For Immediate Release – Friday, March 11, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516




 GENESEO, N.Y. – The State University of New York at Geneseo is launching an annual event this month to honor the memory of a true Geneseo legend, the late Rose M. Alent, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Comparative Literature.

The inaugural Rose Alent Faculty Lecture and Bash will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. Distinguished Teaching Professor of History William R. Cook will deliver his lecture "Confessions of a History Geek" in the Alice Austin Theatre, Brodie Hall. Immediately following the lecture, a reception with food and refreshments will be held in the Mary Jemison Dining Center.

All members of the college and local communities are invited to attend the lecture and the reception, said President Christopher C. Dahl. The President’s Office and the Geneseo Foundation are sponsoring the event, which Dahl said, "promises to be a day to remember for Geneseo.

"Rose Alent was one of Geneseo’s most dedicated and beloved faculty members for more than 40 years, and her impact on our college and all those privileged to have known her as students, colleagues, or friends was enormous," he said.

Known fondly to many as Geneseo’s Rose, Alent passed away in March 1997 at the age of 74. Following her death, many alumni and friends whose lives were touched by Rose made contributions to the Geneseo Foundation to establish an endowment fund in her name.

A native of Bruhl, Germany, Alent developed the first French and German language courses at Geneseo and was instrumental in establishing a foreign languages department at the college. She was extremely dedicated to the college and her students, and frequently hosted them for informal discussions and meals and snacks in her home. She also led popular annual tours to European countries for groups of alumni, community residents and friends. Alent earned prestigious awards from the French and German governments for excellence in teaching and publishing.

Alent once said, "A good teacher must be an eclectic. I borrowed techniques from beloved and admired teachers and I avoided those of educators who bored or annoyed me."

"A group of Rose’s colleagues has been seeking an appropriate means to honor her memory and the idea of an annual lecture by an outstanding Geneseo faculty member, followed by a good party, seemed just right," said Dahl. "Webster’s defines bash as a festive social gathering, and Rose had a real fondness for such events, as all who knew her will attest. She also appreciated the value gained by bringing faculty and staff together to foster a strong sense of community. Geneseo’s first Rose Alent Faculty Lecture and Bash is intended to do just that."

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