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Geneseo’s Work in Rochester’s South Wedge Earns Recognition

SUNY Geneseo and George Gotcsik, director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Geneseo, were selected to receive the 2003 Urban Pioneer Award by Rochester’s South Wedge Planning Committee (SWPC). The award was presented at the Rochester River Challenge and City Living Celebration, held in the city at the South Wedge Landing on Sept. 13.

The Small Business Development Center, located on the campus of SUNY Geneseo, provides management and technical assistance to start-up and existing small business firms.

The Urban Pioneer Award recognizes the commitment of SUNY Geneseo and the Small Business Development Center to the economic development of the South Wedge.

The award is given annually in recognition of an individual or organization that has brought new energy and ideas to the South Wedge, a neighborhood in Rochester bordered roughly by the Genesee River, Interstate 490 and the Inner Loop, Highland Park, and downtown Rochester.

The Southside Enterprise Initiative has introduced the South Wedge region to a new model of university/community collaboration, according to Patrick Tobin, board chair of the South Wedge Planning Committee. "SUNY Geneseo has been intimately involved in the revitalization of the South Wedge Urban Village, and the results have been truly amazing," he said. "The commercial vacancy rate in the South Wedge has been cut almost in half since this partnership began. SWPC is proud of its connection to SUNY Geneseo, and we truly value (the college’s and Gotcsik’s) participation as a consultant, a leader and a friend."

Administered by the State University of New York, the Geneseo SBDC specializes in providing one-on-one counseling on small business problems and offers training and instructional programs targeted to the needs and interests of small business persons.

Foreign Languages Prof Nominated to Prestigious Trans-national Panel

Edward Van Vliet, associate professor of foreign languages, has been nominated as one of 95 readers/jurors for a prestigious transnational prize for Italian literary works. He was selected to serve on the panel for the Zerilli-Marimò Prize for Italian Fiction, which is funded by the Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò, and sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Rome. It is organized by the Department of Italian Studies at New York University in collaboration with the Fondazione Maria e Goffredo Bellonci, the organizer of the "Premio Strega," the most prestigious Italian literary award, and with the Casa delle Letterature of the City of Rome.

According to Van Vliet, the goal of the prize is to encourage the spread of Italian fiction in the English-speaking world and to promote more direct contact between Italian authors and the American public. The winning book will receive a contribution towards its translation and publication in the U.S.

Van Vliet intends to donate all the books he has to read and judge to SUNY Geneseo’s Wm. J. and John M. Milne Library. "Congratulations are due to Professor Van Vliet on his appointment to this prestigious panel," said Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl, "It will be most interesting to see what he discovers about the latest Italian fiction."

Geneseo Senior One of Two to Earn Statewide Scholarship

Geneseo senior Jonathan Senchyne of Eden, N.Y., has earned one of only two scholarships given annually by United University Professions (UUP), the union which represents nearly 28,000 academic and professional faculty on 29 state-operated SUNY campuses. The scholarship will cover a considerable part of his tuition at SUNY Geneseo. According to English Department Chair Richard Finkelstein, Senchyne came to the attention of UUP because he has just founded a journal of arts and literature called Living Forge. The journal features work about the "rust belt" region, and its first print run includes work by several significant writers. Senchyne is available for interviews, and may be reached via the Office of Communications and Publications or directly at (585) 245-7855.