BATAVIA, NY -- Cougar Kin, a new electronic news bulletin for parents and other family members of Genesee Community College students will debut in November, Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman told the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting last Monday evening.
The free e-bulletin will be distributed to parents and family members by e-mail upon request, and the content will also be available on the College's website. It will include information of interest to family members, such study and support tips, family-oriented activities at GCC, health and sports information, upcoming calendar items and deadlines, and common questions-and-answers. Cougar Kin takes its name from the Genesee Cougar, mascot of the College's intercollegiate athletic teams and many student clubs.
"Family members are often very interested in their students' progress, and family members can make a difference in student success," Mr. Ensman told trustees. "We hope this communication tool can strengthen the link between the College and our families, and contribute to our students' academic careers."
Major electronic editions of Cougar Kin will be distributed three times a year, and mini-bulletins will be distributed as needed. Parents and family members may request to be placed on the mailing list by sending an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other business, the Board of Trustees:
- Approved a new schedule of board meetings, with regular board meetings occurring monthly except during the month of February.
- Heard President James M. Sunser and Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor report that the opening of fall classes August 27 was very smooth. Dr. Taylor said that the College's innovative "one-stop" center, located on the William W. Stuart Forum stage, helped speed students through the enrollment and registration process. Dr. Taylor noted that Week of Welcome was coming up, and that the College would host its first-ever Student Health and Wellness Fair, featuring 45 exhibits from college groups and community agencies. She also noted that current and prospective students may enroll for 8-week and 12-week fall semester courses that begin September 24 and October 22.
- Heard Director of Development and External Affairs report that College Village, Genesee's student residence, will offer four "themed" communities this year. Themed communities, based in specific buildings, are geared toward students with similar interests. This year, College Village will host its AGLO (Academic Global Living Opportunities) Community, which attracts both international students and U.S. students; the Wellness Community, which fosters healthy lifestyles; the Service Community, which fosters college and community service; and the 24-hour quiet building. College Village offers residential opportunities at Genesee for 389 students. Mr. Ensman noted that College Village's highest priority is student success, and staff members are working to link students' residential experiences with their academic experiences.