ENCompass - 9/24/2007


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The Clean House
Opens September 25th

School of the Arts (SOTA) is proud to present The Clean House, Sarah Ruhl’s sonorous play about laughter, death and sisterly warfare. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 for The Clean House, Ruhl invites her audience to a messy universe, a “metaphysical Connecticut,” where soulmates meet, unlikely alliances are forged and hard truths demand grace.  

Directed by Leah Garland, the production runs Sept. 25-29 at 8 p.m. in the Robert Sinclair Theatre and closes with a matinee on Sept. 30th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7, available at http://bbo.geneseo.edu or by calling (585) 245-5833. For information on other upcoming SOTA plays, visit http://bbo.geneseo.edu/?pg=season.html.

The Alan Lutkus International Film Series kicks-off

On Thursday, September 20, the Alan Lutkus International Film Series kicked-off with a screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and a discussion led by Foreign Languages and Literatures Professor Cynthia Klima. The film series consists of four international films, all followed by discussion. The films included are: the Korean film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…Spring on Thursday, September 27; Federico Fellini’s celebrated Amarcord on Thursday, October 25; and a Bollywood love story, Bumbai, on Thursday, November 29. All screenings are at 7:00 p.m. in Newton 204 and are free and open to the public and followed by a discussion.

The film series is presented by: the Office of the Provost; the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, English, Foreign Languages, and Literatures and Philosophy; Milne Library; School of the Arts; and the International Film Series Committee.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy at SUNY Geneseo begins October 17

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program will run from October 17 through May 21 at SUNY Geneseo; classes will meet on Wednesdays from 4–7 p.m. The program is for students in grades 6–8 and 9–12. Students are taught to write a business or social action plan, make a pitch to potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies and actually launch their company or social movement. YEA! is sponsored in part by the Kauffman Foundation. The application deadline for the program has closed, but information is available at www.rochester.edu/osp or by calling (585) 275-6902.

Guest speaker Jeffries discusses responses to black power on Sept. 26th

Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries will give a talk entitled, “Making Sense of the Madness: Decoding the Many Responses to Black Power” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. in Newton 214.

Professor Jeffries will also meet informally with students to discuss his research and work as a college professor that same day from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Milne 105. (There will be refreshments.)

Jeffries is assistant professor of history and is affiliated with The Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Ohio State University. He is completing a book manuscript entitled, “Freedom Rights: Civil Rights & Black Power in Lowndes County, Alabama.”

Jeffries’ visit is sponsored by the Africana/Black Studies program, the Isom Fearn Access Opportunity Programs, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services and the History Department.

Spread the word: annual Study Abroad Fair slated for Sept. 26th

Geneseo will hold its sixth annual Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom. Information about all of this year’s Geneseo study abroad programs will be available. Representatives from other SUNY campuses also will be in attendance. This is an excellent opportunity for students to receive information about study abroad programs and ask questions to program leaders and representatives. Contact David Aagesen, Faculty Fellow for International Programs, at (585) 245-5546 or aagesen@geneseo.edu

Luna Negra Dance Theater Performs Sept. 29th

As part of the Limelights and Accents series, the Luna Negra Dance Theater will perform on Saturday, Sept. 29th at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. The Luna Negra Dance Theater creates, performs and teaches contemporary dance by Latino choreographers. The company’s distinctive style artfully blends ballet and contemporary dance movements strongly flavored by Latino and Afro-Caribbean dance forms. Luna Negra collaborates with Latino artists of other disciplines, including media artists, musicians and composers, fostering cross-disciplinary explorations revealed in richly textured and highly original dance theater. 

Tickets are $12 for faculty and staff, alumni and seniors, $5 for students, and $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling the Student Association Ticket Office at (585) 245-5873. For more information, visit www.lunanegra.org.


Join the Geneseo team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Rochester

On Sunday, September 30, it's time again for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Rochester. Making Strides fights breast cancer on all fronts: research, providing prevention/detection information, advocating for mammograms and treatment, and improving quality of life for patients and families. The walk is noncompetitive, free and anyone can participate. Registration will take place on Sunday, September 30th at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

If you want to join the Geneseo team, please email Jennifer Rogalsky, rogalsky@geneseo.edu. Registration forms and a poster with more information are posted at Fraser 107C. For more information on the walk, visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline.


Geneseo senior works on book about Letchworth State Park

Geneseo senior Tom Richens spent the summer working on a book about Letchworth State Park along with Professor Russell Judkins and two former park employees, Thomas Cook and Thomas Breslin. The book is being published by Arcadia Publishing. This is Richens second time working with the publishing company — in 2006 they published a book of his about the Rochester suburb Irondequoit.


Geneseo professor, Dr. Cynthia Klima, translates German novel

Dr. Cynthia Klima of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has translated the novel “Blaugast:  A Novel of Decline.”  The book has recently been published by Twisted Spoon Press of Prague, Czech Republic. The work, by Paul Leppin, was originally written in Prague German and was translated for the first time into the English language by Dr. Klima. Included in the work is a Translator's Note, in which Dr. Klima explains the linguistic difficulties she came across while translating. 

New program will provide grants to graduate students to support research and travel

The Office of Sponsored Research has announced the launch of a pilot program that will supply graduate students with small grants (up to $600) to support research projects or travel to conferences in conjunction with faculty members. The program, which is modeled after the undergraduate research and travel grants program, will be open to all full- and part-time students enrolled in one of Geneseo’s Graduate Programs. Sponsored research expects to supply between six and seven grant awards this year. Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Research Council.

For more information on deadlines, program information and for links to guidelines and application forms, please visit the Sponsored Research web site at http://sponsoredresearch.geneseo.edu.


Kudos to Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life, who was honored with an “e-chievement award” from the national radio program etown. Nominated by Kathleen Trainor, Bonfiglio was recognized for his work in implementing the Geneseo Public Bus Service that serves both students and the Geneseo community. The bus service has been so successful that other campuses are using it as a model. For more on the Geneseo Public Bus Service, visit geneseo.edu/transportation To listen to Bonfiglio’s interview with etown, visit http://etown.musiccoop.org/echievement/etown_0738_e-chievement_192.mp3.


Alumni Spotlight

If I can make it there Alexander Sovronsky ’05 will make his Broadway debut this fall in Cyrano de Bergerac, which opens at the Richard Rogers Theatre Oct. 12 and runs through Dec. 23. Directed by David Leveaux, the production will star Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner. Also in the show is Geneseo alum, Lucas Papaelias ’98.

40 Under 40 … This year’s “40 Under 40” recognition by the Rochester Business Journal included Jeffrey Lewis ’96, CPA and principal with the Bonadio Group and Brian O’Sullivan ’94, owner and president of Frontier Abstract and Research Services. Congratulations!

Mitch Stephens iimage

Knight to RoyaltyMitch Stephens, 07, has signed a professional contract with the Reading Royals. Stevens led the SUNY Geneseo men's ice hockey team to a record of 67-33-11 in his four seasons, including two State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) championships and a pair of NCAA Division III tournament appearances. Stephens stands ninth in career points at Geneseo with 167, fifth in career assists with 117 and 17th in career goals with 50. He was the 2006 SUNYAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, the 2007 SUNYAC Player of the Year, the 2007 U.S. College Hockey Online Division III National Runner-up for Player of the Year as well as an American Hockey Coaches Association First Team All-American. The Reading (PA) Royals are part of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

For more information on the Reading Royals, visit their web site at www.royalshockey.com.

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