Genesee Community College has received $4,033,007 in external grant support so far this academic year, Samson A. Olaode, Director of Grant Services, reported to the Board of Trustees this evening. Grants come from federal, state, and private sources and provide support for academic programs, equipment, and college services.
Major grants include a Perkins IV federal grant ($417,424) which provides programs and equipment for career-oriented academic programs; Genesee Region Tech Prep ($474,026), providing career preparation, internships, and job shadow programs for students; Adult Educational Opportunity Center ($361,593), which provides college readiness services for unemployed and underemployed individuals; Student Support Services ($301,692), which provides academic support services to at-risk students; Title III Strengthening Educational Institutions ($398,840), which provides wellness services, technology infrastructure support, and an endowment fund matching program; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Energy Efficiency Project ($457,661), which provides funds to improve lighting and energy efficiency at the Batavia Campus; Integrated Campus Security Initiative Project ($537,000), which provides a variety of safety improvements, including video monitoring, emergency paging system, and keyless entry; and the Nursing Workforce Diversity program ($267,208), which helps licensed practical nurses make the transition to Genesee's nursing program and registered nurse status.
Grants, which are often highly competitive, contribute to excellence at Genesee, Mr. Olaode said. "These grants bring critical dollars into our college and our community," Mr. Olaode told trustees. "They add to the breadth and quality of education we provide, and help keep Genesee Community College on the cutting edge of innovation."
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
- Approved technical revisions to the College's Evaluation Guidelines for Professional Staff. The revisions add more detail to the criteria used to consider changes to academic rank of faculty members. The Evaluation Guidelines were last updated in 1990, said Vice President for Human Resources and Planning Larene Hoelcle.
- Authorized President Stuart Steiner to negotiate an additional 15-foot easement on the Batavia Campus to Verizon Corporation for its cell tower located on campus.
- Approved a Resolution of Appreciation to John G. Reina, Director of Computer Services, who is retiring from his position this week. Mr. Reina directed the efforts of his colleagues at SunGard Higher Education, Genesee's technology partner, for the last eight years. The Board praised Mr. Reina for his integrity and dedication to students, as well as his efforts to keep Genesee Community College at the forefront of technology.
- Approved a Resolution of Appreciation to the members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee for the time and effort they devoted to the national search for Genesee Community College's fourth president over the last five months. Members of the Committee were Diane D. Torcello; Michael A. Crittenden; Norbert J. Fuest; Norman R. Gayford; Ada Grabowski; Laurie J. Miller; Glenn R. Morton; Lori A. Mould; Michael S. Stoll; Raymond J. Strzelecki; and Charles N. Zambito. The Board also recognized the contributions of four individuals who assisted the Committee in its search: Robert J. Bausch, ex officio member of the Committee and Genesee County Legislature liaison to the College Board of Trustees; Aimee Bernstein, Associate Vice Chancellor, State University of New York; Denise Bukovan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, State University of New York; and Robert E. Parilla, Search Consultant, Academic Search, Inc.
- Heard Kevin P. Hamilton, Vice President for Finance and Operations, report that art gallery construction is complete and that contractors will be planting grass around the structure within the next several weeks. Mr. Hamilton also described building-related projects planned for this summer. They include completion of lighting around the rehabilitated tennis courts; creation of the new Polysomnographic Technology Lab; installation of "smart board" technology in the Batavia Campus Language Lab; installation of new energy-efficient internal lighting; and some electrical upgrading at the Batavia Campus.
- Heard Dr. Steiner report that, as of this morning, 6,153 students were registered for spring classes, up 2.1% from the 6,026 students who were registered for classes exactly one year ago. With record-breaking enrollments last fall, Genesee Community College will hit new enrollment records for the 2010-2011 academic year, Dr. Steiner told trustees. "We are very pleased with enrollment," he said. "Behind the number is a continually growing recognition of the excellent education students receive at Genesee."
- Heard Dr. Steiner report that Cindy M. Delmar will begin serving as Director of Computer Services at Genesee next month, replacing John G. Reina, who is retiring. Ms. Delmar, a member of the staff of SunGard Higher Education, Genesee's technology partner, will be responsible for administration of computer networks and software, college information systems, computer training and support, telecommunications, and technology initiatives. Ms. Delmar currently serves as SunGard Project Director at Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ. She has more than 30 years experience in technology support and management, including service at Gloucester County College (NJ), Delaware County Community College (PA), and University of the Pacific (CA). Ms. Delmar holds a B.S. degree from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
- Heard Dr. Steiner report that Nicole Morasco will join Genesee as staff accountant. Ms. Morasco comes to Genesee from the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. A native of the area, Ms. Morasco will return to Genesee County. She holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
- Heard Director of Development and External Affairs report that 110 guests were on hand last Wednesday to congratulate the three newest members of Genesee Community College's Alumni Hall of Fame. Inducted into the Hall of Fame last week were Benjamin J. Bonarigo '79 of Batavia; Jacquelyn E. Dwyer '76 of Batavia; and Matthew B. Locker '88 of Wanaque, NJ. Mrs. Dwyer, a graduate of the nursing program, practiced and taught nursing in Genesee County, and has been instrumental in the leadership of many charitable causes in the area. Mr. Bonarigo is a highly respected attorney in general practice and steadfast volunteer to many causes in the community. Mr. Locker is a nationally recognized producer, and has been responsible for the creation of audio, video, and advertising for a variety of companies across the United States.
- Heard Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, report that the number and percentage of area high school graduates attending Genesee Community continues to increase. Among college-bound 2010 high school graduates:
- 261 Genesee County students (37.2% of all college-bound high school graduates) enrolled at Genesee in the fall, up from 201 students (30.3% of college-bound high school graduates) in 2009.
- 51 Livingston County students (9.4% of all college-bound high school graduates) enrolled at Genesee in the fall, up from 47 students (7.8% of college-bound high school graduates) in 2009.
- 137 Orleans County students (28.8% of all college-bound high school graduates) enrolled at Genesee in the fall, up from 119 students (29.6% of college-bound high school graduates) in 2009.
- 92 Wyoming County students (32.5% of all college-bound high school graduates) enrolled at Genesee in the fall, up from 79 students (26.4% of college-bound high school graduates) in 2009.
- Heard Dr. Taylor report that the percentage of applicants to Genesee Community in spring 2011 ("the yield") who actually enrolled at Genesee is similar to the spring 2010 "yield" percentage. Of 1,328 degree-seeking applicants for full-time study this semester, 569 (43%) enrolled. Of 1,305 degree-seeking applicants last year, 575 (44%) enrolled. Of 696 applicants for part-time study this semester, 456 (66%) enrolled, while of 666 applicants for part-time study last year, 452 (68%) enrolled.
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