Apr. 18, 2013

Record Number of Students Participate in GREAT Day


GENESEO, N.Y. -- A record 965 students participated in SUNY Geneseo's seventh annual GREAT Day (Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent) April 16 on campus. The event is a college-wide symposium celebrating the creative and scholarly endeavors of Geneseo students with the purpose of fostering academic excellence, encouraging professional development and building connections within the community.

"Once again, our students ably displayed a wide variety of scholarly and creative projects for our campus and community to experience," said Provost Carol Long. "The day really brings together in a tangible manner the essence of a liberal arts education. With the mentorship of our faculty, students engage in high-impact learning that transforms their lives and their communities."

Watch several students involved with GREAT Day.

The keynote speaker for this year's Jack and Carol Kramer Endowed Lectureship was former New York Times science reporter Dava Sobel, who discussed the in depth research she did on Renaissance mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus to prepare for the play she wrote on his life and discoveries, "And the Sun Stood Still."

"One of the most amazing things about Copernicus was he made all of his observations without the benefit of a telescope or lenses of any kind," said Sobel.

Sobel read excerpts from the play with the help of Gary Towsley, distinguished teaching professor of mathematics, who read the part of Copernicus.

In addition to endowing the GREAT Day lecture series, Jack and Carol Kramer -- both 1976 Geneseo graduates -- have provided major support for other Geneseo programs.

Among GREAT Day activities were poster and classroom presentations on projects the students have been working on, some for several years; chamber music, dance, and theater performances; and art exhibits.

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