseworker. She holds a B.A. degree from St. John Fisher College and a M.S. degree from SUNY Brockport.

• Heard President Stuart Steiner report that Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia Moore will retire at the close of the current academic year. Dr. Moore has served Genesee for nine years.

• Heard Richard Ensman, Director of Development and External Affairs, report that the College Village construction project is finished at a cost of $3.89 million. The privately-financed project provides housing for 79 more Genesee Community College students, as well as a new “Village Hall” that houses staff offices and student gathering space.

• Heard Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, provide the Board with an overview of the operations of the Genesee Community College Association. The Association (known as the GCCA) coordinates a variety of non-classroom activities for the college community, including co-curricular student clubs, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and child care. Many activities are funded through student fees. The GCCA relies heavily on the views of students in making decisions, and students are part of the 15-member GCCA Board of Directors, Dr. Taylor noted.
• Heard Dr. Taylor report that the College will open the College Library Sunday afternoons from February 3 to March 16 as part of a pilot program to expand weekend services to students. The Humphrey Student Union will be open Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the spring semester. The pool, testing center, and open computer lab will also be available to students, and more student events will be planned on weekends, Dr. Taylor noted.