Class of 2016 E-Lert, Issue III

WElcome back!

Orientation is underway! We have had two successful sessions already and are looking forward to meeting everyone attending the upcoming sessions!


Ever Wonder...

What a day in the life of a Geneseo student looks like?  Check out this video that the OAs made that chronicles a typical day in 140 characters or less!


Knights first day of service

Knights First Day of Service is a program designed for new transfer and first-year students who will begin their studies at Geneseo in the fall.  Knights First Day of Service is a volunteer effort that gives you the opportunity to give back to Geneseo and the surrounding community while meeting and working with other new students.  Students spend a Saturday morning in September at locations around Livingston County, helping people out in need--it could be painting a barn, cleaning up a trail in Letchworth State Park, serving a senior citizen, or organizing books at the library.  We'll identify a project for you and you'll make new friends!

Sign up today to join your classmates on Saturday, September 15, 2012 (in memory of the victims of the attacks on 9/11) at locations around Livingston County.  The program will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm and a luncheon will be provided.  Space is limited, so sign up today by visiting

The Inside Scoop

Campus Auxilary Services (CAS) has purchased a food truck to be used during the upcoming academic year! With Letchworth closing, CAS debated how best to serve all the students that would affected by the closing.  Always striving to be innovative, the food truck will do just that.  It will be found traveling all over campus serving hamburgers, french fries, deep fried ribs and more! For more updates on the food truck and other news related to dining, laundry, cable, and more like CAS @ SUNY Geneseo!

Office Highlight: REgistrar office

In the informaiton sent to you after you were admitted to the College you may have seen the that you need to send information, including final transcripts and AP scores to the Registrar Office.  How many of you really know what that office can do for you? 

The Registrar Office is an administrative unit of the Dean's Office, located in Erwin Hall Room 102. The pleasant staff in the Registrar office can help you find out who your advisor is, what time your registration will take take, provide you with the academic calendar, and help you get a transcript.  The Office of the Registrar is open 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

From the Office of Residence Life: Living with a ROommate

After attending Orientation, you've had your first taste of what it is like to share a residence hall room. In a few short weeks you wil be receiving your housing assignment letters and we'd like to share a few tips to help  you and your roommate get off to a great start!

1) Communication is key.  You are provided contact information-call your roommate! Facebook is great but it doesn't tell you everything.

2) Be clear from the beginning.  Do you dislike when someone leaves their lights on when they leave? Or do you need to have complete silence when you sleep?  Letting your roommate know these things upfront can save you from uncomfortable confrontations down the road.  It's not fair to expect that they will just know these things about you from day one.  Also, once you know about their quirks, you can be a better roommate in return.

3) Address issues when they are small (and when they're big). Living with someone else means that sometimes there is a conflict.  The first time that something bothers you, say something about it.  Once it is off your chest you'll feel better and the issue won't have the opportunity to build up.  Address the big conflicts too.  Maybe you didn't say something the first time and now it is the tenth time and you are furious.  Say something about it! Nothing will change if your roommate thinks that everything is okay.  In all honesty, your roommate probably isn't trying to do it purposely to make your life miserable.

4) Respect your roommate's belongings and (hopefully) they will respect yours.

5) Be friendly without expecting to be best friends. The myth about your college roommate is that this person is either going to become your life-long best friend or your mortal enemy.  You and your roommate could really click and form a friendship that will last beyond your time at Geneseo.  The two of you will live mostly peacefully with a few ups and downs along the way. Keep this in mind and don't put too much pressure on the relationship.  Try to be friendly when you can, address the problems, and hopefully you'll have a successful year.  You can always contact your Resident Assistant if you need help in addressing concerns with your roommate.


Did you know...

You can check your email, the weather, movie times, and your meal plan balance by visiting one web site?  Your myGeneseo account can help you organize your information and it can be personalized to meet your needs.  Like to have access to breaking news and your email?  Check the tool bar at the right and it is at your fingertips.  Log into Knightweb and mycourses directly from your homepage.  Check the next newsletter for a detailed guide to navigating myGeneseo!

Thanks for reading 

If you have any questions about Orientation & First-Year Programs, please contact us at or by calling 585-245-5852.  Watch for the next issue on July 20, 2012. 

This e-lert is a collaborative effort between the Office of Orientation & First-Year Programs and the Office of the Dean of the College.