Genesee Community College Begins Innovative ‘Winterim' Session

Students will have a new way to complete coursework at Genesee Community College through the College’s new “Winterim” session, President James M. Sunser reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Students will have a new way to complete coursework at Genesee Community College through the College’s new “Winterim” session, President James M. Sunser reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening. The Board met at the Batavia Campus for its regular monthly meeting. The Winterim Session will run between mid-December and mid-January, between the close of the fall semester and the start of the spring semester. The session will help students who have either fallen behind in their academic plans, or are attempting to complete their degree requirements faster, Dr. Sunser said.
Four courses will be offered during Genesee’s first Winterim session: Microcomputer Applications; World Regional Geography; The Female Role in Film; and Medical Terminology. All offer three credits. Much of the coursework can be completed online.The College hopes to expand the Winterim session in future years, Dr. Sunser said.

In other business on Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:

•Congratulated members of the Men’s Soccer Team for their record-breaking season. The team won conference and regional competitions, and vied for the national Division III championship. The Genesee Cougars lost to the Herkimer Generals Sunday. Director of Athletics Margaret A. Sisson told trustees that team members had “a tremendous year, and represented us well.” President James M. Sunser, who traveled to Herkimer Community College for Sunday’s game said that officials from other colleges remarked about the sportsmanship and character of Genesee’s team. “You guys made the team proud, the college proud, and our community proud,” he told players.

•Amended the nomination form for honorary associates’ degrees to clarify that nominees must have some connection to Genesee Community College.

•Approved the College’s membership in the New York Community College Trustees Association for the coming year.

•Heard President Sunser and Vice President for Finance and Operations Kevin P. Hamilton describe the College’s new Genesee Strategic Intelligence (GSI) initiative. When complete, GSI will aggregate a variety of enrollment, financial, and academic data from internal and external data sources in a data repository. The GSI will include a “dashboard” of critical data and “drill-down” capability for staff, and will aid in both long-term decision making and daily operations, Dr. Sunser told trustees. Genesee is one of five SUNY colleges developing strategic intelligence systems in cooperation with Student Information and Campus Administrative Systems (SICAS), a SUNY technology consortium.

•Heard Professor of English and Intermediate Studies, Charley Boyd and Director of Human Services Program, Connie Boyd report on the study abroad trip to Ireland they organized over the summer. From their base at Rathgillan Farm, about 45 miles from Dublin, students explored Irish history and culture, completing courses in Human Relations 1 and Composition in the Humanities. “This was truly an eye-opened for our students to explore the world,” Ms. Boyd told trustees. Genesee has enlisted the assistance of other colleges, such as SUNY Brockport, in organizing past study abroad programs, Dr. Eunice M. Bellinger, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs said. But the program in Ireland was organized entirely by Genesee faculty and staff, the first international study program the College has organized on its own. The College will offer another educational program in Ireland during the summer of 2012, Dr. Bellinger said. For the Ireland blog go to: http://gccblogs.wordpress.com/category/ireland/

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