Genesee Community College’s Albion Campus will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration and Open House on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. The public is invited to join the celebration which will coincide with the Albion Campus Student Art Show Reception. The show will present Genesee student work from Art instructor Karen Todd’s Painting 1 and 2 classes as well as her Introduction to Visual Art classes, and will feature a variety of media. Light refreshments will be provided. The Albion Campus is located at 456 West Avenue (Rte. 31) in the village of Albion.
During the open house, visitors will be able to view student art as well as receive a tour of the facility, speak with faculty, see the new classroom video conferencing equipment, and experience demonstrations of the Smart Classroom Technology. A brief celebration ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM.
Beginning at 5:00 PM, music will be provided by the West Side String Quartette from Rochester. The Quartette features Karen Marsh (violin), Keiko Vann (violin), Genesee Art instructor Karen Todd (viola) and Dorothy Romanet (cello), and will play a variety of classical chamber music and pop selections.
The Albion Campus Center first opened in 1990 as Genesee Community College’s pioneering effort to bring the College to surrounding communities to improve access to higher education. Starting with a handful of classes and 159 students in 1990, the Albion Campus now runs more than 50 college classes each semester, serving over 450 students every week. This successful venture led the way to additional Campus Centers in Wyoming County (Warsaw and Arcade), Livingston County (Dansville and Lima) and the addition of a second Campus Center in Orleans County (Medina). The six Campus Centers now account for nearly 25% of the Genesee total enrollment.
In addition to the academic classes held at the Albion Campus Center, it is also a place for local artists to exhibit their works of art. The Albion Campus became a GO-ART! Satellite Gallery in January 2009 and hosted 10 art shows that year including two student art shows, a community exhibit, and a faculty art show.
In continuing the Albion Campus Center’s connection with the community, the 20th Anniversary Celebration also features an historic tour of local landmarks. The public is invited to join Joyce Chizick’s Western Art History Club and Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin for guided tours of three historic and architecturally significant churches surrounding the Albion Courthouse Square just a few blocks from the Albion Campus Center. These three churches were constructed of locally quarried Medina Sandstone and represent three distinct periods in the development of Victorian Gothic architecture. These church tours will include the Pullman Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, and the First Presbyterian Church of Albion. The church tours will begin at 7:00 PM at the Pullman Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church on the southeast corner of the intersection of North Main Street (Rte. 98) and Park Street. Parking is available across the street in the County Legislature parking lot at the south edge of the Albion Courthouse Square.
For additional information, please contact Allen Kidder, associate dean at the Albion Campus Center at (585) 589-4936.
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A photograph of the staff at Genesee’s Albion Campus Center:
Pictured: Front row: Michele Bokman and Diane Palmer, Campus Center Associates; Angela Penkszyk, Secretary; Back row: Allen Kidder, Associate Dean; Patti Furness, Campus Center Associate.
For Albion Campus Center’s 20th Anniversary logo, please go to: