Geneseo Receives Two Awards from SUNY for Outstanding Campus Life Programs

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo has received two awards for campus life programs that have made a positive impact on students and their development.

SUNY's Office of University Life and Enrollment Management and the system's Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (CCSAO) recognized Geneseo in two categories:

  • Health and Wellness for its "Stand Up for One Another" program
  • Transfer Student Support Services/Success for its program series "You Belong: COUNT During Your First Semester"

Geneseo's awards were among four Outstanding Student Affairs Program Awards presented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at the CCSAO meeting Oct. 4 in Rochester, held in conjunction with the New York State College Student Personnel Association conference. SUNY invited nominations from all state-operated campuses for the fifth annual competition. A selection committee composed of SUNY campus representatives and System Administration reviewed eighteen nominations from ten campuses in selecting the four recipients.

"Peer recognition is the highest form of praise in higher education and all of us involved in student life at Geneseo are elated to have these programs acknowledged for their impact on our students," said Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life. "The credit for the effectiveness these programs have on students is shared not only to those who conceived them but to the many staff members who have helped implement the programs across campus."

Also receiving awards at the CCSAO meeting were SUNY Delhi, for community engagement, and SUNY Potsdam for leadership development.
Geneseo's Residence Life Office initiated the "You Belong" program to focus specifically on the successful transition of transfer students to Geneseo. Assistant Director of Residence Life Kim Harvey's presentation last spring on "You Belong: An Innovative TRANSFERmation" was selected as one of five American College Personnel Association Housing and Residence Life Commission-sponsored programs at the ACPA annual convention in Boston.

Commission sponsorship signifies that this program is considered to be "an exceptional program" among all of the programs discussed at the ACPA convention.

"Stand Up for One Another," the bystander intervention training program, instituted during the Fall 2009 Weeks of Welcome Program, has also received national recognition. It was singled out in March 2010 by the Association of College Unions International at its annual convention in New York City with the Collaborative Program of the Year Award. This program was created by Director of College Union and Activities Chip Matthews in collaboration with Harvey and Wendi Kinney, coordinator of Greek affairs and off-campus living in the Center for Community, to encourage students to intercede and act on their concern for their fellow students' well-being.

The award, presented at ACUI's Community Builders Awards ceremony, is intended to recognize outstanding achievement of a program that is created and implemented by administrators working as partners across departmental lines.

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