More than 800 parents visited Geneseo last weekend, Oct. 23 and 24, to find out more about their sons' and daughters' professors, courses, friends and activities.
"Parents Weekend is an opportunity for parents to get a first-hand look at what life is like at Geneseo," says Tammy Ingram, director of parent relations. "We want them to discover what Geneseo offers both in and out of the classroom."
Those opportunities include conducting research with faculty members, more than 20 study abroad and service-learning programs and clubs. Last year, so many parents registered for Saturday study abroad workshops that more information sessions were added. This year, more than 670 parents and students attended study abroad sessions, says Ingram.
President Christopher C. Dahl addressed parents Saturday morning, sharing Geneseo's mission to provide not only great academic courses but transformational learning experiences that prepare students for careers and life.
More than 300 parents attended Parents College, with workshops on subjects like computer science, cancer from a biologist's perspective, baseball statistics and student field research in the Grand Canyon, taught by faculty.
There were also soccer and swimming meets, a late-night ice-cream social, tours, a harvest dinner, showcase of talent at the Kaleidoscope concert and a performance by the a capella group The Blanks.
"We did a good job of finding a little something for everybody," says Ingram.
See more photos from Parents Weekend events in the gallery section of this ENCompass issue.
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At Teresa House in Geneseo, volunteers provide round-the-clock care to community members at the end of their lives, providing support for families and an opportunity to cherish time together with their loved ones.
The Livingston County hospice is one of many local, national and global organizations that rely on private support to carry out their missions, and that benefit from the annual State Employee Federated Appeal campaign, or SEFA.
Last year, SUNY Geneseo employees contributed more than $54,000 in gifts — $6,000 more than the goal. During week three of the 2009 campaign, there has been more than $32,500 gifts, says Patty Hamilton-Rodgers ‘85, research and development specialist, and this year's campaign coordinator.
"Since I arrived at Geneseo as a freshman, it has been clear to me that Geneseo is generous," says Hamilton-Rodgers. "The people who make up the college community give abundantly of their time, on and off campus, and are amazingly philanthropic when it comes to a vast number of charities and causes across the region."
Contributions are accepted through Nov. 11. Employees were provided information packs and forms. As a thank-you, there are weekly prize drawings for donors.
In celebration of National Chemistry Week Oct. 18-24, students from the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club showed people a whole new side of their breakfast cereal: They extracted metallic iron from Total.
They also condensed liquid oxygen from air and performed other demonstrations for visitors at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on Oct. 18. This year's theme was a celebration of the 140th anniversary of the periodic table. Students also created a balloon model of a carbon nanotube, a recently discovered allotrope of carbon. Assistant Professor James McGarrah is the club's adviser.
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