|Damon City Campus Student Leaders Endorse Kodak Site (12/16/2011)
Resolution receives unanimous support to move MCC’s downtown campus
ROCHESTER, N.Y. –Dec. 16, 2011- The student government at Monroe Community College’s Damon City Campus unanimously passed a resolution this morning in support of relocating MCC’s downtown campus to properties currently owned by Eastman Kodak.
The Student Events and Governance Association’s (SEGA) action follows the MCC Board of Trustees’ vote on Dec. 10 that recommended to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks that a permanent downtown campus be established on properties at State Street and Morrie Silver Way in the City of Rochester.
“It’s important to us for students to have an input in this matter and show support for the Kodak site. We’re excited about this new location. It means a lot in terms of student success,” said Teresa Velazquez, president of SEGA. “With bigger space that we could call our own, there’s a greater potential for more classes and more opportunities for programming. Safety is also something students have been big on, so this new environment would provide that. It’s imperative that the college meet the diverse needs of its students. We want support from the Rochester-area community, the mayor and the county executive so that all MCC students and future generations will benefit.
The student leaders’ resolution is as follows:
To: Members of the Monroe Community College Board of Trustees
Members of the Monroe County Legislature
Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive
Thomas S. Richards, Mayor of the City of Rochester
From: Damon City Campus Student Events and Governance Association
Title: Resolution of Support regarding the recommended site of Monroe Community College’s
new downtown campus
Whereas, on December 10, 2011, the Monroe Community College’s Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution of recommendation concerning the relocation of Monroe Community College’s downtown campus; and,
Whereas, the Monroe Community College Board of Trustees recommended that Monroe Community College’s downtown campus should be moved from its current location on Main Street, to properties at State Street and Morrie Silver Way currently owned by Eastman Kodak Company; and,
Whereas, the Monroe Community College Board of Trustees’ action marks the culmination of a deliberative search process focused on balancing the needs and interests of students, taxpayers, and local employers that rely on and benefit from the college; and,
Whereas, many DCC students have personal safety concerns in and around the Sibley Building; and,
Whereas, Monroe Community College is faced with an increased demand for an expanded facility that provides better parking and safety features than those offered at the Sibley Building; and,
Whereas, the Kodak property has the greatest potential to become a learning environment where students can succeed; and,
Whereas, the mission of Monroe Community College is to provide access to high-quality education and training programs to a diverse community; and,
Whereas, the recommended site for the new downtown campus will enable Monroe Community College to fulfill its mission.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Damon City Campus Student Events and Governance Association firmly believes that the recommended site of Monroe Community College’s new downtown campus is in the best interests of the students; and,
Be it further resolved, that the Damon City Campus Student Events and Governance Association hereby officially supports the recommendation made by the Monroe Community College Board of Trustees; and,
Finally, be it resolved, that the Damon City Campus Student Events and Governance Association hereby officially endorses the MCC Board of Trustees’ efforts made in good faith on behalf of all students here at Monroe Community College.
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