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SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association Announces New Officers and Board Members

The SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association (SGAA) has announced a new slate of officers and board members.

Scott Dawson '95 on Working Remotely When Everybody's Home

Scott Dawson ’95, web designer and developer for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, recently published The Art of Working Remotely: How to Thrive in a Distributed Workplace (Knight Rose Press, 2019).

Former Student Athletes Provide Health Care for COVID-19 Patients

Kristen Bormann '15 and Nina Lurie ’19, both former student-athletes at Geneseo, are now fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

SUNY Geneseo Cracks Peace Corps’ Top 10 Colleges

SUNY Geneseo ranked No. 8 among medium-sized schools on the agency’s list of top 25 volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. For the past six years, Geneseo has consistently ranked within the top 25 medium-sized schools. This year marks the highest ranking for the College since entering the ranks in 2014. There are 25 alums currently volunteering in countries around the world.

Vafier ’74 and Scoville Receive Alumni Association, Geneseo Foundation Awards

The SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association (SGAA) and the Geneseo Foundation, Inc., presented their top awards for service and philanthropy on October 18, during Geneseo President Denise A. Battles’ annual donor recognition gala. The 2019 Distinguished Service Award went to Frank L. Vafier ’74, and the foundation’s Philanthropic Leadership Award went to Larry Scoville.

Seven Geneseo Alumni Recognized With 40 Under 40 Awards

The <em>Rochester Business Journal</em> and the <em>Buffalo Business First</em> journal selected seven SUNY Geneseo alumni for their annual 40 under 40 awards. Honorees will be formally recognized at award ceremonies in November.

Geneseo Alumni Presidents Returned to Campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019

Geneseo alumni college and university presidents returned to campus during Homecoming & Family Weekend to participate in a breakfast panel discussion on careers.

Student Teaching Abroad in Thailand

SUNY Geneseo alumnae Hannah Hunter Chhan ’14 and Samantha Vell ’16 were both working at the Berkeley International School in Thailand. Together, they helped build a student teaching abroad experience in partnership with Geneseo's Ella Cline Shear School of Education.

New SUNY Geneseo Scholarship Endowment Honors Amy S. Janicki '13

A new scholarship endowment will memorialize Amy S. Janicki ‘13, who was a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority at Geneseo. Janicki’s parents, Dennis and Susan Janicki of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and fundraising support led by Madeline (Maddie) Herrick ‘14, a sorority sister, established the $25,000 endowment.

Alumni Association Recognizes Three Honorees at 2019 Reunion

The SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association (SGAA) recognized three individuals — John Lombardo ’74, Chad Salitan ’09, and former athletic director Marilyn Moore — for their professional achievements at the college’s annual alumni reunion, a two-day weekend event that drew more than 700 alumni and friends to Geneseo on June 7 and 8. 

Greg ’64 and Elizabeth O’Connell Endowment Announced

The Greg ’64 and Elizabeth O’Connell Family Endowment supports general scholarships for students with financial need from the Downstate New York area with a preference for students living in Brooklyn, particularly the Red Hook area.

Jeremy Jackson's '16 Shakespeare Gig

Jeremy Jackson ’16 found a way this summer to combine his two passions: literature and theater. Jackson served multiple roles both behind the scenes and on stage working with the Shake on the Lake theater troupe.

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018

SUNY Geneseo will host a combined Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept. 21–22. More than 1,300 alumni and parents have registered for the celebration that will include plenty of opportunities for attendees to catch up with classmates, students, faculty and staff, as well as catch a glimpse of what life’s like at SUNY Geneseo.

It's Reunion Time! 700 Alumni and Friends on Campus June 1-2

Some 700 alumni and friends will be returning to the SUNY Geneseo campus June 1-2 for Reunion 2018. The annual event will highlight class years ending in three and eight, affinity anniversaries, and a celebration of the 51-year career of Tom Matthews, associate dean of leadership and service.

Alumna Receives Early-Career Teaching Recognitions

Geneseo alumna Felicia Vanacore '13 is making a mark as an elementary school kindergarten teacher in the Orlando, Florida, area.

Alumna Leandra Griffith ’16 Latest Geneseo ‘Fulbrighter’

Alumna Leandra Marie Griffith ’16 has won a 2018-19 U.S. Student Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award for Belgium.

Alum Ysaÿe Barnwell to Lead Community Sing

Composer and singer Ysaÿe Barnwell ’67, ’68 will join Geneseo’s celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by conducting a Community Sing on Tuesday, February 27 at 6 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom. The sing is free and open to the public.

Kevin ’75 and Nancy ’76 Gavagan Make $500,000 Multi-Purpose Gift to Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo has announced a $500,000 gift from alumni Kevin and Nancy Gavagan in support of several initiatives within the college’s strategic plan that enhance the quality of the educational experience students receive at Geneseo.

Alex MacDonald ’08: Storytelling Through Tap

On stage, Alex MacDonald ’08 is a musician. His sliding, thumping and stepping feet are instruments. His free-flow tap is rooted in improvisation, complementing the notes, not choreographed for them.

Two Geneseo Graduates Earn Fulbright Awards

Geneseo graduates Kiaya Rose Dilsner-Lopez '17 and Patrick McCormick ’15 have been awarded U.S. Student Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards to Brazil for 2018.

Geneseo Combines Homecoming and Family Weekends

For the first time, SUNY Geneseo will host a combined Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept. 22 –23. Over 1,600 alumni and parents have registered for the event. See the story for a highlights list of events

Colleen Bonadonna '93: On the Front Lines of Eradicating Polio

Bonadonna has made the elimination of the virus her personal mission, leading education and advocacy efforts for polio eradication for hundreds of members in Virginia. She has also traveled to Nigeria once and to India seven times to inoculate children. This coming spring, she’s off to Ethiopia.

Alumnus Science Educator Expands Field Experience in Antarctica

Randy French ’83, a science teacher at Geneseo Central School, also journeyed to Antarctica last year, made possible by a Grosvenor Teaching Fellowship from the National Geographic Society.