Batavia, New York —Genesee Community College launched its new facilities master planning process a week ago, college trustees learned at last Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting that was held at the Dansville Campus Center.
Every SUNY community college must complete a facilities master plan every five years. The facilities plan examines space utilization, and identifies current and anticipated facilities needs. An approved facilities master plan is required before New York State funding can be made available for any facilities-related projects at SUNY campuses. Joy McCoola and Zilch Architects, an architectural firm specializing in higher education facilities, is coordinating the facilities planning process on behalf of the College.
Robert Joy, President of JMZ, told trustees that his firm would suggest ways the college can most cost-effectively use existing space, and propose facilities changes – either through reconfiguration of existing facilities or construction of new facilities – that can meet future student and community needs.
“It’s really a privilege for us [JMZ architects] to work with you on this plan,” Mr. Joy told trustees. “You have a history of planning your work, and working your plans, and doing all of this in ways that serve your students and your community very well.”
Mr. Joy said that educational needs will play a large part in the facilities plan. “For example, we know that colleges are trying to make big strides in student success and retention, and STEM [Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] initiatives,” he said. “We’ll take all of these trends into account as we prepare the plan with you.”
In other business, the Board of Trustees heard Dansville Campus Center Associate Dean Peter P. Soscia and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Eunice M. Bellinger report on activities at the Dansville Center. Now in its 10th year, the Dansville Center has a solid record of service to the community, Dean Soscia noted:
•The Center has provided educational support and retraining to numerous area citizens, including workers who lost employment when Foster Wheeler closed operations earlier in the decade.
•Enrollment at the Dansville Center has grown extensively over the last decade. Last fall, the Center attracted 762 course registrations.
•Dansville staff work closely with leaders of the Dansville School District, and many Dansville High School students participate in Genesee Community College courses at Dansville. Twenty-five members of Dansville High’s 2011 graduating class are now attending GCC, said Dr. Paul Alioto, Dansville Central School District Superintendent, who attended the meeting.
Trustees also heard three former Dansville Center students praise the education they received at the Center. Following graduation from GCC with a teacher education transfer degree, Beth Hall ’06, earned a teacher education degree from SUNY Geneseo and is nearing completion of a graduate degree in Mathematics from Nazareth College. Jessica Quibell ’06 went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Buffalo State College and currently owns her own business in Geneseo. Russell J. Oas ’09 became a respiratory therapist, working at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and St. James Hospital in Hornell.
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