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Homecoming & Family Weekend Schedule

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Schedule of Events

Friday - Saturday | September 20-21, 2019

Friday September 20

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Weekend Headquarters - MCU Lobby
Let's start you off in the right direction. This is the place to pick-up tickets, campus maps, weekend itineraries, or to get your questions answered.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Alumni & family Shabbat service and challah bake - Interfaith Center
SUNY Geneseo Hillel invites you to an alumni & family Shabbat service and challah bake event. We will begin at 5:30 p.m., preparing our challah dough (approx a dozen loaves). Following this, we will have our traditional Shabbat service, consisting of English readings, prayer chanting, and of course lots of music! Next, we will braid and bake our challah, and while baking we will enjoy a catered dinner and dessert (menu to be announced). This is a great opportunity to learn how to make challah, bond with friends and family, and also connect with Jewish life on campus.

General Public (Alumni, family, friends) = $5.00
SUNY Geneseo Student = FREE

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Summer Experience Reunion - MCU Hunt Room (separate registration required)
[Summer Experience Reunion registration link:
For students who have attended any of the Summer Experience trips and their families! Come back together to see friends and faculty and reminiscence about your summer experience. Attend a short program to hear stories, celebrate the trips and enjoy appetizers. Families are welcome!

8:00 - 9:30 p.m.SturgesVinyl
New Art on Old Vinyl - MCU MOSAIC Room
Paint a classic Geneseo image on a vinyl record, guided by the professionals of Zest4Art. Relax, get crafty and go home with a unique souvenir! Upcyled records, smocks and all other art supplies are provided for this 90-minute class. Great for the whole family. Hosted by Zest4Art.
Register today -- space is limited.
$20.00 per person

8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Late Night Shuttle

Other Friday Activities

Events listed below do not require registration.

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
College Bookstore Open - MCU

  • Receive 20% OFF one apparel item coupon when you stop by Weekend Headquarters!

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. &
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Admissions Information Session for Siblings - Doty Hall

  • Visit the Admissions website for more information and to sign-up for a tour and/or information session.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Free Art Gallery Exhibits

  • Roberta Sanford: Grayscalled at the Lederer Gallery
  • Alison Weld: Earthly Abstract at the Lockhart Gallery

7:00 p.m.
Concert: Room Full of Blues
Geneseo Riviera

Saturday September 21

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Weekend Headquarters - MCU Lobby
Starbucks is open until 11:00 p.m. - MacVittie College Union

Breakfast with the President8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast panel: From SUNY Geneseo Student to College President - MCU Ballroom
Get an insider's perspective from current and former alumni college presidents on how the Geneseo experience paved the way to a career path in higher education. The panel is moderated by Geneseo's 13th President Denise A. Battles. Open to alumni, families and students.


  • Dr. John Anderson '79 president emeritus of Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Daniel Barwick '90, educational consultant and former president of Independence Community College in Kansas
  • Dr. Scott Dalrymple '87, president of Columbia College in Missouri
  • Dr. Kathleen Rose '79, president of Gavilan College in California

Doors will open at 8:00 a.m.
Program will start at 8:30 a.m.

Just $5.00 per person

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mini College Sessions - Newton Hall

  • Entrepreneurship: A "Must Have" Skillset for Today's Workplace- Newton 201
    Entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing areas of study in colleges today- and it's not just about starting new businesses. Entrepreneurship is a mindset. It's about developing skills to help identify creative ideas and become an effective problem solver. This is a skill set needed for success in almost any career. Small businesses with fewer than 50 people are an important engine of today's economy- representing 55% of all American companies. Companies (including non-profits) need young talent that know how to respond to new opportunities and can respond quickly to market changes. Come join us for a presentation on how the study of Entrepreneurship benefits students in every field. The session will be facilitated by Steve Brookstein, Geneseo's new VanArsdale Chair for Entrepreneurship.

  • Study Abroad Information Session - Newton 214
    Geneseo students are encouraged to discover educational experiences in countries throughout the world. With more than 45 programs in 20 countries, the possibilities abound. This seminar gives tips for navigating the selection, application and preparation processes and getting the most out of the study abroad experience. Hear from the experts: study abroad advisors, students and faculty.

  • Physics Demo Show - Newton 204
    Some Electricity, Some Magnetism, and Some Wonders of Modern Physics
    Physics demonstrations will be used to show how electrical charges, electrical currents, magnetic fields, and subatomic particles behave... Sometimes in unexpected ways!

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
"The Grand Canyon of the East" -- Day Trip to Letchworth State Park (Departs from MCU Circle)

Letchworth State Park
Enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of this natural treasure. Guests depart from the MCU Circle at 10:00 a.m and a tour guide will board the (air-conditioned) bus at the park's entrance. The bus stops occasionally for exploration by foot and returns to campus by 1:00 p.m. Buses are not wheelchair accessible.
Register today -- space is limited.
$35 per person (includes transportation by bus, park admission, tour guide and snack bag)

Families will be assigned to particular limo-bus. It is important that each family board only the bus assigned and stay on the same bus throughout the tour.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Alumni Career Panel hosted by the Office of Career Development - Newton Hall 202
A panel of Geneseo graduates will provide insight and information about their journey from undergraduates to their current careers.


  • Michael Baranowski '17 Acquisitions, Glazer Properties; B.A. political science and international relations
  • Kaitlin Pfundstein '18, English teacher, Penfield Central School District; B.A. English literature/adolescent education and Master's in reading and literacy B-12.
  • Rachel Laber Pulvino '10, director of communications and public relations, Visit Rochester; B.A. Communication and Master's from Newhouse School of Education at Syracuse University. 
  • Briana Sambuchi '19, graduate student at University of Buffalo School of Dentistry; B.S. Biology 
  • Keith Walters '11, director of multi media at SUNY Geneseo; B.S. Business Administration

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Geneseo Chicken Wing Fest - Center Street
Wing Fest ticket holders receive (6) chicken wings from a variety of vendors and one free drink (soda or water). The festival will also include live music, a beer tent and student "competitions." Attendees can purchase additional wings if you're hungry for more of your favorites. Don't miss this opportunity to sample some of our region's famous wings.

Alumni and families who register online can purchase tickets for just $10 per person, while supplies last. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $15 per person

Tickets sold online will be available for pick-up at the will call tent located on Center Street when the event starts.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Like branches on a tree, family will grow in different directions, yet their roots remain as one.LegacyLogo
Second Annual Legacy Pinning Ceremony - College Union Ballroom
Be part of a new tradition that celebrates the ties that bind your family to ours and honors our shared roots. If you are a Geneseo graduate and related to a current Geneseo student, we invite you to take part in this legacy pinning ceremony. Family legacies may include parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling. All members of the legacy family are invited to attend. Only the legacy student and alumni family member(s) will take part in the ceremony.

Dress code for this event is casual/business casual - men should wear collared shirts.

7:00 p.m.
Limelight Show: Midtown Men - Wadsworth Auditorium
FrMidtown Menom Boys to Men. THE MIDTOWN MEN reunites Stars From The Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show. After sharing the stage for over a thousand performances, Tony® Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer decided to take their signature sound and chemistry to audiences everywhere, bringing to life their favorite 1960s hits.

The New York Times says, “Sidling up to the microphone, the singers had the air of the Rat Pack, Motown and a nightclub act rolled into one,” while the New York Daily News proclaims, “The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits. Their voices blend together so flawlessly on stage.” After a recent performance with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Oklahoman praised the Midtown Men for “a joyous and nostalgic trip through the music of the 1960s with terrific orchestral charts,” adding, “this high-spirited evening kicked the audience’s adrenaline into overdrive.”

Ticket Pricing

  • General Public (Alumni, family, friends) = $15.00
  • Children age 12 years and under = $10.00
  • Geneseo Student = $8.00

Pre-purchased tickets can be picked up at Weekend Headquarters (see times and location above). Tickets not picked up by 3:30 p.m. will be available for pick-up until 5:00 p.m. in the SA Ticket Office (MCU lowest level) or after 6:00 p.m. at the will-call booth in Wadsworth Auditorium.

8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Late Night Shuttle

MCU = MacVittie College Union
Schedules are tentative and subject to change.

Other Saturday Activities

Events listed below do not require registration.

8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Equestrian 15th Anniversary Benefit Show
Leg Up Stables, 3589 Avon Rd., Geneseo
Alumni, family and friends welcome

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
College Bookstore Open - MCU

  • Receive 20% OFF one apparel item coupon when you stop by Weekend Headquarters!

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Admissions Information Session for Siblings - Doty Hall

  • Visit the Admissions website for more information and to sign-up for a tour and/or information session.

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Annual Genesee Valley Wing Festival
- Center Street

More Activities

  • Beer Tent (all guests should be prepared to show proof of age)
  • Geneseo Traditions Trivia Wheel & Prizes provided by the Undergraduate Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Relations

Home Athletics Contests - 9/21/19

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Free Art Gallery Exhibits

  • Bandits and Heros, Poets and Saints: The Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil (NEH Traveling Exhibit) at the Lederer Gallery
  • Infrared Photography by Joseph Constantino - Lockhart Gallery

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Honors Recital - Doty Recital Hall
Hosted by the Department of Music


9:00 p.m.
Geneseo Late Knight: Knight of Service with APO - Knight Spot
Meet members of Alpha Phi Omega as we join forces in service projects that will benefit the Geneseo and Rochester communities!