Sep. 28, 2011

Geneseo launches campaign on campus

Shaping Lives of Purpose committee

The faculty and staff leaders for Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo include: Front row, from left, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Ronald Herzman; Laurie Fox, assistant director of user services for computing and information technology; Andrea Klein, director of campus scheduling and events; Sue Chichester, chief information officer and director of computer and information technology; and Michelle Worden '92, associate director of alumni relations. Back row, from left, are: Harry Howe, professor of accounting; Liz Argentieri, visiting senior assistant librarian; Joe VanRemmen, assistant to the chief for parking, transportation and community service in University Police; Kurt Fletcher, distinguished teaching professor of physics; Betsy Colon, grants management associate; and Charles "Chip" Matthews, director of college union and activities. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11



For more than 130 years, faculty and staff at Geneseo have excelled at providing students with innovative teaching, true mentoring and transformative experiences in and out of the classroom. On Sept. 20, members of the campus community gathered in the Hunt Room of the College Union to help officially launch the largest capital fundraising campaign in the college's history. Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo will help ensure such outstanding experiences are available for current and future Geneseo students.

President Christopher C. Dahl said the relationships and synergy that faculty have with students define Geneseo. The campaign, he said, is a transformational moment for the college that will allow Geneseo to continue to offer truly innovative opportunities for students.

With the goal of raising $22 to $25 million, Shaping Lives of Purpose will increase the college's endowment and strengthen academic innovation and faculty support, student scholarships, global education, The Fund for Geneseo, athletics, and the new Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership.

"I think the campaign is very important and Geneseo is worth it," says Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Ronald Herzman.

Herzman and 18 faculty and staff members representing academic departments, facilities, University Police, athletics, Campus Auxiliary Services and other offices are leading the Shaping Lives of Purpose initiative on campus. Herzman and fellow co-chair Andrea Klein, director of campus scheduling and events, shared information about the campaign at the event and why they believe it's important. See the full list of committee members at the campaign website.

"I want to do what I can to ensure that the place that has been home to me for 43 years can continue to function at a high level," says Herzman. "The sort of support that we are trying to raise with the campaign is now necessary for that to happen."

Faculty and staff have a rich history of supporting the college and will play a vital role in Shaping Lives of Purpose, demonstrated by Professor of Accounting Harry Howe's gift of $50,000, which was announced at the launch event.

Howe, a 16-year faculty member, said he has seen colleagues, alumni and others provide leadership and do great things for the school over the years — he wants to be a part of that sort of support.

"I don't think there are many people who look at Geneseo as just a job," says Howe. "It's an institution that has a special mission — education that is both accessible and excellent. I can think of hundreds of great examples all over this campus of people who put forth an extraordinary effort to make this place better and better."

As director of the master's accounting program and accounting coordinator, he values what Geneseo's liberal arts education fosters in students — rigorous technical training and the ability to think in broad and creative ways. Howe designated his gift for the accounting program, summer humanities programs and the philosophy department.

Over the next few months, members of the faculty and staff campaign committee will meet with individual departments to discuss Shaping Lives of Purpose.


*See additional photos from the Sept. 20 event in the Encompass Photo Gallery.