Parent Newsletter: August 2017

From the Beautiful Valley: News for SUNY Geneseo Families


A Message from the Dean of Students

To the parents of our new students: welcome to the SUNY Geneseo community. To all of our returning parents: welcome back!

We are always energized by our students’ enthusiasm as they return from their summer break. And we are especially eager to welcome our first-year and transfer students. This fall, we will welcome approximately 1,353 first-year and 266 transfer students. The Class of 2021 will arrive to campus from 15 states and 15 countries, bringing our total student body up to 5,645, which includes 83 graduate students, for the upcoming year.

Whether new or returning, all students can look forward to some exciting activities and programs this year, starting with a range of program and activities offered through our Weeks of Welcome (WOW) program. Students should also anticipate finding new and interesting ways to get to class! Over the summer, we embarked upon an infrastructure upgrade project that has some portions of the campus blocked off. I suspect that for many students, getting to and from class is going to feel a little like navigating Hogwarts (for the Harry Potter fans!) and dealing with those ever-moving staircases!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me or my staff. We're more than happy to assist you.

Lenny Sancilio
Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Community

Move-in Weekend

The entire campus community is ready to welcome new and returning students. In addition to the following information, be sure to visit our move-in webpage for downloadable campus map and other updates.

New students can find useful information on the following webpages:

Arrival Dates

  • New students (only): 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25
  • Returning students: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26

Navigating the Campus

  • Enter campus from specific locations indicated on the move-in map only as most campus roads have been designated as one-way for the day.
  • Look for the color-coded signs and drive directly to residence hall.
  • Follow directions given by the University Police.

Where to Go

If your student lives in Nassau, Niagara, Onondaga, Suffolk or Wayne (Dante House)

  • Follow the RED signs, entering from the Route 20A/39 entrance, to “Information/Drop Points” marked on your move-in map map by “X”s.

  • Drop off your belongings, then park either on Onondaga Field or in a student lot.

If your student lives in Saratoga Terrace

  • Enter campus via Mary Jemison Drive from Route 63 and use the staging area in Lot TT marked on the move-in map by “X”s across the road from the South Village.

  • Check-in at the Commons. No vehicles are allowed on the pedestrian walkway.

If your student lives in Allegany, Genesee, Jones, Livingston, Monroe (Tesla), Putnam (EcoHouse), Steuben or Wyoming

  • Follow the GREEN signs from Route 63 to College Drive to “Information/Drop Points” marked on the map by “X”s.

If your student lives in Erie, Ontario or Seneca (Writers House)

  • Follow the BLUE signs from Court Street to “Information/Drop Points” marked on the map by “X”s.

What to Do

  • Stay on paved roadways to drop off items.
  • Field parking is available near Onondaga Hall only.
  • Drop off belongings and any passengers at the designated residence hall drop-off.
  • Move-in volunteers will be at most locations to help transport your belongings to your room.
  • A few carts and baskets are available but if you own a handcart, bring it! It’ll help get you in your room faster.
  • After unloading your car, please move your vehicle to the designated parking areas.
  • Check-in at your hall. We’ll get you to your room.

Eating on Campus

Your student’s meal card will be active starting Friday, Aug. 25. Food will be available from the Chowhound food truck, Starbucks and Fusion Market.

For a list of campus restaurants and café locations and hours, visit the Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) webpage.

Questions? Email or call (585) 245-5648.

What’s Next?

New students can stop in at the Academic Advising office, located in Erwin 106, with questions about fall course schedules or academic plans. Starting on Friday, August 25, staff in will be available to answer questions or make arrangements for students to meet with one of the deans. Students can drop-in or set up an appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F) throughout the first week of classes to discuss schedules or academic planning. Call the office at (585) 245-5541. The drop/add period runs Monday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 1.

Whether your son or daughter are first-year students or well into their Geneseo experience, encourage them to think about academic planning as “short term” and “long term.” For the short term, students need to commit to their first-semester courses, even if they decide part-way through to go in a different direction.

“Long term” planning is about goal setting—not route making. Students might know where they want to end up (“I’d like to be a health-care practitioner”), but may not be aware of the many routes to get there. Encourage your student to visit often and early both the Office of Academic Planning and Advising (Erwin 106) and Career Development (Erwin 116). By late September, pre-health majors will be invited by the new pre-health advisor, Dr. Amber Charlebois, to join a listserv for information on graduate studies and health careers.

Questions? Contact Celia A. Easton, dean of academic planning and advising, at or (585) 245-5541.

Students can also visit the Office of Academic Advising and Planning.

What’s Happening in Town

The Geneseo Welcome Center and Geneseo Community Main Street Association will offer free parking at all Main Street and Center Street meters on Friday, Aug. 25. Parking, as always, is free on the weekends.

The Village will be all dressed up for your arrival! Look for the blue and white “welcome” banner and the sea of blue and white flags on Main Street. To find out what else will be happening in the Village during move-in weekend, visit their webpage.

Make plans to attend Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept. 23

Your official invitation will arrive soon, but you don’t have to wait to See and Register for the Homecoming and Family Weekend events we have planned.

Highlights include:

  • Athletic events, workshops, performances—and a chicken wing festival on Main Street!
  • Breakfast with President Denise Battles.
  • Tours of Southside Residence Halls, followed by a Q&A session.

We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the RIT Inn and Conference Center for Friday and Saturday nights for a special rate of $99, plus taxes. Call (585) 359-1800 and mention you’re with SUNY Geneseo.

Join us for a fun weekend with your child and discover the great people, places and organizations that make Geneseo feel like home.

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (585) 245-5506.

Building a Portfolio of Merit

SUNY Geneseo uses the Merit system to celebrate student accomplishments and to turn their achievements into a verified online profile—a Merit Page. We automatically update their page for such things as making the dean's list, awards, leadership positions, etc., which they—and you— can easily share via social networks. We also generate news releases that are sent to your hometown newspaper.

Students can enhance their Merit Page by adding a profile photo, other activities and work experience. And the best part is that the page is theirs permanently. They can share it with potential employers, graduate school admissions counselors, etc. Checkout how some of our students use their Merit pages to celebrate their achievements. Students will be getting an evite from Merit during the first few weeks of the fall semester.

Questions? Contact Dave Irwin at

Health Tips

Dr. Steven Radi, medical director of the Student Health and Counseling Center, offers these health and wellness tips.

Immunizations: All incoming students are required to submit proof of immunization to our health portal. Contact their primary health care provider to obtain proof of immunization, then log in and complete the required information. Additional directions regarding the immunization record upload process can be found on our website.

Prescription medications: Students should arrange for an adequate supply of medication to start the school year and transfer prescriptions to a local pharmacy for refills. This can be accomplished easily through their doctor.

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications: A supply of commonly used OTC medications can be helpful for your child to have on hand. We suggest acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) for pain and fever, decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), loratadine (Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra), or cetirizine (Zyrtec).

Awareness and preparation for allergies to foods and insect stings: If your student has a history of allergy, especially severe or life-threatening reactions, be sure they have an epinephrine autoinjector.

Personal protective equipment: Helmets for bike-riding and skateboarding, along with goggles and appropriate pads for sports, are important to bring to school.

Students should have a good supply of sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30.

Health insurance review: Check your health insurance policy to ensure your student will have coverage in our region.

Questions? Contact or Health Services at (585) 245-5736 or Counseling Services at (585) 245-5716

Storage Services

Students who have tapped into storage services provided by an external vendor,, are urged to contact Tom D'Angelo, director of supply chain management for Campus Auxiliary Services, as soon as possible as we believe the company is undergoing some changes.

Questions?  Call (585) 245-5667 or

Important Reminders and Dates

Before arrival: Students should submit immunization records and physical exam forms through our health portal.

  • Aug. 21–22: International student move-in day
  • Aug. 23–25: Orientation for international students
  • Aug. 25: Transfer Student Welcome: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 25: Move-in Day begins at 8 a.m.
  • Aug. 25–Sept.13: Weeks of Welcome
  • Aug. 27: YouBelong Transfer Student Picnic
  • Aug. 28: First day of classes
  • Sept. 1: Study Abroad Fair
  • Sept. 6: Volunteer Fair
  • Sept. 13: Student Organization Expo
  • Sept. 23: Homecoming and Family Weekend

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