Batavia, New York — Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a $38.071 million operating budget for the 2013-2014 year at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 13, 2013. The budget must now be approved by the Genesee County Legislature, sponsor of the College and the State University of New York.
The budget, which covers the fiscal year beginning September 1, is a tight, maintenance-of-effort budget, according to GCC President James M. Sunser. The budget includes the following provisions:
•Tuition increase for full-time students of $75 per semester, raising tuition from $1,775 to $1,850 per semester. Tuition for part-time students will increase by $5 per credit hour. Financial assistance will cover virtually all increased tuition costs for students who currently receive maximum aid. Genesee’s tuition rates are expected to remain highly competitive with other SUNY community colleges, Dr. Sunser noted.
•Hold staffing at current levels.
•Increase in overall expenses by 2.71% over 2012-2013 expenses. The increase is due to an anticipated rise in the cost of utilities and other building-related costs, as well as anticipated salary and wage increases.
•Request for a $100,000 increase in sponsor support from the Genesee County Legislature, bringing the Legislature’s contribution from $1.936 million to $2.036 million. Genesee County’s contribution would be 5.3% of the total budget.
•Partial restoration of cutbacks in New York state aid of $150 per full-time-equivalent student. State aid levels, however, remain almost 10% lower than state aid levels of four years ago.
In other business at the May meeting, the Board of Trustees:
•Approved ten promotions of faculty members. Promoted from Librarian/Associate Professor to Professor was Cindy A. Francis. Promoted from Associate Professor of History to Professor was Garth P. Swanson. Promoted from Assistant Professor of Reading to Associate Professor was Julie Jackson Coe. Promoted from Instructor to Assistant Professor was Deborah A. Carrasquillo (Nursing), Gary W. Glaser (Biology), Jodi S. Harvey (Teacher Education Transfer), Amy V. Conley (Accounting), Eileen M. Mathis (Psychology and Human Services), Derek D. Maxfield (History) and Michelle A. Eichelberger (Librarian).
•Approved the granting of degrees and certificates to 610 Genesee students this month, subject to their satisfactory completion of academic requirements. Six students will receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree; 254 students, the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree; 290 students, the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and 60 students, certificates.
•Approved a Resolution of Appreciation for Samantha M. Vogt, who served as Student Trustee during the 2012-2013 year. Ms. Vogt is graduating from Genesee this spring, and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Fashion Institute of Technology this fall.
•Heard Vice Chair Diane D. Torcello, who presided at the meeting in the absence of Chair Maureen T. Marshall, appoint a four-member Nominating Committee. Appointed were Laurie A. Miller, Chair; Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Peter R. Call and Donna M. Ferry. The Committee will nominate Board of Trustees officers for the 2013-2014 year.
•Heard Michael A. Crittenden, Professor of Physics and Chair of the Academic Senate, report that the Senate opposes a proposal by the State University of New York Board of Trustees for new legislation banning all tobacco use on SUNY campuses. Professor Crittenden said that, while many members of the Academic Senate believe smoking and tobacco use is a serious health problem, the Senate believes that as long as tobacco users’ personal habits do not impair their job performance or affect other faculty, staff and students, the decision to use tobacco should be left to the individual. The Senate also believes that decisions on tobacco bans should be left to the discretion of local campuses, he said. President James M. Sunser indicated that regardless of the outcome of the state legislative proposals, the College will offer tobacco-free education campaigns to faculty, staff and students.
•Heard Dr. Sunser report that Kristen E. Schuth has joined the College as Director of Athletics. Ms. Schuth served Genesee in a variety of sports-related positions from 2004 to 2010, including women’s softball coach and physical education/health academic advisor. She most recently served as Assistant Director of Athletics at Finger Lakes Community College. She holds a B.S. degree from SUNY Brockport and a M.S. degree from California University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Schuth resides in Spencerport.
•Heard Dr. Sunser report that Jenny S. Weatherall has joined the staff as International Student Advisor. Ms. Weatherall has served as a member of Genesee’s adjunct faculty and as a writing mentor for seven years. She has also been a member of the staffs of Medaille College and Nazareth College. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Nazareth College. Ms. Weatherall resides in Brockport.
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