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Alumni College Sessions

Friday, July 11

50 Year Club Exclusive Programming
Classes of 1929-1964

10 am

Oh the Places We've Been!

MacVittie College Union Hunt Room

Wes Kennison, Lecturer and Fellow in the Office of International Programs, will facilitate a discussion that offers advice and tips from those who have traveled extensively.

Attendees will be asked to share their best (and worst!) travel adventures. Everyone is welcome – whether you're a globe trotter or a travel novice, you'll take away great information from this session.

10 am

50-Year Book Club Discussion

MacVittie College Union Fireside Lounge

The Class of 1964 selected "This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women" by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman and Studs Terkel to read and discuss. This is the same book used in Geneseo's First-Year Writing Contest, read submissions from Geneseo's Class of 2017.

Leading up to reunion, individuals are encouraged to read the book and prepare for a lively discussion!


All-Alumni Programming

2:30 pm

What are Geneseo Athletics Like Today?

MacVittie College Union Room 329

Geneseo coaches and athletic administrators will discuss season re-caps, championship experiences and the life and demands of a student-athlete today.

This is a great session for former athletes, fans and sports enthusiasts! The panel discussion will end with an optional tour of the Geneseo Athletic Facilities.

Panelists include: Mike Mooney - Director Of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation, Steve Minton - Men's Basketball Coach, Chris Schultz '96 - Men's Ice Hockey Coach and Jess Seren - Women's Field Hockey Coach

2:30 pm

The Carillon: A Geneseo Treasure

MacVittie College Union Hunt Room

Bruce Godsave '65, single-handedly resurrected the carillon, which you might know better as the Clock Tower Bells or Chimes.

Godsave will discuss the carillon's history (did you know it was silent for almost a decade from 1966-1976?), how the funds were raised for its restoration and how the carillon is used to celebrate special occasions. Discussion will include a virtual tour of the Carillon as it exists today in the Sturges Clock Tower.

Get a sneak preview and listen to the carillon

10 pm


meet in the ISC (Integrated Science Center) Lobby
If the weather is clear, we will travel up to the rooftop observatory of the ISC for a tour of the sky with Geneseo's 20” telescope. Saturn and Mars will be visible, as will a host of interesting deep sky objects, including galaxies, globular clusters and planetary nebulae. If the weather does not cooperate, we will head down to the planetarium for a show that will include the motions of the sky and seasons, a tour of the planets and interesting deep-sky objects..

Saturday, July 12

All-Alumni Programming

8 am

Morning Yoga

MacVittie College Union Hunt Room

Get your "Om"-on during Reunion! Holly Kubrich will lead you through a peaceful, all-levels yoga session. Participants should bring their own mat or towel.

8 am

Fun Run

departs from MacVittie College Union Lobby

Take a scenic and leisurely jog through campus with the Sisters of Arethusa as your guides!

9 am

"One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity by Following Your Dreams"

MacVittie College Union Room 319

Tom Ingrassia '74 and Jared Chrudimsky, authors of "One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity by Following Your Dreams", will discuss their book, which captures the inspirational, highly emotional stories of 16 people from all walks of life who have triumphed over seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Through first-person accounts, these courageous survivors describe their personal approaches to living life with vision, courage, determination and passion. They share the wisdom they learned along the way--often the hard way--wisdom readers can use on their own journeys. Also included are 10 holistic self-assessment tools readers can use to design their own blueprint for success. Thirteen of those profiled are "ordinary people who have achieved the extraordinary." Also featured are profiles of Scherrie Payne of The Supremes, June Monteiro of The Toys, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes--who shares a special message of healing and hope that forms the epilogue of the book.

9 am

Admission to Selective Colleges and How to Prepare

MacVittie College Union 324
Hear from representatives from the Geneseo Admissions Office (Kris Shay '88 and Kevin Reed) about what selective colleges are looking for when reviewing applications. It is never too early to start preparing! Question and answer will conclude the discussion. This session is perfect for those with children or grand-children about to start the college search process.

9 am

CAS: The Student Dining Experience - Then and Now

MacVittie College Union Fusion Market (formerly The Snackbar)

Gone are the days of cafeterias and mystery meat, lunch ladies and tray lines.  Dining on campus has changed drastically over the years and current Geneseo students dine on food prepared by professionally trained chefs in restaurants you would expect to see outside of a college campus. 

Hear from Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) Director Mark Scott and Director of Culinary Operations Jonna Anne about the evolution of campus dining at Geneseo and how CAS has created an award winning dining program. Discover how CAS is addressing the dietary concerns and restrictions of Geneseo students today, expanding student’s cultural dining options, and bringing new and exciting dining trends to campus. Take a virtual tour of Fusion Market and the newly renovated Letchworth Dining Complex and learn what a typical student meal looks like today. 

10:30 am

Shifting Baselines and Deteriorating Seas 

MacVittie College Union Room 324

Dr. Isidro Bosch, Professor of Biology, will discuss how our perception of what is beautiful and pristine in nature is changing, and that these "shifting baselines" pose challenges to conservation efforts. This class will explore the problem of shifting perceptions about the state of our aquatic ecosystems, and how this phenomenon confounds scientific research and tempers public interest in environmental causes.

10:30 am

Greek Session

MacVittie College Union Hunt Room

A panel of Faculty/Staff Greek Advisors and members of the Greek Community will lead a discussion about what is happening in the Greek Community at Geneseo today. Hear about the expansion of national organizations and panhellenic, the recent inclusion of several local organizations and changes to recruitment processes and a shifting focus on philanthropy. Learn more about new initiatives like the Greek Challenge and the upcoming 100th Anniversary Celebration of Inter-Greek Council (Summer 2015).

10:30 am

Education Conversations

MacVittie College Union Room 329

Two topics will be presented and discussed:

  • The Soaring Stars Program: The School of Education’s Initiative to Improve Outcomes for Rural Youth in Poverty presented by Annmarie Urso, Assistant Professor, Ella Cline Shear School of Education

  • Therapy Dogs in the Elementary School presented by Don Marozas ‘76, Professor, Ella Cline School of Education & Erin Lane Marozas ‘87, 1st grade teacher, Livonia Central School District