Genesee Community College at Arcade Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Honors Howard Payne

The Arcade Campus Center of Genesee Community College is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, September 23, 2004. A special ceremony honoring Howard Payne, a local resident and civic leader who is a member of the Arcade Campus Center's Advisory Council and a long term supporter of the College, will be part of the celebration highlights.

The anniversary celebration is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Arcade Campus Center located at 25 Edward Street in Arcade, NY from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Visitors will be given tours of the facility and refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required to attend, although they are appreciated. Individuals interested in attending should call the Campus Center at 585-492-5265 or email:

Since the Arcade Campus Center was established in 1994, more than 11,000 classes have been taken at Genesee Community College's southern most location in Wyoming County. With courses in a wide-range of subject areas for students pursing degrees and certificates, as well as numerous noncredit classes offered for personal enrichment?the Arcade Campus Center has provided a significant educational resource for many years and for thousands of southern tier residents.

Under the direction of Dr. Deborah M.D. Kirkwood, who began her tenure as Assistant Dean in 1997, the Center has continued to flourish. In 2002, the Arcade Campus Center completed an expansion project, which added approximately 3000 square of space and nearly doubling the size of the building. Today, the educational facility includes seven classrooms, numerous offices, a central student lounge, two computer laboratories, a small media lab, and a distance learning classroom is currently under development.

Mr. Payne has been an ardent promoter and supporter of the Arcade Campus Center of Genesee Community College since the Center's very first day in September 1994, and he was instrumental in expanding the facilities in 2002.

"Getting to know Howard has been a pleasure, and also an honor," Dr. Kirkwood, Associate Dean of the Arcade Campus Center stated. "He is a great insight into this community and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience, which makes him very helpful when pondering important business decisions."

In addition to Mr. Payne's work on behalf of higher education for Wyoming County, he is a former superintendent of public works for the Village of Arcade, and he served as town supervisor for 11 years. His other civic contributions include membership in the Arcade Lion's Club, the Arcade Chamber of Commerce, the Community Chest, the Historical Society, and the Arcade Attica Railroad. He has also served on the Wyoming County Community Services Board of the Mental Health Association, the Wyoming County Community Hospital Foundation and the Business Development Corporation, the Red Cross, and the United Way.