Professor Jeffrey Koch addresses new students

  Geneseo welcomes freshmen class

"Envision yourself at graduation ... After all is said and done, what will you want to remember about your educational experience at Geneseo?"

At the New Student Convocation last Sunday, Professor
Jeffrey Koch, chair of political science and international relations, encouraged Geneseo's newest students to picture success at Geneseo, and how they want to spend their time leading up to that moment that they walk in Commencement.

As the keynote speaker, Koch drew upon his time as a student and more than 20 years of teaching experience to encourage the freshmen class to consider seven practices while they are at Geneseo: to know their professors, to take risks, to develop inter-personal skills in a professional setting, to do well and also good for others, to learn to balance work, family and friends and to take advantage of opportunities to work with faculty.

"Too many students do not become actively involved in planning their undergraduate education," he said.

He was joined by President
Christopher C. Dahl, Provost Carol Long, faculty and administrators on the College Green to welcome the freshmen, who moved in Aug. 28.

Fourteen Geneseo Presidential Scholars were also recognized at the convocation. They are students from the incoming senior class who hold a minimum of a 3.6 GPA and are involved with the community. The class of 2013 may look to the presidential scholars as models for success as they begin their college experience.

Members of the freshmen class have already earned success. Nearly 60 percent of freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high-school classes — an all-time high for Geneseo. More than three quarters of the freshmen class will receive credit for their performance on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.

And, the estimated 950 new freshmen starting classes have a mean SAT score of 1340, a record-high for the college and an increase from last year's entering class average of 1326. The SAT score is a composite of the critical reading and math sections of the national standardized test that most students submit when applying for college admission. The national composite average for all college U.S. students taking the test in 2009 is 1016. 





Students eat at the welcome picnic 
Welcome picnic is now earth friendly

The Welcome Picnic on Aug. 28 was a celebration to greet incoming students, and a friendly nod to Mother Nature.
The picnic was a "zero waste event."

Campus Auxiliary Services used compostable cups, plates, silverware and napkins. Even the food-service gloves and garbage bags were biodegradable. When the partying was done, paper and food waste was collected and delivered to the compost pile on campus.



 SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher with RYSAG

Top SUNY leader, state senator visit 

President Christopher C. Dahl and other members of the college community recently welcomed The State University of New York chancellor and a senator to campus to share Geneseo's mission, accomplishments and initiatives.

Nancy Zimpher, SUNY's first woman chancellor, met with Geneseo professors and students to explore the essence of a Geneseo education, learned about the Information Delivery Service consortium that is a national model that was initiated by Geneseo, and toured the new, $53 million Integrated Science Center. There, she visited a workshop of the Young Scholars Academy at Geneseo, where Rochester-area teenagers were experimenting with solar power. The camp focuses on the links between history and science.

Zimpher also learned about the future of Geneseo and the college's strategic initiatives with the president, vice presidents and professors. Alumni and community leaders also shared lunch with the chancellor.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who took over for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, also visited Geneseo, in August. She got to know the college and its mission with the president, and toured the Integrated Science Center. David Geiger, chair of the chemistry department, and other faculty members also introduced her to the NMR spectrometer, which was recently moved to its new home in renovated Greene Hall, and the school's new state-of-the-art lab space.

 Sen. Gillibrand talks with President Dahl in the ISC





Students to spend the holiday volunteering

New Geneseo students will spend Labor Day morning working to help their neighbors on campus and throughout Livingston County, participating in various projects in the 100 Volunteers program. It's run by the Volunteer Center and Orientation as part of the Center for Community.

"This day allows students to get to know each other and to experience Geneseo's spirit of giving back to the community," says Kay Fly, coordinator of Student Volunteerism and Service Learning.





Congratulations to members of the Geneseo community who were 2009 award recipients at Opening Convocation Aug. 28 in the Alice Austin Theatre. Next week, ENCompass features those who received promotions. 



  • Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics — Professor Olympia Nicodemi

  • Distinguished Service Professor of Business —
    Mary Ellen Zuckerman

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching — Professor of English Thomas Greenfield and Associate Professor of History Kathleen Mapes

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service — Johnnie Ferrell, associate professor of theatre and technical director

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities — Professor of Art History Lynette Bosch

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service — Director of College Union and Activities Charles “Chip” Matthews

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service — Laureen Sherner, Secretary 1, Career Services

  • President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advising — Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations Victoria Farmer

  • President’s Award for Outstanding Professional Service — Professor Sid Bosch

  • President’s Award for Outstanding Professional Service — former Chief of University Police James Stenger

  • Drs. Carol and Michael Harter Endowment for Faculty Mentoring Award — Associate Professor Rose-Marie Chierici, chair of anthropology

  • Joseph M. O’Brien Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching —Mary Gillin, lecturer of English 




Upcoming events ...



  • Wear blue and white this Friday, Sept. 4, and show your Geneseo pride on the fifth annual, national College Colors Day.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 4 p.m., Thomas Legler, professor of international relations at Universidad Iberoamericana, will speak on democracy in Latin America. The location will be announced.
  • On Wednesday, Sept. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom, there is a Study Abroad Fair so students can discover opportunities to study and or volunteer and earn course credits in foreign countries.
  •  Thursday, Sept. 10, throughout the day in Milne 104 and 109, is the Geneseo Authors’ Recognition and Assistance event, featuring the SUNY Press executive director and the Emerald Publishing Group. It's hosted by the Teaching & Learning Center. There's various sessions throughout the day. Contact for more information.
  •  On Friday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m., Pamela Kurau, adjunct lecturer in the School of the Arts, will give a voice recital in Wadsworth Auditorium. It's free.




 Photo Gallery


A senior signs her name to the Senior Gift wall


Students walk by the painted tree


Parents help their students move in Aug. 28

 A police officer rides his bike down the stairs














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