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Geneseo unveils new Web presence

After a year of planning and research, Geneseo launched a completely new Web site on Nov. 28.

The new accurately reflects the college’s vitality and academic distinction while better serving users, from current students and faculty to alumni and prospective students. College Communications and CIT worked with Zone 5, an Albany-based Web development firm, to develop the new site design.

“A Web site shapes people's perception of the institution it represents. Now, with our new site's modern design, layout and functionality, combined with our increased utilization of social media, our site illustrates what we on-campus already know about Geneseo — that it's a dynamic and forward-thinking institution,” said Laura Kenyon, Web communications manager.

The site offers enhanced navigation, redesigned pages, new photo collections and interactive applications. Some of the features include an interactive news slider, a student-generated video section called “MyLife@Geneseo,” and the social-networking hub “Connect w/Geneseo.” That feature links users to the college’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Phase II is now underway, converting more than 30,000 Web pages from the old design into the new. This phase should be complete in spring, said Kenyon. Watch for updates on the site using via "We're Changing" page.

We’re Changing” also accepts comments and feedback on the new Geneseo Web site.







Chamber singers and guest soloists to perform "Messiah"

 Gerard Floriano, professor of music and conductor of Geneseo's Dec. 6 performance of Handel's "Messiah," discusses the work's significance and history.

Performances of Handel's "Messiah" typically involve large choirs with robust instrumentation, but Geneseo's Chamber Singers and four guest soloists will present the work more in line with Handel's original concept during a concert Sunday, Dec. 6.

"We have chosen to do a historically informed performance," said conductor Gerard Floriano, professor of music. "The first performances of 'Messiah' involved smaller forces than we are accustomed to hearing in modern performances. Our performance will involve the Geneseo Chamber Singers, a chorus of about 45 singers, and the Geneseo Chamber Symphony, an ensemble of about 25 players. Our goal is not only to show off the crisp melodies and sparkling textures, but to give a spirited and warm-hearted reading of this timeless masterpiece."

The performance features James Walker, distinguished service professor, as conductor, and four well-known soloists, including soprano Laura Heimes ’90, who performs all over the world and has eight vocal CDs to her credit. Other soloists are mezzo-soprano Jami Tyzik, who has performed internationally in various opera, pops and orchestral venues; tenor Gregory Kunde, who has performed in some of the most well-known opera houses in the world; and baritone Derrick Smith, who has sung in various orchestral and stage performances around the world.

"This is a most exciting slate of soloists who will be singing with us," said Floriano. "They are about as good as they come in this repertoire."

Tickets for the performance on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens with proceeds supporting the Geneseo Chamber Singers. A discount of $2 per ticket will be given for a purchase of 10 or more in any combination. Tickets are available at the Brodie Hall Box Office or call 245-5833, with cash or check only.





 Students in Free Enterprise to hold sale of baskets made in El Sauce, Nicaragua

 A woman with handmade baskets from Nicaragua


The Students in Free Enterprise club (SIFE) in the School of Business will hold a sale of baskets that are handmade in El Sauce, Nicaragua in partnership with the college’s service-learning program tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the School of Business lobby on the second floor of South Hall.

Proceeds benefit the SIFE group for programming, conferences and support of the El Sauce program, including future basket sales.

The School of Business purchased a $1,000 basket order to support economic development initiatives in El Sauce, and helped pay for advanced basket training for the women artisans.






 The winning photo, of a mariachi player

  • The inaugural issue of the redesigned Scene alumni magazine has been recognized with a silver award by the Council for the Advancement of Support of Education District II for best black and white photography in the 2009 Accolades Award competition.

    The image appeared as the table of contents opening spread in the June 2009 issue and was part of a package that highlighted the college’s service-learning program in El Sauce, Nicaragua (see above above).

    District II includes eight states and two U.S. territories.

  • A member of the SUNY Geneseo College Council, A. Gidget Hopf '72, president and CEO of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill of Greater Rochester, was recently named 2009 Executive of the Year at the Greater Rochester Awards luncheon, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Rochester Business Journal.

    The award recognizes an individual CEO who has demonstrated consistent and measurable business results, while also providing an invaluable service to people throughout the community.

    Hopf has also served on the Geneseo Alumni Association board. She earned a doctorate of education from George Washington University and has served as president and CEO of ABVI-Goodwill for nearly 23 years. Under her leadership, the organization has become one of the premier providers of vision rehabilitation services in the country and one of the most entrepreneurial and successful nonprofit organizations in New York.  


  • On Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., GENseng — Geneseo’s Asian American Performance Ensemble — will perform “A Nanking Winter” by Marjorie Chan in the Robert Sinclair Theater. Tickets cost $7 and are available at the Brodie Box Office.

  • On Friday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, Geneseo Carol Choristers present “Home for the Holidays,"  conducted by Gerard Floriano, professor of music. Also the Geneseo Wind Ensemble will perform, conducted by James Walker, distinguished service professor. Admission is free. It is sponsored by the School of the Arts.

  • On Thursday, Dec. 10, Friday, Dec. 11 and on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m., the Geneseo Dance Ensemble will perform "Stepping into Time" in the Alice Austin Theatre. The show features new choreography by faculty and student artists. Admission is $7. Tickets are available at the Brodie Box Office. It is sponsored by the School of the Arts.




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Snowflakes decorate a pine tree


Geneseo staff member Amberly Price took this photo of a tree with yellow fruit


 Students protest recent SUNY cuts


 Jewish Culture NIght - student dance



The Geneseo sign is covered in snow.








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