Spring 2013 E-Lert, Issue 3

Start of the spring semester

"YouBelong." A simple phrase that holds a different meaning for each individual. However, as a new student, feeling a sense of belonging is not necessarily an easy thing to do. Moreover, belonging is a challenge that everyone faces at some point in their life whether it is at school, work, or home, but it is not something that should be feared.  Instead, finding a sense of belonging helps you better understand who you really are, and you need to try new things in order to find where it is that you feel the most comfortable. This is where college becomes important and where your adventure begins.  We understand that it can be a bit overwhelming at first as you transition to a new school, however we hope that this edition of the e-newsletter will continue to connect you to Geneseo. Good luck with your first week of classes from @GeneseoFYP.

YouBelong Program SEries

YouBelong Logo


Learn more about the YouBelong program and the upcoming events by visiting our website at http://go.geneseo.edu/YouBelong.  This series is designed for new spring admits and focuses on your academic and social transition to Geneseo. 

The series kicks off on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5:30pm in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom with a New Student Dinner. We hope to see you there!

Want to learn how your credits transfer to Geneseo?  Plan to attend the Credit Transfer Tip Off on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:00pm in Monroe Hall.  A representative from the Office of the Dean will be available to answer your questions.


SAve the Date: Student organization Expo.

Did you know that there are about 200 student organizations on campus that you can join? During the first month of school, the Student Organization Expo will take place on February 6 from 2:00-4:00pm in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom, where many of the student organizations will set up a table and you can walk around and talk to members of the organization.  What were you passionate about  in high school or at your previous college?  During the expo perhaps you will find a club that helps you continue to live out those passions here at Geneseo!  Get connected in your first semester!

Career Development & Your Major

Many students will change their majors multiple times during their time at Geneseo. Where can you go to find information about majors and related jobs? Or, what if you are undecided? Looking for an internship?  The Office of Career Development, located in Blake A 104, works with all students no matter where you are in your career exploration.  Drop by the office or schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor.  It's never too early to begin the conversation...even in your first semester here!


Interested in continuing to develop your leadership skills?  Be sure to check out our leadership program designed in one hour workshops.

If you would like to participate in the GOLD Program, you are welcome to register and attend any of the 250 workshops offered during the current academic year. There are no prerequisites and you do not need to be an officer or current leader in an organization to participate. Everyone has the capacity to learn and practice leadership and the GOLD Program is designed to get you started and take you as far as you would like to go on a leadership journey. Join us and learn from our seventy volunteer instructors as well as from hundreds of other students in the program.

If you like what you see on this website and would like to participate in the GOLD Program, just click on create an account at the top of the page. Select either current student or community resident and complete the registration form. You will use your online GOLD account to register for workshops and if you decide to pursue one or more of our eight leadership certificates, your progress records will be in the account.

Based on student feedback we've taken the opportunity to highlight some GOLD workshops as part of the YouBelong series.  Consider attending one of these workshops or others during your first semester at Geneseo.  To learn more about the GOLD program, click here

Snap It. Share It.









What is the FOCUS Project?

The First-Year Focus Project enables first-year students to intentionally document their transition to Geneseo through guided photography, internal reflection, and communication with others; allowing for discovery of what it means to be a Geneseo first-year student and a part of the greater community. 

How do I participate?

Share your story of your first semester through photography.  Each week you'll have an opportunity to submit a photo that is reflective of the theme.  Fill out the following form and upload your photo by the due date.  Each week the photos will be uploaded to Facebook and the photo with the most "likes" will be awarded a prize from the Office of First-Year Programs.

For each photo submitted you'll need to include the following on the submission form: your contact information, select theme, photo title, and a short description.

Submission theme & dates

Submission ThemeSubmit By
Who Are YouJanuary 23, 2013
What I Left BehindJanuary 23, 2013
First DaysJanuary 30, 2013
A Scenic View of CampusFebruary 6, 2013
Academic Life at Geneseo February 13, 2013
Geneseo's Core ValuesFebruary 20, 2013
Beyond the College Green February 27, 2013
YouBelongMarch 6, 2013

Getting around town with the LATS Bus

Not everyone is used to using public transportation and trying to plan a trip home can sometimes be confusing if you can't get just in your car and go.  The references below are designed to help you understand public transportation and specifically how to use it to get to and from the Rochester airport, bus and train station and around town.


- Local Daily Schedule

- Campus Route Map

- Village Route Map

- Stops in Route Order

- Stops in Route Order with Nearby Businesses


- Local Daily & Late Knight Schedule

- Campus Route Map

- Village Route Map


- Geneseo-Rochester Weekend Schedule

- Rochester Stops A-Z

- Rochester Institute of Technology Map

- University of Rochester Map


- Eastview Express Service

Saturday Fall Days (Letchworth): valid through October 27, 2012


- LATS 2012 - 2013 Modifications and Curtailment of Service Schedule

- Check out the Helpful Hints page for more information on planning for break, taxis & car services and more!

- Break Shuttle Sign Up: Please use the link on the Announcements page to sign up for the current shuttle


Geneseo Traditions Project

Are you up for the challenge?  Here is a suggested list of Geneseo specific experiences to participate in during your first semester here.  Ready, Set, Go...

1. Geneseo Ice Knights Hockey Game

2. Blue & White Wednesdays (show your school pride by wearing blue & white on Wednesday)

3. Capture a sunset at the Gazebo

4. Attend a Geneseo Late Knight event

5. Join an Intramurals team

6. Create a GOLD account and participate in a workshop.

7. Attend the Student Organization Expo. (Feb. 6)

8. Attend G.R.E.A.T Day

9. Participate in the Snap It. Share It. FOCUS Project

10. Study in Milne Library

Thanks for reading 

If you have any questions about Orientation & First-Year Programs, please contact us at orientation@geneseo.edu or by calling 585-245-5852.  Didn't read the first two issues of the E-Newsletter Series?  No worries, click below to catch up.  Final edition will be published January 28.

E-Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 1

E-Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 2

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