Aug. 25, 2014

Class of 2018 Begins College Journey


GENESEO, N.Y. - - SUNY Geneseo is welcoming another talented entering class as 1,180 new freshmen from the Class of 2018 move into residence hall rooms, attend Weeks of Welcome activities and get acclimated to a new academic environment. Classes begin at Geneseo Aug. 25.

“We are again welcoming an academically talented freshman class to Geneseo,” said Kris Shay, director of admissions. “They also bring strong backgrounds in leadership and service, which Geneseo values and will continue to cultivate to help ensure their success. We look forward to having them on campus as they join returning students for what promises to be a terrific year.”

The mean high school average for the class is 93; the mean SAT score (composite of critical reading and math) is 1251.

Geneseo’s admissions committee selected the entering class from more than 9,305 applications. Total estimated enrollment this year will be 5,635 (5,532 undergraduates and 103 graduate students). 

First-time students are joined by a strong class of 332 transfer students and 63 new international students from 20 countries. The total number of international students on campus is 167, who come from 29 countries.

Interim President Carol S. Long addressed faculty convocation Aug. 22. In her address, “Made in Transit,” Long reviewed many of the college’s accomplishments the past year, such as successes in undergraduate research and increasing study abroad opportunities. She also discussed the college’s search for a new president and encouraged campus involvement in the process.

“I am extremely optimistic that we will attract an excellent new president to help us meet our challenges and celebrated our accomplishments,” said Long. “This year will be one in which we continue to grow while in transit.”

The president also recognized recent 2014 award recipients:

2014 Award Recipients

SUNY Board of Trustees Distinguished Professorship Honors

Ganie DeHart, professor and chair, Department of Psychology

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Eric Helms, assistant professor of chemistry
Jordan Kleiman, associate professor of history
Douglas MacKenzie, associate professor in the School of Education.

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Benjamin Laabs, associate professor and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

Wes Kennison, lecturer in the Office of International Programs
Aimee Rose, lecturer in mathematics

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service

Enrico Coloccia, Jr., network manager in the Department of Computing and Information Technology
Mary Hope, director of the Office of International Student Services

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service

Deborah Lowery, Secretary I in the Department of Communication

President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

Beverly Evans, professor French and western humanities

President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity

Jennifer Katz, professor of psychology

President's Award for Outstanding Professional Service

Mark Scott, executive director of Campus Auxiliary Services

James and Julia Lockhart Supported Professorship for Research and Creative Endeavors

Maria Lima, professor of English

Drs. Carol and Michael Harter Endowment for Faculty Mentoring Award

Irene Belyakov, coordinator of English for speakers of other languages

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

Glenn McClure, lecturer in English

Art Hatton Award for Excellence in College Advancement

Gerard Floriano, professor of music
David Irwin, director of media relations
David Meisel, distinguished professor emeritus of physics and astronomy
Keith Walters, college photographer
Jim Rogers, major gifts officer


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