For Immediate Release
Oct. 29, 2009

Contact: David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516
Irwin@geneseo.edu

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Student and Campus Life Vice President to Receive National Award of Excellence

GENESEO, N.Y. – Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life at the State University of New York at Geneseo, is this year’s recipient of the most prestigious award conferred by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.  The Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in advancing standards of practice and quality assurance in educational programs and services in higher education.

“We are thrilled to honor Bob for many reasons,” said Susan Komives, CAS president and professor in the College Student Personnel Program at the University of Maryland.  “He has used CAS standards in a systematic review of the Division of Campus and Student Life at Geneseo and his careful and visionary leadership has resulted in a collaborative learning and work environment for students and professional staff.  His work has been published in a chapter of ‘Learning Reconsidered 2:  Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience’ and he has presented widely on the use of CAS standards in professional work,” she said.

CAS is the nation’s pre-eminent organization for promoting standards in student affairs, student services and student development programs since its inception in 1979. Individuals and institutions from nearly 40 CAS member organizations comprise a professional constituency of more than 100,000 professionals. 

“I was pleased to learn I had been nominated for this award, which actually recognizes the good work of all of the staff in student and campus life at Geneseo,” said Bonfiglio.  “When I came to the college in 1999, our staff agreed to use the benchmarks established by CAS to shape a state-of-the-art student affairs program, and this award affirms not only that Geneseo’s program represents best practice in American higher education but also that we consistently contribute to the fulfillment of the college’s mission,” he said.

Bonfiglio will receive the award at the CAS national symposium in November.

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