For Immediate Release—Friday, October 13, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Family Weekend Oct. 20-22

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo will offer a variety of activities for students and their families during its annual Family Weekend Oct. 20-22.

The following are some highlights. A complete list of events can be found at:

Friday, October 20:

Registration, 4-7 p.m. MacVittie College Union lobby. Student volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions about Family Weekend and the Geneseo campus. Walking tours of Geneseo also will be available.

 "You Know You Want It" art exhibit, noon-7 p.m., Kinetic Gallery in the MacVittie College Union. Student Danielle Boudet's work explores the ideas of "spectacle, fetish, and faŤade" within the context of a culture where commercialism and media bombardment of advertising subjects the viewers to a constant stream of images intended to create only illusory glimpses of reality. Using her work, Boudet comments on the way in which advertisers create alluring images that cater to over-riding social overtones in order to sell, sell, sell. The exhibit runs through Nov. 17. The exhibit also is open from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.

 "Inspired By Her" art exhibit, 5-8p.m., Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall. A two-woman show featuring the work of Dawn Hunter Phelps and Kate Kretz, inspired by the physical and psychological states of women. The exhibit also is open noon-4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22.

 Family Game Night, 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Corner Pocket in the MacVittie College Union

Parents can challenge their son or daughter to a free game of pool, ping-pong, air hockey and more. This event also will be offered Saturday, Oct. 21.

Men's ice hockey vs. Morrisville, 7 p.m., Wilson Ice Arena in Merritt Athletic Center. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 children and free for Geneseo students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Kaleidoscope, 8 p.m., Wadsworth Auditorium. This event exemplifies the wide variety of talent upon which Geneseo prides itself and features nearly all of Geneseo's performing artists and ensembles.

Geneseo Late Knight Extravaganza, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., MacVittie College Union. In addition to the midnight movies at the Geneseo Theatre and open gym in Kuhl Gymnasium, Geneseo Late Knight will keep you entertained with line dancing, air brush tattoos, a bounce house, and "Let's Make It Tonight" crafts.

Saturday, October 21:

Breakfast with President Christopher C. Dahl, 8 a.m., MacVittie College Union Ballroom. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast with a pledge or gift to The Parents Fund; $6 for all other attendees. For reservations, call (585) 245-5503 or e-mail

Tour of George Eastman House, 9:45 a.m., 900 East Ave., Rochester, N.Y. The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film combines the world's leading collections of photography and film with the stately pleasures of the landmark Colonial Revival mansion and gardens that George Eastman called home from 1905 to 1932. Eastman, the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, is heralded as the father of modern photography and the inventor of motion picture film. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased through the Student Association Ticket Office by calling (585) 245-5873 or (800) 525-2070.

 Faculty Debate Series, 10:30-11:30 a.m., various classrooms in Welles Hall. The Faculty Debate Series features some of Geneseo's most interesting and captivating professors as they debate topics such as affirmative action, immigration, globalization and the value of a liberal arts education. The series provides an opportunity to experience a taste of the academic world at Geneseo.

Arboretum Tour, 1 p.m., Roemer Arboretum. This tour departs from the kiosk near the entrance of the Roemer Arboretum on the south side of campus. Scenic parts of campus and the history of the Genesee Valley will be highlighted on the tour. Guided by Gregg Hartvigsen, assistant professor of biology and chair of the Roemer Arboretum Advisory Board.

Women's field hockey vs. Ithaca, 1 p.m., Upper Alumni Field. Cheer on the Geneseo Field Hockey team at this home game. Admission is free.

Riding exhibition, 1 p.m., west side of Wilson Ice Arena. The Geneseo Varsity Equestrian Team will host a free riding exhibition on campus.

SOTA Honors Recital Competition, 3 p.m., Wadsworth Auditorium. Celebrate the accomplishments of student winners of the Honors Recital Competition and support the performing arts at Geneseo.

Men's ice hockey vs. St. Clair, 3 p.m., Wilson Ice Arena at Merritt Athletic Center. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 children and free for Geneseo students with ID and can be purchased at the door.

Limelight & Accents presents Kathleen Madigan with Alonzo Bodden, 8 p.m., Kuhl Gymnasium in Merritt Athletic Center. Who was the only comic on NBC's Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by her peers? St. Louis native comedienne Kathleen Madigan. Voted Best Female Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards and a veteran of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Conan O'Brien Show" and the "Late Show with David Letterman," Madigan's polished act has made her a favorite among comedy club goers. Tickets are $23 for family members and $15 for Geneseo students and can be purchased by calling the Student Association Ticket Office at (585) 245-5873 or (800) 525-2070.

For more information, contact Campus Scheduling and Special Events at (585) 245-5500.