ENCompass - 10/9/2007


Nicholas van de Walle to Deliver Roemer Lecture on World Affairs

Nicholas van de Walle, director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, will deliver the annual Kenneth Roemer lecture on World Affairs from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom. His lecture, “Toward an African Renaissance? Prospects for a Troubled Continent,” is free and open to the public.

Professor van de Walle is the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies in the Department of Government and associate dean for International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. He is also a non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington DC.  Van de Walle’s main research and teaching activities focus on African political and economic processes, theories and methods of comparative politics, international political economy, democratization, and the effectiveness of foreign aid.

- by Sara P. Wagner ’08, intern, Office of Communications and Publications


Mule Train Exhibit Makes Stop at Geneseo

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of The Mule Train, award-winning photographer Roland L. Freeman will deliver a multimedia presentation titled “Photographs and Reminiscences” at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 in the Alice Austin Theatre in Brodie Hall. Following the presentation, there will be an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. in the Lockhart Gallery, located at 26 Main Street in Geneseo. Freeman’s two exhibits,­ “The Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered” and “Some Things of Value,” ­will be on display from Oct. 22-Nov. 17 at the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall and the Lockhart Gallery in the McClellan House, respectively. During the exhibit period, “The Mule Train …” will be open at the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall Sunday-Wednesday, noon-4 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday, 5-8 p.m.  “Some Things of Value” will be on display at the Lockhart Gallery in the McClellan House (26 Main Street, Geneseo) Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. and Thursday, noon-8 p.m.For more information, visit http://www.geneseo.edu/news/nrap.php?pg=MuleTrainExhibit.html

-by Sara P. Wagner ’08, intern, Office of Communications and Publications


Holocaust Survivor to Speak Oct. 10 on Campus

Inge Auerbacher, one of only 132 children of the original 15,000 who survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp, will deliver a presentation about her experiences titled “Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust.” The presentation, free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in 204 Newton Hall.

Born in Germany, Auerbacher spent three years between the ages of 7 and 10 in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  The concentration camp was used as the model town featured in Germany’s propaganda film “The Fuher Gives the Jews a City.”

“The Geneseo community will likely never have the opportunity to hear a person like this speak again,” says Anne-Marie Reynolds, assistant professor of the school of the arts. “Inge Auerbacher is one of the last authentic voices from Hitler’s ‘city for the Jews,’ which was a special concentration camp reserved for some of the most famous Jews.” All members of the Geneseo community are encouraged to attend this event. 


SUNY Geneseo Connects Again with South Korea

President Sang Chul Lee, president of Kwangwoon University of South Korea, will deliver the School of Business Fall Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in 204 Newton Hall. The lecture, which will cover telecommunications and business in a global context, is open to the Geneseo community. 

Lee founded Korean TeleCom (similar to AT&T) and has served as principal engineer for the National Defense Science Development Research Center and as minister in the Korean government.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Duke University. 


“Who Cares about the Trinity?”

William Placher, professor of philosophy and religion, and LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College, will deliver this year’s MacVittie Lecture, titled “Who Cares about the Trinity?” The lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

“The goal of the MacVittie Lectures is to bring one annual lecture by a prominent theologian to Geneseo to examine issues as they relate to ultimate questions of human existence,” says Mike Sauter, Catholic campus minister. “Perspectives brought to campus by the MacVittie Lectures have solid grounding in the liberal arts tradition and can be valued by all. ”A banquet buffet dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the College Union on the day of the lecture. The cost for the dinner is $20 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the Interfaith Center of Geneseo at 243-1460 or by e-mailing sauter@geneseo.edu


SEFA Campaign Sets Sights High

The SEFA Campaign, an annual effort that encourages state employees to donate to various charities, is underway at SUNY Geneseo. The campaign kick-off was Oct. 2. “Our goal this year is two-fold,” says Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, assistant dean of the college and director of the office of disability services. “The monetary goal is $47,500, but of course we would like to exceed last year’s giving of $50,015. The participation goal is simply to increase the percentage of our employees that contribute. Our participation rate last year was about 35 percent. We hope that number grows much larger this year.” “If all of our employees gave just $1 per pay period (every two weeks) we could raise $23,000,” says Buggie-Hunt. “One dollar per pay period could pay for a month’s discount rate medication for a kidney disease patient, one potential donor to be typed for the Bone Marrow Registry or one wig for a patient who has lost his or her hair due to chemotherapy. Imagine what $2 or $3 could do.” The SEFA campaign ends Nov. 6. All employees should have received packets that include forms and directions for giving. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Tabitha Buggie-Hunt at tbuggieh@geneseo.edu.


NY-ALERT Student Registration Update

As part of its ongoing commitment to create a safe environment for faculty, staff and students, SUNY Geneseo has joined NY-ALERT to enhance emergency communications.

Early response to this program has been positive; 2,211 students have already registered for NY-ALERT. 

SUNY Geneseo would like to remind those who haven’t yet registered for NY-ALERT to do so by following the directions below.  The best way we can help ensure campus safety is through fast, effective notification.

To subscribe to NY-ALERT, please visit: https://www2.sysadm.suny/edu/employeeservices/login/login/cfm.

Click the “Sign on” box in the upper right corner, log in using your Geneseo ID and password and then follow the instructions accordingly.  If you have any questions, please contact the CIT Help Desk at x5588.


Looking For A Way To Give Something Back?

“Memory Walk,” an event supported by the National Residence Hall Honorary to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13.  Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. 

For more information or to sign up for a team, visit http://alz.org or email nrhh@geneseo.edu with any questions.


Art Exhibition Places Focus on Faculty

Faculty members at SUNY Geneseo showcased their artistic talents in “From the Studio: A Faculty Exhibition,” which ran Sept. 7 through Oct. 5 at the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery. 

“This exhibit illustrated to the college community and the community at large the range of styles and media present in the art department,” said Cynthia Hawkins, director of galleries. One highlight of the gallery included Tom MacPherson’s installation “An Italian-American Family Album: The Dinner,” which featured photographs of family members as well as paintings of aunts and uncles that included allegorical references to their particular interests or history. Another point of interest was Dan Dezarn’s experimental sculptural water illustration, which utilized found objects (such as water bottles and water receptacles) and steel in its creation of a seemingly musical sound of dripping water.  Other faculty members featured in the exhibit included Julie Cardillo, Patrice Case, Cynthia Hawkins, Heather Jones, Jeff Kell, Ruben Ornelas, Carl Shanahan, Luvon Sheppard and Michael Teres.



Swim Team Trades Goggles for Sneakers

The women’s swim team raised $2,840 during a three-mile walk around Rochester on Sunday, Sept. 30 as part of the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” fundraiser. The national event supports the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research efforts

“As Geneseo student athletes here on campus, our team has always found it important to support the community and participate in local fundraising and community service,” says Justine Diaz, a senior communication major from Staten Island. “This year we wanted to celebrate being women and support the American Cancer Society.”


Black Achievers in Industry Honors Fatima Johnson

Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, coordinator of multicultural programs at the Center for Community, was honored at the 34th annual Black Achievers in Industry Awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 6  at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo. The event recognized outstanding contributions in community service, volunteerism, corporate leadership and entrepreneurism in the African-American community and honored those who have reached for excellence in their environment. Johnson was one of 30 Western New Yorkers honored at this year’s banquet.


Save the Date

The story of Geneseo student Kevil Oill ’09 and the Geneseo emergency student volunteers who saved his life will be part of an upcoming PBS television documentary. “The Mysterious Human Heart” is scheduled for broadcast on Monday, Oct. 15, at 10 p.m.  Check your local PBS listings to confirm the date and time.

-The articles in this week’s edition of ENCompass Weekly were written by Joe Mignano, a senior communication major working this semester in the Office of Communications and Publication.

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