18 International Students Enroll in Genesee Community College Summer Program

Eighteen international students have enrolled in Genesee Community College’s 2009 summer program, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor reported to the Board of Trustees yesterday evening. Sixteen students are from Japan, one is from Senegal, and one is from Venezuela. Sixteen of the students are residing at College Village, Genesee’s residence for students.

Students enrolled in the program participate in summer courses designed to strengthen their English-speaking and English-reading skills. “By beginning their academic work in the summer instead of the fall, they have an opportunity to become adjusted to college in the United States and get a head start on their studies,” Dr. Taylor told trustees.

The summer program is not all academic, however. Students travel across Western New York and visit many well-known attractions, Dr. Taylor said. This summer, students are visiting the Holland Land Office Museum, Marketplace Mall, Genesee Country Village, Letchworth State Park, the Jell-O Museum, Niagara Falls, Albright Knox Art Gallery, and Darien Lake Theme Park. Students will also have the chance to explore the nearby metropolitan areas of Buffalo and Rochester, and participate in local activities, such as a Muckdogs Game and Centennial Park picnic in Batavia. These activities help international students become part of the local and regional community, she told trustees.

Last year, Genesee Community College attracted 110 international students. Students come to Genesee from across the globe for many of the same reasons that students from across Western New York attend Genesee, Dr. Taylor explained. “Our international students want a great education, but they want affordability,” she said. “They want the opportunity to become friends with U.S. students, get to know their professors, and participate in small classes. Genesee gives these international students a great educational experience, but these students also add much richness to our College community.”

In other business yesterday evening, the Board of Trustees:

  • Heard Nominating Committee Chair Melvin J. Wentland report that the Nominating Committee will propose that the Board’s current officers be re-elected at the Board’s annual meeting in July. Current officers include Laurie J. Miller, Chair; Charles R. Ruffino, Vice Chair; and Maureen T. Marshall, Secretary.
  • Conferred the title of Professor Emeritus to four longstanding faculty members who retired at the end of the current academic year: Ruth E. Andes, Professor of Sociology; Frances E. Hoeft, Professor of Nursing; Kathleen L. Guyett, Professor of Nursing; and Bruce A. Lindsey, Professor of Accounting. The Professor Emeritus title is an honorary title granted to retired faculty members who have made deep and longstanding contributions to the College. The four faculty members honored by the Board have combined service to Genesee of 140 years, President Stuart Steiner noted.
  • Heard Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin P. Hamilton report that bids for reconstruction of the athletic fields and the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium are due June 16.
  • Heard Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin Hamilton report the construction is well underway at the site of the new Lima Campus Center on Rochester Road, just north of the village of Lima. Mr. Hamilton reported that the foundation has been laid and exterior walls are constructed. The building should be fully enclosed within the week, he said. The Center is being built by Saucke Brothers of Rochester.
  • Heard President Stuart Steiner report that five individuals will join the faculty this fall. Amy Conley, of Middleport, will become Instructor of Accounting and Business. She has worked at AES Eastern Energy, Xerox Corporation, and Arthur Andersen. She has also been a member or Genesee’s adjunct faculty. Ms. Conley is a CPA, and holds a B.S. degree from St. John Fisher College and a M.B.A. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Teresa Sukiennicki, of Rochester, will become Instructor of Biology. Dr. Sukiennicki has been a member of Genesee’s adjunct faculty for three years, and served a postdoctoral fellowship for four years at the University of Rochester in vaccine biology and immunology. She holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington. Roxanne Holthaus, of Dansville, will become Instructor of Nursing. She currently is a member of the Student Health Services staff of SUNY Geneseo. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and has served as a staff nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital. She holds a B.S. degree from SUNY Binghamton, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Rochester. Marilyn Brennan, of Middleport, will become Assistant Professor of Nursing. She has taught at Niagara County Community College for twenty years. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Niagara County Community College, a B.S. degree from the University at Buffalo, and a M.S. degree from D’Youville College. Gary Glaser, of North Tonawanda, will become Instructor of Biology. He is an adjunct faculty member of Niagara County Community College, Erie Community College, Canisius College, and Trocaire College. He also serves as a computer consultant at the University at Buffalo. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University at Buffalo.
  • Heard President Steiner report that enrollment for Genesee’s summer session stood at 1,433 on June 5, up 9.8% from the 1,305 students who were enrolled one year ago. Final enrollment numbers will be available once the second summer session gets underway next month. Heavy registration in science courses is being reported, Dr. Steiner noted.
  • Heard Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that 3,139 individuals have applied for admission as full-time students as of June 4 for the Fall 2009 semester, up 15.6% from the 2,715 applications received one year ago at that date. Applications from prospective part-time students totaled 1,552, up 7% from the 1,451 applications received a year ago.