Nov. 28, 2012



  • Susan McKenna, director of the Math Learning Center in the Department of Mathematics, received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State on Nov. 9 in Rye Brook, N.Y. She received the award for her dedication to the association as a committee member, conference speaker and college-level representative. She has served as the chair of a number of conference committees, most notably as the program chair for the 50th Anniversary Conference.
  • Milne Library staff recently received a $10,000 research and development grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC), to be shared by Milne and the Monroe County Library System to develop a Library Publishing Toolkit. The kit will serve as an essential guide to help libraries identify publishing opportunities and distribute online content produced by academic and public communities.

    In addition to producing reprints of local history books, Milne is hosting open access journals and open textbooks. The award will allow Milne and the county to develop strategies for libraries by evaluating and recommending best practices, and do so by researching and then publishing the Library Publishing Toolkit as an open text using Open Monograph Press. The kit will be an essential guide for all libraries as they assist authors and other creators in producing widely available works. Partial funding for the grant comes from the state Education Department, Division of Library Development.
  • The Geography Department recently set a new benchmark for the number of its students presenting at a professional meeting. Ten students presented paper presentations at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers Middle States Division, Nov. 2 and 3, at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where undergraduate presentations are the exception.

    There were also three presentations by Geography faculty, and papers by four Geneseo geography alumni. Geneseo students' paper topics included diverse topics, such as the nuances of military tactics in the War of 1812, the diaspora of Hutterites, and Alaskan big-game hunters. The Geneseo turnout filled two teams in the regional round of the National Geography Bowl. A poster presentation featured AGOG, the department's alumni outreach Facebook page. The Geneseo group included visiting thesis students from the University of Gronigen in the Netherlands, who presented their research on urban vitality and the creative class.
  • Assistant Professor of English Gillian Paku recently won the Innovative Course Design Competition organized by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for her course "Authorial Identity: What's in a Name?" ASECS is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period stretching from the late 17th to the early 19th century. Paku received a $500 honorarium and an invitation to present at the society's annual meeting.
  • Stephanie Medina '11 , Geneseo Late Knight coordinator, was recently awarded the ACUI Outstanding Graduate Student Employee at the ACUI Region 2 Conference in November. Medina attends the College Student Personnel Administration program at Canisius College. As part of the award, Medina was recognized as being a diligent graduate-student employee who embodies a dedicated work ethic in the student union and student activities field.
  • On Halloween, nine members of the Outdoor Club, led by sophomore Richelle Pennington, donned costumes and went door-to-door trick or treating for food to donate to a local food pantry. They filled a car trunk with canned goods and pasta to deliver to the Parish Outreach Center.