Zipcars help drivers zip around Geneseo

For those on campus who need to buy groceries or drive to Letchworth State Park but don't have a car, the college has two to lend.

Geneseo has partnered with Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing service. Two vehicles - a Toyota Matrix and a Toyota Prius - are available to rent outside the College Union, 24/7.

The number of users on campus has been growing, says Rebecca Stewart, marketing coordinator for Campus Auxiliary Services.

"It really gives our students another option to be able to visit places outside Geneseo that the bus does not reach," says Stewart. "It allows students that freedom without needing to bring their cars to campus."

Campus Auxiliary Services launched the program this semester as part of the college's sustainability initiatives. The Zipcars reduce demand for parking and congestion and offer a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car. President Christopher C. Dahl signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007. Other initiatives on campus includes the new Seneca Hall, which utilizes low-energy use and geothermal heating, and the addition of biofuel and electric vehicles to campus fleets.

Zipcar offers services at more than 120 colleges and universities across the country. The rates for Zipcars include gas, maintenance, insurance and reserved parking.

For more information, including pricing and membership, visit

More information about Zipcar's university programs is available at






 First-Year Institute offers students unique perspective

 first year

Every August, approximately 45 incoming freshmen spend a week in the Adirondacks as part of the First-Year Institute. With Adjunct Lecturer Gary "Griz" Caudle '70, they explore the writings of Henry David Thoreau, challenge themselves, work as a team and prepare themselves to find academic and social success at Geneseo.

We asked Margaret Craft '13 to share her feelings about how the program has affected her. Read more about the program in the current Geneseo Scene. View the photo gallery at

By Margaret Craft

Uncertainties in a life offer more scope of freedom and inner understanding than a known "to be," and so self- expression follows on the heels of every chance to explore the world around us.

College seems precisely the means to evolve myself in that manner. The Adirondack Adventure in particular has opened my eyes to what is real and important. Seeing all the life that teams in the struggles of primitive survival around me was humbling, and I felt myself growing, like water filling its true container.

Altogether the activities made the experience. Canoeing -- the actual paddling, not the painful process of carrying the boats over far too many miles of land -- and the feeling of sliding over the water after every stroke was exhilarating. The zenith of every moment was absolute when I could pause and feel the water lapping against the sides. Hiking became meditative when I concentrated on the pull of my muscles and the contest between me and the matter beneath my feet.

When I got off the mountain I was not the same person. I had the satisfaction of looking down into the valleys and hills -- the guts of nature I struggled through and conquered in my own small fashion. That will stay with me forever.

Being in a group and having so much to share also made the First-Year Institute an unforgettable experience. Standing together at the tops of mountains was life-changing. Every instant was like inhaling the zest of life into starving lungs.

We explored it all through each other's perspectives. Our eyes were infinitely more appreciative of the beauty because other eyes gazed upon it too.

FYI taught me to appreciate the differences occurring naturally around us. The impressive variety of life in a forest is similar to the variety of people in college. We are different pieces of a cohesive whole, startling and unique on our own, but we fit together in natural simplicity.

College seemed nowhere near as daunting with so many inspiring people around to make the lows of working like a dog at school more bearable. I looked forward all the more to new experiences thereafter.

Truly, I could have stayed in the mountains forever, but I would not have missed the opportunity of Geneseo for the world.




  • Geneseo's Executive Chef Jonna Anne bested Brockport chef Joe Button in the "SUNY Chef Throwdown" with her "Knight's Pride" Mac & Cheese.  The event was held Nov. 5 in the Mary Jemison Dining Center.


  • On Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, the Tremont String Quartet will perform. The show features Jonathan Gonder, dean of the School of the Arts, on piano. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the School of the Arts.
  • On Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom, there is a square dance with The Geneseo String Band. The director is Lecturer Jim Kimball. Admission is $1 for students, $3 for the public and free for kids under 12. Tickets are available at the door. The event is sponsored by the School of the Arts.
  • On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. there is an opening reception for the "Senior Fall Thesis Exhibit," at the Bridge Gallery in the School of the Arts. The show runs through Dec. 5. The gallery is closed during Thanksgiving Break.




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