Genesee Community College Plans College Awareness Campaign in Dansville Area

Genesee Community College will launch a campaign in the Dansville area in anticipation of the Dansville Campus Center's move to the former middle school this summer, Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Batavia, New York — Genesee Community College will launch an campaign in the Dansville area in anticipation of the Dansville Campus Center’s move to the former middle school this summer, Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening.

The key words are “encouragement” and “excitement,” Mr. Ensman told trustees. College staff members want all residents of the Dansville area to learn how college study at Genesee can benefit them, he said. And the College also hopes to foster enthusiasm and excitement among area residents about the Center’s move.

The Dansville Campus Center, currently located on Route 63 just outside the village, opened ten years ago. The Center was an immediate success, and grew steadily over the last decade. “We know that many more residents of the area are interested in pursuing college education, and one of the reasons for the move is to make space available to meet what we believe will be growing enrollment and growing programs in the decade ahead,” Mr. Ensman said.

The College plans a mixture of media advertising, mailings, and online promotional efforts over the next six months. All Dansville area residents will likely read or hear about the programs and courses offered at the new Center, to be located on Clara Barton Street. In the meantime, the College is accepting registrations for the summer 2012 semester, which begins May 29. Fall semester classes begin August 27. Area residents interested in learning more about classes and programs at the Dansville can call (585) 335-7820.

In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:

•Approved an extension of the contract between the College and the Genesee Educational Association, which represents faculty and professional staff members, for one year. The contract was originally developed in 1980, and is believed to be one of the longest-running faculty/staff contracts in the nation.

•Approved the appointment of William T. Emm as Executive Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. Mr. Emm comes to Genesee with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. He has served in senior-level positions at Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University. He holds an A.A.S. degree from SUNY College at Morrisville, a B.S. degree from Syracuse University, and a M.S. degree from Keuka College. He has been a resident of Syracuse for many years, and will be relocating to the area in the future.

•Heard Executive Assistant to the President Cathy E. Costello report that the College will receive a $7,273 Library Collection grant from the New York State Education Department. The grant will be used to bolster library holdings in the paralegal, nursing, allied health, and human services fields.

•Heard Finance Committee Chair Diane D. Torcello report that the Committee had completed a six-month college budget review, and that financial performance is running close to projections.

•Heard President James M. Sunser report that, despite enrollment declines of between 3% and 12% at many community colleges across New York, Genesee’s enrollment remains among the healthiest in the state. Genesee’s staff is predicting a reduction in slightly over 1% of FTEs (full-time-equivalent students) for the year. With the addition of new course sections during the summer 2012 semester, summer enrollment is expected to increase this year, he said.

•Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor report that Genesee Promise Plus attracted more than 400 area high school graduates last year. Genesee Promise Plus provides scholarships for two summer courses to high school students following their graduation. Dr. Taylor said she anticipates that even more area high school graduates will participate this year. Dr. Taylor also reported that second session spring Sunday courses are about to begin. The College will offer six courses at the Batavia Campus between March 19 and mid-May, including Personal Money Management, Elementary Spanish 1, Algebra 2, Western Art History 1, Composition in the Natural and Social Sciences, and World Civilizations 2. Individuals may still register for Sunday courses, and call (585) 343-0055, x6158 for more information.

•Heard Dr. Sunser report that Lourdes M. Abaunza is joining the College’s staff as Technical Specialist/Financial Services Advisor. Ms. Abaunza holds an A.A.S. degree from Genesee Community College and a B.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport. She is a resident of Brockport.

•Heard Dr. Sunser report that Shannon M. Baker is joining the staff as Technical Specialist/Counselor. Ms. Baker is currently a member of the staff at Rochester Community Mental Health Services. She has also worked as a counselor at St. Joseph’s Villa and Harmony Place. She holds a B.A. degree from SUNY College at Geneseo and a M.S. degree from St. John Fisher College. Ms. Baker is a resident of Greece.

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