The college has recently been given the authority by the U.S. State Department to issue the document required for a J-1 visa to foreign students and faculty members wishing to study, teach or conduct research at Geneseo.
Previously, students and faculty members who wished to come to Geneseo on a J-1 visa had to be sponsored by the University at Buffalo, said Rebecca Lewis, interim assistant provost in the Office of International Programs. Due to changes in reporting requirements, the university no longer is able to sponsor exchange students or faculty on other campuses.
"Having the ability to issue the document required to obtain a J-1 visa will allow SUNY Geneseo greater flexibility in bringing international students and faculty to our campus," said Lewis.
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is designed to promote mutual understanding between people in the United States and other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. International visitors on J-1 visas are required to return to their home countries after completion of their program.
"We think Geneseo's strong focus on international education had a lot to do with the quick approval of our application," said Wes Kennison, faculty fellow for international programs. "The federal government wants organizations with exemplary track records in this area to administer these programs and Geneseo easily measured up."
Find our more about the Geneseo program online.
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For a decade, Paul Rose led two Geneseo sports teams — men's lacrosse and wrestling. He was coach from 1970-71 through 1979-80. Rose also was an instructor and lecturer in the Department of Health and Physical Education.
In 2004, the college honored Rose, inducting him into the Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame.
Rose died on March 27 at his home in Hamilton, N.Y.
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