Geneseo swimmers win SUNYAC titles
The men’s and women’s swimming teams both ended their season with a bang — as champions of the State University of New York Athletic Conference.
Head coach Paul Dotterweich took home top swimming honors too. He was named both the SUNYAC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. It is the third year in a row and sixth overall that he has won the men’s Coach of the Year award and second year in a row — and second time — he’s won the women’s Coach of the Year award.
“It’s a nice honor,” said Dotterweich. “It’s voted on by other coaches, so it’s nice to be recognized by your colleagues.”
The Geneseo men’s and women’s teams each beat nine other teams at the competition, held Feb. 12-14 at Erie Community College in Buffalo. The men’s team claimed its 11th consecutive SUNYAC championship. It was the Lady Knights’ second straight SUNYAC victory.
In addition to winning the overall SUNYAC crown, individuals from both teams won several awards. Michelle Rodriguez ’11 was named Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet and beat school and conference records, including the 500- and 200-yard freestyle, the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays and the 400-yard medley relay. She also beat and set new school records in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay.
“She made the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) qualifying time in all of the races,” said Dotterweich. “She was pretty much perfect throughout the meet. She’s a sophomore too.”
The James Fulton Award for career achievement in SUNYAC Men's Swimming and Diving went to Clint Sugnet ‘09. He is the eighth Geneseo swimmer to earn the award.
“I was very surprised to hear my name get called to receive the award,” said Sugnet. “It was honestly a very pleasant surprise.”
Kenny Pink ’12 won three individual events including the 200-yard individual medley, for which he set a school record, and the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.
This year’s national championship is in Minneapolis, Minn. at the University of Minnesota March 18-21 and Rodriguez and Alex Dockstader ’12 will be there. On Friday, March 6, swimmers with provisional qualifying times will find out if they will compete.
“I think it would be accurate to say that our people have a good chance at qualifying,” said George Gagnier, assistant director of athletics. “We won SUNYACs, which means our times were faster than other teams’ times.”
Other outstanding swimming results at the championship meet include:
- Pink and fellow freshmen Russell Sullivan, Nate Foley, Colin Heinemann and Jamie Matthews were named First Team All-Conference.
- Sig Culhane '09, Sean Kennedy '10, Andrew Gorcica '11, Aaron Wagner ’12, Jeff Singer '12, CJ Schaub '12 and Josh Kaplan '12 were named Second Team All-Conference for the men’s team.
- Lady Knights Sierra Achin '11, Jade Plaschka '12, Lindsey Dressel '09, Dockstader and Rodriguez were awarded First Team All-Conference.
- Jennifer Anthone '11, Rachel Giza '11, Kelly Battaglia '11, Jessie Cocco '09, Alana Sprow '11, Mae Lankes '10 and Katie Linehan '10 were named Second Team All-Conference.
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Anselme recognized as an Emerging African-American Leader
Georgenson Anselme, assistant director of admissions and coordinator of multi-cultural recruitment, was among African-American leaders featured in the Feb. 15 Rochester “Democrat and Chronicle” newspaper. The special section, "Rochester's Emerging African-American Leaders," was published in celebration of Black History Month and profiled African-Americans younger than 40 who are emerging as successful leaders in the Rochester area.
The Office of the President recommended Anselme for the recognition, which noted that "he is a highly valued member of the Geneseo admissions team and actively demonstrates genuine concern for students and colleagues. He shows exceptional integrity by going well beyond recruitment duties to mentor his students. All who work with George praise his professionalism, strong relationship-building skills and commitment to higher education."
Anselme has been with the College since in 2003. He also advises the Black Student Union and is the admissions liaison for the Access Opportunity Program and Office of Multicultural Programming.
Chef to showcase his talents in timed competition
Organic pan-seared rainbow trout with paprika-molasses glaze, succotash and a little crispy chili fry bread on the side. Sound tasty? Campus Auxiliary Services catering chef Stephen Canary hopes the judges will think so too.
On March 16, Canary will compete with his creation in the 2009 National Association of College & University Food Services Culinary Challenge regional competition at the University of New Hampshire in Vermont. The winner competes in the national challenge this summer in Milwaukee, Wisc. Canary has been in his position at Geneseo for two and a half years.
A la the "Iron Chef" TV show, in which famous pros duel it out preparing food with a main ingredient, Canary will have just 60 minutes to perfectly cook his meal, plus five more minutes to make his trout look great on the plate. All the chefs must use organic rainbow trout, with side dishes and sauces to create a nutritionally balanced dish.
This Friday, Canary will give a preview of the challenge — and his dish — to an invited group at The Campus House in a live cooking demonstration in the same format as the competition. He will also share the story behind his recipe.
Canary has competed in and won a bronze medal for a team culinary competition; this is his first individual event. Campus Auxiliary Executive Chef Jonna Anne has won two silver and three bronze medals in past NACUFS Culinary Challenges. She now serves as the Northeast Region Culinary Challenge Committee chair and is proud to see a Geneseo colleague compete.
"I am excited to see Stephen develop his culinary talent and competing is a way to put your skills to the test and to reinforce the growth that he has shown in his current position with (Campus Auxiliary Services)," said Anne.
Students gain another internship opportunity
The Mutual of Omaha company recently announced a paid internship program for Geneseo students who are interested in careers in financial services and insurance.
"The interns will get a first-hand look at what a future career with Mutual of Omaha could offer them,” said Connie Schleich-Williams, the company's regional sales manager. “... Our internships allow the students an entry into the business world, and a means to build their resumes and gain valuable contacts.”
The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are business, finance, marketing or human resource majors. Mutual of Omaha was founded in 1909 and is a full-service, multi-line provider of insurance and financial services products for individuals, businesses and groups. Mutual of Omaha and its affiliate companies manage more than $19 billion in assets.
- Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life, conducted a workshop in January at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan for the student affairs staff there on "Assessing Student Learning in Student Affairs Sponsored Programs." Earlier this month he was invited to make the same presentation to student-affairs staff of Monroe Community College.
Save the dates
- On Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 to 11 p.m., the Geneseo String Band will play its second square dance of the semester in the College Union Ballroom. Jim Kimball, Doug Kelly and and other guest callers will teach the basics. It's open to everyone and costs $3 for general admission and $1 for students.
- Geneseo InterFaith Center's Spiritual Journeys series continues Wednesday, March 4, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in Milne 105 with a talk by Ernie Balajthy, "Change and Transformation: A Personal Journey with Jesus." Refreshments will be served. Balajthy is a professor of education, the director of the Reading/Literacy Program at Geneseo and the advisor to the College's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group.
- On Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom there will be a lecture by Charles Cobb, Jr., former field secretary for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He is the senior analyst for allAfrica.com, a multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest electronic distributor of African news and information worldwide. allAfrica.com has offices in Mauritius, Johannesburg, Dakar, Lagos and Washington, D.C.. The lecture is a Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education and the Africana/Black Studies program.
- There is an opening reception Friday, March 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. for the exhibit "Mind and Matter: Aspects of the Scholar’s Garden," with guest curator Lena Hyun, in the Lockhart Gallery. The exhibit is on display March 9 through April 11.
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