- Don Kot, lecturer in the Department of Music also serves as the resident music director at Rochester’s Geva Theatre Center. This year Kot has been joined by SUNY Geneseo musical theatre students Katelyn Brooks ‘19 and Brett Hammes ’20 who performed in the season opener Hair, and currently, Hammes, Erin Burris ’19, Erica Milliman ’19, Sydney Lyons ‘20, and Patrick Jones ’20 are performing in A Christmas Carol.
Jennifer Katz, professor of psychology, was issued a three-year sub-award of $11,554 from the University at Buffalo for a collaboration with Jennifer Read, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at UB, on a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism planning grant award for the study, “Harnessing the Power of Friends to Reduce Sexual Assault Risk.” The objective of the study is to develop an innovative, friend-based motivational intervention (FMI) that encourages and prepares friends to reduce sexual assault risk. The FMI also will focus on how intoxication may serve as a barrier to friend intervention. Katz has researched interpersonal violence for more than 20 years.
- The North American Society for Serbian Studies awarded assistant professor of history Jovana Babović the Mihajlo Miša Djordjević Book Prize for her book, Metropolitan Belgrade: Culture and Class in Interwar Yugoslavia.
- Professor of English Maria Lima and Lytton Smith, associate professor of English and director of the Center of Integrative Learning, have been awarded a Modern Language Association (MLA) Innovation Course Development grant of $3,000. The grant will allow the professors to develop “HUMN 222: Black Humanities,” a new general education course for undergraduates.
The black studies faculty at Geneseo includes members from anthropology, biology, dance studies, education, English, film studies, French, geography, history, and Spanish. The grant will bring a guest lecturer to Geneseo and allow faculty to collaborate to devise a varied menu of core texts for the course with additions of their own to reflect disciplinary expertise; and attend an ESRI StoryMaps — a digital visual narrative — workshop and a faculty development workshop. The first section of HUMN 222 is slated for Fall 2019.
- Nicholas Warner, assistant professor of geological sciences, has been issued a sub-award from Stony Brook University for collaborative research on a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center grant award to Stony Brook's Andrea (Deanne) Rogers, Associate Professor of Geosciences. The title of the project is Origins, Preservation and Exposure Histories of Rock Units in Noachian Plains. Rogers' award is for three years. Warner's award for the first year of the project is $24,265, with an expected three-year total of $74,700. Warner will be responsible for performing Martian crater statistics and he will also assist with mapping efforts and geomorphological analyses.
Tara Pepis, director of Field Experiences, and Thea Yurkewecz, assistant professor of reading and literacy, of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education have been awarded a TeachNY Implementation Fund grant of $49,850 in support of their project, "Testing the Efficacy of Using Virtual Reality (VR) Simulations to Prepare Pre-service Teachers for Diverse School Communities."
This one-year award will support the development and testing of virtual reality classroom applications which depicts student avatars enacting various teaching/learning scenarios and student misbehavior situations. The project builds on our existing relationship with Rochester City School District School #19 through our School Improvement Grant sub-award. Educators from School #19 will collaborate on the construction of the virtual experiences based on their practices with students in diverse schools and will also participate in professional development at Geneseo.
Kurt Cylke, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, and clock repair expert, Michael Kuyt, gave a talk at the Livingston County Historical Society Museum on Nov. 11 about the history of the Geneseo Village clock tower. Cylke also serves as the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo’s “Save The Wall" committee chair.
Melanie Medeiros, assistant professor of anthropology, and Karleen West, associate professor of political science, facilitated a discussion on Nov. 7 about Cuba's future and its political leadership transition from the Castro era. The event was held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church and was sponsored by the Rochester Committee on Latin America.
As part of Syracuse University’s Native Heritage Month Celebration, Michael Leroy Oberg, Distinguished Professor of History, was invited to give a talk on the Treaty of Canandaigua on Nov. 5. Oberg also talked about the significance of the treaty on U.S. and Indigenous relations earlier in the day at Onondaga Community College.
Annmarie Urso, associate professor in the Ella Cline Shear School of Education, is chairing a research and practice strand, Education of Native American Students with Exceptionalities, at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children's Annual Conference November 6–9, in Las Vegas. She will lead a panel discussion, "Preparing Native and Non-Native American teachers to work with Native American students on and off the Reservation: Lessons learned and considerations for effective teacher preparation and professional development" based on her work with Native American Reservation schools in Arizona, Nevada, and California.
Robert Goeckel, professor of political science and international relations, was invited to present at the Institute of National Remembrance’s International Scientific Conference, “The Pope From Behind the Iron Curtain: The influence of the pontificate of John Paul II on the countries and churches of the Soviet bloc,” Oct. 9–12, in Cracow, Poland and Budapest, Hungary. Goeckel presented, “The situation of Christian Churches in the GDR from the beginning of the regime to the election of John Paul II.”
Milne Library’s Tracy Paradis, research instruction librarian, and Michelle Costello, education and community engagement librarian, were recently awarded a $3,700 Harold Hacker grant that will fund the growing collaborative relationship between the library staff of SUNY Geneseo and Wadsworth Public Library by supporting their work to grow a maker community in the region.
The project goal is to bring a major maker event and maker programming to the region. Library staff members proposed to create maker kits around three domains: physical, cognitive and performative. Along with staff and volunteers from the libraries, teacher candidates from SUNY Geneseo will serve as instructors and facilitators, giving them valuable experience working with STEM activities.
- Interim Senior Associate to the President Wendi Kinney has been elected to serve as 2019-20 president of the board of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors beginning at the organization’s annual meeting in November. In 2017, Kinney was elected to serve on the board of directors for a two-year term, and in 2015, she earned the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from AFA.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, Eleven of SUNY Geneseo’s Voice Performance and Musical Theatre majors participated in the Central New York/Finger Lakes NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Annual Voice Auditions and Competition in Ithaca, N.Y. Colleges that were represented included, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Fredonia, Nazareth College, Buffalo State University, Syracuse University, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Oswego and others.
Geneseo students who competed were: Katelyn Brooks ‘19 (Musical Theatre), who won First Place Upper Division Musical Theatre (student of Adjunct Lecturer Joan Floriano). Rocky Nardone ’21 (Musical Theatre, who won First Place Lower Division Musical Theatre (student of Adjunct Lecturer Joan Floriano). Kelsey Roberts’21 (Musical Theatre) who tied for Third Place Musical Theatre Lower Division (student of Associate Professor Pamela Kurau). Kathryn Berton ‘21 (Musical Theatre), Erin Burris ’19 (Musical Theatre), Maria Floriano ’19 (Voice Performance), Brett Hammes ‘20 (Musical Theatre), Sydney Lyons ‘21 (Musical Theatre), Mariah McCarron ,20 (Voice Performance), Brian Sousis ‘19 (Musical Theatre), and Emily Vanderbilt ’21 (Voice Performance).
On Oct. 10, Michelle Costello, Milne Library’s education and community engagement librarian, attended the Pioneer Library System’s annual meeting in Avon, N.Y. to receive their Outstanding Collaboration Award for the College’s ongoing work with Wadsworth Library in the Village of Geneseo. Costello was instrumental in coordinating much of the outreach work between the libraries. For example, through Costello’s efforts, School of Education students visit the Village’s public library to learn about their children’s services, collections and programming. She also helped to coordinate a series of computer coding classes for youngsters at Wadsworth Library with the help of Kirk Anne, Geneseo’s assistant director and manager for systems and networking.
Nick Warner, assistant professor of geological sciences, was awarded a four-year, $293,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a Participating Scientist (equivalent of PI) and the geology theme group lead of the NASA Mars InSight mission team with both operational and data analyses responsibilities. Warner’s mission research will help us understand the formation and evolution of Mars and all rocky planets, including Earth. The grant also pays travel support for Warner and his students to take part in the landing and to assist with instrument deployment operations of the spacecraft at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California this November. More information in The Proposal newsletter.
Dan DeZarn, director of sustainability, Kris Dreessen, manager of editorial services, and geography major Elijah Freiman '20, will present a workshop at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education national conference in Pittsburgh, Penn., Oct. 2-5, titled "Mapping our Participation in the United Nations Global Compact: Storytelling and Sustainability," which focuses on the interactive map created about sustainability, and the College's worldwide efforts. DeZarn will also co-present a workshop with SUNY sustainability directors from the University at Buffalo and University at Albany on "Leveraging the SDG’s to Build a System-Wide Higher Education Sustainability Strategy."
Indiana University Press recently published Soviet Religious Policy in Estonia and Latvia: Playing Harmony in the Singing Revolution, by Robert Goeckel, professor of political science and international relations. Soviet Religious Policy in Estonia and Latvia examines the effect Western religious culture had on Soviet religious policy in the Baltic states. Goeckel’s book is based on a deep and thorough review of Soviet archives in Moscow and the Baltics—some of which is no longer available to scholars.
Assistant Professor Aaron Herold, Department of Political Science and International Relations, will be giving the annual Constitution Day Lecture at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) this month. Herold’s talk, “Religion and American Constitutionalism: From Tocqueville to Masterpiece Cakeshop," takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in RIT’s Center for Campus Life, Bamboo Room 2610. The talk is free and open to the public. The Center for Campus Life is near the Ritter Ice Rink on RIT’s campus.
Professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry Kazushige Yokoyama has been awarded an $18,500 Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions for 2018 from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The lectureship award provides for a leading researcher in the chemical sciences to give two lectures at Geneseo in March 2019. Stephen Leone, a professor of chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, has been selected to give talks on “Physical Chemistry, Chemical Dynamics and Nanostructured Materials.” He will deliver a specialized talk to students and area faculty in the sciences, followed by a lecture geared for a broader audience.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Chi-Ming Tang gave a lecture at the Beijing Geological Science University about "Actuary Science" on July 3.
Jasmine Tang, Adjunct Lecturer of Chinese, was the President of the 11th International Hanzi Calligraphy Education Conference at Beijing Normal University from July 7-8.
Mark Broomfield, assistant professor of dance studies and associate director of the Geneseo Dance Ensemble, had an article, “Danced Out: When Passing for Almost Straight Is Not Enough,” published in the June issue (Vol 9) of The International Journal of Screendance.
- Jasmine Tang, Adjunct Lecturer of Chinese, gave a lecture on "American Education & Culture" to 4th-grade students at the Beijing Shiyou Primary School on June 15.
- Three members of SUNY Geneseo’s CIT team shared the limelight at the 25th annual SUNY Technology Conference held in Lake Placid, NY, in June. Paul Jackson, assistant director and manager, Information Systems, received the SUNY Council of Chief Information Officers Individual Collaboration Award. The award recognizes an individual whose work efforts over the past calendar year exemplify SUNY’s desire to build, support, and enrich the SUNY Information Technology community by promoting collaboration.
Submissions were judged on the breadth and extent of the collaboration; impact in terms of the benefits achieved or planned, and impact to SUNY higher education institutions and/or their individual campus. Jackson, who joined the College in 2006, was honored for his demonstrated passion for SUNY’s collaboration value on the Geneseo campus and throughout the SUNY CCIO community.
In addition, Laurie Fox, assistant director and manager for educational technology, and Sue Chichester, CIO and director of the CIT Department, presented at the conference. Fox discussed Geneseo’s plan to manage classroom sizes, collaborate with faculty to recommend classroom improvements and transform the academic scheduling process. Chichester joined SUNY CIOs on two panels — one focusing on women CIO leadership perspectives and the other, sharing how IT makes an impact on campus (using the Pecha Kucha model of presentation).
The Computing Officers Association, the Telecommunications Officers Association, and the Educational Technology Officers Association of SUNY convene this annual conference.
In April, 15 Geneseo biology students presented research ranging from animal behavior to invasive plant species at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Burlington, VT. The annual conference brings together researchers at universities and state agencies, natural resource managers, educators, and naturalists to share their work on the natural history sciences of the region. The students presented their original research projects on topics in 12 separate poster presentations. The research was done in and around Geneseo, including Roemer Arboretum and Letchworth State Park. Assistant Professor Suann Yang, and Associate Professors Jenny Apple and Kristi Hannam mentored and accompanied the students to the conference.
Students presenters: Aaron Kluball ’18, biology, environmental studies minor | Allison Jones ’19, biology, environmental studies and geography minors | Emily Martin ’18, biology, environmental studies minor | Jason Lang ’18, biology, biomathematics minor; Kevin Zablonski ’18, biology | Sam Heraghty ’18, biology, geography double major | Courtney King ’18, biology, environmental studies minor | Jennifer Rowan ’18, biology, Spanish minor | Kayla Schum, ’19, biology | Leeann Bruetsch ’19, biology, theatre double major | Emelyn Bell ’20, biology | Lauren Ellis, ’20, biology | Racheal Devine ’20, biology | Simran Singh ’19, biology | Tulpen Hansen-Schwoebel ’19, geography, environmental studies and biology double minor.
In April, seven Geneseo history students presented papers at the “Writing Rights, Righting Wrongs: Transatlantic Narratives of Race” undergraduate research conference at Huron University College in London, Ontario, Canada.
Catherine Adams, associate professor of history and Justin Behrend, associate professor of history and chair of Geneseo’s history department also attended the event. In addition to Geneseo and Huron students, undergrads from Bath Spa University and Oberlin College also participated in the conference.
Geneseo students who participated are:
- Krista Borst ’19, history major, museum studies minor
- Michele-lane Detouche ’21, history and black studies double major
- Theresa Gibbons ‘18, history and communications double major
- James Hamilton ‘19, history and business double major
- Erin Herbst ‘18 English major, history minor
- Alisa Mentor ’18, communication major
- Natalia Rodriguez ‘19, history and communications double major
- Lenny Sancilio, dean of students and president of the Board of Directors for HazingPrevention.Org, a nationally leading hazing prevention organization, gave an invited address to the SUNY Board of Trustees and SUNY Chancellor on behalf of the SUNY Student Life Committee in May. Part of several presentations on campus safety, Sancilio presented on hazing and bullying on college campuses, covering the national landscape, regionally within the State of New York, and locally putting it in a SUNY context providing remarks of “best practice” guidance and support for our campuses.
- Jun Okada, associate professor of English, earned a Fulbright award for the spring 2019 semester to teach and conduct research over three months at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, in Lisbon, Portugal. Okada will teach a course on American contemporary cinema that provides "a strong historical framework and cultural context to a selection of films that epitomize American values, countercultures, and controversies." She will also conduct archival research in the Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema in Lisbon on the history of the exhibition of American films, their censorship, and their reception by the Portuguese public during various periods of cinema’s history since the 1890s.
- Professor of English Rachel Hall recently won the third annual Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award from the Arkansas Writer’s MFA Workshop for her linked story collection Heirlooms. The award was founded in 2016 to honor central Arkansas author and literary champion Phillip H. Math, who is also the final judge.
- Noah Chichester, a senior history and vocal performance double major, received an honorable mention for his essay on the public liberal arts experience in competition for the Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) David J. Prior Award.
- Seven Geneseo alumni are at the National Institutes for Health working on research post-baccalaureate programs. Several will enter a graduate school or a job this fall. They are: Gordon Wong '16 (biochemistry); Danny Connors '16 (biochemistry); Joe Chapman '16 (chemistry); Hannah Loo '17 (biology); Nikki Winchester '17 (biology); Alexis Kidder '17 (biology); and Mike Custance '16 (biochemistry).
- Keith Walters '11, director of multimedia, is participating in the 2018 Ulman Cancer Fund's Key to Keys bike ride, cycling from Key Highway in Baltimore to Key West. During the eight-day trip, the group will volunteer at various locations on behalf of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Walters raised $6,100, which will directly benefit UCF's support programs and services, such as the UCF House, which provides free housing to young adults undergoing treatment, support groups and scholarships.
The SUNY Geneseo Admissions’ publication, “Destination Magazine” was recently awarded a Silver ADDY (American Advertising Awards) at the Capital Region Advertising Federation award ceremony in Albany. The magazine was conceptualized and edited by Monique Patenaude, senior editor and writer in the College’s communications and marketing office, with creative consultations from Trampoline Advertising and Design, who submitted the piece for the ADDY award. The highly-illustrated, large-format magazine beat out submissions from high-profile clients including Harvard University, Albany Academy, Gore Mountain, Williams College, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Assistant professor of history, Ryan M. Jones, is a co-editor of a new collection of essays published by the University of California Press, A Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960. The text is the first anthology to provide a worldwide perspective on the birth and development of the field. The book’s contributing scholars contend that actors outside of Europe—in Asia, Latin America, and Africa—became important voices in debates on prostitution, birth control, and transvestism. Ryan will teach a history course, Histories of Global Sexual Science, based on the book in Fall 2018.
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physics Stephen Padalino, in collaboration with 12 research colleagues from various institutions, authored a paper published Feb. 20 in Physical Review C, a leading journal in theoretical and experimental nuclear physics. Specifically, Padalino worked with colleagues from Houghton College, Ohio University, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to share their findings of an important nuclear reaction cross section that is of great interest for experiments in Inertial Confinement Fusion. Most of the work for this experiment was carried out by Dr. Mark Yuly, Dean of Science at Houghton College, Padalino, and their students from SUNY Geneseo and Houghton Colleges during a decade-long effort. The experimental teams traveled to the accelerator lab at Ohio University five separate times during a two-year period where they performed around-the-clock, week-long accelerator-based experiments. During this time, other collaborators and a Geneseo student worked at the NIST to make precision radioactive sources for calibrating Padalino’s neutron detectors. The exhaustive study yielded exceptional data that now sets the standard for the 12C(n,2n)11C nuclear reaction cross section.
SUNY Geneseo's Undergraduate Alumni Association (UAA) received an Outstanding Organization Award for District 2 from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Affiliated Student Advancement Programs.
Tom Matthews, associate dean for leadership and service, received a special commendation for his work to establish and promote the Rochester Youth Year (RYY) during the organization’s recent 10th-anniversary luncheon. Rochester Youth Year is an AmeriCorps VISTA-sponsored social justice fellowship that strives to eradicate poverty for Rochester youth and families, strengthen communities, and promote community-centered leadership. Geneseo has partnered with RYY since its inception in 2007.
Geneseo graduates are known for their commitment to service, and RYY has given many of our graduates the opportunity to provide valuable service for underserved areas of Rochester. Geneseo graduates have received 18 Rochester Youth Year fellowships since the program began including Elizabeth Van Son ’16, who is currently working in the Rochester City School District Central Office supporting the Arts Integration Program through community outreach. Christina Mortellaro ’15, who served an RYY fellowship last year, remained with RYY as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader.
Members of the SUNY Geneseo culinary team earned a Silver Medal at an American Culinary Federation sanctioned Culinary Competition in January. Executive Chef Ilana Cahill, Assistant Executive Chef Wilson Castillo, Banquet Chef Chris Zambito, and Assistant Dining Manager Matt Vickers competed as a team in the Market Basket Competition at Skidmore College. Eleven different colleges and universities from three different states competed, including a mix of private and public institutions. Teams were given identical baskets containing the same ingredients and were given one hour to write a four-course meal using all of the ingredients in the basket, and a total of three hours to complete all of their dishes.
SUNY Geneseo received a "Merit" award for its device-responsive website design in the 5th Annual Education Digital Marketing Awards. The website was redesigned in-house through a collaborative effort between the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Computing and Information Technology.
Congratulations to Geneseo alumni whose companies made the 2017 Rochester Chamber Top 100. The list represents the fastest-growing, privately-owned businesses in the region. The alumni hold key leadership positions in their companies and include Michaela Gascon ’06, chief operating officer for KJT Group, Inc. (rank 37); Charles G. Herendeen ’95, managing director, financial advisor for Novem Group (rank 60); and Douglas Golub ’02, president of MediSked, LLC. (rank 70). The companies have demonstrated an ability to grow their businesses and are honored as role models for success.
Annmarie Urso, associate professor in the Ella Cline Shear School of Education, has been elected as the President-Elect of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. She is a fellow of the academy and has served as it’s publication chair. The academy represents researchers in the field of learning disabilities in 30 countries.
Sue Chichester, chief information officer and director of Computing & Information Technology, served as a mentor for the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable at the Educause Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Penn., in November. The Hawkins Leadership Roundtable is a small-cohort mentoring program for new CIOs and individuals actively seeking a CIO role.
Director of Sustainability Dan DeZarn, Manager of Editorial Services Kris Dreessen and geography major Miles Druce '17 will present a session titled "Mapping Our Participation in the United Nations Global Compact" at the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education annual conference at SUNY Cortland, Nov. 15 and 16.
SUNY Geneseo Distinguished Teaching Professors Charles Freeman, Kurt Fletcher, Stephen Padalino and their collaborator Mark Yuly, dean of science at Houghton College, took a contingent of 16 Geneseo and 2 Houghton students to the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics, held Oct. 23-27 in Milwaukee, Wisc.
The students presented a total of seven posters at the national meeting. During these presentations, the students demonstrated their scientific acumen to world-class physicists from national labs and faculty from research institutions. They also attended a large number of the presentations and plenary session talks. Geneseo’s research group was the largest single undergraduate group at a conference of nearly 1,750 participants.
Abstract titles and the Geneseo students and faculty associated with each project included:
EBT-XD Radiochromic Film Sensitivity Calibrations using Proton Beams from a Pelletron accelerator: Barak Stockler ’19, Matt Klein ’19, Jacob Wood ’20 and Anthony Cooper ’20. Faculty: Professors Freeman and Padalino.
Accelerating CR-39 Track Detector Processing by utilizing UV: Jonathan Sparling ’18. Faculty: Professor Padalino and James Mclean, associate professor of physics and astronomy.
Characterizing Scintillator Response with Neutron Time-of-Flight: Kevin Palmisano ’18, Louis Caves ’18, Corey Wilkinson ’19 and Hannah McClow ’20. Faculty: Professor Padalino.
Using Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy to Characterize Targets for MTW: Barak Stockler ’19. Faculty: Professors Padalino and Freeman.
Enhancements to the Low-Energy Ion Facility at SUNY Geneseo: Zachariah Barfield ’18, Steven Kostick ’18, Ethan Nagasing ’19. Faculty: Professors Fletcher and Padalino.
Determining Light Decay Curves IN A Plastic Scintillator using Cosmic Ray Muons: Praveen Wakwella ’19, Sarah Mandanas ’19. Faculty: Professor Padalino.
All of these projects were funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Many of the projects also included collaborative support from students and faculty at Houghton College and from researchers at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. One of those projects was led by Professor Padalino and included the use of a phoswich detector system to measure sub-second half-lives using inertial confinement fusion (ICF) reactions.
The work team includes members from the region’s institutions of higher education and hospitals and represents the largest employment sector in the Finger Lakes region. The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Andrew Cuomo's approach to state investment and economic development. In 2011, Cuomo established 10 regional councils, including FLREDC, to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions.
The councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government and non-governmental organizations. The regional councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based approach and establishing a competitive process for state resources. Visit the Regional Council website for more information.
Campus Living Area Coordinator Taylor Gale addressed, “Working with Parents: Challenging the Term ‘Helicopter Parent,’” at the New York State College Student Personnel Association’s annual conference in Corning, N.Y. She made the same presentation in August at the Rochester Area Housing Professionals Conference at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
SUNY Geneseo was well represented at the College Student Personnel Association of New York State (CSPA) annual conference held Oct. 15-17 in Corning, N.Y. Chip Matthews, director of student life, delivered a presentation, “Purpose and Intention,” at the conference’s mid-level managers pre-conference on Oct. 14.
Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life, also led a session, “Essential Competencies in Student Affairs: Beyond a Standardized Approach.” Bonfiglio also delivered the keynote address at CSPA’s graduate and next-generation pre-conference.
Emilye Crosby, professor of history and coordinator of Black Studies, was part of a panel discussion on the legacies of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Held Oct. 16 at the Geva Theatre Center, the event brought Crosby together with faculty from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester for, “Agitation and Social Change: Examining the Legacies of Anthony and Douglass.” Comments from the audience indicated that the discussion was very well received: “kudos to all on the panelists for incisive and insightful commentary,” “this reminds me why the humanities are so important” and “impressed by the level of discourse” were just a few of the comments shared with panel organizers.
Dan DeZarn, director of sustainability, and Kris Dreessen, manager of editorial services, will represent SUNY Geneseo at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education national conference in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 15-17. DeZarn will be part of a panel discussion on "Sustainability and the Arts," focusing on collaborative sustainability and arts projects at Geneseo and the other panel members' respective institutions, and then hold a discussion. DeZarn and Dreessen are both members of Geneseo's President's Commission on Sustainability.
SUNY Geneseo’s program, “The Geneseo–Letchworth Experience” received a recent accolade. The program is a three-day academic and social program designed to help incoming students transition to life and learning at Geneseo and is based in Letchworth State Park. The college program earned an honorable mention from the State University of New York Chief Student Affairs Officers and the Office of University Life in its Housing, Residence Life, Contracted Services, Judicial, and related category for the Outstanding Students Affairs Program Awards for 2017. The officers said the program “clearly made a very positive impact on students and their development and has improved the living/learning community on your campus.”
Wendi Kinney, associate dean of students of fraternal life and off-campus services, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the board of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors beginning at the organization’s annual meeting in November. In 2015, she earned the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from AFA.
Sue Chichester, chief information officer and director of Computing & Information Technology, is a recipient, along with two colleagues from other institutions, of the SUNY Council of Chief Information Officers (CCIO) Team Collaboration Award for the implementation of SUNY Breach Insurance Program. The SUNY Breach Insurance program provides SUNY colleges with a cost-effective and easy to procure process for acquiring breach insurance for an individual campus. It took about a year from idea to realization. Through their efforts and stewardship and close collaboration with colleagues, data breach insurance, once unattainable due to cost, is now within reach to many SUNY campuses at a reasonable price point. The Team Collaboration Award recognizes individuals, groups or institutions whose work exemplifies CCIO’s efforts to build and support SUNY’s IT community. The awards were presented at the annual SUNY Technology Conference held last June in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Kimberly Wilcox, an office assistant at the Geneseo Small Business Development Center (SBDC), received the SBDC of New York’s 2017 Above and Beyond Award at the annual spring SBDC training conference. She was recognized for making a difference, exercising understanding, patience, and professionalism, while enthusiastically supporting colleagues, interns and clients. In addition, Kim was noted to take the additional lead in administering the 2017 Adopt-A-Business program, hosted by the SUNY Geneseo SBDC office. She was also recognized for her commitment to the Geneseo campus and business community and exhibiting excellence with a smile, every day.
K. Johnson Bowles, vice president for college advancement, who was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Library of Virginia board of trustees in 2016, has been named the chair of the Education, Outreach and Research Services committee. The Library of Virginia's collections includes some of the foremost primary source documents related the founding of the United States, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Segregation, Massive Resistance, the Civil Rights movement, and immigration. Bowles spent the majority of her career as a university museum professional prior to her work in higher education administration.
Tom Matthews, associate dean for leadership and service, presented two sessions during the summer at the 2017 Civic Learning and Engagement Meeting, hosted by American Democracy Project — an initiative of AASCU, The Democracy Commitment and NASPA Two Models for Building a successful Day of Service Program, Learning through Dialog not Debate.
He was also honored last May at the 37th annual Seniorama, an event that celebrates those who have given a lifetime of community service and good citizenship. The event is presented by the Livingston County Office for the Aging. Matthews, and his wife, Elizabeth, were chosen as honorees who have donated hundreds of hours of service and are backbones of their community and communities in Livingston County.
Kimberly Harvey, director of admissions at Geneseo, will be serving a 3-year term on the School-College-CBO Relations Committee with New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC.) The committee facilitates the relationship and dialogue between secondary school and college admission professionals, encouraging participation in professional development activities sponsored by NYSACAC.
Laurie Fox, assistant director and manager for educational technology, was recently elected chair of the executive committee for the Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services (SIGUCCS), a community of IT professionals who help higher education institutions leverage current technology to foster discovery and learning.
Michelle Costello, education and instructional design librarian and Brandon West, head of instructional services and reference and instruction librarian, recently had their book "Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians" published by ACRL. The cover for the book was designed by Allison Brown, digital publishing services manager.
SUNY Geneseo’s Communication and Marketing staff were recognized with a number of marketing and communication awards over the summer. Keith Walters '11 earned first place in the University Photography Association of America's (UPAA) Multimedia Competition for his video of the Department of Geological Sciences' trip to New Zealand that was produced for the 2017 President's Gala. Also, the Rochester chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) recognized Brian Bennett with a 1st place Pinnacle Award in the Small-budget Campaign: Not-for-profit category for his creative leadership of the Knight Time Rewards Program promotional campaign. AMA Rochester also awarded Geneseo with an honorable mention in the Collateral category for the college’s annual report, "In the Spirit of Sankofa."
A joint paper between the research groups of David Geiger, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry, and Cristina Geiger, Chemistry Department Lecturer, was recently published and featured on the cover of "Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry." The work involved the characterization of a novel compound that exhibits gelation properties. The journal publishes exciting science with structural content, especially important results relating to the chemical sciences. It's the second time that the group's work has been featured in that manner.
SUNY Geneseo’s participation in a recent undergraduate communication scholars conference yielded a Top Paper Award, a third-place poster recognition and a Top School Award for the largest number of accepted student research projects (tied with Northeastern University and Penn State Schuylkill). Read more.
Students from Professor Joe Cope’s history class, "World War I and Historical Memory," recently presented their original research relating to WWI to community members at the Livingston County Historical Society. Cope is also the director of the Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Development
- Geneseo staff and projects have won several awards in the 2017 SUNY CUAD Awards for Excellence in several categories, amongst all SUNY schools. Articles are written for The Geneseo Scene by Kris Dreessen, manager of editorial services, and a guest essay written by Bob Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life, earned Best of Category for Excellence in Writing. The college also won Best of Category for Student Recruitment Publications: Packages, for the "SUNY Geneseo Recruitment Suite" designed by Trampoline Designs. The suite highlights the Geneseo's academic offerings. Keith Walters, campus photographer, received a Judge's Citation in the Best Group of Photos by One Photographer category.
- Two alumnae recently won Success Academy Charter Schools Excellence Awards for their work with students. Mahelia Mighty '15 won an ETHOS Excellence Award, which recognizes school staff who best demonstrate the Success community’s values: excellence, teamwork, humor, ownership, and students. AnnaMaria Smeraldi ‘14 won the Teacher Growth Award, which recognizes teachers who have exhibited the most significant progress in achieving classroom-wide excellence since the start of the school year.
- Megan Kennerknecht, a senior financial aid counselor, recently received The Donald Whitlock SUNYFAP Service Award from the SUNY Financial Aid Professionals. The award is for members and non-members who make significant contributions to the organization.
- Director of Athletic Communications Tim Volkmann recently won the CoSIDA Bill Esposito Award, for his handling of two separate tragedies that involved Knights student-athletes. Those from Geneseo who nominated him said he was instrumental in handling the initial media inquiries, and worked diligently to honor the two student-athletes with a remembrance event that drew more than 1,000 people, and later tree-planting ceremonies. Read the full SUNYAC athletics story online.
- Justin Behrend, associate professor and chair of the history department, has written a chapter for the new book, "Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles over the Meaning of America's Most Turbulent Era," published by LSU Press. Behrend's essay examines the Jim Crow era memoir of John R. Lynch, an African-American congressman during Reconstruction.
- Alla Myzelev, assistant professor of art history, has received a fellowship to attend the Japan Studies Institute Program in San Diego this summer. The institute offers faculty members without prior experience in Japanese studies to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japan, both past and present. Myzelev hopes the experience will help in developing a course on Asian art at Geneseo.
- Geneseo Executive Chef Matthew Laurence won a Bronze Medal in a recent American Culinary Federation sanctioned Culinary Challenge with his dish, porchetta chop with braised red cabbage and chestnut polenta. The competition was part of the regional conference for the National Association of College and University Food Service.
- Campus Photographer Keith Walters '11 received a year-long grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to explore and document with photography Letchworth State Park, focusing on the areas that are "beyond the turnouts." He is photographing and sharing the beauty of the park that most visitors never see.
- The Undergraduate Alumni Association’s (UAA) Traditions Challenge has brought together thousands of students to promote school spirit, preserve and document college traditions and develop connections between students, alumni and the college. It also recently won an Outstanding Student Advancement Program for its ingenuity and success in the District II Affiliated Student Advancement Programs from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Over the last few years, UAA, with support from the Office of Alumni Relations, developed and refined the Traditions Challenge, which invites students to become knowledgeable about decades-long and new traditions at the college, and note their progress in doing them as they also learn about the Geneseo and in turn, are prepared to be effective and supportive alumni for life. In its current form, students can check off traditions they participate in on a full-color poster, such as watching a sunset in the gazebo or competing in a UAA-hosted broomball tournament. Hundreds of students turn out to a UAA event at the gazebo with a photographer to take photos of the students at sunset, each year. The beauty of the Traditions Challenge is that friends can participate in these same traditions year after year until graduation, and then for years after as Geneseo alumni, says Tracy Gagnier, assistant director of alumni relations.
- SUNY Geneseo’s annual report, “In the Spirit of Sankofa,” won a gold award in the 32nd Annual Higher Ed Marketing Educational Advertising competition. Drawing hundreds of entries from around the country, the competition recognizes the field of educational communication and marketing. “In the Spirit of Sankofa” earned top honors in the competition’s annual report category. It also earned a bronze award for cover design. The project was produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing and designed by Tessa Cochetti-Ennis. See a full list of winners.
- A new article by Yvonne Seale, assistant professor of history, was published this month in the open-access online journal, “The Public Domain Review.” “George Washington: A Descendant of Odin?” examines a questionable 19th-century genealogy of the founding father, which reveals more about turn-of-the-century identity than it does about Washington.
- Associate Professor of History Justin Behrend was recently interviewed by David Lombardo, a 2009 Geneseo alumnus, for Lombardo's “Poozer Politics” podcast. They discussed Frederick Douglass, the role of political norms and our relationship with the news media.
- For the second year, Geneseo has earned the certification of a Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation. The certification honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To do so, Geneseo met five core standards for campus forest management: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, and an Arbor Day student service-learning project.
- Geneseo’s new Recruitment Suite and Viewbook, produced with the Office of Admissions and the Trampoline agency, received Gold awards by the Collegiate Advertising Awards in their respective categories. See a full list of winners.
- Colleen McNamara, who earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Geneseo, is in the final round competition for the Buffalo 2016 Educator of the Year Award. Colleen is a 5th Grade Teacher at Alexander Elementary School in Alexander, NY. She was involved in numerous activities on the Geneseo campus and did her student teaching at Pembroke and in Ghana. Read Colleen’s bio and vote here. You must have a Facebook account to vote and may only vote once. Voting is open until Dec. 16.
- Vice President for Student and Campus Life Bob Bonfiglio was the featured speaker at the Fall Faculty Development Day program at The Gow School, a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities this past week. The Gow School, located in Erie County, is highly regarded as an innovator and leader in dyslexia education with an impressive college placement rate for its graduates. The topic of his presentation was Working with Today’s College Students.
- The Virginia Historical Society announced Geneseo alumnus Jamie Bosket '05 as its next president and CEO. More details can be found on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website.
- Members of Geneseo’s President's Commission on Sustainability shared a presentation highlighting on-campus efforts at the 9th Annual Campus Sustainability Conference at the University of Rochester on Nov. 16. Dan DeZarn, director of sustainability, and Kris Dreessen, manager of editorial services, were part of the gathering hosted by the University of Rochester and an architecture firm to discuss best practices and discover what other regional campuses are doing to advance sustainability.
- Kudos to Jim Clar, associate director of admissions, for his induction into the Section V Boys Soccer Hall of Fame. Clar was a standout at Gates Chili High School and at SUNY Geneseo, earning All-SUNYAC recognition.
- A traveling art exhibition curated by K. Johnson Bowles, vice president for College Advancement, is now on show at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Entitled, "Scent of the Pine, You Know How I Feel: North Carolina Art from the Jonathan P. Alcott Collection," the exhibition highlights North Carolina scenes and features 73 paintings by artists with ties to the Tar Heel State. The artwork spans two centuries and numerous styles, from realism and American Impressionism to postmodernism and folk art. The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 4, 2016.
- Administrative Director of Student Health and Counseling Erin Halligan Avery offered a pre-conference workshop entitled “An Introduction to Constructive Clinical Supervision” at the North Atlantic Regional Counseling Education and Supervision Conference, "Enriching Our Professional Counselor Identity Through Dynamic Scholarship and Practice,” on Thursday, September 22, 2016, in Syracuse, N.Y.
- Judy Albers of SUNY Geneseo is a finalist for a 2016 Venture Ecosystem Award. The finalists in five categories were announced by Upstate Venture Connect, a Syracuse-based non-profit working to build a region-wide startup community. The awards categories are intended to honor leaders who are transforming the upstate economy. For more.