For Immediate Release — Friday, August 22, 2008

David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Welcomes Another Academically Talented Class as the 2008-09 School Year Begins

GENESEO, N.Y. – When SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl addresses the college’s opening convocation Friday (Aug. 22), his audience will include the most academically talented freshman class to enter Geneseo in the college’s history.

The 1,050 entering freshmen have a mean combined SAT score of 1326 (critical reading + math sections), an increase from last year’s average of 1313.  The 2007 national mean SAT score for the critical reading and math sections is 1017.  Both the mean combined ACT score and mean high school average of entering Geneseo freshmen remain steady from last year at 29 and 93, respectively.  The college had 10,589 applications this year.

“There is no question we are admitting classes with an increasingly stronger academic profile,” says Bill Caren, associate vice president for enrollment service at the college.  “Our reputation has strengthened over the years allowing us to be more selective and that enriches the college experience for both students and faculty.”

President Dahl’s convocation address begins at 3 p.m. in the Alice Austin Theatre in the Brodie Fine Arts Building.  His topic will be “Sustainability in Difficult Times.”  The president also will present the college’s 2008 awards for excellence to faculty and staff at the event.  Classes start Monday.

New school-year activities for freshmen will continue Sunday afternoon as they participate in campus-wide discussions of the summer reading program book, “Taking Back the Vote” by Jane Eisner, which focuses on getting American youth involved in the political system.

New student convocation is scheduled Sunday evening on the College Green in the center of the campus where Kathryn Rommel-Esham, professor of education at Geneseo, will address “Geneseo’s Got Flair: Ten Things to Think About Now That You Are Here.

A wide variety of activities are planned for students during the college’s Weeks of Welcome (known as WOW), which run Aug. 22 through Sept. 22.  WOW events include a “Meet the Candidates” event Aug. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. where students will be able to learn more about the candidates running for New York Congressional offices and for state Senate and Assembly seats; and the Geneseo 100 Volunteers Project in which 100 student volunteers will spend Labor Day morning helping people in need in Livingston County with miscellaneous household chores.

2008 Awards for Excellence – SUNY Geneseo Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jennifer Katz, associate professor of psychology
Michael Rozalski, associate professor of education
Caroline Woidat, associate professor of English

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

Michael Schinski, associate professor of finance and interim dean of the Jones School of Business

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Michael Lynch, associate professor of psychology

President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

Robert O’Donnell, distinguished teaching professor of biology

President’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity

Randy Barbara Kaplan, associate professor of theatre

President’s Award for Outstanding Professional Service

Fatima Johnson, coordinator of multicultural programs and services
Edwin Rivenburgh, director of libraries        

Harter Faculty Mentoring Award

Rosemary McEwen, associate professor and chair of foreign languages

Joseph M. O’Brien Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching

Wendy Metz, lecturer, communicative disorders and sciences

James and Julia Lockhart Supported Professorship

Anthony Gu, professor of finance

Roemer Supported Professorship

Gregg Hartvigsen, associate professor of biology