Dawn Rowe, recipient of the Gloria and Van Quaal Award, with Kenneth H. Levison

Gloria and Van Quaal Award recipient has dedicated 30 years to Geneseo service   

Thirty years ago, Dawn Rowe, joined SUNY Geneseo as a stenographer, taking shorthand in Milne Library. Since then, she has worked in the college's education department for 24 years, and spent the last three years as a secretary II in the Facilities Services Department.

"The years have flown," says Rowe, because she enjoys the people she works with and the atmosphere at Geneseo so much.

Last month, Rowe was honored for her dedication to Geneseo and work with the 2009 Gloria and Van Quaal Outstanding Quality Service Award.

She received the honor during the Division of Administration and Finance's recent holiday celebration and recognition ceremony, before the winter break.

"I think it's a great honor," said Rowe. "I think there's a lot of people that deserve to be recognized and I was surprised that it was me."

"I couldn't be more pleased to recognize Dawn for her stellar service to the college," said Kenneth H. Levison, vice president for administration and finance. "Her long-time commitment to her job and to Geneseo without doubt exemplifies the qualities of the award."

The annual award recognizes an individual in the Division of Administration and Finance who has had a consistently high level of performance during his or her career, a recognizable and meaningful impact at the college, and has demonstration the ability to serve as a role model for others. The college established the award in 1997 through an endowment from the Geneseo Foundation in honor of the Quaals' many years of devoted service to the college and Geneseo community.
Van Quaal was vice president emeritus of business affairs and finance at Geneseo before his death in 2005, at age 80. While in Geneseo, Gloria Quaal was energetically involved in community activities. She now resides in Clifton Park, N.Y.

The selection committee chose Dawn from among three nominees this year. On the committee were Kirk Spangler, associate director of facilities services, who served as chair; Julie Briggs, assistant vice president for human resources; Rhonda Lander, director of human resources from Campus Auxiliary Services; Lenny Sancilio, dean of students; and Victor VanVliet, owner of Special T's store on Main Street.

Dawn received a certificate and a $1,000 check from the Geneseo Foundation.




 Students light candles in remembrance of victims of the Haiti earthquake

Students hope, remember Haiti

Student members of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship on campus held a candlelight vigil last Saturday to remember the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 28, the group is holding a prayer service for the earthquake victims from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Newton 214, open to everyone.




  • The Tremont Quartet — which features Geneseo faculty — will be the guest artists on the WXXI-FM radio show "Backstage Pass," this Friday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. on 91.5/90.3/HD91.5-1. Members will chat and perform the first three movements of the Brahms Piano Quintet live in studio.

    Tremont Quartet musicians include Lecturer James Kirkwood (cellist), director of the group; Lecturer Richard Balkin and Laura Mahan Balkin (violins); and Lecturer Linda Kirkwood (viola). The group tours with support of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The group has distinguished itself with critically acclaimed performances of standard and contemporary American repertory throughout North America and has numerous recordings to its credit.





  • On Wednesay, Feb. 3 through March 3, in the Kinetic Gallery in the Student Union, there is a photographic exhibit by Anthony Barboza, “Souls of Black Genius: Images of Sound and Vision.” (Free.)
  • On Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom, there is a Spring Student Organization Expo with performances by student organizations and give-a-ways. More than 100 student groups will be represented.

  • On Thursday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the MOSAIC room, College Union 130, there is a celebration for the launch of the “VOICES of Geneseo” project, which aims to build understanding, sensitivity, and awareness within the college community. Listen to short narratives on laptops during the event, or record your own segment about how difference has influenced the person you have become.

  • On Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kinetic Gallery, several English Department faculty will give a related reading corresponding to Anthony Barboza’s photo exhibit, “Souls of Black Genius: Images of Sound and Vision," which is on display in the gallery through March 3 as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

  • On Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform. Tickets cost $6 for students, $8 for children up to 12 years old, $13 for faculty, staff and alumni and $16 for the public. Call (585) 245-5873 for tickets or buy them at the Student Association Ticket Office in the College Union. It is presented by Limelight and Accents.




 Photo of the week ....

The snow-covered Seuss tree


 Maria Cullen talks about increasing diversity competence


The Ice Knights battle for the puck




Students enjoy the Korean American Student Association dinner


 MOther Nature paints the sky blue and white for Blue and White Day


Michael Catillaz and Key Bank personnel



 Hockey fans go crazy Jan. 22


 Students hold candles during the vigil to remember Haiiti










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