Apr. 18, 2012


Faculty and staff recently held ceremonies to induct students into honor societies, and Geneseo's first 24-hour film festival drew a creative crowd.

  • Faculty members recently elected 80 students to Geneseo's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society. Students from the junior and senior classes are selected each spring for membership.  About 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Geneseo is the only undergraduate SUNY college with a chapter, which was created in 2004.
  • Faculty and staff in languages and literatures held their annual induction ceremonies for students entering honor societies on March 30.

    Geneseo's Alpha Phi chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society, inducted 22 students. The ceremony was presided over by Chapter President Andrew Nicholson '13 and Chapter Secretary Dana Fitzpatrick '13 and Faculty Advisor Rose McEwen, associate professor and chair of languages and literatures. Two faculty members were also inducted as honorary members for their distinctive contributions to the study, use and promotion of the Portuguese language — Professor of English Maria Lima and Karen Schvartzman '12.

    Geneseo's Mu Iota chapter of Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society inducted 25 students, officiated by Cladia Plantin' 12 and Olivia Occelli '12 and Chapter Moderator and Associate Professor Beverly J. Evans. Lecturer Geneviève Sénéchal and graduate teaching assistant Clémence Lemoine from the Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3, France, were inducted as honorary members.

    Geneseo's Tau Zeta chapter of Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honor Society inducted 16 students in a ceremony officiated by Chapter Advisor and Associate Professor Lori A. Bernard. Secretary Paula Bill was inducted as an honorary member for her dedication to the department.

    View inducted students and faculty officiators and inductees in the Encompass Photo Gallery this week.

  • Eight teams of students flexed their creative muscles — and ability to work well without sleep — during Insomnia, the college's first 24-hour film festival. Film fest veteran Joe Dolce, Computing and Information Technology instructional support coordinator, organized the festival, held overnight on March 23. Teams had 24 hours to complete a three-minute feature, from deciding on a plot, to writing a script to finished work. Ten teams participated and eight were able to finish.

    First-place winners Team Steve drew on thriller movies and a plot that focused on a student having to retrieve an iPod from Brodie Hall after hours. Team members were: Jessalyn Meehan, Sam White, Catherine Gulotta, Tyler Schwab and Tristan Monroe. Second place winners were the World of Surreal and third place was The MC team. Winners' films were shown at a Geneseo Late Knight event on March 30, to a crowd of about 70 people. Representatives from each team were on hand to receive the prizes compliments of Milne Library, CIT and Campus Auxiliary Services.

    Watch Team Steve's winning video on the Digital Media Lab's You Tube Channel
    Watch all the completed videos online here.