GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo says that when their new president, Denise Battles, is inaugurated, it will be time for the College and Village to readdress the purpose of the Healthy Campus Community Coalition (GHCCC).
At the Village Board of Trustees meeting on May 18, Trustee Bob Wilcox, co-chair of GHCCC announced that the College would at that time like Mayor Richard Hatheway and President Battles to re-evaluate the status and purpose of the Coalition.
“We need President Battles to sit with the Mayor to say, ‘Are our original problems still problems? Are we still a viable group?'” said Dr. Sarah Covell, co-chair of GHCCC.
According to their mission statement, GHCCC is a group of local Geneseo figures headed by Trustee Wilcox and Dr. Sarah Covell, Alcohol and Other Drug Program Coordinator for SUNY Geneseo seeking recorded levels of under aged drinking that do not exceed national norms, reduced levels of students who self-reported on national surveys that they drank excessively, reduced occurrences of students being hospitalized for the excessive consumption of alcohol, reduced number of physical assaults in which alcohol consumption was a factor, reduced number of sexual assaults in which alcohol consumption was a factor, reduced number of noise complaints to Village officials for off-campus parties, reduced number of incidents of vandalism in campus residence halls, reduced number of citations for under aged drinking, reduced number of citations for disorderly conduct in which alcohol played a factor.
The Coalition also includes Police Chief Eric Osganian; Lauren Thompson, Coordinator Of Late Night Programs and Activities for SUNY Geneseo; Dana Minton, Coordinator of Health Promotion for SUNY Geneseo; JoBeth Rath, Workforce Development Manager for Goodwill of the Finger Lakes; Thomas Walters, medical director of Livingston County CASA’s (Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse) Geneseo branch; Scott Kenney, Assistant Chief of University Police for SUNY Geneseo; Tamara Kenney, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Conduct and Community Standards for SUNY Geneseo; Jim Whitehead, Geneseo Tourism; Wendi Kinney, Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternal Life and Off-Campus Services; Joe Van Remmen, Inspector for University Police, and Superintendent of the Geneseo School District Tim Hayes.
“The College wants their new president and the Mayor to review the compact and see where it should be going in the future,” said Trustee Wilcox.
University Police Chief Thomas Kilcullen said that though change is to be expected with a new administration, insofar as members of the Coalition have heard so far, the plan is to maintain as much as possible the current relationship that the College and Village have.
“They will look at all aspects of the Coalition, though I am not aware of any changes that are to be made to the program as a whole,” said Chief Kilcullen. “It is the overall responsibility of any institution of higher education to maintain a positive relationship with its community. With any new administration one has to expect change, and Dr. Battles brings her own experiences from several positions including the University of Northern Colorado, Georgia Southern University and UNCW, which will be used for the betterment of Geneseo.”
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