Charles (Chip) Matthews, director of the college union and activities, has received the Region 2 Professional Service Award from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). The honor goes to a student union/student activities professional who is a role model for peers and students and exemplifies the core values of the association. He received the honor during the fall regional conference in Ithaca Nov. 12-14.
Matthews started at Geneseo in the Residence Life Department in 1998, was named assistant director of the college union in 2001 and rose to director in 2005. He has been responsible for numerous student-centered programs and activities including development and implementation of Geneseo Late Knight, an array of social alternatives for students on Friday and Saturday nights; the Knight Spot, a non-alcoholic on-campus dance club; and MOSAIC (Multicultural Organizational Space for Activities, Inclusion and Collaboration), a unique space and resource room for Geneseo's thriving multicultural student organizations.
Matthews also played an integral role in the development and implementation of the "Stand Up for One Another" program, which was recently recognized as the Collaborative Program of the Year by ACUI and as a 2010 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program. In 2009, he received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Services.
A student blood drive on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 helped save a total of 693 lives, according to the local American Red Cross. Dustin Hilton, a Red Cross account manager, said 231 units of blood were collected over the two days, with more than 280 people donating blood. There were 99 new donors.
It was one of the school's largest blood drives, says Kay Fly, coordinator of student volunteerism and service learning.