For Immediate Release—Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo's Advancement Division Announces Promotions and Appointments

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced a series of promotions and appointments in its advancement division.

Laura Wrubel '80 of Geneseo, N.Y., has been promoted to assistant vice president for advancement. In this role, Wrubel will work with the college's development staff in cultivating donations and identifying new funding opportunities.

Wrubel earned her bachelor's degree in speech & English from SUNY Fredonia. She received her master's degree in library science from Geneseo in 1980. 

Wrubel enters her new position with extensive professional experience at Geneseo. She previously served as a residence hall director, Mary Jemison Quad coordinator, coordinator of academic advisement for the educational opportunities program, assistant dean and associate dean, among other posts.

Her most recent position was executive assistant to the president. In this role, Wrubel gained experience managing the college's government relations program and obtaining state and federal funding for the college.

"I have a very long association with the college," says Wrubel. "I believe in everything we do and am glad to be part of the team that funds programs and locates scholarship resources. Even though I am new to this division, I have worked with these people before, and it is a pleasure to work with them more closely."

Patty Hamilton-Rodgers '85 of Mount Morris, N.Y., has been promoted to director of alumni relations. In her new role, Hamilton-Rodgers will be responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising programs and activities that enhance the communication and relationship between

the college and its alumni. She also will serve as the college's liaison with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, coordinate reunions and regional programs and develop volunteer opportunities for alumni. 

After receiving her bachelor's degree in communication from Geneseo in 1985, Hamilton-Rodgers spent her early career in student activities at Alfred State College, part of the SUNY system; Concord College in Athens, W.V.; and St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y. Hamilton-Rodgers also has worked in alumni relations at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., and as director of alumni relations at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa.

In June of 2001, Hamilton-Rodgers took the role of associate director of alumni relations at Geneseo. While in that position, she was involved with alumni activities that included regional alumni programs, the externship program and class reunions. 

"Having been a part of the alumni relations office for nearly six years, I fully understand what we can accomplish. I am excited because the alumni relations staff is a great team, and Geneseo has a wonderful, devoted and engaged alumni base," says Hamilton-Rodgers. 

Michelle Worden '92 of Piffard, N.Y., has joined the college as associate director of alumni relations. Worden will be responsible for organizing alumni programs and events, including the 25-year class reunion, the externship program and other regional alumni events throughout the year.

Worden received her bachelor's degree in history from Geneseo in 1992. She had worked for more than 16 years at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, N.Y., most recently as senior director of special events. 

"I am quite excited about the opportunity to apply the skills I have learned from my old job to my new job with Geneseo," says Worden. "I am very proud of my alma mater, and I have a sincere desire to see the college thrive."

Gina Scalise '05 of Rochester, N.Y., has joined the college as assistant director of the Fund at Geneseo. Scalise will work to help increase private support of the Geneseo Foundation. She will focus primarily on the phon-a-thon, the senior class gift and reunion giving.

"I am truly looking forward to working with the college advancement team and fulfilling the mission and vision of the college," says Scalise. 

Scalise received her bachelor's degree in communication with a minor in public relations from Geneseo in 2005. Before coming to Geneseo, she worked as a public relations coordinator for Roberts Communications in Rochester.


Written by Joe Mignano, public relations intern in the Office of Communications and Publications.