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Isabelle Cirulli ’19 Earns Fulbright Award to Colombia

Isabelle Cirulli ’19 has received a 2020–21 US Student Fulbright award for Colombia as an English Teaching Assistant. Cirulli, from Webster, NY, graduated in December with a BA in Spanish and presently teaches Spanish in East Rochester, NY.

Kerri Howell '97 to Lead College's Communications Office

Geneseo alumna Kerri Howell ’97 has been named chief communications and marketing officer, a cabinet-level position. Howell will begin her new role on July 9.

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).

Michael Taberski Named VP for Student and Campus Life

Michael Taberski, EdD, has been named vice president for student and campus life. His appointment, effective July 9, concludes a national search for the cabinet-level position. Taberski will lead the student and campus life administrative team, who are engaged in providing an array of dedicated services that support SUNY Geneseo’s on- and off-campus students.

President Battles Co-chairs Regional Economic Council

SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles has been appointed as a co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. Battles joins co-chair Bob Duffy, former New York State lieutenant governor and current president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Integrative Learning is Putting it all Together

Interplay between fields as seemingly different as English and the sciences is precisely the point of the Center for Integrative Learning (CIL). But the center’s focus is not solely on the relationships between disciplines. Connections between scholarship and residential life, and between academics and community partners, are also emphasized.

Zuckerman Named an RBJ Woman of Excellence

Rochester Business Journal selected Mary Ellen Zuckerman, dean of the School of Business at SUNY Geneseo, as a 2020 Women of Excellence honoree.

Geneseo is a Top 100 Public College

SUNY Geneseo is in the top 100 on Business First's list of the nation’s top public colleges, ranking 66th out of 485 four-year public institutions in the country.

Geneseo's Undergraduate Researchers Are Hands-On

A hallmark for SUNY Geneseo is the undergraduate research opportunities that students like biochemistry majors Laura Williams ’21 and Wady Jacoby '21 undertake with faculty mentors. Approximately 450 students per year earn directed study academic credit for research, and up to 70 conduct summer research through internal and externally funded grants.

Geneseo Invites 101 Students Into Phi Beta Kappa

The State University of New York at Geneseo has invited 101 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.

Roemer Lecture on WWII Liberation

Educator and author Matthew Rozell ’83, ’88 MS, will deliver the annual Kenneth Roemer Lecture on World Affairs at SUNY Geneseo. His talk, “Liberation, 1945: An American GI Response to the Holocaust During WWII,” will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the Doty Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Red Jacket Dining Facility Earns National Sustainability Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded Red Jacket Dining Complex with a Gold certification in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its green-minded design, construction and operations. 

Alumna Wins Fulbright Study Award to Iceland

Rachel Britton ’18 has won a 2020–21 U.S. Student Fulbright/Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture Award. She will study modern Icelandic at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík.

Geneseo Geologist Helps Discover Marsquakes

The InSight mission to Mars has completed its first Earth year of observations. The results were published as a set of six papers in Nature journals. The papers show that Mars is seismically active and reveal information about its complex atmosphere, magnetic field and geology. SUNY Geneseo Assistant Professor Nicholas Warner is a co-author on two of the papers that detail the discovery of quakes on Mars—marsquakes—and describe the alien landscape at the landing site.

Study Maps 1790s Distribution of American Chestnut in WNY

The American chestnut tree was made functionally extinct by an invasive blight fungus in the early 1900s. Work is currently underway to develop a blight-resistant variety through breeding and genetic engineering. With the potential reintroduction of American chestnut in the Eastern United States, SUNY Geneseo assistant professor of geography Stephen Tulowiecki, mapped the historical location of chestnut using land surveyors from 1797–1799. His research appears in the journal <em>Forest Ecology and Management<em/>.

College Publishes New Inclusive Language Guide

SUNY Geneseo has updated and expanded its existing gender-neutral language guide to include additional guidelines for writing about Abilities and Disabilities and Ethnic and Racial Designations as well as Gender, Sex, and Sexuality. The new Inclusive Language Guide is grounded in academically regarded sources such as The Chicago Manual of Style and reflects the style guidelines of peer universities and best practices for inclusive writing.

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.

Geneseo Plans $35 Million Library Renovation

Thanks to funding from the State University of New York’s Capital Program, which is financed by the State of New York, SUNY Geneseo is moving forward with a $35 million renovation of Milne Library. The fully renovated library is expected to open during the 2024–25 academic year.

Geneseo Named Top Fulbright Producer for Third Year Running

For the third time in the college’s history and the third consecutive year, SUNY Geneseo has been named a Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright awards, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced in its annual article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dance Ensemble Performs Dancing on the Edge

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Theatre and Dance Studies presents the Geneseo Dance Ensemble in Dancing on the Edge featuring new works by faculty and guest artists. The program will be presented in the Alice Austin Theatre on February 27–29 at 7:30 p.m., and March 1 at 2 p.m. The performances are open to the public and free parking is available. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Student Association Ticket Office or online at

President Denise A. Battles and Dr. Michael Mills Create Endowment for Student Research

SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles and her spouse, Michael Mills, director of national fellowships and scholarships, have created a $32,000 endowment to support student research.

Joyce Wechsler Creates Endowment

Joyce Wechsler, associate professor emerita of education, has made an endowment gift to provide financial support for Geneseo students who participate in co-curricular activities.

Ellen Leverich ’90 Named Vice President for College Advancement

SUNY Geneseo President Denise A. Battles is pleased to announce that Ellen Leverich ’90 has been named vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Geneseo Foundation.

Daughtering: An Invisible Labor

The 17th century proverb "My son is my son till he gets him a wife, but my daughter's my daughter all the days of her life," still rings true according to a recent study by SUNY Geneseo professor of communication Meredith Harrigan and her coauthor, assistant professor of business communication Allison Alford, of Baylor University.