When Robert Bonfiglio joined Geneseo in 1999 to lead the Division of Student and Campus Life, he wanted to use benchmarks established by the nation's most respected professional organization to develop a state-of-the-art student affairs program.
Ten years later, his efforts have elevated the college's programs and quality standards to the national level.
Last month, Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life, was honored for his work with the most prestigious award conferred by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).
The Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award recognizes standards of practice and quality assurance in educational programs and services in higher education. CAS is the pre-eminent organization for promoting standards in student affairs, student services and student development programs, and has a constituency of more than 100,000 professionals.
"I was pleased to learn I had been nominated for this award, which actually recognizes the good work of all the staff in student and campus life at Geneseo," said Bonfiglio. " ... This award affirms not only that Geneseo's program represents best practice in American higher education but also that we consistently contribute to the fulfillment of the college's mission."
Bonfiglio received the award at the council's national symposium in Arlington, Va.
In choosing Bonfiglio for the honor, CAS President Susan Kornives, a professor in the College Student Personnel Program at the University of Maryland, cited Bonfiglio's systematic review of Geneseo's Division of Campus and Student Life among his many achievements. Bonfiglio's work has also been published in a chapter of "Learning Reconsidered 2: Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience." He also has presented on the use of CAS standards.
"... His careful and visionary leadership has resulted in a collaborative learning and work environment for students and professional staff," said Kornives.
IN OTHER NEWS
Now that the Center for Disease Control and New York State Department of Health have released restrictions of the provision of the H1N1 vaccine, the Lauderdale Health Center will give the vaccine to any student, staff member or faculty member.
The final of three sessions is Thursday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the second floor conference room in Lauderdale. Appointments are not needed. The injectable and nasal vaccine will be available free of charge.
U.S. Congressman Chris Lee, whose 26th District in New York includes Livingston County, was on campus Dec. 4 to announce a $500,000 federal appropriation for 2010 to replace the college's nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer in the chemistry department.
"The work Geneseo faculty and students are doing with science and technology clearly has practical application in the private sector and I am pleased to have secured funding for this project," said Lee. "I was particularly pleased to see the amount of public/private collaboration that is happening here. This sharing of technology is the smart thing to do and will help private business prosper in this region."
President Christopher C. Dahl said the new spectrometer will be particularly helpful in boosting Geneseo's growing undergraduate research programs. A spectrometer employs a powerful magnet to analyze organic compounds, vital to the study of chemistry and biochemistry. The current spectrometer was obtained in 1996. Funding for the new spectrometer will come from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
David Geiger, chemistry professor and chair of the department, said the new equipment "will be state-of-the-art, with a more powerful magnet to give us more flexibility."
Part of the beauty of going to Geneseo, says Gretchen Rosales '01, MS '08, is that the experience instills in you a sense of community. When she read about the college's partnership with the residents and leaders of El Sauce, Nicaragua and the service-learning program in the June issue of the Scene, she was inspired to find a way for students in the Kendall Junior/Senior High School in Kendall, N.Y. to help with the effort to improve the Central American community.
Rosales has taught Spanish at Kendall for six years and runs the Spanish Club.
Club members organized the drive to collect toothpaste and other items for the dental clinic in El Sauce and will support an oral-hygiene initiative created by Allison Kornblatt '11 in El Sauce last summer.
"We're always looking for ways to help out," says Rosales. "What a great bridge to tie Geneseo to what I'm doing now."
Students were so excited, says Rosales, that the community-service projected blossomed to include the entire K-12 student body. Rosales and her students collected 1,120 tubes of toothpaste, 650 toothbrushes, 275 packs of dental floss and 50 bottles of mouthwash.
Rosales presented Associate Professor Rose McEwen, chair of foreign languages, with the boxes last month.
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