New Web Service Simplifies Class Selection, Genesee Community College Trustees Hear

Batavia, New York —Students and prospective students of Genesee Community College can now search for classes based on location, time of day, and instructional format, members of Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees learned Monday evening.

Batavia, New York —Students and prospective students of Genesee Community College can now search for classes based on location, time of day, and instructional format, members of Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees learned Monday evening. Trustees saw the new “Options at Genesee” service, which was placed on the College’s web site several months ago. (http://www.genesee.edu/academics/options/dspOptions/)

The innovative e-search screen was part of an initiative spearheaded by technical assistant Judith M. Littlejohn, a member of the College’s Learning Technologies staff. Ms. Littlejohn told trustees that, over the years, she noticed students selecting courses that did not fit their needs. “The ‘Options’ page simplifies the entire process,” she told trustees. “So, for example, if a student wants a classroom-based course in Orleans County, the student can quickly identify all the courses that meet those criteria.”

Ms. Littlejohn also showed trustees an advance version of the College’s new online “One-Stop” web utility, which will be publicly unveiled this fall. The One-Stop utility is a web screen that contains links to information and online services students need, such as course registration, career services, transfer services, and payment transactions.

In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

•Approved a change to the Board of Trustees’ Bylaws, expanding the number of regular board meetings from 10 to 12 annually.

•Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Virginia M. Taylor report that the opening of the fall semester was smooth. “An uneventful opening is always good news, and that’s what we had,” Dr. Taylor told trustees. Dr. Taylor also noted that 121 international students had enrolled for the fall semester, and that all students would be invited to participate in the Week of Welcome (September 12-17), which includes a club information fair, SUNY transfer fair, fall festival, and homecoming activities. Dr. Taylor also noted that 181 faculty members are participating in the College’s student alert program, providing fast information on students experiencing academic difficulty early in the semester. “This gives us the opportunity to contact students who may be having trouble with their classes and get them the help they need to succeed,” Dr. Taylor said.

•Heard Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman report that 384 students are residing at College Village, Genesee’s student residence operated by the Genesee Community College Foundation. Mr. Ensman also reported that 48 students are living in College’s Village’s Academic and Global Living themed community, 51 are living in the Wellness community, and 47 are living in a community focusing on service.

•Heard Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin P. Hamilton report that the Batavia Campus plaza reconstruction is complete except for minor concrete work, and that lights are installed around the tennis courts.

•Heard President James M. Sunser report that four individuals are joining the Genesee Community College faculty this fall:

oJessica L. Allen will serve as instructor of English on a temporary basis. She has taught at Moberly College (Missouri), the University of Missouri, and the University of Delaware. She holds a B.A. degree from SUNY Geneseo and a M.A. degree from the University of Delaware. She resides in Depew.

oSheila A. Owolabi will serve as instructor of American Sign Language. Ms. Owolabi has taught at Akron University (Ohio) and Kent State University. She has also taught preschool and high school students, and worked in the field of instructional technology. She holds a B.S. degree from Oregon State University and a M.S. degree from Western Oregon University. She resides in Batavia.

oJoNelle R. Toriseva will serve as instructor of English. Ms. Toriseva has taught at Portland Community College (Oregon), Chemeketa Community College (Oregon), and Mills College (California). She holds a B.A. degree from Concordia College (Minnesota), B.S. and M.A. degrees from Bemidji State University (Minnesota), and a M.F.A. degree from Mills College (California). She resides in Batavia.

oShirley T. Verrico will serve as Art Gallery Director and instructor of Art History. She has taught at Medaille College and Niagara County Community College, and has served on the staff of several arts organizations. Ms. Verrico holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University at Buffalo. She resides in the Buffalo area.

•Heard Associate Vice President for Human Resources Gina M. Weaver describe the results of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. The survey ranked Genesee Community College as one of the nation’s outstanding higher education work environments. Genesee received exceptionally high rankings for the quality of physical facilities and campus safety.

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