Mar. 16, 2012

Shaping Lives of Purpose: The faculty and staff goal is within reach

Greg Roloff '12

Gifts to Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo strengthen the college's endowment and ability to provide students with outstanding opportunities such as global education and undergraduate research. Greg Roloff '12 has mastered skills performing cancer-related research for three years at Geneseo that has been funded through contributions. In 2010-2011, The Fund for Geneseo provided nearly 190 undergraduate research and travel grants for students, including Roloff.  /FILE PHOTO





For three years at Geneseo, Greg Roloff '12 has helped professors examine how cancer drugs attack malignant cells and as an intern at other institutions assisted groundbreaking studies on heart-tissue and stem-cell regeneration.

For his senior honors thesis, Roloff is combining all of his knowledge and skills to investigate how 5-Azacytidine, a drug used to treat a rare form of blood cancer, may be beneficial in treating breast cancer. He's also applying what he finds in the lab to consider how the drug works on the genetic level. It's high-level research that has earned Roloff experience and skills to earn high-profile internships during his Geneseo career — and a position as a research fellow for the National Institutes of Health after graduation.

"The entirety of my research funding comes from our generous donors," says Roloff, who has worked with Distinguished Teaching Professor Robert O'Donnell all three years. He is working with O'Donnell  and Associate Professor Kevin Militello and Assistant Professor Elisabeth Paulson on his thesis and hopes to become a physician scientist, working with patients, and conducting research and medical resident training at a university.

Funding of undergraduate research is one of many ways students such as Roloff benefit from gifts made to Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo.

In 2010-2011, The Fund for Geneseo provided nearly 190 undergraduate research and travel grants, as well as nearly 400 scholarships and more than $447,000 in student aid. The campaign will raise $22 to $25 million to bolster Geneseo's endowment and strengthen academic innovation and faculty support, scholarships, global education, The Fund for Geneseo and athletics.

Thanks to generous support, the co-chairs of the faculty and staff campaign say the on-campus fundraising goal is attainable.

A personal message follows:

It is with great excitement and anticipation of reaching our goal that we update you today on the status of the Shaping Lives of Purpose: Faculty/Staff Campaign. We are within reach!

shaping graphicLast September, we announced a $1 million goal for the faculty and staff campaign. So far, generous employees of the college have contributed more than $800,000 in donations and pledges. Thanks to all of you who have already made your commitment and have ultimately gotten us this far.

With only a few weeks left in the semester, we need stronger participation to reach this ambitious but obtainable goal. With your help, we can make it a reality and truly make a difference in the lives of our current and future students. Greg Roloff and the outstanding work he has been able to achieve through mentorship and opportunities that make Geneseo special is one example of the difference support makes in the lives of students.
All of the information, including an online or printable gift/pledge form, is available at the Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo website. The faculty and staff organizing committee welcomes your questions. Please don't hesitate to contact any one of us.

Please consider participating. Every gift will help!


Ronald Herzman, distinguished teaching professor of English
Andrea Klein, director of campus scheduling and special events