Class of 2017 Begins College Journey

GENESEO, N.Y. - - SUNY Geneseo is welcoming another talented entering class as 1,100 new freshmen from the Class of 2017 move into residence hall rooms, attend Weeks of Welcome activities and get acclimated to a new academic environment. Classes begin at Geneseo Aug. 26.

"Our entering freshmen again bring academic strength and well-rounded backgrounds in service, leadership and accomplishments," said Kris Shay, director of admissions at Geneseo. "We always look forward to welcoming new students to campus as they join others on their college journey."

The mean high school average for the class is 93; the mean SAT score (composite of critical reading and math) is 1300. For the past several years, Geneseo's average has been about 300 points higher than the national composite average for all U.S. college students taking the test.

Geneseo's admissions committee selected the entering class from more than 9,000 applications. Total estimated enrollment this year will be 5,536 (5,376 undergraduates and 160 graduate students).

Once again, the applicant pool was so strong that the college reluctantly denied admission to many highly-accomplished students. Rather than turning them away, Shay identified the top group of applicants from the waiting list and offered them admission to the spring term. Last year, more than 100 students accepted the offer and joined the Class of 2016 in January, taking the place of students graduating at mid-year or studying abroad.

First-time students are joined by a strong class of transfer students and 51 new international students from 19 countries. The total number of international students on campus is 170.

At the opening faculty convocation Aug 23, Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl delivered his final opening address to faculty before his retirement in June 2014. He recounted some of the joys and challenges of his 19-year presidency, placing strong emphasis on the academic standing the college has achieved to carry out its unique mission in the SUNY system.

"I sincerely thank all of my colleagues for helping to transform Geneseo into one of the finest public liberal arts colleges in the country," said Dahl. "I want to say to you all how much vicarious pleasure and pride I have taken in what you and our students have done and continue to do. Thank you so much for all you have given me over the years. I am deeply grateful."

The president also recognized recent 2013 award recipients:

2013 Award Recipients

SUNY Board of Trustees Distinguished Professorship Honors

Wendy Knapp Pogozelski, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Justin Behrend, associate professor of history

Charles G. Freeman, professor physics

Gillian Paku, assistant professor of English

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

Emilye Crosby, professor of history

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Michael L. Oberg, professor of history

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service

Wendi R. Kinney, assistant dean of students for fraternal life and off-campus services

Jeffrey P. Nordland, director of accounting services

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service

Donna L. Hanna, library clerk 3, Milne Library

President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising

Kathryn Rommel-Esham, professor of education

President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity

Aaron Steinhauer, associate professor of physics and astronomy

President's Award for Outstanding Professional Service

David R. Norton, assistant director of facilities planning

Drs. Carol and Michael Harter Endowment for Faculty Mentoring Award

Atsushi Tajima, associate professor of communication

Joseph M. O'Brien Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching

Todd Goehle, lecturer of history

Art Hatton Award for Excellence in College Advancement

Debra Hill, assistant vice president emerita of college advancement

James and Julia Lockhart Supported Professorship for Research and Creative Endeavors

Monica Schneider, associate professor of psychology

Dr. Spencer J. Roemer Supported Professorship

Dennis Showers, distinguished service professor of education

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