Genesee Community College Seeks Nominations For Honorary Associate Degree Recipients

Batavia, New York —The Board of Trustees announced that Genesee Community College is accepting nominations for Honorary Associate degrees that would be conferred at the College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 22, 2016. Any person is welcome to make nominations.

Nominees should be associated with the College and have achieved business, professional, civic and scholarly accomplishments; made extraordinary contributions to the life and the growth of the College; or notable leaders in the academic disciplines taught at the College. Recipients of honorary degrees are individuals whose accomplishments, contributions or leadership are well beyond ordinary standards, and serve as an inspiration to members of the College community and as role models for students and citizens of the region.

All nominations are due by February 1, 2016.

Nomination forms can be retrieved online at the following Internet address:

For Honorary Degree guidelines and a listing of prior recipients, please go to:

The completed forms should be submitted by February 1, 2016 to: Cathy Costello, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For further information, please call Cathy at 585-345-6812 or email:

In other reports, the Board of Trustees:
Approved the continuation of GCC’s SUNY seamless transfer academic program assessment efforts, and the related recommended program changes. Dr. Kathleen Schiefen, GCC Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs reported to the Trustees that three more programs were fully assessed with following changes suggested:
o Converting the Physical Education Studies program from an Associate in Science (AS) Degree intended largely as a transfer opportunity, to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree which prepares students to enter the workforce. “The conversion better aligns the program with what students are actually doing such as working as coaches,” Dr. Schiefen said.
o Polysomnographic Technology Assistant program changing the biology course requirement to from Microbiology to General Biology.
o Physical Therapist Assistant program curriculum adjustment will allow students to take a health or physical education requirement that focuses on first aid training and emergency situations such as learning CPR.
Approved the granting of degrees and certificates to 275 students for January 2016 pending the successful completion of academic requirements. GCC anticipates awarding 135 Associated in Applied Science degrees (AAS), 115 Associate in Science degrees (AS), three Associate in Arts degrees (AA), and 22 certificates.
Approved the appointment of two employees:
o After serving at an adjunct instructor at GCC’s Albion and Medina Campus Centers since 2006. Kari Heidemann, of Barker, NY, is a new instructor of Human Services. Through her prior association with the Orleans County Mental Health Association in Albion working as a psychologist, outpatient treatment coordinator and case management supervisor, Kari brings extensive contacts in the human services field. She has Master’s and Bachelor’s in Psychology from The College at Brockport and Niagara University, respectively.
o Darcy Biltekoff, of Buffalo, NY, is the new program coordinator/technical specialist at The BEST (Business and Employee Training) Center, the workforce development division of GCC. Previously, Darcy was coordinator of Community Services Programs in Lifelong Learning at Buffalo State College, and the associate director of International Executive Programs at the University of Buffalo. She also directed the Community Education and Community Services program for the Town of Winchester, Massachusetts. Darcy earned her BA from Tufts University in International Relations, and her MBA in Marketing from Boston University.