May. 01, 2013

Shaping Lives of Purpose: Student wins award for his essay on connecting with 1967 alumni


Cory Young '13 and his friend Jake were watching dusk settle in over the valley at everyone's favorite nature spot on campus, when they struck up a conversation with two alumni from the class of 1967.

They connected and spent the evening together reminiscing, sharing their experiences and discovering more about their perspectives and lives. Young wrote about this experience in an essay, which recently won the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) David J. Prior Award for 2013. The award celebrates a student whose academic career has been shaped by the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences experience at a COPLAC institution. His essay is available to read online. A review committee consisting of COPLAC presidents/chancellors emeritus chose his essay, "Geneseo, Class of '67" and said it is stylish, elegantly written and original.

Young's perspective and outstanding work exemplifies how opportunities at Geneseo and the Geneseo experience impact student lives. Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo is raising $22 million to bolster support for scholarships, programs and other transformative experiences.