Knights Serve

Gazebo 9/11 flag display

President Denise Battles, Michael Mills, director of national fellowships and scholarships, and recent graduate Madelynn Maiolo ’21 (SUNY Geneseo/Keith Walters '11)

On Saturday, September 11, SUNY Geneseo students along with faculty, staff, and alumni volunteered part of their day to clean, paint, weed, and do other chores on campus and in the community.

Knights First Day of Service is designed for new transfer and first-year students who are just beginning their time at SUNY Geneseo. The volunteer effort allows students to give back to Geneseo and the surrounding community while meeting and working with other new students.

More than 60 Students spent the morning helping people or programs in need, including the Save The Wall project, Fallbrook Farms, Central Presbyterian Church, Food Security Advocates, Mosaic with Art Force Five, and others. The event highlights the college’s commitment to service and civic engagement. Projects were led by GOLD leader mentors and organized by community service assistants from the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement, in partnership with Hillel.Student volunteers

One of the more enduring volunteer efforts was tending to the campus’s 9/11 memorial flag display. The 9/11 Remembrance Project was led this year by a recent alumna, Madelynn Maiolo ’21, along with student volunteers, peppered the gazebo hillside with 2,000 flags as a remembrance of those who lost their lives.

“During this two-hour service project, we were able to reflect on the impact this event had on our country and celebrate the opportunity to come together as a community” Maiolo said. The Knights’ Day of Service is organized by Garth Freeman, Director of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement.


Grace Tinklepaugh
College Communications & Marketing Intern