Batavia, New York —The Board of Trustees is inviting faculty, staff, students and community residents to nominate individuals for honorary Genesee Community College associate degrees, Trustee Laurie J. Miller said at Monday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting.
Nominees must be individuals who have an association with Genesee Community College, and who have made extraordinary contributions to the life and growth of the College; or who are notable leaders in academic disciplines taught by the College; or individuals who have earned business, professional, civic or scholarly accomplishments. Honorary degrees will be awarded during the May 2013 commencement ceremonies, Mrs. Miller said.
Nomination forms are available on the College’s web site at: http://www.genesee.edu/content/about/images/Honorary%20Associate%20Degre...
New York State law was amended five years ago to permit community colleges to award honorary degrees. Past honorary degree recipients at Genesee Community College include founding president Alfred C. O’Connell (2007); former Genesee County Board of Supervisors Chair William W. Stuart (posthumously in 2007); founding trustee and college advocate Neil T. Burns (2007); founding and longtime trustee Anthony T. Zambito (posthumously in 2008); Genesee’s first staff member, Eva L. Bohn (2011).
In other business Monday evening, the Board of Trustees:
•Heard Diane D. Torcello, Finance Committee chair, report that Lumsden and McCormick, LLC, the College’s auditing firm, completed the fiscal audit for the 2011-2012 year, and issued a “clean” audit without deficiencies. Ms. Torcello also said that first quarter operations were consistent with budget projections.
•Heard Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Virginia M. Taylor report that the College’s “Winterim” session has enrolled 74 students, up from the 31 students enrolled during Winterim last year. Winterim offers online credit courses between the fall and spring semesters.
•Heard Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael S. Stoll describe the self-study process the College uses to assess academic programs. Most programs develop a self-study report every five years detailing program accomplishments, outcomes and opportunities. A review team, including representatives of industry or baccalaureate colleges, reviews the self-study, interviews faculty and students, and makes recommendations which are then incorporated into an assessment document. Programs that require accreditation from external bodies are formally reviewed on fixed cycles, ranging from every five to ten years, with periodic external reports submitted between accreditations.
•Heard Student Trustee Samantha M. Vogt report that the College’s Toastmasters Club now has 30 members. The Club, open to faculty, staff, students, and community residents, gives members the opportunity to learn and practice public speaking techniques in a supportive setting.
•Approved the granting of 327 degrees and certificates to Genesee Community College students in January, 2013, subject to students’ satisfactorily completing their fall semester studies. The College anticipates awarding seven Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees; 137 Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees; 159 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees; and 24 certificates.
•Approved changing the name of the College’s “Early Childhood Certificate” program to “Child Care Certificate” program. The change must now be approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.
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