Parent Newsletter: December 2017

From the Beautiful Valley: News for SUNY Geneseo Families

MidKnight Breakfast 2017

MidKnight Breakfast brought Geneseo faculty and staff to Letchworth Dining Complex earlier this week to treat students to some comfort food during finals. 

A Message from the Dean of Students

The holiday season has special meaning on the SUNY Geneseo campus with the festivities of the Late Knight Holiday Jubilee and the twinkling lights that surround Emmeline and her fountain on Main Street.

In addition to festivities and colorful lights, the holiday season is also a time of charity. It’s a time to reflect on ways that we are fortunate and what we can do to aid those in need. While the campus community works throughout the year to volunteer in a variety of capacities, the holidays present a special opportunity to help our community through events like the beloved Teddy Bear Toss at the Dec 1 men’s ice hockey game that “netted” over 600 toys for families in need. Or the Adopt-a-Family project that collected several hundred gifts for area residents. And, our food security advocates who run collection drives for local pantries and organize a weekend backpack program to provide supplemental food to children.

This generosity speaks to our strong sense of caring and community. It’s evident every day in our teaching and research, and it’s echoed in our alma mater…“Geneseo, Geneseo, with our life’s work we’ll repay.” Thank you for being part of that spirit and supporting your student to be part of it, as well.

I wish you and your loved ones a happy, fulfilling holiday season, and all the best in 2018.


Lenny Sancilio
Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Community
(585) 245-5706

News and Accolades

End-of-Semester Updates

Geneseo campus at winter

Extended Building Hours

Various buildings on campus will extend their open hours over the next few weeks to allow students to complete end-of-semester projects and prepare for tests.

Residence Hall Closing Dates

Residence halls will be closing for winter break at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, and will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.

Students can leave most of their belongings in their rooms over the break, but they should take all valuable items home with them, including their passport, ID, phone, laptop, and chargers.  Remind your student to take their driver’s license and keys and any necessary clothing, books, toiletries, medication, and glasses or contact lenses.

If your student needs special accommodations during winter break, please have them contact their area coordinator, residence director, or the Office of Student Life.

Questions? Visit the Student Life website,  email, or call (585) 245-5851

Transportation Options

Geneseo students can take advantage of a range of bus transportation options, including:

For more information and schedules, visit the websites provided or Geneseo’s break-planning website.

Final Grades

The registrar will post all grades by Dec. 27.  An "X" grade means “no grade was submitted” by the faculty member. If that is the case, your student should contact the professor by email. Students with a semester GPA of 3.5 or better have earned  Dean's List recognition. Students with a semester GPA of 4.0 will appear on the President's List.

Registration for Spring 2018

Students in lecture

  • Open registration for all students is Jan. 2–10
  • Transfer students can register from  Jan. 12 until drop/add period starts
  • Open registration resumes Jan. 13 until drop/add period starts
  • Drop/add period is  Jan. 16–22

Students should check Knightweb for specific times.

Academic Standing

Students who have struggled during the semester will be notified about their academic standing from the end of December until early January. To be in good standing, first-semester students must achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 and completed 8 credit hours. All other students must achieve a 2.0 and complete at least 11 credit hours. A student who is on academic probation for two consecutive semesters faces dismissal from the College, but may appeal the dismissal in writing. Appeals will be due no later than Jan. 8, 2018. Details about the appeal process are included in the emailed notification of dismissals. The email is followed by a hard-copy letter, but given the time constraints of this short intersession, we urge students to check their Geneseo email throughout winter break for information from the dean of academic planning and advising.

Students on probation will have opportunities in the spring to meet with staff in the dean's office and to join “advising circles" for academic support throughout the semester. Student should watch for updates in the spring semester.

Questions about academic standing? Email the dean.

Plan Ahead for Career Development

The Career Development Department is celebrating a notable increase in the number of students they service. Career Development has seen a 75 percent increase since fall 2016 in:

  • Student drop-ins for resume and cover letter help
  • Use of Encore, Geneseo’s free professional clothing lending service
  • The number of logins to KnightJobs for job and internship searches and event registrations

In response to the uptick in student interest, the department has increased the number of career-related programs it hosts each semester. These programs include class presentations and new workshops such as “What to do After Graduation.”  Encourage your student to continue using our services next semester!

Spring Opportunities

  • GOLD career-related workshops: Students can register for a series of workshops that focuses on preparing them for the workforce. Topics include resume and cover letter development, interviewing skill-building, and how to create a career network. By taking these workshops, students can earn a GOLD program Emerald Certificate. Find the complete list of dates for the spring 2018 semester on the Career Development website.
  • Internships: Students can get a jump on spring and summer internships by registering in KnightJobs. Both for-credit and no-credit opportunities are on offer (both options will appear on a transcript).
  • Professional headshots: Encourage your student to visit Career Development to get their photos taken—very useful for LinkedIn profiles!

Day of Leadership and Service

MLK Day 2017

SUNY Geneseo ‘s eighth annual “Day of Leadership and Service” on Jan. 15 will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through a schedule of intergenerational and interfaith discussions, workshops, and community outreach projects. The celebration, which will be run through the GOLD program, will include an opening address by Dr. Stacey Robertson, provost and vice president for academic affairs, on “Using History to Make Slavery History." A luncheon address will be given by  Lulu Westbrooks-Griffin, who will share her story of her 1963 arrest and imprisonment for protesting at a whites-only movie theatre in Americus, Georgia. After lunch, volunteers will work on projects such as assembling hygiene kits for food pantries; preparing backpack lunches for low-income K-12 students in area schools; making fleece blankets for veterans; and creating greeting cards for migrant families and veterans.

The program is free and open to Livingston County senior citizens age 60 and over and Geneseo students. Students can register for the program on the GOLD website or by calling (585) 245-5857. Senior citizens can register by calling the Livingston County Office for the Aging at (585) 243-7520.

Women’s Leadership Conference

Students will have the opportunity to hear from highly successful women during the Women’s Leadership Conference on Feb. 28, 2018.  The conference, which is hosted by the College’s Women’s Leadership Institute, offers students the opportunity to hear from a range of highly successful women on how to develop stand-out skills and project an authentic leadership style. The conference culminates in a networking dinner, which will provide an opportunity for students to meet with alumnae and faculty and staff to learn about their leadership journeys. The dinner keynote speaker will be Denise Reed-Lamoreaux, Class of '84 and current president of SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association.

Students can register for the conference through the GOLD program.  

Questions? Email GOLD at

Spring Service Opportunities

There are only a few slots left for Livingston CARES spring service projects. Opportunities include:

Jan. 7–13: Tampa, Florida
March 10–16: Houston, TX; Tampa, Florida; Puerto Rico
March  11–17: Brooklyn, NY
May 13–19: Houston, TX; Tampa, Florida; Puerto Rico; Biloxi, MS.

Projects will include the remediation of flood-damaged homes and community service initiatives. Academic service learning credit is an option for the service trips. Some financial assistance to participate in the service trips is available.

Questions? Visit the program website, email Tom Matthews, associate director of leadership and service, or call (585) 245-5857.

Recommend Geneseo

Know any parents who are involved in the college search process? Encourage them to think about Geneseo for their son or daughter's college experience. We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2018 semester; the deadline is Jan. 1. We are also a top choice for transfer students and offer a rolling application process. Visit the admissions website for more information.

SUNY Geneseo also offers outstanding master’s degree programs in education and accounting. Most of our graduate programs are available to full-time or part-time students, with courses generally scheduled in the late afternoon and evening, and some are online.

An on-campus graduate program info session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Tower Room, Room 300, Doty Hall.

For more information, visit the website, email or call (585) 245-5040

On-Campus Living

Tesla House

Monroe Hall

In the next of our series profiling residence halls and Living Learning Communities (LLC), get to know Tesla House. Tesla House is a special on-campus housing community just for first-year students who plan to major in Physics, Geology, or Education.

Taylor Gale, Area Coordinator

Q: How does the mission and values of Tesla House create a unique community on Geneseo’s campus?

A: Part of the Tesla House mission is the focus on integrative learning and the spirit of innovation that comes along with the variety of educational perspectives in the hall, with students in various majors learning and living together. One unique feature of Tesla House is the classroom inside the residence hall, which allows for our students to learn together in the space where they live. I believe that it further reinforces the spirit of collaboration and encourages students to integrate and innovate outside the classroom.

Dina Bu ‘21, Biology Major

Q: Why did you choose to live in Tesla House and how has it impacted your Geneseo experience?

A: I chose Tesla House to live in a strong community of students who would all be able to work together and support one another. The students that live in Tesla House have become some of my closest friends. Since this is a Living Learning Community, there is a great space where we always come together and help one another study as we all have similar majors and are dedicated to doing well. My favorite memory so far has been from fall break, when after many students left for home, the remaining group gathered together for a social event, where we made food together and hung out. That is what I love about this community—we live together as individuals and are always willing to help each other. We know how to have fun, relieve stress and most of all, it feels like a true family. We live together and aim to help one another succeed. This is a true Living Learning Community—this is Tesla House, my home!"

Joanna Kirk, Lecturer

(also conflict students and legal studies minors coordinator, pre-law advisor in the Sociology Department, and Tesla House Residential Fellow)

Q: Why did you choose to be a fellow for Tesla House?

A: I like to mingle across campus with students, staff and faculty, and the role of faculty fellow is one in which I can help connect academics, campus life and off-campus/community life for our students.

Q: What do you hope students get out of living in Tesla House?

A: That they experience (and perceive) that connection between the three elements of a Geneseo education I list above, that they form friendships across disciplines, and that they draw on the support and other resources that a Living Learning Community offers.

Q: Is there anything different about teaching in Tesla House versus a more traditional classroom?

A: It's a little less formal, so the students tend to open up and actively participate more than they (especially first-years) would in traditional classrooms or lecture halls. The setting also lends to checking in with them on how college life overall is going for them; since I teach a first-year writing seminar, this allows me and my TAs to help with the transition to college.

Q: What has been your favorite memory as a faculty fellow with Tesla House so far?

A: Having the students and area coordinators down to pick apples at our farm property south of Geneseo.

For more information, visit the Tesla House website.

Visiting Geneseo?

Be sure to checkout the Village of Geneseo’s calendar of events for a list of holiday activities, programs, and festivals. Visit our website for area accommodation and dining options and other resources.

Important Dates


  • Dec. 13–19: Final exams
  • Dec. 20: Residence halls close at 10 a.m.


  • Jan. 13: Residence halls reopen at 10 a.m.  
  • Jan. 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Day of Leadership and Service (no classes)
  • Jan. 16: Classes begin
  • Jan. 24: Student Organization Expo
  • Feb. 7: Volunteer and Study Abroad Fair
  • Feb. 7: Part-Time and Summer Job Fair
  • Feb. 15: On-campus graduate program info session
  • Feb. 16–18: Siblings Weekend
  • Feb: 28: Women’s Leadership Conference
  • March 6: Etiquette Dinner
  • March 21: Professional Job and Internship Fair

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