Class of 2017 E-Lert, Issue 6

One week until you join us!

7 Days

Designed by Amanda Lindley, College Communications


You should have received a copy of the move-in map from the Department of Residence Life.  As mentioned in the letter, residents are asked to enter campus from specific locations indicated on the move-in map, since most campus roads have been designated as one-way for the day. To minimize traffic on campus, we are recommending that each student bring only one vehicle to campus on move-in day. New students (ONLY) will be permitted access to their halls beginning at 8:00am on Friday, August 23, 2013.

Campus Map 2013

If you will live in: Nassau, Niagara, Onondaga, Suffolk, or Wayne (Dante House) Halls

Follow the RED signs, entering from the Route 20A/39 entrance, to "Information/Drop Points" marked on the map by Xs.  Drop off your belongings, then park either on Onondaga Field or in a student lot.  

If you will live in Saratoga Terrace:

Enter campus via Mary Jemison Drive from Route 63 and use the staging area in Lot TT marked on the map by Xs across the road from the South Village. Check-in at the Commons. (No vehicles on the pedestrian walkway.)

If you will live in: Allegany, Genesee, Jones, Livingston, Monroe, Putnam (EcoHouse), Steuben, or Wyoming Halls

Follow the GREEN signs from Route 63 to College Drive to “Information/Drop Points” marked on the map by Xs.

If you will live in: Erie, Ontario, or Seneca (Writers House) Halls

Follow the BLUE signs from Court Street to “Information/Drop Points” marked on the map by Xs.

Click here for a campus map that highlights the traffic flow for move-in weekend.


Wondering what there is to do on campus between move-in day and the first day of classes.  Don't worry...we've got you covered.  In fact, check out the two and a half weeks of programming that will help you connect with your new classmates.  Please note Friday dinner (8/23) and Saturday (8/24) breakfast and lunch will be automatically deducted from your campus meal plan.  Click on the image below to see what we have planned for you or visit!

Complete listing of dining hall hours for Opening Weekend (8/23-8/25).  

WOW 2013

Don't miss out on our New Student Meetups scheduled for fall 2013. Meetups are fun events that are scheduled around campus during Opening Weekend.  They will range from board games to Capture the Flag to pick-up basketball.  Is there any better way to meet other students and have fun before classes begin?  (We say, "No -- there is no better way.")

New Student Meetup Schedule

Join us for some old-fashioned fun by attending a meetup -- or even multiple meetups!  Meetups are free events, and all students, especially first-year and transfer students, are welcome to attend.  


Are you overwhelmed yet with packing for college?  This can be quite an overwhelming task as you begin to pack up everything you need and move into your residence hall room.  What are the dimensions of my new room?  Will everything fit?  These are common questions that many of our new students have.  Check out Residence Life and see what they have to offer in terms of tips of what to bring and what your room will look like.  Don't forget to pack your blue and white clothing--read more about Blue & White Wednesday below.

Residence Hall Picture Slideshow

What You Should Bring: Prohibited & Non-Prohibited Items

Preparing Your Computer for our Network

Before you bring your computer to campus, complete these important steps.

  1. Patch/update your operating system
  2. Install antivirus software
    Geneseo recommends Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows computers.
  3. Remove Peer-to-Peer Software
    Remove any p2p programs you may have on your computer, including Ares, Limewire, Gnutella, and Bittorrent.

Copyright and Music Files

Using a computer to copy or store any copyright material (music, movies, images, etc.) is a violation of state and federal law. Doing so leaves you liable, on conviction, to heavy fines and/or possible imprisonment. MP3 music files are completely legal, but it’s illegal to have MP3s of music recordings that you don’t already own, or to which you haven’t obtained rights to possess.

If a complaint of copyright infringement is made against you, college staff will ask you to cease the activity that violates copyright. Failure to act may result in disciplinary action being taken by the college.

Move-in Assistance

The CIT HelpDesk will be open during move-in weekend. We are located in South Hall 225, and our hours opening weekend will be noon-5pm each day. Bring your computer and mobile device for setup assistance before classes begin!


First Knight Celebration

New Student Convocation marks the official start of the academic year at Geneseo.  Faculty and staff attend the event in academic regalia and welcome new students into the Geneseo community as they begin their academic career at Geneseo.  This is an important part of the first-year experience.  New Student Convocation will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2013. 

All new students are expected to attend.  A First Knight celebration commences on the college green following convocation.  You won't want to miss this celebration the night before the first day of classes! 

Prizes! The foodtruck--ChowHound! Free Food & Live Music! 

Sponsored by Student Association, First-Year Programs, CAS, College Union & Activities, Alumni Relations, & Campus Scheduling & Special Events.


Campus Mail 

Make sure your family and friends know how to send you mail.  The general mailing address for full-time undergraduate students will be according to the following format:

[Student Name]
Box [Number]
10 MacVittie Circle
Geneseo, New York 14454

All full-time undergraduate students will have an assigned mailbox in the MacVittie College Union. Mailboxes are located in Mail Services Department on the 1st floor of the College Union.  

Click here for frequently asked questions.  

Save the Date: Student Organization Expo.

College Union

Did you know that there are 198 organizations on campus that you can join?

During the first month of college, the Student Organization Expo will take place on September 11th from 2:00-4:00pm in the MacVittie College Union. Come talk to student organizations, walk around, enjoy food, performances and giveaways! Think about what you are passionate about or new opportunities you hope to get involved in while at Geneseo, then come to the Expo and find a club that will help you express those interests.

First year Programs 

Stay in touch with us!  We hope you'll consider participating in the FOCUS project and the This We Believe: SUNY Geneseo writing competition.  Continue to connect with us on Twitter @GeneseoFYP and through the Class of 2017 Facebook group.  

Here are some helpful links to bookmark on your computer. 

Undergraduate Bulletin 
Office of the Dean website 
2013-2014 Academic Calendar 

Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership development (GOLD)


It is fair to say that most students waste an hour of their day on a computer, napping, or just sitting around in an attempt to avoid writing a paper or studying.  Geneseo offers a way to use that wasted hour in a way that will benefit students in the long-run.  Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) is a program that I have been able to take advantage of during my time here and know that I am better off because of it.  The program is made up of one-hour workshops that cover a wide range of topics that are intended to prepare students for leadership roles in the college and global community. Whether it be the skills I picked up in the “Time Management” workshop which has helped me balance being a student, an athlete, and being involved in other campus activities, or the “Being An Uber-Efficient Researcher” workshop which has changed the way I find information for papers and has simplified the entire process of writing a research paper, every workshop has something different to offer and that hour of time is never wasted. 

Looking back on my freshman year, I wish I would have taken more of these workshops early on – especially “Time Management” and “SMART Goals” – because these workshops provide tips that help the make the transition to college easier and GOLD is a great way to meet new people. There really is a workshop for everyone and it is easy to register for workshops after creating a GOLD account at  

Check out the current schedule for 2013-2014 and consider signing up for a workshop or two.  My recommendation for any student who is thinking about the program is to sign up for one or two workshops that sound interesting and try them out. If you think of all the ways you could waste an hour, you really have nothing to lose by attending a workshop.

Submitted by Melissa Graham, Class of 2013


If you have any questions about Orientation & First-Year Programs, please contact us at or by calling 585-245-5852.  See you on August 23! 

Stay connected and refer to previous editions. 

E-Newsletter 1

E-Newsletter 2

E-Newsletter 3

E-Newsletter 4 

E-Newsletter 5

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