Distinguished Teaching Professors Bill Cook, left, and Ronald Herzman speak about the rewards of teaching at the inaugural event for "Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo" at Gotham Hall. /PHOTO BY KRIS DREESSEN
Hundreds gathered at historic Gotham Hall in New York City last evening, Sept. 15, to launch the largest capital campaign in the college's history with a goal of raising $22 to $25 million from alumni, faculty and staff, parents and friends to bolster Geneseo's endowment and strengthen its program offerings to students.
Distinguished Teaching Professors Bill Cook and Ronald Herzman spoke about the rewards of teaching during the special program, which kicked off with a performance by the esteemed Chamber Singers. Alumni and current students also shared how hands-on learning, internships, relationships and self-discovery were an integral part of their Geneseo experience.
"This is a pivotal initiative for Geneseo and critically important for the future of this great college," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "Private support of the college's endowment through major gifts and annual giving is becoming increasingly important to preserve educational quality for our students. We are enthusiastically asking Geneseo alumni and other supporters to help ensure the college's excellence for future generations of students."
The New York City event included the announcement of a $1 million gift commitment from Geneseo Foundation board member Edward Pettinella '73, president and CEO of Home Properties, Inc. His generous gift brings the campaign gift total to $16.5 million, a testament to the impact Geneseo has on the lives of alumni.
"Ed Pettinella has generously supported Geneseo in many ways over the years and his gift tremendously boosts the campaign," said Dahl. "I am deeply grateful for his commitment to his alma mater. Pacesetter gifts of this magnitude will truly energize this ambitious fund-raising effort."
Members of alumni committees in 18 regions throughout the country and faculty and staff will play a vital role in "Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo." Alumni are hosting a Rochester, N.Y., launch on Oct. 13. It will be followed by other events throughout the year.
On Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m., in the MacVittie Union Hunt Room, faculty and staff will be guests at a special campus event to celebrate and learn more about the goals of the launch.
"Funds raised from this campaign directly support Geneseo's academic enterprise by making scholarships available to some very talented students who otherwise would not be able to attend college," said Herzman, co-chair of the Faculty and Staff Campaign Committee. "Campaign funds also support Geneseo faculty research and related academic endeavors, which directly benefit undergraduate teaching."