Professor Kurt Fletcher with students, using the particle accelerator

Geneseo set to Celebrate the Sciences

More than 1,000 Geneseo students study the sciences, exploring research and theory that may treat diseases and a host of other improvements, and improve our understanding of the world around us.

This weekend, students, faculty members and alumni will recognize Geneseo's strong tradition of scientific pursuit at the first Celebrating the Sciences event, Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 with alumni panels, an alumni and faculty reception, faculty presentations and more.

Anthony Wiederkehr '87 is one of the more than a dozen physics, biology and geological sciences alumni who will return to campus to speak with students and provide insight about careers. Wiederkehr is president and founder of AeroMech Incorporated in Washington state. The company provides certification and engineering services to aircraft manufacturers, airlines, operators, modification shops and military customers around the world.

Robert Rose '84, a virologist, will participate in the biology panel. He and his colleagues in the Infectious Diseases Division of the University of Rochester Medical Center developed a successful vaccine against cervical cancer.

The physics, geological sciences and biology panels are Friday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Newton classrooms (see schedule for room numbers).

"I think it is great to give our students a chance to hear from some of our successful alumni," says Professor Kurt Fletcher, chair of the physics department. "The Distinguished Alumni Panels provide an opportunity for our majors to look beyond the immediate concerns of the next assignment or the next lab report and think about their long-term dreams and goals."

Other panel members have found success in diverse careers and include professors, company presidents and founders, hydrologists, soil scientists, anesthesiologists, marketing directors and doctors.

Celebrating the Sciences kicks off Friday with tours of the $53 million Integrated Science Center (ISC) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, there is an All Sciences Celebration in the ISC lobby from 11 a.m. to noon.

View the complete schedule of events online.





Seneca Hall to be dedicated 

 Seneca hall

This week marks the official dedication of Geneseo’s newest residence hall, Seneca Hall.

President Christopher C. Dahl will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. in front of Seneca Hall. He will be joined by Seneca County Manager Suzanne Sinclair.

Seneca Hall is also the college’s newest interest house, attracting writers of all genres, from songwriters to aspiring novelists and researchers. Writers House residents will perform songs and readings at the event. The ceremony also includes tours of the building and a dessert reception.

Writers House residents collectively develop expectations and goals each year and work with faculty fellows to plan programs, dinners and service projects. In Writers House, students can participate in readings and workshops presented by visiting writers and take courses in the seminar room.


Alumni panels showcase careers in business and successful women

Students will have the opportunity from alumni on leadership and finding personal success during the Women in Leadership panel today and a School of Business panel tomorrow.

The women's panel begins today at 2 p.m. in the Hunt Room of the Student Union. Speakers include the director of a capital management firm, and the vice president and controller of MLB Adventure Media, LP, which runs the Web arm of Major League Baseball. On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m in Newton 204, alumni will share insight as part of the School of Business panel. Participating alumni include president and CEOs, company founders and finance.

Also on Thursday members of the college's Fed Challenge will conduct a special dress rehearsal before offiical compeition with successful business alumni.



Alumni show Geneseo pride, worldwide

  Kevin and Rhonda Clary, alumni, show off a Geneso shirt while in Ireland





Photographer, Where Art Thou?

The answer to last week's "Photographer, Where Art Thou" is ... a close-up look at architecture on the side of Sturges Hall. Look for another opportunity to guess our location soon. Submit images of campus for a future issue at

 Architecture close-up on Sturges Hall




  • Three students will present research at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Oct. 18 through 21 in Portland, Ore.

    Laura Best '10 will present "Modeling the 20th Century Retreat of the Agassiz Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana." Her work focuses on how the Agassiz Glacier may respond to climate change.

    Matthew Travis '10 will present "Methods of Experimental Apatite Growth and Their Applications to Magmatic Systems." His work focuses on magmatic and volcano systems.

    Andrew Gerwitz will present "Mineralogical Analysis of a Gummi Bed from the Middle Devonian," which examines geological beds in the Appalachian Basin.




  • On Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra begins its fall season, with conductor James Walker, distinguished service professor. The concert is free and open to the public. The program includes "Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the "Aladdin Suite" by Carl Nielsen, and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," with cannons and church bells.

  • On Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom, there will be a Graduate School Fair. Admissions representatives from over 70 graduate schools will be available to meet prospective students.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the College Union, room 130, there will be a discussion about wedding customs in cultures. “Everybody Loves Weddings!” is part of this year’s Cultural Harmony Week and showcases traditional foods shared during wedding celebrations. It’s part of MOSAIC, the Multicultural Organization Space for Activities, Inclusion and Collaboration.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Sinclair Theater, VegSOUP presents "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. The adaptation is by Eva LeGallienne and is directed by Emma Leigh '10. Admission is $5. The event is sponsored by the Geneseo Student Association. Tickets are available at the Brodie Box Office.

  • On Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, Geneseo's musical ensembles will perform brief selections as part of Parents Weekend. The "Kaleidoscope" show is  free.

  • On Saturday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, there is an Honors Competition Concert. Admission is free.

  • On Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in Kuhl Gymnasium, the a capella quartet The Blanks will perform. The group is Ted's Band on the TV comedy "Scrubs." Tickets cost $17 for students, $19 for children up to 12 years old, $23 for faculty, staff and alumni and $25 for the public. Tickets are available at the Student Association Ticket Office in the College Union, at the door on the day of the show.

  • On Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium there is a performance by School of the Arts Lecturer James Kirkwood on cello, with pianist Jonathan Gonder, dean of the School of the Arts, and sonatas by Debussy, Prokofiev, Barber and Schumann. Admission is free.

  • On Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China will perform juggling, contortion, balancing, spinning and gymnastics. It's part of the Limelight & Accents peforming arts series, which is student-run. Tickets are available at the Student Association Ticket Office in the College Union, at the door on the day of the show or online. Tickets cost $6 for students, $8 for children up to 12 years old, $13 for faculty, staff and alumni and $16 for the public.





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