Commencement 2009

Commencement brings a new tradition

For the the first time, graduate students will celebrate a week earlier than undergraduates at their own commencement at 10 a.m. May 8 in Wadsworth Auditorium. It is the college's inaugural ceremony for master's degree candidates.

Susan Bailey, dean emerita of the college, will focus on the life of activist, teacher and thinker Howard Zinn in her keynote address to graduate students, "A Moving Train." Bailey retired in 2008 after 35 years with the college but continues to work as coordinator of scholarships and fellowships in the Office of the Provost.

"We decided that master's degree recipients deserved a ceremony in which they could be hooded and fittingly recognized for their outstanding accomplishment," says Andrea Klein, director of campus scheduling and events.

Geneseo offers a master's degree in accounting, education and communicative disorders and sciences.

On May 15, Frances Smith Foster, the Candler Professor of English and Women Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, will address the 144th undergraduate commencement. Smith Foster has written extensively on African American literature and culture and on multicultural women's literature. She will address "One or Two Things I Think I Know for Sure."

"Frances Smith Foster's prolific scholarly career serves as a role model for our students who aspire to be writers, critical thinkers and researchers," said President Christopher C. Dahl.

Geneseo will confer an estimated 1,200 undergraduate and 50 graduate degrees. Undergraduate degrees will be conferred during two separate ceremonies on May 15, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena.

At the undergraduate ceremony, the college will confer an honorary doctor of humane letters degree upon Foster and Gregory O'Connell '64, a Brooklyn real estate developer who revitalized the Red Hook area of that borough. He also is purchasing and renovating properties in Mt. Morris, a small town near Geneseo, with an interest in sparking another successful revitalization.

"Greg embodies the Geneseo values of 'service to society' and 'community,'" said Dahl. "His vision and leadership have become models for revitalizing depressed neighborhoods by providing for historical renovation, retaining housing for working and middle-class residents, and engaging the arts. He spurs economic development while retaining a sense of community. We are proud to honor this innovative and civically engaged alumnus."

Visit the college's commencement Web page for more information.




College community invited to participate in Summer Reunion

Members of the college community are encouraged to gather with alumni and attend Summer Reunion 2010 activities July 9-11 on campus.

The Office of Alumni Relations is also seeking updates and notes of accomplishment of alumni from faculty who have stayed in touch. Call Alumni Relations at 245-5506 or e-mail news to

A full schedule of reunion activities begins on Friday, July 9. See the reunion slideshow and video online.


Milne Exhibit coincides with Summer Reunion

When alumni revisit their Geneseo days at Summer Reunion July 9-11, they also can take a walk down memory lane in Milne Library, which will host "From Normal to Extraordinary" — a retrospective of Geneseo's proud tradition of educating educators. The exhibit features artifacts, ephemera and photographs that span the college's 139-year history, from its beginnings as Wadsworth Normal and Training School through today. Organizers invite alumni and others to loan items for the exhibit, such as keepsakes or photos that help tell Geneseo's story. Contact Liz Argentieri, special collections librarian, at 245-5194.





  • Students In Free Enterprise organization wins at competition

Geneseo's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization took home First Runner-Up and Rookie of the Year honors at the SIFE Regional Competition at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in on March 24. Geneseo's SIFE representatives competed against five other schools from Ohio, New York and West Virginia on topics of market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability and business ethics.

SIFE President David Wampler '10 presented information on projects the team has completed since the group's inception in spring 2009, including: marketing and selling hand-woven pine needle baskets from El Sauce, Nicaragua, S.A.T. tutoring in area high schools, Campus Auxiliary Services convenience-store business consulting, financial literacy in elementary schools and personal mentoring regarding financial situations.

Judges comments included, "Excellent for first year — good strategies planned to continue and achieve ongoing sustainability," and commended SIFE members for their great audio/visual presentation.

  • Geneseo senior is a Northeast Employee of the Year

Allora Campbell '10 has been selected as the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) R. Tucker Rossiter Student Employee of the Year for the Northeast Region. She has worked for Campus Auxiliary Services for four years.

Campbell, who is student manager for the catering department, was chosen for her reliability, quality of work, initiative, disposition and contribution to CAS. Sue Mallaber, CAS catering coordinator, nominated Campbell for the honor.

'As student manager, Allora has taken over the scheduling of student catering employees and can be trusted to take a catering function from start to finish with limited supervision," said Mallaber.

Campbell and five other regional winners are eligible to win a national Student Employee of the Year Award and a $5,000 scholarship prize. If chosen, Campbell will use the scholarship money to offset the cost of obtaining a graduate degree in creative writing at SUNY Brockport.




  • On Wednesday, May 12-21, in the Brodie Fine Arts Building Lederer Gallery, there will be the All-County High School Show with a closing reception on Friday, May 21, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • On Saturday, June 12-16, in the Brodie Fine Arts Building Lockhart Gallery, there will be the Livingston Potpourri Members Show. The closing reception is Saturday, June 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.




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