Nov. 09, 2011

Shaping Lives of Purpose: Alumni campaign events see record turnout

Buffalo alumni committee

Members of the Buffalo alumni committee are helping to connect alumni to the college and each other, and were among nearly 200 graduates and friends of Geneseo who gathered on Nov. 3 in Buffalo for a Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo event. There are 18 alumni committees across the United States where the greatest number of alumni live. /PHOTO BY KRIS DREESSEN


More than 400 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college gathered in New York City to launch Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo — the largest capital campaign in the college's history. Soon after, faculty and staff officially launched the campaign on campus. Since then, five events have been held on the East Coast with record alumni attendance.

"It is a pleasure to say that when we planned these launch events we determined what would be real successes in these areas for attendance and we have exceeded that," says Rose Anderson, assistant vice president for alumni relations. "We have even had waiting lists."

Nearly 300 alumni and other invited guests reflected on what Geneseo has meant in their lives on Oct. 13 in Rochester, which included a special program with Distinguished Teaching Professors Bill Cook and Ronald Herzman, alumni and a performance by the Chamber Singers, with Professor Gerard Floriano '84.

Alumni have also gathered in Washington, D.C. at Sidley Austin LLC, in the Forida-East Coast alumni region, and most recently in Buffalo on Nov. 3. Nearly 200 alumni attended that event.

"It was phenomenal," says Anderson. "It is the energy. People want to be part of something exhilarating. We've got to keep that momentum."

Shaping Lives of Purpose is the most ambitious fundraising initiative ever undertaken by the college, with a goal of raising $22 to $25 million to bolster Geneseo's endowment and to strengthen academic innovation and faculty support, student scholarships, global education, The Fund for Geneseo, athletics and to support the Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership. The campaign has already raised $16.8 million.

After the new year, alumni will help organize more campaign events across the country, including Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
"We are reconnecting alumni with their college of today and tomorrow," says Anderson. "We have a vision on how to keep Geneseo strong."

You can read more about the event and speakers for the Buffalo event, and the Rochester events, and view photos from campaign events online.