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American Rock Salt Lecture Features Paleontologist’s Talk on the Origin of Birds

Paleontologist Matthew Lamanna, Ph.D., the principal dinosaur researcher at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, will deliver the sixteenth annual American Rock Salt Lecture in Geology on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Newton Hall Room 202. Lamanna’s talk, “The Origin of Modern Birds: New Cretaceous Fossil Discoveries from China and Antarctica,” is free and open to the public.

Janine Rossi ’18 and Kelsey Kwandrans ’19 Earn Fulbright Awards

Geneseo alumna Janine Rossi ’18 and Kelsey Kwandrans ’19 have won 2019–20 U.S. Student Fulbright awards to Uruguay and Spain respectively. Rossi and Kwandrans become the 28th and 29th Geneseo student or alumni to win a U.S. Student Fulbright award.

Tshering Sherpa ’21 Named Fund for Education Abroad Scholar

Tshering Sherpa ’21 has been named a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholar for 2019–20. She will travel to Cadiz, Spain, for six weeks to study Spanish at the Centro Superior de Lenguas Modernas (CSLM), a language school at the Universidad de Cádiz.

Earth Week Activities Highlight Conservation and Personal Impact on the Environment

​​​​​​​The College community will celebrate Earth Week, April 15–25, with speakers, a Garden Fest, demonstrations, campus clean-ups, art installations, and other activities highlighting worldwide environmental issues and ways individuals can make a difference.

Alumni to Deliver 2019 Commencement Keynotes

Geneseo’s master's commencement will feature a keynote by Laurence T. Spring ’92, superintendent of the Schenectady City School District. The bachelor's commencement keynote speaker is Jeri Muoio ’69, Ph.D., former mayor of West Palm Beach, FL. The graduate ceremony is Friday, May 10, followed by two ceremonies that make up the bachelor's commencement on Saturday, May 18.

GREAT Day Features Student Projects, Keynote by Data Strategist Stephanie Singer

Students are preparing their projects for presentation during GREAT Day on April 17 (Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent). This is the 13th year of the annual event, a college-wide symposium celebrating the creative and scholarly endeavors of Geneseo students.

Senior Spotlight: Pema Sherpa

As the Eddie Lee ’76 First Generation Ambassador, Pema Sherpa '19 spent the fall semester in her native Nepal, shadowing pediatric doctors to learn about medicine and the challenges of providing health care in underserved areas. She also collaborated with the doctors to provide no-cost eye exams to more than 700 children and prescription eye glasses to 80 students who needed them.

Senior Spotlight: Imasha Silva

Imasha Silva ’19 chose to come to Geneseo to study from her home in Sri Lanka because it was her dream to earn a U.S. college education, and her brother, Malan Silva ’09, had such a positive experience pursuing his education here.

Catherine Shields ’19 Earns State Dept. Critical Language Scholarship

Catherine Shields '19 has won a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. The Grandview Heights, NY, native will spend the summer in Baku, Azerbaijan, at the Azerbaijani University of Languages for an intensive eight-week course of university-level Turkish.

Senior Spotlight: Katelyn Brooks

Katelyn Brooks ’19, from Gates, NY, a musical theatre and communications double major, understands what a life in theatre will take. Eleven Geneseo productions, years of voice and dance lessons, and an active role in the Geneseo Chamber Singers have burnished her musical theatre credentials, and she’s poised to launch into the theatre life.

Geneseo Invites 92 Students Into Phi Beta Kappa

The State University of New York at Geneseo has invited 92 students into the College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa this spring, prompted by their recent election by the College’s faculty. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society.

Geneseo Ranked a Top National Public College

SUNY Geneseo is on a list of the nation’s top public colleges, ranking 65th out of 505 four-year public institutions in the country and 19th among the 73 eastern region colleges on the survey, compiled by <em>Business First</em>, a Buffalo-based publication. The 2019 survey results were based on academic excellence, affordability, diversity, and economic strength.

Encore Career Closet Earns Award

Geneseo’s Department of Career Development has earned a Diversity and Inclusion Focus award from the SUNY Career Development Organization (CDO) for its Encore Career Closet, a service that assists students who need professional attire for career-related occasions. Winners will be honored at the annual SUNY CDO conference June 12–14 in Java Center, NY.

Musical Pippin Runs April 10–14

The SUNY Geneseo Department of Music’s Musical Theatre Program’s latest production, Pippin, runs next week, April 10–13, at 7:30 p.m., with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. All performances are in the Alice Austin Theater on Geneseo’s campus.

Julie Buehler ‘89 Named Vice President for finance and administration

SUNY Geneseo has named Julie L. Buehler ‘89, executive consultant at Mitrano and Associates, LLC, as the College’s new vice president for Finance and Administration. Buehler will begin as VPFA on July 25.

Earth Day's Campus Spruce Up

In celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, the Buildings and Grounds Advisory Committee will join with Facilities Services and the Office of Sustainability to revive a college tradition — campus beautification. The effort kicks off with a Spruce Up Day, with plans for an Adopt-a-Garden program. The first Spruce Up Day begins April 22 at 3 p.m.

Senior Spotlight: Austin Ainsworth

Austin Ainsworth ’19, from Honeoye Falls, NY, is a skilled xylophone player. He's also a late-night Dungeons & Dragons gamer, a former Pride Alliance officer, a budding recreational poet, and a genetics researcher — and he’s all those things because he chose to attend SUNY Geneseo.

Documentary Highlights Professor’s Longtime Research on Indigenous Land Rights in Ecuador

Geneseo’s Department of Political Science and International Relations will present a special screening of the documentary “Who Speaks for Nature?" by Larry Engel on Friday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. at the Riviera Theater in Geneseo. The documentary is based on a book co-authored by Geneseo Associate Professor Karleen West.

We're a Peace Corps Top-Producing College Five Years Running

SUNY Geneseo is ranked No. 13 among medium-sized schools on the Peace Corps’ 2019 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Currently, 22 Geneseo alumni are volunteering with the worldwide program.

Student Health and Counseling Earns Medical Home Designation

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Student Health and Counseling was recently designated as a Medical Home by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Centers (AAAHC). Of the nearly 4,000 higher education institutions in the U.S., only 17 have achieved Medical Home accreditation, considered by the AAAHC as the highest achievement for primary care.

Singers Welcomed for Community Sing of Beethoven's 9th

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Music will host a “unity-community sing” of Ludwig van Beethoven’s <iSymphony No. 9i/> on Sunday, May 5, in Wadsworth Auditorium. Volunteer singers will join the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Singers, Geneseo’s town/gown choir, and professional soloists.

Roemer Lecture on Emerging Powers and Climate Change

Kathryn Hochstetler, a professor of international development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will deliver this year's Roemer Lecture on World Affairs. Her talk, “Responsibilities in Transition: Emerging Powers in the Climate Change Negotiations,” will take place at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, in the Doty Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Students Explore Sustainability Issues Through Art

Students in a spring honors course, “The Politics of Sustainability Through Art,” are exploring environmental concerns and the politics that affect sustainability issues in a creative way.
In addition to readings that provide background on climate change, food sustainability and other problems, students are viewing and discussing relevant artwork by artists from around the world creating their own visual art inspired by their learning. 

Senior Spotlight: Evelyn Welch

Evelyn Welch '19 has always been interested in the medical field, and chose to study biology and pursue a minor in human development to learn about the body and mind. She also loves to act, dance, and play music. She explored all her passions during her four years at Geneseo and found her career path along the way.

Leah Christman '19 to Serve as a Fulbright in India

Leah Christman '19. an English literature and Honors Program major, has won a 2019–20 U.S. Student Fulbright award. She will serve as a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in either a middle or secondary school in a community in India.