Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees last evening named the College’s new art gallery in memory of Rosalie (“Roz”) Steiner, who died unexpectedly in 2008. The gallery will be known as the “Rosalie ‘Roz’ Steiner Art Gallery.” Mrs. Steiner, the wife of Genesee President Stuart Steiner, was a visible figure at College events for four decades. During her many years of association with Genesee, she hosted and participated in hundreds of events for board members, faculty and staff, and students.
Trustees have always had a deep appreciation for both Stuart Steiner and Roz Steiner, said Board Chair Charles R. Ruffino. “Roz supported Stuart throughout his presidency, but she had a deep loyalty and passion for Genesee Community College in her own right,” Mr. Ruffino said. “Her graciousness and hospitality were legendary, and anything the College needed from her she would do with enthusiasm.”
The new art gallery is part of the College’s Genesee Center for the Arts. In 1991, after the Center was constructed, trustees dedicated the Center to Dr. Steiner and named the theatre in his honor in recognition of his years of service to the College. “In so many ways, it is fitting that the theatre and art gallery, which are just feet away from each other, are named for Stuart and Roz,” Mr. Ruffino said. “Their contributions to the College, and the mark they have left on the College and the community, will last forever.”
Rosalie (Roz) Steiner, a Maryland native, was born in 1941. She and Stuart married in 1962, five years before arriving in Batavia, where they raised their four children. She was active in community life and took a special interest in youth and education, serving in such roles as PTA President at John Kennedy School and hosting a number of Rotary exchange students.
Dr. Melvin J. Wentland, Genesee’s longest-serving trustee, described what he called Mrs. Steiner’s ‘personal touch’: “Roz went out of her way to make everyone feel very welcome. She spent much time with trustees, accompanied trustees to meetings, and made it a point to show special attention to anyone who was new to the College, whether trustees or faculty members.”
The new gallery will house about 1,700 feet of multi-purpose exhibit space. Exhibits will include student work, the work of GLOW region artists and, possibly, traveling exhibitions from out of the area. Trustees believe the gallery will enhance the College’s humanities instructional program and provide valuable service to the community, Mr. Ruffino said. Construction on the gallery is underway, and is expected to be completed by late November.
In other business yesterday evening, the Board of Trustees:
•Welcomed Donna M. Ferry of Darien as Genesee’s newest trustee. Ms. Ferry was appointed to a seven-year term last week by Gov. David A. Paterson. Ms. Ferry is a manager of the Darien-based S.J.F. Construction Co. She is also a member of Genesee Community College’s Class of 1982, and is only the second Genesee alumnus in the College’s history to serve as a College trustee. The ten-member volunteer Board of Trustees is the governing board of Genesee Community College.
•Approved a resolution of appreciation thanking outgoing trustee Marcia H. Noonan for her service on the Board of Trustees for the past nine years. The Board named Ms. Noonan, a Batavia resident, to the honorary position of trustee emeritus.
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Editor’s Note: An architectural rendering of the new Rosalie ‘Roz’ Steiner Art Gallery is available at: