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Continuing Education Online

SUNY Geneseo passionately values lifelong learning and is pleased to offer a selection of continuing education courses for Geneseo alumni, members of the community, and anyone interested in broadening their knowledge.

We invite your participation and encourage you to share information about these opportunities with others. Have a suggestion for a future course? Please send us your ideas.

Have questions? Contact Interim Associate Provost for Assessment and Curriculum Melanie Blood at or 585-245-5531.

Summer 2021 Continuing Education Courses

Matt Pastizzo

Data Exploration and Visualization with R


Instructor: Professor Matt Pastizzo, chair of the Department of Psychology at SUNY Geneseo

Course Dates: July 6-23, 2021
Course Type: Online, asynchronous

Course Fee: $300

Capacity: 20 students


About the course

Module 1: Getting Started with R (downloading, installing, configuring R and RStudio)

Module 2: Learning Functions in R (basics of functions, installing packages, creating custom functions)

Module 3: Managing Data in R (data structure, filtering, recoding, merging data)

Module 4: Summarizing Data in R (aggregation techniques, frequency tables, data summaries)

Module 5: Data Visualization with R (basic plot function, violin plots to word clouds, custom visualizations)

Course modules can be completed independently; Professor Pastizzo will be available for Zoom consultation throughout the course.

About Matt

Matt Pastizzo has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2003. He is currently the chair of the Department of Psychology.

Matt's areas of interest and research include cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, visual word recognition, the representation of words in memory, and vocabulary acquisition.


Sara Minard

Design Thinking Fundamentals


Instructor: C. Sara L. Minard, PhD, Founder and CEO of Manarine, LLC

Course Dates: June 2-4, 2021, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Course Type: In person

Course Fee: $350

Capacity: 20 students


About the course

In this three-day, intensive workshop, participants will be introduced to design thinking through participation in a real-world, rural design challenge addressing an issue of regional importance. Over the course of three days participants will experience the full design process, while having the opportunity to prototype a solution to be implemented within their own academic department, organization or enterprise.

See the full workshop description on Design Thinking for Rural Innovation.

About Sara

Sara is the Founder and CEO of Manarine, LLC, an international consulting firm working at the intersection of impact investing, design thinking, economics, faith, social justice, and sustainable development. She is the Associate Director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, teaches an award-winning course (Aspen Institute) on impact investing and social finance at Babson College and other institutions, and facilitates an online community of faith leaders and social entrepreneurs for Faith + Finance: Reimagining God’s Economy.

See Sara's full bio for more information.


robbie routenberg and Nichole Siwicki

Equity-Minded Search Practices


Instructors: SUNY Geneseo Chief Diversity Officer robbie routenberg, Affirmative Action Officer Nichole Siwicki

Course Date: July 29, 2021, 9-12 AM
Course Type: Online, synchronous

Course Fee: $150


About the course

In 2018 SUNY Geneseo rolled out new training to apply diversity, equity, and inclusion to the search process. To date over 350 people on campus have participated; they attest to a uniquely engaging and useful experience. For the second year, we are inviting the public to engage in our dynamic Equity-Minded Search Practices session and explore topics such as implicit bias, selective attention, job description language, and reasonable accommodations.

If your organization is looking to make systemic changes to the recruitment process that embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into daily practice, we invite you to join us for this highly interactive virtual session as we explore how the search process can further embody equity-minded practices and yield more diverse hires.

About robbie and Nichole

Robbie routenberg serves as the College’s first chief diversity officer, leading the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to advance the broader aim of creating an inclusive and supportive campus climate. They provide guidance on a range of efforts including ensuring compliance with laws prohibiting discrimination; overseeing campus matters relating to Title IX, affirmative action, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and domestic violence.

As the affirmative action officer in the Office of Diversity and Equity, Nichole Siwicki provides support in the areas of equal opportunity and compliance as they relate to SUNY Geneseo's Affirmative Action Plan and serves as Title IX investigator.


Michael Oberg

History Wars


Instructor: SUNY Geneseo Distinguished Professor of History Michael Leroy Oberg

Course Dates: May 25, 27 and June 1, 3, 8, 10, 6-7 PM
Course Type: Online, synchronous

Course Fee: $200


About the course

History Wars will focus on recent debates about history: confederate monuments, the 1619 Project, President Trump's 1776 Commission, and more.

About Michael

Michael Leroy Oberg, the author of Native America, is Distinguished Professor of History at SUNY Geneseo and director of the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History, founded in February of 2019.

In addition to this textbook, he has written numerous other works, articles and reviews, and has worked as a historical consultant for native communities in New York and North Carolina, as well as for the Indian Resources Section of the United States Department of Justice. He has won awards for his teaching and research in Montana and in New York, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

See Michael's full bio for more information.


Wes Kennison

Italian Language and Heritage


Instructor: Wes Kennison, SUNY Geneseo Lecturer in English and Languages & Literatures

Course Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:00-7:30 PM
Course Type: Online, synchronous

Course Fee: $200

Capacity: 30 students


About the course

This course will assist the students in exploring, researching, and presenting the ways in which the traditions of Italy have contributed to the story of their families and their communities. In five sessions, the course will build rich layers of context around each student’s interests. You don’t have to be of Italian origin to enjoy the course (the instructor isn’t). Each session is 90 minutes long.

About Wes

For 40 years, Wes Kennison has been teaching students and alumni about the Italian peninsula and leading groups to Italy to explore its authentic cultural heritage. He found his passion for inquiry that combines the disciplines of language, literature, art, history, philosophy, and theology right here at SUNY Geneseo as a student in the 1970's.

Having made more than 50 trips to Italy in his lifetime, Wes loves to explore the small villages of the Apennines and has helped many people trace their Italian roots and rediscover the fruits of that legacy.


Laurie Fox

Digital Productivity Tools


Instructor: Laurie Fox, Director of Educational Technology at SUNY Geneseo

Course Date: July 30, 9 AM-12 PM or August 9, 1-4 PM
Course Type: Online, synchronous

Course Fee: $150


About the course

Are you always busy but feel behind? Mastering productivity tools and time management techniques can help busy professionals increase their productivity.

In this session, explore productivity topics including: collecting and organizing productivity data (goals, appointments, obligations); selecting and using digital productivity tools (calendars, to do list managers, and note-taking apps); applying simple project management techniques to large projects; and applying the values of productivity and time management in all areas of life.

About Laurie

Laurie Fox ‘90 is part of the leadership team in Computing and Information Technology. She is also past chair of a professional organization, church organist, and graduate student. Laurie is an expert in personal productivity and time management and frequent presenter on these topics.




Shannon Halligan

Creative Arts Skills for Self-Reflection and Stress Management


Instructor: Shannon Halligan

Course Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 1-3 PM
Course Type: On campus in person

Course Fee: $165, includes all materials
Capacity: 25 students


About the course

Get your hands into some art making this summer! This art therapy-based workshop is not your typical "art class;" it will focus on the goals of self-expression, self-awareness and stress management. This four-week series will allow participants to explore mixed media art that includes paint, watercolor, pastels, texture gels, collage materials, polymer clay, plaster, fabric/fibers, and nature items.

Each activity will include a creative exercise that will promote further self-discovery as well as increase coping and stress management skills during these challenging times.

There is no artistic skill required to take this course, just a desire to learn ways to get creative! The course is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

About Shannon

Shannon Halligan is an art therapist who is currently working in private practice in Rochester as well as an adjunct professor at SUNY Geneseo. Shannon is a life long artist who knows firsthand that art and creativity can be healing. Art can help us express ourselves, communicate, and cope with loss, change and grief, and it can help us become a better version of ourselves.


Jess Fenn

Art of the Sentence


Instructor: JR Fenn, Lecturer of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo

Course Date: June 26, 2-5 PM
Course Type: Online, synchronous

Course Fee: $85


About the course

What is a sentence, and what makes a sentence live in the reader’s mind?

This craft talk on the art of the sentence will consider key approaches to seeing the sentence, writing the sentence, and revising the sentence.

Readings about the sentence will be accompanied by model sentences. Participants will write and revise sentences, share them, and receive feedback.

About JR

JR Fenn’s work has appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Versal, PANK, and DIAGRAM, among other places. JR teaches English and Creative writing at Geneseo, and loves writing, reading, and revising sentences and paragraphs--the building blocks of prose.


Jess Fenn

Art of the Paragraph


Instructor: JR Fenn, Lecturer of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo

Course Date: July 24, 2-5 PM
Course Type: Online, synchronous

Course Fee: $85


About the course

What is a paragraph, and what can a paragraph do?

From the single-sentence paragraph to the long paragraph, this craft talk will consider the history and hidden logic of the paragraph, offering theories of the paragraph along with models from notable prose writers working with paragraphs to a variety of ends.

Participants will have the option to write, revise, share, and receive feedback on their paragraphs.

About JR

JR Fenn’s work has appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Versal, PANK, and DIAGRAM, among other places. JR teaches English and Creative writing at Geneseo, and loves writing, reading, and revising sentences and paragraphs--the building blocks of prose.


Robert Boyd

Financial Literacy


Instructor: Robert Boyd, Lecturer in Business at SUNY Geneseo

Course Dates: June 21, 28 and July 12, 19, 7-8:15 PM
Course Type: Online, synchronous

Course Fee: $275


About the course

This course will provide an overview of key individual money management concepts, the financial marketplace, and financial decision-making tools.

The class will build financial literacy skills for the individual to effectively manage their personal financial life.

About Robert

Robert Boyd teaches Finance in the Geneseo School of Business and is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of CPA's Personal Financial Planning Section. Prior to joining College, Mr, Boyd spent almost 30 years in banking.