Aug. 30, 2011

Geneseo begins new academic year

Melanie Blood addresses new students

Professor of Theater Melanie Blood speaks at the student convocation on Aug. 28. Blood encouraged students to explore opportunities outside of their majors. /PHOTO BY BRIAN BENNETT






The new academic year started Monday as the college welcomed 1,014 freshmen to campus.

Total estimated enrollment this year is 5,693 — 5,494 undergraduate students and 199 graduate students. First-time students are joined by the largest class of international students in the college's history. There are 160 international students, including 46 new this year.

Students moved in to residence halls last weekend and are celebrating their first week of classes with annual Weeks of Welcome activities, including a carnival, game nights and performances, including a mind reader.

During student convocation Aug. 28, theater Professor Melanie Blood addressed "Transformational Learning at Geneseo," encouraging new students to take advantage of opportunities outside of their major that a liberal arts college like Geneseo affords them.

"We provide a variety of opportunities that can serve as a catalyst to transformational learning," said Blood. "Study abroad, research and creative collaboration with faculty, leadership opportunities in clubs and student life, service opportunities in the local community and abroad. The space to reflect analytically on these catalytic experiences is what creates the transformation in the individual's understanding of self, of individual's beliefs and of individual's behaviors."

Geneseo's freshman class was chosen from 10,000 applications and has a strong academic profile and is diverse in talents. The class of 2015 includes more student government leaders, team captains, award-winning writers and accomplished musicians, actors, and athletes than ever.

President Christopher C. Dahl addressed faculty and staff about the upcoming year at convocation on Aug. 26, wher he also recognized recent award recipients.

Read the complete list of honored faculty in the Kudos section of this week's Encompass.