Geneseo Points of Support (GPS)

 

The Geneseo Points of Support (GPS) program helps students with questions about navigating college processes. Volunteer GPS Guides are staff members who can be "mini-mentors". And if you just want someone to talk to, they are great listeners, too. GPS guides don't have all the answers, but they will stick with you until you find one that works for you. 

 Geneseo Points of Support logo with clock tower and compass

GPS Guides do not take the place of the Dean of Students. If you are struggling with problems that interrupt your academic studies, for example, family crises or financial or sudden health issues, contact Dr. Sancilio, Dean of Students (College Union 354).  

 

GPS Guides can help students:

  • articulate needs
  • develop problem-solving skills
  • talk to the right people in the right offices
  • stay committed to finding a solution

Reasons students seek out a GPS Guide:

We are experienced with a wide range of tops. Some example topics include:  

  • Learning how to manage your time in college
  • Organizing your courses into a plan so that you don't feel overwhelmed by your academic work
  • Understanding online learning modules course requirements
  • Working through options to pay for college; understanding tuition payment options
  • Finding the right way to communicate with a faculty member if you have multiple exams scheduled for the same day
  • Making a plan to re-connect to classes after being away for medical or family crises
  • Writing out requests about nutritional needs with Dining Services or creating an outline to assist with discussions in other offices
  • Organizing documents to apply for academic accommodations
  • Thinking about taking a leave of absence

How to request a GPS Guide:

 

OPTION 1 (Preferred): View the GPS Guide Directory (below). Based on their short biography, you can choose a GPS Guide that might be a good fit for you. Then click on their link to schedule an appointment.

GPS Guide Directory

 

Anne Baldwin

 

Anne Baldwin

Director of Sponsored Research
Department:Sponsored Research
Erwin Hall 221 D
Phone Number:(585)245-5954
Email:baldwina@geneseo.edu

Schedule an appointment

Hi, I’m Anne! I’m happy to assist students with a variety of concerns. I work in the Office of Sponsored Research. I’ve been at Geneseo for about 15 years. I’m also a good source of information on the Undergraduate TRAC Grants and other research funding opportunities for students who are interested in research, scholarly, or creative projects. I majored in English at SUNY Binghamton and I have a master's degree in human resources administration and a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

 
Chris Sandefer

 

Chris Sandefer

Senior Programmer Analyst
Computing & Information Technology
South Hall 122 C
Phone Number:(585)245-6123
Email:sandefer@geneseo.edu

Schedule an appointment

Hi, I'm Chris. I'm a Programmer/Analyst within CIT, supporting the Registration system among other areas. I know from working with Registration that being a student can be very stressful. It's my hope that I can offer direction and support to those who could use help along the way.

 
Suzanna

 

Suzanna (Sue) Rubright

Sponsored Research Associate
Sponsored Research
Erwin Hall 221 B
Phone Number:(585)245-5086
Email:rubright@geneseo.edu

Schedule an appointment

Hello, My name is Suzanna, but most people call me Sue. I would be delighted to help you navigate your way around SUNY Geneseo's various Offices so that you can get help concerning your academic, health, emotional, and social needs. I have been in the Office of Sponsored Research for almost 8 years now. Our Office assists professors with writing grants for funding for their research projects or for providing scholarships and other support for students. Before I came to Geneseo I was at the University of Puerto Rico for 14 years. Once in a while, my boss lets me bring one of my dogs to campus to cheer everyone up! I love animals--all kinds. I welcome you to stop by my office or call me or email me.

 
David Parfitt

 

David Parfitt 

Interim Associate Provost for Academic Success
Office of the Provost
Erwin Hall 217 F
Phone Number:(585)245-5336
Email:parfittd@geneseo.edu

Schedule an appointment

Hi, I'm Dave, and I'm the father of two college-age(ish) daughters. One just graduated from Geneseo in Spring 2021. I'm happy to help students in any way that I can. I've been here for around 15 years, and have taught in the first-year experience program as well as in the psychology department. I have a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Go Blue!

 
Kathleen Atts
 
Kathleen Atts

Senior Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Provost
Erwin Hall 207 A
Phone Number:(585)245-5058
Email:mcintyrek@geneseo.edu

Schedule an appointment

Hi, I’m Kathy Atts (starts like awesome!), and I am the senior assistant to the provost, who is the vice president for academic affairs. I have worked in this position at Geneseo for six years, and in similar positions at UMaine for fifteen years. My education is in leadership – an associate’s degree in Business Administration, a bachelor’s degree in Public Management, a master’s in Liberal Studies with a focus on ethical leadership, and a certificate in Change Management. I love to help people; I love to help people learn, and I love most to help people learn to better themselves. I would love to help you find your way, get back on track, or explore new possibilities.

 
Sue Chichester
 
Sue Chichester

Chief Information Officer & Dir CIT
Computing & Information Technology
South Hall 119 B
Phone Number:(585)245-5577
Email:sue.chichester@geneseo.edu

Schedule an appointment

Hi, I’m Sue. I am a mom of six college graduates, and I would be happy to chat with you to help you in any way I can. Two of my sons attended Geneseo. One was a Biology major and ran cross-country/track and field and the other was a Mathematics/Philosophy major and an Edgar Fellow and Phi Beta Kappa honor society member. I am the Director for Computing & Information Technology (CIT) and in my role, you probably have received an email from me. I am a good source of information for a lot of things since I have worked at Geneseo for 38 years. I am also a proud alum that majored in Business and Computer Science minor. I also have an MBA focusing on Technology Management.

 
Michelle Margeson
 
Michelle Margeson

Graduation Records Officer
Academic Planning & Advising
Erwin Hall 106 C
Phone Number:(585)245-5543
Email:margeson@geneseo.edu

 

Schedule an appointment

Hey, I'm Michelle. In my teens and twenties, I struggled with procrastination and finding direction accompanied by academic probation every other semester. Then a kind, and wise person helped me find balance. As a result, I became a strong college student, earning a Bachelor's in Business Administration: Technology Management, and a Master's of Science in Communications. To pay the kindness forward, I enjoy sharing my knowledge to help young adults navigate today's challenges.

Strengths: Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking

Weakness: Potatoes: fried, boiled, mashed, scalloped, creamed, you name it.

 

 

OPTION 2: Click the Request a GPS Guide (below) to complete a Google form. A GPS Guide will be assigned and will email you to make an introduction.