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March 4, 2008
In this week's issue:
Governor Eliot Spitzer will visit Geneseo Wednesday, March 5 to tour the Integrated Science Center and address the campus community regarding his plan to create a $4 billion endowment to support higher education in New York. Spitzer will arrive on campus around 10:30 a.m., at which time President Christopher Dahl will conduct a tour of the ISC’s most advanced instruments, including the wave tank and particle accelerator. Weather permitting, they will then walk to the College Union Ballroom, where the speaking engagement will be held.
At 11 a.m., Governor Spitzer will deliver remarks on his bold proposal to create a $4 billion endowment to support State and City University of New York institutions (SUNY and CUNY). Earnings from the endowment would help fund the hiring of 2,000 full-time faculty and 250 eminent scholars as recommended by the Commission on Higher Education. Spitzer also plans to discuss upstate economic development.
“We are honored and delighted to host Governor Spitzer and learn more about his proposal to strengthen SUNY and CUNY,” said Dahl. The governor will also moderate a panel of speakers including business and community representatives, Geneseo chemistry Professor Ruel McKnight, and Mehr Qureshi ’08, who plans to attend medical school.
The event is open to the campus community and the public.
The Alpha Delta of New York chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Geneseo will hold its fifth annual lecture at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in Newton 204. Professor Emil Homerin will give this year's lecture, entitled, “Islam: From Mohammad to Bin Laden and Beyond.”
Professor Homerin currently serves as professor of religion at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses on Islam, classical Arabic literature and mysticism. He has received numerous grants and has won a number of awards including the American Association of Teachers of Arabic Translation Prize, the University of Rochester’s Teacher-of-the-Year in the Humanities, and the University of Rochester’s Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education.
Geneseo is the only undergraduate college in the SUNY system to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the country. The chapter was installed in January, 2004.
Geneseo will hold its fourth annual “Stop DWI Day” on Thursday, March 6 in the MacVittie College Union. Approximately 60 student leaders from Avon, Geneseo and York High Schools have been invited to take part in a half-day conference, designed to raise awareness of alcohol impairment, educate students on the consequences of drinking and driving, and encourage responsible use of alcohol by those of a legal age.
The tentative schedule for “Stop DWI Day” includes:
“The effects of driving while impaired are far-reaching and can be fatal,” said Charles Matthews, director of College Union and activities. “The mission of Geneseo states: ‘The entire college community works together to develop socially responsible citizens with skills and values important to the pursuit of an enriched life and success in the world.’ Raising awareness about alcohol impairment and the consequences of drinking and driving is one of the ways in which we can work to fulfill this mission.”
Elizabeth Wilson-Ansteve, Summer Research Fellowship Program activities organizer at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, will speak at Geneseo from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 in 204 Newton Hall.
Wilson-Ansteve’s talk will focus on prerequisite coursework, health-related community service activities and internships, the MCAT, the application process and interviewing tips. The workshop is open to all who are interested in attending.
The “Race and Campus Culture Teach-In,” addressing race relations on college campuses, will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom.
Since August, more than 50 staff, student, faculty, and administrative facilitators have been meeting every week to read, learn and discuss race and campus culture. This event is intended to continue a conversation about the ways that racial inequities - including white privilege - intersect with campus culture and the College’s efforts to meet its mission and goals.
“For some, to be invited to learn and talk about race and campus culture may be daunting,” said Beth McCoy, professor of English. “It may be work that some do not want to do or are afraid of doing. To raise the subject in many places results in silence, defensiveness and denial. Geneseo is capable of more than silence and denial.” For more information, email Beth McCoy.
The Student Association has created an online survey to find out what services the student body would like to see and how they can improve existing services. Click here to take the survey.
For more information on the conference, click here.
Steven Sauer ’89, president of Toshiba Business Solutions New York, recently accepted an award on behalf of his team of 200 employees for his company’s recognition as the top subsidiary in the country for Toshiba America Business Solutions. The honor is based on 11 stringent performance-based criteria including sales volume, revenue growth and profit gains.