Batavia, New York--Few people, after collecting paychecks for their entire adult life, would say “I’ve never worked a day in my life!” but Genesee Community College Student Activities director Cliff Scutella loves his job, and does not consider it work. And that joy is obvious not only to those who work with him and the students to whom he is dedicated, but his colleagues across the country who have recognized Scutella with a national award.
During the recent 2012 Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) National Conference in Florida, Scutella was named the National Advisor of the Year by the organization. APCA offers resources to campus activities programming departments throughout the United States, such as low-cost, high-value concerts, seminars and other entertainment programs geared toward students.
Mr. Scutella was nominated by his staff in the Student Activities Office. “Cliff has a unique ability to bring together groups and organizations with his leadership qualities and winning personality,” praised GCC Student Activities technical specialist Joanna Barefoot. The award recognizes Mr. Scutella for his ability to empower staff and students to reach their fullest potential, and Ms. Barefoot says he does so by embracing ‘teachable moments.’ “He takes the time to challenge a person to think problems through, consider possible solutions and work together to address the situation,” she added.
Mr. Scutella has been a valued member of the GCC family for 22-years, and says, “I have a great life...I play for a living!” Cliff’s goal of providing enriching entertainment is evidenced by his bright and joyful office, which is virtually crammed full of toys and memorabilia. And his counsel is sought outside the department, as well. “Many people throughout the college often come to Cliff for advice in solving issues that crop-up in other departments. Cliff is great at thinking outside of the box, which also results in more creative and interesting programming that benefits the greatest number of people,” says Ms. Barefoot.
“We recognize that our role at GCC is one of retention, and if we get kids connected, they will be more successful, and that is my ultimate goal,” says Mr. Scutella.
For more information about student activities at GCC, call (585) 345-6832, or visit this website:
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