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About Geneseo: The Town & Village :: Geneseo Ambassador Program :: Geneseo First Response :: Geneseo Foundation :: Grades :: Graphics Office :: Greek Life
About Geneseo: The Town & Village
The rolling landscape and rich farmland of Geneseo
was settled in 1790. According to legend, the region that Geneseo is found on was called "Jo-nis-hi yuh" by the Senaca Indians, meaning "the pleasant valley."
The hillside setting that sits in the backdrop of this vibrant community has been preserved and enhanced by the presence of two Wadsworth family manor houses; one located at either end of Main Street. Because the area reminded the original Wadsworth pioneers of England's legendary countryside, majestic oaks were spared when the land was cleared for the creation of a residential area. Today, these great oaks remain a distinctive feature of the landscape.
The Village is one of a handful of National Historic Landmarks in the country. This recognition was granted in 1991 by the United States Department of the Interior as an acknowledgment of Geneseo's distinctive architectural heritage and ambiance. Considered by leading architects as "a museum of historic buildings," the Village boasts a wide range of architectural styles and periods.
At the center of Main Street is another Geneseo legend. Residents still gather around the bear fountain for parades and other community functions. Even the students of Geneseo have incorporated the Bear into their own culture and myths.
Geneseo Ambassador Program
G-Net is a select group of volunteer student ambassadors who help promote the College to prospective students and their families while forming their own connections here on campus. They are dynamic leaders in the College community and in the classroom and help provide a lasting impression of the College.
Opportunities to connect include:
Lobby Hosts meet and greet families before they go on a campus tour, and answer student life questions about the Geneseo experience. Tours are offered 6 days a week, several times a day, so the opportunities to lobby host are abundant. Ambassadors must lobby host for a minimum of one semester before applying for a Tour Guide position.
Class Visit Host
Class Visit Hosts are students who have volunteered to take prospective students along to class to give them the Geneseo experience first-hand. Hosts are responsible for securing approval from instructors prior to class visits.
Group Session Ambassadors
As a Group Session Ambassador, your job is simple - attend a group information session given by a counselor and simply add your experiences as a Geneseo student, when appropriate. This provides prospective students and their families with valuable, first-hand information during their visit on campus.
High School Liaison
High School Liaisons serve an important role in helping our Admissions office establish relationships with counselors from high schools across the state. Specific responsibilities will be determined by each school counselor, and will vary depending upon their needs. Possible responsibilities include visiting your home high school, writing to students that inquire, being available to students when they visit and hosting them in class - to name just a few.
Social Media Liaisons
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Blogging. If this is your "thing", we've got the perfect opportunity for you! As we embark into the world of social media, we need our students to help us navigate the way. We need you to be the face of Geneseo through your iphones, laptops and more.
Tour Guides are integral members of our Admissions staff, giving comprehensive tours to visiting students and their families, while adding their own personal touch. Tour Guides are chosen through a selective interview process which Ambassadors are eligible to apply for after a minimum of one semester as a Lobby Host.
With the launch of our YouBelong series, we felt the need to do our part. We are looking for eager transfer students who are willing to help us host and interact with prospective transfer students. Opportunities include being featured on our transfer web page, participating in our transfer group sessions on Fridays from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. and select Saturdays throughout the fall and spring, and helping with transfer programming on campus.
Overnight Hosts are students who volunteer to host an admitted student overnight on select days to help them experience residential living on campus. Hosts will bring their guests to classes on the following day, before participating in the Admitted Student Preview Days.
Special Program Host
Special programs will occur throughout the year. Some examples are a transfer panel for Admitted Student Transfer Day; dining with admitted students on Preview Days; and having lunch with a visiting group.
Geneseo First Response
The student-run Geneseo First Response is a medical emergency first responder unit whose mission is to provide high-quality auxiliary medical care at night and around the clock on weekends. Students from First Response are required to be trained in basic first aid, and many are certified EMTs. For more information, call the Student Association Office at (585) 245-5878 or University Police at (585) 245-5651.
The Geneseo Foundation is the fund-raising division of the College. Established in 1971 as a not-for-profit and tax exempt organization, the Foundation’s mission is to accept and administer private gifts to help preserve and enhance excellence at SUNY Geneseo. Private gifts support many activities and programs for which state funding is not provided, including: merit scholarships for outstanding students; research and professional travel for students and faculty; support for student activities; speakers and special events; diversity programs; campus beautification; support for academic departments; excellence awards for faculty and staff; co-sponsorship of the Student Honors Convocation.
The Geneseo Foundation and the Geneseo Alumni Association support a wide variety of merit scholarships for undergraduates. These grants assist and reward students who have shown academic strength and demonstrated active and productive involvement in high school and college. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded $2.9 million in scholarships to over 3700 outstanding and deserving students.
The opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct research is a unique and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Geneseo currently has a strong tradition of providing such opportunities for undergraduates. The Undergraduate Research Grant Program is co-sponsored by the Geneseo Foundation and the Geneseo Student Association. Research grant funds are designed to aid undergraduates in the purchase of supplies and equipment and other expenses they might incur in their research project. Expenses that are also covered by the funds include travel to present research at professional or scholarly meetings.
Final grades are recorded as “A”, “A-”, “B +”, “B”, “B-”, “C+”, “C”, “C-”, “D”, “E”, “P”, “F”, “S”, “U” and “W”.
•Some majors require a minimum competence of “C-” in selected courses.
•Grades of “A” through “D” are satisfactory for core courses, electives, and courses in the major unless otherwise noted (see above).
The pass/fail option is available to sophomores and above with cumulative grade point averages of 2.0 or better and may be applied only to elective courses outside their major department. Students may use the pass/fail option for a maximum of four courses and only once in a given semester.
•A grade of “P” is earned via grades of “A” through “D.”
•A grade of “F” is earned via a grade of “E.”
Some courses are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (“S”/ “U”).
A grade of “S” requires the minimum equivalent of “C” level work.
A grade of “U” is earned via grades of “D” or “E.”
A grade of “W’ represents a course from which the student has withdrawn by the date listed in the Master Schedule (see “Semesters at a Glance” above).
To determine how to appeal a grade, go to
Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for further important information on academic policy.
The SA graphics service is staffed by a professional graphic designer and is provided for both student organizations and college departments at a reduced cost. In addition, the service offers educational opportunities for students interested in graphic design. The Graphics Office is located in MacVittie Union Room 312. For more information, contact the Graphics Office at (585) 245-5895.
There are over 20 Greek letter organizations represented on the Geneseo campus. There are both local organizations and nationally affiliated sororities and fraternities. Membership recruitment is open to all students, however, first semester freshmen are unable to pledge (i.e., join), and new transfer students must seek approval from the Dean of Students.
The Inter-Greek Council (IGC) is a self-governing organization whose purpose is: to provide an organizational framework for promoting the interests of fraternities and sororities at Geneseo; to unite the members of these organizations in good fellowship and loyalty; to establish policies for the regulation of Greek organizations; and to enforce policies and to cooperate with College authorities in their efforts to promote high standards of scholastic achievement and social conduct.
The fraternity/sorority advisor assists fraternities and sororities by overseeing IGC and Panhellenic Council, as well as National Order of Omega, the Greek honor society. The advisor to Greek organizations has an office in the MacVittie Union and is a member of the Center for Community/Dean of Students staff.
The fraternity/sorority advisor also provides support and guidance for major Greek programs that occur throughout the year such as recruitment, Greek Week, Geneseo U-Knighting for Change, Anna's Ball, and the Greek Excellence Awards.
The majority of fraternities and sororities rent off-campus houses where members may choose to live.
Organizations in Inter Greek Council (IGC):
| SORORITIES||FRATERNITIES |
|Alpha Delta Epsilon||Alpha Chi Rho*|
|Alpha Kappa Phi||Delta Kappa Tau|
|Alpha Omega Pi |
|Lambda Alpha Upsilon*|
|Delta Phi Epsilon*||Omega Beta Psi|
|Phi Eta Psi|
|Phi Kappa Chi|
|Phi Kappa Pi|
|Phi Sigma Xi|
|Phi Lambda Chi|
|Sigma Alpha Mu*|
|Sigma Delta Tau* |
|Sigma Nu Chi|
|Sigma Gamma Phi |
|Sigma Tau Psi|
|Sigma Kappa*||Zeta Beta Xi|
|Sigma Psi Zeta*|| |
|Zeta Phi Beta*|| |
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