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Family is Forever

Victor E. Knight.

Homecoming & Family Weekend

21-22 September 2018


Every fall, Family Weekend provides a chance for parents to visit students for a fun-filled weekend on the Geneseo campus. It's a great opportunity for families to experience college through their student's eyes, and for students to show their families why they love Geneseo.

It is also Homecoming Weekend, so the campus and Main Street will be alive with activities and fun for the entire family to enjoy!

You'll have the opportunity to...

  • Explore the campus
  • Tour Letchworth State Park, the "Grand Canyon of the East."
  • Take part in a variety of activities -- including athletic events, Geneseo Valley Wing Festival, mini college sessions and entertainment
  • Hear from President Denise A. Battles regarding the College's latest news and initiatives in her annual report to families

We have designed the weekend to help you discover what Geneseo has to offer, in and out of the classroom, and learn about the organizations, people, and places that have become home to your student.

If you have questions, please call 585-245-5506 or send an e-mail to alumni@geneseo.edu.


Schedule of Events

Friday - Saturday | 21-22 September 2018

Events listed below require registration.

Friday 21 September

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Weekend Headquarters - MCU Lobby
Let's start you off in the right direction. This is the place to pick-up tickets, campus maps, weekend itineraries, or to get your questions answered.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
School of Business Open House / Meet the Dean - South Hall Atrium
Meet the new Dean of the School of Business and visit with faculty and staff. The School of Business trading room is open and available for self-guided exploration. Light refreshments are available.

6:00 p.m.
12th Annual Friday Knight 5K - Track (separate registration required)
[Friday Knight 5K registration link: go.geneseo.edu/5k]
Lace up your sneakers -- all are welcome to run or walk.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Summer Experience Reunion - MCU Hunt Room (separate registration required)
[Summer Experience Reunion registration link: go.geneseo.edu/smrexpreunion]
For students who have attended any of the Summer Experience trips and their families!  Come back together to see friends and faculty and reminiscence about your summer experience. Attend a short program to hear stories, celebrate the trips and enjoy appetizers. Families are welcome!

ValleySunset6:30 – 8:00 p.m.    
"Capture a Geneseo Sunset" Champagne Toast with the President - Milne Library Lower Level
NEW in 2018

Capture a stunning view of the sunset over the valley from the comfort of the Milne Library lower level. Enjoy complimentary champagne and join President Denise Battles in a toast to your alma mater. Meet students from the Undergraduate Alumni Association (UAA) and hear how they are keeping Geneseo Traditions alive on campus -- including our famous Geneseo sunsets. As an attendee, pick up a new Geneseo alumni souvenir.

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
New Art on Old Vinyl - MCU MOSAIC Room
Paint a classic Geneseo image on a vinyl record, guided by the professionals of Zest4Art. Relax, get crafty and go home with a unique souvenir! Upcyled records, smocks and all other art supplies are provided for this 90-minute class. Great for the whole family. Hosted by Zest4Art.
$20.00 per person, hurry - space is limited!

8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Late Night Shuttle

Click here to register

Other Friday Activities

Events listed below do not require registration.

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
College Bookstore Open - MCU

  • Receive 25% OFF one apparel item coupon when you stop by Weekend Headquarters!

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Admissions Information Session for Siblings - Doty Hall
Visit the Admissions website for more information and to sign-up for a tour and/or information session.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Free Art Gallery Exhibits

  • Bandits and Heros, Poets and Saints: The Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil (NEH Traveling Exhibit) at the Lederer Gallery
  • Infrared Photography by Joseph Constantino  - Lockhart Gallery

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Potsdam - College Stadium

  • General Admission - $5.00
  • Senior Citizens (55+) and Non-Geneseo Students - $3.00
  • Geneseo Students and Children 12 and under - Free

8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
TBD - Riviera Theater (4 Center Street)
Description needed.

  • Tickets are $20.00 advance sales (www.geneseoriviera.com)
  • Tickets are $24.00 at the door
  • Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 22 September

Events listed below require registration.

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weekend Headquarters - MCU Lobby
Starbucks is open (cash sales only) until 11:00 p.m. - MacVittie College Union

Breakfast with the President8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast with President Denise A. Battles - MCU Ballroom
Open to alumni, families and students. President Battles will provide a brief update on the College. Learn about Geneseo's strategic priorities and plans for the future.
Just $5.00 per person.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mini College Sessions - Newton Hall

  • Understanding the Potential Impact of the Mid-Term Election, Newton 214

    The 2018 midterm elections will shape America’s political future and indicate whether the trends revealed by the past elections are continuing or whether the electorate has issued a sharp rejection (or correction) to the Trump Presidency.  This presentation will cover how political science understands midterm elections, how America’s electoral rules are powerfully shaping American politics and what the outcome is likely to reveal about the future of American democracy and politics. Jeff Koch, professor and chair of Political Science and International Relations, will lead this session.

  • Mission Mars: Learn more about NASA’s InSight Mars Lander, Newton 204

    Nicholas Warner ’00, assistant professor of Geology, is one of only a handful of geologists who is working on the next Mars mission scheduled to land in November 2018. His role involves evaluating satellite imagery of the surface of Mars to identify a safe region for landing. Warner joined the Geneseo faculty in 2014. He spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was involved in the planning groups for other Mars missions.

  • Student Engagement and the Community - Newton 201
    Professor Joe Cope will share exciting news about the new Center for Integrated Learning. Detailed description coming soon.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
"The Grand Canyon of the East" -- Day Trip to Letchworth State Park (Departs from MCU)
NEW in 2018

Letchworth State Park
Enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of this natural treasure.Guests depart from the MCU Circle at 10:00 a.m and a tour guide will board the bus at the park's entrance. The bus stops occasionally for exploration by foot and returns to campus by 1:00 p.m. Register today -- space is limited.
$20 per person (includes transportation by bus, park admission, tour guide and snack)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Study Abroad Information Session - Newton Hall 202
Geneseo students are encouraged to discover educational experiences in countries throughout the world. With more than 45 programs in 20 countries, the possibilities abound. This seminar gives tips for navigating the selection, application and preparation processes and getting the most of the study abroad experience. Hear from the experts: study abroad advisors, students and faculty.

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Annual Genesee Valley Wing Festival - Center Street
"Wing Fest" is a popular annual event sponsored by the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo (APOG). Wing Fest ticket holders receive one free chicken wing tasting from EVERY vendor participant, one free drink (soda or water) and a ballot to vote for "Best Wings in the Valley." Chicken wings are also for sale if you're hungry for more of your favorites. Don't miss this opportunity to sample some of our region's famous wings while supporting APOG's Save-the-Wall project.

  • Alumni, families and students can purchase HALF PRICE TICKETS when they register for Homecoming & Family Weekend! Half-price [$7.50] tickets will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 9 September 2018 or while supplies last. After 9 September, tickets can be purchased for full price [$15.00) HERE or at the door. All pre-sale tickets are sold as "will-calls" and tickets can be picked up on Center Street the day of the event.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Geneseo's Shark Tank - Wadsworth 21
All are welcome to attend the fourth annual Shark Tank hosted by VentureWorks, the entrepreneurship program at SUNY Geneseo. Entrepreneurial students pitch up to 30 raw business ideas in two-minutes or less. The audience contributes insights, comments, and advice. Would you invest in these ideas? Join us for some fun with a serious objective!

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Be Happy ... Eat Dessert First - MCU
Your choice of two programs hosted by Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS). Must be over five years of age to participate.

  1. Chocolate: Enjoy learning about and tasting chocolate from the experts on campus.
    Hunt Room
  2. Dessert Sushi: Learn to make sushi with a twist! Combine traditional sushi techniques with the sweet flavors of dessert. Hand on experience and tasting with our on campus Chef Chris Maejia.
    MCU 322/323

$20.00 per person, hurry - space is limited!

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Center for LGBTQ Student Life Open House - Sturges 210
Geneseo’s new Coordinator of LGBTQ Programs and Services, Eunisha Tucker, in collaboration with the Chief Diversity Officer robbie routenberg, eagerly invites alumni, students and families to this open house! Come learn about and support the various initiatives happening on campus aimed to promote safe and inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community. Attendants will also have an opportunity to meet current LGBTQ students and staff/faculty leaders and learn about the LGBTQ and Ally Geneseo Alumni Affinity Group (OUT Geneseo). See you there!

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Like branches on a tree, family will grow in different directions, yet their roots remain as one.
Inaugural Legacy Pinning Ceremony - Doty Tower Room
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Be part of a new tradition that celebrates the ties that bind your family to ours and honors our shared roots. If you are a Geneseo alumni and related to a current Geneseo student, we invite you to take part in this legacy pinning ceremony. Family legacies may include parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling. All members of the legacy family are invited to attend. Only the legacy student and one alumni family member will take part in the ceremony.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Inaugural Pre-Milestone Reunion Gathering - Tent behind Intermissions (8 Center Street)
NEW in 2018

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[EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI ONLY PROGRAM]
Alumni from the classes of 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 are invited to attend this alumni happy hour as our special guests. Inspired by the popularity of the All-Alumni Block Party held annually during Reunion in June, we invite alumni who have not yet celebrated a milestone class reunion to join us for this new happy hour event. All alumni, from every class year, are invited to attend.

One free drink coupon for the class with the most registrations by midnight, 16 September. Coupons will be issued to every alumni in the winning class who registers by this deadline.

Reminder: the Class of 2014 will celebrate it's first milestone class reunion at Reunion, June 7-8, 2019.

7:00 p.m.
Limelight Show: Recycled Percussion - Wadsworth Auditorium Recycled Percussion
Since Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, the band has been unstoppable. Their junk rock music became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on America’s Got Talent in 2009. Playing over 4,000 shows and over 400 corporate events in over 15 countries, the group has also done guest appearances on Carson Daly, The Today Show, China’s Got Talent and the Latin Grammy Awards. After being featured on the cover of USA Today and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times, the band gained world-wide recognition.

In 2010, they sealed the deal and became headliners in Las Vegas! Taking 2016 by storm, Recycled Percussion has elevated their energy level, created new performance elements and continues to bring junk rock music to the Las Vegas Strip nightly in the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood.

Ticket Pricing

  • General Public (Alumni, family, friends) = $15.00
  • Children age 12 years and under = $10.00
  • Geneseo Student = $8.00

8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Late Night Shuttle

Click here to register

MCU = MacVittie College Union

Schedules are tentative and subject to change.

Other Saturday Activities

Events listed below do not require registration.

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
College Bookstore Open - MCU

  • Receive 25% OFF one apparel item coupon when you stop by Weekend Headquarters!

 

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11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Admissions Information Session for Siblings - Doty Hall
Visit the Admissions website for more information and to sign-up for a tour and/or information session.

 

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Annual Genesee Valley Wing Festival - Center Street

More Activities

  • Beer Tent (all guests should be prepared to show proof of age)
  • Looney Tunes Time-Out inside the Riviera Theater; enjoy a classic cartoon and air-conditioning compliments of the Office of Alumni Relations
  • Geneseo Traditions Trivia Wheel, prizes and FREE fun photo booth provided by the Undergraduate Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Relations
  • Live music provided by Groveland Station featuring Geneseo faculty member Jeremy Grace
  • Chicken Wing Eating Competition [add'l $5.00 per person to participate]

 

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Main Street Pumpkin Hunt - Geneseo Community Main Street

  • Visit decorated pumpkins along Main Street -- vote for your favorite and be entered a win a prize.

 

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Free Art Gallery Exhibits

  • Bandits and Heros, Poets and Saints: The Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil (NEH Traveling Exhibit) at the Lederer Gallery
  • Infrared Photography by Joseph Constantino  - Lockhart Gallery

 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Plattsburgh - College Stadium

  • General Admission - $5.00
  • Senior Citizens (55+) and Non-Geneseo Students - $3.00
  • Geneseo Students and Children 12 and under - Free

 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Honors Recital - Doty Recital Hall
Hosted by the Department of Music