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Prepping for Commencement May 18

The Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena is abuzz with activity preparing for Saturday’s two undergraduate commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. An estimated 1,238 students will participate in the ceremonies.

Geneseo Designated as 2019–20 Voter Friendly Campus

SUNY Geneseo is among 123 campuses in the country — only 10 of which are in NYS — recently designated a “Voter Friendly Campus.” The goal of the Voter Friendly Campus designation program is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process and develop a culture of democratic engagement on campus. This year’s efforts also resulted in the registration of over 1,000 Geneseo students.

National Gallery Displays Artifacts from Milne’s Special Collections

Four albumen photographs from SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library Special Collections appear in the National Gallery of Art exhibition <em>The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists</em>, on display in Washington, DC, now through July 21.

2019 Relay For Life Raises $150K

SUNY Geneseo students raised $150,197 in this year’s Relay For Life, an annual fundraiser that supports the American Cancer Society. The student-run 12-hour event in the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena was packed with performances, activities, and speakers to help to raise money for cancer research and services for cancer patients.

Catherine Shields ’19, Isabel Owen ’19 Win Fulbright Awards

History majors Isabel Owen ’19 and Catherine Shields ’19 have won 2019–20 U.S. Student Fulbright awards for Brazil and Turkey, respectively. They will serve as English Teaching Assistants in a university or post-secondary institution for a year. The grants cap off a record-breaking year for Geneseo Fulbrights with seven awards and 12 semifinalists.

Karla Lora ’20 Named to Congressional Internship Program

Sociology major Karla Lora ’20, from Bronx, NY, has been named a finalist with the highly competitive Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Congressional Internship Program. She is one of 24 undergraduate students selected to spend 12 weeks in Washington, DC, next fall interning in a congressional office and receiving leadership training from CHCI.

VentureWorks Secures Three Awards in NYS Business Plan Competition

Two student teams from SUNY Geneseo’s VentureWorks entrepreneurship program secured three awards in the finals of the tenth annual New York State Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) April 29 at The Armory at Sage in Albany. 

Together Program Unites Local Spanish-Speakers with Student Tutors

SUNY Geneseo’s Together Program has straightforward aspirations: to build a cross-cultural bridge between Geneseo undergraduate students and the region’s Spanish-speaking community.

Senior Spotlight: Stephen Mott

Stephen Mott ’18 from Nesconset, NY, who graduated in December, is a thoughtful, plan-ahead kind of person whose conversation already has the careful cadences of the lawyer he intends to be. So it comes as a surprise to learn he also plays the fast-paced, in-your-face sport of hockey.

Three Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence

Three SUNY Geneseo seniors have received Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence: Patrick Buckley from Elmira, NY; Elena Kleinhenz from Delmar, NY; and Emily Janiszewski from Hamburg, NY.

Annie Renaud ’19 Earns Fulbright Award to Russia

Annie Renaud ’19, from Glastonbury, CT, has won a 2019–20 U.S Student Fulbright award for Russia, where she will work as an English Teaching Assistant at a university or post-secondary institution. The award is the culmination of Renaud’s five-year journey with mentor Cynthia Klima, an associate professor of German at Geneseo.

Senior Spotlight: Luke Bamburoski

Luke Bamburoski ’19, a Brockport, NY, native, was one of the first applicants to Geneseo’s interdisciplinary neuroscience major. Bamburoski’s affinity for both research and service has motivated him to pursue educational experiences that will help him accelerate the development of medical therapies from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside.

Lorenzo Rodriguez ’19 Wins Fulbright Research Grant

Lorenzo Rodriguez ’19, from Jamestown, NY, has won a U.S. Student Fulbright Research Grant for Bulgaria for 2019–20. An anthropology major with an emphasis in sociomedical science, he will research the ways in which funding and staffing challenges within health care facilities impact local communities.

McNair Program to Graduate First Cohort

SUNY Geneseo’s McNair Scholars Program, a chapter of the nationally supported Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, will graduate its first cohort in May. Geneseo’s program launched in Summer 2018 with 12 rising juniors and 14 rising seniors. To date, eight of this year’s graduating seniors and one junior have accepted offers from graduate schools and other scholarly programs.

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.

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