Lynne Conner

New lecture series on the arts begins April 22

A noted theater professor, playwright and cultural policy expert will deliver the inaugural lecture for a new series at Geneseo that explores Contemporary Issues in the Arts.

Lynne Conner from Colby College will discuss "We the Audience" on Thursday, April 22. Among other topics, she will examine the emerging role of social media in linking audiences with the arts and the impact such technology has on the arts community.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Conner as our keynote speaker to launch this important new series at Geneseo," said Jonathan Gonder, dean of the School of the Arts. "She is a leading authority on how audiences experience the arts and we eagerly look forward to her visit and observations."

Conner is chair of Colby College's theater and dance department and is a theater and dance historian. Her current research and cultural policy initiatives are focused on the history of audience behavior and psychology to design more effective audience enrichment programming for cultural consumers.

Conner is a prolific speaker on the arts and has written three books, numerous articles, scholarly papers, essays and other publications. She is working on a new book that explores ways in which societies past and present most effectively invite audiences into the interpretive process. She has earned the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I Award for Ensemble Excellence for her production of "Metamorphoses" at Colby College. Connor earned a doctorate in theater history and performance studies at the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in theater arts at SUNY Stony Brook.

If you go ...
Lynne Conner's lecture on Thursday, April 22, is at 7 p.m. in Newton Hall 214. The event is free and open to the public.

The new series is funded by the Office of Student and Campus Life. Call (585) 245-5824 to find out more.





In memoriam: Mary Elizabeth Kavanaugh '10

Funeral services were held last Saturday, April 10, for Mary Elizabeth Kavanaugh, a senior from Sanborn, N.Y., who died early Monday, April 6, as a result of a one-car motor vehicle accident in the town of Leicester, just west of campus.

Mary was a 2006 graduate of Starpoint High School in Lockport, N.Y. She was a Communications major.


SUNY chancellor unveils new strategic plan

SUNY Chancellor Nancy ZimpherChancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has unveiled SUNY's newly developed strategic plan. The plan incorporates six forward-looking, interdependent areas of opportunity and challenge in which SUNY and its 64 campuses can serve as the driving force behind the state's economic revitalization and to improve the quality of life for its citizens.

"The Power of SUNY" will serve as the roadmap for SUNY for the next five years and guide its development for the next decade.

"We see ‘The Power of SUNY' as a testament to what public higher education can do for the state of New York," said Zimpher. "This strategic plan will enable the State University to drive New York's economy through our size, scale and the capacity of the system as a whole."

Release of the plan begins the next phase of the strategic planning process for SUNY with the goal of preserving the strengths of the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the world, while introducing a new way forward that aligns SUNY's purpose with the state's economic future.

"In the coming weeks, I will engage our students, my colleagues across SUNY, elected officials and our communities in discussions on the plan, what it means to them and how they can be a part of the change this state needs," said Zimpher.


GREAT Day is April 20

Why do readers have such a voracious interest in the truth about other people's lives, and what problems do writers face in discerning truth?

Literary non-fiction author Helen Epstein will answer those and other questions about memoir writing as the keynote speaker for this year's Jack and Carol Kramer Endowed Lectureship Series at SUNY Geneseo, part of the college's fourth annual GREAT Day celebration on Tuesday, April 20. The lecture series is endowed by SUNY Geneseo alumni Jack and Carol Kramer, both 1976 Geneseo graduates.

Epstein's address, "Trying to Tell the Truth: Researching and Writing Memoir," begins at 1:45 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. The lecture, and all GREAT Day events, are free and open to the public.

More than 800 students from all disciplines at the college are expected to participate in this year's GREAT Day — Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent. The daylong celebration showcases the work of students through presentations, exhibits and performances.

"GREAT Day is a wonderful annual tradition we have started at Geneseo for students to bring their research and creative endeavors before the college's faculty, their fellow students, and the public," said Stephen West, distinguished teaching professor of mathematics emeritus at Geneseo and GREAT Day faculty coordinator. "I anticipate nearly 20 percent of the student body will participate in this year's program. It brings together what our students do best at Geneseo and demonstrates a high degree of academic engagement. It's a pleasure having Helen Epstein participating in this year's activities."



Marco Polo dinner


The Philanthropic Chefs — which include several members of the Geneseo college community — recently hosted their annual Marco Polo Dinner on March 27 and raised about $2,800 to benefit Covenant House. The New York City facility assists homeless, at-risk and runaway youth.

Over the last 25 years, the chefs have raised more than $100,000 for charities, including Hearthside Cats shelter and Livingston County CARES. Livingston County CARES has sent volunteers to Biloxi, Miss. to help rebuild from Hurricane Katrina since 2006.

Distinguished Teaching Professor Bill Cook, Faculty Fellow for International Programs Wes Kennison, Distinguished Teaching Professor Gary Towsley, Distinguished Teaching Professor Olympia Nicodemi  and more than a dozen others are part of this volunteer group, which also includes Geneseo residents and alumni.

Tomorrow, April 15, the chefs will be in action again, this time making gumbo meals to go to benefit Livingston County CARES. The chefs will make more than 200 to-go servings.


Soup's on:

Gumbo is served to-go Thursday, April 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish Hall, 4 Avon Road, Geneseo. Limited tickets ($10 each) are available for advance sale at Muddy Waters and Key Bank on Main Street, and on campus at the Center for Community office, Room 353 in the College Union. Cash or check only.



  • On Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 18, the Geneseo Dance Ensemble presents "New Dances: Edition 2010," in Alice Austin Theatre. Performances April 15 and 16 are at 8 p.m. and on April 18 at 2 p.m. and feature faculty, students, alumni and guests. Admission is $8 at the door.
  • On Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, Associate Professor Amy Stanley will give a piano recital. It's free and open to the public.
  • On Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium, Distinguished Service Professor James Walker will lead the Geneseo Wind Ensemble in a performance with the Geneseo Jazz Ensemble, directed by Adjunct Lecturer J. David Gibson. It's free and open to the public.
  • On Saturday, April 24 through May 7, the Senior Thesis Exhibit will be displayed in both the Lederer Gallery and Bridge Gallery in Brodie Hall. There is an opening reception on Saturday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.





Photo of the week ...

A student reads among trees and flowers


A student studies on the College Green


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