Sep. 27, 2011

Science alumni mentor students

Physics panel

Members of the physics alumni panel share insight into career options and other knowledge with current students at the annual Celebrating the Sciences event on Sept. 23. The day included panels of distinguished alumni in the fields of biology, chemistry, geology and physics. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11





Twenty-two distinguished alumni in the fields of geology, biology, physics and chemistry returned to campus Sept. 23 to share their professional expertise and experiences in their studies and careers with current students at the annual Celebrating the Sciences event.
Among them were professors, CEOs, lawyers, chemists and doctors, including 1975 alumni William Piccione, a vascular and cardiothoracic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Piccione delivered the keynote address, "Relax...Your Prognosis is Excellent!"
The day included discussion panels with alumni in all four science disciplines, the keynote address, and a reception.
Panel discussions are a window for students into career and study options following Geneseo.
Geneseo chemistry major Michael Hampsey '76, who is now a biochemistry professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University, says the liberal arts education he received as an undergraduate really helped him think in new ways, which helped him during graduate school and in his career. Geneseo also taught them valuable critical thinking skills, said chemistry panel members Anthony Molloy '96, now a lawyer, and Tom Miller '72, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Lake Country FracWater Specialists.

*See more photos in this week's Encompass Photo Gallery.